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WikiProject Editor Retention[edit]

Sorry for the delay in responding at the subproject talk page. Like I said there just now, things have been a bit hectic trying to deal with the ArbCom, the editor who retired during it, and a proposed idea I have about developing some of the more useful material related to the subject of that ArbCom. Anyway, if you look at the WP:911 talk page, you will see I did, finally get around to responding. Sorry again for the delay. John Carter (talk) 14:25, 14 July 2012 (UTC)

Angelou reviews[edit]

Hi Gandydancer, thought you might be interested, since you peer reviewed Maya Angelou: it and List of Maya Angelou works are up for FAC and FLC currently. I inform you because both haven't received the reviews they need as of yet. Could you go to both--Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/List of Maya Angelou works/archive1 and Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Maya Angelou/archive1‎--and do what you can? It would be muchly appreciated. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 21:23, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

Occupy movement[edit]

I understand that you are an active editor on the above article. I would be grateful if you could take a look at an addition made today ([1]), which in my view is a wholly inappropriate and undue. I have already reverted the addition twice. Thanks.Rangoon11 (talk) 17:00, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

I would have thought that perhaps a note on the talk page and/or a note on the talk page of the editor that was involved would have been appropriate before a message on my talk page. As it was, this matter was handled by a third editor within minutes. Gandydancer (talk) 14:34, 11 August 2012 (UTC)


You have new message/s Hello. You have a new message at Anna Frodesiak's talk page. 23:57, 19 August 2012 (UTC)

The Twin Lakes are loaded with sharks.

I can't seem to access the page. I get a "time-out" message. I tried to view other images, but they are blocked for me because of my location. The site in general, however, is not blocked. I don't know about the copyright status of the images, and can't find the page telling about it. But, it's a US federal government site, so maybe they are okay to upload to Wikicommons. Try asking at Try asking at, or or Good luck. :) Anna Frodesiak (talk) 02:09, 21 August 2012 (UTC)


You have new message/s Hello. You have a new message at Anna Frodesiak's talk page. 02:10, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

AN/I notice[edit]

Hello. There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. Beagel (talk) 05:53, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

Blue moon[edit]

I do not understand why you think that a year cannot have 13 full moons, since you did not explain yourself. Given that there are more than 12 lunations in a year, it seems obvious that some years will have 13 full moons. Any month (except most Februarys) that has a full moon on the first of the month will have a second full moon, like this month did. Some months that have a full moon on the second of the month will have a second full moon. I believe that a year in which one month has two full moons will have 13 full moons. This year has 13 full moons, and so did 2009, for two recent examples. I which you had checked your facts before editing. I also wish you had respected my {{In use}} template, and posted a message on my Talk page instead of editing. Your edit cost me about 10 minutes work.—Finell 03:28, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

Firstly, your template was not up when I did my edit - it was not up again till I was done so I had no way to know that you were again working on the article. As for my edit, I did not say that a year cannot have 13 full moons. I said that it is not possible for most years to have 13 full moons. I won't delete it again but the math is not at all hard: A lunar month is about 29.5 days long and a calendar month is about 30.5 days, so actually a year with 13 full moons only happens about every 2 and 1/2 years because in each year only about 12 days are "saved up" for the next blue moon (when using that method to calculate it). Gandydancer (talk) 04:34, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for responding. The passage you deleted dealt with the alternate definition of blue moon, which is the second moon in a month. Does that occur more frequently? If not, you are right. Your math does look right. As for the {{In use}}, if you look at your diff you will see that it was on the article when you edited it.—Finell 16:11, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
Yes, when I check the time I see that my edit is ten minutes later than the time you put the notice up. It took me that long to make my edit since I did the math a couple of times to be sure I was correct. I see that you refuse to change your edit even though you now realize that it would not be possible to have a blue moon occur once a year, on average. Gandydancer (talk) 01:01, 3 September 2012 (UTC)


Hi. Just to be clear, are you actually disagreeing that the list of undue weight items should be tidied up, or were you just objecting to what you (unfairly, I think) took as a violation of procedure? So far, no one actually seems to have disagreed that any item on the list would improve the article, they just have "other" issues? --BozMo talk 14:24, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

By the way do the quantities need updating at Oil_spills#Largest_oil_spills? They look a bit small for DW?
I prefer to keep the discussion on the BP talk page. Gandydancer (talk) 11:46, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

BP mediation[edit]

Hi there, Did you happen to see the section at BP talk "mediation"? The group is being asked to respond as to whether they are willing to participate. Your name was mentioned. petrarchan47tc 22:45, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

Thanks. I will respond. Gandydancer (talk) 22:56, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

BP History[edit]

Hi Gandydancer, I saw that you spent some time working on improvements to the BP History section and when I was reading through it I noticed a couple of things that you could also update to improve it, if you're interested:

The first item I noticed is a typo in the 2010 to present subsection: "Guld of Mexico"

The second is repetition of the agreement to sell the Carson refinery, also in that subsection. With regard to this, the first instance is incorrect in that it says the refinery was sold. An agreement has been reached to sell it, but the company hasn't actually sold it yet. I'll quote here the full text with the two mentions of the refinery:

In August 2012, BP sold its Carson Refinery in southern California to Tesoro and Sunray and Hemphill gas processing plants in Texas, together with their associated gas gathering system, to Eagle Rock Energy Partners.[1][2][3] In September 2012, BP agreed to sell the Guld of Mexico located Marlin, Dorado, King, Horn Mountain, and Holstein fields as also its stake in non-operated Diana Hoover and Ram Powell fields to Plains Exploration & Production for $5.55 billion.[4] In August 2012, BP announced it had reached an agreement to sell its Carson refinery and related assets. The company also plans to sell its Texas City refinery in 2012.[2] In the United Kingdom, BP agreed to sell its liquefied petroleum gas distribution business to DCC.[5]

Just a couple of suggestions if you're working on cleaning up the History section some more. Thanks. Arturo at BP (talk) 14:30, 21 September 2012 (UTC)


  1. ^ Williams, Selina (13 August 2012). "BP Agrees $2.5 Billion Sale Of Carson Refinery To Tesoro". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "BP Agrees to Sell Carson Refinery and ARCO Retail Network in US Southwest to Tesoro for $2.5 Billion" (Press release). BP. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "BP To Sell Texas Midstream Gas Assets" (Press release). BP. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Das, Anupreeta; Dezember, Ryan; Flynn, Alexis (9 September 2012). "BP in Deal to Sell Some Gulf Fields". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "BP sells LPG unit to DCC". Business Excellent. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 


It seems POV to me to have a one sentence summary of a day of protests, but to single out the number of arrests as the only thing worth noting. A couple of editors keep edit warring it in. BeCritical 05:53, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

Hey there Be! Long time no see. Hope all is well with you. :) Gandydancer (talk) 19:29, 30 September 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, doing great, just busy over the summer. Hope your sister's doing well too! BeCritical 15:11, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Removal of my post[edit]

I wonder why you removed my Talk page post on Occupy Wall Street. Could you explain please.(olive (talk) 15:39, 30 September 2012 (UTC))

Sorry - it was some sort of edit conflict glitch and not intentional. I replied on the talk page as well. Gandydancer (talk) 19:27, 30 September 2012 (UTC)
No worries, thanks. It did take me by surprise. I kept reading my post to see if I'd said something offensive:O) (olive (talk) 15:52, 2 October 2012 (UTC))

Notice of Discussion at WP:ANI[edit]

Already done: Hello. There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/IncidentArchive818#Edit warring regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. Trackinfo (talk) 20:19, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

ALEC Task Forces[edit]

Your most recent edit cites Common Cause as a source for ALEC Task Forces. That could also be self-sourced from the ALEC website, thus not needing to source to an organization that is suing ALEC. Looking does lead to a little more curiosity. The Public Safety and Elections Task Force is not mentioned on that page (a secondary link off the home page). You have do search to find mention of it in less public meeting notes. Are they hiding the existence of the committee? They aren't doing a very good job, its not that big of a secret. Also, the task forces are not numbered there. And the one you called 6) Telecommunications and Information Technology is called a simpler Communications and Technology on their website. Later on, your added content might deviate from the ALEC public presentation. So I think all of these factors can be incorporated, it will just take a little reworking. I'll let you have first crack at it. Trackinfo (talk) 23:18, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

No, please go ahead and redo what I did since you have such a good grasp of all the info. It would be good to keep all the references. Right now I am reading this: [2] Gandydancer (talk) 23:34, 5 October 2012 (UTC)


Curious reference to Dualus is curious. Centrify (f / k / a FCAYS) (talk) (contribs) 17:52, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

Yeah, it was almost enough to make me want to go back and review all that old stuff... You know Factchecker, both sides think we are dopes - the "insiders" and the right-wingers. (Dualus may have got the boot for having socks...) BTW, if you want to read something really funny, read the Conservative version of Wikipedia's OWS article. LOL Gandydancer (talk) 18:15, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
Is that on "Conservapedia"? I checked that site out once, and found it... well, let's just say, "interesting". Sorry I haven't been more proactive on the OWS article, especially after you prodded me with suggestions. I guess I never really feel inspired to edit WP until I see something that seems broken. A bad habit, most likely. But I hold out hope that it can be useful to try to sort out the dueling banjos and get people on the same page, or at least playing the same song ... :) Centrify (f / k / a FCAYS) (talk) (contribs) 21:16, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
Hey-- here's how Dualus came up, just FTR: Gandy suggested (2x) I go read the 99 Declaration talk pages for context on our convo over at OWS Talk; I went there -> archives -> "convo with michael pollok" (or something). That's all. And I don't think you guys are dopes at all. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the power dynamics of the whole thing, but just because something feels Not Quite Right™ doesn't mean I'm possessed with contempt! I actually again really appreciate the way y'all helped out. Thanks. --Diceytroop (talk) 21:30, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
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No offense meant[edit]

Sorry if it sounded like I was coming down on you at WoW. Not my intention.  little green rosetta(talk)
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I have no respect or desire to speak privately with an editor that goes out of their way to be a ******* *******. Gandydancer (talk) 17:55, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
Good day to you too sir. Say hi to Aunt Rose.  little green rosetta(talk)
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18:02, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
LGR, there's nothing productive you can accomplish with a two-faced apology. Binksternet (talk) 20:25, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
With all due respect, the apology was sincere. Go troll elsewhere.  little green rosetta(talk)
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21:25, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
To me, a "sincere" apology is one that is somewhat longer than momentary. Binksternet (talk) 21:29, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
Rosetta, you are the sort of editor that takes all the fun out of editing here. Please go bother other people. Bink, save the last tango for me! Gandydancer (talk) 21:39, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill[edit]

I had trouble tying the fine to any specific litigation, but it does seem this should go somewhere. I just can't figure out where. And to be fair, if it's not litigation it shouldn't go in the Deepwater Horizon litigation article either, right?— Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 19:45, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

Hi there Vchimpanzee! The litigation seems to be the people that are suing BP whereas the investigation has been done by the gov't. That is the section at the bottom of the page. I put some info down there. Gandydancer (talk) 20:13, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
Okay, I see. Looks good. I fixed the date to match how it has been done before.— Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 21:43, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
Maybe my addition works in the other article.— Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 21:45, 16 November 2012 (UTC)


Please read-up on WP:Archiving, the conversations on the Talk:Cracker Barrel page were over 60 days old. --Jeremy (blah blahI did it!) 20:31, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

