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Peer review newsletter #1


Hello to all! I do not intend to write a regular peer review newsletter but there does occasionally come a time when those interested in contributing to peer review should be contacted, and now is one. I've mailed this out to everyone on the peer review volunteers list, and some editors that have contributed to past discussions. Apologies if I've left you off or contacted you and you didn't want it. Next time there is a newsletter / mass message it will be opt in (here), I'll talk about this below - but first:

  • THANK YOU! I want to thank you for your contributions and for volunteering on the list to help out at peer review. Thank you!
  • Peer review is useful! It's good to have an active peer review process. This is often the way that we help new or developing editors understand our ways, and improve the quality of their editing - so it fills an important and necessary gap between the teahouse (kindly introduction to our Wikiways) and GA and FA reviews (specific standards uphelp according to a set of quality criteria). And we should try and improve this process where possible (automate, simplify) so it can be used and maintained easily.


It can get quite lonely tinkering with peer review...
With a bit of effort we can renovate the place to look like this!

Update #1: the peer review volunteers list is changing

The list is here in case you've forgotten: WP:PRV. Kadane has kindly offered to create a bot that will ping editors on the volunteers list with unanswered reviews in their chosen subject areas every so often. You can choose the time interval by changing the "contact" parameter. Options are "never", "monthly", "quarterly", "halfyearly", and "annually". For example:

  • {{PRV|JohnSmith|History of engineering|contact=monthly}} - if placed in the "History" section, JohnSmith will receive an automatic update every month about unanswered peer reviews relating to history.
  • {{PRV|JaneSmith|Mesopotamian geography, Norwegian fjords|contact=annually}} - if placed in the "Geography" section, JaneSmith will receive an automatic update every yearly about unanswered peer reviews in the geography area.

We can at this stage only use the broad peer review section titles to guide what reviews you'd like, but that's better than nothing! You can also set an interest in multiple separate subject areas that will be updated at different times.

Update #2: a (lean) WikiProject Peer review

I don't think we need a WikiProject with a giant bureaucracy nor all sorts of whiz-bang features. However over the last few years I've found there are times when it would have been useful to have a list of editors that would like to contribute to discussions about the peer review process (e.g. instructions, layout, automation, simplification etc.). Also, it can get kind of lonely on the talk page as I am (correct me if I'm wrong) the only regular contributor, with most editors moving on after 6 - 12 months.

So, I've decided to create "WikiProject Peer review". If you'd like to contribute to the WikiProject, or make yourself available for future newsletters or contact, please add yourself to the list of members.

Update #3: advertising

We plan to do some advertising of peer review, to let editors know about it and how to volunteer to help, at a couple of different venues (Signpost, Village pump, Teahouse etc.) - but have been waiting until we get this bot + WikiProject set up so we have a way to help interested editors make more enduring contributions. So consider yourself forewarned!

And... that's it!

I wish you all well on your Wikivoyages, Tom (LT) (talk) 00:31, 11 August 2018 (UTC)


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Wishing you all the best for x-mass, hope it is a time of, some but not too much, cheer. Ceoil (talk) 22:21, 23 December 2018 (UTC)
OK, I've tried viewing this on two different machines, and two different browsers. All combinations have black text on black background. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 21:09, 24 December 2018 (UTC)
You can read the black-on-black text by selecting it with your mouse. Maproom (talk) 20:14, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

Merry Christmas

--Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 12:41, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 19 – 27 December 2018

Facto Post – Issue 19 – 27 December 2018
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Category:Articles with short description

Hello, I've nominated this category to be renamed to Category:Articles with short descriptions (plural). Since you've edited the category, would you please offer input at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2018 December 31? Thank you. Nyttend (talk) 02:20, 31 December 2018 (UTC)

Happy New Year!

Hi! I just wanted to use the opportunity and say you another big thank you for helping me with Lua back at Wikimania 2017! These last weeks I have been able to provide some more features to the templates I have rewritten / created during the last years and I’m quite satisfied with what has become of the module we have once started (see doc). A hard-working group of users is helping me to spread the templates and to find potential bugs and recently a user from Kurdish WP even translated the module (not sure if it will be a success there, but anyway). Wouldn’t have been possible without your valuable help back then! So let me wish you an early happy and successful New Year 2019! Face-smile.svg Cheers, XanonymusX (talk) 15:10, 31 December 2018 (UTC)

Happy New Year to you, XanonymusX! Thank you for all the kind words; it was a pleasure working with you. --RexxS (talk) 16:05, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Happy New Year, Rex !

Happy New Year, !

Happy New Year, Kudpung! Here's hoping we can find a chance to meet up again sometime in 2019. Best wishes, --RexxS (talk) 16:08, 1 January 2019 (UTC)


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Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht

Happy 2019 -

begin it with music and memories

Thank you for your help last year, including with the images for the TFA! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:58, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Please check out "Happy" once more, for a smile, and sharing (a Nobel Peace Prize), and resolutions. I wanted that for 1 January, but then wasn't sad about having our music pictured instead. Not too late for resolutions, New Year or not. DYK that he probably kept me on Wikipedia, back in 2012? By the line (which brought him to my attention, and earned the first precious in br'erly style) that I added to my editnotice, in fond memory? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:43, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

Rewrote content

"The effects of second-hand exposure are unknown."

