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Proposed deletion of José Silva (parapsychologist)


The article José Silva (parapsychologist) has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Unreferenced article with a slanted POV that has clearly not shown signs of improvement in years

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

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

Please consider improving the page to address the issues raised. Removing will stop the proposed deletion process, but other deletion processes exist. In particular, the speedy deletion process can result in deletion without discussion, and articles for deletion allows discussion to reach consensus for deletion. I am notifying this since the article falls under this WikiProject. Thank you.

Ralph Puckett

How can Col. Puckett have a WW II victory medal if he didn't join the Army until 1949? 2601:640:C500:B0D0:E177:7ED5:70:4957 (talk)

Tom Little's Sunflower Street

I would like to chage the end date of Tom Little's daily panel Sunflower Street, which is important because it depicted the life of a black community between 1934 and 1950. The strip was written by Tom Sims and drawn by political cartoonist Tom Little, both white. In 1950 it was withdrawn by it's syndicate for possible racial issues. I think that is interestng as a study subject on it's own and in the larger context op King Features history. The resource page for Tom Little is the only place this panel is mentioned. Further on, I would love to do a seperate entry for Sunflower Street. But for now a factual correction of the end dat would be great. I have found a newspaper clipping stating that Sunflower Street was withdrawn by the syndicate from 1950-04-03. Unfortunately, that clipping is on a blog, run by blogger, which makes the link controversial. Due to the fact that it is an actual newspaper clipping I wonder how I should insert that link. Can anyone help? By the ay, here is the link to the whole blogger page, the clipping (and the date in the file name) is the last one on the page. If I link to the clipping seperately, I lose the date in the file name.

Student Assignment Improving resource Page

Hi everyone, I am a student currently enrolled in a subject which requires the improvement of 'John Aitken (biologist)' article. I had put all the changes to the resource page John Aitken (biologist) and would really appreciate if I could hear advice and feedback over my edits and contributions. Thank you --Tempstent (talk) 12:01 26, May 2021

Oliver Rood

The article suggests that he was awarded the Medal of Honor for action at Gettysburg while a member of the 20th Indiana Infantry Regiment. Pv.t Rood was actually a member of the 14th Indiana at Gettysburg. He was with his regiment in a fight on the night of July 2, 1863 that resulted in Confederates being driven from East Cemetery Hill. Private Rood captured the flag of the 21st NC Regiment, although some suggest that he actually found it on the field the next morning. He joined the 20th Indiana Infantry Regiment when his enlistment in the 14th expired. That was in the fall of 1864. Thus, when his medal was issued on December 1, 1864, he was a member of the 20th Indiana, but the action for which the medal was awarded was at a time when he was a member of the 14th Indiana. This is fairly common knowledge among the Licensed Battlefield Guides at Gettysburg. I'm sorry that I do not have a more specific source.

Bill Thomas June 14, 2021

Arthur Conan Doyle has an RFC

Arthur Conan Doyle has an RFC for possible consensus. A discussion is taking place. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments on the discussion page. Thank you. Skyerise (talk) 23:35, 12 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Two new 'find sources' templates

You're probably familiar with the {{find sources}} template; that's the one that generates the source links you usually see in the Talk header of pages like, well, Talk:Arthur Conan Doyle is as good an example as any. (Look for find sources just above the "search archives" input box.)

Now we also have template {{find biographical sources}}, which lists some links better oriented to finding sources for biographical articles. Wrapper {{biographical sources box}} is also available, and generates this box for 'Arthur Conan Doyle', for example:

Your feedback and comments would be welcome at Template talk:Find biographical sources. Thanks, Mathglot (talk) 23:11, 13 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Feedback requested at Village Pump proposal to extend "Find sources" functionality

There is a proposal at Village Pump about extending the functionality of template {{Find sources}} to facilitate the use of {{Find biographical sources}} (introduced just above) on Talk page headers of articles, as well as in other templates. Your feedback would be appreciated at Resource: Village pump (proposals)#Proposal to improve customization of Template:Find sources.

Plain English version: we've got a way to make the Talk header on pages that link WikiProject Biography automatically generate the new, "biographical sources" links at the top of the Talk page (inside the Talk header template). This proposal needs community input, to see if we should go ahead with it or not. If approved, then Talk headers on biographical articles will automatically pick up the new links (as shown in the box in the section above); if rejected, the Talk header will continue to have the standard, "find sources" links that they have now (five Google links, NY Times, JSTOR, and a couple others). If you can help, please contribute here. Thanks, Mathglot (talk) 23:21, 13 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Requested move at Talk:Javier Pérez (soccer coach)#Requested move 12 August 2021


There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Javier Pérez (soccer coach)#Requested move 12 August 2021 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject.  -- Shibbolethink (? ?) 01:54, 20 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Requested move at Talk:Giuseppe Santoro#Requested move 19 August 2021


