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User:Consist and I: one of us here needs some advice[edit]

About a week and a half ago, I noticed this report on ANI, and because I operate in articles that are often concerned with phylogeny, I took interest in the activities of User:Consist, the user in question. For those coming late to the party, Consist is the handle of Mats Envall, who had a paper in the May 2008 issue of the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society and is now going through classification articles such as Cladistics, Clade, Phylo Code, and Linnean taxonomy and inserting his position that he has falsified cladistics as the be-all and end-all. When questioned about his edits, he responds with lengthy rambling posts to talk pages, or discusses his personal enmity toward cladists (see previous diff), who he explains have attempted to suppress him for 14 years. His main point is that he claims to have "falsified cladistics' denial of paraphyletic groups," and he apparently regards cladistics as some sort of great negative that needs to be overturned.

I and others (EdJohnston, Sjö, and C.Fred) have attempted to communicate to him several times and explain to him how Wikipedia works. He appears to simply not care that what he is doing is not how things are done here, displays the classic disruptive editor sign of blaming problems on the actions of other editors, and generally behaves as if he is on a mission of great importance that is not to be disrupted, above the rules, and will not be stopped. He occasionally issues borderline insults regarding the competence of those who question his actions (see for example the fifth and seventh sentences in this reply to Sjö, and the ninth and tenth on this reply to me). From where I sit, he is acting as a disruptive editor with little chance of becoming productive. I would like someone else who is not as close to take a look, though. It may be that none of us who have tried are communicating properly. What gets me is that he obviously has communicated with others in the past, in order to get his paper published, yet he so far is not taking advice from others here. J. Spencer (talk) 04:16, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Not terribly cool that he's declared his intention to continue editwarring, despite your referring him to lots of very relevant policies. I'm keeping an eye on this.--SarekOfVulcan (talk) 05:48, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Thank you for having a look. I'm going to disengage from him for the time being, as the situation is not doing any favors for my editing, and he may well be a better editor without my attention. J. Spencer (talk) 23:31, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
I'd backed off for a while, but his declaration today that "The battle is just commenced" (see diff for full context), coupled with two edits to the introduction of articles, tell me he's unwilling to reconsider his position and has committed to editwarring—enough so that I gave a final warning this evening. He seems to know the subject material, so he would be useful to have as an editor. However, if he's not going to edit constructively, it's time to prevent further disruption, IMO. —C.Fred (talk) 02:33, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Block of House of Reps IP[edit]

Just a notice (as instructed on the IP talk page) - Maxim blocked User talk: for 12 hours for repeated vandalism. Has been appropriatedly reported to the WikiMedia Foundation committee notice board. Tan | 39 17:31, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Also note that User:OfficeMax immediately appeared as a sockpuppet of the IP. The name violates policy, as OfficeMax is an office supply company in the United States. Although an Admin unblocked the account, claiming e-mail offers of reformed behavior, It needs to be blocked for name violations. ThuranX (talk) 22:06, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Name has been reported to the Username folks, but a quick followup would be good. ThuranX (talk) 22:21, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Could it just be Max, who works in an office? The contribs don't suggest any COI. Kevin (talk) 22:40, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Agree with Kevin. If someone's last name is McDonald, there's no "copyright violation" with usernames. Unless the contribs reveal a COI interest, there's no reason to be concerned about this. Tan | 39 22:43, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Policy is clear, no company names. (To be clear, WP:U 1.2) ThuranX (talk) 22:42, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Please re-read this policy. "Use of a company or group name as a username is not explicitly prohibited, but it is not recommended, and depending on the circumstances may be seen as a problem." Tan | 39 22:44, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Agreed. Knowing how many company names there are, if we did explicitly prohibit them all, I seriously doubt many names would be left. John Carter (talk) 22:47, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
I have declined to block this user as a UAA violation. If there are other problems with this user it should be dealt with accordingly, but the username was not in violation of policy. Shereth 22:52, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
The user appears to be doing the same thing it was doing as an IP address, and is continuing to make seriously non-NPOV edits. I just reverted the user at Dina Titus. JoshuaZ (talk) 01:15, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Gah. Re-blocked. The user is evidently making no attempt to make good on the conditions under which he/she was unblocked. Sarcasticidealist (talk) 01:25, 9 July 2008 (UTC)



An obvious troll. [1] I wasn't sure where to start. This seemed like a good place. :) Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 22:43, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

  • I won't call him a troll, but he's clearly wrong. So long as Tulowitzki, or any player, is still under contract then he's not retired. We can do better than this; he's still on 40-man roster, so he's still on the team. Mackensen (talk) 22:50, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • This is an absolutely asinine complaint. I'm not a troll, I was just misinformed and accidentally posted false information on the Troy Tulowitzki page. He isn't retired, I get it, no need to report me. Find something better to do, since you enjoy "killing vandals" (that warrents a complaint in itself) so much. I'm not a vandal, I just try to keep Wikipedia informed. Sorry for trying to make this website a better place. Pesposito7 (talk) —Preceding comment was added at 23:12, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Marking this resolved; I think we're done here. No need for it to get so heated this quickly. Pesposito7 is, by all appearances, a new user who made a mistake. Mackensen (talk) 23:16, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Block Request[edit]

I'm requesting that users Chanandler and Malak1000 be blocked because of a marketing war which they have been persistently conducting on La Fee Absinthe. Wahrmund (talk) 00:35, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

They must be given notice first, which I've done. Bearian (talk) 01:02, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

They're not listening to me[edit]

Resolved: No admin action necessary --Jaysweet (talk) 15:15, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

I have been trying to make a page for very notable Odie the Talking Pug and these upstarts and teenagers won't even let me start and have been calling me abusive names. I just want to help. Can you ask them to leave me alone and stick to their own business? Pug power (talk) 16:22, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Let me give you a piece of advice. Insulting others by calling them "upstarts and teenagers" is not the best way to secure help from admins. I've looked at your contributions. You have tried to create a page on a novelty dog called Odie, but apart from one spot on an entertainment show you have failed to show evidence that this dog is "very notable". Unless you can do that we cannot have a page on him. Theresa Knott | The otter sank 16:29, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Please can you show where you have been called an abusive name. Thanks, Marasmusine (talk) 16:50, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
You could write your prospective article contents on your user talk page and let others judge its notability. The only "Odie" I know of is in the Garfield comic strip, but he doesn't talk, he just drools. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 16:53, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Does WP:CSD#A7 apply to dogs anyway? Not that notability was established in any case. --Rodhullandemu 16:55, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Dogs are people too :> Marasmusine (talk) 16:56, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
"This article may meet the criteria for speedy deletion because it is about a real person/animal/plant/fungi/protozoan/alien/rock and it does not indicate why the subject is notable, important or special. (CSD #A7b)" . :D J.delanoygabsadds 17:00, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
I would think that appearing on Leno or Letterman would automatically qualify. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 17:30, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Qualify to survive speedy deletion, yes. Qualify to survive AFD, no (at least, not by itself). SWATJester Son of the Defender 18:47, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

It's more the fact that the article was deleted before I could 1 put enough information in it to prove notability. Search for Odie the Talking pug on the internet and you will find lots of hits. You should at least let it have the chance to go though some kind of deletion review rather than deleteing it because its a talking dog. In fact, the article had gone before I could even write hangon, and then I got told off for vandalism when I wrote holdon. I understand you might not all like pugs - they are my life. And after learning of the upsetting news of Odie's death I thought this would be a fitting memorial. Pug power (talk) 17:00, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Sorry for calling you upstarts and teenagers but there definately was a teenager - i have had years of experience with pugs and know my stuff! I was a bit worked up perhaps with the original text. Please dont call me a vandal though - I'm not here to make trouble, just to spread the word about pugs. Pug power (talk) 17:00, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

If the dog can actually talk, that might be notable. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 17:05, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
I know this is a mixed metaphor, but when I hear the term "pugs" I can't help but think of one of Harvey Korman's lines from Blazing Saddles. :) Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 17:05, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
(e/c)Simply having a lot of hits is not enough, the subject must have coverage in reliable third party sources. You should read the page I linked to. If you can find some sources, include them in your references. J.delanoygabsadds 17:08, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Pug Power, I don't have any comments about the notability of Odie either way, but you might want to see WP:MEMORIAL for some information that is relevant to what you are trying to do. --Jaysweet (talk) 17:17, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Aha, so it's the late Odie the Talking Pug. Someone needs to find out what its last words were. Probably something poignant from Shake-speare. Or perhaps from Snoopy. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 17:28, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

I don't have to sit here and take that sort of comment, "Bugs". That's an unkind joke to make at any time, least of all to someone who has just discovered the death of a pug they have always admired and were fond of. I know I'm new to this site, but I would have expected better.

I will try and find some sources for my article about Odie the talking pug, and hopefully it will become an article worthy for far more than many of the articles on here. Pug power (talk) 19:25, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

You had failed to mention that it was your own dog that had died. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 19:30, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

It wasn't my own dog, but I was upset to hear of the news. There's stuff about it on Otie's website Pug power (talk) 20:52, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

So, is it Odie or Otie? And I must ask again, did it have any last words? Why do you assume that question is "unkind"? It's a talking dog, it should have something to say, right? Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 20:58, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Doing a little research on Odie, the dog was featured on Montel Williams talk show for saying "I love you". Outside of that though, I really can't find any other sources. Is a 1-time appearance on a national talk show enough notability for an article? Wildthing61476 (talk) 21:17, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm inclined to agree with Pug power, Baseball Bugs' joke was in poor taste and off-topic anyway. But regardless, as others have mentioned here, Pug power, you need to provide diffs of the "abusive names" if you want administrators to act accordingly. As for the article being deleted before you could finish it, consider creating a subpage where you can work on the article in peace, then I suggest asking an experienced editor if they think it would survive as a true article (they may say the article needs more reliable sources). If they say it has a good chance, then you could copy/paste the article to Odie the Talking Pug. If you want to get back the article text that was deleted, you can follow the steps outlined here. Hope that helps. -kotra (talk) 21:21, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
It is not "off-topic". It speaks to the notability (or lack thereof) of this dog. There have been countless animals on talk shows. Does that make them notable? Probably not by itself. And the "memorial" aspect of this, which appears to be the main point in posting the article, makes it questionable. But if the animal can be demonstrated to be "notable", the article could exist, even without the "memorial" aspect. A good guideline would be other notable animals, such as Lassie or Rin Tin Tin. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 21:31, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
I was referring to the "last words" joke. Sorry if that wasn't clear. If it was clear, and you're serious that the joke "speaks to the notability (or lack thereof) of this dog", then I don't understand how. Most notable people don't have their last words recorded. -kotra (talk) 22:13, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
It's claimed to be a talking dog. That's the reason it was on Montel or whatever. It has no other claim to notability that I can see. And if it talked, it would be interesting to know what it had to say, if anything, near the end. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 03:13, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
What does it have to do with the dispute in question? Discussing and acting on incidents is what this noticeboard is for, not random curiosity about a tangentially-related topic. -kotra (talk) 04:01, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
The core issue is that the editor wants to create an article about a supposedly talking dog. The core question is whether that animal is notable or not. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 04:04, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
If so, then how would the dog's last words assert any notability on the part of the dog? Anyway, I acknowledge this line of discussion is leading nowhere, so this is my last comment. -kotra (talk) 04:44, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Is it in good taste for someone to make sure everyone knows when he or she finds something offensive or in bad taste? If someone takes offense at a deserted forest, should anyone give a shit? By morning, I told the joke about the four nuns in Northern Ireland, by afternoon I told the joke about the two rabbis in Dachau, and by night I told the one about the three Jains in the Thunderdome - what am I? And just what is the sound of one hand taking offense? Bugs' question neded to be asked... --Badger Drink (talk) 04:24, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
To answer your first and second questions, I don't see why not. To answer your third and fourth questions, I won't be answering your third and fourth questions. -kotra (talk) 04:44, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Badger Drink, it sounds like you have a cob on your shoulder. I didn't come here to be told a load of sick jokes. I hope that when your pets die you are surrounded by the mockers as you stand weeping with the forlorn and still bundle of fur in your hands.