Yes, according to WP guidelines, "it is customary to periodically archive old discussions on a talk page when that page becomes too large". The CB page has not become too large and there is no good reason to blank the page. I will restore the talk page. Gandydancer (talk) 21:53, 25 November 2012 (UTC)
All the material can still be found at Talk:Cracker Barrel/Archive 2. There is no value in cluttering the primary talk page with discussions that are no longer active. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 22:04, 25 November 2012 (UTC)
It is best to follow usual archiving customs as done on other article talk pages. I note that you work on many fast food articles and it could appear to some that you may have a COI and want to hide the CB talk page because it contains a considerable amount of discussion that could be seen as unfavorable for the image of CB. Gandydancer (talk) 22:13, 25 November 2012 (UTC)
I work on very few fast food articles, and do not work in the food services industry. It is customary to archive old discussions that are no longer active. If you have concerns, I suggest you bring it up at WT:ARCHIVE or at WP:ANI. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 22:17, 25 November 2012 (UTC)
Sorry, I did not note the name change and thought that I was still speaking with Jerem43, who does work exclusively and extensively on fast food articles. Sad to say, but it seems that soon I may need to add corporations to my list of articles that I need not bother to work on. C'est la vie. Gandydancer (talk) 22:43, 25 November 2012 (UTC)
The information was not hidden, and as Barek stated it is available for review on the archive page. As the discussions were all inactive, I chose to archive them to un-clutter the talk page. Nothing has been deleted or hidden. --Jeremy (blah blahI did it!) 04:19, 26 November 2012 (UTC)
Oh sure. ;-) Gandydancer (talk) 14:55, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

Alternative medicine[edit]

Agree the sentiment, Gandydancer, and can you give sources for "more than one in four U.S. hospitals offer alternative and complementary therapies...."?[[3]] What would Aunt Rose have done? Qexigator (talk) 00:45, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

--PS This [[4]] may explain something?Qexigator (talk) 01:04, 27 November 2012 (UTC)
Sure, it is from the existing article. [5] Gandydancer (talk) 14:52, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, now seen it (report by CBS news, July 20, 2006) [6] It refers to a "survey, conducted and published by the American Hospital Association every two years", so has there been an update for sourcing, which clarifies the information and presenation of the article? I see at [7] "AHA Annual Survey Database™ is recognized as a principle reference database on United States hospitals. The primary data source is the American Hospital Association Annual Survey of Hospitals (conducted each year since 1946). Secondary sources include information from the AHA business and membership database, accrediting organizations, and United States Census Bureau identifiers."... and at [8] this snippet AHA Survey on Drug Shortages, July 2011 "With drug shortages becoming increasingly frequent, the American Hospital Association (AHA) surveyed its members to find out how the shortages have impacted day-to-day patient care. The AHA survey of 820 hospitals revealed that almost 100 percent of hospitals reported a shortage in the last six months and nearly half of the hospitals reported 21 or more drug shortages." So there may be a motivation for mainstream to disparage alternative in the competition for public funding raging in USA and elsewhere too, and could be some editors (all in good faith) are unwittingly influenced by that major controversy throughout that great republic? Qexigator (talk) 17:01, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

Well, I have my own ideas of why some editors are hell bent on painting all of CAM with one brush and a very evil one at that. Everybody in my circle of friends uses it from time to time--with the same amount of skepticism that we hold for mainstream medicine. A lot of mainstream meds and treatments are a waste of time and money too, and some are pretty dangerous as well. I could give plenty of examples, but for a recent one, I have been working on the New England Compounding Center meningitis outbreak article and here is a quote from a recent BJM article:
Fungal contamination at NECC has sickened more than 400 patients and killed at least 29. But it's important to note that many patients received these sterile injections for back and joint pain, a procedure that lacks high-quality evidence of efficacy.4,5 These problems cannot be laid entirely at the feet of compounders when clinicians persist in clinical practices despite weak evidence of efficacy. The Cochrane review is here: [9] .
For years I have urged that the article use the Cochrane definition. It is very troubling that a bunch of wikipedia editors get so full of themselves that they think they are smarter than top professionals in the field of medicine. But I have been watching that article long enough to know that there is a circle of editors that own the article and will sit by and let any sort of crap in the article as long as it is a critcism of alt med. I've given up any attempts to edit there as it is a total waste of energy. This Cochrane source is great! [10] This study was helpful as well. [11] Gandydancer (talk) 17:06, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
About info. and links, thanks. About mainstream, agreed. About editors, confirms my recent experience. About motivation, perhaps more than one. About favourite books from the great republic, Arrowsmith (novel) and Elmer Gantry. Thanks for refreshing sanity. Qexigator (talk) 17:43, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
Yup. I've read Arrowsmith but not Elmer Gantry. Of course I've heard the name numerous times but had no idea what it was about. Now I'm curious... Gandydancer (talk) 17:53, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
...and as a bonus it was made into a great movie Elmer Gantry (film) with Burt Lancaster as Elmer.Qexigator (talk) 18:24, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
Yes, I looked it up on Wikipedia :-) and then I did have a vague memory of the great job that Burt Lancaster did with the preacher role, so I must have seen the film. But that's all I remember is him preaching... I'm not sure how that brings it into our current discussion...? But our brains are very weird, no doubt about that. Years ago I was involved in the global warming debate both here and on another forum. When I proved that a denier had been word for word quoting his denials from a little known blog, rather than admit the obvious truth the posters that had been supporting him said that it was somehow possible that his words were similar (actually exactly the same) as the site that I provided. Same thing with religion, and the Mormon church is a good example. Though any of the "born agains" are the same thing. Quite by accident I was drawn to the cognitive dissonance article, which enters into our discussion as well. Gandydancer (talk) 20:11, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
---The medical researcher and the preacher had come to mind when looking at the Wallace Sampson article (Talk:Wallace Sampson). Cognitive dissonance-- similarly drawn to the article by accident a while back, almost a re-telling of the second Genesis story, a deep-rooted tendency universally inherited, needing the exercise of the imaginative intuition to reach beyond pretense or persistent error such as denialism, or a denialism which could be hiding in positivism. Qexigator (talk) 20:54, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
Haha Q, and I doubt you are still watching my talk page, but... I came here today for a new discussion (below) and took the time to read some of my old stuff. I must admit that when I read your post I was sorta, "huh???". I think I don't have one drop of philosopher's blood in my body. All I could think when I read your post was of an old Steve Martin piece where he explains Socrates, or as he calls him, "Soc-rates". Or maybe it was Plato...or not. At any rate, my brain will just not take those twists and turns to follow that sort of argument/discussion. I loved my college chemistry courses, but philosophy? - I had no idea what they were talking about. Not that your post is necessarily philosophical, it just reminds me...I guess? :-) Gandydancer (talk) 17:42, 9 December 2012 (UTC)
Hello again. Now you mention it, Philosophy of chemistry / Chemistry of philosophy-- could be topics with typical instances of "Induced-compliance paradigm" per Cognitive dissonance. Perhaps, philosophically considered (per the likes of Pla-to and Soc-rates), and methodically observed (per the likes of Dal-ton), cog.dis. is pandemic as suggested by the saying "(twice?) as many opinions as there are people". John Dalton seems to have been something of a philosopher-chemist: "In 1794, shortly after his arrival in Manchester, Dalton was elected a member of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society", and his eyeball has attained posthumous fame in our lifetime. Qexigator (talk) 19:10, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

Smoke gets in your eyes[edit]

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IP at the Gender role article[edit]

Since the IP currently thinks that you and I are one and the same, you might want to see this. (talk) 14:03, 7 December 2012 (UTC)

Thanks. I hope that this does not turn out to be too difficult... Gandydancer (talk) 01:03, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

GM controversies edit[edit]


you recently deleted the statement "Unlike many other studies, this work separated the yield contribution of the engineered gene from that of the many naturally occurring yield genes in crops, but it did not take into account the closer row-spacing that herbicide-resistant crops permit" from the article, with the comment that it is not true. I added that comment... can you please tell me where in the article you find that they do take row spacing into account?

They do not. Example - here is an article that they discuss as follows: "One study not included in the USDA report deserves special mention, however, because it controlled for variables other than the GT gene that could affect yield. This research shows that when comparing several sets of GT and non-GT NI varieties, those with GT yielded about 5 percent less than conventional NI varieties (Elmore et al. 2001). The study concluded that the presence of the glyphosate tolerance gene was responsible for the yield reduction—an effect called yield drag. This work, conducted over a two-year period at several sites using several NI varieties and their counterparts, is probably among the best available for determining the effect of the GT gene on yield. Because special efforts were made to keep fields weed-free (hand weeding in addition to herbicides), these experiments do not necessarily reveal how different varieties of soybeans would respond to typical herbicide treatments on commercial farms." (page 15)

I added the emphasis. If you look at the Elmore study, you will see that the investigators spaced all experimental versions evenly In other words, they exactly did not use these crops as they are actually employed by farmers. For farmers, the biggest benefit of RR crops is the closer row spacing it lets them use so this study doesn't really tell the story. but it is useful for UCS so of course they emphasize this study...

Which leads to my next topic. I debated whether to include this study at all in the article. The UCS is biased against GM - from their website ( "Genetic engineering in agriculture has failed to deliver on many of its promised benefits, and has produced some serious unintended consequences. Yet the USDA seems determined to regulate GMOs as little as possible." Their website reads like Greenpeace. so maybe we should just delete this whole paragraph.

So what do you think?Jytdog (talk) 23:12, 7 December 2012 (UTC)

Hi there! It is good to hear from you as I have been following your edits for some time. Looking at the article page I find that you have made over 300 edits in about 3 months while I have made only 17 in about 3 years. So clearly, you are much more familiar with the information and more up to date than I am. It has been my impression that we are on different sides of the opinion fence but that your edits are well sourced and fair. Please give me some time to respond. Gandydancer (talk) 00:06, 8 December 2012 (UTC)
OK, I've had a little time and yes, the UCS is anti nuke and anti GMO, but that does not necessarily mean that they are biased. I'm anti nuke and undecided about GMOs, but that does not necessarily mean that I an unable to be fair in my editing. They state , "the best data (which were not included in previous widely cited reviews on yield) show that transgenic herbicide-tolerant soybeans and corn have not increased operational yields, whether on a per-acre or national basis, compared to conventional methods that rely on other available herbicides." It really does not matter if the rows are close or far apart, it's the yield per acre that matters. Gandydancer (talk) 01:00, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

Cognitive dissonance[edit]

Thanks for the explanation on the talk page about the parameters regarding peer-reviewed journals. Yobi831 (talk) 16:27, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

Good to hear from you and I would enjoy sharing impressions of Wikipedia. Gandydancer (talk) 19:28, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

Heads up[edit]

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Help with references[edit]

For example, if I wanted to post somewhere a link to my talk page, I would type [[User talk:Fuhghettaboutit]], which would then appear when I saved as User talk:Fuhghettaboutit. I did look at your contributions a bit, and your talk page, but didn't see where this issue came up. Anyway, without that context, you might find some general help by looking at Wikipedia:Referencing for beginners. There are also other automated tools to be explored at Help:Citation tools. Best regards.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 01:20, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Could I use these?

  • DOI Wikipedia reference generator: Converts a digital object identifier (DOI) into {{cite journal}}.
  • New York Times Wikipedia reference generator: Converts a NYT URL into a {{cite news}}.
  • Wikipedia citation tool for Google Books: Converts a Google Books URL into {{cite book}}. Gandydancer (talk) 02:16, 11 December 2012 (UTC)
You might use all three, but the problem comes up when you are inserting something you don't really understand, so you don't tailor it and thus you get these artifacts like "auto generated title" and the like. These programs can be very useful and time savers, but their output almost always requires tweaking because they can't pass a Turing test. I think helping you understand citing and citation templates would help, and so I am going to try to simplify and break it down below in short bites. Feel free to ask as many follow-up questions as you'd like:
  • Many html tags work in this form: <some command> some text being formatted by that tag and then to end it, the same thing again but with a forward slash ("/") before it (</same command>)
  • Example: if you want to make something boldface in html, the command is simply a "b" and so you would type <b>text you want boldfaced</b>. Remember that format < > then </ > with the command in between the code.
  • For footnoted citations the command is "ref" and anything you want to appear in the References section at the bottom of a page is placed in the text between the ref tags, using the grammar <ref>text></ref>. So, if you wanted to say, cite to "Hamlet", Act 1, Scene 1, you would place in the text where you wanted to cite to it <ref>Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1</ref>
  • Example: if you typed "Horatio's ghost says "Stay! speak, speak! I charge thee, speak!"<ref>Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1</ref>", when you save it will appear like this:

    Horatio's ghost says "Stay! speak, speak! I charge thee, speak!"[1]


    1. ^ Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1.

