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s_vecchiato (Antonio Meucci)[edit]

Hello I am a new user and have been working (logged or not) on Antonio Meucci's and Alexander Graham Bell's page. I apologise for not having answered to your comments in the history page but it took me some time before I learnt some wiki devices. I am not a telecommunication expert, just an Italian curious to know the "truth" if there is any about Antonio Meucci's priority. I'm actually being a little disappointed because up to now I found evidence brought only by researcher Basilio Catania (everybody else is just ---lazily? --- following his statements). Catania's work I have been able to read on the internet is a summary of research done in 16 years, so Catania is comprehensibly cutting up some information. What I am trying to discover is whether Catania found evidence of Meucci's work BEFORE his deposition in the trial. Before beginning I was perfectly sure Meucci was the inventor of the telephone, now I see there were at least SIX people working separately!!!!!! O_____o Cheers --S vecchiato 08:43, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

Hey ! Just a few minutes ago I found new evidence. \(^.^)/ C U later (^_^)S vecchiato --S vecchiato 09:03, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

Lists, lists, lists[edit]

I noticed your comment on the list talk page, and it happens to correspond exactly to a guideline that I have already proposed here. Feel free to read it and let me know what you think. Best wishes, AdamBiswanger1 16:36, 27 July 2006 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

I am writing to inform you, and many others, that an AfD in which you voted delete, List of automobiles that were commercial failures, was already unsucessfully nominated a short time ago, but under a different title. This was not noted in the nomination. Please read the opposing arguments here, and reconsider your vote, because it is important that the opinions of previous voters be considered. Thanks! AdamBiswanger1 23:46, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

M dashes[edit]

Naw, I ain't that smart! I know *vaguely* they're called something like that, but I wasn't thinking of it at the time, hehe. Just too lazy to write "them" in full. But now I ought to be able to remember what they're called.... Cheers! Hayford Peirce 01:19, 13 August 2006 (UTC)

Santorum AfD[edit]

I agree the discussion has morphed, but I don't yet have enough WP experience to know where the discussion should be held if not on the AfD page. My vote has already changed to Keep on that page.

I think it's a notable political act, but not a successful coinage. It should be in WP somewhere. The article as it stands seems intended as an attack on Rick Santorum; the prominent formatting of the definition is presumably done to maximize the impact of the statement, and so is a political statement. The article should describe the political act only. I'd be OK with it staying in Savage Love but the comments on the AfD have convinced me that it is a notable enough act to deserve its own page. I don't feel strongly either way on this.

The page moves seem likely to have been done just in order to ensure that a search term of "santorum" leads straight to this page, again for political reasons. That doesn't make the moves wrong, though. WP:DAB seems pretty clear to me; I think most users searching for "santorum" would expect to find the senator, and I'd suggest they be directed to that page. A dab link can take them to the dab page which would lead them to the term. That's the solution I'd propose. Google counts: "Rick Santorum" -fecal = 3.52M, "Rick Santorum" +fecal = 30K.

If you can tell me the right forum to post the above, I'll post there; the AfD seems wrong, since my vote is keep. Should we be requesting an admin to terminate the discussion and repost the content to the talk page? Or is that something I can do, as nominator? The latter seems wrong to me, since I have no special role in the discussion beyond having initiated it. Is there policy that applies here? Mike Christie 23:30, 14 August 2006 (UTC)

  • I agree with you on all points. I don't know what to suggest about the right forum. What's really going to happen is that the closing admin will close it as "keep" or as "no consensus," the article will be kept, and there will likely develop some kind of edit war with both sides claiming support from the AfD. Shrug. The main thing is to develop as clear a consensus as possible in the AfD, make sure that the AfD discussion gets copied to the Talk page if the admin doesn't do it, and take it from there. Dpbsmith (talk) 23:38, 14 August 2006 (UTC)
  • OK. I'm going to post the Google counts; that at least seems useful info for the closing admin's decision. Mike Christie 23:41, 14 August 2006 (UTC)

Feedback requested[edit]

At Wikipedia_talk:List_guideline#Criteria Thanks! --Anthony Krupp 00:01, 15 August 2006 (UTC)

The proper study of encyclopaedists[edit]

I'm trying to shift the focus of the schools debates from the various "stuck record" arguments that have bogged editors down for so long onto the finding, reading, citing, and evaluation of sources, using the new WP:SCHOOL criteria to do this in the same way that the WP:CORP did this for companies and products. As an editor who has done that very thing in the past, please consider helping by setting an example. Please independently consider the topic at hand from the perspective of locating and evaluating (in terms of its provenance and depth) the source material on the subject, and see what conclusions you come to. Uncle G 10:37, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

I respect what you've been doing in this and other AfD's. I'm not quite sure what to do here. So I want to chat a bit before expressing any opinion in the AfD.
First, I simply don't agree with the proposed WP:SCHOOL. I think it sets the bar much too low because of the combination of requiring the school to pass any single criterion together with some very loose criteria. As I read the proposal, a school that gets "regular coverage in local media (such as complete stories about a school's athletic program)" meets the criterion. Given even a modicum of creative interpretation I don't see how any school could fail to meet WP:SCHOOL.
Second, I don't believe the article in its present form actually does meet WP:SCHOOL, although you apparently think it does. I've seen in the past arguments that a particular school is "notable" because some routine government evaluation gives it a high rating; it usually turns out that a goodly percentage of schools get the rating and that it just means "ordinary good school."
I really wish you had asked me to "set a good example" on an article that happened to be about a patently notable primary school that patently had had nontrivial published sources... as opposed to an arguably notable primary school that arguably has sources that arguably might just barely satisfy the easiest-to-meet criterion of a very easy-to-meet proposal
But notable primary schools are few and far between... and frankly, they're not controversial, as mainstream Wikipedians would not be likely to nominate them for deletion.
Holding off on expressing an opinion in the discussion until I hear from you... Dpbsmith (talk) 12:49, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

Santorum[edit]

Hi Dpbsmith. Please see my reply to you at Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Santorum. Your Google SafeSearch filter was turned on. I've included instructions for seeing the unfiltered results over at the AfD page. — Coelacan | talk 23:19, 18 August 2006 (UTC)

Citing sources[edit]

I've just read some stuff at Wikipedia talk:Citing sources, and I was most impressed with the range of citations you provided covering the topic of "the sky is blue". Do you have that permanently stored somewhere as an example? I think many people would find it very instructive. Carcharoth 20:59, 21 August 2006 (UTC)

Another ______ Ivies[edit]

Newsweek decided to generate a list of New Ivies, which, lo and behold, now has an article up. As this is your area of interest, if not expertise, I was wondering what you thought about the merit of this list having an article. JDoorjam Talk 02:12, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

Removal of images[edit]

Hi, again! Could I get your opinion of whether, say, an old Time Magazine cover of Joan Baez is permitted in the Joan Baez article or not? I put one in several months ago. Now an officious busybody is going around removing images from various articles. I went to his user-talk page and found the following dialogue between him (her?) and another upset editor. I'll paste it in below. And I'd greatly appreciate your thoughts on this subject -- it seems to me that there are *gazillions* of mag. covers being used and no one else seems to object as long as the pertinent copyright info is given, along with the appropriate fair-use tag.... Many thanks! Hayford Peirce 21:16, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

xxRemoval of imagesxx Please stop removing images from articles, as you did with Jenny Lynn, Raye Hollitt, Guy Lafleur, and others. Using images of book and magazine covers is acceptable under WP:Fair use. fbb_fan 00:18, 12 August 2006 (UTC)

Please review WP:Fair use and the policy described in the copyright tag for those images more carefully. As my edit summaries accurately quoted, "It is not acceptable to use images with this tag in the article of the person or persons depicted on the cover, unless used directly in connection with the publication of this image." In each case you cited, the article use did not conform to this requirement. The editor formerly known as Harmonica Wolfowitz 19:28, 13 August 2006 (UTC)
Please review WP:FU and note that it is in fact a guideline, not a policy. This is clearly stated at the top of the page. fbb_fan 01:24, 20 August 2006 (UTC)
Please review WP:FU more carefully. The template you mention refers only to sections 1-4 of the page. Sections 5-8 are formal Wikipedia policy. They are labelled as formal policy by the template preceding section 5. The editor formerly known as Harmonica Wolfowitz 16:54, 20 August 2006 (UTC)
...and I believe the section you are citing as the reason for removing images is not in the section marked as "policy".
Incidentally, since you seem to be quite a stickler for policy and such, please note the following from WP:SIG: Signatures that obscure your account name to the casual reader may be seen as disruptive. fbb_fan 23:41, 20 August 2006 (UTC)

New Ivies AFD[edit]

New Ivies has been recommended for deletion, click hereExplorerCDT 06:42, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

Saw your Slashdot question[edit]

Re. the user who said he was immediately banned- he chose the username Obvioustroll, which is apparently one of his normal online usernames, but per our guidelines, is blockworthy. Ral315 (talk) 20:46, 31 August 2006 (UTC)

Toby Tortoise Returns[edit]

Apologies, I thought it was black & white. Most film entries from this time on Wikipedia state if they were done in Technicolour, hence why I added the B&W category. - User:Lugnuts

Public ivies[edit]

I agree that facts should be cited. However, articles can clog with references and when something does not seem controversial, I question why a cite is necessary. Rkevins82 15:36, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Because the verifiability policy, one of Wikipedia's core policies, says so.
The words of the policy are "Articles should cite these sources whenever possible." Whenever possible; not, "when the material does not seem controversial." In this case, supplying a citation was not only possible but easy.
The reason behind the policy is that it is the only way for a reader to judge the reliability of facts in Wikipedia. The alternative would be limit Wikipedia editors to people with known identities and credentials. Dpbsmith (talk) 16:19, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
Exactly - sometimes when I tag things people give page-long explanations of why something is true when all they needed to do was just put the cite in :). RN 16:25, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
(Which, for the record, I did). Dpbsmith (talk) 16:31, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Allegations of sock puppetry on the Center for Science in the Public Interest page[edit]

Allegations of sock puppetry have been made against some of the accounts that have edited the Center for Science in the Public Interest page. I have instigated the wiki process for handling such allegations. See Wikipedia:Suspected sock puppets/David Justin. As someone who has contributed to the CSPI page, please add your views to the Comments section. You have up to 10 days to make comments on the allegation. Nunquam Dormio 19:23, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

AfD Nomination: Pete Holly[edit]

An article that you have been involved in editing, Pete Holly, has been listed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Pete Holly (3rd nomination). Please look there to see why this is, if you are interested in it not being deleted. Thank you.

-- Malber (talkcontribs) 14:37, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

guess who came back from the dead[edit]

some things just won't go away... for example: New Ivies Cornell Rockey 15:28, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

Took a Stab at It[edit]

Per your suggestion, I added a short "Other Ivies" entry under Ivy League. I welcome your thoughts. -Joshua

Flagship Campus reference for UCI[edit]

The deleted reference to UCI aspiring to become a flagship campus was replaced, as it is a stated goal of the Strategy for Academic Development, UCI's long-range development plan. This statement is part of the charge to planning committee members and may also be found throughout the PDF report. These websites have been cited.

While the wording of the deleted reference might require slight revision, UCB and UCLA are generally known as flagship UC campuses (which UCI and UCSD have explicitly stated they aspire to become). Therefore, the context in which the term "flagship" is used in the Strategy for Academic Development, while having the formal origin which you cited, also can have an informal application among those unfamiliar with California higher education history. It also has relevance to the discussion of UCI's future growth, since its objective is to develop resources commensurate to UCB and UCLA. Fueltheburn 20:34, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

I reworded it, putting "flagship campus" in quotation marks, because I still believe this is not the standard usage of the term, and adding the specific reference you give above. As for Berkeley and UCLA: do you have a reference for UCLA being called "a flagship campus?" Dpbsmith (talk) 22:36, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

Units in scientific articles.[edit]

Re Lux: See WP:MOS#Scientific style. "For units of measure, use SI units as the main units in science articles, unless there are compelling historical or pragmatic reasons not to do so"--Srleffler 14:12, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

  • Fine, but let's give both units. Just for the record, I've been "thinking metric" since the 1960s... but I live, alas, in a U. S. Customary world. I'll make the change if you haven't already. Dpbsmith (talk) 14:42, 26 September 2006 (UTC)
  • OK, you've done it. Don't worry, I'm not going to revert-war. It will be interesting to see whether Bobblewik or someone else starts fussing around changing it to 30.48 cm or 0.984 feet or changing "candle" to "candela..." Dpbsmith (talk) 14:44, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

John Holmes (actor)[edit]

Hi, could you take a look at the above, sigh John Holmes (actor). Some dingbat is cutting out large sections of it because he objects to the content, which might shock a 7-year-old. I've reverted a couple of times but I'm too tired to get into a revert war with a crazy. Could you maybe revert to the original and then put a block, or semi-block, on it? Or, of course, whatever other appropriate action you deem fitting. I remember a couple of years ago on the Discussion page of, I think, "Pornography" there were endless millions of words written about Wiki censorship, or lack of it, viewership, children, etc. etc. Eventually the forces of censorship were outgunned, but I don't want to go through all of this again on the Holmes page, if possible. Many thanks.... Hayford Peirce 17:58, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

  • I won't try to edit this while I'm at work, and I may not have time tonight, but I'll take a look. The longstanding policy you're probably looking for is Wikipedia is not censored. The exact wording of that section has changed from time to time but the gist never has, and there's strong consensus for it. Dpbsmith (talk) 18:48, 26 September 2006 (UTC)
    • Good enough. I'll try reverting it one more time, with a Wikipedia is not censored note on the Discussion page and one on the other guy's page. While I was writing my last note to you, he posted a message on my page calling me and Jimmie Wales Porn Peddlers, hehe.... Hayford Peirce 19:22, 26 September 2006 (UTC)
      • Yes, I looked at your talk page to see whether he'd tried to engage you in any discussion... and I left a note on his talk page pointing out that his remark on your talk page was verging on a personal attack. Dpbsmith (talk) 19:25, 26 September 2006 (UTC)
        • I just saw it about 5 seconds ago -- many thanks! Hayford Peirce 19:28, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

Assuming I'm a guy is like assuming censorship is a bad thing!