As a response to Bugs's question, which to be fair did sound unkind and facetious to someone trying to create an article 1. about a dog that has recently passed away and 2. about a dog they have admitted fondness to. Isnt there a guide on wikiedia to not wp:bite people? But as the only words that Odie ever said were "I LOVE YOU", I imagine his dying words would have been the same. And what better words for a dying pug to utter to his beloved owner?

I dont want to let my love of pugs cloud the issue - Odie will be remembered by thousands of people whether or not he is on the Wikipedia. Personally I think he is notable but I guess you all will be the judge when I re-make his page. I will put it on my usrpage so it can't be deleated before I even get a chance to hangon. That's all I ask - that and a bit of civility on this page Pug power (talk) 13:55, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Bugs has, eh, a caustic nature about him at times, but he really is a good guy and wants the best for the encyclopedia. I am sorry for the lack of sensitivity that you have encountered here. ANI can be a pretty dramatic place, and when somebody comes in yelling about "teenagers and upstarts" calling them "abusive names" (without providing any diffs, mind you -- and please check this link if you don't know what a diff is or how to create one) just because a pop culture article they created was deleted, we tend to get a little dismissive.
In addition, for many of us humor is our way of dealing with the crushingly fleeting nature of life on Earth. I am sure Bugs and Badger didn't mean anything malicious by their comments.
If you would like to create a memorial page for Odie, I suggest MySpace [[2]] as the appropriate place. For now, I am marking this thread as Resolved because I do not think any further action is necessary. And I once again apologize that your experience at Wikipedia has so far been a negative one. I hope you continue to participate on the project. Thanks, and happy wiki-ing! --Jaysweet (talk) 15:15, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Bugs' comments are completely inappropriate and disrespectful. As for the subject: please create an article on this subject, along with a reference(s). If you do so it should not be deleted without first going through our Articles for Deletion process, and if it is you can complain about it here. Everyking (talk) 16:35, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

These are fair points Jay. I was definately worked up when I posted the first bit because it seemed that a load of teenagers were removing my article not only before I could finish it, but before I could even put hangon. I also don't appreciate being called a vandal. And I would have expected to be treated nicer on this board from the people who are in charge. However I accept your point, and can cartainly see your point about Bugs - he does seem a particularly flippant character, but maybe I was over-reacting. However, Badger's comment was full of foul language and sick jokes. It might be appopriate in certain circles, but not to someone who has come seeking help. I agree with you, however - there is no point going over this again. I hope you will at least give my article the benefit of the doubt when I have finished creating it. Yours, Pug power (talk) 16:50, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Your article will be judged by the quality and sourcing. Badger felt that we shouldn't have to tippy toe around the aledged "offence" felt by someone who's username is the exact same name as that used by the dogs owner on myspace, who's admitted writing a "fitting memorial" for a bloody dog, who wrote started this thread by being rude to people who were clearing this encylopedia of cruft.Baseball Bugs is not required to be respectful of a novelty dog! This is a serious encylopedia after all. Enough of this sillyness. Theresa Knott | The otter sank 19:34, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

If this was a "serious" encyclopedia, we wouldn't have articles on Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, any of the nearly 500 Pokemon, Lolcat, or GEICO Cavemen. Wikipedia doesn't restrict itself to "serious" subjects. We also have a whole slew of articles on "bloody dogs". That said, I agree that the article will be judged by the quality and sourcing. Anyway, the issue is resolved for now. -kotra (talk) 20:36, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
"Bloody dogs?" Wow. And they called me caustic. :) Hey, that reminds me, it's time for supper. I think I'll have one of my favorites - frankfurters with ketchup. :) Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 00:01, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
In case you were referring to my usage of "bloody dogs", I was just quoting Theresa Knott. Also, in the UK "bloody" doesn't always have anything to do with literal blood. You probably knew that, but I thought it worth explaining just in case. I ruin humor. -kotra (talk) 00:17, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
It never hurts to explain a joke to the Great Unwashed. :) I was just surprised the guy didn't get upset over that expression. It used to be considered rather profane, didn't it? Although frequent public usage has probably rendered it mostly harmless, kind of like "sucks" in American English. Hey, I found a source for the dog's last words. The doctor asked. "How are you feeling?" and the dog said, "Ruff!" Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 00:55, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Just to clarify my serious encylopedia comment. I have no problem with wikipedia having articles on non serious subjects (providing they are high quality and properly sourced) but sentimental "memorials" and feigned indignation at someone making a joke, and then accusing someone of "foul language and sick jokes" because they don't happen to share affection for a dog that none of us owns is silly. Theresa Knott | The otter sank 05:39, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Feigned? How do you know that? Perhaps they were actually offended by the sarcastic remarks. Some people are emotionally attached to celebrities (be they human or dog, major celebrities or minor), and any sort of making light of the celebrity's death could be offensive to them. You and I may think it's silly, but it's not helpful or respectful to casually dismiss it as such. Let's move on, the incident is closed anyway. -kotra (talk) 06:31, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Page move vandal[edit]

Yes check.svg Resolved.

User:Alway Arptonshay has been moving dozens of pages in rapid succession, none of which appear legitimate. This seems to be part of the generic page move issue and has already been reported to WP:AIV. Alansohn (talk) 03:28, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for noticing the vandalism. If you come across similar cases in the future, you don't have to report them at WP:AN/I; your report at WP:AIV was sufficient and garnered a faster response. ˉˉanetode╦╩ 04:17, 9 July 2008 (UTC)


Due to recent discussion at WP:AN/I diff the editor was advised that they had been banned from editing. I have a couple of issues with the conclusion;

  1. the discussion had comments from editors opposing the action, including an editor who has had extensive contact with the editor, including content disputes.
  2. the discussion focused on wikilawyering over how a series information should be labeled PD rather than PD.
  3. the most significant issue that the discussion only took place over 2 days, noting that XfD's have 5 days and RfA/RfB run for 7 days

I have some concerns over this though agree that a block was an appropriate action in the short term. What I see is the issue of calling it a ban, especially as one of the issue raised was the lack of response to the RfCU despite being told not to respond[3] go do something else for a while yet in doing just that other editors only inflamed the situation by following her around and revert edits. I'm inclined to unblock now when looking at the way these event have transpired, though I do recognise that there are some legitimate concerns so suggest consideration resetting the block to a specific period. Gnangarra 14:21, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

I come at this from a Commons perspective where I have interacted with the user for some time now. They are a little unusual. Force/bullying/threats really do not work. Interaction has been successful there despite the odd call for a block. A challenge - yes, indef block or whatever - not in my mind. --Herby talk thyme 14:38, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • You are right - the consensus was for an indefblock, not a ban, and I hope that has now been clarified. Please see my rather long comment on her talk page. I've tried to give her a full explanation of what happened and why - ongoing copyright violations are not a trivial concern, and action had to be taken. However, despite being willing to unblock her myself, I would strongly object to resetting the block until we've had some assurances from her regarding editing and behaviour (preferably including accepting mentoring). EyeSerenetalk 14:57, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • I am not comfortable with an unblock or a reset until a consensus can be achieved here regarding the matter. We can't keep the charades going for much longer; blatant and ongoing copyright violations are a serious matter, and she has so far refused to modify her behaviour. I would feel comfortable with a reset on a block if she accepts mentoring. seicer | talk | contribs 16:25, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • Please stop accusing me of stalking Carol Spears based on her say so and no diffs ("that other editors only inflamed the situation by following her around and revert edits"). I reverted 5-6 of her edits on new plant articles she created based upon the discussion on the RFC talk page. I told her this. Her edit history shows clearly that these were the only articles of hers I reverted. I did not follow her around to do this, and, in fact, only looked at her edit history after being accused of doing so. I found the articles from the new plant articles, which I monitor and sometimes banner talk pages.
  • If the basis for the desire to revert the community ban is solely that she was stalked, provide some evidence. Carol provided none, because there was none.
  • Please remember the plagiarisms are a minor issue in comparison to the fact that most of the information she has inserted into articles appears to be factually wrong, except for the taxoboxes. All of this information should be corrected before she is allowed to edit again. She not only refuses to help, but she added these new articles, including one which was a major misinterpretation of the article she referenced. I don't think Wikipedia readers deserve to be given wrong information. This is particularly problematic in the case of plant articles because Wikipedia is a main source on internet source engine returns for plant species articles. All of her wrong information must be removed before she's allowed to add new wrong information. This request is what led up to the ban. --Blechnic (talk) 18:32, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
    "Block", old bean, block... ;~) LessHeard vanU (talk) 19:26, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • Wait a minute, Gnangarra. I'm rather stunned by this and I'm having trouble reconciling this statement with the fact that you previously blocked Carol for one week for this comment. I certainly wish you would look at some of her more recent comments with a similarly critical eye. You say you feel "inclined to unblock now" because you don't agree with "calling it a ban". This makes no sense to me and even less when I see you saying that you agree a block was warranted. You made this statement some two hours after I had already corrected the incorrect non-admin closure and had removed her name from the ban list. If you think it's been closed too early and should stay open for another couple of days, then by all means remove the tags and reopen it but to use a mistake by a non-admin as a basis to lobby for overturning a clear consensus discussion seems like the very definition of wiki-lawyering to me. If such a thing warranted overturning a block in the face of strong consensus, then we're screwed. You compare the discussion length to XfDs. Consider also that an incorrectly closed XfD simply gets corrected and a closing mistake by a non-admin closer does not corrupt the entire process. You say that there was wiki-lawyering in the block discussion but it feels to me like your argument is wiki-lawyering because the issue of the incorrect closure was already fixed. I do believe that there was a consensus for an indefinite block with *only one* person opposing the block. I opposed the initial proposal two weeks ago because I felt that she just needed mentoring and education but she has been resistant to both and I feel this is our last option. The people who have spent the last two weeks cleaning up her copyvios and incorrect information she added to articles should be commended and supported, not blamed. I do not support unblocking now and I would not support a fixed term or unblocking until there was some undertakings from this user, including the acceptance of a mentor. The discussion regarding this user and the extent of her damage to the mainspace took place through at least three separate ANI sections, an RfC and over a period of 16 days; it wasn't simply a two day discussion. Carol needs to be blocked until we have undertakings from her about her future editing and an agreement to accept the mentor, whether that means that she remains blocked for one hour or one year is entirely in her hands but I will not support an unblock without such undertakings. Please consider, instead of doing this, helping carol by helping her see how a mentor like LessHeard could help her and the importance of our copyright, verifiability and other content and behavioural policies. Sarah 20:27, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
I agree with this summary. We're dealing with chronic disruption that is going to take weeks to fix, and if the user had had a better attitude about helping to rectify it, we wouldn't be here. If we saw a major change in attitude and a willingness to help fix past matters, then I'd be minded to support an unblock, but I think it will need some fairly solid (and enforceable) undertakings. Orderinchaos 01:27, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

Related issue -- ban template on her talk page[edit]

I disagree with a ban template being put on her user page, though, and would like this to be discussed, since so many uninvolved editors feel strongly about templating her page. Is this necessary under the circumstances of this particular ban? --Blechnic (talk) 18:32, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

I reverted it back in by error by misreading the talkpage, I have no strong feels about the use of the template otherwise. --Allemandtando (talk) 18:42, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
Oh, okay. --Blechnic (talk) 18:44, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
I have now protected the Userpage; the editor has now retired, is indefinitely blocked, and is therefore no longer contributing in any way to the encyclopedia. There is therefore no need to cause any further distress to the departing individual. LessHeard vanU (talk) 19:40, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
Just to note, she has said she is considering coming back as a sock [4], but hopefully won't. Shoemaker's Holiday (talk) 20:17, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

Just taking the piss[edit]

see here, lock it down, let her email someone if she has a valid reason for unblock. --Allemandtando (talk) 00:55, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

