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Usage of "color" over "colour"[edit]

Speaking as a native speaker of UK English, the usage of "color" is correct for WP:EN as the articles should be written in US English. As much as I groan over this, it is set fact, and I would personally not get so upset over someone correcting the used language. :: Colin Keigher (Talk) 21:35, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Whatever gave you this idea? Our Manual of Style makes it quite clear that articles can be written in either American or British English (or any other dialect, for that matter) provided that the dialect is used consistently throughout the article. —Psychonaut 21:45, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
I think it was something that Jimbo stated, but I'll admit to being incorrect here if that is what the guideline stated. :: Colin Keigher (Talk) 21:46, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
If the topic is closely related to either UK or USA, you can use the relating english variation. However, if an article has been written with one variation, and you change it all to another without a good cause (in example, "This is a British topic and thus British English should be used as most users checking this article are more likely to be from UK" or alike) can be punished, as already stated by a previous arbitration. -- ReyBrujo 21:49, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
(edit conflict) However, it also makes clear that American dialect should be used for articles on America-oriented topics, British for articles on Britain-oriented topics, and (most relevant) whichever dialect was originally used in the article for topics not directly related to either, such as this one. It appears that "color" was the spelling first used [1], so the article should be in American English, if I understand correctly. Shimeru 21:51, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
More information here. For a handy precedent, check Talk:Nintendo DS Lite#Colour vs. Color. -- ReyBrujo 21:53, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Also, another opinion that some will disagree with but most agree with implicitly, is that the majority of readers of English Wikipedia are American, not British or Australian, and thus articles will generally tend to default to American English unless there is a compelling reason otherwise (like, say, it's an article about a cricket team). --Cyde Weys 22:40, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Other compelling reasons include: I wrote it. That's a very compelling reason, that. Guy (Help!) 23:09, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
    • I was under the impression that that argument was only supposed to be used when no other reason for having a specific style was in place. In it's current form the PlayStation Portable has a greater usage of international english, and it is an international product. - ZakuSage
    • Actually, given that most of the world has English as a second language. I seriously doubt Cyde's assertion that the "majority of readers" are American. --Docg 23:17, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
      • I would suspect that most of the trafic to is from the U.S. of A.. I'm only guessing, so no need to quote me on that. :) ---J.S (T/C/WRE)

Why is this discussion being held here and not on WP:MOS? Is there any requirement for admin action? --Jumbo

None. :p ---J.S (T/C/WRE) 00:04, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
It was a subsection of the previous section... not really sure why it because it's own section. - ZakuSage 00:06, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Possible (probable?) socks, bad username, abuse and 3RR[edit]

I wasn't sure where to post when I posted this ([2]) earlier today. Since then, the users (one of whom has a bad username) have continued their nonsense postings, 3RR infringements at Stuart Clark and also been abusive on my talk page. Help would be gratefully received. --Dweller 22:31, 24 January 2007 (UTC)


Jeffpw (talk contribs) had a large photo of Hillary Clinton on his User page, with the caption "Hillary for President". I have removed it, and he reverted. I have reverted again. This is inappropriate content for a User page, and would request review of my actions. User:Zoe|(talk) 19:04, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Zoe has either (WP:AGF here) acted a bit too hastily, or (not WP:AGF) is on some sort of power trip, because while it did have Hillary for President (paraphrasing) the first time, the second time she reverted, it was just a picture with her name underneath. The picture is from commons, so is not a violation of WP:FU. If Zoe doesn't like Mrs. Clinton, that'sa her business. I don't appreciate her making it mine. The first reversion I can understand, the second (and who knows? maybe the third, as I haven't checked it again) I don't. I am puzzled, confused, and more than a little irritated atwhat I see as an abuse of administrative power
Well, according to WP:USER we're not supposed to campaign on our userpages...but did you ask Jeffpw to remove it before removing it yourself? Syrthiss 19:07, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Well, no I didn't, and that was a failing on my part. But I did explain immediately afterwards why I felt it should not be there, and got nasty comments made against me when I made none against anyone else. User:Zoe|(talk) 19:11, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
One photograph hardly seems to amount to extensive personal opinions on matters outside of Wikipedia - the reason for Zoe claims for deletion on Jeffpw's talkpage. No violation of WP:USER is obvious here. In any event by convention editor's userpages should not be edited unilaterally and the correct thing for Zoe to do was surely to raise her concerns on Jeffpw's talkpage. To do otherwise is extremely heavy handed and disrespectful to an established contributor. I am sure Jeffpw would have removed the image himself if it had been shown to him to be in violation of policy. WJBscribe 19:13, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Considering that he has reverted the picture back after I pointed out the policy to him, it seems unlikely. User:Zoe|(talk) 19:15, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Zoe, you seem to have missed the fact that Jeffpw's reversions and reaction to you are a consequence of the manner in which you set about deleting content from his userpage twice. Had you started a discussion with him on his TalkPage, as common courtesy required, you would have found him more helpful! WJBscribe 19:22, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

The image now has no caption except "Hillary Clinton", which seems pretty accurate, and indeed had no caption when Zoe deleted it the second time.[3] [4] — coelacan talk — 19:16, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

If you check the diffs, I removed the caption after Zoe reverted me. She reverted again after it was just a simple picture (and I also reinstated a post I made that got lost during an edit conflict above) Jeffpw 19:18, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
(edit conflictx6)There is nothing in the policy that says Jeff cannot have a large picture of Hilary Clinton on his userpage with a small caption underneath saying vote for her - it is not polemical, nor is it excessive personal opinion. There's no justification here. Dev920 (Have a nice day!) 19:21, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
WP:NOTSOAPBOX says articles may not include advocacy, self-promotion, or advertising. The issue is about Jeff's userpage, not any articles to which he has contributed, and thus that policy does not apply, WP:USER does, and Jeff's picture and caption does not violate it! Dev920 (Have a nice day!) 19:36, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Policies apply all the time, not just when agree with them. The image was clearly advocating a political position. This is not neccessary on Wikipedia, leads to assumptions, divisiveness, and generally creates Bad ThingsTM. In a more general context, it is unwiki. Cheers, ✎ Peter M Dodge ( Talk to MeNeutrality Project ) 19:39, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Userpages themselves are not necessary on Wikipedia, but we give good users more leeway. Jeff is a good user, and it's not like he's going around inserting POV into political articles. Dev920 (Have a nice day!) 19:47, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
  • I have to agree with Zoe - a brief statement by Jeff of his views would be enough, but this large-scale photo, with an obvious intent of promotion, campaigning on issues unrelated to Wikipedia is not acceptable. I feel Jeff does owe an apology to Zoe for incivility. Rama's arrow (3:16) 19:25, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
    • So a large scale photo of Thomas Jefferson would be unacceptable on a user page? — coelacan talk — 19:27, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
      • It will snow in hell before I apologize to anybody for my actions in this incident. Jeffpw 19:34, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
        • And does Zoe not owe Jeffpw an apology for unilaterally removing material from his userpage without discussing it on his talkpage first? That is after all what caused any incivility on Jeff's part... WJBscribe 19:31, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

This is obvious promoting. A picture of Thomas Jefferson doesn't have any political implications. Yes, Zoe was too quick, but WP:USERPAGE clearly states that if someone asks you to remove something, you should. The large scale image is pretty obvious promotion. From the page, one cannot have:
Polemical statements:

I'm quite close to removing it myself, or asking him to do so. In fact, I'm asking right now, please remove the image, Jeff. Patstuarttalk|edits 19:38, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

