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IAR? Question re planned event July 21 50th anniversary of the Moon LandingEdit

Can an article never before featured on DYK and was recently promoted to FA qualify for DYK nomination? --- Coffeeandcrumbs 23:23, 15 March 2019 (UTC)

I believe the rationale for their exclusion is that FAs get their turn in the sun via TFA. Espresso Addict (talk) 05:10, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
I am not aware of any rule that expressly forbids featured articles from being run on DYK, but practically speaking, it would likely be too late to nominate an article for DYK after it was promoted to FA quality. feminist (talk) 07:54, 17 March 2019 (UTC)
@feminist, I believe what C&C is asking is whether something promoted direct to FA—i.e., skipping the intermediate GA stage—can still qualify under "newly promoted good article". I'd be inclined to say "no", but I don't believe there's ever been a formal policy written on the matter; it's not something likely to come up very often as few of the people writing at FA level have any interest in DYK. ‑ Iridescent 17:31, 17 March 2019 (UTC)
Here is what I am talking about: Template:Did you know nominations/Roger B. Chaffee. I have it penciled inTFA is penciled in for February 15, 2020. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 17:40, 17 March 2019 (UTC)
Looking through the Main Page history and early history, it appears that Chaffee has never appeared in bold anywhere on the Main Page before. It has appeared twice at OTD on 2017 January 27 and 2014 January 27 but was not in bold.--- Coffeeandcrumbs 17:57, 17 March 2019 (UTC)
Coffeeandcrumbs The GA inclusion dates to Good Article RfC-July 2013. The push for this to happen, was because FA and DYK had their own main page section, but GA had been ignored in that regard. So, just getting something to pass FA, a formidable achievement in and of itself, is not a qualification for DYK. — Maile (talk) 17:58, 17 March 2019 (UTC)
To qualify this a little more, the intent of this is for a special occasion. WP:S2019 is a planned event (discussed a little on DYK last year) to fill the front page with space related articles for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing (July 21 2019). At one point I was going to try to run Apollo 11, Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin all at TFA, but it seemed like giving them their own day at TFA was a better idea. My alternate plan is to have Armstrong run at TFA, Aldrin at TFP, Collins at DYK, and Apollo 11 at OTD. Unfortunately, I thought of this after Collins was promoted to GA (and A in MILHIST). He will be running through FAC shortly and should be promoted in time, so we are hoping for an exception for him so he will not be left off the main page when Aldrin and Armstrong are on it. THe other issue is shear number of DYKs; I have been working really hard to get eight Space Race firsts promoted to DYK before the anniversary, but we are trying to have a couple of backup contingency DYKs in case we do not finish in time. Chaffee is one of those. So the second thing I would ask for a concession on is for Chaffee to run at DYK on July 21, 2019, if I do not finish the other articles in time. If the other articles are finished in time, we just never run Chaffee at DYK and that is fine with me. To summarize, the two things I am hoping for:
  • Concession for Collins to run at DYK on July 21, 2019
  • Provisional concession for Chaffee to run at DYK on July 21, 2019, if we do not have the other articles ready
Sorry if that is a bit rambly, I was about to head out of the house. Let me know what you all think. Kees08 (Talk) 18:16, 17 March 2019 (UTC)
If that's the question, the answer is a clear "no", WP:IAR notwithstanding. feminist (talk) 09:49, 18 March 2019 (UTC)
@Feminist: Why? It's a clear IAR. It's an important anniversary. I'm all for it. Yoninah (talk) 11:16, 18 March 2019 (UTC)
Sorry, brainfart. feminist (talk) 11:40, 18 March 2019 (UTC)
I'm not sure the collaborative esprit de corps is best fostered by addressing other editors as "brainfart". EEng 22:24, 18 March 2019 (UTC)
EEng: My interpretation of Feminist's comment (accompanied by a relevant strike-through) is "Sorry, [I experienced a] brainfart." —David Levy 02:08, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
David Levy, it's me -- remember? Think. THINK. Review my user page if necessary. EEng 02:15, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
Your bon mot seems to have been perceived as bon not. — Maile (talk) 02:19, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
Tough crowd. EEng 02:26, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
It had me cracking up.--- Coffeeandcrumbs 03:47, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
That's very kind of you, brainfart.[FBDB] EEng 10:54, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
  • I changed the above section heading a little for you. — Maile (talk) 18:31, 17 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Coffeeandcrumbs and Kees08 why don't you all write this up as an RFC subsection here. Is this a basic request to IAR and make this the lead hook for July 21, 2019? Do you want other editors to aim for a full 8-hook Moon Landing set specifically on that date? Clarify what you want, then people can Support or Oppose, and otherwise offer comments. — Maile (talk) 01:35, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
    I think a full set or full day dedicated to the landing, or maybe a series of one or two hooks per day following the progress of the eight-day mission at +50 years, would be great, and fully justified. EEng 02:19, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
    @Coffeeandcrumbs: Would you be able to formulate the RfC? Rationale for Collins could also include that I got him to GA recently (ish), but thought he would be run at TFA so did not bother with DYK. EEng, the plan was for one day of hooks that had spaceflight firsts (first earthlings around the Moon, first payload to impact the Moon, etc (try to make it not all about America and diversify it, there is even a French article!)). If we could miraculously get even more DYKs ready in time, we could maybe do a couple a day during the eight-day mission. Kees08 (Talk) 03:03, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
    Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin are all now FA, and can be run during the anniversary. I've renominated Michael Collins for FAC. What we need now is some intrepid reviewers to go up there and do their thing. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 03:24, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
I have never created an RfC unless you count the one or two move discussions have started. I would hate to inadvertently sabotage it. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 03:47, 19 March 2019 (UTC)

RFC Ignore All Rules for 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landingEdit

The following discussion is an archived record of a request for comment. Please do not modify it. No further edits should be made to this discussion. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
Clear consensus to IAR. SITH (talk) 16:20, 13 April 2019 (UTC) (non-admin closure)

NOTE: The lunar module landed on the moon July 20, 1969 at 20:17 UTC. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first walked on the moon the next day, July 21 02:56:15 UTC.

Currently the DYK nominiation policy is: Within 7 days of nomination - newly created, or 5X expanded (2X for unsourced biographies), or achieves GA status

Proposed by Coffeeandcrumbs and Kees08: Ignore all rules policy in effect to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the July 21, 1969 Moon walk.

Second idea from EEng: A full set or full day dedicated to the landing, or maybe a series of one or two hooks per day following the progress of the eight-day mission at +50 years

New articles could be created. — Maile (talk) 13:03, 19 March 2019 (UTC)

Here is a list of existing articles and their status:

  • Apollo 1 - GA June 6, 2016 - the first crewed mission of the Apollo program for the moon landing. All died in the January 27, 1967 launch rehearsal
Roger B. Chaffee - FA on March 9, 2019, currently a DYK nomination
Gus Grissom - GA on June 1 2017
Ed White (astronaut) - C-class article
  • Apollo 11 - FA January 13, 2019, numerous main page appearances in OTD
Neil Armstrong - FA - nominated for TFA by Hawkeye7
Buzz Aldrin - FA
Michael Collins (astronaut) -currently FAC Michael Collins (astronaut) needs reviewers


