Archive:Monthly Write-a-Thon/January 31, 2021

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WEEKLY (Sundays) in January 2021
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Theme: Stems and branches

The next Write-a-Thon will take place on Sunday, January 31, 2021--for the fourth time this month!


'Things involving stems or branches' is this week's topic - not just trees, stem cells or branch lines but anything that involves these - including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)!

If the theme topic is not for you, please just be a party pooper and drop by to write about anything else!

We know that not everybody has Sunday at the same time though, so to make it fair our Sunday lasts 48 hours! Therefore, the Write-a-Thon starts when it is Sunday at midnight (in Sydney) and ends when it becomes Monday in San Francisco.

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 hearty; to exchange ideas with people we might not "meet" otherwise.

When?

In January 2021--a very special month--Write-a-Thons happen the first Sunday of every week, give or take a few hours depending on where you are.

WHERE START END TIME_ZONE UTC_OFFSET
London (England) Saturday at 1 pm Monday at 7 am GMT UTC
New York (USA) Saturday at 8 am Monday at 2 am EST UTC-5 hours
San Francisco (USA) Saturday at 5 am Sunday at 11 pm PST UTC-8 hours
Sydney (Australia) Sunday at 12 midnight Monday at 6 pm AEDT UTC+11 hours
New Delhi (India) Saturday at 6:30 pm Monday at 12:30 pm IST UTC+5:30 hours

After January, we will revert to only once a month. But let us write, and party, four weeks in a row in January 2021.

So how do I join in?

Joining in is really easy:

  • First of all, show up on the Sunday, give or take a day!
  • Start a new article, or update or expand and existing article. Even just a stub will qualify, although the more substantive the article the better. Come back to this page and let everyone know you've started it, or changed it! The earlier in the day you do this step, the better.
  • Make a substantive edit (not just a copy-edit) to somebody else's Write-a-Thon article! You might need to come back a little bit later in the day to do this, once people have had chance to make all those new articles or substantial updates. Then come back to this page and reply to the person who made the article.
  • Optionally, but preferably, mention Write-a-thon in the Edit summary of any pages you create or edit for the party! It lets others who may have forgotten know it is here.
  • Congratulations, you are an official Write-a-thon partier!

The Partiers: Join the fun! List your new articles here!

When you've created your new article (or improved an existing article) on Sunday (or thereabouts), come and list it here! Don't forget to sign your name so everyone knows you've joined in. Then, when you've edited someone else's article come and let them know!

Keen-as-mustard and jumped the gun

Partying

Added some new material to Fluid dynamics, which is a branch of physics, which is a STEM field. At least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. Mark Widmer (talk) 15:39, 31 January 2021 (UTC)

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

Created an article stemming from a talk out here about science. John Stephenson (talk) 13:46, 31 January 2021 (UTC)

Some people get really STEAMed when STEM is mentioned. :-) Mark Widmer (talk) 15:17, 31 January 2021 (UTC)

Created Poison ivy, a toxic-to-touch common weed where I live; looking at its stems and branches is key to identifying it correctly. The Wikipedia article is all sciency-sounding but doesn't really tell people what they need to know to stay out of trouble with this dangerous plant.Pat Palmer (talk) 15:14, 31 January 2021 (UTC)

Started an article on Caladium, a bulb with only produces stems and pretty-colored leaves, with no branches. Beginning with a bare intro and a photo. Pat Palmer (talk) 17:00, 31 January 2021 (UTC)

Party crashers--article contributors who didn't create a new article

A stub was already there, but I'm intending to expand Amaryllis; began by giving it an image. It has a stem (only when blooming) but no branches. Pat Palmer (talk) 16:42, 31 January 2021 (UTC)

Rather late and missed the boat!

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

The total party poops

Sorry, but for the second straight week, I was a total party pooper! No excuses. I'll try to do better next time. Roger A. Lohmann (talk) 13:17, 1 February 2021 (UTC)

Special requests

Questions

It's a wrap!

Bonus point winners

Upcoming dates! Suggest a theme.

  • Sunday February 28 - theme to be determined

Please enter your suggestions for upcoming Write-a-Thons below.

Write-a-Thon Theme Suggestions (add your ideas, please!)

  • History of food/foods. Anthony.Sebastian 22:59, 7 July 2011 (UTC)
  • What about red links in Random pages? --Daniel Mietchen 10:15, 4 December 2008 (UTC)
  • I suggest "Numbers". Richard Pinch 07:21, 15 December 2008 (UTC)
  • "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.Petréa Mitchell 19:15, 1 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)
  • For this revival, to open it to lots of partiers, suggest theme: 'Topic of Your Mind's Desire', or, 'Whatever', or something in that vein, with the proviso that article be consistent with CZ standards. Anthony.Sebastian 02:28, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
Kinds of Phobias, or mammals, or insectss or arachnids or butterflys or flowers or medications or symmetry groups or legends in sports. But wait, there are many trees and automobiles and computer programs, and ice cream flavors. Sooo many choices, so little time. David E. Volk 23:48, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

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