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IMHO, I disagree with their answers over there, I routinely dump those silly "animal at location Foo" captions, totally unnecessary most of the time. Montanabw(talk) 06:00, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
Ok, so this is not a pet hate of just mine. Thanks for the thought - I perhaps need to re-think my re-think!__DrChrissy (talk) 13:59, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
I disagree also with the initial response, and often feel cross about these animal captions. Why lose the focus in articles by adding flurries of irrelevant information. Look at how silly the captions get here for a globally endemic animal! It can be as useful as including the colour and thread size of the photographer's socks. Perhaps a discussion could be opened at WikiProject Tree of Life so the matter can be aired and a measure of consensus established on a more targeted forum. --Epipelagic (talk) 20:19, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
Looks like I might have raised quite an issue here - the Mussel example is amazing! I also wonder if some of these captions of images from zoos, wildlife parks, etc, may actually be sneaky advertising.__DrChrissy (talk) 21:23, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
I think you just came up with a good reason to remove them! I'd say that "animal in location foo" captions are useful where it matters if we demonstrate an animal's presence in its native (or introduced0 habitat, but otherwise, no. Montanabw(talk) 03:07, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
Perhaps the reason for the location being stated must be made clear in the caption, e.g. Animal x in location "foo" with the substantially more pale pelage/where it was introduced in XXXX/where wild individuals interact closely with humans/etc __DrChrissy (talk) 14:49, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
That would be one reason. To just list for random reasons is cruft and can go. I suspect the early examples were simply people copying over data that should remain with the image file page only. Montanabw(talk) 04:17, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

For those interested in this discussion/issue, you might like to take a peek at Talk:Coyote__DrChrissy (talk) 20:07, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

I have opened the discussion up wider at [1]__DrChrissy (talk) 18:07, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Badger cull[edit]

Hi DrChrissy. Your recent addition on human cases of bovine TB is totally valid and useful - but it does seem to me to be a copy and paste of the source. Could you re-phrase it before it gets picked up by copy violation bots/searches? See WP:COPYPASTE and Examples of what is allowed and not allowed for more info. If you want to reply or have any questions you can reply here or on my talk page - whichever you prefer. Robevans123 (talk) 12:41, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

Hmmmmm...are you accusing me of plagiarism on my own talk page?__DrChrissy (talk) 15:35, 3 January 2015 (UTC)


I just edited Meerkat with a major improvement. I started editing it before you, and copied my revision before saving, then I got an edit conflict. So I pasted my revision, but I tried to reinstate your changes too. I was thinking about submitting it for GA, what do you think? --AmaryllisGardener talk 00:44, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

Hi. Thanks for re-instating my edits - those edit conflicts can be a real pain. I think that considering Meerkats have been the subject of so much research, the Meerkat article probably needs more detail in quite a few places. I have always got frustrated in trying to get articles to GA status because it seems some editor with a random, non-biological interest wades in and expects a huge number of ridiculous hoops to be jumped through. By all means, recommend it, and I will support you where I can, but this can be a soul-destroying experience!__DrChrissy (talk) 01:06, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
Now I hit a road block, I can't find anything for a "Taxonomy" or "Classification" section. I could find stuff on taxonomy for Caracal and Malagasy civet (even though not much), but meerkat? Nope. I know what you mean, if I put it up for GA now, I don't think "I couldn't find anything" would be an acceptable way to get it passed without a taxonomy section. I might look a bit more, though. If I'm unsuccessful, at least I can say I got the ugly refimprove tag removed! --AmaryllisGardener talk 01:12, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

Trouting for Mustang (grin)[edit]

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  • Really wish you would have discussed this here with me. You are reawakening a pot that has been stirred so many times. Montanabw(talk) 06:31, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
It is actually an issue that is much bigger than just the mustang article. Using uppercase for breeds seems to be a general use on WP, however, this looks absurd when it is now agreed that the species is lowercase. So, we now have Felis silvestris catus and "Colourpoint Shorthair" which to me suggests the breed is more important than the species. I actually do not care all that much which it is, but if breeds are to be an exception to capitalisation conventions in W -, the MOS should tell editors this. All I am arguing for is adherance to the MOS, or change it! Much of the Discussion on Mustang is being sidetracked on whether the mustang is a breed or not (you have stated yourself it is not a species or sub-species). This is irrelevant to my arguement because the instructions given in MOS apply to any group of animal which does not (currently) exempt breeds.__DrChrissy (talk) 12:15, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
Oh, the capitalization of breeds issue is a never-ending saga, I know. Reasonable minds can differ. My own view is that God (or nature) made species, humans make breeds, that's the difference, in a nutshell. But even with species names and common names, I don't know if you followed "BIRDCON" at all, but that one ran off a number of very knowledgeable editors over what was basically a capitalization fight. Let's just keep the AGF going here, though, OK? And feel free to ASK me or WP Equine about why the Mustang article is the way it is - the tamed Mustang is still a Mustang, it is an example of what a Mustang looks like once it is taken off the range and re-domestciated. They make lovely horses to own if you handle them right, and what to do with the excess population is a huge issue out here in the west. Many people are trying to save these animals. See this, for example. Montanabw(talk) 10:06, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

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Oakland Zoo quote at Ferret[edit]

Please take a look at this guideline before incorporating quoted text into the article again. Changing a few words in the quote will not absolve Wikipedia from a charge of plagiarism, even with the citation. It needs to be made absolutely clear that the material belongs to someone else. Thanks. --VeryCrocker (talk) 04:59, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

I have been writing and publishing scientific articles in top level journals (including Nature) for over 25 years. I am therefore, profesionally, well aware of what consitutes plagiarism. The important words in the WP guideline are correctly "...without providing adequate credit". If you look at the text as I left it, there was an in-line citation to the source. Yes, I closely paraphrased it and this meant it was no longer a quote, however, I directed the reader to the original source of the information and made no attempt whatsoever to claim that the wording was mine.__DrChrissy (talk) 13:31, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

What't going on here?[edit]

We have had some collaborative and congenial discussion in the past, why are you now going through all these horse articles and messing them up? I've been a part of nearly 40 GA and over 15 FA class articles and I do know what I'm doing here. These terms are not "jargon" they are technical language and MOS on captions does not mandate that they be boring. I agreed with you on the location issue, I wish you'd discuss things before you go mucking around with other issues. Montanabw(talk) 18:00, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

I know you are a highly proficient, skilled and respected editor, however, we all have our imperfections. I am not "mucking about" with these articles, I am trying to improve them by making them more accessible to non-horsey, and perhaps, non-US citizens. I have asked for clarification where even as an experienced biologist I might not understand the term, or the term is, in my opinion, too technical. I have asked for clarification when people/characters are named who are likely unknown outside the US or the horse-world. I am asking for clarification when something is stated e.g. "early part of the century" when we don't know which century or we should be able to be more specific. I am asking for clarification with an SI unit of measurement where only hands are given. I am deleting the name of the animal from the lead image caption because this is already stated above as the image title - why repeat this! I am replacing "mare" in the lead caption with "female (mare)" because, believe it or not, there might be people out there who do not know what a mare is. Please see Lion, Deer and Moose. The reason I have made these changes is because they appear across several horse-based articles.__DrChrissy (talk) 18:28, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
Can you just open discussion at the talk pages then? But Female (mare) looks stupid and would be trashed as a caption at FAC. Also the breed articles are not species articles. (And for what it's worth, horse is a GA.) I'd be OK if you wanted to link mare and stallion, but we have literally dozens of GA and FA-class horse articles where the technical language is used, sometimes with links to articles and sometimes with links to Glossary of equestrian terms. This issue was discussed, and the "a stallion is a boy horse" think in every single article has gone the way of the dodo. (No I can't find the diff, I have 65K edits over 8 years...I think it was some of Ealdgyth's early Quarter Horse FACs) Montanabw(talk) 19:45, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
And to be honest, it would not take you much more time to glance at the article and just say "20th century" or whatever as to tag-bomb. If it really IS that vague - and not just missed in a quick read - then post a friendly message at talk saying, "hey, you forgot to say WHICH century at part X of the article, want to fix it?" Often [clarification needed] is totally meaningless. We really need content worker bees here more than fussy schoolarms "grading" older articles that have taken the back seat to more pressing work. Montanabw(talk) 19:45, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
I can understand that someone with your experience might think "Female (mare)" might look 'stupid', but there was a time when even you did not know what a mare is. Imagine if you are a very young reader, a non-native English reader, or perhaps an engineer reading their first ever biological article..."Female (mare)" is informative and precise. Simply putting a technical term which is not even linked, is potentially inaccessible. I doubt very much it would be trashed at an FAC. I'm not sure why you mention breed and species? Whenever I tag something with [clarification needed] I leave an edit summary stating what I believe needs clarification. Sorry you feel I am a "fussy schoolalarm". I'm not entirely sure what that is, but my only intention is to improve articles.__DrChrissy (talk) 20:26, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
Well, that's why I added the wikilink, which is a good idea, actually. Frankly, as a person who knows animals better than engineering, and article like Rankine cycle isn't particularly helpful to me without a lot of wikilinks, but I wouldn't ask the editors to "dumb it down" for me either. As for the other stuff, where you feel the need in insert multiple tags, that is a good sign it's better to just fix it or discuss the overall problem. See Wikipedia:Tag bombing. (Not sure what you mean by "I'm not sure why you mention breed and species" ?) Montanabw(talk) 00:53, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
The Tag bombing article describes this as "...unjustified addition of numerous tags...". You do not state which article you are accusing me of doing this to. I will assume it is the Spanish mustang. I added 4 tags with edit summaries explaining the concerns. Is 4 numerous? A moot point. Three of the four tags have led to editors clarifying this information, so I would suggest the tags were justified and therefore I will reject your accusation of Tag bombing on this article.__DrChrissy (talk) 19:26, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
It was Mustang and anywhere else you added more than one or two tags. Yes, I fixed it, but that was to avoid a 3RR complaint, frankly, you are taking my time away from other, more valuable CONTENT CREATION projects that I simply cannot focus on while I am trying to preserve the articles that exist from careless edits by drive-by editors who don't know what they are doing. Can you please go back to doing the things you did well, which was your work on animal health issues? We have so much that needs to be done there, and it's actual lasting content. Montanabw(talk) 00:24, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
You are taking this far to personally. When I add tags, I am not expecting a single editor to attend to these. There are many editors involved in the horse pages - why do you think I am expecting only you to attend to these. In addition, before I leave tags, I consider editing the article myself, if I have the correct expertise. However, in the past (and present), my edits on horse related pages are reverted or questioned for reasons known only to some exclusive members of the horse world. And this includes edits contrary to the WP:MOS as now exists on the mustang Talk page.__DrChrissy (talk) 15:14, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
It is my view that it is you who have made it a personal issue when in defiance of WP:BRD you get all upset because you were reverted, especially when you were reverted on two GA-clas articles (Morgan and Sorraia) and start all kinds of drama with RMs and posts on random drama boards instead of simply discussing the issue at the article talk page. How many GA and FA class articles have YOU contributed to? How many have you nursed through the review process? Seriously. Until you understand what the highest standards are, don't lecture me. I welcome legitimate input on apparent errors, I gladly welcome typo fixing because my eyesight is poor and I have a lot of them, and I'm always open to discussion at talk on content if the argument is legitimate. Montanabw(talk) 00:14, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
I have already requested on the mustang Talk page that you do not bring these personal attacks to my Talk page. You have ignored this. I asked that you raise an ANI so that independent persons can look at your personal attacks on me and either support or refute these. Please do this.__DrChrissy (talk) 00:28, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────You've apparently not spent much time at ANI. If I go to ANI, I will be accusing you of misbehavior and recommending a disciplinary action. I have no interest in doing this, I just want you to quit messing up articles with GA status, and I have explained at all of them why you should not do what you wanted to do. I have made NO personal attacks on you, I've only explained - over and over - what you are doing wrong with your article edits. If you don't want to listen, then I don't have much more to say. I have been editing wikipedia for eight years with a 100% clean record, having never been blocked. You certainly can go over there and say how evil I am, but read WP:BOOMERANG first. I have been a major contributor to 17 featured articles, 12 of which have been TFA. I have been a major contributor to over 40 good articles. In fact, I was also a minor contributor to Rainbow trout, which is TFA today and I don't even claim "major" contributions to that one, though I spend hours fixing up some small bits there. So I happen to know what I'm talking about, and if you really want to go to ANI over "Female (mare)" or fixed size image parameters, ask what you want: If it's my head on a plate, you will lose. If it's a ruling that you are right and I am wrong, you will lose. Montanabw(talk) 03:25, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Image sizes[edit]

Just a note here because it impacts many articles: Whenever you have a forced size in an article (like 250px), it is not the preferred solution because people can set their preferences to a different default (I think current is 180px), and when they do, images of a forced size may wind up dramatically bigger or smaller than non-forced size images. The better solution to a too-small or too-big image is to use the "upright" parameter and set a value for how many times bigger or smaller you want the image to be. For example, adding "upright=1.5" will make the image 150% of the default size, whatever that default size is for that individual user. Likewise, "upright=0.8" would shrink an image to be 80% of the default. It's a more complex syntax, and it took me forever to figure out how it works, but I see why it's a more elegant approach. Montanabw(talk) 00:46, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Edit warring[edit]

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These accussatory edit-warring messages are stupid. For those who may wish to follow this, on the Cat article there was a photo of a cat with odd-coloured eyes. This is an abnormality which can occur in a great number of animals and is not specific to cats. With the limited space available for images, I felt this was not adding anything substantial to the article, so as per WP:BRD, I deleted the image with an edit summary. BilCat reverted this. I reverted this with another edit summary. BilCat reverted this without taking to the Talk page. I reverted this reversion, and here I am being accussed of edit warring. All I am doing is following WP:BRD.__DrChrissy (talk) 20:56, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
And BillCat, haven't you read "Don't template the regulars?" DrChrissy is usually very willing to discuss issues if people raise them at talk. Montanabw(talk) 07:57, 4 March 2015 (UTC)


