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Welcome to Meta![edit]

Hello Jmh649, and welcome to the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki! This website is for coordinating and discussing all Wikimedia projects. You may find it useful to read our policy page. If you are interested in doing translations, visit Meta:Babylon. You can also leave a note on Meta:Babel or Wikimedia Forum (please read the instructions at the top of the page before posting there). If you would like, feel free to ask me questions on my talk page. Happy editing! Tempodivalse [talk] 14:25, 24 November 2009 (UTC)

Thanks.Jmh649 14:31, 24 November 2009 (UTC)

Message[edit]

You have a message at the Wikimedia forum page. Immunize 15:00, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

Numbering on banners[edit]

Hey Jmh646, I'm removing the numbering you added to some of the banners, we're constantly moving them around. You can substitute the numbers with banner names if you want.--Deniz (WMF) 23:30, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

WMC meeting[edit]

Hey, Jmh. I noticed that you wrote that there was a WMC meeting on the 25th. If this is accurate, could you please tell where it was announced beforehand? I don't want to fall out of the loop. Thanks, Arctic.gnome 07:06, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

Redirect to Wiki Canada website[edit]

I thank you for _not_ reintroducing this redirect until Wiki Canada has been approved as a Wikimedia chapter and bylaws are definitive. Thanks notafish }<';> 11:47, 4 February 2011 (UTC)

Deletion from steering committee list[edit]

Doc James: I have responded to your comment here: User_talk:Enquire#Wikimedia_Canada Hope you can help resolve the bureaucratic log-jam in Germany. Any suggestions?

Inappropriate note[edit]

I saw your note at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/Travel_Guide#Oppose. What is your point? Your note is both redundant (I identified myself with a Talk page) and inappropriate -- will you make a note for each person who posted on the page? Only the dissenting voices? What is your rationale? Do you want to actually try to dispute what I posted in some way, or just vaguely imply something? You should remove your note.--IBobi (talk) 17:59, 29 June 2012 (UTC)

Most of the others have indicated their background within their support / oppose position. Your background is of course importance to your comment and these sort of notes within the WM movement are common. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 18:11, 29 June 2012 (UTC)

Travel guide[edit]

I have seen your message on my talk page. It is true that, both in English and Spanish (the one I most use) W'pedias are not supposed to be travel guides. Anyway, check for any tourist attraction on Wikipedia and then on Wikitravel. Big Ben on English Wikipedia and Big Ben on English Wikitravel, while on the first you get a proper article about the British landmark, on the second you are redirected to a general London article which, honestly, I think it is just some Tourist's Yellow Pages. --Schumi4ever (talk) 13:43, 21 July 2012 (UTC) PS: I have just shown you one article about a really famous landmark in one of the World's biggest cities. Go to any 6k-inhabitant-village and look for a church or something. Wikipedia probably has the article, I honestly doubt Wikitravel will even show you an article about that village. --Schumi4ever (talk) 13:46, 21 July 2012 (UTC)

Yes but what if I want to know how to get to Big Ben? The Wikipedia articles does not tell me which train takes me their. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 15:23, 24 July 2012 (UTC)
Then we have got WikiBooks, which can be used as a travel guide, as it is not forbidden as far as I know. Furthermore, how many private enterprises and companies will be looking for adding their addresses to that guide? That would be self-promotion, which, at first, is forbidden and secondly, they would be also willing to pay a small amount to be there, which would be advertisement. Using the same Big Ben example, every single London underground station has its own article which redirect to important sights: Westminster tube station. Just in case, I am not from London, I live in Almería, a small city in the South of Spain, by the Mediterranean, whose economy is heavily supported by tourism, but I cannot see the point of having a Wikimedia Wikitravel. --Schumi4ever (talk) 18:58, 25 July 2012 (UTC)
Yes I do use Wikipedia for travel but it is not as good as could be a dedicated travel guide. Wikibooks may be a possible suggestion but as mentioned WT/WV is as big as all of Wikibooks. Have you edited Wikibooks much? What do you think the community their would think? Agree efforts to deal with potential advertising will be needed. We have articles on most pharmaceuticals and medications are of course commercial in nature in much of the world. We do occasional have to deal with pharmaceutical reps trying to bend the research and promote their projects but they are still an important part of Wikipedia. Same with movies. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 20:11, 25 July 2012 (UTC)
Not very often, but I have edited W'Books several times. It would be perfect for me, I have no complain about Wikibooks hosting some travel guides. But a dedicated travel wiki is not the way to reach tourists. Just like W'pedia articles can show links to Commons categories, they can also link to a Wikibooks travel guide.--Schumi4ever (talk) 12:11, 26 July 2012 (UTC)
I think both formats would work well together (a dedicated wiki and a number of wiki books as a amalgamation of content by country or theme) as described here by Lane [1] Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 16:28, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