I don't think I assumed that. It was Hayford Peirce that referred to you as a "guy." Dpbsmith (talk) 22:36, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

And what about Mr. Peirce's reference to me being a "dingbat" and "crazy"(?), doesn't that qualify as a personal attack?

Yes, you're right. Dpbsmith (talk) 22:36, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

I have pre-teen and teenagers who get their sources from school. Apparently Mr. Holmes has become a topic with the pictures from the links. Makes teens more curious than they already are and Jimbo Wales and Mr. Peirce are contributors as well as yourself if you adopt the same view. I do have filters, they don't detect the content from Wikipedia or have a fail safe system. Personally, I am getting a committee together here at the school and ban Wikipedia from the schools because of the content and inform parents. Hopefully this will be a grass roots movement and get Wikipedia out of all decent places. If Jimbo, Peirce and yourself endorse these links and behavior on Wikipedia, someone from a moral background has to intercede. Try showing those links to your local sheriff's kids, your immediate families kids and see if your explanation to me works!2HOT2 21:51, 26 September 2006 (UTC)2

I'm giving you accurate advice about what Wikipedia's policies actually are. Wikipedia does contain many articles on sexual practices, porn stars, etc. It is only a small portion of the total content but it is definitely there. I'm not sure which links bother you but I don't see the difference between a couple of them I checked and the ones that I find from a Google search on "John Holmes."
It is not a bad idea to let people know that Wikipedia does contain content that many think is inappropriate for children, if they are not already aware of this.
I believe you're overreacting but what you do with regard to your local schools is your business. I ask that you be accurate when talking to parents. It is perfectly fair to say that Wikipedia does contain a lot of material that some people find offensive, but I hope you will not suggest that it is an encyclopedia of porn or anything like that. People that want to find indecent material have much better places to go on the Internet than Wikipedia.
Please be aware of the three revert rule. If you and Hayford Peirce continue to revert each other without first discussing the issue on the talk page and trying to get consensus, I am prepared to impose a short block on editing on both of you. Dpbsmith (talk) 22:36, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

Orphaned fair use image (Image:4790 a philip randolph.jpg)[edit]

Thanks for uploading Image:4790 a philip randolph.jpg. I notice the 'image' page currently specifies that the image is unlicensed for use on Wikipedia and may only be used on Wikipedia under a claim of fair use. However, the image is currently orphaned, meaning that it is not used in any articles on Wikipedia. If the image was previously in an article, please go to the article and see why it was removed. You may add it back if you think that that will be useful.

Just so you know, even though you had marked this as GFDL, under US copyright law, statues and other 3D artworks are copyrighted by the artist and photos of them are considered derivative works. Thus, I applied the {{Statue}} fair use tag on your photo, and it can only be used in an article about the artist or about the statue itself. Please see Commons:Derivative works for more information. Regards, howcheng {chat} 03:27, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

  • Thanks. I didn't know that. Dpbsmith (talk) 09:53, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

Madison, Wisconsin[edit]

Hi! I was checking the Famous Madisonians list and verifying from the text of the pages of the individuals named on the list, and I removed a couple that were, as you point out, "dubious".

However, I hope you don't think that I was adding names willy nilly. All of the names you indicated require a citation were already on the list and I was verifying by the text of the individual pages of those concerned if they indeed qualified to be included on the list and if they qualified to have a category (i.e. Category:People from Madison, Wisconsin) to that effect.

Anyway, you can count on me to help. I just wanted to make sure there were no misunderstandings. HOT L Baltimore 14:25, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

No problem. You were removing dubious entries. That drew my attention to the fact that nobody had bothered to supply citations for any of the other names. Most likely 95% of them are completely valid, but without citations there's no easy way for a reader to know. "citation needed" means "citation needed," not "dubious." Entries that are dubious should be removed (as you did), not tagged. Dpbsmith (talk) 14:33, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
It will take a lot of work to clean this up and it will proceed slowly. I'll do some of it myself, but of course under WP:V the burden is properly on the editors inserting the name to provide the reference. As you check names, be sure to note whether the linked articles actually give a reference for the individual's connection with Madison. From past experience I expect that maybe 20% of them will. Dpbsmith (talk) 14:37, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

sig[edit]

You left it off on your last Don Paul Afd comment. Morton devonshire 22:40, 30 September 2006 (UTC)

Citing souces congrats[edit]

I just came across yet another one of your excellent, sensible comments on the subject of citation, and references, and so on, and I just wanted to say thanks. The (two) citations to "the sky is blue" were much fun, and informative, too. Keep up the fight. JesseW, the juggling janitor 00:41, 3 October 2006 (UTC)

Two citations? The one I saw had much more than that! :-) I'm talking about this one, which I've mentioned here. Hope you don't mind me spreading that example to a wider audience. Carcharoth 00:44, 17 October 2006 (UTC)
Not at all. And one of these days I actually do intend to add some of these to the "sky" article... Dpbsmith (talk) 01:16, 17 October 2006 (UTC)
P. S. Stephen Crane's short story The Open Boat opens: "None of them knew the color of the sky." Dpbsmith (talk) 01:25, 17 October 2006 (UTC)

Pforzheimer House[edit]

I am quite busy this week, and I do not feel strongly enough about the issue to become engaged in it, but I nevertheless am appreciative that you thought to bring the matter to my attention because I might be interested. Always nice to hear from good editors that I've worked on articles with in the past. Happy editing! —Lowellian (reply) 05:27, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

Parting note[edit]

For one reason and another, I've decided lately to pack up my Wikipedian tools and go ply my wordsmithing skills elsewhere. It's been a great ride — I got five of my own pet projects on the Main Page, after all! — but gravity is setting in, potential energy has changed for kinetic and then degraded into heat, and everything that sounds like fun seems to involve more than a little capital-R Original Research. A few things remain to be wrapped up, but all the places where I figured "I'm the only one who can do this" are basically as good as I can leave them.

It doesn't look like I'll be able to revamp Massachusetts Institute of Technology into a sterling piece of encyclopedic scholarship, but such are the vicissitudes of academic life.

Be seeing you. Anville 18:48, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

Roy Rogers[edit]

No more varied than Wendy's, Arbee's, Boston Market,

Um, yes...except that Arbee's and Boston Market didn't exist during Roy Rogers' heyday, and Wendys was the first of new fast food restaurants offering more than just burgers and fries. Roys was pretty unusual back in the day, it was literally Macdonalds, Arbys, and KFC combined. You would have been hard pressed to find other "fast food" restuarants in the 80s offering so many different types of food. 209.92.136.131 18:01, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

This probably isn't relevant to the subject of this discussion, but I worked at a chain called Carrols in the mid 70's that served the usual burger fare, but also had roast beef sandwiches and fried chicken. (Interestingly, the franchise owners took it "private" in '75 so they could start serving breakfast!) human 00:27, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

Arby's certainly existed (I misspelled it). Our article says, 1964. Also Sambo's (1957), Denny's (founded 1953 but not clear from the article when they started to offer a wide menu, and many others that blurred the distinctions between what is now called "casual dining," fast food, and traditional "short-order." McDonald's and Burger King were unusually specialized. Dpbsmith (talk) 18:09, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

OK. :)
When you said "Arbee's", I actually thought you were talking about a different chain altogether. 70.20.212.73 12:35, 12 October 2006 (UTC)
I was probably mixing up Arby's and Hardee's. Dpbsmith (talk) 12:50, 12 October 2006 (UTC)

"Annie" material in John Holmes article[edit]

Hi. I dunno if you follow that page (John Holmes (actor), but over the last couple of months (at least) dubious info keeps being put into it. Various people revert it, including me a few minutes ago. I then got the following message on my Discussion page:

  • The person who keeps editing the John Holmes page to include unverified information about a supposed biography that backs up the unsubstantiated "Annie" story, is a woman who is obsessed with the murders. She has been peddling that story all over the internet but it was thoroughly debunked by a writer and his webmaster. The story is here. There is no biography, there is no truth to the story, and she has a long history of inserting herself into high profile murder cases. Someone needs to get an admin involved, but because I'm not a regular contributor to Wikipedia I'm hoping you'll do it. She will continue creating new identities and reposting the information without end if her prior behavior on other web sites is any indication. Thanks.
  • All of the documentation has been collected here. I can provide her current IP address, as of a few days ago, if that helps.

I dunno if this is anything that you can do something about or not. The story is easy enough to revert, but it's annoying that it keeps cropping up. Best, Hayford Peirce 00:30, 14 October 2006 (UTC)

  • The story is verifiable as you have just pointed out. Verifiable means documented from other sources, not that it is undisputed and I have mentioned that the story has been disputed by some. Wiki does not stated that your edits must be "without a doubt" 100% agreed- upon-by-all-as-true. If this were so no competing views on any subject would be allowed and competing views should be heard in any unsolved case such as this one. If this is the way things are to be, nothing on the Kennedy assasination/conspiracy should be published here because few can agree on what really happened. People deserve to hear all sides of any issue as long as the information meets Wiki guidelines, which this does/will, and I will add the requested information (dates, page numbers) as soon as I look them up again. If Hayford doesn't like it, I suggest don't read it but don't try to stop others from doing so.

Thank you for the information Dpb, and I will remember to do that from now on. I did not know we had to be that specific as the other information in the article(s) does not have cites, but no biggie, I will add them and edit as necessary to fit the cites. Dbp-Question, how do you cite websites properly on Wiki? WWW adress and date? Thank you. JM

The story is not verifiable. The fact that the story is FALSE is verifiable at the links above. There is absolutely nothing verifying the story is TRUE. MeAgain2006 02:44, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
You did not read what I said. No one said the story itself is beyond dispute. Meaning the content of the story. The fact that the story is out there is what is verifiable and the fact that it has appeared in more than one place is verifiable. That is what is required to put it on Wiki with the related cites and sources. We readers can make up their own minds what to believe, we don't need you running interference for us. JM
Anyone can tell a story anywhere, as you well know since you keep telling it. That doesn't create verification. There is nothing verifying the veracity of the original story, and the story only exists where it has been debunked and proven to be false. The original story was a false claim made by a woman who is obsessed with John Holmes and the Wonderland Murders, as you also well know because you look at her in the mirror every morning. You keep adding "It is widely believed" when it is not. You can't cite one person who believes that baloney except you and your sock puppets. Get over it. No one is leaving that story up when they know it isn't true. Get a new hobby. MeAgain2006 03:04, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
Let me try to be very clear about this, as I am not in agreement with either of you.
First, yes, User:JMoyer is correct that if indeed "the story is out there," it can and should be in the article if certain conditions are met. First, if contradictory information is also out there and published by a reliable source, then the neutrality policy requires that both points of view be represented in some reasonably balanced way. We can and do leave material up that we "know isn't true;" see Hollow earth, for example, and many articles about fringe science, pseudoscience, and occult topics.
But, second, in order for this material to be in the article it has to meet the verifiability policy and the citation and reliable source guidelines. And "extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof," meaning that if User:JMoyer wants this material in the article, and expects uninvolved editors like myself to support its being there, he or she needs to be very punctilious about meeting that policy and guidelines.
Not having looked into it myself, but generally trusting Hayford Peirce's judgement, I think I should say frankly that I strongly doubt that this material has been published by reliable source. But as I say I haven't looked into it. Let's pretend that The New York Times had an article entitled "Internet Breeds Conspiracy Theories" and it happened to mention this and called it nonsense. If someone were to add an accurate description of what the Times said, and gave the date and page number at which the story appeared, that would be a well-sourced, verifiable source for "the story being out there." And the appropriate response by a disbeliever would be. not to remove it, but to add an equally well-sourced statement of the reasons why the story is nonsense.
User:JMoyer, in answer to your question as to how to cite a web page, there are varying ways to do this, but one that is simple and is perfectly adequate is to type the url within a single pair of square brackets, like this: [http://www.uua.org/uuhs/duub/articles/johnholmes.html] which shows up like this: [1]. It's important that the page be the specific web page that supports the specific fact. Thus, "John Holmes is also the name of a poet[http://www.uua.org/uuhs/duub/articles/johnholmes.html] is fine, because that page talks about the poet John Holmes. "John Holmes is also the name of a poet [www.uua.org]" is not, because even though the UUA website contains material about the poet John Holmes, just giving the home page of the UUA website does not let you find that material.
There are fancier ways to cite things, such as the template {{cite web}}, but there's no need to worry about them. If the material is properly cited with a reference to a reliable source, you can leave it to other Wikipedians to take care of technical and style details.
The important thing is that you cannot just add a sentence like "It is unknown if he had any further contact with Annie, though it is verified he made several trips to the east coast after his release from prison and before his death." Immediately following that sentence needs to be a citation that is fairly easily checked to a source that says "he made several trips" etc.
Be aware that the "reliable source" guideline is very important, too. Basically, a reliable source cannot be anything like a web forum or a blog or a personal website where anyone can just say anything they like. Dpbsmith (talk) 15:45, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
P. S. Putting a reference directly into the text immediately after the fact it's supporting is sometimes called an "inline reference." User:JMoyer, that is what you need to start doing. And it was improper of you to label an edit with the edit comment "Several citations/sources added, not original research" when the edit does not contain an inline source citation. Dpbsmith (talk) 15:49, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
Thank you. The source of the original story is not reliable or verifiable, which is what I meant although I probably didn't word what I wrote clearly enough to explain that. The biography she cites simply doesn't exist. The story was originally told on a message board by an individual, and it was debunked on a blog. The documentation supporting the debunking, which includes information about her history, server logs documenting her internet activity and the numerous identities created in her attempt to spread the story, and information about a false obituary she filed in a real newspaper in order to get the details into print (which was retracted - couldn't get clippings, but there is someone at the paper who can verify that the obituary was fake) are on the 2nd web site. The one "credible" source verifies this person's history of confessing to high profile murders, Court TV's Crime Library, but it was unrelated to the yarn she is spinning about John Holmes. I think you should read that if you can make the time so you might understand the seriousness of the situation. MeAgain2006 18:36, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
I have just removed the identical material that JM inserted a few days ago into the Wonderland Murders article. Hayford Peirce 19:07, 14 October 2006 (UTC)

