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At 08:17, Mar 10, 2015

XhohxXhohx said:


Since this is your first time, the instructions here are a tad bit confusing -- they make it seem like you should name your first Archive Archive 2 but just go ahead and name it Archive1, OK? You can do it, fairly easily. Takes a bit of focus the first time 'round, then it's a cinch!! :)

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At 20:05, Mar 11, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Become a Value Investor. Cheers for the cleanup on this one, Donagan! What are your thoughts on where it stands now - still pretty stubby, or is it thorough enough to actually help readers? I can promote it if it is, and I defer your experience on whether it'd actually help folks complete the task or not :)

At 01:44, Mar 12, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Ok good to know! Makes sense that it's worth doing properly! I'll see if it's up any of our editor's alleys- and either way will wait on promotion until it's more through. Cheers Donagan!

At 17:36, Mar 14, 2015

XhohxXhohx said:

I created Archive1 of your Talk Page, Donagan. Instead of following the instructions at exactly, I used Otherwise, the instructions were all followed. I then added "Archive" in curlicue brackets to the top of this page by editing it, which caused the top-of-page Archiving message to appear, that the page has been archived (except for what's currently showing).

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At 22:27, Mar 23, 2015

OoT2DNicolas Wolfe said:

Hey hey Donagan! :)

Thank you so much for your extensive help in Spellcheck. It's amazing how much people manage to misspell things. Good job.

Thanks for all the things you do to make wikiHow a great place to be!

Congrats on your awesome!

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At 09:55, Mar 29, 2015

Chris-GarthwaiteChristopher G. said:

Thanks for your edits on Be a Possibilitist, i.e. an Adherent to Possibilitism.

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At 19:45, Mar 30, 2015

WikihowSaverWikihowSaver said:

Thanks for your edits on Purchase Municipal Bonds.

Nice quick edits there! They really improve this article, thanks!


At 00:15, Apr 04, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Buy Corn Commodities. Puts a smile on my face on a Friday to see such a conscientious edit on a niche topic like this... Three cheers to you, Donagan! Have a great weekend :)

At 03:51, Apr 12, 2015

WikihowSaverWikihowSaver said:

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Thanks for sticking with wikiHow!

If I had a snowflake for every spellcheck you do here on wikiHow,

a blizzard would have blasted in. Thank you doing everything you can here. It means a lot!

Your wikiFriend,

WikihowSaver (talk) 03:51, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

At 02:13, Apr 16, 2015

Cyber-FoxCyber Fox said:

Thank you for the spelling correction on Reduce Foot Pain from Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy!

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At 03:52, Apr 16, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Thanks for the great copyediting :) How are you doing?

At 00:20, Apr 17, 2015

DiscoverSolutionsAdaline Cang said:

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I undid the change you made to Trade Options on the Nifty (Indian Index) because it seems to go against wikiHow policy. I could be mistaken, though. You seem to have made a mistake. If you think it should be put back, get back to me.

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At 02:18, Apr 21, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Cool! And yeah, time certainly flies!

At 23:51, Apr 22, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

I happened to see the edit you made to Use Smartstocks to Evaluate Stocks while I was patrolling recent changes...another fab cleanup. Five stars! :)

At 17:09, Apr 23, 2015

BerryBoopBerryBoop said:

Dress NICELY for church, not NICLEY.

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At 04:39, Apr 26, 2015

Chris-GarthwaiteChristopher G. said:

Thanks for your edits on Create an Excel Spreadsheet Annual Budget.

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At 05:02, Apr 27, 2015

KirbyKirby said:

Thanks for your edits on Know if Your Girlfriend Is Cheating on You with Another Girl.

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At 15:08, Apr 29, 2015

InfernoTerraStephen said:

Thanks for your edits on Spry with a Graco Airless Sprayer Like a Pro.

Nice spelling mistakes, thanks for catching those! :)

At 04:09, Apr 30, 2015

Mohil-KhareMohil Khare said:

Thanks for your edits on Start Investing. It's simply amazing :)

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At 15:48, Apr 30, 2015

Jeangreycece winans said:

hi how you doin to day?

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At 22:55, May 01, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Calculate Bond Equivalent Yield. Another thorough doozy, Donagan - nicely done!

How's the week been treating you? Well, I hope - and hope you have a good weekend!

At 04:48, May 02, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hah, thanks! I did indeed- it was a fab time. So cool to connect with folks in person, and Montreal is a really neat city. Last time I was there was a decade ago so it was fun to see how much I remembered and how much has changed. But mostly the fun was in getting together with everyone. Hope we can drag you to the next one...!!

At 22:43, May 03, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Good call with this fix!

At 04:34, May 11, 2015

Connor-FlemingConnor said:

Thanks for taking the time to help improve Start Training Guide Dogs!

At 18:40, May 11, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Make a Worm Robot. I have to laugh at this one - a worm robot, woah!

Happy Monday Donagan :)

At 23:12, May 13, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Calculate the Market Value of Equity. Our boosting intern and I were noodling on this one and whether it was ready for promotion, but neither of us know the subject well enough to be honest. What are your thoughts on this one? Do you think it fits the title and is ready for readers, or is it still too simple as is? Your edit on it looks great - I'm just not sure about the topic myself, so wanted your opinion on reader readiness! :)

At 15:09, May 14, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

No worries - I trust your judgement on it; if it's a simple task and the article handles it, I'll go ahead and promote! Just have embarrassingly little clue about these things myself, so I didn't want to go ahead and do that without checking. I had a hunch that your edit on it meant it was good to go, but didn't want to assume and end up putting something out there that was incomplete. I appreciate your letting me know - here goes! :)

At 22:04, May 14, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Thanks for taking the time to help improve Invest Successfully!

At 16:42, May 15, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hey Donagan!

I was wondering if you might be interested in helping with a short experiment? Our editing fellows are running a test where they weave KnowledgeBox advice into articles at a fairly rapid pace. We're getting so many awesome submissions of advice that we're trying to see if they can up their game on getting them out to readers, instead of sitting on good advice that's not getting "out there"! This speed does mean that the article doesn't really get a final thorough copyedit though, so we're thinking of building a tool especially for giving articles that last shine.

The idea is very much still evolving so I don't know how it'd work yet, but it'd be a bit different from the Copyedit Greenhouse, mostly just because of prioritization. We wouldn't want these good new revamps to get lost in the backlog since other than a bit of editing for run-on sentences and the like, they're mostly ready to go. It'd be a bit like a "factory line" where an editing fellow pastes and weaves the advice in from the submissions, and then another editor (fellow or community) gives it that much-needed copyedit.

So, John and the team asked me to see if any community members would be game to give the articles that second round of wikiGnome editing love they need. Are you interested in trying one and letting me know your thoughts on how easy/hard it was and how much time it took? No stress if not, but I just thought I'd ask!

At 20:49, May 15, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Oh woops, yeah sorry - should have started at square 1! So when you log out and read wikiHow, every article page has a little section like this where interested readers can click-through and find topics they know something about. Each one opens up if you click yes, into something like this. It's sort of a "free for all" writing scenario, where someone can share a tip, write up a whole method, or add whatever else they'd like -- and it's been a really great resource for getting all kinds of input on tough topics, by folks who might be a bit "wikitext"-averse or otherwise disinclined to sign up. The only hitch is, someone has to weed through those answers to figure out what's helpful and then edit the topic with the good additions. As you can imagine, this can be a slow process!

So the idea for the experiment is to see whether more of a "factory line" approach could work better. In their latest batch of edits, the editing fellows tackled as many articles as they could to add the info, without going through the articles with a fine-tooth comb to really shine up the grammar and flow... and we're trying to see whether having someone else (whether another editing fellow, or folks from the community, or a mix) do proofreading might make things a bit more streamlined and efficient. But it is, as expected, an experiment! So would be keen to have your thoughts on it.

If you want to give it a go, here's one of the example articles:

Some parts of it seem fine but there are likely a few run-on sentences that need adjusting for flow, a few grammatical errors, and some wording choices that could be better, that kind of thing (esp from some points that were pretty much copied in "as is" from KnowledgeBox submissions). If you want to give it a read-over and make any changes, that's fab. Let me know how much work was needed and whether that's something you'd be into doing more of, and I'll pass the feedback on. Could also be helpful to know what you need in an editing window to do that kind of task -- like, would you want the full toolbar, or just a Quick Edit style box? Any feedback is welcome! :)

At 21:09, May 16, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Haha sorry Donagan, too much lingo! The 'Knowledge Box' is what I showed screenshots of above; it's how we gather new knowledge from readers who have advice to share but don't want to edit or aren't sure of how to use the 'wikitext' in articles (our markup, with # and * and all that jazz). So far it's been pretty promising for getting helpful new advice! A 'wikiGnome' is sort of a fun term used in wiki culture (from Wikipedia first, I imagine) for the folks who like editing on wikis as a hobby, doing the hard wiki work that's often 'behind the scenes' but oh so necessary- things like your solid spellchecking qualify! And bits and bobs like cleaning up broken links or handling title change requests. The somewhat hidden but essential tasks of the wiki :)

The editing fellows are a team of writers we have as part of staff. You may have seen them doing bold edits around the place- CQinPDX is one, and Jakesoup and Mr. Saigon and Myles Schaller, to name a couple. They generally research and overhaul big topics with accuracy issues, or tackle spammy tech articles to rewrite them with more sound advice. In this case, they're working on taking those advice submissions from readers and incorporating them into the articles quickly, in that aforementioned factory line kind of process. I'm really glad you enjoyed the process- I'll take a look at your edits and pass on your feedback about it. If the idea sticks and even grows, I'll keep you in the loop to see if you want to do any more! Either way I think this is a fab test case- thanks for humoring my experimental noodling :)

At 13:58, May 21, 2015

WikihowSaverWikihowSaver said:

Thanks for your edits on Choose a Trading System That Actually Works.

Thanks for making wikiWord go around!

WikihowSaver; The Fun, Crafty, Cooking Saver (talk) 13:58, 21 May 2015 (GMT)

At 15:43, May 22, 2015

Cybiko123Josh Anders said:

Thanks for your edits on Invest in a Down Market. Per, indices is correct.

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At 16:01, May 22, 2015

Cybiko123Josh Anders said:

You're right. My mistake.

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At 02:27, May 23, 2015

KrystleKrystle said:

Hey, long time no talk!

I was wondering if I could get your opinion on something. I'm trying to gauge interest in providing a resume-building workshop of sorts to community members. I posted details about it here. If it's something you would be interested in, or have any questions/thoughts about, can you post there? I'd love to try out this idea but the more feedback I have, the more likely it will be to succeed :)

At 17:30, May 26, 2015

Super-PatrollerSuper Patroller said:

Thanks for helping wikiHow grow into something beautiful.

Thanks for your edits on Stop Ants Eating Plants.

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At 17:36, May 26, 2015

Super-PatrollerSuper Patroller said:

Thanks for helping wikiHow grow into something beautiful.

Thanks for spell-checking articles today! :)

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At 21:19, May 26, 2015

KrystleKrystle said:

I'd be thrilled to write you a letter of recommendation! Would it be for a certain position? Or just in general?

At 01:20, May 28, 2015

KrystleKrystle said:

Just say the word :)

At 18:54, Jun 01, 2015

DarkfrostJennifer said:

Hey Donagan! Thanks for those great edits on Get Started Trading Options!

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At 22:05, Jun 04, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Make a Long Term Stock Investment. Super neat to see an article getting such a quick collaboration edit here - this one was new, and you brought it from borderline/stub up to promotable level, I reckon. Nicely done!

At 02:27, Jun 12, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Hi there,

Congrats on being featured in our Community Achievements! And thanks for all the time you invest into those articles. It is always deeply appreciated.

How have things been with you?

At 16:09, Jun 12, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

The Copyeditor's Barnstar
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Today I realized that I'm so used to seeing conscientious and impressive spellchecker and copyedits from you that I too often see them as a given ("another great Donagan edit!"), rather than recognizing each one as the significant work of art it is. We can't have that, so I thought it was time to recognize and celebrate your tireless dedication to making wikiHow a better place. Whether you're editing from the Spellchecker or the Topic Greenhouse, you use your expansions and cleanup edits to leave every page in better shape than you found it. Barnstars are generally awarded sparingly on a wiki, but your hard work, copyediting skills, and expert input on financial topics have helped millions of readers learn how to do something new, and that's without a doubt worthy of this recognition!

At 16:14, Jun 12, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

PS If you want to know more about Barnstars in general, check out this page: wikiHow:Barnstar, and if you can, take a second to stop by the forum post here where I announced this, too :)

At 16:30, Jun 12, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hahah, you know, I had no idea either. But I googled it and rural it is -- Wikipedia says, "A barnstar (or barn star, primitive star, or Pennsylvania star) is a decorative painted object or image, often in the shape of a five-pointed star but occasionally in a circular "wagon wheel" style, used to adorn a barn in some parts of the United States. They have no structural purpose, but may be considered lucky, akin to a horseshoe mounted over a doorway. They are especially common in Pennsylvania and frequently seen in German-American farming communities."

Who'da known, right? I must spend more time in barns!

At 17:03, Jun 12, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hah, glad to make you grin, and glad to hear that your barn will now be adequately decorated! If I can't find a good barn around here, maybe I'll come visit yours :)

At 17:29, Jun 12, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Perfect! I didn't realize you were up that way. Next year's meetup is due to be in Portland so if you're in that neck of the woods, hey hey...!

I'm sure we have a barn or two, somewhere between the big tech buildings and apartment blocks. We do have a shed at the wikiHaus but I'm not sure it qualifies. Mostly when I think barn around here, I think of the gaudy antique outlet in Gilroy. Technically a barn but... no barn star!

At 04:05, Jun 13, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Many congrats on the barnstar - well-deserved! Oh, I hope to see you at next year's meetup. I plan to be there with my awesome mom :)

At 18:34, Jun 17, 2015

FourFour said:

Hi Donagan, I was trying to help out by patrolling recent changes and I ended up reverting the edit you made to Celebrate Australia Day. I wanted to give you the heads up on that because there's always the chance I made a mistake, and you were really just trying to make the page better. So if that's the case, please reply.

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At 18:35, Jun 18, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Fill Your Purse with the Essentials.

I trust your perhaps wrinkled and sellotaped paper barnstar hangs proud on your barn still? :D

At 20:09, Jun 18, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Haha, okay, I'll work to stop giving thumbs for little edits. Sorry :P

At 20:11, Jun 18, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Oh, and thanks for that note of appreciation -- I actually adopted this attitude from my awesome mom! But yeah, I'm just too trigger happy, hah, and in the future I'll start working to reserve thumbs-ups for substantial edits.

