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EarlierEdit

Proposed deletion of Blaise Agüera y ArcasEdit

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The article Blaise Agüera y Arcas has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

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This is getting a bit much... the fact that the only "help fix this article" comments I get are people proposing them for deletion as nonnotable or bots suggests our social norms are lacking. B A y A for instance is a remarkably accomplished creator, director, and developer, who has been renowned in the national media for at least two different phases of his life; as a quick search would indicate. Slapping a deletion tag on an article should not be the default way to improve it. – SJ +

WikiversityEdit

Hi Sj, can you please come back to Wikiversity? --Goldenburg111 (talk) 23:59, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

Very kind. I still visit and catch up on news there. I don't have an active project to work on at the moment... – SJ + 02:08, 17 December 2013 (UTC)


Precious anniversaryEdit

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Whole Earth
Thank you, Samuel, for ten years of sharing your experience in many languages and capacities, for quality articles such as Whole Earth and Attalus I, for seeking the peaceful resolution of disputes, - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (6 July 2009)!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:51, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

A year ago, you were the 877th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:41, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Thank you Gerda, you are wonderful and I am honored again to hear from you. Very warm regards from Texas. – SJ + 23:13, 5 June 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! I try to stay out of this dispute, - would like a peaceful resolution but my name alone would do the opposite ;) - Did you know that an admin protected an article in a dispute like that and blocked himself? - To his memory (on the German Main page right now). --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:42, 6 June 2015 (UTC)
Two years ago, you were recipient no. 877 of Precious, a prize of QAI! - Sad to say: the admin died in January. The arguments didn't die, see Max Reger, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:32, 5 June 2016 (UTC)
Three years now! I still miss Dreadstar. The arguments mostly died, and I don't miss them. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:38, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
Sic years, and same. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:04, 5 June 2020 (UTC)

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116th CongressEdit

Hello! I've noticed that you have a page over at User:Sj/Update Congress that I can only presume is for the purposes of keeping List of current members of the United States House of Representatives and similar pages updated. Just so you know, I'm currently working on an update over at Talk:List of current members of the United States House of Representatives/116th Congress for the 116th Congress, so if you're planning on working on the House article, it would be more efficient to just work on the update I already have going. Cheers! Westroopnerd (talk) 02:03, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks! – SJ +

Chonqing bus disasterEdit

A failure of knowing: This blurb on the Chonqing bus tragedy was possibly the only media coverage that accurately describes what is observed in the video, and its different interpretations. Police, major news, local news all repeated third-hand summaries that were wrong. No head contact; intent; affect. A case of organic misinfo w no beneficiary (unless somehow the driver's fam was involved).

If all of our reporting institutions (official sources, official news, investigative indie news) are broken in this way, we need a different ecology of white cloaks to be able to have basic conversations about what goes on. (It's not tha people are bad at this; we're subtle - note in contrast the average sensibility of even low-grade social media discussion of this event.) – SJ + 17:45, 4 December 2018 (UTC)

LaterEdit

  • Today's Wikipedian 10 years ago
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Ten years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:58, 6 July 2019 (UTC)

Halloween 2019Edit

Hi SJ, I'm not sure you received my initial ping about this AE case when I first mentioned your name there. Your opinion on the matter might be worth hearing since your contribution is the center of the case in question. 🌿 SashiRolls t · c 13:42, 10 November 2019 (UTC)

It is no longer possible to reply at the initial AE, very shortly after I posted this comment, the case was finally closed. I hope you enjoyed the wiki-conference. I found the presentation on WikiCite interesting today (definitely one of my interests @ wikidata, though not one of my "compétences"/skills yet). At the moment I am disinclined to help en.wp of course, but there is a chance that someday that may change, especially if some of the dys-(cor-)ruptors are dealt with. Still, given the ossification of power at en.wp, I won't hold my breath. Just out of curiosity: did you have an organizational role in this year's wiki-conference N. America? Best, 🌿 SashiRolls t · c 23:03, 10 November 2019 (UTC)
This year, I did indeed. :) – SJ +

Your input is requestedEdit

at Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Next issue/Community view before Friday.

Only 100 or so words. It should be fun and serious at the same time.