  • Citation templates just supply code to place between the ref tags so that citations format consistently; they supply punctuation, formatting like italics and the ordering of the information automatically. Again, they go between the ref tags (<ref> here </ref>), just like something as simple as "Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1."
  • Templates are a piece of code that always start with {{ and end with }} The citation templates are just paint by numbers: go to the template page grab the text and fill in the parameters. Each part is separated by a pipe ("|") and is something to fill in after an equal sign. So, if you see for example the paramter |year=, you just need to supply the relevant year for your citation.
  • Example: {{cite book}} (click on that to copy and paste the code) has many parameters one can use but most you won't need; just use what you want and delete or leave parameters you don't use blank. Typical information to supply is title, author's first name and last name, page number, publisher, maybe location, and isbn if there is one. So for Hamlet, you might use {{cite book|title=Hamlet|first=William|last=Shakespeare|publisher=Avon Press|location=Stratford|year=1609}} <--That's what you would place between the ref tags. That would format like this:

                Shakespeare, William (1609). Hamlet. Stratford: Avon Press. 

    and if between ref tags, would appear in the references section.

  • Example: {{cite news}} is the same thing. Click on the template, copy and paste the code between the ref tags, fill in the parameters you wish to use, delete or leave blank others, e.g., {{cite news|newspaper=The New York Times|title=Hamlet is a Great Play|last=Friedman|first=Thomas|date=December 10, 2012}} which formats like this:

                Friedman, Thomas (December 10, 2012). "Hamlet is a Great Play". The New York Times. 

    and if placed between ref tags, would appear in the references section.

  • Okay, let's put it all together. You want to use the citation template cite book for Hamlet and make that a reference. Add where you want the footnote to appear in the text:

    <ref>{{cite book|title=Hamlet|first=William|last=Shakespeare|publisher=Avon Press|location=Stratford|year=1609}}</ref>

Does that help at all?--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 03:58, 11 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Gandydancer, you can use ProveIt which is easily enabled under Preferences ==> Gadgets (Editing section). I believe that should help you also and it is very easy to use.
     — Berean Hunter (talk) 03:04, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

The NYTimes helper looks like a good one for me and I'm going to try the Google books helper tool as well. I am trying this one:

 | url =
 | accessdate = 2012-12-12

Is this all I'd have to do? The best way for me to learn this is to try it a few times. I (mostly) wrote the Jay Cooke State Park article and tried to enter my MN geology book as a source but was unable to figure it out, so I'd like to try that. Would it be OK if I'd go to your talk page for help in the future?

Thanks for your patient help so far. Gandydancer (talk) 00:55, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Yes, anytime. I can't guarantee I will get to your question immediately of course--especially lately I have been somewhat inactive, but we can have a slow motion conversation. Did you read over my explanation at the Teahouse and could you make sense of it? It's fine if it was too much. The above reference format you ask about (which I've placed in a certain type of tag so it can be seen in saved mode) is not a good citation because it does not provide most of the basic identifying material one would expect, that leads to easy verification. A web citation should ideally provide the name of the publisher, the title of whatever it is, the author and the date of the source. Sometimes not all of these are available, but a naked link with an access date is not enough information; a person cannot look at that citation and immediately know what it is and, in fact, the citation template you used will break because the field for "title=" must be supplied, but is missing. You could use {{citation}} or {{cite web}} here. This would be the format I would use, which you can copy and paste:
<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=BP Exploration and Production Inc. Agrees to Plead Guilty to Felony Manslaughter, Environmental Crimes and Obstruction of Congress Surrounding Deepwater Horizon Incident|publisher=U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs|date=November 15, 2012|accessdate=December 12, 2012}}</ref>
The above is the compacted citation format (no spacing), but it is exactly the same as:
<ref>{{cite web
 |title=BP Exploration and Production Inc. Agrees to Plead Guilty to Felony Manslaughter, Environmental Crimes and Obstruction of Congress Surrounding Deepwater Horizon Incident
 |publisher=U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs
 |date=November 15, 2012
 |accessdate=December 12, 2012
<ref>{{cite web
 |title="Insecticide regulators ignoring risk to bees, say MPs"
 |publisher=''The Guardian''
 |city of publication=
 |byline=Damian Carrington
 |date=December 12, 2012
 |accessdate=December 15, 2012

I found this: Here is an easy way to cite newspaper sources. Simply copy and paste the following immediately after what you want to reference:[12]

The Google text book tool worked perfectly! [13]

I didn't even know that page existed (the citation template page for beginners). Neat. The above citation you added is close but there are a few issues. First, citation templates automatically supply formatting. They automatically places quotation marks around title, for example, so you need to remove them from what you added because now they will appear twice--the title will appear like this if you keep them in: ""Insecticide regulators ignoring risk to bees, say MPs"".

The second thing is that this is a newspaper citation, not a web only source, so it's better to use {{cite news}} since it supplies the formatting specific to newspapers (so the title of the newspaper, which would go next to "newspaper=" rather than "publisher=" will automatically take italics.)

The third is that you have used a field that does not exist. Neither cite news nor cite web has a field for "byline=" so the template will just ignore that and there will be no display of the author. To display the author you can use two different formats (choose one): "author=NAME", or split it into last name, first name, using: "last=LAST NAME" and "first=FIRST NAME". Also, though you kept it empty, so it would not affect the output, there is no field for "city of publication" (though there is one for "location=").

So, putting it all together:

<ref>{{cite news
 |title=Insecticide regulators ignoring risk to bees, say MPs
 |newspaper=The Guardian
 |date=December 12, 2012
 |accessdate=December 15, 2012

which will format in the reference section as

1. ^ Carrington, Damian (December 12, 2012). "Insecticide regulators ignoring risk to bees, say MPs". The Guardian. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 

Finally, I use the Google Books tool (actually the isbn field was fixed at my prompting) but it does have some problems you should be aware of. First, very minor but it automatically supplies an accessdate but you should not supply an accessdate for a paper source so remove that (accessdate is for things that might change; a specific publication run of a book never changes). Second, it often doesn't supply a page number or gets it wrong when it does, so you should supply the information for that field--a page number is crucial for verification, and there's some other issues with it I won't get into. Hope this helps.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 20:01, 15 December 2012 (UTC)
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BP Information[edit]

Hi Gandydancer, in case you do not have my Talk page on your watchlist, I wanted to let you know that I have replied to your request for information regarding the propane gas market manipulation cases. Thanks. Arturo at BP (talk) 13:26, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

I've left a short note in reply to your question last month about the motivations of paid editors, in this thread. No reply is necessary, I simply felt I could help answer your question, at least related to my own participation. Thanks, Arturo at BP (talk) 20:54, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

Happy holidays![edit]

Be well and be safe Gandy!--Amadscientist (talk) 00:19, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

Thanks MadSci. It will be our best year yet! Gandydancer (talk) 15:12, 6 January 2013 (UTC)


Thanks for proof reading the changes to cataract, be great if you could keep an eye on it (excuse the pun) as there's lots more to do. I'll try to finish causes over the next few weeks and then get started on treatments.Aspheric (talk) 21:31, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

You're welcome. And as yet no improvements to "your" article? Please see "mine", and I'm not at all ashamed to say that I think it is just marvelous! Gandydancer (talk) 15:08, 6 January 2013 (UTC)

Re Warren[edit]

I'm not catching your meaning when you say "Please take another look at my edit--this was used to compare articles. I was very much aware that this info was deleted from Brown's article during the Brown/Warren campaign and I did not make any edits to his page to restore this info.". Rather than clutter up the Warren talk page, I thought I would ask here. What edit do you mean?--SPhilbrick(Talk) 17:49, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

As an aside, I read you live in Maine. I lived there until college, in York County. Love the state.--SPhilbrick(Talk) 17:51, 8 January 2013 (UTC)
Hi there. I'm sorry--I was aware that I had made an edit that was poorly done on the talk page. I had meant to go there and try to fix it and then come back and make a note for you as well. As it turned out, I completely forgot. What I meant to explain is that I was aware that an editor had removed any trace of information re Brown's accidental use of Dole bio info (see here: [14]) from his article and I didn't argue to have it returned. That info and the "War Whoops" incident could have been placed in the Brown/Warren senate race article. Thanks for the note and let me know if I have answered your question. Best, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 03:50, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation, now I have a better understanding of your comment.--SPhilbrick(Talk) 13:55, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

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Chevron paid editor[edit]

Hi Gandydancer. I came across your comment on Lexein's Talk page and commented there. I frequently participate here in a PR capacity and my suggestion is that, when it comes to controversies, it's best that PR editors point out a problem, provide sources and information, and a first draft, but the article-space content should be written independently by an impartial editor. This would - I suspect - take less of your time than trying to drag the PR editor reluctantly over contentious materials. At a glance, it looks like a big WP:UNDUE and WP:CRITICISM problem and a 2-3 paragraph summary in the company's history would be adequate. In my role here in a PR capacity, this is how I would prefer editors collaborate with me, positioning PRs as a resource, not an editor replacement.

There are certain areas, such as operations or product summaries that are different, where a PR editor may be the best one to write the article-space copy. CorporateM (Talk) 14:35, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Deepwater Horizon oil spill[edit]

Hi, Gandydancer. I split off the volume and extent section into Volume and extent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Could you please take a look if it all necessary information is added? Thank you. Beagel (talk) 22:38, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

Please take a look at this article[edit]

I reviewed your vast experience and wanted to contact you about helping to resolve a dispute. I'm being teamed up against by a group of self-avowed libertarians. I don't care that they are libertarians (or if you are) except for the fact they are using their ideology to skew the Koch Industries article. When I post positive things about Koch, they don't blink an eye, but if I dare put up anything critical, it gets deleted and frowned upon without balance. I'm trying to round up some disinterested third party input so I'm not getting steamrolled by biased editors. My goal is to make the article more informative and encyclopedic and that's it. Here's the current critical part of the Talk Page. Thank you. Cowicide (talk) 21:03, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

Sorry, But I'd rather have all of my fingernails pulled out than to get involved with those editors. Especially Collect, perhaps the most dangerous and dirtiest Wikipedia editor I've come across--only my opinion of course, which I feel I am free to offer on my own talk page? It is true that there are plenty of articles here that are more about numbers than about the truth, IOW, who ever has the most editors on their side can write the article. Good luck, but you may have to walk away from that one. Gandydancer (talk) 21:50, 21 February 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for the warnings about Collect. Yeah, they are trying their best to get on my every last nerve (including stalking me, etc.) but since I have zero respect for the damage they do to Wikipedia, etc. it doesn’t really bother me. I don't concern myself with the opinions of people I don't respect. I've had people contact me through other channels that I'll continue to work with (you're not the only one who fears these corrupt editors). I'm just happy the page has growing eyes on it now, at least. If you do want to participate later, all I ask is that things are truthful and sourced properly for an overall NPOV that the article deserves. Thanks again! Cowicide (talk) 23:33, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

Barnstar for an IP#?[edit]

It would be easier to accept if you could put it on a deleted user page. (talk) 10:30, 22 February 2013 (UTC) I also did this. (talk) 12:11, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

February 2013[edit]

You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on 2012 Delhi gang rape case. 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, Wikipedia's policy on edit warring states:

  1. Edit warring is disruptive regardless of how many reverts you have made; that is to say, editors are not automatically "entitled" to three reverts.
  2. Do not edit war even if you believe you are right.

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. If you engage in an edit war, you may be blocked from editing.  Abhishek  Talk 13:19, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

And you are expected to know better than reject eight changes by multiple editors with one edit on your part and without comment. You need to use WP the same way the rest of us do rather than reject edits in such an unreasonable manner. Gandydancer (talk) 13:29, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

5 pillars >> MEDRS[edit]

To answer your question....

One of the 5 pillars is WP:NPOV. One of the "core content policies" within WP:NPOV, is WP:OR. One of the key elements of WP:OR and within it, is WP:PSTS. This policy says: "Wikipedia articles should be based on reliable, published secondary sources and, to a lesser extent, on tertiary sources. Secondary or tertiary sources are needed to establish the topic's notability and to avoid novel interpretations of primary sources, though primary sources are permitted if used carefully. Material based purely on primary sources should be avoided. All interpretive claims, analyses, or synthetic claims about primary sources must be referenced to a secondary source, rather than to the original analysis of the primary-source material by Wikipedia editors."

