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Consistent mutilation of Bidhu Bhusan Das's wikipages by Odialegend[edit]


I've been asked by one of Wikis owners to connect with you regarding the consistent and somewhat perverse tampering with the Bidhu Bhusan Das page. This is unfortunate and uncalled for.

Odialegend seems to have created an account with the sole purpose of messing around with the wikipages of two of India's respected and beloved teachers.

This person is avowedly of Odia origin (and a legend! Wow!) - and, if I might give you an insight into the Odia character, Odias delight in trashing their own, pretending they don't exist, or mutilating the achievements - and wikipages - of fellow Odias. They carry this dubious distinction across India, although there are a few notable exceptions.

This person alludes to Professor Bidhu Bhusan Das as "Sir", and, time and again, s/he deletes the names of the roster of absolute titans that Das studied with. If you studied with Niels Bohr, Robert Oppenheimer and Einstein, why would you delete the latter two? A distinguished professor at Yale almost swooned with delight when she read this roster of names of Das's teachers. Most crucial it is to know these names. These are biographical details which are most pertinent. What is achieved by deleting them? It seems as if Odialegend wants to wish them away! Odialegend mistakenly states that the only professor they were sure of that Das studied with is JRR Tolkien! Really? When? How? Professor Das's vita, together with the names of all his revered teachers mentioned on the page, is available in the following publication:

Mohanty, Gopinath. Amrutara Santana: The Dynasty of The Immortals. Translated by Bidhu Bhusan Das, Prabhat Nalini Das and Oopali Operajita. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 2016. ISBN 978-81-260-4746-8

The central Sahitya Akademi is India's national academy of letters.

Odialegend is yet again on pretty thin territory because s/he obviously does not know that Das's thesis supervisor at Christ Church, Oxford, was LH Myers, whose name they have seen fit to delete from a list of Das's teachers! Nice!

S/he is in obviously uncharted territory when they allude to the writing of statutes as a "clerical" job. A writing of statutes is pivotal to the establishment of a new university, and it is only an experienced professor AND administrator who can do this and is vested with the all-important mandate to do so. It is a blueprint for the university forever, in much the same manner as the constitution is to a nation. To be entrusted with the writing of statutes is an acknowledgement of someone's expertise in both fields. So, far from damning someone, it acknowledges their unique and respected ability in this domain. Without the all-important statutes, there would be no university!

Equally ludicrous and incomprehensible is Odialegend's deleting the entire paragraph on Bidhu Bhusan Das's children in the family section. S/he states that the page is about Das and not his children?! How weird is that? If family isn't comprised of children, then what is it comprised of? Odialiegend as family? This is where it begins to get seriously weird.

If Professor Bidhu Bhusan Das was known to Odialegend, isn't it a conflict of interest for him/her to be commenting on his teacher/boss? I did not know him personally, but know and have interacted with many of his distinguished students across the world. I also did not know Professor Prabhat Nalini Das personally, but have met, and continue to meet with, many of her students. Her detailed vita is available in the above volume too.

Odialegend's sole raison d'etre on Wikipedia seems to be to mutilate, annihilate and dismember the Bidhu Bhusan Das Wikipedia page. Kind of noble! That is exactly what somebody called Subhasis Panigrahi did a few months ago. I will say to them: Get a life!

Thank you for your time. Rekha2019 (talk) 15:20, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

@Rekha2019: sorry I didn't see this until now, but you wrote on a sub-talkpage of mine and I didn't get a ping. Unfortunately, what you discuss is not my area of expertise. Hopefully, you've connected with other editors who may be of assistance. By the way, your writing tone gives the impression that you are very agitated. Certainly, that's difficult. Perhaps taking some time away from Wikipedia would be calming. In any case, I wish you well. --Rosiestep (talk) 18:16, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
Hi @Rekha2019:, I have no idea why you're tying me to something that I don't know of. I have no memory of vandalizing any article. Please provide evidences if you're claiming. --Psubhashish (talk) 19:29, 1 September 2019 (UTC)


Hola, que tal? Disfrutaste tu viaje a Suecia? Como era Stockholm? Avisame cuando estes de vuelta y listo para las traducciones al espanol! Necesito practicar escribiendo y hablando en Espanol entener y parlar con fluidez! Tambien podria hacer algunas traducciones para el Wikipedia espanol!♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:17, 26 August 2019 (UTC)

@Dr. Blofeld: Stockholm was awesome! I'm on family vacation now and will be home by tonight. This week, I think I'll start here (Category:Towns in Spain) poking around for some articles which need a bit more Spanish-language translation and will add them here (feel free to add, too). --Rosiestep (talk) 13:45, 26 August 2019 (UTC)
Guay! Si, hay muchos municipios que necesitan un desarrollo basico. ♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:48, 26 August 2019 (UTC)

I destubbed Alajuela (canton). Mentions an aviary and butterfly farm here, I've already used that source. Wait until you're back and settled though if interested. :-) The musuem and coffee estate Doka Estate look interesting.♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:41, 26 August 2019 (UTC)

