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The Lightning Thief[change | change source]

Hi everyone.

I nominated The Lightning Thief for VGA on 6th October and it has been there for 50+ days now. The article has received multiple reviews and I have handled most of the issues that were mentioned. It would be great if someone could take a look at the nomination and either leave a comment or close the discussion. Regards, Pmlineditor (t · c · l) 18:39, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

I think it would be a safe bet to promote the article. The article was up on that page for about three months now, and issues that were brought up have been addressed. In my opinion, it reads simple enough.... --Eptalon (talk) 09:19, 13 December 2014 (UTC)
I have promoted the article, and added it to the list....--Eptalon (talk) 11:12, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

Do we have a new class editing?[change | change source]

I'm seeing new articles by users whose names start with "HUWpm". Does anyone know if they are from a class? If so, do they want us to leave their articles alone for a bit, or not? I edited one before I noticed the other similar names. --Auntof6 (talk) 06:30, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

There was a topic on AN a while ago asking us to keep an eye on them, assumably from their instructor (it should be in the latest archive under "students editing simple wikipedia") --George Edward CTalkContributions 07:21, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

ヰキプロジェクト琉球[change | change source]

Just wanting to announce WikiProject Ryūkyū, which focuses on the history, geography, and culture of the Ryūkyū Islands. Help out if you're interested. ミーラー強斗武 (StG88ぬ会話) 16:30, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

Good luck with your new Wikiproject, @Sturmgewehr88:. You probably know that Wikiprojects here are unofficial. With that in mind, I looked at your project page and I'd like to make some comments.
  • Wikiprojects here live in userspace. You would not be able to move the project to mainspace.
  • Unlike English Wikipedia, the projects do not decide any policy by themselves, such as manual of style rules.
  • We don't put WikiProject banners on article talk pages.
  • Any templates that are specifically for this project (not just created by the project, but used only by the project) should be in userspace.
I only mention all this because over the last year or so we made an effort to clean up the Wikiprojects, and some of your project's stated goals would go against that. If the admins can help by importing articles from English Wikipedia to your userspace to be worked on, let us know. --Auntof6 (talk) 18:48, 8 December 2014 (UTC)
Thank you @Auntof6:, but allow me to reply.
  • According to the Wikipedia:WikiProject page, it's possible to move a project to the mainspace once it's been "accepted by the community" or once SEWP is large enough, therefore I put this as a "long term" goal.
  • Who decides MOS rules here?
  • Again with my first response, banners are only allowed if the WikiProject is in the mainspace, so I put this as a long term goal also.
  • Thank you for pointing this out. I was intending to mostly create templates (infoboxes, quick links, etc) to be used in articles, but of course I would also end up making userboxes, banners, and whatnot.
I'm very active on EnWP, so don't hesitate to remind me of any more differences between here and there. Thanks again! ミーラー強斗武 (StG88ぬ会話) 16:56, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
We should probably fix up that page, its quite likely never going to be allowed to put banners on talk pages like on en. WikiProjects are highly discouraged here because of our small editor base. Tagging would be even more so. -DJSasso (talk) 22:44, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
Since it's so controversial (and wouldn't happen anytime soon anyway), I removed the offending goals. ミーラー強斗武 (StG88ぬ会話) 00:21, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

Why are the references looking weird?[change | change source]

There are dots between the references at the article Vlad III the Impaler. --Windell (talk) 19:15, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

It's a problem with the citation templates. It has been that way for a while. The templates didn't change at the time we noticed the problem, so I suspect there was a software change that doesn't work with the way the templates are coded. We had a discussion here, but no one knew how to fix the problem. With our small editor base, fixing it hasn't been a priority. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:35, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

Patrolling recent album articles[change | change source]

We've been getting a lot of articles about albums lately. I noticed that a lot of them are getting patrolled when they need some copy editing and formatting. A lot of the articles have text similar to the following:

It was first studio album without label Elektra Records. It was first studio album of new material in 5 years.

This needs copy editing. I've been changing it to something like one of the following (I put the changes in bold):

It was the group's first studio album without label Elektra Records. It was their first studio album of new material in 5 years.
It was Smith's first studio album without label Elektra Records. It was his first studio album of new material in 5 years.

It would also help if we can make sure the album names are bolded (only the first mention) and in italics, and that the article has the {{italictitle}} template at the top. Thanks in advance for helping with this! --Auntof6 (talk) 07:59, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Article Lengths[change | change source]

Hi! I am new to simple Wiki having moved from the english wikipedia. I notice that many articles, some of them on rather important topics, are incredibly short with minimal information. They would be called stubs at the other wiki. Is this intentional or just a lack of edits? Also, what sort of biographical information is considered appropriate for Simple WIki (titles, honours, alma mater?) Thanks! Arfæst Ealdwrítere (talk) 14:22, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

We like to keep things simpler, but simpler doesn't really mean shorter. There's going to be long articles and short articles, like there is on En. As for your second question, anything that can be presented in a simple way that could be understood by someone that perhaps does not natively speak English. We do have a fairly small group of active editors compared to En, so we welcome new, experienced editors! Welcome to the Simple English Wikipedia! George Edward CTalkContributions 16:10, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
Yeah simple doesn`t mean short (atleast in article length terms). It is mostly a function of having about 20 active editors here for thousands on en.wiki. -DJSasso (talk) 17:34, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
Okay, understood. Thanks! Arfæst Ealdwrítere talk! 17:36, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

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