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Welcome to the United States Wikipedians' Noticeboard. This page is a notice board for things that are particularly relevant to Wikipedians from the United States.

Please suggest articles for our next U.S. Collaboration of the Month.
Purge cache (to update the to-do list)
  • Review old discussions from 2004 - 2005 that have now been archived

Peer review for the F-111 Aardvark

I just noticed that a Peer Review for the F-111 started today. All editors are welcome to participate. Thanks for comments and any help! --Kumioko (talk) 21:53, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

April Newsletter for WikiProject United States

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The WikiProject United States Newsletter
April 2011

Scope and Mission of WikiProject United States

Welcome to WikiProject United States on the English Wikipedia! We are a project dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to the United States, with an emphasis on subjects with regional and national significance. This project was formed to coordinate the development of United States related articles and help maintain the United States Portal. Some project goals are to help list and categorize United States related articles, develop quality standards for articles and build templates that help users browse the articles that fall under this project. This project also provides a place for Wikipedians to share information and resources regarding improvements to United States related articles. Here, editors can ask for help with certain articles and bring otherwise overlooked articles and problems, to the attention of other editors. For more information of the role of WikiProjects, check out WikiProject guidelines.

Articles of note

This section highlights US related content that has been promoted to Featured Status in the last month:
Note:Articles pertain to one or more of the WikiProjects relating to United States topics but not necessarily WikiProject United States.

New featured articles:  • U.S. Route 30 in Iowa  • 1950 Atlantic hurricane season  • History of the New York Jets  • Grand Coulee Dam  • Warren County, Indiana  • Morgan dollar  • Leslie Groves  • Luke P. Blackburn  • L. Ron Hubbard  • 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final  • USS Constellation vs L'Insurgente  • J. Robert Oppenheimer  • History of Sesame Street  • Kennedy half dollar  • Sacagawea dollar  • 2009 World Series
New featured lists:
 • Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album  • Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals  • Grammy Award for Best Rap Album  • Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration  • Grammy Award for Best Rock Song  • Grammy Award for Best World Music Album  • List of Alabama Crimson Tide football head coaches  • List of Baltimore Orioles first-round draft picks  • List of Cincinnati Reds first-round draft picks  • List of Governors of Washington  • List of New England Patriots seasons  • List of New York Cosmos all-stars  • List of New York Cosmos seasons  • List of Oakland Athletics first-round draft picks  • List of Oakland Athletics managers  • List of Pittsburgh Pirates first-round draft picks  • List of Tampa Bay Lightning seasons  • List of WWE Divas Champions  • Philadelphia Phillies all-time roster (E–F)  • Philadelphia Phillies all-time roster  • The Simpsons (season 13)  • U.S. state reptiles

Project article statistics for March 31 2011
WikiProject United States assessment table

Current statistics

Project news
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Since the last newsletter was sent there have been a number of significant discussions and events that pertained to the project and United States related articles in general.

  • WikiProject American television has joined the family of WikiProjects that have agreed to share {{WikiProject United States}}. This project was started to improve Wikipedia's coverage of American television and the articles relating to that topic. If you are interested the project could use your help.
  • There is an active discussion on the talk pages of WikiProject United States and WikiProject Government about the inactive project WikiProject United States Government being added to the list of projects supported by WikiProject United States.
  • With the recent release of the 2010 US Census there have been multiple active conversations about how to update all the articles affected. If you have any ideas or want to help in this effort please leave your comments on the WikiProject United States talk page.
  • The tagging of articles continues and we have added several thousand articles to the count since the last newsletter.
  • We still have approximately 1300 articles in the project that need to be assessed so any help you can provide with assessments is greatly appreciated. Even 1 or 2 a day would be a big help.
  • A bot request was submitted to tag the remaining 500 pages of Portal United States with the United States banner. The project already has over 1700 of the portal pages tagged so this would be just to finish off the remaining ones.
Portal
Thanks to RichardF and a few others the United States portal is getting ever closer to achieving Featured portal status. The portal needs your help in filling in the Anniversaries (formerly known as On this day). Any help you can provide to help fill these dates in would be greatly appreciated. If you have any ideas or comments about the portal please feel free to leave them here.
Collaboration
The collaboration for April 2011 is Chesapeake Bay

The monthly collaboration is now in its third month since reactivation. The first article Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was improved significantly in February, as was George Washington (the second one) in March. Although the latter article was not nominated for GA, enough work was done for contributors to identify remaining content areas needing improving before an attempt is made, which is great progress. Thus anyone keen on reading up on Washington's role in the American Revolution and the presidency is most welcome to review and contribute. Magicpiano (talk · contribs) is planning on buffing material for the American Revolution segment by focussing on the daughter article, George Washington in the American Revolution first. Anyway, Chesapeake Bay is the new collaboration picked for April and anyone is welcome to work on it.

For choosing new candidate articles for May and beyond, editors should think about articles which have a range of issues that a variety of editors can help with, from content (primary school to university level research) to copyediting. Having a look over current and past ideas (which can be seen here and here (even older ones). So folks have a think about which articles are in most in need of fixing, or alternately, have a clear pathway to GA or FA status.
Things you can help with
  • Ideas for next months newsletter
  • Help with the Anniversaries in the portal
  • Help with the assessments
  • Help with the Collaboration
  • Comments in active discussions

Got a suggestion? A correction? Something you'd like to see included in a future issue? Drop a note at the Tip Line with your ideas!