  • Support - We have an opportunity for a once-in-our-lifetime commemoration of the event. Today's Feature Article, whatever they select, will be only one article. POTD (Picture of the Day) has scheduled Buzz Aldrin's bootprint. — Maile (talk) 12:50, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
  • @Maile66, TFA isn't necessary a single article; it's just that it's rarely appropriate for there to be a double or triple TFA as it means that there need to be two or more existing FAs on the the same topic, neither of which has already run. (Plus, when there are multiple articles on the same topic they're generally written by the same author, and most people aren't overjoyed at the prospect of monitoring multiple articles for the bombardment of stupid to which TFAs are generally subjected; it also has the potential to cause interminable arguments over the order in which the articles are mentioned.) See Nazi blockhouses in France, the Sedin twins, triangular constellations, the Northern and Southern Crowns, the 2008 US elections or pilots shot down on 7 September 1940 for other examples of multi-article TFAs. ‑ Iridescent 17:01, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Sure. feminist (talk) 14:06, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Support, definitely, this sounds like a great idea.--SkyGazer 512 My talk page 14:08, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Support all hooks related to the spaceflight on July 21, 2019. In terms of the 8-day mission, I could see up to 2 hooks in each set, but not more. Yoninah (talk) 14:33, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
A great idea - 2 hooks a set for the entire 8-day mission. — Maile (talk) 18:37, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
  • I'm willing to support a) relaxing the nomination time limit, allowing an article (or multiple) that has passed GA but wasn't nominated at the time to be nominated for DYK, and b) the construction of a special occasion set. It's a little unclear whether the list of proposed articles above includes things that have previously been featured in bold on the main page; I would not support running those at DYK, because that's a dangerous precedent. Vanamonde (Talk) 17:29, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Support - sounds like a good plan, and will calm my nervousness about the fact that the POTD is set to be similar to the TFA. If DYK joins the party too then there's safety in numbers. Of course, the Americans will be celebrating this event on July 20, due to their inconsiderate decision to position themselves in the western hemisphere, in a negative timezone... But WP operates on UTC and the articles all quote figures thus so it seems a resasonable choice to do it on that day.  — Amakuru (talk) 17:36, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
Good point, actually, on the time zone issue. I've added the UTC figures above, from what is listed in the Apollo 11 article. Moon Landing was July 20, 1969 at 20:17 UTC. Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar surface July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC, followed 19 minutes later by Buzz Aldrin. Yoninah has mentioned above a 2-hook set each day for 8 days of the mission, which might even be a better idea taking into consideration that Wikipedia is global. — Maile (talk) 19:44, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment I'm sympathetic to the proposal, but I have some concerns that this may lead to some kind of double standard: i.e. why do this only for Apollo 11 but not for other similar milestones? This would be a support if this proposal could leave open to the possibility of similar projects being done in the future instead of being a one-off. I also share Vanamonde's sentiment that the DYK stuff should probably be limited to GAs and not articles that don't meet the 5x expanded requirement. Another possibility of course could be a DYK drive for making more new space-related articles for that date, but I guess that's a topic for another time. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 01:08, 20 March 2019 (UTC)
  • (Summoned by bot) Conditional support Sure let's relax the rules upon occasion. It should only be done so in the way that Vanamonde proposes and only for events that are of substantial global historical importance. We should not do it for some countries centennial/bicentennial for instance. If this rule had been in effect some of the WWI anniversaries might have thus qualified. Best, Barkeep49 (talk) 07:02, 20 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Support relaxed rules, but keep in mind hat there will probably only few pictured hooks, so if you want something pictured, consider an earlier request. Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:56, 20 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Support - the current proposed July 21 DYK list is: Michael Collins (lead article), Sputnik 1, Luna 2, Félicette, Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova, and Alexei Leonov (Maspalomas Station will replace one of them, TBD). I plan to have them all at the GA level at a minimum. If we decide to do 2/day for the other days of the mission, we can select from existing spaceflight articles that are GA and above, if not enough new GAs are generated. Kees08 (Talk) 16:32, 20 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Support being able to run occasional events like this, for exceptional historic events of indisputable global significance. I expect this topic will be well received by readers and draw positive attention. Alsee (talk) 12:58, 21 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Partial support: This is big enough that I'm willing to bend the rules for July 21, though I agree with Vanamonde that articles that have previously been featured on the main page in a bold link should prevent them from running again at DYK. I do, however, oppose the idea that we should mine long-standing GAs if we decide to include hooks during the rest of the mission, as proposed by Kees08 just above: if we have the hooks available through regular processes, then we can include one or (at most) two on those days, but only those articles that are new, newly expanded, or new GAs between now and then. BlueMoonset (talk) 16:52, 22 March 2019 (UTC)
    To be clear, would you be opposed to Collins appearing in DYK on July 21 if he has not appeared in bold before (pretty sure he has not)? Kees08 (Talk) 01:58, 23 March 2019 (UTC)
    The Collins talk page has no listing of previous DYK, ITN, or OTD appearances, so I have no reason to oppose there; if someone were to find one, I'd still allow it because it wasn't recorded at the time. The exception being allowed here is that the article was not nominated back in October when it became a GA, so it will be a very late GA nomination. (Get it nominated and approved before it loses GA status and its DYK qualification, which happens if the current FAC succeeds...) BlueMoonset (talk) 15:53, 24 March 2019 (UTC)
  • There appears to be near unanimous support to invoke IAR (including myself) in this very special case. I don't see the need to rely on a technicality when the GA-basis would also require IAR to ignore the late nomination. I can nominate it today; I just did not want to preempt the conclusion of this RfC.--- Coffeeandcrumbs 01:57, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
    Just to clarify the "very special case", the next time we would possibly apply such an exception will be in 2025 (the 80th anniversary of end of WWII).--- Coffeeandcrumbs 03:42, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
  • @BlueMoonset:, @Hawkeye7:, @Coffeeandcrumbs: I want to make sure I understand your meaning above, BlueMoonset. Are you saying that if we nominate Michael Collins now, based on its Oct 2018 GA review, you feel we could IAR for the special occasion? But if we don't nominate it now, and it passes FAC, then the GA qualification is nullified and it would not be eligible for IAR? But if we do nominate it now and get the review passed before FA, the FA rating won't affect it? If all you are talking about is to hurry up and nominate it here, and get it approved, then we should run up a nomination template for it. Hawkeye7 or Coffeeamdcrumbs, if you will open the nomination template, I will review it. Or I would be willing to nominate it myself. A DYK hook is never a set-in-granite situation, and we could make changes later on the hook. Please advise. — Maile (talk) 16:06, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Support - sounds good. Anarchyte (talk | work) 07:56, 23 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Support - this celebrates exciting milestones in the history of humankind. I like the discussion above about this being a "very special case." = paul2520 (talk) 13:44, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. Seems like a good ideaa, and I would not object in principle to further items of this type. · · · Peter Southwood (talk): 16:53, 7 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment – Just as an update, here is a mock up of how far we have gotten on this project. Wikipedia:WikiProject Space 2019/Main Page/July 21.--- Coffeeandcrumbs 08:11, 12 April 2019 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the debate. Please do not modify it. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Prep 5: MosqueEdit

@Jupitus Smart:@Chetsford:@Cwmhiraeth:
As this is the English Wikipedia, it would be more appropriate to pipe the name to "Great Mosque of Algiers", which would also identify it as a mosque (rather than a "building"), and also give its location. It might even be a good idea to move this page to Great Mosque of Algiers, in line with Great Mosque of Mecca. The conversion figures in the article and the infobox do not match in reference to the height of the roof and the top floor. Yoninah (talk) 21:05, 7 July 2019 (UTC)
Hmm. Great Mosque of Algiers is already a page referring to Djamaa el Kebir. I think hatnotes are needed on both articles. Yoninah (talk) 21:06, 7 July 2019 (UTC)
Actually, that link for the Great Mosque of Algiers is a redirect page to Djamaa el Kebir. Perhaps the redirect could be changed into a dab. — Maile (talk) 01:27, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
A dab might be in order, as the other Great Mosque has also used the original name, and using the English name may be misleading, even though this is probably the greater of the two mosques now. The roof height has been changed to be in consonance with the other references (it allures to the roof of only the mosque) with the other value being that at the apex of the tower. Jupitus Smart 02:06, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
Djamaa el Djazaïr mosque under construction
Djamaa el Djazaïr mosque under construction
I promoted this hook and I put it in the image slot. I have asked David Levy if he could straighten the image up and crop it a bit, and I suggest we move the hook to a later image slot when one becomes available. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 05:27, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
@Cwmhiraeth: I moved it into the image slot in the same set (Prep 5). The above issues still have to be addressed. Yoninah (talk) 18:09, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
OK, I made a dab page and fixed all the links to the other Great Mosque of Algiers. I'd just like to note that the image shows the mosque and minaret under construction, but the hook says it's newly constructed. We need to adjust the "(pictured)" wording and the image caption. Yoninah (talk) 18:23, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
OK, I think it's pretty obvious from the picture that the mosque isn't "the tallest building in Africa", but the minaret is. In fact, the lead and source says it's the tallest minaret in the world. I would like to suggest tweaking the hook as follows:
ALT2: ... that the new Djamaa el Djazaïr mosque (pictured) has a 265 m (869 ft)-high minaret, the tallest in the world?
Pinging @Jupitus Smart:. Yoninah (talk) 20:32, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
Okay with me. The reason why I didn't harp on the minaret part was because unlike a normal minaret, this one is bigger with museums, halls and the like on different floors. Anyway I don't mind Alt2 as well Jupitus Smart 03:34, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
What about a variation of the original hook? Something like "... that the minaret of the Djamaa el Djazaïr mosque (pictured) is the tallest building in Africa?" ALT2 is also perfectly acceptable to be, but lacks the punch of not mentioning the "tallest in Africa" part. Of course the two hooks could be combined to mention both hook facts, but that could look rather cluttered. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 03:59, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
Seems good enough. I am okay with either. Jupitus Smart 01:41, 10 July 2019 (UTC)
@Jupitus Smart: I think you have enough good information in the article to write a better hook. You could focus on the size of the building and describe some of what it contains, and/or you could mention the minaret. For a lead image, the hook should be better. Yoninah (talk) 19:10, 10 July 2019 (UTC)
I reached this article when I read somewhere that this was the tallest building in Africa. That was what piqued my interest to search for this article, and when I landed here, I couldn't leave without improving it. I personally feel that being the tallest building is its USP, and while we can always consider changing the specifics - like whether to include the fact the taller part is only the minaret, I would want the hook to remain true to its claim of one of the tallest structures. Jupitus Smart 16:32, 12 July 2019 (UTC)

  Could someone with the appropriate skills improve this image, now in Prep 5, by making the minaret vertical. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 05:14, 10 July 2019 (UTC)

Re-pinging @David Levy:. Yoninah (talk) 19:06, 10 July 2019 (UTC)
Yoninah: Apologies for the delay. I've cropped, rotated and enhanced the image. —David Levy 23:07, 10 July 2019 (UTC)
@David Levy: I didn't think it could be done, but you did it! Thanks! Yoninah (talk) 07:48, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/Nozomi NishidaEdit

As the subject's birthday is coming up, I hope it's okay if I ask that a second review of the hooks proposed in the nomination be done as soon as possible. Thank you. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 01:20, 8 July 2019 (UTC)

Giving this another ping since July 22 is coming close. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 21:47, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
{{Re|Zanhe} are you by any chance active, and available to give a second review of the hooks? — Maile (talk) 21:54, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
Wait, never mind. Completely forgot that Gerda already approved this a few days ago. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 21:58, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
I moved the hook to the Special Occasions holding area for July 22. We'll have to move one of the current person hooks out of Prep 6 to make room for it, and will do so after another prep set opens up. Yoninah (talk) 22:04, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

