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Archive:Monthly Write-a-Thon/August 5, 2009

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What's a Write-a-Thon?

It's a bunch of people getting together on a wiki at a particular time to do a bunch of writing. It's like an online party! Heck no, it is an online party! It's also an excuse for infrequent wikiers to show up and party hardy; to exchange ideas with people we might not "meet" otherwise.

But hey, why not show up in between the write-ins, too!

When?

Write-a-Thons happen the first Wednesday of every month. The next Write-a-Thon is Wednesday, August 5, 2009. Starts on August 4th, 1200 UTC, when it starts being Wednesday in New Zealand, and ends on August 6th, 1200 UTC, when it finishes being Wednesday in Hawaii. Save The Date! Put it on your calendar! Set yourself a reminder!

Any new article you create, and any edit you make to somebody else's Write-a-Thon article during that time period will count, though to be a bona fide partier, you have to write your new articles when it's that day in your part of the world.

Our first Write-a-Thon took place Wednesday, August 1, 2007 and was considered a roaring good time--we had about 30 partiers creating something like 50 articles, and editing lots.

Read all about it!! Let's try this again

By popular request, we'll be trialling Write-a-Thon II, a Sunday session of the Write-a-Thon to accommodate those who work all week and have trouble making it in to the party room on Wednesdays.

Soooo--if you worked Wednesday, if you had a bad day Wednesday and didn't get to come to the party or didn't get to do as much as you would have liked, or if you would just like another opportunity to join in the fun, come on along. Starts on August 8th, 1200 UTC, when it starts being Sunday in New Zealand, and ends on August 10th, 1200 UTC, when it finishes being Sunday in Hawaii.

What are the rules?

Rules? This is a party! There are no rules!

Well, OK, maybe there are a couple rules:

  • We'll have a Write-a-Thon the first Wednesday of every month.
  • To participate, you only have to do two things: (1) start a new article (even just a stub will qualify, if not too short - and please remember to include the subpages template!), and (2) make a substantive edit (not just a copyedit) to somebody else's new article. Then you can list your name here as a partier. Until then, sign in as a porch-sitter, party-crasher, or total party poop.

This month's Party Theme

Heads of Government/Heads of State

Biographical items for one's national legislators/parliamentarians; perhaps provincial/state governors:princes, premiers and presidents - you get the idea.

The Partiers

Well, since there's been just a bit of coverage on the Head of State and Government of the United States of America, I went down to the level of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, starting a bit easily with its Federal reputation. My start is with the Representative for Cape Cod and surrounding areas, Bill Delahunt. I'll get to Governor Deval Patrick. We do have John Kerry. Ted Kennedy, and by extension the Kennedy Family (dynasty?) are a bit daunting. Howard C. Berkowitz 17:30, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

Keen-as-mustard and jumped the gun

I couldn't help myself: Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd. His assassination in 1966 would have made him a good candidate for last month's theme as well. Shamira Gelbman 22:04, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

I wrote a small piece on my Queen, but I ain't sure what to call the article, HELP. --Paul Wormer 06:15, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

I made a start on five prime ministers: Harold Macmillan, Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath‎, and James Callaghan‎. Meg Ireland 09:35, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

A modest beginning Alfred Gusenbauer, past short-time chancellor of Austria. Peter Schmitt 21:02, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

Created Kamehameha I, first King of the Hawaiian Islands, and created stubs about the rest of the Heads of state. Also created stubs about the rulers of the big island of Hawaii. Can be found in Category:Heads of State Of Hawaii, and Category:Hawaiian Royalty respectively. More to come.Drew R. Smith 01:46, 8 August 2009 (UTC)

Rather late and missed the boat!

Porch sitters--article creators who didn't edit a new article

The shy ones, absent-minded profs, and other modest creatures

The total party poops

Special Requests

Please proofread orchid for approval. Thank you! --Daniel Mietchen 22:35, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

Done! Supten Sarbadhikari 03:37, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

Questions

Where is Aleta? No mention at the Welcome page or notifications! Completely forgot that yesterday was the first Wednesday of the month! Supten 03:38, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

It's a wrap!

empty form

Official libations

2007

  • Inaugural - beer!
  • September - champagne
  • October - we were refurbishing the bar and only had coffee!
  • November - made up for last month with more vodka than was good for us and plenty of rum.
  • December - eggnog and wine

