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Your GA nomination of MAUD Committee

The article MAUD Committee you nominated as a good article has been placed on hold  . The article is close to meeting the good article criteria, but there are some minor changes or clarifications needing to be addressed. If these are fixed within 7 days, the article will pass; otherwise it may fail. See Talk:MAUD Committee for things which need to be addressed. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Krishna Chaitanya Velaga -- Krishna Chaitanya Velaga (talk) 13:40, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of British logistics in the Normandy Campaign

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article British logistics in the Normandy Campaign you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria.   This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Nick-D -- Nick-D (talk) 08:03, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of MAUD Committee

The article MAUD Committee you nominated as a good article has passed  ; see Talk:MAUD Committee for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Krishna Chaitanya Velaga -- Krishna Chaitanya Velaga (talk) 09:03, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

October to December 2017 Milhist article reviewing

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On behalf of the Milhist coordinators, you are hereby awarded the WikiChevrons for reviewing a total of 20 Milhist articles at PR, GAN, ACR or FAC during the period October to December 2017. Thank you for supporting Wikipedia's quality content processes. AustralianRupert (talk) 02:12, 3 January 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Assessment/Bougainville counterattack

G'day, Hawkeye, Happy New Year. Sorry to bother you. Krishna tried to close the Bougainville counterattack ACR on 02 Jan, per [1]; however, Milhistbot doesn't seem to have been triggered. Would you mind taking a look? Cheers, AustralianRupert (talk) 21:59, 3 January 2018 (UTC)

The backup version was missing a special fix. Corrected. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 23:47, 3 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, Hawkeye. Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) 23:48, 3 January 2018 (UTC)

Milhistbot not updating Template:WPMILHIST Announcements for GANs

G'day Hawkeye, sorry to bother you, but Milhistbot hasn't updated the GANs on Template:WPMILHIST Announcements since 29 Dec? Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 05:11, 5 January 2018 (UTC)

I have to run it manually until I return, and it takes a long while to run, so I was only running it weekly. I have started a run. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 06:00, 5 January 2018 (UTC)
Ah. No worries. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:34, 5 January 2018 (UTC)

Created eligibility tracking page for ACCs

G'day Hawkeye, I thought that we needed a page for tracking eligibility for ACCs, as you already have one article going towards getting one. I figured given the different eligibility criteria (five articles instead of three), we'd need a new page rather than keep using the ACM one. So I created Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Awards/ACC/Eligibility tracking and transferred you and your article there. Feel free to revert, tweak, or let me know if that isn't how you thought it would work? Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 01:07, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

I'll have to adjust the Bot to let it know about it. I can do this next week. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 01:42, 6 January 2018 (UTC)
Great. Thanks, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 01:43, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXLI, January 2018

 
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Your GA nomination of British logistics in the Normandy Campaign

The article British logistics in the Normandy Campaign you nominated as a good article has passed  ; see Talk:British logistics in the Normandy Campaign for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Nick-D -- Nick-D (talk) 10:02, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

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Canberra meetup

Hi, I've moved the time for the meetup in Canberra on the 20 January 2018 from 6pm to 7pm. Bidgee (talk) 21:50, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

Okay. Hope you can make it. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 21:51, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 16 January 2018

Your GA nomination of Quebec Agreement

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Quebec Agreement you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria.   This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Display name 99 -- Display name 99 (talk) 22:01, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

DYK for British logistics in the Normandy Campaign

 On 17 January 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article British logistics in the Normandy Campaign, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/British logistics in the Normandy Campaign. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, British logistics in the Normandy Campaign), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

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Your GA nomination of Quebec Agreement

The article Quebec Agreement you nominated as a good article has passed  ; see Talk:Quebec Agreement for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Display name 99 -- Display name 99 (talk) 14:41, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for your contributions!

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Thank you for reviewing one of my articles, your contributions are appreciated! Plantlady223 (talk) 22:59, 18 January 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Randle Feilden

 On 19 January 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Randle Feilden, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Major General Sir Randle Feilden has a horse race named in his memory? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Randle Feilden. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Randle Feilden), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Coffee // have a ☕️ // beans // 03:18, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

Landings at Cape Torokina

G'day, Hawkeye, hope you are well. I've nominated the Landings at Cape Torokina article for Milhist ACR now, per our conversation late last year (the library has sent me a copy of Morison now. It arrived in record time, apparently there was a service air flight that needed ballast!). I've added you as a co-nom. The review can be found here: Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Assessment/Landings at Cape Torokina. Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) 06:57, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

Two tweaks?

Hi Hawkeye7, Happy new year! I'm out of my depth so over to you...

Mistake

Hello, in regards to something you left on my talk page, no, that page is not a test page. PLEASE DO NOT DELETE! IT IS CRITICAL FOR THE GA NOMINATION. One of the links goes to that page, I will fix it when I figure it out. Thank you, Ral 33 (talk) 00:26, 20 January 2018 (UTC) Ral 33 (talk) 00:26, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

I've already figured it out for you. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 00:27, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

Thank you. Nice to meet you Ral 33 (talk) 20:47, 21 January 2018 (UTC) Ral 33 (talk) 20:47, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

TFA

Thank you for another Manhattan project: "This article is about the S-50 Project. It was an effort to produce enriched uranium using by liquid thermal diffusion. Pilot plants were built at the Anacostia Naval Air Station and the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and a production facility at the Clinton Engineer Works in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This was the only production-scale liquid thermal diffusion plant ever built. It could not enrich uranium sufficiently for use in an atomic bomb, but it could provide slightly enriched feed for the Y-12 calutrons and the K-25 gaseous diffusion plants. It was estimated that the S-50 plant had sped up production of enriched uranium used in the Little Boy bomb employed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by a week."! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:34, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2018-04

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ACR

G'day, Hawkeye, sorry to bother you on a school night, but if you get a chance would you mind taking a look at Nick's comments on the Landings at Cape Torokina ACR and seeing if you would like to add to or amend what I've already added? Cheers, AustralianRupert (talk) 09:06, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

(Slightly) Belated Congratulations on TFA for S-50_Project

Nice job on the S-50_Project article: I see your ongoing upgrade of Manhattan Project articles continues. I occasionally have flashbacks from our work getting the article on Stan Ulam up to GA quality, but it's still a very good article, and I'm glad to see you're still at it. Best wishes for the New Year! Dictioneer (talk) 00:05, 24 January 2018 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: Much Sounding of Bugles: The Siege of Chitral 1895

Hello Hawkeye7. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of Much Sounding of Bugles: The Siege of Chitral 1895, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: A7 cannot be applied to books. Thank you. SoWhy 13:22, 24 January 2018 (UTC)

My apologies. To head off a possible future AfD, some indication of notability would help. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 23:16, 24 January 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Frisch–Peierls memorandum

 On 27 January 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Frisch–Peierls memorandum, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the authors of the 1940 Frisch–Peierls memorandum were assigned to research nuclear weapons because, as enemy aliens, they could not work on secret military projects? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Frisch–Peierls memorandum. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Frisch–Peierls memorandum), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

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See edit, which leaves 'Bush' as an isolated mention giving no indication who 'Bush' is. Perhaps put back "Oliphant also met with Conant and Vannevar Bush." as V.B. is a very important figure in all this.
Also,
The chemistry of uranium was not well known at the time, and Frisch believed that it was 15 grams per cubic centimetre (0.54 lb/cu in);[44] the true value is more like 19 grams per cubic centimetre (0.69 lb/cu in).
does not make sense. Perhaps "The density of uranium..."? Shenme (talk) 01:12, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
That's right. Thanks for this. I have corrected the article accordingly. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 02:37, 27 January 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Miles Graham

 On 29 January 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Miles Graham, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Major General Miles Graham was Monty's logistics supremo in both North Africa and North-West Europe during the Second World War? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Miles Graham. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Miles Graham), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

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I have unreviewed a page you curated

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British logistics in the Normandy Campaign

Hi, I've found the reference to a British corps being 'grounded' during the pursuit phase of the breakout from Normandy: please see page 3 of Victory in the West Vol II. David French also notes this in his Raising Churchill's Army [26]. Neither source says which corps it was though, but this and this book say it was the VIII Corps (though it also seems that the corps had first been reduced in size, so the number of 'grounded' units may not have been large). Regards, Nick-D (talk) 21:55, 27 January 2018 (UTC)

I think that I've seen other mentions of that as well. Perhaps in van Creveld's Supply in War? IIRC, it seems to have some sort of stupid maintenance problem with the 3-ton truck's engine.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 22:12, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
I found it in Ellis. The article read: ""During the advance from the Seine, the Second Army employed only two of its eight infantry divisions so the transport of two could be used to help maintain the other six divisions." Added: "grounding the VIII Corps". Hawkeye7 (discuss) 22:27, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
The US did much the same to create the Red Ball Express, IIRC, but I'd strongly suggest that you hunt down van Creveld and check to see if there was a maintenance issue with the 3-tonners as that was apparently at least partially responsible for the delays getting up to the Scheldt.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 23:17, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
I have a copy of the 1977 edition of his Supplying War (which I presume is the book you're referring to?), and I can't see any discussion of British trucks. He does make an interesting argument about the oft-discussed logistical problems during the breakout being overblown though (mainly in reference to the US forces). His basic argument is that the Allied logisticians kept under-estimating their ability to supply combat units and operations which were on paper impossible to supply were successfully executed in practice. He notes though that Montgomery's desire to make a concentrated advance into Germany in 1944 was reckless from a logistical perspective. Nick-D (talk) 23:32, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
I have a copy of van Crevald too. The maintenance issue with the K5s is summed up in the 21st Army Group Administrative History:

The most notable maintenance issue came from the Austin 3 Ton K5, 1400 of which were rendered unusable, along with all the spare engines, as faulty manufacture had resulted in piston trouble.

There is a detailed discussion of the subject here. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 23:42, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
OK, I read all 25 pages(!) of the discussion and it appears to be far overblown in effects.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 16:49, 29 January 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-05

17:07, 29 January 2018 (UTC)

NPP Backlog Drive Appreciation

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Battle of Cape Gloucester

G'day, Hawkeye, just letting you know I've nominated Battle of Cape Gloucester for a peer review. It can be found here: Wikipedia:Peer review/Battle of Cape Gloucester/archive1. I'm hoping to take it to GA a bit later (maybe March or April depending on whether I have to go away in late Februrary for work). Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) 01:39, 3 February 2018 (UTC)

Engvar Au vs Engvar Gb

Expect a response from the gb mafia on that one, :( JarrahTree 23:01, 3 February 2018 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2018-06

20:51, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Brian Robertson, 1st Baron Robertson of Oakridge

 On 6 February 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Brian Robertson, 1st Baron Robertson of Oakridge, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that General Sir Brian Robertson said: "General Montgomery does not cheat – whether that is due to his innate honesty or the fact that I watch him like a cat does not matter"? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Brian Robertson, 1st Baron Robertson of Oakridge. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Brian Robertson, 1st Baron Robertson of Oakridge), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

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Elliot See

Hawkeye,

Elliot See's article recently passed GA, and prior to submitting for A, it will need substantial expansion. Would you be able to expand out his military history section? I can work to expand out the rest of it (though if you want to work on any particular section, feel free). Kees08 (Talk) 07:47, 6 February 2018 (UTC)

New Page Reviewer Newsletter

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The Bugle: Issue CXLII, February 2018

 
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Tech News: 2018-07

21:59, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

FYI

Just a note that I removed the active sanctions banner from Talk:Russian interference in the 2018 United States elections, as no one has put specific page-level sanctions on it. I put the generic DS talk warning on it, and have it watchlisted and will place it under page-level sanctions if things get out of hand there. TonyBallioni (talk) 20:53, 13 February 2018 (UTC)

Thank you! Hawkeye7 (discuss) 20:55, 13 February 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Ronald Forbes Adam

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Your GA nomination of Ronald Forbes Adam

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Your GA nomination of Ronald Forbes Adam

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Tech News: 2018-09

19:52, 26 February 2018 (UTC)

WikiCup 2018 March newsletter

And so ends the first round of the competition, with 4 points required to qualify for round 2. With 53 contestants qualifying, the groups for round 2 are slightly smaller than usual, with the two leaders from each group due to qualify for round 3 as well as the top sixteen remaining users.

