User talk:Debresser

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What's up?
I mainly follow up on pages from my watchlist, occasionally adding new pages to it that spiked my interest. I returned to doing low-key maintenance work on fixing pages in error categories.
I am happily busy with my beloved wife.
Add: and daughter, Channa. We recently moved, so that's also a lot of work in the house.

Can you help identify these favicons?[edit]

I would like to make a little personal use of this talk page.

I collect favicons. I have over 8,000 of them. A few of them are my 'orphans': I do not know the sites they came from.

I you think you could help, and want to do me a big favor, please have a look at them.

My 'orphan' favicons

Thanks! Debresser (talk) 17:09, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

No 11, perhaps: -- ElComandanteCheταλκ 20:56, 4 June 2012 (UTC)
Yes! You're awesome. Debresser (talk) 00:18, 5 June 2012 (UTC)
Have you tried using Google Images' search by image function. benzband (talk) 17:45, 29 August 2012 (UTC) Please leave me a {{talkback}} if you reply
Yes. But thanks for the suggestion. Debresser (talk) 18:20, 29 August 2012 (UTC)
No 2, perhaps No 17, perhaps No 20, perhaps (all from google search) benzband (talk) 10:04, 30 August 2012 (UTC) Please leave me a {{talkback}} if you reply
I am sure that that is #20. I found that one myself as well, but there is no website using this image as a favicon... Debresser (talk) 20:52, 30 August 2012 (UTC)
  • "My 'orphan' favicons" link is broken. Unfortunately. I've recently been browsing —and playing with— some of the icons on Commons. Was looking forward to seeing your collection

p.s. Here's an icon I made recently: Recursive camera eyecon-(02-3 4-2)-opaque back-.png, & another version: Recursive camera icon-(02-3 4-2))-.png

--Kevjonesin (talk) 12:42, 9 June 2013 (UTC)

And what is the website address? Debresser (talk) 15:17, 9 June 2013 (UTC)

I moved my homepage, and my 'orphan' favicons are now here. Debresser (talk) 02:30, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

  • I now have over 9,000 favicons, and the number of orphans is down to 11! Debresser (talk) 00:56, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

Special characters[edit]

{{helpme}} Just like & #123; gives {, I would like to know how to make [,], and '. Where is there a list of these things? I looked, e.g. in Wikipedia:Special_character, but didn't find what I am looking for. Debresser (talk) 12:57, 13 March 2009 (UTC) --Closedmouth (talk) 13:04, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
Thank you. Isn't there anything on WIkipedia? Debresser (talk) 13:11, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
If there is, it's well hidden. --Closedmouth (talk) 15:21, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
List of XML and HTML character entity references ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 13:35, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

TUSC token: 2214f14d9938ca34406a77c7801e2c4e[edit]

I am now proud owner of a TUSC account!

Didn't work the first time. Sigh... Debresser (talk) 16:28, 5 May 2009 (UTC)

This tool,, sucks! At the moment, at least. Debresser (talk) 17:02, 5 May 2009 (UTC)

favicon #18 and #19[edit] Zerotalk 05:02, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

I am so grateful! 08:56, 20 October 2013 (UTC)
I doubt I ever saw that second link. It must be that the favicon was previously used on more baltimoresun pages. Debresser (talk) 09:07, 20 October 2013 (UTC)
You're welcome. You can find several more. Go to and click on the little camera at the end of the search box. Enter the URL of one of your favicon's and it will search for similar images. I think most of them will give some hit, though you can't be sure it is the original page using the favicon. I believe Bing also has a type of search that looks for similar images. Zerotalk 09:28, 20 October 2013 (UTC)
I have tried that, and even found one or two, but the ones that are left I couldn't solve in this way. Maybe I'll try it again, since it is about two years since I last tried that. Thanks for the idea. Debresser (talk) 10:27, 20 October 2013 (UTC)
They must have improved it, since that is how I found those two. And I only tried 3 of them. Zerotalk 10:55, 20 October 2013 (UTC)
I used the tool today, and found a few more. Thanks to you the number of 'orphans' is down to 11. That is the largest change I have ever had in one day. And one more icons was also found by the tool, just that I couldn't reproduce it. Debresser (talk) 23:57, 22 October 2013 (UTC)

Barbara Jordan[edit]

Looked back at an edit you made five years ago on the Barbara Jordan page. Good job back then!! Mvblair (talk) 00:30, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

Thank you. Would that be this edit? Debresser (talk) 08:59, 24 April 2014 (UTC)
Yes! Mvblair (talk) 16:31, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

Short term memory? Or....[edit]

You were the one who restored this part of the lede (which Nishidani, and now you, deleted) based on consensus. Allow me to refresh your memory.

