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189 Quality: High, Assessed class: C, Predicted class: GA Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami (talk) Unencyclopaedic
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92 Quality: Low, Assessed class: Start, Predicted class: Start Noakhali District (talk) Please add more content Please add more sources Wikify
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176 Quality: Medium, Assessed class: Start, Predicted class: B Fourth-generation jet fighter (talk) Please add more sources Unencyclopaedic
6 Quality: High, Assessed class: Unassessed, Predicted class: GA Bay'ah (Ahmadiyya) (talk) Please add more content Please create proper section headings Please add more wikilinks Please add more sources Merge
535 Quality: Medium, Assessed class: Start, Predicted class: B Indo-Aryan languages (talk) Please add more sources Merge
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180 Quality: Medium, Assessed class: C, Predicted class: B Hinduism in Bangladesh (talk) Please add more sources Wikify
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28 Quality: Low, Assessed class: Stub, Predicted class: Stub National Emblem of Bangladesh (talk) Please add more content Please create proper section headings Please add more sources Stub
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FYI

Hi Faizan, regarding a couple of reverts you made (don't worry it's nothing you've done wrong): WP:ANI#Rangeblock may be required. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 12:37, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for taking it to ANI Callanecc! They ought to be blocked. I have posted my comment. Faizan 12:45, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

Edits to Prime Ideals

I think you made a mistake. I wrote "iff," meaning "if and only if," because that is the correct statement for a definition. The current statement is an implication. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.19.84.64 (talk) 13:14, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

Oops, I took it as a spelling mistake. I regret! Faizan 13:17, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
I have corrected my mistake. Thanks for pointing it out. Faizan 13:24, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
Hi Faizan: this is a slightly altered version of something I posted at this user's talkpage reposted here for your benefit.
Actually, I re-reverted that change because there is more to this story. The WP math manual of style recommends that "if" is correct when defining a term, and recommends not using "if and only if." The reasons can be debated philosophically, but the main thing is that it is considered wrong within the culture of mathematical writing. Actually, the idea that it is a biconditional or conditional is a bit silly, since definitions are not assertions with truth values. The if at use here is a linguistic if. "IF a ring is defined to be a local ring, it has a unique maximal ideal" sounds dumb as a logical statement because it makes "definition" part of the antecedent.
So it turns out that the edit you made was OK, but not for the reasons you initially thought :) If you find more usage of "iff" in a definition this way, feel free to change it to an "if", or if that seems dangerous to you, just send me a message and I'll evaluate it. Thanks! Rschwieb (talk) 17:54, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
Hey thanks Rschwieb. I am grateful to you. Faizan 11:12, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

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The Signpost: 13 November 2013