Message on my user talk page[edit]

Hi and thanks for your message on my talk page.

Thousands of contributors you said ? I don't think so... Look at this page : less than 500 contributions per day. And this is the english one : look at the french one for comparison! As I said, it will be like Wikispecies or Wikiversity : an empty project.

The only projects that are really developed are Wikipedia, Commons, and a little the Wiktionnary. Why can't we concentrate ourselves on that ones, instead of adding other projects ? I don't understand. The goal is not to make a "collection" of many project. excuse me if I made some faults --Woozz (talk) 17:24, 23 July 2012 (UTC)

WV has more than a 1000 registered accounts. There are at least 50 admins who are active at WT who wish to join. I am betting that their may be a 1000 people who make more than 5 edits a month. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 15:20, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

Travel guide[edit]

Hi,

Thanks for the message. I still firmly believe that such a projet goes against the core principles of Wikipedia. This encyclopedy can't be an advisor, in any field. You can think, OK it's only travelling, but what happen if you change one term : ex Medicine Guide ? Plus, the fact that by itself Wikipedia can be used as a guide for readers : so what is the advantage. Perhaps ultimately, some final goal of this projet : at some point I bet that the advertising question or PoV pushing of whatever company will occur. Not mentionning all the derivative products that can be made of this communautarian work. For example : posters of images from Commons, which I personnaly disapprove. I don't forget the terms of the CC licence : a possible commercial use is clearly ennounced ; you can say so for WP, you'll be 100% right but it doesn't pretend to be a guide. Cheers.--LPLT (talk) 16:11, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

This is not a proposal to add travel content to Wikipedia. This is a proposal to create a separate project which will be a travel guide seperate from Wikipedia. While Wikipedia tells one about famous places it does not give information on how to get their or how to stay alive once you have arrived. As a traveler this is useful information.
Do agree that their are potential issues going forwards regarding advertising. I am hopeful that with an active community of intelligent editors these issues can be addressed or at least keep to a minimum. We at Wikipedia struggle with groups that try to use our site to promote their religion or medical products and it is constant work to keep this at bay. I am not sure if the problems will be more or less with a travel guide. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 17:11, 24 July 2012 (UTC)
Don't worry, I perfectly understand the separate wiki, but also all the issue about it. The basic point in my mind is that WP can't be a guide or an advisor in any way. Neutrality and distanciation are non negociable on such an open media, it's a basic principle edicted a Day 1. Both point at task, if not impossible, in such a project. Not mentionning the commercial use of it. I'm opposed, and vote against it. It seems that a majority of contributors do not think that way. Thanks for this exhange of point of views. Cheers.--LPLT (talk) 21:45, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

rationalwiki[edit]

RE: Brasil[edit]

Support Support your intention! I hope you visit Rio. Let me know when you are coming! See ya! Vinicius Siqueira (talk) 03:28, 2 August 2012 (UTC)

By the way I registered at ProZ.com but I can't log in in TWB. Can you help me? Thanks, Vinicius Siqueira (talk) 03:51, 2 August 2012 (UTC)
Sure. This time we are on a strike (yes, it still happens in Brazil) but when I come back to college I will try an appointment with the principal and talk about it. We can develop this dialogue soon. Thanks for help! Vinicius Siqueira (talk) 04:45, 2 August 2012 (UTC)
Great and would be happy to help with getting the Brazilian chapter up and running.Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 04:49, 2 August 2012 (UTC)

