User talk:Ira Leviton
- 1 Welcome!
- 2 May 2015
- 3 Hello Ira!
- 4 Userbox/Einstein
- 5 List of hospitals in New York City
- 6 Wikidata
- 7 Harry Lorraine
- 8 Gram stain vs. gram-positive vs. gram-negative... etc. etc.
- 9 FAG!
- 10 Your ALLCAPS edits to 2016–17 Coupe de France
- 11 A barnstar for you!
- 12 MV Discovery
- 13 Amália Revisited edit
- 14 Thank You For Your Edit
- 15 Help Edited Spelling Errors on Daniel Padilla Article
- 16 interesting
- 17 Governors of Tripolitania
- 18 Ways to improve Kings County District Attorney
- 19 misc.
- 20 Wikiproject!
- 21 Michele di Rocco
- 22 A barnstar for you!
- 23 Merger discussion for Air & Sea Show
- 24 The Bronx, Thonks
- 25 A cheeseburger for you!
- 26 Some stroopwafels for you!
- 27 Editing inside quotations
- 28 A barnstar for you!
- 29 You "fixed several words"
- 30 Template:European Parliament election, 2014 (Netherlands) candidate lists
- 31 Blade (comics) move
- 32 Talkback
- 33 A wee barnstar
- 34 Request
- 35 Green Street Courthouse/Republican
- 36 List of MLB team nicknames
- 37 Nantucket's neutrality during the American Revolutionary War
- 38 Your edit on Clash of Champions (2017)
- 39 Your edit on Peter Corke (2017)
- 40 Rahul Kumar Kamboj
- 41 Precious
- 42 Removal of the all capital letters on the Hawaii missile alert article
- 43 A cheeseburger for you!
- 44 New Page Reviewing
- 45 A Barnstar for you!
- 46 linking to wikidata
- 47 Edits with References
- 48 Editor of the Week
- 49 about Shigeaki Kato's page
- 50 Thank you for being one of Wikipedia's top medical contributors!
- 51 wrong preposition Raghib_al-Nashashibi
- 52 WikiProject Western Governors University
- 53 Cutty-sark (witch)
- 54 Ironically ...
- 55 You made my day! Thank you!!
- 56 gold mine
- 57 A barnstar for you!
- 58 Your nice edit at the Silence film
- 59 Your anti-editorializing edits
- 60 HMS Actif
- 61 A Dobos torte for you!
- 62 Duplicate 'the'
- 63 Question about fixing typos
- 64 Alcubierre Drive
- 65 Art Pollard
- 66 Hi
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- 68 Not a typo
- 69 "fixing" bolding
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- 71 Winter Gardens Pavilion, Weston-super-Mare & "sic" in refernce
- 72 Spring versus Lent
- 73 new member
- 74 dear ira
- 75 status update (ira)
- 76 5 more typos
- 77 5 more typos reply
- 78 A cookie for you!
- 79 Thank you!
- 80 Thank you for being one of Wikipedia's top medical contributors!
- 81 Thank you...
- 82 Typos
- 83 What would be right
- 84 hi, you're invited to an RfC discussion regarding Bruno Bettelheim article
- 85 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overwhelming_post-splenectomy_infection#Mechanism
- 86 Question on New London Chamber Ensemble
- 87 Great work on the typos, but ...
- 88 Nomination of NCAA Division I Baseball Championships recent history for deletion
- 89 Copy edits at Nepal Trade Union Congress
- 90 Don Zimmer
- 91 Wikipedia:Typo_Team/moss.
- 92 100,000th edit!
- 93 Luther Clegg house
- 94 Removal of abbreviations in Lead (electronics)
- 95 Typo tools
- 96 Barnstar
- 97 Undo
- 98 Sept 25: WikiWednesday Salon NYC
- 99 Barnstar
- 100 hounori
- 101 Antoine Hamilton
- 102 Wikipedia:Correct typos in one click
Welcome to Wikipedia. Although everyone is welcome to contribute constructively to the encyclopedia, your addition of one or more external links to the page Rawhide (song) has been reverted.
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Hi Ira. I was so glad to meet you tonight at WikiWednesday. Had hoped we would have more time to talk and chit chat, especially about Wikipedia and Jewish genealogy. Please reach out if you need anything or have any questions! -- Erika aka BrillLyle (talk) 04:30, 10 December 2015 (UTC)
Hello! I moved your creation to User:Ira Leviton/Userboxes/Einstein, as it is unsuited for main article space. Feel free to work on it or host it at your user subpage, sandbox, or elsewhere outside of mainspace. All the best, --Animalparty! (talk) 23:58, 27 December 2015 (UTC)
List of hospitals in New York City
Thanks for List of hospitals in New York City, it looks like you did a lot of work. I am going to add some of the red linked ones to Wikidata. That way they can appear as places of death within Wikidata. --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 18:45, 31 December 2015 (UTC)
- You make the decision, should they stay as red links, or link to Wikidata entries such as [[d:Q21905293|Brooklyn Eye and Ear Hospital]] and appear as Brooklyn Eye and Ear Hospital? I could write an entry in Wikipedia but am blocked from creating new entries, my personal Javert just got me blocked from even creating articles in my userspace. I am currently working on Coroner of New York City.
Don't forget to add in the cemetery burials to Wikidata, I added in one for you: Elliot Willensky. Stuff gets deleted on Wikipedia all the time, but Wikidata is more stable. Categories come and go like fashion here, but there, we think of new ways to categorize people all the time. --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 23:36, 5 January 2016 (UTC)
Gram stain vs. gram-positive vs. gram-negative... etc. etc.
Hello there! I noticed your recent edit to Gram staining where you capitalized "Gram" throughout the article. Actually, this is not as straightforward as it seems. In general when Gram is used as part of a compound adjective (gram-positive, gram-negative, etc.) it is left lowercase. There is a brief explanation of this at the Eponym page as well as some discussion about our specific case at Talk:Gram-negative bacteria and a brief note on the Gram-staining talk page. In general this is the format you'll see from the CDC (sorry you have to scroll down a bit on that one) and other mainstream organizations. I went through the Gram staining page and re-lowercased throughout (except for "Gram stain" which remains uppercase). If you disagree or would like to talk about it, feel free to ping me here or leave a message on my talk page (or post on the Gram staining talk page for a wider audience). Other than that, glad to see someone taking an interest in the Gram staining article! Happy editing!! Ajpolino (talk) 18:37, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
Don't forget to also add the Findagrave ID to Wikidata, I added your last one. People delete them in Wikipedia, but they are always there at Wikidata. --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 04:28, 8 October 2016 (UTC)
Your ALLCAPS edits to 2016–17 Coupe de France
Coupe de France: Caudebec and Saint-Nicolas eliminated you changed to
Coupe de France: Caudebec and Saint-Nicolas Eliminated, but note that all the capitalised words in the sentence before you changed it were proper nouns.
