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Currently, this User has over 441,000 Edits, ranking 41. Passing 457,369 Edits with user "Placeholder" is likely to be the next jump on the list.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 21:48, 23 August 2020 (UTC)

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SEPTA Regional Rail Bridge = PA Railroad Bridge

An 1886 map has a railroad bridge at the site of the current SEPTA Regional Rail Bridge. The bridge has the label Penna RR Bridge. Though the original bridge led to a high level grade and the current rails descend to below ground, this might suggest a much older name than SEPTA et al. Map - Plate 1 of JL Smith's Philadelphia 1886 West, Wards 24 and 27 - is on-line at Bridge is in lower-left corner. EdK (talk)

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Here you go: and thank you for the hat! Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 17:11, 15 July 2012 (UTC)

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Wikipedia editor hat.JPG Wikipedia editor hat w dog.JPG What do you think? OK with you? Smallbones(smalltalk) 12:43, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

OK with me, but can the dog do edits?--DThomsen8 (talk) 15:34, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

Talk about your work

Hello -

I'm a reporter with The Philadelphia Inquirer and I'd love to talk with you about your work editing Philadelphia-related pages. Would you mind sending me an email at

Thanks, and all the best,

Teddy Schleifer The Philadelphia Inquirer -- Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:54, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Will do.--DThomsen8 (talk) 20:57, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

I gather this is the result. Not bad! Keep up the good work! --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 23:58, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

Nice writeup!

[4] This is lovely! - David Gerard (talk) 14:22, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

Congratulations! A friend of mine snailed me a copy from Philadelphia of your writeup in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Awesome! It's great to be able to put a face (and name and background!) to the Username, especially since you were the one who immediately welcomed me to resource editorship and the GOCE when I first signed on! Great job! Keep up the great work! JudyCS (talk) 21:38, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

Answer - A king among resource editors

Question - Who is Dthomsen8? Smile.svg. Schleifer, Theodore (5 September 2013). "A king among resource editors". Retrieved 2013. - Jreferee (talk) 14:12, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

Kimberly Wright Cassidy

Hi Dthomsen8! I agree with your point that cleanup templates don't belong in draft articles, in the same way they don't belong in AFC articles. When I created my edit list in AWB, I merely told AWB to get a list from new articles. The Kimberly Wright Cassidy article, though titled "Draft Kimberly Wright Cassidy" was actually in mainspace. I've since moved it to "Draft:Kimberly Wright Cassidy". I hope that doesn't mess anything up. I've also removed the other cleanup template that was on the page. Since I notice you have far more edits under your belt than I, if I didn't go about this the correct way, I'm all ears for learning. :D Regards, Cyphoidbomb (talk) 15:12, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

You saw something I did not, and you did the right thing to move the article. Thank you. Draft namespace is new, and this is my first attempt at it. --DThomsen8 (talk) 15:45, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
Thumbs up Acknowledged. A good day to you. Cyphoidbomb (talk) 15:59, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
hope you don't mind if i moved to article space. presidents of universities = notability under wp:academic No. 6. Duckduckstop (talk) 18:45, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

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This is Delahays replying to your note about Robert Milligan _ I am going away just now - today - for 5 weeks when I won't be online. You may find stuff in the Barbican Library, but I don't know it and I don't know what you will find. You might get better luck with the Museum of Docklands. For the Forteath links in Jamaica, which will at least tie him to Morayshire contacts other than his wife, - not the key issue, but a start - John Kelly's (PROB 11/1424) will will help a bit but you will need to go to the PRO for it unless you want to stump up for a download - could be the Barbican Library might have online access, BUT... There are a number of Dumfries sources, but it's possible the Barbican has never bothered about them and it may not know where Dumfries is. (This is NOT a joke) As an Englishman normally domiciled in Scotland I find all this maddening, because Milligan's Scottishness is taken for granted in Scotland, rightly. You could try ringing the Dumfries and Galloway archives. You might be lucky. Otherwise, you could do what I did and Google him. And don't stop at Wikipedia. There are Jamaica online sources too. The ScotlandsPeople Database is expensive to use unless you are fairly sure in the first place, and though I have a memory of some Dumfries burgh kin, I can't check for them just now. Family Search is useless for detailed research in Scotland, because ScotlandsPeople, run by DC Thomson for profit has exclusive reproduction rights from the SRO. I'll try and produce more detailed evidence by the end of September. BestDelahays (talk) 08:32, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

This is memory, so don't hold me to it. I THINK that you may get some traction in London if you look for a Jamaica West India merchant called DAVID Milligan who died in the late 1798. This was actually David Milligan of DALSKAIRTH, in Galloway. The Gentleman's Magazine and kindreed publications note his death, but they also mention his widow. If you want to get into ScotlansPeople, it could be that that Dalskairth in the parish of TRAQUAIR, might lead you in a useful direction. There is a PCC Will but the National Archives downloading service is on the blink and I can't access the whole of it. What I can access indicates that it's in the Scottish form, and the bit about sons and property is inaccessible, but it wouldn't have been processed both in Scotland and by the PCC if it didn't have some mention of overseas property. I've sent a complaint, so they might be getting around to fixing it by Tuesday. Best I can do just now.Delahays (talk) 09:34, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, Dalskairth is in TROQUEER parish - not Traquair. It counts as Kircudbrightshire, or did, but it's not far from Dumfries. The only Kirkcudbright 1746 birth of a Robert Milligan on 8 August 1746 was to an innkeeper and his wife, but the witnesses to the baptism were both merchants.- doesn't mean much, but it points in the right direction. The 1756 birth isn't very helpfully registered. Positively the last I can do today, David Milligan says his family was from a FARM at Dalskairth, not Dalskairth house, but it's worth checking on both.Delahays (talk) 09:47, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

You'll need to check this with David Milligan's will, if they can get it to you and with the online source

but it loks as though I wasn't raving when I remembered David Milligan. this source, run by an alan millken confirms David was Robert's cousin, and left him his fortune after keeping it in trust for his widow. It also places Robert as the son of James Milligan of Dumfried born 19 August 1746, and gives his wife and descendants. This is probably better than pfaffing around in the Barbican Library, and when you do go, it will give you something to go on. I hope I can catch my train now! Good Luck and keep in touch.Delahays (talk) 10:03, 3 August 2014 (UTC)


Hello. We're chatting at Wikimania and it turns out that we have a common interest in Ipoh. FYI, I wrote List of roads in Ipoh and user:yuitsum helped with some photos as she was born there. I'll try to introduce her to you tomorrow. Andrew (talk) 11:26, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

  • We talked about meeting at the London Transport Museum today (Monday). I'll go there about noon but please post on my user page or send email if there's a change of plan. I'll be watching resource closely as I have a double DYK up on the main page currently. Andrew (talk) 08:25, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
  • I'm tied up at work, alas, and so won't be at the London Transport Museum until about 13:00 (1 pm now). I'll wear the editor hat that you kindly presented me. Andrew (talk) 10:31, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
I must apologize, I am in Forest Gate, and my wife told me not to go without her to anything, so I am at her sister's house all day. I must apologize for not being with you.--DThomsen8 (talk) 12:23, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the update as I'm at the Museum now looking out for you. We could have eaten at Hawksmoor (restaurant), which I have on the front page as the lead DYK right now. Enjoy the article instead and post again, as and when you can get into the centre. Andrew (talk) 12:31, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Common knowledge?

