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Peter, it took five years, but I posted an answer to your question at Talk:A maiore ad minus. —Ben Kovitz (talk) 00:43, 31 October 2014 (UTC)

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Russian Transliteration

Hi Peter, I wanted to talk to you about the transliteration of the Russian National anthem. I realize you are going by a certain method of standardization, but I wish to inform you that the model of standardization that you are using is fundamentally flawed and does not recognize the very real difference between э-оборотное /Ээ/ and есть /Ee/. Ээ just sounds like an [e] when read out loud, where as Ee sounds like [je] when read out loud, Ee is a palatalized vowel with a Yy sound before it, Ээ is not. Furthermore, it is inconsistent between using the letter /Yy/ to represent the letters Йй and Ыы. Most of the time you cannot tell the difference when Yy is being used as a vowel and when it is being used as a consonant. For this reason I took the liberty of replacing the consonants with the letter /Jj/ and the vowels with the letter /Yy/. I kindly request that you revert the change you made as it is an inferior method of transliteration and does not have consistent meaning. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 165.230.224.126 (talk) 13:51, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

Nomination for merging of Template:Catalan name

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According to the 1990 Boston Latin School Alumni Directory, Isadore Twersky graduated in 1947 and was a Professor at Harvard University.Bill BLS 57 (talk) 16:12, 5 December 2017 (UTC)Bill Kirk, Boston Latin School class of 1957[1]

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Editing News #2—2018

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Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has wrapped up most of their work on the 2017 wikitext editor and the visual diff tool. The team has begun investigating the needs of editors who use mobile devices. Their work board is available in Phabricator. Their current priorities are fixing bugs and improving mobile editing.

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Español/castellano

I looked for the quoted material that you mentioned in the Diccionario panhispánico de dudas. I looked up "castellano" and it referred me to the entry on "español". There, the statement is as follows: "Aun siendo también sinónimo de español, resulta preferible reservar el término castellano para referirse al dialecto románico nacido en el Reino de Castilla durante la Edad Media, o al dialecto del español que se habla actualmente en esta región." Kotabatubara (talk) 00:36, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

language confusing in an article you may have authored

Greetings. I was confused when reading

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Pritchard_(comedian)

when, at the end of the first paragraph, it reads:

"A presentation that he made at Benicia (California) Middle School was featured in the 2011 Roko Belic documentary film Happy.[4] and didn't show up to Ida Price"

I found your name at the bottom of the articles History, so I assume you were the original author.

It sort of looks like someone edited a line without removing a previous line (and without proofreading). If this is just my ignorance, please ignore this comment. Regards,

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Editing News #1—July 2019

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Since the last newsletter, the team has released two new features for the mobile visual editor and has started developing three more. All of this work is part of the team's goal to make editing on mobile web simpler.

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Recent releases

The mobile visual editor is a simpler editing tool, for smartphones and tablets using the mobile site. The Editing team has recently launched two new features to improve the mobile visual editor:

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    • The purpose is to smooth the transition between reading and editing.

Section editing and the new loading overlay are now available to everyone using the mobile visual editor.

New and active projects

This is a list of our most active projects. Watch these pages to learn about project updates and to share your input on new designs, prototypes and research findings.

Looking ahead

Learning more

The VisualEditor on mobile is a good place to learn more about the projects we are working on. The team wants to talk with you about anything related to editing. If you have something to say or ask, please leave a message at Talk:VisualEditor on mobile.

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Editing News #2 – Mobile editing and talk pages – October 2019

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Talk Pages

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Edit Cards

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What happens when you click on a link. The new Edit Card is bigger and has more options for editing links.

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The editing toolbar is changing in the mobile visual editor. The old system had two different toolbars. Now, all the buttons are together. Tell the team what you think about the new toolbar.

Wikimania

The Editing Team attended Wikimania 2019 in Sweden. They led a session on the mobile visual editor and a session on the new talk pages project. They tested two new features in the mobile visual editor with contributors. You can read more about what the team did and learned in the team's report on Wikimania 2019.

Looking ahead

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Editing news 2020 #1 – Discussion tools

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This early version of the Reply tool automatically signs and indents comments.
This early version of the Reply tool automatically signs and indents comments.

The Editing team has been working on the talk pages project. The goal of the talk pages project is to help contributors communicate on wiki more easily. This project is the result of the Talk pages consultation 2019.

In a future update, the team plans to test a tool for easily linking to another user's name, a rich-text editing option, and other tools.
In a future update, the team plans to test a tool for easily linking to another user's name, a rich-text editing option, and other tools.

