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I have been an administrator since April 2011. I try to use the tools properly and neutrally, but if you believe that I have not done so, I am open to administrator recall. As such, I will voluntarily relinquish all administrative privileges if a reasonably significant portion of the membership believes that I have abused my position. To petition me, please sign your name to this page. Thanks, -RHM22 (talk)

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Seated Liberty dollarEdit

Hi RHM, been a while. As you know, this one will go on the Main Page on April 21. Sometimes you write "the Mint" soon after, for instance, "Philadelphia Mint" ... readers may miss that you're referring to the US Mint, and I think "US Mint" would work better in these cases. Otherwise, the lead section looks good to go. - Dank (push to talk) 00:52, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi Dank! It's good to hear from you again. I noticed your changes to the article, and I think they look good. Thanks for those, and for the note. In some cases, "the Mint" could refer either to the Philadelphia Mint or to the U.S. Mint in general, since it was the hub [coin pun alert] of the organization at that time, and most official business was conducted there. By contrast, the branch mints were more akin to coin factories.-RHM22 (talk) 01:47, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
Doh! I had forgotten that ... okay, no need to be careful then. Btw, I didn't get your ping ... the notification software doesn't notify when you add a username unless you sign again. Isn't technology grand? - Dank (push to talk) 02:23, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
Dank: I didn't know that! Thanks for that information. The tildes high, but I'm movin' on. When I stopped editing in 2012, we were still using talk back templates, so this flawed technology is most welcome.-RHM22 (talk) 02:32, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
That notification worked, and that's a terrible pun. - Dank (push to talk) 02:56, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
I apologize for nothing.-RHM22 (talk) 02:59, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
Like that line, - didn't want to start a new thread: if you are in for a difficult GA review, there's Maria Radner, - tough for me to edit, I did only little, in prep for DYK. - I am expanding BWV 165, - please keep an eye on it. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:25, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

Gerda: Sure, I'll take a look when I get a chance. I have a few pending requests, so it may take me a few days to get to it.-RHM22 (talk) 22:56, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

When you get the chance for the singer, I would appreciate it. GA, but prose questioned, - nothing I could do. - The cantata is at FAC, latish but my fault, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:48, 13 April 2015 (UTC)
Hi Gerda. Sorry about taking so long; I've been very busy this past week, and I got sick (again!) and just did not feel like doing anything this weekend. I will certainly take a look at your article this week, though!-RHM22 (talk) 01:04, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
Sorry to hear about sickness, take it easy and get better as slowly as is comfortable. it's not "my" article. I met it on routinely checking new articles related to Germany, and made me cry, - doesn't happen too often. I only edited a bit, - it's collaboration as I love it, but as a result a little uneven, both in style as in weight (due and perhaps undue). - "My" article - the cantata - can wait, - actually I found another work Bach wrote for the occasion only yesterday! - which needs to be integrated, hopefully today, - also not "my" article as you can tell immediately by lack of an infobox ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:01, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
Well, we're all sharecroppers at heart, but what has traditionally been derided as "ownership" is what I prefer to think of as "stewardship", assuming the editor or editors involved are thoughtful and knowledgeable. At any rate, I'll get to it very soon! Only a couple of requests sit ahead in queue.-RHM22 (talk) 11:30, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
Stewardship is fine. Only I (as far as I know) have been told by the almighty arbcom that I have to watch out carefully if I created an article (and by create they mean turn red link to blue or make an article from a redirect). If I did I may create an infobox, otherwise not, even if I created 99% of the content of said article. I worked on Kafka, it helps to understand things like that ;) - I also read that "Live editing to a featured article is not such a good idea", - better no comment ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:56, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Today, precious again. GA expert, what do you think of Lilacs for GA, at a glance? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:03, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for questions on the talk. The author will not be able to answer, sadly, but let's see what we (everyone interested) can work out. There is a draft version linked to on his talk, - that's actually how I met the article. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:29, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
Gerda: Oh, sorry. I didn't know that the editor responsible is no longer active. I liked the article; it's well-written and informative. Lincoln has long been an interest of mine. I'll take a look into the DAB links and make some easy fixes myself. After that, you should be able to get GA without much difficulty if you're interested. By the way, I am far from a GA expert!-RHM22 (talk) 13:35, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for looking into this. I wonder, seeing that the number of lines is given sometimes as 206, sometimes as 207, what is right, also why one source is given bolded? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:05, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Hi Gerda: It looks to me that some of the references are incorrectly formatted. I'd replace them with the easy templates. As for the page number, I'd say that one or the other is probably just a typo. I guess it would be easy to confirm one way or the other, by counting! There is probably a simpler way, though: it must be widely cited in works about Whitman or poems in general. I'll look into it to see which one is correct; my first thought would be 207.-RHM22 (talk) 03:20, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
I found a 1912 printing that gives 206 lines, but others seem to have 207! I'm not sure which is the accepted version.-RHM22 (talk) 03:24, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
I mentioned both, changed the refs and nominated for GA. Perhaps look at the refs for mistakes in transition, and some things commented out, for example I don't know where to place "Jr.". I bet that some more authors could be linked. Will look again tomorrow. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:19, 28 April 2015 (UTC)
Gerda: I'll take a look at it now. Regarding the 'Jr.' suffix: some people have a comma before it, and others don't. In the case of Martin Luther King Jr., the preference seems to be for no comma. I'm not sure about George Walker, because his article makes no mention of it. Are you sure that it belongs after his name?-RHM22 (talk) 23:35, 28 April 2015 (UTC)
I am not sure about anything ;) - just getting to know the article, and making mistakes in copying. The problem I see when adding Jr. to the surname is that it would brake the harv refs, no? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:45, 29 April 2015 (UTC)
Oh! I see what you mean now. I don't think that would break the Harvard citation. Are you using {{Harv|Name|Year|Page}}? It looks like the article uses sfn right now. I use sfn a bit differently than most people, because I don't use a separate line for the year. In other words, I use {{sfn|Name, 2015|Page}}. Either way, I don't think the Jr. would mess with the refs, and you could leave it out of the inline citations if you wanted to anyway. It certainly won't cause any problems with the cite book template either.-RHM22 (talk) 15:39, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

I took the liberty to nom the next liberty, Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests/Susan B. Anthony dollar, - please improve the blurb and do the pic crop magic ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:40, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi Gerda. Thanks! I'll take a look.-RHM22 (talk) 00:22, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Peer review/Sargun Mehta/archive1Edit

It's a request you to please add your comment here. Hetika (talk) 16:11, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Hetika. I'm a bit busy at the moment, but I'll take a look at your PR when I get some free time.-RHM22 (talk) 20:25, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
At first glance, the article needs a considerable amount of work and input from native speakers. I'm going to ping Dr. Blofeld, because I know that he enjoys these Indian film articles.-RHM22 (talk) 20:29, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
Not so much as Hollywood and French/Italian cinema film articles and actors but the Indians on wikipedia are always striving for good quality articles on films, more than American films on average I'd say so I try to help out when I can. Will try to look at this within a week or so.♦ Dr. Blofeld 20:33, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
Please check my edits and comment here or on PR. Hetika (talk) 16:21, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Castell CochEdit

Hi. I'd be very grateful if you could give Castell Coch a read and comment at Wikipedia:Peer review/Castell Coch/archive1. Thanks.♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:08, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Dr. B.. I'll peak in there as soon as I get a chance. I'm currently working on the above, so this castle will be a nice break from Bollywood! I wouldn't mind having one myself.-RHM22 (talk) 23:00, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

Sorry about that! Well in fairness I can't blame them, the Bollywood articles generally do get overlooked at FAC.♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:04, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Any chance you could give Tenebrae (film) a read? I'm trying to retain it as an FA but I'm not convinced the prose level is exactly "brilliant".♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:21, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
Hi Dr. B. I will give it a check, but I have a bit of a backlog at the moment. This has been a busy month so far.-RHM22 (talk) 16:33, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Enthiran FAC 2.0Edit

I have opened the 2nd FAC for the article. Please do let me know if you would like to make any comments. Thanks. — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 02:22, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi, Ssven. I have a slight backlog at the moment, but I'll take a look as soon as I'm able. -RHM22 (talk) 02:46, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
No worries. Do let me know when you have left your comments. — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 04:35, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Right-facing Susan B. Anthony dollar design proposalEdit

Your Featured picture candidate has been promoted
Your nomination for featured picture status, File:1979 right-facing Susan B. Anthony design.jpeg, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate another image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Armbrust The Homunculus 02:51, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