I appreciate your recent calm attitude at Mustang. That other editor was blocked as a sockpuppet of ItsLassieTime, who was a sock that has stalked horse and western articles in the past. I actually AM open to improving that Mustang article to GAN, it's just that it's a complex situation and it seems too many people attracted to editing it are not wanting to do sound research, just injecting emotion...but sigh... but I appreciate that even after our recent spatting you were calm and reasonable there. Thank you. Montanabw(talk) 07:57, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Hello DrChrissy. I obviously was absolved of the accusation of being "a sock that has stalked horse and western articles in the past". I do not have a "username"; I use my own name. I am getting the impression you're a veterinarian, as is my father-who was affiliated with a veterinarian whose name you would recognize. I myself once worked for a Nobel prize winner in genetics. I know you find me annoying; a lot of people do. I gave up trying to not be annoying a long time ago; I just found that too many people were so easily annoyed that it was just not within my disposition to prevent it. But, we seem to be pretty much on the same wavelength. So, please bear with me. I only want truth, justice, and the American Way. (edit: four tildes coming:)Lynn Wysong (talk) 01:54, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
For the record, I am not a veterinarian, however, I do teach them. I do not find you annoying, but I find your style of continually updating your own Talk edits withount indenting, difficult to deal with when trying to help you with article editing. It is a given that I want truth and justice on WP, but as for the American Way, let's remember WP is an encyclopaedia for the World not just North Americans.__DrChrissy (talk) 13:50, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
Well, my experience is editing articles in which I was the only editor, so I do have some bad habits. Are you English? You spelled encyclopedia with the British spelling. So, would your concerns be alleviated if maybe there were more Wiki cross-references? Like Nevada? Because, assuming you are English, or from another British country, you may not be aware of all the politics surrounding mustangs here in the States, and how the misconceptions of their history feed into those politics. That's why I've been so stubborn on some things, and why other editors are so hostile, to the point of doing just about anything to silence me, as you may have noticed. So, specific geography is important to an accurate history, otherwise, "Western North America" or "Western United States" would be adequate. Lynn Wysong (talk) 15:36, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I am English (British) and I live in England. That means (probably like 99.9% of people in this country) I am mostly unaware of the politics behind mustangs. I have come to understand some of this by editing and talking on the WP article. However, this does not mean I am unable to contribute positively to the article. If you were to make a draft re-write on the Talk page as I have requested, I can look at aspects such as wording, accurate reporting, reliability of sources, balanced reporting, etc. You mentioned I have concerns that need alleviating; please would you specify what you believe are the "concerns" that I have.__DrChrissy (talk) 15:55, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
Well, that you have concerns that the writing is geared to much to Americans, and assumes too much cultural knowledge on the part of the reader.Lynn Wysong (talk) 16:13, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
OK, I have already made edits to address those concerns. This discussion should really be on the article's Talk page so that other editors can read and contribute.__DrChrissy (talk) 16:17, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
I'm just trying to get a feel for where you're coming from, so to speak, in your comments, and give you a feel where I'm coming from. When I put that on the talk page, it seems to sideline the main discussion.Lynn Wysong (talk) 17:05, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
Perhaps you should think more about the edit, rather than over-thinking the editor.__DrChrissy (talk) 17:15, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
And instead of copying and pasting the entire article into the talk page twice, try a sandbox. Montanabw(talk) 06:49, 8 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I thought about that overnight, but thanks for the suggestion.__DrChrissy (talk) 14:00, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

Sourcing and undue-ness at Foie Gras[edit]

In my view a lot of the recent content you have added to this article is weakly-sourced (primary/self-published) and undue, and could appear like POV-warrioring. This previously went to WP:NPOV/N and of course the advice was to use the best sources for content. Are you sure you're doing that? We should be preventing presenting an encyclopedic view of the subject summarizing accepted knowledge: listing things like the fact foie gras was banned at a 2011 German food festival risks turning the article into a miscellany of trivia (just as it would the other way if it listed famous menus/restaurants, etc. that featured foi gras). Wikipedia is not a battle ground for righting-great-wrongs. Alexbrn talk|contribs|COI 04:45, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

Please state exactly which references you think might be weak or un-suitable - I can not do anything about this until you specify which sources you object to. As for listing bans of foie gras - this is a controversial foodstuff. It is informative to the reader to see the history of bans being imposed, much like the section on the history of foie gras being served in Califonia, or indeed the history of its uptake as a food.__DrChrissy (talk) 13:37, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
Well using Amazon as a source for Amazon to take an example. But the entire new "Bans" section is undue/out-of-place. Anyway, I see you're not going to engage ... I've tried. Alexbrn talk|contribs|COI 13:39, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
I used Amazon because it is a policy statement by Amazon! Are you saying that if the government issues new legislation, we should not cite the government web-site which states the new legislation? As for my "not engaging", I think you are mistaking that for my not bowing down to your obvious biased approach to this article. I would also like to know why you brought this matter to my talk page rather than the talk page of foie gras, which is where it most certainly belongs. Perhaps you are trying to publicly embarass or humiliate me?__DrChrissy (talk) 13:49, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
I can only repeat what others have said: we should use the best sources; not dredge weak sources out of Google to support a preconceived POV. I raised this on your Talk page as I am, in part, questioning your editing approach and understanding of sourcing requirements; that would not be appropriate on the article's Talk page. Alexbrn talk|contribs|COI 14:13, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
And I can only repeat what I have said - please state which sources that in your opinion are not the best. For you to do this, you must already be aware of better sources than I have provided. Please state these. I have already found other sources for the Amazon ban and I am including these in the article, despite my belief that if a company states a policy, the best source is a statement by the company itself.__DrChrissy (talk) 14:19, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
I already said, the entire Bans section is undue. If there was (say) a peer-reviewed source or in-depth analysis piece discussing bans that would be a different matter, and could be usable. How did you find these sources? a Google search for "foie gras ban" maybe? How many more could be added this way, scores? hundreds? Alexbrn talk|contribs|COI 14:23, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
This is becoming absurd! How I found the sources is completely and totally irrelevant. WP has no policy on this. WP has a policy that sources should be verifiable - all my sources are verifiable. You may wish to question the quality of a source, but to do this you must state which sources you are questioning (my 3rd repeat of this I think). As for whether the Bans section should be in the article, this is a subject for the article Talk page, not my Talk page - I think it is about time you "engaged".__DrChrissy (talk) 14:37, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
I think it is relevant how the sources are found, as searching for just one kind of source leads to skewed sourcing and so a skewed article, surely? Sources should be of high quality and content should be verifiable, and due. A shopping list of minor bans (Prince Charles!) sourced to weak sources is not due. I'll get around to editing this article again soon. I wonder if there's any really good source material on "bans"? Alexbrn talk|contribs|COI 14:42, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
Any sourcing method can lead to skewness - even going through dusty books page by page, because it is what we write here on wikipedia that matters, not how we found it. Using my mysterious sourcing method, I have refrained from citing dozens of potential sources which, although clearly verifiable, are clearly biased and I have dooubted their neurtality and/or accuracy. Please define what is a "weak" source.__DrChrissy (talk) 15:03, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

Resizing and repositioning photos in Altruism (biology) article[edit]

Dear DrChrissy

Thank you for your recents edits to the Altruism (biology) article. But you resized several of the photos and placed them one below the other. Not only are these illustrations noticeably smaller that all the other photographs in the article, which makes them look strange, they also do not really make the best sense in the order you have placed them. I wonder whether you would let me make them the same size as the pictures that come before and after them, and also to alternate them on the left and right sides of the page as before. I think the peacock and the racing horses shoudld be on either side of the page opposite one another to make the best sense - they are two sides of the same thought-coin (if I may coin a phrase - sorry about the unintended pun). Cheers Oggmus (talk) 05:33, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi. I'm probably being over fussy about this. The default/preferred size of images is 220px. That is why I reduced the size of these. They appear smaller than the other images in the article because the other images are over-sized at 250px. The reason I moved the peacock image is because it was sandwiching the text which should be avoided as per MOS:images. I can understand why you might want these images together, so, I'll make them into a multi-image with the peacock first. Have a look at it and tell me what you think. All the best.__DrChrissy (talk) 13:17, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi DrChrissy. I'm going to be fascinated to see what the 'multi-image' looks like. I have looked at the original sized photographs arranged as they were on a smaller screen, where "sandwiching of the text" is a problem on some pages, but in this case it looks absolutely fine and attractive to me. But then it might be that my less-than-perfect eyesight finds that these default sized images look stingy and mean like a cheaply printed book that has tried to save money on the ink! But let's see how it goes. Go well Oggmus (talk) 15:30, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

Done it! I think it looks good - but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Let me know what you think.__DrChrissy (talk) 15:50, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

I'm very impressed! That looks great. But can we now make the pygmy Kingfisher a bit bigger? It looks tiny and even mingier now. Sorry to be such a pain. The multi-image is a brilliant idea - no doubt about that. Many thanks. Oggmus (talk) 17:03, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

Glad you like it! I agree with you that the default image size is too small - especially when the images are really attractive onese. whispering I tell you what. Why don't you increase the size of the kingfisher and I will drop my fussiness watchdog....but don't tell anyone else, it's between you and me ok?  ;-)__DrChrissy (talk) 17:10, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
:)  Oggmus (talk) 17:15, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

Photo in Battery cage[edit]

Please see Talk:Poultry_farming#Title_photo. --LL221W (talk) 11:41, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

March 2015[edit]

You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on Foie gras. Users are expected to collaborate with others, to avoid editing disruptively, and to try to reach a consensus rather than repeatedly undoing other users' edits once it is known that there is a disagreement.

Please be particularly aware that Wikipedia's policy on edit warring states:

  1. Edit warring is disruptive regardless of how many reverts you have made.
  2. Do not edit war even if you believe you are right.

In particular, editors should be aware of the three-revert rule, which says that an editor must not perform more than three reverts on a single page within a 24-hour period. While edit warring on Wikipedia is not acceptable in any amount and can lead to a block, breaking the three-revert rule is very likely to lead to a block. If you find yourself in an editing dispute, use the article's talk page to discuss controversial changes; work towards a version that represents consensus among editors. You can post a request for help at an appropriate noticeboard or seek dispute resolution. In some cases it may be appropriate to request temporary page protection.
This is being discussed on Talk. Instead of engaging there with a specific description of the edits, you are continually reverting and in the process messing up the encyclopedia by duplicating content across articles. Alexbrn talk|contribs|COI 10:17, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

COMMENT At this stage, I have reverted only once! Yes, once! This notice is extremely premature and I take it to be a form of harassment by an editor who simply does not like less "paltable" facts being placed on the Foie gras article.__DrChrissy (talk) 10:32, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

You are at 3RR, and have not engaged with the discussion about these changes on the Talk page. If you revert again to exceed 3RR within the 24hr period, I shall report you at WP:AN3. Alexbrn talk|contribs|COI 10:35, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

Oh that's right, it is 3R in 24 hrs. I was editing late last night and today is another day...but within 24hrs.__DrChrissy (talk) 11:09, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

Conflicts of interest: general information[edit]

From recent comments it seems you may know personally an author of a work you cited at Foie gras. This raises at least the possibility of a conflict of interest. Please be aware of our WP:COI guidance, and also the Wikimedia Terms of Use which govern contributions. Best practice, if there is a COI, is to follow the guidance at WP:COIU. Alexbrn talk|contribs|COI 20:03, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

Ian Duncan is a scientist working in animal behaviour and welfare. I am a scientist working in animal behaviour and welfare. We meet at conferences and have a professional relationship. Is this a conflict of interest? If it is, I might as well give up editing on Wikipedia.__DrChrissy (talk) 22:02, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
Hello, DrChrissy. I saw this because I read your message at the Teahouse. The message doesn't say you have a conflict of interest, only that you should check to make sure you don't. Just having met someone doesn't create a conflict of interest; we meet a lot of people in our lives. If you had a reason (besides general helpfulness) to be promoting this person's career or reputation, then there would be a conflict. For example, if you worked on the same project, which you mentioned in the article, or if you were in a supervisory position over him, or if he had asked you to work on the page, for example. A "professional relationship" can mean anything from waving across a conference room to authoring papers together. You will know best about this, and I'm sure that you can successfully follow the guidelines, since scientists are all experienced at creating documents to meet various criteria. —Anne Delong (talk) 00:06, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

This isn't a conflict of interest its expertise and professionalism in your field. WP needs experts and expertise should not be confused with COI.(Littleolive oil (talk) 00:20, 15 March 2015 (UTC))

I agree with olive and DrChrissy. I had to deal with a bunch of nonsense with someone who argued that because I am a member of a national organization with thousands of members, I therefore shouldn't edit articles in that area without a COI tag. How silly is that? Shall we ban historians from working on history articles or lawyers from law articles? I know! Let's ban all experts and let disgruntled 14 year olds who live in their mom's basement run wikipedia... or wait, maybe they already do? LOL!  ;-) Montanabw(talk) 04:51, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks to all the above editors for their support and advice. I wave to Ian at conferences, I have worked with Ian and co-authored papers with him, but not the one which I cited, I am in no position to influence his career, and I have actually not spoken to him for about 7 years. I am perfectly happy there is no COI. @Alexbrn Would you agree?__DrChrissy (talk) 11:15, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
Absolutely. There is only the risk of COI if editing intersects with some kind of personal/professional/financial interest (in the sense of having some kind of stake), and in Ian Duncan's case that clearly isn't happening. You will know if you have any other kind of COI in relation to foie gras ... or any other topic. Alexbrn talk|contribs|COI 11:41, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

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edit war notice[edit]

You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on Foie gras. Users are expected to collaborate with others, to avoid editing disruptively, and to try to reach a consensus rather than repeatedly undoing other users' edits once it is known that there is a disagreement.