I don't want to revert the whole edit, as some of the changes (moving from all capitals to title case) are valid. I would invite you to revisit this edit and change those which you moved from sentence case to title case back to sentence case. Cheers, Gricehead (talk) 09:18, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
- Hi, wp:ALLCAPS states:
Reduce newspaper headlines and other titles from all caps to sentence case or title case. For example, replace the headline "WAR BEGINS TODAY" with "War begins today" or "War Begins Today".(my bold). In the example above, the original edit is equivalent to
War begins todayand your edit is equivalent to
War Beings Today. So you've changed an acceptable per-MOS sentence case to an acceptable per-MOS title case. There is no difference between languages. (Sentence case states:
Only the first character of the sentence is capitalised, except for proper nouns and other words which are required by a more specific rule to be capitalised.) Not a massive deal, but I don't think we should really be changing one per-MOS acceptable title to another per-MOS acceptable title. Cheers, Gricehead (talk) 12:47, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
A barnstar for you!
|The Copyeditor's Barnstar|
|Thanks so much for your proofreading, typo-catching, and other fine corrections throughout Wikipedia! Softlavender (talk) 10:26, 10 January 2017 (UTC)|
Hi Ira. Thanks for your edit to the MV Discovery article; however, I have reverted it. I see from your user page that you are American, and Coast Guard is indeed two words in American English, but it is a single word in British English. The reference in the article was to the United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which is the parent body of Her Majesty's Coastguard, so the original spelling was correct. Best wishes, Timothy Titus Talk To TT 19:58, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
Amália Revisited edit
Thank You For Your Edit
Help Edited Spelling Errors on Daniel Padilla Article
your recents. good to see. in western Scotland the intermission (my invention) word is aim or aeem in particular females will begin almost every sentence with 'aim'. in southern Java - Indonesian speakers with good english use actually in a similar manner. Keep up the good work, and say hello to the lower west side for me (Manhattan), I miss it. JarrahTree 22:59, 19 February 2017 (UTC)
Governors of Tripolitania
It doesn't matter we call..it does matter what the Italian government call! For example, between 1917-1922 the governors of Tripolitania were actually governors of two or three cities (Tripoli, Homs, Zuwara)!--Maher27777 (talk) 06:36, 21 February 2017 (UTC)
Ways to improve Kings County District Attorney
Hi, I'm Seligne. Ira Leviton, thanks for creating Kings County District Attorney!
I've just tagged the page, using our page curation tools, as having some issues to fix. Great citations! Your "List" could use a more descriptive title. Also, more categories....
The tags can be removed by you or another editor once the issues they mention are addressed. If you have questions, you can leave a comment on my talk page. Or, for more editing help, talk to the volunteers at the Teahouse.
Hello, Ira Leviton! I saw you recently edited a page related to the Green party and green politics. There is a WikiProject that has been formed - WikiProject Green Politics and I thought this might be something you'd be interested in joining! So please head on over to the project page and take a look! Thanks for your time. Me-123567-Me (talk) 02:15, 14 April 2017 (UTC)
Michele di Rocco
Greetings. Per this, please point out where in the MOS it says to artificially fix typos in refs. I've never seen such a rule/guideline, and we certainly don't do it in other contexts (such as misspelt song titles in music albums). Mac Dreamstate (talk) 01:38, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
- From what I can see, that MOS section pertains only to quotations of prose text, rather than specifically titles of refs. Also, I strongly believe Wikipedia should be striving for accuracy, even if it means preserving mistakes—the publisher of the ref made an error in the title, but it is not our responsibility to fix it, since it does not make a difference within the article body. I would let the Di Rocco edit slide otherwise, but the issue could carry over into countless other articles unless we get clarification. Should I ask at WT:MOS? 01:56, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
A barnstar for you!
|The Minor barnstar|
|I find it unbelievable that I approved New York Herald Tribune as a good article and yet missed repeated "the" not once, but twice. thanks for cleaning my mess up. Chris Troutman (talk) 19:36, 14 June 2017 (UTC)|
Merger discussion for Air & Sea Show 
An article that you have been involved in editing—Air & Sea Show —has been proposed for merging with another article. If you are interested, please participate in the merger discussion. Thank you. WikiVirusC(talk) 04:58, 7 July 2017 (UTC)
The Bronx, Thonks
Thanks for cleaning up the List of People from the Bronx. I never could get the hang of hyphenation, even when I copied another entry -- or maybe because of that! Bellagio99 (talk) 20:32, 7 July 2017 (UTC)
A cheeseburger for you!
|Your name seems to be affiliated with a recent change to my Wikipedia entry (Frank P. Tomasulo). The box seems to suggest that there's something wrong with my entry. I added some citations but the box is still there. What SPECIFICALLY do I (or you) have to do to remove that warning box? I tried editing but to no avail. firstname.lastname@example.org. BTW, I was born and grew up in NYC and currently live in Manhattan. How about that CHEESEBURGER?! Ftomasulo (talk) 03:01, 13 July 2017 (UTC)|
Some stroopwafels for you!
|For spotting the occasions for spotting the occasions where I where I have a tendency have a tendency to say everything twice to say everything twice,   here are here are a pair of a pair of stroopwafels for you stroopwafels for you Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 19:10, 19 July 2017 (UTC)|
Editing inside quotations
While I appreciate your efforts at working on style, I must point out that you don't change material inside a direct quotation. This applies to the wire service style which was / is to capitalize the dateline city of origin - it is not a typo. Editorial changes to handle things like misspellings, or in the case of some words that have changed in usage over time (employe / employee comes to mind) are marked [sic] to show that the typo or variation was in the original source. Mark Sublette
- The edits I was referring to were items from Military Aircraft Accidents, 1940 - 1944. Personally, as a historian, I try to accurately reflect the source material, and prefer to post the text as it was printed, and note missed keystrokes with [sic]. Also, usage of the language, especially in the press, has evolved over time, and reporting has changed. I don't like to second-guess period style. Mark Sublette
A barnstar for you!
|The Copyeditor's Barnstar|
|For being able to spot two "the"s next to each other without flinching. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 14:12, 30 August 2017 (UTC)|
You "fixed several words"
Thanks for rescuing Castleton.
I am intrigued to understand how on earth you were watching this insignificant article. Cheers! Gareth Griffith‑Jones (The Welsh Buzzard) 13:19, 10 September 2017 (UTC)
- Hi Welsh Buzzard,
- I must admit your question made me laugh. I had to go back to my contribution history to remember, but since you asked, here's the long answer:
- THe Castleton page isn't on my watch list. For the last few months on Wikipedia, I've been doing mostly copy editing. I'm a member of the Typo Team and have been on a search and and destroy mission for duplications of the words 'and' and 'the.' It's boring to do that all the time, so I sometimes click on a link. My edit immediately prior to those on the Castleton article was a deletion of a duplicated 'and' on the Morris Marina article. I can't find a link directly from that page to Castleton, so I may have gone to another page in between, but I wound up on Castleton, and when I saw words that shouldn't have been capitalized, I just couldn't leave them alone.
- Ha, ha! The fun of editing WP, hey! Anyway, much appreciated and your good work led me to make a number of revisions following that IP before you. If you care to look at my User page you will see why I have an interest there. All the best. Cheers! Gareth Griffith‑Jones (The Welsh Buzzard) 14:22, 10 September 2017 (UTC)
Template:European Parliament election, 2014 (Netherlands) candidate lists
Hi Ira Leviton,
I won't revert your edits again and i did know the guidelines. But i think it's important to realise that the party name and list name are 2 different things. The Dutch election committee follows instructions from party's choice for partylist name. Styling it this way is the way they participated. Since this is a list of the party lists (and not party names) it's strange not to follow the official party list name.
Anyway. Not going not going to edit war you on this or anything. But i take pride in my accuracy.