Evildoer187 (talk) 20:55, 30 April 2014 (UTC)


I thought for a moment I'd broken 1R until I realized you have restored my edit before the second one. Very decent of you. I should explain that the Holocaust is of course absolutely central, but that section was written in a way that linked to the obvious, and my impression was that an enormous amount of detail was developed on it, to the exclusion of many other things that are required per WP:Lede. I.e., the extraordinary achievements of the Ashkenazi, their pivotal role in the making of modernity in Europe. I have always born in mind a remark by Salo Witmayer Baron who advised his students not to focus on the undoubtedly numerous tragedies of the past, and thereby falling victim to the 'lachrymose' version of one's tradition, to the detriment of what is a very deep and impressive history also of positive achievements. I hope that in rewriting the Holocaust bit, I have given the essential gist of the unspeakable, as opposed to the earlier version. Regards Nishidani (talk) 20:56, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

On the subject of reverting, just a note to you, Debresser, you're at 2R at Category:American people of Jewish descent. Liz Read! Talk! 20:24, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. Debresser (talk) 20:36, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
Obi-Wan Kenobi noticed all of the category reverts and asked me if there was a WP:DR case on this subject (which had been proposed in March). That's been put on hold for the moment but we might need to revisit that idea. Iryna was going to put together a case but she's busying working on Ukrainian articles right now. Liz Read! Talk! 21:03, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
I might have some time on Thursday. Real life is a bitch. :) Debresser (talk) 23:48, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Fringe theories/Noticeboard[edit]

I'd love to hear your enquiries here. We may have our disagreements but I'd like to see how it goes. Khazar (talk) 23:40, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

Respectful disagreement is not a bad thing, and I'll be happy to comment. I happen to have heard the chief rabbi on this subject myself. Debresser (talk) 00:08, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

Jewish diaspora[edit]

Hello, Debresser,
There have been a number of edits made to this article today and I was wondering if you could spare a moment to look them over. I think the ones by Brewcrewer are okay but Ubikwit's edit deletes a source. I reverted it and then he reverted it back. I don't edit-war but I also am not that familiar with the subject and available sources. Thanks. Liz Read! Talk! 01:01, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

I thought I restored the source when I reverted your revert, as per the edit summary I left. But then I decided to double check and found that the refcite was somehow not coded properly. I just implemented a fix, but please do have a look and see if everything is in order.
The crux of my edit was to restore the long standing consensus text restored by @Dailycare:[1].
I'm not sure why Liz brought this up here, on another user's page, instead of on the article talk page.--Ubikwit 連絡 見学/迷惑 01:36, 21 May 2014 (UTC)
Ubikwit. Liz came here to ask for my outside opinion, which is good practice. Debresser (talk) 08:44, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Moses Sofer[edit]

I really had enough of this place, where every Litvak or Lubavitcher messes with my edits with references from such objective sources as Aish or the OU. So here's something for you, and that too. I'm out. מהמברטה (talk) 20:08, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

Feel free to remove yourself from editing, if you can't stand the heat. But I do resent your approach to resistance: my personal believes have nothing to do with the many problems your edit posed. I find it more likely that your personal believes have something to do with your frustration. In any case, I would have been willing to discuss your edit with you in more detail, had you been interested in that. Debresser (talk) 23:10, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

Template:Example needed[edit]

(Undid revision 610406329 by Sardanaphalus (talk) He's doing it again, despite my talkpage post that there is things he doesn't know about templates.)

Please explain to him what things he doesn't know about templates that apply here. Sardanaphalus (talk) 23:44, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

You remove the remarks, which are there with a function, namely to show the beginning and end of the template in case the template is by mistake substituted.
On a sidenote, is really see no use for the other additions you are trying to make. And may I notice that you should really consider discussing changes to templates that are in active use before you make them. In any case, I personally don't find them useful, let alone necessary. Debresser (talk) 00:43, 28 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Okay, I see the purpose of these comments now. (How about something like <!--{{Template name}} starts/ends. It should not be subst:ed.--> or <!--Comment in case {{Template name}} subst:ed. (Start:/End.)-->...?)
I added "[example?]" and "[examples?]" as shorter, more succinct versions less likely to linewrap. Sardanaphalus (talk) 10:34, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Proposed change to Consensus for a unified approach to bias categories at Category:Antisemitism[edit]

Due to your involvement in the 2011 CFD that decided on a unified approach to bias categories, you may be interested in a current proposal to change that approach with regard to the Category:Antisemitism. Dlv999 (talk) 15:28, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

I was happy to contribute to that discussion. Thanks for the invitation. My point of view is precisely the same now as it was in that first discussion a few years ago. Debresser (talk) 05:25, 25 June 2014 (UTC)


The content you trying to impose at Levant, apart from being misleading and based on the unusual view that people who have decided to live across the green line outside of "Israel proper" in the occupied territories constitute "excessive detail", is clearly within scope of the ARBPIA 1RR restrictions. Both of your edits were reverts. You broke 1RR. You were edit warring. I'm not going to report it because you didn't have an opportunity to self-revert. Sean.hoyland - talk 19:46, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