There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Giuseppe Santoro#Requested move 19 August 2021 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject.  -- Shibbolethink (? ?) 02:03, 20 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Requested move at Talk:Janet Brown (murder victim)#Requested move 19 August 2021


There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Janet Brown (murder victim)#Requested move 19 August 2021 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject.  -- Shibbolethink (? ?) 02:09, 20 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Requested move at Talk:Queen of Ghana#Requested move 12 August 2021


There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Queen of Ghana#Requested move 12 August 2021 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject.  -- Shibbolethink (? ?) 11:06, 20 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Feedback requested on draft of Roscoe Conkling

Hello! I am seeking assistance on my complete re-draft of the article for U.S. Senator Roscoe Conkling. Please see here: Talk:Roscoe_Conkling#Complete_re-draft. -A-M-B-1996- (talk) 01:11, 22 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Question re: partner in infobox

Hello! I'm Charlie and I work for Airbnb. I've disclosed my conflict of interest and intend to only propose article improvements on Talk pages for editors to review.

I have a question for members of this project. I submitted a request here to remove mention of an ex-girlfriend from the Brian Chesky article's infobox. I submitted this request for two reasons: 1) the couple have separated and 2) Template:Infobox person suggests this field should only be used if the partner is a notable individual. My thinking was, his former girlfriend does not have a resource article and therefore should not be mentioned in the infobox.

However, my request has been declined, presumably because I cannot provide a source which specifically says the couple have separated. I am not looking to circumvent User:Quetstar's decision, but I am hoping to get a better understanding of the rules. Can any editors please explain why a non-notable former girlfriend must be displayed here? I'd like to be able to explain to Brian and some of my other colleagues from a resource perspective.

Thanks so much! CU Airbnb (talk) 15:54, 24 August 2021 (UTC)[]

@CU Airbnb WP requires each edit (or ER) to have a source to back it up. Since your request had no sources, removing his (former) girlfriend from the infobox would have been considered hearsay and subject to be reverted, so I had no choice but to deny it. Quetstar (talk) 17:36, 24 August 2021 (UTC)[]
@CU Airbnb:, while Quetstar is correct here, (and I'd also note that when "partner" relationships end they will stay in the infobox but with start-end dates added, and that like spouses non-notable people can be added), I do question why the partner was added to the infobox in the first place. The "partner" parameter is subject to quite a lot of debate on what elevates someone from a casual date/girlfriend/boyfriend to a more serious partner. Generally, it is the parameter used for a relationship at the level of spouse without being married, and typically a source that supports the importance of the relationship is needed before the relationship is added to the infobox. The current source doesn't support that, IMO; it's probably significant enough to mention that he dated this woman in his personal life section, but not for the infobox. Kingsif (talk) 19:57, 27 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Pooya Khan Mohammad Beigi

Do the h-index and other citation factors for Pooya Khan Mohammad Beigi at suggest that he is notable? I have not created an article about him, but I would appreciate some guidance. Eastmain (talk o contribs) 10:10, 26 August 2021 (UTC)[]

  • Based purely on the Google Scholar profile, I don't see a pass of WP:NPROF C1. He could of course pass another notability criterion. Russ Woodroofe (talk) 12:00, 26 August 2021 (UTC)[]

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Modification of several dozen biographies to note signatories of the Polanski support letter

Several dozen biographies of notable figures who signed a letter in support of film director Roman Polanski were recently modified to add near identical text as follows:

In 2009, ARTICLE-TITLE signed a petition in support of film director Roman Polanski, calling for his release after he was arrested in Switzerland in relation to his 1977 charge for drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl.[4]

