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hi! No problem Bailey! I'll go ahead and take my name off of the links so you can work on them! Hope you had a great vacation and a happy holiday season!Alejandortiz 08:52, 30 December 2009 (CST)

Bailey, I have my name on two links on the news desk that pertain to South Carolina and Washington. I put those when you had your days off. Would you like to take them or do you want me to just go ahead and write the articles? Alejandortiz 08:45, 30 December 2009 (CST)

Hi ASpaeh 09:09, 26 March 2013 (CDT)

Ballot news widget

Check out this news widget: {{Ballot news}}. You can see it in action at 2009 ballot measures and Washington 2009 ballot measures. If you like it, it can be added to any pages about 2009 ballot measures. It automatically pulls in the same news items that are added to the front page.January 12:58, 18 October 2009 (CDT)


Thanks, Bailey! Jaime Beran 10:07, 23 April 2013 (CDT)

This should fix that! JaimeB 10:09, 23 April 2013 (CDT)

Short 2010

2010 ballot measures
Tuesday Count2010 Scorecard
AnalysisIssues on ballot

Hi Bailey. I took that nice infox you created and turned it into a template: {{short2010}}. Leslie Graves 11:56, 3 February 2010 (CST)

Ron Paul

Your technical skills needed.

Hey Bailey,

I just added {{SigBreakdown}} to The Signature Breakdown article. The problem is that the template makes the entire article go <center> and <small>. I only want the template to be in <center> and <small> format.

This is probably something simple that is beyond my skill level. Can you help please?

--Johnwynnejr 02:16, 24 February 2010 (CST)

Thanks for takin care of that,
--Johnwynnejr 20:31, 25 February 2010 (CST)

Page turner made easier

{{pt1}} [[2012 ballot measures|2012]] {{pt2}} [[2010 ballot measures|2010]] {{pt3}}

This equals that:


Great for many articles.

--Johnwynnejr 10:06, 13 March 2010 (CST)


Is it possible to do a page re-direct with an external link? I've also asked Sharon Thompson.
--Johnwynnejr 15:08, 4 April 2010 (CDT)

I apologize that it's taken me so long to respond. I'm not entirely sure that this is at all possible. If I find an answer I'll let you know. BaileyL 08:59, 26 April 2010 (CDT)

I've also asked SThompson

I cannt get this article to show up in "Recent news" on the Main Page. Can you please help me accomplish this?

--Johnwynnejr 17:05, 22 April 2010 (CDT)

I see the article on the main page now, so I'm assuming your question was answered. Let me know if you still have a question about. BaileyL 08:58, 26 April 2010 (CDT)

Info missing

I pulled up your MO report and saw some info was missing on a couple of pages (pages need re-scanned or something). Relatively small amount of info, but definitely worth fixin.--Johnwynnejr 09:54, 3 May 2010 (CDT)

Report on BP BaileyL 14:50, 10 May 2010 (CDT)


Gillnet Measure

Dear BaileyL,

The article "Oregon Gillnet Ban (2010)" is neither fair nor balanced from an Oregon resident and seafood consumer's point of view. It seems to proceed from several assumptions: that banning the Columbia River gillnet fishery is necesarry or desirable; that the Coastal Conservation Association's motives in filing this ballot petition were straightforward and honorable; and that the Attorney General of Oregon erred in amending the draft ballot title in the manner in which he did for the certified ballot title. Those are decidedly biased assumptions.

The article also contains significant errors and ommissions, first among them is that after stating "The draft ballot title read:" you cite the certified ballot title rather than the draft ballot title. The draft ballot title as published on the Oregon Secretary of State's website is not represented in the article at all.

I propose to amend this article by doing the following:

Adding a section on the Initiative process under Oregon law
Citing the draft ballot title accurately
Adding a section on comments received by the Secretary of State during the public comment period
Adding another section to cite the certified ballot title
More accurately and fully representing the ballot petition's opponents

I believe all of these would add objectivity to the article. Aino Nymuos

Thank you!

--Johnwynnejr 14:50, 28 October 2010 (CDT)

Hawaii ballot measure, question 2

Thanks, Bailey. I should've done that... Lizhill 13:01, 1 November 2010 (CDT)

I misread...

I errored. I thought you wrote "it is uncommon". Instead, you used a double negative. I apologize and I agree with you.--Johnwynnejr 17:51, 17 May 2011 (CDT)



Would you unlock this for me please?