All the best,

Smallbones(smalltalk) 01:49, 22 January 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for the invite Smallbones, another time :) – SJ + 04:15, 11 February 2020 (UTC)

MiscEdit

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  • The WMF has begun a pilot report of the pages most visited through various social media platforms to help with anti-vandalism and anti-disinformation efforts. The report is updated daily and will be available through the end of May.
  • For the record: I support GASH :) ScavHunt++ – SJ + 03:09, 15 May 2020 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of File:WE-69-p11a.jpgEdit

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WikiLoop Battlefield new name voteEdit

Dear Sj,

Thank you for your interest and contributions to WikiLoop Battlefield. We are holding a voting for proposed new name. We would like to invite you to this voting. The voting is held at m:WikiProject_WikiLoop/New_name_vote and ends on July 13th 00:00 UTC.

xinbenlv Talk, Remember to "ping" me 05:17, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Habari mzee!Edit

Hi Sj, I had tried to contact you a while ago at swwiki without success so I better write here. You are still listed as admin but have been a bit quiet the last years. Do you intend to continue? As per our new policy we send admins on unpaid leave after a year of non-activity, but you just came back on 1 September. Would you mind to tell us how you see your admin situation? Kipala (talk) 08:58, 22 September 2020 (UTC)

Hiya @Kipala:! How are things with you? I have less time this year for sure, + don't mind taking unpaid leave now. – SJ + 03:14, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

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"Cat" deletionEdit

If I understand things correctly, you deleted the bit about her Broadway performance. Was a reason given? The matter is important and was documented by the NYT reference.Rozsaphile1 (talk) 16:50, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

Hi Rozsaphile, it seemed to be presented in a less-than-neutral fashion, and did not have a standard reference. (Try using the "Cite" button in the editor!) Now I see the original reference, and here is a clarifying recap from Playbill about the foot surgery and ending the stage run a week early. Feel free to readd this, but please provide the full context so it reads less like innuendo. – SJ + 00:18, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

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Signpost article?Edit

Hey SJ, it's been awhile, I hope all is well with you.

I found the Signpost article: Jimmy Wales "shouldn't be kicked out before he's ready" very disturbing (see my comment there). Can you provide any more insight on what is really happening here, and on what the community ought to try to do about any of this? Thanks, Paul August 10:48, 1 December 2020 (UTC)

Weighing in as you have is a good start. Even the framing of this article is problematic (in shifting the window) - in a community like this (not to mention ours where Jimmy continues to be a popular mainstream figurehead), you tend to want founders actively engaged in governance for as long as they can stand it. – SJ + 15:33, 1 December 2020 (UTC)
Can you elaborate on how the Signpost article has problematically shifted the "window"? Paul August 16:50, 1 December 2020 (UTC)

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File permission problem with File:WE-69-p32a.jpgEdit

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This was resolved by mail before OTRS. A pity that it led to simple deletion now... haven't been able to jump through the current hoop, but will try to track them down. – SJ + 18:30, 1 March 2021 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:Citogenesis.pngEdit

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[File:Citogenesis.png] seems to fit the fair use and NFCC criteria, but there is a dispute about this on the page in question. Under discussion. – SJ + 18:30, 1 March 2021 (UTC)

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  • New York (state) Epicgenius led the field with a featured article, nine good articles and an assortment of other submissions, specialising on buildings and locations in New York, for a total of 945 points.
  • Republic of Venice Bloom6132 was close behind with 896 points, largely gained from 71 "In the news" items, mostly recent deaths.
  • Scotland ImaginesTigers, who has been editing Wikipedia for less than a year, was in third place with 711 points, much helped by bringing League of Legends to featured article status, exemplifying how bonus points can boost a contestant's score.
  • Rwanda Amakuru came next with 708 points, Kigali being another featured article that scored maximum bonus points.
  • Flag of the United Nations.svg Ktin, new to the WikiCup, was in fifth place with 523 points, garnered from 15 DYKs and 34 "In the news" items.
  • Botswana The Rambling Man scored 511 points, many from featured article candidate reviews and from football related DYKs.
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  • United States Le Panini, another newcomer to the WikiCup, scored 438 for a featured article and three good articles.
  • England Lee Vilenski, last year's champion, scored 332 points, from a featured article and various other sport-related topics.

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The second round of the 2021 WikiCup has now finished; it was a high-scoring round and contestants needed 61 points to advance to Round 3. There were some impressive efforts in the round, with the top eight contestants all scoring more than 400 points. A large number of the points came from the 12 featured articles and the 110 good articles achieved in total by contestants, as well as the 216 good article reviews they performed; the GAN backlog drive and the stay-at-home imperative during the COVID-19 pandemic may have been partially responsible for these impressive figures.