Why? Ignore it, if it irritates you. Perhaps a decreasing audience may encourage her to address the communities concerns. LessHeard vanU (talk) 14:05, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
It shows the utter contempt she has for the community. She posts nonsensical ramblings in response to the clear, well thought out explanation to her block. I can't believe anyone still thinks she will ever work within the community standards. LegoTech·(t)·(c) 14:36, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
Closing down the page is not necessary to protect the encyclopedia. If you dislike what you see when you go there, then I suggest you take the advice of a doctor who replied, when told "It really hurts when I do this!", "Then stop doing it." LessHeard vanU (talk) 15:39, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
Why do you think it's helpful to give this troll a forum? At this point that is all that she is. People keep going to that page to keep an eye on the situation. There are, evidently, people that think that her feelings are much more important than policy and will unblock her as long as she promises not to do it again, but they won't bother to actually follow her and check her work because that would be insulting to the poor abused editor. This is a symptom of a bigger issue on WP. People who operate in contravention of community standards and WP policies are allowed to do whatever they want as long as they are "doing important work". So go ahead and unblock her, but be sure to warn the foundations legal team because you can be certain that she will continue to pass off other people's work as her own because she simply refuses to accept that it's wrong. We'll have lots of pretty plant articles with stolen passages and incorrect information, but Carol's feelings will not be hurt so everything is good. LegoTech·(t)·(c) 15:50, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
When someone is blocked, they're only supposed to use their talk pages for requests for unblock, or non-controversial stuff. If not, then typically the talk page will be protected, to shut up the whiner. But if the talk page in this case is to remain unprotected, anyone going there should forget about being upset, and simply consider the entertainment value of it. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 17:49, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

I do see the entertainment value, I mean I haven't heard such disjointed rambling in quite some time. However, as I said, there are some of us here to keep others honest and keep her from being unblocked while she continues to rant and refuses to (or simply is incapable) of seeing what she is doing is wrong. Why does she have so many defenders is my question. She's rude, sarcastic, and obstinate, not the qualities we'd like in a member of a collaborative community. I don't understand how anyone can read the myriad threads about her and still think we can redeem her? LegoTech·(t)·(c) 18:29, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

That user has less chance of being redeemed than Frequent Flier miles from Braniff Airlines. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 19:43, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
Any redemption should be mindful of the editors trying to correct her existing garbage. One of her major articles is being edited right now, and, yes, it's full of incorrect information--the article where she said the mountains of Central and East Africa are just like the European Alps because the mountains of northwestern Africa (a different and far more ancient by hundreds and hundreds of millions of years tectonic regime) are like the Alps. These are good editors who could be contributing to Wikipedia in other ways, but are instead deleting pages and pages of misinformation posted by CarolSpears.
In addition, if she can't communicate to others in English designed to convey information, which she apparently cannot, how can she communicate with a mentor? She ought first be required to learn to communicate in a usable English on her talk page before being assigned a mentor.
I do suggest folks stop reading and replying to her until she does that. The problem with getting up in arms against her current level of communication is the assumption that she is trying to communicate. I think she continues in this way because she gets feedback from it. Really, it's not as clever as the space it has consumed, and it wasn't, even the first time. When people willfully choose not to communicate, instead of fighting to understand them, is it too much to ask that they make an attempt? If you really think she can write encyclopediac worthy articles, then how can you think so if you think she can't communicate in colloquial English with her peers writing the same Encyclopedia?
A mentor of her own choosing will, imo, have to be monitored, creating more work for editors already overburdened by her "contribution." How much should Wikipedia continue to be burdened to accommodate one editor whose clean up is going to take months? Let's ask her to learn to use her talk page to communicate with people first. Then, if she can learn that, she might be able to learn to write articles. Her word games are not clever or interesting or part of writing an Encyclopedia. They're just nonsense. What part of writing an encyclopedia includes nonsense? Besides correcting CarolSpears' existing nonsense, that is. --Blechnic (talk) 21:21, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
(ec)Good points, and ones on which I will give an opinion - for what it is worth; she has communication difficulties, and I think that may be the case no matter what degree of faith she is currently editing under. Our/My inability to engage with her is no basis on which to close down the page. She has also obviously got access to some very good sources; ones which would be very useful if ever we could persuade her to channel them positively. Penultimately, she has brains - they are not being put to the best use at the moment, but perhaps a little more time will permit her to see that the only way she can indulge herself within the community is to follow the standard practices. Lastly, we iz zee goot guyz unt gurlz; We prefer to give everyone one final chance to contribute usefully. Your patience may be exhausted, and I respect your right to voice your feelings so, but mine is not quite. I think this weekend will be sufficient to see if there is indeed no further point. LessHeard vanU (talk) 21:32, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
I for one would like to see linked evidence of her good sources and intelligence when it comes to writing articles. One of the articles she objected strongly about reverting (earlier than this current incident) she claimed that she mixed up two species on two different continents because she figured insects couldn't tell the difference. Unfortunately, the sources she used for the two species articles were far from the major sources for the species, all of which she ignored. Ignoring them removed the highlights of why her mixing up the two species was so bad, these were two species of plants that have been extensively studied in different locations and are well known throughout the literature for the studies being done on them. One, a British plant that has unique geographical records of its being introduced that go back hundreds of years, and the other a plant that has been famously discussed for its insect pests.
I have not found this show of good sources in her articles. A good source wrongly applied is worse than a second rate source. If you read a source about the mountains of northwest Africa being like the Alps of Europe and decide that is good enough for saying the mountains of Central Africa are just like the European Alps, you are not using good sources, but wrong sources, and you are not using intelligence, imo. --Blechnic (talk) 21:50, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

I think her current behavior on Commons, where she has not been banned, is going to be a good indicator of her potential for future success on en.Wikipedia.[5] "I am left to interpret your silence when I asked you if you considered yourself to be intelligent enough to know that sometimes, areas have names which also means areas." --Blechnic (talk) 05:25, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

  • I have now protected CarolSpears talkpage for 48 hours, as the level of discourse there (which does not involve the participation of CS) was becoming unseemly. The editor is indef blocked (with no current likelihood of the block being lifted) and cannot edit WP, and we have no jurisdiction here over what happens on other Wiki's. LessHeard vanU (talk) 12:05, 6 July 2008 (UTC)


I'm not sure why we're even debating this now. She's just created Spears, Carol (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) to get around her block, and after a CU, it was found she created TheConsensus (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) to support her feature picture candidate a month or so back. There's a lot of disruptive behaviour here and the evidence just gets more damning. Ryan Postlethwaite 01:52, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Awesome. The gift that keeps on giving. That should add at least 2 more weeks to the user's indefinite block. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 03:21, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
For the record she's recently used an IP [6] to write to my talk page.
Also, for the record, TheConsensus (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) was created for sockpuppeting at Custard Apple, and particularly its talk page, and was only later used at FPC.
However, in the first case she didn't hide her identity, and used it for the purposes of communicating with an involved administrator, while her talk page was blocked for reasons unrelated to her behaviour. IMHO, that is hardly an egregious offense. (But it would have been nice if she had been capable of being patient enough to wait for a 48 hour block to expire - she could also have used that - or another involved - administrator's page on commons.) Also, compared to what has happened since, a little past sock-puppetting pales. If Carol takes stock, and resolves to reform and behave in a collegial manner, IMHO this would not be grounds to refuse to let her back. Lavateraguy (talk) 09:10, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Perhaps, once the protection expires, someone might mention on her talkpage that if she socks so that she might "communicate" then she has no need for a talkpage - and it may as well be protected indefinitely. She may be further reminded that any block evading alternate account may be also indef blocked/protected. I had no compulsion in protecting her from unseemly comments, and I have no compulsion in protecting others from hers. I would make such a comment myself, and take the necessary actions, but I am too involved - and would not wish to appear to be appeasing any side. LessHeard vanU (talk) 21:13, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
I fibbed; I have gone ahead and commented per above. LessHeard vanU (talk) 21:28, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
She seemed to be confused as to why she wasn't completely blocked (i.e., the IP address and new account creation still worked), so a user could legitimately be confused into thinking they're allowed those avenues of communication. I tried to explain further on her talkpage. --tiny plastic Grey Knight 12:25, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
I don't think she's confused. She's been around for a while and has been blocked and had her page protected while blocked before. As well, her comments on Commons to Herby about using sockpuppets suggest she knew precisely what she was doing. Her IP address is now blocked, too. Sarah 14:18, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

User:Kossack4Truth disruption on the Barack Obama talk page[edit]

User:Kossack4Truth is someone I've generally agreed with on the Talk:Barack Obama page, but this behavior is now more of a hindrance to all of us.

A little while ago, LotLE added a comment on the talk page that attacked me. [7]

I ignored it, and other editors asked him to remove it. [8] and [9]

Wisely, he did. [10]

Today, Kossack4Truth took LotLE's removed comment and added it back to the page, then posted K4T's own message condemning it. [[11]]. Touching LotLE's comments on the talk page violates WP:CIVIL as pointed out here and this kind of behavior is so over the top that the relevant WP:TALK section doesn't even contemplate it.

LotLE then removed his own comment again. [12]

One might get the impression that K4T is simultaneously trying to provoke two editors into a fight. When you think about it, it's actually pretty creative. Also destructive, disruptive and pretty damn far from encyclopedia building. I thought about leaving a note on his talk page, but I'm not going to bother. I'll notify him, and LotLE, that I've left a note here. Admins, please do something about this. If we had administrators continuing to watch the shenanigans going on at the Barack Obama and related articles, this would already have been dealt with. Noroton (talk) 04:27, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

Uninvolved editor comments[edit]

I'm inclined to block for at least 48+ hours for this kind of provocation, especially as the editor already has two blocks (both for edit warring -24 hrs, and 48 hrs) and the ongoing problems surrounding the Obama article. But I would prefer to get a sense of the community for how long it should be. What say you? R. Baley (talk) 04:44, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

  • This is not the first time he has appeared on ANI and elsewhere, and given this is more of a longer-term abuse issue, I would recommend at a minimum, a 55-hour block that would increase with each offence. seicer | talk | contribs 04:51, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
    • I was thinking it should be higher myself, but given the lack of admins/editors who want to deal with this stuff so far, I'm not sure what the level of community support is. R. Baley (talk) 04:55, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
      • I'm uninvolved with the situation -- outside of reading the comments here at ANI and at the talk pages, and wouldn't mind watching the pages when I am back at home. seicer | talk | contribs 05:00, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • Wow, I've seen (and been a part of) a heated discussion in my short time here, but this really surpasses anything I've seen. I agree with the initial post that it appears he was trying to provoke two editors into a fight. This is extremely disruptive, and counterproductive to the mission of the project, which is creating good content. As I'm just dipping my toe into thinking about these kind of issues, I'm not sure how much weight my opinion carries, but I would think a much longer block (on the order of 1 week or so) would be in order. This prevents both further disruption, and would (hopefully) allow the conversation at the page in question to proceed more productively. In the alternative, perhaps a total topic ban might be in order, which would at least accomplish the latter of the two objectives. S. Dean Jameson 05:03, 5 July 200
  • Mastcell already blocked for 72 hours. Beat me to it. I'd suggest the next incident results in an immediate page ban of at least one month. Any support for this?. Barak Obama now on my watch list. Spartaz Humbug! 08:38, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
    Per my above comment, I'd definitely support a long page ban for this editor. S. Dean Jameson 14:22, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • Support 6 month topic ban for Kossack4Truth per MastCell and FCYTravis below. R. Baley (talk) 13:58, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

Involved editor comments[edit]

    • Noroton and I don't agree on some Obama content issues, but I completely agree with his bringing this here, and with his request for an increase in admin involvement in dealing with disruption on the Talk page which has also included possible vote-stacking. Tvoz/talk 05:43, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • If it's worth anything, I would advocate for a longer term topic ban—e.g. for three months —instead of any outright block. This duration seemed to be rough consensus of admins on an earlier AN/I report (see Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents/Barack Obama pages). K4T has predominantly edited Obama related article, and mostly been disruptive doing so. However, his/her contributions to other areas seem to be productive and reasonable. Ideally, s/he could continue to do useful things elsewhere on WP. LotLE×talk 07:00, 5 July 2008 (UTC)