SBA FPEdit

Congrats on the SBA proposal drawing at FP!--Godot13 (talk) 05:34, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Godot, and thanks for the help in determining that it was suitable quality.-RHM22 (talk) 23:48, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

April 2015 GOCE newsletterEdit

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Castell CochEdit

Dear RHM22, a brief note to thank your again for your peer review of the above and to let you know it is now at FAC where, again, your comments would be very much appreciated. Best regards. KJP1 (talk) 17:19, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

Not a problem at all re. your further comment on the image descriptions. And I entirely take the point re. access, it does look different when I view it on the iPad or iPhone. Shall we see what the reviewers say and respond accordingly. KJP1 (talk) 18:37, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
That sounds like a good course of action to me. Accessibility is often taken into consideration at FAC, but I'm not sure if that caption layout poses any concerns in that regard.-RHM22 (talk) 23:31, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

Sheldon coin grading scaleEdit

As a coin collector myself, I am surprised this article hasn't been touched upon, it is used by all of the major grading services. - Knowledgekid87 (talk) 00:43, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi, Knowledgekid87. That article is definitely pretty bare bones, seeing as how it's the only widely-used grading scale here in the U.S.. I don't have much information on it for reference, since the market aspects of numismatics never much appealed to me (I like to write about coins, but I own very few), but it could definitely use some expansion. Come to think, references might actually be a bit scarce, since the Sheldon scale is one of those things that's often taken for granted and not usually discussed in depth. Maybe something like Photograde would provide some background.-RHM22 (talk) 00:52, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
Most of the books dealing with coins such as the red book by Whitman and one by Coin-world goes more into grading and the history behind it, I would need some help though. Its okay if you like to write about coins that's good too. =) - Knowledgekid87 (talk) 00:58, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
The Red Book seems to have some more generalized, glossary-type information when it comes to the Sheldon scale, but it's always useful for some minor things. I have the 'professional' Red Book from a few years ago, which I believe goes quite in-depth in regards to grading standards. I'll pull that out and see what I can find. This time of year is very busy for me, and I have another project that I'm about to move from the back burner to the fore (American Silver Eagle, the penultimate in our series of dollar coin articles). After I'm done with that, I'd be glad to provide some assistance where possible, but as I said, I don't have a terribly large pool of references for that particular subject. Let me know what you decide!-RHM22 (talk) 01:04, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
I have long wanted to make substantial changes to the Sheldon scale article. I thought perhaps of making a table with the different grades along with 2 coin and 2 paper currency stereotypical example of the grade (without making it an article about third party grading services). A delicate balance would be required as most of the references operationalizing the scale are published by the grading services--Godot13 (talk) 13:13, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

Quick queryEdit

Did you get a MUSE email to your previous address earlier today? Nikkimaria (talk) 01:32, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Nikki. Nope, I didn't get the MUSE e-mail in either address (old or new). I got the JSTOR sign-up e-mail recently, but nothing about MUSE lately.-RHM22 (talk) 01:36, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks - I wasn't sure whether they had sent it out themselves or not, so I will do that later this evening. Nikkimaria (talk) 01:38, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! I will keep an eye out for it.-RHM22 (talk) 01:40, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

Ping. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:21, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Enthiran - FA!Edit

Happy to inform you that Enthiran is promoted! My first FA success!  Ssven2 Speak 2 me 13:44, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Congratulations, Ssven! Well done.-RHM22 (talk) 15:04, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! Couldn't have done it without your copyedits. — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 15:05, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Temper (film)Edit

I'm planning to take this article to GA status before which i want to get it c/ed. Can you c/e the article? Let me know whether you are interested in doing so or not by messaging me within a reasonable time.   Pavanjandhyala (talk) 02:39, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Pavanjandhyala. I can do a copyedit, but I'm a bit busy at the moment, so it might not take place in the very near future. If you're very pressed for time, I won't be able to help you. Sorry!-RHM22 (talk) 13:49, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
Can you try to predict when can you begin the c/e process considering your commitments?   Pavanjandhyala (talk) 13:56, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
Well, I might be able to look in on it within the next few days. However, first thing's first: you'll need to expand the lede section. The article is pretty long, but the lede is really short. The first thing you'll have to do for GA is expand that a bit. I'll give you some more suggestions after I read the whole article.-RHM22 (talk) 13:58, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
Please do. After that, once you list the suggestions, i shall begin work on it. One help, is it the gross figure or distributor share that should be mentioned in the infobox? Pavanjandhyala (talk) 14:03, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
Well, I'm really not an expert in film articles, but the infobox film template says that worldwide gross should be used for film revenue.-RHM22 (talk) 14:08, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
Alas, India does not have something on the lines of Box Office Mojo which provides "definitive results" rather than "estimates". So, i am preferring to go with share. Pavanjandhyala (talk) 14:40, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

SRKEdit

Hi, I'm not sure you knew but this has been renominated!♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:51, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Dr. B.. I'll take a look when I get some free time! I didn't notice that it was re-nominated at first.-RHM22 (talk) 04:30, 2 May 2015 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 11Edit

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PR requestEdit

Hello! I'd like to invite you to comment at Wikipedia:Peer review/Chetro Ketl/archive1. I'll understand if you are too busy or not interested. Thanks! RO(talk) 16:59, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi RO. I'm glad that you're back and working on content. I'm a little busy at the moment, but I will certainly take a look when I get some time to do so.-RHM22 (talk) 21:19, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
Any chance you can find the time to take a look at Chetro Ketl in the next week or two? RO(talk) 16:41, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
Hi RO. Sorry about the terrible delay! I forgot all about this article and its PR. If it's not closed by then, I will take a thorough look into it tomorrow. I'm sure it will be an interesting read.-RHM22 (talk) 03:38, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

Irataba FAC3Edit

Irataba is back at FAC: Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Irataba/archive3. We look forward to your comments there. RO(talk) 16:18, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

DDLJEdit

Hi. You gave a nice copyedit to Shah Rukh Khan a couple months ago. Would you be willing to do the same now for his most popular film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge? I am trying to get this to FA for its 20th anniversary. It was recently gone over by the GOCE, but SandyGeorgia said it's still not good enough. If not, could you at least provide some pointers for me at Wikipedia:Peer review/Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge/archive1? Thanks, BollyJeff | talk 22:44, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

I see that you are not very active on WP at the moment. Do you know someone else who may be able to copy edit this article? BollyJeff | talk 13:58, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
Hi Bollyjeff. Sorry about the delay. As you mentioned, I'm not extremely active at the moment due to the rigors of my 'busy-season'. I know that Dr. Blofeld does some work with Indian cinema, but I don't know whether or not he would be interested in copyediting the article. I will take a look when I am finally able to plow through my backlog!-RHM22 (talk) 14:02, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

Precious anniversaryEdit

coins
Thank you for raising our awareness for coins, treated with competence and dedication, - a small gem in additions to your crowns, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:16, 26 May 2012 (UTC)

Three years ago, you were the 135th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:02, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

A gem bright along the banks of the River Memory! I appreciate it still, and the original gem sits on my user page.-RHM22 (talk) 13:38, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
There are now two options for a userbox if you prefer that. - I also keep the original message on my user page ;) - Falstaff is FA now, in memory of Viva-Verdi, - a wonderful tribute by Tim riley. - River Memory: I had asked Viva-Verdi if, after all operas by Verdi, he would give an infobox to the master also. No answer. It should have told me that he was not with us anymore. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:55, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
I have had no interaction with him, and opera is very far from my expertise, but it seems like he was a quality contributor. The general public doesn't notice or miss Wikipedia editors when they're gone, except for the little empty spot inside their minds that could have been filled with something.-RHM22 (talk) 14:10, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
I loved reading the condolences in this case, especially "a poignant reminder that the friendships we form here are real, heartfelt, and lasting". --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:05, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
In case you have a bit of time: Daniel Brustlein, I asked for more lead, now it's a bit too much detail for my taste. What do you think? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:55, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
Dear Gerda: Sorry about the delay in responding. I looked over the Brustlein article and made a few small changes. As the lede stands now, I think it should be expanded. An article of that size (relatively small) should probably have a two-paragraph lede section. Maybe the inclusion of some of his personal and early life would help to fill it out a bit. Those parts seem noticeably absent from the lede. Also, as a side note, there is a little bit of what might strike some as original research in the 'Personal life' section. For example, there are a few instances of phrases like "this seems likely..." Overall, I think it looks nice. Willem de Kooning seems to come up in every article I work on.-RHM22 (talk) 13:40, 4 June 2015 (UTC)

Precious again, your Morgan dollar, "just one in a long line of United States dollar coins that proved unpopular with the general public"!

