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Nomination of Central Highlands Water for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Central Highlands Water is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Central Highlands Water until a consensus is reached, and anyone, including you, is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 04:46, 12 March 2019 (UTC)


you havent seen the whole sad story - its there [1] [2] it is like watching a repetitive gif of a car accident - JarrahTree 10:38, 15 March 2019 (UTC)

Sure I have seen it, just not my normal for first response. I'm just less likely to address it here as it is usually managed, and address it through SWMT and global sysop. — billinghurst sDrewth 10:43, 15 March 2019 (UTC)
yup - I understand - trust the new year is treating you well - JarrahTree 10:46, 15 March 2019 (UTC)

Academic website in blacklist[edit]

Hello, can you please advise on how to request removal of an item from MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist which was originally added after a dispute which involved me and two now-disgraced very active users?

Users on Talk:Zenodo pointed out that it's difficult to edit the article due to the blacklist. Whatever "emergency" there was back then has since expired: in particular, I'm currently barred from adding links to (and I'm sorry that other users are harmed, but I may be considered involved).

Is it appropriate for me to de-archive or reiterate the request for removal from blacklist which other users made? Nemo 09:26, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

It is more appropriate to direct them to where the discussion should take place, and explain the process. — billinghurst sDrewth 20:30, 28 March 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, but one of them had already asked on that talk page and was supported by more than one user. Could you advise what other information is needed other than that? It's hard to say more than it's an academic repository which hosts pretty much the highest level of reliable sources (academic papers in open access), and it's used for hundreds if not thousands of articles thanks to its vast userbase. Nemo 21:05, 28 March 2019 (UTC)
I brought it out of the archives as it would appear to not have had a final determination after the emergency blacklist. — billinghurst sDrewth 05:35, 29 March 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. Nemo 07:35, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
Hm, one week passed and autoarchival is at 14 days. I don't know the customs of this talk page: is it fine to ping the ~30 recently active regulars of that talk page or what else to do? Nemo 06:34, 9 April 2019 (UTC) Nevermind, handled already. Nemo 06:34, 9 April 2019 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 22 – 28 March 2019[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 22 – 28 March 2019
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Half a century ago, it was the era of the mainframe computer, with its air-conditioned room, twitching tape-drives, and appearance in the title of a spy novel Billion-Dollar Brain then made into a Hollywood film. Now we have the cloud, with server farms and the client–server model as quotidian: this text is being typed on a Chromebook.

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The term Applications Programming Interface or API is 50 years old, and refers to a type of software library as well as the interface to its use. While a compiler is what you need to get high-level code executed by a mainframe, an API out in the cloud somewhere offers a chance to perform operations on a remote server. For example, the multifarious bots active on Wikipedia have owners who exploit the MediaWiki API.

APIs (called RESTful) that allow for the GET HTTP request are fundamental for what could colloquially be called "moving data around the Web"; from which Wikidata benefits 24/7. So the fact that the Wikidata SPARQL endpoint at has a RESTful API means that, in lay terms, Wikidata content can be GOT from it. The programming involved, besides the SPARQL language, could be in Python, younger by a few months than the Web.

Magic words, such as occur in fantasy stories, are wishful (rather than RESTful) solutions to gaining access. You may need to be a linguist to enter Ali Baba's cave or the western door of Moria (French in the case of "Open Sesame", in fact, and Sindarin being the respective languages). Talking to an API requires a bigger toolkit, which first means you have to recognise the tools in terms of what they can do. On the way to the wikt:impactful or polymathic modern handling of facts, one must perhaps take only tactful notice of tech's endemic problem with documentation, and absorb the insightful point that the code in APIs does articulate the customary procedures now in place on the cloud for getting information. As Owl explained to Winnie-the-Pooh, it tells you The Thing to Do.


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You're the only one complaining here. I've seen plenty of pages here on Wikipedia.. like for example (See this) it is even worse than his edit — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:19, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

Where pages are even worse, please feel welcome to tidy them up. Please don't add your links to Wikipedia. — billinghurst sDrewth 20:22, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 March 2019[edit]