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Richard Carrier[edit]

You asked for more information on Carrier. I left a reply because I have been doing some research on him recently for my own book on the unscholarly methods used by CMT proponents. Unfortunately it got reverted as Jeppiz apparently thought I was René Salm. I'm not, and I wasn't flattered by the comparison, but it did have the mildly amusing side-effect of getting Salm blocked for a further two weeks by an administrator when for once he had done nothing wrong (ironic, when you look at his history and see how much he's got away with in the past). However, in case it is of any use, I reproduce my comment below:

With regard to Carrier: what I am about to say is original research for a forthcoming book of my own so it obviously cannot be used in the article (before anyone asks, the book is probably several years from publication so can't be used here either). However, I thought it might come in handy for the discussion. There are reviews of Carrier's first book Proving History, but not in academic journals because it is so awesomely bad (Carrier claimed it survived peer review, which would be surprising for several reasons, but for the moment we'll take his word for it and assume the reviewers were having a bad day). The only quasi-academic critiques I know of are in Maurice Casey's book, and a series of reviews on R. Joseph Hoffman's blog, which although by scholars normally fails WP:RS. His treatment of Bayes Theorem was also effectually demolished in another field, cosmology, by physicist Luke Barnes, but that is again on a blog and not an RS as WP defines the term. I do know however of one academic review of his second book, but as it's by fellow self-published dogmatic mythicist Raphael Lataster, it doesn't exactly enhance Carrier's credibility to any great degree.
The problem in this particular case appears to be that Carrier is not trained in the proper application of Bayes Theorem (challenged on this point for details on where and when he received his training, he simply asserts he has it and anyone who expresses doubts about this will be sued for libel). In fact, the likeliest explanation is that he received a basic, low-level training in it while in the US Coastguard, where it is used by sonar operators to calculate what it is they have found. He was, however, in need of some way to justify his historical theories (which have always, on any subject, tended to be either fringe theories or so tendentiously put that they might as well be fiction novels) and this is what he came up with. He also tends to claim vast expertise in areas where he has no training and limited technical expertise (e.g. mathematics, German, archaeology, medieval palaeography). As a result, he's not taken terribly seriously in pretty much any field he's looked at and it's rather telling that the only piece of work he has ever written that has undoubtedly survived sustained critical examination, his doctoral thesis, has never been published. Bart Ehrman's smackdown of him veered from the slightly patronising to the extremely funny, and that is how most professional scholars see him.
That leaves a dilemma with regard to putting him in. If the article is to be about those proponents of the CMT with scholarly credentials, he belongs there. If it is about those works which are mainstream and taken seriously by actual scholars and have clear impact, he may not. However, that is a judgement call and that in itself raises questions.

Hope that is useful.109.156.158.20 (talk) 13:47, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Amber Room[edit]

Hey there mate. I have re-added the image you removed from the article because: that part of the article describes a great deal about the Battle of Konigsberg and events related to Königsberg, so having a picture like that is not irrelevant. If you still disagree, I suggest we take to the talk page and get in the input of a neutral, third party. Regards, Jonas Vinther (speak to me!) 15:06, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

The GA-review has begun so I'm just gonna drop the issue totally for the sake of the article. Jonas Vinther (speak to me!) 21:34, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

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Galloping off[edit]

Altenmann, saw your RM for gallop. Curious if you have a sandbox going or not. I have long thought about doing some work on the multiple articles surrounding the canter and gallop in the horse. Saw your tags at canter, tossed most of them because one biggie at the top should cover it. There is some argument made that the canter (also called a lope) and gallop are slightly different gaits due to the 3- and 4-beats that distinguish them, but at any rate, if you have the motivation to work on this, I'd be interested in a collaboration. I threw up my hands years ago after dealing with a tendentious (and now blocked) editor, but there are spinoffs that should be consolidated and so on. Anyhow, you have my interest and it would be GREAT to do an article improvement drive on these. Montanabw(talk) 05:57, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

If interested, here is everything related that I know of:

  1. Horse_gait#Canter_and_gallop
  2. Canter (FWIW, we also have trot and jumping (horse) as well as ambling )
  3. Lead (leg) (may be sufficiently complex to keep separate, not sure)

"Original research"[edit]

Seeing as you revert that edit, I would like to see a thorough explanation of how there was one bit of original research in my heavily-sourced edits. Zozs (talk) 15:50, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

I don't have time right now. The key is your statement "The term Marxist-Leninist state is appropriate to describe a USSR-style state.". The rest is your WP:SYNTH to substantiate this theory. "Communist state", while a misnomer (communism is defined as stateless society), is a long established term based on the definition "state ruled by communist party". -M.Altenmann >t 16:32, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
Source about Marxism-Leninist state referring to USSR-style state: The Poverty of Communism. Nicholas Eberstadt. Page 2. Sources about the USSR being a Marxist-Leninist state: Historical Dictionary of Socialism. James C. Docherty, Peter Lamb. Page 85., Ideology, Interests, and Identity. Stephen H. Hanson. Page 14. The Fine Line between the Enforcement of Human Rights Agreements and the Violation of National Sovereignity: The Case of Soviet Dissidents]. Jennifer Noe Pahre. Page 336. Pages 336, 348., Leninist National Policy: Solution to the "National Question"?. Walker Connor. Page 31..
Nothing dealing with the term "Communist state" is removed. Where is SYNTH? Zozs (talk) 17:36, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

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Adamchik[edit]