- My next project for FAC is the Reger Requiem that you reviewed ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:58, 11 March 2016 (UTC)

That FAC failed, but you could do me a favour by going over it and make changes you think should be performed, to have it in best possible shape for Wednesday, centenary of the composer's birth. If I have to supply a source for Mozart's Requiem being in D minor I don't care about the star, simply best shape. I'll try to expand his 100. Psalm. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:46, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Four years ago, you were recipient no. 135 of Precious, a prize of QAI! - The FAC is open a second time, - I was encouraged, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:33, 26 May 2016 (UTC)

Today, thank you for American Arts Commemorative Series medallions, "a rather obscure and unloved series of American bullion medallions produced as a competitor to the very popular South African Krugerrand coins. Though their sale numbers were lackluster, they served as the direct ancestor of the American Gold Eagle, a series of bullion coins which are today extremely popular with both collectors and investors."! By now, both Reger (also a bit obscure and unloved) compositions are FAs. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:13, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

Thank you ...
 
16 July 2016
... for your help!

Thank you for the GA review of the Requiem! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:26, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

Seven years now! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:01, 26 May 2019 (UTC)

16 VayathinileEdit

Hello RHM22. I had expanded the article 16 Vayathinile and it passed its GA review today. The reviewer (Dr. Blofeld) wanted the article to be copyedited as he felt that the prose could be tightened up. I requested Pavanjandhyala as to who might copyedit the article. He recommended you for it. I see on your user page that you have contributed to the promotion of Enthiran (2010) to featured article status. Would you be interesting in copyediting this film? If so, please let me know. Thank you. Thamizhan1994 (Appo Pesu) 13:49, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

Hello. I will take a look when time allows, but I'm quite busy at the moment, so my contributions have been sparse. I'm much more active here in the Fall and Winter.-RHM22 (talk) 13:53, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

GOCE June 2015 newsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors June 2015 News
 

May drive: Thanks to everyone who participated in last month's backlog-reduction drive. Of the 38 people who signed up, 29 copyedited at least one article, and we got within 50 articles of our all-time low in the backlog. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

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Your GA nomination of Castaing machineEdit

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Castaing machine you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria.   This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Maile66 -- Maile66 (talk) 14:01, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

  • RHM22, I only found one issue that needs to be cleared up. Under the Bibliography: de Bazinghen, Ure, I found no inline citations pointing to them. Perhaps we can move those references to a section titled "Further reading". If the citations are there and I somehow overlooked them, please let me know on the review template. — Maile (talk) 15:50, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Castaing machineEdit

The article Castaing machine you nominated as a good article has passed  ; see Talk:Castaing machine for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Maile66 -- Maile66 (talk) 19:21, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Chetro KetlEdit

Hello. Thanks for your comments at the Chetro Ketl peer review. The article is now a featured article candidate, and I'd like to invite you to comment there. Thanks! RO(talk) 17:58, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

I'm looking forward to your comments at the Chetro Ketl FAC. RO(talk) 15:30, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

Hello! Are you still planning to take a look at the Chetro Ketl FAC? RO(talk) 15:47, 24 July 2015 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 12Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 12, May-June 2015
by The Interior (talk · contribs), Ocaasi (talk · contribs), Sadads (talk · contribs), Nikkimaria (talk · contribs)

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ReviewsEdit

I just created an overview for articles open for review on the project. Feel free to add. You may have noticed that the Lilacs passed for GA but some "citation required" were added afterwards. Do you think you could help dealing with them? Example: "it was never out of print", - four major anthologies are listed to support that, but strictly speaking, that doesn't support "never". Reword? How? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:32, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

Hi Gerda. Sorry about the delay. I'll take a look at the references today, unless they've already been fixed.-RHM22 (talk) 16:34, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. I didn't change anything. See the talk first, please. - Would you take another GA review? Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35, for 23 August, interesting talk also, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:51, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
I'm taking a look at Lilacs now, Gerda. (Apologies again for the delay.) At first glance, it seems to me that Victoria is correct in saying that the primary sources are insufficient, especially if you're using them to assess Whitman's thoughts on anything. It would be a bit like sourcing The Lord of the Rings to a statement saying that Tolkien believed orcs were evil. The only real solution, as far as I can see, would be to find secondary sources to corroborate; some of the sentences can't be reworded without changing the meaning. As for it never having gone out of print: citations to several anthologies would probably be enough to say that it was published in those specific anthologies (and only barely that), but as you say, it's certainly not enough to establish a continual publication history.
Some of the 'citation needed' tags seem quite unnecessary. For example, the one after the sentence regarding publication following Lincoln's death could be cited to the poem itself (which may or may not be necessary, depending upon whether or not the same rules for fiction apply to poetry), and the date of Lincoln's assassination is easily established and could be cited to any one of thousands of books.
"Scholars believe" is problematic, and should probably be narrowed down to a certain person, unless it can be established that it's generally accepted by scholars at large.
As a side note, reference 93 doesn't point to any work that is listed in the bibliography, and Olmstead is listed in the bibliography but not cited anywhere in the article. Shucard (1985) is also not cited, but I believe that ref 93 (Shucard [1998]) may be the intended use for that.
I'm sorry that I couldn't be more helpful. I have a copy of Leaves of Grass, but I'm not an expert on poetry and I don't have access to any sources you haven't probably already seen (in other words, online). I have to do a review of a film article, but after that, I'll take a look into your GA request when I have some free time. I hope things are going well in your part of the world.-RHM22 (talk) 03:13, 18 August 2015 (UTC)
Please remember that it is not an article I wrote, nor understand much about the topic, other than general admiration. You could do me a favour if you reword the passages in question, example: when 4 anthologies are listed to support that it was never out print, either drop the statement or give the years of those anthologies. If not possible, comment out. - If you could get to the cantata soon I would highly appreciate it, because it is connected to next Sunday, and I would like to see it on the Main page then. (Missed last week's already.) I spent some time "shouting" on ANI, my choice (for the first time in my history here), and even successfully so!
The cantata review is done, even in prep for DYK tomorrow. Interesting question on the talk, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:35, 22 August 2015 (UTC)
I even translated some of it to German ;) - next for GA: Preise, Jerusalem, den Herrn, BWV 119, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:52, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Peer review/Mayabazar/archive1Edit

Hi, can you take a look at it? It needs a copyedit before FAC.♦ Dr. Blofeld 06:31, 8 August 2015 (UTC)

Sure, I'll give it a look. I should be able to get to it today.-RHM22 (talk) 16:35, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Thank youEdit

Thanks for your PR and FAC comments and/or edits to Chetro Ketl, which is now a featured article. It was a long and interesting process, but thanks to a wealth of insights and suggestions the article is now among our best. Thanks for taking time out of your busy editing schedule to help me. RO(talk) 16:50, 10 August 2015 (UTC)

Hi RO. Nicely done! I enjoyed reading through the article, and I certainly learned a lot more about aboriginal architecture than I would have known otherwise.-RHM22 (talk) 16:36, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

GOCE August 2015 newsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors August 2015 Newsletter
 

July drive: Thanks to everyone who participated in last month's backlog-reduction drive. Of the 24 people who signed up, 17 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

August blitz: The one-week April blitz, targeting biographical articles that have been tagged for copy editing for over a year, will run from August 16–22. Awards will be given to everyone who copyedits at least one article from the article list on the blitz page. Sign up here!

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Gobrecht dollarEdit

Hi RHM22- I'm going to replace the images in the infobox with higher res/detail pics. If you are not satisfied that they are an improvement, please revert my change, no hard feelings ;-) --Godot13 (talk) 23:20, 20 August 2015 (UTC)

Rod SteigerEdit

Evening, any chance you could provide some input at the peer review?♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:22, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 13Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 13, August-September 2015
by The Interior (talk · contribs), Ocaasi (talk · contribs), Sadads (talk · contribs), Nikkimaria (talk · contribs)

  • New donations - EBSCO, IMF, more newspaper archives, and Arabic resources
  • Expansion into new languages, including Viet and Catalan
  • Spotlight: Elsevier partnership garners controversy, dialogue
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October 2015 GOCE newsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors October 2015 Newsletter
 

September drive: Thanks to everyone who participated in last month's backlog-reduction drive. Of the 25 editors who signed up, 18 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

October blitz: The one-week October blitz, targeting requests, has just concluded. Of the nine editors who signed up, seven copyedited at least one request; check your talk page for your barnstar!

