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The Signpost: 24 September 2012‎

I take it a range block couldn't be done hence the page protection on the WICL page? - NeutralhomerTalk • 03:44, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Poor Man's talk back: User talk:Neutralhomer#Re:‎. - NeutralhomerTalk • 04:46, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

WikiCup 2012 September newsletter

We're over half way through the final, and so it is less than a month until we know for certain our 2012 WikiCup champion.   Grapple X (submissions) currently leads, followed by   Sasata (submissions),   Cwmhiraeth (submissions) and   Casliber (submissions). However, we have no one resembling a breakaway leader, and so the competition is a long way from over. Next month's newsletter will feature a list of our winners (who are not necessarily only the finalists) and keep your eyes open for an article on the WikiCup in a future edition of The Signpost. The leaders are already on a par with last year's winners, but a long way from the huge scores seen in 2010. That said, a repeat of the competition from 2010 seems unlikely.

It is good to see that three-quarters of our finalists have already scored bonus points this round. This shows that, contrary to criticism that the WikiCup has received in the past, the competition does not merely incentivise the writing of trivial articles; instead, our top competitors are still spending their time contributing to high-importance articles, and bringing them to a high standard. This does a great service to the encyclopedia and its readers. Thank you, and good work!

The planning for next year's WikiCup is ongoing. Some straw polls have been opened concerning the scoring, and you can now sign up for next year's competition. As ever, if you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talkemail) and The ed17 (talkemail) J Milburn (talk) 20:03, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 01 October 2012

Payphone (song)

Hi Spencer,

I believe I did not vandalize that page on Payphone(song). I added a section on a real alternate version of it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Duncan.leo (talkcontribs) 07:59, 4 October 2012 (UTC)


For the speedy intervention with unappropriate user name. --E4024 (talk) 20:28, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

Hi Spence. I think that user was the same who is now violating 3rr in Famagusta article. Thanks for looking into this and all the best. --E4024 (talk) 22:48, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

Proxy List

Hi Spencer,

I'm a user of internet proxies, a software engineer somehow concerned about internet privacy and really committed to sharing knowledge, open source and all this philosophy. I'm new to wikipedia as possible contributor/editor, I'm user of it since the beginnings. I usually visit a website when I need a proxy IP address that I found it through Google but today when I going to search for it, it doesn't appear in the results, I find the Proxy_list wikipedia article but it's not there neither, then I followed the link to DMOZ and after a while, I find the site that I want! It's a quality site, fast, plain and simple, with a proxy list updated hourly and no advertisers or any spammy content. I think that is going to be an important contribution to the wikipedia Proxy_list article, because that website has exactly that on the homepage, a live HTTP proxy list with working servers and also some explanations and other sorted proxy lists.

I think that is going to ba a good contribution, it's a stablished website, listed on DMOZ and with a live working example of what is exactly a Proxy List. For me is the best resource when I'm needing a working proxy list.

So, my question is, do you think that is a good contribution? and in that case, how should I proceed to do that contribution to wikipedia, adding that website on the article?

PS: I wrote this to you just because I found you on the Proxy_list article editors history. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Zzenitt (talkcontribs) 20:45, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

Re:Proxy List

Thanks for your fast response Spencer!

I read the guidelines and I think that the link that I want to add is under WP:ELYES, point 3.

I can't integrate a proxy list directly to the wikipedia because that IP addresses are not going to work over time and is not going to help to know what is a proxy list. According to the guideline is because the amount of detail and more important, other reasons, it's a dynamic list. Regarding the DMOZ link, there are several sites there but a lot of them doesn’t help too much to understand what is a proxy list, moreover several of them have IP addresses that doesn't work and that is counterproductive too. On the other hand, the link that I want to add has exactly a proxy list, with details like country, type and a couple of speed measurements that also contributes on the proxy list subject. An important point is that it has only that(a proxy list), plus some words and explanations about it. Most of the other websites have a lot of things, like VPNs, web proxies(no list), TOR networks, etc. That other things could be useful for other purposes but not to understand what is a proxy list.