            • I would like somebody to point me to my incivility here. The first message I sent Zoe was perfectly polite. After she reverted my page again, when there was no caption on it at all, except the name, I left a blunt message. check her page and see for yourself. If any apology is owed, it is her to me. Jeffpw 19:43, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Just as a quick note, it is without a doubt not a polemical statement. Go look up polemical in the dictionary (or here, for that matter). The only portion it could possibly violate is the quote from Jimbo, which, in my opinion, is overly broad and does not reflect policy. Jimbo != consensus. Zoe quoted another section of WP:USER after a couple reverts and after being asked a couple times to cite policy, but I don't see how it applies at all (it was the "extensive personal opinions on matters unrelated to Wikipedia" bit). —bbatsell ¿? 19:47, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
    • Oh, and just for the record, I think it was slightly misguided, and if still kept, should be very much reduced in size and prominence. I think Zoe behaved incredibly badly in not simply explaining her concern first and asking Jeff to modify it (not to mention using administrative rollback on non-vandalism and all that jazz). To my knowledge, Jeff is a solid editor and that courtesy should have been given (as outlined in WP:USER). —bbatsell ¿? 19:52, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Um, the page specifically says, comments from Jimbo aside, that polemical statements can not be on the userpage. Patstuarttalk|edits 19:49, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
And, as I said, it was not polemical. I don't think the word means what you think it means. —bbatsell ¿? 19:52, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
How is a giant picture of Hillary Clinton, with the words "Hillary for President" (simply toned down to "Hillary") anything but polemic? Polemic: Polemic is the art or practice of disputation or controversy, as in religious, philosophical, or political matters. Polemic. Patstuarttalk|edits 20:02, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
How is that picture "disputing or controverting religious, philosophical, or political matters" or "written specifically to dispute or refute a topic that is widely viewed to be a 'sacred cow' or beyond reproach"? My opinion on something is not a polemical statement unless my opinion is extraordinarily divisive. My $0.02. —bbatsell ¿? 20:10, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
This is starting to turn into a semantic discussion. The picture probably is a bit on the border of the spirit of WP:NOT#SOAPBOX and it could probably stand to be sized down a bit; but unless someone is so utterly and completely offended by it I would probably just let it go. Really it's not all that much different than that political/religious userboxes (of which I'm not a huge fan either but they seem to have garnered some general level of acceptance). Any further discussion really needs to be about WP:USER and if this sort of thing is acceptable or if WP:USER needs to be modified; but that is another whole can of worms...--Isotope23 20:13, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Images of politicians[edit]

Two separate issues here, images and civility. Let's keep them separate and talk about the former. I am currently displaying a large scale image of a radical political extremist on my user page. Should I be reverted? — coelacan talk — 19:39, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

And I certainly beg to differ that "A picture of Thomas Jefferson doesn't have any political implications." He was a radical extremist by his own and today's standards, and he founded the Democratic Party. I think there's a pretty clear message behind my image. — coelacan talk — 19:42, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
If someone believes it's polemic, absolutely. This is silly, Coelacan. You're not campainging to put Jefferson for the presidency. There's a difference, and I think you understand that. Now, back to my quote: what about the fact that, per WP:USER, and per Jimbo, polemic statements can not be on the userpage? I cannot think of a single example of how this could violate that principal any more. Saying, "but we allow this other example" is non-sequitur. Please address this argument. Patstuarttalk|edits 19:44, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Besides, isn't this all a bit WP:POINT?--Isotope23 19:47, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Patstuart, the tag on your userpage that says you are a Christian looks pretty polemic. Will you be removing it? Edison 19:48, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
I would, except your request was clearly a WP:POINT request. Now, would you address my arguments instead of making statements about me? Patstuarttalk|edits 19:53, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
It is not POINT, because I am not disrupting anything. I just put up one picture on my user page to talk about it. We can hardly talk about it without a specific example. Now then, Jeffpw has removed the polemical statement. All he is doing is displaying an image. It doesn't say anything, and it's her Senate photograph, not even a campaign photograph. — coelacan talk — 19:51, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
And how is displaying an image of one Democrat not allowed and yet the photo of the party's founder is? I understand the difference of living people, but there is a modern political statement behind my image. I'm not advocating for Jefferson for President. I'm advocating for any and all Jeffersonian politicians for any and all offices, and Jeffersonian policies implemented worldwide. — coelacan talk — 19:54, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
I didn't say you were disrupting anything... but it does seem to go against "state your point; don't prove it experimentally". It's just an observation though... personally I think you are comparing apples to oranges here with posting a picture of a dead politician who is widely considered a "founding father" of the U.S. and trying to compare it to posting a picture of a current politician who has just declared her presidential candidacy. It's just not a good comparison... and I think your "Jeffersonian adovcacy" rings a bit hollow here since you seem to have embraced it after this issue with Jeff's page arose.--Isotope23 19:59, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
I don't care if you think it's hollow and I think you really ought to consider the implications of my actions on their face. If you don't think Jefferson's politics are controversial today, you don't follow politics. The man is almost single-handedly responsible for church/state separation, and thousands of pages of pages of analysis are written every year on his opinions of precisely what that separation should entail. As for polemic, well, I'm not quoting him on my user page at this time, but in Notes on the State of Virginia, he wrote, "There is not one redeeming feature in our superstition of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites". Father of the United States or not, he's not merely an uncontroversial footnote, and to openly support his politics was considered treasonous in America in the 1950s, and today is a guarantee of unelectability. A recent Supreme Court case regarding the Pledge of Allegiance hinged on his (and others') opinions. You can't box him away safely in the past. — coelacan talk — 20:11, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
I'm familiar with Jefferson and his writings, but again, comparing Jefferson to Clinton is a bad comparison. Comparing these actions "on their face" completely ignores the context; no matter how controversial Jefferson was in his day or how controversial his writings still are he simply is not a controversial figure in this day and age any more so than Voltaire or Dante. Besides, what you have on your userpage really has no bearing on this discussion; nobody has complained about it or tried to remove the picture have they?--Isotope23 20:21, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Actually Patstuart has just told me that I should take it down if anyone asks me to. And are you seriously saying that "In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own" is no longer a controversial statement? — coelacan talk — 20:45, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
And if someone comes along and asks you to remove that picture because they disagree with Jeffersonian politics, you ought to do it. And, yet once again, I will say, the argument "because we allow A, we should allow B" doesn't work, if policy clearly shows that "B" is illegal. And you have openly admitted that the picture is polemic, so it should be removed. Patstuarttalk|edits 20:00, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
I ought to do it if asked? You are absolutely and unequivocably wrong. Wikipedia runs on consensus, and there never was consensus for this, as you can see by the overflow of Category:Anti T2 Wikipedians. This policy was forced down users' throats, and while I never recreated my political userboxes, with blatantly worded statements, an image alone is way too borderline for you to assert any established consensus. — coelacan talk — 20:15, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Actually, WP:USER says that we need to have consensus to put somethere there at all, not vice versa. Patstuarttalk|edits 20:20, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
WP:ORLY? Where does it say that? — coelacan talk — 20:25, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
WP:USER#Removal: If the community lets you know that they would rather you delete some content from your user space, you should consider doing so - such content is only permitted with the consent of the community. Patstuarttalk|edits 20:30, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Consensus was established years ago by default, and last spring when political statements started being deleted, that ground to a halt because an alternative consensus was never formed. The userbox migration resulted as a compromise, and that was as far as it went. So as far as I'm concerned, consensus has always been that non-abusive political statements were allowed, with the caveat that political user categories were to be deleted because they were used for votestacking. In any case, "the community" is rather a lot more people than the one hypothetical "someone" you speak of. If someone asked me to take down Jefferson, I would come here and ask for a larger discussion before I made any move. — coelacan talk — 20:40, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

This is ridiculous[edit]

