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Request for help[edit]

Request for help - changes sought to be made by me on some history pages - seeking review through third party for deletion of inaccurate information given

Hello Sir, this is N.Srinivasan (Srirangam99 (talk) 08:21, 3 April 2008 (UTC)) I noticed that on the page on Western Chalukyan (or Later Chalukyan King) Tailapa-II there is some inaccurate information regarding his victory over a Chola King Raja Raja I in 992 AD, which I feel has not been supported with evidence. On the other hand I have visited authentic sites like www.whatsindia.com/inscriptions and its related links regarding Tailapa-II, Raja Raja Chola I and other Chola and Chalukya Kings and have thus far not found any evidence of Tailapa-II's victory over Raja Raja Chola I. In fact (in addition), Wikipedia's own history page on Raja Raja I says that after taking over as King in 985 AD Raja Raja I did not undertake any military expedition/conquest until the 8th year of his reign which corresponds to the year 993. Further it is from the next 2-4 years 993 that Raja Raja I was busy with the conquest of Sri Lanka, Pandya Kingdom and the Chera kingdom and he spent the further subsequent time in consolidation of his conquest by appointing subordinates loyal to the Chola Kingdom. That would take it up to AD 997 up to which Raja Raja I was busy with his military conquests. This we have to match with the information about Tailapa-II being succeeded by his son Satyashraya in AD 994 itself while (according to available evidence) Raja Raja I was busy conquering the three Kingdoms mentioned above. What I mean to say and prove by this is that there was no occasion for Raja Raja I and Tailapa-II to cross swords against each other. So neither got defeated by the other. In addition I have also attached in support of my contention in the discussion page on Tailapa-II, more evidence fromt he website www.visitchitradurga.com which mentions about Chalukya revival and inscriptions from the period of Tailapa-II, his son Satyashraya and their successors. In fact Tailapa-II's inscriptions are up to the year 994, with one significant inscriptions corresponding (roughly) to December 994 AD and Sir, you may kindly note that none of these inscriptions ever acknowledge or even (as one would obviously expect a victorious king to do) as to proudly proclaim his victory over their worst enemies the Cholas and that too proclaim victory over a very strong Chola King, Raja Raja I.

I request your guidance and support for placing my submissions for third party review and a decision made on deletion of the inaccurate lines on the page on Tailapa-II. For further information, you may see the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Tailapa_II/Comments

In anticipation of your guidance and appropriate action for a third party review, I remain Sir. Pls. do not hesitate to get in touch with on my talk page or through email (my email i.d.: srirangam99@gmail.com).

Thank you very much.

Srirangam99 (talk) 08:21, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia Signpost tutorial series[edit]

Hi Phoenix-wiki,

Thanks for offering to write articles for the Wikipedia Signpost. Just letting you know that we have run out of tutorials to use in the Signpost! If you have time, it would be great if you could make a start with some of the topics that you have claimed, but not yet finished. Thanks! enochlau (talk) 23:35, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

Wikibooks[edit]

Hi Phoenix-wiki. I am a Wikibooks user, and I've recently restarted your WikiProject:History over there. I was wondering if you would be interested in returning and/or recommending users who might be interested in helping out. Thanks, Νεοπτόλεμος ( talk | email | contribs ) 19:57, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

RFA thanks[edit]

Thanks for your support in my RFA, that didn't quite make it and ended at 120/47/13. There was a ton of great advice there, that I'm going to go on. Maybe someday. If not, there are articles to write! Thanks for your support. Lawrence § t/e 17:39, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

User talk:Turdman the Plumber.[edit]

That would have been a good name for WP:UAA. :) · AndonicO Engage. 18:37, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

Lol yeah...--Phoenix-wiki 19:15, 12 April 2008 (UTC)


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June is Wikipedia Image Cleanup Month[edit]

Hi. I saw you were working on a tutorial for the signpost related to images, and thought you might also like to help with a project I'm trying to run. The goal is to get all images cleaned up in June, and education of all users about images. I'd love any and all help. Here is the location to start reading at: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Image Monitoring Group#Wikipedia Image Cleanup Month (June). Thanks. MECUtalk 12:31, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

Request for Copy editing[edit]

Currently, an article I have helped on (Aang) is at FAC. It has received two opposes with the suggestion of getting a copyeditor. This article has been tagged for a while to receive copyediting and since you are on the list of copyeditors, i was wondering if you would be willing to copyedit it? The Placebo Effect (talk) How's my editing? Please contribute to my editor review. 20:26, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

Use of {{verylong}}[edit]

Ad hominem isn't at all overly long, so there's no need to use this template. If you meant the lead, use {{Intro-toolong}}. Richard001 (talk) 22:49, 19 April 2008 (UTC)

Yeah well I meant the lead but didn't know that other template existed, so thanks for the pointer :-)--Phoenix-wiki 10:48, 20 April 2008 (UTC)

Your help is really needed for the article on Stephanie Adams.[edit]

