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How did James Russell Lowell get through the FA process, let alone onto the main page with unreferenced items in the list of works. @User:The_Rambling_Man FYI --CosmicAdventure (talk) 17:14, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

Looks like three items are missing inline citations, but all three are referenced in the main body of the article. There's no problem here as far as I'm concerned, but thanks for the ping! The Rambling Man (talk) 19:14, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

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Greetings. Interesting new feature, mentioning people who were born or died on this date. However, I have to question the choice of Frédéric Chopin as today's subject: with the benefit of pop-ups, I found the dates "1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849" in the first sentence of his article; visiting the page to investigate further, I read that "[t]he parish baptismal record gives his birthday as 22 February 1810 [...] However, the composer and his family used the birthdate 1 March, which is now generally accepted as the correct date". Even if the preferred birth date were in fact the February one, perhaps a subject with less ambiguity would be more appropriate. Waltham, The Duke of 16:44, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

More of a worry than a full-blown error here, but perhaps the von Ungern-Sternberg entry should say something like "White Russian forces..." or "forces under the warlord...". Just saying "Russian forces" could suggest that this was an action undertaken by the Russian government. Of course this doesn't make much sense if you know anything about the Russian Civil War, but for those who do not (and there are a lot of people who do not know a single thing about this period except that there was a revolution and it was in 1917) we should provide that tiny bit of context. - (talk) 17:46, 22 February 2017 (UTC)


  • Battle of Buena Vista - order of battle section completely unreferenced, and other paragraphs without inline citation. The Rambling Man (talk) 09:35, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
    • I've removed the unreferenced section, it was completely unnecessary. The rest of the article seems fine to me, if the two unref'd paragraphs at the bottom of the aftermath section are also a problem I'd just axe them too. Jenks24 (talk) 15:09, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Grayrigg derailment blurb says "one ... 22" should be "1 ... 22" or "one ... twenty-two". The Rambling Man (talk) 10:23, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
    Plus, article says that 30 were seriously injured, 58 received minor injuries... The Rambling Man (talk) 10:24, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
    Plus, about half the aftermath and cause sections are unreferenced. The Rambling Man (talk) 10:25, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
    Changed the injuries to thirty. The article looks in decent enough nick to me, but happy to defer to others if they think it should be switched with something else. Jenks24 (talk) 15:03, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
  • SN 1987A, two errors:
    • SN stands for supernova, so 'supernova SN 1987A' is tautology. I suggest 'Light from SN 1987A (remnant pictured), a supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud, reached Earth.'
    • The image shows the remnant, not the supernova itself. The blurb correctly identifies this, but the caption does not. It also makes the 'supernova SN...' mistake again. I suggest 'Remnant of supernova 1987A'.
Modest Genius talk 12:13, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
Done both of these. Jenks24 (talk) 14:58, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

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"... that only two men who participated in the Whiskey Rebellion were convicted of treason, but were later pardoned by President George Washington?" This sounds awkward to me. Suggest "... that only two men who participated in the Whiskey Rebellion were convicted of treason, but they were later pardoned by President George Washington?" or "... that only two men were convicted of treason for participating in the Whiskey Rebellion, but were later pardoned by President George Washington?" DuncanHill (talk) 16:53, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

Came here to say something about this, the way it's worded suggests there were other men who were convicted of treason and not pardoned. Stick a "they" in the second half and it's fine. - (talk) 17:14, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
Added "they" Rmhermen (talk) 18:04, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
Thanks! It might also be good to change the "but" to "and", since the two halves are not really at odds with each other. - (talk) 18:15, 22 February 2017 (UTC)


  • "... that Leslie Thrasher, the creator of fictional Lil, was a realist?" - what is "fictional Lil"? Is it notable? Is this hook just trying to be hooky by saying that a realist created a fictional character? If so, it's pretty lame. The Rambling Man (talk) 14:04, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
    • Yeah, this sounds odd to my ear. I think changing it to "the creator of the fictional character Lil, was a realist" would make more sense while still having the fictional/realist 'contrast'. Jenks24 (talk) 14:43, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
      • That's certainly better than what's currently there... The Rambling Man (talk) 15:06, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
        • Well, I've made that change. Definitely no objection if someone wants to change the hook in its entirety though. Jenks24 (talk) 15:12, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
    • See, an I thought lameness was the ultimate goal... --Jayron32 15:08, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

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