The month-long November drive, focusing on our oldest backlog articles (June, July, and August 2014) and the October requests, is just around the corner. Hope to see you there!

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JSTOR cleanup driveEdit

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TodayEdit

St Cecilia's Day
 
A Boy was Born

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Books and Bytes - Issue 14Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 14, October-November 2015
by The Interior (talk · contribs), Ocaasi (talk · contribs), Sadads (talk · contribs), Nikkimaria (talk · contribs)

  • New donations - Gale, Brill, plus Finnish and Farsi resources
  • Open Access Week recap, and DOIs, Wikipedia, and scholarly citations
  • Spotlight: 1Lib1Ref - a citation drive for librarians

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2016 year of the reader and peaceEdit

2016
 
peace bell

Thank you for inspiration and support, including three excellent GA reviews in 2015, - thanks with my review, and the peace bell by Yunshui! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:37, 31 December 2015 (UTC)

Dear Gerda: Many thanks for your kind message. I'm sorry that I have been rather absent lately; I've been involved in a sizable undertaking, but I'm slowly getting some more free time so I plan to become a bit more active in the coming new year.-RHM22 (talk) 01:33, 1 January 2016 (UTC)
Good to hear from you! A FA is in the planning, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:18, 2 January 2016 (UTC)

Guild of Copy Editors 2015 End of Year ReportEdit

Guild of Copy Editors 2015 End of Year Report
 

Our 2015 End of Year Report is now ready for review.

Highlights:

  • Summary of Drives, Blitzes, and the Requests page;
  • New record lows in the article backlog and on the Requests page;
  • Coordinator election results;
  • Membership news;
  • Changes around the Guild's pages;
  • Plans for 2016.
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Wikipedia:Today's featured article/January 25, 2016Edit

Hi RHM, working on this one now. Let me know if my text works for you. - Dank (push to talk) 01:31, 11 January 2016 (UTC)

Hm, this contradicts itself: "... all were minted in the 1830s or later. They were first created for use in special proof coin sets ... Some silver dollars were struck in 1804, though all were dated 1803." I'm guessing it should be "all the Class II and III coins were minted in the 1830s or later" or something. Let me know if I'm guessing wrong. - Dank (push to talk) 01:58, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
Hi Dank. Actually, the dollars minted in 1804 weren't 1804 dollars, because they were all dated 1803. The only 1804 dollars struck were made for the diplomatic mission and again as restrikes some years later. I'll take a look at that blurb now.-RHM22 (talk) 04:41, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
Sorry, for which diplomatic mission? 1834 and 1835? - Dank (push to talk) 04:47, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
Apologies for the confusion! This is an unusually complicated topic. The first 1804-dated dollars struck were made specifically for the Roberts diplomatic mission to Asia in the 1830s. A quantity of dollars were struck early in 1804, but those were all dated 1803. As far as I'm aware, the reason for that is still unknown, but I assume it was done to save from having to make additional dies. When it came time to create coin sets for Roberts, Mint officials mistakenly determined that the dollars struck in 1804 were actually dated 1804, so they chose that as the date to use for the diplomatic sets. Again, the reason is today unknown, but of course there is speculation. The later restrikes came about after people realized that 1804 dollars existed (since they didn't until the 1830s), and collectors needed them for their sets. I'm currently doing some work on the blurb in a different tab.-RHM22 (talk) 04:54, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
Okay, I just shortened the blurb to take out the stuff that was wrong (I see it now in the non-lead text), but feel free to write your own. - Dank (push to talk) 05:00, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
I'm doing a few edits now, but I'm concerned that it may be too long. Do you think the current length is acceptable?-RHM22 (talk) 05:03, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
It's not too long; the average is about 50 characters longer. I made a couple of small tweaks; s'ok? - Dank (push to talk) 05:54, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
Dear Dank: That looks perfect! Thank you for your fine work.-RHM22 (talk) 16:15, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
Great, sorry for my earlier confusion. - Dank (push to talk) 17:08, 11 January 2016 (UTC)

Books & Bytes - Issue 15Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 15, December-January 2016
by The Interior (talk · contribs), Ocaasi (talk · contribs), Sadads (talk · contribs), Nikkimaria (talk · contribs), UY Scuti (talk · contribs)

  • New donations - Ships, medical resources, plus Arabic and Farsi resources
  • #1lib1ref campaign summary and highlights
  • New branches and coordinators

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Wikipedia:Today's featured article/March 11, 2016Edit

A summary of a Featured Article you nominated at WP:FAC will appear on the Main Page soon. The summary mostly follows the lead section; how does it look? - Dank (push to talk) 16:52, 24 February 2016 (UTC)

Hi Dank. That looks good to me! It's a nice summary.-RHM22 (talk) 15:35, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
I couldn't help thinking, though, that the Susan B. Anthony dollar on her 110th anniversary of death would have been the better choice. It was well prepared. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:20, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
Whatever the main page guys decide to do is fine by me! I don't have any preference, personally. I just hope that my boring articles attract some attention from people besides vandals.-RHM22 (talk) 03:35, 26 February 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia library Newspapers.com renewalEdit

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Guild of Copy Editors April 2016 NewsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors April 2016 Newsletter
 

March drive: Thanks to everyone who participated in last month's backlog-reduction drive. Of the 28 people who signed up, 21 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

April blitz: The one-week April blitz, again targeting our long requests list, will run from April 17–23. Awards will be given to everyone who copyedits at least one article from the requests page. Sign up here!

May drive: The month-long May backlog-reduction drive, with extra credit for articles tagged in March, April, and May 2015, and all request articles, begins May 1. Sign up now!

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Books & Bytes - Issue 16Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 16, February-March 2016
by The Interior (talk · contribs), UY Scuti (talk · contribs)

  • New donations - science, humanities, and video resources
  • Using hashtags in edit summaries - a great way to track a project
  • A new cite archive template, a new coordinator, plus conference and Visiting Scholar updates
  • Metrics for the Wikipedia Library's last three months

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June 2016 Guild of Copy Editors NewsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors June 2016 News
 

Hello everyone, welcome to the June 2016 GOCE newsletter. It's been a few months since we sent one out; we hope y'all haven't forgotten about the Guild! Your coordinators have been busy behind the scenes as usual, though real life has a habit of reducing our personal wiki-time. The May backlog reduction drive, the usual coordinating tasks and preparations for the June election are keeping us on our toes!

May drive: Thanks to everyone who participated in last month's record-setting backlog reduction drive. Of the 29 people who signed up, 16 copyedited at least one article, 197 copyedits were recorded on the drive page, and the copyedit backlog fell below 1,500 for the first time! Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

June Blitz: this one-week copy-editing blitz will occur from 12 June through 18 June; the themes will be video games and Asian geography.

Coordinator elections: It's election time again; how quickly they seem to roll around! Nominations for the next tranche of Guild coordinators, who will serve a six-month term that begins at 00:01 UTC on 1 July and ends at 23:59 UTC on 31 December, opens at 00:01 UTC on 1 June and closes at 23:59 UTC on 15 June. Voting takes place between 00:01 UTC on 16 June and 23:59 UTC on 30 June. If you'd like to assist behind the scenes, please consider stepping forward; self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged. All Wikipedia editors in good standing are eligible; remember it's your Guild, and it doesn't run itself!

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Books & Bytes - Issue 17Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 17, April-May 2016
by The Interior, Ocaasi, UY Scuti, Sadads, and Nikkimaria

  • New donations this month - a German-language legal resource
  • Wikipedia referals to academic citations - news from CrossRef and WikiCite2016
  • New library stats, WikiCon news, a bot to reveal Open Access versions of citations, and more!

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Guild of Copy Editors July 2016 NewsEdit

Guild of Copy Editors July 2016 News
 

Hello everyone, and welcome to the July 2016 GOCE newsletter.

June Blitz: this one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 12 through 18 June; the themes were video games and Asian geography. Of the 18 editors who signed up, 11 removed 47 articles from the backlog. Barnstars and rollover totals are located here. Thanks to all editors who took part.