There seems to be a lot of animosity and bitterness by users (particularly Hoary, Wandering Canadian and Sean Martin) who have been maliciously editing the article on Stephanie Adams, even on the discussion page. Can you please step in and stop these people from making personal attacks against the subject matter? This woman obviously does not know anyone of them personally and her article should no longer be edited by people who clearly have some sort of gripe against her. If they do not like her, then perhaps they should write about someone else. Really. 71.167.226.96 (talk) 09:24, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

When considering this request from 71.167.226.96 please be aware that she has referred to other editors as "sicko", "retard", "idiot", "flunky" and peppers her contributions with "You took your hand off your little thing between your legs long enough to type" and other such comments. (Her contribution to Talk:Stephanie Adams at [1].) So, yes, there does seem to be mlicious editing and personal attacks from people who have some sort of gripe. But let's be clear on who is actually the source. -- Sean Martin (talk) 18:11, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

First of all, I am a "he", not a "she". Second, I never left comments like that and am starting to wonder if you are mentally all there. Sean Martin, stop obsessing over Stephanie Adams (as well as me, because you have followed all of my comments on other pages) and stop leaving personal attacks about her on her discussion page just because she sued your friend and beat him. Miss Adams does not know you and will never want to know you. End of story. 71.167.226.96 (talk) 23:10, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

"I never left comments like that" Just follow the link I provided. If not you then someone coming thru the exact same IP address and clearly you should look much closer to home when admonishing folks to stop personal attacks. (Any confusion, if it exists, could be easily alleviated if you got a named Wiki account. Avoiding anonymity would also help credibility.) "stop leaving personal attacks about her on her discussion page" Please provide even one example. "she sued your friend and beat him" You can keep saying that, but it will remain untrue. She has threatened and harassed, but not sued any friends of mine. Assuming her suit against James Poling is what you are referring to, again, I've never met him, never spoken to him, do not know him personally, am not friends with him.
If you want me to stop posting, stop leaving postings containing falsehoods about me. I will continue to respond to any postings you or anyone makes that do. I'll stop the moment you do. Up to you. -- Sean Martin (talk) 00:54, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

News! Tag & Assess 2008 is coming ...[edit]

Milhist's new drive – Tag & Assess 2008 – goes live on April 25 and you are cordially invited to participate. This time, the task is housekeeping. As ever, there are awards galore, plus there's a bit of friendly competition built-in, with a race for bronze, silver and gold wikis! You can sign up, in advance, here. I look forward to seeing you on the drive page! All the best, --ROGER DAVIES talk 13:13, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

thank you[edit]

Mohkam Mopping.jpg Thank you for voting in my RfA, which passed with 194 supporting, 9 opposing, and 4 neutral.
Your kindness and constructive criticism is very much appreciated. I look forward to using the tools you have granted me to aid the project. I would like to give special thanks to Tim Vickers, Anthony and Acalamari for their nominations.
Thank you again, VanTucky

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African Pope AfD[edit]

Yo Phoenix-wiki, I have responded to your comment on my talkpage. Thanks, Skomorokh 12:51, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

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RFA comment[edit]

You said: If we can get things done extra fast, that's great,t eh quicker the better

Except when you make mistakes. SHEFFIELDSTEELTALK 20:25, 22 May 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Fritzpoll[edit]

Was there a mistake in the publishing when three comments that were the same were posted to the opposes? Rudget (Help?) 14:41, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

Hi there, PW. I know you mean well, and believe me, I agree with you that Fritzpoll is an excellent candidate for adminship (I did nominate him afterall :-). I'd like to ask the same question as Rudget above though. It seems that you've made the exact same post in three places, which is borderline pointy, and continue to defend your posts, against other editors, including me. What you are doing, while I completely understand that you are trying to be helpful, is actually presenting itself as having the potential to be harmful. It's causing those that are opposed or neutral to "dig their heels in". While the tally is good right now, and Fritzpoll will likely pass (and rightfully IMO), I would ask again politely that you please refrain from "overcontributing" to the oppose/neutral sections. Fritzpoll himself has said that he respects the particular opinion that he hasn't been around long enough, and he isn't fighting the neutrals/opposes for their opinions, but you are. Please stop editing that page, as it is causing more wiki-drama than necessary. Cheers, Keeper | 76 | Disclaimer 20:27, 25 May 2008 (UTC)
Making the exact same same post in three places isn't pointy in the slightest, it's not disrupting wikipedia at all, as all three posts were completely relevant and simply prohibiting making points is absurd because one cannot conduct a reasoned debate without them, or any sort of debate for that matter. They are perfectly entitled to "dig there heels in", and there's no drama over there at all. You are confusing discussion with drama — drama is throwing insults and stuff around, discussion is just that, discussion, which what was going on over there. Discussion is healthy, it improves wikipedia and over there everyone is now giving there opinion in response to my posts, which is a good thing, nobody has been incivil at all. Two people agreed with me.--Phoenix-wiki 21:32, 26 May 2008 (UTC)
There's no need to get so defensive, PW. I made a kind request. I made no demands. I believed you were being a distraction on that particular RfA, and the "discussion" you were looking for frankly had nothing to do with that candidate and would have been more pertinent on WT:RFA as a "general topic". I'm not arguing with you, I happen to agree with you about those particular opposes and their rationales. It's all a "no matter" now, that RfA is closed. Cheers, Keeper | 76 | Disclaimer 14:33, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