What do you think? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Zzenitt (talkcontribs) 21:23, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for your answers, I'm going to do what you suggested. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Zzenitt (talkcontribs) 21:38, 4 October 2012 (UTC)


There is a discussion at Commons:Commons_talk:Featured_picture_candidates#Proposal:_Change_to_FP_criteria_for_new_nominations:_disallow_.22GFDL_1.2_only.22_and_.22GFDL_1.2_and_an_NC-only_license.22. Please participate. -- Jkadavoor (talk) 16:51, 8 October 2012 (UTC)

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What about my page was advertising? I was just making a little bio about me. FlorianMettetal (talk) 07:21, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the reply. To summarize, using the template used for notable people for personal pages is a nono? FlorianMettetal (talk) 07:38, 23 October 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification. re:the-objectionable-points I was using the Tony_Hsieh page as a reference since we share the same birthday. I suppose he is a bit more notable than me though ;) I'll try to do better *resolved* FlorianMettetal (talk) 07:56, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 22 October 2012

Followup RFC to WP:RFC/AAT now in community feedback phase

Hello. As a participant in Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Abortion article titles, you may wish to register an opinion on its followup RFC, Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Abortion advocacy movement coverage, which is now in its community feedback phase. Please note that WP:RFC/AAMC is not simply a repeat of WP:RFC/AAT, and is attempting to achieve better results by asking a more narrowly-focused, policy-based question of the community. Assumptions based on the previous RFC should be discarded before participation, particularly the assumption that Wikipedia has or inherently needs to have articles covering generalized perspective on each side of abortion advocacy, and that what we are trying to do is come up with labels for that. Thanks! —chaos5023 20:32, 24 October 2012 (UTC)

FP advice?

FP material?

Hello Spencer, it's been a while since we last crossed roads (Homs) ;). I hope all is well.
You're a rather experienced editor when it comes to FeaturedPicture nominations, and I'm wondering whether you can advise me on one. I'm hoping to nominate the photo of the Statue of Ebih-Il (to the right), but would like your input as to whether it would be a worthwhile venture or not? The photo does seem to meet the FP criteria, but then again it's well beyond my area of expertise, and you might see otherwise. Thanks anyway! Yazan (talk) 00:54, 25 October 2012 (UTC)

Dear Spencer, that's exactly what I was looking for actually; an honest critique. Because I wasn't sure what to expect there. It's just that I feel in love with that statue when I was writing the article, and thought it might make it to FP.
I see your points though, and that photo you link to is certainly more aesthetically pleasing. I would've suggested this one because it focuses on the most important aspect (his facial expressions) or this one (the contrasting background is better but the shadows might be a problem).
Many many thanks again! Cheers. (do come by to WP:Syria sometime, we'll have a cup of tea) ;) Yazan (talk) 05:29, 25 October 2012 (UTC)

"Add item for Main Page balance"

I really want to know the resolution your screen is such that adding that last item to ITN corrected the imbalance. I understand if you just think three items is too few, but it seems quite clear that with three the Main Page is perfectly balanced and with four it's not. -- tariqabjotu 04:40, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

(edit conflict × 2) Well, I don't know which looks worse -- an imbalanced Main Page or just three items (all recent) in ITN. Once again, I've raised this recurring OTD/DYK imbalance issue, which is at the root of this problem, at Talk:Main Page. (For the record, my monitor is at 1280 x 800.) -- tariqabjotu 05:12, 30 October 2012 (UTC)
P.S. I wasn't necessarily suggesting you actually revert your action, especially if you're confident of the difference. I don't remember whether we are aiming to optimize for widescreen monitors or not. -- tariqabjotu 05:12, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 29 October 2012