Since I've looked in on behavioral issues on this page in the past, I've blocked Kossack4Truth for 72 hours, essentially for the reasons outlined by Noroton in the initial post in this thread. In doing so, I note a long history of focused advocacy-driven and disruptive editing by Kossack4Truth on pages relating to Barack Obama. I had previously proposed a topic ban for this editor, and he apparently took a voluntary, though relatively brief, break from Obama-related pages. I would support a formal 3- to 6-month topic ban as well-earned at this point, but will leave that for further discussion and for another admin to implement if there's consensus for it. MastCell Talk 07:38, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

Concur with topic ban proposal. The user has shown that he/she is fundamentally incapable of editing articles relating to Barack Obama in a collegial manner. FCYTravis (talk) 08:14, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
This witch hunt is unbelievable. With the exception of this one incident, there is exactly zero indication that since returning from his 22-day "relatively brief" Wikibreak, K4T has done anything except demonstrate exemplary collegial conduct. Here is what actually happened, without the spin-doctoring:
1. K4T takes a Wikibreak from Obama related articles.
2. LotLE posts an endless series of snide remarks, personal attacks and false accusations against Noroton and WB74.
3. Noroton approaches LotLE and requests removal of the false accusation against Noroton. LotLE complies, but he leaves his personal attacks and false accusations against WB74 intact.
4. Since he is on Wikibreak, K4T is unaware of Event #3.
5. Upon his return, K4T notices LotLE's attacks against WB74 and starts going through LotLE's diffs on the page, copying all of his snide remarks, personal attacks and false accusations, including the one against Noroton that had been refactored.
6. K4T posts all of these excerpts as part of a warning to LotLE to stop making such offensive remarks or he will be reported.
7. And MastCell blocks ... K4T ?!?!?
That was the last straw. WorkerBee74 (talk) 12:44, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
WorkerBee74, you're absolutely right that other editors on that page have been responsible for some bad behavior. But K4T's response was essentially to bring a gun to a knife fight. Since some admins have shown a willingness to watch the page and get some perspective, the thing to do is present problems to them and bring along some diffs for evidence. The thing not to do is respond in kind and worse. The Talk:Barack Obama page doesn't function well as a behavior-changing noticeboard, and its function as an article-changing forum is hurt when we use it that way. I blame myself for responding to some bad behavior by occasionally scolding the parties on that talk page in the heat of argument, and I hope that bad example didn't influence K4T. I've apologized for doing that. Wikipedia has a system for dealing with bad behavior. Either deal with the frustrations of Wikipedia's barely navigable, clunky, stalling, backfiring, inefficient, inadequate, bruising, exhausting, often rude and sometimes perverse dispute resolution system or put up with some of the abuse or walk away. Lowering the tone of the page even further is a worse option. Noroton (talk) 15:06, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
(ec):::During K4T's self-declared break from the Obama article he filed a bogus AN/I report to try to get one editor blocked / banned on a false accusation of lying and edit warring on the Obama page,[13], left an uncivil notice about the foregoing on the editor's page[14] and another involved editor's page,[15], defended an apparent sockpuppet against evidence of sockpuppetry on the pages by repeating an odd hypothetical having to do with racism and rape,[16][17] repeated his taunt that people he opposed on the Obama pages were "Obama fanboys" and accused one of "false allegations" while accusing administrators dealing with the matter of "censorship",[18] accused them of POV pushing, "revenge", and again of lying,[19] asked another editor to represent his interests on the page,[20] agitated on an administrator's talk page over the issue[21] accused then of "whining", holding discussions hostage, bad faith, and lying yet again,[22], and again[23] and again,[24] jumped into an edit war on a related article to support edits for which WorkerBee74 had just been blocked,[25] filed an inaccurate[26] and apparently retaliatory[27] 3RR report against one of the editors WorkerBee74 had been edit warring against leading to that block, got into some kind of edit war in another politics-related article and was referred to AN/I for that,[28] made uncivil accusations and began meatpuppeting yet another tendentious editor,[29] As soon as he did return to the Obama article he immediately began baiting and accusing other editors on the talk page,[30] initiated another edit war (see WorkerBee74 AN/I rerpot above) by breaking the agreement to avoid making changes to a particular section until consensus was reached,[31] then made the edits for which he was just blocked. The "break" from the Obama talk page was in name and form only - he continued the pattern of aggressiveness on the matter of Obama, just on different pages. The time on other articles does not seem to have changed his outlook or behavior on the matter. When he (and WorkerBee74) returned the tone of the page rapidly deteriorated, and the consensus that was building seemed at least for the moment was jeopardized.Wikidemo (talk) 15:19, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
"Since he is on Wikibreak, K4T is unaware of Event #3"
K4T was not on a Wikibreak. He has clearly been monitoring the discussion and contributing by proxy (just 8 days into the "break") so it is not unreasonable to assume he was aware of the comments. Also, these comments were not aimed at K4T in the first place, so I'm not sure why he felt it was necessary to re-light a fire which had already been put out. -- Scjessey (talk) 15:18, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
Since the comments occurred on LotLE's User Talk page rather than Talk:Barack Obama, it is most definitely unreasonable to assume he was aware of the comments. But I see that all of the Obama campaign volunteers have arrived to ensure that any admin reviewing the block is deceived into believing it has "broad community support." WorkerBee74 (talk) 18:07, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
Wow, that would seem to be a pretty blatant personal attack. Not everyone who disagrees with you (and Kossack) is an "Obama campaign volunteer." We're just editors who happen to find Kossack's action in this case (and previous ones) completely unacceptable. Before noticing this thread, I was completely uninvolved, just for the record. S. Dean Jameson 18:11, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
It disgusts me that LotLE was the one posting personal attacks and false accusations, but K4T was the one who was blocked 72 hours for warning LotLE to stop. No good deed goes unpunished. And LotLE is still here unblocked, urging admins to take even more draconian action against K4T for warning LotLE to stop making personal attacks. WorkerBee74 (talk) 18:23, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
He seemed to be intentionally reopening bitter wounds by readding a retracted statement. This combined with his history at Barack Obama makes the block completely justified, in my view. S. Dean Jameson 19:47, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
If you'd bothered to read his explanation on his Talk page, you'd have seen that he was unaware it had been retracted, or that he was reopening anything. But I see that he's deleted all that and hung out a "Retired" sign, so you got what you wanted: K4T is gone, and the Barack Obama Whitewash Brigade remains. WorkerBee74 (talk) 20:15, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
We really need to do something about WorkerBee74 as well. This one has been socking under IP accounts, name calling, incessantly accusing people of lying, edit warring, antagonizing, calling perceived opponents "Obama campaign volunteers", dragging neutral third parties into the accusations for trying to keep the peace, and the like for more than a month and is a large part of the incivility - a few days ago blanking the article inadvertently in an attempt to edit war from a cell phone. The two of them have been enabling and joining in each other's disruption for some time and show no sign of letting up. Repeated warnings and blocks have done no good, obviously. All that is very clear if you look at the edit histories and this page's archives. Wikidemo (talk) 21:47, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
  • I think it's plausible that K4T made a mistake in not seeing that LotLE removed that comment. It's also a point in K4T's favor that other comments by LotLE remain on the page, even now (something I hadn't realized until now -- the comments K4T were quoting came from 2-3 different spots on the page). It's also true that K4T's decision to post that on the talk page was harmful. I think this is worth considering. I think the subsection "LotLE's recent behavior" that I'm posting below also puts it in some context. I don't claim to know what would be appropriate for a block length or a topic ban. Noroton (talk) 22:48, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm with Wikidemo. What about WorkerBee74? ThuranX (talk) 07:10, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

LotLE's recent behavior[edit]

I took a look at Kossack4Truth's (K4T's) recent comments on his talk page (here and here; since replaced with a "retired" sign). I see I was inaccurate in my initial posting here: I thought K4T's scolding post simply added back the single LotLE posting that attacked WorkerBee74 and me. Since LotLE had taken that post down, I thought the problem with LotLE had been solved, at least for now, by LotLE himself. But that's not true.

K4T took LotLE quotes from different spots, and LotLE still hasn't taken down those (they're on the page right now). And they are also venemous attacks:

  • I take it the 2-1/2 editors swipe refers to WorkerBee74 as the "1/2", which is a nasty insult; the "condemnatory enough" is impolite. I'm happy to skip 'nonetheless', it probably even reads better without it. 'Although'... well, I suppose 'While' would be OK also. Generally the wording is very nice. It's all moot though, however, since there are 2-1/2 editors who will never be satisfied that wording is long enough or condemnatory enough. LotLE×talk 21:08, 4 July 2008 (UTC) diff
  • Accusing another editor of want[ing] the article to be as negative, even slanderous, as possible is a personal attack. LotLE is also urging editors to move away from discussion and simply impose their will on the page, although even when he posted this various editors were working together constructively, so this post was disruptive, as well. I'd forgotten it, but when he talks about his/her goal is to prevent a "rough consensus" is actually a personal attack; have no complaint about his other comments about me, because simply being a bit snide and inaccurate isn't worth considering here, and I was willing to ignore them: Workerbee74—who has happily been blocked for a few days (not long enough, but it's a start)—simply wants the article to be as negative, even slanderous, as possible, apparently out of a political antipathy to its subject. Those "concerns" can most certainly never be addressed within an encyclopedic article, so our only choice is to simply disregard and ignore any comments by him/her. Noroton seems primarily concerned with an avenue for his/her long political essays (probably 30k words on the topic by now, far in excess of every other editor; probably all others combined). I have suggested with a genuine absence of ill-will that a better forum for these long essays is a personal blog, or other opinion publication. A WP talk page is just not an appropriate place for this type of material. In any case, it appears that his/her goal is to prevent a "rough consensus" from settling, because doing so would remove the justification for the continued essays. So please everyone, just let the discussion fall silent. Let's use this talk page for productive discussion, and let the article keep it's perfectly neutral and concise version of the Rezko material. Dont' feed the trolls. LotLE×talk 18:31, 1 July 2008 (UTC) diff

If these were occasional, in the heat of argument, and not representative of LotLE's contribution to the discussion about Rezko (or below, mostly about Ayers), then I'd discount them quite a bit -- but they're a significant proportion of the occasional comments that LotLE has contributed to the discussion about Rezko; they aren't in response to someone attacking him, and the one removal of his one attack, at the request of other editors, wasn't accompanied by removing any other attacks on WorkerBee74, who's made some solid contributions to that talk page (it's obviously not a competition, but WB74's contributions are a lot more focused on the subject matter than LotLE's, from what I've seen).