Prep 5Edit

@Gerda Arendt, SJ Morg, and Cwmhiraeth: Is it me or is this hook a bit complicated? It seems to be filled with too much information, when given the hook fact, it could probably be shortened to something more succinct. At the very least, the hook probably needs to be reworded. Alternatively, if a more succinct hook won't work, there are other possible hooks. For example:

Finally, the sentence "It was the first production by the company that had produced the world premiere in 1912" sounds off to me. How can the new production be the "first production" if the company had also produced the work's world premiere? Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 12:22, 8 July 2019 (UTC)

The hook could be stopped after "Klang", but what follows gives him more prominence: this Italian director was invited to stage a very important German opera in Germany (where good directors are abundant, and it's quite remarkable that he wasn't hired for an Italian work, - which actually happened because it was his preference). ALT2: yes but those two operas are commonplace, I'd prefer the one banned by the Nazis, as you worded for Herlischka, remember? We (project opera) don't only want to introduce him, but also a work that deserves more attention. ALT3 is unacceptable as something you could say about hundreds of stage directors, striking. Will work on the sentence. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:33, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
Also: "for his work" is unprecise if we don't say what kind of work. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:59, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
The "It was the first production by the company that had produced the world premiere in 1912" sentence appears to not have been resolved. Does "It was first production of the opera by the company since its world premiere in 1912" sound better, or is that inaccurate? As for the "those two operas are commonplace" statement, opera readers are unlikely to know that it is so. Finally: "We (project opera) don't only want to introduce him, but also a work that deserves more attention". There's probably a better way to accomplish both objectives while not sticking to the original hook wording. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 00:52, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
I don't know when you looked. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:19, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
That's strange, when I checked it was still under the old wording. In any case, the wording is clearer though could probably still be rephrased further (like changing "after" to "since"). Second opinions on the hook would also be welcome here. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 11:15, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
@Gerda Arendt:@Narutolovehinata5: I have been a little under-the-weather (tired or not feeling well) this week, or else I would have commented sooner. That aforementioned edit was to an earlier sentence (the one most relevant for DYK), not to the confusingly worded sentence mentioned by Narutolovehinata5, and previously mentioned by me on the review page. I have reverted it because no source has been provided to support the claim that the 2019 production was the first production of Der ferne Klang at Oper Frankfurt since the 1912 one there. The original hook had included that claim, and I was obliged to reject it due to lack of a supporting source. It was a more interesting hook, but the nominator was unable to provide a supporting source, a DYK requirement. With regard to the confusing sentence, "It was the first production by the company that had produced the world premiere in 1912", I have removed it entirely, for now, because it remains unclear (but it is not needed to support the DYK hook facts). In my review, and then again on her talk page, I asked Gerda Arendt to clarify it, but I did not understand her response on her talk page. I intended to seek clarification again, or delete the sentence, but forgot. As to the wording of ALT1 (the hook at the top of this discussion): I do not feel that it is too long, and I accept the nominator's arguments for preferring it over the three alternatives suggested here by Narutolovehinata5. However, I am not sure that the last phrase – "where the world premiere had been performed in 1912?" – is needed to support the goals Gerda said that she and WikiProject Opera were trying to accomplish here, so maybe the hook should end after Oper Frankfurt. SJ Morg (talk) 12:16, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
The issue with the original hook, if you remove the mention of the world premiere, is that it's basically a "director directed a play" hook, which isn't really interesting in the grand scheme of things. It would be like saying "did you know that Director A, who directed Film X, recently directed Film Y?", which isn't a hooky format at all without additional context. And the term "recently" is too vague, even if we had to go with Gerda's suggested wording. There has to be a better way to fulfill WikiProject Opera's goals while still sticking to the spirit of DYK's rules; we can't give opera-related hooks special treatment just because they have certain goals, we should treat such nominations with the same standards as any other nomination. As it stands, I don't think the original hook is going to work out. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 12:52, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
I was out all day, and not sue I read this right. Why should we not mention the premiere, which adds weight to the production? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:34, 14 July 2019 (UTC)

POTD/Parkes Observatory and DYK/Maspalomas StationEdit

There appears to be a conflict between the above two blurbs from different sections of the Main Page. Both seem to claim to have received the signal from Apollo 11 during the Moon landing. Pinging DYK nominator Cnbrb and the reviewer Mike Peel. Also Gronk Oz and Dmmaus who contributed the most to the Parkes Observatory article + Ravenpuff.

@Kees08 and Hawkeye7: were radio signals sent separately from the televisionvideo signals? The Apollo 11 article does not mention Maspalomas Station. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 08:48, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

If I recall correctly, multiple ground stations were used to receive signals transmitted from the Moon, in order to maintain a constant transmission as the Earth rotates. Parkes Observatory and Maspalomas Station are on opposite sides of the world, so it's entirely plausible that both were used to received signals from Apollo 11. — RAVENPVFF · talk · 09:02, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
Yes, but the Apollo 11 article says: "The signal was received at Goldstone in the United States, but with better fidelity by Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station near Canberra in Australia. Minutes later the feed was switched to the more sensitive Parkes radio telescope in Australia." No mention of Maspalomas Station.
The DYK hook claims that "signals broadcast from the first Moon landing in 1969 first arrived at Maspalomas Station in the Canary Islands". --- Coffeeandcrumbs 09:11, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
I don't know the definitive answer to this, but I note that the DYK for Maspalomas mentions that it received Armstrong's words upon stepping onto the moon. This took place some 6.5 hours after the landing. This would be enough time for Goldstone/Parkes to receive the landing, and Maspalomas to come into view by the rotation of Earth ready to receive the stepping on the moon 6.5 hours later. -dmmaus (talk) 09:19, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
All my sources say that the words were received by Honeysuckle and Parkes. The story there is rich in detail. CSIRO NASA I also checked Tracking Apollo to the Moon by Hamish Lindsay [1] specifically pp. 236-237, which includes radio transcripts. There is no mention of Maspalomas. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 09:36, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
I have no other information than the sources that I added to the article. If they are reliable sources and then other reliable sources contradict them then I have no idea which is correct. I don't think I can add any more to this discussion. Withdraw the DYK if it's not up to standard - I just thought it might be a nice addition on the anniversary. Cnbrb (talk) 10:20, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
The Maspalomas Station article says that 'Maspalomas was the first place on Earth to receive the transmission of Neil Armstrong's famous words, "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind"' with several sources. So a small change to the DYK hook to clarify which signals it is talking about should do the job.--Gronk Oz (talk) 11:31, 9 July 2019 (UTC) is the only one source that says the station received the "one small step.." message. The other two more reliable sources (I think) say that Maspalomas was the first to make contact with the astronauts "sixteen minutes after its launch" on July 16. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 14:40, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
Just to point out that there are several other sources in Spanish that claim that Maspalomas first received the 'one small step' - e.g., [2], [3]. There's an ESA page at [4] that says "For the Apollo 11 Moonlanding and first Moon walk, Maspalomas station was the real-time, 'hot' back-up for the MSFN station at Fresnedillas, Madrid." - but that just adds another contender here! Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 08:34, 10 July 2019 (UTC)
Indeed, some Spanish sources do make the claim of being "the first" to receive Armstrong's transmission. I've re-checked the ESA interview with Valeriano Claros-Guerra and while he seems to support the claim, we might also infer that Maspalomas was secondary to the Madrid station: "For the Apollo 11 Moonlanding and first Moon walk, Maspalomas station was the real-time, 'hot' back-up for the MSFN station at Fresnedillas, Madrid." I've added "according to some accounts" to the article, hopefully to make it a more reliable description of events in 1969. Cnbrb (talk) 10:22, 10 July 2019 (UTC)
We should refocus the hook on 16 July instead. Cabañas, Nadjejda Vicente (2009), La cuenta atrás. De la carrera espacial al turismo cósmico makes the undisputed claim that "At 16 minutes into the launch of Apollo 11, the voice of Neil Armstrong came loud and clear to Maspalomas... it is estimated that some 200 Spaniards participated in this historic mission in one way or another."
I believe the fact that Maspalomas was the first to re-establish a signal with Apollo 11, when Houston lost signal after 16 minutes into launch, has been conflated and exaggerated over the decades to get us to this point. The evidence that stations in Australia were in contact during the first steps on the Moon is overwhelming. Europressa even makes the stupid claim that the Astronauts landed on the Moon on 16 July. But the fact that Maspalomas Station was crucial during launch day (16 July) is indisputable and can be heard here. You can hear specific discussion about switching to Canary Island and the station remains in contact for several more minutes after Houston losses contact. I suggest focusing the hook on that claim. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 14:36, 10 July 2019 (UTC)
It's up to @Cnbrb:, but refocusing sounds reasonable to me. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 17:49, 10 July 2019 (UTC)
I am fine with refocusing. Cnbrb (talk) 18:18, 10 July 2019 (UTC)
@Cnbrb, Mike Peel, Cwmhiraeth, Yoninah, and Maile66:
  • Alt 3 "... that about sixteen minutes after the launch of Apollo 11, Maspalomas Station in the Canary Islands was the first ground station to make contact with the astronauts in Earth orbit?"
Below is a rough translation of the source:
It was time to take the flight to the Moon and the Gran Canaria station continued to play a fundamental role: it was the first to detect the entry into orbit of spacecraft and to communicate with astronauts after insertion, thus providing a "unique coverage" for the command centers of Cape Canaveral in the initial phase of the missions, when the capsule was still close to Earth. "Maspalomas, the first station in the world that comes into contact with the spacecraft", was the headline of the newspaper La Vanguardia on July 17, 1969, the day that the most famous astronauts in history were heading towards the Moon.
At 16 minutes of the launch of Apollo 11, the voice of Neil Armstrong came loud and clear to Maspalomas. The station recorded everything the astronauts talked about, recorded their heart rate and kept in touch with the crew during their journey to the Moon, remaining closed to all contact with the outside world. In coordination with the Madrid station of Robledo de Chavela, it is estimated that some 200 Spaniards participated in this historic mission in one way or another.
It would be great to have this hook run on 16 July. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 09:22, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
If other editors agree that this is factually accurate, I am happy with this change. 09:27, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
It's a little longer than I'd prefer, but looks OK to me. Can you copy this over to Template:Did you know nominations/Maspalomas Station please, for the record? Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 09:34, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
I have shortened and copied into the template. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 09:44, 11 July 2019 (UTC) --- Coffeeandcrumbs 09:45, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