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  • New York (state) Epicgenius, with 1718 points from one featured article, 29 good articles, 16 DYKs and plenty of bonus points.
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The third round of the 2021 WikiCup has now come to an end. Each of the sixteen contestants who made it into the fourth round had at least 294 points, and our top six scorers all had over 600 points. They were:

  • Botswana The Rambling Man, with 1825 points from 3 featured articles, 44 featured article reviews, 14 good articles, 30 good article reviews and 10 DYKs. In addition, he completed a 34-article good topic on the EFL Championship play-offs.
  • New York (state) Epicgenius, a New York specialist, with 1083 points from 2 featured article reviews, 18 good articles, 30 DYKs and plenty of bonus points.
  • Republic of Venice Bloom6132, with 869 points from 11 DYKs, all with bonus points, and 54 "In the news" items, mostly covering people who had recently died.
  • England Gog the Mild, with 817 points from 3 featured articles on historic battles in Europe, 5 featured article reviews and 3 good articles.
  • Bennington Flag.svg Hog Farm, with 659 points from 2 featured articles and 2 good articles on American Civil War battles, 18 featured article reviews, 2 good articles, 6 good article reviews and 4 DYKs.
  • Zulu (International Code of Signals) BennyOnTheLoose, a snooker specialist and new to the Cup, with 647 points from a featured article, 2 featured article reviews, 6 good articles, 6 good article reviews and 3 DYKs.

In round three, contestants achieved 19 featured articles, 7 featured lists, 106 featured article reviews, 72 good articles, 1 good topic, 62 good article reviews, 165 DYKs and 96 ITN items. We enter the fourth round with scores reset to zero; any content promoted after the end of round 3 but before the start of round 4 can be claimed in round 4. Please also remember that you must claim your points within 14 days of "earning" them (one contestant in round 3 lost out because of this). When doing GARs, please make sure that you check that all the GA criteria are fully met.

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Administrators' newsletter – July 2021Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (June 2021).

Guideline and policy news

  • Consensus has been reached to delete all books in the book namespace. There was rough consensus that the deleted books should still be available on request at WP:REFUND even after the namespace is removed.
  • An RfC is open to discuss the next steps following a trial which automatically applied pending changes to TFAs.

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Articles for Creation July 2021 Backlog Elimination DriveEdit

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Hello Sj:

WikiProject Articles for creation is holding a month long Backlog Drive!
The goal of this drive is to eliminate the backlog of unreviewed articles. The drive is running until 31 July 2021.

Barnstars will be given out as awards at the end of the drive.
There is currently a backlog of over 2900 articles, so start reviewing articles. We're looking forward to your help!

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News and updates for administrators from the past month (July 2021).

Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC is open to add a delay of one week from nomination to deletion for G13 speedy deletions.

Technical news

  • Last week all wikis were very slow or not accessible for 30 minutes. This was due to server lag caused by regenerating dynamic lists on the Russian Wikinews after a large bulk import. (T287380)

Arbitration

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WikiCup 2021 September newsletterEdit

The fourth round of the competition has finished with over 500 points being required to qualify for the final round. It was a hotly competitive round with two contestants, Botswana The Rambling Man and New York (state) Epicgenius, each scoring over 3000 points, and six contestants scoring over 1000. All but one of the finalists achieved one or more FAs during the round, the exception being Republic of Venice Bloom6132 who demonstrated that 61 "in the news" items produces an impressive number of points. Other contestants who made it to the final are Standard of Oliver Cromwell (1653–1659).svg Gog the Mild, England Lee Vilenski, Zulu (International Code of Signals) BennyOnTheLoose, Rwanda Amakuru and Bennington Flag.svg Hog Farm. However, all their points are now swept away and everyone starts afresh in the final round.

Round 4 saw the achievement of 18 featured articles and 157 good articles. George Floyd mural Bilorv scored for a 25-article good topic on Black Mirror but narrowly missed out on qualifying for the final round. There was enthusiasm for FARs, with 89 being performed, and there were 63 GARs and around 100 DYKs during the round. As we start round 5, we say goodbye to the eight competitors who didn't quite make it to the final round; thank you for the useful contributions you have made to the Cup and Wikipedia, and we hope you will join us again next year. For other contestants, remember that any content promoted after the end of round 4 but before the start of round 5 can be claimed in round 5. Remember too that you must claim your points within 14 days of "earning" them.

