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Administrators' newsletter – August 2020Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (July 2020).

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:21, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Darrin DraderEdit

Hi, Paul! Darrin Drader was recently gutted, so I am not sure if there are any sources available for that one, but please do let me know if you find any. BOZ (talk) 18:49, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

No, BOZ, sorry – none that I can find. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 18:57, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
As always, thanks for checking. :) BOZ (talk) 23:43, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

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IP vandalism on John W. BeschterEdit

Thank you for blocking the one IP that had been vandlizing John W. Beschter. That editor has been at it for nearly two hours and has already cycled through five or so IP addresses, so do you think you could semiprotect the page? They're already back at it. Armadillopteryx 03:05, 22 August 2020 (UTC)

I've semi'd for a few hours. I hope that will be enough deterrence. As admins, we are generally reluctant to protect articles that are Today's Featured Article, but sometimes it is necessary. Thanks for your vigilance. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 03:10, 22 August 2020 (UTC)
Got it, and thank you for that! So far (knock on wood) it seems to have done the trick. Armadillopteryx 15:56, 22 August 2020 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – September 2020Edit

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Wikipedia guidelines on quoting, and avoiding copyright violationsEdit

Hi Paul, You recently commented at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:EWLwiki, saying, "Do not put the project at risk by introducing copyright violations. You have already been warned about this. Paul Erik"

Can you provide some guidance on this topic? I sense that my sole failure to my failure to surround the copy/pasted material with quotation marks, thus flagging my contribution as a copyright violation. Am I understanding things right?

I am a beginner and have thus far read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Quotations https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style#Quotations


Does the use of quotation marks enclosing copyrighted material text resolve the matter of copyright?

Consider https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bob-woodward-rage-book-trump/2020/09/09/0368fe3c-efd2-11ea-b4bc-3a2098fc73d4_story.html, authored by Robert Costa and Philip Rucker.

One paragraph reads, "At that time, Trump was telling the nation that the virus was no worse than a seasonal flu, predicting it would soon disappear and insisting that the U.S. government had it totally under control. It would be several weeks before he would publicly acknowledge that the virus was no ordinary flu and that it could be transmitted through the air."

If a Wikipedia article is written as follows, with quotation marks as shown: Robert Costa and Philip Rucker write in the Washington Post: "At that time, Trump was telling the nation that the virus was no worse than a seasonal flu, predicting it would soon disappear and insisting that the U.S. government had it totally under control. It would be several weeks before he would publicly acknowledge that the virus was no ordinary flu and that it could be transmitted through the air."[1]

References

  1. ^ Robert Costa, Philip Rucker. "Woodward book: Trump says he knew coronavirus was 'deadly' and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans". washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post. Retrieved 11 September 2020.

That example has about 60 words enclosed within the quotation marks. Are 60 words enclosed within quotation marks acceptable, and not a copyright violation? At how many words will quotation marks be acceptable? At how many words will quotation marks surrounding direct copy/paste be considered violation of copyright? Appreciatively, EWLwiki (talk) 02:28, 11 September 2020 (UTC)

Hello EWLwiki. You are correct that simply adding quotation marks and attribution might not be enough to allay copyright concerns. Another page to read which I think is relevant to your question is Wikipedia:Non-free content. In particular, at Wikipedia:Non-free content#Acceptable use, the guidance is that "Brief quotations of copyrighted text may be used to illustrate a point, establish context, or attribute a point of view or idea." Later it also says, "Extensive quotation of copyrighted text is prohibited." There isn't a specific word count established. For the particular example you mention, I don't think there is any compelling reason to quote the Post article, rather than imparting the information in the usual way: writing it in your own words and citing the article with a footnote. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 03:14, 11 September 2020 (UTC)

Paul Erik comment of Reviewing some of your other contributions, this is also a copyright violation. It appears to have been copied from this webiste. Again, this kind of thing puts Wikipedia at risk. Please review your past contributions and remove all instances in which you have copied text. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 10:25 pm, Today (UTC−5)Edit

Hello Paul Erik, I am uncertain what your are referring to on my Talk page: "Reviewing some of your other contributions, this is also a copyright violation. It appears to have been copied from this webiste. Again, this kind of thing puts Wikipedia at risk. Please review your past contributions and remove all instances in which you have copied text. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 10:25 pm, Today (UTC−5)"

What are you recommending to be removed from the Wikipedia article? The article you mentioned does not seem to have any of the content you claim. Please explain more explicitly. Does the Wikipedia contain copyrighted material copied from some external site? The term 'squadrons' is not in the Wikipedia article. Please be specific on what is on the Wikipedia page that is from an external site. Appreciatively,

EWLwiki (talk) 04:48, 11 September 2020 (UTC)