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Referencing Census 2010

I thought I knew how to reference Census 2010 population numbers but when I clicked on the link it didn't reproduce the Census table where I obtained the information. To find 2010 Census population numbers, I went to http://factfinder2.census.gov
Then, using the Quick Start section in the middle of the page, type "redistricting" in the "topic box" - from the drop-down list that appears, choose "2010 Redistricting Data SF (PL94-171)" In the "geography box", type your city or countys' name *make sure you have the right state!* - then click "go." From the list of results, check the box next to "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy -- 2010 Redistricting Data SF (PL94-171)" *Make sure you have 2010 - not 2000!* Above the results list, click "View."
This goes to a website with http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?fpt=table but you cannot use this as a reference. This is the only way I've found to view 2010 Census Population numbers so far. Has anyone found a referenceable page for the 2010 Census yet? --Mjrmtg (talk) 14:20, 14 April 2011 (UTC)

Collaboration

Hmmmm...Chesapeake Bay stalled a bit, meant to do more but I got distracted elsewhere. Anyway, we also have a tiebreaker for the next collaboration - I guess options are:

  1. . leave Chesapeake Bay open until it gets to GA
  2. . accept that it didn't capture the interest of folks and sling up the next but we have a tiebreaker, so shall we leave it open for 48 hours starting now until we get some more votes? Casliber (talk · contribs) 23:37, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

discuss...

FWIW, I am leaning to the latter option. Casliber (talk · contribs) 23:40, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

Sorry, I've been delinquent. :( The library is not close to me so haven't been able to stop by yet but still interested in helping out, either with the same article or fine with something else. (I can pick whatever books) --Aude (talk) 00:12, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
Oftentimes on collaboration projects, folks stay around to keep buffing the former collaboration to give it a big shove to GA or FA. If you do get the books, I will knuckle down and do what I can to get it over one of those lines as I have a bit of experience at these things....(i.e. I think we can get it there, but am not familiar with some of the core content) Casliber (talk · contribs) 00:49, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
I would also be willing to help but frankly my forte' isn't in grammer and prose (apparently others have noticed too :-)). --Kumioko (talk) 01:49, 6 May 2011 (UTC)

May 2011 Newsletter for WikiProject United States

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The May 2011 issue of the WikiProject United States newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. Thank you.

 
.--Kumioko (talk) 02:41, 6 May 2011 (UTC)

The WikiProject National Archives Newsletter

The first ever WikiProject National Archives newsletter has been published. Please read on to find out what we're up to and how to help out! There are many opportunities for getting more involved. Dominic·t 21:47, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

Anybody here speak really good French?

French Wikipedia just got a version of Historiography of the United States. They have an interesting section on Howard Zinn that it would be nice if the EN article had too. Can somebody help translate it? Purplebackpack89≈≈≈≈ 05:43, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

How does Google Translate do? Dualus (talk) 19:31, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

2010 Census

The 2010 census data are all available now. Are there any plans for an automated or systematic update to U.S. place articles containing census data? As it currently stands, changes are being made willy-nilly. Sometimes editors change the overall census figure in one place in the article, but not in others. Sometimes they change the overall census, but leave the figures from 2000 for subgroups. This is a recipe for disaster. Admittedly, I'm not a member of this project and haven't kept track of its workings, so there may be something in the works regarding this. I guess I just want to know if there are any plans for systematically updating census figures before I jump into making changes myself. 75.13.68.39 (talk) 17:21, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

99 Percent Declaration

I recently created the 99 Percent Declaration article, and now it's been nominated for deletion and rescue. I have lots of possible sources on the talk page, but I would feel more comfortable if there were other editors. Would you please help improve it? Or at least chime in on the deletion discussion or respond to the questions on the talk page? Thank you. Dualus (talk) 19:31, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

New Navbox for elections by year

The pages Category:United States mayoral elections, 2012 and Category:Alaska elections, 2010 have a new navbox (not by me) to readily navigate to adjacent years. It is not specific to the United States or elections, and is similar to the navbox for Category:Terrorist incidents in India in 2010. Note that the Alaskan box is set to “2” to show even years only. While the majority of American elections are in even years, it may be advisable to set it to “1” to include every year, but displaying many redlinks for odd years without elections (the majority). Hugo999 (talk) 01:49, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Democracy in action at Callista Gingrich!

See Talk:Callista_Gingrich#.22Third_wife.22 - please all folks with in interest in BLPs come help discuss whether she should be "third wife" or "married" to Newt in the lead. Casliber (talk · contribs) 19:11, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

Bell and Lights Air Raid Warning System (1953)

I would like someone to write an article about the above subject. This was a national system developed by A.T.& T. which gave red, yellow, blue, and white alerts over special dedicated telephone circuits which had "bell and lights" annunciators in schools, hospitals, fire stations, and police stations. Searches turn up references to the system but no actual articles about it. submitted 22 March 2012.

Upcoming Wikimedia events in Lawrence Kansas!

You are invited to the Lawrence Wikipedia Tutorial on April 8, 2014 at the Lawrence Public Library. Experienced editors invited to help new users learn how to use the Wikipedia and build the community in Lawrence, Kansas. See Lawrence Wikipedia Tutorial.








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