IRC cloak request: I confirm that my freenode nick is sDrewth
- @Gerda Arendt: You are too kind, and I wouldn't rate myself that highly as a Wikipedian, though I am more active as a generalist Wikimedian. At Wikipedias, compared to the edits and tasks that you make here, my stuff is predominantly mopping corners, and occasionally taking the bins out. Have a lovely day, and thanks for taking the time to leave a nice note. Appreciated! — billinghurst sDrewth 22:29, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
merging user accounts question
I was wondering if you could answer a question for me. I discovered just now that I apparenrtly orphaned an old Commons user account  and suddenly got a new one  about 3 years ago. Can these be merged? cOrneLlrOckEy (talk) 17:56, 26 July 2018 (UTC)
- @Cornellrockey: There is some limited scope, though I cannot say that I am fully current on what is recoverable, and what isn't. I would suggest that you take this to m:SRUC and see what they can manage. — billinghurst sDrewth 21:55, 26 July 2018 (UTC)
The Signpost: 31 July 2018
- From the editor: If only if
- Opinion: Wrestling with Wikipedia reality
- Discussion report: Wikipedias take action against EU copyright proposal, plus new user right proposals
- Featured content: Wikipedia's best content in images and prose
- Arbitration report: Status quo processes retained in two disputes
- Traffic report: Soccer, football, call it what you like – that and summer movies leave room for little else
- Technology report: New bots, new prefs
- Recent research: Different Wikipedias use different images; editing contests more successful than edit-a-thons
- Humour: It's all the same
- Essay: Wikipedia does not need you
Facto Post – Issue 15 – 21 August 2018
|Facto Post – Issue 15 – 21 August 2018
To grasp the nettle, there are rare diseases, there are tropical diseases and then there are "neglected diseases". Evidently a rare enough disease is likely to be neglected, but neglected disease these days means a disease not rare, but tropical, and most often infectious or parasitic. Rare diseases as a group are dominated, in contrast, by genetic diseases.
A major aspect of neglect is found in tracking drug discovery. Orphan drugs are those developed to treat rare diseases (rare enough not to have market-driven research), but there is some overlap in practice with the WHO's neglected diseases, where snakebite, a "neglected public health issue", is on the list.
From an encyclopedic point of view, lack of research also may mean lack of high-quality references: the core medical literature differs from primary research, since it operates by aggregating trials. This bibliographic deficit clearly hinders Wikipedia's mission. The ScienceSource project is currently addressing this issue, on Wikidata. Its Wikidata focus list at WD:SSFL is trying to ensure that neglect does not turn into bias in its selection of science papers.
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The Signpost: 30 August 2018
- From the editor: Today's young adults don't know a world without Wikipedia
- News and notes: Flying high; low practice from Wikipedia 'cleansing' agency; where do our donations go? RfA sees a new trend
- In the media: Quicksilver AI writes articles
- Discussion report: Drafting an interface administrator policy
- Featured content: Featured content selected by the community
- Special report: Wikimania 2018
- Traffic report: Aretha dies – getting just 2,000 short of 5 million hits
- Technology report: Technical enhancements and a request to prioritize upcoming work
- Recent research: Wehrmacht on Wikipedia, neural networks writing biographies
- Humour: Signpost editor censors herself
- From the archives: Playing with Wikipedia words
MRSA 18 sept 2018
What was wrong with the Phage therapy section I added in MRSA? Why did you delete it with no explanation?