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Simplification help[change | change source]

I have an article in userspace here that I originally wrote on en and moved over and simplified. I would like someone to take a look at it and make sure its simple enough before I move it out of userspace. It's User:ONUnicorn/Hammerton Killick. Thank you. ONUnicorn (talk) 14:43, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

Well, this is not nearly simple enough IMO. My advice would be to stop trying to say exactly the same things as you wrote originally. Try a different angle. What three things should everyone know about this man? Organise the text so readers get that at least. At present it's hard to see the wood for the trees. As a wiki, what advice we have is mostly about the choice of words and sentence styles (available by links from our main page). Opinions differ as to how useful that is. Macdonald-ross (talk) 15:01, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
I don't think it needs to be limited to three things, but I agree that it needs some work. If you like, I could work with you on specific things that could be improved. For example, the first paragraph in the military service section has too much detail that isn't strictly about Killick. That could be condensed into one sentence just about the ships, so that we know why that was a concern of his, and be combined with the following paragraph. I also see a couple of other things that need to be addressed that aren't just about simplifying. Let me know if you'd like me to give you more input. --Auntof6 (talk) 16:14, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
Thank you both for your input. I'll work on simplifying it more. @Auntof6:, your help would be greatly appreciated! ONUnicorn (talk) 17:39, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Semiconductor[change | change source]

I recently came across this article. I'm not sure if the references/footnotes for this article are formatted right. 69.149.147.0 (talk) 18:46, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Also, recent edits to Dopamine look like vandalism. 69.149.147.0 (talk) 18:57, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
I'll take a look at Semiconductor and see if I can improve the citations. Thanks for mentioning it. User:Rus793 (talk) 19:04, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Attention AWB users[change | change source]

I just updated AWB to version 5.5.7.0, and now AWB won't connect to Simple English Wikipedia. I have created a bug report and will report back when I get a reply. --Auntof6 (talk) 05:31, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

The issue has been resolved. They issued an updated version of the 5.5.7.0 update, and it works now. --Auntof6 (talk) 05:42, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees elections 2015[change | change source]

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Citations[change | change source]

There seem to have been at least two changes in the new editing app. One I like: I typed double left brackets and suddenly I was given an easy-to-use automatic Wikipedia link option. The other change goes the other way: when I tried to enter a citation, I got a message about a template. I have no idea what it means. (I went back to the source editor, which is a lot easier for me.) Can't we use simple instructions in Simple English? — This unsigned comment was added by Kdammers (talk • changes) on 21:49, 17 May 2015 (UTC).

IBM Watson Assist[change | change source]

Wikipedia is great and I enjoy using it. It has often occurred to me that Wikipedia should ask IBM to give back by helping to analyze and organize the vast collection of Wikipedia data that it used to build it cognitive database. Thank You James (JCJOIII) JCJOIII (talk) 21:22, 20 May 2015 (UTC)5/21/2015

I don't know what kind of analysis or organization you have in mind, but the best place for this suggestion is probably Meta-Wiki or Wikidata. --Auntof6 (talk) 21:41, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Catherine of Braganza[change | change source]

I just found this article. Looks like it might be vandalism but I'm not sure. 64.6.124.31 (talk) 14:17, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for bringing it to our attention. Seems like a funny subject for vandalism, and contains just enough factual information (clear or not) that I don't think we can mark it for speedy deletion as vandalism. I'm marking it for RfD, and we'll see what people have to say. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:20, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
@Auntof6: Should have checked for that. Sorry. Thanks for fixing. StevenJ81 (talk) 16:53, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
You're welcome. It's a good reminder for me, too, because we admins are supposed to check for that kind of thing before deleting anything. In this case, I thought I remembered that we had a good article on her, so I checked the history. --Auntof6 (talk) 17:00, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Volleyball articles[change | change source]

Hi, all. Several new articles on national volleyball teams just came in, courtesy of @Jacilason. I've welcomed that user, and asked for the template {{Infobox national football team}} to be switched to {{Infobox national volleyball team}}. StevenJ81 (talk) 16:52, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Solar panel[change | change source]

Can someone check the footnotes on this article? They don't seem to be formatted right. 64.6.124.31 (talk) 19:57, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Also, a recent edit on Pythagoras looks like vandalism. 64.6.124.31 (talk) 20:02, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
RE: The solar panel article, I think I have fixed the footnotes, but I can't be 100% sure. --I am k6ka Talk to me! See what I have done 20:03, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
Did an WP:AGF rollback on the last edit of Pythagoras. StevenJ81 (talk) 20:58, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Listen To A Sentence And See Each Word Selected As It Is Being Spoken[change | change source]

As a trial I have put a link at User:Endo999 that will take the Wikipedia user to a portal that will speak selected sentences with a Karaoke effect, that is, the word being spoken will be selected when it is being spoken.

Simply go to the portal and double click on a word in the next webpage to have all the words in the sentence starting with the double clicked word spoken with the Karaoke effect.

This is an attempt to see how the Karaoke Text To Speech effect works for people learning English.

Endo999 (talk) 22:53, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

The default webpage, which the portal shows, is the simple wikipedia front page. The user can surf the simple wikipedia from this point and listen to double clicked sentences, with a karaoke effect.

Endo999 (talk) 00:10, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

Neema House[change | change source]

This article probably needs some cleanup; some parts don't seem "encyclopedic". 184.2.107.214 (talk) 02:42, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

French Commune Articles[change | change source]

It seems (to me) that there are a lot of one- or two-line articles on 'communes' in France. Most of them contain little useful information and just give the place name and province. They have all been marked as stubs, but nothing else has been done on them. I am asking about deletion here, because I think debate upon the usefulness of these pages should not be spread over 200-300 'Articles For Deletion' pages. Thoughts? A Sentient Sock (talk) 23:03, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

I tagged several as having too little information. Just waiting on the original submitter to improve them or other editors to see if anyone wants to do something with them. Otherwise submit them as QD for no content. User:Rus793 (talk) 23:15, 24 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. Did the same editor create all these pages? Because, to an untrained eye, these could have been made by a bot, given how similar they are. A Sentient Sock (talk) 23:33, 24 May 2015 (UTC)
We have had this discussion many times over the years. The current consensus is that the pages will not be deleted. However, we have certainly taken action and advised against the mass creation of one line stubs in the past, and would continue to do so in the future.--Peterdownunder (talk) 23:38, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

Inconvertible[change | change source]

Should this page be deleted or renamed? 184.2.107.214 (talk) 00:21, 25 May 2015 (UTC)