WikiCup 2012 October newsletter

The 2012 WikiCup has come to a close; congratulations to   Cwmhiraeth (submissions), our 2012 champion! Cwmhiraeth joins our exclusive club of previous winners: Dreamafter (2007), jj137 (2008), Durova (2009), Sturmvogel 66 (2010) and Hurricanehink (2011). Our final standings were as follows:

  1.   Cwmhiraeth (submissions)
  2.   Sasata (submissions)
  3.   Grapple X (submissions)
  4.   Casliber (submissions)
  5.   Muboshgu (submissions)
  6.   Miyagawa (submissions)
  7.   Ruby2010 (submissions)
  8.   Dana Boomer (submissions)

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

Awards will be handed out in the coming days; please bear with us! This year's competition also saw fantastic contributions in all rounds, from newer Wikipedians contributing their first good or featured articles, right up to highly experienced Wikipedians chasing high scores and contributing to topics outside of their usual comfort zones. It would be impossible to name all of the participants who have achieved things to be proud of, but well done to all of you, and thanks! Wikipedia has certainly benefited from the work of this year's WikiCup participants.

Next year's WikiCup will begin in January. Currently, discussions and polls are open, and all contributions are welcome. You can also sign up for next year's competition. There will be no further newsletters this year, although brief notes may be sent out in December to remind everyone about the upcoming competition. It's been a pleasure to work with you all, and we hope to see you all in January! J Milburn (talkemail) and The ed17 (talkemail) 00:43, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

The Far Cry 3 page needs serious vandalism protection

I stumbled across the Far Cry 3 page and discovered it has been the target of severe, repeated vandalism, mostly from IP addresses. I'm not sure where it needs to be reverted and cleaned from, but I though it would be best to bring this to an administrator's attention.

I believe the page should be semi-protected at the least, so that only registered users can edit it. Arcane21 (talk) 13:56, 1 November 2012 (UTC)Arcane21

Speedy deletion of talk archives

I disagree with you're override of my denial of speedy deletion, it's not likely a serious issue but I do think the user is misapplying policy. Please see detailed comments on my talk page. I'm not asking you to undo it, but I maintain that policy does not allow these to be speedy deleted. There is nothing in policy about archive moves versus other kinds of talk pages.--Doug.(talk contribs) 22:18, 3 November 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 05 November 2012

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In the news

Thank you for your notification. --Wüstenfuchs 20:42, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

Addition to Adaptive Learning wiki

This is in regard to your removing the link to Studycopter from the adaptive learning wiki. Studycoper leverages many of the adaptive learning principles (IRT, Bayesian Diagnostic Algorithms) and is an appropriate example to cite on the wiki and clearly illustrates companies leveraging adaptive learning principles.

I would like to bring to your attention that another site on the wiki, most notably Cogbooks, also points to an external link. I would appreciate if you could let me know of any specific reasons for the removal so I may address it for Studycopter to be included on the wiki.

Best, Adi — Preceding unsigned comment added by Adijain99 (talkcontribs) 07:34, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 19 November 2012

Makers: Women Who Make America

Hi, Spencer. Yes, I do think linking to the above site is appropriate. This is a ground-breaking series which will be aired on PBS in 2013 and the interviews stengthen the individual pages. Please watch some of them and reconsider your action. Thanks! Guanaco55 (talk) 05:23, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

True, however, below that one interview are 6 to 8 other interviews with the same person. Please check it out. Thanks!Guanaco55 (talk) 05:35, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

Try (P!nk song) edit (22 November)

Hi Spencer! The reason I changed the release day of the song "Try" by P!nk was because the album's page said the release day was the 10th of October, and the song page said it was the 16th of November. The song's music video was released on the 10th of October, and that was also the first day I heard it played on the radio.

It makes no sense to have two different release days on two pages, so I corrected the mistake. Sorry if I formatted anything wrong on here-- I've never used a talk page before!