Image size of lead hooksEdit

It's been a while since I nominated an article, but it seems to me that the nomination template image is automatically sized as "width=133x150". Once promoted as a lead hook, an admin usually adjusts that, either in Queue or while it's on the main page, to something more like "width=150". Should the coding be changed on the nomination template so that it automatically shows the correct size? I don't know enough about the technical details to know. — Maile (talk) 23:47, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

Maile, my understanding is that the best size/width value depends on the actual dimensions of the image: tall rectangles vs. short rectangles vs. squares (or near squares). Pinging David Levy, who makes the bulk of the width changes so the image is the appropriate size to match other images on the page. We've typically adjusted the nomination module in the past when image size changes are warranted; they've grown in size over time. David, are we at that point? BlueMoonset (talk) 05:07, 10 July 2019 (UTC)
I set the 133x150px default width in response to the most recent size increase (from 100px to 120px). It functions as a fallback (in the event that no size is specified manually), intended to accommodate the variety of aspect ratios as reasonably as possible.
Optimal sizing usually requires case-by-case attention, which I'm happy to provide (though others are welcome to, of course).
Square images should be about 140x140px (sometimes adjusted slightly to match other images on the main page). Typically, portrait-oriented images should be 120px in width and landscape-oriented images should be 120px in height. For images with extreme aspect ratios (e.g., 2:1), this is reduced significantly. (As a rule of thumb, the greater of the two dimensions shouldn't exceed 200px.)
If I leave the default 133x150px image size unchanged, this probably means that it generates an appropriate result (and doesn't require replacement). —David Levy 18:30, 10 July 2019 (UTC)

Prep 6Edit

@Quetzal1964, Royroydeb, and Cwmhiraeth:The hook is okay but somehow I feel that it could be better. Like perhaps additional context could be added here? Since I don't think more readers know what a moray is, which could hurt the appeal of the hook. A picture of either species would have probably made the hook a lot more appealing. One other option could be to state that Diplecogaster refers to the belly, though since that fact applies to the whole genus rather than the species, I'm not sure if it would be an acceptable alternative. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 00:16, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

The source does not have any more information on the cleaning activity. The clingfish is tiny compared to the moray eel, but then cleaning fish normally are. You could try

The 50th anniversary of the Moon landing is almost here!Edit

After nearly a year's wait, the special occasion hooks for July 16–24 are ready to run! There are a lot of image hooks, not all of which will run. I'd like to run the first image hook on July 16, and have returned the XIX Army Corps image hook to WP:DYKNA as it is the third in a series of WWII black and white people hooks running in the same week. This hook can be re-promoted later.

In the meantime, has a mock-up been made for the set (or two sets) for July 21? Then we promoters can start checking them. Pinging Coffeeandcrumbs for guidance here. Thanks, Yoninah (talk) 10:51, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

Below is my recommended schedule for the week:
July 16
July 17
July 18
July 20
July 21 (please save these for July 21)
July 22–24
Really, I would have no qualms if you did whatever you felt best for the days outside of July 21. I recommend spreading them out. I have a special set prepared for July 21 (missing one hook). Hopefully, either Luna 2 or Valentina Tereshkova will be ready in time. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 11:18, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, Coffeeandcrumbs, your clear outline is much appreciated. Yoninah (talk) 11:23, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
Luna 2 has been nominated for DYK. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 22:45, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
@Coffeeandcrumbs: since Maspalomas Station is a definite special occasion hook for July 16, can we move Roger B. Chaffee to a different set? We have too many U.S.-based hooks in this set. Yoninah (talk) 22:51, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
Sure, but I am only seeing four in the set. Isn't the rule to avoid more than half (i.e. > 4)? I was hoping to put gap days in to avoid complaints of too many days in a row with a space theme. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 23:08, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
Yes, but two U.S. astronaut hooks is a bit too much. Yoninah (talk) 23:20, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
@Coffeeandcrumbs: if we have to fit in everything between July 16 and 24, I think the above schedule works. I moved Roger B. Chaffee to July 17. Slowly getting readers excited about the Moon landing anniversary. Yoninah (talk) 23:32, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
You don't need my blessing. But if you want it, you have it, unequivocally. If I see an issue I will say something. But right now, for what it is worth, I could not be happier. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 23:39, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
@Coffeeandcrumbs: another question. The set for July 21 seems to be focusing on all aspects of space flight, not singularly the Moon landing, which to me means that the hook selection is not written in stone for July 21. IMO the image hook for Mae Jemison really deserves main page exposure, but you have other (male) astronauts lined up for the image slot that day. Can we run Jemison a different day? Yoninah (talk) 15:27, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
My original goal for the July 21 slot was to showcase other 'firsts' that occurred during the Space Race, and to try to advertise Soviet Union accomplishments (Luna 2, Zond 5, Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova), that other countries were launching rockets too (Felicette), that animals were launched in tests (Felicette again), that women were involved (albeit not in great numbers due to policies at that time) (Tereshkova again). Then Collins was the lead so he had the photo at DYK, Armstrong at TFA, and Aldrin at OTD. With all that, maybe switch Jemison with Chaffee? That way she can have the lead image slot, and the July 21 day stays focused on the Space Race era. With all that wall of text, whatever happens I am happy with, feel free to make whatever choices make sense. Just wanted to write out the rationale for the articles that we expanded so our intentions were clear. Kees08 (Talk) 16:58, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
All of the July 21st hooks are Firsts in Space: first satellite, first impactor on the moon, first docking in space, first Earthlings, first cat, first man, (I'm missing first woman), first black woman, and the photo spot (special occassion) for the man who was part of the Apollo 11 crew (first humans on the moon), who was also the first man to walk in space twice.
There is a theme that traces the history of space exploration. I know the Mae Jemison photo is nice but she will have her day on September 12 as a picture of the day. And I will get that article to FA by next year and get her on TFA. Please keep the set intact. I and @Kees08: worked hard to put that set together. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 17:00, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
I am cool with this suggestion (or the other, really). I am mostly happy these important articles are in good shape now :). Kees08 (Talk) 17:03, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Template:Did you know nominations/Luna 2 has been approved. Yoninah (talk) 01:28, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
    I think NASA Astronaut Group 5 deserves a photo spot (if you will permit me to say that since it is not my work). Although McCandless did work CAPCOM during the moon walk portion of Apollo 11 and several of the members of the selection group had support roles during the mission, the article doesn't have a particular connection to the anniversary. So if we do not have room by July 24, some later date like August 31 (McCandless' retirement date) would be fine. This featured photo deserves something special. It hasn't been on the Main Page for at least the past 8 years. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 13:37, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
Michael Collins in prep 5

@Mandarax: The addition of previously is not necessary and gives the confusing impression that somehow that distinction has been lost. Collins is/was/will always be the first person to perform EVAs twice in his career. He also will forever hold the distinction of being the first person to perform EVAs twice in the same mission. See list of spacewalkers. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 12:12, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

We should also use the technical term Extravehicular activity or the very commonly used acronym EVA. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 13:20, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
Before my edit, it said "that Michael Collins (pictured), the command module pilot for Apollo 11, was the first person to perform two spacewalks in an earlier mission?" That sounds like it's saying that someone else may have done two during that particular mission, but he was the first. I changed it to make it clear that he was the first to do it in any single mission. It seemed that "earlier" was there to make the distinction that this didn't happen during Apollo 11, which is why I added "previously", since "earlier" was no longer there. But you're right that "previously" isn't necessary, so I've removed it. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 16:58, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
"EVA", even if linked, is far less comprehensible to the average reader than "spacewalk". Yoninah (talk) 17:23, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
Yoninah and Mandarax, if you will permit me to nitpick some more considering I maybe one of those blamed for any errors. To avoid late complaints about the Collin's first EVA being a "standup" EVA ... ("A "Stand-up" EVA (SEVA) is when an astronaut does not fully leave a spacecraft, but is completely reliant on the spacesuit for environmental support.") ... I suggest changing spacewalk to extravehicular activity. After thinking about the wording some more I suggest the following:
That is only 187 characters. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 21:10, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
@Coffeeandcrumbs: but it is too wordy. If we're going to have 9 hooks and not leave out David Scott, the hooks have to be short and punchy. ALT1a is not. Please come up with one short, pithy, immediately understandable hook fact. Yoninah (talk) 21:26, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