Thank you for you assistance Dpbsmith. I answered your remarks on the Holmes discussion. Tried my best to keep it impersonal MeAgain2006 23:44, 14 October 2006 (UTC)

Dpbsmith, I have finished my edits for content and added the proper citations. The problem now is that I cannot use any of the "debunking" information as it appears on person blogs, public messages boards, and websites. In light of the strident tone of the other messages, and in trying to be impartial and fair, I would like to include it but cannot and keep within the guidelines as far as I can see. MeAgain2006 mentioned 2 sites but both are someone's personal blog and website. The second one had 1 article from a newspaper I thought I could use but it does not link the two murder stories, nor the two women in those stories. I am extremely hesitant about referencing that site anyway as it appears to be a carefully constructed log of one person stalking and harassing another, with nothing more than suspicion and one persons word that any of the ISP addresses listed or message board identities belonging to whom they purport them to belong to. I would like to add the information I have back in with the edits I have completed but fully anticipate being reversed again if I do not include the contrary information. Any advice you can give on this matter would be appreciated. JM

I suggest you put a draft of your material into the Talk page of the John Holmes article and let people discuss it. You are not necessarily required to include the debunking material yourself. That's really the job of the people who think it's important to include it. The important thing is that the material you wish to include be well sourced and well cited. If you want to try to put in some of MeAgain2006's side of the story but don't have good citations, go ahead and put them in and include the {{citation needed}} tag yourself.
Go to Talk:John Holmes (actor), press the "+" tab, type in a subject line like "Proposed addition," and include your material. You should expect vigorous criticism, and people will probably want to reduce the length and amount of detail, and some people may want to check the citations or discuss whether they meet "reliable source" guidelines. Dpbsmith (talk) 19:06, 15 October 2006 (UTC)

Dpbsmith, I put in the cites as you asked and put it on the Talk/Discussion page. It may need to be trimmed down I understand that and I tried to cite as well as I could but putting something at the end of every sentence or in the middle of it reads as very annoying. Alas, I tried. Let me know if any additional corrections need to be made. JM

Split infinitive[edit]

Split infinitive is up for a featured article review. Detailed concerns may be found here. Please leave your comments and help us address and maintain this article's featured quality. Sandy 16:25, 18 October 2006 (UTC)

The science-fiction hyphen thing again[edit]

Hi, some other people who had nothing to do with the dispute of several weeks ago about "science-fiction writers write science fiction" have now stepped into the article on Science Fiction and are insisting on taking out the correct hyphens. I, and an English teacher, have tried to get them to read the article on compound modifiers but apparently to no avail: they prefer to have their own way rather than being correct. Since I feel that everything in Wiki ought to be *correct* instead of merely being subject to a vote, I would appreciate it if you could look this situation over and do whatever you can to restore the correct order of things. Many thanks! Hayford Peirce 20:54, 22 October 2006 (UTC)

Nope, nuhn-huh, no way, ain't gunna.
Now, personally, I hyphenate the word. But, personally, I use a lot of punctuation that is going by the wayside. I put the apostrophe in Hallowe'en where my fourth grade teacher said it was supposed to go, I put a hyphen between the o's in co-operate (and for a nickel I'd put a dieresis over the second o), and I insist on using a driver's license, not a driver license.
But I've seen "science-fiction" both ways, and frankly I think when I was a kid the little labels with the picture of a rocket ship that the library used to put on the spines of the books said "science fiction," not "science-fiction." And I notice that a dictionary I know and like gives science fiction with a space as the entry word and science-fiction with a hyphen as—
yikes, oh, wait, this is IMHO totally bizarre. They seem to be saying that science-fiction is the adjectival form and science fiction is the noun. Maybe that's what you're referring to above.
Well, I don't think it's important, so there.
For what it's worth, when I was in high school in the 1960s, my senior English paper was entitled "Upward Ho! A defence of science-fiction." Note the c in defence. For some reason I liked to use British spellings. My teachers heaved a sigh and said as long as it was deliberate and I was consistent in using it, they wouldn't red-pencil it.
It opens: "Science-fiction has suffered almost every ignominy except that of being published by Grosset and Dunlap. It is read by a small group of avid fans, and almost completely ignored by everyone else. There is but a single work on the genre written by an 'outsider;' it was published in 1960."
So if the dictionary is correct about the noun-adjective thing, I was hyphenating it when I shouldn't have, so I'm not going to pick on people who are failing to hyphenated it when they should.
Besides, as everyone knows, the correct term is scientifiction.
Seriously, this is like the British-versus-American usage thing. Just let it go. If it's wrong, it's a common enough error not to matter. The last thing Wikipedia is good at is deciding matters of usage and style. Dpbsmith (talk) 23:48, 22 October 2006 (UTC)
  • Hehe. Sorry, I think I got you mixed up with User:23skidoo about this hyphen business. We had a go around with it a couple of weeks ago with some other people. To sum it up briefly: if you believe that the compound modifier business is correct, then one writes: "Science-fiction writers write science fiction." One with a hyphen, one without. But, God knows, I've made plenty of grammatical errors in my own checkered past. Like you, at least I was generally consistent with them. I guess the things that bug me the most at the moment are "science-fiction whatever" and incorrectly using "which" instead of "that" in certain cases. I could devote the rest of my life to tracking down these things in Wiki but I'm not going to bother.... Cheers! Hayford Peirce 18:17, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

"Science" citation "guidelines"[edit]

A continuation of the old "when not to cite" discussion from WP:CITE is at Wikipedia talk:Scientific citation guidelines, listed as a "science" "guideline" now at WP:CITE, without consensus from science areas other than math/physics. Sandy (Talk) 17:53, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

Software development[edit]

Could you take a look at this article, and related discussion on the talk page, if you have some time. I'd appreciate getting another perspective. Thanks. --Allan McInnes (talk) 21:00, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Image:1554 sterlingmarker.jpg[edit]

Please review and correct the licensing tag on the image. There is a copyright symbols listed, which contradicts the license tag. Cheers! Royalbroil Talk  Contrib 05:18, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

Thank you for your comments. I see that I need more education on the differences between GDFL and Creative Commons. Most people are using Creative Commons in my experience. I read the licensing for GDFL & CC, but I don't see significant differences. You're right about listing the copyright under GDFL. Cheers! Royalbroil Talk  Contrib 15:06, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

Research in two dimensions[edit]

Hello again: It occurs to me you may well know about this item. Many years ago (probably 30 or so) I remember reading (I think in Newsweek) about a Canadian who had devoted much of his career (maybe at the Univ. of Western Ontario) to research in two-dimensional things; he had invented a whole world of two dimensions and was always trying to figure out how living things in such a place could do A, B, or C. Somewhat whimsical, yes, but I also remember that his research had proven useful in some areas of science and engineering. This is obviously related to Abbott's "Flatland" but goes much further. Does this ring any bells with you? Or do you have any ideas on how I could learn more about it? Ever since I read the article I have had a solution for one problem he had encountered but have no idea how to proceed, or even if he is still doing this, still teaching somewhere, still alive, etc. Merci! --Wspencer11 (talk to me...) 15:15, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

  • Sounds cool but I'm afraid it is utterly unfamiliar to me. Dpbsmith (talk) 15:50, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

Public Ivy[edit]

Thanks. I've also appreciated your work on this, colonial colleges, ivy league and a few academic-related other articles I try to keep an eye on. You usually beat me to the punch on correcting or reverting with the Ivy League article. —ExplorerCDT 00:10, 27 November 2006 (UTC)

Re: Your recent edits at Rutgers University
(Oops. I forgot a certain well-known private university in New Jersey)
Which? Felician? DeVry? Fairleigh Dickinson? Seton Hall?... Or that community college a few miles south of ol' Rutgers on Route 27? (kidding) —ExplorerCDT 03:34, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

The Boris Yeltsin sandwich[edit]

Hi! I suggest you take a look at The Boris Yeltsin article and either delete it, mark it for speedy deletion, or at least put it up for deletion. Apparently there is just this one obscure restaurant that is serving it. Bon appetit! Hayford Peirce 18:54, 29 November 2006 (UTC)

Image:Lancaster courthouse.jpg listed for deletion[edit]

An image or media file that you uploaded or altered, Image:Lancaster courthouse.jpg, has been listed at Wikipedia:Images and media for deletion. Please look there to see why this is (you may have to search for the title of the image to find its entry), if you are interested in its not being deleted. Thank you. —Nv8200p talk 13:05, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

Trivial George Jones edit[edit]

Hi, could you take a look at the George Jones article and give us your opinion about the listing of Jones's hits about half-way down the article? It's "Songs In Top 100 Since 1955 — (In parentheses: weeks at #1, #2, or #3)[8]". I spent a certain amount of time putting this info in and formatting it, so I feel a certain proprietary interest in it, without, of course, feeling that it is sacrosanct or can't be improved. For a couple of months now, various other editors remove, from time to time, the section of the header that reads "(In parentheses: weeks at #1, #2, or #3)[8]". I feel fairly strongly about one part of this deletion -- that by doing so, they are removing a vital reference, ie, to a Joel Whitburn book that contains all this info. I think that this listing of his hits can't just be conjured out of the blue, so that the reference (and footnote) is essential. The portion of the header that reads "(In parentheses: weeks at #1, #2, or #3)" apparently upsets other editors, although none of them have actually told me why except to say that this info isn't needed. Maybe simply because it doesn't look very pretty the way it is formatted. I spent a long time trying to make this parenthetical remark look either smaller or on a second line below the main header but couldn't succeed in doing so. My own feeling is that these somewhat mysterious numbers in the list of hits should be explained. Others apparently feel that they are self-explanatory. If you would take a look at the list, and its header, and give us your judgment on the matter, I would be happy to abide by your decision -- it's not something I want to spend the next 5 years fighting about.... Thanks! Hayford Peirce 03:54, 5 December 2006 (UTC)

Please edit out these two lies in the AfD discussion regarding Tony Pierce[edit]

Hello, I am Tony Pierce and I am very new to Wikipedia so I apologize if you are the wrong person to come to with this. If I am on the wrong page, could you please contact the moderator MONDO who was quite helpful last night with me. Anyways, I noticed that you were the one who MONDO asked to remove the link to my resume on this page. Unfortunately there are still two lies in that comment by user timecop so I went to his Talk page and asked him to delete.

One is a major lie and libelous (that I haven't held a job for more than a year) something that a good reading of the above resume that he found and linked to could determine. The other is a trivial lie, but a lie never-the-less that I claim to be the Blogfather.

If this particular AfD had not made the front page of Digg yesterday I would let it slide, but because it did, and it indirectly points to that discussion, I feel it's necessary to fix this issue ASAP. Regardless of what the outcome of this debate on if I'm notable turns out yea or nay, I am notable enough that these two lies could easily hurt my good name and whatever (nerdy) standing I have in the blogosphere.

I am a professional blogger, the Editor of LAist, and currently mired in this weird turmoil at Wikipedia. All I want is for the debate to be honest and truthful and focused on my so-called notability. The user timecop stubbornly refuses to remove the lies, does not deny that they are not lies, and asked me not to discuss the matter with him any longer, which tells me that he intends on keeping the lies up there.