--Johnwynnejr 11:06, 14 June 2011 (CDT)

Virginia Personhood Amendment (2012)

You and AlejandroOrtiz might want to rework this article -- the Virginia personhood effort is purely legislative, not a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. If passed by the Legislature, it will become law without the need for a popular vote. Note that the text of the bill mentions "be it enacted", rather than discussing it as being placed on the ballot for vote, as the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment (2014) does.

I don't know if you want to kill this article off entirely, since it's not an amendment, or rework it to make it clear that it's legislation. However, the current version is not factually correct.

Atleebreland 21:23, 7 December 2011 (CST)


Well! Amurray 13:27, 14 May 2012 (CDT)

AM links

Image use policy Image use policy Amurray 13:38, 14 May 2012 (CDT)

List of ballot measures by topic

I was looking at List of ballot measures by topic and thinking that what's missing is Background information aka External links. Wikipedia, search engines and general directories aren't generally useful for controversial subjects, so I was thinking we might be able to contribute something important here. I don't want to include personal blogs and local advocacy groups, just important, serious sources. For example, LibGuides from universities, legal guides such as Lexis-Nexis, journalist guides, think tanks, and collected news coverage on the topic from the major sources. I went through the orange tabs at this University of Illinois site (dead link) and found some useful links I hadn't seen elsewhere. Also the Johns Hopkins Center. btw - I see you're in Chicago, as I am. Are there any other Chicagoans here? Just curious, as I had assumed you were all in DC. TomJx 11:45, 5 January 2013 (CST)

CSS and JS

Would it be possible to get personalized .js and .css turned on? There are so many useful editing tools - particularly HotCat and Popups - that require personalized .js and .css. Note that Popups is also useful for browsing because of its preview feature. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 08:41, 20 January 2013 (CST)


I made a new template to better organize the External link section - see what you think. John A. Boehner now has the new one, Mitch McConnell still has the old one. TomJx 23:27, 8 March 2013 (CST)

Also see John McCain re Geoff's idea for indentation w/2 columns, and Nancy Pelosi for the 3-column version. Antonio Munoz is a state-level example. All audience requests welcomed. :-) TomJx 09:26, 9 March 2013 (CST)

Discussions merged and moved to Template talk:LegisLinks TomJx 11:23, 11 March 2013 (CDT)

Submit a link and Submit a leg link

The problem with these templates is that they were written to create a separate column on the right for the entirety of the section. If there's only one column following, the only effect is to cause 'early wrapping' of long lines. For our tests of two and three column formatting, it distorts the effect because it doesn't allow the columns to use the full width of the page. Obviously I didn't want to change the templates themselves with no discussion, so I substituted hard-coding for one instance, and putting it at the bottom for the other. The latter option means it floats over any following sections, such as the empty References section in Minimum wage on the ballot, so that was a problem. My personal preference would be to see those boxes on the left, directly below the existing links. The more whitespace between the left and right, the less likely the reader is to notice the box on the right. I think it's also a more natural progression that the reader first sees the links provided, and then considers what might be added. The box's height isn't enough to justify using the float option, imo. TomJx

Sent screenshot showing impact of float on columns. TomJx 11:36, 14 March 2013 (CDT)
Sent screenshot showing alternative placement.. TomJx 12:29, 14 March 2013 (CDT)

Thank you for your reply. I merged and moved our discussion on these to Template Talk:Submit a link and Template Talk:Submit a leg link. I'm not sure if your comment on two columns referred to Issues on the Ballot or LegisLinks. The former has never been more than two columns, as the link lengths will vary. The latter is waiting on Geoff, as he said he wanted to show the formatting to his team that week. That was more than three weeks ago, and as there has been no subsequent discussion at Template Talk:LegisLinks, it appears no one is interested. TomJx 10:53, 3 April 2013 (CDT)


I don't know who's in charge on social media for Ballotpedia, but as long as I'm talking to you.... ;-) The BP logo unfortunately evokes nothing so much as British Petroleum. That doesn't matter on the main website, because the reader presumably knows where he is, but it can be an issue on Twitter. I'd change the colors to American flag blue and red for the letters, and add a background of a map of the continental U.S. That would immediately stop the reader's mind from thinking British Petroleum. The bigger problem is how Ballotpedia is using Twitter, which seems to be limited to issuing tweets to followers - and the recent #WDWTU. TomJx 09:52, 14 March 2013 (CDT)