At 23:24, Jun 18, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

That's a great idea! And thanks - you're a wonderful contributor too. :)

At 23:56, Jun 18, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hahaha, fair enough. And too true: Follow the rules, Anna! No chatting. Good luck with your star, and broom, and all! I'm offline tomorrow but I hope you have a great weekend :)

At 02:06, Jun 20, 2015

KrystleKrystle said:

(Late) congrats on the barnstar :) Very well-deserved!

At 04:30, Jun 20, 2015

KrystleKrystle said:

It's a vicious, positive cycle, eh?

At 07:39, Jun 22, 2015

Pranjal-PandeyPranjal Pandey said:

Thanks for your spell check in PHP devlopment but its custom and not customer :)

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At 19:16, Jun 22, 2015

KrystleKrystle said:

Haha, I am a terrible offender on the chatting front :) One of these days I might even get blocked!

At 15:58, Jun 24, 2015

ConfusionistConfusionist said:

Thanks for your edits on Love Yorself! Sweet spellchecker work! :)

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At 21:45, Jun 24, 2015

KrystleKrystle said:

Oh hmm, did that start happening recently? About how long ago? It might be a bug.

It should only show when all that remains are articles you've skipped. But I doubt you've skipped that many. If you try clearing your cache and cookies, it would start showing you the ones you've skipped.

At 00:37, Jun 26, 2015

KrystleKrystle said:

Eep. I'm running into the same issue. I filed a bug report to get that fixed ASAP!

At 02:51, Jun 27, 2015

KrystleKrystle said:

Wow, what a mess! I know that some changes were being made yesterday that might've contributed to the temporary craziness. I updated the error message today to clarify that it's not that the tool ran out of articles; it's really that it ran across several titles that didn't have the typo it thought it did, and that causes a hiccup.

The engineers are going to work on preventing that error from happening next week. I hope all those other issues are gone though? Let me know. EEeeeep. :)

At 19:15, Jul 02, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Invest on Nice accuracy fixes, sir! How's it going - got any big July 4th plans?

At 20:19, Jul 02, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hah, okay, you rule follower you! A little chat here or there, we can probably get by with buuuut... Back to editing for both of us then :)

At 15:15, Jul 08, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

I saw your Help Team note, Donagan. Definitely agreed the kudos messages can be pretty... random! How that works is that some readers send "fan mail" based on the article they're on, from the bottom of the page; it goes out to everyone who's ever edited the article, including spelling fixes and rollbacks and so on. So, on that last kudos note, it went out to everyone who had ever edited the Excel article, here, including your grand self! As for he gibberish.... eek, humans?!

At 20:55, Jul 08, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hahah, we'll work on that at our next "meeting" -- consonant coordination is a must for any cohesive team, right! Happy Wednesday, Donagan :D

At 13:50, Jul 19, 2015

XhohxXhohx said:

Hi Donagan,

Your edits to Prepare a Broad Working Capital or Cash Flows Budget are appreciated but I wonder if you know that Financial Statements are capitalized like legal forms in that they may be submitted to courts only in professionally approved formats? I believe, therefore, your edits should largely be reversed? Thanks so very much!

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At 08:38, Jul 21, 2015

Chris-GarthwaiteChristopher G. said:

Hi again,

I see your POV and it has validity; let's let it stand. But I think you'll find the alternative has been my consistent treatment throughout other articles? Let's just let those stand too, please? Thanks again for taking the time, Donagan! :)

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At 20:28, Jul 21, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Hedge in Investments. Nice edit!

Curious - what do you think of the images on this one? Seems like a topic where we might do better with some less cartoony images, but if any of the symbolism is helpful as is, or if replacements wouldn't be particularly more helpful either (ie if there's nothing specific to show), I can leave it as is. Any thoughts?

At 22:26, Jul 21, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Yeah, fair enough - the financial area is a hard one to get specific/helpful images for. Readers do respond well to having something, as you say, to break up the text, and when there are formulas etc involved, it makes sense to have them written out visually too. But in an article like that, I suppose symbolism is the best one can hope for! I'll leave as is for now but make a note to chat with the visual team about what their vision and hope is for that kind of title, so I can provide feedback with that goal in mind when I see ones that miss the mark. Cheers Donagan!

At 21:22, Jul 22, 2015

LoveofWriting15LoveofWriting15 said:

Your edit on Buy Gold Stocks looked good! Thanks! LoW

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At 01:03, Jul 31, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hey Donagan,

Thanks for your Help Team note - I know, it's a bummer seeing all the English spellings there that don't really need fixing. Our Spellchecker has never been the smartest, but it seems very persistent on those in particular, maybe lately more than before? I'm not sure since I don't use it as much as you do - but I take your word for it!

I know in the past, I've been told there isn't much room to make the dictionary "smarter" beyond what's actually added to it through votes; just limitations in how it's built, our engineering resources, and how/when the articles can be re-checked (after any regular edit, they get checked to see if there are words that need fixing or not - and if so, they go into the Spellchecker queue). But I can really understand your frustrations with it, and who knows - maybe something has changed to make more advancements there a possibility! So I will touch base with the developer who worked on it first, and a few other invested folks here at the wikiHaus, and pass on your feedback. Thank you for it - hopefully something will come of it :)

At 01:11, Jul 31, 2015

IsorhythmicJeff said:

I saw that you contributed to Foster Positive Body Image in Young Girls--Thanks for helping out!

At 15:36, Jul 31, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Yeah, sadly we don't have an editable list set up at the moment - maybe that's a solution down the line! It'd certainly be easier to smarten it up if we could add to it that way, but I don't know what the technical constrains are on the "other side" so we shall see, I suppose! I did pass along your feedback - Jordan (the engineer) is out on vacation at the moment but I sent it to Alissa, who envisions and plans out much of our engineering magic, so I'm hoping she'll get excited about the idea of a project to improve that side of things :)

As for me, oh I'm all sorts of unpredictable, hah -- I'm a Brit who was first raised in Germany, then educated in the US, and now working for a multicultural site. It's anyone's guess what spelling will come out when I start to type!

At 18:34, Jul 31, 2015

KirbyKirby said:

Thanks for your edits on Visit the Churches of Rome in One Day.

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At 18:58, Jul 31, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hahhaha. Watch out, I'll quote you on that... "Donagan said it's okay!" :)

At 15:59, Aug 01, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hey hey- filed a bug for you over the spellchecker skip stats. Seems off, I agree! The engineers have a fair amount on their plates, as usual, but maybe one of our summer interns can tackle it. You said you think it's new?

At 18:46, Aug 01, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Okie doke, thanks- will add the newness to the bug report! I appreciate your catching it, and understanding those tough prioritizations. Hopefully it won't be buggy too long, though :)

At 20:34, Aug 04, 2015

KrystleKrystle said:

Hi there,

I'm running an official wikiHow editor survey and I was wondering if you could help out by participating? This survey should take you about 5 minutes to complete. You can learn more about this research here. I would really appreciate it if you could take it within a week. We have a wonderful community here and I'm eager to get a better idea of who contributes and why :)

Let me know if you have any questions at all about this!

At 17:59, Aug 06, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Calculate Annual Interest on Bonds. I appreciate the edits for conciseness here - I think sometimes there's power in using fewer words!

At 20:49, Aug 07, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Nice job on editing Use Binary Options Strategies - awesome job! How have you been?

At 23:20, Aug 10, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Hey Don, ha thanks, I appreciate the feedback on thumbs ups. I am glad to know that! As for chatting, you can probably get by with a little; of course some chatting happens as you interact with and get to know other community members, and asking them how they have been is an important part of keeping the bond. Great question - that's definitely a confusing area! I think it's just chatting for the sake of chatting that is frowned upon around here, I hope this clarifies. :)

At 21:31, Aug 11, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Much as I like the idea of Roleyplaying (is there a roly-poly involved?), I changed the title on Have a Clique Role‐Playing Blog for you. Thanks for tagging it!

At 22:15, Aug 11, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hah, well the titles go into a special category for review, and the Help Team page is on my watchlist, so I get an email when anyone posts to it. That, and I just spend a lot of time patrolling and looking over the RC list, too :)

At 00:00, Aug 12, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

How cool! That's a lot of weddings!

No - not too chatty. A little chatting is fine :)

At 16:23, Aug 13, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Hah, thank you!

At 20:14, Aug 13, 2015

SarahBSarahB said:

Hi there and congratulations in being mentioned in our Community Achievements this week here well done!, kind regards Sarah Sarah B (talk) 20:14, 13 August 2015 (GMT)

At 00:53, Aug 14, 2015

SkyllfulCarter said:

Hey there!
Thank you for helping out with Spell Check! I really appreciate you improving the articles by taking the time to fix spelling errors!

I just wanted to let you know that the tool sometimes gets words wrong and thinks a word is misspelled when it really isn't. When you see something you are not sure is correctly spelled, please take the time to Google the word to see if it is legitimately used around the web. For brand names, such as wikiHow, look at the official website to see how it is supposed to appear. If it is apparent that the word is correct, it is important to click No, it's correct. That way the word will go in the wikiHow dictionary and no one will be asked about it in Spell Check again.

If you do see something that you are certain is a typo or misspelling, like "freind" instead of "friend," please click Yes, I'll fix it, then do so.

You and other volunteers have helped reduce the number of words needing to be checked and worked to create an awesomely accurate dictionary, so thanks again for helping out with spell checking! Your effort is greatly appreciated! If you have any questions, please let me know.

At 01:36, Aug 15, 2015

SkyllfulCarter said:

I was just patrolling your edit on Use Stop Limits in Stock Trading in recent changes. Great job! Thank you.

At 12:38, Aug 15, 2015

SkyllfulCarter said:

Yea, I found that as well... If you like, you can change the word to be without the accent, as it is not needed to spell the word (in English).

Your Helpful Friend (Ton Ami), Carter McCulloch (talk) 12:38, 15 August 2015 (GMT)

At 17:59, Aug 15, 2015

SkyllfulCarter said:

Removing the accent doesn't change anything, as far as I know. It is just a more proper way to spell it, another idea is that the spellchecker tool might be purposely highlighting these words because of the accent (this is merely and idea). For further clarification, please contact an Admin.

Your Helpful Friend (Ton Ami), Carter McCulloch (talk) 17:59, 15 August 2015 (GMT)

At 03:58, Aug 16, 2015

HumanBeingHumanBeing said:

Thanks for your edits on Pick the Right Cleanser for Your Child. Perhaps a cremé cleanser would be appropriate? ;)

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At 04:18, Aug 16, 2015

HumanBeingHumanBeing said:

Nowt wrong wit' a bit o' soap lad. I was joshing with you following all that stuff on the forum under points to ponder. I couldn't give a toss how people clean their offspring, as you may of observed if you read the whole article carefully.....I appreciate your picking up my typo though. Thanks fellow contributor. :)

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At 06:41, Aug 16, 2015

HumanBeingHumanBeing said:

English. That was my attempt a northern accent, Yorkshire, that neck of the words. I am originally from Norfolk where I would of said, 'Int nuffin up wiv soap boy'. The boy isn't intended to insult, every male is a boy in Norfolk, regardless of age. I admire your ability to roar through the spelling errors and get them all spot on. I get bored after about ten articles and distract myself with editing. I was pleased that How to Call New Zealand from Australia popped up for me today coz now that I am trying to become a Kiwi, not a Brit, I need to brush up on my NZ place name spellings. Where exactly does a non-flag waving type American such as yourself hail from then?

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At 15:20, Aug 16, 2015

SarahBSarahB said:

Hi there! I was very interested in your Forum posts about spelling. Spot on with your observations. Regards, Sarah

At 17:27, Aug 17, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Invest in Options. Solid cleanup - cheers Donagan! I'm going to pass your forum thread on to our team at the wikiHaus, too - good thoughts, re: spelling and how the tool could hopefully be smarter one day. Thanks for sharing them!

At 21:02, Aug 17, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Yeah, that definitely is curious re: the change in French and British word frequency. It does leave me scratching my head, so part of my passing on your ponderings is to make sure we get someone on the technical side to double check that some part of the Spellchecker tool didn't break! If it's not capable of knowing all those spelling nuances and we have to teach it one by one, that's one thing... But it's worth someone sniffing around to see whether it's actually behaving as it should or if there's a bug at play. It can be hard to spot these things when one isn't doing quite so many spellchecker edits as you are, so I appreciate knowing how it looks from your end! Could be a coincidence that evens out in due course, could be a bug to fix, or could be a coincidence that leads to a design improvement... You never know, but we'll cross our fingers!

Hah, what is it about the wiki that brings the British Birds in? Not sure! I'm a bit of a hybrid these days... Brits say I sound American, Americans say I sound British, and in the end I either get to claim both sides of the pond, or none!!

At 15:56, Aug 18, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Agreed! Happy to be here -- even when it's hot hot hot like it's been this week!

At 21:22, Aug 19, 2015

SkyllfulCarter said:

Thanks for your edits on Create a Wikia Account. Thanks for spellchecking, although it seems that "unguessable" is a word, as seen here. Please remember to search the web for words that you may be unsure about.

Your Helpful Friend (Ton Ami), Carter McCulloch (talk) 21:22, 19 August 2015 (GMT)

At 21:51, Aug 19, 2015

SkyllfulCarter said:

Haha, good one! If you need any more help, just drop by!

Your Helpful Friend (Ton Ami), Carter McCulloch (talk) 21:51, 19 August 2015 (GMT)

At 01:25, Aug 22, 2015

HumanBeingHumanBeing said:

Thanks for your edits on Get Beach Hair. Can't believe I even checked your spelling of tousled, of COURSE it was right!

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At 14:22, Aug 24, 2015

SkyllfulCarter said:

Hey there,

Thanks for your edits on Make Clouds on Photoshop. I decided to revert this spellcheck you made because "likings" is a word and works in the context provided, please remember to search the web for the terms you're changing before you change them, as the spellchecker tool is not always accurate.

Your Helpful Friend (Ton Ami), Carter McCulloch (talk) 14:22, 24 August 2015 (GMT)

At 15:22, Aug 25, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Remove Copper on the Surface of Materials. Man, I had to Google that one... beyond me! :)

At 04:16, Aug 28, 2015

KirbyKirby said:

Thanks for your edits on Lose Weight Naturally.