To add insult to injury in his latest comment on my AfD he added a third, far more trivial, lie that I haven't been read by millions, when indeed my first year on the blogosphere I received over 3 million hits. All I want is for the two lies to be removed. If Wikipedia somehow punishes people who knowingly keep lies on a very public debate for the sole purpose of defaming an innocent blogger, then so be it. I respect everyone's opinions about my place on Wikipedia, but I can't have those two lies floating around as one effects my present and future livelihood and the other effects my good standing in the dorky world of the blogosphere. Thank you! - Tony Pierce 75.200.116.69 05:51, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

MIT Roman Numerals Issue[edit]

See [2], [3], and [4]. Everything is listed in numbers not Roman numerals. Just a mere "Course VI" does not mean every department uses Roman numerals. If you can find two or three official sites with all the courses listed in Roman numerals, then you are right. MITBeaverRocks 15:07, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

  • Every entry in the Course News in Technology Review uses Roman numerals. Dpbsmith (talk) 18:29, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

Mapparium[edit]

I thought you had rv'd all my edits (which would have been malicious) rather than just added your choice bit back in. I apologize for the tone of my protest. When I just checked the article, I saw that my comment re: Newfoundland and your quote re: Oregon are side-by-side. Since I don't want to create a "too many cooks" situation I'll leave you to remove my comment and harmonize the text. Best wishes. HouseOfScandal01:53, 11 December 2006 (UTC)

OK. Thanks for the clarification. I understand that your example of a trip from Boston makes more sense, but I think just using the quotation works better. I'll try to do something reasonable.
I do appreciate the fact that many of your edits were in the direction of tightening up the text and trying to say the same thing in fewer words. Dpbsmith (talk) 02:13, 11 December 2006 (UTC)

Parade of Horribles[edit]

A lot of town on the North Shore of Boston have them. Rockport, Gloucester, Danvers, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Beverly Farms, to name a few. There are a good deal of them though, I thought it was odd to just name Chepachet. Jgdann 01:41, 12 December 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia Protocol[edit]

Please adhere to Wikipedia policies and post your change "In" the discussion section of an article before making your change. --Roger the red 20:26, 15 December 2006 (UTC)

On Article[edit]

On the "Biograph" article, which I am thouroghly sick of, there has to be a deletion of repetative material. This article is up for peer review as well as with Wiki-Film. It is acceptable to be clear but have everything in this article stated ONCE, not two, or three times. This is idiotic and makes the article look like a 3rd grade essay. Notice the "B" grading. There are also more references and citations in this one article than any other film article on Wikipedia. This is why I have a morbid curiosity on this. I have little time and on here very little, but when I am, I will make contributions. --Roger the red 20:41, 15 December 2006 (UTC)

IBM PC[edit]

Although I have no detailed knowledge of the matter, it's my understanding that the BIOS source code appeared in the "purple book" that IBM provided to other companies under NDA. Did IBM publish it more openly than that? Gazpacho 00:38, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

Re: "Little Three"[edit]

Thought you might want to take a gander at that article. If you don't think there's merit to it, perhaps it ought to go? JDoorjam Talk 18:19, 18 December 2006 (UTC)

for the social elitism section of Ivy League[edit]

I found a reference to a treatise written by William F. Buckley about elitism at Yale; I thought this might be a good counterweight to George H. W. Bush's statement about the levels of elitism there. FWIW, I think the section is growing nicely, especially considering the regular authors of that article are practically an Ivy League students and alumni association and no one has cried foul about the elitism associated with their degrees. JDoorjam Talk 01:21, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

To tell the truth, I was worried about overdoing it with the 1988 material, but I thought it showed quite clearly that there was a public perception of elitism within living memory, and I think and hope that the Russell Baker material is funny enough (and so clearly exaggerated) as not to sting.
I'm not sure how to interpret Bush's comments—Baker thought that he was hypocritically trying to pretend to be "plain folks" and hoping nobody would notice his alma mater. I think Bush did intend to accuse Dukakis of belonging to the upper class, and when caught at it insisted that he was referring Harvard's political reputation rather than its social reputation. Which is odd because personally I think of Yale as being slightly more politically liberal than Harvard, although I'm not sure why I think so.
I'm not sure exactly what Buckley says in God and Man at Yale. By the way, that's not exactly an obscure book. It was a big bestseller--don't get me wrong, I was in elementary school at the time—but it was very familiar and frequently referred to for decades afterwards. My recollection was that it was quite popular with all the Ayn Rand fans when I was in college. That book was, in fact, what made him famous.
Anyway, I don't plan to add more to the section, but if Buckley has something interesting to say it would be worthwhile, because he's a) so notable, b) so clearly identified as a political conservative, and c) was writing at just about the time the athletic league was formed. Dpbsmith (talk) 01:45, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
P. S. For balance, it would be nice to have a good source citation that says in effect that Ivy Leaguers have not a scintilla of stuck-up aristocratic snobbery to them, their admissions have always been strictly meritocratic, etc. It wouldn't be true, of course, but it would add balance and reduce the chances of the section being deleted out of hand. Dpbsmith (talk) 01:48, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

Gratuitous remark about Rutgers[edit]

There's no call for snide remarks about Rutgers, and I would appreciate it if you'd remove the remark you made at Talk:University_of_Pennsylvania#Admissions_Selectivity. No, I'm not a Rutgers alum. Dpbsmith (talk) 01:35, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

It was more of a response to the user talking about idiot offspring at Penn; people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. --Tom 01:42, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

Help with a source[edit]

This is tantalizing: I ran a search for "Rutgers Ivy League" at Google Books and found this snippet from a 1933 issue of Newsweek, which explicitly mentions the Ivy League, and Yale being a member, but I can't see the rest of the text, and I don't know what the "Rutgers" mention is that brought this page up. It also only says the year (but not week) of publication, and doesn't give a page number. Aside from finding and reading 52 issues of Newsweek from 1933, is there an easier way to find out what is on this page that you're aware of? JDoorjam Talk 20:56, 24 December 2006 (UTC)

"Elite, not elitist"[edit]

Cornell printed that motto on their promotional material for a while in the 90's; I'm having a hard time finding a documented source for it, but think it would be a great addition to the elitism section of Ivy League. In case you find yourself thumbing through Cornell literature for any reason, it's something to keep an eye out for.... JDoorjam Talk 05:27, 28 December 2006 (UTC)

O my goodness. Sounds to me like a defensive reaction to the opinion that Cornell is not quite as Ivy as the rest. What philosophical questions that raises! Is "Elite, not elitist" itself an elitist sentiment?
What a lot of great slogans that suggests:
  • MIT: "Technique, not technocracy"
  • Swarthmore: "Quality, not Quakerism"
  • Brigham Young University: "Moral, not Mormon"
  • The Five College Consortium: "Fivy, not Ivy"
and, of course
  • Smith: "Feminine, not feminist"
Dpbsmith (talk) 13:33, 28 December 2006 (UTC)

Showscan[edit]

When you create stub articles such as Showscan, please try to find the appropriate specific stub tag(s) on the page WP:STUBS. This saves other editors work in categorizing the page, and makes it easier for editors with experise in the subject to find pages that need work. Thanks, — Swpb talk contribs 21:33, 31 December 2006 (UTC)

Rutgers University Peer Review[edit]

Looking to nominate this article as a Featured Article candidate in a few weeks. As you are the de facto guru of higher education issues, I would be grateful if you'd pipe in with some brutal suggestions to improve the article here: Wikipedia:Peer review. Thanks. —ExplorerCDT 23:06, 31 December 2006 (UTC)

  • I shouldn't be considered a guru; I have no special knowledge beyond that which I've been led to by curiosity while working on university articles. But thanks for the note. Dpbsmith (talk) 23:53, 31 December 2006 (UTC)

Robeson v. Friedman[edit]

  • Only the 1936 adaptation of Show Boat'. In 1951, he was sorta blacklisted (no pun intended) because of his Stalinist views. His work was hard to find even years after his death. Robeson only sang the grinch song, and had no other role in the production. Even if Friedman is associated with UChicago, it didn't stop WSJ and NYT from starting their articles mentioning that he was Rutgers-grown. Even if he was a famous black entertainer, Friedman had a greater impact intellectuall, hence why i'd advocate him more than Robeson. There is a considerable hatred of his name at Rutgers among students and alumni (especially the white crowd), and his honouring at Rutgers with 3-buildings being named was a result of the EOE/Affirmative Action movement. His name leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. If you want to honor a black alumnus of Rutgers, I'd much prefer you replace Robeson with James Dickson Carr. —ExplorerCDT 00:55, 2 January 2007 (UTC)
I don't plan to tinker with the paragraph in the immediate future, and don't plan to revert your change. I didn't choose Robeson with any intention of equalizing race representation or anything like that. (I don't think you put in Milton Friedman to secure Jewish representation, either). You're right about Robeson not being in the 1951 film; I was mistaken. Dpbsmith (talk) 01:34, 2 January 2007 (UTC)
  • It is a great paragraph. Thank you for adding it. Any suggestions on cutting out deadwood with the alumni section? What do you think of my idea of just footnoting the hell out of a line (better written of course) that says "rutgers is among the best universities in the world/u.s." to get rid of the rankings section? —ExplorerCDT 02:29, 2 January 2007 (UTC)
I like it. In general I like the idea of pushing details that are very important to a very few people into footnotes. I would, however, think about several ranks and their links into a single footnote so that you don't have eight superscripts all jammed together.
The closest things to "neutral" rankings, in the limited sense that almost every article mentions them—as opposed to unusual rankings that are cited only for schools that did well in them—would, in my opinion, be U. S. News and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Although I dislike U. S. News, I think it is highly relevant because a) overambitious parents really pay attention to it, b) it apparently measures the things these people actually care about.
The rankings do need to be pruned. The material identifying strong departments is good, though, because it says you something specific about Rutgers, and because at both the graduate and undergraduate levels the quality of your department (or major) is likely to be much more important than any meaningless overall measurement.
Even though my political leanings are such that I admire what Washington Monthly is trying to do, I really don't think their rankings have a place in Wikipedia (although this is a battle I consistently lose). Their rankings have a political spin on them and they measure what Washington Monthly wishes people cared about, instead of what they do care about. They are not measuring academic quality. Someone glancing at resumes is not going to know or care that the applicant attended a school high-ranked by Washington Monthly. Dpbsmith (talk) 12:09, 2 January 2007 (UTC)
P. S. Even though the boosters would probably never be content with a characterization of a university merely as "good," I'm thinking maybe something like
Rutgers is an important national[#] and regional[#] university, with strong programs in philosophy[#], mathematics[#], and physics[#]
or whatever the truly stand-out departments are... Dpbsmith (talk) 12:15, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

US Ministry of Propaganda article[edit]

Wouldn't you agree that your quote:

"As U.S.-Soviet tensions eased, America's anti-propaganda attitude quickly resurfaced, and a new term was used to describe the USIA's mission: "public diplomacy." This term was first coined in the mid-1960s by Dean Edmund A. Gullion of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Explaining the origin of the term, Gullion wrote (1967) that:
"Even beyond the organ of the Government set up to handle information about the United States and to explain our policies, what is important today is the interaction of groups, peoples, and cultures beyond national borders, influencing the way groups and peoples in other countries think about foreign affairs, react to our policies, and affect the policies of their respective governments.
"To connote this activity, we at the Fletcher School tried to find a name. I would have liked to call it 'propaganda.' It seemed like the nearest thing in the pure interpretation of the word to what we were doing. But 'propaganda' has always a pejorative connotation in this country. To describe the whole range of communications, information, and propaganda, we hit upon 'public diplomacy'."

would be appropriate somewhere in the United States Information Agency article? ...or that there should perhaps be a public diplomacy article? Cheers for digging up that quote, to by the way. Hope your New Year is going well for you. User:Pedant 23:01, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

Re: Bose Headphones[edit]

Looking at the fact that you reduced the said article to a stub without warning, I am going to have to lambast you for that as being vandalism. The marketing language can be lost, but please don't overly purge the article to just a one-sentence wonder as I'm going to take that as vandalism. There are plenty of ways to improve the article, but your idea of reducing the article to a one-sentence blunder is just a bit too extreme and constitutes vandalism (drastic edit without discussing). — Vesther (U * T/R * CTD) 03:42, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Ivy League[edit]

Do you think the article should include a list of the football champs (perhaps B-ball as well)? After all its an athletic conference, and Big East, Pac 10 and Big 12 all list at minimum the annual football champs. Cornell Rockey 14:42, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

  • No, I don't think it should. We already have a problem with this article being used as a vehicle for boosterism and inter-school rivalry. And it has been decades since the Ivy League was an important conference outside of its membership. I don't believe Ivy League games are even broadcast on network television. Dpbsmith (talk) 17:21, 15 January 2007 (UTC)
    • YES Network broadcasts Ivy football and b-ball, and CSTV broadcasts the harvard-cornell hockey game every year. The b-ball champ goes onto March Madness every year. It still is an athletic conference, however 2nd tier/unimportant it is. Cornell Rockey 18:02, 15 January 2007 (UTC)
      • You said "do you think..." You're entitled to your opinion, and I'm entitled to mine. Dpbsmith (talk) 22:50, 15 January 2007 (UTC)
        • I was just pointing out the facts, not arguing. Thank you for your opinion. Cornell Rockey 04:03, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

Barrington Hall[edit]

Please do not make reverts without discussion, or use edit summaries falsely claiming consensus to do so. This could be considered edit warring and disruption.-Cindery 21:37, 19 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Please either cite a good published source or stop trying to force this material into the article. Dpbsmith (talk) 00:07, 20 January 2007 (UTC)

AfD Nomination: Jane Dark[edit]

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Rutgers renaming[edit]