Hi David, it was nice talking to you! The book was reviewed by Forbes and Signpost so far, and mentioned in the Chronicle, as well as in my own op-eds in the Slate, and the Daily Dot. The Polish edition was covered in three largest newspapers in Poland: Gazeta Wyborcza (currently paywalled), Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, and Rzeczpospolita. More reviews should be upcoming. best Pundit|utter 15:17, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Excellent references! I will do a book article at the end of August. You can check it out for me when it is in draft form.--15:51, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Just one more :) Pundit|utter 15:28, 2 September 2014 (UTC)


Hi Dthomsen8. I've chatted with SPhilbrick (you can see our conversation on his talk page), and have now put the following articles in your userspace: User:Dthomsen8/Cherry Street (Philadelphia), User:Dthomsen8/Locust Street (Philadelphia), User:Dthomsen8/Pine Street (Philadelphia), User:Dthomsen8/Race Street (Philadelphia), User:Dthomsen8/Snyder Avenue and User:Dthomsen8/Spruce Street (Philadelphia).

If you can spend a little time on each, expanding them a bit - I'd suggest a rule of thumb, at least double the size of the text - then no one can say they're not substantially contributed to by you. Another option would be to remove all the text that's there (leaving the layout and images and templates and such) and re-write the article in your own words.

Let me know if you're struggling. Once you've substantially contributed to the articles, feel free to move them to the main space, and then we're all good to go. WormTT(talk) 13:44, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Very nice work with these five streets. Thank you. I am in Iceland until Friday, so I may not do much before then, it depends on my energy in the evening hours. I can add images when I am home, too.--DThomsen8 (talk) 17:35, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for your interview in 2012

We just published your interview as a blog post. Thank you! VGrigas (WMF) (talk) 15:38, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

Common knowledge?

Hi David, it is my great pleasure to let you know that Pacific Standard has reviewed my book, too! Previously it was reviewed by Forbes and Signpost, Motherboard, the Wikipedian, and mentioned in the Chronicle, as well as in my own op-eds in the Slate, and the Daily Dot, as well as the Chronicle. The Polish edition was covered in three largest newspapers in Poland: Gazeta Wyborcza (currently paywalled), Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, and Rzeczpospolita. best Pundit|utter 19:25, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Hi Dave, What do you think of the idea of donating a book about using resource to the silent auction for the Small Museums Assocation conference? (Maybe a hat, too?) I might have a couple of other small things we could add.Mary Mark Ockerbloom (talk) 14:36, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

I will bring some copies of John Broughton's Resource: The Missing Manual and Phoebe Ayers' How resource Works to the meeting tomorrow, so you can have two books for the SMA auction, and two books for the CHF library, if they will accept them. Send me the meeting details right here.--DThomsen8 (talk) 20:34, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
Hi Dave! I was able to confirm that the Small Museum Association can give me a receipt for the donated books. Thank you again. Also, I have your scarf from the last GLAM Cafe Meetup - I'll try to bring it to the next one on Tuesday, Feb 10, at UPenn. I'm encouraging people to edit articles from the Small Museums list that night.Mary Mark Ockerbloom (talk) 01:36, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

CONSOL Energy resource Page - Suggested Edits

Hi Dthomsen8,

I am on the communications team for Consol Energy. I would like to suggest several edits/updates to the Consol Energy resource page. A lot of the information listed is outdated and therefore no longer accurate. Please see my suggested edits and sourcing below. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for your time and help on this issue.

First paragraph:

"As of 2011..." should be replaced with: As of 2013, Consol had 3 billion tons of proven reserves, mainly in northern and central Appalachia and produced nearly 29 million tons of coal in the same year. The company has natural gas reserves totaling 5.7 trillion cu. ft. as of 2013 and produced 172.4 billion cubic feet in that year. Through the different services, it employs 3,890 people.


To be added: In 2012, Consol Energy won the rights to drill the Marcellus Shale on leased acres at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Consol entered into the public-private partnership, agreeing to pay 500 million dollars over the next twenty years. In partnership, the airport will receive 18 percent royalties with an additional 50 million dollar bonus. It is estimated that the project will bring the airport around 20 to 25 million dollars annually over the next 20 years. This revenue is to be used to offset the airports 91 million dollar annual budget, as well as support improvements to infrastructure and paying off airport debt, currently shouldered by taxpayers.(i) In August 2014, after a year of talks with the township, the Federal Aviation Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Allegheny County, Consol began drilling its first well on airport property.(ii)

In 2013, Consol sold it's subsidiary, Consolidation Coal Company, to Murray Energy Corporation (MEC). This deal, valued at 3.5 billion dollars, included all five of their longwall coal mines in West Virginia, as well as Consol's River and Dock Operations, comprised of 21 tow-boats and 600 barges, as well as 2.4 billion dollars of Consol's balance sheet liabilities. These liabilities include 2.1 billion dollars in postretirement benefit plans, 105 million dollars of workers compensation, 61 million dollars of coal workers' pneumoconiosis, 13 million of long-term disabilities, and 149 million in environmental. With the deal Consol sold 1.1 billion tons of coal reserves, reflecting the trend of switching away from coal to focus on natural gas exploration and development.(iii) By selling the mines in conjuction with the liabilities, Consol cleared room in the balance sheet to further investment in Marcellus Shale.(iv)


"In 2010..." should be replaced with: In 2013, Consol Energy had an annual revenue of 3.120 billion. Customers primarily include electric and steel mills in the U.S., but demand from European utilities has increased during the 2000s. Consol Energy was ranked number 434 on the Fortune 500 list in 2014.(v)

To be added: In December 2014, CONSOL announced its intent to pursue transactions that would result in changes to the company's organizational and management structure to better align the company to execute its strategy for its natural gas and coal operations in the Appalachian Basin. These anticipated transactions resulted in changes to the company's reportable segments effective for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. The Coal Division will now report the following segments: Pennsylvania Operations (Bailey, Enlow Fork, and Harvey mines), Virginia Operations (Buchanan Mine), and Other Operations (Miller Creek Complex). The E&P Division will now report the following segments: Marcellus Shale, Utica Shale, Coalbed Methane (CBM), and Other. (x)

Chart on the right side of the page:

Key People: J. Brett Harvey, Executive Chairman Nicholas J. DeIuliis, President & CEO James C. Grech, CCO & Executive VP Stephen W. Johnson, Executive VP & Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer David M. Khani, Executive VP & CFO (vi)

Products:Coal Natural gas Timber Electric power Land Development Property Development Water Purification (vii)

Revenue: US $3.120 billion (2013) (viii ix)

Number of employees: 3,890

i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. vii. viii. ix. x.

