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Glad Tidings and all that ...[edit]

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Pet animals CFD[edit]

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Talback –categorization of Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act[edit]

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Speedy deletion nomination of List of Honorary Fellows of Oriel College, Oxford[edit]

Hello DexDor,

I wanted to let you know that I just tagged List of Honorary Fellows of Oriel College, Oxford for deletion, because it appears to duplicate an existing Wikipedia article, [[{{{article}}}]].

If you feel that the article shouldn't be deleted, you can contest this deletion, but please don't remove the speedy deletion tag from the top.

You can leave a note on my talk page if you have questions. Vanjagenije (talk) 00:40, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

A Tesla Roadster for you![edit]

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Thank you for contributing to Wikipedia! Gg53000 (talk) 14:09, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Category:Children reared abroad by missionary parents[edit]

You have an excellent argument set out in the discussion of this category, one with which I concur. I note only that you misspell "outweighs" as "outways." I'm not one for spelling flames, but I thought you might want an opportunity to correct that, so that your good argument is flawlessly presented. Unfortunately, silly things like that sometimes affect opinions. TJRC (talk) 18:16, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the compliment and correction. DexDor (talk) 06:35, 8 March 2014 (UTC)


Hi, Dex. I'm confused by this revert. It claimed there was an issue with Wikipedia:DABABBREV#Abbreviations.2C_initials_and_acronyms: "Do not add articles to abbreviation or acronym disambiguation pages unless the target article defines the acronym or abbreviation."

I was adding an Indian government agency which is called... the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (India) (yes, the website of this agency uses the acronym AAIB). So in fact the target article does define the acronym that way. Your revert simply had removed the Indian agency WhisperToMe (talk) 18:20, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Hi WhisperToMe, at the time I saw the edit there was just a redlink for the Indian AAIB (which is against MOS:DAB). It's fine now. It's best to create the article first and then add it to dab page etc. DexDor (talk) 18:35, 15 March 2014 (UTC)


Hi, I am pretty positive what I did to the BYOB page was constructive as postin' pals are all OG crew. Thanks. Fart villain (talk) 21:07, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Category:Death of women[edit]

Category:Death of women, which you created, has been nominated for possible deletion, merging, or renaming. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the Categories for discussion page. Thank you. Obi-Wan Kenobi (talk) 13:23, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for your RfA support[edit]

Hi there, a bit of a form letter from me, Cyphoidbomb, but I wanted to drop you a line and thank you for your support at my recent RfA. Although I was not successful, I certainly learned quite a bit both about the RfA process and about how the community views my contributions. It was an eye-opener, to say the least. Thank you! Cyphoidbomb (talk) 00:42, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For the extensive, low-profile but nonetheless important work on categories. Green Giant supports NonFreeWiki (talk) 21:50, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! DexDor (talk) 04:57, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

LMNOP disambiguation page[edit]

Hi there --

I recently reverted an edit you made to LMNOP, which you reverted back today. Not wanting to get into an edit war with you, but did you actually read what you left behind (on either occasion)? Your edit removed an incomplete part of an entry, leaving the second part of it in a way that doesn't make sense. I'll leave it to you to clean up your re-revert, but if you don't, I'll be doing so soon. Thanks. --Heath (talk) 01:54, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks - you're right. I've cleaned it up now. DexDor (talk) 04:56, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

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Merge discussion for Traffic Information Service – Broadcast[edit]


An article that you have been involved in editing, Traffic Information Service – Broadcast, has been proposed for a merge with another article. If you are interested in the merge discussion, please participate by going here, and adding your comments on the discussion page. Thank you. Technophant (talk) 19:21, 6 April 2014 (UTC)


Thanks for trying to improve Manifold (engineering), but I think that your edit somewhat muddies the waters because of the existence of Manifold (disambiguation) - from which the Manifold (engineering) list was an odd POV-fork. The creator removed all of the engineering links from the disambiguation page. You can see my concerns at Talk:Manifold (disambiguation). I'm not sufficiently bothered about it to revert your edit, but I hope you can see that the difference between "Various types of engineering manifolds include:" and "Types of manifolds include:" used to help prevent drive-by editors adding out-of-scope links. --RexxS (talk) 14:53, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