Please don't revert my change again! (talk) 23:25, 22 November 2012 (UTC)


In response to what you replied back with:

First of all, the website you cite is in German. Songs are typically released at different times in different countries. Second of all, the wikipedia page for "The Truth About Love" says the release day is 10 October 2012. Should that be changed as well? In addition, the Billboard Hot 100 Website ( says that "Try" has been on their chart for four weeks. The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard SINGLES popularity chart... it only tracks SINGLES. If it was released 16 November 2012, this is impossible.

Like I said, songs are typically released on different days in different countries. Your source is in German, and it also lists the release day for P!nk's song Blow Me (One Last Kiss) as the 27 of July, when it's U.S. release was 3 July 2012.

If you want to, it may be a good idea to create a chart of the release days throughout the world and have the U.S. release day as 10 October and the Germany release day be 16 November.

Thank you and please don't revert my changes! (talk) 23:42, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

Regarding contribution canceled

Hi! I have a question. Why you erase my contribution on Camuy, Puerto Rico? Was a perfect information. The problem is that in facebook appear this like a city of United States, when truth is from Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico its a territory (commonwealth) of USA, but remains a separate country. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:27, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

Ok, but Bayamón, Puerto Rico say Country-United States, but in facebook say Bayamón and in the country say Puerto Rico. How I do that? Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by 21wili (talkcontribs) 01:15, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

Vandalism warning at John Moschitta, Jr. page

Hi Spencer. RE: My request to report vandalism...Please advise on the correct way to warn this person. I did warn him on the talk section of the above mentioned page twice. thanks. Robvanvee (talk) 10:43, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for your reply Spencer. Very helpful! Robvanvee (talk) 22:19, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

Spencer ....This is John Moschitta Jr. I am NOT vandalizing my page....I am correcting it. I do not know who user Robvanvee is or why they keep changing my page. The edits I have been making are corrections to erroneous information that has been added to my page. The sentence I repeatedly have removed is: "His record was later broken by the current record-holder, Steve Woodmore, who speaks 637 wpm." The record referred to was acheived under shady circumstances and was never recognized by the US version of the book due to the unethical manner in which it was done. All that is a mute point because another gentleman, Sean Shannon has held the record since August 30,1995 when he spoke at a rate of 655 words per minute. Here is the link to the official Guinness site for his record: . I vet my page for accurate information and remove incorrect statements. If Steve Woodmore would like to lie on his he does at : that is his business but I do not want to be associated with him in any manner on my page. In addition someone, I am assuming it's Robvanee, keeps adding both Steve Woodmore and Fran Capo in the "see also" section. Ms. Capo has been discredited and I do not want any association with her either. I do not see any reason to direct people to pages that contain false information. Please let me know what I need to do to rectify this problem. I am pretty much a technical idiot and would appreciate it if you contacted me directly by email at ... I am not even sure that I have done this mesasge correctly and I really want to get to the bottom of this problem and make it stop. Thank you ....John — Preceding unsigned comment added by JMthe2nd (talkcontribs) 17:08, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

Spencer... I have sent this email to Robvanee in response to his email to me. I am not even sure I am correctly posting these messages.:

While it's true that Wikipedia is an open encyclopedic website that anyone can edit that does not mean that people can post false information. I have only removed FALSE information. Steve Woodmore is not the current record holder and I have included the link to Sean Shannon on the OFFICIAL GUINNESS site that clearly states Mr. Shannon has held the record since 1995. ( ). I do not know what other proof (or as you put it: substantial evidence from reliable sources that prove otherwise) you or anyone else needs to prove that any information or statement that is made claiming Steve Woodmore to be the current record holder is a falsehood and any such reference should be removed from my page. It was inapprorpriate of me to suggest that Steve Woodmore lied on his page. I have no evidencde that he is personally responsible for the untrue information on his page but clearly someone is misinformed. If Steve Woodmore, or whoever it is that edits his page, wants to make false statements on the Steve Woodmore page they are free to do so ... I frankly do not care. I remove the links because I do not feel it is appropriate to direct people to false information. This is not a matter of agreeing or disagreeing .... this is a matter of fact vs fiction and striving to maintain the credibility of Wikipedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by JMthe2nd (talkcontribs) 18:52, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 26 November 2012