In some places it is excessive detail. Not everywhere where it says "Israel" in Wikipedia do we need to explain if it means with or without the occupied territories. That is just some politically motivated sense of preciseness which is subject to change every few years as the political climate changes.
Feel free to report me. I do not respect every bureaucratic rule on Wikipedia to the letter when I feel I have a good point. I am sure you understand which Wikipedia guideline I am referring to. You will noticed I didn't revert an additional time, recognizing the cause as lost. By which I mean to say I am not an edit warrior per se, but I do not like a valid point I make being reverted summarily by bureaucrats and politics.
Which leads me to mention that I have noticed you are one of the editors on the forefront of this struggle for political correctness. Even your name seems to connect you to the subject. You might want to consider getting a larger perspective at things in the view of the futility of your endeavors in the face of historical forces. Debresser (talk) 05:21, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
  • The argument that Not everywhere where it says "Israel" in Wikipedia do we need to explain if it means with or without the occupied territories is not worthy of a response. You can be sure that someone will revert you if they see you make an edit based on that distortion, because it's a clear policy violation. The fact that you apparently can't see why isn't Wikipedia's problem.
  • Just like in real life, people here are free to do anything they want and face the consequences. If you make a habit of breaking 1RR for ARBPIA related content, someone will report you and it would likely result in a block. Admins would probably assume that you should know better given your block log.
  • I'm not part of a struggle for anything. I'm here to help build an encyclopedia based on a set of rules. That involves dealing with the attempts to subvert the integrity of the encyclopedia, something that is commonplace in ARBPIA because many people are dumb enough to edit topics where their personal views compromise their editing and degrade content.
  • Your comment "You might want to consider getting a larger perspective at things in the view of the futility of your endeavors in the face of historical forces" is the kind of comment that keeps me editing in the ARBPIA topic area. If you can imagine what it is like to not have any of the beliefs you currently have or any of the beliefs you believe others in the ARBPIA topic area hold, that will get you close to understanding my perspective, which is that there is information published by reliable sources and the content rules. If someone does something that is inconsistent with information published by reliable sources and the content rules, and I see it, I may take action to correct it.
  • My user name is my real name. I don't think editors should be allowed to edit anonymously, so I don't. The origin and meaning of my surname is unknown. It doesn't connect me to anything, so be careful about what you think you can see. Sean.hoyland - talk 08:37, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
If that is really your name, then I apologize for that one remark. I am sorry it seems that our mindsets are incompatible. But I am sure we'll manage to live with it, and even collaborate successfully. Debresser (talk) 16:15, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
Unknown? I thought your real name referred historically to a 'John', certainly Irish, set on highground? (2)'in the view of the futility of your endeavors in the face of historical forces.' Debresser. You really should think before making statements like that.' Anyone with a long-term memory can see how dangerous that kind of mindset has been, esp. to Jews. Nishidani (talk) 10:35, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
I hope you two didn't misunderstand my meaning with that sentence about "historical forces". I was referring to their everchanging nature. In some places history has been re-written actively over the last decade alone. Debresser (talk) 16:17, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
Whatever you intended, it sounds, thus put unnerving. I personally was reminded of Ignacy Schipper's argument against mounting a Jewish resistance against the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto. I can't recall exactly where, but his language was similar to the phrasing you used.Nishidani (talk) 19:47, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
I apologize for the misunderstanding. Debresser (talk) 21:06, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

Notice of Edit warring noticeboard discussion[edit]

Information icon Hello. This message is being sent to inform you that there is currently a discussion that ALSO involves you at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Edit warring regarding a possible violation of Wikipedia's policy on Wikipedia:Edit warring. Per numerous violations across two articles. Thank you. --Inayity (talk) 20:48, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

It is I who created that section and reported you. Are you with us? Debresser (talk) 21:06, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
Are you with us is this how you talk to other editors? If you are engaged in an edit war it is hypocritical to accuse someone else of doing it. Reports like this usually come from non-involved editors. --Inayity (talk) 21:12, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
Another rule you are making up. In any case, you started it, so I warned you. I am only trying to keep you from censoring Wikipedia. Debresser (talk) 22:15, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Themainman69 Is pushing POV and removing sourced information[edit]

This user is Pushing POV and removing sourced information on the page "Jews", he ignores the sources and has an agenda. Guy355 (talk) 12:38, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

It seems like the issue has been solved. Guy355 (talk) 12:38, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the update. I keep the Shabbat, and only now saw this post. Debresser (talk) 19:28, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

It's quite alright, fortunately, he has been banned. Guy355 (talk) 19:31, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

Islamization article[edit]

What's up with you? You're a highly experienced editor, so you know perfectly well that you don't have a leg to stand on. Zerotalk 00:11, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

I disagree. The source is reliable. Debresser (talk) 18:28, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
You made no case for reliability. See you at WP:RSN soon. Zerotalk 00:25, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
I made my case on the talkpage, and in my opinion very convincingly so. I asked editors at WP:RSN to comment on the talkpage. Debresser (talk) 01:58, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:Section-sort[edit]

Ambox warning blue.svgTemplate:Section-sort has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. G. C. Hood (talk) 22:56, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for the notification. I'll have a look at the discussion. Debresser (talk) 22:00, 6 August 2014 (UTC)


Hello, Debresser:

(Revert removal of sourced information and a lot of unnecessary formatting "improvements".)

Does the first part of your summary refer to "Galen (and Hippocrates)"..?

This nonetheless looks like a wholesale reversion of the edits made to the start of the article. If so, does that mean you feel there was nothing worthwhile in what I was trying to contribute..?