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At 23:34, Aug 28, 2015

HumanBeingHumanBeing said:

Thanks for your edits on Dress Casual Chic. Your tireless efforts on correcting spelling are appreciated. And, I really appreciate that you used your chat 'ration' on me recently. I realise I left you hanging the other day. I moved to NZ to be a Kiwi because the UK is too full! There's just more space in New Zealand, space for people, space for glorious landscape, space to escape, space to live. I love it here. I can, on occasion be a miserable so and so. I lack tolerance and am impatient. I also tend to use aggression to defend myself which makes me come over as grumpy, sarcastic and, on occasion, miserable. That being said, if people don't wind me up, I don't bite! Have a great 24 hours Donagan.

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At 05:10, Aug 29, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Thanks for helping with spellchecker!

At 21:22, Aug 29, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the edit you made to Remember Your PIN at the Checkout!

At 17:19, Aug 31, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

I saw that you contributed to Build Credit on a Credit Card--Thanks for helping out!

At 18:07, Aug 31, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Purchase Wholesale Consumer Electronics from China. Cheers for the thorough cleanup here! So many of these titles come from a spammy angle originally... it's so helpful to have a neutral eye editing out the cruddy suggestions!

At 01:14, Sep 02, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Edits like the one you made to Consolidate Your Bills help maintain and improve quality on wikiHow...Thanks for the helping hand.

At 18:00, Sep 03, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for the edit you made on Start a Charity. Looks good!

At 04:09, Sep 06, 2015

Moosey9Liana said:

Thanks for helping out with the spell checker tool! I saw you changed "hed" to "head" on Write an Article for Your School Newspaper. In fact, "hed" was indeed correct, as explained in the article. When you see spelling suggestions, try looking through the article first to see if it actually needs to be corrected. I'm not going to state that "sometimes the spellchecker tool gets confused" because that sentence is really irritating. (I just did... oops?) If you have any questions, just ask! :)

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At 18:00, Sep 06, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

I just saw your helpful edit to Patch Stucco. Thanks for the good contribution. Nice copyedit!

At 19:11, Sep 07, 2015

JordanJordan said:

Thanks for all the great spellchecks/copyediting! Nice work :)

At 22:58, Sep 07, 2015

WikihowSaverWikihowSaver said:

Hi there! We've noticed that you're amazing at editing articles, so we would like to invite you to join the Forgotten Article Project. Our aim is to fix up articles with old tags on them that have not been edited for a long time. If you have any questions please to not hesitate to leave a message on my talk page or look on the project page, which has more detailed information about the project's aims. We would appreciate it if you could join!

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WikihowSaver; The Fun, Crafty, Cooking Saver (talk) 22:58, 7 September 2015 (GMT)

At 21:35, Sep 08, 2015

Hal-MarieHal Marie said:

Thanks for your edits on Manage Delays in Construction Projects.

Do you want to create a wikihow account? It's totally free and opens up new oppurtunies. You can stay like this though.

I really appreciate your work.

Have a happy day

-Hal Marie

At 03:18, Sep 10, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Nice edit on Spot Fraudulent Health Products and Health Scams. Very much appreciated.

At 20:07, Sep 10, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on File for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. Caught your great fixes here - and noticed a bit of reader feedback and wanted to see if you have any thoughts on it - if you're game to indulge me!

Most of the ratings are actually really positive, but one person asked, " It's still telling me to use a attorney that was the main reason I came to this page so i'm still in the some spot. I want to file myself without using a attorney." -- Is that possible/advisable, or not? I can ask one of our financial/legal editors to take a look at the title if you think it could use adding points about doing it yourself, but I have no idea if that's a good goal or not. Any thoughts?

At 22:06, Sep 10, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hahah well you know - keeps me busy! Being busy is no bad thing :)

Yeah, I'd prefer caution as a tactic on that article too, if it's a process that ends up pretty complex! And no worries - I can ask put it in the queue for one of our legal experts to have a gander at some point. At least in the meantime most folks are finding it helpful!

That feedback is actually accessible in a "widget" on the side of the article for admins and boosters. The feedback there is gathered when folks vote yes or no on whether an article helped them. When we first released it, it made sense to keep it to admins and boosters since it was new, and most readers won't want that clutter on the page, but I'm wondering these days whether we might all benefit from having a preference to turn it on even for non-admins. Do you think that's something you'd be keen on if it were available?

If you're curious, that particular title doesn't have a ton of feedback, but here's what it does have (most positive, some negative):

  • Gave me info I was not aware of.
  • it gives me a better understanding of the types of bankruptcy
  • Answer most of my questions
  • Understanding how to file
  • It's still telling me to use a attorney that was the main reason I came to this page so i'm still in the some spot. I want to file myself without using a attorney.
  • Step by step info in easy to understand wording.
  • Clear concise precise practical honest

At 22:58, Sep 10, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Haha, well this would be a widget for reading reader opinions rather than giving the opinion, but point taken none-the-less!

Ah, my Britspeak shows itself... What is a Cali-English lady to do? Use the phrases of many, be understood by none. :D

At 23:48, Sep 10, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Fair 'nuff! And hah, you're too kind, sir. Not sure about the dialect mix but one thing is for sure: writing so much on my phone and quickly on the computer means I end up with typos galore. Promise I speak better than I write!

At 01:52, Sep 11, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hahaha, now that'd be a new way to work! Nah no worries- Jack is all about work-life balance. Believe it or not, I do this to myself- there's just always more I want to get done :)

At 03:57, Sep 11, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

You flatter me too much! But that doesn't mean I won't quote you, hah. Okay, off for that rest. Donagan's orders! Have a good one :)

At 20:08, Sep 11, 2015

OodOodOodOodOodOodOodOod said:

Thanks for your awesome spellchecking work. I have seen many great edits you have made through spellcheck :)

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At 02:51, Sep 16, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Nice edit on Cope With Retirement. Very much appreciated!

At 02:58, Sep 17, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Great improvement to Manage Delays in Construction Projects!

At 18:35, Sep 18, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Avoid Mistakes when Buying a Home. I shouldn't be surprised seeing an overhaul like this from you - but, still, worth a "nicely done, sir!"

Happy weekend, Donagan! :)

At 03:56, Sep 19, 2015

Jaden-GhentJaden Ghent said:

I happened to see the edit you made to Be Financially Disciplined while I was patrolling recent changes...Nice job!


~Sr.Patrol Staff

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At 19:57, Sep 22, 2015

DragonZKai7DragonZKai7 said:

Thanks for your edits on Pay Off Credit Card Debt.

At 03:55, Sep 23, 2015

Kenna18155Kenna18155 said:

I really appreciate all the work you've done on Spellchecker lately.

Keep up the good work!


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At 02:27, Sep 24, 2015

LovehopeLovehope said:

About that article you created, I was wondering if you could add pictures to it to make it stand out! Thanks!

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At 15:50, Sep 25, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Determine the Cost of Kids. Oh boy - for those of us who aren't yet parents but have a vague intention of getting there eventually... This topic... Nightmare!

In my college classes (Family Services was my field, way back when), they used to tell us the estimate is a quarter of a million dollars from 0 to 18 (not including college or any related joyous expenses). It's enough to make your head spin... and leave you wanting to go "child-free", as they call it! Eeek :D

At 18:01, Sep 25, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Yeah, honestly part of the reason I stopped working in education was because I do know I want my own one day, really -- and, doing double duty with kiddos all day would probably wear that patience thin, hah! Don't know how teacher-parents do it.

Congrats to your daughter! It sounds like and your wife did a fantastic and dedicated job on the whole bunch. But you're right - money without family doesn't sound like my cup of tea. I waffled back and forth over the fence for a few years until I became an aunt - having nieces and seeing how fab they are pretty much sealed the deal, regardless of the costs to come.

Thanks for the book recommendation. Sounds like an old-y but a good-y. Will check it out! On one of those break times :)

At 20:32, Sep 25, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Wow, that's no small feat, homeschooling for so many years! When done well, it seems like a great path for so many kids -- but, doing it well isn't so easy, I'm sure. That co-op approach must be so key for making sure there's no isolation or socialization issues, too. Good for you guys!

Better be careful or I'll start asking you about articles in our Category:Homeschooling category!

At 22:11, Sep 25, 2015

WikihowSaverWikihowSaver said:

Fixing up the spelling in articles is just like making a batch of cookies in winter. Thanks for chipping in!


WikihowSaver; The Fun, Crafty, Cooking Saver (talk) 22:11, 25 September 2015 (GMT)

At 00:25, Sep 26, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Yeah, I can well imagine there would be a lot of room to thrive without some of those pressures and social quirks that you end up with on a regular school yard. All you have to do is type "bullying" into the wikiHow search bar to see some of the negative effects kiddos struggle with out there. Ick!

All right, I'm wrapping up for the day - but yeah, if you and your wife do get inspired to chip in there, it'd be great to see the results! A lot of those topics are written from the student perspective, and not so many from the parent/teacher perspective. Lots of opportunity for improvement!

At 17:12, Oct 02, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Ok Mr D - bothering you as promised! Here's a pretty stubby one I just came across -- Find Homeschooling Resources. I was thinking of just adding a stub tag to it, but figured it might be worth sending your way first to see if you have any thoughts to add?

Oh, and ignore the iffy pics - we can get those redone! Not the visual team's best effort, from an era gone by, so if we edited and had them tackle visuals again now, I think we could do much better on that front :)

At 22:35, Oct 05, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Sweet - thanks for chipping in on that one! I'm glad there is some useful info in there. I won't tag a thing, then - glad it has some good advice, and I bet it has even more after your edit - will go check it out :)

At 02:50, Oct 06, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Thanks for improving Set up a PLLC for a Legal Practice. I noticed and appreciated your contribution!

At 02:32, Oct 08, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hahaha I've closed many a thread in my time but can't take the blame (credit?) for that particular one. Must have been someone much more sensible than I! Still, only 9 months to go til my next one, eh? You bring the cake and I'll bring the refreshments!

At 03:55, Oct 08, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

We have magic for that! Or, it's in your logs- Dec 26 2012! We'll celebrate yours on Boxing Day then :)

At 04:10, Oct 08, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Haha - just a little tech magic. Everyone has a registration date in the database. We do a pull of the data on a weekly basis to find out the registration dates of our active contributors and then sort them in Excel to find out what anniversaries are coming up :)

At 01:31, Oct 10, 2015

Hal-MarieHal Marie said:

Hey Donagan! I just wanted to say thanks for all the work your doing in SpellChecker! And...

A member of the Race for Pictures Project would love if you would join us! We add pictures to articles, whether that be drawing them, gaming, or cooking! Would you like to join?

At 02:35, Oct 10, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Thanks for improving Raise Financially Responsible Children. I noticed and appreciated your contribution!

At 05:27, Oct 10, 2015

A-Banana-In-A-BoxA Banana In A Box said:

I just patrolled your edit to Become a Successful Businessman. Thanks for helping the OP by fixing spelling!

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At 22:46, Oct 13, 2015

Hal-MarieHal Marie said:

Hi! You were in Community Acheiverments this week here! Good job!

At 17:18, Oct 14, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Buy a Restaurant. Top notch cleanup, as usual!

But whoa, I was surprised to see a relatively brief article on a big goal with such high helpfulness ratings (94%). Seems like there should be so much more to it! What do you think?

At 19:25, Oct 14, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Yeah, fair enough - people surprise me sometimes, but I guess it comes down to what they're looking for. Not everyone wants all the deeeetails, I suppose!

I dug back into the history and see the very first version had some spammy links in it, which always makes me suspicious (spammers don't tend to write the most complete articles!), but it's definitely changed over the years, and your edits for smooth writing make a world of difference. So I'll let happy readers stay happy and swallow my surprise :)

At 18:42, Oct 18, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Thanks for your help in the Topic Greenhouse! Hope you're doing well :)

At 06:32, Oct 20, 2015

InfernoTerraStephen said:

Choose Board Games. Thank you for editing, but please refrain from correcting spelling like this from now on.

The previous version was correct, just the British spelling. While your edit wasn't wrong, it's more of the author's preference type thing.

At 23:47, Oct 22, 2015

KrystleKrystle said:

Nice edit to Get Fast Cash :) Long time, no chat! How are you? What a warm October we're having in Oregon, eh?

At 19:04, Oct 23, 2015

KrystleKrystle said:

I know the feeling. I'm bracing myself too...

I did have a nice, long walk! It was a Sierran (?) walk though :) Pictures:

At 18:26, Oct 25, 2015

XXCreaXxXXCreaXx said:

Thanks for your edit on Get Rid of a Cold Sore Fast.

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At 01:21, Oct 26, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Thanks for your help with the spellchecker tool! Hope you're doing well :)

At 02:44, Oct 26, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Cheers for the Help Team post, Donagan. I know the 'all done' and 'oops' messages are to a certain degree expected to pop up from time to time- unfortunately there are some hiccups that come up in retrieving articles from the database sometimes, so those messages roll around then. I think you probably see them more than most, though, since you're such a power user!! I will ask Jordan to check that everything is working as expected, though- a double check that it's only happening the expected amount. I wish it wouldn't happen at all but have been told there are some technical limitations to total smooth sailing there!

On the repeat occurrences front, that may well come down to how the spelling detection works; articles are checked for potential spelling errors every time a new edit is published. So in the case of a really popular article that gets a fair number of edits like that, it's likely to go around quite often as long as the system still thinks there are mistakes in it (or when new ones are introduced). Are the errors it's highlighting actually real or more often not? If not, I can ask J to make sure the whitelist is working correctly; it's actually on his to-do list to check up on all that anyway, but I can nudge him with your concerns :)

At 02:51, Oct 26, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Ok! It looks like Anna helped out - was she helpful? She would be in a much better position to do so than me, since I don't have the authority to look into bugs.

At 02:53, Oct 26, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

And apple season sounds exciting! I love apples, and especially apple pie :)

At 15:37, Oct 26, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Yeah, it does seem pretty fishy - I loaded up now and saw several errors right away, so I do wonder whether there's something gone boom behind the scenes. I just filed that bug asking Jordan to take a look for that in particular, so hopefully he'll spot something! I know we do expect errors at times, for example when too many folks are pulling for new articles at the same time, but this seems excessive!

The way the tool is built, it does require several votes before a "decision" is set on a whitelisted word, and occasionally articles with a word that's already been voted "correct" might still be in the queue (the queue itself only refreshes every so often because it has to check so many thousands of articles)... so that might be having an impact, but again, it sounds fishy! Next time that happens with Get More Followers on Twitter, can you note down what word it is? Maybe there's something 'stuck' in there! I'll ask Jordan to poke around on both the load errors and the whitelist, anyway, and see whether he can pinpoint the hiccups by looking under the hood. That's been a buggy beast lately, sigh!