Kodonovan (talk) 16:42, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Free to create articles

Sorry I missed this, but at User_talk:Compassionate727#RfD you asked

"If Snyder Avenue, Pine Street Philladelphia and Locust Street (Philadelphia) are deleted as redirects, does that leave me and other editors free to create articles on those streets?--DThomsen8 (talk) 23:05, 1 July 2015 (UTC)"

In fact, you can always just overwrite a redirect, and the gnomes at RfD like me will just procedurally close it if a redirect has been turned into an article, WP:BOLD!. So yes, you can just overwrite them, no problem. (I have done so in the past when I think a redirect merits its own article). As I noted at the RfD, I think the (Philadelphia) qualification is unnecessary, since we don't have Locust Street unqualified. Of course, I (or you) could just move that across, but I don't like to do so when things are under discussion, it just confuses matters, in my eyes. Pine Street also is red so you can just put that there rather than with the (Philadelphia) suffix. I assume the two L's in your Philladelphia was just a typo. Si Trew (talk) 08:38, 2 July 2015 (UTC) Resource: Personal acquaintances

Hallo Dthomsen8,

I just saw, that you are a participant in Resource: Personal acquaintances and confirmed, that I know you. We did meet each other in London. You gave me one of your great caps. Back than I had no idea who you are. I was just glad to meet such a wonderful person.

So now, you are a "confirmed" person in the personal-acquaintances-project and may be able to re-confirm and confirm that you met other people in person.

Best wishes, WikiAnika (talk) 07:36, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
(who is on her way to the German "wikimania", the WikiCon that is held in Dresden this weekend, and where many other people will get "confirmed"/"bestätigt" this month ;)\\

Thank you for reminding me about this project, and getting me "confirmed" as a member.
I am going to WikiConference USA 2015 Washington, D.C. in October.--DThomsen8 (talk) 12:55, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
I'm also going to WikiConference USA in October. I hope we'll be able to meet there. DStrassmann (talk) 01:17, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

Somebody tried to delete Walnut Street (Philadelphia) via a move and then a redirect

The move was to Walnut Street, Philadelphia, which then redirected to Center City, Philadelphia. I reverted back to the un-redirected Walnut Street, Philadelphia but couldn't move it back to Walnut Street (Philadelphia). Obviously I'm in over my head. Can you get it back to the original? Any help appreciated. Smallbones(smalltalk) 02:34, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

Same thing with "Temple Town" whcih should probably go back to the version,_Philadelphia&direction=prev&oldid=664526585
There are no official neighborhoods in Philly, so I should check this, but "Cecil B. Moore" is a street not a neighborhood. Will get back on this. Smallbones(smalltalk) 02:50, 21 October 2015 (UTC)
I put all this at User talk:Nyttend - I'd let him do the moves, if they are all as clear as I think. But I thought I'd check with you - is "Cecil B. Moore" a neighborhood, or is it "Temple Town"? Please let him know what you think. Smallbones(smalltalk) 02:50, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject Women's sport

We appear to have a common interest, and that is to give unrated articles an importance rating. I'm doing that for Wikiproject New Zealand (ever so slowly), and you appear to do this for WikiProject Women's sport in a somewhat quicker way using AWB. I'm of course not sure what your exact decision making process is, but three Kiwi sports women on my watchlist who between them have collected a heap of Olympic gold medals have all received a 'low importance' rating by you. Given that they were obviously on top of the world at some point, that seems somewhat surprising. Would love to hear your thoughts on the likes of Georgina Evers-Swindell, Caroline Evers-Swindell, and Sarah Ulmer. It's not a criticism by any means, I'm mostly curious what your plan is. Schwede66 09:22, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for the examples. I will look into it and get back to you right here.--DThomsen8 (talk) 17:01, 27 November 2015 (UTC)
I raised the importance for the three New Zealand women you cite, and also created three redirect pages for them. I have worked on providing importance ratings for Resource: WikiProject:New Zealand. For the  column, 6054-5972=82 rated, and for the Unassessed row, 5785-5712=72, almost all class=stub articles. This is progress towards your goal for New Zealand. --DThomsen8 (talk) 19:26, 28 November 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject College Basketball importance assessment

I notice that you have been going though and adding "low" to articles where the project importance is blank, such as this edit here to Marques Johnson. However, he was a national player of the year and consensus All-American, which should warrant a "high". I've also updated a few other similar edits of yours e.g. All-Americans that should probably be "mid". Can you explain what is the criteria you are currently using to assess the blank impotence articles? Thanks.--Bagumba (talk) 06:11, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

I am sure you know far more about basketball than I do. I have now done some corrections, but my contributions page does not show me what I need to find to make specific corrections except by going to the talk page and looking at the history.
Perhaps you can explain to me why Grant Hill has NBA importance=High, but college basketball and Olympics importance=low. There are many such articles, and I am sure you did nothing to cause that situation, but I may have caused a few of them.--DThomsen8 (talk) 16:58, 27 November 2015 (UTC)
The project banners on the talk page should have a link to the project's "importance" assessment criteria. For example, college basketball's is at Resource: WikiProject_College_Basketball/Assessment#Importance_scale. There's nothing inherently wrong if one project deems one subject a different importance than another, is there? As for specific examples like Grant Hill, some assessments could be out of date, others may be wrong. Those can be judged on a per-case basis. If you are not familiar with a specific person, I suggest you leave the field blank, so other project members will know an assessment is still outstanding, instead of placing a value that is potentially wrong. Can you explain the goal of your AWB edits to remove "auto-inherit"? Thanks.--Bagumba (talk) 18:16, 27 November 2015 (UTC)
If I have provided class and importance ratings for most or all of a talk page, the auto= parameter done by automated processes is irrelevant. I have made a number of corrections to the male basketball players, especially where I made earlier updates but I am sure much more is needed. --DThomsen8 (talk) 19:38, 28 November 2015 (UTC)I now will stop doing AWB on basketball and women's sport talk pages.

