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WikiProject Astronomy (Rated Project-class)
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Wiki Education hiring an experienced Wikipedian

Wiki Education is hiring an experienced Wikipedian for a part-time (20 hours/week) position. The focus of this position is to help new editors (students and other academics) learn to edit Wikipedia. The main focus of the position is monitoring and tracking contributions by Wiki Education program participants, answering questions, and providing feedback. We're looking for a friendly, helpful editor who like to focus on article content, but also with a deep knowledge of policies and guidelines and the ability to explain them in simple, concise ways to new editors. They will be the third member of a team of expert Wikipedians, joining Ian (Wiki Ed) and Shalor (Wiki Ed). This is a part-time, U.S. based, remote or San Francisco based position.

We are especially interested in people with experience editing astronomy-related articles. See our Careers page for more information. Ian (Wiki Ed) (talk) 20:11, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

@Ian (Wiki Ed): shame about the living in the US requirement. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 20:52, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
@Headbomb: I know. But as things currently stand, we don't have the capacity to navigate the bureaucratic hurdles, especially since we've never done it before. Ian (Wiki Ed) (talk) 21:14, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
@Ian (Wiki Ed): feel free to ping me for some occasional pro-bono work or general help every now and then though. I look at the required qualifications and I obliterate them. Can't say I'll be available on a 9am-5pm California time basis, but I'm generally around enough to reply within a day. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 22:08, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

User:Citation bot now handles bibcodes better

Just a notice, you can now put {{cite journal|bibcode=1985A&AS...60...99W}} in an article, citation bot will now expand it (see how to trigger the bot) to the full

  • Westin, T. N. G (1985). "The local system of early type stars. Spatial extent and kinematics". Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series. 60: 99. Bibcode:1985A&AS...60...99W.

You can activate Citation bot here or via scripts and other methods. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 14:34, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Great! That will save having to paste both DOIs and Bibcodes into {{cite journal}}. Have you tested with a more recent paper to see if it adds the DOI from just a Bibcode and/or vice versa? Your example doesn't have a DOI listed in ADS (presumably because A&AS was discontinued before DOIs were adopted). Modest Genius talk 15:31, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
Great news. A couple of quick tests show it working, and yes it adds doi's based on the bibcode. The new activity log format is also nice, much easier to spot what the bot has actually done. Lithopsian (talk) 15:48, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
Yup. It doesn't make my User:Bibcode Bot entirely useless, but there's been a burst of updates on Citation Bot that makes it hugely more useful than before, and a bit more aggressive in standardizing crappy ways of doing citation. It's not perfect and still needs review every now and then, but it's sooo much better than before, it's pretty insane. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 20:45, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
What happens in the meantime though is that the citation appears to have an error condition, which will lead to editors attempting to address it. If it instead said something like, "Citation details pending", that might be useful. Praemonitus (talk) 15:37, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Citations without titles? Well to be fair it is an error condition, and not necessarily one that Citation Bot can fix. The bot also intermittently fails to expand bibcodes, possibly for capacity, timeout, or throttling reasons. Lithopsian (talk) 16:36, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
My point about wasting editor's time is also valid. Praemonitus (talk) 19:02, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
If you've made such a point here, I don't see it. What do you mean by "wasting editor's time"? Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 19:43, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
A hypothetical helpful editor, ignorant of the automation, goes to the AX Circini article, sees the "Missing or empty |title=" error, and decides to complete the reference. Time wasted. Praemonitus (talk) 20:05, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Well that's a rather different concern than having the bot being able to expand citations from bibcodes in the first place. But if you're interested in cutting down on missing titles errors, and saving editors time, please see Help talk:Citation Style 1#Links to citation bot, revisited. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 23:18, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. Praemonitus (talk) 13:22, 1 September 2018 (UTC)

AFD Discussion - Modern Mars habitability

There is an article at AfD that may interest you. The article is here Modern Mars habitability. Please vote or comment at WP:Articles for deletion/Modern Mars habitability

Robert Walker (talk) 03:46, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

Proposed name change

WikiSky has been renamed or some how changed to I propose renaming {{WikiSky}} to {{}} with redirects in place. Any objections ? - FlightTime (open channel) 17:09, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

Seems reasonable, especially since WikiSky seems to be down. Primefac (talk) 17:32, 9 September 2018 (UTC)
 Done - FlightTime (open channel) 15:24, 23 September 2018 (UTC)


Unistellar's product, introduced last year at Consumer Electronics Show, seems to have attracted a bit of notability. Enough to start an article? Enhanced Vision Telescope Oh, also Stellina and Hiumi, like there's a trend underway. Jim.henderson (talk) 02:26, 23 September 2018 (UTC)

Relevant featured picture candidate

This nomination could probably use input from people knowledgeable on the subject to give assurances that it is an accurate depiction before it is promoted and likely to appear on the main page. GMGtalk 10:36, 25 September 2018 (UTC)

There are another two diagrams also nominated for FP that need review for scientific accuracy:
Thanks. MER-C 17:00, 27 September 2018 (UTC)

d:Q284657(relativistic jet) and d:Q27656067(Astrophysical jet)

We should move some labels and items from d:Q284657 to d:Q27656067. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:2D8:E256:2A5:0:0:BAC8:3700 (talk) 15:41, 5 October 2018 (UTC)

No, the Korean entry should be merged to the older d:Q284657(relativistic jet), which started off as the wikidata entry for's Polar jet (now moved). Even though not all astrophysical jets are relativistic, in many language wikis the article on the topic is called relativistic jet. The Korean article is very similar to the article. StarryGrandma (talk) 18:56, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
This appears to be a Wikidata discussion, not related to the English-language Wikipedia. I suggest you discuss the issue (whatever it is) at Modest Genius talk 09:59, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

Mensa (constellation)

is at FAC at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Mensa (constellation)/archive1 - FAC is quiet so all input will be gratefully received. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 03:16, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

Errrr....anyone? Things are really slow there.... Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 11:14, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Review added. Praemonitus (talk) 15:11, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Mass of Neptune

I noticed a comment at Talk:Neptune#The mass is incorrect by Machine 4. The infobox says the mass of Neptune is 1.0243×1026 kg but the reference says it is 102.413×1024 kg. That is, instead of 1.0234 the article should say 1.02314. I would have fixed it but I don't see any other values in the infobox with six significant figures. Would someone familiar with relevant procedures please fix. Johnuniq (talk) 07:16, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

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