Coordinator elections: The second tranche of Guild coordinators for 2016, who will serve a six-month term until 23:59 UTC on 31 December, have been elected. Jonesey95 remains as your drama-free Lead Coordinator, and Corinne and Tdslk are your new assistant coordinators. For her long service to the Guild, Miniapolis has been enrolled in the GOCE Hall of Fame. Thanks to everyone who voted in the election; our next scheduled one occurs in December 2016. All Wikipedia editors in good standing are eligible; self-nominations are welcome and encouraged.

July Drive: Our month-long July Copy Editing Backlog Elimination Drive is now underway. Our aim is to remove articles tagged for copy-edit in April, May and June 2015, and to complete all requests on the GOCE Requests page from June 2016. The drive ends at 23:59 on 31 July 2016 (UTC).

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators: Jonesey95, Corinne and Tdlsk.

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Books & Bytes - Issue 18Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 18, June–July 2016
by The Interior (talk · contribs), Ocaasi, Samwalton9, UY Scuti, and Sadads

  • New donations - Edinburgh University Press, American Psychological Association, Nomos (a German-language database), and more!
  • Spotlight: GLAM and Wikidata
  • TWL attends and presents at International Federation of Library Associations conference, meets with Association of Research Libraries
  • OCLC wins grant to train librarians on Wikimedia contribution

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Guild of Copy Editors September 2016 NewsEdit

Guild of Copy Editors September 2016 News
 

Hello everyone, and welcome to the September 2016 GOCE newsletter.

>>> Sign up for the September Drive, already in progress! <<<

July Drive: The July drive was a roaring success. We set out to remove April, May, and June 2015 from our backlog (our 149 oldest articles), and by 23 July, we were done with those months. We added July 2015 (66 articles) and copy-edited 37 of those. We also handled all of the remaining Requests from June 2016. Well done! Overall, we recorded copy edits to 240 articles by 20 editors, reducing our total backlog to 13 months and 1,656 articles, the second-lowest month-end total ever.

August Blitz: this one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 21 through 27 August; the theme was sports-related articles in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Of the eight editors who signed up, five editors removed 11 articles from the backlog. A quiet blitz – everyone must be on vacation. Barnstars and rollover totals are located here. Thanks to all editors who took part.

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators: Jonesey95, Corinne and Tdlsk.

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Extended confirmed protectionEdit

 Hello, RHM22. This message is intended to notify administrators of important changes to the protection policy.

Extended confirmed protection (also known as "30/500 protection") is a new level of page protection that only allows edits from accounts at least 30 days old and with 500 edits. The automatically assigned "extended confirmed" user right was created for this purpose. The protection level was created following this community discussion with the primary intention of enforcing various arbitration remedies that prohibited editors under the "30 days/500 edits" threshold to edit certain topic areas.

In July and August 2016, a request for comment established consensus for community use of the new protection level. Administrators are authorized to apply extended confirmed protection to combat any form of disruption (e.g. vandalism, sock puppetry, edit warring, etc.) on any topic, subject to the following conditions:

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Books and Bytes - Issue 19Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 19, September–October 2016
by Nikkimaria, Sadads and UY Scuti

  • New and expanded donations - Foreign Affairs, Open Edition, and many more
  • New Library Card Platform and Conference news
  • Spotlight: Fixing one million broken links

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Two-Factor Authentication now available for adminsEdit

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A new user right for New Page PatrollersEdit

Hi RHM22.

A new user group, New Page Reviewer, has been created in a move to greatly improve the standard of new page patrolling. The user right can be granted by any admin at PERM. It is highly recommended that admins look beyond the simple numerical threshold and satisfy themselves that the candidates have the required skills of communication and an advanced knowledge of notability and deletion. Admins are automatically included in this user right.

It is anticipated that this user right will significantly reduce the work load of admins who patrol the performance of the patrollers. However,due to the complexity of the rollout, some rights may have been accorded that may later need to be withdrawn, so some help will still be needed to some extent when discovering wrongly applied deletion tags or inappropriate pages that escape the attention of less experienced reviewers, and above all, hasty and bitey tagging for maintenance. User warnings are available here but very often a friendly custom message works best.

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ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open!Edit

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Guild of Copy Editors December 2016 NewsEdit

Guild of Copy Editors December 2016 News
 

Hello everyone, and welcome to the December 2016 GOCE newsletter. We had an October newsletter all set to go, but it looks like we never pushed the button to deliver it, so this one contains a few months of updates. We have been busy and successful!

Coordinator elections for the first half of 2017: Nominations are open for election of Coordinators for the first half of 2017. Please visit the election page to nominate yourself or another editor, and then return after December 15 to vote. Thanks for participating!

September Drive: The September drive was fruitful. We set out to remove July through October 2015 from our backlog (an ambitious 269 articles), and by the end of the month, we had cut that pile of oldest articles to just 83. We reduced our overall backlog by 97 articles, even with new copyedit tags being added to articles every day. We also handled 75% of the remaining Requests from August 2016. Overall, 19 editors recorded copy edits to 233 articles (over 378,000 words).

October Blitz: this one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 16 through 22 October; the theme was Requests, since the backlog was getting a bit long. Of the 16 editors who signed up, 10 editors completed 29 requests. Barnstars and rollover totals are located here. Thanks to all editors who took part.

November Drive: The November drive was a record-breaker! We set out to remove September through December 2015 from our backlog (239 articles), and by the end of the month, we had cut that pile of old articles to just 66, eliminating the two oldest months! We reduced our overall backlog by 523 articles, to a new record low of 1,414 articles, even with new tags being added to articles every day, which means we removed copy-editing tags from over 800 articles. We also handled all of the remaining Requests from October 2016. Officially, 14 editors recorded copy edits to 200 articles (over 312,000 words), but over 600 articles, usually quick fixes and short articles, were not recorded on the drive page.

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Books and Bytes - Issue 20Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 20, November-December 2016
by Nikkimaria (talk · contribs), Ocaasi (talk · contribs), UY Scuti (talk · contribs), Samwalton9 (talk · contribs)

  • Partner resource expansions
  • New search tool for finding TWL resources
  • #1lib1ref 2017
  • Wikidata Visiting Scholar

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Administrators' newsletter - February 2017Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2017). This first issue is being sent out to all administrators, if you wish to keep receiving it please subscribe. Your feedback is welcomed.

  Administrator changes

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  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  • When performing some administrative actions the reason field briefly gave suggestions as text was typed. This change has since been reverted so that issues with the implementation can be addressed. (T34950)
  • Following the latest RfC concluding that Pending Changes 2 should not be used on the English Wikipedia, an RfC closed with consensus to remove the options for using it from the page protection interface, a change which has now been made. (T156448)
  • The Foundation has announced a new community health initiative to combat harassment. This should bring numerous improvements to tools for admins and CheckUsers in 2017.

  Arbitration

  Obituaries

  • JohnCD (John Cameron Deas) passed away on 30 December 2016. John began editing Wikipedia seriously during 2007 and became an administrator in November 2009.

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Guild of Copy Editors February 2017 NewsEdit

Guild of Copy Editors February 2017 News
 

Hello everyone, and welcome to the February 2017 GOCE newsletter. The Guild has been busy since the last time your coordinators sent out a newsletter!

December blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 11 through 17 December; the themes were Requests and eliminating the November 2015 backlog. Of the 14 editors who signed up, nine editors completed 29 articles. Barnstars and rollover totals are located here. Thanks to all who took part.

January drive: The January drive was a great success. We set out to remove December 2015 and January and February 2016 from our backlog (195 articles), and by 22 January we had cleared those and had to add a third month (March 2016). At the end of the month we had almost cleared out that last month as well, for a total of 180 old articles removed from the backlog! We reduced our overall backlog by 337 articles, to a low of 1,465 articles, our second-lowest month-end total ever. We also handled all of the remaining requests from December 2016. Officially, 19 editors recorded 337 copy edits (over 679,000 words).

February blitz: The one-week February blitz, focusing on the remaining March 2016 backlog and January 2017 requests, ran from 12 to 18 February. Seven editors reduced the total in those two backlog segments from 32 to 10 articles, leaving us in good shape going in to the March drive.

Coordinator elections for the first half of 2017: In December, coordinators for the first half of 2017 were elected. Jonesey95 stepped aside as lead coordinator, remaining as coordinator and allowing Miniapolis to be the lead, and Tdslk and Corinne returned as coordinators. Thanks to all who participated!