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Neil Armstrong

Hi Hawkeye7, as discussed I have prepared some notes for possible tweaks. Where do you want them? Regards, JennyOz (talk) 23:13, 2 March 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for that. Much appreciated. Put them on Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Assessment/Neil Armstrong. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 23:15, 2 March 2018 (UTC)
Eek, too late. Do you want me to move them or will you? JennyOz (talk) 01:29, 3 March 2018 (UTC)
No worries. I'll do it. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 04:24, 3 March 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-10

17:12, 5 March 2018 (UTC)

Your BRFA

Hi Hawkeye7, your BRFA (Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/MilHistBot 2) has been approved. Happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 03:26, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

This is great Hawkeye! Thanks for enhancing Milhistbot to do this laborious task. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 05:14, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

TFA

This is to let you know that the Douglas MacArthur's escape from the Philippines article has been scheduled as today's featured article for March 11, 2018. Please check the article needs no amendments. If you're interested in editing the main page text, you're welcome to do so at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/March 11, 2018. Hope you're doing well.--Wehwalt (talk) 20:27, 11 February 2018 (UTC)

Yes, I am doing well. @Dank: I have rewritten the blurb to reduce it to 1,147 characters. I strongly recommend that the article be protected. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 20:58, 11 February 2018 (UTC)
Hi Hawkeye, John and I already had a blurb for this one, but I'm glad you trimmed it a bit ... we didn't want it to be quite that long, even though it's fine to go up to 1175 if the storyline is complicated. I'm not sure about your first two sentences ... we'll have another look at it later tonight. - Dank (push to talk) 21:22, 11 February 2018 (UTC)
Looking again, my first reaction is that I like what John and I did ... not because we don't like your text, but because we do. We thought the article lead was very well written, and we tried to pack as many of your phrases into the TFA as we could. Your blurb version has less of what made the lead great, I think. I think I'll revert ... take another look, and there are still things in there that you don't want, feel free to take them out. - Dank (push to talk) 21:33, 11 February 2018 (UTC)
It's your call, and I respect that. And I happy to leave it there. But since you were going to write an article on blurbs, I thought I would record some comments about why I arranged what is mostly the same text this way. There are only two differences in information:
  • I wanted to mention John D. Bulkeley because he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He also wrote a best-seller, which was made into the movie.
  • "and members of his family and staff" To me it is very important that he took these people with him. Crucially, he didn't have to; the President only told him to take Sutherland
However, this is a major difference in organisation:
  • MOS:LEADPARAGRAPH Wants us to put the most important stuff up the top. That means that the lead is rarely in chronological order, but is more like a news item. So my version has similar words, but in chronological order. Telling people that he was a symbol first explains the presidents order. Most of all, I wanted to end the blurb with the dramatic "I shall return".
Hawkeye7 (discuss) 22:45, 11 February 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for "one of the more dramatic actions of World War II"! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:58, 11 March 2018 (UTC)

Thank you. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 09:00, 11 March 2018 (UTC)

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The Bugle: Issue CXLIII, March 2018

 
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Tech News: 2018-11

19:44, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

John Glenn A-class

Hey Hawkeye, I am having some editor's block on the John Glenn article for addressing the comments in the review. Do you have time to try to hit that up? If not, I will get to it. Thanks! Kees08 (Talk) 04:28, 4 March 2018 (UTC)

Hey again. I am rewriting his whole political career; that section was just hot garbage. I should be done in a few days. I think in an effort to keep it succinct, we did not have enough detail to explain why anything happened. Would you be able to work on his legacy section? It might have some of the same issues you uncovered at the Armstrong article. Kees08 (Talk) 06:41, 15 March 2018 (UTC)

DYK nomination of 116th Infantry Regiment (United States)

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Lorna Arnold entry in the ODNB

Hi, I notice that Lorna Arnold, whose article I gather you took to GA status, has now got an entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; I thought you might be interested to know this. Cheers, —Noswall59 (talk) 19:41, 18 March 2018 (UTC).

Thanks for that. I have incorporated some details from the ODNB into the article. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 21:17, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of We choose to go to the Moon

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article We choose to go to the Moon you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria.   This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Kees08 -- Kees08 (talk) 07:01, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-12

15:03, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of We choose to go to the Moon

The article We choose to go to the Moon you nominated as a good article has been placed on hold  . The article is close to meeting the good article criteria, but there are some minor changes or clarifications needing to be addressed. If these are fixed within 7 days, the article will pass; otherwise it may fail. See Talk:We choose to go to the Moon for things which need to be addressed. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Kees08 -- Kees08 (talk) 08:01, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Ronald Forbes Adam

 On 21 March 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Ronald Forbes Adam, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that during the Second World War, General Ronald Forbes Adam instituted aptitude tests for new recruits to the British Army? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Ronald Forbes Adam. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Ronald Forbes Adam), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 00:02, 21 March 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of We choose to go to the Moon

The article We choose to go to the Moon you nominated as a good article has passed  ; see Talk:We choose to go to the Moon for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Kees08 -- Kees08 (talk) 08:41, 21 March 2018 (UTC)

"We choose to go to the Moon" EL cite-web templates

Hi. WP:ELCITE says "Because citation templates were not designed for use in the External links section, editors who use citation templates in this section should be careful to ensure the resulting description is appropriate for an external link."

I think the templates are inappropriate. At the very least the term "entire" is redundant; furthermore, there are no audio files on that page, only video files. I don't think link-rot is a sufficient reason to retain such unsightly templates. — Hugh (talk) 00:20, 23 March 2018 (UTC)

What's unsightly about the templates? They look the same as if they are not used. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 00:32, 23 March 2018 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/2018 AFL Women's Grand Final transclusion

Hawkeye7, I just moved this transclusion from March 26, the date you nominated it, to March 23, the day the 5x expansion began. (Nominations go under date created/moved to mainspace, 5x expanded, or GA listed.)

I also had to delete the asterisk you inserted before the transclusion, which causes problems down the road, including preventing the nomination from being moved to the approved page when it gets the tick; this can delay promotion to prep. Please keep this in mind for future nominations. Many thanks. BlueMoonset (talk) 04:39, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

Well there you go. I have always filed them on the day they reached the 5x expansion rather than when it commenced. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 06:43, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2018-13

20:04, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

April 2018 Milhist Backlog Drive

G'day all, please be advised that throughout April 2018 the Military history Wikiproject is running its annual backlog elimination drive. This will focus on several key areas:

  • tagging and assessing articles that fall within the project's scope
  • adding or improving listed resources on Milhist's task force pages
  • updating the open tasks template on Milhist's task force pages
  • creating articles that are listed as "requested" on the project's various lists of missing articles.

As with past Milhist drives, there are points awarded for working on articles in the targeted areas, with barnstars being awarded at the end for different levels of achievement.

The drive is open to all Wikipedians, not just members of the Military history project, although only work on articles that fall (broadly) within the scope of military history will be considered eligible. This year, the Military history project would like to extend a specific welcome to members of Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red, and we would like to encourage all participants to consider working on helping to improve our coverage of women in the military. This is not the sole focus of the edit-a-thon, though, and there are aspects that hopefully will appeal to pretty much everyone.

The drive starts at 00:01 UTC on 1 April and runs until 23:59 UTC on 30 April 2018. Those interested in participating can sign up here.

For the Milhist co-ordinators, AustralianRupert and MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:53, 27 March 2018 (UTC)

BAGBot: Your bot request MilHistBot 3

Someone has marked Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/MilHistBot 3 as needing your input. Please visit that page to reply to the requests. Thanks! AnomieBOT 14:11, 27 March 2018 (UTC) To opt out of these notifications, place {{bots|optout=operatorassistanceneeded}} anywhere on this page.

DYK nomination of Clifford E. Charlesworth

  Hello! Your submission of Clifford E. Charlesworth at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! Yoninah (talk) 20:44, 28 March 2018 (UTC)

Signpost issue 4 – 29 March 2018

New Page Review Newsletter No.10

Hello Hawkeye7, thank you for your work reviewing New Pages!

ACTRIAL:

  • ACTRIAL's six month experiment restricting new page creation to (auto)confirmed users ended on 14 March. As expected, a greatly increased number of unsuitable articles and candidates for deletion are showing up in the feed again, and the backlog has since increased already by ~30%. Please consider reviewing a few extra articles each day.

Paid editing

  • Now that ACTRIAL is inoperative pending discussion, please be sure to look for tell-tale signs of undisclosed paid editing. Contact the creator if appropriate, and submit the issue to WP:COIN if necessary.

Subject-specific notability guidelines

Nominate competent users for Autopatrolled

  • While patrolling articles, if you find an editor that is particularly competent at creating quality new articles, and that user has created more than 25 articles (rather than stubs), consider nominating them for the 'Autopatrolled' user right HERE.

News

  • The next issue Wikipedia's newspaper The Signpost has now been published after a long delay. There are some articles in it, including ACTRIAL wrap-up that will be of special interest to New Page Reviewers. Don't hesitate to contribute to the comments sections. The Signpost is one of the best ways to stay up date with news and new developments - please consider subscribing to it. All editors of Wikipedia and associated projects are welcome to submit articles on any topic for consideration by the The Signpost's editorial team for the next issue.

To opt-out of future mailings, go here. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:06, 30 March 2018 (UTC)

Signpost interview

MHIST is being featured again. You are welcome to respond here. Eddie891 Talk Work 22:43, 30 March 2018 (UTC)

DYK nomination of 2018 AFL Women's Grand Final

  Hello! Your submission of 2018 AFL Women's Grand Final at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! SounderBruce 21:53, 31 March 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Polaris (UK nuclear programme)

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Polaris (UK nuclear programme) you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria.   This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Freikorp -- Freikorp (talk) 00:21, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

Don't feel obligated, but I've got Riot shield nominated for GA if you've got the time. :) Freikorp (talk) 00:29, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Polaris (UK nuclear programme)

The article Polaris (UK nuclear programme) you nominated as a good article has been placed on hold  . The article is close to meeting the good article criteria, but there are some minor changes or clarifications needing to be addressed. If these are fixed within 7 days, the article will pass; otherwise it may fail. See Talk:Polaris (UK nuclear programme) for things which need to be addressed. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Freikorp -- Freikorp (talk) 01:41, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Polaris (UK nuclear programme)

The article Polaris (UK nuclear programme) you nominated as a good article has passed  ; see Talk:Polaris (UK nuclear programme) for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Freikorp -- Freikorp (talk) 04:21, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-14

19:28, 2 April 2018 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXLIIV, April 2018

 
Your Military History Newsletter

The Bugle is published by the Military history WikiProject. To receive it on your talk page, please join the project or sign up here.
If you are a project member who does not want delivery, please remove your name from this page. Your editors, Ian Rose (talk) and Nick-D (talk) 09:55, 8 April 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-15

18:08, 9 April 2018 (UTC)

DYK nomination of 2018 AFL Women's Grand Final

  Hello! Your submission of 2018 AFL Women's Grand Final at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! Yoninah (talk) 22:15, 9 April 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Clifford E. Charlesworth

 On 10 April 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Clifford E. Charlesworth, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Clifford E. Charlesworth was a NASA Flight Director during the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Clifford E. Charlesworth. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Clifford E. Charlesworth), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Alex Shih (talk) 00:03, 10 April 2018 (UTC)

ok

so you ignore me at the best of times, fair enough - but thanks for your portal defence - appreciated JarrahTree 07:05, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

I don't remember ignoring you. Were you at that HOPAU meetup in Perth? Hawkeye7 (discuss) 08:19, 12 April 2018 (UTC)
hey no issue - really - nope not at that meeting - (it was a more or less obscure talk itemsome time back) - no big deal.
what concerns me is the whole australian project goes caput with loss of portals as far as i am concerned - cannot believe how thick the support gang are - pull away that fabric and things go very wrong imho JarrahTree 08:26, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

DYK nomination of 116th Infantry Regiment (United States)

  Hello! Your submission of 116th Infantry Regiment (United States) at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! Yoninah (talk) 08:58, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-16

15:20, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

DYK for 2018 AFL Women's Grand Final

 On 17 April 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article 2018 AFL Women's Grand Final, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that at the conclusion of the 2018 AFL Women's Grand Final, acting captain Ellie Blackburn called upon her suspended skipper Katie Brennan to help hoist the team's trophy? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/2018 AFL Women's Grand Final. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, 2018 AFL Women's Grand Final), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Alex Shih (talk) 00:02, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

Neil Armstrong

Hi, I just noticed this award - please add at Legacy if you deem notable enough - 2001 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. Regards, JennyOz (talk) 10:16, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

  Done Hawkeye7 (discuss) 11:23, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

Your BRFA

Hello Hawkeye7, your recent BRFA (Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/MilHistBot 3) has been approved. Happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 12:59, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

Clean Wehrmacht discussion

Hi, I would appreciate a clarification in this discussion:

--K.e.coffman (talk) 02:25, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

Upcoming changes to wikitext parsing

Hello,

There will be some changes to the way wikitext is parsed during the next few weeks. It will affect all namespaces. You can see a list of pages that may display incorrectly at Special:LintErrors. Since most of the easy problems have already been solved at the English Wikipedia, I am specifically contacting tech-savvy editors such as yourself with this one-time message, in the hope that you will be able to investigate the remaining high-priority pages during the next month.