The team is building a new tool for replying to comments now. This early version can sign and indent comments automatically. Please test the new Reply tool.

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Editing news 2020 #2 – Quick updates

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The new features include a toolbar. What do you think should be in the toolbar?

This edition of the Editing newsletter includes information the Wikipedia:Talk pages project, an effort to help contributors communicate on wiki more easily. The central project page is on MediaWiki.org.

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Editing news 2020 #3

On 16 March 2020, the 50 millionth edit was made using the visual editor on desktop.
On 16 March 2020, the 50 millionth edit was made using the visual editor on desktop.

Seven years ago this week, the Editing team made the visual editor available by default to all logged-in editors using the desktop site at the English Wikipedia. Here's what happened since its introduction:

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 02:06, 3 July 2020 (UTC)

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Editing news 2020 #4

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Reply tool

The number of comments posted with the Reply Tool from March through June 2020. People used the Reply Tool to post over 7,400 comments with the tool.
The number of comments posted with the Reply Tool from March through June 2020. People used the Reply Tool to post over 7,400 comments with the tool.

The Reply tool has been available as a Beta Feature at the Arabic, Dutch, French and Hungarian Wikipedias since 31 March 2020. The first analysis showed positive results.

The Editing team released the Reply tool as a Beta Feature at eight other Wikipedias in early August. Those Wikipedias are in the Chinese, Czech, Georgian, Serbian, Sorani Kurdish, Swedish, Catalan, and Korean languages. If you would like to use the Reply tool at your wiki, please tell User talk:Whatamidoing (WMF).

The Reply tool is still in active development. Per request from the Dutch Wikipedia and other editors, you will be able to customize the edit summary. (The default edit summary is "Reply".) A "ping" feature is available in the Reply tool's visual editing mode. This feature searches for usernames. Per request from the Arabic Wikipedia, each wiki will be able to set its own preferred symbol for pinging editors. Per request from editors at the Japanese and Hungarian Wikipedias, each wiki can define a preferred signature prefix in the page MediaWiki:Discussiontools-signature-prefix. For example, some languages omit spaces before signatures. Other communities want to add a dash or a non-breaking space.

New requirements for user signatures

Next: New discussion tool

Next, the team will be working on a tool for quickly and easily starting a new discussion section to a talk page. To follow the development of this new tool, please put the New Discussion Tool project page on your watchlist.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:48, 31 August 2020 (UTC)

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Editing news 2021 #1

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Reply tool

Completion rates for comments made with the Reply tool and full-page wikitext editing. Details and limitations are in this report.
Completion rates for comments made with the Reply tool and full-page wikitext editing. Details and limitations are in this report.

The Reply tool is available at most other Wikipedias.

Research notes:

New discussion tool

Screenshot of version 1.0 of the New Discussion Tool prototype.
Screenshot of version 1.0 of the New Discussion Tool prototype.

The new tool for starting new discussions (new sections) will join the Discussion tools in Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-betafeatures at the end of January. You can try the tool for yourself.[6] You can leave feedback in this thread or on the talk page.

Next: Notifications

During Talk pages consultation 2019, editors said that it should be easier to know about new activity in conversations they are interested in. The Notifications project is just beginning. What would help you become aware of new comments? What's working with the current system? Which pages at your wiki should the team look at? Please post your advice at mw:Talk:Talk pages project/Notifications.

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Editing news 2021 #2

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When newcomers had the Reply tool and tried to post on a talk page, they were more successful at posting a comment. (Source)
When newcomers had the Reply tool and tried to post on a talk page, they were more successful at posting a comment. (Source)

Earlier this year, the Editing team ran a large study of the Reply Tool. The main goal was to find out whether the Reply Tool helped newer editors communicate on wiki. The second goal was to see whether the comments that newer editors made using the tool needed to be reverted more frequently than comments newer editors made with the existing wikitext page editor.

The key results were:

These results give the Editing team confidence that the tool is helpful.

Looking ahead

The team is planning to make the Reply tool available to everyone as an opt-out preference in the coming months. This has already happened at the Arabic, Czech, and Hungarian Wikipedias.

The next step is to resolve a technical challenge. Then, they will deploy the Reply tool first to the Wikipedias that participated in the study. After that, they will deploy it, in stages, to the other Wikipedias and all WMF-hosted wikis.

You can turn on "Discussion Tools" in Beta Features now. After you get the Reply tool, you can change your preferences at any time in Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-editing-discussion.

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00:27, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

  1. ^ Boston Latin School 1990 Alumni Directory, page 215, column 3