Regards, Sardanaphalus (talk) 18:49, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

The sourced information was "He is regarded as the most famous and influential polymath of the Islamic Golden Age.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Avicenna (Persian philosopher and scientist) - Britannica Online Encyclopedia | |accessdate=2012-01-07}}</ref>".
Please edit without using all kinds of templates and comments, like in {{thinsp}}; {{nowrap|{{circa}} 980 (August)}}{{spaced ndash}}, or "--------------Reference set begins--------------". All these things are not really necessary and just make editing harder. In this regard, please see WP:KISS, last sentence. Debresser (talk) 14:32, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
  • The information and reference you mention hadn't been removed, but the description "is regarded as the most famous and influential polymath of" had become "polymath who is generally considered to be one of the most significant thinkers and writers of". I've restored an amended version of the previous version's opening where this description is now "polymath who is regarded as one of the most influential thinkers and writers of" – is this acceptable to you?
The other amendments made are the replacement or removal of the various inline templates – apart from those resizing the otherwise near-illegible Arabic script – and the removal of the comment tags structuring the <ref>...</ref> code. (I find it's the inline referencing that usually makes editing noticeably harder.) Again, hopefully this is acceptable to you..?
Thanks for pointing out WP:KISS. The second to fourth sentences here might be of interest.
Regards, Sardanaphalus (talk) 21:33, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes, both are acceptable to me. Thank you.
I don't remember if I ever saw Wikipedia:Revert only when necessary (probably did), but I certainly try to abide by this rule. If I reverted you here, it is because I found it necessary. I had 3 reasons to revert, which I would prefer not to go into, but just that you should know this is a rule I actively abide by. Debresser (talk) 22:24, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
  • As regards the infobox, I felt the way it presented some of its information was too serial, so would you mind if I restored the structure added there – but with thinsp, nowrap, etc templates omitted – ? (I think there were also a couple of typos.) Sardanaphalus (talk) 13:53, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
I suppose representing information in a serial way makes sense in an infobox. I don't know. But that would probably come under "don't interfere if not really necessary", so try me. :) Debresser (talk) 17:36, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Avoiding linewraps (i.e. information break-up) and offering a little more structure was what I had in mind. What do you make of it now? Sardanaphalus (talk) 14:08, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
In the very first line I saw some 3 templates related to formatting. Sorry, but no. Please keep things simple (WP:KISS). If it ain't broken, don't fix it. (WP:BROKEN, another useful link.) Debresser (talk) 18:09, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
  • How about the following?
    Other than the {{big}}and {{resize|145%}} – otherwise the Arabic script is easily illegible – I think I've removed/replaced the extra templates; {{ublist}}, {{hlist}} and {{Aligned table}} are now replaced by <div>s. (It's these and the footnotes that provide the structure which I feel present the infobox's information more lucidly. (Translation: "I feel it is a bit broke, so here's some fixing."))
suggested current
Ibn Sīnā  ابن سینا
Avicenna TajikistanP17-20Somoni-1999 (cropped).png
Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna) as represented on
a Tajik 20-somoni banknote.
Other names
  • Avicenna
  • Sharaf al-Mulk
  • Hujjat al-Haq
  • Sheikh al-Rayees
  • Bu Alī Sīnā (بو علی سینا)
  • "Father of [modern] medicine"[1]
Born circa 980 CE (August)
Bukhara, Greater Khorāsān[2]
Died June 1037 (aged 56–57)
Hamadān, Persia (Iran)
Era Islamic Golden Age
(Middle Ages)
Main interests
Major works
Ibn Sīnā (ابن سینا)
Avicenna TajikistanP17-20Somoni-1999 (cropped).png
Other names Sharaf al-Mulk, Hujjat al-Haq, Sheikh al-Rayees, Bu Alī Sīnā(بو علی سینا), Avicenna
Born August c. 980
Bukhara (capital of the Samanid Empire), today Uzbekistan
Died June 1037 (aged 56–57)
Hamadan, Iran
Era Medieval era (Islamic Golden Age)
Region Greater Khorāsān under the Samanid Empire (19 years in Bukhara);
Khwārazm under the Samanids (13 years in Gurgānj);
Gorgān under the Ziyarids: 1012–14 AD;
Persia under the Buyids (Ray: for 1 year; Hamadān: for 9 years; Isfahān: for 13 years; died in 1037 AD in Hamadān.)[6]
Main interests Medicine, philosophy, logic, Islamic theology (kalam), physics, poetry, science
Notable ideas Father of modern medicine; pioneer of aromatherapy
Major works The Book of Healing, The Canon of Medicine

Sardanaphalus (talk) 10:31, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

  1. ^
  2. ^ Then capital of the Samanid Empire, today in Uzbekistan.
  3. ^ In Bukhara (19 years) then Gurgānj, Khwārazm (13 years).
  4. ^ In Gorgān, 1012–14.
  5. ^ In Ray (1 year), Hamadān (9 years) and Isfahān (13 years). "D. Gutas, 1987, ''AVICENNA ii. Biography'', Encyclopædia Iranica". Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  6. ^ "D. Gutas, 1987, ''AVICENNA ii. Biography'', Encyclopædia Iranica". Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
I am fine with your latest edit to the article. Debresser (talk) 15:04, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Your suggestion looks good. I have 1 question and 1 remark. Question: since Avicenna will be part of the title of the infobox, albeit in brackets, does it still need to be repeated under "other names"? Remark: I am not comfortable with "Father of Modern Medicine" as a name. Debresser (talk) 15:09, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
  • I reckon it's worth retaining the repeated "Avicenna", not only as its first mention is in brackets but to be clear that it's an "other name" (of which I imagine "Avicenna" himself was never aware). I agree that labels such as "father of [modern] medicine" (reference notwithstanding) are probably too tenuous to merit inclusion in an infobox, so have struck it out above and will omit if you're now happy to see the infobox updated. Sardanaphalus (talk) 08:44, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
  • I've gone ahead and updated the infobox as above (and without "Father of [modern] medicine"). "Avicenna" is one of ibn Sina's "Other names", so I reckon it should remain in that section – but also as the parenthesis in the title, as it's well-established in the English-speaking world (and the article's name). Hope that's okay. Sardanaphalus (talk) 09:41, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Very well. A pleasure working with you. Debresser (talk) 10:02, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