Project WP:Personal acquaintances confirmations

Hello Dthomsen8!
You were confirmed for the third time a few weeks ago. Thus you have enough confirmations to certify other people which you know personally. You can look up your obtained confirmations here. If you have any questions then ask them there. The full list of participants is here - you will know a lot of them! Best regards -.js[democracy needed] 13:29, 9 January 2016 (UTC)


Hi, I am Rachael. We met today! RLS (talk) 18:33, 27 February 2016 (UTC)

Reply to Nyctemana

Hi, thanks for the message. Userfy seems to be mainly pushing the article back into non-public draft mode? There has been a lot of aggressive editorial bulldozing by James_Allison, which I guess is his job here. As a complete wiki novice I have limited understanding of all the wiki standards for article inclusion. The judgement concept of failing the notability of a community museum as perceived by someone on the other side of the world seems strange and unfair. It would be nice to think that using userfication, we could develop the article to meet the standards of wikis editors. But some of the more vocal critics of this article seem to have already made up their minds. The museum has grown through Oceania artefact donations for more than 50 years, and the article has the potential to grow through contribution also. If there is hope that this article, which is about a cultural resource very important to us, can continue somehow, then I would like to work towards that. Thanks. Regards, Nyctemana Nyctemana55 (talk) 13:23, 31 March 2016 (UTC)

I will work with you on this situation, and look for other help. See my user page for who I am, a seasoned editor, and reply right here. --DThomsen8 (talk) 13:34, 31 March 2016 (UTC)
Oh, notice the category of this talk page!

Fixed Nitrogen Research Laboratory

Noodling around in Commons I found pictures of this lab but not much information. Apparently it was somewhere in DC and apparently the Chemical Heritage Foundation had more information but I haven't been able to find it. Probably not worth an article but it deserves at least a paragraph in the history of fixation. Any hints? Jim.henderson (talk) 16:17, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

Jim: I have asked User talk:Mary Mark Ockerbloom, resident Wikipedian at CHF to contact you.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 21:39, 27 September 2016 (UTC)
Hi @Jim.henderson:, I think the Fixed Nitrogen Research Laboratory would make a nice article! Most of what we have in the CHF collection is images, but there are at least some published sources that I can suggest as useful starting points. Mary Mark Ockerbloom (talk) 00:14, 28 September 2016 (UTC)
Splendid. Actually the contemporary C&ME report is the valuable one; the one I can access that tells me where and what. With that, I intend to expand the miserably written McKinley Building article with a citation-rich paragraph; maybe a section. I was mostly looking for a home for the topic, not intending to do a full-blown article. I know only a little chemistry and in WP do more editing of architecture, a subject in which I am equally ignorant but more bold. That's why I didn't want to put it in the Nitrogen fixation article and wondered whether it belonged in the Haber process article. The splendid reference tells me it does not, so this building will be the home of the topic unless someone more confident in industrial chemistry takes it out of my hands. Thanks, @Mary Mark Ockerbloom: Jim.henderson (talk) 01:07, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

Women articles

Hi. I was wondering if you could buy this to give as a prize to whoever creates the most women bios for the Africa contest? It's usually very expensive but very lucky for it to be only 80 cents. A few books prizes on this and I think we could get more articles in different areas. I went to buy the Africa book myself but I'd have to pay £21 for them to send it to the UK!? Dr. Blofeld 18:11, 23 October 2016 (UTC)

Don't spend a lot on books, but what happens if the winner is far away from me in Philadelphia?--Dthomsen8 (talk) 21:20, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. Well you could always get Amazon to dispatch it directly to the winner!? Dr. Blofeld 08:16, 24 October 2016 (UTC)
I'll ask on the contets talk page if anybody wants it. Can you sort out giving the $200 to Miyagawa for most women entries then, as I believe you said you'd give 200 for the women top prize. He'll want part cash I think to allow him to buy a new subscription for British Library. That can be sent via paypal, assuming you've both got paypal accounts.? Dr. Blofeld 13:39, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Hat trick

Hi, Dave. I love my "Wikipedia Editor" cap, especially for the envy it inspires. I'm wondering if my WP:WMNYC local chapter should buy a bunch of similar ones but with our name on it. Where did you get it? Jim.henderson (talk) 20:57, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

I had two batches made at different times, some khaki (and with a jacket, front and back) and later for London, blue caps. I have been giving them out to serious editors. Any place that does embroidering can make them, and of course in quantity they are cheaper. Shop around, but be quick, the 15th is near. It should say "Wikipedia editor" in the right font.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 22:26, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

John Bull

Heya! I noticed you had PA history next to your name on the Wikiproject Pennsylvania page.

I recently made a new page for John_Bull_(general), and it could use some help from someone with more resource experience than me. Anything you can do for it will be appreciated.

Thanks! Acronach --Preceding undated comment added 16:15, 24 January 2017 (UTC)

I made a few changes in your article. It is a good start, but rather than do more, I want you to look at some examples.
I will check again tomorrow.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 03:36, 25 January 2017 (UTC)

4th Marine Division

Your page says you are a master editor and I need your help. One of the bare URLs you fixed on the 4th Marine Division Article was from me. However, the user that put that tag there did that because of me. I made the mistake of telling them that the: Invasion of Iwo Jima and the Battle of Iwo Jima, used back to back is reduntant for the USS Mifflin. That got me a complaint with resource that I was a sock puppit. Which was dismissed. They checked my edits and un did one for the Seabees and put tags on the 4th Marine Division and the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 articles, But, yesterday I found that they had put 7 hidden categories on 133 in addition. Will you tell me what I need to know. This user seems to use the rules of resource to be vindictive. My reason for even being on resource was the inaccuate history posted for 133. Anything else I made an edit on was something that was linked to that article. I would very much apprrecciated your input. I had also asked this of another editor but you were on the 4th's page because of me and I wanted to apologize for the trouble. Thank you (talk) 14:43, 13 February 2017 (UTC)mcb133184.97.155.158 (talk) 14:43, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Oh my Gosh! I had not logged in Mcb133aco (talk) 14:56, 13 February 2017 (UTC)mcb133acoMcb133aco (talk) 14:56, 13 February 2017 (UTC)


Hallo, I've noticed you helpfully adding coordinates to quite a few articles on my watch list, as here: thanks. A couple of points:

  1. Precision - please have a look at Resource: WikiProject_Geographical_coordinates#Precision_guidelines. For an area like a parish I think 2 or 3 decimal places is appropriate: the precision you give is specific to about 8cm.
  2. Region code: if you add "region:GB" it means that someone clicking on the coords gets offered a local set of maps including Ordnance Survey mapping, which is very helpful
  3. Type code: I think "type:city" is probably the appropriate one to use for a parish, which is a 4th-level admin unit so doesn't fit into any of the other categories.