Prep 5: TricksterEdit

  • ... that Agadzagadza is a trickster from Nigerian mythology who is responsible for bringing death to humankind?
@You've got Koalatee: @Gardneca: @Lee Vilenski: @MrClog:
The article has been tagged with several uncited paragraphs and statements that must be taken care of before this hits the main page. Thank you, Yoninah (talk) 22:38, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
It's been nearly 48 hours, and the nomination has been scheduled to be promoted in little more than a day. I've pulled it from prep and reopened the nomination while citation issues are being worked. The discussion can continue there. BlueMoonset (talk) 21:12, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

Prep 1Edit

@Epicgenius, ComplexRational, and Cwmhiraeth: This hook sounds really niche and is honestly kinda hard to understand. Can something else be used as the hook instead? I know the reviewer stated their preference for this hook, but looking at the nomination again, ALT0 and to a lesser extent ALT1 actually sound more appealing to a broad audience. Another potential direction, which wasn't raised in the nomination, could be to mention that the tubes have a sharp curve to avoid demolishing basements (the specific quote is: This sharp curve, which follows the streets above it, was necessitated to avoid the demolition of preexisting basements during construction.). Thoughts? Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 23:40, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

Narutolovehinata5, sure. How about this: ... that the Uptown Hudson Tubes in New York City make sharp curves to avoid the demolition of preexisting basements during construction? epicgenius (talk) 23:54, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
Could be rephrased to something like "basement during its construction" or something to that effect, but it sounds better. Would like to hear ComplexRational's thoughts though since they were the original reviewer. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 00:00, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
When I originally suggested ALT2, I will admit that I found it interesting, and it stood out more than ALT0 and ALT1 because it seemed that many other engineering projects took several decades to complete. I can see how it may sound niche, so I will suggest a possible rephrasing, but will not object to dropping it altogether if no satisfactory wording is found. I'm also fine with ALT0 or the new hook proposed here (which I'll call ALT3) with a small correction.
ALT2a:... that two more sets of subway tunnels were later built around and below the Uptown Hudson Tubes under Sixth Avenue in New York City?
ALT3a:... that the Uptown Hudson Tubes in New York City were constructed with sharp curves to avoid the demolition of preexisting basements?
ALT3b:... that the Uptown Hudson Tubes in New York City make sharp curves to avoid the demolition of preexisting basements during their construction?
Any other suggestions or alternate phrasings are of course welcome. ComplexRational (talk) 13:52, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
ALT2a is clearer but ultimately doesn't solve the nicheness issue. A new reviewer here is needed to make a final decision. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 02:00, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
As this set is about to be promoted to queue, I have returned this nomination to the approved page for further work on the hook. Yoninah (talk) 20:40, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

Prep 5: WNSW (Maine)Edit

I think this hook violates gen4: hooks that focus unduly on negative aspects of living individuals. It takes trivia from the deep recesses of Stephen King's life and magnifies it. I know its supposed to be funny, but I bet King won't find it funny. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 00:01, 12 July 2019 (UTC)

@Raymie: Yoninah (talk) 00:10, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
I don't think it's that bad. It was a business decision, and King is still in the radio station business. Would it be easier to handle if "killed off" were changed out? Raymie (tc) 00:14, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
After having read numerous books written by King, I don't believe the hook focuses negatively on King. This is a guy whose specialty is making our hair stand on end with creepy characters, a killer Saint Bernard dog, mentally unbalanced teens, or demonized automobiles. — Maile (talk) 00:35, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
Ok. I won't stand in the way. But how about "... that a Carpenter sold a WGUY to Sherwood who sold it to Stone?"
Because at one time there were two WGUYs. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 00:44, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
That doesn't make sense. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 01:00, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
Where did I lose you? Sherwood? --- Coffeeandcrumbs 01:18, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
  • ALT2 " ... that Tabitha and Stephen King were the final owners of Bangor, Maine radio station WNSW when it went off the air in 1995, after 48 years of broadcasting?" — Maile (talk) 01:55, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
It was in the Bangor area, but not actually in Bangor. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 03:51, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
Does ALT2 take it out of the quirky? I was a little hesitant about the hook too, but it was over twenty years ago and the source says no jobs were even lost. --valereee (talk) 10:07, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
We can swap with Prep 5: Roosevelt hook and think about it some more. There should be no U.S./BIO imbalance since both hooks are similar in type. Roosevelt is definitely dead. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 10:24, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
Okay, switched. --valereee (talk) 13:30, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
Since Prep 5 could be promoted to queue at any time, I've pushed WNSW back further, to Prep 3. (Even if the source says no jobs were lost, the point here is that the impression is left that King did a bad thing, which is what will stay with people who see the hook but don't read the article.) BlueMoonset (talk) 12:45, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
I would recommend against ALT2; it goes far off-topic about the radio station itself. Yoninah (talk) 18:28, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

Oldest nominations needing DYK reviewersEdit

The previous list was archived a few hours ago, so here is an updated list with 38 nominations that need reviewing, which covers those through June 20. Right now we have a total of 347 nominations, of which 169 have been approved. Thanks to everyone who reviews these, especially those over two months old, three of which just need hook reviews.

Over three months old:

Over two months old:

Over one month old:

Other old nominations:

Please remember to cross off entries as you finish reviewing them (unless you're asking for further review), even if the review was not an approval. Many thanks! BlueMoonset (talk) 04:18, 12 July 2019 (UTC)

Erik WerbaEdit

Please take a look at Template:Did you know nominations/Erik Werba. Narutolovehinata5 found the hook not "appealing", and marked for closure. He then also closed it. First question: how is that a person taught at one of the leading Academies for Classical music (Vienna) for decades not interesting - which I believe is not equal to "appealing"? Second question: should't someone else perform any closing? Third question: do we need to discuss again if "interesting" is equal to "appealing". --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:17, 12 July 2019 (UTC)

Coincidentally, at the same you were writing this, I noticed that a nom I had given an " " to had not been transcluded to WP:DYKN. (I had come across it in Category:Pending DYK nominations.) I took the extra step of adding it to the noms page where someone else will see it and close it. So, this is my long-winded way of saying that in my opinion, the answer to your second question is yes, someone other than the reviewer should do any closing. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 07:57, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
Firstly, there's nothing against the rules where someone who has marked a nomination for closure is not allowed to do the closure itself later on if circumstances permit it and in fact is not uncommon, as Yoninah can attest. Secondly, the reason I had closed the nom was becausae Gerda was unable to propose a new hook and it had been over a month since the reply, which made be believe that she had abandoned the nomination; I apologize if this was not the intent. Thirdly, the issue with the hook is that it didn't make clear what is so important with Werba in the first place. If you, as you say, that he taught at a leading academy for music, then the hook doesn't imply it at all, and this knowledge is not something that should be assumed to be known by the average reader. Had the connection been obvious or explained better, then perhaps a hook that focused on that could have worked. As it stands, the hook only makes sense to those who are familiar with the European classical music scene, especially since the hook actually not only mentioned his stint at the school, but also mentioned two other personalities who are also obscure outside of classical music circles. I would suggest that, if this is to move forward, I would suggest that for the hook, it would be a better option to just stick to the Wiener Musikakademie association and drop the mentions of Seefied and Schreier. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 08:40, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
Thank you, Mandarax. Narutolovehinata5, thank you for reopening, and we should not discuss here and at the nom, - only there, which I did. In a nutshell: no, you don't have to be familiar with classical music at all to be impressed by someone teaching whatever subject at whatever institution with an article (so somewhat notable) for more than forty years, imho. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:55, 12 July 2019 (UTC)

Waiver for The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright?Edit

This article was created June 25, but because the World Heritage vote to list did not occur until this week, most editing (and news coverage) did not occur until this week.[5] Much of this weeks additions occur in the formation and Description prose in the list (which is not usually included in "readable prose size"). If we include this in readable prose size it perhaps meets expansion criteria (5X) but at any rate, requesting a waiver? Alanscottwalker (talk) 20:14, 12 July 2019 (UTC)

I personally don't have any problem with IAR on this. We're only talking about a gap of 10 days. What do others say? — Maile (talk) 20:38, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
According to the QPQ check, if you nominate the article for DYK, it would be your first DYK credit. We tend to relax the seven days requirement for DYK newcomers so I think this case can be allowed. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 01:59, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
Thanks but no, not my first DYK. The first author of the stub, perhaps, their first DYK. Alanscottwalker (talk) 09:39, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
That's strange, the DYKcheck tool lists no previous credits for you. With that said, while the date requirement could be ignored, the expansion requirement is somewhat more strictly implemented and is usually only relaxed in exceptional circumstances. Thus, if you still want it to run, the 5x expansion requirement needs to be met as soon as possible. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 09:52, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
Narutolovehinata5 What DYK check tool are you referring to? The one I use to check the date, length (etc.) of the article, does not mention the nominator's history, only the history of the nomination. On any nomination template, in the right-hand toolbox, is a QPQ check tool that tells you how many previous nominations a person has. Even with that one, I understand it's not always 100% accurate. — Maile (talk) 10:51, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
I was actually using QPQ check. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 10:52, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
OK. But to explain my thinking this is how the article appeared at the close of the 25th and this is how it appears after all the recent edits when the 'new' info hit this past week. That change seems to be within the 'spirit' of the rules, if not the letter. Alanscottwalker (talk) 11:42, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
We are really talking about granting two waivers here, for date and for length. However, it's a quality article and just the sort of new article that DYK should be displaying, so I agree that we should IAR in this case. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 05:06, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
Same, ignore the rules in this case. The article could easily meet the length and date rules formally by moving descriptions to prose, but please don't, - it looks much better as it is. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:55, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

Thanks to all who responded, and for your time, due to various circumstances, I am withdrawing this request. Thanks again Alanscottwalker (talk) 18:47, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

Strange: no viewsEdit

I can normally see the views for articles but not for Two Motets, Op. 74 (Brahms). Help? Explanation? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:00, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

Gerda Arendt, do you mean in here? I'm able to load it and can give you specific dates, if you would like. StudiesWorld (talk) 15:14, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
When I click on the link, I get a noscript warning. - Yes, please, the peak in July. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:17, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
I see a peak of 691 on 6 July; I have no idea why the link may not work for you, Gerda. Vanamonde (Talk) 16:28, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
Gerda has NoScript on her browser, as do I (Firefox). I just got the same error message, and it's saying that there is a script that might be dangerous. Today, it was telling me that about anything on The error message gives options to block, allow one time, or allow all links to there. I've had it before, and I click to allow all. I mean ... what is the choice? — Maile (talk) 16:39, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

Prep 4 - 5-1/2 hours to main pageEdit

Casliber Rockwarbler


  • ... that the cave-nesting rockwarbler was once known as the "hanging dick" because of its pendulous nest?