That is a paragraph that I wish people would read 100 times before they start editing - so much of the spirit of wikipedia is in there. Do you see how use of 2ndary and 3iary sources is the go-to option, and primary is to avoided, so as to avoid OR and WP:UNDUE? It is a great thing.

WP:PSTS goes on to say, with respect to primary sources (the bold is from the original - I did not add it): "Do not analyze, synthesize, interpret, or evaluate material found in a primary source yourself; instead, refer to reliable secondary sources that do so. Do not base an entire article on primary sources, and be cautious about basing large passages on them. Do not add unsourced material from your personal experience, because that would make Wikipedia a primary source of that material. Use extra caution when handling primary sources about living people; see WP:BLPPRIMARY, which is policy. "

Again - the policy could not be more clear about what it means when it says "should be avoided" and "use them carefully" - the limits are very strict.

Finally, we get to WP:MEDRS which falls 100% within everything said above -- and makes the sourcing policy even stricter when discussing health, which it defines broadly. (although I would be surprised if you argued that the sections I have been editing are not about health!) I have already written too much but WP:MEDRS makes it clear that the policy to base content on 2ndary and 3iary sources is even stronger, and the admonition that "Material based purely on primary sources should be avoided" is even stronger.

When I look at passages like those in bisphenol A article that I have been deleting, it kills me. They are a meaningless laundry list of one-off studies. And the list could go on and on and on. Why is one there, and not another? The selection of which ones is there, is OR in itself. But should they all be there? Absolutely not, that is crazy. This is why WP:PSTS emphasizes so strongly that you base articles on secondary sources. Some of the authors of WP:MEDRS take this so far as to say, if it is about health, and it is not discussed in a secondary source, it does not belong in Wikipedia That is a ~bit~ extreme but I totally get where they are coming from.

What is worse, in the Bisphenol A article, is that a bunch of the primary sources cited are older than the reviews cited. That is completely messed up with respect to WP:PSTS.

Hope that answers your question! Jytdog (talk) 01:54, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

The studies are primary and the peer-reviewed journals are secondary sources. I have been working on medical articles for years. Gandydancer (talk) 02:14, 5 March 2013 (UTC)
Also, I have been working on the pregnancy, breastfeeding, etc. articles lately as well so they come to mind. Please check the numerous similar studies at those articles. It can take many years for Cochrane, for instance, to do a review and some studies never do come up for a review. I also work on pesticide articles and most of those articles will just disappear if all the studies are to be removed. Letter of the law strict guidelines are appropriate when a controversial study is attempting to overturn an accepted body of thought, but that is not at all the came at the BPA article. Gandydancer (talk) 03:00, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

I am sorry but your interpretation of what a "primary source" is, contradicts policy - WP:OR says "a scientific paper documenting a new experiment conducted by the author is a primary source on the outcome of that experiment" and the MEDRS guideline confirms this (as it must) saying (I added the italicization):
"A primary source in medicine is one in which the authors directly participated in the research or documented their personal experiences. They examined the patients, injected the rats, filled the test tubes, or at least supervised those who did. Many, but not all, papers published in medical journals are primary sources for facts about the research and discoveries made.
A secondary source in medicine summarizes one or more primary or secondary sources, usually to provide an overview of the current understanding of a medical topic, to make recommendations, or to combine the results of several studies. Examples include literature reviews or systematic reviews found in medical journals, specialist academic or professional books, and medical guidelines or position statements published by major health organizations.
A tertiary source usually summarizes a range of secondary sources. Undergraduate textbooks, lay scientific books, and encyclopedias are examples of tertiary sources."

I am sorry you have been working with an incorrect definition... awkward. I have been holding back on continuing the work on the bisphenol A article until we resolve this. I do hope you reply soon so I can continue.

and i do not agree with your characterization that the pesticide article would disappear if we actually followed wikipedia policy -- there are plenty of 2ndary sources that describe toxicity of pesticides. The laundry lists of primary sources in those articles do not belong in Wikipedia -- it is actually those articles that I had in mind when I wrote, "When I look at passages like those in bisphenol A article that I have been deleting, it kills me." - that content violates WP:PSTS and WP:MEDRS.Jytdog (talk) 17:26, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

btw, I see you started a conversation on Talk at bisphenol A. We can continue this there, leaving this here. Jytdog (talk) 17:31, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

Please take a look at the Pregnancy article which has 384 watchers. Look at the toxins sections and note that it has 7 (at a quick glance) primary studies, not reviews. What do you make of that? Is everyone else asleep at the wheel? Also I note that you deleted sources "willy nilly"--some primary studies you kept and not others. If you had deleted all of them the article would have only government information (based on research done by chemical companies) and nothing done by private universities. My time is very limited right now... Gandydancer (talk) 20:23, 5 March 2013 (UTC)
I better make another quick note as I am aware that it sounds like I don't know what I'm talking about. I am hopeful that you will remember that these studies and similar ones on hundreds of other Wikipedia pages have have been here for years and the 'pedia won't come crashing down if you don't remove them immediately. Please understand that other editors may sometimes need a few days to get to issues even when they see them as quite important, as I do here. Gandydancer (talk) 20:37, 5 March 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. It is hard to move forward without agreeing on basic definitions. I agree that little in wikipedia is urgent and am willing to wait a reasonable amount of time for you to respond on the bisphenol A page. To answer your questions, there are indeed articles with serious flaws that lots of people have worked on. We both find them all the time. Thanks for mentioning the details on pregnancy article -- there is not way that the article on pregnancy (a super emotionally laden health topic) should have 7(!) primary sources cited! I am going to go delete them (which I expect you will revert). With respect to my editing on bisphenol A, there was a lot to do and I went after the worst - the content that was the most clearly health related that was improperly sourced. I have a lot more work I want to do on that article but paused when you objected. We should end this here and pick it up on the relevant pages. Thanks for talking.Jytdog (talk) 20:44, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

Mass deletion of research[edit]

Hi Gandydancer. I too share your frustration when there is a mass deletion of research that clearly meets WP:MEDRS standards. I've seen at Chiropractic, Spinal manipulation, Alternative medicine and others without any discussion of the material. Given this plight, I understand all too well what was happening at Bisphenol A. I restored the last stable version and hope you're able to talk it through. If not go through the required channels WP:DR/N (tedious but necessary, I suppose) you have a solid case, IMO. Regards, DVMt (talk) 04:03, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

Thank you so much! Yes, my entire editing time was spent working on this today. And the thing is, while I believe that the other editor truly believed that s/he was only editing properly, I do wonder how an editor could be so arrogant as to believe that all the other editors that watch that page for years and have worked on it and years could be so stupid. Plus, either s/he did not research who and when the article was being worked on first or if he did, he chose to ignore that I had just said that I was presently working on it. I'm certainly grateful that WAID came by and left some comments. Well, thanks so much for dropping by as I was feeling pretty depressed about the whole thing--partly because my personal life has been a little difficult of late and it seemed like one more thing... About chiropractic, I saw that for awhile they said that it was based on "supernatural powers"--something like that...haha. I've only seen one one time--when I was in med school my back went out and one of my instructors told me to see a chiropractor--I did and it worked. Gandydancer (talk) 04:28, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
No problem. I saw your plight at WAIDs user page and it was all too familiar! Regarding chiropractic care, the evidence for the most part, seems to suggest equal effectiveness for manual and manipulative therapy for common spinal complaints and extremity complaints. If you have time at some point, I'm proposing a revision at the chiropractic talk page to modernize the article. We're breaking it down section by section with sections for commentary. Most editors there currently make good suggestions, while there are some trolls who seem to prevent any "newer" material from being inserted (i.e. favour the supernatural description as opposed to the science out there describing biological mechanisms. Anyways, looks like alt-med might be staying alt-med unfortunately. With Fiachra editing there though I can expect the bias to drop severely as new and better sources are introduced. Anyways, I'm glad you appreciated my "work" and glad to see the other editor using the talk page prior to unilaterally deleting tons of material. DVMt (talk) 20:17, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

copy of note left on whatamidoing's page[edit]

I am a talk page stalker and saw your discussion with whatamidoing and added this there. adding it here... I think we are maybe all coming from the same place, and maybe just the way I did what I did, was offensive? Do we agree that the best sources would be reviews by toxicologists? I am happy to go find them. I just really want to kill the laundry list approach where the content is clearly driven by primary sources, and present real, consensus, health information. If you would be OK if I replace the current content, driven by primary sources, with content driven by tox reviews, we are all good. I will create it and propose it on the talk page!Jytdog (talk) 22:29, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

I think the article talk page is the best place to present this discussion, not my talk page. Gandydancer (talk) 22:32, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
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The moment you've been waiting for...[edit]

Research status of manual and manipulative therapy! Any comments, suggestions or language, grammatical or otherwise, I'd really appreciate if you could give a glance here [15]. Thank you! DVMt (talk) 03:54, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

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To thank you for your hard work in keeping Wikipedia on the straight and narrow. All the best, SlimVirgin (talk) 00:53, 17 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! Gandydancer (talk) 00:23, 18 March 2013 (UTC)

Well deserved! Sometimes one gets the feeling that there are too many holes in the dike, but it continues to be a noble pursuit to try and plug them. Binksternet (talk) 01:10, 18 March 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. BTW, I am so happy to see that you may soon be an admin! It was just shear luck that I was aware of it at all since I don't watch for those things--I had checked an editor's page that was new to me and he just happened to have a note to himself about your request. I've been meaning to leave a note on your talk page about how patient and nice you were to me when I first met you. The first time I as much as said "...and get the hell off my talk page too.."--I was licking my wounds after that effing suggestion by half of arbcom to kick me off of women's articles. I was so naive back then that I had no idea what an arbcom was and I didn't know that it was common for editors to add notes to other people's talk page. Anyway, then I forgot you and met you a second time when I helped with the Elizabeth Warren article and didn't understand exactly how to fix stuff and thought you were bossing me around. Haha, I did't take to that very well! But you were so nice and wrote an extremely long explanation. I wanted to put all of that on the voting page and add that what is so special about you is that you have a good healthy mature ego. That's something that a lot of editors here lack and I have wondered if the same thing that draws people here as anons also tends to draw people with weak ego strength. Then of course they need to strut around like roosters and such...hold a grudge and get even... BTW, have you heard from Petrarchan? I worry that he just seemed to disappear. Gandydancer (talk) 01:49, 18 March 2013 (UTC)

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Many thanks for this and other excellent edits. DancingPhilosopher (talk) 14:48, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Also, I'd like to ask you to read the article on this lady who became yesterday the first woman Prime minister in the history of Slovenia. Many thanks. DancingPhilosopher (talk) 14:48, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! Please see my talk page note as well. I read your user page and made a heart-felt connection. If you read my page you will see that my family heritage is very important to me as well. My grandmother and grandfather immigrated here from Slovenia and moved to northern Minnesota where grandpa worked in the iron mines and later opened a butcher shop. I will read the article you have suggested. Best, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 14:56, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
Dancing, please see the Elizabeth Warren article for help with setting up the new prime minister's article. I have helped review it and write it and it has a GA status and as such may prove to be a good example to follow. Gandydancer (talk) 16:10, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

A bowl of strawberries for you![edit]

Erdbeerteller01.jpg I hope you are not allergic to strawberries; if you are, please, choose something else instead. Or, on a second thought :-), you can offer it to our ancestors who seem to have had both worked in the mines, your grandpa and my great grandpa; you know, I sometimes wonder, if my great granddad had had not been killed in that mine, how different my life would be, if I'd be born at all :-) Anyway, I'm so glad to meet you here <3 DancingPhilosopher (talk) 15:04, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
Dancing, our problem here is that we had to give up our heritage to become "Americans" which mostly, back then (though it is still, unfortunately, true today), meant to become more like the English who, for the most part, I have very little good to say about! Look for instance at the name changes: My grandmother's beautiful, flowing Teh-rres-se-ah became Ter-ese (Therese), which is not nearly as pretty. I've looked at lists of Slovenian women's names and they almost all have at least three syllables compared to the usual two for English names. I've done some research into the old Easter traditions and several years ago at Easter I gathered "switches" to switch the elders with (a healthy psychological practice indeed!), made tiny yew wreaths, explained "watering" of the girls to my grandchildren, explained the May Pole...and I don't remember what else - of course time marches on and perhaps even you are not familiar with some of your own traditions? One tradition that has not been lost is the making of potica for Christmas and Easter. My daughters both make it and their dough is indeed paper thin, not think as in the photo at our article. Some years ago I did some work on the Slovenian foods articles but my knowledge is actually very limited. Perhaps I could get back to the Slovenian foods articles/traditions and you could help me? For now, Gandydancer (talk) 16:54, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Back to the trenches![edit]

Here we go again with another article to discuss COI editing. I hope you have a good helmet and some decent camouflage. It can be a tough call, but I think you have a good head on your shoulders. We don't always line up eye to eye, but I so respect you. This one is gonna be heck I think.--Amadscientist (talk) 13:16, 23 March 2013 (UTC)


An editor has brought you up, and quoted you for an argument against Arturo of BP at Jimbo Wales talk page here.--Amadscientist (talk) 01:53, 24 March 2013 (UTC)


I have gathered a number of sources about the Horzon Deepwater spill, and have only scratched the surface. I do however have one for the Transocean fine:

It is CBS news which is probably not a bad source for the headline information, a serious newspaper would be better.