2008

  • January - Whisky and the Cocktail of the Month, a pharisee
  • February - schnapps and the Cocktail of the Month, the caipirinha (considered the national drink of Brazil)
  • March - port wine (which should probably live at port (wine), no? (Someone put that on their list, please....Oh, *someone* did--thanks, Ro) and the Cocktail of the Month, a Dead Aunt
  • April - Akpeteshie hot and fresh from Ghana. And cool shandies and spritzers if that took your fancy. Lotsa staggering around the bar after this party!
  • May - Was it champagne? No, we were dry, I think.
  • June - Were we abstaining yet again?
  • July - Sherry
  • August - pineapple juice Well, that's all right, I guess!
  • September - Given the music theme, i assume it was pop?
  • October - Cranberry juice. Some nut who shall remain nameless but whose initials are HP suggested Drano, (i.e. what cleans better than Drano?) but....
  • November - Spring water (Now Bruce just has to write it! Aleta Curry 04:00, 3 December 2008 (UTC))
  • December - Piña colada - get some light rum, mix it with pineapple and coconut cream. Instantly warp back to the eighties.

2009

  • January - Bloody Mary - because, as Nietzsche said, we should only love that which is written with blood. Controversial enough?
  • February - Absinthe - updates last month, but doesn't it make one forget? (No. Urban legend, except that 50-percent-plus alcohol does do its mite)
  • March - Energy Drink - pump that caffeine into your system so you can burn through all those pesky definition subpages!

Bonus point winners

Write-a-Thon Theme Suggestions

New Suggestions and Discussion

  • "Hometown Heroes" - write about someone famous from your part of the world (either where you're from, or where you are now).
  • "Poles Apart" - find the spot directly on the other side of Earth from you, and write about someone or something in the vicinity. (Contributors on other planets, follow a similar procedure for whatever planet you're on. Contributors not on planetary bodies permitted to write about whatever they feel like.)
  • Fill in an item from this interesting list of natural objects. Or this interesting list of people.
  • All articles must start with the same letter of the alphabet, allowing for diacritics and transliteration (so Å, Á, and あ would all count if A were the letter, for instance).
  • Photo stubs - no minimum word length, no theme requirement, but must contain an image.
  • Choose a random number from 1 to 500, then go to Special:WantedPages and start an article on the topic currently at that rank.
  • How about an alternate weekend date, say the Sunday after the official Write-a-Thon, for those of us who spend our Wednesdays working at places that frown on extensive personal use of company computers? --Petréa Mitchell 19:15, 1 January 2009 (UTC)
There's a current forum thread on this-the proposal was to move the WaT to the weekend. Your suggestion might pose a good compromise. Aleta Curry 21:33, 1 January 2009 (UTC)
I would be a lot more able to participate on weekends. My weekday workdays are 11+ hours.Pat Palmer 02:51, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
  • What will people most enjoy writing that could lead many different contributors to a short, but complete and interesting article that links to larger articles? Maybe "Events" could be a theme - pen-portraits of memorable sporting moments (see try, or notable historical events - including tsunamis, eruption of Krakatoa, comet collision with Jupiter, the birth of Dolly the sheep, freeing of Nelson Mandela, the sinking of the Titanic, assassination of Martin Luther King, the Mutiny on the Bounty, the discovery of the Americas? Can I suggest asking that every new article should have at least one external link and links to other articles here?Gareth Leng 12:31, 14 January 2009 (UTC)
  • I like this idea. Further, definitions and other subpages are preferable, even for stubs. Chris Day 17:01, 14 January 2009 (UTC)
Dare I suggest that even stubs can and should be non-orphans? Basic criteria: Howard C. Berkowitz 18:00, 14 January 2009 (UTC)
  • Reachable from the front page or a core article/workgroup page
  • Link to at least three other articles, even if they are redlinks in a Related Articles subpages
  • Have at least three other articles link to them
  • I propose "childish things" as a topic. --Larry Sanger 15:51, 6 May 2009 (UTC)
Er...you talkin' 'bout me again??? You can always tell who's got a toddler at home, huh, Larry? Aleta Curry 02:57, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

Future Theme Schedule

  • August - Heads of Government/Heads of State: biographical items for one's national legislators/parliamentarians; perhaps provincial/state governors:princes, premiers and presidents - you get the idea
  • September - Design and Designers: Of course clothing is designed, but so are buildings...airplanes...toys...instruments--musical and scientific--and so's porcelain...glass...write about an architect, a fashion designer, an engineer, a pottery firm--or their work--how about Barbie or her manufacturer--is that Mattel...?

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