The Manifold (engineering) page (although it may have originated in a split from a dab page) isn't a dab page - it's a (normal) article about the topic of (engineering) manifolds. I changed "engineering manifold" to "manifold" because (AFAIK) "engineering manifold" isn't a term in common use (if it was then "Engineering manifold" would be a better title for that page). I've added a hatnote. I hope this addresses your concern, happy to discuss if not. DexDor (talk) 19:16, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. I originally made the point that Manifold (engineering) wasn't a dab page when I was struggling to keep all the links on the dab page. If you think that "Engineering manifold" isn't a term in common use (I agree), what do you think about a redirect named Manifold (general engineering)? <grin> Cheers, --RexxS (talk) 00:05, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
I don't see any advantage in having such a redirect (and linking to it from Manifold (disambiguation)?). DexDor (talk) 05:13, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

April 2014[edit]

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Hi DexDor, I just wanted to let you know that I have added the autopatrolled right to your account, as you have created numerous, valid articles. This feature will have no effect on your editing, and is simply intended to reduce the workload on new page patrollers. For more information on the patroller right, see Wikipedia:Autopatrolled. Feel free to leave me a message if you have any questions. Happy editing! The Bushranger One ping only 06:48, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

List of songs in Glee[edit]

How is this not a Wikipedia:SETINDEX in your opinion? postdlf (talk) 00:39, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi postdlf, WP:SIA says:
A set index article is a list article about a set of items of a specific type that share the same (or similar) name. For example, Dodge Charger describes a set of cars, List of peaks named Signal Mountain describes a set of mountain peaks, and List of ships of the United States Navy named Enterprise describes a set of ships.
Another example of a page that fits the definition of a SIA is List of songs named for the phoenix; it's a list of items of a specific type (songs) that share the same (or similar) name ("phoenix") (e.g. Phoenix (ASAP Rocky song)). List of songs in Glee is a list of songs that have been performed on the TV series - i.e. inclusion in the list(s) of a song (e.g. Empire State of Mind) is not based on the name of the song. None of the examples at WP:SIA are lists like this. That CAT:SI currently contains some inappropriate pages (e.g. List of earthquakes in Chile occurring in 2010) is not a good reason to add more pages that don't fit the definition of a set index. If you think that List of songs in Glee does fit the definition of a set index please explain. DexDor (talk) 05:03, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
Because it's literally "a set of items of a specific type that share the same (or similar) name" (or in the template's more concise words, "a list of related items that share the same name"). List of songs in Glee functions and exists only as an index to the set of list articles Wikipedia has of songs in Glee, subdivided by seasons, and all the season lists are lists of songs in Glee and all the lists are titled the same. I really don't understand the distinction you're trying to make, other than the lists you are citing are not lists of lists, but that doesn't seem relevant here, nor does WP:SETINDEX have anything to do with that. The only contrast that section makes is with disambiguation pages, which are of articles that only coincidentally have a similar name but don't necessarily have any topical relationship, as opposed to set indexes where when the listed article names are similar and the articles topically belong to a group. postdlf (talk) 16:12, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
Hi postdlf, A SIA is a list of items (things) that share the same (or similar) name. List of songs in Glee is a list of songs (organized as sub-lists) that have a wide variety of names. Because of the way the list has been organized into sub-lists the top article currently contains little more than links to the sub-articles, but those sub-articles are linked because of what they are, not directly because of any similarity of the article titles. Neither the title of List of songs in Glee nor its text indicate that it has anything to do with names (contrast with the phoenix example). A "List of ballads in Glee" article (for example) would be a valid addition to List of songs in Glee (even though its title doesn't contain the word "songs"). Another example: Lists of French films lists various articles - most/all of which (currently) have the words "French films" in their title - would you consider Lists of French films (and all similar articles) to be a SIA ? If so, then would the addition of a "List of French silent movies" article (for example) mean it would lose its SIA status ? DexDor (talk) 06:18, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
Only the content at List of songs in Glee itself matters as far as what that page is, and the only things listed are the lists by season; the songs are not transcluded there. I noted above that your distinction seems purely based on the fact that this is a list of lists, but you have not explained (only asserted, and only indirectly) why a list of lists is categorically never a set index. Can you point to a discussion on this point, or any clear guideline language? Maybe some lists of lists are set indexes, maybe all, maybe none. What do you think the consequence is of a list being (or not being) labeled as a set index? postdlf (talk) 14:36, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

Recent edit to Fru[edit]

I have reverted this edit, I have no idea what you're trying to do here. Please examine your edit again. If you have any questions, let me know. Lixxx235 (talk) 21:14, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi Lixxx235, pleae see MOS:DAB (e.g. one bluelink per entry, no fullstop) and WP:DCAT. DexDor (talk) 21:17, 18 May 2014 (UTC)
Okay, this is why I will never edit disambs. Was "gievn name" a typo? If so, I'll self revert and change that. Thanks! --Lixxx235 (talk) 21:23, 18 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks - I've fixed it. DexDor (talk) 21:26, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