Please be particularly aware that Wikipedia's policy on edit warring states:

  1. Edit warring is disruptive regardless of how many reverts you have made.
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In particular, editors should be aware of the three-revert rule, which says that an editor must not perform more than three reverts on a single page within a 24-hour period. While edit warring on Wikipedia is not acceptable in any amount and can lead to a block, breaking the three-revert rule is very likely to lead to a block. If you find yourself in an editing dispute, use the article's talk page to discuss controversial changes; work towards a version that represents consensus among editors. You can post a request for help at an appropriate noticeboard or seek dispute resolution. In some cases it may be appropriate to request temporary page protection. Jytdog (talk) 23:45, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Don't be silly - it is several days since I edited the page regarding this subject matter - how can the 3RRR possibly apply.__DrChrissy (talk) 23:51, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
slow motion edit warring is still edit warring. The notice is not telling that you have violated 3RR (you would get a notice of edit-warring board posting for that) -- this is warning you that you are heading there. there is zero consensus to restore that material on the Talk page. you did it, grave-dancingly, which makes it double-ugly. Jytdog (talk) 23:58, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
What a load of complete rubbish. There was never any discussion, let alone consensus, to move the Legislation section. I am simply placing it back where it belongs, and let's take the discussion from there as to whether it should be moved or not. As for "slow motion" or "grave-dancingly" (what a stupid word), I took advice from the pages on edit warring and decided to have a few days out to calm down. I did that, but still believe these sections should be included on the page. I suggest you start discussion on the Talk page about why these sections should not be included__DrChrissy (talk) 00:25, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
We've been talking about it - i thought we had mostly resolved it. Jytdog (talk) 01:34, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
and i remind you again, to discuss content, not contributors. making remarks like ("what a stupid word") do nothing to help you gain consensus for what you want. Why do it? Jytdog (talk) 03:14, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Two things: First, from the edit history there seems to be consensus that the details of the legislation and bans belong in Foie gras controversy. Repeatedly reverting different editors can be seen as edit warring, even if it isn't three reverts in a day. The three-revert rule is only there as a clear example of when something is edit warring, it doesn't mean that everything else isn't. Second, the information is not the same that can be found in Foie gras so there is no redundancy (please look up duplicity, that word isn't really the right one in this context). Sjö (talk) 23:27, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi Sjö. My reason for reverting which placed detailed Legislation information in Foie gras is to put information back into its original place according to the status quo before a dispute arose about removing the legislation information. Look carefully back through the history (although I admit this is now tortuous, but I have tried to solve this with the thread below). There has not been a discussion of whether the legislation material should have been moved before this contentious edit was made. I have tried to put the material back into place so that the RfC which Jytdog is going to instigate can see the information in its original place, which is appropriate for WP:status quo. All would be resolved if editors stopped trying to move the information about and allowed the RfC to progress. This would provide a consensus as to where the information belongs.__DrChrissy (talk) 23:42, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

Foie gras[edit]

What seems to be the problem? --John (talk) 23:53, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Thanks very much for getting back to me. WoW...where do I start. This pair of editors seem to think that as soon as any edit is made on Foie gras, the instant reaction is to revert it and then expect the contributor to prove to the very, very highest standards (those used by the medical fraternity on WP), that an edit should be accepted. They continually use subjective criteria e.g. weight, dueness, primary sources (meaning scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals), undue length, as reasons for reverting edits. One of this pair even appears to be claiming that sources older than 5 years of age should not be allowed because this is the standard of medical articles. I have even been followed to my own Talk page and accused of plagiarism and that my sourcing techniques are sub-standard (surely it is the quality of my edit that is the concern, not how I found it. Forgive me, it is late here and I have not given you diffs or precise locations of comments or reverte. If you wish me to prepare these, I will. Once again, thank you for your interest.__DrChrissy (talk) 00:18, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
all in all, just some content disputes with some thin-skin/bad attitude. The only serious issue is COPYVIO, as far as I can see, which we have resolved now. So I would say, nothing to see, except for some popcorn-munchable drama. But here it is:
  • Sources issue mentioned by drchrissy:
A fourth editor provided a list of possible sources about negative effects on ducks of force-feeding.0
i went through them and categorized them as primary/secondary/tertiary and commented that we should not use primary sources, and should use secondary or tertiary.... i did not include/exclude based on age, but did comment on age.
drcrissy reacted sarcastically to my noting that a ~9 year old source was "old"
drcrissy then actually asked what is "too old"
to which i replied that no policy or guideline (other than MEDRS which says ~5 years for most things, and noted the MEDRS ~may~ apply to vet med) defines "too old", but RS does say "some scholarly material may be outdated" - I still made no actual judgement as to usability or not, based on age
Alexbrn helpfully noted that he had done a search and there has been little study on the issue after 2009
to which i replied that "old" is maybe not too old, indeed.
  • COPYVIO issue
In the meantime Alexbrn noted that content that drcrissy had added to the article was just possibly maybe COPYVIO, "was copy/pasted from the source, which takes us into WP:PLAGIARISM territory"
to which drcrissy reacted with his favorite exclamation of "rubbish".
and left a nasty note on Alexbrn's Talk page
i pointed out that it was mighty close paraphrasing
i pinged Moonriddengirl with drcrissy's permission to get her take on it
Moonriddengirl found that "I'm afraid that the content does follow very closely."
which drcrissy again rejected
I then asked the 4th editor, who just happened to be part of the copvio cleanup crew, his opinion on the copyvio thing
and he said, "DrChrissy You didn't paraphrase that text anywhere near enough. You should spend time on this, reading and contemplating wp:close paraphrasing."
and in a post filled with objections, drchrissy finally agreed that if it comes back in (there are other issues withi UNDUE and OFFTOPIC) it should be re-written. so much dramah. Jytdog (talk) 01:08, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
  • the other thing going on, is that drchrissy had been building content in the Foie gras that duplicates content in the Foie gras controversy article about legislation, bans etc. Alexbrn and I believe that we shouldn't have duplicate content in two articles, per WP:SYNC, and instead we should use WP:SUMMARY style, so we have implemented that, which has made drchrisssy unhappy. (under discussion here) In an unpretty move, Drchrissy took advantage of your block on Alexbrn to edit war the content back in. Which I took back out
so that all happened too.
all in all, just some content disputes with some thin-skin/bad attitude. The only serious issue is COPYVIO, as far as I can see, which we have resolved now. So I would say, nothing to see, except for some popcorn-munchable drama. Jytdog (talk) 01:24, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
This is a storm in a tea cup. Jytdog and Alexbrn do sterling work combating sloppy sourcing and POV vandals on human health related areas, using WP:MEDMOS as their criteria. There is a danger, after working diligently for a while in such an area, of developing a blinkered and jaundiced view of anyone not editing according to the standards you are use to. This can start spilling over to editors who are neither writing in health related areas nor are POV vandals. DrChrissy is such an editor. He is a highly competent editor writing on matters relating to animal behaviour. WP:MEDMOS can be seriously inadequate in that area, particularly in its stance on primary sources. Drchrissy's part in this is that he takes the attacks on him seriously. Still, if you guys, the three of you, are having fun carrying on like this, then by all means keep going. But try and keep nastiness out of it and keep it away from the article talk pages. --Epipelagic (talk) 04:51, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
with that, i almost entirely agree (as we discussed, i think primary sources are way over-used in WP) :) Jytdog (talk) 05:07, 20 March 2015 (UTC) (amend what alexbrn wrote, to be quote, to avoid interpretation and present just the facts. My apologies. Jytdog (talk) 12:12, 20 March 2015 (UTC))
I do not agree with the way you characterised the one-off issue DrChrissy had with close paraphrasing. You say for example the issue was initiated when "Alexbrn noted that content that drcrissy had added to the article was just possibly maybe COPYVIO". Alexbrn in fact said outright that the issue had moved into "WP:PLAGIARISM territory". In the context that was unnecessary and inflammatory. Both you and Alexbrn have been behaving towards DrChrissy in a manner which seems intended to inflame. I agree with DrChrissy that the MEDMOS hardline approach you and Alexbrn both adopt can be lazy nonsense when applied outside medical areas. I have written various articles myself which revolve around a single primary source, for example Planetary boundaries and Self-propelled particles. Your notion that sources in science that are older than five years should not be used is, in some contexts, also risible dribble. --Epipelagic (talk) 10:36, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
Despite being asked not to, you are continuing to base comments about me on your supposition about what my "intent" is – suppositions which I have already said are wrong. By saying that the (fairly obvious plagiarism) was taking us into "plagiarism territory" I meant to be soft, by saying we were entering somewhere where plagiarism might be an issue (in the same way bandits might be an issue when one enters "bandit territory"). And MEDMOS!? I am not that familiar with it and don't believe I have ever raised it in relation to foie gras? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alexbrn (talkcontribs) 11:40, 20 March 2015‎ {UTC)
Epipelagic In response to drchrissy's note on his Talk page, Alexbrn wrote: " Wikipedia article Talk page comment about an edit (by an anonymized editor) is hardly a public accusation, and I said the edit "took us into WP:PLAGIARISM territory" which is about as tentative & gentle a way as it could be expressed. I hope you take plagiarism and copyright violation as seriously as you take this "accusation". ". And you, Moonriddengirl, and I alll agreed that the content was problematic... and in my view, it is the most important issue with the content that drcrhissy introduced. Not inflammatory at all, but dealing with content issues on the basis of PAG, with clarity and civility.
I have not been behaving toward drchrissy much at all. He is the one who keeps commenting on contributors, not content.
On the primary/secondary thing... every content policy - OR, NPOV, and VERIFY - calls us to use secondary sources, as do the two sourcing guidelines, RS and MEDRS. The call for us to use secondary sources is deep in the guts of WP and goes right to what we do here as editors, not authors. We rely on secondary sources to interpret the primary sources (we cannot) and for the crucial meta-decisions we need to make about how much WEIGHT any idea should get, relative to the rest of what reliable sources say. I do bring that to bear a lot in my editing - I acknowledge that - and I will be happy to defend that anywhere, anytime. Important thing here , i never made the general statement - and I never would - that "sources in science that are older than five years should not be used". (please see what i wrote again, if you like) That mischaracterizes what I wrote and violates the TPG, and doing that is uncharacteristic for you, as far as I know you. Please strike it. Thanks.
this appears to be devolving. Above, John asked what is up, in response to drchrissy's claim of bad behavior on Foie gras here, on Alexbrn's Talk page. drchrissy responded with what i saw as an inaccurate description of what has been going on, and i provided my version, backed by diffs. It is unclear to me what value there is, in continuing this. Jytdog (talk) 12:00, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
Alexbrn wrote above "By saying that the (fairly obvious plagiarism) was taking us into "plagiarism territory" ..." You are again stating publicly that you believe I have committed plagiarism. I have already conceded that 9 (nine) words were copy and pasted, but I have also emphasized there was an attribution to the source. Are you really serious about accusing me of plagiarism?__DrChrissy (talk) 12:19, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

In your message above, you wrote that Epipelagic had stated you had written a general statement "sources in science that are older than five years should not be used". By placing this in quotes, you seem to be directly attributing this to Epipelagic. This is a false accusation. Epipelagic discussed the issue by starting with "Your notion...". Yet again, an inaccurate and inflammatory edit.__DrChrissy (talk) 12:29, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

@Jytdog. I notice you have made an edit to my talk page which hides part of an original posting. This is my talk page - I do not believe in censorship or self-censorship. Please te-instate your original posting.

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I disagree - what he wrote is not my notion - I never said that. But really, John asked and has been answered - he'll decide if there is anything for him to do here. With regard to my changing my comments, I have either redacted {using strike and underlining, and noting that I did that) something that was already commented on, or straightup edited something that had not been commented on. Both are fine, per WP:REDACT. With regard to your rights here on your Talk page: per WP:TPG: 1) "Never edit or move someone's comment to change its meaning, even on your own talk page"; 2) "users may freely remove comments from their own talk pages" (keeping #1 in mind, of course); 3) you can ask me not to write here anymore. Jytdog (talk) 12:42, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Are you perhaps deliberately misunderstanding my post? It clearly states that Epipelagic started their discussion "Your notion...". It is not being suggested that you said this, so please attend to your false accusation. Regarding this being my talk page, I can request you not to distort what you have previously posted and then thought better about - something you have done before.__DrChrissy (talk) 12:51, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
i don't agree with what you say; he mischaracterized "my notion". I won't continue this, which is really getting sideshowy. Would you please just talk through content issues we are having on Foie gras, at the Foie gras talk page? Discussions about content do not have to get personal or dramatic, ever. Jytdog (talk) 12:55, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
Epipelagic did not mischaracterise your notion. Epipelagic very thoughtfully listed several possible sources to improve the foie gras article. You then reprinted the list and added whether or not they were "old" thereby discrediting them as valuable sources. Given that Foie gras production is hundreds of years old and is a gradually vanishing practice (and therefore there is little ongoing research), it is nonsensical to apply a "5-year worthiness" criterion that relates to human medical research which is current and ongoing. You left me with exactly the same impression that I believe Epipelagic had.__DrChrissy (talk) 13:06, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
I'm not responsible for your sloppy reading. Nor am i responsible for your insistence on maintaining your sloppiness in the face of my directly telling you that your reading is incorrect and providing you with the exact thing i said. so there you go. although i use salty language i generally write with precision. especially when i have someone crawling up my asshole with a microscope. I am unwatching your Talk page. This is a fucking circus. Jytdog (talk) 18:43, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
Please retain civility on my Talk page and do not use prophanities.__DrChrissy (talk) 23:54, 20 March 2015 (UTC)


Please withdraw the RfC. Thank you. Jytdog (talk) 02:41, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

The RfC I raised has been in place for almost 4 days now. I have been waiting for others to comment on whether this should be withdrawn. There has not been a single message or jot of support for your request for withdrawl. Therefore I will not withdraw the RfC.__DrChrissy (talk) 23:58, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Ongoing conflict in Talk:Foie gras[edit]

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TPG warning[edit]

About this dif:

Information icon Welcome to Wikipedia. Everyone is welcome to contribute constructively to the encyclopedia. However, talk pages are meant to be a record of a discussion; deleting or editing legitimate comments, as you did at Foie gras, is considered bad practice, even if you meant well. Even making spelling and grammatical corrections in others' comments is generally frowned upon, as it tends to irritate the users whose comments you are correcting. Take a look at the welcome page to learn more about contributing to this encyclopedia. Thank you. Jytdog (talk) 15:26, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