  • "The Rockwarbler was once known as the ‘Hanging Dick’ because of its pendulous nest, which is a domed structure with an entrance at the side. "

A little too close to the source wording. I was looking at the nomination template, and the suggested alts pretty much are close paraphrasing of that one sentence. Could you come up with another, please? — Maile (talk) 18:39, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

Dammit I wasn't thinking - had it different in the article. Will look now Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 19:00, 13 July 2019 (UTC) ok I changed it now Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 20:59, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. — Maile (talk) 21:01, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

Administrator neededEdit

Could an administrator promote Prep 5 to the queue so we have more time to work on the July 21 Moon landing set (Prep 5)? Thanks, Yoninah (talk) 00:12, 14 July 2019 (UTC)

  Done — Maile (talk) 00:19, 14 July 2019 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/Jew with a coinEdit

I had marked this nomination for closure as it had been stuck since May (it has since been closed by SL93). In my comment, I mentioned that there appeared to be "possible fringe topics concerns", referencing the objections left by MyMoloboaccount and concerns about neutrality left by Piotrus. The nominator Icewhiz has taken issue with my wording, saying that the person being used as a source (which, from my admittedly limited reading of the nomination, appeared to be the main issue bogging it down) was reliable, contrary to the claims made by MyMoloboaccount. I am starting this discussion to see if a third party would be willing to take a look at this and see if there is a possible way forward or a compromise that could be reached. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 09:49, 14 July 2019 (UTC)

The nomination should be good to go - it was waiting, since May, for an actual uninvolved editor to come and make a review. MyMoloboaccount (who is involved) objected specifically to Joanna Tokarska-Bakir (who is Chair of the Ethnic and National Relations Study, Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw - [6] - and certainly is not fringe!). There are no tags on the page (and haven't been for a while), Piotrus agreed to some of the hooks, MyMoloboaccount objected specifically to Tokarska-Bakir (without much policy basis) - even if we accept this objection - this leaves 3 hooks that are good to go (no Tokarska-Bakir, present in current stable article) - the main one, ALT1, and ALT4. Icewhiz (talk) 09:56, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
I'm fine with it being reopened for more discussion, but the thing is that I don't know how to undo a closure. SL93 (talk) 14:56, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
@SL93: The way I undo a closure is to click "undo" for the appropriate edit on the DYK nomination's page [7]. I think you also need to return the DYK template to the appropriate place on the not-yet-approved nominations' page. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 17:42, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
@Cwmhiraeth: There have been two subsequent edits so I can't undo it. SL93 (talk) 23:24, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
I have reopened this nomination. I will try to do the review myself but I am have limited time right now. I placed it back into the list of nominations needing review, for anyone that is interested in doing the review. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 12:25, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

I can't see much wrong with the article, there are lots of sources quoted other than Tokarska-Bakir, who really only gets a couple of lines. Since her claims have been challenged however, I would strike the hooks referencing her views as UNDUE. I personally like the original hook as it is the most explanatory. I find ALT2 and 4 to be the least interesting as ALT2 is a predictable response and ALT4 doesn't say much about the tradition itself, but again, so long as the hooks mentioning Tokarska-Bakir are avoided, the nomination looks acceptable to me and would probably do well as a lead (though I note the copyright status of the image is currently under discussion). Gatoclass (talk) 14:55, 14 July 2019 (UTC)

France men's vs French men's?Edit

... that Patrick Francheterre played for, coached and managed the France men's national ice hockey team, and helped cover expenses when the French Ice Hockey Federation went bankrupt?

Should this article be at French men's national ice hockey team? I don't sports, so this is something I'm not super familiar with?

Flibirigit StudiesWorld Cwmhiraeth --valereee (talk) 14:15, 14 July 2019 (UTC)

No, it should not be French men's. The article title uses the standard naming conventions accepted at WP:HOCKEY for national teams. Flibirigit (talk) 14:45, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
Valereee, I'm not sure about any particulars with hockey, but just a few days ago ITN had the United States women's national soccer team and this would seem to be the equivalent phrasing. StudiesWorld (talk) 14:56, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
Okey-doke, just wanted to make sure we weren't going to have someone moving the article halfway through its appearance on the main page. :) --valereee (talk) 15:08, 14 July 2019 (UTC)

Queue 5Edit

Digital media use and mental health has been pulled for further information.

@Cwmhiraeth: @Yoninah: I have pulled this for further review. @Farang Rak Tham: did both the GA review and the DYK review. Additionally, Farang Rak Tham is listed as one of the editors, along with nominiator @E.3:. Farang Rak Tham has a note on the nomination template that they didn't actually do the editing, but the article statics page shows Farang Rak Tham made 46 edits. I leave the decision here for other eyes. If I erred in pulling this nomination, then put it back in. But at the least, I don't believe the GA reviewer should be the same as the DYK reviewer. — Maile (talk) 23:46, 14 July 2019 (UTC)

IIRC (correct me if I'm wrong), it's either not allowed or it's strongly discouraged that GA reviewers also review the DYK; they are however allowed to nominate the new GA. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 01:46, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
  • @Farang Rak Tham: only made minor copyedits AFAIK, but he did the GA review which was stated in the DYK review. --[E.3][chat2][me] 04:11, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the feedback, and I will keep this in mind, though I'd appreciate a link to the policy or guideline concerned. Regardless, Yoninah has already approved of the alt4 hook, after I asked him for help, so this seems to me an abundance of caution.--Farang Rak Tham (Talk) 08:49, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
Farang Rak Tham - Supplementary guidelines-Rules for evaluating other people's hooks and articles "H2: You're not allowed to approve your own hook or article, nor may you review an article if it's a recently listed Good Article that you either nominated or reviewed for GA (though you can still nominate it for DYK). DYK novices are strongly discouraged from confirming articles that are subject to active arbitration remedies, as are editors active in those areas. Use common sense here, and avoid even the appearance of conflict of interest. A valid DYK nomination will readily be confirmed by a neutral editor." — Maile (talk) 11:30, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
  • My apologies to everyone that this was a last-minute pull. As you can see by the timeline, it was 7 minutes away from being on the main page. I have referenced the policy directly above this, which I just found this morning. I seriously wish we had all our rules and policies condensed on one page. Farang Rak Tham it may well be that a neutral reviewer may pass this nomination with no issues. But we have numerous admins out there in different time zones who may have pulled this off the main page, with little more than a couple of words in the edit summary of the pull. I would prefer nothing gets pulled while on the main page, and caught this in a last-minute spot check. — Maile (talk) 12:13, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Apologies accepted, and I apologize for not being aware of the prohibition on GA reviewers reviewing DYKs.--Farang Rak Tham (Talk) 13:26, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
  • No worries everyone it's just a little DYK, what a long discussion! Thanks --[E.3][chat2][me] 09:47, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Question on repeat DYKsEdit

Question: if something has previously appeared at DYK due to being a new article or 5x expansion, then is subsequently promoted to GA or FA, is it eligible for a repeat appearance? Chetsford (talk) 04:15, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

Sorry Chetsford, articles may only appear on DYK once. Gatoclass (talk) 04:26, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
Got it - thanks! Chetsford (talk) 04:43, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
There is one exception though: occasionally, a previously-run DYK hook will sometimes be used again to replace hooks that have been pulled, or if the DYK section is too short compared to the rest of the new page. It doesn't happen very often though and when it does happen, the hook that is repeated tends to be a random one (i.e. not a pre-selected one). Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 04:45, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

Prep 5: Help neededEdit

Editors are needed to promote these hooks to their reserved slots in Prep 5 (I reviewed them):

Thanks, Yoninah (talk) 17:27, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