If you are concerned that your nomination, whether it be for a good article, a featured process, or anything else, will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews Needed (remember to remove your listing when no longer required). If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove your name from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Sturmvogel 66 and Cwmhiraeth. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:02, 2 September 2021 (UTC)

Request for helpEdit

During our discussion on lists, you mentioned Britannica's Propaedia.

That reminded me that, years ago, Wikipedia had the entire classification system from the Propaedia's Outline of Knowledge, in the Wikipedia namespace, with classes linked to Wikipedia articles. It consisted of dozens of pages, if I remember right.

It was eventually deleted for copyright concerns, at least 12 years ago. Most likely, speedy deleted.

For the life of me, I can't recall what its title was.

I'd like a list of the titles of all the pages in the set.

Since I don't have access to the deletion graveyard, I need an admin's assistance.

It was absolutely amazing.

Please find it.

Thank you.

Sincerely,    — The Transhumanist   11:40, 30 June 2021 (UTC)

P.S.: By the way, is there a way to use a search engine on Wikipedia's deletion log?

I don't know of an easy way; there have been a couple websites devoted to deleted pages, but they mainly limit themselves to the main namespace. – SJ +
@The Transhumanist: Are you sure it wasn't merged into Propædia#Outline_of_Knowledge? That seems to be where WP:OOK redirects now. – SJ + 19:12, 1 July 2021 (UTC) And who else should we invite to the conversation? Perhaps on the talk page of the new WP:HOLOW.
WP:HOLOW doesn't lead anywhere. Was that a typo?    — The Transhumanist   22:20, 2 September 2021 (UTC)

Resuming the huntEdit

One reason I wish to find it is to see what version it was lifted from. The Propaedia was published from 1976 to 2010. All I know so far is that the copy in the WP: namespace predated the 2010 Propaedia. Another is for the page titles. With those, it can be accessed via the Internet Archive, where it is most likely sitting and waiting.

Sincerely,    — The Transhumanist   22:20, 2 September 2021 (UTC)

WikiCup 2021 November newsletterEdit

The WikiCup is over for another year and the finalists can relax! Our Champion this year is Botswana The Rambling Man (submissions), who amassed over 5000 points in the final round, achieving 8 featured articles and almost 500 reviews. It was a very competitive round; seven of the finalists achieved over 1000 points in the round (enough to win the 2019 contest), and three scored over 3000 (enough to win the 2020 event). Our 2021 finalists and their scores were:

  1. Botswana The Rambling Man (submissions) with 5072 points
  2. England Lee Vilenski (submissions) with 3276 points
  3. Rwanda Amakuru (submissions) with 3197 points
  4. New York (state) Epicgenius (submissions) with 1611 points
  5. Standard of Oliver Cromwell (1653–1659).svg Gog the Mild (submissions) with 1571 points
  6. Zulu (International Code of Signals) BennyOnTheLoose (submissions) with 1420 points
  7. Bennington Flag.svg Hog Farm (submissions) with 1043 points
  8. Republic of Venice Bloom6132 (submissions) with 528 points

All those who reached the final round will win awards. The following special awards will be made based on high performance in particular areas of content creation and review. Awards will be handed out in the next few days.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year's WikiCup, whether they made it to the final round or not, and particular congratulations to the newcomers to the WikiCup, some of whom did very well. Wikipedia has benefitted greatly from the quality creations, expansions and improvements made, and the numerous reviews performed. Thanks to all who have taken part and helped out with the competition, not forgetting User:Jarry1250, who runs the scoring bot.

If you have views on whether the rules or scoring need adjustment for next year's contest, please comment on the WikiCup talk page. Next year's competition will begin on 1 January. You are invited to sign up to participate; the WikiCup is open to all Wikipedians, both novices and experienced editors, and we hope to see you all in the 2022 competition. Until then, it only remains to once again congratulate our worthy winners, and thank all participants for their involvement! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Sturmvogel 66 and Cwmhiraeth. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:56, 3 November 2021 (UTC)

The Months of African Cinema Contest Continues in November!Edit

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Greetings,

It is already past the middle of the contest and we are really excited about the Months of African Contest 2021 achievements so far! We want to extend our sincere gratitude for the time and energy you have invested. If you have not yet participated in the contest, it is not too late to do it. Please list your username as a participant on the contest’s main page.