There are approximately 10,000 articles (and many more non-article pages) with high-priority errors. The most important ones are the articles with misnested tags and table problems. Some of these involve templates, such as infoboxes, or the way the template is used in the article. In some cases, the "error" is a minor, unimportant difference in the visual appearance. In other cases, the results are undesirable. You can see a before-and-after comparison of any article by adding ?action=parsermigration-edit to the end of a link, like this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Foss?action=parsermigration-edit (which shows a difference in how {{infobox ship}} is parsed).

If you are interested in helping with this project, please see Wikipedia:Linter. There are also some basic instructions (and links to even more information) at https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-ambassadors/2018-April/001836.html You can also leave a note at WT:Linter if you have questions.

Thank you for all the good things you do for the English Wikipedia. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 21:18, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

January to March 2018 Milhist article reviewing

  The WikiChevrons
On behalf of the Milhist coordinators, you are hereby awarded the WikiChevrons for reviewing a total of 20 Milhist articles at PR, GAN, ACR or FAC during the period January to March 2018. Thank you for supporting Wikipedia's quality content processes. AustralianRupert (talk) 07:55, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Invitation to WikiProject Portals

The Portals WikiProject has been rebooted.

You are invited to join, and participate in the effort to revitalize and improve the Portal system and all the portals in it.

There are sections on the WikiProject page dedicated to tasks (including WikiGnome tasks too), and areas on the talk page for discussing the improvement and automation of the various features of portals.

Many complaints have been lodged in the RfC to delete all portals, pointing out their various problems. They say that many portals are not maintained, or have fallen out of date, are useless, etc. Many of the !votes indicate that the editors who posted them simply don't believe in the potential of portals anymore.

It's time to change all that. Let's give them reasons to believe in portals, by revitalizing them.

The best response to a deletion nomination is to fix the page that was nominated. The further underway the effort is to improve portals by the time the RfC has run its course, the more of the reasons against portals will no longer apply. RfCs typically run 30 days. There are 19 days left in this one. Let's see how many portals we can update and improve before the RfC is closed, and beyond.

A healthy WikiProject dedicated to supporting and maintaining portals may be the strongest argument of all not to delete.

We may even surprise ourselves and exceed all expectations. Who knows what we will be able to accomplish in what may become the biggest Wikicollaboration in years.

Let's do this.

See ya at the WikiProject!

Sincerely,    — The Transhumanist   10:21, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-17

18:16, 23 April 2018 (UTC)

WAVES

Your additions to the article properly disclosed how the U.S. Navy Department felt and dealt with race in World War II. Initially, I just scanned the additions. Later, I reread them and came away with some concerns. I’ve cut and pasted the additions as they presently stand, followed by some of my thoughts.

  • The legislation that established the WAVES said nothing about the inclusion or exclusion of people of colour, so the Navy Department decided that it should be, like the SPARS, Navy Nurse Corps and Women Marines, exclusively white.[24]

<> I’ve written about the WAVES, SPARS, and Women Marines (as you know), so I may be too close to the forest to see the trees. In any event, the WAVES were authorized in July 1942, the SPARs in November 1942, and the Women Marines formed in February 1943, although authorized in July 1942. My point is this: the WAVES were not like the SPARS and the Women Marines; they (SPARS and Women Marines) were like the WAVES in respect to the sequence of events. The all (white) female Navy Nurse Corps was formed in 1908, and did not accept women of color until 1945. Its race policies were well established long before Knox was on the scene. Incidentilly, male nurses were not accepted until 1965.

  • Drifting off topic, so tightened the text to say "the Navy Department decided that it should be exclusively white." Hawkeye7 (discuss) 21:34, 23 April 2018 (UTC)

<> Wouldn’t American English be more appropriate for the word color?

  • My spell checker automatically changes to "colour" unless I override it. Changed. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 21:34, 23 April 2018 (UTC)

<> Exclusively white: the first (of several) Native American women to enter the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve did so in July 1943, five months after its formation.

  • Knox said that black WAVES would be enlisted over his dead body. So it proved. After his death on 28 April 1944, his successor, Forrestal, immediately moved to reform the Navy's racial policies. He submitted a proposal to accept WAVES on an integrated basis to the president on 28 July 1944. Aware that 1944 was an election year Forrestal attempted to compromise by offering segregated living quarters and mess facilities, but Roosevelt decided to hold it up until after the election, which was to be held on 7 November. His opponent, Thomas E. Dewey, made it an election issue of it when he criticised the administration for discriminating against black women in a speech in Chicago. Roosevelt immediately issued the order to accept African-American on 19 October 1944.[25]

<> …Thomas E. Dewey, made it an election issue of it when he criticised the administration for… (1) made it or of it ? (2) criticized – sp

<> Roosevelt immediately issued the order to accept African-American (?) on October 1944

  • The first two African-American officers, Lieutenant Harriet Ida Pickens and Ensign Frances Wills, graduated from Smith College and were commissioned in the WAVES on 21 December. Enlistment of African-American women commenced the following week. The promise of segregated quarters could not be maintained; each recruit company contained 250 women, and there were insufficient black recruits to form an all-black company. It looked like this would become yet another excuse to exclude black women, but McAfee appealed to Forrestal, and he dropped the segregation requirement. Some 72 African American WAVES were trained by at Hunter College Naval Training School by July 1945. While training was integrated, black WAVES were restricted somewhat in speciality assignments and a certain amount of separate quartering within integrated barracks prevailed at some duty stations.[25] Those that remained in the Navy after the war were employed without discrimination; but there were only five left by September 1946.[26]

<> Some 72 African American WAVES were trained by at Hunter College… by or at?

<> Specialty, sp

  • Hmmmm... the spell checker keeps setting it back. We'll assume it is an American spelling. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 21:34, 23 April 2018 (UTC)

<> Served rather than employed might be more in keeping with the military vernacular.

Employed it is! Pendright (talk) 00:20, 24 April 2018 (UTC)

Thank you again for this important piece of hist3ory. Pendright (talk) 19:18, 23 April 2018 (UTC)

Appreciate your edits! Pendright (talk) 00:20, 24 April 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Levering Smith

 On 24 April 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Levering Smith, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Levering Smith, a US Navy officer, was credited with assisting the UK Polaris programme to finish "on time and on budget, an unprecedented feat in British naval history"? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Levering Smith. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Levering Smith), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 12:01, 24 April 2018 (UTC)

DYK for 116th Infantry Regiment (United States)

Gatoclass (talk) 12:03, 25 April 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 26 April 2018

DYK for Katherine Oppenheimer

 On 26 April 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Katherine Oppenheimer, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Katherine Oppenheimer, the wife of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, was a cousin of German Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Katherine Oppenheimer. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Katherine Oppenheimer), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 12:01, 26 April 2018 (UTC)

Portals WikiProject heads up, April 27, 2018

We now have 52 members, and more are joining daily.

New and easier way to handle excerpts

Attention portal maintainers!

There's a new template to improve existing and new portals, called {{Transclude lead excerpt}}.

It is a lot easier to use than copying and pasting text from articles, as it displays the paragraphs you specify automatically for you.

It makes excerpts so that they are always current and never go stale or fork.

It is more powerful than it looks, because it has the Lua Module:Excerpt supporting it.

Be careful, as it is alpha software. Please notify the WikiProject talkpage of any problems you come across.

To give you a sense of the reaction this template is generating, here is an excerpt of a discussion thread from the WikiProject's talk page:

  • This new template is fantastic. I've added it to the intro sections of the portals on Australian cities (eg P:PER) and it works brilliantly. My compliments to its creators. It can probably also be used in other sections of many portals (eg "Selected article" and "Selected biography"), and, for that reason, will probably make the task of maintaining portals a great deal easier. Bahnfrend (talk) 09:02, 24 April 2018 (UTC)
    Thank you for being so brave. Portal:Adelaide/Intro just got a lot simpler! Certes (talk) 10:43, 24 April 2018 (UTC)
Kudos on a wonderful template.    — The Transhumanist   03:27, 25 April 2018 (UTC)
This is amazing stuff. I'm going to get to work on using it on the selected content at most of these portals very soon. WaggersTALK 13:40, 25 April 2018 (UTC)

The RfC

I wrote a comment in the the April 26 section of the RfC explaining what we are up to. I liked the excerpt above so much, that I went back to my RfC posting, and inserted it.

Please add Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals to your watchlist

Wish list

What's this? An old oil lamp. It's so dirty, I think I'll polish it...

*poof*

Whoa! Are you a WikiGenie? In that case, I get 3 wishes!

I wish...

  1. ...that Portal:Contents/Portals becomes up-to-date.   (The missing entries are listed on the talk page, with instructions).
  2. ...the WikiProject to have Article Alerts.   ({{WikiProject Portals}} templates have already been placed on all portal talk pages).
  3. ...that Portal:Cricket becomes a shining example of portal excellence.   (It was the main example of a crappy and unmaintained portal at the RfC).

Please make my wishes come true. See you around the portals!    — The Transhumanist   08:02, 27 April 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Polaris (UK nuclear programme)

 On 27 April 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Polaris (UK nuclear programme), which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that a series of British nuclear tests was carried out in the United States to develop warheads for the UK Polaris programme? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Polaris (UK nuclear programme). You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Polaris (UK nuclear programme)), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 12:03, 27 April 2018 (UTC)

DYK for We choose to go to the Moon

 On 28 April 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article We choose to go to the Moon, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that President John F. Kennedy (pictured) said: "We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard"? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/We choose to go to the Moon. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, We choose to go to the Moon), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 00:02, 28 April 2018 (UTC)

FACBot

Hi Hawkeye, re. this one, it appears the article name was changed to include a hyphen after the nom was initiated -- I did the usual tweaks and page moves to allow for this but may have missed something, can you check why it's not archiving and let me know for future ref? Tks/cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 00:25, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Just saw your edit at the FAC Log -- silly of me to miss that, been a while since I've had to action one of these... Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 04:28, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
Oh. Having found that the review had been closed, it went to look at the archive page to see if it had been promoted or archived. Because the name on the archive page didn't match, it couldn't find it there. So then it wrote an entry in the log, and assumed that you would fix it. I made this change and ordered the Bot to run again, and this time it processed it. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 04:35, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of John C. H. Lee

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article John C. H. Lee you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria.   This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Eddie891 -- Eddie891 (talk) 13:40, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-18

16:18, 30 April 2018 (UTC)

WikiCup 2018 May newsletter

The second round of the 2018 WikiCup has now finished. Most contestants who advanced to the next round scored upwards of 100 points, but two with just 10 points managed to scrape through into round 3. Our top scorers in the last round were:

  •   Cas Liber, our winner in 2016, with three featured articles
  •   Iazyges, with nine good articles and lots of bonus points
  •   Yashthepunisher, a first time contestant, with two featured lists
  •   SounderBruce, a finalist last year, with seventeen good topic articles
  •   Usernameunique, a first time contestant, with fourteen DYKs
  •   Muboshgu, a seasoned competitor, with three ITNs and
  •   Courcelles, another first time contestant, with twenty-seven GARs

So far contestants have achieved twelve featured articles between them and a splendid 124 good articles. Commendably, 326 GARs have been completed during the course of the 2018 WikiCup, so the backlog of articles awaiting GA review has been reduced as a result of contestants' activities. As we enter the third round, remember that any content promoted after the end of round 2 but before the start of round 3 can be claimed in round 3. Remember too that you must claim your points within 14 days of "earning" them. When doing GARs, please make sure that you check that all the GA criteria are fully met; most of the GARs are fine, but a few have been a bit skimpy.

