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Does WQ need to become more NPOV?


Hi HouseOfChange,

I see you are very intent on making WQ more NPOV. I think this is commendable, just wondering if the way you are going about it is going to produce the desired effect.

WQ just as ENWP has far more contributors from the United States than contributors from other countries. How do I know that? I must admit I have come to this conclusion through my own personal experience (I wish there was a better way to establish this). As an example, I added a small quote today to France because their presidental elections will take place very soon. Since the quote I added referred to their presidential debate, I did a search on the term which is mentioned on quite a few pages (not sure how many?), but in my limited search I discovered that the term is always used in reference to an election in the United States.

I don’t want to turn this post into a tldr, just wondering if you see somethiing different than what I am seeing. Thanks in advance, Ottawahitech (talk) 15:47, 21 April 2022 (UTC)Reply

Thanks @Ottawhitech: for asking about my goal. It is not at all as big as changing WQ. Instead, I stumbled across some articles that had been heavily edited by one person over several years, so with Antandrus I made a public list of them at WQ:AN and started trying to go through those articles, putting italics on the ones I already looked at and (I hope) improved.
Today I am laid low by COVID so not doing much. (I'm all vaccinated and boosted so it just feels like a bad cold, but I am very tired.)
Maybe the short answer is I am trying like everybody else to improve one article at a time, but a lot of the articles on my list have the same kinds of not-following-WQ-policy problems.
The work I like better to do here is adding interesting quotations by notable people that we don't have yet. HouseOfChange (talk) 21:52, 21 April 2022 (UTC)Reply
Sorry to heat about your COVID situation. I suspect this disease is afflicting many of our wmf-troops. I think something like 25% of the American population has had it at some point, some asymptomatically.
As far as Antandrus is concerned I have been trying for a while to get them to get into the trenches to do some manual labour. Maybe I'll succeed one day. Just kidding. Get well soon, Ottawahitech (talk) 23:38, 21 April 2022 (UTC)Reply
Ha ha. :) (Doesn't bother me, don't worry.) I consider my anti-troll, anti-POV, anti-stalker, and anti-vandalism work to be "digging in the trenches", but maybe to others this kind of work is unimportant? Or maybe not; I never know what other people are thinking. Adding quotes is fun, and I'd much rather do that, if only the deranged and obsessed would go away. But they won't because it is not in the nature of human derangement and obsession to go away.
HoC, hope you feel better soon. Covid has hit hard where I live (central California) and I know a lot of people who have had it. I wish it would go away. I miss going to concerts and things. Antandrus (talk) 23:45, 21 April 2022 (UTC)Reply

Pages to create


Here are some pages I created at Wikiquote:

  • Mae Jemison: Black woman engineer, physician, astronaut
  • Anna Reid: Journalist and author with focus on Eastern Europe
  • Maria Ressa: Journalist co-winner of 2021 Nobel Peace Prize
  • Robert D. Bullard: Black professor and activist known as "father of environmental justice"

Here are some pages I created or would like to create for notable people whose words I've admired:

Those are some goals for the future. HouseOfChange (talk) 13:40, 25 May 2022 (UTC) (updated 15 December 2023)Reply

I want to create more pages based on recent news articles that report interesting quotes. For example:

Comment about one of the pages I created, deserves its own section

Hi HouseOfChange, I see that one of the 5 pages you have created on WQ is Ig Nobel Prize. Are you aware this page may be offensive to readers who speak Igbo? Just curious. Cheers, Ottawahitech (talk) 15:42, 25 May 2022 (UTC)Reply
The name is is a pun on the English word "ignoble." If the prize (started in 1991) and Wikipedia article about it (started in 2001) created no offense to speakers of Igbo, I don't see why this Wikiquote page would be controversial. Cheers. HouseOfChange (talk) 16:01, 25 May 2022 (UTC)Reply
@HouseOfChange: Just to let you know I have posted a note at Talk:Ig Nobel Prize#Discussion with page creator to see how readers of of that page view your comment above. Ottawahitech (talk) 13:29, 26 May 2022 (UTC)Reply

Just a thought


While there is indeed a lot of off-topic dross in Wikiquote, you are being quite agressive in removing quotes that could arguably be included somewhere. I would suggest that rather than merely deleting them, you should move them to the respective talk pages of the pages you are working on (unless they are clearly by speakers with no plausible claim to notability). Some of them, readers might decide to keep, perhaps trimmed to a degree. Some of them might fit well into other pages. BD2412 T 07:14, 26 April 2022 (UTC)Reply

That is a great idea! Thanks @BD2412: for the suggestion! It will preserve the material for other editors to give an opinion while making the article itself more readable/useful to readers. I created the talk page archive for several articles where I had previously removed many quotes: Mutual assured destruction, Big lie, Honduras, War crimes, and Hysteria. I also did the same on a few sock-linked articles I first looked at today, but in none of these were the removals so extensive: Cowardice, Colonialism, and Nuclear power. HouseOfChange (talk) 01:11, 27 April 2022 (UTC)Reply
Postscript. I did not create quote-page archives for ALL of the articles I had edited before getting this message on April 26, although I did create such archives for some. Going forward, however, I did create talk-page archives whenever I did extensive editing. HouseOfChange (talk) 03:51, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply

Admin accountability poll


Admin accountability poll is open, vote here. – Ilovemydoodle (talk / e-mail) 10:05, 5 June 2022 (UTC)Reply