Blade (comics) move
A wee barnstar
|The Tireless Contributor Barnstar|
|Just a quick token of recognition of your exhaustive efforts to improve Wikipedia, Ira. Best regards. :) Kieronoldham (talk) 00:03, 25 September 2017 (UTC)|
Greetings. Could you create the article ru:Build-a-lot in Simple English section of Wikipedia? Thank you. -- The222anonim (talk) 14:58, 28 September 2017 (UTC) UPD: Oh. Excuse me. Actual version on English : Build-a-lot, but, can you translate that on Simple English?
Green Street Courthouse/Republican
Re this edit: In many countries outside the US, "Republican" is not usually capitalised. Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Ireland-related articles#Descriptive nouns and adjectives specifically says to use lowercase. jnestorius(talk) 07:53, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
- Not a problem, Jnestorius. The reason I stopped by that page was to correct the duplicate 'the.' While there, I noticed republican as a political party, which gets capitalized in the U.S. although it gets a small 'r' as a simple adjective. If gets a small 'r' as a political party outside of the U.S., then it should be a small 'r' in this article – after all, that's where the reference was made. Thanks, and regards. Ira Leviton (talk) 00:07, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
List of MLB team nicknames
I saw you adding nicknames and other changes to list of baseball team nicknames a couple times a week ago. It makes me to ask if you would like to look at the page List of MLB team nicknames I wrote on PlanetStar Wikia four weeks ago that lists lot more nicknames, many of them I came up with, than there are on Wikipedia page. Let me know if you have any thoughts surrounding that. PlanetStar 00:01, 5 November 2017 (UTC)
- Hi - and I apologize for taking so long to answer. I happened on the list of team nicknames because of a typo on it, but being interested in baseball history, I had to add something in addition to fixing the typo. I see nothing wrong with being 'encyclopedic' about team names, although somebody might complain that Wikipedia isn't supposed to be a bunch of lists. As long as there are citations, why not add the other names on your Wikia page to the Wikipedia article? It's currently heavily weighted toward more recently used names, so adding old names, like "Mackmen" for the A's will make that more evenhanded. Team names are one of those lists that can never be complete but there are plenty of those types of lists on Wikipedia too. I say go for it!
Nantucket's neutrality during the American Revolutionary War
Hi Ira, Thanks for taking an interest in Nantucket's neutrality during the American Revolutionary War, an article that I have found to be problematic owing to its marginal notability and the appearance that it was a school history paper. Perhaps you could take a crack at the lead section. A good summary there could help indicate whether the article focuses on a notable topic. It appears to have some interesting material in the body that probably should find a home in any case. Cheers, User:HopsonRoad 13:48, 25 November 2017 (UTC)
- Hi, and thanks for your comment. I also thought that this article might have started out as some type of class project, although I thought that it was interesting and about a notable issue. I agree that the lede is weak because it doesn't summarize the topic well and included history that's unimportant to the rest of the article and should have appeared only below the table of contents. There's other stuff in the text, like a bunch of "so-and-so wrote in an article in this journal..." that's unnecessary because it's in the citations. I may have time to work on it next weekend, but I have to think about the lede because I'm not an expert at all in this topic.
- Thanks for your reply, Ira. I suggest that, since the lede need only summarize the article, it shouldn't require expertise, just an ability to understand, process and write, which you clearly have! Whatever you achieve, will probably be a great improvement, even if the article receives further attention and development from others. Cheers, User:HopsonRoad 14:32, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
Your edit on Clash of Champions (2017)
Ira, thanks for your edit on Clash of Champions (2017). I noticed you removed the PPV abbreviation in the first sentence. Although it might not be used again in the article right now, it is often later added in the articles, and its actually in the first line of every Impact, WCW and WWE PPV. I understand your rationale for removing but I think it does serve a purpose. Any thoughts on that?
I also notice you recently edited the Israeli Wrestling League article I recently created. I created a bunch of other Israeli wrestling related articles, and a template for them: Template:Professional wrestling in Israel, Professional wrestling in Israel, Ultimate Wrestling Israel, IPWA Heavyweight Championship (Israel), and Tomer Shalom. Any help with a second set of eyes, and with expanding them, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks - GalatzTalk 18:41, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
- Thanks for your comments and noticing my edits. I'm on the Wikipedia Typo Team and stopped by both of the pages you mentioned in my almost never-ending search for duplications of the word 'the', which is my current project. (It's a very common typo.) I also remove allcaps and jargon abbreviation when I notice them. Wrestling pages tend to have allcaps, I believe because their magazines have headlines in allcaps and those are pasted as references. It's not a big deal, but it gives me something else to do. As for as abbreviations, I think that almost everybody uses them – including me – but Wikipedia is supposed to be for a general audience and unless it's something like "the U.N.", people may not know what it is. I don't even like to see jargon abbreviation in Wikipedia articles when they're used to save space for a frequently repeated term, since newspapers, for example, tend to successfully avoid them. I don't remove them when they're used 20 times on a page, but when I saw the PPV and that it was used only in the lede, I thought it should be removed. I'm not a fan of wrestling, boxing, or anything that uses PPV, but I knew the abbreviation, but I always think, if a ten-year old kid or my wife is reading an article with jargon, they're not going to know what it means, and they may lose interest and go to another page.
- The Israeli Wrestling League page you created is very detailed - you must either be a big fan or spent a huge amount of time researching it - or both. It's tough for me to judge how popular wrestling is in Israel, but if you link it to the right kind of other wrestling articles, you should get a decent number of page views from die-hards in the U.S. and elsewhere that way.
- Ira Leviton (talk) 19:32, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
- Thanks, the Hebrew WP was big help for the IWL article. The Professional wrestling in Israel and Tomer Shalom needed to be created from scratch though. Professional wrestling and Israel related articles on WP are where I focus most of my efforts so WP, so it only made sense to combine the two and start working on those articles.
- I always let WP fill in the reference for me, and therefore yes, it just takes the all caps from the article itself which uses all caps. Unfortunately you will therefore find the same cap issues in the articles I mentioned above. - GalatzTalk 19:39, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
Your edit on Peter Corke (2017)
Ira, I noticed your edits and requests for clarification on Peter Corke. This page is about me so not quite sure the process given WP COI guidelines. You've expanded CSIRO to its full and formal name, but since the 1980s the organisation only refers to itself as CSIRO. It's not an acronym, there are no dots. Maybe expand it out the first time and give the short name in parentheses. You've added matrix laboratory as an expansion for MATLAB, and although that is where the name came from in the 1970s when it was a university project, the company MathWorks founded in 1984 never refer to this meaning for MATLAB. ICT stands for Information and Communications Technology, a fairly well known term in Australia and Europe, it recognises that for IT systems today the communications/networking is super important. But if you expand out CSIRO ICT Centre you no longer have the name of the organisation, it was known internally and externally as CSIRO ICT Centre or even CSIRO ICTC. It's tricky when the contraction becomes the normal way of referring to a thing. Finally, "take up a chair" is a British idiom for becoming a professor. Unlike the US, in the Australia and the UK not all academics are professors: academics rise through the ranks of lecturer, senior lecturer, reader (increasingly associate professor), professor.
I will try to fix the article – either later today or tomorrow, using the information in your message. (As you can probably tell, I hate jargon abbreviations. But if they're explained properly and used properly, then they're OK.)
You taught me a Britishism! (I've wanted to take up a chair many times, but only to use it on somebody from behind.)