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Copyeditting help[edit]

You are listed as an editer who may be contacted for copyeditting help, so I am leaving this message here to ask if you could copyedit the page Montana class battleship. The article is currently list at Featured Article Candidates, and several people have suggested the article would benifit from a copyedit. Anything you can do to help would be apreciated. Thanks in advance. -- TomStar81 (Talk) 22:05, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

Will do then, only it's 11:30 pm now, will do in morning.--Phoenix-wiki 22:40, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
Not to nick-pick, but that is now the only thing standing between me and a probable support at the FAC, and seeing as how input has been week I need all the help I can get. TomStar81 (Talk) 08:57, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

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Notability[edit]

I don't really want to get drawn into a huge debate about this, so I'm not posting at the thread. However- "There's no speedy deletion criteria for being non-notable, and the usual crap falls under WP:NOT, the rest of the non-notable stuff, why not keep it if it's verified etc?" A7 is a speedy deletion criteria based on notability- there is not one about what Wikipedia is not, and one would not work. Maybe, philosophically, there is no reason not to have articles about rubbish, but it is just not workable in the current climate of Wikipedia. We would be overrun with articles about the crap, and deleting them would be horribly awkward. Understand, I'm not arguing in terms of what is in line with our goals, I'm talking from a purely 'been there, done that' stance, trying to give you an idea of what can and can't work. J Milburn (talk) 22:25, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Oh right, kk, I havne't done speedy deletions for months, so forget that criterion.--Phoenix-wiki 22:38, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

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What on earth is happening at the History project? why or what is happening? SatuSuro 12:41, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

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Thank you[edit]

Thank you for participating in my RfA, which passed with a final count of 42 supporting, 2 opposing and 2 neutral. I would like to thank Keeper76 especially for the great nomination. I look forward to assist the project and its community as an administrator. Thanks again, Cenarium Talk 01:30, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

History of timekeeping devices[edit]

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RfA Review[edit]

Hello Phoenix-wiki. I've noticed that you have a completed set of responses to the RfA Review question phase at User:Phoenix-wiki/RfA review , but they don't seem to be included on the list of responses here. If you've completed your responses, please can you head to Wikipedia:RfA Review/Question/Responses and add a link to them at the bottom of the list so that they get included in the research. We have a closing date of midnight UTC on 1st July, so please add your link before this date. Once again, thank you for taking the time to participate in the Question Phase of RfA Review.Gazimoff WriteRead 15:34, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Harmonious editing club/Members[edit]

Hello Phoenix-wiki,

I have reversed what appears to be your division of the Harmonious editing club Membership into "Active" vs "Inactive" as I don't think this was a postive action. You may like to discuss this at Wikipedia talk:Harmonious editing club. --SmokeyJoe (talk) 07:05, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

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  2. Battle of Verrières Ridge
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  2. List of German World War II jet aces (promoted in May)

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  2. Battle of Strasbourg
  3. Operation Brevity
  4. Operation Tractable
  5. Operation Varsity
  6. Roman-Persian Wars
  7. SS Kroonland
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  • The criteria for Military history A-Class reviews have been overhauled. The new standard is deliberately set higher than before, and is much closer to featured article quality. The new criteria are:
  • A1. The article is consistently referenced with an appropriate citation style, and all claims are verifiable against reputable sources, accurately represent the relevant body of published knowledge, and are supported with specific evidence and external citations as appropriate.
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  8. Roman–Persian Wars
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  2. 2007–2008 Ethiopian crackdown in Ogaden
  3. 2008 invasion of Anjouan
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  • The Military history WikiProject coordinator selection process is underway, to elect nine coordinators to serve for the next six months. If you are interested in running, please sign up here by 23:59 (UTC) on 14 September! Voting starts at 00:01 (UTC) on 15 September and runs until 23:59 (UTC) on 30 September.
  • A new barnstar specifically encouraging and recognizing excellence in Milhist article creation and development has been introduced. Any editor who has made a significant contribution to three or more Milhist A-Class articles promoted since 1 August 2008 under the new A-Class criteria is eligible. Nominations for the medal should be made here; should list the three A-Class articles for which the medal is sought; and must be subsequently supported by three or more project coordinators, who will be responsible for making the award. Editors may nominate themselves or any other qualifying editor.
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  4. Operation Ke
  5. Panzer I
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  2. Horses in warfare
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  5. Napoleon I of France
  6. Operation Ke
  7. Panzer IV
  8. SS Dakotan
  9. SS Pennsylvanian
  10. TAM (tank)
  11. United States Naval Gunfire Support Debate‎
  12. USS Mercy (AH-4)
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Version 0.7 reviewing[edit]

Hi, I see that you signed up for the 1.0 review team. We need your help right now, because we had around 70 nominations last week! As you probably know, Version 0.7 is coming out soon, mainly based on the bot selection. This relieves us of the burden of manually assessing 30,000 articles, but we need the manual system to catch the articles that might "fall through the cracks" - such as a couple of missing provinces needed to complete a set. If you're no longer interested in reviewing, please can you remove your name from the list of reviewers?