These improvements make the coordinates even more useful for readers. Thanks. PamD 07:10, 20 April 2017 (UTC)

Thank you for the suggestions. I am afraid I have been going for volume, rather than precision. --Dthomsen8 (talk) 12:37, 20 April 2017 (UTC)

PECO tunnel

I am interested in the PECO utility tunnel under the Schuylkill River in relation to a book I am writing called Underground Philadelphia (forthcoming 2018). See below for the paragraph on the tunnel. I used some of the information at "List of crossings of the Schuylkill River" ( and its Talk page, plus I found some newspaper articles about the tunnel. I have edited and entered a few wiki articles as "Phillyguy," but I stopped doing that years ago. I haven't updated the wiki page, but I thought you might want to see this... Harry Kyriakodis

PECO bored a $650,000 tunnel through bedrock about seventy feet below the Schuylkill River in 1946-47 to carry both steam pipes and electrical transmission lines. The fifteen-foot diameter passage was burrowed after concerns arose that PECO's electrical cables might be severed by tankers on the Schuylkill. Armored submarine cables had previously transmitted power from Schuylkill Station under the river to the Pennsylvania Railroad's nearby catenary lines via the Arsenal Bridge substation, located by the tunnel's western entrance. That end of the tunnel is inside a shack on the river's west bank next to the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge; the tunnel's eastern end is a small structure at the intersection of Christian Street and Schuylkill Avenue. Veolia still uses this 1070-foot long utility tunnel. -- Preceding unsigned comment added by Phillyguy (talk o contribs) 18:25, 9 September 2017 (UTC)

Great, but what is the source, Harry?

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Note that any non-free images not used in any articles will be deleted after seven days, as described in section F5 of the criteria for speedy deletion. Thank you. --B-bot (talk) 18:15, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

File is now in use.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 22:13, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

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April 2018

Information icon Please do not add or change content, as you did at Jack Boyle (footballer), without citing a reliable source. Please review the guidelines at Resource: Citing sources and take this opportunity to add references to the article. Thank you. GiantSnowman 15:26, 7 April 2018 (UTC)

I did cite a reliable source, BBC Sports Football, "The 17-year-old player was asked to travel to England and visit the club after a series of impressive performances for the Jersey team." on 7 February 2008, so 2008-17=1991, his date of birth. See, the first reference in the article, "(1991<ref name=birth/>)". Please check this out and if I am correct, change my contribution back.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 15:41, 7 April 2018 (UTC)
What if he turned 18 later in the year, meaning he was born in 1990? GiantSnowman 17:06, 7 April 2018 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) Fixed using two sources. - Jonesey95 (talk) 18:11, 7 April 2018 (UTC)

Just a heads up

Hey Dthomsen8! I just noticed you made an edit almost a month ago to the James Gayley talk page where you put the GA nomination in the banner shell. Doing this removed the page from WP:GAN, drastically reducing the odds that someone will come along and review it. I'm unsure if you made similar changes to other pages, but just a heads up to make sure you're not placing GAN templates into banner shells in the future! SEMMENDINGER (talk) 18:07, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

You are right on that.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 20:16, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

London meetup

Per your request at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject London#LONDON MEETUP, the next one is this coming Sunday. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 16:24, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

Very nice to meet you there, albeit briefly, Best Johnbod (talk) 13:10, 12 June 2018 (UTC)


  • I just sent a photo from the Wikimeet to your email address. It's proving quite a busy week for me and I find that Wednesday evening is not working out as I find I have a research interview scheduled for that evening and my builder also wants to see me then about the start of a project, which won't keep. I'm running another event this evening (Tuesday) and so I suggest Thursday evening as my only free slot now. Can we make it Thursday?
The Austrian restaurant that I looked up was Fischers but The Tiroler Hut sounds to be more fun so I suggest we focus on that. If you go to the British Library to see their Captain Cook exhibition, you'd be able to get to the Tiroler Hut by underground railway (Tube) -- here's a map of the route from King's Cross to Royal Oak.
I'll text these suggestions to that number you gave me and see we can get it together.
Andrew D. (talk) 13:07, 12 June 2018 (UTC)
Thursday is fine for me, have to consult my wife, who is out. --Dthomsen8 (talk) 19:18, 12 June 2018 (UTC)
Andy, it turns out we leave at Heathrow at 6:30 AM on Friday, so going out on Thursday is not good for us. --Dthomsen8 (talk) 10:56, 13 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I'm getting texts from Annie now and trying to work something out. Maybe we can drive over so that they can talk about Ipoh. I'm not sure where you are though. Was it Forest Gate? That's about a 90 minute journey from where we live so maybe we could come over on Thursday evening for a quick meeting, without an elaborate meal. Andrew D. (talk) 12:11, 13 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I've not heard more and am quite busy with work so I don't think we can get together again this time. Please stay in touch online so we can plan in advance as and when you come again. Not sure when I'll next be in PA but will keep you in mind. Andrew D. (talk) 15:26, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

Earl of Callendar

You have me at a disadvantage. I am not sure to which of my many confusions you refer. I have edited the article Earl of Callendar a couple of times (Earl of Callendar history). So to jog my memory please tell me to which talk page you found my posting. If you feel so inclined you could add some citations to the Earl of Callendar article.

-- PBS (talk) 09:42, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

Talk:Earl of Linlithgow is the talk page, about the Earl of Callendar.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 11:34, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. I think my confusion was long since resolved (see also Talk:The Incident (conspiracy) (and some of the links in Cromwell's Act of Grace). -- PBS (talk)

A barnstar for you

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Request for your contribution

I saw your addition of WikiProject School and WikiProject China on the Talk:EasyMandarin page - and wanted to ask for your contribution to the page Resource: Articles_for_deletion/EasyMandarin

The page was proposed for deletion and the individual that proposed this article for deletion is on holiday according to his user page -

Since his proposal for deletion, the page was edited and updated, and appears to address all his concerns.

Would you be willing to take a look, review the content, and leave your vote as an independent editor - keep or delete? Hoping to reach a consensus. Thank you. Parkertony (talk) 13:13, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

If your objective in becoming a resource editor is to promote a business, I have to say to you that you will not achieve that objective. I reviewed your contributions and I see you have not done anything else besides the EasyMandarin article. I have been editing resource over ten years, and I know for sure what will happen. I will refrain from saying Delete on this article. --Dthomsen8 (talk) 20:10, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
See also Silk Mandarin Language Training Institute--Dthomsen8 (talk) 02:27, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for your feedback. I understand how you would think that my goal is to promote a business; however, I wrote this article as a college assignment and made a big effort to abide by all the resource guidelines. I chose this organization because I attended the school for a summer program while I was in college. I do not actively write on Wikipedia, but sometimes I get pinged regarding my article as I did recently when it was tagged AfD. I would prefer not to see my work deleted from resource and am actively trying to keep it around. I do not know any other editors so I contacted you when I saw your post on the Talk:EasyMandarin page which is on my Watchlist. I know it is a random request. I understand your position and appreciate you not saying "delete". Regarding the "see also" above, their article does not appear to have any third party references, no claim of notability.Parkertony (talk) 04:00, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
See Hutong_School - I think the article is more comparable to this article as far as content and references.Parkertony (talk) 07:41, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