I don't think Turdus migratorius is a good example. The biological editors and various WikiProjects are in debate back and forth over whether articles should be by common name or scientific name (binomial nomenclature), and the results on Wikipedia are appalling. Thanks for chiming in though. —ExplorerCDT 14:25, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Phooey. I think it should be under the common name. I didn't realize that wasn't consensus any more. Perhaps the times are a changin' and perhaps we're moving toward more formality in article naming. Oh, well. It really doesn't matter much, the issue of what should be the real article and what should be the redirect is more Zen than of any practical importance to any real user of Wikipedia. Dpbsmith (talk) 15:39, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
    • I've always thought that incorrect common names should take a back seat to correct official long-form names. Nobel Prize in Economics being one that I've argued over and lost, but I keep going through articles and changing the mention of the prize to the long form. Since Rutgers University isn't entirely incorrect, previously, I agreed with short-form.—ExplorerCDT 17:44, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Roger the red[edit]

On the advice of another admin, I've posted the material about Roger to the AN. Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard#Roger the red. Since you've dealt with the editor your input would be valuable. -Will Beback · · 05:57, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

Email[edit]

FYI, I've sent you an email. JoshuaZ 02:43, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

Citing sources[edit]

Your explanation is very good, and I think it should be posted as an essay, which can then be conveniently linked to from relevant places. Tyrenius 18:58, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

  • Thanks... is there a specific place for "essays?" Dpbsmith (talk) 01:18, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

I am not entirely stupid, you know[edit]

In case you haven't noticed, the bit about the sexuality of Abraham Lincoln being disputed hasn't been on the article for very long. And also in case you didn't notice, I was the one who put a {{totallydisputed}} tag on it to try to push people to sort out the POV problems. - Ta bu shi da yu 02:57, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

  • Ouch. Sorry. Dpbsmith (talk) 11:11, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

Elaborate hoax article needs to be deleted[edit]

Hi, Dpb. Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to create a hoax article at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkeyman_Bald_Eagle_Meat_Taco_Company

Can you delete it instantly, or do whatever needs to be done? Thanks, Hayford Peirce 16:42, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

Survey Invitation[edit]

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AAPS[edit]

Hi - I notice you were active a bit on the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons article last month. I've gone through and expanded it, trying to use the organization's website and articles from their Journal to describe their position as much as possible, along with some third-party sources (e.g. NY Times). Anyhow, if you feel like popping back to take a look at the article, I'd appreciate your feedback. MastCell 19:52, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

McCarthy, McCarthyism[edit]

I am inviting all recent editors of Joseph McCarthy to comment on a current dispute. User:KarlBunker, in his stated view out of concern for WP:NPOV#Undue weight, has reverted, deleted, and selectively reinstated factually accurate sourced information that I have added. I contend he is in error. Please see the discussion at Talk:Joseph McCarthy. Thank you. Kaisershatner 17:32, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Good Question![edit]

"And why do you use a signature which adds every page on which you use it into the category of pages that need source citations?"

Um...I never thought about that, and I'm changing it immediately! Thank you. -Sue Rangell

Early 20th century exoticism[edit]

Nice work! Encouraging to know that there are a few articles yet to be written ... Let's see, there's Horatio Parker's Mona, George Wakefield Chadwick's The Padrone, and probably a whole lot of stuff from the early 20th century "Indianist movement". Cheers! Antandrus (talk) 02:31, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

Thanks!
Not to mention Victor Herbert's other opera, Madeleine. Which I never heard about until I started looking for Natoma-related stuff.
Too bad I don't know boo about any of it... and, well, don't care much. This whole thing was triggered because I happen to be reading Meredith Willson's "And There I Stood With My Piccolo." Dpbsmith (talk) 02:37, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
LOL, yes, it's not a hot topic of conversation even at musicology conferences. And it's suprisingly difficult to find recordings of any of it (frankly I think the quality of most native-written music at that time is pretty bad, especially when you compare it to what was being written simultaneously in Paris and Vienna ... but shh, don't tell the AMS I said that). Antandrus (talk) 02:40, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
I did listen to Chadwick's Second Symphony last year. I like it. Incidentally, I also ran across the Naxos recording of Meredith Willson's symphonies, and I like his Symphony No. 1. Finding a recording of Natoma is not real high on my list of priorities, though!
I am curious about the "Indianist" movement though. Never heard that phrase before. I gather you actually know something about music—I'm a philistine who listens to what he likes—so I assume you know that Dvorak apparently believed that Indian and Negro music were all but identical, and that the New World Symphony was inspired by The Song of Hiawatha? Dpbsmith (talk) 02:46, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
Look up Arthur Farwell on the Indianist movement (he was really the central figure), and the Wa-Wan Press. The whole area needs to be written about better on Wikipedia. Dvorak was really the one who got it started by encouraging a lot of young and energetic people to look at the music of their own continent; it's of mixed quality, but you can indeed find some gems. Antandrus (talk) 02:50, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
MIT! Add Arthur Farwell to my list of famous MIT non-engineers. Hugh Lofting being the, uh, other. I wonder if there's any connection to the On-I-Set Wigwam, a Spiritualist church still operating in Onset, Massachusetts? Not a direct connection, I just mean it seems as if there was a certain fascination with "Indians" at the time.... Dpbsmith (talk) 02:55, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
Hmmm, I wouldn't be at all surprised if there was a connection. I don't see anything about their history on that web site. Antandrus (talk) 03:02, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
Start here. Onset was founded in 1880 by Spiritualists. Incidentally, Onset is part of Wareham, but with a separate post office, and in some cases there are different streets in Onset and Wareham that have the same name, and most of the online map websites will give you the wrong answer if you ask them to show you "X Street, Onset, MA" if there is also an "X Street, Wareham, MA" Dpbsmith (talk) 03:06, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

Moved[edit]

Reverted your edit on the Conservapedia article[edit]

i appreciate your editorial input. the material you added is new and appears to conflict with NPOV and not cited. please consider making your introductory input succinct and developing your input in the body of the article and add the necessary citation. i'm new at this and you can do whatever you want so you do not have to heed my input! warm regards παράδοξος 05:54, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

sorry, accidentally put this comment on your user page. revision looks great!
παράδοξος 20:08, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

Where did you go?[edit]

Hoping that the good people at Conservapedia haven't tied you to a stake yet and you'll be back to witty banter at the MIT page(s) sometime soon. Or otherwise enjoying a wikibreak? Madcoverboy 23:14, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Nice to hear from you! I'm getting a little fatigued with Wikipedia because, in fact, most articles are in reasonably good shape and there's not a lot to do except combat vandals and edit-war over trivia. I did recently find, to my joy, an opportunity to contribute a completely new article here: Natoma. Dpbsmith (talk) 00:51, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Hey there! I found that all that was left for me to do on WP, by the time I got here, was fix the occasional comma. And I'd put it back later that afternoon... oh, wait, no, that was Uncyclopedia... but, on the other hand, CP is a rich mine of room for improvement, a veritable sandbox of opportunity to make a difference in the world. You (Dpbsmith) seem to be doing very well over there so far. And I haven't been banned yet... Anyway, just saying "hello"! Huw Powell 00:59, 10 April 2007 (UTC) (PS, I'm "human" at CP)

Yes, Conservapedia is sort of like attending a large party of your spouse's relatives from Iowa and finding that they're all very pleasant people—provided you stay off the topics of sex, politics, and religion. Dpbsmith (talk) 01:29, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Classroom coordination[edit]

Your name is listed at Wikipedia:School and university projects - instructions for students so I welcome you to join the new WikiProject that covers classroom assignments. Regards, DurovaCharge! 19:09, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Your comment on Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Wikify about linking decades[edit]

I disagree with your reversion of wikifying edits made to Goddard Lieberson, and have added my arguments to the Wikify project talk page. Windymilla 21:18, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Jeanne Fleming post[edit]

Dear Dpbsmith,

Your comments on a page about me, Jeanne Fleming, was just brought to my attention. I just wanted to let you directly that my bio there on Wikipedia says that I designed and produced Harbor Festival 1986 (and also 85 and 84 for that matter !)....which was The Official Land Celebration for the Centennial of the Statue of Liberty. This is not "wildly exaggerated." "Liberty Weekend" was presented in several parts--David Wolper produced the VIP and television event held at the Meadowlands in New Jersey and on Governor's Island. I produced the Land celebration--that is the celebration for the millions of general public in Lower Manhattan that involved 12 stages, 7 parades daily, an ethnic food festival, authentic performers from all over the world and across the nation and many, mnay other things! Then, there was Op Sail, which was the water event. The Fireworks were done by Tommy Walker of Disney with several different fireworks companies. Wolper came under a lot of criticsm for his events because they were limited to VIPS and ticket holders. The public event was three days of pure fun for abosultely everyone !

I think what the bio says is, therefore, accurate--I designed and Produced Harbor Festival 86 --the Official Land Celebration for the Statue of Liberty--to which millions of people came and which is the event that most folks remember...

J —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 74.32.46.209 (talk) 22:45, 6 May 2007 (UTC).

I went by the sources I could find, and I couldn't find anything to that effect in the New York Times full-text database. My apologies if I was unfair. Are there any other sources that could be cited in regard to the importance of your role? Dpbsmith (talk) 00:21, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

Dear dpbsmith,

I am not sure where you could look...it was interesting time and my role --though I appeared right beside David many, many times (and was consulted by him many times) as we presented the weekend to police, press etc., my role was not a "Celebrity " one---there was a lot of politics going on at the time and a great deal of "sexy" attention was given to Lee Iacocca and others as part of the VIP events--my role was not advertised and promoted like that--I was just the person who did the major public celebration...honestly speaking I work in NYC all the time doing various things--Wolper came in from LA and then left...for me it was my work in the City and that everyone knew what I did that mattered..I was not so interested in publicity, just that I could keep working in NYC and had the respect of city officials and the police--with whom I have a close relationship after our event went so perfectly that weekend--nine births, no deaths, or robberies ! Just a wonderful time was had by all... It really came in handy when I had to do the Halloween Parade just 7 weeks after 9/11 and Guiliani trusted me todo that and show the world that NYC wsa going to okay. J

I also just thought of something else--because this WAS 20 years ago !!!--the Harbor Festival was sponsored by NY Newsday(which was making a move into Manhattan at the time)---and the Times and the Daily News had a competitive relationship with them...as a result, the publicity of Harbor Festivbal and its story was not carried by the other papers as much...it was actually a problem leading up to the event--and the final schedule published by the Times was innaccurate. I had forgotten all that part !!! J

Also ! How do you find out who wrote a Wikipedia article about you?? I had never even seen this before !!

J

"How do you find out who wrote a Wikipedia article about you??" Ah. Well, there isn't any very good answer, and it's been a sore point when the article has been unflattering. In this case, if you go to the article and press the History tab, you'll find the Wikipedia user names of all the people who made changes to the article, starting with the person who created it. Sometimes the user names are similar to peoples' real names, sometimes not. Sometimes you can reach them on their Talk page to ask questions, and sometimes their "E-mail this user" link may allow you to send email.
In your case, the article was started by a user with the user name Paul Klenk, which sounds like a real name. Does it ring any bells?
Now, I don't speak for Wikipedia so the next few things I say might not be absolutely right, and I'm telling you what I think the situation is which is not necessarily exactly the way I'd like to see it.
First, an encyclopedia isn't under any responsibility to inform someone when they write an article about them, nor is a newspaper. It's up to you to subscribe to a clipping service (are there still such things) or Google on your name occasionally to see what the Internet is saying about you. Wikipedia is the same way.
Well, you will say, what's to stop someone from writing a slanderous article about me? Here's how it supposed to work and a) it works surprisingly well but b) on occasion has serious problems. First, the rules are that there is not supposed to be any truly original material in Wikipedia. Everything in Wikipedia is supposed to be a compilation from outside sources that are stated and which can be checked. Second, the assumption is that lots of people will be looking at the article and will catch gross problems. It doesn't always work. Third, it is a typical Wikipedian attitude to say "so fix it." Since anyone can edit an article, it's felt that if someone's unhappy with an article they should just correct it (as you just did).
Your article, for example, is very poorly sourced. But nothing much has been done about it, probably because you're not such a celebrity that lots of people look at the article every day, and because it all sounds reasonably plausible and nothing seems suspiciously unflattering or like an attack. (On the contrary, I have a problem with it because it sounds too much like a promotional puff piece).
I could have done several things at that point. I could have deleted most of the article as unsourced, or nominated the entire article for deletion. What I did instead was to make a quick reality check on whether the article seemed to be accurate. The New York Times didn't seem to have very much in it about you or the event, so I discharged a little venom on the talk page and went on about my business.
Now. Three tips. First, create an account. It takes about ten seconds, it's free, you don't need to disclose so much as an email address, and it will make it easier for other people to discuss things with you. You can go either way: choose a user name that's like your real name, so people will know who you are... or pick an entirely fictitious name if you want to retain privacy.
Second, be very careful when editing an article about yourself. Correcting small errors and making small clarifications, as you've done, is fine. The best thing you can do for yourself and for Wikipedia is to add and quote sources as much as possible. You might also consider toning down it down a bit and making it more like an encyclopedia article and less like a promotional brochure.
Third, this is the big one, the most helpful thing you could possibly do would be to provide sources. Instead of "She is credited for building the parade to its present state," say "So-and-so said 'It's really her parade; she's the one that built it to its present state,' Newsday, date, page, title. Put the reference in just any old way you can; other Wikipedians will be glad to take care of technical details like formatting.
Hope this helps. Dpbsmith (talk) 22:49, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
P. S. If you Google on "Jeanne Fleming" this article comes up as the first hit.
P. P. S. I think a Web source like this article would be considered an example of a good source for an article like this. It doesn't have to be print. In fact web sources are better in a way because they're easier to check. The main thing about web sources is that they have to be something like a newspaper, not a blog or a forum that anyone can add anything to. Dpbsmith (talk) 22:56, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

Dear Dpbsmith,

Thank you for all your help and advice. Yes, Paul Klenk wrote the article about the Halloween Parade for Wikipedia and I think that is how this article came to be. I really do not look for publicity--don't seek it--am a behind the scenes sort of person... so I never even looked at all this. Right now it is a bit odd, since I am making a couple of new events, if folks go there they will question my role in the Statue when they see your post...Is there a way that the "true" story can come out in a reasonable way...J

(Very few people will ever look at the Talk page unless they're involved in editing the article.)
I've edited the Talk page to make things as clear as possible. I've removed my language calling the original description "wildly exaggerated." I hope this helps. It's about as far as I want to go.
I take it you know who Paul Klenk is? Dpbsmith (talk) 01:06, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Dear DP,

I am sorry I have been very busy and have not had a chance to check back and answer your question re: Paul Klenk --no, I do not know who he is, but he did communicate with me that he was doing an article--and most recently asking for a Press Pass for this year's Halloween Parade..so perhaps I will meet him then..