Just a note.... All five hooks currently in Prep 5 are "first"s. So are the above four. This will be the first time we've ever had nine hooks, each about the first of something. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 18:31, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
I think that's the point. Also, this is the first time we've had 9 (or 8, depending on how long the set turns out to be) hooks all credited to the same nominator. Yoninah (talk) 20:22, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, I hadn't seen that. I thought it was appropriate, to commemorate a historic first, but I somehow wasn't sure if it was intentional. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 20:37, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
Take a look at the Main Page for the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. The 3 pictures in FA, DYK, and ITN jump out at you and leave no room for doubt as to what day this is. Yoninah (talk) 20:49, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
I was well aware of the commemorations, but, urggh, I hadn't seen how the Main Page would appear. I imagine that using three nearly identical photos was by design to, as you say, "jump out at you", but in my opinion it was a poor design choice. Oh, well. I guess that's just me. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 21:30, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
I think it's nice, and POTD is Apollo relayed too that day. Although, looking at that link, Megan Rapinoe is a bit incongruous there in her white football shirt. At first glance one might think she was the fourth astronaut on Apollo 11. 😏 Chances are that she'll be replaced as ITN pic by then, it would be fantastic of something space relayed could be slotted in then too...  — Amakuru (talk) 00:10, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Wikipedia:In the news/Candidates#(Posted) Spektr-RG has a chance but it won't hold for 5 days. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 00:43, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
@Yoninah: Mae Jemison was my review, so you could promote that one if you wanted. — Maile (talk) 20:47, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
Right, thanks! Yoninah (talk) 20:49, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

Prep 3: Vice-ChancellorEdit

@Royroydeb: @Gerda Arendt: @Cwmhiraeth:
How is this hooky? Yoninah (talk) 20:30, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
Also, the lead and infobox give the date of his death as 3 Jun, but in the "Dehradun" section it's 3 May. This discrepancy should be fixed before it hits the Main Page. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 20:57, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
There were other hooks proposed, one included a variation of the promoted hook but with additional context, and another discussing Tagore's resignation following a controversial relationship. It appears that the promoted hook (i.e. ALT0) was approved by Gerda due to it being RRD's preference, despite concerns about hookiness raised by other editors. ALT2 remains available as long as a quick policy check is done, or as Gerda had suggested at some point in the discussion, some form of ALT1 could be used instead. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 21:09, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
ALT2 is certainly better: ... that*[[Writers Theatre?
However, the part about his father being the founder isn't sourced in the article. ALT1 cannot be used due to BLP issues. If the nominator doesn't respond soon to the issues mentioned in this thread, I'm moving it back to the noms page. Yoninah (talk) 21:33, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
His father is a famous poet (I was hooked because I recognized the name). So, perhaps . . . that Rathindranath Tagore, vice-chancellor of the Visva-Bharati University, was was the son of the famous poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Thanks for the suggestion, but as notability is not inherited, the hook should be focusing on the subject himself. Yoninah (talk) 23:48, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
Just as a clarification, Rathindranath died in 1961 so I don't think BLP applies in this case, so ALT1 could still be used. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 00:00, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
"I was hooked because I recognzed the name", you say, - same for me. If the name alone is "hooky" why add anything? Those who don't recognize the name will possibly not enjoy the article anyway. The whole thing was discussed in the nom. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:01, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Concerns have been raised that simply using the name "Tagore" is simply not enough to make it an interesting hook. Personally I disagree with Yoninah and think that there's nothing wrong with the proposed hook that mentions Rabindranath, but let consensus decide. And right now, consensus appears to be that the original hook is a no go. Gerda, hooks are intended to be interesting to a broad audience, and not just to niches. They need to have appeal, especially to those who "cannot recognize names". "Those who don't recognize the name will possibly not enjoy the article anyway" is simply not the right attitude to express when working on DYK. If anything, it should the opposite: ensure that even normally uninterested readers could find value in whatever they see on DYK. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 10:44, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Should I thank you for another lesson, and this time about the "right attitude"? I approved the hook because I didn't like speaking about an affair, nor saying that he had a famous relative. I am out of this nom, did my part. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:03, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
@Gerda Arendt: you did the right thing to reject the unsuitable hooks. But what you and other DYK'ers are reluctant to do is reject a nomination if a suitable hook can't be found. People here seem to bend over backwards to get every hook on the main page, even if it's boring. Yoninah (talk) 11:29, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Notability? That makes no sense. If the subject is not notable, there is no article. The issue is interest, which you just argued (some) notable subjects are not 'interesting', I guess to you. The hook I proposed is about the subject but a subject having a famous Nobel prize winning father is a 'damn' interesting thing about a person. But another, '. . .that Illinois State University agronomist, Rathindranath Tagore, vice-chancellor of the Visva-Bharati University, took the job at the urging of his famous father? Alanscottwalker (talk) 11:55, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Your new hook proposal is fine, but I kinda don't think the ISU mention is necessary, makes it look a bit too cluttered. Maybe instead something like (I put "agronomist" in brackets since I'm not sure if the hook should mention it or not):
... that [agronomist] Rathindranath Tagore, who was the first vice-chancellor of Visva-Bharati University, took the job at the urging of his famous father?
The problem is that "his famous father" might be considered synthesis since you'd need a sourced statement in the article saying that Rabindranath is famous. So while this has potential, a reword may need to be in order anyway. One solution could be to replace "famous" with "Nobel Prize-winning", but I'm not sure if there would be consensus for that. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 21:09, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
I've returned the hook to WP:DYKN so a better hook can be worked out. Please add further comments at Template:Did you know nominations/Rathindranath Tagore. Yoninah (talk) 21:42, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Who was that masked man?Edit

I love DYK, but sometimes wonder about... things. So I start from the DYK entry for Lancelot Barrington-Ward with its hook

that Sir Lancelot Barrington-Ward removed the appendix of Prince Albert ...

and read the article. Didn't know Albert had an appendectomy, so link off to George VI and get to George_VI#Military_career_and_education which in the second paragraph informs me that

his appendix was removed by John Marnoch.

and find in section John_Marnoch#Operation_on_the_Duke_of_York

Marnoch performed an appendectomy on Albert ...

So, friends, who was that masked surgeon? Shenme (talk) 03:56, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

@Shenme: your comment underscores the "extra step" that page creators need to take, and DYK reviewers should check: to follow through on subjects linked in the article and especially the hook, checking that the same information is included in the linked source. Pinging @Iainmacintyre: and @No Swan So Fine: re this hook. Yoninah (talk) 11:10, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
  • @Shenme: @No Swan So Fine: @Yoninah: What an interesting discovery after some impressive detective work. I used 2 sources for this information. Plarr's Lives and B-W's BMJ obituary, both of which state that Barrington-Ward performed the procedure in 1918. As Plarr's is derivative I imagine that they simply lifted the information from the BMJ. There is no mention of the operation in B-W's DNB entry. I have to say that I find the account on the Aberdeen Med-Chi website much more convincing. It describes in some detail Prince Albert's journey from Collingwood to Aberdeen, giving the year as 1914, and describes post-operative telegrams to King Edward VII. On checking Lamont-Brown's Royal Poxes and Potions p227 I found that the operation took place in Aberdeen on 9 Sept 1914 and was performed by Marnoch. Sir John Reid was in attendance and wrote the official bulletin. There is no mention of B-W. Could he have been present at the procedure, as he would have had time to travel from London while the Prince was heading for Aberdeen? That seems highly unlikely as he had only been appointed assistant surgeon at Great Ormond Street that year. I'm in no doubt now that Plarr's and the BMJ were wrong. Marnoch was the surgeon and I'll amend the article accordingly. Many thanks for pointing this out. Papamac (talk) 14:59, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Possible more than one operation is under consideration here? Here are two more sources for the 1914 appendectomy: Source 1: "Reid and Fleet Surgeon Lomas diagnosed a grumbling appendix. The condition worsened and Prince Albert underwent surgery on 9 September 1914 at the Northern Nursing Home in the care of Professor John Marnock." Source 2: "Prince Albert was transferred to the hospital ship Rohilla at Wick and examined there by Sir James Reid...Reid and Fleet Surgeon Lomas, having examined the Prince, decided it was not safe to move him...On 9 September he had his appendix removed by Professor Marnoch, Professor of Surgery at Aberdeen University, with Reid in attendance, reporting to the King by telephone." BUT, the prince had at least one digestion-related operation later per Source 3 "...poor Bertie is to have an operation to-morrow as he does not seem at all well & has constant pain,' his mother noted in her diary for 28 November 1917... 'they found the cause of all the trouble he has been having since 1915.'" So it could be that he had yet a third operation in 1918 under the care of Barrington-Ward. However, not for appendicitis since the appendix came out in 1914. (talk) 15:22, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Oh dear, such problems he had! Even his guts stuttered? Shenme (talk) 02:35, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Absolutely fascinating, and noble scholarship from you all! This is where we really become historians. 99 Glimpses of Prince Albert anyone? Thank you all. No Swan So Fine (talk) 07:46, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Changed hook per discussion at errors --valereee (talk) 16:28, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Yoninah, sorry, just saw the alert from yesterday's errors about such a simple hook not being promoted. I wondered about just pulling it, but the DYK was already significantly short, so I made the change per the new wording at the article. Do you think we should have switched in a hook from prep? --valereee (talk) 10:34, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

@Valereee: yes. It was no longer hooky. Yoninah (talk) 11:48, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/Historical Dictionaries series prep 1Edit

The source for the hook assertion links to 'requested page could not be found', and I couldn't find it at wayback. Can anyone recreate or find that statement somewhere else?