Claire Wilson RfCs

You've opened the same RfC in at least three different places [5] [6] [7]. To avoid creating multiple parallel discussions, you should close all but one RfC and provide links to it on the other relevant talk pages. I've already removed one from the IP's user talk page since this is never the right place to have an RfC about an article. As EEng pointed out, there's really no need for an RfC at all: This is a simple issue that you can resolve yourself by creating a disambiguation page. My Wiki access is quite limited for the next week or so but I'm sure other editors would be able to help. Thanks -dlthewave ? 10:39, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Look at the end of Wikipedia talk:Requests for comment and you will see that I did not know how to do this. I will go ahead and close any RfC now outstanding. Can I just remove them, or is there something more formal to do? --Dthomsen8 (talk) 15:11, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
If nobody has responded, I think it would be OK to just remove the whole thing. Otherwise, remove the RfC tag (which will remove it from the list of open RfCs and stop inviting editors to !vote) and leave a "withdrawn by OP" note. -dlthewave ? 17:34, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
Go to Claire Wilson and see the disambiguation page to Claire Wilson (athlete) and Claire Wilson (University of Texas tower shooting). Now one of the 52 victims has a way for readers to look for her. The other 51 victims do not have that way.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 15:58, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

Nomination of Ethel Wood (supercentenarian) for deletion

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Ethel Wood (supercentenarian) is suitable for inclusion in resource according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Resource: Articles for deletion/Ethel Wood (supercentenarian) 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. -- JFG talk 10:31, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

December 2018 GOCE newsletter

Guild of Copy Editors December 2018 Newsletter
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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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Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau

Hello, you recently assessed the article about the World Heritage Site Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau of "low importance" for the Wiki projects Germany, Architecture, and World Heritage Sites. Could you please explain the thinking, as the page Classical Weimar (World Heritage Site), which similarly describes a joint German World Heritage Site, although not in as much detail and citing only one reference (the Bauhaus article refers to 31 sources), is rated as "high importance" for these three categories. Thank you for your time.Felixkrater (talk) 08:34, 2 January 2019 (UTC)

Slow, but now .--Dthomsen8 (talk) 18:25, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
Ein glückliches neues Jahr! --Dthomsen8 (talk) 18:36, 11 January 2019 (UTC)

Reply to resource email

I received your email and appreciate your concern with my lack of recent contributions. I have been a bit busy lately. Happy 2019! FlyingLeopard2014 (talk) 16:40, 11 January 2019 (UTC)

There are only a few of us Leopards on Wikipedia. Surely there are more, just keeping their identity quiet. With 48,000 fans plus, filling Yankee Stadium, many more, myself among them! I want to find more, and have them proclaim themselves. Help me if you can.
Go Leopards! Beat Lehigh! --Dthomsen8 (talk) 18:17, 11 January 2019 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of File:PhiladelphiaSketchClub.jpg


The file File:PhiladelphiaSketchClub.jpg has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Unused logo with no article used, it's also can't move to commons because of an unused logo will be deleted as of out of project scope.

While all constructive contributions to resource are appreciated, pages may be deleted for any of several reasons.

You may prevent the proposed deletion by removing the notice, but please explain why in your edit summary or on the file's talk page.

Please consider addressing the issues raised. Removing will stop the proposed deletion process, but other deletion processes exist. In particular, the speedy deletion process can result in deletion without discussion, and files for discussion allows discussion to reach consensus for deletion. Willy1018 (talk) 18:55, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

The PhiladelphiaSketchClub.jpg was used in the article Philadelphia Sketch Club at one time (10 February 2010 by me), and will be used there again as soon as I can update that article.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 19:15, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

January 2019 GOCE drive bling

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This barnstar is awarded to Dthomsen8 for copy edits totaling between 1 and 3,999 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE January 2019 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 03:43, 4 February 2019 (UTC)

Actor & filmmaker biographies

Hi Dthomsen8, just an FYI... the scope of WikiProject Film does not cover actors or filmmakers, if you're adding project banners to biography articles can you instead add them to WikiProject Actors and Filmmakers by using the appropriate parameter in the {{WikiProject Biography}} banner? Cheers! PC78 (talk) 20:25, 26 August 2019 (UTC)

Oh, my, I have added Film many times, even when it is alreadt in the bio.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 21:15, 26 August 2019 (UTC)

Your revert of my edit on the Pennsylvania article

Hi, Dthomsen8. Just noticed your reversion of my edit on the article re: Pennsylvania's article. It would have been helpful, I think, if you had reached out to me first before reverting to initiate a dialogue. I'm a native Pennsylvanian (born, raised and educated there) so I can assure you that I have a thorough understanding of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's history. I can tell you with certainty that Pennsylvania was not "one of the 13 original, founding states, just like the Commonwealth of Virginia" as you wrote in your revert summary. Pennsylvania did not become a state until December 12, 1787; it was one of the original Thirteen Colonies / Province of Pennsylvania before that. By terming it a "state", as you're insisting on doing by reverting my edit, you're injecting a factual error into an article. Since there a will be a number of school children across Pennsylvania who will soon be using this article for their classroom projects, it's important that this terminology be accurate. So, I'm writing to respectfully ask that you undo your revert. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Kind Regards. 47thPennVols (talk) 19:35, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

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Please see Commonwealth_(U.S._state)#Pennsylvania. It doesn't look like Commonwealth and State are mutually exclusive. Pennsylvania is a U.S. State and its official title is the "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania". But the Seal of Pennsylvania says "State".
Surprisingly, both survive. Smallbones(smalltalk) 12:33, 8 September 2019 (UTC)
Both names continue with four states. Thanks for the comment. I will not revert.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 13:48, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

Frederick Hamilton (soldier)

Dear Dthomsen8. Thank you very much for assessing the article Frederick Hamilton (soldier) bringing it up from stub to C-class. For some reason that I do not understand your change with regard to the Wikiproject Military History shows as Start class even when your code says "class=C". How can that be? Could you have a look please. With many thanks. Johannes Schade (talk) 13:19, 28 September 2019 (UTC)

That is because the Military History template does not allow class=C, so the talk page shows class=start. Annoying, and not the only instance, but I am not trying to change it.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 15:05, 28 September 2019 (UTC)

Happy New Year

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Dear Dave, Here's wishing you a Happy New Year! Mary Mark Ockerbloom (talk) 16:58, 1 January 2020 (UTC)

Lucinda Shaw-Stewart

Hello, sorry to trouble you but you have tagged the Lucinda Shaw-Stewart article for the Yorkshire project but I am unsure why as there appears to be no mention of Yorkshire in the article. Regards Keith D (talk) 17:30, 15 January 2020 (UTC)

No trouble at all, I do thousands of assessments, and occasionally I may be hasty. The first reference says Yorkshire birth, and evidence for a very optimistic guess about the date.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 03:19, 16 January 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for clarifying. Keith D (talk) 13:08, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Hello, could I ask you to clarify what needs done to the citation style on this article please? I'm not really clear how it is unclear, so I would appreciate some guidance. Thanks! Grinner (talk) 14:03, 20 January 2020 (UTC)

I found an error message in history just before I applied the tag to Scottish Outdoor Access Code, but exactly what was wrong eludes me. In any case, the error tag has subsequently been corrected.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 18:58, 20 January 2020 (UTC)
Okay, all is well now I think. Grinner (talk) 20:21, 20 January 2020 (UTC)

WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors 2019 Annual Report

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Our 2019 Annual Report is now ready for review.