If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article nominations, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews Needed (remember to remove your listing when no longer required). Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove your name from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Godot13 (talk), Sturmvogel 66 (talk), Vanamonde (talk) and Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:10, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

WikiProject Portals Overview, May 04, 2018

Thank you for being a member of the Portals WikiProject, and thank you for all the work you have all been doing on the portal namespace. To see the activity, check out the watchlist.

This is our 3rd issue, see previous issues at the Newsletter archive.

Top priority: Main list of portals needs updating

The top, and one of the most visible parts, of the portal system is Portal:Contents/Portals, which is intended to list all (completed) portals on Wikipedia.

About half of the missing existing portals have been added since this WikiProject's reboot (April 17th). Thank you to RockMagnetist, TriNitrobrick, Polyamorph, PratyushSinha101, Ganesha811, Bermicourt, Javert2113, Noyster, Ɱ, Lepricavark, XOR'easter, and Emir of Wikipedia, for working on this.

We are half-way to completion with this. We need everyone to chip in until it is done. Instructions, and the list of missing entries are at Portal talk:Contents/Portals#These are not listed yet.

I hope you'll join me there. ("Many hands make light work").

Thank you.

Membership

We're at 66 members, with more joining daily. We even have 6 WikiGnomes!

Special thanks

I have awarded Certes with a portals barnstar on his talk page for his work on the new excerpt templates that are revolutionizing the portal system (Template:Transclude lead excerpt & Template:Transclude random excerpt). If you'd like to show your appreciation, please feel free to stop by his talk page and add your signature to the barnstar itself.

Thank you Certes. You are enabling this WikiProject to get the right things done, fast.

By the way, the templates have already gone international. After being told about the templates, Mossab wrote:

Thanks You very much!. Those are fantastic and great templates! I transferred them to Arabic Wikipedia and they do a magic great job. I worked to improve portal anatomy here and i do every thing i can to improve it and i am very sad for the nomination for deletion of portals :(. I am glad to be member on WikiProject Portals and i added my name with pleasure. Kind regards

RFC

As you know, the (April 8th) proposal to delete all portals and the portal namespace inspired the reboot of this WikiProject. RfCs typically run for 30 days, which means there are 5 days left including today, before the RfC will be closed. The !votes are predominantly "oppose", but many editors have shared their disappointment with the portal system. We have our work cut out for us in correcting the problems of the portals to address their concerns. Complaints ranged from being out of date and lacking maintenance, to taking up the time of editors that they felt (due to low traffic) would be better spent improving articles.

Anti-WikiProject drama

This past week has been somewhat stressful for me, with more than a little conflict...

It culminated with my being reported at the Administrator's Noticeboard "for spamming and canvassing". This is the second time I've been reported there during the RfC; the first one was for posting notices of the deletion discussion (the RfC) at the top of all portal pages.

The accusations were 1) Posting notices of the deletion discussion (the RfC) at the top of all portal pages, 2) Adding an Article alerts section to the Portals WikiProject page, and 3) posting notices (invitations) about this WikiProject on user talk and portal talk pages.

None of which fall under the Wikipedia definitions of spamming or canvassing.

Thank you, Lionelt and Lepricavark, for coming to my rescue. I don't know how the discussion would have turned out if you had not spoken up.

The discussion was closed as "no action necessary".

After that, the person responsible posted their thoughts to my talk page. Here they are, with my response:

Congratulations, it appears your relentless targeted advertising of the RFC, your beating the RFC Supporters with a stick by posting countless times there, your dishonest insistence that Current Events was on the chopping block, and your obstruction of clean up efforts at MfD are paying dividends. Have fun playing with Portal space where no one will read your work. I'm sure someone will eventually clean up the mess when your interest wanes. Cheers. Legacypac

Thank you. I accept your congratulations on behalf of Wikiproject Portals and the portal-loving community – it was a team effort. In addition, I'd like to clarify some things about your claims above...
  1. Each page nominated for deletion must have a notice at the top of its page, per the deletion guideline. Not to have one there, would be unfair to those who use such pages, and would constitute a secret deletion tribunal. We don't do things that way on Wikipedia.
  2. As new facts became available (e.g., a motivated and thriving WikiProject to support the portals, new building blocks, etc.), it was appropriate to post the developments to the RfC, to support informed decision making.
  3. Proposals are literal, not figurative. The proposal specified "all portals". All means all.
  4. The fact is, the rebooted WikiProject is cleaning up the mess, rather rapidly. By updating and upgrading the portals, rather than getting rid of them.
  5. I think I'll be hanging around for awhile, but the project is more than likely to achieve critical mass and may outlive us all, due in part to the development of tools to assist editors in building, upgrading, and maintaining portals that are fully dynamic and self-updating.
Portals are more fun to work with than ever. Thank you for your role in making this happen. You made us try even harder, and inspired us to pull together as a team. You'll have a warm place in our hearts, forever. The Transhumanist

Automatically refreshed excerpts

The main advancement we've made so far is applying selective transclusion Transclusion is template technology, showing a page on another page. Selective transclusion shows only part of that page. We use it to show excerpts that always match the source. The two templates we have so far, are Template:Transclude lead excerpt and Template:Transclude random excerpt.

Obsoleting subpages

Excerpts are migrating toward the base page of each portal, and where this is done, a subpage is no longer needed.

Template:Transclude lead excerpt will be able to be used to put the intro excerpt directly on the portal page, rather than on an intro subpage, once we adapt a portal design to accommodate this.

Template:Transclude random excerpt is currently being used on 1st-level subpages, and eliminates the need for 2nd-level subpages. (Many portals have 2 levels of subpages).

There are about 1500 portals, but there are around 148,000 subpages in portal space. Further discussions are needed to develop designs and components that do not require them.

It is my hope that the portal of the future will be a single page, or close to it, pulling in excerpts from specified dynamic sources (like category pages), filtered by ratings. This would obviate the need for subpages at all (except for maybe the header and footer subpages, which store a portal's settings). A more likely near-term solution would be subpages with a list maintained by a bot, or editors using semi-automatic tools.

New portals

Since the reboot, a new portal has been created:

Portal:Limited recognition

Please watchlist these pages

Some central pages in the portal system. The more eyes on them, the better.

Wrapping up...

There's more in the works, like a rating system, further redesigns, etc. Keep an eye on the discussions on the project's talk page. They should start showing up there soon.

Hope to see you there. Sincerely,    — The Transhumanist   06:22, 4 May 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Trident (UK nuclear programme)

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Trident (UK nuclear programme) you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria.   This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Peacemaker67 -- Peacemaker67 (talk) 09:40, 5 May 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Trident (UK nuclear programme)

The article Trident (UK nuclear programme) you nominated as a good article has been placed on hold  . The article is close to meeting the good article criteria, but there are some minor changes or clarifications needing to be addressed. If these are fixed within 7 days, the article will pass; otherwise it may fail. See Talk:Trident (UK nuclear programme) for things which need to be addressed. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Peacemaker67 -- Peacemaker67 (talk) 10:01, 5 May 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of John C. H. Lee

The article John C. H. Lee you nominated as a good article has passed  ; see Talk:John C. H. Lee for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Eddie891 -- Eddie891 (talk) 12:41, 5 May 2018 (UTC)

On finding an image

Hello! Do you know where I might find an image for Ira T. Wyche?Eddie891 Talk Work 12:47, 5 May 2018 (UTC)

[124][125] Hawkeye7 (discuss) 13:05, 5 May 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Charlotte Serber

 On 6 May 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Charlotte Serber, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Charlotte Serber worked at the secret Project Y during World War II, but after the war could not get a security clearance to work as a librarian at Berkeley? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Charlotte Serber. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Charlotte Serber), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 12:02, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-19

16:28, 7 May 2018 (UTC)

TFA

This is to let you know that the X-10 Graphite Reactor article has been scheduled as today's featured article for June 2, 2018. Please check the article needs no amendments. If you're interested in editing the main page text, you're welcome to do so at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/June 2, 2018.--Wehwalt (talk) 19:16, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

I edited it to reduce the word count. Feel free to change. I normally nominate a Manhattan Project article for 16 July (anniversary of the Trinity test). Hawkeye7 (discuss) 20:42, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Ruby Boye

 On 9 May 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Ruby Boye, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Ruby Boye (pictured) was Australia's only female coastwatcher? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Ruby Boye. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Ruby Boye), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 00:01, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

This is a great article. I'm surprised to say that I hadn't heard of this impressive woman before today. Nick-D (talk) 09:45, 9 May 2018 (UTC)
I hadn't either. I plucked her name from the list at Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Military, and found her interesting enough to write the article. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 12:57, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

DYK nomination of Hugh Mackenzie (Royal Navy officer)

  Hello! Your submission of Hugh Mackenzie (Royal Navy officer) at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! Yoninah (talk) 22:02, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Frederick Gilbreath

 On 10 May 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Frederick Gilbreath, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Frederick Gilbreath (pictured) commanded the 7th Cavalry? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Frederick Gilbreath. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Frederick Gilbreath), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 00:01, 10 May 2018 (UTC)


Richard Feynman scheduled for TFA

This is to let you know that Richard Feynman has been scheduled as today's featured article for 11 May 2018. Please check that the article needs no polishing or corrections. If you're interested in editing the main page text, you're welcome to do so at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/May 11, 2018. Ealdgyth - Talk 15:35, 23 April 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for refreshing the Nobel-Prize-winning physicist with the many page views and the "chequered history. It was created by Larry Sanger back in September 2001, so it is also one of Wikipedia's oldest articles"! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:27, 11 May 2018 (UTC)

WikiProject Portals update, 11 May 2018

We've grown to 73 members, and morale is high. Thank you for joining. Here is some news, and some tasks...

The RfC will be closed soon...

2018-05-11: preparations are being made to close the RfC. See Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Requests for closure#Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)/RfC: Ending the system of portals.

When there, be sure to notice the consultation link.

We're trying to get a prototypical single-page portal developed in time to show the RfC closers before they make their final decision. You can help. It's Portal:Humanism. So far, we've applied selective transclusion (automation) to excerpts, and have made the following sections without subpages: intro, selected article, selected biography, categories, related portals, wikiprojects, things to do, and wikimedia. Eight down, 4 to go, plus 2 formatting subpages (not sure we can migrate those). Automating every section, would also be nice.

Main objectives

Our main objectives currently, are:

  1. Replace static excerpts with selective transclusions, so that the excerpts always stay fresh (that is, match the source content). We are now doing this on the portal base page as much as possible, to reduce the number of subpages that are needed. See #2...
  2. Migrate the functions of subpages to the portal base pages. There are around 150,000 subpages in portal space. We aim to make these obsolete by using templates and other calls from the portal base pages.
  3. Improve portal design to make portals self-update. Semi-dynamic sections update from a static list, as used in {{Transclude random excerpt}}. Fully-dynamic sections would update from a list maintained elsewhere on Wikipedia, like a category. We haven't found a way to do this yet, other than to create a bot (which we will probably need to do).

Maintenance pass #1: Upgrading the intro section

The intro section of many portals transcludes an "Intro" subpage that has an excerpt in it.

We're replacing that with a selective transclusion directly in the intro section, bypassing the subpage. Though, there's a little more to it...

For instructions, see: Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals#Transclude intro excerpt directly on the portal base page.

Please skip Portal:American Civil War, as that is specifically being maintained by hand.

Maintenance pass #2: Obsoleting the Wikimedia subpages

One of the sections on many portals links to sister projects on the subject. This needlessly takes a subpage. The subpage can be made obsolete by using the template {{Wikimedia for portals}} directly on the portal base page.

This has been done for several hundred portals so far.

See Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals#Obsolete a Wikimedia subpage for instructions.

Maintenance pass #3: calling the category tree from the portal base page

Certes figured out how...

{{subst:Text|<category|tree>}}{{subst:PAGENAME}}{{subst:Text|</categorytree>}}

For more information, see the thread Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals#Rendering PAGENAME inside categorytree tag doesn't work (it does now).

More to come...

In the meantime, see ya around the portals!    — The Transhumanist   15:34, 11 May 2018 (UTC)

Thanks!