And you're right about conflicts of interest, but I'm sure that it can be fixed without you having to do anything.
- Hi Peter,
- I made some edits that I think solve the problems. Please see if they make sense to you too.
Rahul Kumar Kamboj
Hi, you also make some changes in the article of Rahul Kumar Kamboj. The article is being considered for deletion. Maybe you can also share your opinion with discussion. Thanks. GoPro (talk) 06:28, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
Removal of the all capital letters on the Hawaii missile alert article
Please review the references for the all capital letters that you removed from the Hawaii missile alert article. The references clearly show all capital letters.188.8.131.52 (talk) 00:14, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
A cheeseburger for you!
|Thanks for your typo fixes! Marquardtika (talk) 05:27, 24 January 2018 (UTC)|
New Page Reviewing
|Hello, Ira Leviton.
I've seen you editing recently and you seem like an experienced Wikipedia editor.
A Barnstar for you!
|The Typo Team Barnstar|
|Dear Ira, |
Thank you very much for your contributions to the Typo Team, and for your unswerving commitment to improving our encyclopedia! It's really great to have you on board!!!
With kind regards;
Patrick. ツ Pdebee.(talk)(guestbook) 20:29, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
- Hi Richard,
- First, I have to apologize for taking so long to reply. It was good to hear from you again. I've been thinking about your question for a while (too long, I admit). I think that in general, redlinks should be left as an encouragement to write Wikipedia articles. Even though some of the defunct hospitals in New York City are pretty insignificant to most people, there are many things that have Wikipedia articles even though in my opinion they're much less significant. Maybe it's my interest in New York City history and my consequent bias that everything in New York City is significant, but I'm hoping that even if it's not soon, the defunct hospitals will have articles in a few years.
- I have to also admit that my motivation for writing today was coming across my mother's birth certificate. The location of her birth was recorded as "J.M.H." It took some investigating, but I discovered that those were the initials of [[Jewish Maternity Hospital] - which motivated me to write an article for it (it's in the mainspace as of a few minutes ago). So even if nobody else writes any articles on defunct hospitals in N.Y.C., I should get the list done in about 200 years or so.
- Ira Leviton (talk) 15:22, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
- Are you working on your genealogy? Have you been to Familysearch, the Mormon website? Did you take one the DNA tests? Ancestry or 23andme? Many of my entries are for the same reason, mostly cemeteries and obscure reference books. You can also add your grandparents to Wikidata, https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q20726678, as a way to store all the places you keep information on them. --RAN (talk) 20:44, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
Edits with References
Dear Ira Leviton,
I noticed you are a reviewer of different topics and you already approved several edits on many pages on Wikipedia.
Please I need your help as I have edits with references, I want these edits to be reflected on my company's page on Wikipedia, how can I guarantee the edits will be approved by you or other reviewers?
Please feel free to contact me on email@example.com or to write on my Talk Page on Wikipedia.
Thanks in advance
Editor of the Week
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- Active beginning in 2015, Ira has a New York focus but does work in all the spheres of the Wiki. Over 43000 edits with 97% to mainspace. Uses the edit summary 99% of the time. Believes in disseminating knowledge and information. Add facts, links, and references, correct errors, and tries to improve the encyclopedia where he can. List of hospitals in New York City is an article that displays his work. A WP:Typo Team member, he has created 25 articles.
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|Since 2015, Ira's New York focus works at disseminating knowledge and information in all the spheres of the Wiki. Over 43000 edits with 97% to mainspace: uses edit summary 99% of the time. Constantly adding facts, links, references and correcting errors.|
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- Hi and thank you for the award and the call-out. You got me by surprise. (And yes, I am a long-suffering New York Mets fan.) I will certainly proudly display this on my user page.
about Shigeaki Kato's page
Hi! Ira Leviton, you changed to "small letter capital" from "big letter capital" of group name in 「Shigeaki Kato」 page. but the group name big letter capital is correct. you can see the reason why in「NEWS (band)」page.thanks.--Katanori04 (talk) 05:34, 12 April 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for being one of Wikipedia's top medical contributors!
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|The 2017 Cure Award|
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wrong preposition Raghib_al-Nashashibi
The phrase and mayor of Jerusalem in 1920–1934. should be and mayor of Jerusalem from 1920-1934. This conforms to British and American use of prepositions. I've been doing this for a decade, Ira, but I don't know how to alter that background section, which is a newer feature. I noticed that you also like proof-reading, so I'm asking you for a how-to. It's possible that the original sentence was in 1920, then someone added -1934, but neglected to update the preposition. MichelleInSanMarcos (talk) 20:43, 27 April 2018 (UTC)
- You are 10)% correct about that prepositional phrase. I made the correction – just look at the coding on the edit tab of the page to see how I did it. I also changed the dash to 'to'.
WikiProject Western Governors University
Hi, I'm confused. You removed the word "ironically" from the article Cutty-sark (witch), citing the manual of style, where we are warned against using that word as a peacock word. However, I reverted that, explaining that in this article the word is being used in it's correct sense: when we say that this line in the poem is ironic, we are making a scholarly statement about the literary device of irony which the poet used; we are NOT saying that we find it casually ironic that he did that. You thanked me for the edit - and then re-reverted as though you had not read my comment. Was this an error? --Doric Loon (talk) 17:33, 7 May 2018 (UTC)
- The error is mine. I understood your original comment and agreed with it, and my second deletion was an error. I've reinserted the word. My apologies.
- @DisillusionedBitterAndKnackered: I've deleted that word from hundreds of pages. One of my many pet peeves. Thousands to go, though.
You made my day! Thank you!!
Ira, thank you for being such a kind human being. I was truly touched when I signed on to Wikipedia today, and found that you had awarded me "The Women's History Barnstar" ... for "ongoing contributions in this area, particularly for their quality and the research behind them." I'm sitting here with a big smile on my face. Thank you (and thank YOU for all of your wonderful work). Have a great week! 47thPennVols (talk) 03:14, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
- Coastal_radio_station_VIN_Geraldton - interestingly some interestingly scintilating terminology in this one JarrahTree 14:02, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
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| Thank you for your wikignoming!! Tom (LT) (talk) 00:00, 22 July 2018 (UTC)|
Your nice edit at the Silence film
Last month you made a nice little edit at Silence (2016 film). Today I noticed that another editor appears to have made a long sequence of edits expanding the plot there well over WP:Filmplot length limit. Since that editor does not ever answer Talk page could you consider doing a rollback to restore the article. JohnWickTwo (talk) 17:33, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
Your anti-editorializing edits
I'm glad someone is working on that gnomish task. I just ask that you be more careful. There's no reason to remove words like "interestingly" from a quote as you did at Navy Working Uniform. Removing editorializing in wikipedia's voice is fine, but when we quote, we cannot alter someone else's editorilization, as reflected in that quote. Please keep that in mind. oknazevad (talk) 23:09, 8 August 2018 (UTC)
- @Oknazevad:: You are absolutely correct. I was going too fast and didn't realize that it was part of a quotation, and will pay more attention and be more careful in the future.
Hi Ira, I suspect that the crew who were saved would agree with the "fortunately". I suspect that even the French would have endorsed the lack of drownings. Cheers, Acad Ronin (talk) 23:16, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
- @Acad Ronin::
- Hi Acad Ronin,
- I'm certain you're correct. But even if both sides of the battle thought it was fortunate, the impartial, non-judgmental, non-editorializing, impassive Wikipedia doesn't. So, to paraphrase Sergeant Joe Friday alleged quotation, my edit was for "Just the facts."