Eagle (disambiguation) reversion[edit]

WP:DCAT specifically allows for additional categories. However, I have found a different solution. Clarityfiend (talk) 01:10, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

Abdur Razzaq (name)[edit]

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@Coren I think your algorithm could be improved; it's fairly obvious that that website has copied from Wikipedia, and not the other way around. DexDor (talk) 05:39, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
Indeed. It's my prose that you're talking about, as introduced here. SamuelTheGhost (talk) 14:07, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
It is, sadly, pretty much impossible for a bot to figure out the origin of prose when it circles out of Wikipedia and back in. Known (obvious) Wikipedia mirrors are excluded explicitly when found, but beyond that it's not obvious. That's why articles aren't put for deletion outright but marked for humans to review instead.  :-) — Coren (talk) 14:04, 11 June 2014 (UTC)
@Coren. The page says "[Wikipedia logo] Article (powered by Wikipedia) ... (text) ... Wikipedia article" - surely the bot could be programmed to ignore any page that mentions Wikipedia. DexDor (talk) 20:15, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
The short of it: no, it can't. Part of the problem is that copying from Wikipedia to some random text page and from there back to Wikipedia looses attribution of edits (in the same way a copy-paste article move within Wikipedia itself does). It's possible to do it right, by either copying the history along (as some mirrors do) or adding a notice pointing to the correct attribution source in an edit summary but that really needs to be done by a human.

Sadly, no bot is smart enough to look at a site, decide if attribution was correctly preserved and moved along the text; this is why the articles get tagged for a human to review. — Coren (talk) 06:20, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

Surname language categories[edit]

While you might be technically correct, I do not see the value in removing valid categories from dab pages that happen to have 1 or 2 surname-holders in them. Everything in Category:Disambiguation pages with surname-holder lists is a hybrid between a dab page and a set index, so I'd hope for some leeway when it comes to categories. —Xezbeth (talk) 09:54, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

I see WP:DBC in fact already covers it: "When a disambiguation page includes a list of name-holders (in cases where the separate anthroponymy list article has not yet been created), explicit categories such as Category:Fooish surnames are acceptable on the disambiguation page until the anthroponymy article is split from the disambiguation page." —Xezbeth (talk) 09:59, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
I decided to clean up up a lot of these dab pages now before I lose track, many of which weren't dab pages in the first place but mistakenly had a tag. The main ones that you might take issue with are Fryar, which I merged back together as there is no need to split it. The other entries were all redlinked partial title matches so I do not see the need for a separate dab page. Similarly, Abdur Razzaq was clearly an article about the name and did not need to be split. The other entries are partial title matches derived from the name so do not need to be disambiguated, or even mentioned at all. —Xezbeth (talk) 13:05, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for picking that up. IMO dab pages should be dab pages and articles (including articles about a name) should be articles (e.g. Aiza). Allowing surnames to break that rule means we get various forms of dab-article hybrid (e.g. pages like Messier and Morin). I'll do some more thinking about how we can improve this area. DexDor (talk) 20:17, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Tillicum Elementary School[edit]

Hi, DexDor. Could you look over the new version, where all entries meet MOS:DABMENTION, and consider withdrawing the nomination? Everyone else has voted keep and it'd be nice to close it and not take up any more time (unless you still object, in which case, it'd be great if you commented on that). Boleyn (talk) 10:34, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

Done. DexDor (talk) 19:11, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Recent edit to Bakri[edit]

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@User:Leoesb1032 - please read MOS:DAB before "correcting" edits to dab pages. DexDor (talk) 14:08, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
Alright, the page is better now, however there was a grammatical error and some thins that should have been there. Keep in mind, I am using STiki and when it shows me something like this it seems like it should be reverted. No need to edit now, thought. Leoesb1032 (talk) 17:02, 5 July 2014 (UTC)