Rich Farmbrough, 14:47, 25 March 2013 (UTC).

Thanks! Gandydancer (talk) 02:56, 26 March 2013 (UTC)


Rock petrarchan47tc 06:25, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Your note[edit]

Thanks very much for your suggestion on Arturo's talk page. Can you direct me to Wikipedia pages dealing with this issue? I've found a couple but they seem to be all over the lot, and I've noticed that a lot of the discussion seems to be on user talk pages. Coretheapple (talk) 16:48, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

P.S. What do you think of this? Coretheapple (talk) 20:00, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Hi there Coretheapple. I would not be the one to ask for info on paid editing. Since the big blowup on the BP page I've put a few sites on my watch list, but perhaps Slim Virgin would be a good one to ask about such things [16] As you know from reading the BP talk page, on March 17 Silverseven was apparently about to put Arturo's most recent draft into the article when Slim showed up on the page and asked him to please not do that. At that time I wrote a note on Slim's page because I was so relieved that finally someone had taken note of what had been going on at the BP article (and others). You might want to read the follow-up to my note because it gives the perspective of a person named Jake Ocaasi who apparently assists paid editors. Also, have you read the entire Prudhoe Bay episode on the talk page (both sections)? I can't think of a better example of how and why our present form of paid editing is not working. I note that editor Guy has named me (for one) as the problem on Jimbo's talk page: "The problem here is not that a BP employee openly proposed changes, it's that a Wikipedia editor did not apply sufficient critical judgment when responding to those suggestions". It doesn't surprise me but it does make me angry. Over the years I have complained numerous times but now with the big BP blowup, it's either the paid editor's fault who has actually followed all the rules, or an editor's fault, which in the case of Prudhoe Bay is me. This is similar to Risker's comment that my comments were just sour grapes since over a hundred editors watch the article (Risker is an ArbCom member - sorta the WP Supreme Court.) Too many people just lose touch with what it's like to edit a difficult article and too ready with criticism.
As to the tags that you suggest, I'm not really ready to take that route. Core, I have always hated those warnings. I sometimes see them at articles where some jerk just slaps a tag on with no explanation or talk page discussion opened. I believe that they are sometimes used to bias the readers to think that an article is not accurate. And it does work that way: A couple of times when reading a blog I noted that the author was speaking of a WP article and said that the information was probably not correct because "an administer had to step in and say the article...!" I was ever so happy when I came across a WP guideline that said that they can be removed if there has been no action in a reasonable amount of time. If I see no problems, now I just remove them.
My idea for articles such as BP is to have WP invite a rep from a green group such as The Sierra Club, etc., to make suggestions and to perhaps disagree, etc., with BP's suggestions. They would work like paid editors able to give suggestions, but not directly edit. That way the actual editors would see more than one way to look at the information presented in the article. Thus people like Rangoon, Beagle, Martin, and so on would not have the advantage of a paid expert writing up their version while editors like Bink, Ptrar and I are left without a resource person. Of course, no one would ever agree to that. Gandydancer (talk) 14:14, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
By the way, you might want to read the most recent talk page edits at the Chevron Corporation article where a paid editor attempted to (IMO) seriously bias an article while an environmental legal process is ongoing. I spent several hours researching and I actually felt quite angry over that one. That is a case where a green group would be really handy for a different point of view than that of the corporation. Gandydancer (talk) 14:29, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
Wow, quite a bit of history here. I will definitely take a look at the pages you mention. I can see how this invasion of paid corporate people can be overwhelming for those of us here as volunteers, unpaid, taking time off from the things that do earn us a living to deal with people who make their living by influencing Wikipedia. That is an uneven playing field that is just wrong, as far as I'm concerned. I'm aghast at the complacency and naivete of some editors on this subject. I guess the question is, if even the founder of Wikipedia doesn't give a hoot, why should anyone else care? Thanks again. Coretheapple (talk) 15:17, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
I actually like Jimbo and it's been my impression that he is very concerned about paid editors. I've read his comments and it's my best guess that he's actually corresponded (or maybe even met) Arturo, and really liked him. Arturo is likeable--you know the type. BP knew quite well that he'd be a good one--I'd bet that everybody at work likes good ol' Art. I do too--mostly because he has not been sickeningly nice. One time he said he was only interested in an accurate article and I asked him to just stop it, and he did--at least that's how I remember it.
I think that Arturo would be remiss, as a BP representative, not to meet and correspond with Jimbo and as many other Wikipedia people as he can. That is what he is paid to do. That's what I mean by the playing field not being level. Other editors, volunteers, are not in that same position to exert influence. They do not have the same clout. By identifying themselves and playing nice, corporate representatives actually enhance their ability to influence Wikipedia. It is much better for them to operate openly than to astroturf. The BP controversy is proving that. Coretheapple (talk) 16:10, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
Thank you both for your long-standing support of Wikipedia and its readers. I hope I can be a positive participant in future discussions. Please let me know about pertinent discussions since, it seems they happen in many locations. I have collected some pertinent "stuff" at Wikipedia:Paid operatives. ```Buster Seven Talk 16:35, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, I'll look at that. By the way, I am just here six months, so my support, such as it is, is not very longstanding. Coretheapple (talk) 17:56, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
Core, yes I agree with everything you said. Frankly, I may be way off here but at times I almost get the feeling that some editors like to associate themselves with Arturo rather than be associated with the lower level scum that does the actual editing at these articles. Ever get that feeling? Gandydancer (talk) 18:49, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
I wouldn't put it quite like that, but there is a definite "Bizarro world" aspect to Wikipedia on this and related subjects. Coretheapple (talk) 19:04, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
I'd say that every large corporation, religious inst., govt., well, everything that gets big turns into Bizarro world. I worked for ten years at a small Minnesota hospital that was not Bizarro world and work was such a joy that I sometimes went to work early just to be around the place. When my dad was dying I kept him at home and I gave him my work number to call whether I was at work or not because I knew that they'd take care of things. But then I also worked at Vet's Hospt. in Mpls and work was even more Bizarro world than you could ever imagine. The people that somehow climb to the top positions are not always the best people for the organization. Not saying that's true here--I really have no idea. Though it would not surprise me at all... Gandydancer (talk) 19:35, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
I just find that, on this issue, there is an enormous amount of naivete when it comes to how powerful corporations deploy their resources to shape public opinion. They seem to think that part-time, poorly motivated volunteers are a match for pros. They aren't. They need to put into place practices and procedures that can be invoked to prevent corporations and governments from taking over articles about themselves. I see also, from perusing various pages, that religious movements have similarly deployed personnel to Wikipedia, straining resources here and often receiving support from the clueless. It's an intimidating and discouraging picture overall. Coretheapple (talk) 19:53, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Yes, I agree. What is really problematic is that traveling bands of editors show up at liberal articles and vote down, or at least try to, anyhing but their slanted POV. That's why I freaked out when Silverseren showed up at BP.

My very first experience with paid editing involved an EPA rep that was editing exactly like Arturo but when no one would put his stuff in the article he just did it himself. The EPA rep came to the article because of an issue that had generated hundreds of blog entries because it was pretty apparent that the EPA was lying and such. The EPA was determined to remove any and every mention of the incident. He rewrote the whole article. People that trust the FDA, EPA, and such are just as dopey as people that believe that large corporations really care about the environment. It is well-known that they know very well that it is cheaper to get a fine slapped on them from time to time than put real safety measures in place...though I'd guess that the Gulf spill was a little more than they had expected...

According to the gov't summary after the spill it is a fact that it will take a miracle to avoid another similar spill in the future unless BP and the other oil corps clean up their act. But in the meantime no stricter laws have been put in place, in fact more than likely oil lobbyists have seen to it that rules are relaxed even more. And the cozyness between BP and the Gulf gov't overseers following the spill was so obvious that it was almost funny. (I worked on that article right from the start.)

But people just go on using the stored fuels that the sun made millions of years ago rather than invest in solar, wind, etc. as though there's no tomorrow. The whole world is Bizzaro world. OK, I've had my little rant. ;-) Gandydancer (talk) 20:39, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