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Question about fixing typos
I've been correcting typos for a long time but just recently found your Wikipedia:Typo Team/moss. I deleted the words that I corrected, and moved words that were correct to the notes section, with an explanation, because that's what I thought was the correct thing to do. But after seeing strikethroughs and re-reading the instructions, now I"m not sure if I did things correctly. Which do you prefer?
By the way, your program is a great service – it makes fixing typos quite a bit more efficient. Thank you.
- Yeah, the way you did it was great and is pretty close to the way I do it myself. Some people like to see strikethroughs because it gives them a sense of what's been accomplished so far. Most of the sections these days, (including the main by-article sections which are currently working on articles beginning with "A", and the by-frequency sections that are posted for a-m and n-z on different cycles), only have part of the alphabet posted. For those I tend to do removals when I'm fixing typos, since it makes it easier to find items that still need to be done, and everything will get removed at the end of the cycle anyway - the only thing I keep are items where someone has left a note about a problem or specific work to be done on that item, and if there are no strikethroughs those stick out more clearly. Usually other editors come by and remove entire sections when they are full of nothing but strikethroughs, and that's definitely a nice feeling. 8) There are a few sections (which I think most people don't bother working on) where the whole alphabet gets reposted every time, and for those it'll always say at the top of the section to please use strikethroughs or leave a note for finished items in that section. That's because I need to manually remove any items that got worked on during the few days between the "snapshot" of the database dump (which is always on the 1st or 20th of the month) and when that database dump is finished being processed (which is a few days later). You don't necessarily have to move things to the notes section, BTW; there may be some other editors who will come by and add correct words to Wiktionary so they don't show up on future runs. I usually leave the notes sections behind when I remove an old dump because I'm about to post a new one, but I don't want to lose the comments people made because they obviously put work into them. But hey, maybe it makes it easier for those folks who want to add words to the dictionary to find them if they're all in one section. If it gets them out of your way to make it easier to find words that are spelled incorrectly, or you just like being helpful, feel free to keep doing that. Hopefully that long rambling explanation makes sense? Fortunately, we don't have to worry too much because anything that falls through the cracks will be back in a cycle or two if the system thinks it's not fixed. And thanks very much to you as well for helping out with the project! These reports would be fairly useless without the community of volunteers who are using them to fix typos for readers. -- Beland (talk) 00:18, 1 October 2018 (UTC)
- Hi Spinning Spark,
- The word was 'unobtainable'. I was using Wikipedia:Typo Team/moss to find typos, and it was picked up as a misspelling of unobtainable. The adverb form, 'unobtainably', doesn't exist. If you think I changed the meaning with unattainable and want to replace it with another word, that's fine with me.
- I believe that Wikipedia:Typo Team/moss uses Wiktionary as its database. (But I didn't think it was a word, either.) The person with the user name "Beland" made this tool, so you can ask him/her if that's correct. I suppose it's possible that it doesn't have an entry on Wiktionary.
- FYI, I'll be off line for a couple of hours so I won't be able to respond right away.
- Feel free to do so – I think that's an excellent idea. Once it's there, Wikipedia:Typo Team/moss won't detect it as a spelling error or typo, so it won't be picked up by others who use that. It seems to be a word that's accepted by some but not by everybody – so you'll be contributing to the English language!
I have a scrap book of football programs, newspaper articles, pictures, lots of stuff and in great condition of Loyola high school in the 40s and it all has to do with Al Pollard.do you know anyone who would be interested in it m — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 11:36, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
Can you please help edit the following draft to meet wikipedia guidlines. Thanks.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draft:Chandreshekar_Sonwane Rocketscience144 (talk) 04:35, 27 October 2018 (UTC)
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Not a typo
Regarding this edit  in which you "fixed" the bolding, I'd be interested to know how you came to the conclusion that it needed fixing? These park names each redirect to this article and the bolding helps readers be sure they've found the content they were looking for. This is supported by the manual of style. Beeblebrox (talk) 21:06, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
- I'm usually not in favor of using bolds too often, because it can make the typography difficult to read. But I see your point.
- I've also fixed two more typos that I noticed when I looked back at the page, and added another link. I will also be adding Crooked Creek and Johnson Lake to the disambiguation pages for these names, although they'll be redlinked. All of these should have their own pages... eventually.
- Thanks for your comment.
- Ira Leviton (talk) 21:25, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
- For kicks, I made a new page at Johnson Lake (Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska). Feel free to add, modify, or link to it.
- I also have a question - on the Kasilof River page, is there supposed to be a word ("with" or "at"?} before "the Slackwater boat launch"?
- Ira Ira Leviton (talk) 23:23, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
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Winter Gardens Pavilion, Weston-super-Mare & "sic" in refernce
Hi, You added a "sic" template to a reference in the Winter Gardens Pavilion, Weston-super-Mare article as the typo is in the source but this means the reference (Ref 20) is now showing a CS1 error "URL–wikilink conflict". Any idea how to fix this?— Rod talk 16:07, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
- Hi Rod,
- It looks like somebody already fixed this. If it still doesn't look right to you, let me know, I know another way of fixing it.
- My apologies for not doing it right the first time, I should have known to include the additional coding.
- Ira Leviton (talk) 01:38, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
Spring versus Lent
Hi, are you sure this edit is a good idea? If it's the "Lent" issue of some magazine, shouldn't we be keeping their -- the magazine's -- dating? Would we change a "Michaelmas" issue of an Oxford University society publication to read "Autumn" in the reference, even if Michaelmas is how it described itself?
There's also the complication that Lent occurs in the Spring in the northern hemisphere, but in the Fall in the southern hemisphere. If the magazine was an Australian one, or the article subject an Australian, would you change "Lent" to "Autumn" instead of to "Spring"? This can all get confusing quite quickly! MPS1992 (talk) 21:07, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
- I don't have a strong feeling about it, and I couldn't find anything specific for this in the Manual of Style. I just wanted to avoid the red letters that said "check format in date section". If you think it should stay, I won't mind you changing that part back to 'Lent'.
- Oh, I suppose it's a CS1 thing.
hello from carrollton,ga!
I'm a new member in the typo team and have recently been correcting some typos
just saying this as a heads-up!
LYON 02:55, 17 December 2018 (UTC)
- Thank you for your kind words. And welcome to the Typo Team and keep going! The more people we have, the better Wikipedia will be! Thanks.
status update (ira)
5 more typos
hey ira there are 5 typos but they seem like they are correct any advice on what I should do?
Clonmoyle West - wikt:bhoth
Cloone - wikt:amenty Clothes iron - wikt:gusing
Clover Leaf Seafoods - wikt:salteries Clovis Hugues - wikt:majoral
bradleyagin 06:09, 17 December 2018 (UTC)
- I move the typos that I think are correct and not typos to the bottom of the page, and add a brief explanation. Just take a look at the bottom of the C page. On the A and B pages, last time I looked, the list of not-typos and explanations were all that was left. They may be gone now if Beland has started to process them.
5 more typos reply
bradleyagin 16:17, 18 December 2018 (UTC)
|That was fun, tag-teaming the remainder of "D", and we got it done for the new year! Schazjmd (talk) 14:51, 30 December 2018 (UTC)|
- @Schazjmd: Thank you, and yes it was. Beland was pretty quick to make the D page available after C was finished, so I expect E will follow shortly. I tagged him in this message so he sees it next time he's online.