James, I still can't access TWB with my ProZ account. It says: "That username and password does not match an account in this workplace." We didn't have an answear to that message. Any idea about what to do? Vinicius Siqueira (talk) 04:01, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

Sent Enrique an email. He is managing the site. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 04:14, 10 August 2012 (UTC)
Thank you! Vinicius Siqueira (talk) 04:15, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

My e-mail[edit]

My e-mail is berci.mesko at gmail.com, thanks in advance! NCurse (talk) 12:00, 2 August 2012 (UTC)

Of course. Yes thanks. Have sent you an invite.Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 13:57, 2 August 2012 (UTC)

Med translations blog post[edit]

Hi Doc James!

Thanks so much for jumping in and editing the blog post. Please let me know when you are happy with it and we'll get it up on the WMF blog. Matthew (WMF) (talk) 20:21, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

Looks great. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 19:36, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

Templates[edit]

Thank you, I didn't even know that the template existed here. However, if we have to use en.wiki templates, I'd rather have used "not in cited source" (if I'm quoting it correctly). ;-) --Nemo 22:02, 20 August 2012 (UTC)

Mailing list for Wikimedia Medicine[edit]

Hello. Just one more question. Which exact name do you want for the list? "wikimed" or "wikimedia-medicine" or other of your preference? Regards. -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 12:05, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

I have created bugzilla:40726 for you. Since you have an account there I have CC'd you in the ticket so you can get the updates. Regards, -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 19:31, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Wikimedia Travel Guide: Naming poll open[edit]

Hi there,

You are receiving this message because you edited the initial naming straw poll for the Wikimedia Travel Guide.

The proposed naming poll is now open and you can vote for as many of the proposed names as you wish, if you are eligible. Please see Travel Guide/Naming Process for full details on voting eligibility and how the final name will be selected. Voting will last for 14 days, and will terminate on 16 October at 06:59:59 UTC.

Thanks, Thehelpfulone 23:07, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Cupco[edit]

User:Michaeldsuarez/Sockpuppetry#User_talk:Jmh649 – I'm just letting you now that I've mentioned you in my sockpuppetry investigation into Cupco. --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 15:35, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

Sure no worries. Never really looked much into this users activities. Providing mostly just general advice. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 16:03, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

Wikimedia Travel Guide: Naming poll open[edit]

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Thanks, Thehelpfulone 21:20, 6 October 2012 (UTC)

E-mail[edit]

You have an e-mail! :-) Vinicius Siqueira (talk) 23:56, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

CentralNotice for Wikipedia's birthday[edit]

Re diff, is it really appropriate to use a global notice on all projects announcing Wikipedia's birthday? It's not a huge thing like WP10, and it seems to be only of note on Wikipedia. (For that matter, Wiktionary's tenth birthday came and went without anyone off of Wiktionary even noticing.) I think announcing it using a CentralNotice every time Wikipedia's birthday rolls around is really overdoing it. --Yair rand (talk) 22:40, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

I was thinking having more weight on announcing the official launch of Wikivoyage. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 01:18, 26 December 2012 (UTC)
I would agree with Yair rand on this, I think that if you want to run the banner on the other projects advertising the new launch of wikivoyage I could understand that but it should be a different banner without mention to the WP anniversary. Banners like it have traditionally been a very sensitive point with non WP projects and I think would take away from the actual message you're trying to get across. The last thing you want is people writing it off as another group who didn't care about non WP projects (especially given that that's very obviously not the case :) ). Jamesofur (talk) 06:17, 6 January 2013 (UTC)
Sure I have no strong feelings either way. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 15:16, 6 January 2013 (UTC)

CentralNotice for Wikivoyage launch[edit]

