January 2020 GOCE drive blingEdit

  The (old school) League of Copy Editors Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 30,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE January 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 16:47, 10 February 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Articles, 2nd Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 41 articles during the GOCE January 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 16:47, 10 February 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Words, 5th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 26,285 total words during the GOCE January 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 16:47, 10 February 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Old Articles, 4th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting six old articles during the GOCE January 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 16:47, 10 February 2020 (UTC)

February 2020 GOCE blitz blingEdit

  The Cleanup Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 6,000 words (including rollover words) during the GOCE February 2020 Copy Editing Blitz. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 17:40, 24 February 2020 (UTC)

a kitten for you!Edit

A Kitten For You! Thanks. Msangjunboon2018 (talk) 18:10, 1 March 2020 (UTC)

Gnawa MusicEdit

Hi! I just wanted to apologize for undoing your edit on Gnawa Music. This sounds so fake, but I genuinely don't know how that happened - I think I accidentally clicked the undo button when I was trying to click the thank button, funnily enough. Thanks for changing it back, and thanks for your contribution to that article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Noahfgodard (talkcontribs) 04:15, 19 March 2020 (UTC)

No problem! I've done things like that myself. Glad you appreciated the edits. Cheers, Tdslk (talk) 05:22, 19 March 2020 (UTC)

COVID-19 translation projectEdit

Just in case you're interested: Wikipedia:WikiProject COVID-19/Translation Task Force. Stay safe, ---Another Believer (Talk) 21:22, 25 March 2020 (UTC)

Thanks, Another Believer. Very interesting! I don't trust myself to work on something like this in another language, but I would happily copy edit anything in English if the project needs it. I hope all is well with you, Tdslk (talk) 14:57, 26 March 2020 (UTC)

March 2020 GOCE drive blingEdit

  The Most Excellent Order of the Caretaker's Star
This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 100,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE March 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 21:52, 4 April 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Articles, 1st Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 117 articles during the GOCE March 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 21:52, 4 April 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Words, 2nd Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 129,695 total words during the GOCE March 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 21:52, 4 April 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Long Articles, 5th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting three long articles during the GOCE March 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 21:52, 4 April 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Old Articles, 1st Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 45 old articles during the GOCE March 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 21:52, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for helping to reduce the copy-editing backlog by 75% in one month – and for running the barnstar script! – Reidgreg (talk) 21:52, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

A brownie for you!Edit

  Thanks for the thanks! 😀 The4lines (talk) 02:35, 10 April 2020 (UTC)

April 2020 GOCE blitz blingEdit

  The Minor Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling between 1 and 1,999 words (including rollover words) during the GOCE April 2020 Copy Editing Blitz. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 20:11, 20 April 2020 (UTC)

Article needing copy edit but no tagEdit

Hey Tdslk! Now that the drive is underway I'm thinking of clearing the backlog from the earliest entries again. What caught my eye was Gaza War (2008–2009), but I can't find the copyedit template anywhere on there. What should I do? —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 03:10, 1 May 2020 (UTC)

Hi, Tenryuu. While the vast majority of our articles have a copy edit tag, the rarely used tag "awkward" also adds articles to the backlog. In this case, the tag was added after the sentence: "Hamas refrained from rocket fire at Israel for 14 months in accordance with its early-2005 undertaking, until IDF naval shelling hit a Gaza beach, all but wiping out a local Gazan family on 10 June 2006." My guess is that the editor didn't like the phrasing "all but wiping out." If you could figure out a way to rephrase that so it has a more encyclopedic tone, you can give yourself the credit for 36 words and 1 article. You might look at the cited article to see exactly how many members of the family were killed, and insert that information in place of the awkward phrase. Regards, Tdslk (talk) 03:20, 1 May 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for the info! —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 03:57, 1 May 2020 (UTC)

Friendly CompetitionEdit

Hi:

We both appear to be dealing with the editors on either side of a friendly competition. One, with whom you have been dealing, seems to have much better editing skills and perhaps "gets" the message that the editing comes first. The other's almost passive-aggressive responses to my suggestions etc...are pissing me off. I have made one more attempt to make the point; after that I have no idea what to do. He certainly should not be editing GOCE requests. We live in hope, I guess. Stay safe. Cheers Twofingered Typist (talk) 21:58, 3 May 2020 (UTC)

Twofingered Typist, I agree with you, and I think you should take this to the coordinators page so we can have an official discussion. Regards, Tdslk (talk) 22:38, 3 May 2020 (UTC)