(this is re Wikipedia:Categories_for_discussion/Log/2014_June_24#Category:Massacres_of_men)

hi Dexdor - thanks for your input. I do agree a list would be useful, and as pointed out, Gendercidewatch has created such a list, a database of such gendercides/sex-selective massacres, so it would pass LISTN. I don't think OR is required, all that is needed is if sources note that men or boys were separated from women before being killed (or vice versa) - this is the criteria Jones uses in his paper on gendercide and genocide - that's the definition of sex-selective massacres. We have several other "Massacres of X" categories, and I thought it would be a useful sub cat of violence against men to separate it from domestic violence or other sorts of violence and to focus on this particular phenomenon which is well attested in the literature. I'm happy to trim the header of the category, I only put that there temporarily since several people !voting thought it was intended to include battles or other activities where combatants are killed, which is not in scope for the category. Is there any framing/restructuring of the inclusion criteria that might convince you to !vote otherwise on this category? Many people seem to believe this is very common and thus not worth categorizing on, but I didn't find that many instances, at least attested in articles we have here, where the article was primarily about such a massacre (there are other articles in which such massacres occur within a much broader context, in which case I didn't add it to the article.)--Obi-Wan Kenobi (talk) 17:15, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

IMO the "[not] combatants" bit is needed (seeing how some editors miscategorize); it's the reference to Jones and the citation that are out of place on a category page. I'd like to phase out all distinguished subcategories - they make life harder for categorizers (as they break the normal SUBCAT rules) and if we want "normal" editors (who specialise in articles not categories) to categorize articles correctly then we should keep categorization (very) simple. Thus, it's unlikely that rewording the inclusion criteria would change my !vote. Your last statement ("there are other articles in which such massacres occur within a much broader context") reinforces my view that this could be better handled as a list (again pushing me towards D rather than K). DexDor (talk)
Distinguished sub cats are tricky, but if you recall from the American novelists squabble there was incredibly strong consensus to keep that modality. The only reason I marked this one as distinguished was because I expected that anything categorized in this one should also be categorized in others - but I'm happy to remove that distinction, it's ultimately not that important. Anyway, I think the fact that outside sources discuss such massacres apart from massacres where gender isn't a factor is worthy of categorization. It would be great if you could read through the Jones' paper and see if that might change your mind, or what else might... :)--Obi-Wan Kenobi (talk) 20:21, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
I didn't particularly follow the American novelists discussion. I've skimmed the Jones paper and it didn't surprise me - the strategy of marauding hordes of males for ages (e.g. Vikings) has been to kill men and rape/enslave women. Jones could have chosen to look at the relationship of something else (e.g. ethnicity, age, language, religion...) to genocide - just because an academic has studied the link between X and Y doesn't mean wp needs a category for that intersection. A list would be more appropriate than a category (e.g. it can explain the complications better than category) and when there is a list there is little point in this category - its costs (in editor time and complication of the category structure) outweigh the benefits. DexDor (talk) 21:29, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
So you'd delete Category:Massacres of women too? And yes, while I agree wikipedia doesn't necessarily need a category for each intersection studied, we also have WP:DEFINING, and for all of these articles, or at least the vast majority, the fact that all men (and in some cases, only men) were slaughtered is defining, it's placed in the lede, like "This massacre was the killing of all males age 10 and older in the village of X" - it is a classic case of defining, in that when people talk about the massacre the fact that it was just the men killed is indeed defining of it.--Obi-Wan Kenobi (talk) 21:34, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
Re MofW - maybe delete, but selecting women for killing is unusual. WP:DEFINING tells us that if something isn't appropriate for the lead it isn't appropriate for categorization - the reverse may not apply.
Your example "This massacre was the killing of all males age 10 and older in the village of X [in year Y]" rather makes my point - I count 5 characteristics there (massacre, male, age 10+, X, Y) and in most cases religion/ethnicity is also mentioned (and often what was happening to the womenfolk). We should choose which of those characteristics to categorize on (especially when combinations of characteristics could mean many categories) - and IMO the most important characteristics for _categorization_ (e.g. to be comprehensive and to fit into wider category tree) are type of event, location and year - categorizing by religion/ethnicity of victims probably comes next - the gender balance of the victims comes after that (IMO). DexDor (talk) 06:06, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
Yes, but none of the sources I've found have spent time studying, for example, the difference in massacres of Hindus vs massacres of Buddhists, nor do they spend a lot of time studying the difference in massacres in 2014 vs those from 1980 - and yet we categorize on these criteria. We already categorizing Massacres in year X (we have such categories), and massacres in country Y (we have such categories), and we even have a few categories of (Massacres of (people of ethnoreligious group)) - there are as many varieties of massacre-grouping as there are ways to categorize novelists! :) But of all of those characteristics, one which has seemed to garner significant study esp in past 15 years is gender. What is the role of gender in violence? It is a topic of a lot of research, and it's something that crosses cultures. And they specifically study, for example, what CAUSES certain types of massacres and atrocities like this to become gendered, and in what cases are they not? For a long time the holocaust was seen as not worthy of gender analysis, but people are starting to research that as well - even if the eventual goal of the Nazis was full elimination of Jews, there was nonetheless gender discrimination - they had the soldiers kill the men first, to desensitize them before killing women and children. The vast majority of our categories are incredibly flimsy and only held up by the slightest of sources, whereas here we have dozens of sources which study gendercide of male non-combatants, but people still want to delete the category! In addition, there is some research that suggests that these sort of gendered effects - separating out the men and slaughtering them vs. just a random killing of villagers - can be indicators of or precursors to larger acts of genocide. What is the logic that leads to this decision to kill the men? Some people !voting think simplistically that it is a way of eliminating a fighting population, but this is not true at all according to the literature; for example in Bosnia, the goal was to eliminate a people from an area, and the murder of the men and transfer of the women was seen as serving this purpose - Carpenter studies how this choice allowed the Serbs to retain a semblance of cooperation with international forces while still fulfilling their goals, which would not have been possible had they simply killed everyone. But even though there are many possible motives for the sex-selective mass murder, there are also common elements as Jones discusses, the ritual separation of the men and boys, the transfer of the women and children elsewhere, and then the executions - this pattern is repeated again and again. Thus, I think this category serves a useful purpose, by bringing together in a single place a number of events which despite their diversity, share something very important in common - If reliable sources care about something and study EXACTLY such gendered violence across time and space, that's a good sign we should too. And again, of hundreds of articles in the massacres tree, I only found ~20 for which this is a defining characteristic, so I don't think we have to worry about this category being added to lots of other massacres. FWIW, I've updated the inclusion criteria and trimmed a bit more, not sure if you like the result or not... I guess my question for everyone is, what is the policy-based reason for deleting? The contents meet WP:DEFINING, there is plenty of literature supporting this intersection between "massacres" and "of men", and it serves a useful navigational purpose, and there are reliable sources that make similar groupings and study them accordingly. --Obi-Wan Kenobi (talk) 07:35, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
Re DEFINING, just a couple of example from the ledes of these articles:

Nothing in that wall-of-text changes my view - in fact most/all of it is irrelevant to my reasons for !voting delete (which suggests you havent read/understood my comments above - e.g. re DEFINING). Some of those example leads refer to the victims using terms like "Fooian battle-age men" suggesting that they were killed because they were Fooian potential combatants - not directly because of their gender.

The category inclusion criteria of Whether the men were selected for killing may not be a neat decision - e.g what if the attackers kill all the men and all the women except women of breeding age? what if the men stay in the village to reason with the attackers (but are killed) while the women flee into the forest? what if we know that most of the men were killed and most of the women survived, but the exact mechanism of the gender disparity is unclear? All in all it's too messy for categorization when other characteristics (massacre/place/year) are sufficient to select a single/few event/s - contrast with, for example, 20th century American novelists which may number thousands.

That academics study a characteristic does not necessarily mean we should categorize by it - for example (in a different topic area) academics may study the high-street economies of (British) towns with/without free parking, but that doesn't mean "Towns with free parking" is a good idea for a category - instead we categorise towns by county (regardless of whether academics compare towns in different counties). DexDor (talk) 21:05, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

Well, anyway, I've made my points. As to "how do we know", the articles I placed within almost all have this important characteristic, which is a specific separation of the men and boys. Thus, this is not about times when men were in the village and the women were not and they were killed accordingly. A choice has to be made to spare the women or send them away elsewhere in order to qualify. These are the types of instances the academics study as sex-selective massacres.--Obi-Wan Kenobi (talk) 21:29, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

History of ballooning external link[edit]

Regarding reversion in History of ballooning: Yes, if you want to learn about the physics of ballooning, you're in the wrong article, which is why you have the sections "see also" and "external links". Wikipedia has guidelines that say not to overload those sections, but they also say they are to be given a lot of leeway as they are made in anticipation of the further interest of the reader. The previous editor anticipated that a reader might want a quick overview of the basic technologies of balloon flight without cycling through the balloon physics article that goes through all the physics and modern engineering, as this is a historical article. I agree, and since there's only 4 external links, and this one is clearly described, it is exactly what an external link should be.