Now it says "There is a lack of evidence on the possible effects of second-hand exposure.[3]"

It took some time but I had a chance to improve the wording. QuackGuru (talk) 19:29, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

File:Sporting activities and Governing Bodies recognised by the Sports Councils.pdf listed for discussion


A file that you uploaded or altered, File:Sporting activities and Governing Bodies recognised by the Sports Councils.pdf, has been listed at Wikipedia:Files for discussion. Please see the discussion to see why it has been listed (you may have to search for the title of the image to find its entry). Feel free to add your opinion on the matter below the nomination. Thank you. Ronhjones  (Talk) 21:00, 10 January 2019 (UTC)

WikiProject Issue

Hi RexxS! Hope you are well. We recently have a new, young, and zealous editor working in the rodeo area. He created a Rodeo Wikiproject with a Bull Riding task force. It's Wikipedia:WikiProject Rodeo. I noticed late last night that we now have some of the article talk pages he tagged showing up in the top level Rodeo category. Unfortunately, he took offense at some things I said (mostly me) and not so much MontanaBW. He has asked us both not to message him anymore, and it now he has said he won't work in this area anymore. He has not fixed the issue with the talk pages. MontanaBW is swamped right now with a personal project, so she asked me if I could see if you would look at the problem. Apparently, you have expertise in this area. It's at Category:Rodeo. I have been slowly looking through the sub-categories, but so far I have not seen this in any of them. Thanks for so much for listening! Happy weekend! dawnleelynn(talk) 20:24, 19 January 2019 (UTC)

There is {{WikiProject Rodeo}}, for which I've created a doc page. Among the parameters, there is one - |autoi= - which I've only encountered once before, at {{WikiProject Maps}}. It's not in use for Rodeo, since it would populate Category:Automatically prioritized Rodeo articles which is presently empty. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 22:39, 19 January 2019 (UTC)
Redrose64 Thanks for your reply. montanabw, do you understand this? Thanks. dawnleelynn(talk) 23:31, 19 January 2019 (UTC)
RexxS It has come to my attention that there may be other issues with this project. dawnleelynn(talk) 00:23, 20 January 2019 (UTC)
I just found this: Category:Bull riding also shows a couple talk pages. When you have pressure. thanks...dawnleelynn(talk) 00:57, 20 January 2019 (UTC)
I've been making corrections to all of the wikiprojects he added to articles..and now it appears all of the talk pages have disappeared from the two categories I previously mentioned. dawnleelynn(talk) 18:16, 20 January 2019 (UTC)
@Dawnleelynn: Sorry I've not got to most of the issues you've had, but these have been three busy days for me, and I've only just got back from the Oxford meetup. However those categories look a lot cleaner than when I glanced at them yesterday, so perhaps I don't need to do anything. It's likely that Redrose64 and possibly MontanaBW have the situation in hand – please let me know if there's something specific you need me to do. Cheers --RexxS (talk) 21:23, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

Hi RexxS No worries on the time issue, like I said before. We were most concerned about the talk pages in categories, which seems to have been resolved by my removal of one of two projects in talk pages he added. There were several talk pages where the full rodeo and bull riding projects were both added to some pages. I guess those were caused before montanabw persuaded him to make bull riding a task force of rodeo. Anyway, now that is done, there are a few other things: in the "Rodeo articles by quality and importance" table, all of the table cells are zero. So, it's not adding up the figures from the talk page templates and such. This is true for the Rodeo project and the Bull Riding task force tables. Also, the recognized content page seems to be working for the Rodeo project but not the Bull riding task force.

Also, montanabw pinged you about some things on this page: Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Rodeo/Bull_Riding.

And I am not sure, how do we create the Requested Article pages on the projects? I mean when I click the red link, I get to where I can create a blank page, but I am not quite sure what goes in there. Or, should I perhaps take a look at what's in the horse equine project or something?

I hope that's not too much... thanks for getting back to me. Sorry to hear that you've been so swamped lately! This is not a rush by any means. dawnleelynn(talk) 22:36, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

@Dawnleelynn: There should not have been any talk pages in Category:Rodeo, because it is a content category; this edit will have moved all of them to Category:WikiProject Rodeo articles. This edit will do the same for Category:Bull riding, which is also a content category - the talk pages will in future go to Category:WikiProject Bull riding articles. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 23:05, 20 January 2019 (UTC)
As for the zero cells at Wikipedia:WikiProject Rodeo/Tables/Project/Rodeo, there are two explanations, and both may be correct: one, WP 1.0 bot (talk · contribs) (which is the bot that populates tables like this) hasn't been behaving properly for some months (see this BON thread), and hasn't run at all since 20 December 2018; or two, the directions at Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Using the bot haven't been followed correctly, so that WP 1.0 bot doesn't know that the table needs to be built. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 23:28, 20 January 2019 (UTC)