Notice of WP:ARBPIA[edit]

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Thank you. I am familiar with WP:ARBPIA. Debresser (talk) 15:15, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Comments - WP:RS - WP:3RR[edit]


According to you, here, I made a "bullshit claim" [sic] when I stated that the "Ministry of Foreign Affair" was not a "reliable source" to provide the cause of the Jewish Exodus from Arab Lands. In more of not being WP:CIVIL, your comments are quite questionnable. It is obvious that a political organisation (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of a contry) is not at all reliable and even not pertinent on a topic related to History (exodus from 1948 to end of the 80ies, around 40 years ago...) in an article dealing with Human Sciences ("Jews").

I add that on the article about the Bar Kokhba revolt, you have made 3 reverts in 24 hours versus 3 different contributors, which is an edit war. Given the reasons of your reverts are related to the I-P conflict, I have added this to the ARBPIA article lists for which WP:1RR applies. You have been warned about this and you should stop any edit war and find a comprises on the talk page.

Pluto2012 (talk) 08:27, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

First of all, I reverted 2 editors on Bar Kokhba revolt, not 3. Secondly, that article is not related to WP:ARBPIA, and I have accordingly removed the WP:ARBPIA warning from that talkpage, where you had added it incorrectly. Debresser (talk) 15:03, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Regarding the reliability of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you want to make the point a government ministry is not a reliable source, please do so on the talkpage or on WP:RS/N, but until you get consensus for that claim, I think it is bull shit. Debresser (talk) 15:05, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
On :
  • "Jews", you have finally been reverted by Oncenawhile
  • "Islamisation of the Temple Mount", you was finallly accepted you was in a minority position
  • "Bar Kochba Revolt", an article indirectly linked to the I-P conflit given what shlomo sand published about this, you have been reverted 3 times and 3 times you re-inserted your edit.
You behaviour is not appropriate as well as going on with comments such as "bull shit".
Pluto2012 (talk) 18:43, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Regarding Jews. I have no idea what you are talking about. Oncenawhile edited a paragraph I never edited before.
Regarding Islamisation of the Temple Mount. Yes, I accepted that after the long discussions on the talkpage. That is a good thing, no?
Regarding Bar Kochba Revolt. That article is not even indirectly related to WP:ARBPIA, imho. I don't know Shlomo Sand, and I don't really care about every person who likes to see connections (conspiracy theories come to mind).
Regarding Bull shit. If you say bull shit, it will be called "bull shit". I have seen admins say a lot worse on WP:ANI, so don't even think to lecture me for my language. Debresser (talk) 20:03, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Hi Debresser, I disagree on the Bar Kochba revolt, because it is a fundamental part of Israel's national myth. See e.g. [2], which contains some good material for additions to the article. Oncenawhile (talk) 20:45, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Debresser, I don't have time to lose with pilpuls. What is clear is that your edits are problematic. The reference to MFA was removed by Onceanwhile and your theory on the islamisation was removed by Zero0000. The fact that you agreed is good, indeed. It is sad that you don't realize this by yourself.
About your behaviour on Bar Kochba Revolt, this article falls under ARBIPA but don't be afraid : you will not be reported. I do act as an adult. You shoud understand alone that reverting 3 editors is not acceptable.
About the content. It is accepted among scholars that the numbers of 585,000 and the destruction of 800 villages are exagerated. Of course, nobody has the real numbers. So based on that uncertaincy, you want to make a genocide from this, just with 1 source to assess this. If you want to believe this, I don't see how to convince you. But given it is sourced that this is part of the Israeli national narrative to believe so, it will be hard to convince other contributors and to get a compromise on a belief. Pluto2012 (talk) 14:19, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
@Pluto2012 I do agree that figures might be exaggerated. That still doesn't mean the results of the uprising don't qualify as a genocide.
@Oncenawhile I have also heard of the Bar Kokhba Revolt being overly stressed in Zionist ideology. The source you bring is still a bit removed from that, but comes close. But even with that, I think it is still a long way to a connection with ARBPIA, even broadly constructed. I'd like to see that discussed somewhere first. Debresser (talk) 15:52, 19 August 2014 (UTC)


Not sure if he is the same guy but this nor is up for a topic ban at ANI. Dougweller (talk) 21:43, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

I'll have a look there Thanks. Debresser (talk) 17:31, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Israeli Jews collage[edit]

Hi :-)

I saw you took part in a past discussion regarding the people appearing in the infobox. I have some issues with it (mostly regarding the style and the people represented in it, with some notable figures being passed out).

I started a discussion about it and proposed a new collage. I would really like it if you took part in the new discussion and suggested ideas/opinions that will help make the collage better. After all, it's all about consensus.