WP:USER clearly states that something should be removed if someone objects to it (in good faith, as was done here by Zoe). It also specifically says polemic statements are not allowed, and a giant picture of Hillary with "Hillary for president", slightly toned down to "Hillary": how can it be anything but polemic? I am incredulous that anyone is opposing this. The policy states it directly, and even Jimbo Wales had given his opinion on this matter. While I'm constrained to assume good faith, I will admit this stretches my ability when it comes to people's political affiliations and reasons for opposing. Patstuarttalk|edits 19:57, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

It's worth pointing out that "if the community lets you know that they would rather you delete some content from your user space, you should consider doing so" isn't quite the same thing as "remove anything somebody finds objectionable". ;-) Kirill Lokshin 20:14, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Zoe did not merely object; she reverted it without any discussion, and left quite a rude message oin my page. Had she discussed the situation with me before hand, we wouldn't be in the sad situation where we now find ourselves:-( Jeffpw 20:02, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
OK, you're correct. She shouldn't have done that. So, I ask you, in good faith, so that we can avoid any more silliness, could you please remove the image as it appears to be campaign material? Patstuarttalk|edits 20:04, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
I admitted above that my deletion without discussing it with you first was wrong, but please explain how I have deleted the campaign poster you had on your User page. Please don't campaign for candidates on Wikipedia's dime. This is not a political point from me, as I have not made up my mind yet as to whom I will support, it might be Hillary, but that has no bearing on my deletion is rude? User:Zoe|(talk) 20:05, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
I would be happy to remove the image, just as soon as the Wiki vigilante squad pores over the tens of thousands of userpages here and removes each and every image I find offensive. That would include (but not be limited to) images of Mohammad, Jesus, Angelina Jolie and Kermit the Frog (who, I have it on good authority, is about to announce his own candidacy for president). When this is done, I will hapily remove Mrs. Clinton's picture. Until such time, you will have to content yourself with a reduction in size. Jeffpw 20:08, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Now let's not get WP:POINTy, Jeff. I myself would greatly appreciate a reduction in size and prominence and would take that as an expression of good faith. —bbatsell ¿? 20:11, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Done, since you asked politely. Jeffpw 20:20, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Sir, I was trying to be polite, if you see my statement above: So, I ask you, in good faith... could you please remove the image. Patstuarttalk|edits 20:23, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
If you were trying to be polite, Pat, it certainly didn't scan that way to me. -Hit bull, win steak(Moo!) 14:42, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
I don't really understand how supporting a presidential candidate is "polemic". The American Heritage Dictionary defines "polemic" as "a controversy or argument, esp. one that is a refutation of or an attack upon a specified opinion or doctrine." Implying support for Sen. Clinton doesn't seem to be a controversy or an argument, or any worse than many of the things Wikipedians express through userboxes. --Akhilleus (talk) 20:05, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
I agree. For some Userboxes designating one as a Christian or an Atheist could be polemic. Heck, even the users boxes about American English vs British English could cause strife. The targeting of political images and allowing these other even more polemic sentiments to stay, seems a bit off kilter. Agne 20:13, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
I think the length of this thread and the speed at which it's growing shows the matter clearly is controversial. Cheers, ✎ Peter M Dodge ( Talk to MeNeutrality Project ) 20:13, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Indeed. Which demonstrates that there is no consensus for such implementation of the policy. — coelacan talk — 20:17, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
It seems the removal was far more controversial than the image could ever be. the wub "?!" 20:18, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
It does show controversy but it is over a span of topics. For some, the singular image itself is controversial. For others, the actual deletion process and admin conduct was controversial. For others, (like myself) it is the concept of even mundane political images being considered polemic while other obviously more polemic images and userboxes are left untouched. Agne 20:20, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
We've already agreed the removal was done badly. But we should not allow an injustice or violation of policy simply because arguing about it is lengthy and controversial. The image should not be there as it is now. Patstuarttalk|edits 20:22, 23 January 2007 (UTC) (struck slightly over the top language, Patstuarttalk|edits 22:42, 23 January 2007 (UTC))
But many other users, including other admins, have already argued that it is not "polemic" so you have no clearcut case that this is any violation of policy. And the "injustice"? What on earth? — coelacan talk — 20:54, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
The only thing I see stirring controversy is an administrator abusing her power to make a user conform to her beliefs about how Wikipedia should be run. I was asked politely to reduce the size of the image, and have complied immediately. All I ever wanted was discussion with Zoe before she crossed the line from WP:BOLD to WP:VAND. Jeffpw 20:24, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
But now that she's admitted she did it wrong, will you discuss it? If someone says "oops", and the action is undone, that doesn't mean all conversation has to end. And please WP:AGF and don't accuse people of vandalism just because you're in a content dispute. I also see you've made the image smaller, but not by much. Patstuarttalk|edits 20:34, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Is it just images of Hillary Clinton that are not allowed? How about a userpage with a picture of John McCain and the statement "This user thinks John McCain should run for POTUS?" at User:Jesus Geek? How about User:BigGuy219 who just has a picture of John McCain with his name under it? Are those OK, or should we ask the users to remove them? How about the 18 user pages with the image Rudy-Giuliana-face.jpg? Is it ok because some ot them are userboxes that say they do not approve of vandalism? What about the hundreds of userpages with dozens of little boxes saying they support this and oppose that? Aren't there better ways for admins to spend their time than selective deleting images of politicians from userpages? Can't we just all get along? Edison 20:31, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

I see a small, innocuous picture of the man on the page. If jeff would do that, I wouldn't have a problem with it. And, yes, if there was a huge picture of McCain on someone's page that looked exactly the same, my reaction would be equivalent. This reaction has nothing to do with politics: it's about what I see as a violation of policy. Patstuarttalk|edits 20:34, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
At this point it is probably best just to let this go, as there clearly is no consensus on how to proceed here, and continue a relevant discussion of what is acceptable on userpages at WP:USER talk.--Isotope23 20:36, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Step two of dispute resolution. I think it's time we took it. Cheers, ✎ Peter M Dodge ( Talk to MeNeutrality Project ) 00:14, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Play nice, please![edit]

And here we go again...

If there's anything the various incidents over the course of the last year have taught us, it's that selective attempts at enforcing userpage rules simply don't work as intended, and usually result in little beyond getting many people quite upset. This goes double for attempts that dispense with the usual discussion and move straight to the ham-fisted removal.

There is very, very little that an established, good-faith contributor could place on their userpage which would truly need to be removed right now. Everything else doesn't warrant immediate, undiscussed removal; and most likely doesn't really need to be removed at all, unless we're going to make a habit of actually patrolling userpages for "inappropriate" content. A picture of Hillary isn't particularly important, in the grand scheme of things; it's rather unlikely to be worth provoking the sort of big, nasty, utterly pointless fight that is certain to result when you try to remove it by force. Kirill Lokshin 20:58, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Agreed. I whole-heartedly support Barack Obama, but I certainly don't object to Jeff's picture of Hilary: when he first put it up I thought nothing more than "Thank God he's taken down that dreadful joke message bar". Personally, I am FAR more offended by users who have "His user believes marriage is between a man and a woman only" userboxes on their page. I suggest you start a discussion to remove them, rather than harrass a hard-working user whose only crime is to be an enthusiastic Democrat. Dev920 (Have a nice day!) 21:03, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
I suggest no such action be pursued against "onemanandonewoman" users. I still oppose T2, and everything that smells like its rancid ghost. — coelacan talk — 21:14, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Well, personally, I think if someone's userpage has to be targeted, it would be better if it were a chap's like Boris Johnson VC rather than Jeff's. Dev920 (Have a nice day!) 21:39, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Wow! That's some userpage, Dev! And people tried to claim displaying Hillary was polemical?!? Jeffpw 22:50, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Generally concur with the above. Political advocacy is inappropriate here, but this was a case for asking nicely, not forcing the issue. Friday (talk) 21:08, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Like many things on Wikipedia, political advocacy on a user page isn't expressly forbidden. So, unless the advocacy is racist, vulgar, commercial advertising, or advocating criminal behavior, (insert any other expressly forbidden items here that I may have forgotten) there isn't much of a case for removing it, especially as Kirill points out, by force. Please spend your energies fighting vandals, incivility, disruptive editors/sockpuppets, and spamming. Cla68 01:39, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Dear Lord, this has gotten to a point in which we parody ourselves. Honestly, I think I might start make jokes about Wikipedians screwing in light bulbs. We are here to make a better encyclopedia, not bicker and fight over trivial things like what our "god given" policy instructs us to do. Granted, we have some rules to follow, but it's not as if this in the article space. We are being far too anal about something that shouldn't be an issue. Yanksox 01:51, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Any image of a politician is likely to be used under fair use guidelines here. Fair use specifically disallows use outside the relevant encyclopedic article(s). This is no question of what people want, it's a copyright violation. - Mgm|(talk) 11:06, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
Fair use is not required for public domain photos, and that one's a federal photo. Seraphimblade 11:12, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
Yep. As a work of the US government, it's public domain. -Hit bull, win steak(Moo!) 14:44, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