It really wasn’t a friendly competition. The other editor seemed to think it was, but it really wasn’t. I was just doing my thing. Stay safe and well, --Total Eclipse 2017 (talk) (Origin of the username) 17:17, 4 May 2020 (UTC)

Question about editing articles for GOCE drivesEdit

Hello, I was working on copy editing the Eutretauranosuchus article for the May 2020 Drive. I took a break for a couple of days and returned to see you had finished the copy edit. Would it be acceptable for me to also move the article from Working to Completed on my section of the Drive page? I am new to Wikipedia, so perhaps I am in a bit over my head participating in a drive at this point. Regardless, thank you for finishing the copy edit. I overestimated the work that needed to be done and thought the article was going to need to be largely rewritten. Airyairy (talk) 20:32, 13 May 2020 (UTC)

Hi, Airyairy! Welcome to editing Wikipedia and to the Guild! My apologies for not noticing that you had been working on the article. Please go ahead and give yourself credit on the Drive page for having finished the article!
There are two different ways members of the Guild can signal that they are working on an article. The first is to add the tag {{GOCE in use}} to the top of the page. Note that this should only be left up while you are actively editing a page, and is optional. I only use it when I am editing a very large page or one that is being currently (within the past few hours) edited by others. More practical in this case would be to remove the copy edit tag as soon as you start on the page. Then it would not be listed in the articles needing copy editing category. If you do this, be sure that you do finish editing the article. If you can't please add the tag back so that others can finish the job.
In terms of the amount of work to be done, no article on Wikipedia is ever truly finished! If you can see ways to improve the article further, please make them! When we are working on articles from the backlog at the Guild, it's a gray area how much work should be done before we can remove the tag. We try as best we can to correct all spelling, formatting, and grammatical errors and reasonably improve the flow of the writing. In the case of Eutretauranosuchus, the article was a bit technical, and could still probably be improved to make it more accessible to readers, although there is only so much given the scientific subject matter. However, the writing, even before copy editing, was in better shape overall than average for articles with a copy edit tag. (For an example of a really rough article, check out, say, Thamarankottai.)
Thanks again for your participation, and let me know if you have any further questions! Regards, Tdslk (talk) 00:34, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
Thank you, Tdslk, for your response. I wasn't sure when to remove the copy edit tag or when to use the {{GOCE in use}} tag. I did want to improve the flow and accessibility of Eutretauranosuchus more, but due to the paywalled nature of many of the sources, I couldn't help but feel an editor with a background in paleontology or a related field would be required for much of that task.
I appreciate that you allowed me to take credit for the copy edit! I'll see what I can do about Thamarankottai if someone hasn't gotten to it first. Airyairy (talk) 22:02, 14 May 2020 (UTC)

May 2020 GOCE drive blingEdit

  The Most Excellent Order of the Caretaker's Star
This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 100,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE May 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 13:50, 5 June 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Articles, 1st Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 87 articles during the GOCE May 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 13:50, 5 June 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Words, 5th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 59,184 total words during the GOCE May 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 13:50, 5 June 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Old Articles, 2nd Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 48 old articles during the GOCE May 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 13:50, 5 June 2020 (UTC)

And thanks for awarding the barnstars! – Reidgreg (talk) 13:50, 5 June 2020 (UTC)

GOCE June newsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors June 2020 Newsletter
 

Hello and welcome to the June newsletter, a brief update of Guild activities since March 2020. You can unsubscribe from our mailings at any time; see below. All times and dates stated are in UTC.

Current events

Election time: Nomination of candidates in our mid-year Election of Coordinators opened on 1 June, and voting will take place from 00:01 on 16 June. GOCE coordinators normally serve a six-month term and are elected on an approval basis. Self-nominations are welcome. If you've thought about helping out at the Guild, or you know of another editor who would make a good coordinator, please consider standing for election or nominating them here.

June Blitz: This blitz begins at 00:01 on 14 June and ends at 23:59 on 20 June, with themes of articles tagged for copyedit in May 2020 and requests.

Drive and blitz reports

March Drive: Self-isolation from coronavirus may have played a hand in making this one of our most successful backlog elimination drives. The copy-editing backlog was reduced from 477 to a record low of 118 articles, a 75% reduction. The last four months of 2019 were cleared, reducing the backlog to three months. Fifty requests were also completed, and the total word count of copy-edited articles was 759,945. Of the 29 editors who signed up, 22 completed at least one copy edit. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

April Blitz: This blitz ran from 12 to 18 April with a theme of Indian military history. Of the 18 people who signed up, 14 copyedited at least one article. Participants claimed a total of 60 copyedits. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

May Drive: This event marked the 10th anniversary of the GOCE's copy-editing drives, and set a goal of diminishing the backlog to just one month of articles, as close to zero articles as possible. We achieved the goal of eliminating all articles that had been tagged prior to the start of the drive, for the first time in our history! Of the 51 editors who signed up, 43 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Other news

Progress report: as of 2 June, GOCE participants had processed 328 requests since 1 January, which puts us on pace to exceed any previous year's number of requests. As of the end of the May drive, the backlog stood at just 156 articles, all tagged in May 2020.

