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February's Project of the Month
Recently, President Obama gave his yearly State of the Union address. At Ballotpedia, we collect similar speeches made by many governors: the "State of the State." In Iowa, it is called the "Condition of the State" and in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia it is known as "State of the Commonwealth." Whichever name it goes by, these speeches are delivered to the state legislature and fulfill the requirement in most state constitutions that the governor must deliver an annual report to the legislature.

These speeches outline what a governor's priorities are for a particular year, notes some of the struggles their state may have faced in the past year or address some specific national trend. This month, we are asking for your help in collecting speeches from past years.

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-- 10:09, 13 December 2013 (CST)

Tom Reitz wrote:
Got your message about the election results boxes. Can you give me more detail about what changes you're trying to make, and maybe a few example pages? Thanks.

SamanthaS wrote:

Hi KidTuck,

I see you created several bio pages on Ballotpedia for former governors; however, I noticed there are no references to where you obtained your information. It is very important that we provide citations for any information added to a page on Ballotpedia. Would you please add references to the pages you have created as soon as possible?

Thank you

SamanthaS (talk) 19:52, 2 January 2014 (CST)

Tom Reitz wrote:
Regarding adding a "winner" column to the Election Results Template, I think you can add a new column to the table row in the template and fill it in with the {{Approved}} template for a winner, or just a space character for a non-winner. Something like this: Change this: | align="center" | {{#if:{{{winner|}}}|{{{winner|}}} }} {{{candidatename}}} | align="center" | {{{percentage}}}</onlyinclude> to add this: | align="center" | {{#if:{{{winner|}}}|{{{winner|}}} }} {{{candidatename}}} | align="center" | {{{percentage}}} | align="center" | {{#if:{{{winner|}}}|{{Approved}}| }}</onlyinclude> Does that help?

KaitlinE wrote:

Hi KidTuck,

Thank you for creating the Michigan gubernatorial election, 2006 page and adding election results. Please provide references for the background section. I added a reference for the election result box and made some other formatting changes. Thanks for your contributions!KaitlinE (talk) 19:46, 7 January 2014 (CST)

BaileyL wrote:
Hi KidTuck! You'll notice that I just reverted your changes to Template:Election_results_boxtop and other related pages. This is because it was adding a blank column to any pages that use that template. This template is widely used on the wiki. However, from reading your comments to Tom, our tech manager, I do think that your proposal of pulling out the checkmark or more clearly denoting the winner is a very valid change. The code for this template isn't simple so I'm going to review the code this week to see if we can get the feature working. I'll keep you posted. Thank you for the wonderful idea! If you have any questions please let me know. BaileyL (talk) 10:55, 13 January 2014 (CST)

Kristen Mathews wrote:

Hi KidTuck! Thank you for starting the pages for William G. Milliken and George Romney. I added categories, a reference section, and a "stub tag" to note that we need to add more to the page. When writing, please remember to use references to show where you obtained your information. For more help, please read: Writing:External links and references (state executive officials) Thank you again! If you have any questions please let me know!

KristenM (talk) 13:07, 17 January 2014 (CST)

BaileyL wrote:

Hello, again. Apologies that it's been nearly a month since I got back to you. I was hoping to have more details.

After some discussion with project managers, it turns out that the Election results boxtop template is actually an out-of-date template that is only in use on a few historical pages. Nevertheless, we made some minor changes to help better highlight the winner. You can see an example here.

Our newer election box, that is more widely used on the site, is available here. It also includes bold text to highlight the winner of the election. An example of it in use is available here. We're discussing, in the next 2-3 months, possibly revising the box. If you have any other suggestions please do not hesitate to let me know. Thanks!

Kristen Mathews wrote:

Hi KidTuck,

I saw your work on the Michigan gubernatorial elections, 1835-present and added to it. I switched to an election history box template so that an automated sentence would display a summary above each result box and so your references would fit neatly inside.

Thank you so much for all your work on this and please let me know if you have any questions going forward.

KristenM (talk) 16:45, 14 February 2014 (CST)

Jaime Beran wrote:

Hi KidTuck,

I saw your recent work on the Michigan general election, 2010 page. Great information and thank you so much for contributing!

Just a couple of notes:

  • I added the {{welec}} talk page template to the talk page - since it is referencing a specific project's elections.
  • If you can, please update the page's title Michigan general election results, 2010 - It will be more clear to readers that they are about to read election results for that year's general election.
  • Please try to hyperlink names you add to the election boxed on this page. I will go ahead and add the hyperlinks to the names currently listed on this page.
  • I'm going to add a link to our Portal:Elections, just for reference if readers are looking for other election results.
Again, thank you so much for all your work! Please let me know if you have any questions moving forward.

Jaime Beran wrote:

Hi KidTuck,

I saw your recent edits on the STATE elections, 2014 pages - adding padlock images to the election table at the pages.

Currently, I am only adding padlock images to dates that correspond to deadlines, not elections. (See tables: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2014 state government elections)

I'm going to revert those padlock image edits so the tables are consistent across the board.

Again, thank you so much for all your work! Please let me know if you have any questions moving forward.

Kristen Mathews wrote:

Hey KidTuck!

Thanks for your recent work with 2010 Gubernatorial Election Results. I have made a couple of edits so far. I added a |ref = paramater to the election boxes you have laid out. Each box needs a reference. I added one for Wisconsin as an example. Also, we do have results for 2010 elections on each of the Governor of "STATE" pages. You are welcome to go to each of those pages, under Elections, full history, and copy and paste those templates onto your 2010 page. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

KristenM (talk) 09:12, 28 July 2014 (CDT)

KellyC wrote:

Hi KidTuck,

Thanks for your recent additions to the Michigan's 2014 ballot measures. Pages for the two measures should be up soon.


Leslie Graves wrote:

Hi KidTuck:

Here's a good source about the 1889 fall elections in the state of Washington which might be useful on your Washington gubernatorial elections, 1889-present article. Leslie Graves (talk) 17:55, 1 October 2014 (CDT)

Kristen Mathews wrote:

Hey KidTuck! I rolled back your edit to the Absentee Voting section. Since voters in Colorado still have the option to vote in person, we have not looped them into the same category as Oregon and Washington. Thanks!

KristenM (talk) 15:10, 13 October 2014 (CDT)

KidTuck wrote:
Is there any way to edit the templates that appear on pages for endorsements, parties, etc.?

KaitlinE wrote:

Hello KidTuck,

Thank you for adding information to the Michigan gubernatorial election, 2006 page. Do you have citations for the information that you added? If so, please add them. If not, the information may have to be removed. Thank you for all of your contributions to Ballotpedia! KaitlinE (talk) 21:24, 27 October 2014 (CDT)
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