Speaking of coordinators, congratulations to Jonesey95 on their well-deserved induction into the Guild of Copy Editors Hall of Fame. The plaque reads: "For dedicated service as lead coordinator (2014, 1 July – 31 December 2015 and all of 2016) and coordinator (1 January – 30 June 2015 and 1 January – 30 June 2017); exceptional template-creation work (considerably streamlining project administration), and their emphasis on keeping the GOCE a drama-free zone."

Housekeeping note: We do not send a newsletter before every drive or blitz. To have a better chance of knowing when the next event will start, add the GOCE's message box to your watchlist.

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators: Miniapolis, Jonesey95, Corinne and Tdslk.

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Books and Bytes - Issue 21Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 21, January-March 2017
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  • #1lib1ref 2017
  • Wikipedia Library User Group
  • Wikipedia + Libraries at Wikimedia Conference 2017
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Books and Bytes - Issue 22Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 22, April-May 2017

  • New and expanded research accounts
  • Global branches update
  • Spotlight: OCLC Partnership
  • Bytes in brief

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Books and Bytes - Issue 23Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 23, June-July 2017

  • Library card
  • User Group update
  • Global branches update
  • Spotlight: Combating misinformation, fake news, and censorship
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POTD notificationEdit

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Just to let you know, the Featured Picture File:1979 right-facing Susan B. Anthony design.jpeg is scheduled to be Picture of the Day on October 26, 2017. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2017-10-26. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Chris Woodrich (talk) 01:43, 11 October 2017 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 24Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 24, August-September 2017

  • User Group update
  • Global branches update
    • Star Coordinator Award - last quarter's star coordinator: User:Csisc
  • Wikimania Birds of a Feather session roundup
  • Spotlight: Wiki Loves Archives
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Susan B. Anthony dollar scheduled for TFAEdit

This is to let you know that the Susan B. Anthony dollar article has been scheduled as today's featured article for November 16, 2017. Please check the article needs no amendments. If you're interested in editing the main page text, you're welcome to do so at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/November 16, 2017. Thanks! Ealdgyth - Talk 15:44, 21 October 2017 (UTC)

Thank you for the article about "one of the least popular coins ever struck for American circulation. In response to the Eisenhower dollar, another unpopular coin, the U.S. Mint began issuing a smaller dollar in 1979. It quickly became apparent that it would also not be accepted by the public, partly due to confusion caused by the similarity in size between it and the quarter dollar. Numismatists drew comparisons between the Anthony dollar and the twenty-cent piece, another failed coin which also caused confusion in commerce."! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:21, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

American Arts Commemorative Series medallions scheduled for TFAEdit

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Books and Bytes - Issue 25Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 25, October – November 2017

  • OAWiki & #1Lib1Ref
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Guild of Copy Editors December 2017 NewsEdit

Guild of Copy Editors December 2017 News
 

Hello copy editors! Welcome to the December 2017 GOCE newsletter, which contains nine months(!) of updates. The Guild has been busy and successful; your diligent efforts in 2017 has brought the backlog of articles requiring copy edit to below 1,000 articles for the first time. Thanks to all editors who have contributed their time and energy to help make this happen.

Our copy-editing drives (month-long backlog-reduction drives held in odd-numbered months) and blitzes (week-long themed editing in even-numbered months) have been very successful this year.

March drive: We set out to remove April, May, and June 2016 from our backlog and all February 2017 Requests (a total of 304 articles). By the end of the month, all but 22 of these articles were cleared. Officially, of the 28 who signed up, 22 editors recorded 257 copy edits (439,952 words). (These numbers do not always make sense when you compare them to the overall reduction in the backlog, because not all editors record every copy edit on the drive page.)

April blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 16 through 22 April; the theme was Requests. Of the 15 who signed up, 9 editors completed 43 articles (81,822 words).

May drive: The goals were to remove July, August, and September 2016 from the backlog and to complete all March 2017 Requests (a total of 300 articles). By the end of the month, we had reduced our overall backlog to an all-time low of 1,388 articles. Of the 28 who signed up, 17 editors completed 187 articles (321,810 words).

June blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 18 through 24 June; the theme was Requests. Of the 16 who signed up, 9 editors completed 28 copy edits (117,089 words).

2017 Coordinator elections: In June, coordinators for the second half of 2017 were elected. Jonesey95 moved back into the lead coordinator position, with Miniapolis stepping down to remain as coordinator; Tdslk and Corinne returned as coordinators, and Keira1996 rejoined after an extended absence. Thanks to all who participated!

July drive: We set out to remove August, September, October, and November 2016 from the backlog and to complete all May and June 2017 Requests (a total of 242 articles). The drive was an enormous success, and the target was nearly achieved within three weeks, so that December 2016 was added to the "old articles" list used as a goal for the drive. By the end of the month, only three articles from 2016 remained, and for the second drive in a row, the backlog was reduced to a new all-time low, this time to 1,363 articles. Of the 33 who signed up, 21 editors completed 337 articles (556,482 words).

August blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 20 through 26 August; the theme was biographical articles tagged for copy editing for more than six months (47 articles). Of the 13 who signed up, 11 editors completed 38 copy edits (42,589 words).

September drive: The goals were to remove January, February, and March 2017 from the backlog and to complete all August 2017 Requests (a total of 338 articles). Of the 19 who signed up, 14 editors completed 121 copy edits (267,227 words).

October blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 22 through 28 October; the theme was Requests. Of the 14 who signed up, 8 editors completed 20 articles (55,642 words).

November drive: We set out again to remove January, February, and March 2017 from the backlog and to complete all October 2017 Requests (a total of 207 articles). By the end of the month, these goals were reached and the backlog shrank to its lowest total ever, 997 articles, the first time it had fallen under one thousand (click on the graph above to see this amazing feat in graphical form). It was also the first time that the oldest copy-edit tag was less than eight months old. Of the 25 who signed up, 16 editors completed 159 articles (285,929 words).

2018 Coordinator elections: Voting is open for the election of coordinators for the first half of 2018. Please visit the election page to vote between now and December 31 at 23:59 (UTC). Thanks for participating!

Housekeeping note: We do not send a newsletter before (or after) every drive or blitz. To have a better chance of knowing when the next event will start, add the GOCE's message box to your watchlist.

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators: Jonesey95, Miniapolis, Corinne, Tdslk, and Keira1996.

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Books and Bytes - Issue 26Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 26, December – January 2018

  • #1Lib1Ref
  • User Group update
  • Global branches update
  • Spotlight: What can we glean from OCLC’s experience with library staff learning Wikipedia?
  • Bytes in brief

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GOCE February 2018 newsEdit

Guild of Copy Editors February 2018 News
 

Welcome to the February 2018 GOCE newsletter in which you will find Guild updates since the December edition. We got to a great start for the year, holding the backlog at nine months. 100 requests were submitted in the first 6 weeks of the year and were swiftly handled with an average completion time of 9 days.

Coordinator elections: In December, coordinators for the first half of 2018 were elected. Jonesey95 remained as lead coordinator and Corrine, Miniapolis and Tdslk as assistant coordinators. Keira1996 stepped down as assistant coordinator and was replaced by Reidgreg. Thanks to all who participated!

End of year reports were prepared for 2016 and 2017, providing a detailed look at the Guild's long-term progress.

January drive: We set out to remove April, May, and June 2017 from our backlog and all December 2017 Requests (a total of 275 articles). As with previous years, the January drive was an outstanding success and by the end of the month all but 57 of these articles were cleared. Officially, of the 38 who signed up, 21 editors recorded 259 copy edits (490,256 words).

February blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 11 through 17 February, focusing on Requests and the last articles tagged in May 2017. At the end of the week there were only 14 pending requests, with none older than 20 days. Of the 11 who signed up, 10 editors completed 35 copy edits (98,538 words).

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators: Jonesey95, Miniapolis, Corinne, Tdslk, and Reidgreg.

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Books & Bytes - Issue 27Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 27, February – March 2018

  • #1Lib1Ref
  • New collections
    • Alexander Street (expansion)
    • Cambridge University Press (expansion)
  • User Group
  • Global branches update
    • Wiki Indaba Wikipedia + Library Discussions
  • Spotlight: Using librarianship to create a more equitable internet: LGBTQ+ advocacy as a wiki-librarian
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Happy Admin Anniversary!Edit

Wishing RHM22 a very happy adminship anniversary on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee! UNSC Luke 1021 (talk) 15:56, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Thank you ...Edit

 

... for improving article quality in April! - I have a FAC open, DYK? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:20, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

June 2018 GOCE newsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors June 2018 News
 

Welcome to the June 2018 GOCE newsletter, in which you will find Guild updates since the February edition. Progress continues to be made on the copyediting backlog, which has been reduced to 7 months and reached a new all-time low. Requests continue to be handled efficiently this year, with 272 completed by the end of May (an average completion time of 10.5 days). Fewer than 10% of these waited longer than 20 days, and the longest wait time was 29 days.