I edited the page with a statement that information was contained in a collapsed box below my text. This was all posted as one message as can be seen [[2]]. Jytdog, you then made an edit which seperated my text from the collapsed box. It was you who made the first edit of another's edit, I was simply returning my edit to where I first placed it. I then replaced other edits to the chronological order in which they were posted.__DrChrissy (talk) 16:16, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
do not move other editors' comments without their consent. i put it where i did for a reason; the location is meaningful. every comment has a datestamp that shows chronology. Jytdog (talk) 16:20, 24 March 2015 (UTC) (add "out" Jytdog (talk) 18:28, 24 March 2015 (UTC))
Are you saying you had a reason for splitting and moving my text from the collapse box to which it referred? If so, please give this reason.__DrChrissy (talk) 16:24, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
it is extremely obvious that the large green collapsed box, is what you refer to in your comment where you reference " I have included the material below in collapsed form." It is extremely obvious that my comment was made after yours. There is no confusion for anyone with a working neuron. Jytdog (talk) 18:28, 24 March 2015 (UTC) (removed bolding from 2 instances of "extremely obvious" and "no confusion" per request below. Jytdog (talk) 12:21, 25 March 2015 (UTC))
You are using bold to shout at me again. Please stop this. You have done this before and ended up apologising. Please strike through your bold. The point is that you changed my edit without my permisson - you split my text from the related collapsed box. You can not deny this. You are in breach of WP:TPG. Please change your behaviour immediately or I will have no recourse other than to raise an ANI - I would hate to have to do this against another WP editor but you are giving me no option.__DrChrissy (talk) 23:06, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
I apologized for bolding an entire comment in the midst of the RfC, which was over the top and different from emphasis of individual words. . and with regard to my comment - if you want to bring that to ANI, knock your self out. not actionable, as it is extremely obvious that the hatted content is what you were referring to; my comment did not change the meaning of yours at all. (and on an extremely wikilawyering technical note, you didn't sign beneath the hatted content so technically it wasn't part of your comment at all... so not in spirit, nor in letter, did i violate the TPG with that comment) in any case it was bad judgement on your part to bring in the edit warring thing in the midst of the RfC; once you did that, in my view it needed the background... but the whole thing is off point. again, if you do the simple thing of withdrawing the RfC, instead of doubling down on drama, all this goes away and we can frame a mutually acceptable, useful RfC to guide us going forward... and we can get on with it. why will you not withdraw the RfC? Please answer. Thanks (and oh what the heck, i will remove the bolding since you are focusing on that) Jytdog (talk) 12:06, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
You edited the posting of another member without their permission! This must surely be in breach of one of the cornerstones of respect and civility for editors of WP. By the way, I answered yesterday, with reasons, why I will not withdraw the RfC. Please keep up with disputes and issues that you are unilaterally causing__DrChrissy (talk) 12:31, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
this and this are the kind of TPG violations that are actionable per the warning I left here Jytdog (talk) 12:49, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Are you suggesting I made those edits?__DrChrissy (talk) 12:55, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
no, that is a crazy suggestion and i never went anywhere near there. if you haven't noticed, let me tell that you that i try to be extremely clear - i don't hint around or "suggest" anything. i even make things bold to make sure my point is absolutely clear, as i did above, before i struck it per your objection. i am very committed to communicating clearly and unambiguously. btw that user was just blocked. Jytdog (talk) 13:14, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
So why did you post those diffs on my talk page?__DrChrissy (talk) 13:16, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
above you wrote "You edited the posting of another member without their permission!" at around the same time that you were exploring this dif of mine where i did change another editor's edits on a Talk page, and you wrote this and this. I assumed that is what you were addressing. i did not edit your comment at Foie gras at all. i replied to it. Jytdog (talk) 13:20, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Please provide an answer - why did you leave diff pages implying these were edits I had made? Please remove them.__DrChrissy (talk) 13:29, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

i have seen no place where you have answered the question "why will you not withdraw the RfC?" please provide a dif. thanks. Jytdog (talk) 12:51, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
please do provide a diff of where you answered the question. i do want to keep that conversation going. thanks. Jytdog (talk) 13:22, 25 March 2015 (UTC) (striking - pointless; no answer is coming and i am beating a dead horse trying to get one. Unwatching this page again.Jytdog (talk) 13:49, 25 March 2015 (UTC))

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TPG violation, take 2[edit]

about this and this, WP:REDACT is absolutely clear on this:

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It is fine to change your comment, but you must redact it, like this to remove things and like thisto add things. You cannot just edit it. doing so makes my response, nonsense. Jytdog (talk) 23:01, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Edit war notice[edit]

You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on Talk:Foie gras. Users are expected to collaborate with others, to avoid editing disruptively, and to try to reach a consensus rather than repeatedly undoing other users' edits once it is known that there is a disagreement.

Please be particularly aware that Wikipedia's policy on edit warring states:

  1. Edit warring is disruptive regardless of how many reverts you have made.
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In particular, editors should be aware of the three-revert rule, which says that an editor must not perform more than three reverts on a single page within a 24-hour period. While edit warring on Wikipedia is not acceptable in any amount and can lead to a block, breaking the three-revert rule is very likely to lead to a block. If you find yourself in an editing dispute, use the article's talk page to discuss controversial changes; work towards a version that represents consensus among editors. You can post a request for help at an appropriate noticeboard or seek dispute resolution. In some cases it may be appropriate to request temporary page protection. Jytdog (talk) 23:02, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Why have you put this notice on my Talk page: Where am I supposed to be edit-warring?__DrChrissy (talk) 00:20, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
you are edit warring at talk:Foie gras: you are at 3RR right now.
there you go. Jytdog (talk) 00:24, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
Ermmmm...I can count only 2 reversions. As for edit warring, all I have been doing is asking for advice on how to make the redactions you are requesting. You have shown me how to do it, but not where to do it. Please explain why you put an edit warring template on my talk page.__DrChrissy (talk) 01:56, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

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big problem with creating that new ctegory - you hadnt located it in the category tree anywhere (ie a new cat needs to be linked with another cat... so to speak - big problem the animal control title is linked to a crappy species specific article that is a us specific issue (euphemism for dog catcher) - and it would appear that animal control (we have kangaroo, camel, goat, and other species culling occurring in australia) is a poorly developed part of any particular cat tree... satusuro 15:00, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Thanks very much for this - I had forgotten about the linking.__DrChrissy (talk) 15:06, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
its a leaky hole, boat or for the worse - a failed connection as it is - and I do not think it should link to anything in the category structure that is the slightest linked to dog catchers - it is something far more bigger picture and the complex heritage of eugenics/population control and so on satusuro 15:12, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
I see you have linked it to Category:Animals. THanks for this. Is the problem for this new category now resolved?__DrChrissy (talk) 15:15, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
Animal killing is more appropriate imho - moving the context now. satusuro 15:18, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
No! Please don't do that. Culling does not mean killing. It means seperation, and then sometimes killing. What is wrong with leaving it in category:animals?__DrChrissy (talk) 15:27, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
Actually, on reflection, leave it as it is. I am not 100% comfortable with it but let's leave that to other editors. Thanks again for your help in this.__DrChrissy (talk) 15:37, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
I dont know if you realise but a very large number of category creators never add projects on talk pages, and a vast number of categories never get checked. As to whether comfort is involved - although not set into stone - as we know anyone can edit - culling - the article is linked - and that in itself leads the reader to the culling article - regardless of the category - that should qualify things... somewhat. As to other editors, some categories and parts of category trees remain untouched for years, so I wouldnt hold the breath on that one satusuro 15:43, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
You should learn to archive your talk page it is getting a bit murderous in its size. satusuro 15:45, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
I know how to archive - please see that I have already done this. I was going to archive recently until edits on here by an editor led to me raising a current ANI against them and I felt forr ease of the administrators dealing with this, the comments should be left in the context of the way I usually interact with editors on my Talk page.__DrChrissy (talk) 15:52, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
eek, you must enjoy controversy, I see... as my edit count gets higher, I tend to avoid stuff like that, in the long term little is important enough to get into that sort of sorts. oh well culling has its category, and as my part of the planet sleeps now, good night and travel safely... satusuro 15:57, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
Actually, I hate controversy but this editor simply went well over the top.__DrChrissy (talk) 21:48, 28 March 2015 (UTC)


My apology to you at ANI was real. I am sorry for being uncivil to you and you will see better behavior from me going forward. Best regards. Jytdog (talk) 02:58, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

Collapsed discussion[edit]

No offense intended. The discussion over there has remained admirably focused given the contentious nature of the subject matter, and I was just trying to maintain that. Respectfully, Formerly 98 talk|contribs|COI statement 00:56, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

Something I noticed...[edit]

...Strong oppose delete may be misread by the closer to be Strong oppose...delete. Speed read error? *lol* Just thought you might want to clarify it with a strike so it reads Strong Keep. Interesting MfD either way. AtsmeConsult 20:13, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks - I will attend to it. It's a very interesting MfD but the thing I really do not like about it is that in meeting interesting people such as yourself as a consequence, I have become reluctant to chat to and support you (and others) because that will be seen as a negative (conspiratorial) behaviour by the naughty ducks out there.__DrChrissy (talk) 20:28, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
WP:COIducks customarily bully their opposition, that way they can push their POV without interruption, all the while pretending they are the defenders of PAG. They make WP:OWN look like Ned In The 1st Reader. m( AtsmeConsult 20:39, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Right, as per usual, Atsme, but what are we to do? It all looks so obvious and absurd to me, and I cannot figure how this isn't the case for the majority. When hurried, those interested in iVoting may look to familiar/powerful voices and take their lead. That is a problem as the loudest voices aren't necessarily Saints of neutrality.
What DrChrissy says is true too, and it's done on purpose. If your position has no substance, you can still win content disputes on WP by making sure your opposition is scattered about tending to warnings, noticeboards brought against them, and well aware that there is no shortage of editors willing to spend countless hours fighting so that their (pro-industry) POV remains dominant. But NO WAY does this have ANYTHING to do with big business, even when it looks like quintessential spin doctoring, and how dare one suggest otherwise?! petrarchan47tc 22:55, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
COI guidelines clearly state, "COI editing is strongly discouraged." It also states, "Paid advocates are very strongly discouraged from direct article editing, and should instead propose changes on the talk page of the article in question." But above all, it states "Any editor who discusses proposed changes to WP:COI or to any conflict of interest policy or guideline should disclose in that discussion if he or she has been paid to edit on Wikipedia." I realize COIducks is an essay, but it's an extension of the COI guideline. Why wouldn't it apply there, too? Actually, wouldn't it apply per WP:ACTUALCOI?? I don't understand why there has not been more active involvement regarding keeping this stuff in check. If they did, ARBCOM may dry up a little, as would AN, ANI, and 3RR. Whoop, whoop! *lol* AtsmeConsult 03:20, 6 April 2015 (UTC)
Maybe the backlash you and the essay are experiencing can be seen as one reason why there has not been more active involvement regarding keeping this stuff in check. Think about it. No one wants to go through that. petrarchan47tc 03:24, 6 April 2015 (UTC)
Or it could simply be because the essay is as terrible as most people think it is, no? Alexbrn (talk) 03:30, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── No, no - it looks great now. Just keeps getting better! Geogene just added a bit more, and the whole things flows so nicely now. It's amazing what productive collaboration can do. Too bad it was bombarded by a pointless MfD. Any editor who is truly against the COI battle at Wiki should be supporting this essay. Those who don't....well, go figure. AtsmeConsult 03:38, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

Let's just say my view of what's "great" probably differs from yours. As for "Any editor who is truly against the COI battle [supports me!]" ... come on, that's a bit ... Donald Rumsfeld isn't it? Perhaps editors experienced in doing "battle" in this field are saying your approach is wrong because - they know better. Just a thought (again). Alexbrn (talk) 03:45, 6 April 2015 (UTC)
It's your POV, and I disagree with it the same way you consistently disagree with mine. Night all... zZz AtsmeConsult 03:54, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

April 2015[edit]

You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on Scrambler therapy. Users are expected to collaborate with others, to avoid editing disruptively, and to try to reach a consensus rather than repeatedly undoing other users' edits once it is known that there is a disagreement.

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Your advice[edit]

Hello DrChrissy, thanks for your message at Frog eyes, which consists of two pieces of advice: (1) Discuss the change on the talk page. In this case, there is not much to discuss. The information that the text contains OR is already in the tag I added. The text that was there before already was OR, and nobody had seen a problem with it, even though it lost its meaning after the addition of the "than". (2) "[Y]ou should try really hard to find a source for it - I suspect it's half-life will not be long otherwise!": That is sound advice, and it's what I tell others, too. But to be honest, these days, I don't really worry about whether my edits stand. I have learned that from bees and ants, which arguably |[According to whom?] are better at running massive communities than H. sapiens. Bees make decisions about where to move the colony in a democratic way, and the striking difference to humans is that once a bee has expressed her vote in a dance, she doesn't go on and on about it, like humans do, if nobody follows her. And when you take the time to watch ants, it can be exasperating. Once I gave them a morsel which was a bit too big for their entrance, and they pulled it back and forward for at least 30 minutes, until I stopped watching them. But the amazing thing is: It's working for them. So, at Wikipedia, I don't expect everything to work out as I had in mind, and certainly not right away. I contribute my part and let the other volunteers take it from there. I wouldn't be spending so much time here if I didn't have some trust in the wisdom of crowds. — Sebastian 22:06, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

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Please don't use article Talk pages to discuss editor behavior[edit]

Hi Drchrissy, I saw you started a section at Talk:Acupuncture that was focused squarely on your perception of editor behavior. I've noticed you've done that in several places now. This is against WP:TPG, which I know you're familiar with because you've quoted it to me before. Of course you know article Talk pages are to be used to discuss improvements to article content and not other editors. Could I ask you to please stop doing that? If you have an issue with editor behavior you should take it up with the editor directly at the User Talk page first, or at an appropriate noticeboard for discussing behavior. Thanks... Zad68 13:58, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Zad. I was following the essay. This states -
"Avoid using edit summaries to carry on debates or negotiation over the content or to express opinions of the other users involved. This creates an atmosphere where the only way to carry on discussion is to revert other editors! If you notice this happening, start a section on the talk page and place your comments there. This keeps discussions and debates away from the article page itself. For example..." (my bold). Is the essay wrong to suggest this?__DrChrissy (talk) 16:35, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
I am talking about Wikipedia's Talk Page Guidelines, which states in the "nutshell" at the top: Talk pages are for improving the encyclopedia, not for expressing personal opinions on a subject or an editor. There is nothing at the Edit Summary help page that would indicate to use the article Talk page to discuss editor behavior. If that wasn't clear to you before, please understand it now. Article talk pages are not to be used for discussing editor behavior. OK? Zad68 04:26, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
And as I clearly indicated above, I was following the advice of an essay, the relevant parts of which I highlighted in bold. You are deliberately ignoring my question - is the essay wrong?__DrChrissy (talk) 12:44, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) The essay..? It's really hard to say if the essay is wrong when you don't say what essay, DrChrissy. A couple of sentences can't be taken in isolation like that. That said, many essays are wrong; others are right. Essays range from the quirky to the almost-used-as-policy, like WP:CIR (which is quite often given as a block rationale). See how it says at the top of essays — provided they have the proper essay template — "Some essays represent widespread norms; others only represent minority viewpoints"? That's the truth. Bishonen | talk 17:18, 16 April 2015 (UTC).
Bishonen I am pretty sure Chrissy is talking about the Edit summary instructions found here: Help:Edit summary. Bish can you read through those instructions and determine how a resonable editor could read those instructions and come away with the impression that an article Talk page is an appropriate place to start a section that focuses on the behavior of a particular editor? I sure didn't get that impression from them. Zad68 22:38, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
I've replied on your page, Zad68 Bishonen | talk 22:51, 17 April 2015 (UTC).

