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-- 00:40, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

Welcome JdbethelEdit

Thank you for your contribution to the article about National Human Trafficking Awareness Day! Crtew (talk) 03:11, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

Synthetic Marijuana articleEdit

Arrest marks continued upset surrounding synthetic marijuana...............y'know what, you threw a good effort at that article.............but it's way too stale.....let's back away, re-calibrate and collab. on a new article! Game? Bddpaux (talk) 02:20, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

Billboard launches new chart as digital sales rocketEdit

See review comments. --Pi zero (talk) 00:26, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Over 300 artists ready for Record Store DayEdit

Jdbethel, I could tell by the sources you were thorough in the your search for vinyl releases on Record Day! Put the sources into the standard source template used for all stories. Then to make it easier on the review, insert html comment code in the story that directs the reviewer to the source. This will allow the editor to focus on the story rather than get hung up on the process. Lots of room here to put in the wikipedia templates around key artists or people mentioned. One other thing, and this is fun, choose a photo! Fans have uploaded many photos of artists and bands. You're almost there! Crtew (talk) 22:27, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

ResubmittingEdit

Hi. If an article has been reviewed as not ready, there are review concerns to be addressed. Don't resubmit such an article for review without attempting to address the concerns; it's considered a form of project disruption. --Pi zero (talk) 21:12, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

Yes, I don't see any changes from the suggestions made (see above). Jdbethel, the problem is in this "The official countdown clock to Record Store Day started ticking on Monday March 19." That expression stales the lead and points backwards. Take that out. Are there events before your target date or somebody doing something? See if there are any updates. And you do have to fix your sources, make links and choose a visual. Crtew (talk) 21:20, 27 March 2012 (UTC)
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