I have had no experience with paid editors, so far as I know. I don't understand why Wikipedia allows such people, and why it embraces editors with a declared conflict of interest.
I was impressed by your December response to the Chevron editors requests, and I replicated your response on Jimbo's talk page. See also my note below. I'm struck by the small number of editors involved in such articles. Coretheapple (talk) 20:49, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
Good points, all and a joy to read. The editors that support paid-to-edit are a strong and cohesive group. My hackles go up when any one of them (some more than others) imply that the majority of editors support their view. They state it as fact, as a foregone conclusion. The opposite is more likely the Truth....but if they say it often enough, other just-observing editors will begin to believe their "spin". You are both aware ofCREWE I hope. 200 plus members in mid-2012.```Buster Seven Talk 21:33, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
I have no doubt that the premise of their project is correct. Wikipedia is rife with inaccuracies. But there is a right and a wrong way to tackle that problem. Is there no project aimed at serving as a check on corporate influence on Wikipedia? Coretheapple (talk) 23:10, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
By the way, I wanted to correct something I said earlier, I think it was to you. I said that I had never encountered a coporate official on a Wiki talk page. Not true. I had completely forgotten about Talk:Hydroxycut. An official user who using the very same tactics as at BP and Chevron pages, though was blocked because of his user name and, apparently, replaced by another user. Hydroxycut is a toxic nutritional supplement that has killed people, and thanks to his efforts the lead now makes it seem like a wonder drug. Given that similar tactics have been employed in several articles, involving talk page involvement and requests to add text, I wonder if there is some kind of rule book or central coordinating body that they are following.Coretheapple (talk) 15:34, 30 March 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. I took a quick look at the talk and saw that MastCell is involved--he is the best of the best. Also saw that Jytdog made an edit--he is very good at oversight and quick on the pickup. IMO. I only wish I had more time to actually study the talk since you say it is typical. Maybe some day... Gandydancer (talk) 20:43, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
I've also noticed the same tactics on several articles. I've started an essay at User:SlimVirgin/Ghostwriting. If you've noticed specific tactics we ought to highlight, I'd appreciate a note about them. SlimVirgin (talk) 23:31, 30 March 2013 (UTC)
I will definitely look at that essay and see if there's anything I can find that will add to it. I wonder if there's any way to quantify the scope of this problem. How many corporate editors are there openly proposing drafts to articles? They seem all to be following similar procedures, almost a script, except that at Chevron the editor actually edited the article. The Hydroxycut article is a good example of why corporate people need to stay off talk pages. They can propose all kinds of changes that appear to look fine at first blush, but it takes an expert, or an editor with special interest in the subject matter, to realize that there's a problem. For instance, the Hydroxycut corporate user succeeded in adding studies that were not published in a peer-reviewed journal, and therefore were not acceptable via Wikipedia standards. Also lost in the rush was the simple and horrifying fact that the FDA still admonishes customers not to buy the product. Obviously a corporate editor isn't going to point that out.
But I don't blame them for trying to skew Wikipedia content. They're paid to do that. It's their enablers that tee me off. I'm seeing people in authority, administrators, act like it's just perfectly fine that employees of companies come here to make articles about them "fair and balanced," and praising these people to the hilt. The degree of cluelessness and naivete involved is remarkable, and would annoy me if I hadn't come to the conclusion that improving Wikipedia is a hopeless enterprise. Coretheapple (talk) 21:33, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
Regarding your point about how it can require expertise to spot the skewing, there's a Forbes article here from 7 February 2012 that says: "BP has revealed that it intends to spend over $500 million to restore its brand image that took a huge beating because of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010. ... The marketing campaign will look to position BP as an efficient player in the oil and gas space and stay away from highlighting environmental initiatives."
And elsewhere: "In the new marketing push, BP will no longer be parlaying itself as environmentally conscious, but efficient and cost-effective for consumers of its retail locations."
If BP's drafts were to downplay the company's environmental initiatives, that might even look (to the casual observer) as though the rep was trying to be neutral. To spot the problem, you'd have to know that the new emphasis was part of BP's marketing strategy. SlimVirgin (talk) 21:56, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
One would have to either devote a lot of time to studying BP, or be an expert on BP, to be able to detect this kind of spin. User:DGG recently suggested on the Jimbo page discussion of this that he's not worried about the BP article because of the large number of new editors. I don't share that position. Most editors, myself included, are not experts on this company and are at a disadvantage on dealing with a corporate professional, courteous and rule-abiding as he may be. Coretheapple (talk) 22:06, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
The person that really was an expert was Petrar. You really should try to find the time to read the BP archives if you haven't already. She spent hundreds of hours doing research. But it was not Arturo that wore Petrar down, it was Beagel and Rangoon. We can't blame everything on Arturo, though it didn't help that they had him to write their copy. Even then, between the three of us, Bink, Petrar and I, we could have survived until outside editors arrived on the scene to put his drafts in place. But by then Petrar had thrown in the towel and Bink was (I guess) busy with other things. I was the only one left. It started when Arturo had put out a draft and no editor responded. I still don't understnd why Beagel ignored it. So Arturo went to WP:COIN to ask what to do, saying everybody seemed to be too busy (ignoring the possibility that we were ignoring it on purpose) and he was advised to send notes to the top editors of the article. So he sent notes to the people that he thought might put it in. Connolly, for one. In the end an unknown editor put it in. That's when things started to go bad. Petrar was gone, Bink hadn't been around and I was the only one left. Then the next thing I know I have an administrator saying that the article editors must have been asleep at the wheel. Did you see his note on Jimbo's page? He clearly had not even read the talk page and had no idea what he was talking about. This is what we have to deal with. No wonder some people just quit. Gandydancer (talk) 22:57, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
You must be terribly frustrated. Have you seen the ghostwriting essay? You may want to contribute to it. Coretheapple (talk) 23:07, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
Yes, I just read it a little while ago. It's good. WP is lucky to have an editor that's not afraid to rock the boat. I do have my EPA experience but most people do not want to believe that their own government is capable of engaging in the same tactics that any corporation is capable of. In fact, even worse. Gandydancer (talk) 23:14, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
On the contrary, I think that people are more willing to believe such things about the government than corporations. Coretheapple (talk) 02:19, 1 April 2013 (UTC)
Hmmm, may be. There is a huge amount of anger and mistrust at the gov't right now from both the right and left. BTW, have you seen this? [[17]]
Yes I did. I just haven't had a chance to read the full discussion. Coretheapple (talk) 22:15, 1 April 2013 (UTC)


Gandydancer, as suggested I've looked at the Chevron article and am deeply disturbed. Here we have, as at BP, an instance of a corporate editor abiding by the rules, while at the same time dominating the talk page with innumerable requests for major alterations and en masse textual changes to the article. If a corporation wishes to become so intimately involved in the Wikipedia editorial process, that needs to be disclosed to readers. Coretheapple (talk) 20:12, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

If you feel strongly, perhaps a Village Pump proposal should be made.--Amadscientist (talk) 23:14, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

BP -culture of editing[edit]

Hi Gandy

As I wrote on the Talk page, the culture of editing on the BP page is all messed up. I mentioned to Core on his/her page that it seems to me that a set of editors there has evolved a set of tactics, marginally within the bounds of wikipedia policy but sometimes out of it, to prevent the addition of negative information about BP. I am not saying it is intentional - many cultures just evolve unthinkingly -- but the patterns are there to see. The quick delete, the constant demands they make on people with ideas for content (especially demands that similar content be added to other articles - which is really crazy), the authoritative and sometimes condescending attitude, the endless "not good enough" to proposed content - all this keeps the page frozen and is very unwikipedia. And I have watched your interactions on Talk -- in good faith, you are trying to meet all these crazy demands and trying to please them. They are not playing by the same rules nor with the same goal of actually trying to create new content and improve the article; they are just interfering with your effort to do it. I don't think this is going to lead to the outcome you want, and I cannot imagine that it is any fun. Rather than revert content, we should edit it! Make it better. Let the article grow. I may not have picked the best 'test case' to start changing the culture but it is good enough. Your support of the quick delete piece of this seems to me, to be damaging to your own efforts to improve the article. Jytdog (talk) 18:35, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

I deleted the addition because I believed it to be little more than gossip--just as I stated when I did it. I undid my delete per talk page discussion because I believe that one must always remain aware that their own position may not be correct or that it may be biased.
As to your overview, I know because I lived through it. It is not news to me. I can't imagine what interaction you are speaking of, is it the Prudhoe Bay section? If so, note that I gained no support for my position and had no choice but to back off. In fact I still believe that the wording needs improvement, but I'd need support for that--support that did not present in the discussion. I can't imagine what else I could have done. Gandydancer (talk) 14:41, 3 April 2013 (UTC)
I am sorry you had to live through that. As I wrote on the Talk page, the mechanism that got set up was this quick delete thing, which meant one had to get consensus first on the Talk page for adding anything, and it is so easy to deny consensus, which left you in a terrible position. Content that doesn't clearly violate policy needs to stand and be edited, unless there is consensus to remove it... not the other way around. There was such a clear power dynamic going on and you were the powerless one... I am sorry. Really frustrating. I intend to work on this article for a while - there is a lot it needs. Just want to add, that I am mindful of the way the content is structured - BP is a huge company with a long history around the world, and several sub-articles have already been set up to deal with the massive amount of content about BP that editors have generated over the years. So there will always be judgement calls about whether content belongs in the main article or in a subarticle. One thing I really don't like in Wikipedia is the way long long sections on the same matter get generated in different articles; people edit one and not the other and vice versa, and pretty soon you have to read two or more long articles to get all the information Wikipedia has on the topic.. and sometimes the sets of content contradict one another, which to me is a really bad thing. Generally I favor having the section in the broader article literally be a copy/paste of the lede from the subarticle, with citations added. I know everybody doesn't think that way, but I do. I am just saying all this, to say that I cannot promise ahead of time to support whatever content you want to add in the main BP article - but I will do my best to see that everybody including you is happy enough... and to try to stop this quick delete thing most of all.Jytdog (talk) 15:04, 3 April 2013 (UTC)
I just want to emphasize that I really empathize with you... i got very frustrated just reading the Talk page and I cannot imagine how bad it was to be in the middle of it. I am sorry that nobody responded to your calls for help. Jytdog (talk) 15:13, 3 April 2013 (UTC)
Yeah, please don't get discouraged. I actually have to take a brief enforced leave of absence to take care of some neglected work as well as my taxes, and maybe you'd benefit from a brief break? Don't even look at Wikipedia. I'm not for another week. But I'm glad I checked in and found this. Coretheapple (talk) 15:43, 3 April 2013 (UTC)
Well, the winds have freshened or changed directions--at any rate the article seems to be moving out of the doldrums. I certainly do appreciate it. I welcome the new editors. The article has been ignored for a long time and to have many eyes watching it will certainly help to improve its integrity. Hopefully WP will move beyond placing blame on the paid editors and WP editors and admit that the blame is in the policies put in place by the "higher ups". Or of course, even better yet, that no blame need be placed at all. Gandydancer (talk) 00:18, 4 April 2013 (UTC)
(friendly stalker)Working contrary to the flow can be exhausting as well as frustrating. From what I read in the BP talk, I Wholeheartedly agree with Jdog that a power dynamic was spinning a web and some editors got stuck in it. Working together, as united as diverse editors can be, maybe we can change the direction of the article and provide Our Reader with something every editor that works on the article can be proud of. Quite a Challenge! ```Buster Seven Talk 12:31, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

Retaining a Quality Editor[edit]

I left you a message here. Thanks. ```Buster Seven Talk 20:25, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, GD. A profit-maximizing entity, including the top 5 oil/energy corporations, cannot afford not to patrol WP, esp. hot articles like the one we just commented on. Large payouts loom and public opinion can provide political pressure, for example, to reject a sweetheart settlement. Public relations (which of course used to be called "propaganda") is thus critical and, in fact, I have met pr firm professional whose main job focus is "social media" and on-line "branding" etc. Thus, we should expect that corporate pr flacks are here. The more reliable whitewashers, spinners and obfuscaters are the most likely suspects, although I cannot determine this for, let alone accuse, any individual editor. If I had the time, I would get software that can track the source of edits. In our corporate world, we need to accept that reality just as we have come to expect that the systems that support life on Earth are under major attack from several major industries. But the good news is that every good edit helps to inform people and is read by many people, even in instances in which it is ultimately run over by spinners and whitewashers. In the meantime, I see no alternative but to plug away and to keep improving WP articles by following the rules to keep adding content that the public deserves to know about regarding its collective situation. So we should focus our time on adding important info to articles that matter. Don't get mad or discouraged; get even by redoubling your efforts here.--NYCJosh (talk) 03:24, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks to both of you. Gandydancer (talk) 20:23, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Tireless Contributor Barnstar Hires.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
For a committed, compassionate, bright editor: take a break for a couple of days and keep up the good work, GD! NYCJosh (talk) 03:31, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks Josh! You should come over and visit at the BP article! Gandydancer (talk) 16:02, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

your comment at BP talk on 8 April 2013 (UTC)[edit]

on the above date you wrote: "It seems that you have taken my question as a soapbox opportunity, but never mind--let's just move forward." as i commented on the page, I was floored by this. you asked me a very open-ended question: "Ten years ago Atle Christer Christiansen asked the question, "Can BP deliver?" What do you think, did they deliver or not?" and you even t hrough several copyedits carefully set that off from the rest of what you wrote. As I wrote in my response there, i thought your question was strange in directly asking me for my opinion, but especially because of how framed it (setting it off, and the direct question) I answered it. at the end I even wrote, "Is that the sort of answer you were looking for?" because i was not sure. apparently it was not. but for you to characterize my attempt to be responsive to you as "a soapbox opportunity"... well I just feel like you set me up to knock me down. You haven't responded on the BP page so I am bringing it here. I feel you have treated me very unfairly. And the whole thread was started with my effort to reach out to you -- to ask you, as someone who is especially concerned with BP's broader safety/environmental/citizenship record, what you thought of a source I was thinking of basing content on. Jytdog (talk) 23:35, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

I am taking this effort because we seem to work on a lot of the same articles. If you don't want to discuss this, that is your call of course. You are free to just delete this. Jytdog (talk) 23:47, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

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Ha! I have to say you made me laugh out loud. Coretheapple (talk) 15:48, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

How did you chose your name? Gandydancer (talk) 16:03, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
Oh, pure randomness. I had just found an apple corer in the kitchen. Coretheapple (talk) 16:08, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Sorry - image moved[edit]