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The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : Issue XXXI (September 2008)[edit]

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Articles of note

New featured articles:

  1. AMX-30E
  2. Battle of Goliad
  3. Guadalcanal Campaign
  4. Harry Murray
  5. Morotai Mutiny
  6. Phan Xich Long

New featured lists:

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  2. List of Zulu War Victoria Cross recipients‎

New featured topics:

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New A-Class articles:

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  2. Air Combat Group RAAF
  3. Battle of Berlin
  4. Blair Anderson Wark
  5. Late Roman army
  6. Operation Lüttich
  7. SMS Von der Tann
  8. SS Minnesotan
  9. SS Montanan
  10. SS Ohioan (1914)
  11. SS Panaman
  12. SS Washingtonian
  13. USS Iowa (BB-61)
  14. USS West Bridge (ID-2888)
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  • A new discussion has started about naming articles on Soviet WWII operations. All contributions are welcome as we hope to resolve this longstanding issue once and for all.
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Speedy deletion of Mosk'va[edit]

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AfD nomination of Mosk'va[edit]

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The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : Issue XXXII (October 2008)[edit]

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  • Following a lengthy discussion, three new coordinators – EyeSerene, Maralia and the_ed17 - have been coopted. The purpose of the appointments is partly to fill the place left by the retirement of TomStar81 and partly to provide increased/improved coordinator capacity to cover existing coordinator absences and to help with upcoming major projects. As a reminder, coordinators are merely editors who have committed to go the extra mile for the project and that there are very few processes that require coordinator input. Specifically these are closing A-Class reviews, and endorsing two project award nominations. Any editors who wish to help with the nitty-gritty of this busy project (cross-posting A-Class review, peer review and featured article candidate alerts; responding to member questions and queries, helping with drives) are positively encouraged to do so.
  • A workshop has been set up to redesign and improve the newsletter. In our recent competition, a new name was chosen – The Bugle. All editors are welcome to participate, especially those with graphic and design skills!
  • Administrator and Milhist coordinator, Nick Dowling, has changed his user name to Nick-D.
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New featured articles:

  1. Albert Speer
  2. Anglo-Zanzibar War
  3. Operation Epsom
  4. Operation Tractable
  5. SMS Von der Tann
  6. TAM
  7. USS Nevada (BB-36)

New featured lists:

  1. List of Knight's Cross recipients of the U-boat service
  2. List of New Zealand Land Wars Victoria Cross recipients
  3. List of Second Afghan War Victoria Cross recipients

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  2. Battle of Fort Donelson
  3. Battle of Fort Henry
  4. Battle of Vigo Bay
  5. Clarence Smith Jeffries
  6. Frederick III, German Emperor
  7. Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette
  8. MS West Honaker
  9. Percy Herbert Cherry
  10. Joseph Maxwell
  11. SS Iowan
  12. Third Battle of Kharkov
  13. USS Constitution
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Articles of note

New featured articles:

  1. Battle of Lipantitlán
  2. Battle of Khafji
  3. Richard Williams (RAAF officer)
  4. Tom Crean
  5. Third Battle of Kharkov
  6. SS Mauna Loa
  7. SS Montanan
  8. SS Ohioan (1914)
  9. USS Constitution

New featured lists:

  1. List of Knight's Cross recipients of the Schnellboot service

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  2. Alaska class battlecruiser
  3. Edmund Herring
  4. Revolt of the Comuneros
  5. Rheinmetall 120 mm gun
  6. SS Black Osprey
  7. Stanley Goble
  8. Tanks in the Spanish Army
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  • Adoption of C-class remains firmly on the Milhist agenda with discussions approaching their fifth month of debate. More views are sought on this.
  • What is a Pyrrhic victory? There's an interesting and lively discussion on this here. (And the short answer is: follow what the sources say.)
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Articles of note

New featured articles:

  1. 13th Airborne Division (United States)
  2. 2nd Canadian Infantry Division
  3. Action of 13 January 1797
  4. Akutan Zero
  5. AMX-30
  6. Arena Active Protection System
  7. Blair Anderson Wark
  8. British Empire
  9. Frederick III, German Emperor
  10. Phan Dinh Phung
  11. Rheinmetall 120 mm gun
  12. SS Dakotan
  13. SS Washingtonian
  14. Tanks in the Spanish Army

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  1. Timeline of the Adriatic campaign, 1807–1814