Please remember to list the articles you have improved or created on the article achievements' section of the contest page so they can be tracked. In order to win prizes, be sure to also list your article in the users by articles. Please note that your articles must be present in both the article achievement section on the main contest page, as well as on the Users By Articles page for you to qualify for a prize.

We would be awarding prizes to different categories of winners:

  • Overall winner
    • 1st - $500
    • 2nd - $200
    • 3rd - $100
  • Diversity winner - $100
  • Gender-gap filler - $100
  • Language Winners - up to $100*

Thank you once again for your valued participation! --Jamie Tubers (talk) 18:50, 11 November 2021 (UTC)

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Administrators' newsletter – December 2021Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (November 2021).

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Administrator changes

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Technical news

  • Unregistered editors using the mobile website are now able to receive notices to indicate they have talk page messages. The notice looks similar to what is already present on desktop, and will be displayed on when viewing any page except mainspace and when editing any page. (T284642)
  • The limit on the number of emails a user can send per day has been made global instead of per-wiki to help prevent abuse. (T293866)

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Administrators will no longer be autopatrolledEdit

A recently closed Request for Comment (RFC) reached consensus to remove Autopatrolled from the administrator user group. You may, similarly as with Edit Filter Manager, choose to self-assign this permission to yourself. This will be implemented the week of December 13th, but if you wish to self-assign you may do so now. To find out when the change has gone live or if you have any questions please visit the Administrator's Noticeboard. 20:06, 7 December 2021 (UTC)

Neri OxmanEdit

Sj, thank you for reviewing my initial request for the Neri Oxman article. I hope you're able to review my second request for the "Career" section, before getting into Oxman's works. I'm happy to answer questions and address concerns. Thanks! SM at OXMAN (talk) 21:00, 15 December 2021 (UTC)

Abu JuliaEdit

I disagree with your acceptance, I'm afraid. I have asked the community to make a decision at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Abu Julia. I don't really understand your accepting it with the sources that are present. FiddleTimtrent FaddleTalk to me 20:04, 23 December 2021 (UTC)

Thanks for the note User:Timtrent! The lede al-Jazeera quote, in the context of being an anchor for a diaspora, seems like reason enough to let it develop in mainspace. Unusually prominent presence online from an underrepresented and mostly-offline community; plausible coverage in Ar news media; informational + not promotional. Start-class but no reason to delete. – SJ + 23:33, 23 December 2021 (UTC)
It is not a draft I would have accepted, and I do not believe you should have accepted it at AFC either. But the community will decide FiddleTimtrent FaddleTalk to me 23:54, 23 December 2021 (UTC)

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Merchandise giveaway nominationEdit

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Administrators' newsletter – January 2022Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2021).

Guideline and policy news

  • Following consensus at the 2021 RfA review, the autopatrolled user right has been removed from the administrators user group; admins can grant themselves the autopatrolled permission if they wish to remain autopatrolled.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • The functionaries email list (functionaries-en@lists.wikimedia.org) will no longer accept incoming emails apart from those sent by list members and WMF staff. Private concerns, apart from those requiring oversight, should be directly sent to the Arbitration Committee.

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How we will see unregistered usersEdit

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Welcome to the 2022 WikiCup!Edit

Happy New Year and Happy New WikiCup! The 2022 competition has just begun and all article creators, expanders, improvers and reviewers are welcome to take part. Even if you are a novice editor you should be able to advance to at least the second round, improving your editing skills as you go. If you have already signed up, your submissions page can be found here. If you have not yet signed up, you can add your name here and the judges will set up your submissions page. Any questions on the rules or on anything else should be directed to one of the judges, or posted to the WikiCup talk page. Signups will close at the end of January, and the first round will end on 26 February; the 64 highest scorers at that time will move on to round 2. The judges for the WikiCup this year are: Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email) and Cwmhiraeth (talk · contribs · email). Good luck! MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 14:37, 5 January 2022 (UTC)

Thanks, looking forward to it -- the results last year were really lovely :) – SJ + 16:41, 7 January 2022 (UTC)

Nomination of Housing in the United States by state for deletionEdit

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Housing in the United States by state 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/Housing in the United States by state 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.

Rusalkii (talk) 20:03, 8 January 2022 (UTC)
Thanks for the notice, commented there. – SJ + 19:45, 9 January 2022 (UTC)

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