At 17:06, Oct 26, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hahaha, sorry about the paranoia attack! Not just you, I promise. A finicky tool and not necessarily an easy fix but... not just you!

I think you're fine either to skip or to re-vote - I don't think that'll make or break the system. It just requires votes from multiple people before it actually puts the word on the whitelist (since not all spellcheckers are as conscientious as you!). I'm definitely asking Jordan to check that's all working as intended, though -- it's hard to tell from our end whether words are going to the right place, so it's worth him poking around behind the scenes (under the hood, etc - pick your metaphor of choice).

I wish it weren't such a complicated tool - we've had a couple of versions of the Spellchecker and they've both been plagued with intermittent issues where we were never quite sure if they were bugs or just quirks of how the tool's functioning was playing out in real life (for example, it's hard to tell how many votes a given word has had without big database digging, so it's hard to tell if it's all "working" and people are just voting in conflicting ways, or if it's broken)... Ironically, the more popular a tool is, the more likely it is to hiccup if multiple people are using it at the same time. I'm not sure if that's the issue here or if there's a bigger, uglier (but hopefully more fixable) bug rearing its head... Actually hopefully the latter, so we can get a fix!

At 23:53, Oct 26, 2015

Bunnttoonn123Bunnttoonn123 said:

would you happen to know how to add pictures on your articles

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At 23:57, Oct 26, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Okay, thanks for the info! Reuben and Jordan are both taking a look at the "oops" issue - something definitely seems to have broken there lately. Hoping they can find the culprit!

The "oops" and the potential whitelist issues are filed as two separate bugs, and I suspect the former will get more quick attention than the latter, since that gets in the way of real functioning there. Sorry for the frustration on both fronts! If it's too much of a pain to use while it's brokey broken, I totally understand -- and can keep you posted on how the fixing goes!

At 17:44, Oct 27, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hah, I know Reuben and Jordan have been doing *something* in there, so we can at least pretend it's them, right? And not just spellchecker being... less than predictable. Fingers crossed it sticks!!

Oh no, that Topic Greenhouse experience is so sad! I'm sorry about that - that sinking feeling when you realize you've lost all that time. Ick. I'm afraid the Greenhouses don't come with a draft feature - I wish they did! We've actually struggled to keep Drafts alive around here, from a technical perspective, because Wikipedia got rid of them at some point, and our software updates are based on theirs (well, the MediaWiki software), so we've had to do lots of "retrofitting", if you will, to keep the feature going. I suspect that enabling it in the Greenhouses is kind of a long shot, for that reason, sadly. Maybe you can just find your article inspiration in the Greenhouses but then click on the title to open it in a new edit window? That should have the Drafts option like normal :/

At 21:00, Oct 27, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

PS Two updates...

1) The Topic Greenhouse actually had a small facelift today! It unfortunately doesn't solve your Drafts issue, hah. But I thought you might like to see the info about it anyway:

2) Jordan is planning to work more on some of those Spellchecker hiccups in the coming weeks. He's trying to wrap a different project first (constant juggling of priorities!) but he's hoping to work on some of the bugginess after that. He wants me to deliver that message with the big caveat that it'll probably always be a beast of a tool, hah! So we don't expect it to come out the other end shiny and perfect, unfortunately... but maybe he can relieve some of the current ailments! Cross your fingers with me?

At 23:09, Oct 27, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Ok, glad you've found how to open them up in regular editing - it's a bit more stable, and does have drafts, so it's probably your friend! I'm a big fan of select all and copy, too, just in case :)

Hahah, I might take some niece hide and seek, but they wear me out pretty quickly! Editing on wikiHow is a bit like taking a snooze, by comparison. Never a dull day though, promise!

At 09:37, Oct 28, 2015

HumanBeingHumanBeing said:

Thanks for your edits on Use Herbs to Avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Hey you. Hope all is well. Good to see you around the place. :)

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At 18:10, Oct 30, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

I thought your edit to Reduce Consumer Spending was great. Thanks for chipping in!

At 18:18, Oct 30, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hey Mr D,

Thanks for the Help Team note! I'm talking to Alissa about it now - funny thing is that I'm seeing results there, so I'm actually wondering whether it's coincidental to the new change (counter-intuitive though that is), and whether you've just worked your way through the queue in that topic? I believe it somehow saves a record of articles you've already skipped or edited, to avoid showing you the same over and over again... But she and I aren't positive how that works, so we're going to try to find out! Are there articles in the category that you feel you've never seen in the tool?

One other detail that might help: do you have multiple categories selected, or just that one on its own?

At 00:31, Oct 31, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Oh weird - are you linking to a site that might be blacklisted? You can use my email if that's easier: :)

At 00:59, Oct 31, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hmm ok. Well it does include skips from all time, not just since the tool update - but you think you haven't skipped or edited those 32 before, over previous months? I'm inclined to believe you that there could be a disconnect there- these things rarely match up perfectly. I'm not sure that'd be any different in the update from how it was before the update but I can ask Scott to poke around. Alissa did pull up the data about the skips but since they were from all time in all categories, it didn't help us get to the bottom of anything specific. I'll try doing some skipping in the category myself and see where I end up! I'm seeing articles now but maybe after I skip through a bunch, it'll hit me too. Keep ya posted if we work anything out!

At 05:10, Oct 31, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hahahh. You're sweet but I think you're the real trooper! Soldiering through our bugs and glitches :) - I do get to talk with all sorts of folks but for the most part it's a joy! So can't complain.

Wishing you a very happy Halloween! I trust you are decked out in an elaborate costume as we speak?

At 17:31, Oct 31, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Oh man, I hadn't heard that! I'll hold onto my hat, as I now google it...! I'm not a costume type either. Will just be hoping for some trick or treaters so I can hand out some candy! Plenty of leftovers for me, too, of course.

At 18:03, Oct 31, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Happy Halloween! Any cool plans for today?

At 18:38, Oct 31, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hahaha I can get on board with that plan!

At 21:41, Nov 01, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Yes! I did hear about that asteroid on the thankful we survived it! :)

At 16:36, Nov 06, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Lower Interest Rates on Your Credit Card. Nice expansion! Glad there are some other financial side topics to dive into :D

At 20:00, Nov 07, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Nice edit on Improve Your Credit Score by Repaying Debt, Don. Very much appreciated!

At 18:40, Nov 10, 2015

HumanBeingHumanBeing said:

Hi, HB! Saw your reversion. Bon apetit?? Which dictionary are you using? All the ones I've looked at say there are two p's. Had any good kiwi fruit lately?
Sorry buddy. :( Didn't mean to mess up. I usually ignore all the French or change it for English. Not sure what happened there. I haven't had any kiwi fruit yet, not one since I've been here actually. My admission of this earnt me narrow looks from my colleagues, as if not eating them was Un-New Zealander in some may! I hear they are especially good this time of year. I will make an effort to eat one soon. My apologies for my slip. Keep up your excellent work.

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At 03:23, Nov 11, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Awesome work you did on Know if You Are in Trouble With Debt!

At 23:14, Nov 12, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hahah, sure -- it's not really a problem, just caught my eye while patrolling, as a bit of format that could be tweaked: that extra line break between the last step and the image made the image display below the step, rather than above/as part of it. So I just did a backspace until the image was on the same line as the step, here. You can see the version before my tweak, here and after, here.

And, if I've pasted those links wrong and they look no different, well then that'd be my fault, hahhaha. But hopefully it shows you the gist.

How's this fine week of November treating you, sir?

At 23:59, Nov 12, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Sure, not a prob -- there's two different ways, depending on whether it's a "wiki link", like to a talk page or user page (internal link), or whether it's an external link (to another site, or a full diff link like that one). It goes like this:

  • [[Be Cool]] makes Be Cool or [[User_talk:HumanBeing]] makes User_talk:HumanBeing
  • [[Be Cool|hello]] makes hello or [[User_talk:HumanBeing|HB]] makes HB

Then for external or full links (like diffs):

  • [ this text] makes this text

Look at that - I've still got 50 or so years to spare, eh? Does that cover what you wanted to do?

At 00:54, Nov 13, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hahhaha, I choose 3! Although, with number 1 you'd get to visit us here, so maybe I'll take it.

I can also do what I probably shoulda coulda woulda done to begin with - offer you wikiHow:Editing Basics, which has it in pretty pictures, probably far clearer than my wordy words :)

At 00:24, Nov 21, 2015

Connor-FlemingConnor said:

Your edit on Get Rid of a Runny Nose looked good! :)

At 05:32, Nov 24, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Sorry bout the bad tools tonight, Donagan! Thanks for the Help Team note. I think there are several things acting awry this evening. Something in the back end is breaking all sorts of bits and bobs- oops! I've raised the red alert and hopefully a fix will come our way soon. In the meantime, consider it a night off?! Hah.

At 05:41, Nov 24, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Sleep well! Hopefully by morning, if not far sooner, Bebeth and Aaron (more names for you!) will have a fix out. And who knows, Reuben might even chip in too... Lucky Jordan is off for a Thanksgiving vacation :)

At 07:19, Nov 24, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Should be fixed now. Late night engineering elves at work!

At 05:56, Nov 25, 2015

JosiahunterJosiah Hunter said:

I saw your edit on Enjoy Retirement, and I just wanted to stop by an say thank you for the amazing edit!

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At 19:24, Nov 25, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Mr D!

Before I go offline (mostly, probably, trying to be) for the holiday weekend, I wanted to take the chance to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! I'll resist the urge to get too sappy and too chatty, although I'm feeling incredibly reflective today, but I *do* want to say (and you can't stop me) how grateful I am to have you as part of this project and community!

I never cease to be impressed by your high quality edits, whether a quick spelling fix or a whole overhaul, and your dedication to just keep jogging through the articles that need your help really amazes me. We were recently doing some review of the financial category to see what's in need of editing help, and we couldn't help but notice that sooo many of the articles that were in great shape were ones *you* had given your time and attention to. You've made a huge impact on quality in that category, and I want you to know that not only am I grateful for it.... but millions of readers are too, regardless of whether or not they know you by name! So a big kudos to you, and to this whole community, for making wikiHow a better place for readers every day... and for making my day better when I get to bug you on your talk page. Happy Thanksgiving :)

At 05:05, Nov 29, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Hey there :)

Just thought I'd say hi, and thanks as always for helping with the spellchecker! How was your thanksgiving?


At 16:29, Nov 30, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Heya Donagan,

Help message received -- or, curiosity message received, anyway :)

It is indeed possible to set "goals" along the way for the spellchecker queue (or any of the Dashboard queues), to cut the big number into chunks. If a goal is set, the number on the Dashboard says "until goal" after it. But I just checked on the Spellchecker one, and that's a "natural goal", meaning that it's the real number currently left in the queue.

We can actually adjust the "storminess" of the weather, too, if you think 4k should now correspond to something cloudier! It looks like the previous cutoff to go from cloudy to all clear was 5k, but since we've (you've!) been eating through the queue, we're now decently under that.

Of course, more articles are being written all the time, and after every regular article edit, every article gets "re-checked" against the current Spellchecker whitelist. If during that check, the system finds potential mistakes that haven't been whitelisted, it goes back into the queue, so there is definitely room for some up and down again in the future. But yes, certainly we (again, you!) have made quite a dent in the last few months. Impressive!

At 23:42, Nov 30, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

I'm so glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

At 00:16, Dec 07, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Nice job on editing Encourage People to Pay Money They Owe You. The article is definitely better for it.

At 00:22, Dec 07, 2015

ColeenmackColeenmack said:

Hello, Donagan. If you want to be partners on articles, you know, an article making team, feel free to reply and everything ;) (You must give lots of spellchecks) (:

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At 17:42, Dec 08, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for taking the time to help improve Build a Customer Mailing List! Much more smoothly written! That's an article that was definitely written in another era, hah - AOL and label printers! But now it's got a much better written basis, hopefully it can be expanded with some new tech and ideas. I appreciate your cleaning up :)

At 20:24, Dec 10, 2015

BoilingdolphinRachael said:

Nice edit on Track the Influence of Advertising on Your Personal Spending. Very much appreciated.

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At 20:27, Dec 10, 2015

BoilingdolphinRachael said:

Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the edit you made to Use a Reloadable Prepaid Debit Card!

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At 02:53, Dec 11, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Nice edit on Overcome Challenges in Personal Injury Claims. Very much appreciated.

At 23:58, Dec 13, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

I thought your edit to Choose Online Accounting Software for Your Business was great. Thanks for chipping in.

At 01:58, Dec 15, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Cheers for the Article Review Team note! Happy to pull off the stub off anything you think is ready and helpful- do you remember what topic/title it was, though?

At 02:40, Dec 15, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Haha no worries - the "Quick Note" feature is smart about adding the article automatically, but messages outside of that aren't. Thanks for sending the link! Your expansion there looks super helpful - I'll pull the stub tag! And maybe those generic images, too - not adding too much to things.

Ooph, I'm sorry to hear about the Spellchecker woes. Yeah, we were promised some fixes there and they haven't materialized yet. Going to do some prodding and share your experiences with them because it sounds boring at best and disheartening at worst - I think and hope we can get it cleaned up to work more smoothly! I'm sorry you've had the brunt of the errors there, as such a power user. But yes by all means, if it's getting you down, please do edit in areas that are more fulfilling while it's in Broken Town. And hopefully I can poke enough bears to get some engineering attention -- I will keep you posted!

At 02:46, Dec 15, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Oh by the way, one thing that could be at play with the errors- I know we've had some general slowness at times lately that have affected everything (tools, page loads, etc). Something to do with bot activity. So if that's the cause of the errors, it's not necessarily a Spellchecker specific issue... but if it continues to be a problem, I'm sure we'll be dedicating a lot of energy to working it out. No good for anybody!

At 02:47, Dec 15, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hahaha not sure if we all poke bears or it's just me?? I can blame the British at least!

At 02:18, Dec 20, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Hey! Awesome edit to Rent Out Your Property on VRBO. How is your weekend going?

At 18:58, Dec 21, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hey hey Mr D,

First of all - happy wikiBirthday! -- turns out you've been around wikiHow 3 years, this week. Congrats on the milestone :)

In light of your anniversary here, I'm wondering if you'd be interested in being in the "Meet a Community Member" widget (along the right-hand side of article pages)? If so, go ahead and fill out this form. Hope you do!