I do have an account and if you want to leave me a personal message leave it here: User:Mr. Sort It Out. Thank you! (talk) 21:59, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the invitation. Debresser (talk) 09:31, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

I did some asking about the people you mentioned, ever Israeli knew Agassi and Yonah, but all of them mentioned Becky Griffin is irrelevant. I suggested someone else instead of her on the collage. Could you please also leave your comments about things like style and other issues? (talk) 18:50, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

Notice of No Original Research Noticeboard discussion[edit]

Hello, Debresser. This message is being sent to inform you that a discussion is taking place at Wikipedia:No original research/Noticeboard regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. Tgeorgescu (talk) 20:06, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for the notification. Debresser (talk) 22:36, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Menachem M. Schneerson[edit]

I saw you undid my changes on Menachem M. Schneerson. You stated that you object to some of them and that I should make smaller edits. The reason I made big edits was because I moved sections and did not want the history to give a wrong impression that I blanked sections. I imagine you don't disagree with the new sources I added or the text I tightened. Can you please specify what changes I made you disagree with? Thanks. TM (talk) 02:43, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

You removed some sourced statements from the lede like that he was called simply "the Rebbe" and that he was one of the most influential leaders of religious Judaism in the 20th century. These phrases may remind you of hagiography, but they are true and important. Likewise you removed a source for the statement that he is noted for his contributions to religious thought, without any indication why that source didn't satisfy you. Moving sections is a regular thing and can be done in one edit, no reason not to separate that from other edits. Debresser (talk) 10:31, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Would you support this on the "Rosh Hashanah" article?[edit]

Hi, Dovid. I'm asking your advice here. Here, as you can see, I deleted references to Yemenite Jewish customs. Can we put it back on in the article, under a new sub-title? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Davidbena (talkcontribs)

I'll reply to your post on the talkpage. Thanks for coming here. Debresser (talk) 18:04, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

We already had that[edit]

Hi Debresser, just following up on your revert. I don't know what you mean by "We" or "that" and am confused as to why you are removing well sourced content. Thanks for any clarification. Lexlex (talk) 00:46, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

I meant that the conclusions of Ostrer's research were mentioned in the same section of the "Jews" article, just a little higher up. Debresser (talk) 01:01, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
Just for your information, these genetic studies were the subject of heavy argument a few months ago, I think it was on the Ashkenazi Jews talkpage. Debresser (talk) 01:04, 24 September 2014 (UTC)


Thanks for fixing the vandalism. As it is in life, good deeds often get rewarded with requests for more. :-) So, I looked at your user page, saw a link to HaShem, and ended up reading that section. Less than half of it actually discusses HaShem; in particular the first paragraph starts out with another name, and ends with a discussion of sound changes that for me don't seem to apply to the topic. Is this something you might want to look into, or should I post it at the WP? — Sebastian 19:50, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

Rebbe and HaShem are on my agenda. If it will wait a little, then I'll be happy to look at it. Debresser (talk) 21:23, 27 September 2014 (UTC)
Of course, there's no rush. I'm aware that we're all volunteers here, and I never take peoples work here for granted, particularly now that I'm much less active here than I used to be. — Sebastian 06:40, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
I edited Hashem, see this diff.
Likewise I edited Names of God in Judaism, see this diff.
Are these the articles you feel needed improving? Debresser (talk) 20:21, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for the edits, and thank you also for all the links here. I had only meant the "HaShem" section of Names of God in Judaism. I'm happy with the way it looks now. So, now I'm wondering: Was the text about the "k" replacement just vandalism or original research? — Sebastian 21:23, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
Good, then I did solve the issue. It was original research, yes, and off point. It was related, but not directly to the HaShem section.Debresser (talk) 23:39, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Request for Intervention[edit]

Dovid, shalom. There is a question about what is considered worthy or not worthy of publishing on a WP article page in terms of photos because of what may or may not be perceived by others as distasteful (bad taste). The editor, User, PacificWarrior101, and lately supported by User, Amire80, have posted a Commons photograph of Israeli singer and transgender, Dana International, a photograph which I personally feel shows bad taste and tends to "flout" the dignity and self-respect of the Yemenite Jewish people. I voiced my concerns to the editor about my feelings of repugnancy evoked by the picture on a main article page, Yemenite Jews, that treats on ethnicity, and to a large extent, the history of Yemenite Jews. Most Yemenite Jews will feel a sense of shame by seeing this photo of "Dana International" on the page that speaks specifically about them as a people - and who, by the way, are mostly conservative to religious. While I have no personal problems about discussing issues of transgender, here the matter is different. Dana International's photograph on the main page of an article which treats on ethnicity is tantamount to putting up an image of a serial killer on an ethnicity page. Or, let's say, Israeli troops shooting at an Arab child, on a page which speaks on Israeli ethnicity. There should be a place for common considerations as for what is tactful and what is not, particularly when the photo is controversial and evokes shame. See the Talk page on Yemenite Jews, and the sub-section: "Flouting an Ethnic Group." Any advice will be much appreciated by you.Davidbena (talk) 19:00, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Please don't remove my comment again, especially as you were canvassed to the talk page. Limiting photos of transgendered people to transgender-specific articles is ghettoization. --NeilN talk to me 20:40, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Such unproductive and antagonizing comments will be removed by me and any other editor at will, as they are unacceptable on Wikipedia. Debresser (talk) 23:14, 29 September 2014 (UTC)


Since we seemed to reach an impass on Talk:Eliezer_Melamed#Honorific, I have followed the WP:3O process to get a third person's input on the matter. --Nat Gertler (talk) 21:41, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for dropping me a note. Debresser (talk) 22:25, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

Sophie Marceau[edit]

I have to say that you feel that in the actress's personal section that the only realistically bit of tat and trivia is that her ex partner is older than her pretty weak and the fact that you take this so seriously by repeatedly adding this fact back in shows that this website needs some a bit of fresh air.....