I've previously brought up two of these quotes at AN/I [32], and I'm posting them again to show that it's a continuing problem, not a flash in the pan (a two-week break from the Obama page was suggested at one point, but LotLE was never issued a block or even a warning for these, and I never asked for one, but I did bring it up):

  • LotLE edit that's relatively mild: 17:13, 2 June 2008 diff
  • LotLE edit I removed (it was in response to an edit I made which ended with me saying he was guilty of some of what he was accusing others of, it's worth looking at in context on the page) 17:40, 2 June 2008 diff
  • LotLE edit I partially removed (quoted because it's short): The problem with Noroton's characterization is that it is at best WP:OR, and at worse an outright lie. [...] LotLE×talk 00:16, 5 June 2008 (UTC) diff of the removal
  • Another LotLE edit worth looking at: 08:21, 6 June 2008 this diff seems to encompass the whole comment

On a page that's had a lot of harsh words, these rank with the harshest. In context, they brought down the level of discussion, although just about every contributor to that talk page has probably made comments they regretted (including me). This amounts to continued, disruptive behavior that clearly led to Kossack4Truth's response, and WorkerBee74 is right to be annoyed that it hasn't been dealt with. I think administrators should consider his behavior as contributing to the ongoing bad atmosphere on that page. Noroton (talk) 22:48, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

You're too late, Noroton. You got rid of K4T, which is what they wanted. The only way you're going to get anybody's attention is if you demand sanctions against me too. The people who are here to whitewash the Obama article get a free pass. (No Jameson, I'm not talking about you. Let me spell that out for you.) WorkerBee74 (talk) 23:08, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
You're doing a great job of making sure no one listens to you, WorkerBee. Noroton, I see the issue you're describing; what do you propose we do about it? MastCell Talk 23:20, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
I was afraid I'd be asked that. I don't know what to do about it, specifically. I'd like to see what he has to say about it. I'm not an admin and I don't pay much attention to what kind of sanctions tend to be given for what kind of behavior. I do know we need to stop this kind of behavior on that page, and LotLE has significantly contributed to that bad atmosphere. I see an attitude behind these comments that doesn't seem to recognize that people who disagree with him about Obama are sincere and worth listening to (somebody please correct me if there's evidence to the contrary). Either some kind of civility restriction, which would have to be monitored, perhaps with a mentor, or simply topic banning him until after the election. I'd like to see what other editors familiar with the page think about that. If he can't take down the attacks on WorkerBee that are still on the page, I'd give him a block for incivility. I can accept whatever editors on this page want to do about it, as long as the problem is addressed and, going forward, we've got some reason to believe the Obama talk page and related pages will be more civil. Noroton (talk) 00:02, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
This is worth something: I just went to LotLE's talk page to inform him about this new subsection, and I read this there: [...] I apologize for initially making the overly hot-headed comment... the process has been frustrating for many editors, as I am sure you are aware. LotLE×talk 04:44, 5 July 2008 (UTC) That's a good sign. Noroton (talk) 00:12, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
Watch and learn, Noroton. LotLE will get a free pass. He might get another useless warning on his Talk page which will be ignored and deleted. That's it. WorkerBee74 (talk) 00:48, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

(unindenting to address question not directed to me) Thanks to Noroton for thinking to remind LotLE. As I understand it the goal of blocks and topic bans is to stop ongoing disruption and prevent likely future disruption. All to maintain a productive, civil editing environment. Many on the Obama page said something out of frustration, suspicion, etc. But will they cause disruption if they stay, and will removing them quell the trouble? That's a separate judgment to make in each case. We don't ban people out of fairness, punishment, setting examples, trying to be balanced, avoiding perceived article bias, other content concerns, etc. Nor do we avoid blocks simply because someone is a good writer. From my observation, LotLE and to some extent some others have been aggressive in their comments, and have the block history to show for that attitude. My hunch is that LotLE will probably be contentious in an unsupervised contentious environemnt, but will not initiate trouble where none exists. WB74 has had many chances and after a month and counting is still repeating the very taunts that nearly earned a ban a month ago. He/she seems unable or unwilling to edit one of Wikipedia's most important articles without attacking peers. But that's just my hunch. If there's anything short of removing these editors that will ensure calm (and assuming no proven sock puppetry), that's preferable. I can't think of anything but there are wiser editors here than me! Wikidemo (talk) 00:37, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

I respond out of frustration when well-established practice on WP biographies and quotes from WP policy, are ignored in a campaign to keep anything resembling criticism out of the article. A lot of work has been done by Noroton, by me and by others and we have proven WP:NPOV and well established practice require us to give criticism as much space as it's been given in comparable articles. Responses? Relentless personal attacks, false accusations, badgering, baiting, and lies about policy and the facts. When anyone responds out of frustration to the baiting, the lies and the personal attacks, you come running to WP:ANI. WorkerBee74 (talk) 00:48, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
Is this editor accusing me yet again of lying and abusing AN/I process? That would be at least the 5th or 6th time in a few days. If not, exactly who is he accusing of lying (not to mention the other things)? Wikidemo (talk) 01:22, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
It's most peculiar how you have always come running to WP:ANI after any real or imagined slight from Noroton, WB74 or K4T, but you never seem to notice the outrageous misconduct of such editors as LotLE until someone points it out for you. Please explain, WD: if you now concede LotLE has been "contentious" (another impressive understatement), why have you never reported him? WorkerBee74 (talk) 02:15, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
Sorry, that question is predicated on an untrue premise and seems rhetorical so I won't respond. I've given my opinion of WorkerBee74 and LotLE's prospects for good behavior, and I'll leave it for any willing administrator to make of it what they will in fashioning a course of action.Wikidemo (talk) 06:12, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
Nice dodge. Like I said: watch and learn, LotLE will get a free pass. He was baiting everybody who disagrees with him; and now that someone has taken the bait and been blocked for giving him a warning, he posts a bogus apology and expects others to clear away any remaining bait. Then he'll wait for the next inevitable content dispute and start putting out bait again. Classic passive aggressive behavior. WorkerBee74 (talk) 10:58, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Actually, no one has come to AN/I to complain about me (not that that gives me a warm feeling inside). K4T was blocked for a history of behavior culminating in a pretty incendiary way of warning someone. When you're in the gunpowder house, don't go handing out lit torches to help people out. Noroton (talk) 15:26, 7 July 2008 (UTC)


As I mentioned to Noroton before much of this current AN/I discussion happened, I regret having adopted an uncivil tone at some points in the discussion. I think he did not see my talk page comments until the last couple hours. The comment on my talk page was this:

Thank you! Your report on ANI is very reasoned and calm, and I appreciate that you are working toward a good article and willing to consider compromises. I apologize for initially making the overly hot-headed comment... the process has been frustrating for many editors, as I am sure you are aware. LotLE×talk 04:44, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

If there are any comments I have made on Talk:Obama or elsewhere that any editors feel continue to inflame the discussion, I authorize their removal, and will thank editors for doing so. LotLE×talk 01:35, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Translation: "I don't want be bothered. Clean up my mess." Would this be an awkward time to bring up the fact that LotLE retaliated against an editor who disagreed with him in a content dispute, by posting that editor's real name? Isn't that some sort of serious policy violation? WorkerBee74 (talk) 02:53, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
The previous comment is typically inflammatory and unnecessary, seeing as it is in response to an apology - as well as misleading. The post WorkerBee refers to was the editor's extremely common first name and last initial only. Perhaps not the best move, but hardly "that editor's real name". (And it was readily available to all with information the aggrieved editor had posted himself on his user page.) I'm not defending the post, just clarifying for readers that it was not as WorkerBee chose to describe it. Tvoz/talk 05:23, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
The goal of any administrative activity is to prevent disruption and improve the editing environment. It is always preferable for an editor to see that their behavior was causing problems and to voluntarily amend it than to have them blocked, banned, etc. In that sense, LotLE's apology is a step in the right direction, though of course it needs to be substantiated by a visible commitment to civil interaction and lowering the thermostat wherever possible. I don't know what other admins' practices are, but I'm not about to sanction someone for something they've just finished apologizing for. If actions don't follow the words, then that's a different story.

When an editor apologizes and authorizes anyone interested to remove any of their posts which are deemed inflammatory, it reflects remarkably poorly on WorkerBee74 to spin this as "Translation: I don't want to be bothered. Clean up my mess." In the end, one of you at least provides a reason to think their behavior might improve, while the other confirms that they'll view this as a WP:BATTLE to the last, no matter what olive branches are extended. Is that how you want this to play out? MastCell Talk 18:57, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

I told you so[edit]

Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Incidents/Barack_Obama_pages#Kossack4Truth_banned. That was the last individual editor that was left on the list (made by Scarian and myself) who needed to be sanctioned in this area. What else can I say? Ncmvocalist (talk) 07:07, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Yes, you did tell us so. You were right. In looking over that three- and four-week-old page, I see suggestions then for months-long topic bans based on behavior up to that point, including a long topic ban for Kossack4Truth and something short for LotLE. In light of the more recent behavior, what do you think is appropriate now? Noroton (talk) 15:52, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
If Kossack voluntarily found a completely different (non-controversial) article area to be involved would be a great step forward. Wikipedia isn't the place for edit warring or controversy. I'd suggest another voluntary wiki-break for K4T from Obama. He was doing so well staying away from it. Perhaps this next wiki-break from the article area could be permanent? ScarianCall me Pat! 20:50, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
K4T was not doing well staying away and arguably not away at all - please see my summary above under the "block" subheading of a dozen and a half disruptive article-related edits during the self-described break. "Voluntary" is not going to cut it - the editor's blown at least half a dozen chances in the past few weeks to reform on his own. If the "retired" message truly means retired, fine... but there has been a lot of game playing and strong hints of sock puppetry. Are we going to have to start this whole thing up again from scratch if he does it again? Wikidemo (talk) 01:03, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

I am a bit concerned that we will soon see a newly created account making all the arguments of K4T, in the same tone, on the same pages. Any advice on what to do if that happens? LotLE×talk 04:07, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Try WP:SSP first. Otherwise, leave a post here on ANI. But he's retired, for now anyway. Ncmvocalist (talk) 04:35, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

You know what would work well here: something similar to the ArbCom remedy used on Derek Smart topic banning the user and all surrogates of the user (i.e., suspected sockpuppets advancing substantially the same arguments as the user). That way, you don't even need to go through a complicated process every time you see a newly created account making the arguments of K4T. The first time they make the edit, you revert and inform them of the sanction on surrogates. The second time they do it, you block the account for a short time, and warn them that they are topic banned from that area. If they violate the topic ban again, they're indefinite blocked. Simple.SWATJester Son of the Defender 13:54, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

The enforcement instructions at Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Derek Smart were pretty intelligently laid out (and repeated at the top of Talk:Derek Smart). They only applied to SPAs, and they cautioned against mechanical enforcement. When you start talking about "surrogates" or any account "making the arguments of K4T" or "advancing substantially the same arguments as the user", whose arguments overlapped with many of my wise, finely tuned and always reasonable comments, we start getting into territory that a number of people are going to call censorship in a prominent article that's already received media coverage for its editing. As I understand it, it was never so much K4T's opinions that were a problem so much as his incivility and edit warring. Every new account that shows up on that talk page is going to get a colorectal exam from the editors there, given the past history of comments there about SPAs and IP accounts. When we concentrate on discussions there rather than votes, that kind of bad behavior is even more weakened. I think demanding that reverting editors get themselves over to the talk page before reverting further, maybe linking in the edit summary to a Derek Smart-type of statement at the top of the talk page about 1RR or 2RR restrictions on the page, would help. Noroton (talk) 14:55, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

I've restored this discussion from archive. Kossack4Truth resumed editing right around the time Misza archived this thread. His 48-hour "retirement" seems to've been a diversion to escape the sanctions being discussed above. Shem(talk) 20:01, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Proposal: 4-month community topic ban[edit]

I propose a four-month community topic ban for User:Kossack4Truth on all Barack Obama-related articles per MastCell, FCYTravis, and others above. Discussion on a six-month ban tapered off once K4T had "retired," but he resumed editing around the time the thread was archived. I personally find six months excessive for any sort of sanction, and the election will be over in four months regardless. I believe K4T could perhaps become a constructive editor on politics articles once the immediate heat of the elections has passed. Shem(talk) 20:13, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

It would be a problem if he returned after skirting sanctions - he's repeatedly thrown accusations against people of being whiners, people out to get him, POV editors, etc. If he were to show up a month from now and be uncivil there would be a new crew on AN/I watch, new editors in article space, and in all likelihood we would have to start from scratch in dealing with the disruption. Also, perhaps I'm being paranoid or I don't understand blocks, but why would K4T be concerned about his IP being blocked once his login account was unblocked?[33] —Preceding unsigned comment added by Wikidemo (talkcontribs)
I'd support the original 6 month topic ban. That would take us past the upcoming election. K4T has made clear his extreme bias agaisnt Obama, as seen in numerous 'Obama conspiracy' flavored comments above. He is clearly incapable of editing article related to the topic of Obama in a neutral manner. I support a full topic ban to run past the election, which is 4 months, and support the fuller 6 month to take us past the electoral college actions, precluding him from citing whatever extreme right wing sites start shouting that Obama stole the election by fruad or some such (should he win). keep him away till the harm he can do is mitigated by time and reality. ThuranX (talk) 07:09, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Crown Prosecution Service - Second pair of eyes, please.[edit]