Chrissy, the Help:Edit summary instructions are not wrong, but they also do not give you permission to use an article Talk page to discuss editor behavior. Right at the top of Help:Edit summary is says this:
Please note where that page says this: It is not one ofWikipedia's policies or guidelines; where something is inconsistent with this page, please defer to those. As WP:TPG is "one of those", a guideline, the Help:Edit summary page itself directs you to honor TPG above itself. And, as I have already said, WP:TPG says not to use an article Talk page to discuss editor behavior. Will you please indicate now that this is clear, and go ahead and remove the section from the article Talk page you have created and which is not in accordance with WP:TPG? Thanks... Zad68 22:51, 17 April 2015 (UTC)


In the WP:MEDRS article you said to me "Let's talk about the content, rather than the editors, please". Rather than clutter the page I thought I'd ask for your reasoning here. I really have no idea why you would say that since I was talking to Montana rather than about her. Please explain. Thanks. Gandydancer (talk) 12:30, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

I was replying to your comment here [3] "If you worked on bird, frog, or bee articles, for examples, and the ways that various chemicals may be affecting them, you would understand. IMO. Gandydancer (talk) 07:41, 16 April 2015 (UTC)" This does not adress the content being discussed in the threaded discussion, it simply states your opinion about another editor.DrChrissy (talk) 12:37, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Hi Gandydancer. I have a friendly suggestion. You seem to be in favour of applying WP:MEDRS to veterinary articles, perhaps including bees. How about you select an article in your area of interest, I will copy it to my sandbox and then apply WP:MEDRS to it and we can both see what happens. Just a friendly suggestion - I would be interested in the outcome too.__DrChrissy (talk) 14:35, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

Novel idea, DrChrissy. I too would be interested in seeing the outcome, so please keep me in the loop. AtsmeConsult 17:10, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

DrChrissy, I have no idea why you believe that. I have worked very hard to present unbiased and factual information for our readers who are concerned about the ever-increasing use of chemicals in agriculture. At one time I tried to work on some of our medical articles but I gave up on them a long time ago when it seemed to me that the only WP approved method of treating illness was more and more pharmaceuticals. Gandydancer (talk) 17:33, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Gandydancer - please believe me...I am friendly. If I have misinterpreted your working or thoughts in any way, I immediately apologise. I agree with your efforts to neutrally inform people about the possible side-effects of chemicals. I am concerned that MEDRS will prevent the neurality of yours, and others, comments.__DrChrissy (talk) 20:18, 16 April 2015 (UTC)


Thank you for pointing out why "Ibid.", although correct for print references, is not correct for Wikipedia because the preceding reference might be altered. Because I am fairly new to this I did not know that. However, I believe your correct response was not to just undo an edit, but to fix it. Still, thank you.

I could not fix it because I was not certain which reference the "Ibid" applied to - the very reason why it is problematic.__DrChrissy (talk) 12:02, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources (natural sciences)[edit]

not sure you are aware of that. just an essay - not a guideline. there has been insufficient consensus to elevate it to a guideline. Jytdog (talk) 16:12, 24 April 2015 (UTC)


Please stop your disruption on this article. You are experienced enough to read the entire guideline. "Here are some rules of thumb for keeping an article up-to-date, while maintaining the more-important goal of reliability. These instructions are appropriate for actively researched areas with many primary sources and several reviews and may need to be relaxed in areas where little progress is being made or few reviews are being published." --NeilN talk to me 23:16, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

I am a human being...[edit]

I am a human lol what did you ask me? lol — Preceding unsigned comment added by Coolidon (talkcontribs) 18:05, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Im just editing!!![edit]

hey im a person . im just editing i dont know how to edit summaries. im just helping out. you know im editing very professionally. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Coolidon (talkcontribs) 18:07, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Im editing[edit]

im just editing important info. im not destroying anythingCoolidon (talk) 18:08, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

I am not suggesting you are destroying anything, but you are making so many rapid edits that I am wondering whether they are accurate. There is a box for you to leave a comment about your edit near to where you press save - indicate why you did it, for example.DrChrissy (talk) 18:12, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

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The first appearances categories? I'm just going based on whatever the article itself says, so the source will vary based on the article. Abyssal (talk) 13:55, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Oh I see - thanks very much for replying.DrChrissy (talk) 14:03, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

May 2015[edit]

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Your recent editing history at Acupuncture shows that you are currently engaged in an edit war. To resolve the content dispute, please do not revert or change the edits of others when you get reverted. Instead of reverting, please use the article's talk page to work toward making a version that represents consensus among editors. The best practice at this stage is to discuss, not edit-war. See BRD for how this is done. If discussions reach an impasse, you can then post a request for help at a relevant noticeboard or seek dispute resolution. In some cases, you may wish to request temporary page protection.

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Quackwatch as a RS for quackery and fraud has been discussed multiple times on WP:RS/N. Until demonstrated otherwise, please don't tag Quackwatch as questionable RS on multiple articles. Thank you Jim1138 (talk) 02:20, 2 May 2015 (UTC)

There are many editors who are not convinced QW is a reliable source in several contexts. I am one of those. Until you, or another editor, show that QW is a reliable source in the context I (or others) have tagged it, the tagging remains legitimate. The onus is on the editor adding material to show that QW is an RS in the context it is being used.DrChrissy (talk) 10:09, 2 May 2015 (UTC)
You need to adopt a more nuanced position. Your wholesale rejection isn't helping, and so far you're not demonstrating that you understand our content and sourcing policies as well as you should. -- BullRangifer (talk) 16:41, 2 May 2015 (UTC)
Actually, it is not a wholesale rejection which is why I have raised a case-by-case discussion. When you say "our", just exactly who are you talking about?DrChrissy (talk) 17:17, 2 May 2015 (UTC)
"Our" = "Wikipedia's". -- BullRangifer (talk) 17:26, 2 May 2015 (UTC)
Just how much expertise does it take to declare reflexology quackery? It makes a mockery of many tenets of science. Jim1138 (talk) 15:35, 3 May 2015 (UTC)
So what point are you trying to make? This reads as complete nonsensense!DrChrissy (talk) 12:36, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

"Fringe editor"??[edit]

I noticed your comment here. Apparently someone has directly called you a fringe editor, and I understand your dislike of that occurring. You can fix that. I suspect you may be getting caught somewhere in the crossfire because you associate with, aid, and thank editors who are known pushers of fringe POV. Therefore you risk getting the "guilt by association" treatment, and that may be unfortunate....or not. It's your call. If you stay away from them, don't support them, and support mainstream, science based, editors and sources, you'll be able to shed your growing bad rep and gain a good reputation.

You have also been engaged in attacking Quackwatch, the largest and most respected (and hated by quacks) anti-quackery resource on the internet. Being anti-anti-quackery makes, by default, one pro-quackery. Perception means everything, and you can control how you are perceived. -- BullRangifer (talk) 18:55, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

Have you looked at my user page to see which articles I have created/edited. By the way, there is this little principle in WP editing... ASSUME GOOD FAITH. This is a very useful page for new/inexperienced editors to read, or those challenged with their lack of ability to interact civily with other editors.DrChrissy (talk) 12:34, 4 May 2015 (UTC)


Thank you for the heads up, doc. I am still taking care of family affairs and will be indefinitely but that doesn't mean I can't have occasional pop-ins. Please feel free to keep me up to date on what is happening because I'm sure I will be behind events. LesVegas (talk) 19:07, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

Your edit to Quackwatch[edit]

Information icon Please do not add original research or novel syntheses of published material to articles as you apparently did to Quackwatch. Please cite a reliable source for all of your contributions. Thank you. [4] --Ronz (talk) 23:27, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

Sorry - I thought you might have actually looked at the web-site.[5]

You wrote, "Please keep your edit summaries a little more civil and AGF": Sorry you feel that way. What's uncivil about "OR to promote a personal POV", let alone violates AGF? --Ronz (talk) 00:00, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

No response? Is it safe for me to assume that you wrote it on the spur of the moment and it would be best to just ignore your comment entirely? --Ronz (talk) 15:28, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
First of all, I do not like it when editors accuse me of OR. I would not do that. It is not always obvious if a citation is needed for an edit inclusion, especially if it is obvious where it came from - clearly it was not obvious for you. Second, to link this OR accusation to a suggestion that I did this to promote a personal POV is a personal attack. How can you presume to think I was promoting a personal POV - you do not know me. Perhaps you would like to suggest what POV I was supposed to be pushing.DrChrissy (talk) 22:53, 6 May 2015 (UTC)
I'm sorry it upset you.
It was unsourced, so OR applies, as others have pointed out.
When a source was finally offered, it was misrepresented in such a way as to promote a pov that did not exist in the source. While that pov might not be yours, I believe it safe to label as a personal pov when it's not coming from sources.
Have you reviewed the Arbcom rulings relevant to the articles you have been working on? They go over these exact issues in detail, along with many others of which you should be aware if you want to work cooperatively on those articles. --Ronz (talk) 01:03, 7 May 2015 (UTC)
The Quackwatch article does not state specifically that some of its articles are not peer reviewed. The closest it gets is "Nguyen-Khoa stated that the implementation of a peer review process would improve the site's legitimacy". By deleting my comment here[6], which POV is being pushed I wonder?DrChrissy (talk) 10:01, 7 May 2015 (UTC)
You're no longer addressing the concerns. Are we done then? --Ronz (talk) 15:47, 7 May 2015 (UTC)
Which concerns?DrChrissy (talk) 16:00, 7 May 2015 (UTC)
Guess we're done then. --Ronz (talk) 16:17, 7 May 2015 (UTC)
Well if you won't answer the question, I guess so.DrChrissy (talk) 21:06, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

Edit summary content[edit]

Please avoid leaving comments about other editor's behavior in edit summaries. [7] The ES should be about your edit, not another's behavior. See WP:ESDONTS Thank you Jim1138 (talk) 23:46, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

I really think you have misdirected this comment.DrChrissy (talk) 23:59, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
Please keep your edit summaries a little more civil and AGF Your ES made no mention of your edit. One would assume that it was directed at the previous editor. Please use the editor's talk page for this kind of discussion. As you added no citation and "Balance" does not state that it was from a source, one could easily come to the OR conclusion. Please note that your second edit was also reverted. Jim1138 (talk) 00:14, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
What does the italicised sentence refer to? I made the edit summary thinking that the the previous editor would have actually read the web-site under discussion and therefore recognised it was not OR. I think if an editor accusses another of OR in the edit summary, they should expect a rebuff in the subsequent ES.DrChrissy (talk) 00:27, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
So you are saying that because you made the assumption that another editor was wrong, that assumption gives you the right to behave inappropriately? --Ronz (talk) 00:51, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
Would have actually read the website under discussion? How many pages does consist of? Why would you assume that an editor would read the entire website before reverting? Reverting an unexplained, unsourced edit is quite proper. See WP:V Jim1138 (talk) 01:09, 5 May 2015 (UTC)


In case you weren't aware, any removal of material can technically count as a revert, which puts you at 5RR on Acupuncture today. [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] If the article had not been protected, this could have earned you a block. Also, the article is under Arbcom-imposed discretionary sanctions per Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Acupuncture. If you are not already familiar with discretionary sanctions, please read the link, as it means there is a much lower threshold for getting blocked or topic banned. ~Adjwilley (talk) 01:59, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Your question at RFAR[edit]

Hey Chrissy regarding your question here, all that's happening at this point is general discussion of whether ArbCom should take the case, and what the scope of the case should be. The case hasn't started yet, you should feel free to make comments regarding whether you feel it would improve things if ArbCom took the case and if so what they should examine. Nobody making comments now will necessarily be a "named party" in the case. Zad68 13:09, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

  • Adding - also you should clean up your comment, put your name in section heading, remove the dup boilerplate text. I'd do it for you but I know you don't particularly appreciate others touching your comments. Zad68 13:11, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Zad, thanks for the above, and please do the cleanup for me - I would appreciate that.DrChrissy (talk) 13:16, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
    • Done, no problem. Zad68 13:28, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
      • Thank-you.DrChrissy (talk) 13:30, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
  • In addition to what you've already been told, concerning your request whether you are a party: technically, for the moment, you are not. Parties are listed in the "Involved parties" section. Please note, however, that this may change as the case progresses, but I have to admit that I know little of the dispute and, so, cannot tell at the moment if you're likely to be added. That said, even if you were added as a party, that does not necessarily mean that you did something wrong, only that ArbCom was asked to review your conduct.

    The difference between parties and non-parties is that parties can use more words and diffs in their evidence submissions (the rule is 500/50 for non-parties and 1000/100 for parties, subject to extensions at the discretion of the drafting arb) and that only parties can be sanctioned at the end of a case. Both, however, can participate. Furthermore, although only parties can be sanctioned by ArbCom, not all parties get necessarily sanctioned.