Thank you for the corrections...I would never have noticed it, but my friend Shannon (who is ALWAYS on the computer) did and pointed it out...

Be well,

Jeanne

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Unsolved problems in biology, chemistry, and medicine nominated for deletion[edit]

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the articles unsolved problems in biology, unsolved problems in chemistry, and unsolved problems in medicine have again be nominated for deletion. Your comment would be appreciated on the discussion pages Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Unsolved problems in biology (2nd nomination), Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Unsolved problems in chemistry, and Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Unsolved problems in medicine 2.

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Billy Sunday[edit]

If you have the time and/or inclination, I invite you to add back some of the deleted material in the Billy Sunday article. Not as a section at the end, but perhaps as a section near the "social and political views" section--in the body of the article, in other words. Best if you could incorporate the material into existing areas, with necessary editing.

If you are familiar with the discussion on the article, you will note that it is primarily written/edited/maintained by John Foxe. I have added/edited/maintained the material on Sunday's early life and baseball career, while attempting to edit and add more material on Sunday's cultural/historical importance. The discussion will also show that I feel that John Foxe's emphasis on theology and his unwillingness to include material in the article that rounds out the portrait of Sunday as a preacher (NOT minister, if that distinction makes sense) and a popular culture figure is a POV problem.

Anyway, I invite contributions from someone new to this debate. --Rocketj4 12:26, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

  • Thanks. I'll take a look when I get a Round Tuit, which won't be this weekend. I agree with your comment above. Billy Sunday was a popular culture figure of the first magnitude, and in a very different category from, say, Dwight Moody. Dpbsmith (talk) 13:42, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

Or Billy Graham, for that matter.--Rocketj4 16:22, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

One of the little things I've been meaning to look into is whether, in using the name "Billy," Billy Graham had any intention whatsoever of evoking memories of Billy Sunday. Despite obvious differences, Billy Graham was often described as being the most successful evangelist "since Billy Sunday" and people did confuse the two of them, particularly during the fifties and sixties. And Billy Graham was taken to see Billy Sunday when Graham was young.
It seems like an obvious question and you'd think Graham must have said something about it at some point... either "it was a complete coincidence" or that he admired some aspects of Sunday's career... no obvious answer has lept out at me, but then again I haven't been trying to research Graham. Dpbsmith (talk) 18:35, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

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RPSmith question[edit]

Hello: We haven't been in touch in some time but I've just discovered a teensy tiny question that you will be the best possible person to answer. On the RPSmith page, the link shows that he attended Columbia University but shouldn't the link really go here? Hoping you are well! --Wspencer11 (talk to me...) 17:42, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

I'm fine, just finding Wikipedia a little tiresome lately. You are quite correct. There probably wasn't a separate article on Columbia College in 2003 when the link was created. Dpbsmith (talk) 18:41, 6 August 2007 (UTC)
I figured this was so but I also figured it's best to hear it from the horse's mouth. And I quite understand about the general feel here. I have just gone back to Maryland and all the whoop-de-doo about that has kept me from being too involved, which is a good thing all told. Keep cool, in all the ways there are to do so! --Wspencer11 (talk to me...) 19:42, 6 August 2007 (UTC)

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MIT mergers[edit]

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Haidinger's brush[edit]

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Whole Foods[edit]

The PR person for Whole Foods is heavily involved in the editing and writing of the Whole Foods article. While I feel she's trying to stay in keeping with Wiki policies, it's also clear that she has a slant and a lack of objectivity that I find troubling. I'm not a regular editor of that article, was just fixing a link and read the talk page and was surpised. Any suggestions? Jessamyn (talk) 03:39, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Thank you for your assist on Nina Totenberg. All the recent edits are from the same guy (at least, a revers DNS look-up suggests so), and I did not want to be the only one reverting him (even setting aside 3RR). Magidin 18:12, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

  • You're welcome. By the way, if the conflict continues I personally would be happy with the wording "attended Boston University for X years" if that makes anyone happier. I don't know what the value of X is, though. Dpbsmith (talk) 21:10, 15 November 2007 (UTC)
Or, for that matter, since this is an attempt at criticism, what they should do is find some reliable source that criticizes or lauds Totenberg for her lack of credentials and cite that. The examples this one person brought up (Hannity and Limbaugh) are like that; Limbaugh says "attended", and then has citations about his poor performance and his dropping out. Hannity has "dropped out for financial reasons", and quotes Hannity and other interviews on this (as it is meant to be a positive, not a negative, on his character). But it does not seem to be about "neutrality" or "improvement", but rather about dumping on the subject, and trying to cast it as "liberal vs. conservative." Sigh. Magidin 21:43, 15 November 2007 (UTC)
I was about to say that myself, but held back in the interest of WP:AGF. Dpbsmith (talk) 21:10, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

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Added Bob Hawke to List of Agnostics[edit]

I have just added Bob Hawke to List of Agnostics. There is now a reference to him being Agnostic in his Wikipedia biography. I have a citation to add to References but I don't know how to do it, could you please add it. The citation is Blanche d'Alpuget Robert J.Hawke,87 Kathleen.wright5 22:53, 26 November 2007 (UTC) Yes it is a book of that title Written by Blanche d'Alpuget. Kathleen.wright5 14:30, 27 November 2007 (UTC)

  • Done. I don't care much for that reference, since I've no idea what it means... is it a book by that title, or what? If you happen to know, please clarify. The way you add a reference in general is to put <ref>The stuff you want to appear at the bottom</ref> within the text, and a single <references/> tag at the bottom where the list of references should go, if there isn't one already. It ends up looking like this[1]:
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AfD nomination of Winnemac (fictional U.S. state)[edit]

Winnemac (fictional U.S. state), an article you created, has been nominated for deletion. We appreciate your contributions. However, an editor does not feel that Winnemac (fictional U.S. state) satisfies Wikipedia's criteria for inclusion and has explained why in the nomination space (see also "What Wikipedia is not" and the Wikipedia deletion policy). Your opinions on the matter are welcome; please participate in the discussion by adding your comments at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Winnemac (fictional U.S. state) and please be sure to sign your comments with four tildes (~~~~). You are free to edit the content of Winnemac (fictional U.S. state) during the discussion but should not remove the articles for deletion template from the top of the article; such removal will not end the deletion discussion. Thank you. Judgesurreal777 03:51, 2 December 2007 (UTC)

Was that sarcastic? Either way, thank you in a sincere way for your work to improve the article, and for being one of the few who realize AFD can be a time for article building not just arguing. Judgesurreal777 16:25, 4 December 2007 (UTC)
1) No, I was not being sarcastic. I don't know whether notifying article contributors about an AfD is required or recommended or just good manners, but in any case, yes, I appreciated it.
2) I appreciate your kind words above.
3) At the time you nominated it for deletion, the article was borderline, although I happen to think it was on the right side of the border. To all intents and purposes, the article was written in 2003, when Wikipedia was in a different stage of development. Good-faith unreferenced contributions were regarded as OK if they read and sounded as if they probably could be verified.
4) I've never thought that using AfD to goad editors into improving an article was a bad thing. I haven't been following things closely lately but I've always supported a long AfD period, both to give less-frequent contributors time to respond, but also to give people a chance to improve an article. I've seen any number of AfD's start out with "delete, delete, delete" and suddenly change to a string of "keeps" when someone improved it.
So, no, no sarcasm. Actually finding that I could get the Batchelor article electronically through the Boston Public Library and being seeing Lewis's maps for myself was more enough reward to overcome the "sting" of nomination. Dpbsmith (talk) 17:22, 4 December 2007 (UTC)

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NOR Request for arbitration[edit]

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reply on "X is canon."[edit]

here, at end of section. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Baylink (talkcontribs) 05:12, 13 December 2007 (UTC)


Learn to read and spell before reverting[edit]

"personas, solicitiously primative minde" I guess these are correct spelling for these words. I would seem wikipeida is LCD (Lowest Common Denominator) for the educational level of young folk like yourself.

Lili —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.75.179.185 (talk) 20:36, 18 December 2007 (UTC)

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Canadian Ivies[edit]

Hey DPBSmith, I'd appreciate your insight into this deletion discussion, if you can spare a moment. Thanks! cOrneLlrOckEy (talk) 20:17, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

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Jack London - now rated B-class[edit]

As I've said here, that rating of Jack London as "start" was clearly a mistake. I've re-rated it as B-class, and I'd encourage you to go for GA and/or FA. It is a good article (I enjoyed reading it) - thanks for helping to write it. Carcharoth (talk) 01:43, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

Thanks! Dpbsmith (talk) 01:11, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

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Members[edit]

Only a member can confirm such, and to ask a member to cite a membership directory is low _____, to say the least. You wikis need to grab tightly the above, and quit ruining the Yale-Harvard-Princeton society-final club-eating club entries.SLY111 (talk) 00:53, 5 March 2008 (UTC)SLY111

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Statue of Liberty location[edit]

You stated on my talk page: "The Statue of Liberty is much closer to Jersey City than to New York City. That's not even possibly in dispute, it's a simple fact: just look at a map."

But I do dispute it. Liberty Island is _part_ of New York City, specifically the borough of Manhattan. You can't possibly get any closer than that. It's therefore incorrect to say Jersey City is the closest city to the statue. Jersey City is merely the closest city _other_ than the city in which the statue is physically located.

I'll wait for your comments before changing anything. Station1 (talk) 03:45, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Beam profiler[edit]

I replied to your comment.--Srleffler (talk) 17:42, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

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Blockquotes[edit]

If you want a multi-paragraph blockquote, you can use html BR tags, or just multiple blockquotes. Cheers, Dansiman (talk|Contribs) 01:36, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

Re: Pushing on a string[edit]

I've left you a message on my talk page. Have a great day! - Jameson L. Tai talkcontribs 21:19, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

Zune[edit]

Hey there.

While it is not the most sophisticated link (I don't prefer to use retail sites, but I think it is relevant here), it is the most concrete link displaying the availability of red in stores (sans artwork), which is something I can vouch for as well as I sit here fiddling with my own. I'd prefer that the official site update itself soon enough, but I've found that more often than not that elaborately designed "official" sites often employ heavy flash animation and other bits and details and therefore can tend to be updated rather late (if hardly at all, as the Starcraft 2 official site exhibits).

The product was apparently released just a few days ago (this meshes with personal observation: I recall seeing it first on the 26th, while seeing the same shelf empty two days prior), and therefore this lack of currency is somewhat acceptable. The site will doubtless be updated soon enough, but it's not our business to exclude verifiable information simply because the official site lacks such information.--C.Logan (talk) 13:05, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

I've never excluded verifiable information; I've just tried to stick to what the references actually say and no more. Please reply at Talk:Zune#Red 80GB Zunes?, not here. Dpbsmith (talk) 19:49, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

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G1G1 build rant[edit]

Well said. view source and recoverability and sharing are perhaps the most important aspects of the XO design... 66.31.40.110 (talk) 09:40, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. Are you Slashdot user Anothy by any chance, or someone else? Dpbsmith (talk) 02:01, 15 May 2008 (UTC)
Whoops, that was me -- I thought I was still logged in. We are inching closer to making activities properly 'viewsourceable', but that could have been one of the first features available in some alpha version (launch a minibrowser to view the source directory?) from the start. +sj + 04:40, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

Bates method[edit]

Hello. I noticed you were involved in the Bates method article a while back, and there are a few issues now on which third-opinions would be helpful. The article has improved a lot in the last few months, imho. However, the top has been heavily tagged since early March. See this discussion. Note also the resulting dispute over external links in the "Further Reading" section, and the accusations of harassment. Also, while re-organizing the article, I moved a bit of it back to Eye exercises, and issues have come up there as well. Since you are uninvolved in recent issues, but worked on the article before and thus are somewhat familiar with the subject, your opinions would be helpful here, if you have time. PSWG1920 (talk) 06:17, 17 May 2008 (UTC)

Specrx-letterseyeblur.png[edit]

