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Recent edit on Xi Jinping[edit]

Was removing that comment really necessary? Aren't potential surname hatnotes still a problem? Amyipdev (talk) 13:13, 26 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Amyipdev: Personally, I prefer the footnote method (wasn't there a recent RfC about it?). But there's no point having a hidden comment that says 'this article uses method X, don't add method Y' if it actually already uses method Y, not X. If you think the hatnote is a problem and want to switch to a footnote, I suggest you raise it on the talk page. Modest Genius talk 15:11, 26 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Fair enough, have a great day! Amyipdev (talk) 15:12, 26 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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As indicated on the file page itself, that .gif has been superseded by File:MNRAS cover.jpg which I also uploaded. It's fine to delete the old unused file, but it would be nice if the new one could have its fair use rationale approved first... Modest Genius talk 12:42, 22 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Twitter source[edit]

Doesn't this meet the requirements of WP:ABOUTSELF? Steelkamp (talk) 14:35, 13 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Steelkamp: My understanding is that WP:ABOUTSELF would allow Parker's tweets to be used as for uncontroversial statements in the article Matt Parker (i.e. about himself), but not in the article about Duncraig. It's possible I'm misreading the policy though. Modest Genius talk 14:39, 13 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It says Self-published and questionable sources may be used as sources of information about themselves, usually in articles about themselves or their activities. I think the key word here is usually. I believe the Matt Parker tweet meets all five requirements of WP:ABOUTSELF and I find it unlikely he would lie about something like this. Steelkamp (talk) 14:44, 13 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I don't doubt the claim is true, I just don't think there's a good argument for this being the sort of exceptional case that would justify going against the policy, which says Twitter should 'usually' not be used as a source. Modest Genius talk 15:12, 13 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sinhalese-Portuguese conflicts[edit]

Good evening.

Thanks for helping out editing that article.

A few things:

  • Again, the article is called Sinhalese-Portuguese 'conflicts' so of course the most important parts will be highlighted for future reference and to add structure.
  • I re-added one of the images which you removed, because I'll assume you are unaware, that was the most common military banner used by the Portuguese in the 16th and 17th centuries, including on Ceylon, and it's mentioned in the sources, if you want I can add them. But it's very very far from "unnecessary and uninformative". Similar images can often be found in pages about similar subjects.
  • I have edited previous articles along these lines and it has never raised any issues.
  • I don't know if you noticed, but I left some of your changes although I disagree with them. I'll appreciate it if you extend the same courtesy to me.

Wareno (talk) 00:17, 17 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

One correction[edit]

The six-year rotation has nothing to do with who's in the mini-Cup, it's just which city hosts which game (final, semifinal with favorite, semifinal 2, none of those) Sagittarian Milky Way (talk) 03:55, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Sagittarian Milky Way: Apologies if I've misunderstood the process. I was going by the descriptions on College Football Playoff National Championship "The participating teams ... are determined by two semifinal games ... hosted by an annual rotation" and the lead of New Year's Six, which describes a three-year rotation of which Bowl games are considered the semifinals. Modest Genius talk 13:09, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, the participating teams are determined by the semifinals because that's what semifinals do. The Rose Bowl is in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Cotton Bowl=Dallas metro area, Peach Bowl=Atlanta metro, Orange Bowl=Miami metro, Fiesta Bowl=Phoenix metro, Sugar Bowl=New Orleans metro. Which games are considered the semifinals means who gets to host. In most of the 20th century these bowls were the strongest teams of a specific region vs region matchup that would accept their invitation but in 2015 semifinals were created with the four strongest teams in the nation according to the committee and only them. Also I have to correct myself here: who hosts the final is no longer part of the rotation. I knew that. Sagittarian Milky Way (talk) 16:08, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the clarification. It's clearly a very complex competition structure, which is not well explained by the articles, and I'm still not sure I fully understand it. Regardless, my concern still stands - the semi-finalists are chosen through a subjective selection committee, not on objective results (as they are in most sporting competitions). Modest Genius talk 16:21, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]