Improved in one way or another (tidy, add photo, add translated content): Abejar; Adradas; Alconaba; Alcubilla de Avellaneda; Alcubilla de las Peñas; Aldealafuente; Aldealices; Aldealpozo; Aldealseñor; Aldehuela de Periáñez; Alentisque; Aliud. I'll continue working on the stubs in {{Municipalities in Soria}} tomorrow. --Rosiestep (talk) 16:58, 27 August 2019 (UTC)
Almajano. --Rosiestep (talk) 02:07, 29 August 2019 (UTC)

Gracias. I just translated this into Spanish from the article I wrote on here the other day! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:39, 29 August 2019 (UTC)

@Dr. Blofeld: I'm impressed. I haven't translated any article into another language Wikipedia. Bravo! --Rosiestep (talk) 19:50, 29 August 2019 (UTC)

Thanks. If you can, try to source what you translate. A little flesh on the bone like Adradas with a new infobox and fully sourced makes a big difference. I think it's better long term rather than trying to chase up information you can't verify. Where possible I think it's best to look externally and only use their articles for guidance.♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:05, 30 August 2019 (UTC)

This is an A-Z index of places for the Province and seems like a decent source for just adding a little bit of info.♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:36, 30 August 2019 (UTC)

As I'm over-committed with other things, and don't have a lot of time for this project, I've kept it low key, e.g. adding photos, cleaning up ref templates, adding a little bit of content. But I realize the importance, I know that every little bit helps, and I like working with you, so I'm committed to doing a little bit most every day. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:19, 30 August 2019 (UTC)
Almaluez, Almarza, Almazul, Almenar de Soria. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:55, 30 August 2019 (UTC)

A few times a week I think is enough for me haha! Yeah adding a photo and one sourced sentence etc makes an immediate difference. I started creating some better looking locator maps for these yesterday, Alcubilla de Avellaneda looks so much better now. The infoboxes all need replacing and adding maps, I'll try to sort that out gradually.♦ Dr. Blofeld 08:04, 31 August 2019 (UTC)

Yes if you can go through and add photos I'll go through and gradually add new, consistent infoboxes at least, let's see if we can get one province consistent at least. Might look on Spanish wiki for the photos though, Aldealseñor had a prettier one!♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:17, 31 August 2019 (UTC)

I'll go through and add photos to all of the Soria towns over the long weekend (Monday is a bank holiday for us). Consistent infoboxes would be great. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:57, 31 August 2019 (UTC)
@Dr. Blofeld: I'm focusing on these towns of Soria this morning. I decided to go back through the list from the beginning, checking in Commons for flag and coat of arms images I may have ignored. In so doing, I came across a photo of 3 cats in Aldealices. I couldn't resist cropping it and adding it to the top of my talkpage. Made my day. --Rosiestep (talk) 16:17, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

Cool. I'll try to add a few infoboxes and new maps a couple of times a week. Might take a while but why not! I added a new DYK feature to the top of my talk page BTW!♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:35, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

@Dr. Blofeld: I looked at all of those DYKs; wow. So happy you are writing again. You do amazing work. I really mean it. I got through Alpanseque, Arancón, Arenillas, Arévalo de la Sierra, Ausejo de la Sierra, Baraona, Barca, Barcones, Bayubas de Abajo, Bayubas de Arriba, Beratón, Berlanga de Duero; enough for today. --Rosiestep (talk) 16:52, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

September 2019 at Women in Red[edit]

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Katherine Hughes (activist)[edit]

Hi, it's me again. I've been trying to find sources to expand the information about her Irish activism, and I haven't had much luck. I asked BrownHairedGirl earlier and other editors, but part of the reason it's complicated to find this information is the secrecy of the occupation itself. I'm still determined to keep trying to look for it, though. Since you've written so many biographies about women from around the same era, I was wondering if you might be able to help. Clovermoss (talk) 23:50, 29 August 2019 (UTC)

Wish I could help!
But congrats per persevering. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 00:07, 30 August 2019 (UTC)
Hi @Clovermoss and BrownHairedGirl: I added a bit more, which I found via Feel free to edit and or remove any of it. --Rosiestep (talk) 01:03, 30 August 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for the addition! I'm glad that you found a way to improve the article. I'm guessing that there isn't anything in those newspapers about the Irish activism... although maybe there is if I look under her pseudonym. I notice that the newspaper source is publically accessible, so maybe I'll have luck searching there? Clovermoss (talk) 01:10, 30 August 2019 (UTC)
@Clovermoss: Nope, the newspapers didn't mention Irish activism. But I did add a few more of her works (on the topic of Ireland) into the Selected works section. --Rosiestep (talk) 01:32, 30 August 2019 (UTC)
Thanks! And... If you look below, you'll find a wikikitten. Maybe I'll find what I'm looking for eventually... Or maybe someone else will. Anyways, Katherine's pretty interesting, don't you think? When I started learning more about her, she seemed exactly like the type of person Wikipedia should have an article on. Clovermoss (talk) 01:41, 30 August 2019 (UTC)
@Clovermoss: has tons and tons of information about her. Irish activism;[1],[2];[3] Books written;[4],[5], London;[6]; obituary;[7] adventurer.[8] Hope these help. Newspapers for women before the 1970s are your best source for information. If you ever need me to search, just give me a ping. SusunW (talk) 04:56, 30 August 2019 (UTC)