Outreach: To mark the 10th anniversary of our first Backlog Elimination Drive, The Signpost contributor and GOCE participant Puddleglum2.0 interviewed project coordinators and copy-editors for the journal's April WikiProject Report. The Drive and the current Election of Coordinators have also been covered in The Signpost's May News and Notes page.

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators Jonesey95, Baffle gab1978, Reidgreg, Tdslk and Twofingered Typist.

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BarnstarEdit

Hey Tdslk, this just a question out of curiosity, in the May copy editing drive my I copy edited three articles with total 2555 words however I received the minor barnstar, after reading the barmstars page I found out that the minor barnstar is for copy edits between 1 to 1999 words, kindly explain. Antila 16:32, 15 June 2020 (UTC)

Antila, the barnstar word count levels for blitzes (one week long) and drives (one month long) are different. The drive barnstars start with "Minor" at 1 to 4,000 words. Thank you for participating! – Jonesey95 (talk) 17:32, 15 June 2020 (UTC)

June 2020 GOCE blitz blingEdit

  The Cleanup Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 6,000 words (including rollover words) during the GOCE June 2020 Copy Editing Blitz. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 17:41, 25 June 2020 (UTC)

July 2020 GOCE drive blingEdit

  The Barnstar of Diligence
This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 60,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE July 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 19:13, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for giving out the rest of the barnstars! – Jonesey95 (talk) 19:13, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

August 2020 GOCE blitz blingEdit

  The Cleanup Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 6,000 words (including rollover words) during the GOCE August 2020 Copy Editing Blitz. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 14:59, 30 August 2020 (UTC)

Guild of Copy Editors September 2020 NewsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors September 2020 Newsletter
 

Hello and welcome to the September GOCE newsletter, a brief update of Guild activities since June 2020.

                 Current and upcoming events

September Drive: Our current backlog-elimination drive is open until 23:59 on 30 September (UTC) and is open to all copy editors. Sign up today!

Election reminder: our end-of-year Election of Coordinators opens for nominations on 1 December. Coordinators normally serve a six-month term and are elected on an approval basis. Self-nominations are welcome. If you've thought of helping out at the Guild, or know of another editor who would make a good coordinator, please consider standing for election or nominating them here.

Drive and Blitz reports

June Blitz: An uncorrected typo (even copy editors make copy editing mistakes!) led to an eight-day "leap blitz" from 14 to 21 June, focusing on requests and articles tagged in May. 19 participating editors claimed 54 copy edits. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

July Drive: Over 750,000 words of articles were copy edited for this event, keeping pace with the previous three self-isolated drives. Of the 38 people who signed up, 30 copyedited at least one article. Final results and awards are listed here.

August Blitz: From 16 to 22 August, we copy edited articles tagged in June and July 2020 and requests. 12 participating editors completed 37 copy edits on the blitz. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Other news

June election: Jonesey95 was chosen to continue as lead coordinator, assisted by Baffle gab1978, Tdslk, Twofingered Typist, and first-time coordinator Puddleglum2.0. Reidgreg took a break after serving for a couple years. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Progress report: As of 01:33, 18 September 2020 (UTC), GOCE copyeditors had processed 532 requests since 1 January and there were 38 requests awaiting completion on the Requests page. The backlog of articles tagged for copy-editing stood at 433 (see monthly progress graph above).

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators Jonesey95, Baffle gab1978, Puddleglum2.0, Tdslk and Twofingered Typist.

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September 2020 GOCE drive blingEdit

  The Modest Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 4,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE September 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 05:38, 9 October 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Articles, 5th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting six articles during the GOCE September 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 05:44, 9 October 2020 (UTC)

October 2020 GOCE blitz awardEdit

  The Minor Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling between 1 and 1,999 words (including rollover words) during the GOCE October 2020 Copy Editing Blitz. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 03:57, 30 October 2020 (UTC)

Thanks...Edit

...for your work on the article Sukuma people (although I do somewhat miss the table of medicinal animals, you're probably right that it's too detailed for here).Ingratis (talk) 18:45, 13 November 2020 (UTC)

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