Hi James, is there a problem, um, wrong cat in the translation, er, request? Are we going about asking for translation help correctly? See it's "Problem?" section at bottom of its talk page --Rogerhc (talk) 04:06, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Yes I have no idea how to format this request. It is a confusing setup. I have tried to ask someone who may know. They have not got back to me yet. I was hoping other Wikivoyagers would do the translation. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 04:22, 8 January 2013 (UTC)
Translation seems to have happened. Excellent. Now we need graphics. Time is short. We will need help from someone who has done this before I think. I am only one voice. Two is stronger. Could you add your voice to the discussion at top of Talk:Wikivoyage_2013/CentralNotice#Banner please? Helpfulone may be able to find help for us if we ask him to. Time is short. Would be great to do this well. Thanks! --Rogerhc (talk) 18:22, 10 January 2013 (UTC)
Good news. Looks like Jalexander will help us prepare the Wikivoyage launch announcement central notice. He has commented at Talk:Wikivoyage_2013/CentralNotice#Banner. I think he may be a big help. --Rogerhc (talk) 00:40, 11 January 2013 (UTC)
James, I did some Wikivoyage launch central notice mock ups on test.wikipedia.org. Jalexander suggested breaking the text into two lines. I did some up as one line, some as two. My favorite right now is WikivoyageMockUp5g. Notice I cut "in" and "that" out of some. I feel it is better without them. And for the two liners, I dropped the dash and capitalized the first word of both lines instead. Also, no periods. I don't think periods would help. This is signage style, not prose style. All the designs scale well when you drag your browser window to various widths. Please voice an opinion at Talk:Wikivoyage_2013/CentralNotice#Banner, perhaps just under the info box there.--Rogerhc (talk) 05:32, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

TDC[edit]

Re: "I would love to see not just a FDC but a tech dissemination committee where people can apply for tech support for projects." -- this is a lovely idea. SJ talk 

Thanks SJ. Wondering how I should pursue it? I and many other I am sure need tech support for the work we do on Wikipedia / Wikimedia projects. And while I am even willing to pay someone I have no idea about hiring people who know how to edit Media Wiki software.Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 07:20, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

Welcome to the IEG Committee[edit]

Hi James,
Thanks for signing up to join the Individual Engagement Grants Committee! It is my pleasure to confirm your membership. We’ve got a lot to accomplish together, particularly during the next 6 weeks, and it will be awesome to have your help. Here is how to get started:

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  2. Start giving feedback on open ideas, drafts and proposals. Asking questions to gather information you’ll need to make a recommendation helps prospective grantees think their projects all the way through, and will give us more great proposals to choose from.

Our formal review of proposals starts February 22nd. I’ll be posting information about scoring and selection of proposals on the committee mailing list and in the Workroom soon, so please keep an eye there!

Thanks again for joining this new grantmaking program...I hope we’re going to see some amazing impact from these grants! :-) Siko (WMF) (talk) 06:14, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Thanks Siko Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 11:04, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Easy Media Uploader Proposal[edit]

Hey Doc James, I moved your comments to the discussion tab of my proposal just so others discussing it could view it. I also posted a response. Thanks for your feedback! Ash Ashstar01 (talk) 05:37, 9 February 2013 (UTC) http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:IEG/Easy_Media_Uploader

Re:Increasing advertising for Wikipedia[edit]

Sounds like a reasonable idea. So verification is needed. I am not exactly sure what is needed for this?

Also with respect to "At least 60% of funding (120 USD) will be used for merchandise as the prize" What kind of merchandise are we talking about? Wikipedia related merchandise? Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 00:40, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

Here is another page for details, which said I need "An Authorization Letter for maintaining the Weibo account with Company’s seal or legal person’s signature" and a copy or a photo of "The Company Registration Documents".
We focus on the merchandise from the Wikimedia Shop. But since it's expensive (compare with the price in China), if we get permit from WMF, we might consider to get some custom-made postcard or other localized merchandise like tees or stickers. --AddisWang (talk) 14:59, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

Convidando o Brasil[edit]

Pleas, I would ask your attention to the comments of the committee evaluation, thank you.Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 01:12, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

IEGCom move[edit]

Hi James! I wanted to let you know that I moved you to the inactive list for the IEG Committee, because we haven't heard from you during the committee's formal review period. But we still love you! So, if and when you've got time to participate again, please feel free to jump back in and add yourself back to the active list. Thanks! Siko (WMF) (talk) 00:04, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks Siko. I will see how things go. So much to do so little time :-) Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 23:07, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Grantmaking Barnstar[edit]

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Mapping the Global Economy[edit]

I saw that you were involved with the creation of Wikivoyage. I am interested in creating a new Wikimedia project focused on economics. The link to the page is at:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global_Economic_Map

Do you have any advice?

