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May the spirit of La Convivencia [1] return to the world and spread (and include all ethnicities and beliefs).
Netscott 16:24, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

  Netscott is the user name for Scott Stevenson.

My Wikipedia Contributions[edit]

My meta creations
My article creations
Significant article contributions

My disdain for soapboxing on Wikipedia[edit]

One of the unfortunate aspects of Wikipedia is how it can be abused as a political and religious propaganda tool.
In my editing I try to make efforts to reduce these abuses but frequently it seems pointless when others don't
take notice of this abuse and assist to reduce its prevalence.
Currently, some of the articles that best exemplify the usage of Wikipedia as propaganda tool are the following:

In these last two cases Wikipedia is being utilized to lend credence to these neologisms. The reason this is bad is that these terms
are both frequently used to quash valid criticisms of their respectively related ideologies.

The term "Islamophobia" is frequently used in efforts to silence those who make valid criticisms about Islam.

The phrase "New antisemitism" is frequently used in efforts to silence those who make valid criticisms about Israel and Zionism.

Unfortunately these abuses can extend to other articles that are related to these two terms.
This is currently the case with the Zionism article where in the terminology section there is a quote from Walter Laqueur
that is in effect stating the core tenet of the concept of "New antisemitism" that antisemites utilize the term "Anti-Zionism" as a euphamism for
antisemitism. As the article stands now there is no counterpoint to this quote. The reason this is bad is that such wording has a chilling effect on
those who otherwise would not be hesitant in expressing valid criticisms regarding Israel and Zionism.

This is not the first time that editors have utilized the Zionism article in this way and I suspect it will not be the last. (Netscott) 07:09, 5 December 2006 (UTC)

Contentious editing[edit]

Do you believe you have a valid point of contention about my edits and would like the whole world to know it the moment they come to my user page?

Here's your chance!

If you can competently argue for why any of my edits are less than valid and you feel a need to vent, please first post something bordering on insult about my edit (certainly not about me, remember WP:NPA) and then present your argument(s) (or use my talk page if you're hesitant to edit my user page) for why they are not valid. When insulting my edit(s)/argument(s)/view(s) use words like asinine, inane or the old standby ridiculous. Know that the more ostentatious and sesquipedalian the words are that you use to insult my edits, the more I'll be liable to "take notice" and give proper attention to your entire argument. Also, the more likely they'll remain for awhile on my User page. There's only one simple rule... make your comments only in the box provided below and try to have fun!
On second thought, if you simply want to insult my edit(s)/argument(s)/view(s) then by all means, do so here but do your best to remain civil. Netscott 17:17, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

The Blondin Trophy, awarded by Bishonen, 09:22, 18 August 2006 (UTC).


Editorial Insult: I'm afraid this word is not particularly pedantic, obscurantist, and sesquipedalian (like "sesquipedalian"), but perhaps you will permit the word "glib" in this section. As applied to "of course an IP would make that edit." [2]) Is that how one dismisses corrections? As the mere disgruntled mutterings of the hoi polloi? Shame! Shame, I say!
Editorial Argument: Well, actually, I'm afraid it's rather minor. Boring, as far as disputes go, really. Though, to be sure, people around here go on longer about less, eh? It's just that I've voted on straw polls without logging in and without being discounted. That's all. To be honest, I didn't really feel any need to vent before clicking here, but I think your "insult me" section is a good idea, and it was a shame it was empty. Enjoy!
Comment: Excellent! :-) LOL! (Netscott) 13:27, 17 July 2006 (UTC)
Barnstar awarded to Netscott by Karl Meier for his many great contributions, and for always being fair and reasonable in discussions regarding controversial topics. Awarded: 21:10, 11 July 2006
A Barnstar!
The Islamic Barnstar Award

Awarded by Timothy Usher on June 1, 2006 for your relentless defense of reason on Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy
A Barnstar! A Barnstar awarded by User:Striver to Netscott for him assisting me through the undeletion proces of Barra binte Samawal. The article was speedy deleted, and Netscott helped me to get it survive an afd. Thus, a relatively obscure but notable part of Islamic and Jewish history is preserved on Wikipedia!