I am looking for your opinion on this discussion. – Ilovemydoodle (Not WMF, Not a sockpuppet of Antandrus, Not a paid editor of Shueisha) (talk / e-mail) 18:03, 17 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

@Ilovemydoodle: I have no opinion about it. The same is true for the administrator review discussion. I admire your energy and enthusiasm; my energy level is low enough that I save it for matters where I think I can make contributions of some value. HouseOfChange (talk) 18:08, 17 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
Okay. – Ilovemydoodle (Not WMF, Not a sockpuppet of Antandrus, Not a paid editor of Shueisha) (talk / e-mail) 18:10, 17 June 2022 (UTC)Reply



You had recently inquired about posting QOTD suggestions; though several previous formats are acceptable, and some pages have no recent postings, currently most are posted on the various suggestion pages in the format presented below (in the editing pane it displays more clearly than it does in this section's reading display in "nowiki" formatting):

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I hope this comment is helpful to you. ~ ♌︎Kalki ⚓︎ 14:47, 26 May 2023 (UTC)Reply



Hi HouseOfChange: fyi Talk:Antisemitism#removed quote Ottawahitech (talk) 03:51, 2 November 2023 (UTC)Reply

@Ottowahitech: Thanks for the heads up. That talk page is on my watchlist. IMO that quotation I removed in 2022 falls outside WQ guidelines of notable/quotable, but a consensus opinion otherwise would be decisive. HouseOfChange (talk) 00:17, 4 November 2023 (UTC)Reply

Quote removal on Health


Just a question: your rationale for removing a quote on the Health page was to "see Talk page" ([1]). To what were you referring? I'm not trying to judge whether or not the removal was correct, but rather just trying to understand the logic behind it. Can you clarify? Thanks. ~ UDScott (talk) 17:54, 4 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

@UDScott Sorry, I started drafting my reasons for the article talk page, but I will try to go a little faster. Maybe next time I should write up the talk page entry before removing the quote. There, finally hit post: HouseOfChange (talk) 18:10, 4 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Copying and pasting that link above so nobody needs to hunt for it.

Subject: Long-winded expressions of opinion that nobody is likely to quote are not, in fact, quotable quotes.

Text: I just removed this recently-added quote, doubting anyone would "quote" this pompous non-expert:

Before my birth it was understood that vitamin C fixes scurvy and vitamin D rickets. Prior to the 20th Century, we already had vaccines for smallpox, cholera, anthrax, and rabies. The 1920s saw insulin, penicillin, and vaccines for Diphtheria, tuberculosis, whooping cough, scarlet fever, and tetanus. In later years, we got vaccines for Yellow Fever, Polio, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. Since my birth, we’ve seen vaccines for chicken pox, Hepatitis A and B, meningitis, Lyme disease, rotavirus, and possibly malaria and ebola this year. Obviously we have not stopped the march, and that’s encouraging. But consider that the amount of funding poured into medical research has skyrocketed in my lifetime, so that the progress per dollar spent surely is going down. The easy battles were fought first, naturally. Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, and a raft of other pernicious diseases resist cures despite large continuing investments. Thomas W. Murphy, "You Call This Progress?" (September 16, 2015)

Also, stating my own POV, it seems stupid post-COVID to assume that medicine's only future job is fixing problems known in 2015. HouseOfChange (talk) 18:09, 4 January 2024 (UTC)

Got it, thanks. I just was trying to follow the train of thought and part of it was missing (I was a bit quick with my question too!). I don't feel strongly one way or the other about this quote - just wanted to understand the logic for its removal. Thanks. ~ UDScott (talk) 18:18, 4 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
@UDScott It was a completely legitimate question. I am grateful for the time you give to this project, and impressed by your tactful way of raising questions. I was perhaps a little hyper-vigilant because the quote was posted by an IP similar to (tho not the same as) an IP that previously posted several not-notable-not-quotable anti-vax claims to Health and Cancer articles. HouseOfChange (talk) 02:17, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Congratulations, you are now an administrator on English Wikiquote


Remember, with great power, there must also come great responsibility. BD2412 T 19:17, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thanks so much! I will do my best to live up to your trust. HouseOfChange (talk) 21:03, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Congratulations and welcome aboard! Great to have you as part of the team. Best of luck. ~ UDScott (talk) 21:06, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for the kind welcome. My start is slow as I struggle to cram clothes and papers and tech gear into 1 suitcase for a monthlong work trip. But I anticipate more free time once I land. Any essays or other advice you recommend for a new admin? Hoping to look intelligent, I have printed out a bunch of new-admin-relevant pages from WQ and WP to read on the plane. HouseOfChange (talk) 02:35, 8 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hokus-pokus VFD


Hi HouseOfChange: just to let you know I have mentioned you on User_talk:Lemonaka#Hokus-pokus VFD. Ottawahitech (talk) 21:32, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

The software notified me that you had linked my name there describing me as an en-wiki admin who started a VfD where you were one of two !votes to keep the article. I became an admin on February 7, 2024, so in December, 2023, that VfD nomination was made by me but not by a sysop. HouseOfChange (talk) 18:56, 26 February 2024 (UTC)Reply



See Wikiquote:Administrators' noticeboard#User:HouseOfChange to which you are welcome to contribute. Philip Cross (talk) 21:01, 1 April 2024 (UTC)Reply