Notification

This is to let you know that your recent confrontational edits to the page Bangladesh Liberation War have been a great disappointment to me personally. Your recent semi-retirement now seems to be at an end, but your attitude and patience do not appear to have improved in the meantime. If you do not withdraw yourself from editing Bangladesh-related pages, and remove the userbox that states that you are a member of WikiProject Bangladesh, then I intend to proceed to proposing a topic ban. Please tone down your edits and withdraw yourself from this contentious area. Please also either remove or clarify what you mean by the superscript "Al-Badri" next to your name on your user page. As you may be aware, a partisan group known as Al-Badr participated in the Bangladesh Liberation War, and having someone editing Bangladesh-related pages under that banner is not conducive to a harmonious editing environment within Wikipedia. Thank you. Sminthopsis84 (talk) 20:43, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the "Notification". What's this "confrontational edits"? I just made a point there at Bangladesh Liberation War, I did not start or take part in any edit-war. You are no one to decide which Wiki Projects I am going to participate. What problem you have with "Al-Badri"? "Al-Badr" is not merely a name of the cited "partisaan group", it has a vast Islamic perspective; for example, the Battle of Badr, otherwise it is merely over-exaggeration of the facts. I use "Al-Badri" as my surname, and that has nothing to do with the "harmonious editing environment" Welcome. Faizan 14:54, 13 November 2013 (UTC)
It is OK to comment on and discuss about article-content and user-edits, but it looks awkward to comment on what a user prefers as their user-name and which project a user chooses to edit. A group's alleged taking of any specific name should not devaluate that very name. It is the issue with the group, and not with the name. As Faizan noted, "Badri" often involves some Islamic use. So, no question about that name. -AsceticRosé 15:24, 13 November 2013 (UTC)
Okay, I accept that Al-Badri is your name. That is an unfortunate situation if you intend to continue editing pages related to Bangladesh, and I urge you to withdraw yourself from that area. Someone named Goebbels would have to withdraw themselves from editing pages that have to do with Nazi Germany for the same reason (and that is rather sad, because there are some very decent, humane, people who share that surname, but it is a fact of life that they would have to withdraw from editing in that area).
From looking at your recent edits, I see two other patterns that contribute to making your activities appear quite aggressive, and these have no doubt contributed to my perception of you. These are:
  • Biting the newbies, for example this person who made exactly two edits. A newbie is likely, when immediately reverted, to try again. You and a colleague came down very hard on that person, accusing them of unconstructive editing, and then of edit warring. What the person actually did, was to make a finer division of headings, to separate two periods of history rather than leaving them lumped together (yes, they deleted two photos, but you could have put those back rather than make a blanket reversion). And yes, your "welcome" messages are not without an implied threat. A new editor who offends nobody, usually doesn't receive one of those "welcome" messages.
  • Possibly responding to all edits from anonymous IPs as if they were vandalism, and templating the talk page of that IP, possibly every time that you revert an edit. Anonymous IPs are an extremely valuable resource to wikipedia. There are many people who have never edited before, but who have real, valuable knowledge to contribute. They often try a single edit as an experiment, and if immediately slapped over the wrist by you are unlikely to try again. Slow down! Think first about whether you have really understood what the anon did and possible reasons for it, even if they have made a mistake. A good rule is to never template someone on their first edit.
Sminthopsis84 (talk) 15:36, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Ok, I have removed "Al-Badri" from my userspace. That does not mean that I agree that "Someone named Goebbels would have to withdraw themselves from editing pages that have to do with Nazi Germany". I totally disagree. Similarly you cannot stop an atheist from editing "religion-related articles". Just being an atheist does not mean that the person is not eligible enough to edit Religion-related articles.
  • Reply to the the two proposed "patterns":
  • I did not bite the newcomer. A newbie is not exempted from edit-warring. Is he? he reverted 3+ editors in the article Partition of India, could not he give an edit summary? If he made a constructive edit, his reverts did not seem to be "constructive". The person ought to use edit summary, or the talk pages of the article or the users, at least he could reply on his own talk page, and I just gave him a "general note".
  • That's not it. I have said before too that newbies and the IPs are not exempted from templates or warnings. Have you used Twinkle>? You know they provide a whole list of templates for the IPs, I used templates from that list only. And better see my contributions(which you already saw), only those IPs which were vandalising were given message for their "unconstructive editing". The IPs which contribute are no doubt, a valuable resource. Why don't you suggest Huggle and Twinkle to remove the templates for anonymous IPs? I hope this will be a big step towards preventing the biting of the newbies. Faizan 11:34, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
Hello again Faizan. It is gracious of you to remove "Al-Badri" from your user page. I will now respond to various points that you have made:
  • It may seem unfair to you that someone could find your name frightening, and it is certainly unfair that a group of people have used a phrase that happens to be your name as the name of their murderous group. However, it is necessary to take into account that terrible happenings cause permanent terror in the victims of those events. To see a name that they associate with those events is an added cruelty to people who have already suffered too much. I'm sorry, but editing Bangladesh-related pages requires special tact. In withdrawing yourself from those areas you can think to yourself "They think I'm evil, that isn't fair, I'm not evil", but you owe it to victims to take their fear into account. Yes, someone named Goebbels is carrying a terribly unfair burden, but that should not prevent them being mindful not to cause suffering in others. The atheist example that you cite is rather different in that POV edits are something that is dealt with in other ways.
  • Newbies need to be treated with special consideration. To accuse someone who has made exactly 2 (two) edits of edit warring is not measured, thoughtful, considerate behaviour. So in short, yes, such newbies *are* excempt from rules about edit warring. To quote Wikipedia:Edit warring with added emphasis: "An edit war occurs when editors who disagree about the content of a page repeatedly override each other's contributions, rather than trying to resolve the disagreement by discussion." When a person has made 2 (two) edits, it is not possible for them to have repeatedly overridden another's contributions, it is only possible that they have overridden once.
  • A newbie is a newbie. It is not reasonable to demand that they make eloquent edit summaries on their first 2 (two) edits.
  • I doubt that you really believe of someone who was attacked in the way that User:Ct205 was attacked that "at least he could reply on his own talk page". It seems far more likely that a newbie would be still trying to recover from shock and surprise. Besides, you've blocked them now. I newbie probably would think that means they can't edit their own talk page.
  • "Why don't you suggest Huggle and Twinkle to remove the templates for anonymous IPs? I hope this will be a big step towards preventing the biting of the newbies." Now really, surely you don't think that wikipedia editors intent on attacking someone would be in the least slowed down in their attacks if they had to use different text? Surely you don't think that the text would be better (more polished and appropriate) if people were getting it from non-standard sources?
  • If you suspect that someone is a sockpuppet, the way to proceed is to request a checkuser. Only after the checkuser has been performed and has demonstrated beyond a doubt that the person is a sockpuppet is it appropriate to revert the edits if they are constructive edits like the ones under discussion here. There is no need to apply multiple templates to the user's page, and if you believe them to be a sockpuppet then the disingenuous "welcome" message doesn't belong on their user page either.
  • I'm not at all sure that user:Ct205 is a sockpuppet of anyone who is trying to do damage to wikipedia. What I've seen so far looks like "maybe" they are a sockpuppet of someone. I'm making inquiries about whether the evidence is convincing, and whether the person can be unblocked. The "sockpuppet" cry that you and User:AsceticRose have raised is, however, quite damaging to wikipedia. Sminthopsis84 (talk) 22:04, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

Secondly the innocent User:Ct205, whom I and another user "bited" was an experienced "Sock puppet", and he has been blocked. Faizan 13:13, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

So Mr. Sminth was shedding tears for this Sock puppet without knowing anything! -AsceticRosé 17:13, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
Please see reply to Faizan, above. Sminthopsis84 (talk) 22:04, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
Well he is a confirmed sock puppet, investigations. Both the sock and master have been blocked indefinitely. As he was a sock puppet he could reply on his talk page regarding the dispute on Partition of India. Faizan 11:16, 16 November 2013 (UTC)
No, that is not true. See discussion here. Sminthopsis84 (talk) 22:15, 16 November 2013 (UTC)