Could you explain this image: Specrx-letterseyeblur.png? It appears to be blurred by a strange point-spread function. It is blurred on the diagonal (this way: /) but there is more weight on the ends of the PSF than in the middle. That's a bit like what I see when I take my glasses off. What causes this? It doesn't make sense to me from geometric optics. —Ben FrantzDale (talk) 21:08, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Those images are basically artwork. I honestly don't remember how I produced that one. It was a sort of cut-and-try mixture of Photoshop manipulations until I got something that looked similar to blur as I see it!
I don't know what's in the literature about the actual point-spread functions of the human eye, but it is definitely not at all like that of an optical lens (almost a circle, or the kind of shape and iris diaphragm makes). You can see this in the appearance of a bright point source of light when it's slightly out of focus. Here's an illustration by Helmholtz. (I think that's Helmholtz, it might be one of the editors who edited and supplemented the 1924 English-language edition). Notice that this is very much like the appearance of an asterisk, and the way artists depict stars in oil paintings. I'm afraid I don't know about modern work on this.
Incidentally, when I was a kid, I was completely puzzled by the way artists depicted stars because to me they just like sharp points of light, without stuff radiating out from them. Now, they look to me very much the way artists paint them in oil paintings, or like Helmholtz's illustration. Dpbsmith (talk) 21:56, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
That's fascinating. It's reassuring to hear the likes of Helmholtz have thought about this. I wonder what causes it. It's possibly a diffraction pattern as seen in a microscope, but I'd think it's more likely a matter of geometric optics. Perhaps it is a complicated version of coma due to nonuniform stress from the ciliary muscle... I'd be very interested to hear any other references you might have on this topic, particularly searchable terms. Thanks. —Ben FrantzDale (talk) 23:41, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Re:Hovhaness/discrimination[edit]

Your understanding of WP policy is dead on (at least as I understand it). Did my comment at the talk page indicate that I felt otherwise?--Esprit15d • talkcontribs 00:34, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

I can see how my comments seemed like I was saying the info could never be included. Lack of reliable published sources is the only problem, I agree.--Esprit15d • talkcontribs 13:47, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Rankings in lead[edit]

There is a debate at WT:UNI#Rankings in lead about the consensus for including or excluding rankings from the lead of university articles. Your input would be appreciated. Madcoverboy (talk) 18:18, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Oh, my. Rankings have all crept back into the lead paragraphs, I see. What a pity. Dpbsmith (talk) 23:58, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
I've given WP:BOOSTER a once over (well more like 20-something over) and I'd like your blessings, oh wise banisher of the boosters. :) Madcoverboy (talk) 19:10, 26 August 2008 (UTC)
Debate raging at Wikipedia talk:Avoid academic boosterism#Existing consensus regarding whether or not "selective" should appear in the lead with references. Latest developments include Luther College (Iowa) with a 82% admissions rate classifying itself as selective but nevertheless backed up by US News and Carnegie Foundation as "more selective." It appears that any policy requiring a threshold is unenforceable and blithely relying upon references renders the term meaningless. Nevertheless, I believe that "selective" is the new "prestigious" that has been rightfully banished from the lead due in part to your earlier skirmishes on Ivy League articles. I find it telling that the articles for Ivy League and AAU institutions make no mention of selectivity in the lead, but apparently this de facto consensus is not a de jure consensus. Could you point me towards any discussions you're aware of in which "selectivity" was consciously banished from the lead? Madcoverboy (talk) 23:59, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
Alas, no. I agree with you completely, of course. Dpbsmith (talk) 10:43, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

Your images at Eyeglass prescription[edit]

I wanted to drop a quick note thanking you for your images and explanations on this article. They are very good at helping to explain the concepts. I was able to grasp them at once! --Mdwyer (talk) 06:02, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

MIT[edit]

Since few editors seem to contribute to this backwater technical school's page, I have given MIT a thorough scrubdown after comments at the good article reassessment and now I'm trolling for comments, feedback, and consensus. Please give it a once over for style and coherence since the words seemd to be burned into my retina. Cheers! Madcoverboy (talk) 05:46, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

It looks good, and I thank you for your hard work and constant attention to this article over the last few years. I fixed a typo and and took care of a couple of nitpicks about the founding of UMass: it was founded as "Massachusetts Agricultural College" and did not become "the University of Massachusetts" until 1947, and Massachusetts is a "Commonwealth," not a "State." I took the liberty of adding Hugh Lofting to the section on notable alums and to the gallery. On the one hand, his status as an MIT alumnus is not well known and he did not complete his studies there. On the other hand, I would venture to guess that more people have heard of Doctor Dolittle than of Buzz Aldrin, Kofi Annan, Ben Bernanke, or even Benjamin Netanyahu.
Thank goodness the boosterism and rankingcruft is mostly placed fairly far down in the article. I still think the article has too much boosterism, and I still think the "research accomplishments" section is very dubious, but as a whole the article is a very solid piece of work. Dpbsmith (talk) 01:24, 27 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm making a concerted effort to get this article up not only up to FA status but to be a benchmark for a university article on a low-booster diet. I know you have expressed concerns about the research accomplishments section on the talk page in the past, but would you mind elaborating on them in light of recent changes (or lack thereof) as well as any other necessary changes to secure your support at a future FAC (/campaigning! :) at the peer review? Madcoverboy (talk) 16:24, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
Comments at the peer review... Dpbsmith (talk) 00:22, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

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Crossword[edit]

Just wanted to say good job on the recent additions to the history section of Crossword. I had wanted to expand that for a while, and I'm pleased to see you did such a good job. I'm normally pretty picky on new content, as there's usually something that could be worded better or have better sources, but that was very good. DreamGuy (talk) 14:45, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Thanks! Dpbsmith (talk) 14:49, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Link for You[edit]

If you are still interested. I've been away for about a week. Cheers! —Slipgrid (talk) 21:57, 12 August 2008 (UTC)


RFC[edit]

Dear Dpbsmith , If you have time and are willing to share your point of view. Can you give your comment arguments about the current discussion in the bates method article. Paragraph : The American acadamy of opthalmology link listed in the external link section ? appreciate your comment, Seeyou (talk) 20:15, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for your comment. It is quite clear. But what is your comment on listing the AAO link in the external link secion ? Seeyou (talk) 14:51, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Seven Seas[edit]

Wikipedia's article on the Seven Seas has one section for Venice and another section for Rome. The section for Rome was added first, and it looks like you were the one who added the section for Venice. But I think they might be referring to the same thing, in which case it would make sense to combine them. The section on Rome refers to a "navigable network in the mouths of the Po river." Venice IS in the mouth of the Po river. - Shaheenjim (talk) 17:16, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. I'm not going to act on this myself, because my knowledge is pretty much limited to the source I quoted. If you're sure you're right, then be bold and go ahead. Dpbsmith (talk) 21:01, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

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RFC[edit]

Dear Dpbsmith, If you have time and are willing to share your point of view. Can you give your comment arguments about the current discussion in the bates method article. Paragraph : Elwin Marg was an optometrist  ! appreciate your comment, Discussion is about whether or not the profession of Elwin Marg should be mentioned in the external link section. Seeyou (talk) 21:41, 23 August 2008 (UTC)

Thanks Dpbsmith, great comment. Seeyou (talk) 12:45, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

TMS[edit]

Thanks for the heads-up. I thought you drove a stake through its heart, but it lives again! I've left a brief note at the talk page; hopefully this time it's [1] stake through the heart, [2] burn the body, and [3] burn the ashes. - Nunh-huh 13:45, 6 September 2008 (UTC)


RFC Bates method article for 2 important issues[edit]

Dear Dpbsmith,If you have time and are willing to share your point of view. Can you give your comment arguments about the current discussion in the bates method article.

Paragraph :

  • 22 RFC Nr : 1 change of title Bates method into Bates method / Natural Vision improvement
  • 23 RFC No : 2 Removal of sourced quotes

( See also par 24 : Some objective factual information of the past and now and the discussion with Ronz on my talkpage )Seeyou (talk) 11:10, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

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non-free media (Image:Chainreactionyerkes.jpg)[edit]

I see you re-added this image to Yerkes Observatory[5]. Usage does not seem to meet Wikipdias WP:NONFREE requirements, namely it is not being used re:

- Image is not neing used for Film and television screen shots: For critical commentary and discussion of the cinema and television.

- Free images of this observatory exist, undermining any need for using a copyrighted image.

It is being used to decorate/illustrate what an observatory looks like. The Licensing tag does not cover this usage. You need to provide some fair use rational to keep this image from being deleted. 75.196.250.129 (talk) 19:41, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

It is not being used to illustrate "what an observatory looks like." Astronomical observatories do not typically have people engaging in gunfights on their roofs. It's being used to illustrate the item that says Yerkes has been the setting for a significant chunk of a popular movie, by showing exactly how it was used. Finally, it is illustrating a trivial but interesting moment in Yerkes' observatory's history. Dpbsmith (talk) 01:27, 11 September 2008 (UTC)
P. S. WP:NONFREE lists examples of acceptable use. It does not say that anything else is unacceptable; rather, it also lists examples of unacceptable use. WP:NONFREE is not directly relevant, as the usage I am making is covered neither in the list of acceptable uses nor in the list of unacceptable uses.
I've added an explicit fair use rationale to Image:Chainreactionyerkes.jpg, detailing the specific ways in my use of this image conforms to each factor of the "four factor test."
If you wish to comment further, please comment at Talk:Yerkes_Observatory, and I'd appreciate it if you would create a WIkipedia account and make your comments while logged in. Dpbsmith (talk) 13:23, 11 September 2008 (UTC)
There are several problems with your submission:
-Illustrating a "trivial but interesting moment in Yerkes' observatory's history" is by definition trivia. Just because it was used for a "significant chunk of a popular movie" does not mean this would be relevant or significant to Yerkes Observatory. There is no supporting reference as to why this would be significant, other than the fact that you noticed it (see also WP:OR).
-It fails WP:NONFREE Item 8 - Significance criteria. It does not "significantly increase readers' understanding" of Yerkes' observatory.
-It fails WP:NONFREE Item 10 - Image description page criteria. It does not have a "copyright tag that indicates which Wikipedia policy provision is claimed to permit the use". the tag used to support it is for "critical commentary and discussion of the cinema and television", its use is nether critical commentary or discussion of the cinema and television.
You should rethink your use of copyrighted material, I will leave it to other editors to delete it. 75.196.92.3 (talk) 17:47, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

Polymath[edit]

Thought you might like to know: I've done a lot (unfinished) of pruning of the article. And archived a hunk of the talk page. --Dweller (talk) 15:47, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

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Stover at Yale[edit]

Please come help me build SAY. Foil the deletionists. TCO (talk) 19:19, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

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Safety Issue bates method article[edit]

Please take a look at the Bates method article. Paragraph sunning and the arguments I gave on the discussion page.

See * [[6]]

former version :

See * [[7]] and current version.

In my opinion a very important safety issue.

( Note also the wikipedia internal links have been removed ! )

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Heath H8[edit]

Hello. Way back in 2004 you created a redirct for Heath H8. If you've got an interest in the history of these machines, you may want to check the History of personal computers article where discussion of the significance of Heath computers is ongoing. --Wtshymanski (talk) 17:55, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

Hi. you're right of course. about the H8 and the PDP-11! Sorry if my editing/writing is a little confusing. I've learned the hard way to save often while writing and rewriting! I'm not much of an IM user Cuvtixo (talk) 23:31, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

Says You![edit]

Congratulations on getting your question(s) accepted on Says You! I gave up trying a few years ago; maybe I should try again. 121a0012 (talk) 02:02, 18 January 2009 (UTC)

Yes, I was pleased. For the record, of the questions in that round he only used two of mine, and he modified them quite a bit. Mine had structured as "find the common thread. For example, although it was much funnier his way, it was not my idea to put "intelligent" into the list of Boy Scout characteristics as the "odd man out!"
Oddly enough, Matt Fichtenbaum, an old college classmate of mine with whom I exchange emails every decade or so, also had an item used on the show. He contributed the quip "Is a logjam the same as a forest preserve?" We had no idea we were both fans until we heard the show... Dpbsmith (talk) 03:17, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

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Hola[edit]

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Check the image description page, whats probably got left out is a source/author credit line.

(Images have been removed at Commons because of the absence of these, so they need to be there for anything that's being moved over) Sfan00 IMG (talk) 14:39, 22 June 2009 (UTC)

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Makes it MUCH easier to move images to Commons :) Sfan00 IMG (talk) 14:43, 22 June 2009 (UTC)

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Blog / news article mention of you[edit]

Here's an interesting article about an author plagiarizing an article you helped write.--The Fat Man Who Never Came Back (talk) 17:12, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

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List of polymaths[edit]

Please see Talk:List_of_polymaths#List_is_POV --Dweller (talk) 10:49, 5 January 2010 (UTC)

Barnstar: Pushing on a string[edit]

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Thanks for your very thoughtful and well-researched article on pushing on a string; I was looking for the origin of this phrase, and your diligent work and lucid writing exactly answered my question. I’ve since linked the article from other places where it occurs in monetary policy. Thanks again! —Nils von Barth (nbarth) (talk) 21:03, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

Humoresques[edit]

Hello Dpbsmith. This is excellent. It is - for me as a Czech - a completely unknown part of history. Thank you. Have a good day. --Vejvančický (talk | contribs) 21:59, 9 May 2010 (UTC)

Yes, Dvořák was fascinated by modern transportation and he was also an enthusiastic fan of trains and railroads. According to some sources, he was inspired by characteristic rattling sound of train moving on the tracks, when he wrote Humoresque No. 7. However, it looks more like a legend than verifiable fact. I'll try to find out more. Thanks for the inspiration :) --Vejvančický (talk | contribs) 15:37, 10 May 2010 (UTC)

Flat-D[edit]

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Photo[edit]

Hi Dpbsmith,

I was looking for one of Harold Edgerton's pictures to use on the history section of the flashtube article when I discovered you photograph of a bullet in supersonic flight. I went ahead and put it in the article. I just wanted to say that I think it's an amazing photo depicting supersonic flow dynamics. Rarely have I seen such a beautiful picture of the mach-cone. The way the bullet is cutting through the air faster than the compressible flow can fill the vacuum. It's a remarkable picture of transonic flight, just before the "breakout" (in aviation terminology, where the mach-cone moves to the trailing edge of the bullet and the oblique shockwaves form at the leading edge). I just wanted to say thanks for contributing this great piece of work, and thought you might like to know where i've placed it.

