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List of inquires

Please add your questions below. Thank you!

Elections

Is there a way to find a list of all elections taking place at every level across the US using BP?

There definitely is: Portal:Elections. If you click on any state on the map featured on the elections portal, you will be directed to a page for that state that highlights all elections for that state and year.

Seeing a list of user contributions

  • Is there a way to see the contributions of another user in a list form? I coordinate with a few people to contribute to articles, and it would be helpful to be able to see the contributions at a glance for others on our team.
Yes, you can see a list of user contributions in list form by going to that user's page, for example User:BaileyL, and then clicking on User contributions on the left-hand menu under toolbox. You could also navigate to Special:Contributions, and then type in the name of the user you are looking for.

Citation needed?

Yes, Ballotpedia does support this template, {{Citation needed}}, which looks like this [citation needed] in practice.
  • If a ballotpedia page contains contentious information, we should require citations of reputable news sources. An example would be: a claim that some measure, if passed, would result in laying off 50 firefighters. It's ok to write that, but only if it can be backed up from a reputable news source.
For the same purpose, we use {{fact}} which shows up as [citation needed]. There's also a {{citation}}, which shows up as (citation?).
Created it as a redirect to {{fact}}. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 16:32, 19 December 2012 (CST)
Thank you! BaileyL 12:14, 29 December 2012 (CST)

Use a link

  • I was on another site and saw a link from you titled INITIATIVE & REFERENDUM STATE BY STATE (Click on State): and was wondering if I could use that link in a website I am building.
You are welcome to link to our site, but if you use our material, be sure to cite it. Thanks!

Land vote

  • My organization The Trust for Public Land maintains a website which tracks all land conservation ballot measures from 1988-present. Is there some way to get involved with Ballotpedia. LandVote is the definitive source for conservation finance referendums. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
You are welcome to edit articles on Ballotpedia where you think the information you have would be useful, as long as all information provided is nonpartisan.

Recall process in Nebraska

  • I would like to know how to start the recall process for Senator Ben Nelson here in Nebraska.
Information on Nebraska recall laws can be found here.

Header tabs

  • My question relates to your use of the extension "Header Tabs." I'm trying to use the same extension and troubleshooted it with Sergey, the creator. He thinks it's because my Apache is set to CGI Mode rather than Apache_handler. Do you know which one you're using? Thanks
Information on Header Tabs can be found here.

Open new browser

  • How do I create an external link so it opens in a new browser tab? In HTML, I would write something like
    <a href="http://books.google.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Books</a>
That cannot be done in wiki-code; it would require the resetting of the "LocalSettings.php" file.
  • What is the equivalent to
    rel="nofollow" target="_blank"

in the Wiki language?

I don't know that there is an equivalent. What is it wanted for? Was your idea to make it globally applicable or just for particular links?– Philosopher Let us reason together. 08:21, 20 January 2013 (CST)

Absentee ballots

  • Emergency! Looking for the source of a comprehensive 50-state list of absentee ballot access/application sites, addresses, info...is there such an animal?

1994 MA election rent control

  • Hi. I was looking for the exact text of Question 9 of the Massachusetts 1994 election that ended rent control. This was a highly contentions proposition that was worded in a particularly insidious way, duping many voters into voting against rent control instead of for it, as they believed they were doing. It was a widely-reported scandal, yet the text of the measure that is recorded on your website is not accurate. Massachusetts Rent Control Question (1994)
If you have a way of getting the actual text, you should do that. If you have a suggestion for a place where I can locate an accurate copy, please forward it to me at my login email. I am having a peculiarly difficult time locating it. Thank you.