    Anyway, the case has not even been accepted yet. But you're welcome to add your comment indicating whether you think ArbCom should take the case and what the scope should be. Salvio Let's talk about it! 13:56, 5 May 2015 (UTC)


Sussed out why you could not find the JAMA page mentioning QW when we could. You have to be signed in. No autobiography needed, just an email address. Simply make use of the Contact Us and you have accesses (and you can leave a message). The customer number and browser information you can leave blank. They are not obligatory.--Aspro (talk) 14:14, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

Oh I see - thanks very much for sorthing that out.DrChrissy (talk) 14:26, 6 May 2015 (UTC)
Note too: That right at the top of Contact Us the paragraph ends with : “Please note that we cannot provide medical advice or referrals, nor do we perform literature searches. “ Which kinds of nullifies the current debate on an article which I will not refer to. Not going to say any more 'cause, I now have some free time, where I can unplug the phones, disconnect the WiFi, TV, etc, and relax from this maddening world of people that where born knowing that they are right and will always believe they are are right. Except when they find themselves in danger of being proven wrong, when they simply move the goal post to show that they were right along. A Wikipedia:Wikibreak at last. Yippee-yi-ay, yippee-yi-o, I'm on my holiday !!!!--Aspro (talk) 15:20, 6 May 2015 (UTC)
I know the feeling! Enjoy the break!DrChrissy (talk) 16:05, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

DS = discretionary sanctions[edit]

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Acupuncture case request closed by motion

The Arbitration Committee has closed a case request by motion with the following remedy being enacted:

In lieu of a full case, the Arbitration Committee authorises standard discretionary sanctions for any edit about, and for all pages relating to Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Any sanctions that may be imposed should be logged at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Acupuncture. The Committee urges interested editors to pursue alternative means of dispute resolution such as RFC's or requests for mediation on the underlying issues. If necessary, further requests concerning this matter should be filed at the requests for clarification and amendment page.

You asked a question here. DS = discretionary sanctions. I hope this helps. Thank you for your collaboration. QuackGuru (talk) 18:50, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

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May 2015[edit]

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Your recent editing history at Acupuncture shows that you are currently engaged in an edit war. To resolve the content dispute, please do not revert or change the edits of others when you get reverted. Instead of reverting, please use the article's talk page to work toward making a version that represents consensus among editors. The best practice at this stage is to discuss, not edit-war. See BRD for how this is done. If discussions reach an impasse, you can then post a request for help at a relevant noticeboard or seek dispute resolution. In some cases, you may wish to request temporary page protection.

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As usual... NeilN talk to me 16:26, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

This is total utter nonsense. I have made 1 (one) revert!DrChrissy (talk) 16:30, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Try again. One ill-advised change, two reverts to keep it in there. --NeilN talk to me 16:34, 8 May 2015 (UTC)


I reverted discussion of editor conduct on Talk:Acupuncture. As I explained in my edit summary, that belongs on the user's talk page, or another forum designed for discussing such matters. The article talk page is for discussing changes to the article, specifically. That being said, regarding your claims, it is not expressly against our editing guidelines to call an edit "clumsy", "inappropriate", etc. The section title was not "Chrissy is clumsy for making this edit", and there is a difference. I understand that it's easy to take objections to your edits personally, but in order to collaborate, others must be able to discuss the changes we all make openly, which sometimes means describing an edit with unfavorable language. It's best to respond to the characterization by citing sources as dispassionately as possible.   — Jess· Δ 00:21, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

I was raising the issue of material being deleted from the talk page.DrChrissy (talk) 00:28, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
Huh? No you weren't. You started a new section to complain about a personal attack. The only reference you made to removing material is another editor removing the section heading you were complaining about (his own content), which is not only allowed, but should have been in line with your wishes.   — Jess· Δ 00:31, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
Do you not feel that other editors should know what is going on at that Talk page?DrChrissy (talk) 00:40, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but I'm not going to repeat the same thing over and over. An article talk page is not for discussing editor conduct. "Another form of refactoring is to move a thread of entirely personal commentary between two editors to the talk page of the editor who started the off-topic discussion." Feel free to place your comment in any other venue that is appropriate. I've already pointed you to several. I would recommend his talk page for a minor dispute, or WP:ANI for a larger one requiring sanctions. Good luck.   — Jess· Δ 00:49, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

"More clumsy changes to lead" is no more inappropriate than "Inappropriate thread heading and editing" and I didn't think you wanted your copyright violation pointed out on the arbcom page. --NeilN talk to me 01:06, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

Please self-revert[edit]

I see NeilN messed up the header code for his own 3RR warning on this page, no doubt by accident while adding a comment.[13] It meant the header didn't display properly and didn't show up in the Table of contents. And just now you reverted BullRangifer's fix with the fatuous wikilawyering edit summary: "Do not edit my user page without discussing this with me first."[14] Are you aware that Wikipedia is not a battleground, and that we're not supposed to seize opportunites to behave obnoxiously? Please revert yourself. Bishonen | talk 11:38, 9 May 2015 (UTC).

The point is that NeilN has been accusing me of clumsy editing. Need I say more?DrChrissy (talk) 11:45, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
So you seized the opportunity? No indeed, you needn't say more, I've got the picture. Please revert yourself. Bishonen | talk 11:57, 9 May 2015 (UTC).
Of course I seized the opportunity - just like any editor would who has been baited, goaded, insulted and attacked at every possible opportunity. Something about throwing stones and glass-houses...DrChrissy (talk) 12:04, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
You do not see the difference between referring to misleading article content, deliberately written and forced in, despite the objections of others, and accidental keystrokes? --NeilN talk to me 14:20, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── DrChrissy, I have no idea why you are bringing any of your problems with NeilN into this. I made a gnomish edit to fix an obvious error. That way the section heading would be visible and place the section in your TOC. You reacted as if I had done you wrong, even admitting you "seized the opportunity" to make a point violation. That's not a very collaborative way to treat someone who's trying to help.

Bishonen then civilly asked you to fix the error yourself, and you treated him badly as well. That's doubling down in efforts to reach new lows in bad behavior. Congrats! You (sadly) succeeded.

My fix is covered by WP:REFACTOR. It was a simple attempt to help. You don't own your talk page to such a degree that you're allowed to violate AGF and be a jerk. Any decent human being would have thanked me, but you went out of your way to behave badly, although I was surprised that you'd even treat an attempt to be nice in such a manner. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, but I had forgotten your habitual bent. It confirms that AGF is not part of your genetic makeup.

That explains your battlefield behavior, which seems to know no ends. Maybe you need to take a break, either voluntarily or involuntarily. You are no longer here to improve the encyclopedia, but to do battle. -- BullRangifer (talk) 14:55, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

  • "Of course I seized the opportunity - just like any editor would"? Fortunately far from every editor seizes the opportunity to behave obnoxiously (I see you liked my phrase), though we all lose our cool sometimes. Wikipedia is not a place to hold grudges, import personal conflicts, carry on ideological battles, or nurture prejudice, hatred, or fear, and it's not a place for playground score-settling either. You have ignored my request twice, so I've fixed the formatting error myself. If you mess with it again, or perpetrate any other childish retaliation, you'll be looking at a block. P. S., BullRangifer, I understand your frustration, but please don't talk about people's "genetic makeup". We're only interested in how they behave at Wikipedia, not their genes. Bishonen | talk 17:55, 9 May 2015 (UTC).
@User:Bishonen Please do not post to my Talk page again.
@User:BullRangifer Please do not post to my Talk page again.
@User:NeilN Please do not post to my talk page again.
DrChrissy (talk) 18:09, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

Recent changes to the acupuncture page[edit]

This change was not a summary of the body and the lede should be 4 paragraphs not five. After you were reverted you the term western medical acupuncture is sometimes used to the lede. That is not a summary of the body. You decided to restore the text to the lede. You added it to the body but some of the sources were not reliable and too many sources contradicted WP:OVERCITE. I removed the unnecessary references and improved the wording. I requested the page number in order to verify the text. QuackGuru (talk) 16:54, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

I'm sorry, but I don't understand why you have brought this to my talk page. What is it you wish to discuss?DrChrissy (talk) 16:57, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
@User:QuackGuru Please do not post to my Talk page again.DrChrissy (talk) 18:11, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
Lack of a page number is not a reason to delete content. If the content cannot be verified given a reasonable time period then it could be removed although discussion is probably the best way to proceed at that point. I wouldn't bother edit warring content; edit warring is never a solutions seems to me. (Littleolive oil (talk) 18:24, 9 May 2015 (UTC))

A Project[edit]

Rapid fire edits are frequently done on the acupuncture page, and 30 minute time limits are longer than usual, actually. Some editors there want their diffs to "look reasonable" since they tagged it and gave a fair warning. That's gaming the system, of course. They try finding any material that is objectionable to them and nitpick something wrong with it, tag it, and remove it before anyone notices. Anytime you find a diff like you did here please send it my way for a project I'm working on. LesVegas (talk) 20:52, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

Will do. DrChrissy (talk) 21:11, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
I'm not sure if the comment you sent me regarding the exclusion of Chinese scientists was intended for my project or not, but outrageous comments like that are actually perfect for it. So thank you very much! And stuff like where QuackGuru deleted the entire section you added on veterinary acupuncture with no discussion. Stuff like that is so easy to see through, it's laughable. It's obvious that he can't allow veterinary acupuncture to be on the page because placebos don't affect animals and it weakens the entire premise they all edit with to have information like that on the page. Their tactics are so silly. LesVegas (talk) 03:43, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Your input, please[edit]

The ubiquity of the words "wild", "domestic", "feral", "tame", "trained" and the like are often confusing, therefore misused. It's a simple matter of semantics to laypersons, but their use in an encyclopedia is a different story. Now I've been around horses all of my life - they have been and still are a significant part of my life - and when someone tells me they have a wild horse, I know exactly what they're talking about. I bet you do, too. If a horse is turned out for a long period of time they have a natural tendency to revert back to the wild - it's their nature. Anyway, I read the following article and it pretty much validates my belief [15]. I'd like to get your thoughts on it. AtsmeConsult 00:53, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Yikes - a nice easy one to start the day...NOT! ;-)

I take domestication to be cultivating of a population of organisms to accentuate traits that are desirable to the cultivator. This means that in my mind, breeding animals in zoos, etc. makes them domestic, because we are actually breeding for animals that survive and thrive in the (stressful) zoo habitat (our desirable trait). This would have been a driving force behind our early domestication of sheep, cattle, pigs. For example, white lions and tigers - we have bred them in zoos because they are unusual and money - but it is a form of domestication. Being tame relates to a tolerance of humans. If this is a wild animal, we have not selected for the trait and therefore it is not domestication. However, if we begin to select (cultivate) for the trait of tameness, the process of domestication has begun. So we will end up with tame lions in zoos and circuses. Animal training defines this as teaching animals specific responses to specific conditions or stimuli. I don't have a problem with this. We can train free-living animals, feral animals, domestic and non-domestic animals, tame and non-tame animals. I also have no problem with the wikipedia definition of Feral: A feral animal is an animal living in the wild but descended from domesticated individuals. But, I acknowledge this is perhaps where concerns occur. Here in Britain, we have a problem with an animal called the "wild boar" (it digs up gardens and may attack sheep and dogs). It is the same species as the domestic pig, Sus scrofa, but it became extinct hundreds of years ago. Relatively recently, people began farming wild boar imported from Europe for food. I imagine, they were then cultivated for various traits such as good taste and high production (and maybe tameness). This means they are domesticated. Some of these have escaped and now breeding. To my mind, these are "feral wild boar", but some would argue that because they were extant here many years ago, they are "re-introduced". Right - sharp intake of breath! WP defines wild as "Wildness, in its literal sense, is the quality of being wild or untamed." Seems sensible, but, what about the British wild boar. Are they "feral wild boar", or, because they might not have been tamed, are they perhaps "wild wild boar". Getting to your horses, I have often read sentences like "Przewalski's horse has never been domesticated and remains the only truly wild horse in the world today." and "Most "wild" horses today, such as the American Mustang or the Australian Brumby, are actually feral horses descended from domesticated animals that escaped and adapted to life in the wild." (both lifted from Przewalski's horse). Now, having re-read your question, it seems like you are talking about a domestic, tame, trained horse changing its behaviour when it has been let out. When you say "let out", fo you mean the animal becomes free-living, or is it simply in a large paddock with human interaction. If it is the former, I would say it is becoming feral. If it is the latter, it is a less defined process - the nearest I can think at the moment is "reverting to type". The term "Atavism" is used, but this is reverting to type over generations and in non-human animals, this generally is used for physiological traits. I will think more about this and let you know Hope this helps.DrChrissy (talk) 11:05, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Thank you. I hope you get a chance to read the article in Live Science, the link to which I included in my original post above. I stumbled across the Mustang article and of course my one and only very short edit was reverted by the article's owners who appeared to be tag-teaming me. I didn't realize you had also tried to edit there until I came here and read some of the discussion above. Small world. AtsmeConsult 01:24, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
Hi User:Atsme I have read the article but I'm afraid I really can't add any great insight to this. It appears the status of those horses in the US called mustangs is hotly contested and subject to legislation, politics, wildlife/ecology concerns, personal opinion, some rather ambiguous historical writings, etc. It appears to me that mustangs are a native, domesticated species that has been re-introduced and allowed to become feral. I believe some have been brought into captivity and are therefore very likely to be undergoing further domestication. I doubt very much this helps. At least you are not thinking about wolves. They were native to Great Britain and there are plans to reintroduce them. Not surprisingly, some people are rather concerned about this.DrChrissy (talk) 13:39, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
Can't resist putting in my tuppence worth because this interests me too. I think domestication a tameness is far from synonymous. Tame animals appear to exhibit an instinctive brain development that has stopped at the adolescent stage. Tame cats and dogs in the same household get on well with each other. I watched a TV program where a farmer is preserving an old breed of cattle. They have been 'domesticated' for hundreds of years but are still quite ferocious – I.e, not tame. Yet walk though a field of modern dairy cattle and the are the most docile creatures you can imagine. So, it depends on what characteristics are bred for. The exception to this rule, is I think - cats. With tongue-in-cheek I suggest: that as humans became farmers and attracted rodents to there settlements (which eat the grain) – then the cats that were smartest at infiltrating human habitats, had a greater survival chance in times of want, than their wild cousins. Thus, they learned how to domesticate man through their own natural selection. Think, any owner that has keep both may agree with this. It is not the cat that has become domesticated but instead learnt how to live symbiotically with humans. The side-by-side coexistence probably has increase the size of their hippocampus because they retain the ability to live both in a domestic human environment and remain self-reliant in their ancestral environment. They don't have to revert to type because they never left it behind.</tongue-in-cheek> Please don't confuse this with people that have hand-reared lion cubs etc. That is imprinting (psychology). As adults, those lions will attacked other humans without favor. I would say (without any references at all to back me up other than common sense and articles I've read but can't remember) : After a few generations "feral" critters ( through natural selection) become wild again. Why the change might you ask. It is down to natural selection yet again. For some animals to survive in the wild with out human protection from predators (and wild horses view humans as obvious predators, as we stand on our back feet – an predatory stance) the surviving ferals have to develop a mind set (not necessarily revert but perhaps develop anew), which in human term might be considered to be neurotic. In other word they don't take any risks (unless it involves mating). Got a feeling that DrChrissy is going to shoot me down in flame on this but that is my tuppence worth (for foreign readers ' tuppence' is a small coin of little value).--Aspro (talk) 20:02, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Not racist[edit]

