User talk:Gardengnome

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Page deletion request

Just letting you know that I was writing a living article on the Missouri Stem Cell and Abortion Initiative, and I came across another living article on the same topic. My page was saved, so could you please delete it? Thanks! Alejandortiz

Sorry about that! The page is Missouri Stem Cell and Abortion Amendment (2009). And the other page that was the real living article is Missouri No Public Funds for Stem Cell Research Initiative (2010) Thanks again! Alejandortiz 16:03, 10 July 2009 (CDT)

All done. Gardengnome 16:16, 10 July 2009 (CDT)

AZ constitutional amendment question

The Arizona constitution website claims that proposition 100 passed in 1992 and amended article 5. Other sources, such as the first link above, indicate that prop. 100 failed in 1992, as well as several other times, and that it amended article 10. It goes on to state that prop 100. failed in 1992, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2003, and possibly 2004. The site also implies that the prop may have failed in 1990 (pg 3. - 2nd to last indent under title "vote no on prop. 100" and on pg 4 - first sentence under title "stop more bad land deals") After 2004, the proposition's name has been changed, no longer exists, or was passed in 2004.

This is confusing because the pamphlet cited above is referring to a question that failed in several elections, but was on the ballot under a different name each time (eg, in 1992 it was called Prop 102)). The AZ Constitution website looks to be correct. Gardengnome 14:30, 10 July 2009 (CDT)

I like the "Ballotpedia:To do list," but we should probably link to it from somewhere in the "Getting Started" stuff to give some ideas to new users. Is there a good place to link from? FreeStyle 16:44, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

"Did not make ballot" categories

To all active contributors: I've made a template to put on the pages of ballot measures that will not appear on the ballot. To apply it, you type {{no}} at the beginning of the article.

I am also encouraging everyone to remove category tags at the bottom of 2008 articles that say "2008 ballot measures" and "NAME OF STATE ballot measures" and replace those with these category tags:

  • [[Category:Did not make ballot in Idaho]]
  • [[Category:Did not make ballot in 2008]]

Both of those categories will become subcategories of the bigger categories.

Why did I do this?

  • I believe it is helpful to the reader to immediately see at a glance that a ballot measure is not going to be on the ballot.
  • The Category:2008 ballot measures category has nearly 600 articles in it right now--most of which will not actually be on the ballot. If we take out the ones that aren't going to be on the ballot, we make the category more meaningful.

Please check it out and see if you agree with the change.January 15:20, 2 July 2008 (EDT)


I think I've fixed the problem with the templates.January 20:07, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

Looks like it, thanks for the heads up. Gardengnome 17:30, 25 March 2008 (EDT)


The Wiki-Gardening Award

You have been awarded the
Wiki-Gardening Award. Congratulations!

I am giving you this award because you help keep Ballotpedia's articles orderly by inserting useful category tags. MMH 07:45, 18 March 2008 (EDT)

Thanks for the award! Gardengnome 16:29, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

Law Project

I'd like to invite you to participate in this grand project. Laylaw 23:38, 18 March 2008 (EDT)

Thank you for the invite, however, I'd like to try to focus on a project I'm just now starting: Ballotpedia:South Dakota. The goal of the South Dakota project is to get comprehensive articles written about all the initiatives that have circulated in the state. Anyone is more than welcome to contribute to this project -- there is a lot still to be done! Gardengnome 16:29, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

Organizing the Ballotpedia law project

How Can I Contribute?

State laws governing initiatives

  • For every I&R state, there is an article about its laws governing the initiative. These articles should all be checked and improved.
  • One way to improve our law articles is to include more historical material about how initiative laws in the I&R states have changed over time.
  • Articles about specific statutes, such as those collected in Changes in 2007 to laws governing the initiative process. We should improve these articles where possible and make sure that the state I&R law articles incorporate the latest information.

Ballot access law cases

  • Add redlinks to articles about court cases we haven't covered yet.
  • Write articles about red-linked court cases.
  • Add to and improve existing court case articles.

Let's finish by the end of May 2008

Sign up here.

South Dakota

My reference is the Ballot Questions Pamphlet distributed by the SOS office, which is already listed in the article. I guess technically it's not an official citation. I wasn't sure on the proper form here, should that be listed as a citation in the paragraph? --MrWizard 19:22, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

I believe I found what you are looking for - the actual state statute that draws out the legislators compensation. I've referenced that in the article. --MrWizard 14:30, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

No problem. If you need any other help, let me know. --Chance 19:20, 22 August 2008 (UTC)

If you notice, that is what I have been doing with all the states I have worked on, that have been disrupted in this kind of way. I was about to make the appropriate corrections as I noticed this message. Also, these errors in format did not belong to me. :) Thanks for making sure though. --Chance 21:33, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

I misread your comment, but yes, as soon as I get finished fixing all the errors (actually creating the chart for the measures), I will then try to add them to your page. --Chance 21:44, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

To Do Lists / ballot measures by year

The to do list looks like a good idea, and I'll get started on getting the MA measures up for each year. Thanks!

Wikipedia attribution

Thanks for your information regarding Wikipedia attribution, can you show me an article that has such a notation so that I might do it correctly? Thank you.DoMoney 21:00, 5 August 2009 (CDT)

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