Hello EWLwiki. On June 10, 2020, you added the following text "Squadrons made up of white volunteers were empowered to use vigilante tactics to enforce laws related to slavery. Members of slave patrols could forcefully enter anyone’s home, regardless of their race or ethnicity, based on suspicions that they were sheltering people who had escaped bondage. They located and returned enslaved people who had escaped, crushed uprisings led by enslaved people and punished enslaved workers found or believed to have violated plantation rules. As University of Georgia social worker professor Michael A. Robinson has written, by the time John Adams became the second U.S. president, every state that had not yet abolished slavery had them." without indicating that it was a direct quote or close paraphrase.
The copyrighted website in question contains this quote, published June 4, 2019, "Policing in southern slave-holding states had roots in slave patrols, squadrons made up of white volunteers empowered to use vigilante tactics to enforce laws related to slavery. They located and returned enslaved people who had escaped, crushed uprisings led by enslaved people and punished enslaved workers found or believed to have violated plantation rules. The first slave patrols arose in South Carolina in the early 1700s. As University of Georgia social work professor Michael A. Robinson has written, by the time John Adams became the second U.S. president, every state that had not yet abolished slavery had them."
Your wording changes are minor and trivial compared to the content you copied. This is not a summary of the source written in your own words. It is an exceptionally close paraphrase that includes trivial original writing. That is a copyright violation, and it is simply not permitted on Wikipedia. So, please be careful in the future. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 05:13, 11 September 2020 (UTC)
Cullen328, thank you for providing the detailed explanation. EWLwiki, I removed the problematic text from the article Law enforcement in the United States yesterday, as you can see here. I have not checked all your past additions, but if you could remove any other instances in which you have copied text into Wikipedia, that would be appreciated. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 12:14, 11 September 2020 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

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When it comes to a VOA, I can always trust you to be there. Cheers and keep up the good work! PRAHLADbalaji (M•T•AC) This message was left at 04:23, 12 September 2020 (UTC)
Well, thank you! Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 04:24, 12 September 2020 (UTC)
Paul Erik, no prob! Cheers and best regards! PRAHLADbalaji (M•T•AC) This message was left at 04:31, 12 September 2020 (UTC)

ITN recognition for Aline ChrétienEdit

 On 14 September 2020, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Aline Chrétien, which you updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Stephen 03:28, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

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Teeuwynn WoodruffEdit

Hi Paul, do you see any sources for Teeuwynn Woodruff? BOZ (talk) 12:34, 15 October 2020 (UTC)

No, sorry BOZ, I am not finding any. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 16:00, 15 October 2020 (UTC)
Ah. Thanks for checking! BOZ (talk) 17:38, 15 October 2020 (UTC)

DJ Foxx Tha RocEdit

Been editing an article below which was declined early this year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draft:DJ_Foxx_Tha_Roc

I have added a few changes and would like to request you to take a look and help publish it. Cyberboyvx (talk) 22:45, 26 October 2020 (UTC)

@Ponyo: – same editor as User:Bicmicham ? Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 00:07, 27 October 2020 (UTC)
Yes, indeed. Thanks for the ping.-- Jezebel's Ponyobons mots 16:27, 27 October 2020 (UTC)

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:37, 1 December 2020 (UTC)

David HechtEdit

An article on David Hecht had been converted to a redirect, but I moved it to Draft space and now I was wondering if you saw anything useful for building that one? BOZ (talk) 09:21, 3 December 2020 (UTC)

No, I don't see anything about him, BOZ. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 00:53, 4 December 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for checking... I figured he was a longshot. BOZ (talk) 02:06, 4 December 2020 (UTC)

Merry Christmas!Edit

I'm wishing you a Merry Christmas, because that is what I celebrate. Feel free to take a "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" if you prefer. :) BOZ (talk) 05:13, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

All the best of the season to you too, BOZ! Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 13:24, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

Yo Ho HoEdit

Season's Greetings to you too, Donner60! Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 13:25, 24 December 2020 (UTC)

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I am not.Edit

Wdym, I am adding necessary Information — Preceding unsigned comment added by R Zombie7 (talkcontribs) 21:42, 7 January 2021 (UTC)

Joseph PappanoEdit

Please see Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Pcgmsrich Elizium23 (talk) 01:40, 19 January 2021 (UTC)

Aha. I was not familiar with that set of socks. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 01:58, 19 January 2021 (UTC)

Josh Mosqueira and Kevin MartensEdit

I asked you about Josh Mosqueira back in 2013, have any additional sources popped up for him since then? BOZ (talk) 15:50, 22 January 2021 (UTC)

Not sure if these are reliable sources but [1] [2] Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 23:13, 22 January 2021 (UTC)
And also Kevin Martens from which the PROD was already removed? BOZ (talk) 18:40, 22 January 2021 (UTC)
Martens was interviewed by the LA Times in 2001. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 23:17, 22 January 2021 (UTC)
OK, thanks! I will see what we can do with those. :) BOZ (talk) 08:15, 23 January 2021 (UTC)