Wikipedia in general, and the Guild in particular, experienced a deep loss with the death on 20 March of Corinne. Corinne (a GOCE coordinator since 1 July 2016) was a tireless aide on the requests page, and her peerless copyediting is a part of innumerable GAs and FAs. Her good cheer, courtesy and tact are very much missed.

March drive: The goal was to remove June, July and August 2017 from our backlog and all February 2018 Requests (a total of 219 articles). This drive was an outstanding success, and by the end of the month all but eight of these articles were cleared. Of the 33 editors who signed up, 19 recorded 277 copy edits (425,758 words).

April blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 15 through 21 April, focusing on Requests and the last eight articles tagged in August 2017. At the end of the week there were only 17 pending requests, with none older than 17 days. Of the nine editors who signed up, eight editors completed 22 copy edits (62,412 words).

May drive: We set out to remove September, October and November 2017 from our backlog and all April 2018 Requests (a total of 298 articles). There was great success this month with the backlog more than halved from 1,449 articles at the beginning of the month to a record low of 716 articles. Officially, of the 20 who signed up, 15 editors recorded 151 copy edits (248,813 words).

Coordinator elections: It's election time again. Nominations for Guild coordinators (who will serve a six-month term for the second half of 2018) have begun, and will close at 23:59 UTC on 15 June. All Wikipedia editors in good standing are eligible, and self-nominations are encouraged. Voting will take place between 00:01 UTC on 16 June and 23:59 UTC on 30 June.

June blitz: Stay tuned for this one-week copy-editing blitz, which will take place in mid-June.

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators: Corinne, Jonesey95, Miniapolis, Reidgreg and Tdslk.

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Books & Bytes – Issue 28Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 28, April – May 2018

  • #1Bib1Ref
  • New partners
  • User Group update
  • Global branches update
    • Wikipedia Library global coordinators' meeting
  • Spotlight: What are the ten most cited sources on Wikipedia? Let's ask the data
  • Bytes in brief

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August GOCE newsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors August 2018 Newsletter
 

Hello and welcome to the August 2018 GOCE newsletter. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Guild's June election; your new and returning coordinators are listed below. The next election will occur in December 2018; all Wikipedia editors in good standing may take part.

Our June blitz focused on Requests and articles tagged for copy edit in October 2017. Of the eleven people who signed up, eight editors recorded a total of 28 copy edits, including 3 articles of more than 10,000 words. Complete results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the July drive. Of the seventeen people who signed up, thirteen editors completed 194 copy edits, successfully removing all articles tagged in the last three months of 2017. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are here.

The August blitz will run for one week, from 19 to 25 August. Sign up now!

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators, Reidgreg, Baffle gab1978, Jonesey95, Miniapolis and Tdslk.

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Books & Bytes – Issue 29Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 29, June – July 2018

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Books & Bytes, Issue 30Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 30, August – Septmeber 2018

  • Library Card translation
  • Spotlight: 1Lib1Ref spreads to the Southern Hemisphere and beyond
  • Wikimedia and Libraries User Group update
  • Global branches update
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Proposed deletion of Jarko ZaviEdit

 

The article Jarko Zavi has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Memorial-style page on a Canadian ceramics artist. The page states he was an outsider who did not participate in exhibitions, which rules out many of the WP:Artist inclusion criteria. The only other points for inclusion are a few minor newspaper mentions.

While all constructive contributions to Wikipedia are appreciated, pages may be deleted for any of several reasons.

You may prevent the proposed deletion by removing the {{proposed deletion/dated}} notice, but please explain why in your edit summary or on the article's talk page.

Please consider improving the page to address the issues raised. Removing {{proposed deletion/dated}} will stop the proposed deletion process, but other deletion processes exist. In particular, the speedy deletion process can result in deletion without discussion, and articles for deletion allows discussion to reach consensus for deletion. ThatMontrealIP (talk) 06:07, 7 November 2018 (UTC)

Nomination of Jarko Zavi for deletionEdit

 

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Jarko Zavi is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Jarko Zavi until a consensus is reached, and anyone, including you, is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. ThatMontrealIP (talk) 06:08, 7 November 2018 (UTC)

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December 2018 GOCE newsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors December 2018 Newsletter
 

Hello and welcome to the December 2018 GOCE newsletter. Here is what's been happening since the August edition.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the August blitz (results), which focused on Requests and the oldest backlog month. Of the twenty editors who signed up, eleven editors recorded 37 copy edits.

For the September drive (results), of the twenty-three people who signed up, nineteen editors completed 294 copy edits.

Our October blitz (results) focused on Requests, geography, and food and drink articles. Of the fourteen people who signed up, eleven recorded a total of 57 copy edits.

For the November drive (results), twenty-two people signed up, and eighteen editors recorded 273 copy edits. This helped to bring the backlog to a six-month low of 825 articles.

The December blitz will run for one week, from 16 to 22 December. Sign up now!

Elections: Nominations for the Guild's coordinators for the first half of 2019 will be open from 1 to 15 December. Voting will then take place and the election will close on 31 December at 23:59 UTC. Positions for Guild coordinators, who perform the important behind-the-scenes tasks that keep our project running smoothly, are open to all Wikipedians in good standing. We welcome self-nominations, so please consider nominating yourself if you've ever thought about helping out; it's your Guild and it doesn't run itself!

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators; Reidgreg, Baffle gab1978, Jonesey95, Miniapolis and Tdslk.

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Books & Bytes, Issue 31Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 31, October – Novemeber 2018

  • OAWiki
  • Wikimedia and Libraries User Group update
  • Global branches update
  • Bytes in brief

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GOCE 2018 Annual ReportEdit

Guild of Copy Editors 2018 Annual Report
 

Our 2018 Annual Report is now ready for review.

Highlights:

  • Overview of Backlog-reduction progress;
  • Summary of Drives, Blitzes, and the Requests page;
  • Membership news and results of elections;
  • Annual leaderboard;
  • Plans for 2019.
– Your project coordinators: Miniapolis, Baffle gab1978, Jonesey95, Reidgreg and Tdslk.
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Books & Bytes, Issue 32Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 32, January – February 2019

  • #1Lib1Ref
  • New and expanded partners
  • Wikimedia and Libraries User Group update
  • Global branches update
  • Bytes in brief

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March GOCE newsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors March 2019 Newsletter
 

Hello and welcome to the March newsletter, a brief update of Guild activities since December 2018. All being well, we're planning to issue these quarterly in 2019, balancing the need to communicate widely with the avoidance of filling up talk pages. Don't forget you can unsubscribe at any time; see below.

January Drive: Thanks to everyone for the splendid work in January's Backlog Elimination Drive. We removed copyedit tags from all of the articles tagged in our original target months of June, July and August 2018, and by 24 January we ran out of articles. After adding September, we finished the month with 8 target articles remaining and 842 left in the backlog. GOCE copyeditors also completed 48 requests for copyedit in January. Of the 31 people who signed up for this drive, 24 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Blitz: Thanks to everyone who participated in the February Blitz. Of the 15 people who signed up, 13 copyedited at least one article. Participants claimed 32 copyedits, including 15 requests. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: As of 23:39, 18 March 2019 (UTC), GOCE copyeditors have completed 108 requests since 1 January and the backlog stands at 851 articles.

March Drive: The month-long March drive is now underway; the target months are October and November 2018. Awards will be given to everyone who copyedits at least one article from the backlog. Sign up here!

Election reminder: It may only be March but don't forget our mid-year Election of Coordinators opens for nominations on 1 June. Coordinators normally serve a six-month term and are elected on an approval basis. Self-nominations are welcome. If you've thought of helping out at the Guild, or know of another editor who would make a good coordinator, please consider standing for election or nominating them here.

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators Miniapolis, Baffle gab1978, Jonesey95, Reidgreg and Tdslk.

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WikiProject Numismatics newsletterEdit

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ArbCom 2019 special circularEdit

 
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This message was sent to all administrators following a recent motion. Thank you for your attention. For the Arbitration Committee, Cameron11598 02:55, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


Administrator account security (Correction to Arbcom 2019 special circular)Edit

ArbCom would like to apologise and correct our previous mass message in light of the response from the community.