On the plus side, I do kinda like my new userpage. So I guess there's that, anyway. -Hit bull, win steak(Moo!) 14:59, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Sigh. Not polemic, but polarizing, perhaps? User:Zoe|(talk) 16:33, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
As has been stated more than once in this discussion, Zoe, your actions in this matter seem to have been more polarizing than the picture on my page. I doubt many would have even noticed it had you not made such a big issue out of it. Jeffpw 17:24, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
yeah, you do keep saying that, don't you? Repeated accusations do not make them true the more times you say them. User:Zoe|(talk) 23:21, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
Can someone please explain to me why people have to wander around policing people's user pages? Seriously. You are wasting time on this issue. The people that seem more concerned about what Jeffpw has on his user page are basically saying "it's against policy!!!" (yawn) I can sit here and find lots of things on people's user pages that are against policy. The whole thing is basically WP:POINT , whether it was intended that way or not. The more heated this gets, the more I begin to wonder if there is any sanity here left at all. --ElaragirlTalk|Count 18:04, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
You're only beginning to wonder ....? :-D SlimVirgin (talk) 18:18, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for the assumption of good faith, Elaragirl. So, in other words, we should pick and choose which policies we follow, so long as you get to choose which ones they are? User:Zoe|(talk) 23:21, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
I think she's suggesting that you could find better things to do than start fights with other users, Zoe. Maybe not better for you but better on the whole. This whole thing is nonsense, as are most fights over userpages. There's going to be an election in the States. It gets quite heated. Lots of people will campaign on their userpages. yawn. We could have a fascinating brawl over whether policy permits it, with some fantastic wheelwarring and lots of bad blood, or we could simply accept that it's sometimes worse to piss on playgrounds than to just let people play. Grace Note 23:35, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
Zoe, let it go. You made your point. My image is non-captioned and reduced in size. No need to prolong it anymore. Jeffpw 23:43, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
I HAD dropped it, but you and others above won't stop attacking me. User:Zoe|(talk) 00:04, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Sorry you feel attacked. That was certainly not my intention. You seem to be letting this get to you. Some of your edit summaries here are bordering on violations of WP:CIV, as does accusing me of attacking you. Jeffpw 00:12, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

I just don't understand why no one was policing Jeffpw's user page when he had that annoying joke message bar up there. It took me a number of clicks to figure it out (and it took me the same number to figure out that with pop-ups I can use rollover to go directly to the user's talk page, instead of the user page first, then the talk page). Wow, American politics doesn't get more divisive. Still, I thought it was another practical joke. When I couldn't find the punch line, I assumed Jeff had taken a serious bent and was now working on a FA on Hillary Clinton's declaration of her campaign for Wikipedia. Now I find he's just campaigning. Will it never end?

The fact is Jeffpw's campaign would have recieved almost no attention but for this series of unfortunate events. IMO, it behooves administrators to act polite first, rather than retroactively--Jeffpw is an agreeable Wikipedian, who takes the fall even when he's not at fault. Now look at the other editors who have added Hillary's image to their user pages as a result of this series of incidents, "IF YOU HATE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, POST IT ON MY USER TALK; I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR VIEWS Otherwise, if you need any help, just post on my user talkpage Thanks, Monbro 17:07, 27 October 2006 (UTC)," 8X10s of Hillary, a Hillary support user box. But Jeffpw's support of Hillary is the issue?

Jeffpw is an excellent, hard-working editor, who goes out of his way to be the gracious party during times of conflict. I think he is a poor choice of editor to make a stand on disliking political advocacy on user pages, particularly when there are so many more egregious choices on user pages made by editors who are not so polite, helpful, hardworking, and dedicated. In the end though, I predict that Jeffpw will back down and be as gracious as he usually is, the sterling example of someone who really does know how to contribute to Wikipedia's quality and sense of community. And, in advance of that, thanks, Jeffpw for getting rid of that idiot joke message bar, which I felt was rather hostile to new and uncomputer savvy editors. KP Botany 01:36, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

User:GoldDragon and Joe Volpe[edit]

User:GoldDragon has been revert-warring to restore his preferred version of the Joe Volpe page.

Background: I've had several dealings with GoldDragon in the last year or so, all on pages having to do with Canadian politics. These encounters have tried my patience to the limit, and beyond. GoldDragon's general approach to Wikipedia is to make the same edits over and over again, even if several other posters have expressed opposition. He has also violated the 3RR several times, and I've frequently had to tell him to revert himself if he wants to avoid being blocked. I've tried arguing, making friendly outreaches, seeking outside opinions -- none of it seems to make any difference on his behaviour for long. There have also been times when I've completely lost patience with him, and participated in open edit-wars. I recognize that this was improper behaviour, and I've taken steps to avoid getting caught in such situations again. He has not reciprocated.

Concerning the present dispute: GoldDragon and I disagreed on the content of the Joe Volpe page in December. Two outside contributors weighed in, private negotiations took place, and GoldDragon stopped reverting the page for a while. Unfortunately, he soon began to restore his preferred version in small increments. I summarized the current situation on the talk page yesterday, and restored the previously accepted wording. GoldDragon declined to accept my changes, posted this, and blanket-reverted my changes. My response on the talk page can be found here, here, and here. In an effort to avoid an edit war, I posted an NPOV notice on the article page. GoldDragon removed it a few hours later. An outside contributor made his views known here, in a statement that leaves very little room for ambiguity. Based on this statement, I concluded that I would be justified in restoring my version again (I apologize for the grammatical error). GoldDragon's response can be found here and here.