Email me. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 22:35, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

The Stethoscope: A Wiki Project Med Foundation Review (Issue 1)[edit]

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CT: copyright issues[edit]

Hi, perhaps you would be interested in commons:Commons:Deletion requests/File:Computed tomography of human brain - large.png. --Eleassar my talk 10:42, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

Community logo consultation[edit]

Hi James, I notice that you supported Community Logo/Reclaim the Logo by adding your !vote to the Support section, but did not take part in Community Logo/Request for consultation started by the WMF. Given that they seem to consider only the !votes cast in the latter survey (for lack of a better word), would you mind voicing your opinion there, too? I think this would help us (the community) present a more correct balance of the discussion. Thanks, odder (talk) 18:51, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

Allowing the appeals of banned users be heard publicly[edit]

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:Will_Beback&diff=598479969&oldid=598405257 – Nice work. Not many people would've defied ArbCom for the sake of a banned user. --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 12:50, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

I am glad you appreciate the boldness. After a user makes 120,000 edits to improve Wikipedia they should be treated with slightly more respect. Especially after the evidence against them is so weak. Also there is no evidence this came from Arbcom. And arbcom is in some desperate need of community oversight. But that is another issue :-) Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 23:59, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, I should've said "an Arbitrator" instead of "ArbCom". I'm glad that something I've said has made someone happy. Thank you, and please keep up the good work. --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 00:55, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

Upcoming IdeaLab Events: IEG Proposal Clinics[edit]

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domain .eu and Cochrane in Italy on May, 23rd[edit]

It was a pleasure :-) On May 23rd I'l be in Milan with a poster on "Nursing and Wikipedia" at Italian Cochrane Collaboration annual meeting (where you will be present with an oral presentation on WPMF)... See you soon :-)

Fabulous that you can make it. By the way Cochrane want to have an editing session in Rome on the 26th. Would you or local Wikipedians be able to join me? Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 06:43, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

Wiki Project Med[edit]

This looks like it hasn't been active since May? What's been going on with it if anything? Zellfaze (talk) 19:15, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

We are involved in a great deal of activities as listed here [2]. The largest project is this one here [3]. Are you interested in anything specifically? Last news letter is here [4]. Another is being worked on. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:27, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
Being monolingual, I can't really help too much with translation, except maybe to English, which seems generally unneeded. The reason I had thought nothing was going on is that the website listed on the project page hasn't been updated for some time, and I wasn't able to find any of the newer newsletters easily. I'll take a look at the list of on-going tasks though and see if I can't find anything useful that I can do. Thank you! Zellfaze (talk) 13:33, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
We need help keeping the website uptodate :-) We also need help with adding already completed translations and fixing any broken markup that may have occurred. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 19:44, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

Idea I would like a first feedback on[edit]

Hi Doc James, we don't know eachother, but I have seen your contributions to the medical translation project. I think it is a great project. As such I value your opinion and would like to ask your feedback on a quick thought I had. Please see User:Taketa/WikiJournal. I would appreciate your feedback on the talk page. It is highly appreciated. Thank you. Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 16:20, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

We have [5] already :-) Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 22:12, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

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Signpost inquiry[edit]

Hi. I've emailed you. Thanks. Tony (talk) 01:54, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

Thanks Tony. Will work on getting you a response. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 14:45, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

Accidental revert?[edit]

Special:Diff/12182107 looks like perhaps a mistake -- take a look? -Pete F (talk) 00:52, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

Thanks User:Peteforsyth not sure what happened. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 00:55, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