Oh, and if so, could you upload an avatar of yourself? It doesn't have to be a close-up (for example mine doesn't show my face), but since the widget is about meeting people, visitors really enjoy seeing a photograph of the person in the widget.

Congrats again on the anniversary!

At 02:13, Dec 23, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Thank you so much for all the work you did last week and on the project this year :)

I hope you have a wonderful holiday! Do you have any special plans?

At 23:58, Dec 24, 2015

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Awesome - I hope you have fun!

It's just a cute nickname that some people call me :)

At 19:57, Dec 28, 2015

AnnaAnna said:

Hah, you are a man of many wikiBirthdays, then! Although, the name change should have carried the old date with it, at least :)

No worries at all on not wanting to be in the widget - totally understand. As you said, I'm not huge on the public face either! That pic is from the Grand Canyon --it can be windy, as it turns out, when one stands on the edges of canyons.

Thanks for the well wishes! Had a great Christmas celebration, and this week will be a lot of fun festivity leading up to New Years, too. Hope your holidays have been and continue to be wonderful! Talk to you in 2016!

At 18:03, Jan 05, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Become a Full Time Forex Trader. Cheers for this great cleanup, Donagan - I'll go ahead and hit the promote button. Much better shape!

How were your holidays? 2016 off to a good start?

At 19:11, Jan 05, 2016

KrystleKrystle said:

Hey, just wanted to let you know that wikiHow mailed you a card. People in the US should be receiving them this week; anywhere outside the US will vary depending on the distance. I hope you like it :)

At 01:51, Jan 06, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hah, glad the weather behaved for you! I've heard Portland has been a snowy, icy place lately... we've had rain, but not cold enough for any of that jazz. We're spoiled!

For the patrols, it's probably skewed high based on some of the stuff that happens automatically - for example, new articles are autopatrolled, as are bot edits and a few admin editors and any fan mail messages. And then some folks do patrol thousands a week manually, so I guess it all adds up... Not a super meaningful statistic, in the end!

At 05:02, Jan 10, 2016

CheshireCat78CheshireCat78 said:

Thanks for your edits on Avoid Paying Estate Taxes.

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At 00:22, Jan 14, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Have Fun on wikiHow. We have a new engineer joining us soon, and word on the street is one of his first projects might be helping out with some of our Spellchecker bugginess.... fingers crossed that the plan goes as planned!! I don't know how you deal with it - I did some yesterday and it was most certainly annoying :/

Hang in there!

At 03:16, Jan 14, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hah, well that's good - for heaven's sake, don't jinx it! :)

I was seeing mostly accent issues that weren't issues. If we can "teach" the Spellchecker to ignore those, that'd make my day... week... month! I gather it's not as easy as it sounds, but let's hope our new fellah is a wizard!

At 00:48, Jan 17, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:


Not sure if you saw, but you got a mention in Jack's 11th anniversary post. Congrats and thank you for all your nonstop improvements to articles :) Keep it going!

At 19:47, Jan 18, 2016

TheChappersTom said:

Thanks for the edit you made on Ease the Pain of Fibromyalgia. Spot on with that spelling correction!

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At 17:54, Jan 19, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Fundraise for Cancer Research. As usual, a gold star effort!

I had a chat with Reuben about Spellchecker errors - the accent issue is still pending, so watch this space on that one. But he suspects, error wise, it's not so much an issue in the tool itself as an issue when our servers get bogged down for other reasons. So he appreciated your update that things have been fairly smooth lately! If they get crazy again, can you keep me in the loop? I've been checking here and there but knock on wood, haven't seen errors lately... hopefully we just had a bad batch on stability (there was a big spam issue on international that was probably throwing a wrench in the system). If it kicks up again, I'll ask him to revisit and maybe there's something we can do to make the tool more robust (or at least to put up some kind of notice saying "try again later" when things are really rough...!!).

Has Portland dried and cleared up yet?

At 20:50, Jan 19, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hahah, I'll tell him doing nothing was the right course. I'm sure he'll be happy to do nothing many times in the future :D

Cloudy and wet sounds about right from what I know of Portland! And don't worry, not a Stanford fan myself -- although, you and Jack can probably go toe to toe with fan chatter! We have several Stanford alums at wikiHow, but I'm not among them... mind you, I did go to UCLA for a while, so I'm pretty sure we're still enemies! Luckily, couldn't care less :)

Hahhaha no worries re: Matt. We're just lamenting the trend of super duper chatty folks who don't actually do any editing... Not so, for you, Spellchecker Extraordinaire!

At 02:19, Jan 22, 2016

TimmyabcTimmyabc said:

Wow Donagan, you helped wikihow a lot!!!

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At 00:28, Jan 23, 2016

HumanBeingHumanBeing said:

Thanks for your edits on Care for Thrianta Rabbits. I'd never heard of these bunnies so I looked 'em up. They're really cute! Good to see you doing your thing around here. HB

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At 04:05, Jan 23, 2016

Osman-UllahOsman Ullah said:

Hello Donagan. I was just wondering- are you a Wikihow official? The amount of edits you do is overwhelming! Congratulations.

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At 00:16, Jan 24, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Ah, bummer! Ok, I'll update Reuben. Hopefully there's a way to make it at least fail more gracefully when the servers are overloaded, if not... Not fail!

At 17:15, Jan 28, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Recognize Your Portfolio Return. That's a solid overhaul there, Donagan!

I hear you are hopefully probably (certainly?) in for the meet-up? It's all coming together...!

At 19:16, Jan 28, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Nice! It's a lot of fun but very relaxed - you know us, a bunch of geeks and all, hah. So the "hangout" time is usually folks sitting around with laptops, doing a bit of editing, talking about wikiHow, chatting about life in general, laughing at the bad articles, etc :) - Then group meals out, and usually a field trip or two to somewhere that folks want to see (a museum or similar, usually). Everyone is free to opt in and out of what they'd like to, so some do all with the group and some do less. It's a really nice chance to connect face to face and talk about things wikiHow-related and not! Glad you're up for it- it'll be great to meet you in person!

At 20:34, Jan 28, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Yeah, I'm with you - it's really sad to see the hiccups slowing progress down there. I popped my head into the tool this morning and it was super annoying to see all the errors, blah.

And don't worry - please don't ever hesitate to share the experiences, complaints, or otherwise! A thoughtful complaint is worth a ton, and we really do take it seriously -- the wrench in the works there is that I'm not sure there's a good solution. Our best guess right now is that it's very dependent on what else is taxing the servers (we've had a lot of spammy scraping activity lately, and I wonder if they're related, although that's just me saying that - not straight from an engineering horse's mouth, or anything!). So I'm not sure if there's a way to avoid that. I really do hope there is - or at least a way to "fail more gracefully", if you will... like, a message saying, "Sorry, Spellchecker is off sick today!" - hah. At least something to help the editor know and stop reloading and getting frustrated!

But gold star if you're into the idea of doing some copyediting instead - that tool is usually pretty smooth, I think, so hopefully it won't slow your roll in the same way! Our new engineer started yesterday so if he gets brave enough to tackle any of these issues, I will keep you posted... and keep needling the not-so-new engineers to see if anyone gets any bright ideas, too! :)

At 20:48, Jan 29, 2016

HumanBeingHumanBeing said:

Thanks for your edits on Respond when a Friend Asks for a Loan. Lend us fifty quid? ;p

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At 22:03, Jan 29, 2016

HumanBeingHumanBeing said:

Quid - British informal. One pound sterling.
Just expanding your vocabulary like you do mine. Have a great day buddy.

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At 06:39, Feb 03, 2016

Ruben-GabrielRuben Gabriel said:

Hey there just wanted to say; thanks fr your edits on this I appreciate the help with my Spelling and your interest on the article you're invited to look it up as I keep adding on to it, I'm sure you'll find plenty more errors to correct.

At 17:25, Feb 03, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Our new engineer, Wilson, has started and officially has it on his plate to try to fix the accent issue and/or (hopefully and!) the errors issue. He's definitely hitting the ground running with those but let's hope he's a whiz kid! :)

At 17:43, Feb 03, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Thanks for your edits on Relic a Guitar and for pitching in! I think "relic" is a word? Let me know if I'm missing something. Thanks again for helping out :)

How's your day going?

At 18:05, Feb 03, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hahah, I'll let him know if he has any free time, to tackle the electron business! Septillionairism is in his future, no doubt.

I shall gadfly on, with the best of them! Luckily, Wilson doesn't know me well yet, so I have the opportunity to make a fantastic first impression by being a pain in his neck. Heh heh. No, he's great, and up for the challenge -- hopefully it's fixable!

At 03:01, Feb 04, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Ah, I see!

At 10:39, Feb 05, 2016

SarahBSarahB said:

Hi there! I saw your message on the Help Team page - this site gives you a list of codes that you use to obtain symbols. So if you hold down the alt key at the same time as keying into the keyboard number pad alt + 130 you get é and if you hold down the alt key at the same time as keying into the keyboard number pad 138 you get è. I hope this helps, kind regards, Sarah

SarahB 10:39, 5 February 2016 (GMT)

At 20:08, Feb 06, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Thanks for taking the time to help improve Evaluate an Initial Public Offering (IPO)!

At 10:19, Feb 08, 2016

SarahBSarahB said:

Hi Donagan and sorry for not being able to respond to your message a couple of days ago. I am glad to have been able to help out, there are some brilliant symbols that you can use with the 'alt' key! Have fun. Kind regards, Sarah

SarahB 10:19, 8 February 2016 (GMT)

At 17:48, Feb 09, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Trade in Intraday Market. A classic Donagan save! I'll go ahead and promote this one - cheers for the great overhaul :)

At 17:18, Feb 10, 2016

SarahBSarahB said:

Hi there again! how are you getting on using those alt codes?

At 18:41, Feb 10, 2016

SarahBSarahB said:

ooooooo I like your attitude! All those recipes and Pokémon articles, the list is endless! Will you be at the Meet Up?

At 18:54, Feb 10, 2016

SarahBSarahB said:

Oh that's brilliant as like you I didn't go last year because I was feeling a bit meh! but time moves on all too quickly and I have realised that life is too short to turn down such a wonderful opportunity. I am not looking forward to such a long flight from Heathrow but sure my time with you lot will more than make up for it. Where will you be travelling from?

At 19:28, Feb 10, 2016

SarahBSarahB said:

Ah I will have to google earth that location it sounds wonderful. Don't worry about a bit of rain, the UK's only claim to fame is rain and more rain! Sounds like Krystle is all organised for excursions, you may need to give me some local history of the area as I am really keen on history and geography and lucky enough to have travelled to many places over the years. I am debating with myself if I will have enough room in my flight carry on bag for clothes and camera equipment, I may need to make some important decisions!! I am really excited about meeting you all in Portland.

At 18:12, Feb 16, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Retire on $600 a Month. You just need that extra { on each side -- two in a row. I'll adjust that. But heartily agree that this one should go!

At 17:39, Feb 23, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on File Estimated Taxes. Just in time for tax season...! Although, I suppose, that's not when estimates are done, hah. But still, seems timely as I fired up Turbo Tax last weekend :)

At 00:08, Feb 24, 2016

TyTheWriterTyShawn said:

Your edit on Pose Like a Top Model looked good! :)

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At 19:52, Feb 24, 2016

TyTheWriterTyShawn said:

Thanks for your edits on Get a Girlfriend When You're Autistic.

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At 19:53, Feb 24, 2016

TyTheWriterTyShawn said:

Thanks for your edits on Read for Punctuation and Grammar Mistakes.

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At 01:01, Feb 26, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hey Mr Donagan - News for you! We are hoooopeful that Wilson has pushed a fix to help with Spellchecker errors (I knock on wood and cross fingers as I say that, but it looked good to me!). The wrench in the works was related to apostrophes and single quotation marks, which was a bully of an issue to track down.... so, thanks to the buildup, you'll notice quite a few of those in the queue for now!! But the errors should be better, and once we get through that backlog, things should get back to normal, hopefully!

At 01:14, Feb 26, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks - I passed it on to him. He's very pleased you're pleased - one of his first projects with us, so he's glad to have an impact! :)

At 01:37, Feb 26, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

I think it's just what some computers/systems use for the apostrophe, to be honest! I was taught the same as you, but these days it seems like some of the writing programs interchange the two, making them mas-o-menos the same... probably not great, but not worth stressing about if one is used instead of the other!

At 02:16, Feb 26, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Oh I just meant that some software does the curved mark and some the straight - like this - but I'm probably misnaming one as apostrophe and one as single quotation there. Same same. As for uses of single quotation marks, I was taught same as you... Speech within speech. I've seen some use the single in place of the doubles, too, but I don't know how official that is!

At 02:53, Feb 26, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hahah I will tell him- and the guy who signs the checks :)

At 03:22, Feb 26, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Laaaaaaaame! My guess is that there have been several issues at play then, so fixing one doesn't necessarily mean fixing them all. Hopefully it helps alleviate the situation, at least for now, though :/ - I'll poke around in there too!

At 03:29, Feb 26, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

I caught a couple on this article and this one. My guess is those other symbols play afoul too... Hopefully they are more rare, at least! Not ideal but we may have to 'deal' for now, since Mr W has spent more than the allotted time on this one already :(

At 03:42, Feb 26, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Or cry!! The real question is what phrases am I mixing up there... Run afoul and foul play, maybe?

In due course maybe we can do a round two fix but I imagine it'll be pretty hard to get all possible symbols that might ever arise so I'm guessing we'll always get a bit of hiccuping at least. Sigh.

At 05:03, Feb 26, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Hi there :)

Edits like the one you made to Add and Subtract Negative Numbers help maintain and improve quality on wikiHow. Thanks for the helping hand!

How are you?

At 21:41, Feb 26, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hahhaha, I do like to jump around! That report does seem a bit ambitious but you know -- I have secret code tucked in there to make sure the Dashboard always portrays me in a favorable light. Perks!

At 21:46, Feb 26, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hahhaha, that would indeed!

At 06:33, Feb 27, 2016

GarsheppGarshepp said:

Oops! Looks like you accidentally removed a section or all of a wikiHow page. I noticed and put it back. Fortunately, everything's reversible on a wiki! If you are just experimenting, give the Sandbox a try. If you have any questions about editing, feel free to let me know, or post a question for the Help Team.

You took out a lot of good and worthwhile steps here so I reverted your otherwise okay edit. Improving an article is fine but truncating it is unnecessary.

I suppose, "young" child/young children could mean up to 8 or 9 (or perhaps even 10) years old -- before the "tweener/tweenage" years of 11 and 12, I believe.