Since November 2018, six administrator accounts have been compromised and temporarily desysopped. In an effort to help improve account security, our intention was to remind administrators of existing policies on account security — that they are required to "have strong passwords and follow appropriate personal security practices." We have updated our procedures to ensure that we enforce these policies more strictly in the future. The policies themselves have not changed. In particular, two-factor authentication remains an optional means of adding extra security to your account. The choice not to enable 2FA will not be considered when deciding to restore sysop privileges to administrator accounts that were compromised.

We are sorry for the wording of our previous message, which did not accurately convey this, and deeply regret the tone in which it was delivered.

For the Arbitration Committee, -Cameron11598 21:04, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


Books & Bytes, Issue 33Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 33, March – April 2019

  • #1Lib1Ref
  • Wikimedia and Libraries User Group update
  • Global branches update
  • Bytes in brief

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GOCE June newsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors June 2019 Newsletter
 

Hello and welcome to the June newsletter, a brief update of Guild activities since March 2019. You can unsubscribe from our mailings at any time; see below.

Election time: Nomination of candidates in our mid-year Election of Coordinators opened on 1 June, and voting will take place from 16 June. Coordinators normally serve a six-month term and are elected on an approval basis. Self-nominations are welcome. If you've thought of helping out at the Guild, or know of another editor who would make a good coordinator, please consider standing for election or nominating them here.

June Blitz: Our June blitz will soon be upon us; it will begin at 00:01 on 16 June (UTC) and will close at 23:59 on 22 June (UTC). The themes are "nature and the environment" and all requests.

March Drive: Thanks to everyone for their work in March's Backlog Elimination Drive. We removed copyedit tags from 182 of the articles tagged in our original target months October and November 2018, and the month finished with 64 target articles remaining from November and 811 in the backlog. GOCE copyeditors also completed 22 requests for copyedit in March; the month ended with 34 requests pending. Of the 32 people who signed up for this drive, 24 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

April Blitz: Thanks to everyone who participated in the April Blitz; the blitz ran from 14 to 20 April (UTC) inclusive and the themes were Sports and Entertainment. Of the 15 people who signed up, 13 copyedited at least one article. Participants claimed 60 copyedits. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: As of 04:36, 3 June 2019 (UTC), GOCE copyeditors have completed 267 requests since 1 January. The backlog of tagged articles stands at 605 articles.

May Drive: During the May Backlog Elimination Drive, Guild copy-editors removed copyedit tags from 191 of the 192 articles tagged in our original target months of November and December 2018, and January 2019 was added on 22 May. We finished the month with 81 target articles remaining and a record low of 598 articles in the backlog. GOCE copyeditors also completed 24 requests for copyedit during the May drive, and the month ended with 35 requests pending. Of the 26 people who signed up for this drive, 21 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators Miniapolis, Baffle gab1978, Jonesey95, Reidgreg and Tdslk.

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Books & Bytes Issue 34, May – June 2019Edit

  The Wikipedia Library

Books & Bytes
Issue 34, May – June 2019

  • Partnerships
  • #1Lib1Ref
  • Wikimedia and Libraries User Group update
  • Global branches update
  • Bytes in brief

French version of Books & Bytes is now available on meta!
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September 2019 GOCE NewsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors September 2019 Newsletter
 

Hello and welcome to the September newsletter, a brief update of Guild activities since June 2019.

June election: Reidgreg was chosen as lead coordinator, and is being assisted by Baffle gab1978, Miniapolis, Tdslk, and first-time coordinator Twofingered Typist. Jonesey95 took a respite after serving for six years. Thanks to everyone who participated!

June Blitz: From 16 to 22 June, we copy edited articles on the themes of nature and the environment along with requests. 12 participating editors completed 35 copy edits. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

July Drive: The year's fourth backlog-elimination drive was a great success, clearing all articles tagged in January and February, and bringing the copy-editing backlog to a low of five months and a record low of 585 articles while also completing 48 requests. Of the 30 people who signed up, 29 copyedited at least one article, a participation level last matched in May 2015. Final results and awards are listed here.

August Blitz: From 18 to 24 August, we copy edited articles tagged in March 2019 and requests. 12 participating editors completed 26 copy edits on the blitz. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: As of 03:00, 23 September 2019 (UTC), GOCE copyeditors had processed 413 requests since 1 January. The backlog of tagged articles stood at 599 articles, close to our record month-end low of 585.

Requests page: We are experimenting with automated archiving of copy edit requests; a discussion on REQ Talk (permalinked) initiated by Bobbychan193 has resulted in Zhuyifei1999 writing a bot script for the Guild. Testing is now underway and is expected to be completed by 3 October; for this reason, no manual archiving of requests should be done until the testing period is over. We will then assess the bot's performance and discuss whether to make this arrangement permanent.

September Drive: Our current backlog-elimination drive is open until 23:59 on 30 September (UTC) and is open to all copy editors. Sign up today!

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators, Baffle gab1978, Miniapolis, Reidgreg, Tdslk and Twofingered Typist.

To discontinue receiving GOCE newsletters, please remove your name from our mailing list.

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

  The Wikipedia Library

Books & Bytes
Issue 35, July – August 2019

  • Wikimania
  • We're building something great, but..
  • Wikimedia and Libraries User Group update
  • A Wikibrarian's story
  • Bytes in brief

Read the full newsletter

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2019 US Banknote ContestEdit

  US Banknote Contest  
November-December 2019

There are an estimated 30,000 different varieties of United States banknotes, yet only a fraction of these are represented on Wikimedia Commons in the form of 2D scans. Additionally, Colonial America, the Confederate States, the Republic of Texas, multiple states and territories, communities, and private companies have issued banknotes that are in the public domain today but are absent from Commons.

In the months of November and December, WikiProject Numismatics will be running a cross-wiki upload-a-thon, the 2019 US Banknote Contest. The goal of the contest is to increase the number of US banknote images available to content creators on all Wikimedia projects. Participants will claim points for uploading and importing 2D scans of US banknotes, and at the end of the contest all will receive awards. Whether you want to claim the Gold Wiki or you just want to have fun, all are invited to participate.


If you do not want to receive invitations to future US Banknote Contests, follow the instructions here

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Books & Bytes – Issue 36Edit

  The Wikipedia Library

Books & Bytes
Issue 36, September – October 2019

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GOCE December 2019 NewsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors December 2019 Newsletter
 

Hello and welcome to the December 2019 GOCE newsletter, an update of Guild happenings since the September edition. Our Annual Report should be ready in late January.

Election time: Nominations for the election of a new tranche of Guild coordinators to serve for the first half of 2020 will be open from 1 to 15 December. Voting will then take place and the election will close on 31 December at 23:59 UTC. Positions for Guild coordinators, who perform the important behind-the-scenes tasks that keep our project running smoothly, are open to all Wikipedians in good standing. We welcome self-nominations so please consider nominating yourself if you've ever thought about helping out; it's your Guild and it doesn't run itself!

September Drive: Of the thirty-two editors who signed up, twenty-three editors copy edited at least one article; they completed 39 requests and removed 138 articles from the backlog, bringing the backlog to a low of 519 articles.

October Blitz: This event ran from 13 to 19 October, with themes of science, technology and transport articles tagged for copy edit, and Requests. Sixteen editors helped remove 29 articles from the backlog and completed 23 requests.

November Drive: Of the twenty-eight editors who signed up for this event, twenty editors completed at least one copy edit; they completed 29 requests and removed 133 articles from the backlog.

Our December Blitz will run from 15 to 21 December. Sign up now!

Progress report: From September to November 2019, GOCE copy editors processed 154 requests. Over the same period, the backlog of articles tagged for copy editing was reduced by 41% to an all-time low of 479 articles.

Request archiving: The archiving of completed requests has now been automated. Thanks to Zhuyifei1999 and Bobbychan193, YiFeiBot is now archiving the Requests page. Archiving occurs around 24 hours after a user's signature and one of the templates {{Done}}, {{Withdrawn}} or {{Declined}} are placed below the request. The bot uses the Guild's standard "purpose codes" to determine the way it should archive each request so it's important to use the correct codes and templates.

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators; Reidgreg, Baffle gab1978, Miniapolis, Tdslk and Twofingered Typist.

To discontinue receiving GOCE newsletters, please remove your name from our mailing list.

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