Murder of Meredith Kercher Question[edit]

Hi James: Some notes on your response to my question. I think that WMF members should have considerable expertise on a number of issues. The discussions I'm seeing are very general and seldom cite specific cases. If someone is to speak with expertise about BLP or in the Kercher case rogue administrators they should have studied at least 20-30 specific cases. The talk page is quiet because those who believe that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito had no involvement in the crime are not allowed to edit the article. Fact. I hope you'll take a moment to take a closer look. This is a major Wikipedia scandal that has terribly harmed living human beings. It's also important because of the USA v. EU/UK aspect to it which is profound. The article I've written here cites many RS. I hope you'll read it.

It's no surprise that some article will have problems and a very small number will have big problems. Also take a careful look at what Jimmy has said about the topic. His statements really have been extraordinary. PhanuelB (talk) 11:46, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

The article state in the lead "the judges wrote there was a "material non-existence" of evidence to support the guilty verdicts, and that an association among Sollecito, Knox, and Guede to commit the murder was "far from probable"". Hardly an endorsement that they are guilty.
I am not seeing any uses of RfC in the last couple of years attempting to bring more eyes to the issue? IMO the WMF is to facilitate the proper functioning of the Wikipedia communities by helping with tech support among other things. They should not attempt to control projects or else we end up with issues like super protect. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 22:08, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

GL[edit]

i was interested in what you said at Wikimedia Foundation elections/Board elections/2015/Candidates "shrinking editor numbers especially on En Wikipedia" and was wondering whether we might put more of an emphasis on volunteering and contribution.

for instance outputs from the following: https://tools.wmflabs.org/xtools/pcount/ only "counts edits". Perhaps stuff like this could be made more CV/resume/record of achievement friendly. Perhaps we can externalise our recognition systems and go beyond barnstars. (I only really look at my en talk page). GregKaye (talk) 06:18, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Yes I agree quantifying editor contributions so that people are able to more easily use their volunteer work on their CV would be positive.
User:Ocaasi suggested some metrics here [6] which we could add. Andrew West recently calculated medical contributions by number of edits, bytes added, bytes removed, and the sum of both for both English and all languages]
Another project I hope will increase academic participation is the launch of an open access journal on Wikiversity. [7] We are working to get this pubmed indexed. If successful spinning it off as a stand alone sister project and expanding its scope from Medicine to everything could also be positive moves :-)
I would also love us to make it more clear to our readers who writes Wikipedia. Under preferences you can turn on a more promient link to contributors [8] But this still needs a lot of work. It is in alpha testing at best. Here is what it gives for gout [9]
Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 06:39, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
Your last comment especially got me thinking. One development that I think might be beneficial could be an expansion/extension of the "View history" tab on Wikipedia pages. On the expansion interpretation perhaps this could be converted into a "Contributions" drop down menu with "View history" being, perhaps, a later item and, perhaps, being renamed, perhaps, to "Edit history". The only other item that I'm currently thinking might be added would be a link to a relevant search via a tool such as : https://tools.wmflabs.org/xtools-articleinfo/ . This is currently called "page history" but perhaps this could be renamed to something like "Contributor history" or just "Contributors". An example of "page history" with a extensive content relates to child pornography which is just chosen for the sake of example. Such pages have seven titles and I would change the first from "General statistics" to something like "Contribution summary" and the fourth title from "Top editors" to "Contributors".
Maybe I am reading this wrong but I think that there may be a potential problem if editors just try to edit articles to increase their edit counts.
It might also be good if Wikipedia could merge consecutive edits by the same editor in cases where an edit does not have an edit summary or that other strategies are developed to produce a similar effect.
GregKaye (talk) 06:34, 23 May 2015 (UTC)
Yes excellent ideas. "Edit history" is a much better name than "View history". I wondering if there would be consensus for this minor change?
With respect to people gaming the system, I don't think it would be too big of a issue. We already have pages like Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians by number of edits Motivating people to be more active / make more edits is not a bad thing. Writing a good article takes me 300 to 500 edits.
This was a concern that was raised. We may need to figure out a way to determine if making a link to contributors more prominent has any negative effects / positive effects. We could study it on medical articles. The medical editors were very supportive of the idea. But we need better functionality of labs. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 11:40, 23 May 2015 (UTC)
Dear doc, I think that the nature of your profession has inadvertently caused me to think of editor situations according to perspectives or the potentially parallel issues of health. Doubtless you may be able to take this analogy farther that I can but I would see the issues being encouragement/inputs (in line with ideas mentioned so far), formats and direction for growth, avoidance of injury, discouragements for the transmission of negative behaviours and effective intervention in dealing with pathologies.
On this last point I thought you might be interested a thread content at #Wikipedia talk:Administrators' noticeboard#Incident resolution. An issue that has long frustrated me is the often purely judgemental approach taken at ANI with little or no attention to approaches that might otherwise be advocated at WP:MENTOR and the now seemingly inactive WP:WikiProject User Rehab. GregKaye (talk) 08:11, 30 May 2015 (UTC)
Yes agree we need to encourage positive editing. Dispute resolution is difficult. Often things end up at ANI as discussion has been extensive and failed. To end problems admins often implement harsh measures and often on all parties. When editors become to focused on a single issue often other solutions are ineffective. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 11:12, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Elections 2015[edit]

