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  • The Wikipedia editors' standards for 'reliable' sources are "peer-reviewed journals and books published in university presses; university-level textbooks; magazines, journals, and books published by respected publishing houses; and mainstream newspapers... personal websites, open wikis, blogs, Internet forum postings, tweets etc., are largely not acceptable."
  • Basic advice on how to discuss "expression of aesthetic opinions. Some Wikipedia articles about art, artists, and other creative topics": "When we discuss an opinion, we attribute the opinion to someone and discuss the fact that they have this opinion. For instance, rather than asserting that "The Beatles were the greatest band ever", locate a source such as Rolling Stone magazine and say: "Rolling Stone said that the Beatles were the greatest band ever", and include a reference to the issue in which that statement was made. Likewise, the statement "Most people from Liverpool believe that the Beatles were the greatest band ever" can be made if it can be supported by references to a particular survey; a claim such as "The Beatles had many songs that made the UK Singles Chart" can also be made, because it is verifiable as fact. The first statement asserts a personal opinion; the second asserts the fact that an opinion exists and attributes it to reliable sources."
  • Advice from Wikipedia's editors on how to avoid writing a "vanity page" that gets immediately deleted: "Criticism and praise of the subject should be represented if it is relevant to the subject's notability and can be sourced to reliable secondary sources, and so long as the material is written in a manner that does not overwhelm the article or appear to take sides; it needs to be presented responsibly, conservatively, and in a neutral, encyclopedic tone. "
  • Some sound advice on writing biographical articles in Wikipedia, from editor Circusandmagicfan: "In biographies you should expect to find things like place where the subject was born, who his parents were and what they did (especially if it might have had any influence on his career choice). Also a bit more about his education would be desirable (given that you refer to him doing magic while still at school). It needs more fact and explanation around the passage where you say he gave up his studies to concntrate on magic - at what level of education was he when he gave up his studies? Then there needs to be some explanation of what he did in his early magic career, in the seven years before he became well known with the flying illusion. Where did he first find paid work as a magician? What sort of shows was he doing?"
  • "Keep working on the article. Chances are that other editors will notice its existence and join you in working on it. If nobody seems to notice it and you'd like one or two to do so, mention the article in the talk page of a relevant "WikiProject""
  • Investigating IRB in relation to Emacs: "inf-ruby-mode allows Emacs users to interact with Ruby while editing programs. See the file inf_ruby.el in the misc directory of the distribution for more details." I wonder if this would help with running the Cygwin IRB on GNU Emacs for Windows