Whispyhistory HickoryOughtShirt?4 97198 --valereee (talk) 10:26, 16 July 2019 (UTC) Philafrenzy --valereee (talk) 10:27, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Annoying, looks like they have revamped their website and deleted the old pages. Only the recent newsletters are still there. We can just AGF like a print source. Philafrenzy (talk) 10:55, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
P.S. I see the archived urls such as "Archived 2016-06-02 at the Wayback Machine" but shouldn't they go after the existing reference not in the middle, and without the ambiguous dates (6 Feb or 2 June)? Philafrenzy (talk) 11:05, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, philafrenzy, moved to queue. The archived urls get inserted by IABot, are you saying you think it's glitching? --valereee (talk) 13:47, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
I don't know how it is supposed to work but where we had:
Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema, Review by Roger Macy, The Japan Society. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
We now have:
Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema, Review by Roger Macy Archived 2017-11-12 at the Wayback Machine, The Japan Society. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
which seems confusing to me. If I had done it manually I would simply have put this (Archived here) at the end of the original ref. Philafrenzy (talk) 14:38, 16 July 2019 (UTC)


I'm trying to recall what happened to the nom for Sol-20. I recall posting this some time ago, but looking back now it appears it never made it. Can I re-post it? Maury Markowitz (talk) 10:58, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/Sol-20. In case you don't remember, you withdrew the nomination after you had declined to provide references for some statements that were not sourced, an issue that was brought up in the original discussion. As for renomination, unfortunately as that was way back in August, the nomination can't be reopened. If you wish to renominate the article for DYK, you either need to expand the article content 5x, or to bring the article to GA status, after which the article would again be eligible for DYK. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 11:10, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Ahhh yes. Maury Markowitz (talk) 18:50, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Some issuesEdit

- I have pulled the above hook from Queue 1 as another user has identified that the hook appears to be erroneous, namely, it says that the mine was of a "previously unknown type" and that this is why the subject received the George Cross, when in fact it appears from the sources that the mine was a known type and the subject received his award for disarming the mines in very difficult conditions. Pinging the nominator Peacemaker67 and the reviewer Hawkeye7. Gatoclass (talk) 21:37, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Thanks Peacemaker67, however I think "very difficult" is a bit mild, "unusually hazardous" perhaps? Gatoclass (talk) 05:45, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
No doubt, Gatoclass. I'd be happy with "unusually hazardous". Not sure of the process from here, am pretty new to the DYK game and haven't had one hit a hurdle once it had been promoted before. Any suggestions? Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:35, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
No great mystery about "the process from here" Peacemaker67, it basically just amounts to when we have an agreed-upon substitute hook, the nomination gets re-promoted. And we seem to have one now :) Gatoclass (talk) 06:45, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Great stuff, thanks! Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:47, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

- In the lead of this article (hook currently in prep 6), it states that he won a seat in the Peruvian Congress, but so far as I can tell, this statement is unsourced in the article. Pinging the nominator Vycl1994. Gatoclass (talk) 21:50, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

@Gatoclass: I reviewed this nom. I did not even notice that in lead (now removed). But the hook, I have checked at least three times now and it checks out fine.--- Coffeeandcrumbs 01:05, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Yes, the hook is fine Coffeeandcrumbs, thank you, however, I think that given that the election took place in 2016, the article should state whether he was elected or not - the article looks very incomplete without that information IMO. Gatoclass (talk) 05:39, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Gatoclass, I have added the results of the election to the article body and mentioned that he was unsuccessful in the lead. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 12:07, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

This hook (currently in prep 2) seems to be saying that the same design was used from 1986 to 2009, but when I checked the sources a couple of days ago, they only seemed to be stating that the subject was the set designer for the same opera over that period. Pinging the nominators LiamRowe and Gerda Arendt.

Please note that I will be going offline shortly so will be unable to respond here for some hours. Gatoclass (talk) 21:58, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

I am online only now: the source says: "of the 1986-2009 Met Ring production", stress on "production". He was the designer in 1986, and the unusual thing is that it was shown until 2009. Different singers, I bet, but same set. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:05, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
This has a pic from 2009, and mentions the 1990 broadcast. Will add, if only for the pic. Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:09, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
The Met archives show that the operas were mounted from 1986 to 1989, and then the production kept unchanged until 2009. Btw, he had also designed the set for the previous Ring at the house, and five others, which - as the source says - may be a record, but. I'd prefer to stick to one, quality not quantity. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:24, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Gerda, do you have a link to the Met archives? It sounds as though they should be in the article as a source. Gatoclass (talk) 06:32, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Sure, but I think it would be undue - within his whole life - to have those also
For the previous production in the 1970s: [8]
For the "new" one: LAT review 1986 to 1989 · several, but missing some, such as Walküre · Götterdämmerung 1989 · Siegfried 2009 --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:55, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
I'm not seeing how these links verify the hook. Anyone else with an opinion on this one? Gatoclass (talk) 08:06, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
I just checked the links, and while they verify that Schneider-Siemssen's sets were used in the Met Opera, they do not specifically mention that they were used from 1986 to 2009, only that they were used in those specific years. Due to this, I don't think that the hook is suitable anymore due to sourcing issues. Note that an ALT1 and ALT2 were proposed in the discussion that avoid the problematic facts entirely; the nominator struck ALT1 but was open to ALT2, but either might be worth giving a second look. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 08:13, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
If you have a problem with "1996 to 2009", make it "between 1986 and 2009". A Ring Cycle - four giant works - is usually not given every year. The key fact is that the same stage set was kept over more than 20 decades, which is unusual, and it received a prize. I see no reason to look for other hooks. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:42, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
What is it you don't see, Gatoclass?
Please click at the different entries in "seval",
Production..............Otto Schenk
Set designer............Günther Schneider-Siemssen
Costume designer........Rolf Langenfass
Lighting designer.......Gil Wechsler
Only the first have "New production" as the second line (GöDä 1989), the others - up to 2009 - are the same production (GöDä 2009). --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:56, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Also, can be we please keep in mind that the ref used in the article does support the hook, speaking of the 1986-2009 production? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:03, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Okay Gerda, getting back to basics: you have one source which states the following:

The Anton Seidl award has been given to James Levine, Birgit Nilsson, Jon Vickers, James Morris, Speight Jenkins (director of the Seattle Opera), Otto Schenk and Günther Schneider-Siemssen (director and designer respectively of the 1986-2009 Met Ring production) ...[9]

On reflection, that quote does refer to the 1986-2009 production singular, rather than productions plural. So I'm thinking perhaps that might be sufficient to verify the hook. It's just that I don't know that much about how the word "production" is used in an operatic context. Anybody else with an opinion on this? Gatoclass (talk) 09:09, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Thank you. The Met did several productions (plural) in history, one of them - the one we talk about - began in the 1980s (actually sources differ for the first year, several 1986, but the (incomplete) list has Rheingold in 1987, - they may have started with the more popular Walküre in 1986, - which doesn't really matter much for the set designer. There was no new production, but repeats of the former (same set, same costumes, same stage direction) until 2009. Singers changed, but here even the conductor was the same. It was a also the first production that presented the music completely, - I didn't know that ;) - There's a new production out now, and I heard parts of it on radio this year. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:35, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Relief: Yes, as suggested, Walküre was first in 1986. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:40, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Suggestion: the extra-picky ones can of course argue that it wasn't the whole Ring yet in 1986, only Walküre, and not complete until 1989. We might say "for two decades" but would miss the dating. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:53, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/Robert E. Lee on TravellerEdit

@Valereee and Maile66: The image for the Robert E. Lee on Traveller hook looks very unclear at thumbnail size, so I did not use it when promoting this hook to Prep 6. I anticipate that others may think differently, but the main reason I am posting here is because I can't archive the template properly, it only archives down to the second image and I can't see why. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:14, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Cwmhiraeth, I think it had something to do with the bare "main page image" template down where the archiving stopped. I've put it inside a div tag, like the one earlier, and that seemed to do the trick when I tested it out. Please try substituting the template now, and see whether it works for you. Best of luck! BlueMoonset (talk) 06:32, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
That seems to have solved the problem, thanks. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:41, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Cwmhiraeth, thanks, I was hoping the second image would show it well enough. Statues are always hard when they're against a dark background. --valereee (talk) 10:21, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

TRM discussion at ARCAEdit

Editors of the DYK project, including regulars, are invited to join the ongoing ARCA discussion on TRM at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Clarification and Amendment#Amendment request: The Rambling Man. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 07:14, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Queue 2 is very shortEdit

It's looking like it'll be six empty lines. I've never been all that allergic to having a bit of blank space at the end of DYK, but I know that's something a lot of folks prefer we avoid, and this queue does have a lot. Should we add another hook or even two? --valereee (talk) 10:42, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

It's only three lines short on my screen. Gatoclass (talk) 11:19, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Prep 1: ChoreographerEdit

Hi, I'm not able to tweak my own hook in prep, but Antony-22 has tweaked it and the hook fact has been distorted. Here is the original hook:

Here is the tweaked hook:

The cars weren't stuck in a real traffic jam; the traffic jam was created for the opening number. I think the original hook should be restored.

Thank you, Yoninah (talk) 16:57, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

@Yoninah: Actually, the reason I changed the hook was the word "created", as many people were involved in creating the song (songwriters, director, singers, dancers, technical staff, and so on). It's not great to say "choreographer Mandy Moore choreographed...", and I felt dropping the initial "choreographer" would be confusing since there's a singer with the same name. I'm not sure how the second hook implies it was a real traffic jam, but feel free to suggest another wording? Maybe "stuck in a fictional traffic jam"? Antony–22 (talkcontribs) 20:41, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
How about:
Why not hook them in for real with a little wit and fun:
I guarantee that would get over 5000 views. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 20:59, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, Coffeeandcrumbs, great idea! Yoninah (talk) 21:34, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
@Yoninah and Coffeeandcrumbs: The last alt is fine. (For the previous one, arrangement specifically refers to musical composition, so it's not the right word here. I know I'm being picky, but I have a musical theater background.) Antony–22 (talkcontribs) 00:49, 18 July 2019 (UTC)
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