{{resolved|second pair of eyes has blocked user.Toddst1 (talk) 20:01, 8 July 2008 (UTC)}}

Not yet resolved. -- Ned Scott 04:48, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Onewillfind (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) has been adding in the same unsourced material over a period of hours; I have been reverting and trying to explain policy to him. Conversations are on my and his Talk pages, but it's clear he isn't getting, or even bothering to look at, policy. This is disruptive. Cheers. --Rodhullandemu 19:25, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Why an indef block for repeated abuse of editing privilege on an account that's 3 hours old?--SarekOfVulcan (talk) 20:31, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
An indef block is totally inappropriate. The content Onewillfind was adding wasn't totally unsourced, just poorly sourced, and even if it was unsourced it wasn't vandalism. Constant reverting is edit warring, there is no 3R exemption in this case. Both parties broke 3R, Rodhullandemu should know better though. RMHED (talk) 21:05, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
I agree, isn't clear vandalism, indef block shouldn't be an option here. Seems a little bitey to me not to mention pretty clear edit warring by Rodhullandemu. RxS (talk) 21:14, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

That is hugely OTT. Please unblock, welcome him, and ask him to behave himself. He did source his edit, to an ITV New bulletin, which is a reliable source. That's a lot better than my first edit, though I admit I didn't go on to edit war. --Jenny 21:25, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

  • With respect, that's not how I read WP:V:

    Do not leave unsourced or poorly sourced information that may damage the reputation of living persons or organizations in articles and do not move it to the talk page

. I am quite justified, as is any editor, in removing that information, aggressively if necessary. Now you look at my talk page, his talk page and my edit summaries, and the timing. How many times do I have to address an editor to policy and it is ignored before enough is enough? I assumed good faith with this editor on numerous occasions, but he didn't get it. It wasn't my block, and I assume Toddst1 found enough reason for his block. There is a problem as to when is edit-warring over policy, and when is it over content? If editors persistently and wilfully ignore advice to consult policy, and basic, core policy at that, tough. and it isn't "edit-warring", it's doing the job you volunteered for. Since being appointed admin I've issued about 620 blocks. Not one has been overturned on its merits, as far as I can remember. Enough of this. One medical today, another tomorrow. You do the job. --Rodhullandemu 21:27, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Well, I think for starters poorly formatted sourcing is different then "poorly sourced". As Jenn..Tony says ITV certainly qualifies as a reliable source. And, really...pointing new users toward such general links as WP:5P after they specifically ask for help isn't very....helpful. His edits were not vandalism, and an indef block was not called for. This can't be how we treat new users these days can it? RxS (talk) 21:44, 8 July 200
  • Meanwhile this remains unaddressed and I have just reverted one POV and one incorrect edit by this editor. Of course there's such a word as sporgery, even I know that. Some focus here, please. Put the pitchforks away for a while. --Rodhullandemu 21:47, 8 July 2008 (UTC)


I agree. Let's put the picthforks away and overturn this new editor's block; then we should try to explain the three-revert rule to all editors involved. HiDrNick! 21:50, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Put down the teeth, welcome him, help him navigate our bureaucracy, and slap the blocking admin with a trout. It's obvious he's trying to make constructive edits; he just needs help doing that, not blocking...a block, especially an indef one, is not the answer. Celarnor Talk to me 22:36, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Wow, the word egregious comes to mind. As a regular editor who has been watching this page recently as a learning tool, I have come away more disheartened than better educated. This message will probably not be well received, and I am fine with that. The one thing I notice is that the daily admin drama is unbelievable. Sure admins are not infallible, but every day something like this? Had someone stepped in and explained to this editor like a human being what the issue was instead of hurling warning templates and policies 5 minutes into his/her stay this could have been avoided. It seems the editor was trying to fix the issue addressed, but not everyone is a wiki expert the minute they log in. Nor is 15 policies thrown in your face digestable in 2 minutes. The information does seem to be neutral POV, since it was widely covered. It only took me 5 seconds to find the information was accurate. Is it too much to ask that someone assist this editor by repairing (or explaining how to correct) the poor formatting, instead of reverting blindly and labeling them as a vandal with a POV agenda? This really needs to be rectified, and in my opinion the editor deserves an apology and a proper welcome. Or we could keep driving away editors by the truckload. Just my meaningless opinion. Angrymansr (talk) 23:18, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Well, I think we have to say that it wasn't resolved. And the indefinite block appears now to have been a rather an unfortunate decision given the comments here. I have unblocked Onewillfind and left an explanation of where (s)he went wrong, what to do next time, and how best to add criticisms to the CPS article. If it turns out that this was a waste of time, well, we've tried our best. We can't do any better than that. Angus McLellan (Talk) 23:58, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Bad block. I would explain this in detail, but the others beat me too it. Does Commons have a "facepalm" image? This thread needs one. -- Ned Scott 04:51, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

There we go, commons:Image:Facepalm2.svg. -- Ned Scott 05:38, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Why does the guy have a nosebleed...? --tiny plastic Grey Knight 08:23, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Sorry for being absent on this discussion. Had I been around, I would have quickly changed the block. This should have been a 24-48 hour block. Thanks for sorting this out. Toddst1 (talk) 12:53, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
No, this editor should not have been blocked at all, not even for 24 hours. How can you read the thread above and think, "oops, I should have only blocked the good-faith newbie editor for a couple days." That is not what the people above are trying to tell you. HiDrNick! 14:17, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

WR on DYK[edit]

Evening everyone. Wikipedia Review was put on DYK and I reverted it because it has been used to harass other editors and in some cases, out them - I classed it as a smack in the face of some of our hard working contributors who have been attacked there to glamourise the forum. No problems with having an article, but putting it on the main page is in a whole different league. Alison reverted me saying that I did it because WP:IDONTLIKEIT - fair enough, but I did for the editors who have been outed, not because of my own personal beliefs. Alison is upset because of some of the things I said on her talk - I've reviewed then, and whilst I can understand how they were misunderstood, the way she took them was not the way they were meant to come across - I've apologised for the remarks because although it was not my intention to offend, it obviously had that effect. The readdition has since been re-reverted citing that the WR article is too self referential. Now - can we come to a consensus here about whether or not it should be included on the main page - there's certainly reasons for and against. Ryan Postlethwaite 01:44, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Mainpage content is complicated. On the one hand, anything in mainspace should be handled in a completely NPOV fashion regardless of our personal issues with any organization. To allow such behavior undermines the encyclopedia and its goals at a fundamental level. On the other hand, we aren't actually talking about the presence of an article but rather of what should go in what is a section on the mainpage to promote new content. Thus, it isn't the same as not allowing an article itself due to such issues. Moreover, even if this were not a group that had a history of bad drama associated with it, putting it on the mainpage will to people who are not familiar with it appear as overly navel gazing which undermines the point of DYK. Furthermore, given the non-encyclopedic nature of DYK we have more leeway in handling how such articles matters can be dealt with. Where that leaves us I don't know. I'd favor leaving it out but I don't think edit warring over the matter is a good idea. JoshuaZ (talk) 01:50, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
(edit conflict) My commentary and revert rationale is stated here. I'm somewhat in agreement with DragonflySixtyseven's rationale but frankly, this reason does not stand up to scrutiny whatsoever. I have other opinions on your actions right now, Ryan, but they're not germane to the substantive question here; whether it should be on the mainpage or not, and as I've already stated, it should probably not given that it's somewhat weakly self-referential - Alison 01:53, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm in favour of waiting until Raul promotes it to mainpage FA status, surely only a matter of time? RMHED (talk) 01:57, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
I don't agree in pulling the info. It's a minor issue, and not worthy of the drama that's been created. I disagree with Ryan's way of handling this. SirFozzie (talk) 02:04, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
I wouldn't mind waiting for it to hit FA status, just to give readers a fresh, and well penned article. It's a shame that contributors don't spend time writing and improving upon the thousands of other more worthy articles, though. seicer | talk | contribs 02:07, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm with Fozzie - there was a better way than pulling it down solo, and a better approach to discussing it with Alison (particularly given her personal history with WR and its sensitivity as a subject in general). On the other hand, it probably should not have made it to the main page. Avruch 02:16, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Hold on, hold on - what exactly was wrong with my approach of discussing it with her? I agree, she's had a bad time there, but nowhere near all of her posts have been dealing with harassment against herself. She's got involved with the general banter as well. Ryan Postlethwaite 02:20, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Well, based on the fact that it wasn't necessary to remove it immediately without discussing it with anyone, and given Alison's history, I don't think that this: "Seriously Alison, you were the wrong person to do that. I think it's slightly unfair to the people who feel harassed from WR comments to glamourise it on our front page." was the most fully thought out comment you could have left. A better approach would have been to describe your concerns about the DYK in neutral terms in an attempt to convince her, rather than criticise her. Better still would have been to convince PeterSymonds. I agree on the substance, though - we don't need to give massive free advertising to a site like WR that is about us anyway, even if our article is extremely well written. Some things aren't right for the main page. Avruch 02:27, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

The article's already been featured on DYK for two hours, it has a DYK tag on the talk page, so whatever damage has already been done. If several editors object to keeping it up on DYK for the full 6+ hours due to moral or editorial concerns, why not allow for a little courtesy? If we are to have an article on WR, let's at least try to keep the attendant wikidrama to a minimum. ˉˉanetode╦╩ 02:19, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Pont 1 - Ryan's removal, while well intended, was poorly handled and done for the wrong reasons. Point 2 - While the article itself meets the DYK criteria, I really don't think much of the hook. The hook indicates nothing particularly interesting to our average reader (as opposed to our average editor...). And a hook that is "interesting to draw in a variety of readers" (emphasis in original) is a criteria for DYK inclusion. So I think it is a poor enough DYK hook that replacing it with something else is a good idea. DragonflySixtyseven did so. Good enough for me. GRBerry 02:20, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Agreed -- from a technical standpoint, the hook is poor enough that it shouldn't have even been on DYK in the first place. However, that said, DYK is not in a vacuum, no matter what we might like. We have chosen not to include certain hooks in the past (this comes to mind), and this should be no different. However, the manner that this was handled was really pretty poor. GlassCobra 02:26, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
GRBerry, do you really think the average DYK hook is at all interesting to nearly any reader? This sums it up pretty well (see the entry for "Did you know"). I have no comment on whether the WR hook should be on the main page, but "it's not interesting enough" is a pretty poor reason to keep it off. I note that it's already off the main page anyways, so no fuss. Nousernamesleft (talk) 02:49, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Per GRBerry. Ryan surely knew better. Or does by now. But ya the hook wasn't the greatest. Happens. File it under "boner move, Ryan" and move on. ++Lar: t/c 03:12, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

  • Yes, I have to agree with GRBerry on this one, it wasn't a very good hook. As to subject matter - well, no matter what goes onto the main page, there's a chance someone (editor or reader) is going to find it offensive or inappropriate; quality should be the deciding factor, with that in mind. Risker (talk) 03:21, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

It shouldn't have been removed as a "self reference", to do so indicates you have no idea what that policy about. It doesn't preclude ever mentioning Wikipedia, otherwise Wikipedia would be a redlink. It just precludes writing about Wikipedia-related stuff in violation of policies like WP:V, WP:N etc. Which wasn't done here, the rules were followed, it met the standards any other hook would. It should be re-added and people should read policy before citing it... like that will ever happen... --Rividian (talk) 04:06, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Should it be placed on Wikipedia:Recent additions (the DYK archive)? --NE2 08:16, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Yes. Neıl 10:36, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Personal attacks and accusations of stalking and racism[edit]