Hey, if you ever wonder whether clicking "thanks" on a revision makes a difference, let me tell you that it does. I joined the typo team because it seemed like an area where I could help - low barrier to entry. (Editing Wikipedia is complicated!) Getting a notice is exciting! And someone saying thanks made me feel good! I'm gradually getting my sea legs and becoming more confident in my edits, but your initial thanks for my spelling corrections meant a lot. :) Jenniferz (talk) 07:36, 23 January 2019 (UTC)
- Thank you for your message. I apologize for not replying sooner.
- Welcome to the Typo Team. I hope I see many corrections from you, and for a long time. I strongly believe that this is a way not just to make Wikipedia better, but to improve the world. I concede that it's crazy, but I think that the most valued acknowledgements are from other members of the Typo Team, who I don't even know. It's tough to explain but something that is done for somebody but not noticed by its recipients or cannot be repaid is the highest form of a good deed. Please excuse my momentary nutiness.
- Ira Leviton (talk) 03:19, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
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- @Acad Ronin:
- Hi and thank you for the message. I confess to having the same problem, and not just on Wikipedia.
- Ira Leviton (talk) 03:19, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
Hi, how do I do a clean up of ALL CAPS in one go, for example your recent edit to John Hick (politician)? There are a few more articles that need sorting out. Regards220.127.116.11 (talk) 18:55, 12 March 2019 (UTC)
- Hi - I'm not sure how else to respond to an IP address, so I hope you check back here. The only way I know how to do replace ALLCAPS is by tedious retyping. It's a pain when there are a lot of references with titles in ALLCAPS, and I have spent long times on some articles, like those about wrestlers, because their fan magazines frequently use ALLCAPS and are used as citations. If there are foreign letters or characters, it's even more tedious. I wish I knew a better way. (And don't forget to cite the Wikipedia Manual of Style in your edit summary so your edits aren't reverted by those who think ALLCAPS are supposed to be copied from sources.)
- Ira Leviton (talk) 19:27, 12 March 2019 (UTC)
What would be right
I saw you fixed tense in the article on Little Lake (Peterborough). I am not comfortable with the changes:
- Adam Scott built a sawmill and grist-mill on the south edge of Little Lake. Scott Plains would eventually grow to become the city of Peterborough. The first British settlers arrived early in the 19th century.
- Adam Scott built a sawmill and grist-mill on the south edge of Little Lake. Scott Plains grew to become the city of Peterborough. The first British settlers arrived early in the 19th century.
Did Scott Plains grow to become the city of Peterborough before the first British settlers arrived?
- L.H. Baird made a survey of the route of what would become the Trent–Severn Waterway connecting Lake Huron to Lake Ontario, and following his recommendation locks were built
- L.H. Baird made a survey of the route of what became the Trent–Severn Waterway connecting Lake Huron to Lake Ontario, and following his recommendation locks were built
Were the locks built before or after the route became the waterway?
- Canalizing the Otonabee River... would open a continuous line of navigable water from Healey Falls to Balsam Lake, and was the subject of much discussion in the 1890s.
- Canalizing the Otonabee River... opened a continuous line of navigable water from Healey Falls to Balsam Lake, and was the subject of much discussion in the 1890s.
Did the discussion occur before or after the river was canalized? Was it in fact canalized?
The forms "would grow", "would become", "would open" imply consequences that were going to happen some time in the future. They are followed by statements about more immediate events.
- Trump showed entrepreneurial interests while in high school. He became a wealthy man. He graduated in 1964.
- Thanks for your message. I'm a member of WP:Typo Team and landed on the page using Wikipedia:Typo Team/moss. I'm not a fan of using "would" because it can also imply something conditional, but I see your point. I should have also rearranged the sentences to be chronological, which may have required other adjustments to the wording. If you want to do that, or just change the sentences back to the way they were, either way is fine. (Just remember to keep the typo correction, which was a missing space after a period.)
- Ira Leviton (talk) 20:35, 7 April 2019 (UTC)
- I would say that "would" is a respectable modal verb, and hope that you would agree. It typically refers to a time in the future from the viewpoint of a time in the past, but could also be used refer to a possibility, wish, intention etc. I would like to give examples, but that could make this reply too long. In the first two Little Lake cases "would" refers to events that had not happened at the time being described, but were to happen much later: the growth of the city and the creation of the waterway. The third example could and should be taken to mean that people in the 1890s were discussing what the costs and benefits would be if they were to canalize the river. At the time this was just a possibility, but the lift lock would in fact be opened in 1904. Aymatth2 (talk) 23:49, 7 April 2019 (UTC)
hi, you're invited to an RfC discussion regarding Bruno Bettelheim article
The controversy reminds me of "Dr. Laura," a psychotherapist with her original title from a degree in physiology.
Here are two obscure mentions of the scholar. (1978) Feb 11 "The Uses of Enchantment-The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales" by Bruno Bettelheim, child psych[o]logist. 10 AM-4 PM, Room 1105, Basic Sciences Bldg, School of Medicine, UCSD, fee, bring lunch, coffee provided, 452-3400. http://web.archive.org/web/20190603192559/https://library.ucsd.edu/dc/object/bb1230249d/_1.pdf
Workshop on teaching kids to read (MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1985) In an age of video games and television reruns, many parents and teachers are finding it increaSingly more difficult to teach and encourage children to read. On November 16, internationally renowned child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, Ph.D., will conduct a one-day workshop through UCSD Extension on problems in teaching children to read. Bettelheim, known for his work with autistic children, will discuss why and how children teach themselves to read, the books that stimulate or dull a child's mind, factors in the home environment that encourage or discourage love of reading, the emotional factors that cause a child to block a word, and how a child's misreading can be seen as intuition rather than as a mistake. Bettelheim, a professor of education and professor of psychology emeritus at the University of Chicago, is the author of a number of books, including his most recent (with Karen Zelan), On Learning to Read: The Child's Fascination With Meaning. The one-day workshop will be held from 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Saturday, November 16 at UCSD Extension. The fee is $95. For further information, call 452-3400. https://library.ucsd.edu/dc/object/bb0888466p/_1.pdf MichelleInSanMarcos (talk) 19:44, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
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|Your talk page note and detailed edit summary at Nilphamari District are helpful guidance for new recruits and old salts alike, with regard to best practices around foreign words. The Islamic education levels ebtedayee (elementary), dakhil (secondary), alim (higher secondary), fazil (B.A.), and kamil (M.A.) are probably originally Arabic, borrowed into Bengali the way "madrasah" has been into English. I see them in many articles about Bangladesh and Bengal, and now have concrete pointers about how to handle them. Worldbruce (talk) 16:46, 3 June 2019 (UTC)|
- Thanks for your comments, and for the barnstar. The only word that was detected by the Wikipedia:Typo_Team/moss typo detector was fajil, so that was the one I tagged. But I will put the transliteration template on all the other Bengali words because the typo detectors will likely get more sophisticated with time, and the templates don't change the way anything appears.