There must be 100s more interesting facts about her personal life to add rather than a 26 year age gap.

Alphacatmarnie (talk) 06:03, 13 October 2014 (UTC)

True as that may be, I didn't add it. I just oppose removing it. A bit of an age difference is not noteworthy. This much of an age difference is. Debresser (talk) 10:22, 13 October 2014 (UTC)

Another source removed Talk Sukkot[edit]

Please go to this page to enter your comments on this dispute.

regardsTheredheifer (talk) 18:03, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

I suppose I should say "Thank you" for posting this notification. In any case. That discussion was closed with edit summary "Closing as premature, insufficient discussion". I told you on the talkpage that taking this to dispute resolution was premature. When will you start listening to me? Debresser (talk) 23:00, 14 October 2014 (UTC)
Thank you is not required, that was part of the process. When will you stop removing non religious material?Theredheifer (talk) 19:33, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
When it is relevant, reliable and worded correctly. Debresser (talk) 03:44, 17 October 2014 (UTC)
The material that I add meets all these criteria.Theredheifer (talk) 14:10, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
It is often worded unlucky, and not necessarily relevant at the precise location where you want to add it. Debresser (talk) 18:22, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
Well please reword it, and put it in the relevant place instead of edit warring. PS If you are going to continue to criticise my writing you should not use phrases such as worded unlucky.Theredheifer (talk) 19:01, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Rosh Hashanah dispute[edit]

See this page for third opinion request for resolution of the three disputed words.Theredheifer (talk) 14:26, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Your post therewas removed. Debresser (talk) 18:23, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
I will try RSN first before going to dispute 3ORTheredheifer (talk) 19:05, 20 October 2014 (UTC)


I have asked for advice on the disputed RS here.

I should probably add the rest as well.Theredheifer (talk) 19:03, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

You should have linked the rest of the discussion on Talk:Sukkot#Another_.22source.22_removed as well. Debresser (talk) 20:20, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Nomination of Shabbos App for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Shabbos App is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Shabbos App (2nd nomination) until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article.

Thanks for dropping a note. I'll give my 2 cents as well. Debresser (talk) 22:10, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Your POV[edit]

Dear Debresser, I need your help: after reading your user page and looking at your edit history, it would seem you almost exclusively work on articles relating to Jewish subjects. It raises a red flag because you are a) such an active user with these articles, regularly/daily answering talk messages, often in the first person with what could be considered a sense of ownership; and b) you state in your user page that you are a member of Jewish clergy. Because of your long edit history it almost ridiculous to say this, but I want to make sure you've read WP:COMPORG —which explicitly discourages members of an organisation editing pages about their organisation, simply because it's too easy to fail one of the three cores of Wikipedia: Neutrality. Please let me know if this has come up before and how you responded, or how you feel you maintain a sense of neutrality when working on articles which are likely very near and dear to you? Thank you very much for your help in advance. Lexlex (talk) 13:23, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Hello Lexlex. Thank you for visiting my userpage. I am active in science-fiction articles as well, articles about films, and used to be active in maintenance templates, both their standardization as well as error fixing. Please see User:Debresser/My_work_on_Wikipedia for details.
There was once another religious Jewish editor who was worried about a cabal of editors from a specific Orthodox Jewish movement, and took his concerns to WP:ARBCOM. However, ARBCOM did no see things his way, and I can tell you that his suspicions were indeed unfounded. That was in 2010.
I am by character rather sure of myself, and that may show in my posts. I am a rabbi, in the sense that I finished a talmudic college (a yeshiva). I am however not actively involved with any community, so the title "rabbi" is in my case more like an academic degree than a job-description, and I don't consider myself to be clergy.
By virtue of my secular education (elite Dutch high school and unfinished studies as a theoretical physician), I think I am actually well-equipped to view even subjects in which I have extensive knowledge from a religious point of view, from other sides as well.
I hope my reply was able to set aside your concerns. I am open for constructive criticism, so please feel free to post here in the future, if you see the need. Debresser (talk) 18:00, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
Per your comment below regarding well poisoning, this is not an attempt at an ad hominem attack, I believe good editors are hard to find and better to keep. Frankly I'm bringing this up because I am uneasy. I am feeling uncomfortable with what I see over time in your editing style in articles specifically related to Judaism and related subjects, and feel your close connection to the organization may be running afoul of the spirit if not the letter of WP:COMPORG. I understand you're not practicing clergy, but you've stated you still consider yourself a member of the organisation, strictly subscribe to its rules and consider yourself an authority on the subject. While well and fine, I want to ensure other editors (myself included) attempting to modify articles, perhaps by adding things which may make you uncomfortable due to your connection, are free to do so without needless interference. Lexlex (talk) 23:57, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Please note also that here I am addressing WP:COMPORG whereas below it is WP:Ownership. Lexlex (talk) 00:22, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
My reply above was more regarding WP:OWN. What organization did you have in mind that encompasses all of Judaism articles? Debresser (talk) 20:17, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
See organized religion. Lexlex (talk) 21:39, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
Seems rather far-fetched. In any case, that is not the case here. Please notice that I am as opinionated about other issues as about issues related to Judaism, see e.g. here. Debresser (talk) 00:56, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Template:Medieval Lands by Charles Cawley[edit]