Counting by 2s or 10s is easy enough for a child that can count, and using that to foreshadow and to motivate the idea of multiplication is not hard.

Using repeated subtraction to introduce basics of division is simple.

Flipping coins to get into the idea of chance (probability) is not difficult. So, why chop those out of the article? You could tune them up a little or add some new advancements... but please don't dumb them down to kindergarten.

Learning some beginning math topics other than the simplest shapes, adding and subtracting is good to help a child to be more versatile, to build some aptitude and numeracy, as one works up to it, over time, such as several years...

When I wrote the article I started it as Teach Your Baby Beginning Math Skill or such, but then I had the title changed to Young Child because I had more things beyond the toddler stage.

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At 06:33, Feb 27, 2016

GarsheppGarshepp said:

I taught my son a lot by age 2, 3 and so on. He knew about a dozen colors when he was 18 months, although he said the words oddly. Like burple for purple, gway for gray, etc. All the basic, simple shapes at age 2. ABCs at 2 1/2. So, I was teaching him to spell words in the environment like "p-u-s-h push", "p-u-l-l pull", "o-n on", "o-f-f off", etc., etc. I was shocked when he started reading at about 4th grade level in preschool at age 4 1/2. We were playing a Dukes of Hazard board game with draw cards that gave a scenario and instructions of what to do to move the pieces around the board, and he started reading them to me. Instead of my reading them, I was amazed...

But, no, I never, ever pushed him or required anything. We were just playing learning activities of all kinds on a daily basis.

Well, he turned out to be interested in the arts, and is now a professional graphic artist and creative folk artist and professional folk, blue grass, roots of rock/Americana musician in 3 local bands,... not a scholarly egghead...

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At 06:51, Feb 27, 2016

GarsheppGarshepp said:

I started the article in October 2009, as you could see in the article "History". I put "request for collaboration" on it in December of that year.

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Click here to edit!
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At 06:56, Feb 27, 2016

GarsheppGarshepp said:

Hi again, Donagan... Well, the user name "Donagan" on that was put in automatically by certain codes in the template. {{Arc|date=2009-12-10}}. Sorry -- the message can, of course, be deleted.

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At 08:41, Feb 27, 2016

GarsheppGarshepp said:

Hi Don, Here's another article edit by me. This is "Add-and-Subtract-Negative-Numbers" which you had worked on. I began adding some examples and such. It's still a stub. -- Gar

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At 17:43, Feb 27, 2016

GarsheppGarshepp said:

Hey Don, Yeah, we did math stuff, too. But when he was reading at age 4 1/2, I backed off because I didn't want him to be a total freak/whiz, and, so, I let his small private, church related school takeover. He won the 7th grade interscholastic math competition between students from about 20 schools. He did okay in algebraic math, but being an artsy minded guy, he wasn't much interested in the abstractions of math. He did go as far as taking trigonometry in college, earning an A grade, but wasn't interested in taking calculus... -- Gar

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At 02:42, Feb 28, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Hope you feel better soon! That garden sounds amazing :) Do you ever eat what you grow?

At 06:28, Feb 28, 2016

GarsheppGarshepp said:

Thanks Don, Feel free to put back the desired edits that you did. This should be facilitated by looking in history, finding, copying and pasting them into a second edit window of the restored version.

It is open to collaboration as with any article. I didn't analyze your edits in context, as line by line changes, only that there were 2800 bytes removed in sections, which I reverted.

Congratulations are in order for that home schooling, such a really big job for your family, 4 children for k-12, wow, so dedicated, challenging and persistent. -- Gary

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At 19:55, Feb 28, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Sounds wonderful! I wish we had a garden like yours :)

At 17:52, Mar 02, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Be a Better Wide Reciever. Saw your fab cleanup here and now that the advice is in much better shape, I thought I'd take a stab at the merge... but know nothing about football (Shocking, I know!). What do you think of this quick attempt? If you see things to clean up, please go for it...!

At 18:20, Mar 02, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Ok, sounds great - thanks Donagan!

At 02:20, Mar 03, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

I was just patrolling your edit on File Estimated Taxes in recent changes. Great job! Thank you.

At 17:40, Mar 14, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Buy Textbooks Online for Cheap. Nice reworking! Oh man, the helpfulness votes there are really not so good - I wonder if the whole topic is doomed (since the market for textbooks is so outrageous!), or whether there's a version that could really shine. I think your edit will certainly help, so I'll reset the ratings now, and we can keep an eye on it!

At 16:31, Mar 18, 2016

LeahlovesGodLeahlovesGod said:

Thanks for the edit you made on Adjust to Newly Homeschooling a Child. Looks good! It's always great when a homeschooling article gets a nice improvement! :)

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At 17:29, Mar 21, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Sorry, drowning you in thumbs ups... but I'm not sorry, really, because it's a Monday, and we all need a little thumbs up spirit on a Monday, right? So..... happy Monday!

At 19:35, Mar 21, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hah fair point! It's a little gloomy outside today, but we'll hold onto the hope that the weather starts reflecting the season shortly!

At 03:44, Mar 25, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Oh, wow! I love your edits to Find Square Root of Any Number. Have you, by chance, used these methods before? You really transformed the article...kudos! :)

At 19:26, Mar 25, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

What do you mean by a "slightly imperfect answer"? I'm really curious! :)

At 19:46, Mar 25, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Ah, I see! This will be helpful to me when I learn square roots :)

At 18:08, Mar 28, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Make a Minecraft Machinama. Oh boy, valiant effort there.... why oh why do people type with all caps like that? Hard to read!

At 05:02, Apr 01, 2016

MainakDr. Mainak Mukherjee said:

'Labile' means likely to 'change'. That meaning is intended in the TBI article.


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At 05:05, Apr 01, 2016

MainakDr. Mainak Mukherjee said:

'Likely to change '.

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At 17:39, Apr 05, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Avoid the Lawsuit Call Scam. Cheers for the rewrite - looking much better! I was thinking of promoting this one but leaving the stub tag on.... what do you think?

At 21:40, Apr 05, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

We do, here and there, as kind of an in-between between full promotion and demotion. Sort of saying, "this is advice is pretty good but could stand to grow a lot" - rather than, as a demoted article, "this advice really isn't all that helpful just yet".

Hah, you are very welcome to alt-engine away! Is it Bing, or Duck-Duck-Go, or an alt that's so alternative that I don't know it?

At 22:11, Apr 05, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Nice! I shall promote!

Ah Dogpile is one I've never tried tbh - will have to give it a whirl. I'm sort of a firmly entrenched Google gal, but I should get to know the other options out there....!

At 22:57, Apr 05, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Awww Jeeves. The nostalgia!

At 15:12, Apr 10, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Sorry Donagan - sent you a message intended for Atheia! I've cleared it off but apologies for confusing email. Hope you're having a happy Sunday! :)

At 01:16, Apr 14, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Awesome tip additions to Avoid the Lawsuit Call Scam! Hope you're doing well :)

At 21:24, Apr 16, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Do you plan to attend the meetup? :)

At 21:25, Apr 16, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

...because I'm going too and bringing my wonderful would be lovely to meet you!

At 21:33, Apr 16, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

I didn't know umbrellas weren't allowed in Portland! I've never heard of that being the case. But I'll be sure to take a hat! I can't wait to meet you!!

At 20:38, Apr 17, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

I sure hope the rain doesn't spoil any of our outdoor group activity plans!!

At 01:32, Apr 18, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Absolutely! I'll remind my mom to take her hat as well. And I can wear one of hers as long as she lets me (she probably will, as she has in the past) and it's comfortable and doesn't bother me! Haha.

We just got our tickets today and will be arriving on Friday the 13th (only good luck, please!) around 1-ish. When are you arriving?

At 17:52, Apr 18, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Just took a trip to Colorado this weekend... was promised sunshine originally... then rain... and then it bucketed down as snow instead. If the snow shows up in May in Portland, I'll raise my white flag to El Nino or Global Warming or whatever else might be at play.

A bit of rain'd be nice though - I'm sure you can arrange that, yes?

At 19:25, Apr 18, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

We were visiting some friends in Boulder, but flew into DIA. I've only been twice - once to Denver and now to Boulder - and it all seems beautiful to me! Even blanked in the white... or maybe especially, but only if I have the luxury of leaving the storms behind when I want to :)

Hah, bring on the rain dance - I'll bring my good jacket, leave the umbrella at home (or at least hide it from view when the true Oregonians like you and Krystle are in the area), and we'll call it a plan!

At 20:08, Apr 18, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hah - now that's a good disguise. Maybe this year we'll scrap the wikiHow Ts and bring everyone Oregon jackets instead. Escape the blame on everything we get up to!

At 20:44, Apr 18, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hah, I'll definitely be sporting mine so the poor folks flying in with me can spot me at the airport! But we will be bringing some new Ts along, should you choose to snag one... not required attire at the meetup itself, but they're quite snazzy this time around: grey instead of that awfully bright green. Much more glamorous, if you're into that kind of thing.

Oh I definitely know better than to trust either of you! Now excuse me while I return this OSU jacket, pack my wellington boots, and get "Trust Nobody" tattooed on my forearm as a reminder.

At 21:08, Apr 18, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Sorry, what was that? Couldn't hear you over the sound of my industrious keyboard clicks. Anywho, off I go - looking forward to giving you a hard time in person soon!

At 02:18, Apr 19, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Awesome...I can't wait to see you

At 17:00, Apr 22, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Cheers for the Help Team note, Don - I think I know what the culprit might be, because it looks like it's only a problem on articles with images. I'll pass it on the right engineer and hopefully we can get it fixed up before too long! Thanks for the heads-up!

At 19:40, Apr 23, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

I was just patrolling your edit on Prepare to Buy a House in the Bay Area in recent changes. Great job! Thank you.

At 04:10, Apr 24, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Thanks for your edits on Win a Real Estate Auction. Thanks for all the great Topic edits! :)

At 13:48, Apr 27, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Thanks for your edits on Buy a First Home. Nice, nice! You improved the article so much!

At 16:51, Apr 28, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Be a Better Stage Actor. Wow, new topic area! Do you act? Sounds like you know a thing or two about the theater...!

At 18:27, Apr 28, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Ah fair enough -- well, your edit looked great! So what you're really saying is... "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players"? :)

At 19:15, Apr 28, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Yeah, that's a really solid point actually -- in a most exaggerated way, there's workplace filtering (I behaved much differently with the parents of kids I used to teach than say, with my nearest and dearest!). Raises the interesting question of where the line is between personality and group norms and social behavior, and actual acting... Food for thought!

Ooh, favorite actor. I have many favorite films but not sure I have a favorite actor.... Children of Men and the Constant Gardener are probably my favs on the more dramatic side. Good acting in those by Clive Owen and Ralph Feinnes and Rachel Weisz. I'll have to noodle on an actual favorite, though!

At 20:04, Apr 28, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hah... I'll keep you posted on my musings :)

At 21:02, Apr 30, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Trust our grammar guru to find the technical errors in that call to action for testimonials :)

You're of course right... but I think we are thinking of it like a shortened version of the full question, "Will you tell us...?" Interestingly, we did a bit of testing around different wordings and punctuation and so on, and many more readers seemed inclined to share their experiences this way than with wordings similar to what you suggested. So curious to me that details like that should make a big difference but apparently they do! Maybe folks like being asked rather than commanded? Humans are funny creatures!

Sorry to aggravate the perfectionist in you- the perfectionist we rely on to put those skills to good use in articles!

At 05:54, May 01, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hah well you can press the 'x' and you shouldn't see it again for a while, if that helps you to pretend it's not there :D

At 18:04, May 04, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Hope your week is going well! Looking forward to meeting you :)

At 16:20, May 06, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Protect Yourself from Rent to Own Scams.

I'll do that title change for you! Edit looks great :)

At 04:40, May 16, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Hey Don! It was lovely to meet you in Portland this weekend. Love your friendliness and sense of humor!

At 15:54, May 19, 2016

SarahBSarahB said:

Hi there! well since you asked............ It was lovely to chat with you at the wikiHow Meet Up, I hope you had a safe and quick journey home? I am still managing 13 hour sleeps so hope by the weekend my body has caught up with itself.

At 22:33, May 19, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Deal With a Cursing Person.

Now I know what face to see behind these edits! You get home safely? I assume you've spent much of the week filling in your lovely other half about what goofs we all are...!

At 15:56, May 20, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hahahha, well of course I'd say not an idiot at all for being on cloud 9 about it all, but I am incredibly biased. The meetups always leave me floating for weeks afterwards! It was extra special for me this year - I think the crowd we had come out was better than ever, and I was very pleased at having my brother and sister-in-law drop by to say hello to everyone. They loved getting to meet everyone, and it was super fun for me to get to share a little bit of what we all do online with them!

Anyway, I digress but point is..... so glad we got to meet face to face. You were, in person, as great as you are online - or more, in fact, which is always a pleasant relief upon a first in-person meeting. After all, who knew what we were all getting into? You're a brave soul for trusting us and coming out! So glad you did :)

At 19:16, May 21, 2016

Byankno1Chris said:

Thanks for your edits on Play SimCity 4. Thank you. Sorry I missed that unintentional pluralization.

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At 22:30, May 21, 2016

Ginny-K.Ginny K. said:

Thanks for your edits on Depict the Sun, Moon and Stars in a Dandelion Watercolor. It will be a little while before I remove the in use tag and give it a final polish. I will absolutely watch out for spelling errors.

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At 18:16, May 22, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Awesome copyedit to Build a Fiction Library! How's your weekend?

At 23:08, May 23, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Wonderful! Hope you're having fun in Nebraska :) Is it a state that you'd recommend that people visit? I'm thinking about whether I should go there, too!

At 00:28, May 24, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Sweet! It does look quite pretty out there, and I can definitely do some preparation for the cold winters. Enjoy your visit if you are still there!

At 13:50, May 25, 2016

VishwavijayVishwavijay said:

Hello Donagan, Thanks correcting the spellings on Protect Yourself from Evil with the Bible. :)

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At 18:09, May 25, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Be a Beautiful Teenager.

We're slated for another round of bug fix attempts here soon - fingers very crossed that something smoother will come out the other side this time. Jack is eager for a fix that solves (or skips) all the special character issues, rather than just tackling one at a time.... which'd be nice! So I will dug up all previous reports and dump them on the lucky engineer's lap to see what they can do in attempt number three. Fingers and toes crossed, please? :)

At 18:56, May 26, 2016

WithGlitterWithGlitter said:

Thanks for your edits on Make Body Soap.