  Thanks for your work in getting the Richard Feynman article featured, and for your contributions to Wikipedia in general. Golden Winged (talk) 19:28, 11 May 2018 (UTC)

MacArthur's Coalition book review

Hi Hawkeye, can you pls check my ce re. "greater distances"; there seemed to be a word or two missing and I just assumed you meant something like this. Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 04:56, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

A-Class Cross

  The Military history A-Class cross
On behalf of the Wikiproject Military history coordinators, I hereby award you the inaugural A-Class Cross for your outstanding work developing British logistics in the Falklands War, Landings at Cape Torokina, British logistics in the Normandy Campaign, Quebec Agreement and John Glenn to meet the A-Class criteria. Congratulations! Ian Rose (talk) 05:11, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXLIV, May 2018

 
Your Military History Newsletter

The Bugle is published by the Military history WikiProject. To receive it on your talk page, please join the project or sign up here.
If you are a project member who does not want delivery, please remove your name from this page. Your editors, Ian Rose (talk) and Nick-D (talk) 15:00, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

Four Award

  Four Award
Congratulations! You have been awarded the Four Award for your work from beginning to end on British hydrogen bomb programme. Chetsford (talk) 01:39, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

Congratulations from the Military History Project

  The Military history A-Class cross
On behalf of the Military History Project, I am proud to present the A-Class cross for British logistics in the Falklands War, Landings at Cape Torokina, British logistics in the Normandy Campaign, Quebec Agreement and John Glenn. MilHistBot (talk) 01:10, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
G'day, Hawkeye, just wanted to say congratulations on this achievement. This is obviously the first award of its type, and I can't think of anyone who deserves more than you to receive such an honour. Your output (and the breadth of topics you cover) never ceases to amaze me. I haven't really been able to muster much enthusiasm for writing since Christmas unfortunately. My only work has been on the mini topic of the First, Second and Third Battles of Morlancourt, which as you can see are nothing to write home about. It has been difficult to to get the quality time alone with sources etc this year due to my new posting and the baby, but also I just can't seem to muster the will power it seems. Anyway, thank you once again. Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) 03:47, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
Well done Hawkeye. Maybe creating the ACC was a little premature, but it is good to see it being awarded after four years, and I couldn't think of anyone better to receive the first one. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 03:49, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Trident (UK nuclear programme)

The article Trident (UK nuclear programme) you nominated as a good article has passed  ; see Talk:Trident (UK nuclear programme) for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Peacemaker67 -- Peacemaker67 (talk) 07:41, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

Four award

  Four Award
Congratulations! You have been awarded the Four Award for your work from beginning to end on Allied logistics in the Kokoda Track campaign. Gog the Mild (talk) 10:14, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Hugh Mackenzie (Royal Navy officer)

 On 13 May 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Hugh Mackenzie (Royal Navy officer), which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the British submariner Hugh Mackenzie (pictured) was credited with sinking over 40,000 tons of enemy shipping, including Mussolini's yacht Diana? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Hugh Mackenzie (Royal Navy officer). You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Hugh Mackenzie (Royal Navy officer)), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 12:16, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-20

22:23, 14 May 2018 (UTC)

Trident (UK Deterrent)

Thanks for your message; I think I added what I could. Will look more.

Sammartinlai (talk) 01:54, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Interesting article?

G'day Hawkeye, thought this article re: Oliphant and related nuclear issues might be of interest to you. [133]. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 04:11, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for that!! Hawkeye7 (discuss) 04:48, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Portals WikiProject update, 15 May 2018

We are at 74 members. If you know anyone who might find this WikiProject interesting, please invite them.

The RfC has ended

The RfC was closed May 11th, and a closing statement was posted May 12th which says "There exists a strong consensus against deleting or even deprecating portals at this time."

Ongoing tasks

Some major activities that we are in the middle of include:

  • Adding the missing existing portals to the main portals list at Portal:Contents/Portals. Instructions are on the talk page. There are about 125 portals left to be processed. (There were 400). Keep up the good work!
  • Development discussions on how to migrate the subpages to the base pages. There are around 150,000 subpages in portal space, associated with the various sections on a typical portal. We are trying to obsolete them section type by section type. Currently, we're working on obsoleting the intro subpages and the "selected articles" subpages. Please join in.

Other tasks

  • The list of portals not ready to be listed on the main list can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals#These are not listed yet (scroll down to see them - they are marked   Not ready). They are incomplete. If you want a specific portal to work on, please consider choosing one from that list.
  • Over the years, some incomplete portals (portals under construction) got added to Portal:Contents/Portals. Therefore, every portal listed there needs to be inspected, and any that are incomplete should be removed from that list and added to the not ready list at Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals#These are not listed yet (scroll down to see it). On Portal:Contents/Portals, I'm already almost done inspecting the portals in the culture section, and so you can skip those. The types of things to look for are empty sections (most will have a redlinked subpage), lack of "selected" sections, portal stubs with just an intro and end sections, and very poor layout (like seriously unbalanced columns).

Portal-building resources

During his work on portals, Broter found a quote randomizer. It is {{Random quotation}}.

Trailblazer: approaching the one-page portal

Broter has transformed the Portal:Community of Christ so it is comprised of only 3 pages in portal space: the base page, its box-header subpage, and its box-footer subpage. Its other other subpages are now obsolete and are waiting for deletion. Nice job, Broter!

Well, that's all for now. See ya around the portals.    — The Transhumanist   06:38, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

How does this article look against the GA criteria

Hello! Reviewing John C. H. Lee caused me to write Ira T. Wyche. I have now improved it as much as I feel I reasonably can, and would like to nominate it for Good Article status. However, I am not well versed in the topic, and would like your thoughts on whether or not it meets the GA criteria. Thanks!Eddie891 Talk Work 12:34, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

Looks pretty good to me. I have upgraded its rating to B. I suggest nominating it for GA. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 12:50, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
Done. Thanks.Eddie891 Talk Work 12:54, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
Passed. Thanks. Eddie891 Talk Work 22:07, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
Glad to hear it! Hawkeye7 (discuss) 22:54, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Anne Beaumanoir

 On 18 May 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Anne Beaumanoir, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Anne Beaumanoir (pictured) and her parents were recognised as Righteous Among the Nations for saving two Jewish children in France during the Second World War? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Anne Beaumanoir. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Anne Beaumanoir), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

— Maile (talk) 01:42, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

WERNER GOERING

Hello Hawkeye7. I am so glad to see the article on Werner Goering. He is a very unusual individual in my opinion. I know a bit about him, I was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia while he was there. I was with my father and mother and my father died in Goering's office. My father was William Lewis Uanna, you have contributed to his Wikipedia page. I wanted to mention a few things to you about the book written on his life by Stephen Frater called HELL ABOVE EARTH. I think they should be included in the Wikipedia article. No reference to my father needs to be made but I would like to tell you here how I think they relate to my father and his death in Addis Ababa. I think there is a story behind a story here... the Mormon Church connection, his father's cryptic novella written before his death in 1950. Goering went from being an FBI suspect in WWII to being the intelligence officer of a SAC nuclear equipped bomber wing in the 1950's. The SAC started out in 1946 as the 509th Bomb Wing - during WWII this was the %509th Composite Group, my father was intelligence chief of the 509th. In Addis Ababa Goering's twin engine plane was fitted out with spy equipment by the CIA, he had a $5000.00 a month slush fund for "wheel greasing" and more p.228,229. The book claims p.230,231 that he arrived in Addis in 1962 but American Air Force Sergeant Kenneth Landis drowned in November of 1961 on a camping trip with Goering and two other Americans from Cairo. See obituaries from the Kansas City Times - Salina Journal - Hays Daily News. Why is this pertinent. My father died in Goering's office on December 22, 1961. Goering had a falling out with the American Ambassador Arthur Richards over Landis' death and some other things and Richards sent a report to Washington about Goering. After Goering returning to Washington in 1964 he retired. He then threw out his US Air Force medals and citations and burned his uniforms and service records - p.236. He never mentioned his Air Force service in his new career as a very successful real estate salesman in Arizona. My father is not mentioned in the book by Frater. But you may recall that one of the things that I pressed for on my father's Wikipedia page was that the statement at the end of the movie ENOLA GAY be allowed. It said that my father had been murdered in Africa and all records relating to his death have disappeared. Certain individuals fought this very hard. Efforts by Frater to file an FOIA request with the FBI about Goering were not successful. Was Werner Goering related to Nazi Hermann Goring? Read Frater's book carefully, it would appear that Werner Goering thinks so. He has Gorings "massive 18 carat solid gold ring" and likes to show photographs of how much he looks like him. Hawkeye7, this is a really strange case. Please check Frater's book out again. I find it odd that he would destroy his US Air Force medals, citations, uniforms and records. But keep the things relating to Hermann Goring. CIC7 (talk) 01:06, 20 May 2018 (UTC)

If I remember correctly, I first heard about him from you. At some point I saw the book about him in remainder bin, bought it, and used it to write the article. It would be good to be able to link to the article from some others, as it is currently an orphan. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 01:19, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
Yes. Look at the book again please if you can. I'll be thinking about linking it. It appears he is still alive. Thanks you.

CIC7 (talk) 01:32, 20 May 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-21

17:34, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Trident (UK nuclear programme)

 On 23 May 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Trident (UK nuclear programme), which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the UK's Trident nuclear missile submarines (HMS Victorious pictured) use a version of Windows XP known as Windows for Submarines? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Trident (UK nuclear programme). You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Trident (UK nuclear programme)), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

— Maile (talk) 01:06, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

Congratulations

...for getting your article on the main page list of DYKs. I found it very interesting. Best Regards, Barbara   21:15, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

The one on Anne Beaumanoir? I thought the hook was dopey, but it had a nearly treble the expected number of page views. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 22:24, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

DYK for John C. H. Lee

 On 24 May 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article John C. H. Lee, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that during World War II, Lieutenant General John C. H. Lee had his own railroad train? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/John C. H. Lee. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, John C. H. Lee), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

— Maile (talk) 00:51, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

German war effort ArbCom case

Hey, just in case you didn't notice the ping, you have been mentioned at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/German war effort/Evidence despite not being named a party to the case. --Pudeo (talk) 06:42, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 24 May 2018

NPR Newsletter No.11 25 May 2018

Hello Hawkeye7, thank you for your work reviewing New Pages!

ACTRIAL:

  • WP:ACREQ has been implemented. The flow at the feed has dropped back to the levels during the trial. However, the backlog is on the rise again so please consider reviewing a few extra articles each day; a backlog approaching 5,000 is still far too high. An effort is also needed to ensure that older unsuitable older pages at the back of the queue do not get automatically indexed for Google.

Deletion tags

  • Do bear in mind that articles in the feed showing the trash can icon may have been tagged by inexperienced or non NPR rights holders. They require your further verification.

Backlog drive:

  • A backlog drive will take place from 10 through 20 June. Check out our talk page at WT:NPR for more details. NOTE: It is extremely important that we focus on quality reviewing. Despite our goal of reducing the backlog as much as possible, please do not rush while reviewing.

Editathons

  • There will be a large increase in the number of editathons in June. Please be gentle with new pages that obviously come from good faith participants, especially articles from developing economies and ones about female subjects. Consider using the 'move to draft' tool rather than bluntly tagging articles that may have potential but which cannot yet reside in mainspace.

Paid editing - new policy

  • Now that ACTRIAL is ACREQ, please be sure to look for tell-tale signs of undisclosed paid editing. Contact the creator if appropriate, and submit the issue to WP:COIN if necessary. There is a new global WMF policy that requires paid editors to connect to their adverts.

Subject-specific notability guidelines

  • The box at the right contains each of the subject-specific notability guidelines, please review any that are relevant BEFORE nominating an article for deletion.
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Portals WikiProject update, 25 May 2018

We have grown to 79 members.

Please provide a warm welcome to our latest additions, Wpgbrown, Cactus.man, JLJ001, and Wumbolo.

A lot is going on, much of it on the WikiProject's talk page, so be sure to go there and join in on any of the many discussions taking place there.

Elsewhere around the portal project, or related to portals, the following is happening...

New news template ready for testing

Evad37 has created a new template, with supporting lua module, to handle news in portals...

{{Transclude selected current events}} is ready to be tested in some actual portals. Let Evad37 know if you need help with the search patterns.

Noyster commented that "This is the best portal innovation since sliced bread!"

See the relevant discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Portals#Alternative to Wikinews.

Thank you, Evad.

Coming soon: Automatic article alerts (but there is a glitch)

Our WikiProject is now subscribed to the bot that makes automatic article alerts, but the subpage where they are posted has not been added to our WikiProject page yet because of a weird problem...

