User talk:MichaelMaggs

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There is a message in your mailbox that awaits your answer as a matter of urgency. Can you kindly have a look at it, please? odder (talk) 18:57, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

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ref on Gentleman's Magazine to Road MapsEdit

Dear Michael Clearly you have the skill and knowledge to add whatever you feel is necessary from these three references at Wiltshire History ONline

The Road from London to Landsend 1760 Gentleman's Magazine

The Roads from Bristol and Bath to Worcester. 1765 Gentleman's Magazine

The Road from... Marborough to Huntspil. ca.1765 Gentleman's Magazine

for which an example weblink is http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~genmaps/genfiles/COU_files/ENG/WIL/genmag_road-lon-landsend_1760.html What, for you &/or Wikipedia is a 'sufficient reference' ?! Thanks NoJoking —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 86.159.84.62 (talk) 14:46, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Hi. Thanks for the note. The page you've linked to appears to be a user-uploaded scanned image of the strip maps, from the ancestry.com website, with a heading mentioning The Gentleman's Magazine. I'm afraid that's not sufficient to be a reliable source as user-uploads aren't acceptable under the WP:SELFPUBLISH Wikipedia policy. What would be needed is either a citation to The Gentleman's Magazine itself (online or to the original printing) giving the exact issue and page number, or alternatively to a reliable third-party publication that discusses the fact that the magazine published these maps.--MichaelMaggs (talk) 12:01, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

That almost seems like overkill. Why would a source such as Wiltshire Online History produce a list of maps without sufficient validation? I can't even find if there are complete copies of Gentleman's Magazine from which to access page numbers!! Clearly there seems little point in pursuing this or any similar edit unless one has a quite startling level of validation; which is very offputting. (I won't bother to comment on why Wikipedia is filled with Basketballer's personal information - ha.) —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 86.156.100.212 (talk) 14:08, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

I agree that there is unfortunately a huge amount of poorly-sourced stuff on Wikipedia, but see Wikipedia:Other stuff exists. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 23:34, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

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