Apparently, I'm not the only editor who's had these problems with GoldDragon: [5], [6], [7]. I hope that readers will recognize how frustrating this situation has been. CJCurrie 23:48, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

I can't figure out heads or tails in this one - is SlimVirgin part of this debate? Are you sure it's not just an edit war? Patstuarttalk|edits 00:03, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
This controversy has nothing to do with SlimVirgin, and I'm not certain why you'd mention her in this context.
For readers who want the short version, GoldDragon is acting unreasonably: [8], [9]. CJCurrie 00:09, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • I've moderated disputes between CJCurrie and GoldDragon twice before, both times, both parties had made reasonable contributions and had legit arguments, though both times CJ ended up being more in line with policy. This time, GD seems to want nothing more than to make a point and push his PoV. His edits are totally not constructive and he refuses to listen to reason -- Chabuk T • C ] 01:09, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Isn't the procedure for a content dispute supposed to follow the dispute resolution chain: talk, RfC, RfA? If you are past the "talk" stage on this matter, then wouldn't RfC be the next step? Cla68 01:11, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

  • GoldDragon's actions struck me as sufficiently unreasonable to raise here, but I'd agree that an RfC would be a proper step as well. CJCurrie 05:14, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • I have been involved in content disputes with CJCurrie before. He is quick to revert submissions, even when they are properly cited. We are currently at a truce over a content dispute awaiting input from other editors. However, CJCurrie would receive much less friction if he wasn't so diligent about reverting other people's contributions and compromises. 14:53, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
    • Anyone curious as to the specifics of's charge should click here. Basically, he's trying to include trivial information in an article about on Ontario backbench MPP. The only other contributor who has taken his side is GoldDragon. CJCurrie 00:40, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

User removing copyvio warnings[edit]

what should be done in the case of a user who persistenly removes the "copyvio" tag from a page, then goes on to remove the listing from the copyvio investigation page? the edit summaries refer to "template not needed" and "rm troll" rather than giving any explanation. certainly nothing to justify the identical swathes of text between the article and the webpage.User:Ibaranoff24 is the user in question - his edits, in particular his response to the last incident filed against him, have an aggressive WP:OWN quality to them. should he be warned? User:Patstuart was the admin who warned him previously. thx.

Doing such is immediately blockable; copyvio is a serious legal problem. On which page was the tag removed, however? Yuser31415 (Editor review two!) 22:23, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
That would be List of short films by Ralph Bakshi. --Calton | Talk 22:34, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • I removed the notice AND the copyrighted material. The copied material was added by an anonymous IP. If the person who filed the complaint actually had a problem, he could have gone to me and I could have easily resolved it, instead of trying to have my articles deleted. This guy is just a little putz trying to stir up trouble. He's never contributed anything. The last revision of the article - that ended up being deleted without warrent - contained NO COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL. Any time the deletion of an article I created is involved, please contact me so I can possibly solve any problems that might warrent a deletion, if, indeed, these problems still exist in the article, which, in this case, they did not. (Ibaranoff24 00:55, 25 January 2007 (UTC))
    • Not very nice to call someone a putz. JuJube 02:10, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Not-quite-3RR edit warring[edit]

I recently provided a third opinion (Talk:Rocky Marciano#Third_opinion) for two feuding editors, only to find that the page (Rocky Marciano) has been subject to edit warring for almost a week. I went to WP:AN3 and attempted to gather evidence, but I couldn't find any "true" violations of 3RR. However, the edit warring on this page is clearly disrupting the article. What can be done here? PTO 01:04, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

On Rocky page I gave answer, pulltoopen gave his third opinion before I was able to reply, I was NOT even aware there was a poll. Again, i simply tried to fix things!-Boxingwear

It wasn't a poll. I was asking for opinions so I could draw my conclusion, but you left a note on my talk page that gave me enough information. PTO 01:21, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

I fully reject that reply, you posted a question for second party on marciano page, you did not give me a chance and i thought you were administrators, brush up on rules, allow people at least 48 hours to reply, you did not give me half an hour. Boxingwear

I corrected the baker dilemma, the mkil repetition, replied to questions and on talk page, i hope somebody will watch over rocky page, again, somebody informed me on my talk page in december and in january to watch over it, somebody really wanted that, after a long conversation, i decided i will watch over it, no doubt there was a good reason, i explained all there is to know, just check my contributions!Boxingwear

  1. This is not the place for dispute resolution, please argue elsewhere.
  2. The article is fully protected for 3 days, the protection will be automatically removed after that point. If however it returns to its previous state of edit war after the protection is lifted (its on my watchlist) there may be blocks handed out/protection reinstated. ViridaeTalk 02:13, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Protect it for a month, i am worried certain people will not respect anything. -Boxingwear

Group of vandals[edit]

I need to step away for a bit, but there was a rash of vandalism to Centerville, Utah from 5 accounts all created at nearly the same time:

They also took turns messing with User:Jakemarshall (which was created in articlespace before being userfied). If anyone wants to check in on the contribs from these accounts for a bit to see if they start back up again, please feel free. Thanks. ju66l3r 17:27, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Looks like they may all be at school together right now. As soon as the school's single IP: (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · filter log · WHOIS · RDNS · RBLs · http · block user · block log) was blocked for 48 hours, it got suddenly quiet. ju66l3r 17:33, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

It seems like Jakemarshall and The_alba101 have continued to vandalize a bit from home.. —Mr. Strong Bad/talk 02:23, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

I have added another level of warnings to each. If they continue, I'll submit their accounts to WP:AIV as vandalism-only accounts. ju66l3r 05:34, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Pneumonia vandalized[edit]

I was reading about the diagnosis of pneumonia and came across this:

"To diagnose pneumonia, u simply trade pokemon cards ontil professer oak find out that you have been playing with his cards."

I figured I should tell someone, so here I am. 05:51, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for removing that phrase from the article, I've removed some further vandalism on the article. In the future, simple vandalism doesn't need to be reported to the Administator's Noticeboard. You can simply warn the vandal involved with a User Warning, and report them to Administrator Intervention Against Vandalism if they continue. Thanks for helping out. Cheers. Canadian-Bacon 05:57, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Uninvolved admin required[edit]

User:Rfwoolf is still bitching about the deletion of anal stretching. I deleted a rant on his user page as soapboxing, there was some argy-bargy, a compromise was reached with another admin over unprotecting the page, but it's now back substantially the same with the small change that it says it's "constructive criticism", which is a bit like like saying "no offence" after calling someone a pikey.

Here is my major problem with it: it identifies me by name as having "unilaterally" salted the article. This is complete bollocks. Woolf kept reposting it in substantially identical form, and what I did was actually to restore the history for deletion review because I was trying to help him (I don't think I'll make that mistake again). Deletion and salting was then endorsed by deletion review, with numerous admins participating, and the history was deleted by someone else entirely. So this is a baseless personal attack, the falseness of which has been pointed out many times, and which he still insists on repeating.

Of course, calling us "trigger-happy deletionists" for deleting it after only five days instead of keeping this uncited how-to peerless article also does not help. Needless to say we should always expend our efforts to save those articles whose authors can't be arsed to write them properly, because that is what we are here for, especially when the article is on such a worthy subject. Woolf's rewrite seems to be based on sources as compelling as Goatse, so clearly we've gone badly wrong here. Oh, wait, maybe I lapsed into sarcasm for a moment there.

Anyway, if an uninvolved admin wouldn't mind popping over there to get him to remove his attacks on me, I'd appreciate it. You might want to take this trout with you. Guy (Help!) 22:36, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Stop Stop. Guy has never complained about personal attacks.
Note: In Edit Summary, User:Guy has called me a Toss blanket. <-- Personal attack?
First of all, you complain that my userpage is "back substantially the same" but you have only ever complained about SOAPboxing which the user User:Jossi saw was unjust, and so unprotected the page
Reason: (WP:USER protects constructive criticism about wikipedia on userpages. Personal attacks however, are another matter).
But now in this post of yours, is the first time you are complaining to me about personal attacks on my userpage. You must stop and point out the personal attacks and ask me to remove them and I promise to do so so long as they count as personal attacks.
Rfwoolf 06:07, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Note: Concurrent to this post in Incidents, Guy left the following post on my Talkpage, which does point out a specific problem that he wants fixed. I will remove the claim that he WP:SALTed unilaterally. It must be stressed though that constructive criticism about wikipedia is allowed by WP:USER. You cannot make a general claim of soapboxing and expect me to just delete the whole criticism. Rfwoolf 06:20, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

