User talk:Donald Albury

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Dunedin, FL[edit]

I represent the Dunedin History Museum and the city historian. The reference link(s) to the first land grant and the incorporation of the city is from an old incorrect city of Dunedin page. The dates 1852 and 1925 are incorrect for the first land grant and the founding of the city.— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 15:10 4 August 2021 (UTC)


In fact that editor has repeatedly refused to advise me of what the problem is. I'm surprised to hear that editor is an experienced editor as I had not seen need to check. Right off attempting to inject FRINGE political bias and going on to repeatedly demand I debate positions I don't hold is strange for an experienced editor. I have said several times that we can remove and change any parts of my added text and asked how he wants to do that: He still refuses to reply instead insisting on these debates. Invasive Spices (talk) 31 January 2022 (UTC)

The Signpost: 8 May 2023[edit]

Sorry to be a pain, but you seem to know about these things...Doesn't the Mary & George article qualify for deletion as unencyclopedic forward publicity per WP:NOT? Sweetpool50 (talk) 22:40, 9 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The article is decently sourced, mostly to sources that are generally accepted as reliable. I do question whether it yet meets the requirements of the general notability guideline. Personally, though, I am not willing to nominate it for deletion. Donald Albury 23:08, 9 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks Donald Albury. I guess my real concern is about an encyclopedia's function and how it differs from a special-interest chat-mag. In my view, a mere intention to do whatever it is falls short of fulfilment and therefore encyclopedic itemisation. I remember back before Covid there was a plan to put on a play in the West End which was announced confidently in an article (I think it was The Watsons), but then the project sank from sight. However backed by journalistic chatter (=WP:RS), if something has yet to happen it's non-news and rumor. I was wondering whether that has been a matter of concern at admin level. Sweetpool50 (talk) 12:47, 11 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The relevant policy is Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not#Wikipedia is not a crystal ball, which allows articles about notable events that are almost certain to take place, if supported by reliable sources. I strongly suspect that if someone took the article to AfD, the result would be "keep". Donald Albury 15:58, 11 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Signpost: 22 May 2023[edit]

On Conching[edit]

I checked my original source and much to my surprise it seems that they restored it after having previously taken it down. Here is the link: Q1abus (talk) 00:07, 28 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Is there a forum for editors?[edit]

Is there a forum for Wiki editors to discuss the work we do? Grt1718 (talk) 15:07, 29 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Grt1718: There are very many places for discussion on Wikipedia. Discussions about how to improve an article normally take place on the talk page of that article, i.e., Talk:Micanopy, Florida. There are many WikiProjects covering various areas of interest. Wikipedia:WikiProject has some links to lists of WikiProjects that you can search. Some projects are inactive, however, or have a very low level of activity. Questions about how to do something in Wikipedia can go to the Wikipedia:Help Desk. Questions about policies and guidelines can go to the talk page for the policy or guideline, or the Noticeboard, if there is one, such as Wikipedia:Reliable sources/Noticeboard, where the reliability of sources is discussed. Note, however, that you should read the instructions at the top of a noticeboard before posting, as postings that do not follow the instructions may be treated roughly. Some noticeboards (the prime example being Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents, which is for issues of editor conduct) are referred to as "drama boards" because of the length and intensity of some discussions (I personally do not look at that noticeboard unless I am specifically mentioned or invited into a discussion). Donald Albury 16:06, 29 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Just a friendly heads-up in case you weren't already aware, since it's installed on your common.js: Careless use of ReferenceExpander has caused serious problems. It's currently at MFD, and a large cleanup project is underway to repair the citations damaged by the script. I and several other users have !voted that the script be deleted or disabled, and I wouldn't recommend using it at all unless you thoroughly check every reference it modifies against the previous revision. If you're interested in a more detailed explanation of the script's issues, Folly Mox has provided an excellent summary at the MFD. — SamX [talk · contribs] 04:56, 1 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Signpost: 5 June 2023[edit]