I also liked your essay on your user page. Although I might point out, which I think you touched on at the end, that while the National Enquirer might be a good source if properly cited, I would be hesitant to use it without checking the veracity of anything it says. Personally, I like to double and even triple-check any source I use. If you're interested, there is a good book out there on evaluating encyclopedias called Reference service and sources, which give some pretty good details on checking encyclopedias for citations, veracity, etc... Just thought I'd share that with you. Anyhow, thanks again and have a good day. Zaereth (talk) 22:21, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Thanks! Dpbsmith (talk) 21:52, 16 October 2010 (UTC)

Chrystalball[edit]

I don't think your intention was to put a restriction that barred all articles from reporting speculation originating from outside sources. I think you aimed to restrict original research. The current wording is "Articles that present extrapolation, speculation, and "future history" are original research and therefore inappropriate." This is not supported by our original research policy. This brightline wording prevents all types of outside reliable analysis including scientific views such as hurricane forecasts and season outlooks. I'm not suggesting that the policy be removed but I think a reword is called for. -- Marcus Qwertyus 23:26, 26 February 2011 (UTC)

For example: "According to one analyst, even with competition, iPads will still make up at least 20 million of the more than 24 million tablet computers sold in the United States in 2011. Another analyst predicted 'conservatively' that 35 million iPad 2s would be sold in 2011." Associated Press Bloomberg. As long as the claims aren't original research we should be able to make them. Marcus Qwertyus 03:34, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
I'm not sure why you contacted me in particular. It's not my policy, although a few years ago I played a part in formulating the wording; but I just checked the current version of the policy and I don't see your issue. The wording looks good to me and does not put a blanket bar on all speculation from outside sources. The policy says clearly--emphasis mine:
Your iPad example, assuming of course that the references check out, seems to me to clearly fall within that fairly bright line, so it shouldn't be excluded based merely on the WP:CRYSTAL policy, although other policies might apply.Dpbsmith (talk) 14:13, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
Good to know there is some sanity left here! The problem wording is "Articles that present extrapolation, speculation, and "future history" are original research". Alot of people have taken that to mean that all speculation even if reliably sourced. A better wording would be: [8]. If you don't have any further objections I would like to reinstate the change. Marcus Qwertyus 01:20, 14 March 2011 (UTC)
Well, let me put it this way. I have no strong feelings about either wording. I certainly won't revert your change but don't assume I support it either, since I don't know the background or how the policy is being used. To state my own opinion, properly sourced facts about opinions can be included if they are important, germane, and there is some good, stated reason to include them other than an individual editor's whim. The content is "X said Y," not "Y," and therefore even if Y is speculation about the future, it is legitimate and does not fall under WP:CRYSTAL. Dpbsmith (talk) 02:07, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

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Pulse-density modulation[edit]

Hi Dan, just over seven years ago, you cleared out the history of the article pulse-density modulation to remove obscenities from the page history; you moved the old page history with the vandalism to User:Dpbsmith/foo and re-created the article. I'm just letting you know that I moved most of that history back to the PDM article, and removed the other two edits to Pulse-density modulation/Temp (which I've deleted). Therefore, your your user subpage "User:Dpbsmith/foo" no longer exists. Hope you don't mind.

However it seems that the actual vandalism is no longer in the page history. Do you remember if you asked a dev to delete it? It's not such a big deal, but I'm curious. Also see my message at Talk:Pulse-density modulation#Unsorted text.

I'm a self-styled "wiki-archeologist", and I enjoy checking through old page histories. I have compiled a list of cases where page history seems to have disappeared permanently, plus a few other oddes and ends, at User:Graham87/Page history observations. The case of pulse-density modulation was listed there for about eighteen months, until today, when I realised that you had just moved the history rather than deleting it. Graham87 15:28, 4 June 2011 (UTC)

A noun never hurts[edit]

Much better! Rivertorch (talk) 22:11, 16 June 2011 (UTC)

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Myopia article[edit]

I noticed you reverted my edit to remove unsubstantiated info and an advertisement from the Myopia article, found under the section on Prevention. From what I could see, Stevebkny and 58.152.92.220 were responsible for adding the unsubstantiated info and ad. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 60.242.96.171 (talk) 02:49, 4 February 2012 (UTC)

MSU Interview[edit]

Dear Dpbsmith,


My name is Jonathan Obar user:Jaobar, I'm a professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University and a Teaching Fellow with the Wikimedia Foundation's Education Program. This semester I've been running a little experiment at MSU, a class where we teach students about becoming Wikipedia administrators. Not a lot is known about your community, and our students (who are fascinated by wiki-culture by the way!) want to learn how you do what you do, and why you do it. A while back I proposed this idea (the class) to the community HERE, were it was met mainly with positive feedback. Anyhow, I'd like my students to speak with a few administrators to get a sense of admin experiences, training, motivations, likes, dislikes, etc. We were wondering if you'd be interested in speaking with one of our students.


So a few things about the interviews:

  • Interviews will last between 15 and 30 minutes.
  • Interviews can be conducted over skype (preferred), IRC or email. (You choose the form of communication based upon your comfort level, time, etc.)
  • All interviews will be completely anonymous, meaning that you (real name and/or pseudonym) will never be identified in any of our materials, unless you give the interviewer permission to do so.
  • All interviews will be completely voluntary. You are under no obligation to say yes to an interview, and can say no and stop or leave the interview at any time.
  • The entire interview process is being overseen by MSU's institutional review board (ethics review). This means that all questions have been approved by the university and all students have been trained how to conduct interviews ethically and properly.


Bottom line is that we really need your help, and would really appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. If interested, please send me an email at obar@msu.edu (to maintain anonymity) and I will add your name to my offline contact list. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can post your name HERE instead.

If you have questions or concerns at any time, feel free to email me at obar@msu.edu. I will be more than happy to speak with you.

Thanks in advance for your help. We have a lot to learn from you.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Obar --Jaobar (talk) 05:46, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

You're invited! New England Wikimedia General Meeting[edit]

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Proposed deletion of Thos. W. Jackson[edit]

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You're invited: Ada Lovelace, STEM women edit-a-thon at Harvard[edit]

U.S. Ada Lovelace Day 2012 edit-a-thon, Harvard University - You are invited!
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Now in its fourth year, Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and related fields. Participants from around New England are invited to gather together at Harvard Law School to edit and create Wikipedia entries on women who have made significant contributions to the STEM fields.
Register to attend or sign up to participate remotely - visit this page to do either.
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Arthur Dendy[edit]

Hi Dpbsmith, I enjoyed your user page ... and couldn't resist writing an article about Prof. Dendy. I've cheekily wiki linked him from your user page, not something I do a lot. Thanks for the stimulus. all the best Chiswick Chap (talk) 08:26, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

Delightful! Thank you. When I read your comment I couldn't for the life of me think who Dendy was, and certainly didn't remember mentioning him... I chose him as being intentionally obscure. Dpbsmith (talk) 20:11, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Category:People self-identifying as alcoholics[edit]

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Examples of convolution[edit]

I saw the wiki page, but I couldn't find any examples using actual numbers evaluating the formula. Could you give some examples of convolution, please? Mathijs Krijzer (talk) 22:16, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

Definition[edit]

The convolution of f and g is written fg, using an asterisk or star. It is defined as the integral of the product of the two functions after one is reversed and shifted. As such, it is a particular kind of integral transform:

(f * g )(t)\ \ \,   \stackrel{\mathrm{def}}{=}\ \int_{-\infty}^\infty f(\tau)\, g(t - \tau)\, d\tau
= \int_{-\infty}^\infty f(t-\tau)\, g(\tau)\, d\tau.       (commutativity)

Domain of definition[edit]

The convolution of two complex-valued functions on Rd

(f*g)(x) = \int_{\mathbf{R}^d}f(y)g(x-y)\,dy

is well-defined only if f and g decay sufficiently rapidly at infinity in order for the integral to exist. Conditions for the existence of the convolution may be tricky, since a blow-up in g at infinity can be easily offset by sufficiently rapid decay in f. The question of existence thus may involve different conditions on f and g.

Circular discrete convolution[edit]

When a function gN is periodic, with period N, then for functions, f, such that fgN exists, the convolution is also periodic and identical to:

(f * g_N)[n] \equiv \sum_{m=0}^{N-1} \left(\sum_{k=-\infty}^\infty {f}[m+kN] \right) g_N[n-m].\,

Circular convolution[edit]

Main article: Circular convolution

When a function gT is periodic, with period T, then for functions, f, such that fgT exists, the convolution is also periodic and identical to:

(f * g_T)(t) \equiv \int_{t_0}^{t_0+T} \left[\sum_{k=-\infty}^\infty f(\tau + kT)\right] g_T(t - \tau)\, d\tau,

where to is an arbitrary choice. The summation is called a periodic summation of the function f.

Discrete convolution[edit]

For complex-valued functions f, g defined on the set Z of integers, the discrete convolution of f and g is given by:

(f * g)[n]\ \stackrel{\mathrm{def}}{=}\ \sum_{m=-\infty}^\infty f[m]\, g[n - m]
= \sum_{m=-\infty}^\infty f[n-m]\, g[m].       (commutativity)

When multiplying two polynomials, the coefficients of the product are given by the convolution of the original coefficient sequences, extended with zeros where necessary to avoid undefined terms; this is known as the Cauchy product of the coefficients of the two polynomials.

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2nd Annual Wikimedia New England General Meeting[edit]

You are invited to the 2nd Annual Wikimedia New England General Meeting, on 20 July 2013 in Boston! We will be talking about the future of the chapter, including GLAM, Wiki Loves Monuments, and where we want to take our chapter in the future! EdwardsBot (talk) 09:15, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Plus nostalgia and stacked reubens at S&S on July 31st~ :) – SJ + 02:52, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

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New England Wikipedia Day @ MIT: Saturday Jan 18[edit]

NE Meetup #4: January 18 at MIT Building 5
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Dear Fellow Wikimedian,

You have been invited to the New England Wikimedians 2014 kick-off party and Wikipedia Day Celebration at Building Five on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus on Saturday, January 18th, from 3-5 PM. Afterwards, we will be holding an informal dinner at a local restaurant. If you are curious to join us, please do so, as we are always looking for people to come and give their opinion! Finally, be sure to RSVP here if you're interested.

I hope to see you there! Kevin Rutherford (talk)

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You're invited: Women's History Edit-a-thons in Massachusetts this March[edit]

Women's History Edit-a-thons in Massachusetts this March - You are invited!
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New England Wikimedians is excited to announce a series of Wikipedia edit-a-thons that will be taking place at colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts as part of Wikiwomen's History Month from March 1 - March 31. We encourage you to join in an edit-a-thon near you, or to participate remotely if you are unable to attend in person (for the full list of articles, click here). Events are currently planned for the cities/towns of Boston, Northampton, South Hadley, and Cambridge. Further information on dates and locations can be found on our user group page.
Questions? Contact Girona7 (talk)

You're invited![edit]

NE Meetup #5: April 19th at Clover Food Lab in Kendall Square
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Dear Fellow Wikimedian,

New England Wikimedians would like to invite you to the April 2014 meeting, which will be a small-scale meetup of all interested Wikimedians from the New England area. We will socialize, review regional events from the beginning of the year, look ahead to regional events of 2014, and discuss other things of interest to the group. Be sure to RSVP here if you're interested.

Also, if you haven't done so already, please consider signing up for our mailing list and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope to see you there!

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Edit-a-thon invite[edit]

Adrianne Wadewitz Memorial edit-a-thons[edit]

Adrianne Wadewitz edit-a-thons in Southern New England
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As you may have already heard, the Wikipedia community lost an invaluable member of the community last month. Adrianne Wadewitz was a feminist scholar of 18th-Century British literature, and a prolific editor of the site. As part of a worldwide series of tributes, New England Wikimedians, in conjunction with local institutions of higher learning, have created three edit-a-thons that will be occurring in May and June. The events are as follows:

We hope that you will be able to join us, whether you are an experienced editor or are using Wikipedia for the first time.

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New England Wikimedians summer events![edit]

Upcoming events hosted by New England Wikimedians!

After many months of doubt, nature has finally warmed up and summer is almost here! The New England Wikimedians user group have planned some upcoming events. This includes some unique and interesting events to those who are interested:

Although we also aren't hosting this year's Wikimania, we would like to let you know that Wikimania this year will be occurring in London in August:

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New England Wikimedians summer events![edit]

Upcoming events hosted by New England Wikimedians!

After many months of doubt, nature has finally warmed up and summer is almost here! The New England Wikimedians user group have planned some upcoming events. This includes some unique and interesting events to those who are interested:

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