" Woolf, you have restored the soapboxing pretty much intact and you are still making the baseless claim of unilateral salting when actually I undeleted the history for review, and salting was endorsed by that review (it was Trialsanderrors who then re-deleted the history). Mistakes are forgivable, but wilfully perpetuating a falsehood after its been pointed out to you numerous times looks a great deal like trolling. Fix it, please. Now. Guy (Help!) 23:42, 24 January 2007 (UTC) "

[And] secondly, show me where my rewrite is based on Goatse as a source? Yes, I added it as a second prize reference, meaning it's a reference all the same but it's not ideal. The rewrite is only in a collection of sources stage. Relax, I may only mention Goatse as a references in popular culture, nothing more.Rfwoolf 06:07, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

I removed the parts that looked like personal attacks... but the rest I'm fine with. If he has a problem with how a particular process works then it's not really a big deal to have some commentary about it on his userpage. I did make a request that he tone it down on his talkpage. ---J.S (T/C/WRE) 00:01, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Thank-you for your ability to comply with WP:USER which protects constructive criticism on a userpage ("personal attacks however, are a different matter). I disagree a lot about Guy's above post. But suffice to say I don't exactly object to what you did censor, but I must say I don't find that what you censored was specifically a personal attack because it doesn't mention anyone personal? and the reference to User:dfrg.msc was not an attack and he/she doesn't mind the reference! So perhaps you can explain that a bit better. I will see if I can tone things down a bit, but if you want something specific done you should direct me to it. Rfwoolf 06:07, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Just because you didn't mention an exact person dosn't mean it's ok to attack someone. We all knew who you ment. Don't try to invent a loophole in the No Personal Attack policy... I won't alow it.
Rfwoolf, can you write that article using only reliable secondary sources? No personal websites, no goatse, no blogs... can you do it? ---J.S (T/C/WRE) 06:26, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
I find that latest comment very biased, have you seen my attempt to rebuild the article? It is clearly in a source-gathering stage, so all critiques remain premature at this stage. Rfwoolf 06:33, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
It's not bias because I'm asking the question seriously. If "Anal stretching" is a legitiment concept with enough actual coverage to back it up then it should have an article. Have you been able to find any books on the subject? Any journal articles? What about newspaper articles? ---J.S (T/C/WRE) 07:03, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
May I just begin by saying that on the whole I really do appreciate your input, especially as an uninvolved admin because on some level it has been helpful. But on another level you are dabbling in something beyond the scope of this post by Guy. The issue at hand is the content of my userpage. You are now making judgments about the Anal stretching debacle which has its own "mediator" (User:dfrg.msc), and I'm afraid your latest comments about that here (and on my userpage) are unfortunately rather inapt. You haven't (for example) seen my rewrite project here, or have you? You will see my complete proposal to rewrite the article as well as my sources policy, which separates sources into two classes, i) First-prize sources and ii) Second-prize sources. Just because a source sucks doesn't mean I'm not going to provisionally add it to my notes as second-prize source.
If you are going to continue to comment about the Anal stretching debacle (which is now rather complex), I suggest you at very least refer to my rewrite attempt which is in a very young stage! Thanks Rfwoolf 07:10, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
  • As I pointed out, most of your "first prize sources" were not sources for this term at all. You have managed to cause a truly staggering amount of disruption without actually producing anything of any merit thus far, and it appears that your response to being told something is a problem is - repeatably - to keep re-creating it and asserting it's not a problem. And then troll about it. The depth of your obsession with this utterly trivial subject appears to be matched only by your stubbornness in refusing to accept advice or correction. Guy (Help!) 07:42, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

On a totally unrelated note[edit]

I love your Pommy use of the english language Guy! ViridaeTalk 07:47, 25 January 2007 (UTC)


There's a bit of a revert war going on at TechCrunch. It has received attention in the blogosphere. Administrator intervention would be appreciated; semi-protection would be a bonus. See [10] and [11].

This is all linked with the Microsoft paying for edits incident. Computerjoe's talk 09:17, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Loop Quantum Gravity article vandalism report[edit]

You may want to compare loop quantum gravity article revised on 15:34 Sept 27 2006 [12] and 17:35 Sept 27 2006 [13] You can compare them here. [14] User Sdedeo deleted half of the article. If you carefully look at the discussion, you will see that many people saying that the old article was much better. And if you know some loop quantum gravity, you will know that the deleted part was a very important content. Without it, one doesn't get a complete picture of what loop quantum gravity is all about. What can you do about Sdedeo? or Can you undelete the half of the deleted article? I can't do it, because I don't know how to upload pictures. 16:19, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

As far as I can tell (it's been awhile), the material I deleted was a confused original presentation. I'm no longer deeply involved in editing the article, and I think is a bit hasty to call good faith edits vandalism. In any case, I'll take a look again and see what I think. Sdedeo (tips) 19:20, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
I had a wee look and I found no reason to doubt that Sdedeo deleted the section to satisfy the no-original-research policy. The section has some references, but there is no reference for the central point it is making (that loop quantum gravity is invariant under diffeomorphisms). Furthermore, I didn't find many people saying in the discussion that the old article was much better.
I suggest the original poster explains why the deleted part should be brought back on Talk:Loop quantum gravity, possibly asking for help on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Physics. And please drop the suggestion of vandalism; use this word only if you are sure to be talking about "a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of Wikipedia" (see Wikipedia:Vandalism). -- Jitse Niesen (talk) 11:53, 25 January 2007 (UTC)


User:Gon4z has been introducing false information, removing citations, and outright changing correct information to false unsourced information over the past couple of hours. It appears that the user does not write/speak English as a first language, however a good portion of the previous 50 or so edits that the user has made are pretty obvious vandalism, most notably to articles related to Serbia and Albania. If it were a few edits, I could correct them myself, however this "spree" is over 50 edits and I alone cannot revert all of them. I also have no idea on how to contact the user in a case like this. Spot87 04:51, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Without looking too deeply, the user is clearly a spa with the purpose of promoting a pro-Albanian POV. The first paragraph on List of Albanian Genocides should tell it all. User has 0 edits outside mainspace (i.e., talk page), and has been warned. Something's definitely amiss. Patstuarttalk|edits 04:56, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
  • How wierd. This is the sum of 20 edits in a row to Albanians:[15] Sneeky vandalism? I don't know, he dosn't add any new sources and he dosn't use edit summaries. I don't know enough about the subject to know if his edits are legit or not. ---J.S (T/C/WRE) 07:09, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
  • If he's blatantly replacing information with unsourced false edits, I doubt they're legit, regardless of his intentions. - Mgm|(talk) 09:48, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Reverted some of the glaring POV edits and number altering without new sources. I left articles on most weapons and vehicles alone. - Mgm|(talk) 10:16, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Wikihate banner[edit]

Wow, who thought someone would actually use it... [16] Dev920 (Have a nice day!) 08:22, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Whats the name of the template? I can't seem to find it. I was going to go Rouge and delete it. ViridaeTalk 08:37, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
  • It's not even that funny. -Mgm|(talk) 09:42, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Michael Cherney and Tal Aviation[edit]

It looks to me like a whole host of new sockpuppets have recently been created for the purpose of defending Michael Cherney on Wikipedia (see also: Michael Cherney Foundation) and/or adding negative information about Tal Aviation:

I arrived at these articles by tracking the activities of two sockpuppets of banned user:Israelbeach, who have also been editing the Cherney article:

I wouldn't be at all surprised if Israelbeach's PR firm is somehow involved with Cherney, but that's just my suspicion based on his past editing patterns, no firm proof (tag team sockpuppet editing, Israeli current affairs, Wikilawyering from the getgo). I'm not particularly interested in tangling swords with this unpleasant user again, but perhaps someone with knowledge of Cherney should look into these articles and check to see they are not too wildly biased. And keep an eye on the puppets, liable to revert to blockable behaviour. --Ylggow 10:00, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Animesouth - request for review[edit]