Good hello, I hope this is the correct venue for this complaint. User:, who has been editing for less than a month and whose contributions consist almost entirely of editing trivia into The Simpsons episode articles, has taken umbrage with the removal of his trivia and has been leaving edit summaries that violate WP:NPA.[34] He came to my talk page and asked why I was removing trivia[35]. I replied, with links to the appropriate policies and guidelines[36]. He accused me of vandalism and bullying[37]. I tried to make nice[38]. He called me a racist, a redneck, and accused me of stalking him[39]. I tried to make nice again[40]. I tried discussing on his talk page and he just blanks it[41]. Now he leaves this wherein he says I am proud of slavery[42]. What am I to do? Cheers. L0b0t (talk) 04:10, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Ive looked at his edits and am wondering why you chose to follow him about? Although his edits are problematic they are clearly in good faith and I can see why he felt that you were stalking him. Plus I note that you used templates on his talk page quite a lot which always comes across badly as they usually include some kind of warning graphic. I'd advise you not to use templates except for simple and obvious vandalism. What to do now though? Since you have royally pissed him off I'd suggest you completely disengage for a while to give him a chance to calm down. If his edit are problematic let others deal with them. Theresa Knott | The otter sank 10:33, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
That sounds like sage advice, thank you. I must point out that I am not following him about, I have been editing The Simpsons articles since 2006, he has been editing them for just under a month but that is neither here nor there. I have no desire to interact with that user any further, he has proven himself incapable of adult conversation. The problem remains however, of his abusive edit summaries. Is there any way to rephrase or delete them or do I have live with baseless slander and insults wikilinked to my talk page via edit summary? Cheers. L0b0t (talk) 11:34, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
I don't think that edit summaries can be edited. They could be oversighted I suppose but I think that would be going beyond policy. The best thing to do, is simply ignore them as they tend to make him look bad rather than you. Theresa Knott | The otter sank 11:50, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Fair enough. Thanks for taking the time to help. Cheers. L0b0t (talk) 12:10, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

User:Baseball Bugs[edit]

Resolved: No administrator attention warranted. Also, a welcome message has been left. Beam 00:59, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

On this very page he attacked me, calling me a "troll" which leaves me wondering what I did to deserve that. The issue hasn't even been about Wikipedia and my use of it. It has become a personal and he has threatened me because I am a hockey fan. Also, on his page he threatened vandals and doesn't even explain what a vandal is. I was called a vandal and if he is going to kill so-called "vandals" I feel extremely unsafe right now. Pesposito7 (talk) 23:43, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

I was reacting to a complaint logged on the Baseball project page. I probably jumped on it too soon, but a red-link who immediately gets into an edit-war tends to raise suspicions. Meanwhile, you need to do some reading in wikipedia's documentation about what constitutes verifiable sources. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 23:51, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

I can understand the suspicions but for one thing it wasn't an edit war. And I admitted that I was wrong and apologized, then you reported me. Ignorance is a bliss. Now I'm being threatened with murder because of false accusations of being a "vandal" You should really get rid of that, it is intimidating. I think you abuse your WikiPowers, that's just my opinion. Pesposito7 (talk) 23:56, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

And my opinion is that Baseball Bugs's initial assessment is probably correct. Corvus cornixtalk 23:57, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

This gang mentality on Wikipedia is a bit disturbing, just because you guys are getting paid to do this. There is really no need for every Wikipedia bot or moderator on the site to attack me just because I'm a "red page" Once again I get that you guys are getting paid but it is not necessary. Especially when one of your own, Baseball Bug, is just picking and choosing who he doesn't like because of the color of their link and threatening them with murder. Pesposito7 (talk) 00:02, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Just because someone is a jerk doesn't mean he should be banned. It's attitudes like that which ruin Wikipedia imo. Beam 00:04, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Paid? We get paid? Where's my cheque/check? – ukexpat (talk) 13:29, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
It's at the top of the section, just to the left of the word "Resolved". Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 13:54, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Bugs acts with sarcasm and with a bit of a "LOL@YOU" attitude, and by a strict interpretation of WP:Civil he's uncivil. But guess what? Tough. Civility interpreted strictly is stupid. Sometimes someone is being an asshole, or is being an idiot. Saying so shouldn't be considered uncivil. Per WP:SPADE if it has an orange bill shaped mouth, if it waddles, if it's acting daffy, and if it quacks, 9 times out of 10 it's a duck. Beam 00:04, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

  • And just for the record, nobody here is getting paid... (or am I the only one not getting a check?) - auburnpilot talk 00:11, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
  • Jimbo hands me an envelope under the table every month. Unfortunately, it's always empty... Resolute 00:17, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
I started at a low wage - 0 dollars and 0 cents - but that's been doubled every payday. Meanwhile, I'm not sure where I threatened him with murder. Maybe that's in the same "Boston Globe article" he cited in support of Tulowitzki's "retirement". Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 00:20, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Comment based on total ignorance of the circumstances -> The above conversation has a slightly more nasty tone than I like to see on this noticeboard. While I agree that the civility stick can be used to stifle debate, no matter how much of an arsehole some is, calling them one is rude. "Calling a spade a spade" is a phrase only used in real life to attempt to defend saying things lazily, impolitely, or to provoke. While Beam has expressed himself rather ineloquently, I'd point out that if you acceppt his "nine out of ten" statistics you're going to be horribly rude to a non-duck 10% of the time. - brenneman 00:36, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

You don't have to use language like asshole to be rude. For instance, you're being a rude "spade" towards me. Eloquence isn't necessarily negated by using the term asshole, and who said anything about being rude to ducks? Do you abuse animals or something? Beam 00:47, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Don't call Aaron Brenneman a 'spade'. Such racist and bigoted language is patently UNCIVIL. /sarcasm. Baseball Bugs is blunt. So what? I've long argued that bluntness is NOT the same as incivility. It's reassuring to see that I'm not the only one who thinks such a thing. I've found Baseball Bugs to be stubborn and certainly not the most flexible of editors, but his 'bluntness level' stays fairly even, and rarely rockets upward into any sort of incivility. He may have to say more blunt thigns as thing escalate, but he's hardly a vitriolic and rampantly uncivil editor. ThuranX (talk) 14:03, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
For the record, I don't think Beam (or Brenneman, who also said it) meant "spade" in the racist form of the word. "To call a spade a spade" is an expression that is in reference to spades, or small shovels. -kotra (talk) 17:32, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Hence ThuranX's text "/sarcasm". :) He was joking. That said, I'm always hesitant to use that expression because I am worried somebody will take it the wrong way, hahaha... --Jaysweet (talk) 17:37, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Oh, my bad. I must have missed that somehow. Nevermind! -kotra (talk) 17:53, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
The only time I recall that expression used literally was David Frye's dead-on impression of then-Alabama Governor George Wallace. Frye had Wallace giving a mocking speech about integration, using that expression as a double-meaning joke. Wallace himself never said it. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 18:01, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

From what I've seen, Bugs is certainly rough around the edges sometimes and his use of humor is occasionally misplaced, but as far as I'm aware, he never threatened to kill you. His userpage merely says (in a somewhat graphic and probably humor-intended way) that Wikipedia does not tolerate vandals, which is true. See WP:V for a description of what Wikipedia considers vandalism. As for the "troll" comment, calling someone a troll can be considered a personal attack, and it seems now that it was incorrect anyway (i.e. you are probably not a troll). It was a somewhat overzealous accusation, and you both should have worked out the dispute between each other on your user talk pages instead of coming here. However, by itself I don't think one possible personal attack is enough requires administrator intervention. Also, this probably would have been more appropriate at Wikiquette Alerts, but as you are new, I wouldn't have expected you to know that. -kotra (talk) 00:50, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

I probably posted too quickly and it was already wisely marked resolved, and then he started in here with a second thread. Meanwhile, someone has posted a "welcome" on his page which should help him toward being a better editor. So I recommend someone also mark this one "resolved" and be done with it. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 00:54, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Be aware that my comments here, be they sarcastic or straight, are ultimately focused on making wikipedia the best product it can be, for the reading public. Google often finds wikipedia articles at the top of the list. So we have a continual responsibility to earn whatever trust the public has in the contents of our articles. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 00:58, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Revert spree by (talk · contribs)[edit]

This editor edits exclusively in the articles related to politics and history of Former Yugoslavia. These articles are inherently highly controversial and, at times, consensus can be extremely diffucult to reach. I try to stay away from them as much as possible, only interfering when editing is clearly disruptive. (talk · contribs) does not participate in any discussions related to article improvement, rather he simply reverts any change he disagrees with and labels them vandalism in the edit summary although the edits to which he refers are clearly not vandalism but a content dispute. Within the last 3 days, he made these reverts that he falsely labeled as vandalism: [43], [44], [45], [46], [47], [48], [49], [50], [51], [52], [53], [54]. Accusing others of vandalism in a content dispute, especially in articles of such controversy, can severely cripple any possibility of a consensus because it encourages confrontation rather than collaboration.

This editor has also removed text from an archived discussion at Wikipedia talk:Verifiability/Archive 29 on 3 ([55], [56], [57]) separate occasions within the last week citing nonsense and offensive message in the edit summary even though the archive contains the Do not edit disclaimer.

I left two carefully worded messages ([58], [59]) for this editor asking him politely to refrain from accusing others of vandalism as well as asking him not to edit an archived discussion. He removed both of those messages ([60], [61]) citing offensive message and incivility in the edit summary even though I made every attempt to not offend or insult him in those messages.

The editor is currently involved in an open SSP case over at Wikipedia:Suspected sock puppets/ Regardless of the outcome of the case, his editing is very disuptive and he is showing absolutely no attempt at collaboration. In addition to many, many issues that Yugoslavian articles face, a new set of lame edit wars is most definitely not needed.

Peace! SWik78 (talkcontribs) 15:53, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

He appears to be adding sources and has not violated 3RR, not even close. What exactly is the problem? Is this a POV issue? --Selket Talk 17:16, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Sorry if I wasn't clear enough in my explanation of the issue but I said nothing of 3RR or POV. Sterile reverting of other people's edits with zero disussion as well as citing vandalism for every single edit with which you disagree is very disruptive in the process of achieving consensus in a set of articles that's highly controversial to begin with. I'm concerned about a new set of edit wars being started on articles that have been (semi)protected multiple times in the past due to this exact issue. A breach of 3RR is not a prerequisite for an edit war. SWik78 (talkcontribs) 17:35, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Elonka banning me from Atropa Belladonna[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Nuvola apps edu languages.png Relevant discussion at#Suggest a topic ban for Levine2112

For a long time, I've been arguing that there isn't very good sources for the prominence of homeopathy to atropa belladonna. There are megabytes worth of text to this effect, but recently User:Ludwigs2 arrived at the talkpage and argued that the use of this plant was just an extension of ancient cures of maladies. I pointed out that one cannot make the jump between ancient uses and the (relatively) modern development of homeopathy and he balked. Then I suggested that he was confusing homeopathy for naturopathy and he seemed amenable to changing the wording. I was happy for this and said so on Talk:Atropa belladonna. However, his change was a bit problematic. There is no such thing as a "naturopathic preparation" for one, and for two, the sources that were being used in the statement did not mention naturopathy at all. So today, I change the wording of that phrase slightly and removed the two sources which did not mention naturopathy. Then User:Elonka decided to ban me from the article and talkpage.

I ask you, was this right? I thought I was behaving very well. I'm also concerned that Elonka has banned User:Ronz from Talk:Quackwatch a few days before while not calling out User:Levine2112 for his disruption. I think there is a peculiar precedent being set here.