Featured portal nominations from two years ago keep popping up on there.

Please check Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals/Article alerts to see if you can figure out how to fix this.

Once that is remedied, it will be posted on our WikiProject page.

Thank you.

Note that, this will only track base pages, because to track the rest, we'd have to create over 140,000 talk pages for the subpages, and that just isn't worthwhile (as we're trying to remove the subpages anyways). Therefore, any alerts for subpages will still need to be posted manually.

New portal, still needs work

Drafting a new portals guideline

Your input/editing is welcome on the draft-in-progress of a new guideline for portals.

See or work on the draft at User:Cesdeva/sandbox11.

See also the discussion at: Wikipedia talk:Portal guidelines#RfC on new portal guidelines

RfC on new TOC layout for main portal list

There is a proposal to change the look of the table of contents at Portal:Contents/Portals.

See: Portal talk:Contents/Portals#RFC on layout update.

Deletion discussion survivors

Thank you to those who have participated in portal deletion discussions. There are still some editors out there who despise portals, and this comes across in their argumentation style. Wow. Such negativity. But, there is some good news...

Current deletion discussions are posted on our WikiProject page.

Portal space clean up

While portal detractors are trying to get rid of portals via MfD, we have deleted many of them via speedy deletion (per {{Db-p1}} or {{Db-p2}}). Essentially, they were bare skeletons, with maybe a little meat on them. The plus here is that speedy deletion is without prejudice to re-creating the portals. They can easily be restarted from scratch without getting approval, or be undeleted by request by someone willing to work on them. We have kept track of these, for when someone wants to rebuild them. They are listed at Portal talk:Contents/Portals#These are not listed yet.

We are also removing subpages, the functions of which have been migrated to portal base pages. To see which ones have been removed, look for the redlinks in our watchlist.

There is also an MfD concerning some of these at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Redundant subpages of the Cornwall portal.

For subpages that need to be deleted, you can conveniently place this speedy deletion template at the top of each of them:

{{Db-g6|rationale=of subpage clean up – this subpage's function has been migrated to the portal base page and is no longer needed}}

Then an admin will come along and delete them.

Please help list the unlisted portals!

There are still 100 existing portals not yet presented on the main portal list at Portal:Contents/Portals. There were 400, so we've come a long way. Thank you! But we are not done yet...

Please list a couple of them. Every little bit helps. If each member of this project listed one more, it would almost all be done. Many hands make light work.

The list of missings, and instructions, are to be found at Portal talk:Contents/Portals#These are not listed yet.

I hope to see you there!

Wrapping up

These developments make up just the tip of the iceberg. I'll have more to report in the next update, soon.    — The Transhumanist   00:31, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

Whoa, I missed one...

There's an article about the Portals WikiProject in the new issue of Signpost:

Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2018-05-24/WikiProject report

Enjoy.

P.S.: We now have 80 members. Evad37 just joined!    — The Transhumanist   01:36, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Vickers Valiant

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Your GA nomination of Vickers Valiant

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Operation Black Buck

Hi, If it's helpful, I have a semi-complete article on the 1 May 1982 fighting at User:Nick-D/Drafts14 which might have some useful references. I might also take advantage of the long weekend to actually finish it (...after 5 years). Regards, Nick-D (talk) 11:05, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for that. I hope you don't mind that I lifted a paragraph. I thought that adding references to Black Buck would be quick, but it was nearly as bad as writing it from scratch. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 00:28, 28 May 2018 (UTC)

Membership list

Hi Hawkeye. I remember a few months ago that I suggested automatically updating the Milhist membership list using MilhistBot. The idea got a positive reception overall, and you mentioned that it would be possible, so I just wanted to ask if you've gotten around to that. Thanks. Biblio (talk) 01:32, 29 May 2018 (UTC)

Yes. A BRFA was processed, and the Bot has been maintaining the lists for a few months now. The run is carried out monthly. 02:26, 29 May 2018 (UTC)
Good. Thank you. Biblio (talk) 04:58, 29 May 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-22

12:40, 29 May 2018 (UTC)

Portals WikiProject update #007, 31 May 2018

We have grown to 89 members.

This is the seventh issue of this newsletter. For previous issues, see our newsletter archive.

Welcome

A warm welcome to our nearly one dozen new members...

Our new members include:

Be sure to say "hi" and welcome them to the team.

The portal set has shrunk

There were 1515 portals, but now we have 1475, because we speedy deleted a bunch of incompleted portals that had been sitting around for ages, that were empty shells or had very little content. Because they were speedied, they can be rebuilt from scratch without acquiring approval from WP:DRV.

Maintenance runs on the portals set have begun

This is what we have been gearing up for: upgrading the portals en masse, using AWB.

More than half of the Associated Wikimedia sections have been converted to no longer use a subpage. This chore will probably be completed over the next week or two. Many thanks to the WikiGnome Squad, who have added an Associated Wikimedia section to the many geography-related portals that lacked one. The rest of the subjects await. :)

The next maintenance drive will be on the intro sections. Notices have gone out to the WikiProjects for which one or more portals fall within their subject scope. Once enough time has elapsed for them to respond (1 week), AWB processing of intro sections will begin.

Thank you, you

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your part in the RfC. I went back and reread much of it. I believe your enthusiasm played a major part in turning the tide on there. I'm proud of all of you.

Why reread that mess, you ask?

To harvest ideas, and to keep the problems that need to be fixed firmly in mind. But, also to keep in touch. See below...

Thank yous all around

I've contacted all of the other opposers of the RfC proposal to delete portals, to thank them for their support, and to assure them that their decision was not made in vain. I updated them on our activities, provided the link to the interviews about this project in the Signpost, pointed out our newsletter archive so they can keep up-to-date with what we are doing, and I invited them all to come and have a look-see at our operations (on our talk page).

Sockpuppet, and reverting his work

It so happened that one of our members was a sockpuppet: JLJ001. According to the admin who blocked him, he was a particularly tricky long term abuser. This is a weird situation, since the user was quite helpful. He will be missed.

This has been somewhat disruptive, because admins are doing routine deletions of the pages (portals, templates, etc.) he created, and reversion of his edits (I don't know if they will be reverting all of them). Please bear with them, as they are only doing what is best in the long run.

The following pages have been deleted by the admins so far, that I know of:

Automation so far, section by section...

Automatic article alerts is up and running

Automatic article alerts are now featured on the project page.

Some super out-of-date entries kept showing up on there, so posting it on the Project page was delayed. Thanks to Evad37 and AfroThundr for providing solutions on this one. Evad37 adjusted the workflow settings per Wikipedia:Article alerts/Subscribing#Choosing workflows, to make sure only the appropriate page types show up. AfroThundr removed the tags from the old entries that caused them to keep showing up in the article alerts.

Other things that could use some automation

Noyster pointed out that it would be nice to automate the updating of the portals section at the Community bulletin board.

Another major component of the portal system is the main list of portals, at Portal:Contents/Portals. How would we go about automating the updating of that?

Please post your ideas on the WikiProject's talk page. Thank you.

Deletion discussion survivors

Keep in mind that we have already speedy deleted almost all of the nearly empty portals, which can be rebuilt without approval whenever it is convenient to do so. Other portals should be completed if at all possible rather than delete them through MfD (which requires approval from Deletion review to rebuild).

(Current deletion discussions are posted on our WikiProject page).

Portals needing repair

Wrapping up

There's still more, but it will have to wait until next issue.

Until then, see ya around the project.    — The Transhumanist   12:01, 31 May 2018 (UTC)

Thank you ...

 

... for the TFA, X-10 Graphite Reactor, a Manhattan Project experimental reactor, "built at the Clinton Engineer Works known as the X-10 Graphite Reactor. It operated for many years, and is now a tourist attraction", and for the steady flow of GAs and interesting DYK. For the cabal, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:04, 2 June 2018 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2018-23

21:54, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

Jack Kirby GA review

Hi there! When you have a chance, can you please take a look at all the work that has been done at Talk:Jack Kirby/GA2? Thanks! BOZ (talk) 11:22, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

Random Question

Do you think Felix Agnus is ready for a GA nom? Thanks! Eddie891 Talk Work 01:58, 7 June 2018 (UTC)

Portals WikiProject update #008, 7 June 2018

The WikiProject now has 92 participants, including 16 admins.

Welcome

A warm welcome to the newest members of the team:

Be sure to say hi.

Congrats

Pbsouthwood has just gotten through the grueling RfA process to become a Wikipedia administrator. Be sure to congratulate him.

The reason he went for it was: "For some time I expect to be busy with subpage deletion for Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals as mentioned above. The amount of work is expected to keep me busy for some time. I am primarly a content creator and contributor to policy discussions, but would be willing to consider other admin work on request, providing that I feel that my involvement would be appropriate and not too far outside my comfort zone."

New feature: Picture slideshow

Picture slideshow

Evad37 has figured out a way to let the user flip through pictures without purging the page. Purging is awkward because there is an intermediary confirmation screen that you have to click on "yes". In the new picture slideshow section, all you have to do is click on the > to go to the next picture or < to instantly show the previous feature. The feature also shuffles the pictures when the page is initiated, so that they are shown in a different order each time the user visits the page (or purges it).

It is featured in Portal:Sacramento, California. Check it out to the right.

Keep in mind that the feature is a beta version. Please share your comments on how to refine this feature, at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Portals#Refining the Picture slideshow.

The one-page portal has been achieved

We now have a one-page portal design. It isn't fully automated, nor is it even fully semi-automated, as there are still some manually filled-in areas. But it no longer requires any subpages in portal space, and that is a huge improvement. For example, Portal:Sacramento, California utilizes the one-page design concept. While is employs heavy use of templates, it does not have any subpages of its own.

I commend you for your teamwork

This is the most cooperative team I've ever seen. With a strong spirit of working together to get an important job done. Kudos to you.

In conclusion...

There's more. A lot more. But it will have to wait until next issue, but you don't have to wait. See what's going on at the WikiProject's talk page.    — The Transhumanist   02:09, 7 June 2018 (UTC)

Wheel warring claim

That claim you made at WT:DYK, please could you either confirm you were mistaken or could you link the diff where Arbcom said that one revert of an admin action by another admin was indeed wheel warring? I was deadly serious when I noted that sanctions could now apply to dozens of admins, including members of Arbcom themselves and I'd like to explore that. The Rambling Man (talk) 20:29, 9 June 2018 (UTC)

I confirm that I was mistaken; the proposed extension to resolve the "second mover" issue was not adopted. All that we have is Administrators are expected to have good judgment, and are presumed to have considered carefully any actions or decisions they carry out as administrators. Administrators may disagree, but administrative actions should not be reversed without good cause, careful thought, and (if likely to be objected to), where the administrator is presently available, a brief discussion with the administrator whose action is challenged. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 00:26, 10 June 2018 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXLVI, June 2018

 
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If you are a project member who does not want delivery, please remove your name from this page. Your editors, Ian Rose (talk) and Nick-D (talk) 10:35, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Operation Black Buck

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Tech News: 2018-24

21:55, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Manhattan Project

Would you have a moment to respond at Talk:Manhattan Project#Image size. Thank you. Magnolia677 (talk) 20:09, 9 June 2018 (UTC)

Could you please respond. Before I pursue dispute resolution, your comment about this is helpful. Thank you. Magnolia677 (talk) 22:23, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
It's like this. When one editor suggests a change I will normally make it. But if another suggests a different change, then I will wait for a consensus to develop. As there is a conflict here, I was awaiting input from other editors. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 22:51, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Last Question (I promise)

Should List of most successful American submarines in World War II list every single american submarine in World War II, because we certainly can? Eddie891 Talk Work 20:04, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

I don't think there is any need for that, but I would go for the top 25. The list seems to mix wartime claims with JANAC figures; I would suggest settling on the latter, even though we know they are flawed. A successful could be in terms of number of ships sunk (Blair, Appendix J) or tonnage of ships sunk (Blair, Appendix k). Hawkeye7 (discuss) 21:33, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Operation Black Buck

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DYK for Vickers Valiant

 On 16 June 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Vickers Valiant, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Vickers Valiant XD818 (pictured) dropped the first British hydrogen bomb as part of Operation Grapple? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Vickers Valiant. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Vickers Valiant), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

— Maile (talk) 00:01, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

NPP Backlog Elimination Drive

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We can see the light at the end of the tunnel: there are currently 2900 unreviewed articles, and 4000 unreviewed redirects.