There is an issue with User:Animesouth. There has been edit warring over List of anime conventions which AS reported; however there was signs of sockpuppets. I ended up blocking AS for this; and the other side more lightly. See [17]. I'd be grateful if someone could review this. See-also Wikipedia:Suspected sock puppets/Animesouth William M. Connolley 12:02, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Blocked user reverting tag on his user talk[edit]

I don't know whether banned users are allowed to edit their own user talk pages, but here's one who's insisting on having {{ProtectBU}} on his. [18] Flyingtoaster1337 12:40, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

I have protected his page for good. (Expiry: 1 month). — Nearly Headless Nick 12:44, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Difficult situation developing[edit]

There's a difficult situation on Neil Clark (journalist), a WP:BLP article about a British journalist. The subject of the article has blogged about the issue here. In essence, Clark is claiming that negative material was added by either sockpuppets or meatpuppets of Oliver Kamm, a journalist and blogger with whom he has had a disagreement (which has involved the attempted instigation of legal proceedings). At the moment, the Neil Clark article includes a note accusing two editors of vandalising it and stating that they are aliases of Oliver Kamm. Meanwhile the talk page is a mess of claim and counter-claim.

I think this could all do with a thorough check, and possibly an WP:OFFICE-style stubbifying and rebuilt. As this issue crosses a large number of Wikipedia policies, I've posted it here. Sam Blacketer 14:34, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Argh, not again. Thanks for bringing this here. I'll go take a look. Mackensen (talk) 14:40, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Dispute over List of anime conventions and Anime South with Animesouth[edit]

Animesouth (talk · contribs) has been engaged in a content dispute over List of anime conventions and Anime South for almost a month. He has been relentless in not acknowledging consensus nor is willing to properly communicating, citing that people should go to the convention's websites for more information. He recently submitted the list for an AfD to which it was kept. What I am asking is for some suggestions on what to do with this individual. I feel that there is a lack of good faith in this contributor and a possible WP:COI violation. :: Colin Keigher (Talk) 19:02, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Add WP:3RR to the list of violations as well. :: Colin Keigher (Talk) 19:11, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Animesouth has also been engaged in persistently libeling Muhammad Ali, and I suspect this user has using an IP address to do this as well. Stevie is the man! TalkWork 19:32, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

On the Muhammad Ali page, user:Uucp has engaged in the same content additions as well. Seicer (talk) (contribs) 20:13, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
The users user:Animesouth, user:Uucp and Special:Contributions/ have all committed the same edits, violating WP:SOCK to evade the three-revert rule. The users have also violated biographies of living persons, introducing libel without citations or without verifiability. Seicer (talk) (contribs) 20:25, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
And now there is an edit pinwheel. The proposed changes need to be taken to discussion first, as stated on their respective talk pages, to prevent further messes. Seicer (talk) (contribs) 21:24, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
Animesouth (talk · contribs) may have also contributed before as Marcyu (talk · contribs), who is the chairman of Anime South. --Farix (Talk) 22:11, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
And now he is back to contributing as (talk · contribs). If he/she is the chairperson of Anime South, they're not doing their job. :: Colin Keigher (Talk) 05:25, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Add User:Miss Away to the sock drawer, too: [19] Seraphimblade 05:40, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Wow, just because I have friends who agree with me, I'm automatically accused of using a sock puppet? Incredible..... —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Animesouth (talkcontribs) 05:44, 25 January 2007 (UTC).
Do not play us as stupid. I am filing a report on your user account as we speak. :: Colin Keigher (Talk) 05:45, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Please file at WP:SSP. Seicer (talk) (contribs) 05:59, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Looks like he wants to file a 3RR report on me. :: Colin Keigher (Talk) 06:39, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

He gave me a 3RR warning[20] even though I last edited the list on the 20th. <rolls eyes> --Farix (Talk)

Suspected accounts of the user[edit]

The following are suspected sockpuppet/meatpuppet accounts:

I am requesting an administrator reviews these accounts. :: Colin Keigher (Talk) 06:00, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Filed at WP:SSP. See the case here. Seicer (talk) (contribs) 06:07, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

These sock puppetry accusations are absolutely untrue for this case and based on nothing but pure speculation. Just because you are unhappy that others agree with my line of reasoning does not condone accusations without solid evidence. - Animesouth 09:49, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Marc, I'm not buying this crap. You tried a similar tactic before with the list using anonymous accounts. That's why both the list and it's talk page had to be sprotected. You've don't nothing but complain because your convention doesn't meet the list's criteria and you couldn't convince any other editors to agree with you to change the criteria. Then when you couldn't get your way with the criteria or bypass it, you put it up for AfD. Now that you failed to delete the list through AfD, you are trying to change it by fiat using socks. This is discriminable behavior for any editor to engage in, and especially coming from the convention's chairman in question. --Farix (Talk) 12:18, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Marc, you admitted to me via Private Topic on the Forums that you were the user "Anime South". That account also had the exact same IP as some of the anonymous edits here at the time. This, to me, is evidence beyond any reasonable doubt. --PatrickD 15:31, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Halo 2 and Giano[edit]

Heavy vandalism here: I've reverted 8 times in the last hour, but I'm packing it in for now, someone with rollback and block tools might like to keep an eye on this and maybe semi-protect. This has nothing to do with Giano, IRC or related wikidramas whatsoever, I just put that in to get everyone's attention. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone stopped running around like headless chickens at AN and started writing articles or clearing the backlogs...ah well. Cheers, Moreschi Deletion! 22:52, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Um... Okay. That's probably good advice. It certainly got my attention. Grandmasterka 23:04, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Woo-hoo! Semiprotected. It was unprotected for - what, a day? - and most of that time was spent in revert wars with anon vandals. 72 hours semiprotection, but that will probably not be enough. Should I block Giano on principle? Guy (Help!) 23:07, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • LOL. Giano will love this. Milto LOL pia 01:52, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Don't be so sure! Giano 13:07, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Perhaps it would be helpful to extend the "don't talk about Giano" rule to Wikpedia: space too. It's been months since I've seen a productive thing said regarding the subject. --Interiot 15:56, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Only meant to be a joke. My own opinion was to nuke most of our IRC channels, but nobody listened. Moreschi Deletion! 13:11, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

I've never visited IRC, and I'm not sure I ever want to, more than once perhaps. Maybe this isn't the forum for this, but what specific constructive uses does it have? It seems to promote vitriol and cabalistic discussions at least as much as it might promote "community" or a faster response to problems. Grandmasterka 13:30, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

God, that almost gave me a heart attack. Mackensen (talk) 13:33, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Please just don't go there! More importantly can some one spring the unfortunate McGinnly from prison as he is stll blocked inspite of being unblocked ages ago [21] Giano 13:35, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
I have cleared the autoblock. Kusma (討論) 13:38, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Marvelous - thank you. --Mcginnly | Natter 13:39, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

25% of the admins, devs, toolserver folks, etc wouldn't hang out there if it wasn't useful. You just won't see the pro-IRC folks repeatedly posting hyperbole on WP:AN about how good it is... --Interiot 15:56, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

An anon's death threat on Wikipedia talk:Vandalism[edit]

[22] by (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · filter log · WHOIS · RDNS · RBLs · http · block user · block log) 'Nuff Said. --Samuel CurtisShinichian-Hirokian-- TALK·CONTRIBS 15:46, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Another vandalism act by[edit]

This user has vandalized the page entitled Sitrida Geagea. I checked his talk page and I found that he has already received a final warning. Please note that this IP address is the property of the University of Geneva. Fadib83 15:53, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Another vandalism act by[edit]

This user has vandalized the page entitled Sitrida Geagea. I left him a warning on his talk page. Fadib83 15:55, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Sockpuppets of Woomoobs57 (talk • contribs • deleted contribs • nuke contribs • logs • filter log • block user • block log)[edit]

Three pretty obvious socks of this indefblocked user.Last two are vandalism-only accounts and Yaymoobs57 is an impersonater (usermane).