Dear candidate. My general opinion about administration of Wikimedia is negative. Many texts and images had been removed with pretext of protection of rights of the owners of the copyright owners. The special permissions by the copyright owners were just ignored, and removed together with the files. In particular, this refers to images of the Soviet dissidents and their texts.

Below I suggest only few examples in order to let you know what is happening: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sofiya_Kalistratova&oldid=649939072 https://ru.wikisource.org/w/index.php?title=Софья_Васильевна_Каллистратова&oldid=93595 https://ru.wikisource.org/w/index.php?title=Леонард_Борисович_Терновский&type=revision&diff=1312548&oldid=585736

I investigated the case and I revealed that many removals were performed by bureaucrat Lozman, who has absolutely no experience with obtaining permission from the copyright owners and does not even remember, who made him bureaucrat. However, this is only example.

Sorry for being late, but I just received the invitation to vote. You still have two days to change my opinion about at least one of the candidates suggested. One example of complain by the author is available at site TORI, http://mizugadro.mydns.jp/t/index.php/Kouznetsov,_permission I mention it because it has English version, although many Russian authors were offended in the similar way.

Now I formulate the question:

Do you think it is still possible to handle the cases mentioned?

Do you think that you can find time to deal with the cases mentioned?

Sincerely, Domitori (talk) 08:01, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

User:Domitori Looking at the first link you post. [10]
I see a page with 7 dead images.
This one says it was deleted because it was already on commons [11]
It was tagged as copright using [12]
It was deleted here on Apr 2, 2015 [13] because it states there was insufficient permission. Deletion was by Rubin16
So who owns this image?
I am assuming it is the ones here [14] Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 10:09, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Congratulations[edit]

Hi James -- as you're aware, I endorsed your candidacy, so I am especially pleased to see you join the Board of Trustees. Well done -- and best of luck in moving the organization and the movement toward a brighter future! -Pete F (talk) 02:53, 6 June 2015 (UTC)

  • Dear Dr. James - Congratulations on your success.. You are a new hope.. Hope the foundation and the movement will be strengthened with your endeavors. Ahmed Nisar (talk) 06:47, 6 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Dear James, I congratulate you for your success in this election and I am extremely sure that you can better the situation of Medicine within WMF wikis soon and give more trustworthiness to WMF output. --Csisc (talk) 09:33, 6 June 2015 (UTC)
Thanks all. Changes while come slowly but hope that I can make some small differences. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 14:21, 6 June 2015 (UTC)

Your request[edit]

Hi, I've moved your request for adminship here, if that was wrong and you want permanent adminiship, please fix the title of that page and move it to correct section at Meta:Requests for adminship. Matiia (talk) 02:43, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Thanks User:Matiia. Moved to regular Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 03:40, 23 July 2015 (UTC)