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Portals WikiProject update #009, 15 June 2018

(Article slideshow prototype)
Selected animals

Don't mind that box to the right. We'll be talking about that later, below.

Almost done...

With the portals upgrades?

No. :)

What is almost done is the updating of the main list of portals!

There are 23 portals left to be listed.

Kudos to the WikiGnome Squadron, for spearheading this.

Once it is fully updated, we need to keep it up to date. When you complete a portal, remember to add it to Portal:Contents/Portals.

Concerning portal upgrades, we are working on those section-by-section...

Associated Wikimedia section conversion task complete

The Associated Wikimedia sections of the entire set of portals have been upgraded. These are now handled on each portal base page (bypassing the previously used corresponding subpages), using the {{Wikimedia for portals}} template rather than reiterated copied/pasted code.

So, to be more accurate on reporting upgrade progress, that's one section down (for the whole set of portals), with (about) nine sections to go. (Skipping curated portals, regarding custom content sections, of course).

Further section conversions (using AWB)

Work is underway on converting Portals' introduction sections, and the categories sections.

If you would like to help, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals#Upgrade introduction sections and Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals#AWB task: Convert category sections

Further section conversions (by hand)

Work has also started with converting selected picture sections to picture slideshow sections. See Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals#Install picture slideshows.

Quality rating system for portals under development

Currently, there is no quality rating for portals: in the Portals WikiProject box on each portals' talk page, it just says "Portal". But times are a changin'. Quality assessment is on the way, and you can help. See the discussion.

What's coming: excerpt slideshows

Evad37 has figured out a way to apply the picture slideshow feature to displaying article excerpts (now you can check out the provided box above). :) This allows us to bypass page purging to see the next selection, and you can even click through them rather quickly. Currently, the wikicode for doing this for article excerpts is a bit eye-boggling, and so we are looking into simplifying it. A streamlined version may be just around the corner.

Note that this is a prototype, not ready for widespread use. Click on the box in between the lesser than and greater than signs, to see what I mean. It was meant for pictures, and so the thumbnail feature doesn't apply to article prose very well. I've presented it even though it isn't ready, to show the direction portal development is heading. See the discussion.

Wow

I'm amazed at how rapidly portals are evolving. And we're still within a single generation of portal technological evolution. Imagine what they might be in 2 or 3 more generations of developments. Pretty soon, portals will be able to shake your hand. :)    — The Transhumanist   11:04, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

Operation Black Buck DYK review

Hi. I am reviewing this for DYK. I cannot find where the mention of the flight time occurs in the article. I am probably being short sighted, but could you point it out for me?

Also, there is a notable overlap according to Earwig. I assume that the Waddington Heritage Centre has lifted from the Wikipedia article, but I am not experienced enough to prove it. Could you suggest how I might do that?

Thanks. Gog the Mild (talk) 15:08, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-25

21:47, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

13 years of editing

  Hey, Hawkeye7. I'd like to wish you a wonderful First Edit Day on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee!
Have a great day!
Chris Troutman (talk) 22:45, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
 

Wow. Has it been that long? Hawkeye7 (discuss) 22:51, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2018-26

23:10, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

Re: red links

Regarding: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Robots_exclusion_standard&type=revision&diff=810777707&oldid=810745105

Not for nothing, and I have no plan on actually opposing such an edit from you or anyone else really, but "…guideline…is a generally accepted standard that editors should attempt to follow, though it is best treated with common sense, and occasional exceptions may apply…" is not the same thing as "not permitted". If I were you (like if I were in your position and wanted the MoS adhered to), I would phrase it more like "Adhering to MoS" or something.

Although really I would just read Wikipedia:Red link where it says this:
"Red links for subjects that should have articles but do not, are not only acceptable, but needed in the articles. They serve as a clear indication of which articles are in need of creation, and encourage it. Do not remove red links unless you are certain that Wikipedia should not have an article on that subject.".

They're somewhat contradictory, I know, but to me I would allow something that one person has pushed for if my only interest were to uphold guidelines where one guideline says it might be good to not keep something and another says not to remove something unless you are certain there is no reason not to. Excelsiorsbanjo (talk) 00:01, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

I presume you mean the part in WP:red link where it says: * Links in any of the various {{About}} and {{Otheruses}} hatnotes, in {{Main}}, {{Details}}, {{Further}}, and {{Seealso}} notes, as well as in "See also" sections, are meant to serve a navigational purpose. Red links are useless in these contexts; if possible they should be replaced by a functioning link, or else be removed. I wouldn't have removed it if I thought its creation was imminent. Now that the article exists, you can add it to the See Also section. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 02:20, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

You presume from a direct unmodified quote something altogether separate? Are you trying to be cute or something? This does not make me think you're taking your strange guidelines patrol role seriously, but instead just like attempting to enforce rules. Anyway, that guideline is littered with reasons to add red links including reasons for why I added one, but I do find it humorous that you find a potential contradiction and latch onto it rather than remembering a moment ago when I reminded you that guidelines are almost always contradictory. I've no idea who you think you're helping out, it isn't your fellow editor, and I'm not sure who else is present.
I wonder why they built red links into the software and have such guidelines for their use if they're so useless.
You removed it 6 hours and 25 minutes after I made the addition, the duration of which seems to have corresponded with 4:30am to 10:56am GMT or 12:30am to 6:56am EST, which means out of all the people in the USA, for example, that might've looked at that link, I'd wager the percentage that actually got a chance to was around maybe 0.001. My congratulations on living in Australia, a wonderful country which contains a staggeringly tiny fraction of the native fluent English speakers of the world.
Now that the article exists, as it would have much earlier had you actually cared about the guidelines you so profess to, how's about you add it back, because you care so much about links? Excelsiorsbanjo (talk) 19:10, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

That's an interesting point. During the Paralympic Games in Rio, six of the top ten articles were on various nations at the Games. The UK was first, Australia was second, both in terms of number of editors and numbers of edits. The US article was not in the top 25. So the conclusion drawn was that there are more editors in Australia than in the US. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 23:11, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

It's certainly accurate, at any rate. …& I see you have countered my hard facts with the most tenuous of anecdotal correlations. Excelsiorsbanjo (talk) 05:42, 27 June 2018 (UTC)

BEF

@Hawkeye7: I haven't had an equivocal comment like that since I got suspended in 1994 ;o). Did I submit it before? I'd like your view on what the article needs so that I can do something about it. Regards Keith-264 (talk) 11:49, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

No, just concern about criterion B2: It reasonably covers the topic, and does not contain obvious omissions or inaccuracies. I felt that the article does have some omissions. The question then is how "obvious" are they. ie "questions a general reader (not a specialist) might have". I can only guess at this, so I gave the article a B rating. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 12:34, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
Your guesses are as good as mine; what are they? Regards Keith-264 (talk) 20:39, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
I have put some comments on the article talk page. I don't know if you intend to take it to ACR or GA. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 22:50, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
Thanks again. Keith-264 (talk) 23:53, 27 June 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 29 June 2018

A barnstar for you!

  The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
Thank you for your tireless responses during the lengthy FA review of Quebec Agreement. While I translated many featured articles to zhwiki, this article was of the highest quality thanks to your efforts. Did you know... that you can talk to Dingruogu? 06:32, 30 June 2018 (UTC)

Portals WikiProject update #010, 30 June 2018

We've grown to 94 participants.

A warm welcome to dcljr and Kpgjhpjm.

Rating system for portals

We are in the process of developing a rating system specifically for portals, as the quality assessment scheme for articles does not apply to portals. It is coming along nicely. Your input would be very helpful. See the discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Portals/General#Proposed new quality class assessments.

Better than a barnstar

One of our participants got involved with this WikiProject through interest in how the new generation of portals would be handled in WP's MOS (Manual of Style). It didn't take long before he got sucked in deeper. This has given him an opportunity to look around, and so, he has made an assessment of this WikiProject's operations:

I'm quite frankly really impressed and inspired by what's happening here. If you'd asked me a year ago if I thought portals should just be scrapped as a failed, dragged-out experiment, I would have said "yes". This planning and the progress toward making it all practical is exemplary of the wiki spirit, in particular of a happy service-to-readers puppy properly wagging its technological and editorial tail instead of the other way around, and without "drama". It's also one of the few examples I've seen in a long time of a new wikiproject actually doing something useful and fomenting constructive activity (instead of acting as a barrier to participation, and a canvassing/ownership farm for PoV pushers). Kudos all around. — SMcCandlish

Congratulations, everyone. Keep up the great work.

Slideshow development

We've run into a glitch with slideshows: they don't work on mobile devices.

Initially, we will need to explore options that allow portals to have slideshows without adversely affecting mobile viewers. See Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Portals/Design#Mobile view support.

Eventually, we may need another way to do slideshows. If we do go this route, and I don't see why we wouldn't, then (user configurable) automatic slideshows also become a possibility.

TemplateStyles RfC passed

Once implemented, this will allow editors to create and edit cascading style sheets for use with templates. This will expand what we can do with portals. For more detail, see mw:Extension:TemplateStyles and Wikipedia:TemplateStyles.

Automation effort

We've run into an obstacle using Lua-based selective transclusion: Lua is incapable (on Wikipedia) of reading in article names from categories. Because of this, we'll need to seek other approaches for fully automating the Selected article section. We are exploring sources other than categories, and other technologies besides Lua.

Speaking of using other sources, the template {{Transclude list item excerpt}} collects list items from a specified page, or from a section of that page, and transcludes the lead from a randomly selected link from that list. Courtesy of Certes. So, if you use this in a portal, and if the template specifies a page or section serviced by JL-Bot, you've now got yourself an automatically updated section in the portal. JL-Bot provides links to featured content and good articles, by subject.

What is "fully automated"? When you create a portal using a creation template, and the portal works thereafter without editor intervention, the portal is fully automated. That is, the portal is supported by features that fetch new content. If you have to add new article names every so often for it to display new content, then it is only semi-automated.

Currently, the Selected article section is semi-automated, because it requires that an editor supplies the names of the various articles for which excerpts are (automatically) displayed. For examples, look at the wikisource code of Portal:Reptiles, Portal:Ancient Tamil civilization, and Portal:Reference works.

So far, 3 sections are fully automatable: the introduction section, the categories section, and the Associated Wikimedia section.

Where is all this heading?

Henry.

Or some other name.

Eventually, the portal department will be a software program. And we won't have to do anything (unless we want to). Not even tell it what portals to create (unless we want to). It will just do it all (plus whatever else we want it to do). And we will of course give it good manners, and a name.

But, that is a few years off.

Until then, building portals is still (partially) up to us.    — The Transhumanist   13:31, 30 June 2018 (UTC)

Apollo 15 postage stamp incident

Would you have time to look at this article, presently at Peer Review? Good work on Armstrong, so I figured it might be up your alley.--Wehwalt (talk) 21:18, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

Unsolicited comment

Sorry for this unsolicited comment. I have always thought that for the past two years, if you could have spend minimal effort in trying to address the opposing comments against you in the previous RfA, even if you think they were frivolous, your next RfA would easily end up with a landslide. And with all due respect, continuing to complain about how you were unfairly treated in the process and the aftermath of that RfA is simply unproductive, in my opinion. I know there are far better nominators out there, but I am willing to write a nomination statement for your consideration. My sole request is that if you would stop talking about how not having the tools is frustrating for your content creation without reciting specific situations; Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Muboshgu is a good reference point for building a stronger argument for your case. Regards, Alex Shih (talk) 05:39, 1 July 2018 (UTC)

I have not complained about being treated unfairly. Nor do I have any reservations about my nominator. If you have specific suggestions, I am willing to act upon them. Here's a specific example of why it's so frustrating, from last week. [169] Hawkeye7 (discuss) 06:33, 1 July 2018 (UTC)

WikiCup 2018 July newsletter

The third round of the 2018 WikiCup has now come to an end. The 16 users who made it to the fourth round had at least 227 points. Our top scorers in round 3 were:

  •   Courcelles, a first time contestant, with 1756 points, a tally built largely on 27 GAs related to the Olympics
  •   Cas Liber, our winner in 2016, with two featured articles and three GAs on natural history and astronomy topics
  •   SounderBruce, a finalist last year, with a variety of submissions related to transport in the state of Washington

Contestants managed 7 featured articles, 4 featured lists, 120 good articles, 1 good topic, 124 DYK entries, 15 ITN entries, and 132 good article reviews. Over the course of the competition, contestants have completed 458 GA reviews, in comparison to 244 good articles submitted for review and promoted. As we enter the fourth round, remember that any content promoted after the end of round 3 but before the start of round 4 can be claimed in round 4. Please also remember that you must claim your points within 14 days of "earning" them. When doing GARs, please make sure that you check that all the GA criteria are fully met. Please also remember that all submissions must meet core Wikipedia policies, regardless of the review process; several submissions, particularly in abstruse or technical areas, have needed additional work to make them completely verifiable.