But possibly most importantly, User:Ivankomarov is inexperienced and made a completely constructive, useful, uncontroversial edit. Let it stand for at least a couple weeks for the good of the community -- one shouldn't bite especially over something so minor. SamuelRiv (talk) 21:56, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

@SamuelRiv, If we let (minor) detrimental (in this case because it's offtopic) edits stand because the editor was relatively new then it degrades the article, encourages other newbie editors to make similar edits (e.g. this is often seen on dab pages), doesn't provide feedback to the new editor and takes up extra time assessing the newbieness of the editor. My first reaction (based on experience) on seeing a probable newbie (as indicated by redlink userpage) adding an inappropriate EL is that they are here to try to promote their website rather than to improve the 'pedia. I've now taken a closer look at the newbies contributions and this is indeed the case here - e.g. [1]. I.e. instead of "The previous editor anticipated that a reader might want a quick overview of the basic technologies of balloon flight without cycling through the balloon physics article that goes through all the physics and modern engineering, as this is a historical article." it's more accurate to say the newbie is spamming his ELs to articles where he thinks they might stick.
Note: some editors think it's "less aggressive" to undo the edit without reverting, but other editors see that as a sneaky "silent revert".
WP:BITE is about how to interact with (good faith) newbies to nurture future good editors, not about keeping detrimental edits by spammers. DexDor (talk) 05:55, 30 June 2014 (UTC)


Just discovered it, and very much like it. Would you mind if I mess it up a little? Paradoctor (talk) 12:49, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi Paradoctor, copyediting is welcome (thanks). Suggested improvements and criticism are also welcome, but best on the talk page. DexDor (talk) 18:32, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

SIA v. dab[edit]

Hi, DexDor. I noticed that you have changed several SIA articles to disambiguations. If the reason is that editors are warned when linking to dabs and not when linking to SIAs, the solution is obvious: Wikipedia should warn editors when linking to SIAs. I do not understand why this has not already been implemented. Please be aware that the trend seems to be in the direction of moving dabs to SIAs, not SIAs to dabs. In the discussion at Template talk:Set index article#Promotion and use in Wikipedia, I listed 12 articles in Category:Plant common name disambiguation pages that could instead take the {{plant common name}} template, making them SIAs. Very quickly, other editors did exactly that. If you wish to reply, please reply here, not on my talk page. —Anomalocaris (talk) 05:37, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

I've replied at Wikipedia_talk:Disambiguation#Orange_Emperor. DexDor (talk) 06:04, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

Nomination of Fictional landship for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Fictional landship 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/Fictional landship 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. TTN (talk) 22:19, 11 July 2014 (UTC)


And what is wrong with the three examples in Australia on the Broughton disambig page.

The either link to existing wikipedia pages, or have citations, such as ["THE NEW PORT.". Northern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954) (Clare, SA: National Library of Australia). 23 June 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 29 July 2014. ]

Please therefore revert your reverts. Tabletop (talk) 04:09, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Your edits[2] added 3 dab entries that included an entry with no bluelinks, an entry with 2 bluelinks, a reference and piping - all of which are against MOS:DAB. DexDor (talk) 05:31, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Don't edit someone else's sandbox[edit]

Please don't remove things from my sandbox. You have no idea why I might be keeping anything there. The contents therein is not an article so isn't subject for revision or editing by anyone but me. Why on earth would you do that?? Contributingfactor (talk) 11:58, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi Contributingfactor, please read Wikipedia:User_pages#Categories.2C_templates_that_add_categories.2C_and_redirects (and WP:USERNOCAT); it does not refer explicitly to disambiguation categories (hence I didn't link to it in my edit summary), but I believe the spirit of it includes that a user page should not be categorized as a disambiguation page (or in any other category for which it doesn't satisfy the inclusion criteria). Therefore, please would you remove (or comment out) the hndis tag from your sandbox. For info: I'm going through different combinations of namespace and category fixing various miscategorizations and odd pages (example MFDs). DexDor (talk) 20:32, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Ships and shipwrecks[edit]

Before you were an editor - ships ( a very misnamed project - its really milhist with rubber duck inflatable childrens lifesavers ) and shipwrecks were separate projects - and unless something has happened recently that my watchlist hasnt showed up on - they are still separate projects - as for something correct - perhaps the participant category wasnt correct - but your edit leaves me baffled - an explanation would be appreciated - thanks satusuro 09:32, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi satusuro, I don't understand all of your comment, but it obviously relates to this edit[3]. Category:WikiProject Shipwrecks participants is a "<project> participants" category so should consist of user pages (e.g. those with a userbox), not article talk pages. Hence I removed Category:WikiProject Shipwrecks from the participants category. That would have left Category:WikiProject Shipwrecks uncategorized so I placed it under Category:WikiProject Ships (like Category:WikiProject Ships is under Category:WikiProject Transport). DexDor (talk) 13:40, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
That seemed a reasonable explanation - thanks satusuro 13:43, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