Should these changes be kept, rolled back, modified, or something else? Your feedback would be appreciated. Abbyjjjj96, you get first dibs. Thanks, Mathglot (talk) 00:25, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Listed at: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Film
Listed at: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Women Mathglot (talk) 00:40, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • On the basis of absolutely no research right now, I do recall this letter getting a fairly significant amount of press at the time--provided it was included with a few references not just to show that it happened, but that it was subsequently covered by the press, it feels like it would be as pertinent as anything else. Obviously the inverse applies too; if there isn't notable coverage then perhaps it falls afoul of WP:UNDUE due to a lack of third-party significance. G ? 00:45, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]
    Grapple X, I think it's clearly relevant at the Polanski article without a doubt; I remember the news about it, too. But, I don't remember any significant news or academic coverage about, say, Yasmina Reza (picked at random), signing the letter:
    Find sources: Google (books · news · newspapers · scholar · free images · WP refs· FENS · JSTOR · NYT · TWL
    Clearly, anybody who signed probably worked with or for Polanski at some point (or maybe even not?) but for Reza, at least, nothing shows up in the first 20 results (didn't check every link). Wouldn't that make it WP:UNDUE to add to the Yasmina Reza article if nobody covers it other than as a passing mention? Mathglot (talk) 01:21, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]
    I wouldn't expect each signatory to have in-depth coverage focussed solely on them having signed it, but as the letter itself received coverage, and it is reliably sourced to say that person X was a signatory, then I don't believe a sentence mentioning it is undue. G ? 01:38, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • It deserves to be mentioned. The reasoning that's been given for removing mention of the petition is that it's not relevant or is trivial information, but many biographical articles contain information on the person's support for political and social causes or controversies they have been involved in (see some examples I gave in this edit near the end of my talk page, just to avoid copy/pasting that huge chunk of text here). I don't see how support of the Polanski petition isn't as relevant as support of other political or social causes. Abbyjjjj96 (talk) 00:54, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Clarification: I may have been unclear in the original intro at the top. This isn't about whether the edit is worth mentioning it in the Polanski article; obviously, it is. The question is whether it's relevant to mention it in each of the articles that were changed to add it. I raised the example of the Yasmina Reza biography above: is it worth keeping in that article, for example? Thanks, Mathglot (talk) 01:26, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • I believe the overwhelming issue with Abbyjjjj96's edits to 40 different biography articles was the fact she was using those three sources to infer that all the signatories somehow disagreed with why Polanski was arrested ("after he was arrested in Switzerland in relation to his 1977 charge for drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl."), when in fact they signed the petition to protest how he was arrested--at a film festival. This is defamatory undue OR, per WP:BLP, and should be immediately excised. These people signing this petition was in no way related to them disagreeing with the charge, which this user has been trying to infer in over different 40 articles with their edits. In her massive response on her talk page, she says: "It's hard not to see the removal of the support for the Polanski petition as being specifically because it relates to a man's charge of raping a 13 year old girl, and thus as yet another sign of Wikipedia's bias against women's issues." Clearly not here... just here to propagate her own ideology. Homeostasis07 (talk/contributions) 01:37, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]
    I wasn't insinuating that, as I already told you and yet you keep insisting that I was editing in bad faith. That 'massive response' (which I already linked to above) that you are cherry-picking from to try to frame my editing as sinister shows I expressed that concern because it's apparently fine for biographical articles to mention a person's support of other political and social causes--or even downright trivial things--but not this one. I do not meet wp:nothere; I have made thousands of edits completely unrelated to Roman Polanski or subjects involving rape or feminism. Abbyjjjj96 (talk) 02:11, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[]

I dropped mention of the petition signing at Yasmina Reza as clearly WP:UNDUE. There is no significant coverage of Reza's having signed this petition, only a document that includes a list of 839 names of which she is one name. This is far from being a noteworthy event in Reza's life sufficient to merit inclusion in an encyclopedic biographical article on her life. It could be that the Polanski petition signing has special importance for Reza, and therefore it should be included in the article; if that is the case, there will be reliable sources that cover it which we can cite; but the WP:ONUS is on the person adding this material to provide it. Mere coverage in a list of hundreds of signatories does not demonstrate sufficient support, in my opinion.

I suspect that this is also the case for some, or perhaps many, of the other fifty or so articles, which should be examined on a case-by-case basis. For those biographies where there is no reliable source support other than mention in a list of many signatories, in my opinion that is not sufficient for inclusion in a biography on Wikipedia. The WP:ONUS for showing that this material belongs in a biography is on the person adding the content. Mathglot (talk) 03:19, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Request for comment at Talk:Andrew Cuomo

Talk:Andrew Cuomo § RfC for lead image --FormalDude talk 21:46, 1 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Flagging Edit Request on John Stankey Talk Page

Hello - I'm sharing this post in the hopes of getting an editor's review on the most recent changes proposed to John Stankey's article (on 8/4/2021). Please note that I proposed this edit for FleishmanHillard on behalf of AT&T as a paid editor and I am aware of the COI guidelines. Please let me know of any questions or comments. Thanks for your time and consideration. Jon Gray (talk) 01:44, 9 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria FAR

I have nominated Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. Bumbubookworm (talk) 16:59, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Ezekiel W. Cullen Building

Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, University of Texas, Austin, Texas Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, University of Houston, Houston, Texas (talk) 10:42, 20 September 2021 (UTC)Sonya Sustackova (UT Alum)[]

Request for feedback at Ace of Base

Talk:Ace of Base § Request for wider feedback on Nazi claims --FormalDude talk 04:21, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Proposed bot task to update infobox nationality parameter

Your input would be appreciated at Resource: Bots/Requests for approval/BattyBot 61, a request to change values in the field from country names to nationalities in various biography infoboxes (e.g. United Kingdom or [[United Kingdom]] -> British, United States or [[United States]] -> American). Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 19:38, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Requested move at Talk:Death of Gabby Petito#Requested move 21 September 2021


There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Death of Gabby Petito#Requested move 21 September 2021 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. SK2242 (talk) 21:43, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Cardi B has an RFC

Cardi B has an RFC for possible consensus. A discussion is taking place. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments on the discussion page. Thank you. to me 03:44, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Admin members

Just wanted to point out that in this section there're many listed who are not Admins. - FlightTime (open channel) 22:10, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

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