If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article nominations, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews Needed (remember to remove your listing when no longer required). Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove your name from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Godot13 (talk), Sturmvogel 66 (talk), Cwmhiraeth (talk), Vanamonde (talk) 04:55, 2 July 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Operation Black Buck

 On 3 July 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Operation Black Buck, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that during Operation Black Buck, Avro Vulcan bomber XM607 (pictured) flew for nearly 15 hours to drop 21 bombs on the Falkland Islands? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Operation Black Buck. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Operation Black Buck), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

— Maile (talk) 00:01, 3 July 2018 (UTC)

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April to June 2018 Milhist article reviewing

  Content Review Medal of Merit (Military history)
On behalf of the Milhist coordinators, you are hereby awarded the Content Review Medal of Merit for reviewing a total of 13 Milhist articles at PR, GAN, ACR or FAC during the period April to June 2018. Thank you for supporting Wikipedia's quality content processes. AustralianRupert (talk) 09:21, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

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Falklands Logistics FAC, MILHIST-A reviewing, apologies over slowness

Apologies for spreading my review over a number of days. It is a thorough review and a thorough article. I think you can understand from my comments that I'm very impressed.

Part of the need for thoroughness is due to heightened quality standards since I was on FAC (all of which the article is passing so far of course), and partly due to observed problems in the general editorial community needing to be double checked (which in this article's case has been pro-forma). I hope you understand that a number of questions (historiography, military science as a discipline, unpalatable conducts, WEIGHT & structure following HQRS) aren't targeted at the article, but are a result of long standing quality issues with articles proposed or passed as FA.

I am likely to engage these queries and review topics at FA / MILHIST-A reviews in future to remind the general editorial community which strives for quality articles of the standard's we've previously agreed we would meet at certain levels.

The reason you've probably copped a few queries is that you've had easy and pleasant to review articles up at both forums. I hope you can read that I'm generally querying, not criticising absence.

In relation to the independent deterrence articles I hope you can see I'm not asking for rewrites over misstructure, but small weight coverage points due to elements of social history in the articles' coverage. Fifelfoo (talk) 05:30, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

All done. Now supporting. One style fixit required with an unclear pronoun. Fifelfoo (talk) 05:08, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

FWIW

Re: your thread at BN - I feel you, mate. I hope you decide to run again, although it sucks that you have to. 96.82.77.60 (talk) 06:08, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

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The Bugle: Issue CXLVII, July 2018

 
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Portals WikiProject update #011, 10 July 2018

We now have 97 participants.

Be sure to welcome our newest members, BrantleyIzMe, Coffeeandcrumbs, and Nolan Perry, with warm regards.

Work is proceeding apace. We have 2 major thrusts right now: converting the intro sections of portals, and building the components of the one-page automated model...

Converting the intro sections

We need everybody, except those building software components, to work on converting intros. If you have AWB, definitely use that. If not, then work on them manually. Even one a day, or as often as you can muster, will help a lot. There are only about 1,000 of them left to go, so if everyone chips in, it will go pretty quickly. Remember, there are 97 of us!

The intros for most of the portals starting with A through F have already been converted to use the {{Transclude lead excerpt}} template.

The standard wikicode for the automated intro that we want to put into place looks like this:

{{/box-header|Introduction|noedit=yes|}}
{{Transclude lead excerpt | {{PAGENAME}} | paragraphs=1-2 | files=1}}
{{Box-footer|[[{{PAGENAME}}|Read more...]]}}

That works for most portals, but not all. For some portals it requires some tweaking, and for others, we may have to use a different or more customized approach. Remember to visually inspect each portal you work on and make sure that it works before moving on to the next one.

Be sure to skip user-maintained portals. They are listed at Wikipedia:WikiProject_Portals#Specific_portal_maintainers.

AWB tips

I've started an AWB tips page, for those of you feeling a bit overwhelmed by that power user tool. Feel free to add to it and/or improve it.

Portal automation

We have some very talented Lua programmers, who are pushing the limits of what we can do in gathering data from Wikipedia's various namespaces and presenting it in portals. Due to their efforts, Lua is powering the selective transclusion core of our emerging automated portal design, in the form of selected article sections that rotate content, and slideshows.

To go beyond Lua's limits, to take full advantage of Mediawiki's API, we are in the midst of adding another programming language to the resources we shall be making use of: JavaScript. The ways that JavaScript can help us edit portals to boost the power of our Lua solutions, are being explored, which will likely make the two languages synergistic if not symbiotic. Research is under way on how we can use JavaScript to make some of the portal semi-automated features fully automatically self-updating, in ways that Lua cannot. Like gathering random members from a category and inserting them into a portal's templates as parameters. Once the parameters are in place, Lua does the rest.

If you would like to get involved with design efforts, or just keep up on them, see Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Portals/Design.

When should we start building new portals?

Well, not at the present time, because building portals is quite time consuming. The good news is that we are working on a design that will be fully automated, or as close to that as we can get. And the new design is being implemented in the portal department's main portal creation template. This means, that not only will portals update themselves, their creation will be highly automated as well. That's the nature of templates. You put them in place, and they just... work.

What I'm getting at here, is that it would be better to wait to build lots of new portals until after the new design is completed. Because with it, instead of taking hours to create a new portal, it will likely take minutes.

That does not mean we should be idle in the meantime. The main reason most of us are here is because it became apparent that portals were largely unmaintained and had grown out-of-date. This had become so apparent that a proposal was made to delete all the portals and the portal namespace to boot. That makes our main objective in the short term to improve all the existing portals so that the community will want to keep them—forever.

Building lots of new portals comes later. Let's fix up the ones we have first. ;)

And on that note, I bid you adieu. Until next newsletter, see ya 'round the WikiProject.    — The Transhumanist   12:30, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

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Armstrong FAC

Sorry, did not see you were editing at the same time. Wanted to move this sidebar over here and not flood the FAC with it. After I read the section on publisher in both the news and web templates, it seemed clear that the publisher is who owns the website/newspaper/periodical/etc (like my edits w/ Space.com). It also seemed clear that the website/newspaper/periodical/etc was preferred over the publisher if they have similar names (like in the New York Times example given). Can you explain to me what I am missing? Kees08 (Talk) 06:42, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

That's right. But the upshot is that |newspaper= appears in italics, and by using |publisher= for TV stations etc, they do not. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 06:55, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, I suppose TV stations not being italicized is the distinction I missed there. Another question on the FAC, do you have a better source for his heritage? The Guardian source is a passing mention for Scottish, Irish Central seems like it could fall under the 'organizations that make up connections to Armstrong' umbrella, and the Hansen one is, of course, reliable. I do not have my Hansen book on me, what does it say his heritage is? Does Barbree's book have a mention of it? I only have the audiobook, and it is not great for skimming. Kees08 (Talk) 23:30, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
I have both books at home. I'll have a look tonight. Hansen probably has it. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 00:57, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
Hansen says Viola's grandfather was German and married a German-American. That would make Caroline, Viola's mother, German. The page that was scanned to me did not indicate the nationality of Viola's father, or Armstrong's father. Hopefully that saves you two minutes of work :). Located on page 20 of Hansen. That makes him at least 25% German. Kees08 (Talk) 06:27, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
Managed to get to it today, as my edit summary says, no Irish ancestry per Hansen, though Scottish and German ancestry exist. Adjusted article accordingly. Kees08 (Talk) 05:50, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

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WP:ERRORS

Thanks much for catching the problem with the Romanov article. - Dank (push to talk) 11:30, 17 July 2018 (UTC)

Portals WikiProject update #013, 18 July 2018

I got overwhelmed IRL (in real life) during the production of issue #12. So, here is a catch-up issue, to help bring you (and me) up to speed on what is happening with portals...

By the way, we still have 97 participants. (Tell all your friends about this WikiProject, and have them join!)

Panoramas!

One cool feature of some of the geographical portals is a panoramic picture at the top of the intro section.

Check these out:

The Portals WikiGnome squadron is busy adding panoramas to geographical portals that don't yet have one. Feel free to join in on the fun. See task details at Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals#Add a panorama or skyline to a geographic portal.

Caveat: avoid super-huge pics, as they can cause portal scripts to time-out. Please try to keep picture size down below 2 megabytes. Thank you.

Auto-populated slideshows

Speaking of pictures...

We now have two slideshow templates. You may be familiar with {{Random slideshow}}, in which the editor types in (or copies/pastes) a list of pictures he or she wants it to display.

Well, now we have another template, courtesy of Evad37, which accepts one or more page names instead, and displays a random image off of the listed pages. So instead of listing dozens of files by hand, you can include a title or three to be scanned automatically. It even lets you specify particular sections.

The new slideshow template is {{Transclude files as random slideshow}}.

Here's a sample, that grabs images from a single page:

Selected motorcycle or motorcycling pictures

New Template:Box-header colour

Speaking of new templates, here's another one!

Also from Evad37, we have a new component for starting section boxes, that is color configurable, and that bypasses the need for box-header subpages altogether. It is {{Box-header colour}}.

For color support, see Web colors.

For the discussion in which this was inspired, see Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Portals/Tasks#Colour combinations for accessibility.

(In case you didn't notice, the slideshow box above uses this new template).

BTW, don't forget to close your box with {{Box-footer}}.

Where are we on the redesign?

The answer to this question is quite involved, and would fill this page to overflowing. Therefore, this subject, including a complete update on where we are at and where we are going with portal design, is covered at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Portals/Design.

Where are we on portal conversion?

An AWB pass to convert intros on the portals has been completed. The pass couldn't convert them all (due to various formatting configurations, etc.).

All but about 170 portals now have introductions selectively transcluded on the base page. Not counting manually maintained portals, that leaves about 70 portals that either need their intros converted, or they need an intro.

Next, we'll be converting the categories sections!

What's the plan, man?

The course of action we have been taking goes something like this, with all steps being pursued simultaeneously...

1) Design a one-page automated portal model

2) Convert existing portals to that design (except those being manually maintained)

3) Remove subpages no longer needed

4) Develop further tools to empower editors working on portals

Later, when the tools are up to the task, filling in the gaps in coverage (with new portals) will also become practical.

Are we caught up yet?

Probably not.

Who knows what our programmers and editors have dreamed up while I was writing this.

See ya again soon,    — The Transhumanist   11:07, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

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Portals WikiProject update #014, 27 July 2018

Development of design continues, full speed ahead...

Excerpt slideshows are here!

Can you say "paradigm shift"?

Now, in addition to picture slideshows, we have slideshows that can display excerpts. Portals are not just for topic tasting anymore. Now they can be made useful for surveying Wikipedia's coverage of entire subjects. This gives a deeper meaning to their name. Hmmm. "Portals"... Doorways to knowledge.

Portal:Lithuania was redesigned using excerpt slideshows. Check it out.

For those of you who cannot wait to test out these new toys...

We have not one, but three excerpt slideshow components to pick from:

{{Transclude excerpts as random slideshow}}

For this one, you specify the page names where the excerpts are to be extracted from.

{{Transclude list item excerpts as random slideshow}}

This one accepts source pages from where the page names are gathered from list items. Then an excerpt from one of those pages is displayed. The selection of what is included in the slide show can be limited to a specific number from the collection (of the page names gathered), and that selection is renewed from scratch each time the page is purged.
For example, if you specify Template:World Heritage Sites in Spain as a source page, the slideshow will cycle through those sites. Now you don't have to type them in one-by-one. This greatly reduces portal creation time.

{{Transclude linked excerpts as random slideshow}}

Same as above, but gathers links instead of just linked list items.

Panoramic banners

{{Portal image banner}} displays a panoramic picture the width of the page, and adjusts its size, so it stays that way even if the user changes page view size. And it accepts multiple file names, so that the picture displayed randomizes between them each time the page is visited/purged.

Give resizing the page a try:

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.

You can now balance section boxes

Before:

Reptile types
Selected amphibian type

After:

Reptile types