Spoken Wikipedia[edit]

Hi DexDor,

Sorry, but what is a "article category" and why does the examples your removed here make the site appearing there? --LordOider (talk) 20:18, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi LordOider. Before[4] my edit that page (which is in the Wikipedia namespace) was in Category:Spoken articles). That category is in Category:Articles. Whilst Category:Articles does include some things that are not articles (e.g. disambiguation pages, see Wikipedia:What is an article?) it does not normally include pages in the Wikipedia namespace (which are for editors, not readers of the encyclopedia). For info: I'm using category intersection to detect unusual namespace-category combinations (and hence make corrections like [5][6]).
Now I've looked into this further I see that Category:Spoken articles is an unusual (probably unique) hybrid between an admin category and a content category; it's categorizing articles (not talk pages) and files, but not by their topic. However, I still think that that category should not contain Wikipedia namespace pages. Note: There is a link from the category page to the WikiProject page (perhaps that link should be more obvious). Unfortunately, if you show an example of a template on a page then that template may put the page in categories (I've been correcting a whole load of these - e.g. [7]).
I hope this explains my edit - I'm happy to discuss further if not. DexDor (talk) 06:38, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for your explanation. But just removing examples isn't a neat solution. What about using the |category=no extension while using those templates in Wikipedia namespace? And why don't remove Category:Spoken articles from Category:Articles, as these are just media files belonging to the respective articles. At the German Wikipedia the spoken articles are part of Category:Wikipedia redistribution, which I think is more appropriate. --LordOider (talk) 09:43, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
LordOider, I've tried |category=no (in preview) and the page is still in the category. Categories should group similar pages so I don't think we should have admin pages (Wikipedia namespace) and articles alongside each other in a category (whether or not the category is under Category:Articles). DexDor (talk) 15:40, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, but I'll revert your edit. The Category:Spoken articles is hidden and clearly labeled as polluted:
This is an administration category. It is used for administration of the Wikipedia project and is not part of the encyclopedia. It contains pages that are not articles, or it groups articles by status rather than content. Do not include this category in content categories.
This is a hidden category. It is not shown on its member pages, unless the corresponding user preference 'Show hidden categories' is set.
--LordOider (talk) 09:59, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
LordOider, That it's tagged as polluted is irrelevent (that's to do with pages in user namespaces). Being hidden is also irrelevant; the rules of categorization should still apply (e.g. most/all of the category intersection tools (currently) don't have an option to ignore hidden categorization). Being tagged as an admin category is relevant so I'll leave this for the moment while I look at other anomalies. DexDor (talk) 06:25, 14 September 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 involving you at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Edit warring regarding a possible violation of Wikipedia's policy on edit warring. Thank you.

Noted. By the way, at AN/EW I think "Diff of ... warning" is meant to be a diff of a warning message rather than a diff of a "You are at AN" notification. DexDor (talk) 20:06, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

3RR on WP:DEFINING[edit]

Not sure what you're trying to achieve, see Wikipedia talk:DEFINING.

Re. "you have not got agreement on talk page"[edit]

[8] — Neither had you for any of the four reverts. --Francis Schonken (talk) 06:17, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Let's keep the discussion to the talk page. DexDor (talk) 20:06, 29 September 2014 (UTC)


I got it wrong at Geology Literature CFR - and despite it sounding ridiculous to me - it is ok. Thanks for your comments, I have put withdrawn - for transperancy sake - and have deleted the tag on the category page - I will leave it someone else to remove from the list. satusuro 14:25, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Deleting categories[edit]

You have made several recent edits in the categories of multiple pages related to animals and their behaviour. It is fine to add categories but at the moment your deletion of long-standing categories appears disruptive rather than helpful. Please stop.__DrChrissy (talk) 21:51, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi DrChrissy. By "deletion of categories" I think you're referring to removal of category tags from articles (rather than actual deletion of categories). If you think I have removed a category tag incorrectly please give a specific example. If you are referring to this[9] edit then consider that before my edit that page was in both Category:Ethology and Category:Behavior and (as those categories are in a parent-child relationship) that was incorrect (WP:SUBCAT).
Where we have both a "Foo" category and a "Study of foo" ("Foology") category (e.g. Category:Religion/Category:Study of religion or Category:Arachnids/Category:Arachnology) then these should not have the same scope - the foology category should be for articles about foologists, foology journals etc, but not for articles about foos themselves. If two categories have the same scope then that's unnecessary categorization and likely to lead to inconsistencies. Currently (and, realistically, it'll never be completely fixed) Wikipedia is inconsistent; we generally categorize the ology under the thing being studied (e.g. Category:Ichthyology is under Category:Fish), but in some cases it's the other way round (e.g. Category:Myrmecology is currently above Category:Ants) and in quite a few cases it's currently both(!) (e.g. Category:Ethnology and Category:Ethnicity).
You might also consider whether using the word "disruptive" is appropriate here.
Regarding showing the Latin name as well as the common name - that's obviously necessary in some specialist printed media and, but have you ever seen, for example, a newspaper article saying "Man bitten by dog, (Canis familiaris)" ? Linking via a redirect is not a problem. DexDor (talk) 06:18, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