Gandy, I should have written an edit summary for the image move. It was to improve readability; on my screen the second spraying image and the oil worker image (that i moved to "use" section) end up across from each other, squeezing the text. No biggie, though. I think this only happens on wide screens and iPads. petrarchan47tc 21:34, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

I removed the second airplane spraying image, and this solved the squish problem. Thanks! petrarchan47tc 01:34, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
OK. I wanted it at that position because the article mentioned the need for protective gear in that place. I was not aware that some screens were showing it differently, though I do know that by changing the size of my screen (by pressing Ctrl and - or =/+) they can be misplaced--I don't know why. Gandydancer (talk) 12:44, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
That makes sense. It's very good though, as I otherwise wouldn't have noticed we had almost the same picture twice (plane spraying). On another note, I'm having an idea about paid editing and talk page dynamics - you can check my talk page if interested. I'd love to hear your thoughts. It's the second section from the bottom re Gulf of Mexico updates. petrarchan47tc 19:32, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
Actually, Gandy, I've left a slightly more polished version of my idea here. Feel free to comment :) petrarchan47tc 22:38, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Your story is requested[edit]


I just wrote this on Binksternet's talk page and thought I'd just copy it here. I wonder if you would be willing to add your viewpoint, since there are so few of us who have this particular insight? Obviously, no pressure either way :)

We are chipping away at beginning a conversation about policy change. I was thinking... only you, me and Gandydancer are able to offer an objective view of the BP talk page dynamics over a longer term. The recent brou - haha brought in a couple new editors who, being indies, can't be there everyday and being new, don't have the advantage of a bigger picture. That page is a fantastic case study for the problem we are attempting to address. It's one we three are quite familiar with, and i wondered if you might begin to think of summarizing your experience or take on things as a part of that case study? You can leave it anywhere that feels right - my talk page, here or here. The latter is probably best. I understand the vortex there and the desire to be doing almost anything else ;) so I thought a summary like this will take less time on your part but would really serve to advance the page itself, in the long run. petrarchan47tc 00:21, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

My garden in August

Petra, do you really think it would do any good? The article talk pages are all there for anyone to read. I don't really have anything to add. There just does not seem to be any interest. And even with all the uproar and complaints not one of them actually did the editing that was needed to correct the Prudhoe Bay section. I don't think they really cared--they only wanted to be sure that Arturo was held up as beyond criticism and that he would not be blamed for his input--just blame the editors for being asleep at the wheel.

And to have Delicious Carbuncle come to talk page and be so rude and call me a shill because I didn't agree with him was really insulting and pretty much made me reconsider whether or not I want to even try to keep that article and similar articles honest. If the posts that MastCell made on Jimbo's page are being ignored there certainly is nothing that I can say that is going to make any difference. It was always important for me to be proud of my work and have respect for my place of work--I've lost my respect for Jimbo. I'm very busy with my gardening right now and don't have much time for wikipedia anyway. Gandydancer (talk) 04:01, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

I totally understand your feelings, especially having seen your garden, which is a beaut, given the season. Anyone who can raise a garden in the rocky soil and short growing season of Maine certainly has my admiration. On BP, one thing that maybe would help the indie editors is to have a communal "to do" list, either on the BP talk page or preferably elsewhere, on what needs to be done in the various BP-related articles. That way people won't feel that the burden is all on them. I do hope that you find time to help out more, perhaps with the request P is making above when you have the time, and I'm flattered to see the quote from me at the top of your user page. Coretheapple (talk) 15:07, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
Delicious Carbuncle was talking about jtdog, not you. I understand your loss of respect for the high ups, and yes, you have indeed given more effort than anyone should be asked to give. Your beautiful garden, Binksternet's career, Buster's travels, Core's long weekends - these are all signs of independent editors, reasons why we can't be here everyday - and explains why Jimbo is dead wrong when he declares things are working just fine. petrarchan47tc 20:27, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
P.S., please tell your garden hi for me. I wish I could be there. petrarchan47tc 20:45, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
Yes, very well put. I hope that Gandy just doesn't throw up his hands. Believe me, walking away for a few days helped a lot. It is frustrating to do work and for some editor, who might be younger than shoes one has in the closet, pushing a button to revert. But such things can be countered and fought when they are improper. Coretheapple (talk) 22:20, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
With enough support, it can be done. petrarchan47tc 01:54, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Petra, you are not correct about Delicious Carbuncle. In the talk page exchange he either ignored me or refused to accept that I knew what I was talking about, preferring to take the word of a news report to mine. This entire incident reminds me of an experience I had years ago as a whistle blower. It was one of the worst times in my life and really does bring out the worst in people. As it did in Delicious Carbuncle. For him to appear at the article and as much as demand that I or someone else edit into the article what he believed to be correct was as bad as to have Arturo demand that we add his suggestions. And if we don't, to suggest that we must be environmental shills. I saw enough scapegoating of workers when it was management that was to blame in my years of paid work. I did not put up with it then, and I will speak out against it now. There was no excuse for him to demand anything as though he has special rank or status around here. That he just sulked away leaving a "shills" parting shot--not willing to roll up his sleeves and dig in--puts him at a very low rank indeed, in my book.

I notice that after a rush of edits on Jimbo's page everything has gone back to no further conversation--you'd think it had all been solved and sometime soon in the future there won't be another big media story. And once again I guess that there will be a rush of blaming the worker bees who actually work on these difficult articles by the boyz who hang out on Jimbo's talk page.

The big media story should be that Wikipedia is looking for environmental/watchdog groups to offer a diff POV for articles such as this. I doubt that if I email one of them I'd get a response, but if Jimbo did they sure would. The question is, does he want fair and balanced or not?

My exchange with DC is below:

DC has asked if the "specific deficiencies" brought out in the ZDNet article of March 27 have been addressed. He has specifically asked about the Lisburne Field spill of Nov 2009 that spilled 13,500 gallons that was mentioned in the Alaska news timeline published in Nov 2011 and used as a ref for the ZDNet article. What ZDNet does not seem to understand (and perhaps some editors here as well) is that this article is about BP, not every "little" oil spill that they are responsible for. This spill would have only been significant if they had lost their case, but they did not. For comparison, have a look at this chart that shows just one month of spills around the world. [4]. DC, does this address your question re the Lisburne field question? To move forward perhaps you can make a list of the other concerns that you believe need to be addressed. Thanks! Gandydancer (talk) 05:50, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

But instead he replied:

In any other article I would simply add a sentence about the Lisburne Field spill to the Prudhoe Bay section, but I think I know what the result here would be. I could point out that a much smaller methanol/oil/water spill was already included in that section written by Arturo, but I'm sure that someone would argue with that, at great and pointless length. Frankly, I don't have the time to deal with the obstacles that are being put up here, so I will leave you to yourselves. Delicious carbuncle (talk) 13:46, 14 April 2013 (UTC) Gandydancer (talk) 13:18, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

It's plain that DC was being lazy and inflammatory, and didn't do anything to investigate the situation or to distinguish between paid editors/BP shills and editors who had fought valiantly to make that article (and others) a representation of reality. Coretheapple (talk) 13:28, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks--that's what I thought. Smile.png Gandydancer (talk) 13:33, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Sure, that was obvious. If he was contributing in good faith he would still be there. Coretheapple (talk) 13:38, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Anyway, I've just significantly expanded the Deepwater Horizon section to make the article have some relationship to the actuality of that company, and any help you guys can provide in that realm, especially when it comes to keeping it from shriveling back up again, would be great. I totally understand what a slog it has been, and how the talk page has been used for obstruction, obfuscation and filibustering. Coretheapple (talk) 13:30, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Petra could possibly agree here, but it seems to me that you have been instrumental in introducing a whole new paradigm shift to that article. Back when Rangoon and Beagle with their assistants were in charge of the article there was not a lot that we could do and it was just natural to become adjusted to the fact that change would come only slowly and with great difficulty--if at all. But anyway, I need some adjustment time to think about your new additions. Planted 11 fruit trees yesterday! Now I'm out to the garden... Gandydancer (talk) 13:54, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Well thank you but... now you have me intrigued. On the gardening that is. Do you think it's too early to plant tomatoes? My brother has a house out on the Delaware Water Gap, and he was just starting a garden. Worried about early frosts and all that.
But yes, on the BP article, I think it's necessary to rethink that entire article. It is too short, it does not reflect reality. For instance, somehow federal charges of market manipulation, accompanied by guilty pleas, were trivialized in the header as mere "accusations." Coretheapple (talk) 14:12, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Regarding DC, my comment was that "shill" was not directed towards you, but rather jtdog. DC wrote me an email and copied an email he had sent to you explaining this. But I think your email still isn't working so you didn't get it. He said he wouldn't mind if the content of the email was public, but choose email because using the word "shill" is frowned upon here. I don't want one individual's comments to keep you from the page, or for a misinterpretation to leave you with bad feelings unnecessarily. As for Jimbo, you are right - if he supported NPOV as much as he supports BP, we'd be in good shape. Recently it was revealed that he still hasn't awarded prize money to recipients of Wiki's biggest prize. This was brought to his talk page, and again, like in the case of Violet Blue and the BP scandal, he badmouthed the author of the article and was done with it. Then he removed the whole thing from his talk page. In the BP case, he simply left his talk page until (the moment) the issue had gone into archives. Until he steps down or until someone with better principles becomes the new Voice of Wikipedia, we are swimming upstream. As for the BP analysis/follow-up, I think that's what we're chipping away at now. And BusterSeven is getting ready to bring it up again at Jimbo's talk. He might want to sweep it under the rug, but it isn't completely up to him. This is the last thing that should be swept under the rug. And his habit of not being fully transparent is going to be confronted. petrarchan47tc 19:47, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
I notice that Wales picks his battles carefully. When he's in the wrong he just stays away or shuts down the conversation. I hadn't heard about that award thing. He could be sued over that, you know. Coretheapple (talk) 19:54, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Short note. Thanks for the update P. It's hard to explain but I'm in a sort of weird grieving regarding my disappointment re JImbo. It started with your post about his hx with support for Ayn Rand. She just makes my blood run cold... {So does Jytdog.} Actually DC does too. You are right, my hotmail is not working. But DC made a public statement about me and he should have made a public statement to me as well. It was very creepy to have my "name" in Huff Post and elsewhere as the one that vetted Arturo's Prudhoe Bay's entry. As though I added it to the article. I felt abandoned--both you and Bink were not around. I still feel that way when I am reminded that DC has been here "forever" and I am in the wrong for making any complaints. Gandydancer (talk) 21:01, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Well, I hope you can resume contributing when you can. Your disappointment is understandable, so I can't exactly make an enthusiastic pitch for your involvement. Coretheapple (talk) 22:01, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
As for DC, it wasn't about you that the public statement was made, and he indicated to me that he has not comfortable addressing the "shill" comment in public, it's frowned upon, as he stated. I don't know CD's history, i just received one email in which he expressed that he was not up for engaging with the BP page, and I really don't blame him. If i could walk away, I would. (I've tried!) DC was concerned that your feelings were hurt, please know that he doesn't think you are a shill by any means. But, you have every reason to be upset after your year at the BP page.
Gandy, your work on Wikipedia is beyond stellar. No one has said otherwise that I know of. As for Jimbo, I knew nothing - nada - about him other than what his face looked like. I had assumed up until this point that Wikipedia did NOT have a King, and wouldn't tolerate it. But still, even though he had no pedestal to fall from in my case, I feel the same as you - extremely disheartened to discover these revelations. petrarchan47tc 22:12, 29 April 2013 (UTC)


...was so excited to interact with what i thought was a highly recommended admin. now i seem to remember you may have retracted that claim at some point, but unfortunately i remembered too late. after bringing what i thought would be very appreciated context for an article they've taken some ownership of, i instead feel as if i was kicked in the stomach, swiftly. petrarchan47tc 23:29, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