Hi, Ira. We communicated previously about an article. I just noticed your professional speciality. Could you please have a look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overwhelming_post-splenectomy_infection#Mechanism I've previously included the malarial parasite, and I am sure it was edited out. Perhaps you have a decent enough reference that will please future editor-readers. I have yet to see published research on the difference between surgical and traumatic asplenia. Many thanks! MichelleInSanMarcos (talk) 19:13, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
Question on New London Chamber Ensemble
I'm curious about your edit summary on New London Chamber Ensemble (
Replaced the jargon abbreviation found with Wikipedia:Typo_Team/moss and reduced ALLCAPS. Please see Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style/Capital_letters.) The acronym for New London Chamber Ensemble isn't "jargon", they use it themselves in their content, and the references writing about them use it as well. I also don't understand pointing to MOS:CAPS when MOS:CAPSACRS on that page says we do use all caps for acronyms. I had just edited the article to change the repeated use of the acronym in all lowercase (nlce). I have no problem with the changes to remove the acronym, but your objections don't make sense to me so I was wondering if you could explain your reasoning. Thanks! Schazjmd (talk) 20:13, 8 June 2019 (UTC)
- It looks like I was going too fast on the New London Chamber Ensemble page. I didn't realize that you had just made your edit until I read your comment, although I should have realized that I was looking at NLCE in upper case and the Typo_Team/moss tool had detected it in lower case, I assume as a typo for 'nice'. I made two corrections on the page. I labelled the typo correction as jargon; I generally don't like these types of abbreviations in Wikipedia, and considered NLCE jargon because it's recognized only by people already familiar with the ensemble, not the other 99.9% of Wikipedia readers. I can see the point of an abbreviation like this if it's used repeatedly to save space (and I don't have the patience to remove it 40 times, either), but even then, abbreviations are often used incorrectly, like for plurals or possessive cases, or if they were said out loud each time, sentences sound very stilted and repetitive. The ALLCAPS part of my summary was for the second correction in my edit – the clarinetist's name appeared in ALLCAPS in a reference title, which I reduced to title case.
- It always makes me chuckle to figuratively bump into somebody on while fixing these typos – it means that people care about improving the delivery of information on Wikipedia. I hope to keep bumping into you.
Great work on the typos, but ...
I just noticed this edit. As per MOS:COMPASS, "south-east" etc are ok in British English and this extends to Australian English. These aren't typos. But overall thank you for all the good work I see you doing in my watchlist. Kerry (talk) 06:02, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
- You are correct, of course, and I shouldn't have corrected those. I think I landed on that page to correct another typo, which had already been corrected, so I looked for something else to do. Instead, I was looking for trouble.
- And thank you for using the 'thanks' feature so often – I notice and appreciate it.
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Copy edits at Nepal Trade Union Congress
Hi - thanks for your edits to the NTUC page. However, in general, trade unions are referred to by their acronym, referring to the NTUC as trades congress would be confusing as there are many trades congresses (eg Australia, UK, New Zealand) and within Nepal there are multiple national centres.--Goldsztajn (talk) 10:16, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
- Hi. I generally don't like using abbreviations and acronyms (OK, I detest them) unless they're very well-known, like NATO, because they tend toward jargon and make information harder for the average reader to understand. Despite the large population of Bangladesh, my guess is that 99% of Wikipedia readers are unfamiliar with NTUC acronym, or use the same acronym for something else (see the NTUC disambiguation page). I concede that abbreviations and acronyms are useful in certain situations, such as saving space because of repetitive use or because a name is very long, but Wikipedia is for a general readership, not just those already familiar with a subject. I don't think that a newspaper article about this topic would use this acronym except as a space saver. I also want to point out that the NTUC page doesn't say that the Nepal Trade Union Congress is usually called NTUC. Additionally, the Nepali Congress is abbreviated NCP on the NTUC page, but is NC on its own page (another unnecessary abbreviation, since it's used only twice), leading me to believe that neither of those are usually used, or at least one of them is wrong.
- I think Wikipedia is a great invention but it has some weak points - one of them is the writing. A lot of editors write about topics they know, which can be good for content, but very few have a formal education in writing or are innately good writers, which makes the delivery of that content a problem. Jargon, which is often used when people are familiar with a topic, contributes to the suboptiomal delivery of information.
- Thanks for reading.
- Hi - Stylistically, I would agree with you and personally try to avoid the use of acronyms. However, if the target is a general readership (and that per se is a heavily loaded concept) then one would normally expect to present information in the most common, widely understood form. Wikipedia doesn't have an article entitled Issur Danielovitch for obvious reasons. In the organised labour project we have always included the acronym of a union and, in general, articles about a trade union use the acronym of that union throughout. See, for example, Trades Union Congress, AFL–CIO, Australian Council of Trade Unions. Most discussion of trade unions in newspapers (and most other media) refers to trade unions by their acronyms. Nepali Congress is NC, NCP is the Nepal Communist Party, have fixed that. The abbreviations of the political parties are registered for the purposes of elections and widely used in Nepal. I can't disagree with your wider points about quality of content, but I'm an inclusionist in almost every sense and if I judged Wikipedia's content by my own educational and professional standards, then 90+% of the articles here would probably be sitting in draftspace....which would not be of much use to anyone. Wikipedia will probably be round for centuries, we've got a lot of time.--Goldsztajn (talk) 13:13, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
- Hi again. Would you mind, then, adding a sentence or phrase somewhere stating that it's usually called or known as NTUC, for people (like me) who don't know that, so the jargon-haters (like me) don't try to replace it in the future. Other pages will probably need that too. Thanks.
- Ira Leviton (talk) 20:32, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
You added info about Zimmer's father owning a wholesale produce business with no new reference, and the existing reference doesn't include that information. Your stylistic edits were good, but I'd rather let you do those over without the undocumented info. Regards Tapered (talk) 09:32, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
- Hi. The information that I added is documented in his New York Times obituary, the already cited reference. Please search that page for the word 'wholesale' or count paragraphs and check paragraph 17 for his father's job, and paragraph 18 for his date of marriage.
- Ira Leviton (talk) 10:56, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
This spellchecker doesn't seem to know the difference between biannual (twice a year) and biennial (once every two years}. Can you sort the problem out? Thanks User:plucas58 23 June 2019 Plucas58 (talk) 01:04, 22 June 2019 (UTC)
Oops!-on further examination it appears I spelled the word incorrectly as biennual - a subtle blend of the two - and only the context would indicate which version was intended.Plucas58 (talk) 13:40, 22 June 2019 (UTC)
- I apologize for taking so long to answer – I had ignored my messages for a few days. It seems that the spellchecker is functioning after all. Well, I make typos, too. Ira
- Ira Leviton (talk) 03:46, 26 June 2019 (UTC)
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- @MarnetteD: Thank you for noticing, and for the star! I've put a copy on my barnstars page. Ira
- Ira Leviton (talk) 03:34, 26 June 2019 (UTC)
- Wow, I'm in awe, Ira Leviton! Thank you for all you've contributed! Schazjmd (Talk) 13:00, 25 June 2019 (UTC)
Luther Clegg house
I don't think you meant this message to go to me. I simply deleted a word that shouldn't be used. Please look back at the edit history of the page for the right editor.
Removal of abbreviations in Lead (electronics)
Hi Ira! I'm contacting you regarding.
First, you wrote in your comment that you "don't know how to contact somebody with a redlinked user name". This is very simple – just leave a message at the talk page. Redlinked user name means the user does not have a user page, but this doesn't say anything about his/her user talk page. For example, my user page doesn't exist, but my user talk page does. Moreover, even if a user's talk page doesn't exist, you can create it and post a message there, and the user will be notified (unless s/he has disabled notifications deliberately).