ScienceApologist (talk) 16:17, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

ScienceApologist has been edit-warring at this article, and just came off a block (his third block so far in July).[62] Then he went right back to the article and deleted multiple reliable sources[63] such as this one,[64], leaving a paragraph completely unsourced (and he then replaced the sources with a {{fact}} tag). It is my opinion that he could have reworded the paragraph, or requested a citation for a particular word, but just deleting every single source was not appropriate. The article is within the scope of Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Homeopathy, where uninvolved administrators can place discretionary sanctions. Based on ScienceApologist's most recent action, plus other recent edit-warring and disruption, I placed a mild page ban of one week on him, for this one article. I recommend that ScienceApologist simply find something else to work on for a week, and then come back fresh. --Elonka 16:29, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Let me get this straight; you tell us that you suggested changing the article wording from "homeopathy" to "naturopathy". Then you wanted to remove reliable sources because they say "homeopathy" instead of "naturopathy"?!?! The thing you should have done was to say, "Oops, I was wrong in suggesting the change away from homeopathy" and yourself changed the article text back to "homeopathy", as it read before you began the edit war over the section, because that text is supported by the references. What you did instead does not look at all reasonable. Combined with your prior edit warring, giving you some time off from this page is a good idea. Hence I have to say that Elonka is completely correct here. GRBerry 17:47, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
No, Ludwigs suggested it. I merely am pointing out that the sources do not support this statement. ScienceApologist (talk) 17:57, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
That is at least slightly credible. Reviewing the talk page more closely, you suggested to Ludwigs that he was "confusing homeopathy with naturopathy which is a different subject." He replied "if that's the way you choose to look at it, then I can resolve this problem right now by changing the word 'homeopathic' to 'naturopathic' in the article. since homeopathy is a subset of naturopathy, that shouldn't be a issue, and your problem disappears." Then you said "Sounds good. Change away!" If you were going to disagree like this, that last should have been "no, no, homeopathy is not a subset of naturopathy" (though that article contradicts) or "well, but then we would need sources about naturopathy" instead of "Sounds good. Change away!"[65] You aren't helping yourself with this sort of behavior. I still see Elonka's action as reasonable. GRBerry 18:16, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
You're right, I should have said something more in-depth about why Ludwigs is wrong. But now I cannot. [redacted] ScienceApologist (talk) 18:48, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Oh, come on with the redaction. I wanted to know where this totem pole for administrators is - and more specifically where I am on it... —Wknight94 (talk) 18:54, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
It's just north of the administrators' tennis courts. Last time I checked, you hadn't been added yet. Jehochman Talk 18:56, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Also, see how the edit warring continues:


No one cares.

ScienceApologist (talk) 18:48, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Having read over the references and the article, user:ScienceApologist is correct in there removal. Yes, he should have written on the talk page, especially due to the edit warring block he received. However, I do feel that this page ban is an overreaction. In future I would urge SA to be more engaging on the talk page after (or before) he removes references in this manner. In addition, based upon the comments above, one cannot help but feel that there is a certain amount of friction between SA and at least one of the admins involved. Mayhap another could mediate? Mark t young (talk) 18:58, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
I likewise find a page ban to be excessive. Frankly, I find the entire push by the homeopaths to get SA thrown off Wikipedia, which rolls forward each and every day nonstop, to be problematic. The games, the wikilawyering, the bait and switch tactics... the list goes on and on and on. We really need to get this shit to stop. Are there places on wikipedia for Homeopathy? sure. However, this idea that since anything, within the rules of homeopathy, can be reduced to an 'essential' idea, allows Homeopaths to claim everything under the 'botany' umbrella counts, we're up against what is little different than seeing some extremist religious nut run through the entire project and tag anyone and anything a sin or sinner for crossing his worldview. From within, it all looks right ,from a neutral standard, it's not right. ThuranX (talk) 00:08, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Exactly. Articles on Botany should not be polluted with fringe views. Articles about fringe views can explain them, and there could be a list of homeopathic preparations indicating what each plant is used for, but this content should not be in the plant articles themselves. Otherwise, every tiny view could run amok through the encyclopedia tagging whatever topics they liked with their fringe content. Elonka's action here is harmful to the encyclopedia and should be reversed. Jehochman Talk 00:14, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
...there could be a list of homeopathic preparations indicating what each plant is used for, but this content should not be in the plant articles themselves. A list like this one? — Scientizzle 00:19, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Jan Scholten, whoever that is, has apparently conducted homeopathic provings on the lanthanides. Should every element in the periodic table contain information on its homeopathic uses? Botanists may stand for this, but I doubt chemists will... Skinwalker (talk) 01:00, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Speaking as a neutral party (I edited the nightshade page solely because of this thread), I think it may be warranted for SA to not edit the page - he's in perennial dispute, even breaking 3RR at one point. While I agree that the article should be botany first and foremost, edit warring is not the way to do it. At the same time, lack of sanctions against Ludwigs doesn't excuse behaviour either. Sceptre (talk) 00:24, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Weren't there just a handful of threads about Ludwigs2's conduct? I even recall commenting in at least one recent thread he's been in. ThuranX (talk) 00:26, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Probably because he's civil, while somebody else isn't (apparently, or is that 3RR, or removing sources....or what exactly because the real reasons don't agree with the actual reasons supplied for blocking...). It's business as usual over in woo-land, the civil POV pusher will win everytime, especially while SA is there to allow admins to focus on unCIVILness :-( Shot info (talk) 00:31, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Wikipedia: We may not be scientifically accurate, but at least we're friendly. --Badger Drink (talk) 02:31, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
(ec) I share ThuranX and Jehochman's concern over these page bans. Though I have admired Elonka's work in the past, I find her recent administrative actions in altmed/homeopathy areas to be very questionable. Surely someone who ferreted out PHG's abuse can see how pro-pseudoscience editors misuse and misrepresent sources. This misrepresentation and tendentiousness is highly damaging to the encyclopedia, arguably more damaging than calling these tendentious editors to task for their behavior.
On a different point, I question whether Elonka is uninvolved, and I believe she is obviously taking sides. In recent days she has edited the main homeopathy article,[67] and started pages on highly obscure altmed journals with low impact factors.[68] It is a favorite tactic of pro-altmed POV pushers to fluff up the importance of the places where their non-blind, uncontrolled studies are published, and I worry that having articles on these non-notable journals will cause further tendentiousness. Also, she has banned Ronz from editing the Quackwatch page under the auspices of the homeopathy decision,[69] which stretches even the "broadly interpreted" clause of the discretionary sanctions. The homeopathy decision applied only to homeopathy-related articles, not altmed articles in general. Why have Ludwigs2 and Levine2112, both of whom are currently gaming 3RR and tag-team reverting, not subject to page restrictions as well? These page bans on SA and Ronz should be overturned and policing of these articles should be handed over to more neutral admins. Skinwalker (talk) 00:42, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Well, I'm hardly an apologist for homeopathy, and I've seen Elonka having a remarkably good effect on articles marred by constant edit-warring. A week long ban from one article is hardly excessive, or even remarkable, and I fail to see why this lengthy discussion is required. The only issue here is behavior, not content, and if other editors have issues with the article content, let them repair to the article Talk: page post-haste, where they can make their points and achieve consensus. Jayjg (talk) 01:26, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

First, as to QuackWatch being covered by the Homeopathy arbcase, which says "homeopathy, broadly interpreted"...Since the last sentence in the lead to QuackWatch is "The –site has also been regularly criticized by the groups it investigates, such as nutritionists, herbalists, homeopaths and other alternative medicine supporters.", I'd have to say yes, that QuackWatch is covered by the ruling. Second, the content dispute herein is separate from the topic ban made on SA by Elonka, eventhough they involve the same group of people. As to the topic ban, I have to pretty much agree with User:GRBerry's 18:16, 7 July 2008 posting and User:Sceptre. Basically, SA returned from a block and began edit warring. I agree the article should primarily be on botany, but edit warring is not the way to go about it and lack of action, right on wrong, on another editor does not make edit warring excusable. I find User:Elonka's action reasonable. RlevseTalk 01:27, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
I agree totally in that Quackwatch falls under the Homeopathy Arbcom case restrictions. Rlevse, notice that the ban is "any homeopathy-related articles or talkpages", not just that one article. --Enric Naval (talk) 01:44, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes, I know. Sorry if I was confusing, many articles fall under Homeopathy. RlevseTalk 01:56, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Why are we here, the Arbcom permitted discretionary sanctions in their field, Elonka enforced one, end of story, I don't see what this thread's aim is, since it certainly can't be to overturn an arbitration enforcement, being that we have pages and processes dedicated to that. Its a temporary ban and its at one article, we have 2.5 million articles, what makes this one so special that the parties cannot take a step back and cool down for a week? MBisanz talk 02:04, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
I think there is a legitimate concern. An editor above has expressed concerns that Elonka has been editing homeopathy and thus may be too involved to serve as a neutral administrator. I would like to hear Elonka's response to that allegation before this thread closes. Jehochman Talk 02:16, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Because, if you would read this thread, you might notice that there are those who feel Elonka's action was heavy-handed and rather un-called for. --Badger Drink (talk) 02:31, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Atropa belladonna has a history of traditional, alternative, and homeopathic uses and studies (search belladonna and belladonna homeopathy on PubMed). Look at the talk page and article histories and you will notice that SA has been removing all material and compromises trying to document this from RS's, resulting in edit warring and stagnation of the article. Look at the improvement to the article today after telling SA to stop editing Atropa belladonna for a bit. Coincidence? I do not think so. There appears to be no hint of hoards of rabidly biased editors intent on taking over the article either. I support Elonka's response. Ward20 (talk) 02:50, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

My point being that if SA really wanted to challenge the topic ban, we have an enforcement page, a clarification page, and a mailing list # to which to appeal topic bans, I see this as a forum shopping endeavor at the moment. MBisanz talk 08:45, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
There's only one question here: is The Oxford Book of Health Foods [70] a reliable source? I think the answer is yes. Is there a good reason to remove it? No. So removing it is disruptive, which is what SA and some others (Cacycle, ect.) have been doing, followed up with edit-warring. Unfortunately, it appears here that many people have not looked at the source and action, and are preferring to comment on the user ("SA is being unfairly attacked, Elonka is no uninvolved, ect".) These are not that relevant to the issue. SA has been pushing the limits lately with actions like this, and subsequent edit-warring, which is likely why he's been facing perhaps more criticism than usual. II 03:25, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
I just happened to have removed exactly that source without being aware about this thread. I have explained my reasons on the article's talk page: one of the cited references does not even mention any of the stated symptoms, the other one is a twelve-sentence "chapter" in a very general and completely unreferenced book. I would not object to mention the plant's use in homeopathy if it is an exceptionally notable preparation and it should be easy to find reliable sources for that if so (the exceptionally notable part is important as in homeopathy anything, including every plants, all chemicals, or even physical effects, can, have, or could be used for their preparations.
In summary, what SA has repeatedly removed (and what was repeatedly re-added by Ludwigs2 and Levine2112), was definitely NOT valuable sources, it was one misleading and one totally unreliable source. I now understand that the situation is a bit heated, but we should not discard normal Wikipedia standards for articles just because of that. Cacycle (talk) 05:21, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
It would seem that Elonka is enjoying flexing her new found powers against any and all editors that are not supportive of the altmed argument, regardless of the content discussion on the relevant article's talk page [71]. Shot info (talk) 06:23, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Jayjg, Rlevse and Mbisanz have summed up my view on this too. Ncmvocalist (talk) 09:26, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

She made one edit to homeopathy, that I can find. That's a really thin sheet to hang an "involved" claim on.RlevseTalk 10:01, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

That's what I thought at first...but now I think there might be cause for concern outside of this. Ncmvocalist (talk) 10:28, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Elonka said, "ScienceApologist (talk · contribs), was page-banned from the article earlier today,"[72] in threat to another good faith editor, who commented above. The source in question is [arguably] not appropriate for a natural science article, but here's Elonka threatening editors who have removed [what they view as] an inappropriate source. That's not acceptable. If something is debatable, a user should not be threatened with a block or ban. (Obviously, edit warring is a different matter, but I see no diffs to suggest that this editor was edit warring). Jehochman Talk 10:09, 8 July 2008 (UTC) [added] at 13:26, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm concerned she's declaring a source reliable, as if sources are placed on the page at her discretion. While content and conduct are linked in some ways (like BLP vios), I'm not comfortable with the mingling of issues here. And if there's no sign of edit-warring, then there are clearly some issues here with Elonka putting on her admin hat in this area. Ncmvocalist (talk) 10:28, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
On an unrelated note, I do not understand why the article Atropa belladonna (as opposed to single editors) is under the scope of Wikipedia:Requests_for_