Please don't; it's just not. [16] It might seem to have a faintly alarming ring but it's actually a 100% true, factually and logically sound statement. --Middle 8 (tc | privacyCOI) 20:52, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

P.S. The best place to raise such a concern would be at the user talk of the editor who made the comment. Imagine you're in their shoes, you make a true statement and someone wonders publically if it's racist. --Middle 8 (tc | privacyCOI) 21:02, 10 May 2015 (UTC)
The problem is I do not believe it is true...DrChrissy (talk) 21:11, 10 May 2015 (UTC)
Oh, well, that's good, because that totally validates the AGF thing. What part do you doubt? It's pretty well-sourced AFAIK, and reflects cultural differences in study design: many Chinese researchers don't use sham, so they get positive results relative to no-acu, and a lot of scientists who want to control for needle placement and/or insertion tend to look askance at all of that. So, not racist, just something reflecting different assumptions and information, if that makes sense. Happy editing... love some of the stuff you've worked on, having more of a look soon. --Middle 8 (tc | privacyCOI) 21:47, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Request regarding the Teahouse[edit]

The Teahouse is a place for new editors to ask questions about the details and procedures for editing the encyclopedia, and where experienced editors try to answer those questions in a friendly, helpful fashion. It is not an administrative noticeboard nor is it an article talk page. It is not a battleground. I would be grateful if you would refrain from bringing various of Wikipedia's endless content disputes among experienced editors to the Teahouse. Thank you very much. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 04:26, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

Notices on user Talk pages[edit]

You have been told twice now here and here that giving notices over-rides requests not to use user Talk pages. Jytdog (talk) 23:22, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

Community-imposed topic ban[edit]

As requested I have reviewed the scope of the topic ban, and have now modified it accordingly to better fit with what supporters of it stated in the discussion. Beeblebrox (talk) 20:26, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
I'm sorry you don't like the changes, but I believe they more accurately reflect the consensus of the discussion. Reverting me won't change that. Beeblebrox (talk) 20:35, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Beebelbrox. I don't see consensus in the AN/I discussion to limit this editor from all biomedical topics which would include animal biomedics. Such an extensive sanction is wildly unfair. An editor who has actually worked with Dr Chrissy in that area suggested that he has done some good work. By the way, this was a classic WP: POV RAILROAD which yes, I did work on. I should have posted further to explain that in the AN/I case but had pressing real life issues to deal with and by the time I came online the case was closed. I actually find it sad that the same old process triumphs again and again. (Littleolive oil (talk) 20:50, 16 May 2015 (UTC))
Thanks for that Littleolive oil. I also think the haste in which this closure was done is rather unfortunate - I did not even read the alternative action posted by SandyGeorgia which is something I would definately have considered. What was the reason for the haste in closing other than a request by vociferous involved editors? Could the closing admin not have asked the OP if this was OK given the extremely small time the ANI had been posted?DrChrissy (talk) 21:14, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
You may not believe this, but the close was done now as much to protect you as for any other reason. It seems clear that you have had some trouble when you edit in certain areas. It seems equally clear that you are unwilling or unable to acknowledge that fact. And you were arguing with nearly every single comment anyone made in support of the tban. While that is your choice, such badgering is generally considered very poor form and frankly it looked very foolish. Is this really such a disaster? Would you not rather work in other areas, areas where you seem to get along well and your contributions are appreciated?
Something we all need to accept when contributing to a project as vast and complicated as Wikipedia as that there is not a single user who is good at everything and well suited for every single task available. I've been there myself. Despite being a highly experienced anministrator and a long-term member of the functionaries team, the community soundly rejected my application to become a WP:CRAT a few years ago. And you know what? They were right. I'm not a good fit for that particular position of trust despite holding other highly advanced permisssions for half a decade. So I forgot about it and moved on. I suggest you do the same. Beeblebrox (talk) 22:54, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
@Crissy, to answer your question here, I believe a reasonable assessment of the topic ban would include any medical topic, but not include general biology not related to medicine. For instance: rabbit is fine, morphology of rabbits would probably be fine - but you should be careful, medicine for rabbits would not be ok. There will always be gray areas; good advice is to shy away from them to avoid the appearance of a violation. IMO, I don't think anyone would fault you for editing in animal behavior, as long as it isn't medically related, just be careful you don't stray into that terrority. Make sure to read WP:TBAN, and understand that the ban includes content in unrelated articles (like discussion of medical treatments in hurricane), as well as talk pages. Anyway, I sincerely hope you do well moving forward. Good luck.   — Jess· Δ 23:07, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
@Beeblebrox Please make a clear statement regarding the scope of the sanctions you have imposed. There are various terms being thrown around such as "biological" which would completely prevent me from editing and WP would instantly lose an editor. Please make this clear statement. If you stand by your initial closing comments and notification to me, then please indicate this and I will work with those.DrChrissy (talk) 23:15, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment: The original complaint by DrChrissy remains largely overlooked, and a sizeable proportion of comments (including my statements!) were not taken into consideration. I strongly disagree with Beeblebrox's hasty actions, and I urge them to reconsider it. Perhaps User:SlimVirgin may have some useful suggestions? I'm fine with a short and voluntary restraint for DrChrissy at this moment, but a broad and indefinite topic ban (as proposed by Beeblebrox) seems way overboard. -A1candidate 23:17, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
It seems to only mention above that you can take it to ANI to seek to have the ban lifted. WP:UNBAN mentions that you can also take this to a few other locations, such as ARBCOM.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 08:20, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
User:Beeblebrox I do not have any concern with this user continuing to edit animal related topics such as bile bear, chicken, Foie gras, etc. were they have previously been very active without obvious concerns. Would you view also this as outside of the topic ban? My understanding of biomedical is topics that pertain to human medicine and would not include vet med. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 12:41, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
Should likely include altmed vet med though. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 13:18, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
I think that depends on whether their contributions in this area were productive (seems to be the case so far) or disruptive (no clear evidence of that). -A1candidate 13:53, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
@Doc James, I'm fairly certain biomed includes animals... they are biological beings and require medicine. Checking our articles, I see no mention either way, so I searched around. See, for example, see Foundation for Biomedical Research, New Jersey Association of Biomedical Research, avma, etc. Obviously, articles like chicken, bile bear and Foie gras are not medical articles, and therefore do not fall under "biomed".   — Jess· Δ 14:25, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment. Indef is not forever. It is work productively in another topic area. Than request that the ban be lifted in 6 or 12 months. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 13:19, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
  • IMHO, areas where SCIRS applies are not the same as MEDRS, and many altvetmed articles fall more under SCIRS - there is more discussion of alternative therapies in animals, as the placebo effect is not a factor the way it is for humans... Montanabw(talk) 20:11, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
I saw that and thank you so very much. I also saw that an editor has left a post to Support a reduction in the scope of the ban, but the boldening of "support" might be misleading.DrChrissy (talk) 17:32, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
We can ask that an uninvolved admin close it (someone not involved in any of these issues), and that person will, I hope, read the posts carefully, so that shouldn't be a problem. Sarah (SV) (talk) 17:55, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

"Leave a message" link[edit]

On a completely unrelated note, I notice you have a link at the bottom of your user page for other users to leave you a message, except that it doesn't lead here, it leads to a subpage that seems to have been previously deleted after other users did in fact mistankenly leave messages for you there. You may want to just remove that link, or replace it with one that would actually lead users to your talk page. Beeblebrox (talk) 17:41, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads-up.DrChrissy (talk) 18:25, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi Dr Chrissy, I thank you for your inserting a reference to the US-based science study of the bird-warning Birdsbesafe device, as published in Global Ecology and Conservation Journal earlier this year. (You mentioned in the Cats article in the predation section). You asked me to tell you when the Murdoch Univ. study in Applied Animal Behavior was finalized/published, and it is continuing to be listed on Elsevier as "in press", so I'm not sure. It's here:

The two studies received so much press in March that it was a viral topic internationally, which has been great for advancing bird protection. You can see the full list on We continue to do all we can here to protect birds and popularize our scientifically validated device (which has just received its U.S. patent). It's making a big difference in protecting birds from cats, more so every week now.

Neat that you went to Murdoch U. Small world. Peace, Nancy B., owner at Birdsbesafe — Preceding unsigned comment added by Birdwatchinggirl (talkcontribs) 19:09, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

That's really great! Now can you invent one for mice...I have two cats and they brought home their first ever mouse just a couple of days ago!DrChrissy (talk) 19:14, 16 May 2015 (UTC)


I've reverted this, not because I think it's not an improvement, but because your opponents might use that as evidence to get you blocked on the grounds of violating your topic ban. Please, it's best to avoid this area for a while and thread carefully in dangerous territory. Thanks! -A1candidate 21:54, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

OK Understood and thanks for that. The Tban is for biomedical articles. This does not include acupuncture or This difference was clearly pointed out to the closing admin. Thanks for the thoughts.DrChrissy (talk) 22:00, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

Alright, I probably missed that. In that case, my dearest apologies for the misunderstanding. I've reverted myself. -A1candidate 22:02, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
(edit conflict)To be clear, I certainly don't cosider myself your "opponent" and I doubt anyone else does either. And if they do they shouldn't. That being said, that is a blatant violation of the tban, as I am sure you were well aware when you did it. Minor edits are not exempt from a topic ban. You are to simply not edit such articles at all, period. In these cases it is common to see a little boundary testing right after the ban is imposed, and usually a little leeway os provided for a first offense, but you've used up your free pass with that edit. Please, just respect the ban and move on to other areas. Beeblebrox (talk) 22:03, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
DrChrissy, I was in the process of posting something else in your defence, then before saving I saw this. I'm willing to defend you, but I can't do that unless you're doing what you can to help too. The ban was first and foremost about altmed. It was then extended to all human medicine, then to all biomedical, including nonhuman. We can argue against this last extension, but not the others, and certainly not the altmed, because that was the origin of the ban. Sarah (SV) (talk) 22:05, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
And i don't even know what you thought you were doing with this edit [17] but be aware as well that your topic ban applies in all namespaces, that is why it uses the word "pages" instead of articles. Now, we can't very well ban you from your own sandbox, but you will need to refrain from writing further about anything related to biomedical topics there, whih you clearly were trying to do in some way or another with that edit. Beeblebrox (talk) 22:16, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
I think there should be one important exception though: They should at the very least be allowed to dispute the parameters and duration of the ban. If not here, then at least at WP:AN/I or another forum. Because the fact remains that there is no consensus for your closure, Beeblebrox. -A1candidate 22:18, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
While I obviously disagree, discussing of the terms of the ban itseldf is usually considered exempt. I'm not sure what's going on with that sandbox, but that's not what it appears to be. Beeblebrox (talk) 22:22, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
OK Sarah - I hear what you are saying. I saw that people supporting sanctions against me distinguished between biomedical and (and there is much supporting evidence that the two are hugely distinct on various WP articles.) I was editing on the basis of the closing comments of the closing admin which to me looks like a Tban on biomedicine, not Thanks for your ongoing support.DrChrissy (talk) 22:23, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
I use my sandbox as a way of saving thoughts and useful sources. Am I really not allowed to do this anymore?DrChrissy (talk) 22:27, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────(edit conflict)I've been looking around for some clear definition of the term "biomedicine" and haven't really found it, but I was certainly under the impression that it is a pormanteu of "biological" and "medicine". So anything involving the medical treatment of biological (as opposed to psychological) issues would fall under the ban, whether they be western traditional, alternative, Chinese traditional, New Age, etc. As for the sandbox, as i tried to explain above you are still free to use it, but not to write about anything that would be subject to the topic ban. Really, the best thing you can do right now is to take any pages that could conceivably fall under the ban off watchlis and don't even look at them. But at the very least, no editing on the subject, anywhere. Beeblebrox (talk) 22:30, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

If you were under the "impression" and you're "looking around for some clear definition" for biomed and couldn't find it, you clearly didn't know what you were doing when closing at ANI. That's big bull if you'd ask me; And I'm not involved in any way nor did or do I endorse "a side", other than you probably meant good but fucked up neither-the-less. Sorry, but that's what happened so face it.--TMCk (talk) 01:41, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

@Beeblebrox. The diff you posted above goes to another part of my sandbox rather than where I think you intended. I am quite prepared to post the diff to the relevant edit/s and to explain why I was looking at particular pages, but this will mean I will identify biomedical sites which I believe I am not allowed to do. What would you have me do?DrChrissy (talk) 22:36, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