Mikka, this, that, whatevs; but I should note this is not the Polish Wikipedia where everyone knows how to spell Polish names (I, for one, have no idea). Pretty sure most of our readers have no clue either. Don't you have something that could pass as a source for this? The source I used does, by the way, state that the Ukrainian and Belarusian "Adamovych" is identical to Polish (whatever that's supposed to mean); I didn't include that bit largely because I had no source for the actual Polish spelling.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); March 13, 2015; 12:20 (UTC)

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Tailor[edit]

Do you have any suggestions for a new template name consisting of cloth making and textile related occupational surnames? --Kiwi (talk) 15:25, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

@Tanet: Please read the 'Rationale' section in the {{tailor-surname}} documentation carefully. If you want a template with multiple, different occupations, then you probably better start thinking about writing an article Cloth-making in occupational surnames, if you can find good sources. -M.Altenmann >t 15:37, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
@Tanet: BTW I forgot to thank you for joining this templating effort I started some time ago. -M.Altenmann >t 04:22, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

DYK nomination of Cegléd water jug[edit]

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Kievan Rus'[edit]

I noticed the revert in Kievan Rus'. Could you please check this conversation. Marcocapelle (talk) 04:01, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

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1867 Russian Empire and 1945 Soviet Union[edit]

That orthographic depiction of mine for Greater Russia and Eurasianism is accurate. Check out the wiki on the Russian Empire, which shows the territories under its sphere of influence. That includes Mongolia.

Territorially I just combined the maximum territories and near abroad of the former Russian Empire and Soviet Union, minus Alaska. The near abroad is a combination of the former's sphere of influence and the Warsaw Pact (plus Mongolia of the People's Republic era). Kjk2.1 (talk) 01:38, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Vaenga[edit]

Thanks again for your recent help with the above on the WikiProject Russia talk page; I wonder if I might pester you with a question, as I can't read Russian? While attempting to update the history section of the Severomorsk article, I found The historical information of the Severomorsk city which says that "April, 18, 1951 the working settlement Vaenga has received the new status and a new name city of Severomorsk. There were many opinions concerning the name: КKrasnoflotsk, Safonovsk, Krasnogvardeisk. Became deciding P.Zadorozhnogo's offer: the defenders of Murmansk region within Great Domestic war named themselves with 'Severomorci'." Is there any meaningful way of translating 'Severomorci' into English? Alansplodge (talk) 20:30, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

@Alansplodge: First of all, I have to warn you that this page is a machine translation of this Russian text, so if you want to use something from there, you should (A) use the latter one as a footnote and (B) let me know so that I double-check the Runglish. For example, "Great Domestic war" is the Great Patriotic War, and many funny things more. Now, Severomortsy (североморцы); literally this means "northern-seamen" and was an informal reference for personnel of the Northern Fleet (not only seamen/Navy, but also aviators, etc.) -M.Altenmann >t 03:14, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for that, it makes sense now. I was thinking of a brief "Toponomy" section - Vaenga being derived from Sami etc. I had recognised the machine translation and was fairly certain that I had deduced the correct meaning, but would be very grateful if you could double check my work. Alansplodge (talk) 12:48, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

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два Крым[edit]

Любовница Путина разговаривает с подругой: — Я попросила крем, а он услышал Крым. Не смею попросить коляску… I'm only asking for an allowance for two views, not два Крым! Scott P. (talk) 19:27, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

PS I don't speak Russian but my Google Translate program does...Scott P. (talk) 19:27, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

@Scottperry: I don't speak idiomatic English, so I fail to grasp your comment. Since you dont' speak Russian, but have Googe, I guess you got the pun крем/Крым, but probably коляску=wheelchair/pram was unclear: In Russian коляска rhymes with Aляска = Alyaska. Now, can you return me a favor and explain your joke? -M.Altenmann >t 19:38, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

(See NPOV:Talk. Scott P. (talk) 19:34, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

OK. I tried. Here is my explanation.... So Putin mistook Crimea for cream. I didn't ask for anything so big as the conquering of a province, I only asked for an allowance of a second opinion. I guess my Google/ Russian isn't as funny as I thought..... sorry. Scott P. (talk) 19:46, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
I see. Your joke was lost on me, because you delivered it in two pieces, apart in time. I was answering only seeing the first one. Now that I saw both, I got it. -M.Altenmann >t 19:54, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
Next time I will stick with English. Scott P. (talk) 19:48, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
No, no. Your Russian is OK. Just try to save your messages only in a final form. -M.Altenmann >t 19:54, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
I did think that joke about Putin translated pretty good into English though...Scott P. (talk) 19:51, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
@Scottperry:Huh? What about the second part, where Google translated коляску=wheelchair? Or there is another English pun I am not aware of? -M.Altenmann >t 19:54, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
My version of Google Translate (on my iPad) did a slightly better job, it translated коляску to the word "carriage", which I assumed meant "car", no? Obviously "wheelchair", would have been a bit more of a "stretch". : ) Scott P. (talk) 20:40, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) LMAO! I now know where Russo-Ukrainian relations keep going wrong! They have babies translating and texting each other.
Uk-"You wanna make a big deal of this?". Ru-"Yeah!". Uk-"Yeah? Meet you on the border in an hour ("через годину")." Ru-"We'll be there in a year ("через год") waiting for you, if you need to take that long to get your arses together!"... Uk-"You didn't show! Bloody typical Russian cheats and liars!".
Moral of the story: Have pram: will make trouble. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 04:57, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

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Redirect[edit]

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