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– Regardless of what 'Imperial German' confusingly says, in historiography "Imperial German" refers to the Second (Wilhelmine) Reich founded in 1871 – which ended in November 1918 with the German defeat in WWI. The "Cross of Hono(u)r" mentioned here was, obviously, a Nazi morale-boosting trinket of the 1933-45 Third Reich.
Suggest we make it simply "for German women." – Sca (talk) 22:23, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
I've gone with "German mothers", as that's what the article says. Vanamonde (talk) 22:39, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
All mothers are women, so far at least. Now we have the phrase "German mother(s)" twice in one sentence. Oh well. – Sca (talk) 14:01, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
Yes, but non-mothers are not eligible. Vanamonde (talk) 22:03, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
As Chad Mitchell once said, "Let that be a lesson to all you mothers out there." – Sca (talk) 22:32, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

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  • ... that Escher sentences like "More people have been to Russia than I have" are often initially perceived as perfectly ordinary and meaningful despite actually being ungrammatical nonsense?
At least the hook shouldn't be ungrammatical. Please trim this to:
  • ... that Escher sentences like "More people have been to Russia than I have" are often initially perceived as perfectly ordinary and meaningful despite actually being ungrammatical nonsense? Yoninah (talk) 10:35, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
If the often is dropped this would imply that they are always perceived by all readers as grammatical initially, which is untrue. Stephen 12:30, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
That example is not ungrammatical: it is semantically ridiculous (unless the speaker is the "owner" of a large number of people), but the grammar is defensible. Kevin McE (talk) 17:46, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
I have restored the word "often" but deleted the phrase "perfectly ordinary" as it's OR-ish and redundant. Gatoclass (talk) 23:22, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
Tweaked again as I couldn't confirm that this happens "often" from the article, which actually says that studies of acceptibility have found "highly variable" results. Gatoclass (talk) 23:56, 16 December 2018 (UTC)


  • "... that at the Battle of Damme, a smaller English fleet captured 300 French ships that were mostly loaded with bacon and wine?"
"Mostly" would haver to be based on the knowledge that those two commodities comprised more than 50% (by weight? by volume? by value?) of the payload. All the article says is, "Heavily laden with supplies, largely wine and bacon, the army's pay chests, and the personal goods of the French barons, it proceeded to...". Kevin McE (talk) 17:46, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
Changed to "and burned another 100" in accordance with article text. Gatoclass (talk) 23:34, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

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The part "Azerbaijani players had represented the Soviet Union national football team. Defender Rashad Sadygov (pictured) is Azerbaijan's most capped player of all time" may run afoul of MOS:SOB with 3 links in rapid succession. Just a thought. --DannyS712 (talk) 05:43, 16 December 2018 (UTC)


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A Sister Project to collaborate on?[edit]

As I have written in my User Page, there is a genuine requirement for a Sister Project WikiDerivations on Ab Initio Derivations on Pure Sciences, particularly, physics. From the First principles.
Using Ockham's Razor as a strict guideline. Then, layer by layer, generalising and advancing further.
But simplest at the very beginning. Nothing more than what is absolutely necessary.
A sub-site, Wikipedia Derivations, or as an aside with an appropriate link, and then an ever-growing list of derivations contributed by community members. Posters themselves. Anyone competent to contribute. Edited. Simplified further. With minimum descriptive words on that particular derivation's page. To be used as an Online Learning Aid.
To effectively end the monopoly of organised educational institutions on the greatest achievements of the Human Minds. Let the society enjoy the beauty of the interweaving of logic, analysis and experimental data, without the threats of memorisation and faithful reproduction in exams. Freedom from the need to buy generally expensive textbooks.
I waited for a long time, hoping that eventually, Wikipedia would stumble on to this simple idea. 10 years have passed by, but Wikipedia did not. So the time is ripe for me to post this idea.
Subject to approval, I could begin posting derivations.
Bkpsusmitaa (talk) 02:35, 9 December 2018 (UTC)

Bkpsusmitaa, this is an interesting idea. But this page isn't the best place for it—you probably want to take it to Meta:Proposals for new projects. Eman235/talk 03:40, 10 December 2018 (UTC)
@Eman235: Thank you very much for responding, Eman235. Could then a copy of this discussion be moved to my User_Page please?
Bkpsusmitaa (talk) 04:54, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Asteroid 101955 Bennu[edit]

The picture has been there for 'a few days' - is there anything it could be changed to? Jackiespeel (talk) 00:31, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

What do you suggest? Stephen 00:44, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Perhaps one of the football players, like Leonardo Ponzio, the captain of the winning team. Eman235/talk 01:01, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Good call, swapped. Stephen 04:16, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Probably 'three days' is a reasonable maximum - and even if there is a 'current, ongoing' situation there should be at least intermittent use of other images. And there may well be a run of eg space-related ITN images. Jackiespeel (talk) 14:45, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
See WP:LUGO. Modest Genius talk 17:21, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
More 'just commenting' and noting that the picture was changed to something equally newsworthy in the same category. Jackiespeel (talk) 17:43, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
We go for months without a space story and all of a sudden everything just happens at once. Funny about these things. Eman235/talk 05:18, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Indefinite page protection[edit]

OP indeffed for sockpuppetry.--WaltCip (talk) 17:49, 14 December 2018 (UTC)
The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Please stop protecting pages indefinitely. The wiki must be kept clean from protection. Anthony E. Lahmann (talk) 03:41, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

@Anthony E. Lahmann: You can make edit requests on talk pages for articles that are protected. For example, this talk page is for discussing changes needed to the main page, not to the website in general. Ian.thomson (talk) 03:44, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
There is a strong consensus for protecting the Main Page indefinitely. Otherwise, our only defense against Main Page porn would be to revert it afterwards. Art LaPella (talk) 05:31, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Talking of porn, what the heck is that image with the Copa Libertadores ITN story on the mobile app? Almost had an embarrassing moment today using the app at work. 1.39.183.10 (talk) 16:51, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
It is probably the most viewed and important page in Wikipedia. Abelmoschus Esculentus talk / contribs 12:48, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.