  • Overview of Backlog-reduction progress (a record low backlog!);
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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:10, 7 February 2020 (UTC)


Thanks for all your hard work rating these articles. I should probably do a bit, but I'm not particularly confident that I would be doing it correctly in the (many) areas where my knowledge isn't great, I would want someone else to check my review, which sort of defeats the point, they could just do the rating. I volunteered to do new article reviewing a while back but it was declined as my areas of interest were considered too narrow, I suppose I agree with that, and that narrow range hasn't increased much And I don't really want to create arguments with anyone who feels I marked them down etc. One thing I won't ever be doing is rating on talk pages I created (i.e for articles I created), I assumed there was a guideline against that, maybe not if you're suggesting I should do it (if I am reading that right?) but I don't want to rate my own stuff. All the best. Crowsus (talk) 21:53, 25 February 2020 (UTC)

GOCE March newsletter

Guild of Copy Editors March 2020 Newsletter
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Hello and welcome to the March newsletter, a brief update of Guild activities since December 2019. All being well, we're planning to issue these quarterly in 2020, 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.

Election results: There was little changeover in the roster of Guild Coordinators, with Miniapolis stepping down with distinction as a coordinator emeritus while Jonesey95 returned as lead coordinator. The next election is scheduled for June 2020 and all Wikipedians in good standing may participate.

January Drive: Thanks to everyone for the splendid work, completing 215 copy edits including 56 articles from the Requests page and 116 backlog articles from the target months of June to August 2019. At the conclusion of the drive there was a record low of 323 articles in the copy editing backlog. Of the 27 editors who signed up for the drive, 21 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

February Blitz: Of the 15 editors who signed up for this one-week blitz, 13 completed at least one copy edit. A total of 32 articles were copy edited, evenly split between the twin goals of requests and the oldest articles from the copy-editing backlog. Full results are here.

March Drive: Currently underway, this event is targeting requests and backlog articles from September to November 2019. As of 18 March, the backlog stands at a record low of 253 articles and is expected to drop further as the drive progresses. Awards will be given to everyone who copyedits at least one article from the backlog. Help set a new record and sign up now!

Progress report: As of 18 March, GOCE copyeditors have completed 161 requests in 2020 and there was a net reduction of 385 articles from the copy-editing backlog - a 60% decrease from the beginning of the year. Well done and thank you everyone!

Election reminder: It may only be March but don't forget our mid-year Election of Coordinators opens for nominations on 1 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.

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List of people from Jersey

Hello, on List of people from Jersey in Diff/947872209 you re-added information on a person called Chris Dixon, who is said to be a YouTube personality. This links to the article Chris Dixon, which is about an entrepreneur who does not seem to be related to YouTube, as the person who originally added the content suggested. The Chris Dixon this person talk about seems to be a gamer who plays Fifa, as evidenced by a news report about him and his YouTube channel. As the link in that article currently does not point to the correct place and the intended subject does not have a article about him yet so may not be notable, can you change the content? Thanks. 00:05, 29 March 2020 (UTC)

A blunder by me, and I will fix it. This list is frequently abused. Perhaps it could be protected. --Dthomsen8 (talk) 00:24, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
Okay. Thanks for clearing it up. 00:25, 29 March 2020 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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Thank you for your kind comments of support for my article David Sutherland (headmaster). TriodeFollower (talk) 13:44, 30 March 2020 (UTC)

March 2020 copy edit notes

Thanks for your copy edit of Zwai Bala during the March drive and helping to reduce the copy-editing backlog by an astounding 75%. A few notes of some things you missed:

  • I think there's were slight tone issues and changed he came to the limelight → he came to public attention, managed to reach the semi finals → reached the semi-finals, partnering up with → partnered with, The couple came third → The pair finished third. The first is informal while the second implies unspecified challenge which should be assumed for a competition, the third is better stated in past tense which also removed an unnecessary word, and the fourth was informal and somewhat ambiguous. For This group were to revolutionize kwaito, I tagged it with as it states an opinion and we shouldn't say that in Wikipedia's voice.
  • Titles of songs go in double quotes and titles of albums are italicized. (MOS:MAJORWORK)

There was a bit of other tidying; you can check the diff here. Thanks again! - Reidgreg (talk) 13:03, 1 April 2020 (UTC)

March 2020 GOCE drive bling

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This barnstar is awarded to Dthomsen8 for copy edits totaling between 1 and 3,999 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE March 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 22:08, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for helping to reduce the copy-editing backlog by 75% in one month! - Reidgreg (talk) 22:08, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

Assessment of Brooks Resources article

You just assessed Brooks Resources article as a START level. I included 38 good sources that cover the life of the business. While I think this article deserves a higher rating as it is, am will to do more research and add more material if you can tell me what is missing from it right now that will get it to a high level ... i.e. what specially is needed to make it a C-Class article and then what additional info would be required to get it to B-Class article level. Would appreciate your help identifying shortcomings so I can address them.Orygun (talk) 02:18, 12 April 2020 (UTC)

This article was fine when I assessed it, and after some slight polishing I have assessed it as class=C. --Dthomsen8 (talk) 03:26, 12 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Thanks for taking second look.-- Orygun (talk) 02:47, 13 April 2020 (UTC)

Assessment of Jack (Mass Effect) article

You assessed the article as List-Class. I understand if you don't find the article to be well sourced or of high quality and you are entitled to your opinion, but it isn't actually a list article at all. Haleth (talk) 05:53, 17 April 2020 (UTC)

Now class=C.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 00:37, 25 April 2020 (UTC)

50,000 Destubbing Challenge Focus of the Week

Hello there. This is an invitation to join the 50,000 Destubbing Challenge Focus of the Week. £250 (c. $310) up for grabs in May, June and July with £20 worth of prizes to give away every week for most articles destubbed. Each week there is a different region of focus, though half the prize will still be rewarded for articles on any subject. Sign up if you want to contribute at least one of the weeks or support the idea! + Encyclopædius 19:07, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

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GOCE June newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the June newsletter, a brief update of Guild activities since March 2020. You can unsubscribe from our mailings at any time; see below. All times and dates stated are in UTC.

Current events

Election time: Nomination of candidates in our mid-year Election of Coordinators opened on 1 June, and voting will take place from 00:01 on 16 June. GOCE coordinators normally serve a six-month term and are elected on an approval basis. Self-nominations are welcome. If you've thought about helping out at the Guild, or you know of another editor who would make a good coordinator, please consider standing for election or nominating them here.