Thank you very much, Clovermoss! I'm a big time cat lover -- have shared a home with a cat almost my entire life. --Rosiestep (talk) 01:38, 30 August 2019 (UTC)

Emna Mizouni[edit]

I've been putting together an article on Emna Mizouni, the 2019 Wikimedian of the Year. As you must have met her in Stockholm, you might have something to add to the article. Maybe you could also help to publicize it more widely, e.g. through DYK, GLAM or Signpost.--Ipigott (talk) 12:09, 30 August 2019 (UTC)

Hi Ipigott. Thanks for creating this article. Emna is a very close friend of mine; we are joined at the hip. I've known her for many years, and we joined AffCom at the same time. To avoid a potential COI, I will avoid editing her article and that of the other WOTYs. The other WOTYs and I have been involved in promoting Emna's award all over social media and other media. I'm positive Emna's honor will be covered by the Signpost... doubt they'd drop the ball on this. As for DYK, the article seems to me to meet requirements, but as you may know, I have stayed away from DYK for years, so I'm not the best person to ask to nominate it. That said, you can expect me to keep cheering Emna on. She is amazing and I look forward to seeing everything she accomplishes this year. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:07, 30 August 2019 (UTC)
I was pretty certain you knew her, Rosie, as she's been involved in many of the Wikimedia activities you have supported too. Despite coverage on the social media, she has not received the coverage she deserves in the world press. Perhaps after Signpost comes out in a day or two that will trigger more interest. I dropped out of DYK too for various reasons but it would be great if someone else could take it on.--Ipigott (talk) 17:44, 30 August 2019 (UTC)
@Ipigott: In case you haven't seen these, I thought they might interest you:, --Rosiestep (talk) 17:53, 30 August 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for these. Things are starting to move in the right direction. By the way, she told me she only accents her name (Émna) in the social media. Otherwise she prefers Emna.--Ipigott (talk) 06:30, 31 August 2019 (UTC)

Wikiproject Military history coordinator election nominations open[edit]

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Hélène Feyguine[edit]

I think that she could be notable enough for her own article. From the little I know about her from Jules Abadie#Private life section, she became a medical doctor in 1905! What do you think? Clovermoss (talk) 16:36, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

@Clovermoss: maybe. I found this (in French), and this mention in a book, plus she wrote this. There may be other references in Arabic and/or French as she lived in Algeria. What have you found? --Rosiestep (talk) 17:04, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
There's this [9] from World Cat Identities. I think it's possible that she might be mentioned more books/offline sources as well. My library might have something. Clovermoss (talk) 17:15, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
If the information in her husband's article is correct, she was born in Russia, so there might be sources about her in Russian as well. Clovermoss (talk) 17:17, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
@Clovermoss: yes, indeed, there might be sources in Russian. The book on the Worldcat page is the same book as I linked to above. Perhaps my pagestalkers can find additional sourcing? --Rosiestep (talk) 17:31, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
I'll look for some other sources as well to see if I can find anything else. Also... I noticed that there is a message on a talk page of one of your user subpages. I thought I should let you know. Clovermoss (talk) 17:36, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
@Clovermoss: which subpage? Thx --Rosiestep (talk) 17:41, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
The About Me one. Clovermoss (talk) 17:51, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
@Clovermoss: thx! I moved the convo to this talkpage and responded. --Rosiestep (talk) 18:18, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

Many thanks![edit]

kia ora Rosie Brilliant! Thanks for expediting the process of putting up Kate JasonSmith's page, for the advice, for the welcome .... for everything! Between messages on my talk page and the Messenger message, you've given me lots to follow up on and move forward to. thanks again Tarkiwi25 23:39, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

@Tarkiwi25: You're welcome. My pleasure. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:45, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

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Updating problem[edit]

Do you know of anyone who could fix a problem with Wikipedia:WikiProject_Women_in_Red/About_us. I can no longer edit the Research section. I have alerted Isarra but she does not seem to be active at the moment.--Ipigott (talk) 09:20, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

@Ipigott: Fixed. Just don't ask me why that fixed it, because I have no clue... -— Isarra 16:45, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
Hey Isarra, if you have time and inclination, it would be great to see you at WikiConference North America. Application period for scholarships and submissions ends September 20th. --Rosiestep (talk) 19:42, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
Ah, crap, that's actually soon, isn't it... on it, thanks. -— Isarra 19:46, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

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