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  2. Bruce Kingsbury
  3. Four Freedoms (Norman Rockwell)
  4. George Ingram
  5. Jagdgeschwader 1 (World War II)
  6. John Whittle
  7. Lexington class battlecruiser
  8. Maryland and Virginia Rifle Regiment
  9. SM U-5 (Austria-Hungary)
  10. Tetrarch (tank)
  11. USS Iowa turret explosion
  12. Zanzibar Revolution
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  • Design competition Editors with design skills urgently needed to design an eyecatching logo for this newsletter. The logo needs to incorporate a bugle motif as well as the newsletter's title, "The Bugle". Fame and honour (a barnstar) guaranteed for the successful design. Submit entries here please.
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The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : Issue XXXV (January 2009)[edit]

The Bugle.png The Military history WikiProject Newsletter Issue XXXV (January 2009)
Project news
  • Don't forget the six-monthly Coordinator elections will take place in March for the April-September term. If you want to become more involved in the project, now's the time to start thinking about it!
  • Upon the improvement of World War I or Alexander the Great to featured article, Lead Coordinator Roger Davies has pledged to donate US$250 per article to the Wikimedia Foundation. This pledge is listed at the bounty board and will expire on 31 December 2009. The two articles are both listed at the Special Projects Department as the second and ninth most frequently-read MILHIST articles.
  • Following extensive discussion, the structure of the A-Class Medal System has been changed to include three new medals: The A-Class Medal with Oak Leaves, the A-Class Medal with Oakleaves and Swords, and the A-Class Medal with Oakleaves, Swords, and Diamonds, each of which is respectfully awarded after 5, 10, and 20 groups of three A-Class Articles.
  • The number of our A-Class articles grew by more than 25% during this month, compared to the total number of A-Class articles existent at the end of December.
  • Following a successful RfA, Cam has been promoted to administrator.
Articles of note

New featured articles:

  1. Alaska class cruiser
  2. Bruce Kingsbury
  3. Fred Moosally
  4. Isaac Shelby
  5. Maryland and Virginia Rifle Regiment
  6. Operation Brevity
  7. Operation Uranus
  8. SS Minnesotan
  9. Stanley Goble
  10. Tetrarch (tank)
  11. USS Iowa (BB-61)
  12. USS Iowa turret explosion
  13. Woodes Rogers

New featured lists:

  1. List of Second Boer War Victoria Cross recipients

New featured topics:

  1. Adriatic campaign of 1807-1814

New A-Class articles:

  1. Battle of Aachen
  2. Battle of Grand Port
  3. Battle of Kaiapit
  4. Bob Chappuis
  5. Dreadnought
  6. Elmer Gedeon
  7. George Alan Vasey
  8. George Julian Howell
  9. Heinrich Bär
  10. James Newland
  11. John S. McCain, Jr.
  12. Landing at Saidor
  13. List of tanks in the Spanish Civil War
  14. M249 squad automatic weapon
  15. Military history of Australia during World War II
  16. Neil Hamilton Fairley
  17. North Yemen Civil War
  18. Operation Cobra
  19. Operation Winter Storm
  20. Operation Totalize
  21. Percy Statton
  22. Port Chicago disaster
  23. SM U-14 (Austria-Hungary)
  24. SS Timothy Bloodworth
  25. Tom Derrick
  26. U-1 class submarine (Austria-Hungary)
  27. U-3 class submarine (Austria-Hungary)
  28. William Bostock
  29. Willie Gillis
  30. Yamato class battleship
Current proposals and discussions
  • A drive is underway to identify the core topics of World War I with the aim of improving their quality before the centenary of the start of World War I in 2014.
  • A Survey is currently underway to determine how MilHist's processes, logistics, and management can be improved.
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The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : Issue XXXVI (February 2009)[edit]

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From the Coordinators
This month has been interesting for MILHIST, as we reorganized a few departments. The Outreach Department has been replaced by the tabs at the top of our totally redesigned project page; thanks to Kirill for the design and Bellhalla for the logo. We also created the Academy, a hub for practical advice about creating, editing, and reviewing quality content. All project members are cordially invited to fill in some of the red links, and new ideas are always welcome.
As you can see on the right, our A-class and featured content is growing quite rapidly; these numbers have now gone up by 45 for the second straight month! Great work! In addition, thanks go out to those who recently helped in reducing the A-class nominations backlog. Reviewers are still needed; if you feel up to it, please stop by and leave comments on an article—every review helps!
Lastly, the contest results for the month: Bellhalla took the cake again with 77 points and gets the Chevrons, while Ian Rose gets the Writer's Barnstar for his 60 points. Other participants included Bryce (49 points), Cam (25), David Underdown (11), Kirk (5), Parsecboy (20), Piotrus (?), Rosiestep (3), the_ed17 (27), Wild Wolf (6), and YellowMonkey (35). 51 total articles were improved as part of this.
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New featured articles:

  1. Dreadnought
  2. Edmund Herring
  3. John Whittle
  4. Murray Maxwell
  5. SS Kroonland
  6. United States Military Academy
  7. USS Connecticut (BB-18)
  8. William Bostock

New featured lists:

  1. List of Australian George Cross recipients
  2. List of Knight's Cross recipients of the Kriegsmarine

New featured pictures:

  1. 1917 surrender of Jerusalem
  2. WWI Canadian war bond poster (french)
  3. WWI Canadian war bond poster (english)
  4. Lexington class battlecruiser
  5. Battle of Ticonderoga attack plan, 1759
  6. Military College of Chapultepec, c. 1847
  7. Machine gun corps, Tell el Sheria Gaza line, 1917
  8. First Battle of Manassas map
  9. Aftermath of Wounded Knee, January 1891
  10. Ottoman camel corps at Beersheba, WWI
  11. Japanese archer with targets, 1878

New featured topics:

  1. Iowa class battleships

New A-Class articles:

  1. Battle of Sio
  2. Battles of the Kinarot Valley
  3. Capture of Fort Ticonderoga
  4. Clare Stevenson
  5. Edgar Towner
  6. Falaise pocket
  7. Frank Hubert McNamara
  8. Japanese battleship Musashi
  9. Japanese battleship Yamato
  10. Joe Hewitt (RAAF officer)
  11. Keith Miller
  12. Lee-Enfield
  13. Military career of Keith Miller
  14. Operation Mole Cricket 19
  15. Powder Alarm
  16. SMS Moltke (1910)
  17. SM U-66
  18. SM U-68
  19. Sydney Rowell
  20. U-5 class submarine (Austria-Hungary)
  21. U-20 class submarine
  22. USS Texas (BB-35)
  23. Walter Nowotny
Project news
Nomination period: 00:01 Sat 7 March - 23:59 Fri 13 March
Voting period: 00:01 Sat 14 March - 23:59 Sat 29 March
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The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : Issue XXXVII (March 2009)[edit]

The Bugle.png The Military history WikiProject Newsletter Issue XXXVII (March 2009)
From the coordinators

The big news of course was the seventh project coordinator election covering the period ending 30 September. The quality of the candidates was extremely high, with some of the project's top content builders running alongside highly experienced backroom people. Of the eighteen candidates, sixteen were finally appointed, giving us probably the most rounded coordination team so far.

Those elected were: Abraham, B.S., Bellhalla, Cam, Eurocopter, EyeSerene, Ian Rose, Jackyd101, Joe N, Lordoliver, Maralia, MBK004, Nick-D, Roger Davies (lead), Skinny87, The ed17 and TomStar81. Kirill Lokshin continues in his role as coordinator emeritus. Thanks must go to the departing coordinators – Bedford, JonCatalán and Woody – for helping make the project what it is today

The C-class referendum, held at the same time, produced a slight majority of votes for introduction, but was insufficient to demonstrate a clear consensus. So, for the time being at least, therefore, the project will continue without C-class. Otherwise, focus is likely be on the Academy and the development of courses to develop reviewing, copy-editing and article-building skills. Some review of our task forces is also probable, perhaps consolidating some of the smaller, quieter, ones. As ever, input from everyone is not only welcomed but positively encouraged.

The coordinators' gratitude goes not only to those who participated in the election and referenda but also to everyone who works quietly and conscientiously away to make participation in this project rewarding, successful and productive. Milhist is very fortunate in its membership! Thank you all,  Roger Davies talk 16:15, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

Articles of note

New featured articles:

  1. Byzantine navy
  2. Falaise Pocket
  3. Frank Hubert McNamara
  4. Heinrich Bär
  5. Juan Davis Bradburn
  6. Operation Cobra
  7. Port Chicago disaster
  8. SM U-66
  9. SMS Moltke (1910)
  10. Surrender of Japan
  11. Tom Derrick
  12. William Henry Harrison

New featured lists:

  1. List of United States Naval Academy alumni
  2. List of United States Naval Academy alumni (astronauts)
  3. List of United States Naval Academy alumni (Chiefs of Naval Operations)
  4. List of United States Naval Academy alumni (legislators)

New featured pictures:

  1. USS Texas (1892)

New A-Class articles:

  1. 1964 Brinks Hotel bombing
  2. Ba Cut
  3. Battle of Artemisium
  4. Battle of Fort Washington
  5. Battle of Morotai
  6. Battle of Tippecanoe
  7. Battle of Vimy Ridge
  8. Battle of Wau
  9. Design 1047 battlecruiser
  10. Fountain of Time
  11. Frank Horton Berryman
  12. Gia Long
  13. Henry Wells (general)
  14. Hill 262
  15. Hue chemical attacks
  16. Japanese battleship Haruna
  17. Jon Burge
  18. Nassau class battleship
  19. Operation Freshman
  20. SM UB-43
  21. SM UB-45
  22. Stanley Savige
  23. Xa Loi Pagoda raids
Project news
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The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : Issue XXXVIII (April 2009)[edit]

The Bugle.png The Military history WikiProject Newsletter Issue XXXVIII (April 2009)
From the coordinators

Once again, this month, we have a bumper crop of featured and A-class content, and our heartfelt thanks go to editors who have worked so hard to write these. But with our growth in quality content comes increased demand for reviewers. Which is where you can help.