On my talk page, there was a request by User:PBS to unprotect a template that you were involved in a content dispute with last December. I've unprotected it and made some changes to the template. If you have any objections to my edits or the unprotection then let me know and I'll protect it again and revert all my changes. -- WOSlinker (talk) 16:13, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

This is some kind of compromise version. On the one hand it does show the output, on the other hand it avoids the error message. I suppose that should be okay. I do think that most citation templates don't show on the template page itself, but as long as there is no error, having the template output on its own page is not in itself a bad thing. Debresser (talk) 19:11, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

Jewish seminary[edit]

Your actions on this page are bizarre. You can not "warn" someone for bringing a page in conformance with strict guidelines for the contents of disambiguation pages. If you are incompetent to edit in this area due to a lack of understanding of how disruptive nonconforming pages are to disambiguation efforts, then you should either learn the rules or avoid the area. In this case, you'd be just as right throwing a "Featured article" tag on the page, and "warning" anyone who dared take it off. bd2412 T 01:48, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Debresser you're a very experienced editor—hardly incompetent, but it seems you may be attempting to claim WP:Ownership on all articles relating to Judaism with what could be seen as an almost autocratic editing style-summarily reverting edits that don't meet with your approval on a regular basis. Do you think this is a possibility? Lexlex (talk) 13:13, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
An editor can be highly competent in general and yet incompetent in a specific area, such as disambiguation, where the balance is delicate and the potential for disruption is extraordinary. bd2412 T 16:41, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Lexlex, you asked this above, and I already replied. I think your repeated suggestion, however well-meant it may be, results in discrediting me and my edits with well-poisoning. Not to mention that the assumption itself is quite preposterous.
BD2412 I simply disagree with your unfounded assumption that entries on a disambiguation page must be one-word links. Nowhere in WP:MOSDAB does it say so, and practice on Wikipedia is precisely the opposite, to add a few words of explanation to each entry on a disambiguation page. Debresser (talk) 22:18, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
I have not said that entries on disambiguation pages must be one word links; however, per WP:MOSDAB#Introductory line, the introductory sentence is to say only "Term may refer to:"; there should be no links on the page other than links to terms to which the title is ambiguous, because other links confound the software that offers solutions for fixing links to the disambiguation page. Unless you can provide sources for the proposition that "Rabbi" and "Judaism" mean the same thing as "Jewish seminary", then they must not be linked on the page. Also, please do not remove valid cleanup tags from the page so long as these issue persist. You must be aware that I have had no previous involvement with this page, and I have come to it solely in my capacity as an administrator to prevent breaches of the guidelines that are harmful to the encyclopedia. My actions in this capacity are administrative actions, not merely "content editing" actions. Accordingly, I need to know that you are willing to conform your conduct to the requirements of this project. bd2412 T 22:27, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
BD2412 As you probably noticed, my reverts have been based on those same guidelines, as stated in my edit summaries and on the talk page discussion. We understand those guidelines differently. Therefore your question if I am willing to abide by the guidelines is strange to say the least, and comes close to attempted intimidation. Debresser (talk) 20:20, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
Do you understand that having any links on the page other that those that are directly ambiguous to the term at issue is harmful to the disambiguation tools, and is therefore clearly prohibited on disambiguation pages? bd2412 T 20:33, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
Per MOS:DABENTRY that refers only to entries, not to the introductory line. Debresser (talk) 20:39, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
Do you understand that having any links anywhere on the page other that those that are directly ambiguous to the term at issue is harmful to the disambiguation tools, which do not distinguish where on the page these links are? Can you show me anywhere in WP:MOSDAB#Introductory line where an introductory line looks like that? bd2412 T 20:46, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
That is not mentioned anywhere on the guideline, so 1. you can not enforce it 2. if that is the case, and you will have to prove that, then the tools should be fixed, rather than lower the informative quality of the pages. This is an encyclopedia, after all, not a playfield for tool wielders. Debresser (talk) 20:48, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
By the way, wouldn't you agree that my last edit s a lot more to your liking than before? So now your only problem is the link in the introductory sentence? Or do you have more problems with the current version? Debresser (talk) 20:52, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
Based on your conduct with respect to this matter, I have proposed to impose a short block on you at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents#User:Debresser conduct at Jewish seminary. Your comment about the "informative quality of pages" suggests that you do not understand the function of disambiguation pages, which basically serve as redirects with multiple options. bd2412 T 20:53, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the note. I have replied there. Debresser (talk) 21:06, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Goel Ratzon - Needs a factual basis or citation[edit]

The Goel Ratzon needs a factual basis or citation to support the contention that he "claims to be a Jewish Messiah." A single attribution is all that is required. To include without support is to do so based on an assumption, which is therefore not factual.--Lfrankbalm (talk) 22:28, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

You posted the same on the talk page. I saw it there. Debresser (talk) 23:38, 29 October 2014 (UTC)