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At 23:05, May 26, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

Hey Donagan, sorry to bother, but I noticed you've been altering the spelling of a on Buy Term Life Insurance. I checked the sources and you fixing the spelling is actually incorrect, unless the sources are bad.

At 23:24, May 26, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

No problem! Just wanted to make sure that it didn't start an endless loop of "fixing" and then reverting the edit. :)

At 01:21, May 27, 2016

ItsJessica13ItsJessica13 said:

Hi I read ur comment about getting information from wikipedia, sometimes wikipedia have false information, maybe do a research on any scientist or expert's website. Happy Writing!!!

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At 01:24, May 27, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Aw you're sweet to think of others in that way! My hunch is that one person doing a lot won't discourage others; if anything, a bit of competition on the leaderboard might actually get some revved up, hah! But overall I think the folks who stick around with us long term are you like - the ones who get a kick out of editing itself or who want to contribute to the mission or share their skills, rather than those focused on just a number or a leaderboard. So I don't think your progress there is something you should worry about - it's a good thing for getting to the bottom of the errors!

Speaking of which, Jordan is the one back on the bug hunt game. I think his current tactic is to try to teach the tool to just ignore anything with special characters so we can focus on words with errors within the main 26 letters... Watch this space for updates on how it goes. Fingers and toes crossed please, sir! :)

At 01:49, May 27, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hahahha you are incredibly impressive and important, don't doubt that! My guess is those bugs do hold people up, sigh- let's hope Mr Small can get to the bottom of it.

Oh and if we have a lot of folks spellchecking from mobile then the leaderboard isn't even visible there- so to those guys you are a mystery! But I don't know what the breakdown is between mobile and desktop. The other desktop spellcheckers are probably gazing at you in awe or total jealousy :)

At 02:08, May 27, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hah well when I see that little green avatar, now I picture your real life face. Like it or lump it - that's what you get for letting us meet ya in person. Hah!

At 02:10, May 27, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Thanks for all the spellchecker work this week, Don! Wonderful, as always! Hope you enjoy the rest of your week :)

At 02:34, May 27, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Don't worry; the green adds ten pounds to everyone.

Glad it's a thumbs up from you. Right back at you! Ok, putting the phone down now. Must divert eyes from screen sometimes. They say it's good for me. Talk soon and happy Thursday in the meantime! Best to R!

At 02:52, May 27, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Feel free to call me that other name over email - actually, would you mind if I send you an email? It's based on a little scene from the meetup :)

At 03:24, May 27, 2016

Jeanie-L.-AtkinsJeanie L. Atkins said:

Donogan, are you saying that there's not a way for private chat?

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At 03:25, May 27, 2016

Jeanie-L.-AtkinsJeanie L. Atkins said:

Donagan, I'm working on names. Patients pls, (:

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At 18:11, May 31, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Boost Health With Raw Foods. Nice bit of cleanup! You have a good long weekend? Hope the sun was shining for you guys!

At 23:32, May 31, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Wow yeah, 90 is no joke. I haven't checked the reports here - usually if you guys get a heat wave, we eventually get it, too. Ick! I'll blame you when it comes. Good for the veggies though, I bet!

Doing okay over here - the world keeps spinning! :)

At 00:16, Jun 01, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hah, rises right up the map!

At 22:34, Jun 01, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on wikiHow_talk:Help Team.

Yes indeed - not-so-subtle differences to fix, there! It looks like the whole topic could use a bit of editing love (helpfulness is pretty darn low right now), but since that's out of my depth I've just gone ahead and changed the title and removed the images for now. I'll pass the feedback on to the visual folks and hopefully, once the topic is destubbed, we can get some better illustrations up. Cheers Don!

At 22:43, Jun 01, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Okie doke, sounds great!

At 15:36, Jun 02, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Pitch in Slow‐Pitch Softball. Wooo! Not too shabby.

I will reset the accuracy/helpfulness ratings here, remove the stub tag, and request those better illustrations. Nice save, Don!

At 16:20, Jun 02, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Ah yes, good to note - I will add that to the request. Thank you!

At 22:57, Jun 07, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Yayyyy! It was indeed Jordan - I think the strategy they took was to refocus everything on the words with regular ol' letters in them, throwing out anything remotely special character-y since so many of these are just error-filled anyway. I'm not surprised there's a bit of a backlog from between the errors, but once that's all cleared out, hopefully as new articles come in, you'll see just good typos to fix and the occasional brand name etc to clean up. I'm so glad it's going more smoothly - I will tell him! Fingers crossed that it all sticks :D

At 00:00, Jun 08, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hahha, we'll call it: The Donagan Method. Sounds like pretty much what Jordan did with it, I'm sure!

At 18:50, Jun 10, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Hey there!! Your edit on Pitch in Slow‐Pitch Softball looked wonderful! Thanks so much for pitching in there :)

At 23:23, Jun 10, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Oh, wow. I didn't even realize I punned!! But too late now, I've already made a pun book! LOL ;)

At 03:18, Jun 11, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Yes indeed- let's get that sorted! I restored your edit and removed the images. I'll pass it on to get some images that match the American method covered there- probably some international confusion but we can get it fixed up. Thanks Don- and thanks for the edit. You've done your former employing agency proud- hah. Happy weekend!

At 04:06, Jun 11, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Hey - you 're punning too! ;) (with your username)

The pun book I created was a collection of original puns that I came up with (completely original, but some are only partially original with a little inspiration from the 'net). If you'd like, I can email you a copy!!

At 00:56, Jun 12, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Okay--once a month it is!!:)

At 17:16, Jun 16, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Make Quick Hot Chilli Pickles. So now that it's been a few days, how are the errors treating you? Can I stop holding my breath?

At 20:51, Jun 16, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Well I'm glad about the errors! Yeah, the brands and "new" trendy words and all that are definitely prevalent... I'm hoping that once we get through the bit of the backlog there, and the focus is on newer articles/words coming in, it'll all be spread out a bit more. But we shall see....!

Would be nice if folks just stopped using so many non-words, hah - brands are hard, but we could at least eliminate some of the gobbledygook (is that one of the non-words I'm looking to banish? Shame!). Wishful thinking, I reckon, though!

At 23:19, Jun 16, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Yep, I knowwww! I have a photo-bomber on my shoes :P

At 23:19, Jun 16, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

It monitors old, too, but only after an edit to the page. Basically, after any edit to a page, it's rechecked and goes into the queue if there are issues. So the pages getting lots of edits are the ones that go through again - if a page is older and hasn't been touched, it won't get re-checked until it's edited. Let's hope I've got that right... but that's my understanding!

At 00:13, Jun 17, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Heh no worries, it's just being "stalked" by a family member! :P

At 16:30, Jun 22, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Cope with Financial Pressure. Ah, much better. I'll go clear the helpfulness ratings for a fresh start!

At 19:57, Jun 22, 2016

KrystleKrystle said:

Hi Don :) I just posted something in the forums about my time at wikiHow, and just wanted to reach out with a personal note to let you know how much I've enjoyed working with you since you joined wikiHow! Really, it's been a pleasure, and I'm glad I got to meet you in person in Portland, too. Stay in touch, will ya?

At 21:46, Jun 22, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

The full widget is visible to boosters and admins but you can get the gist by going to "Article Stats" (hover over the "Edit" menu in the big green bar, while on an article page). It's still anciently labeled "accuracy" there, but the question these days is "Did this article help you?" so we tend to call it helpfulness now. Same database though, same % in the end.

Aw thanks Don! Yeah I'm going to miss her a ton, but am really happy for her happiness over the new path ahead. And most definitely - I will very likely end up calling on the likes of you when I need second opinions on things, 'cause she has so often been my sounding board. But if you're game to keep this crazy ship sailing, so am I! I think we can doooooo it :)

At 22:14, Jun 26, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Victory!!! 934.jpg
Great job! How about a high-five?

Your bold edits are spectacular; you always do a wonderful job transforming not-so-helpful pages into substantially helpful ones! :)

At 22:15, Jun 27, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

You do wonderfully editing any page, even if you're not expert on that particular topic :)

Yes, I miss Krystle a ton too. It's going to be hard not seeing her edit on the site every day, but change is to be embraced and at least she'll still be around to volunteer! Let's hope she makes it to the very next meetup :)

At 14:34, Jun 29, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hahahha thanks for the concern! But don't worry - several different folks are going to be helping out to take over different parts of K's day, for some of the stuff she did outside of community. I think the email topic lists are probably on hold for a little bit, but we'll see how it all shakes out. We're working on it day by day :)

In my eyes, wikiHow will always and only have one "BFF" - KC to the end. Buuuut, I'll do what I can to keep things rolling forward in the future! We don't really do job titles in the sincere sense... so I'm thinking I take on the title of "community cruise director" rather than "BFF"? What do you think? I could wear a hat! Do they wear hats?

At 17:12, Jun 29, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Deal - I will be on the lookout for a good hat! Ohhh and I don't know about that... my accent trips a lot of people up, hah. I hate making phone calls - written word wins, for me!

At 19:19, Jun 29, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hahahah, I'll keep that in mind! Yeah, it's just such a hybrid - gets to me that it swaps without my consent! Sometimes English, sometimes American, and I swear I have no control :)

At 20:07, Jun 29, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hah, blasted things just don't come out right. But I'm glad somebody likes them...!

At 21:51, Jun 29, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Elocution Coach to the Community Cruise Director. I like it :)

At 00:09, Jul 02, 2016

WikihowSaverNadia said:

Thanks for the edit you made on Identify Persuasive Techniques in Advertising. Looks good!

Long time no talk Don. You remember me? =P How are you doing?

WikihowSaver; The Fun, Cooking Saver (talk) 00:09, 2 July 2016 (GMT)

At 14:30, Jul 02, 2016

WikihowSaverNadia said:

Well, we have not talked for quite awhile so it's fine =) Yes, we have spoken before.

Oh and thank you! That's pretty cool all of your children were homeschooled. All my siblings are homeschooled as well and it's nice =D

WikihowSaver; The Fun, Cooking Saver (talk) 14:30, 2 July 2016 (GMT)

At 07:05, Jul 03, 2016

InfernoTerraStephen said:

Oh stop it you, I'm not famous even on WikiHow. If we're being completely honest here I didn't fully read through the edit at the time. I just seen two major things.

A) It was by a popular/helpful user such as yourself. B) Gave it a quick read through to make sure it was good, and that it had no glaring thingamabobs.

After that it was gravytown. I could see that it was a good edit, and it obviously took a while to do. So, I TU'ed, read through a bit more, and sent it on its way. Hope that's not a bad thing.

You're welcome. Have a week. ^^

At 18:26, Jul 03, 2016

InfernoTerraStephen said:

Well no. Trust me, if I could do everything at hyperspeed. Even online I wouldn't have half the money troubles I have today. Sadly it's only a couple things that go fast. Most RCPs especially bad edits I have to read carefully before deciding fates.

Well, I'm not superior either. I mean you've been here far longer than me. As far as well dressed. Sure! ;o

At 21:26, Jul 03, 2016

InfernoTerraStephen said:

Okay! Sorry if I was being argumentative. I just don't believe that I'm famous or superior. I'm just another editor! As awesome as I am I don't want rumors being spread that power goes to my head. Or I think I'm all that.

Does this make any sense? Maybe I'm just being paranoid. Either way thank you for the compliment! Your name is very pleasing to the tongue as well!

At 04:43, Jul 04, 2016

InfernoTerraStephen said:

Well, thank you! Irish names do sound cool! Your name is actually even more amusing now knowing that. Cheers.

Have a week.

At 16:10, Jul 05, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hah, no worries - please do ask the good questions, any time and all the time! Bright spots on my talk page :)

Any spelling correcting isn't done through our Talk page system - it must be in your browser or OS, I think? Mine has some browser spellchecking (squiggly red lines galore), and then the Mac does some autocorrecting, too, so things do jump and change as I'm typing, hah. But that's all dependent on the user's setup, not something we have built-in to wikiHow. So not all are so lucky!

At 20:52, Jul 06, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Type Correctly. Great overhaul there, Don - I'll make that title change for you!

At 15:35, Jul 08, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Hit a Knuckleball. You found it! I'll take out the vid, though - does, indeed, look like a very different approach :D

At 18:37, Jul 08, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hah yes, seems just a toouuuuuuuuch out of place. Just a touch!

At 15:56, Jul 11, 2016

WikihowSaverNadia said:

Your edit on Hit Harder With a Baseball Bat looked good! =)

WikihowSaver; The Fun, Cooking Saver (talk) 15:56, 11 July 2016 (GMT)

At 05:02, Jul 12, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

I've spotted your edits on the Topic Greenhouse lately. I had no clue you know so much about baseball! Kudos to you for fixing those up. :)

At 05:16, Jul 12, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

I'm impressed you remember that much. All I really know about baseball is that you take a bat and you smack the baseball with it and then pray that nobody catches the ball while you run around to all the bases. And there are a bunch of terms for locations on the field. You can probably tell that I never was really into playing sports. :P

Ahh yeah, I got that when I had one of my "knowledge topics" set to Japanese - all I got were articles on Japanese, even though I had plenty of other topics set in there, too! I'd advise removing it for now if you want a better mix of topics. Maybe we should all make a suggestion that the Topic Greenhouse mixes it up a bit... I don't want to constantly be editing articles on the exact same thing all the time, either.

At 05:32, Jul 12, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

A bit! こんばんは、ダン!お元気ですか?:) I have no idea if your computer can show those characters, but... whatever. :P

At 05:49, Jul 12, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

That's a kanji-using version of the sentence "Good evening, Don! How are you?" at a moderate politeness level. :) I've actually been working on studying Japanese for about a year now, but unfortunately I don't have much time for it, so I don't know a lot of it. As for typing it, I just went in and altered my keyboard settings some time back so that I can switch into typing Japanese using the romaji keyboard on my computer. :)

You want to hear something confusing about Japanese, though? There are three alphabets: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana can be used for any words in Japanese, and katakana is reserved for imported words (such as foreign names). They've got maybe 30-40 characters, give or take. Kanji? There are over eight thousand of them. And all of them have at least two meanings and at least two readings (known as kun'yomi and on'yomi in romaji). Most of my writing is in hiragana and katakana, because there are so many kanji that it's confusing! (I only have the really, really basic ones down, like 私 and a few other basic words.) People say it's a really hard language to learn, and I can definitely understand why... but then again, English would be tough to learn as a second language, too.

