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Hello all, I would like to invite you to attend in Articles for deletion/SimilaritybasedTOPSIS and submit your opinion. I know that this article is in the field of operations research but there is no project related to operations research. Thank you in advance. Scholartop ( talk) 06:28, 23 January 2023 (UTC)
I would gladly include {{ maths rating}} in some other articles that almost contain mathematical topics. However, is it still allowed to include this template in articles that contain fewer mathematical subjects? I was considering that it could be possible to add it in Quasicrystal since it has fewer mathematical subjects, but most of this describes chemistry. I am not sure whether it would be appropriate for this project. Dedhert.Jr ( talk) 12:45, 25 January 2023 (UTC)
The IP accounts Special:Contributions/103.21.125.84 and Special:Contributions/103.21.127.79 keep adding links to academia.edu and arXiv articles by Harish Chandra Rajpoot to the external links sections, e.g. to Trapezohedron, Greatcircle distance, Solid angle, Descartes' theorem, Circle packing. My speculation is that these IPs are being used by Mr. Rajpoot himself (apparently a graduate student at IIT Bombay) to promote his papers here. I removed several of these links because, while relevant, the content raises some other red flags: Rajpoot's papers don't cite any prior sources and name known results after himself. I left a comment on his talk page suggesting he may want to try publishing his work in a peerreviewed journal; in response he put back a new link, this time to the paper "HCR’S THEORY OF POLYGON 'Solid Angle Subtended By Any Polygonal Plane at Any Point in the Space'" "published" in the journal International Journal of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Research by "Research Publish Journals", which does not seem to be peer reviewed. Does someone else want to try to talk to this IP user and try to get them to engage in conversation? – jacobolus (t) 16:52, 26 January 2023 (UTC)
Over on BIT predicate, we have an IP editor who seems intent on cramming as much offtopic notationheavy WP:TECHNICAL detail as possible into the history section. More eyes on this would be helpful. — David Eppstein ( talk) 21:50, 28 January 2023 (UTC)
"Even though editors can never 'own' an article, it is important to respect the work and ideas of your fellow contributors. Therefore, be cautious when removing or rewriting large amounts of content, particularly if this content was written by one editor; it is more effective to try to work with the editor than against them—even if you think they are acting as if they "own" the article. [...] In many cases, a core group of editors will have worked to build the article up to its present state and will revert edits that they find detrimental in order, they believe, to preserve the quality of the encyclopedia. Such reversion does not indicate an "ownership" problem [...] Where disagreement persists after such a reversion, the editor proposing the change should first take the matter to the talk page, without personal comments or accusations of ownership. In this way, the specifics of any change can be discussed with the editors who are familiar with the article, who are likewise expected to discuss the content civilly."– jacobolus (t) 02:26, 1 February 2023 (UTC)
You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia:Village pump (idea lab) § Standardizing Mathematical Notation. CactiStaccingCrane 13:40, 29 January 2023 (UTC)
I suggest moving this article to the drafts space. I think the subject of this article meets
WP:GNG, but I don't think this article meets the criteria for a stub. I thought about moving this article to the draft space, but
WP:DRAFTIFY said articles older than 90 days should not be draftified without prior consensus at AfD
, so it seems necessary to discuss it first. If someone extends this article, I will withdraw this suggestion. thanks !
SilverMatsu (
talk) 11:22, 31 January 2023 (UTC)
I am not sure that this article is not ready to have its own. It has lack context and many things. Most of the texts, as I glanced at, especially in this part, use many secondperson pronouns; however, MOS:YOU mentions that one should avoid such words. Because of these problems, would it be possible to merge it into Roots of unity? Dedhert.Jr ( talk) 15:14, 3 February 2023 (UTC)
would it be possible to merge it into Roots of unity?No.  JBL ( talk) 22:29, 3 February 2023 (UTC)
You are invited to join the discussion at
Help talk:Citation Style 1§ Proposal: Add parameter eudml=. Need advice on whether the
European Digital Mathematics Library (Parameter eudml=
) meets
WP:GNG. thanks !
SilverMatsu (
talk) 07:06, 4 February 2023 (UTC)
Ya got yer
But where are the cantellate ( great rhombicosidodecahedron is something else) and the omnitruncate? Are they also degenerate? It would be good to note that somewhere. — Tamfang ( talk) 05:39, 5 February 2023 (UTC)
See Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)#Projectindependent quality assessments. This proposes support for quality assessment at the article level, recorded in {{ WikiProject banner shell}}, and inherited by the wikiproject banners. However, wikiprojects that prefer to use custom approaches to quality assessment can continue to do so. Aymatth2 ( talk) 20:23, 6 February 2023 (UTC)
Input is requested at the RfD concerning the target of the redirect page Free term. 66.44.62.177 ( talk) 01:13, 8 February 2023 (UTC)