Reviewing is easy and rewarding. You don't need any prior experience and you don't need to write a full review. Any input is helpful so you initially can just comment on what you're comfortable with. Most reviewers start off by focusing one or two things – say, the historical context, or the text, or the references, or the layout, or the images – and as they gain experience, they broaden the scope of the review. You can easily keep up to date with which articles need review, by copying this text – {{WPMILHIST Review alerts}} – to your userpage or talkpage. Thanks in anticipation,  Roger Davies

Articles of note

New featured articles:

  1. 1964 Brinks Hotel bombing
  2. Battle of Tippecanoe
  3. Capture of Fort Ticonderoga
  4. Design 1047 battlecruiser
  5. Hue chemical attacks
  6. M249 squad automatic weapon
  7. Nassau class battleship
  8. Raymond Brownell
  9. Take Ichi convoy
  10. Zanzibar Revolution

New featured lists:

  1. List of United States Air Force Academy alumni
  2. List of United States Military Academy alumni (astronauts)
  3. List of United States Military Academy alumni (non-graduates)
  4. List of United States Naval Academy alumni (Medal of Honor)

New featured topics:

  1. Lists of United States Naval Academy alumni

New featured pictures:

  1. Richmond after the American Civil War
  2. Charles P. Stone
  3. Idi Amin caricature
  4. Joan of Arc WWI lithograph
  5. M777 Light Towed Howitzer
  6. Robert McGee, scalped as a child by Sioux Chief Little Turtle

New A-Class articles:

  1. Adrian Cole (RAAF officer)
  2. Amagi class battlecruiser
  3. Arthur Henry Cobby
  4. Battle of Barnet
  5. Battle of Ticonderoga (1759)
  6. Brazilian battleship Minas Geraes
  7. First Battle of Târgu Frumos
  8. Fort Ticonderoga
  9. Hastings Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay
  10. John Northcott
  11. Keith Johnson (cricket administrator)
  12. Landing at Nadzab
  13. Landing on Emirau
  14. Moltke class battlecruiser
  15. Moro River Campaign
  16. Operation Charnwood
  17. Operation Deny Flight
  18. Otto Becher
  19. Polish culture during World War II
  20. Roman–Parthian War of 58–63
  21. Samuel Burston
  22. SMS Seydlitz
  23. SM UB-10
  24. Ton That Dinh
  25. Wolfgang Lüth
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The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : XXXIX (May 2009)[edit]

The Bugle.png The Military history WikiProject Newsletter Issue XXXIX (May 2009)
From the coordinators
  • With end of year exams beckoning for many members, this has been a quiet month on the talk pages for Milhist. (If you are facing exams yourself, we all wish you the very best of luck!) During this quieter period, some of our most active reviewers are busy revising so it would be really appreciated if you can help with peer reviews or A-Class reviews. You can easily track articles needing review, by copying {{WPMILHIST Review alerts}} to your userpage.
  • This month sees our first newsletter editorial. The idea is to provide regular tips and hints to help editors get up to speed with our large (and sometimes complicated) project. This month's piece, by EyeSerene, explains the workings of the project's main template, which is at the core of the project's tagging and assessing activities.  Roger Davies talk 20:26, 3 June 2009 (UTC)
Articles of note

New featured articles:

  1. 1968 Thule Air Base B-52 crash
  2. Arthur Henry Cobby
  3. Battle of Barnet
  4. Fort Ticonderoga
  5. Fountain of Time
  6. Neil Hamilton Fairley
  7. Operation Perch
  8. SMS Seydlitz
  9. SS Pennsylvanian

New featured lists:

  1. List of United States Military Academy alumni (Medal of Honor)
  2. List of United States Military Academy alumni (Superintendents)

New featured topics:

New featured pictures:

  1. The Battle of Schevening
  2. USS West Virginia (BB-48)

New A-Class articles:

  1. Albert Kesselring
  2. Frank Bladin
  3. Henry Burrell (RAN officer)
  4. List of Knight's Cross recipients of the Kriegsmarine
  5. List of Knight's Cross recipients of the Schnellboot service
  6. List of Knight's Cross recipients of the U-boat service
  7. Midshipman
  8. SM UB-14
  9. SM UB-16
  10. SS American (1900)
  11. Teddy Sheean
  12. Tucker class destroyer
  13. Yorktown-class gunboat
Project news
Awards and honours
Editorial: "How to use the Milhist template"

Welcome to a new occasional feature of The Bugle, where over coming issues we'll be exploring some of the roles, tasks, and technical functions that go into creating what archivist and researcher Simon Fowler has described as the best general resource for military history on the internet. As a project we can rightly be proud of that accolade, and we gratefully acknowledge the debt we owe to those dedicated editors from across Wikipedia that have helped to make the Military history WikiProject what it is today.