Second, regarding your deletions of abbreviations. As you mentioned in your edit comment, "Wikipedia is for general audiences, not just those familiar with the subject" – that's exactly the reason why I expanded every subject-specific abbreviation at its first appearance. However, there is no requirement not to use abbreviations / acronyms in Wikipedia articles; actually, an article on a subject should use the terminology that is used in sources dealing with the subject. Abbreviations are widely used in sources dealing with the field, and IMHO actually make the article more readable (given that they are expanded at the first use).
- Hi. I have to admit that I just turn on some music and spend way too much time editing Wikipedia, and don't use any bots or automated systems. There's also a public place where I edit and watch sports at the same time. I think the key is avoiding distractions and finding a rhythm to go down one of the alphabetical lists. You can do it!
- Ira Leviton (talk) 13:37, 6 August 2019 (UTC)
|The Copyeditor's Barnstar|
|I could not find a "King of typo-correction" barnstar, so this will have to suffice.ThatMontrealIP (talk) 02:44, 17 August 2019 (UTC)|
@ThatMontrealIP: Thanks for catching that. I thought something funny had happened. I'll fix it in a minute. Ira Leviton (talk) 02:31, 8 September 2019 (UTC) @ThatMontrealIP: I still can't figure out what I did. Probably editing too much. I hope I undid it without any other damage. Thanks again. Ira Leviton (talk) 02:49, 8 September 2019 (UTC)
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|The Typo Team Barnstar|
|I noticed a bunch of your recent contributions to fixing typos with the Moss project, and I thought that I'd like to show my appreciation with a barnstar. Clovermoss (talk) 02:38, 28 September 2019 (UTC)|
- I deeply apologize for not thanking you in a timely way for this barnstar. I hope to continue to see you on the Moss project too.
- Ira Leviton (talk) 22:45, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
Hi Ira: re your edits here, I don't quite see what you did with the suspension points - could you help me out? Also, the manga artist hounori, as far as I can see, does not use a capital letter, although several publishers' websites add one, so I'm inclined to take the capital letter off again: would you object?Ingratis (talk) 11:48, 30 September 2019 (UTC)
- @Ingratis: Hi,
- The suspension points are simple: just replace them with use three periods without spaces. The detailed instructions are at MOS:ELLIPSIS. (There's a lot of other good stuff on that page.)
- And I certainly don't mind if you go back to a small h for honouri. I also saw both upper and lower case when I quickly searched the Internet but I didn't go to original sources. According to Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style/Capital_letters, a lower case h is proper if that's the usual form - although if possible, it shouldn't be used at beginning of a sentence. (I can't remember if it was used that way.)
- Thanks for all your help on this project to improve the delivery of information on Wikipedia!
Dear Ira. Thanks for your correction from "our subject here" to "the subject of this article". I searched the Manual of Style and found MOS:OUR. You are so right! You will find this same error in about 35 other lists of siblings that I added to biographical articles (are they useful?). I will go through the articles in question (is there an automatic way how to do this?) and try to catch and correct all these mistakes. Thank you very much again. I am a newby and on an endless learning curve. Johannes Schade (talk) 07:48, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
- Dear Ira. I had not seen your other corrections, which concern "reducing all-caps". I am not so sure you realised that the corrections you made are within quotations from source texts, where I used all caps where the cited source used all caps. For example, "LA MOTTE HOUDANCOURT" is all-caps in the 1713 edition of the Mémoires du comte de Grammont as are some other person's names, e.g. GRAMMONT, RICHELIEU etc.. This might open the question how closely one should follow the styling used in the original text with regard to capitalisation, or font-styles such as italics or bold. I tend to sometimes drop the italics and the bolding, but I usually respect the spelling (e.g. étoit for était in the Mémoires cited above), the capitalisation (some older English texts capitalise more or less all nouns as is still done in German), and the often abundant punctuation of older English texts. Besides, I have, so I think, corrected this morning all the "our subject here" to "the subject of this article" following your example. Thanks again for this correction. Johannes Schade (talk) 14:08, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
- @Johannes Schade:
- Hi Johannes,
- I apologize for taking a few days to reply. According to Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style/Capital_letters, ALLCAPS in reference titles should be reduced to title case (first letter of almost all words get capitalized) or sentence case (only the first letter of the first word gets capitalized). I suppose that otherwise, bibliographies for some subjects, like professional wrestling and low-brow entertainment would be filled with ALLCAPS because their sources use it in too many headlines.
- I certainly keep as is all misspellings and capitalized words, but unless there's an unusual reason, ALLCAPS should be changed. I mark old-fashioned or out of date spellings with an Old English 'xxx' or Middle English 'xxx' language template and misspellings with a sic template.
- Ira Leviton (talk) 22:17, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
- Dear Ira: You are so polite! Sorry for the delay on my side. My computer does not start up any more. I am getting some time on my wife's. I have read and reread MOS:ALLCAPS. There are cases when it comes naturally to me to reduce the all-caps like in titles of books in the references, but I am not so sure whether these rules apply to the quotations in the footnotes in the ps parameter of sfn (the short footnote template) which I use routinely. I like to put quotes in there because I feel that just giving a page as a reference is often not precise enough. This vagueness in the citations invites abuse, I feel. This all-caps reduction is a big issue for me because I use quotes a lot in citations. I put hundreds of them in the articles where I contributed and many contain all-caps words, especially in the genealogical sources. I will of course not revert your edits. I will wait a bit until I understand better or another wikipedian comes along who makes the same point as you.Johannes Schade (talk) 08:32, 15 October 2019 (UTC)
Hi Ira, I really appreciate your work on MOSS project, correcting thousands of typos across Wikipedia. I would love to hear your opinion on a similar project, Wikipedia:Correct typos in one click, which after adding a line to common.js, allowed me to correct typos in one click, either by approving offered correction, or by typing new one. Thanks, Uziel302 (talk) 08:39, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
- Thank you for the invitation – I've noticed your work on some of the pages that I've visited, so thank you, too.
- But I must be missing something. I created the special page, put the code on it, and refreshed it. But I don't see any new buttons on any Wikipedia pages that I open. Where should I be looking for them? I've looked again at the special page and it looks the same as others' who've done it (except for the user name). What am I doing wrong?
- Ira Leviton (talk) 22:34, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
- Ahhhh... now I see it – I just needed to scroll down. I did my first one already. Very very efficient. It looks like the main trade-off compared to the Moss project is that with One Click only the one edit can be done, and many of these pages need much more than that (i.e., the typo that either Moss or you catch is often just one symptom of bad writing). I'll be using both. Thanks for your quick reply.
- Ira Leviton (talk) 23:01, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
- I've put some context which allows you to see if the typo is symptom and the whole sentence problematic. I can change the length of the context, haven't figure yet the ideal context size. Uziel302 (talk) 04:23, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
- Hi again. More context is always better and can cut down on having to go to the article page, but I realize that including more context might slow down your program. Sometimes there aren't enough words before the typo to figure out the sentence meaning or if the suggested word is the right one. Ira Leviton (talk) 15:17, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
- I've put some context which allows you to see if the typo is symptom and the whole sentence problematic. I can change the length of the context, haven't figure yet the ideal context size. Uziel302 (talk) 04:23, 14 October 2019 (UTC)