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Happy New Year, The wub![edit]

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Moops T 16:31, 2 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks @Moops, a very Happy New Year to you as well! the wub "?!" 13:18, 3 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Precious anniversary[edit]

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Two years!

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Level 2 vital article GA promotion[edit]

Hello The wub, I was just made aware of your very generous offer to donate to a charity on behalf of editors who promoted a level 2 vital article to GA status. I wanted to enquire whether this offer still stands and whether the recent promotion of the article knowledge qualifies. Phlsph7 (talk) 08:45, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Phlsph7 It certainly does, congratulations on a great GA and on being the first to claim a reward! Just let me know your choice of charity, and if you would like me to mention it at the Reward Board. You can email me if you would rather keep it private. the wub "?!" 13:21, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Could you donate the money to the "All Grants Fund" by GiveWell? The international website is [6] but since you offered the reward in pounds, it might be better to use the UK website [7]. If it's a regular practice to mention it at the Reward Board then please do so. But as far as I'm concerned, it's not necessary. Thanks a lot for doing this and let's hope that I don't remain the sole awardee for too long. Phlsph7 (talk) 13:52, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Phlsph7 Excellent choice, to be honest that's where much of my charitable giving goes anyway :) I donated the £100 to the UK entity so they will be able to claim Gift Aid (an extra £25).
Thank you for the generosity and all the hard work on the article. I noticed that you have Communications nominated too, so you might end up the second awardee too at this rate. Good luck! the wub "?!" 14:20, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ah, that's great, I wasn't aware of Gift Aid. I have my fingers crossed for the article communication. For most of my nominations, it takes very long until they get reviewed, so it may well be a few more months, let's see. Phlsph7 (talk) 16:26, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi again. I have another candidate for the level 2 vital article GA award. After a lengthy review, the article Logic was promoted yesterday. Have there been any other awards in the meantime? Phlsph7 (talk) 07:47, 13 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Phlsph7 That's brilliant, congratulations on another excellent article! Would you like the reward to go to GiveWell again? There haven't been any other awards yet, but plant and post-classical history are currently nominated, along with your own communication of course. the wub "?!" 12:28, 13 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Could you give it again to the "All Grants Fund" by GiveWell? Thanks for your generous offer and for the feedback! My experience is that, with these articles on very general topics, it can take quite a while until a reviewer picks them up. So more patience may be needed. Phlsph7 (talk) 14:24, 13 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Phlsph7 Donation made :) Yes it does seem like reviewing is a real bottleneck especially for these broad topics, which is a shame but understandable. the wub "?!" 15:25, 13 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Much appreciated! Phlsph7 (talk) 16:09, 13 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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@Geni Yes, see you there! the wub "?!" 08:02, 23 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Reward board goodness![edit]

  • Found out why you thanked me for the GA of Logic. Any article requests? [The only topic I refuse to do is pop culture... and sometimes overly controversial things...] § Lingzhi (talk) 16:40, 13 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Oh. Sorry. I looked at the topics on Wikipedia:Vital articles/Level/2. They're just too darn big, and none of them really interest me too much anyhow. Sorry. § Lingzhi (talk) 17:31, 13 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      • On second thought: OK, I dropped William Wilberforce. So let's say I take a stab at improving Education. It might take 2 or 3 months to improve it to what I think might be GA level. Then I pop it into WP:GAN and maybe wait 6 or 7 months 'til anyone dares to review it. Even at the bare minimum, that's 8 months from now, and past your deadline. And it might be 10 months... Thoughts? Plus, I would want $USD. In fact, I would only want $98, sent to an online writing workshop for a 2-year membership. That saves you a little money, but adds trouble. And then some reviewer might have idiosyncratic reasons to fail GA. Thoughts? § Lingzhi (talk) 03:10, 14 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
        @Lingzhi: Education sounds like a tough one, although I'm sure there would be no shortage of sources. I notice @Phlsph7 has been working on that one too (!) so perhaps it could be a joint effort? In that case the reward would be split, either evenly or by some mutual agreement.
        The pace of reviewing nominations has definitely been on my mind too: it's much slower than I realised, which is exactly why I thanked you for the review of Logic! I've been wondering about ways to incentivise reviews, but it's hard to do that while making sure they keep their thoroughness and integrity. In the meantime I've extended the deadline by 6 months, since I doubt anyway that we'll hit the 10 rewards budgeted for.
        I'm not that experienced with GAN, but idiosyncratic fails aren't something I've really noticed being a problem there? If that does happen I suppose the best recourse is just to seek an alternative reviewer, which should hopefully be faster with some of the work having been done already.
        As for rewards, I'm certainly happy to purchase things up to the value of the reward if that's easier. A writing workshop sounds great! the wub "?!" 11:34, 14 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
        • I left a note for Phlsph7 on her/his talk page about Education. If she/he has dibs, I could look for another one. Thanks! § Lingzhi (talk) 11:42, 14 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
        • ha ha I call dibs on History of science! § Lingzhi (talk) 11:44, 14 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
          So far, the response to the reward offer was rather slow. But maybe the tides are turning now that people start fighting over the remaining level 2 vital articles and already place reservations.
          Thanks for extending the deadline by the way. Phlsph7 (talk) 13:19, 14 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
          • Hmmmm, there seems to be some nontrivial snippy bickering going on through the archives of History of science. I might wanna recalibrate....thinking... § Lingzhi (talk) 13:43, 14 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

() I have a question: What happens if I start working on History of science, and then others join in & it turns into a collaboration? Surely this is to be encouraged. Collaboration is an ideal of wiki-culture...but then, who gets the reward, if anyone? § Lingzhi (talk) 23:03, 14 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Lingzhi.Renascence Collaboration is definitely encouraged! Generally I think the reward would go to whoever does most of the work and leads it through GAN. However if it's agreed that multiple people made major contributions then the reward can be split, either evenly or in some ratio agreed by the collaborators. If people can't agree I suppose I'll have to adjudicate somehow, but would hope it doesn't come to that. the wub "?!" 21:53, 15 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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