Many editors' first inkling of milhist's existence is when they spot our project banner on an article talk page. The banner can be easily added to appropriate articles by any editor, by typing {{WPMILHIST}} at (or near) the top of the talk page on a new line, and saving the page with an appropriate edit summary. This short form of the template will add the article to our project, and also flag the article as needing assessment and assignment to a task force by automatically adding it to the unassessed articles and articles with no associated task force categories.

As with many templates in use on Wikipedia, additional parameters can be specified. Possibly the most useful to include is the class parameter, because this will help out any editors who come along later to assess the article. To add the class parameter, edit the template markup to look like {{WPMILHIST|class=}}... and if you wish, have a read through the assessment guidance on milhists's quality scale and assign a rating from Stub- to B-Class yourself. A banner template with, for example, a Stub-Class article rating will look like {{WPMILHIST|class=stub}}. Because B-Class is assessed against a checklist it has some additional parameters, so when adding the project banner to an article talk-page, even if you don't intend to assess the article yourself it can be a real help to subsequent editors to include these too. This version of the template can be entered as {{WPMILHIST|class=|B1=|B2=|B3=|B4=|B5=}}. For detailed guidance on exactly what the five B-Class criteria are, see the B-class checklist.

Finally, when adding the milhist banner it's useful to assign the article to one (or more) of our task forces. This will help to bring it to the attention of those editors most likely to be interested in, and knowledgeable about, the subject. As with assessment, task force assignment is accomplished by adding a parameter to the template—in this case, simply the name of the task force followed by =yes (or =y). For example, to assign a Start-Class article to the Second World War and Canadian task forces, the template should read {{WPMILHIST|class=start|B1=|B2=|B3=|B4=|B5=|WWII=yes|Canadian=yes}}.

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The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : XL (June 2009)[edit]

The Bugle.png The Military history WikiProject Newsletter Issue XL (June 2009)
From the coordinators
Articles of note

New featured articles:

  1. Battle of the Coral Sea
  2. Battle of Vimy Ridge
  3. Brazilian battleship Minas Geraes
  4. Hastings Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay
  5. Military history of Australia during World War II
  6. Otto Becher
  7. Moltke-class battlecruiser
  8. Yamato-class battleship

New featured lists:

  1. List of Medal of Honor recipients (Veracruz)
  2. List of Philippine–American War Medal of Honor recipients
  3. List of United States Military Academy alumni (athletic figures)
  4. List of United States Military Academy alumni (engineers)

New featured pictures:

  1. Governor Davey's [sic] Proclamation to the Aborigines
  2. Test Baker, Operation Crossroads
  3. Tuskegee airmen

New A-Class articles:

  1. Army of the Tennessee
  2. Battle of Bosworth Field
  3. Battle of Corydon
  4. Battle of the Coral Sea
  5. Battle of Ticonderoga (1777)
  6. Helgoland class battleship
  7. Operation Sky Monitor
  8. Rupert Downes
  9. Sd.Kfz. 10
  10. Werner Mölders
Project news
The Academy content drive
  • Introduced in February, The Academy is an online school for new members. This month, we're launching a drive to increase the breadth and depth of its content. If you can help, by writing four to six paragraph articles, please do so! Barnstars galore to be won!
Awards and honours
Editorial: How to prepare an A-Class Review

Perhaps the most important—and, indeed, most respected—aspect of the Military History project is our rigorous A-Class Review (ACR) system, which puts articles through the most robust review outside of WP:FAC. Although reviewing might seem daunting to newcomers, this article will give you an outline of three popular reviewing methods so you can actually start contributing yourself.

  1. General nit-pick - this is one of the easiest - and one of the most common - reviewing styles seen throughout Wikipedia. It is a similar approach to that you would see in proofreading and classroom marking. Basically, it is a general overview of the article, not getting too specific on aspects of the prose. The most common statements include This article could benefit from a light copyedit before going to FAC or You might want to check the endash and emdash placement in the article. It's a style that is incredibly easy to manage, and one that requires little-to-no experience in previous reviewing.
  2. Specialization - it often is the case that those who have been reviewing articles for a long time will move away from the general review towards more specific areas of articles. As an example, Tony usually stays within the realm of prose and copyediting while reviewing Featured Article Candidates, Tom used to focus almost entirely on external links and disambiguations, while others specialize their focus exclusively on copyediting, reference formatting, dashes, punctuation and flow, image licensing, and a host of other areas. This is a review method that is not nearly as time-consuming as other methods, as it allows you to quickly scan an article, spot the things that you work on, and how they need to be fixed.
  3. Sectional - My preferred style of reviewing, this is one of the most informative styles. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most time-consuming and exhaustive styles. Essentially, it involves going through the entire article, section by section, and pointing out every major (and often many of the minor) flaws present within each section. Everything from prose to reference formatting to content. It is a reviewing style that is exhausting, and often takes two or three goes through the article to get everything (sometimes even more), but it gives the article's main contributors two benefits. First, everything is well organized, mostly under section headers like this one, and it often makes finding individual sentences or refs much easier, as they are within that section. Secondly, it points out a lot of the problems from a lot of the areas.

Best of luck, and happy Reviewing! Cam (Chat)

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