Please review history of vandalism (contributions) by these accounts and block. TheQuandry 15:57, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Malicious editing of Neil Clark's biography[edit]

The above entry has been vandalised and maliciously edited on several occasions by 'philip cross' and 'elena zamm'. Neil Clark had an acrimonious dispute with the writer Oliver Kamm after Clark published a critical review of a book by Kamm in the Daily Telegraph. Both 'Philip Cross' and 'elena zamm' have also edited, but this time favourably, the pages of Oliver Kamm and Kamm's mother, Anthea Bell. There is very strong circumstantial evidence that Cross and Zamm are Oliver Kamm. Libels have been posted on Clark's page, including that he 'defends mass murderers'. The account of Clark's legal dispute with Kamm has only sought to put Kamm's side of things. Both 'philip cross' and 'elena zamm' should be barred from editing Clark's page as they are not interested in a factual biography, but only in repeating libels and editing maliciously. citylightsgirlCitylightsgirl

Please refer to Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons/Noticeboard for better and prompt actions. -- Szvest - Wiki me up ® 16:19, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

My user page history[edit]

Hi. May I ask to have my user page history deleted? Frankly I'd welcome the side effect of my edit count dropping, and I'm sure I don't need anything from the past. It also has nothing to do with disputes, etc., as you can check the history. Thanks. Xiner (talk, email) 04:29, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

I tried ... for some reason it doesn't work. I checked only the most recent version and it restored everything. I have no idea why. --BigDT 04:39, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
It works to me. --210physicq (c) 04:40, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
I just realized that ... it worked the very first time ... there's just a lag on page history updating ... or my browser cache needs to be cleared. --BigDT 04:41, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Thank you y'all -- I think my edit count just went down by over 100. Woohoo! Xiner (talk, email) 15:12, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Alright, it could go down by another 100 if the history for User:Xiner/sandbox is chopped, too. Can someone please do the honor? Thanks. Xiner (talk, email) 19:53, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Holocaust-related trolling[edit] (talk · contribs): this IP seems to be used almost entirely for Holocaust-related trolling on talk pages, some of it uncivil, occasionally to the point of personal attacks. Someone may want to look closely at this user's edits (but there are no edits at all in the last two weeks, so maybe it's not worth it). Anyway, might be worth keeping an eye on. - Jmabel | Talk 04:56, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

I believe s/he is back as (talk · contribs) -- Avi 05:05, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Both IP's are registered to the VT Dept. of Libraries. They have the entire range: - The .83 has been tagged as a shared IP. -- Avi 05:14, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
That makes sense - I've noticed (talk · contribs) around as well, a Vermont IP with a similar preoccupation with the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Holocaust denialism, etc. Likely the same user - would it be worth tagging the other two IP's as shared as well? MastCell 20:59, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

User:CyberAnth using WP:BLP to impose POV blanking of Jimmy Swaggart[edit]

User:CyberAnth is invoking WP:BLP as a rational for blanking large sections of Jimmy Swaggart (see Talk), including commonly known and easily verifiable facts about Jimmy Swaggart's history. WP:BLP is pretty strict, but this seems to be taking it way too far and I beleive that it's being misused in an attempt at censorship. Artw 06:23, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

I endorse CyberAnth's actions. The only thing ey did wrong was to comment out the offending material. Our biographies too often slide into long unsourced slagfests. Here's what I suggest: write an article that both Swaggart himself and his direst enemy would agree was fair. Tough to do but that should be the aim. Grace Note 06:40, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
The blanking seems to be appropriate. Allegations such as the ones levelled in the article CANNOT be left with a {{fact}} tag, as they are potentially libelous. Unless someone can introduce some citations or provide any other reasoning otherwise, than I endorse. Canadian-Bacon 06:53, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Agreed, and I loathe Swaggart. But you have to source these things BEFORE you put them in the article. --BenBurch 06:57, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Agreed. if they're so easily verifiable, then verify them before putting potentially libellous material in. - Mgm|(talk) 09:45, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
excellent call by User:CyberAnth - unsourced material needs to be wiped from any BLP article. --Fredrick day 12:02, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Taking the need for citations as read, that's not actually the reason he gave for the blanking- what he's arguing is that no more than a certain portion of the article should be devote to the controversies surrounding Swaggart, and if it is exceeded it should be blanked. We havesome cited material up there now, I will be watching to see if he blanks it again. Artw 21:04, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Rather predictably, CyberAnth is now stubbing the cited article. Artw 04:46, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Although a good number of Wikipedians hold to the misconception, the sum total of WP:NPOV as relates to WP:BLP concerns is not satisfied by simple adherence to WP:CITE. CyberAnth 08:13, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Sigh... It is however satisfied by the use of undisputed facts (rather than opinions) backed by cites. Currently the there doesn't seem to be any kind of WP:NPOV dispute at all - though you persist in portraying it as such - the cited facts are undisputed facts, as called for by WP:NPOV. The actual that is being made that the article shouldn't be expanded with facts that cast Swaggart in a negative light until facts that cast him in a positive light can be found, and until that can be done it should remain a stub. As far as i can tell that's not a view supported by any wikipedis policy whatsoever. Artw 08:33, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Again, all of the reasons are laid out very clearly on the article's talk page beginning here and continued in that section's sub-section. Your position, a pretty common misconception among Wikipedians, is that simple adherence to WP:CITE meets the sum total of WP:NPOV as relates to the strict standards of WP:BLP. The correct position is that there is more to it than that. The sum total of WP:NPOV as relates to WP:BLP concerns is not alone satisfied by simple adherence to WP:CITE. CyberAnth 08:49, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

You are correct that WP:CITE is not all of WP:NPOV, but no one is saying it is. Maybe you could come out of that loop? The question is did the article you reverted consist of "pieces of information about which there is no serious dispute", thus meeting WP:NPOV. As far as I know it did, and if it didn't you've been conspicously quiet about where it doesn't, so your involking ofWP:NPOV is out of order. I have asked you about this and you have repeatedly refused to answer. Artw 09:01, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Human League and related articles[edit]

Editor using several accounts to edit The Human League, Philip Oakey, Susanne Sulley and Joanne Catherall. Edits (and there are many) are filled with excessive fancruft and POV and many, many grammatical, formatting, wikilink and punctuation mistakes. In addition, user has uploaded many images with no source or questionable source. Some User Talk Pages have unsourced image warnings, and some of these warnings have been blanked by the user. Attempts to clean up some of these articles prompts the user to log in with a different account and revert to his/her preferred version. Attempts to communicate seem to be ignored. Not sure where else to report this, its obvious to me that all of these accounts are the same person but realize this needs to be checked out by an admin. Accounts listed below, don't know if there are more. Thanks! - eo 17:43, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

I've left a message on your talkpage... this looks like a case for Checkuser.--Isotope23 17:56, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks very much, I'll copy this info over there. - eo 18:00, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
And all I did over there was glance at the contribs and say "duck test". There may be one, there may be two different humans here; it doesn't really matter whether they're the same person, they're both being annoying so we really don't need to poke any deeper. Checkuser is for when there's ambiguity, not for the obvious. --jpgordon∇∆∇∆ 18:39, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks Isotope/Jpgordon. I appreciate someone looking into it. - eo 18:50, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Massive Former Featured Article Discussion Deletion[edit]

User:Edition4 (talk, contribs) has, for some odd reason, been going around to former featured articles, mostly really old ones, and removing the {{formerFA}} template (