If you're wedded to yellow, then make the map outline yellow. TomJx 12:02, 14 March 2013 (CDT)
Without interaction, there's no attraction of new followers. First, follow all the journalists and bloggers covering the relevant topics. Second, make sure they're acquainted with Ballotpedia so they consider using it as a source or reference - keep track of whether or not each is following BP. Third, when they tweet about something for which BP has something useful, do a reply tweet linking to the relevant page so their followers can see it. That's how you attract new followers from the universe of those who have already shown their interest in the topics. Hashtags are another option, but really only useful for something trending - in which case there are so many that cutting through the noise gets us back to the importance of the avatar. TomJx 12:02, 14 March 2013 (CDT)
Example: A popular journalist tweets about his new article about some state ballot measure relating to immigration. The article allows reader comments. BP might reply-tweet and also comment at the article, mentioning something additional in BP's article on the measure and linking to it, or pointing out similar measures in this or other states to be found at Immigration on the ballot - or current polling, the official government links, or whatever BP provides that would complement the material in the journalist's article. For a more general article, linking to the resources at External links would likely attract some of the journalist's readers - and again you have increased the number of people who are aware of what Ballotpedia offers. The idea is for people to second screen us on these topics, just as they currently use Google and Wikipedia as they read a news article, tweet or Facebook post.. TomJx 13:40, 14 March 2013 (CDT)

Bill of Attainder

Yeah, I kept this article minimal to avoid it getting inconsistent or out-of-date. I am as lazy as a hobo about that sort of thing.--Amorrow 10:46, 15 April 2013 (CDT)

Analysis section

Bailey, I should clarify this situation so you don't feel I'm leaving you hanging. I have no interest in this section per se. As I explained to Sarah, I was trying to follow the existing Writing guidelines. I had no way of knowing the Intro sentence was being replaced by a heretofore-unknown Intro paragraph. If the ideology (as GovTrack calls it) wasn't supposed to be in the Intro, according to the Guidelines, then the obvious place was Analysis - so I moved it while I was updating the CongLinks of some profiles. I copied one of the existing Guideline pages for that section and changed the appropriate wording for the sake of consistency. It seemed to appear in every article, but it had no mention in the Guidelines at all. It was originally added last May, and I thought it odd it remained in the Intro section after the Analysis section was added last October, and based on the Guidelines I assumed that was an oversight. I've noticed other minor discrepancies in article formats among members of Congress, which is understandable over time. At any rate, there's certainly no way I can be expected to make suggestions to a team I'm not part of about changes I don't know about. I did stumble across May's Project of the Month today, which gave me a good laugh. TomJx 14:10, 20 May 2013 (CDT)

Bailey, if you're looking for feedback...please note the timeline on Template talk:LegisLinks. That approval process fizzled out, so I eventually followed what appeared to be the consensus. A formal process is fine, but not if it ends in limbo. TomJx 10:36, 21 May 2013 (CDT)
And signing the above reminds might want to tell Sarah about signing her comments with four tildes. Just one of those things that isn't immediately obvious to anyone who hasn't worked with wikis before. TomJx 10:36, 21 May 2013 (CDT)

Vernonia recalls

Please see my response to your concerns on my page. Thanks

Talk messages

KidTuck wrote:
Thanks for your kind words Bailey!

Drdaviss wrote:

Bailey, I just sent you an email per your request. =Steve

Drdaviss (talk) 15:55, 21 March 2014 (CDT)

Sdw77156 wrote:
I would like the page on me fully removed from this site. There were many conflicting facts involving the incidents that happened in virginia and I don't appreciate things like this being written about me on a website like there where many of my private clients use this site as a resource.

Sdw77156 wrote:
I have been around politics long enough to know that if i felt like sitting on this computer all night, I could find controversial stuff like what was written about me on this page about every other company out there that does the same type of work. I would appreciate it if my company wasnt listed on your site at all if your gonna put stuff like this on here. I run a very reputable company and I dont need anyone reminded about the corrupt politics that takes place in commonwealth states where the laws are unfair and by design are there to destroy those who simply tried to make change.

Stevefrench wrote:


I am the candidate (and the former Senator). I changed the tense in one part of the information to reflect past tense. Also, I deleted the contact number as that number is my former Senate office number and it no longer is mine.


RichardP wrote:
Bailey, you recently made a series of text replaces that had the effect of no longer displaying the "Voter registration deadline for general election" title in "2014 elections and events <state>" tables on the various "<state> elections, 2014" pages. I manually fixed the table at California elections, 2014 with this edit and the table at North Carolina elections, 2014 with this edit. You can see an example of an unfixed table at the current Arizona elections, 2014 table which identifies "October 6, 2014" as "Voting in the 2014 general elections" instead of "Voter registration deadline for general election". If you have no objections, I will fix the 48 other state tables.
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