Thank you.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Deutschlandlied (talkcontribs) 01:39, 29 November 2012 (UTC)

nov 30

please tell me what should i do so all the people in here stop blocking my page , i just removed everything from it because of te unstoping blocks i am getting thank you

Hi Spencer,

I hope this is the right place to write to you. I'm surprised that you would remove something without talking to the person first. Did you follow the link to see what information is there?

If you would like to look at the site I linked to, you will see that every World Series game there has: - the final score in three different places - the standing in games of the Series - the name of the ballpark where the games is being played as well as the start time. - a full box score - detailed play-by-play of every at-bat, including pitcher and fielder changes - notes on the game which include any record setting performances, noteworthy events, national anthem singers, officials scorers, etc. - full broadcast crew as well as the director, producer and others as available - game quotes from players and managers involved in the game - starting lineups - reserves

The reserves are, in many cases, not available anywhere else on-line as they were sourced from an out of print publication. I don't know what you needs are or if there's some sort of a test that a submission has to pass, but the World Series site is the most comprehensive online source for a capsule representation of each game. Additionally, the broadcaster information has been sourced from newspapers of the day and, in some cases, is different from you have here on some pages. Every time I've used your site for historical broadcaster information (in hockey, baseball or football), I've been lead astray.

I was thinking of adding more links to other years but I wanted to see what the response to the first one would be. Since I know, I'll move on. Thank you for taking the time to write to me. I appreciate the courtesy.

Regards, ````Karl — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:11, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia Loves Libraries Seattle

Decemmber 8 - Wikipedia Loves Libraries Seattle - You're invited
Seattle Public Library
  • Date Saturday, December 8, 2012
  • Time 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location Seattle Public Library Meeting Room 1 on Level 4, Central Library, 1000 4th Avenue, Seattle WA, 98104
  • Event An editathon on Seattle-related Wikipedia articles with Wikipedia tutorials and Librarian assistance on hand.
  • Hashtag #wikiloveslib or #glamwiki.
  • Registration or use on-wiki regsistration.

Yours, Maximilianklein (talk) 03:15, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

Template:In the news

Hi! In this edit to Template:In the news you deleted the recently-added support for a "nocurrenteventslink" parameter. Since you didn't mention this in the edit summary, it looks like a mistake. Could you have another look? With the parameter gone, the top box at Portal:Current events has an ugly non-functioning link at the bottom right of the "Topics in the news" box. -- John of Reading (talk) 20:51, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Vandalism warning at Gilmour Academy Page

Spencer I am in no way vandalizing anything. Everything that was said on that page is 100% true and I know it is true based on time that I spent as a student at Gilmour. I even cited one of my inputs to prove that it is true. I have every right to make those changes on that page because everything I said is true and people who are interested in Gilmour have every right to know the truth about Gilmour, even if it is not what the administration at Gilmour wants the public to hear. It is unfair of you to suspend my account for telling the truth. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Youllneverguesswhoitis (talkcontribs) 21:23, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

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The Signpost: 10 December 2012

Wikify has been deprecated

Hi Spencer! Just dropping you a note to let you know that {{Wikify}} has been deprecated in favor of more specific maintenance templates. GoingBatty (talk) 05:38, 16 December 2012 (UTC)


You deserve it just as much :@) Kevin McE (talk) 10:11, 16 December 2012 (UTC)


About the Balbir Singh Sodhi, I wanted people to know what a sikh actually is, not just what happened. whille they learn about what happened, they learn a little more in retrospective about what a sikh really is. Just a question, Do you know what a sikh is? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Harchint (talkcontribs) 23:11, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

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