agree. i have same problem with Category:Recipients of the Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award that you have "nominated for possible deletion, merging, or renaming". First of all there is a huge difference between deleting and merging or renaming. There are several awards named after Andrei Sakharov, but this one (and actually so are the others, cause i've checked all when editing this one) are properly marked: the names but also from the technical point of view. Your changes are quit disruptive, so please stop. thank you. --Lantuszka (talk) 13:03, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

@Lantuszka. Each of my edits is intended to improve the encyclopedia. If you think any of my edits are incorrect then please identify an edit (preferably with a diff) and a clear reason (preferably citing a wp policy) why you think that edit is incorrect. DexDor (talk) 18:33, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Wolf spiders of Europe[edit]

Is Category:Wolf spiders of Europe not supposed to be a redirect? Sorry about that, guess I better start reverting all my edits... spiderjerky (talk) 17:52, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

@User:Spiderjerky, I don't understand why Oculi changed it (and 2 other categories) to a redirect - I've asked him/her to explain. I suggest you hold off reverting until Oculi has had a chance to respond. DexDor 17:56, 4 November 2014 (UTC)
@User:Spiderjerky. User:Oculi has not responded to my request for explanation. I suspect his/her edits were a misguided attempt to undo some of NotWith's edits (see Wikipedia:Categories_for_discussion/Log/2014_November_2#Category:Tetrapods_by_country). DexDor (talk) 07:02, 5 November 2014 (UTC)


It was a while ago, but I believe my rationale was that Nickle (programming language) is an incredibly minor, unreferenced programming language that probably needs deleting. Woodpecker makes no mention of Nickle, so does not belong on this page. The Nickle Resolution is a mere partial title match and does not need disambiguating. —Xezbeth (talk) 08:06, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

I noticed your rude comment elsewhere after I posted this. Care to explain how my edits are "not improving wp"? —Xezbeth (talk) 08:36, 5 November 2014 (UTC)
@Xezbeth. If the programming language is incredibly minor and unreferenced then maybe it should be AFDed and (then) its entry might be removed from the dab page. The same may apply to some of the people listed. In the meantime the programming language is as valid a disambig target as anything else - we don't (PRIMARYTOPIC aside) structure dab pages by importance of each entry. It may be appropriate to remove the woodpecker/resolution entries. Being a dab page has a number of advantages such as being less confusing for readers (who may not be looking for an article about a person) and alerting editors to inlinks (which indirectly improves things for readers) - e.g. as a dab page any inlinks that are a mis-spelling of "nickel" are likely to get fixed quickly. Incidentally, your edit summary of "lede, fmt" gives no indication that you're converting a dab page to an article about a surname. DexDor (talk) 22:01, 5 November 2014 (UTC)


It does not stop being a surname just because there is a single notable name-holder with an article at present. I used to do the same thing you're doing now, but was helpfully corrected by @JHunterJ a while back. —Xezbeth (talk) 21:54, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

Xezbeth, have you read Template:Disambiguation? If so, how do you think "Only ... if ... several" doesn't apply here? DexDor (talk) 21:58, 10 November 2014 (UTC)
If Template:Disambiguation is in error, it should be fixed. Templates reflect consensus, but they don't dictate it. -- JHunterJ (talk) 00:03, 11 November 2014 (UTC)


Does this bring anyone to mind? Or this? Oculi (talk) 11:22, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

CFD follow up[edit]

Hi. See the CFD close here. Could you selectively upmerge anything you think should be treated that way, and then let me know when you are done? Once you're done, I will have a bot empty the rest and delete it. Thanks! (If I don't hear back from you for awhile, I'll just do ahead and delete it without the selective upmerging.) Good Ol’factory (talk) 03:07, 20 November 2014 (UTC)