At 16:52, Jul 12, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

Well, it's not really "three new languages"; hiragana and katakana are almost exactly the same (with the exception that katakana has some other sounds so non-Japanese words can be pronounced properly). Children start off by learning hiragana, and then they learn certain kanji as they get further into school. The kanji is just another way of writing a word in hiragana - for example, わたし and 私 are the same word, but one's written in hiragana and one's written in kanji. :)

Hah, there's no real advantage unless you want to go to Japan (from my understanding), but I've always been really interested in Japanese culture and the language. :) I tried taking Spanish in my first year at high school, but it was boring and I wasn't motivated to learn it, mostly because of how simple it was. My new high school offers Japanese, which is a huge step up from my old high school's classes! My old one only offered Spanish, French, and Chinese - and ASL, but my coordination is too bad for that - but the new one offers Japanese, as well. And you can bet that I signed up for it! :)

At 18:25, Jul 12, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

Yep, I'm from SoCal. They really emphasize Spanish here, but it just didn't hold my attention! I think I'll probably end up moving somewhere else when I get older - maybe Portland, it's a lovely city - so I don't see much of a need for Spanish, either.

I actually haven't read either of those - I haven't had much time to read, period. A combination of preparing for upcoming trips and wikiHow knocked out my time to read... I'll have to put those on my reading list! :)

At 22:43, Jul 14, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

You will notice, sir, a healthy drop in Spellchecker Dashboard numbers as of late - Don't think that you're going crazy!

Few things have happened - Jordan did that fix to just exclude the accents and what-nots, since they were error prone and so often okay anyway. Then for a bit, we had a queue that showed all those issues and a tool that didn't - hence the confusing experience of reaching the end of the queue all the time with "thousands" left! So he's now made some updates to that, too so it will be closer to the real deal.

All that being said, it's still going to often look "off" because of how often the numbers update - various factors come into play there, like an article being "checked out" by the tool to a given user for a set period of time (to avoid edit clashes) and then later "checked back in" to the queue, if they didn't actually fix it. There are also a few limits to how much load the tool can handle at once and how many requests it can make in a row (that's unchanged from before) - so, you might still hit that wall even if the queue says there are words left in it.

Buuuut, we are a heck of a lot closer to the truth than we were when all the errors were counted in that number - woo! It won't match up in a gloriously satisfying way, shucks. But it's closer.... Do we get any points for that? :)

At 15:55, Jul 15, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Well, it's definitely.... *complicated* - hah. So I won't necessarily have the best explanation but let me give it a shot from what Jordan's told me over the years:

The queue number is essentially a stab at "remaining potential spelling errors in articles that our system was able to detect" (how's that for all-encompassing?). When there are completely funky special characters or weird wikitext, the tool can't reliably do much with the content (for example, once upon a time it pulled in every website link as a potential error - blah! We exclude those now), and we all know the accent horrors by now... so that kind of stuff is outta there, not part of the queue. But for other articles, when they are edited through other means around the site, our system re-checks the contents against the Spellchecker rules/whitelist - if a word in there doesn't look right, isn't whitelisted, and doesn't fall under those error/undetectable/special-character cases, that word (and its article) enters the queue. It's there until it's fixed or enough people say that it's not an error - then it's "handled" and out of the queue again. But might come back in if another edit is made, a new error is detected (that's not been whitelisted), and it goes back in. Also, obviously, new articles (or their words) would go into the queue if they have errors in them. With the number of Spellchecking folks we have, I doubt the queue will ever be very long anymore, but I expect it'll go up and down a bit!

So a low/empty Spellchecker queue doesn't mean that we have perfect spelling site wide, of course, hah. The best way to dive into fixing all the rest of the stuff is just the kind of thing you do - Greenhouses and so on. But Spellchecker was designed as one way to help catch this stuff, and a way that's easier for folks who don't have much deep wikitext experience. An easy way to go word by word, even if you're not a wiki pro. I can understand if it's not really as fun or satisfying for someone like you these days, though, when you know that there's other stuff out there to get your teeth into! No harm no foul either way if you decide to focus elsewhere :)

At 18:36, Jul 15, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Not sure if I helped or made it worse, hahha. But I'll hope the former! Your plan sounds like a good one, anyway.

Hope you and the Mrs have a fabulous weekend!

At 20:16, Jul 21, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Be a Good Sticker Printing Company. The cleanup here is fab but the title itself has me scratching my head - any thoughts?

At 23:15, Jul 21, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Works for meeee!

At 00:09, Jul 27, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Awesome overhaul on Find a Local Freecycle Group Don! How have you been?

At 15:53, Jul 27, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Deal with Student Loan Debt. On more big thumbs up (and a title change for you), before I head offline later today.

Have a splendid couple of weeks, don't hesitate to reach out to Chris if any issues come up, and I'll see ya on the other side of wedding mania!

At 19:41, Jul 27, 2016

WikihowSaverNadia said:

I was just patrolling your edit on Achieve Small Personal Savings Goals in recent changes. Great job! Thank you.

WikihowSaver; The Fun, Cooking Saver (talk) 19:41, 27 July 2016 (GMT)

At 20:06, Jul 27, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

I think it's a plane because we all work together quickly to keep the site moving here, and plus, we get turbulence sometimes, but never for long. :) Plus, planes don't hit icebergs or scare off marine wildlife. The most a plane hits is clouds. Or a bird. (Poor birds.) :P But I like the idea of a bumper car! Maybe you should suggest that one to Anna. :P

Nope! Never gonna get tired of transportation metaphors. ;) I don't want to describe wikiHow as a zoo, though... Zoos are considered to be full of chaos!!!

At 20:53, Jul 27, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

Yep! wikiHow is supposed to be idyllic and calm. :P

At 21:10, Jul 27, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

That's why most of the community is going to be getting into their seats, buckling our seat belts, and waiting for Chris H to take the wheel. :) Anna's asked Adelaide and I to keep an eye on things as well - I'm sure she asked that of other admins or Boosters too - so I don't think it'll be nearly as catastrophic as you'd think. Anna's only gone till the 15th. And who knows, maybe Krystle will pop back in and help keep things under control as a volunteer in the meantime. ;) Doubt it, but that would be awesome!

At 22:31, Jul 27, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

Hah, glad that you have faith in me. :) But I'll be working alongside others, so I'm sure they'll be a great help, too!

By the way, I showed Anna your explanation of what wikiHow is, and her response: "Hah, a bumper car full of zoo animals. That's us!" I think we have a new winner. :P But I still think it's a plane.

At 23:02, Jul 27, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

Hah, well, she won't be gone for long - only till the 15th! But I'm going to miss her, too. In the meantime, though, let's work to make sure wikiHow is just as awesome as it was! We always need editors like you to do amazing work, you know. wikiHow doesn't rely on just the admins and staff! :D

See, I'd describe wikiHow as a walking, moving carousel, if I had to use the carousel analogy. It's routine work, but we don't stop moving forward. :) But thank you for agreeing with me that it's a plane. I feel appreciated with my plane analogy now. :P And thank you for the compliment!!!

At 23:18, Jul 27, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

Thank you much, Don! I hope you're enjoying your gardening. We have been well, keeping cool. I'm visiting with Alex right now and preparing to see my grandparents on my mom's side next week. It will be wonderful a reunion because I haven't seen them for five years! :) How is your gardening thriving by the way?

At 00:36, Jul 28, 2016

AdelaideAdelaide said:

That sounds wonderful! I like tomatoes and love beans, and I think corn is pretty good too. :) Glad to know that everything is growing well! And that's right - problems make life entertaining. Always something to solve, hah!

At 14:44, Jul 28, 2016

WikihowSaverNadia said:

I do think I am slightly addicted to the patrol at the moment =P Oops

WikihowSaver; The Fun, Cooking Saver (talk) 14:44, 28 July 2016 (GMT)

At 15:21, Jul 28, 2016

WikihowSaverNadia said:

Wow, two hours? Kudos for the long edit, I would of never been able to do that. And you're welcome, a thumbs up well deserved.

My username was made when I was 12 so go figure. I guess the closest I can say is that I somehow 'save' wikiHow even though I really don't. Weird username.

WikihowSaver; The Fun, Cooking Saver (talk) 15:21, 28 July 2016 (GMT)

At 15:59, Jul 28, 2016

WikihowSaverNadia said:

Noooo please don't call me wikiHow Saver it sounds so weird. Just call me my actual name XD

LOL! Yes chocolate mac and cheese is edible. It's kind of like a chocolate custard or pudding with a chewy texture of the pasta. No, I did not die or choke or anything XD It's perfectly fine. I could understand people who are not a big fan of sugar not to enjoy it, even worse, people not liking mac and cheese.

Maybe this recipe is kind of kid-ranged or teen-ranged? Oh well.

WikihowSaver; The Fun, Cooking Saver (talk) 15:59, 28 July 2016 (GMT)

At 16:36, Jul 28, 2016

WikihowSaverNadia said:

Oh my God, you are a crack-up XD I've gotten pretty much used to my username so I guess it doesn't it both me like crazy. I do like KitchenSaver though, that's a cool username.

Aw, thanks =) I have not seen someone on wikiHow named Nadia yet XD

WikihowSaver; The Fun, Cooking Saver (talk) 16:36, 28 July 2016 (GMT)

At 21:06, Jul 28, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

You said that you opted for wikiHow being a plane. :(

At 05:19, Aug 05, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

You're not going to believe this, but... you know how I joked about Krystle popping back in and helping out while Anna's gone? Krystle popped in, boosted a few articles, and responded to a few Talk messages... It's not a lot, but...

At 23:06, Aug 05, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

Exactly, right? Although I think we scared her off, because everyone jumped on her at once. :P Poor Krystle.

At 23:43, Aug 15, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Look Don - no rip tides or ocean snafus. Safe and sound.

We had honestly the most excellent time - the wedding was so much better than we had even imagined it could be. So fun! And the honeymoon was relaxing as could be, too :)

At 00:39, Aug 16, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Heh, will def work on that - entering week three, so far so good!

At 01:00, Aug 16, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hahhaha. It's all good - that is, after all, the goal. I hope and think we'll do okay :)

You know what the number one predictor of marital success actually is, according to several studies out there? Low expectations! Gotta love humans.

At 01:11, Aug 16, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hah well, Family Services was my major way back when... I can tell you there are studies, just can't remember, you know, who did them or how they were handled. But... there are studies, I tell you! And they're out there :)

Ok, off home to the husband (still exciting to say that!) :)

At 19:57, Aug 16, 2016

WikihowSaverNadia said:

I thought your edit to Remove a Dispute from a Credit Report was great. Thanks for chipping in.

WikihowSaver; The Fun, Cooking Saver (talk) 19:57, 16 August 2016 (GMT)

At 15:22, Aug 17, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hey hey Don,

Unfortunately the Greenhouses are a different kind of beast than regular editing, so they don't hook into the normal drafts system. I can certainly ask about potential future development there, but my hunch is it wouldn't be a quick addition but a whole feature request, so a long game thing to go onto the list of ideas, rather than a tweak that could come out any time soon.

There are two ways you could probably go about working around that now, though... either using the Greenhouse to find your articles but then opening them in the regular edit mode, or publishing any changes you make on a work-in-progress through the greenhouse but using the {{inuse}} template at the top, to let folks know you're still looking to come back to it. That way, patrollers etc know that it's not done yet and not to edit it while you're still working on it.

At 16:42, Aug 17, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

I saw your message to Anna. The reason your message broke was because you placed the {{inuse}} template on her Talk, rather than using a workaround. Because of that, it showed up as the message template rather than the template code! There are a couple of workarounds that I know of: you can either use the nowiki code (written as <nowiki>{{inuse}}</nowiki> and it shows up as {{inuse}}), or the temp code (written as {{temp|inuse}} and it shows up as {{inuse}}). I hope that helps some?

At 17:03, Aug 17, 2016

Galactic-RadianceAlex said:

Just so you know, both of those methods work for any template, and the nowiki code works on any wikiHow syntax in general :)

At 17:58, Aug 17, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Yep, that process sounds right! Easiest way to find the article again is probably to look at your contributions here - if you remember the title, more or less, you should be able to find it there after you've made an edit. Or you can bookmark the link or copy it somewhere, of course.

Hah, crumpets and English muffins are definitely slightly different... Crumpets are less... bready? More almost a batter, I think. The end result is fairly similar but I find I'm more of an English muffin fan, and I think for me it comes down to texture. But we don't really have English muffins in England, so don't tell them about my preference!

At 04:02, Aug 20, 2016

WikihowSaverNadia said:

Thanks for your edits on Find Credit Card Balance Transfer Offers.

Hey grammar wizard, thanks for spreading your magic spells on this one. How are you?

WikihowSaver; The Fun, Cooking Saver (talk) 04:02, 20 August 2016 (GMT)

At 16:04, Aug 20, 2016

WikihowSaverNadia said:

Lucky! Its been hot but extremely stormy and cloudy. Right now it's raining, again. Enjoy the day at the beach!

WikihowSaver; The Fun, Cooking Saver (talk) 16:04, 20 August 2016 (GMT)

At 17:00, Aug 23, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Rent Office Furniture. As always, big cheers :)

By the way, Chris helped process a new set of stubs the other day - a fairly large list of low-quality articles that weren't helping readers, so they got the stub tag until they can be improved. So there might be some fresh stubs in the financial category, if you're looking for editing fodder!

At 03:42, Aug 28, 2016

BatreeqahBatreeqah said:

Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the edit you made to Ensure Tips Despite a Slow Economy!

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At 18:41, Aug 31, 2016

CactusrubyCactusruby said:

Thanks for your edits on Calculate a Term Life Insurance Premium. I changed "makes" to "make" in the intro but if you think it should be changed back, please revise.

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At 19:16, Aug 31, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Thanks for your edits on Grow Rich. Looking much more streamlined now - thank youuuu!

At 21:07, Aug 31, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Yeah, it definitely has a lot! In general we shoot for one image per big step, rather than on substeps, but after a lot of additions or formatting edits, that can get rearranged sometimes (and there are some exceptions out there, too, to whether that "works" well). But if you do have one image per main step, then as long as it's placed on the same line as that main text (with no extra spaces/line breaks), it should automatically show above. I tried a bit of reshuffling here to remove some extra pictures and group a few like steps together... What do you think?

At 23:24, Aug 31, 2016

AnnaAnna said:

Hmm, I'm not positive on that one... The method headers are designed to sort of "stick" to the top of the page... but if the ==Steps== header is missing, things can go haywire. That it, maybe? If not, send me an example next time you come across one? Hopefully I will know it when I see it!

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