This is such nonsense, this is why ibans and topic bans make no sense at all. It just devolves into a game of "gotcha" by editors with grudges. And frankly, I've had the MEDRS crowd slap at me on the Animal-assisted therapy articles, which are primarily psychology, so is DrChrissy banned there too? What about articles like Docking (animal), where DrChrissy has been a major- and very useful - contributor? Those are, broadly construed, "medical." Where will this end? Serously! @Beeblebrox: you really DO need to open the thing back up. Montanabw(talk) 23:03, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
Per this discussion on an uninvolved administrator's page, I've been advised that bringing it back to WP:AN/I might be a possible way forward. Someone also mentioned ArbCom on Beeblebrox's talk page, but I hope we don't have to go there yet. -A1candidate 23:19, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
  • This is not an arbitration where a judgement is being interpreted. This is the result of an AN/I discussion in which editors as a community voted on a specific issue. At no time was the issue extended to include animal health/biomedical. As such it is outside the remit of the single closing admin to decide to include an extension sanction on an unvoted for issue. It takes courage to make a close in a contentious situation; It takes courage to reverse aspects of that close. I assume Beeblebrox has courage enough for both. I hope he/she will reconsider.(Littleolive oil (talk) 01:12, 18 May 2015 (UTC))
Like the closing admin, I was confused about the scope of "biomedical" and the additional " as broadly construed". I sought clarity in Wikipedia articles. I searched the following pages for the terms "acupuncture" and "alternative medicine".
Biomedical = Medical research
Medical biology
and the Category:Biomedicine page
The terms did not appear on any of these pages.
Furthermore Acupuncture does not contain the term "biomedical"
It seems to me that previous editors have been extremely diligent to edit these pages such that alternative medicine articles can not, and should not, be construed as biomedical.
DrChrissy (talk) 10:13, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
  • The Tban that is being imposed now appears to be punitive with its extension to animals. Also, what about the religious and cultural aspects of acupuncture? And what exaclty is the basis for censoring this particular scholarly contributor from at least 90% of the topics in his area of expertise? Something just doesn't seem right. --Atsme☎️📧 15:53, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
Please can I get some clarification here. I was just on the Mustang page where I was offering potential definitions of the term "wild". I was about to write about 2 examples where domestic animals had been released back into the non-captive environment and reverted to wild-type behaviours. However, I did not give these examples because they are Laboratory mice and Laboratory rats and therefore potentially "biomedical".DrChrissy (talk) 17:08, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

That would not apply under your topic ban. It would be a stretch for anyone to imply that. -Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 21:12, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Thank you very much for that advice. Of course my concern is that because "biomedical articles including animals" is so broad, I might as well walk away from the project. I could come up with page after page that I would be excluded from because I edit many articles on laboratory animals, their behaviour, their physiology, their welfare and the ethics of laboratory animal use.DrChrissy (talk) 22:35, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Clarification please I would like to edit the article Nose-picking. However, this appears to be a biomedical article. There is a photo of a giraffe "picking" it's nose. There is evidence this behaviour is an oral stereotypy in captive giraffe. Stereotypy in humans is classified as a disease and is therefore biomedical (although there is a section on animals I would like to edit). Am I allowed to edit the nose-picking page?DrChrissy (talk) 23:07, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

comment - only if you are picking your nose while editing it, but no scratching of the butt at the same time. ^_^ Atsme☎️📧 23:16, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
reply to comment At school we were once having our physical education class taken by a really ferocious Army type as an introduction to army careers! I got caught picking my nose at which point he bellowed "YOU BOY - DON'T PICK YOUR NOSE, PICK YOUR ARSE - YOU GET BIGGER BALLS!"DrChrissy [:[User talk:DrChrissy|(talk)]] 23:21, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
Now DrC, I think your last comment might be considered biomedical. mm Atsme☎️📧 23:33, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
Yikes! I took it to mean the military type had condensed a meta-analytical systematic review of time-and-motion studies into one eloquant summary paraphrase - I had not considered the biological sampling aspect - my sincere apologies.DrChrissy (talk) 00:01, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

I going to point you again to WP:UNBAN. If you seriously have a question regarding your topic ban, I'd consider WP:ARCA. Though could take it to WP:ANI, WP:AN, or the other arbcom board listed there. I think you do meet the criteria to take it to ARCA. The close focused more on the wording than the intent it seems to me. The intent seemed to be to halt your editing on articles where MEDRS would apply and CAM/ALTMED articles. It was suggested that you should still be allowed to work on articles related to Animal behavior because they feel that you have offered productive edits in that area. They were trying to choose the proper wording, but their intent does seem to be clear. If you seriously have a question I would go there and ask. I would caution you to be very serious. I would also recommend against going to ANI. ARCA really seems to be the best choice under the circumstances. This again is based on my interpretation of WP:UNBAN. -Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 20:05, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

  • @Serialjoepsycho: I have to say that DrChrissy is right that someone undoubtably will scream GOTCHA! if he edits nose-picking or anything else that remotely could result in a WP:BEANS action. I know some of the people who have restrictions on infoboxes and there is a cabal of other editors just lurking to pounce because their real goal seems to be to make folks quit WP altogether. Montanabw(talk) 21:59, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
I was offering my view, but note that I suggested that they take it to ARCA to have it clarified. But it seems it's been raised at ANI now.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 22:02, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

A bit of advice[edit]

To DrChrissy, I see you've already tested the limits of your topic ban. Now it's time to really disengage. That will be hard, but if you can't do that you're going to end up with a series of escalating blocks. I highly recommend that you unwatchlist all the pages related to your topic ban, as well as the talk pages of all the users you interacted with in this area. You need to walk away from this. If you have any doubt whether an edit might violate your topic ban, ask an admin before making the edit. It is definitely better to ask permission than forgiveness in this case. To those questioning the legitimacy of the topic ban, I read the relevant ANI thread, and while there was the usual large (and fast) pile-on of alt-med opponents there were also a lot of neutral uninvolved users who came to the same conclusion that a topic ban was needed. And it was DrChrissy's own behavior in that thread that led to the early closure. If I had closed the thread myself I most likely would have made a similar closure. Please don't take this back to AN/I because it will boomerang, and if there is any serious doubt that the close covered alt-med articles like Acupuncture, I can remove that doubt by extending a second topic ban specifically for alt-med. @DrChrissy: This might not seem fair to you, but that's the way things are, and there's not a way to go back and undo them. Take some time off, de-stress, and then if you still have a desire to contribute to a free encyclopedia, find an uncontroversial article that interests you and work on getting it to WP:GA standards. ~Adjwilley (talk) 00:36, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the advice. Would you really simply add to the tban despite only three people supporting such a ban?[18]DrChrissy (talk) 10:31, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Please DrChrissy follow the advice to disengage from your detractors. You are wasting your time trying to fight. Some of your detractors have a need to be seen as being right. If you persist they will do you over, and do you over utterly. They will win the day no matter what. As Adjwilley says, that is just how it is. It is not about rationality or ethics. You are one of the few remaining genuine content contributors to Wikipedia. You are Wikipedia's principal contributor to articles on animal behaviour, some of which, like Pain in invertebrates, are tour de forces. You will never get centralised acknowledgement for that from "Wikipedia". Wikipedia maintains stability by periodically sacrificing valuable contributors like you. How else can those who cannot write a decent article be propitiated? I will be very sorry if you are no longer around. Please just disengage from the toxicity and accept the conditions. There's nothing weak about that, it's just accommodating the inevitable in a very imperfect world. It don't particularly matter. Your contributions do matter. --Epipelagic (talk) 08:36, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
Thank you very much for taking the time and consideration for that advice - much appreciated.DrChrissy (talk) 10:36, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
DrChrissy, I agree wholeheartedly with Adjwilley and Epipelagic. I would have emailed you to state same but you apparently don't have your email feature engaged. Epipelagic's closing statement summed it up well. Sometimes we just have to walk away knowing we did what we could to make an article better, and are making the correct choices by following the advised course of action. I also consider you to be a valuable contributor. Atsme☎️📧 22:18, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
Atsme and I both agree that you are being treated poorly here. ;-) I think they should have answered your question about nose-picking. Montanabw(talk) 21:56, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
This is SNOT funny! I wanted the GREEN light to go ahead with a CLEAN NOSE and edit the article. In all seriousness, it is a genuine question because this is where the closing admin has taken me - questioning whether I am allowed to edit almost every article that I might wish to. Thanks for your continued support - much appreciated.DrChrissy (talk) 22:03, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
I don't mean to be nosey 👃 but WTH? There's no need for folks to act snotty toward you or get their noses all bent out of shape. It's not like you blew a rhinoplasty, for Pinocchio's sake! I'm not picking at you, DrC, but it looks like you're dealing with a booger of a mess here. Wish we could just blow it off. All this battleground activity would be best played at the Nasal Academy. Well, in an attempt to lighten things up I'll ask you this....Do you know why a nose can't be 12" long? (Drum roll, please............) Because then it would be a foot. lol --Atsme📞📧 23:18, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
OK Atsme, it is time you and I had a serious conversation. If you ever, EVER come to my Talk page again with such crap jokes as that, you will be railroaded to ARBCOM quicker than my edits on ***puncture get reverted. ...and I think that has become the SI unit defining the nanosecond. You have been warned! DrChrissy (talk) 23:35, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── But, but...DrC...I did it for the lil chilluns. %Þ --Atsme📞📧 02:08, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Please don't participate in the AN/I[edit]

Please don't participate in the AN/I for now, it will only make things worse, trust me!! Can I remove your comments over there in the future (in case you make any rash statements), with your permission? It may be a good idea to drop a carefully worded comment later, but not now. Whatever you do, don't reply to Jytdog, please. -A1candidate 23:23, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Please do, with my permission.DrChrissy (talk) 23:29, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
If even your supporters feel the need to prevent you from particpating in a discussion of your own topic ban, you might want to consider the posssibility that maybe the topic ban is a good idea after all. The irony here is hard to miss. Beeblebrox (talk) 23:47, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Too funny. You seem to need a TB yourself to keep your word.--TMCk (talk) 01:01, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
Given that Dr Chrissy was criticized for trying to rebut the comments against him on AN/I while thinking wrongly, apparently, that he should or could, its not surprising that he is being advised by another editor to stay away. It takes a while for an editor to figure out what works on the Notice Boards. Trying to explain doesn't work once people have made up their minds.(Littleolive oil (talk) 23:58, 19 May 2015 (UTC))
Its kind of like talking to the police without a lawyer. AlbinoFerret 00:11, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
No one took issue with DrChrissy trying to defend themselves. It was they way they were doing it. The defense in the previous ANI has been characterized as WP:IDHT. It's been suggested that the defense was a prime example of the very behavior that was at question in the request for a topic ban.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 00:32, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
I think DrChrissy understands that, if not at the previous ANI, then certainly at the current one. -A1candidate 01:03, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Modification of topic ban[edit]

Hi DrChrissy, I closed the thread Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents#DrChrissy's topic ban with a modification to the terms of the topic ban. You should now be able to continue editing in your area of expertise, editing articles about animal biology and behavior. My advice to you above still stands: you need to completely turn your back on this dispute and edit elsewhere. Also, since topic bans can sometimes be confusing, I wanted to make it clear that the topic ban applies to all pages including talk pages. Even making a passing comment about acupuncture or MEDRS on your own talk page can earn a block. And of course, if you have any questions about what may or may not violate the ban, please ask an admin first. ~Adjwilley (talk) 05:14, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Your topic ban as it is currently logged at WP:RESTRICT:

User:DrChrissy is topic banned from alternative medicine, broadly construed. To be clear, this includes alternative medicine for humans and animals, so Veterinary acupuncture does fall under the scope of this ban. Animal biology, behavior, health, and normal veterinary medicine does not fall under the scope of this ban so long as it does not intersect with alternative medicine. DrChrissy is also topic banned from human medical articles and WP:MEDRS related discussions.

Do note that this is not simply a ban on acupuncture but Alternative Medicine as a whole (people and animals). Not just MEDRS but any human medical articles. All broadly construed. But there is an exemption in your field of expertise. I wish you the best of luck and perhaps in 6 months you can get this lifted.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 07:00, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Off-topic discussion[edit]

Did you know that Brian Josephson, a Cambridge physicist who won the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics, was once blocked indefinitely from editing Wikipedia? What a great way to drive away the smartest minds! This grossly unfair block was quickly overturned and eventually, the administrator who made the block was desysopped in a separate arbitration case "for his violations of the standards of conduct expected of administrators." The point I want to make is that if you're an outstanding scholar or academician, and you find yourself in trouble on Wikipedia, you're not alone! You can consider that a shining badge of honor.

Here's an off-topic question for you: I've previously worked on an experimental study involving the transplantation of a recellularized liver graft (derived from mesenchymal stem cells and hepatocytes/hepatic stem cells) into laboratory rats, and I learned that one possible method to figure out the degree of pain in rats (after transplantation) involves looking at several behaviorial patterns such as narrowed or squinting eyes. I'm still a little skeptical about the validity of such an approach though, and I would value the expert opinion of an animal behaviorist. Do you consider this a good way to measure the degree of pain in laboratory animals, and if not, what do you think might be a better option? Thanks for your time! And thank you for your contributions to Wikipedia. -A1candidate 08:47, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi A1. Thanks for your comments. I have not heard of using squinting eyes as an indicator of pain in a study before. It actually sounds quite intriguing. I know that Lab rats and mice do squint their eyes when they are stressed (which may involve pain)[19] (I know this looks like a low quality site, but it is in fact very comprehensive and based on Paul Flecknell's excellent work). It would be relatively easy to objectify by taking photos of the eyes and measuring the degree of squint (or a digital camera and software could do this automatically). I have not been able to access the full article you indicated so I don't know the details of how it was measured within that study. As with most studies involving the pain of animals, a range of measures should be taken because individuals respond in different ways - especially in prey species which have evolved to be stohical and hide signs of illness. I hope squinting was not used just as a quick and easy method of pain monitoring, but rather as one indicator in an array of measures. David Morton discusses that here.[20] One method of monitoring pain in laboratory animals that is hardly used and there is a good basis for it is self-selection of analgesic.[21] see also Zoopharmacognosy. I suspect the reason for this is the expense and difficulty of measuring consumption. Hope this helps.DrChrissy (talk) 10:30, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Those edits you placed...[edit]

...on user talk pages re. ANI were inappropriate. Please read wp:CANVASS. Thanks.--TMCk (talk) 23:13, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Following up from ANI, that was not advice. Advice was when I said you should disengage from users you've been in conflict with and un-watchlist their talk pages. This is me, very bluntly, telling you to stay away from QG and the E-cig dispute. It would be an easy thing to extend the topic ban to cover that as well if you persist in this, since practically everywhere QG edits is covered by some sort of discretionary sanctions. ~Adjwilley (talk) 23:51, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks both - the points have been noted.DrChrissy (talk) 08:16, 22 May 2015 (UTC)