June Blitz: This blitz begins at 00:01 on 14 June and ends at 23:59 on 20 June, with themes of articles tagged for copyedit in May 2020 and requests.

Drive and blitz reports

March Drive: Self-isolation from coronavirus may have played a hand in making this one of our most successful backlog elimination drives. The copy-editing backlog was reduced from 477 to a record low of 118 articles, a 75% reduction. The last four months of 2019 were cleared, reducing the backlog to three months. Fifty requests were also completed, and the total word count of copy-edited articles was 759,945. Of the 29 editors who signed up, 22 completed at least one copy edit. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

April Blitz: This blitz ran from 12 to 18 April with a theme of Indian military history. Of the 18 people who signed up, 14 copyedited at least one article. Participants claimed a total of 60 copyedits. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

May Drive: This event marked the 10th anniversary of the GOCE's copy-editing drives, and set a goal of diminishing the backlog to just one month of articles, as close to zero articles as possible. We achieved the goal of eliminating all articles that had been tagged prior to the start of the drive, for the first time in our history! Of the 51 editors who signed up, 43 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Other news

Progress report: as of 2 June, GOCE participants had processed 328 requests since 1 January, which puts us on pace to exceed any previous year's number of requests. As of the end of the May drive, the backlog stood at just 156 articles, all tagged in May 2020.

Outreach: To mark the 10th anniversary of our first Backlog Elimination Drive, The Signpost contributor and GOCE participant Puddleglum2.0 interviewed project coordinators and copy-editors for the journal's April WikiProject Report. The Drive and the current Election of Coordinators have also been covered in The Signpost May News and Notes page.

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

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Amazing achievement. When I first did copy-edits, there were thousands of articles tagged, and dozens of requests for copy-edit.Dthomsen8 (talk) 01:09, 11 June 2020 (UTC)

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Covington, South Lanarkshire

You created the article Covington, South Lanarkshire, which is basically blank. I assume this was an accident, but I figured I should check with you before speedying it. Danski454 (talk) 20:38, 12 August 2020 (UTC)

Please note that this article is class=Draft, and it is being drafted elsewhere.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 21:32, 12 August 2020 (UTC)
I have moved the page to Draft:Covington, South Lanarkshire, feel free to move it back when it is ready for mainspace. Danski454 (talk) 15:54, 14 August 2020 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Horse Trough at 315 S 9th St


The article Horse Trough at 315 S 9th St has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Non-notable horse through. It's old, but that's not enough for notability. A city-level register of historic places is not enough to pass WP:GEOFEAT. I'm struggling to find coverage for this particular site. This is just a table listing and almost suggests it doesn't have a name beyond "Horse trough". Another brief listing. It exists, it's old, and it has a bland name. That's about all that I can find about this, and it doesn't meet WP:GEOFEAT or WP:GNG.

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Please consider improving the page to address the issues raised. Removing will stop the proposed deletion process, but other deletion processes exist. In particular, the speedy deletion process can result in deletion without discussion, and articles for deletion allows discussion to reach consensus for deletion. Hog Farm Bacon 02:00, 9 September 2020 (UTC)

Nomination of Horse Trough at 315 S 9th St for deletion

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Horse Trough at 315 S 9th St is suitable for inclusion in resource according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Resource: Articles for deletion/Horse Trough at 315 S 9th St 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.

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Guild of Copy Editors September 2020 Newsletter

Guild of Copy Editors September 2020 Newsletter
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Hello and welcome to the September GOCE newsletter, a brief update of Guild activities since June 2020.

Current and upcoming events

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!

Election reminder: our end-of-year Election of Coordinators opens for nominations on 1 December. 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.

Drive and Blitz reports

June Blitz: An uncorrected typo (even copy editors make copy editing mistakes!) led to an eight-day "leap blitz" from 14 to 21 June, focusing on requests and articles tagged in May. 19 participating editors claimed 54 copy edits. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

July Drive: Over 750,000 words of articles were copy edited for this event, keeping pace with the previous three self-isolated drives. Of the 38 people who signed up, 30 copyedited at least one article. Final results and awards are listed here.

August Blitz: From 16 to 22 August, we copy edited articles tagged in June and July 2020 and requests. 12 participating editors completed 37 copy edits on the blitz. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Other news

June election: Jonesey95 was chosen to continue as lead coordinator, assisted by Baffle gab1978, Tdslk, Twofingered Typist, and first-time coordinator Puddleglum2.0. Reidgreg took a break after serving for a couple years. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Progress report: As of 01:33, 18 September 2020 (UTC), GOCE copyeditors had processed 532 requests since 1 January and there were 38 requests awaiting completion on the Requests page. The backlog of articles tagged for copy-editing stood at 433 (see monthly progress graph above).

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators Jonesey95, Baffle gab1978, Puddleglum2.0, Tdslk and Twofingered Typist.

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Re-rating from Top to Low of article Ireland

Hi, I can't comment about WP1.0, but I was very surprised to see the article Ireland rated down from Top prio to Low prio for WikiProject UK, without discussion or edit summary explanation, given that Ireland is one of the two main islands on which the UK exists (it is also of course Top for WP Ireland). Was it perhaps a slip of the keys? As far as I understand moves in and out of Top require discussion on the article Talk page and/or the relevant project page... Sorry if I missed something. SeoR (talk) 18:33, 14 October 2020 (UTC)

Fixed long ago!--Dthomsen8 (talk) 14:09, 27 October 2020 (UTC)

Request for new review of Deim Zubeir article

Dear Dthomsen8, more than four years ago you reviewed the article about Deim Zubeir and rated it as Stub-Class and Low-importance. Since then I have expanded it and South Sudan has put it as the very first cultural site on its first ever tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage, even as the first former slavery center in Northeastern Africa. Therefore I would argue that all of this qualifies for higher ratings. Many thanks for your efforts!RomanDeckert (talk) 09:00, 27 October 2020 (UTC)

Re-rating of Monegasque Cuisine article

Dear Dthomsen8, I am working on the Monegasque Cuisine article as part of a university assignment. Thank you for your recent assessment of the article. However, would you be able to provide some more feedback about how the article can be improved from a Stub-class? It was a stub before my recent edits, which I believed added more well-cited information, and should have hopefully improved the article's rating. Thank you for your efforts and I look forward to hearing back from you! A.ww22 (talk)

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Nichols's Missouri Cavalry Regiment

You recently assessed Talk:Nichols's Missouri Cavalry Regiment as C class. I'm not objecting to the assessment, but since I'm wanting to get that article to GA, I'm wondering which one of the b-class criteria needs work. Hog Farm Bacon 23:19, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Mistake on my part. Ignore my changes!--Dthomsen8 (talk) 14:35, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

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