Yes, I do think very highly of NW. I don't understand why you are upset--it seems like information that someone that has an interest in the case could use. But I'd sure never be interested either. Gandydancer (talk) 00:26, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
Yes, I thought it was very good information for anyone working on that page as intimately as he has been, from what I understand. Shocking reception. No biggie, I guess. petrarchan47tc 03:59, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Special Barnstar Hires.png The Special Barnstar
Because sometimes, you just need a friend. Thank you for being that for me. petrarchan47tc 23:38, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

So true. xxxooo


Gandydancer, I've noticed that you and ChrisGualtieri have had a bit of disagreement about what, if anything, should be said in the introduction of Influenza A virus subtype H7N9 regarding elderly males stricken with H7N9. In the article discussion page I've proposed a compromise. I'd appreciate it if you'd take a look at it and maybe add your thoughts to the discussion. —RP88 (talk) 15:31, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

Hi there. Appreciate your note (which I missed till just now--I've been quite busy). I find that editor quite difficult. On the other hand, you seem very easy to get along with. Please feel free to copy edit or change anything that I add to the article as it is my impression that you are a good editor more interested in a good article than an inflated ego. Best, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 21:53, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

Some people are so predictable, aren't they?[edit]

In view of the fact that this editor is now calling us "anti-BP-POV-pushers" I thought I'd post this exchange with him from a little over a year ago. BTW, this quote was taken from the US Department of Justice report if I remember correctly:

I don't consider removing almost everything I wrote a compromise. I have no problem removing the copy about "approximately fifty different Cracker Barrel restaurants in seven states" as a compromise, but I believe that "Specifically, they found that Cracker Barrel had "allowed white servers to refuse to wait on African-American customers; segregated customer seating by race; seated white customers before African-American customers who arrived earlier; provided inferior service to African-American customers after they were seated; and treated African-Americans who complained about the quality of Cracker Barrel's food or service less favorably than white customers who lodged similar complaints" should be kept in the article. To suggest that it's important and appropriate to include, "Breakfast is served all day, and there are two separate menus: one for breakfast, the other for lunch and dinner. Since the first restaurant opened, the menu has featured Southern specialties, including biscuits, fried chicken and catfish;[6] seasonal and regional menu items were added during the 1980s and 1990s", while telling me that the inclusion of absolutely outrageous racial discrimination is so inappropriate that the article would need to be sent back for a second GAR very disturbing. Gandydancer (talk) 23:26, 5 February 2012 (UTC)

That comment rather implies that you have a personal, negative interest in Cracker Barrel. The point of this article isn't to cover "outrageous racial discrimination", but to serve as a well-written overview of everything about Cracker Barrel. That includes the controversies, yes, but also things like their menus and decor and other information like that. We shouldn't be trying to make an expansive section about the racial discrimination issue. That would violate due weight. SilverserenC 23:30, 5 February 2012 (UTC)


I love your edit summary "???". Mine was "it feels like the Twilight Zone in here". I just literally couldn't believe my fingers had to type "Yes". They wanted so badly to type "WT actual F are you even asking? Do you realize other people are reading this? Your reputation as an editor is being evaluated at all times, and you want to go on record saying the BP oil spill should not be mentioned on the BP Wikpedia page? I was laughing out loud as I responded with my "Support" and impressed I was able to leave it at that. petrarchan47tc 22:14, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

wheat escape[edit]

Version you reverted to says "volunteer wheat from a field two miles away owned by the same farmer and planted with the same seed was tested" and I had changed it to "volunteer wheat from a field two miles away owned by the same farmer and also used as a test field". If this is what you think I am misreading... I found "planted with the same seed" to be ambiguous ('same seed' - which seed?) and thought "used as a test field" was more clear. That's all. The ambiguity could be clarified by "volunteer wheat from a field two miles away owned by the same farmer and had been planted with the same GMO seed in field trials was tested" . Do you see what i was trying to do? As for the present tense/past tense thing... wikipedia is not a newspaper and in general I put things in the past tense whenever I can. The discovery threatened exports is true today. ... Jytdog (talk) 02:12, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Yes, you are right in that the article is not very clear about how the plants were discovered. But it does say that they tested the seed but does not say anything about a test field. A test field is when a seed company contracts with a grower to test seed for them. As for tense, I'd say that the seed is in the process of threatening export sales and will be for the next few months. After this all dies down it can be changed to past tense. At least from what I remember from the article--if we still don't agree I will read it all again... Gandydancer (talk) 10:52, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

March against Monsanto[edit]

[18] The content has all been added in the last couple of days. This is not enough time for a consensus to have been established, and I suggest you self-revert per WP:BRD. Arc de Ciel (talk) 00:21, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

You are suggesting that I should just ignore the fact that IRWolfie, using the summary, Recent changes violate neutrality and include many fringe new age claims, deleted more than half of the article including the entire "issues" section? It is not a matter of WP:BRD we are seeing here--I'd consider it to be vandalism. I don't care how certain one is that they are in the right, deleting half an article is never acceptable. Small wonder that editing certain articles is so frustrating. Gandydancer (talk) 12:35, 3 June 2013 (UTC)
There are worse articles. ;-) I assume that he restored an earlier version of the page that didn't have the issues, and was not necessarily rejecting everything. There are arguments to defend that practice, but I don't do it myself so if you object he would be the one to ask. That said, the issue is past now so I don't mind agreeing to disagree. Arc de Ciel (talk) 04:16, 4 June 2013 (UTC)


....for congratulating Editor Cerebellum. Let me take this moment to say that, in a collaborative way, you share Petrarchans recent Award. Thanks for all you do. ```Buster Seven Talk 22:40, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

Co-sign xxxooo petrarchan47tc 20:13, 15 June 2013 (UTC)


Hi, took me a while, but I finally got there. It's been a long time since I lived in that area and though the name is so familiar, I've just realized that I don't think I've ever been through Granite. Is it a ghost town? I've driven the route via Leadville to Independence Pass lots of times, but never south from Leadville. Anyway, yeah, that page needs some work and I'd be happy to clean it up a bit. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Victoria (talk) 20:23, 13 June 2013 (UTC)

Actually it's neither a town nor a ghost town. It didn't die out entirely because both a railroad and a main highway run through it. What do you think needs to be done to improve the article? Do you think I overdid it when I used it as a starting point to discuss the surrounding history? Gandydancer (talk) 12:00, 14 June 2013 (UTC)
BTW, I see what you did with the photos--great job and thanks so much! I have another photo sent to me by an old friend, the Buena Vista town historian, that shows the train wreck mentioned in the article. Here [19] She also sent the vintage photo that is in the article. I had the train one in as well and a Commons do-gooder removed it because I said it was my own work--I do that because it is the only way that it is simple enough for me to figure out how to upload photos. I asked him for help to upload it properly and he just ignored me. grrr. Would you know how to upload it to Commons? Gandydancer (talk) 12:32, 14 June 2013 (UTC)
I can help upload photos and sometimes it's just easier to do it here instead of Commons. I'll look at the one linked above and unless I have questions about it, I'll upload for you. I've only had a chance to glance at the article briefly and I like a lot what you've done with the background. I tend to avoid writing about towns because of all the demographics that need to be added and such. Let me read it and get back to you - but obviously the strategic location is important and maybe that can be expanded a bit. When I have time, soon, I'll give it a copyedit, read it carefully, and then I'll have a better sense. Give me a few days for the upload - real life is a little busy right now. Victoria (talk) 21:21, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

Re: March Against Monsanto[edit]

return statement which offers scientific position on GMOs

I don't understand where you got the idea that the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, a biotech lobbying group which exists to promote Monsanto products, "offers a scientific position on GMOs", but it doesn't. There actually isn't a scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs. Viriditas (talk) 22:51, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

You are confused--that's not what I said. Gandydancer (talk) 11:13, 15 June 2013 (UTC)
I am not confused about anything. You apparently believe that the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association represents the scientific position on GMOs. And yes, that's exactly what you said. Viriditas (talk) 05:06, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
photos not informative for this article--removed

Let's see, a photo of the CEO of Monsanto is not informative for an article called "March Against Monsanto" in a section where the CEO is quoted? Run that by me again? Viriditas (talk) 01:44, 20 June 2013 (UTC)

the article is about a protest movement not a debate about GM crops

Hector Valenzuela is part of the March Against Monsanto protest movement and his expert opinion is appropriate for this article. I will be returning the content. If you have any questions, you are free to use the talk page to voice your concerns. That you would remove an expert opinion and leave in the opinion of Monsanto's front group is quite troubling. Please stop editing unilaterally without really understanding the content that you are removing. Viriditas (talk) 02:12, 20 June 2013 (UTC)

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Hey Gandy, I have a lot of respect for you and I understand why you find the "scientific consensus" discussion at this page to be mad frustrating. I am going to consider what you said about limiting this discussion at the MAM talk page. I just hope you also understand how petrachan and i (and probably others) feel about this single "scientific consensus" statement being reproduced in a half dozen other articles—when, we feel, the available literature doesn't really support the claim.
Regardless of who might be propagating it on Wikipedia, the statement itself, with its difficult-to-verify conditional statements about "on the market" and "compared to conventional crops", is crafted very carefully by the industry because it's something they feel they can best defend. Raising the question of why we are including this precise statement at March Against Monsanto, when none of the sources for it even discuss March Against Monsanto. Note that I didn't enter this realm of articles because of a pre-existing concern about GMOs. I was drawn to them pretty much only because (about this time a year ago) I was disturbed by what seemed like a pattern of corporate manipulation at the Monsanto page.
I get that you see the 'scientific consensus on human health' claim as a lost cause, and maybe you're right. Certainly, there much worse harms caused by Monsanto's practices—such as the general promulgation of monoculture and (probably) Farmer suicides in India—and so maybe either way it would be better to go beyond this health claim. Again I just wanted to share with you how i'm feeling about it. peace groupuscule (talk) 15:50, 16 August 2013 (UTC)
My addition to the MAM talk page yesterday was simply to point out that it is very biased to include the list of 5 random links to GMO-is-safe science without any additional information, even if it was to say that one singular scientist somewhere had questioned these findings. It seems reasonable to add that this pro-GMO science comes from studies done by the industry and are no longer than 90 days. As a reader, I would expect these little tidbits to be included in an encyclopedia. This information regarding questioning GMO safety was included in much, if not all, of the coverage of the March and protesters. It is not normal at wikipedia to include only side of the story. There is much at MAM that is not normal for any other wiki article, in my experience. I haven't any trouble (not including the BP page here) editing, adding content, and having decent, adult talk page conversations about content anywhere else on wiki. If one were to check out the articles I most work on, they would see I do not edit any differently across articles regarding what types of sourcing I use, how I quote them, and how I present information in an informative, neutral way (allowing of course, for the inevitable blind spot we all have concerning our own actions and motivations). The thing is, I get in big trouble when I venture near GMO articles. I get taken to noticeboards and now, it appears, I am being labelled part of an anti-BP cult, and part of some anti-corporate team. At MAM I am treated like Wikipedia's worst menace. At MAM, the edits are arguments that win the day, that control content, are arguments and edits that would be laughed out of town on a normal wiki page. I don't understand why so few speak out against this, except that maybe they don't want to be blacklisted like what is happening to me. What is happening at MAM simply is not normal. Yet is is happening in broad daylight. In a similar vein, an oppose to Buster's recent admin try was based solely on his support of me, because I have spoken out against corporate bias. Again, to my mind, this behaviour should not be allowed and this editor should have been laughed off wikipedia altogether for revenge iVoting, and making a mockery of noticeboards. But it is me who is the outcast and in the minority. This seems further evidence that the editors who, for whatever reason, seem to want to make sure large companies look as good as possible, vastly outnumber the indies left on wiki. (Next time I leave a note here, I promise to bring a nice visual too.) petrarchan47tc 19:32, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

The Mind the Gap Barnstar[edit] awarded to User:Gandydancer who has dilegently worked to close the gender gap on Wikipedia and related projects through content contributions, outreach, community changes and related actions.

Mind the gap1.png Mind the Gap Award
For saying the right thing, at the right time, in the right place, to the right people. ```Buster Seven Talk 18:39, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

How sweet of you Buster! Thanks! Gandydancer (talk) 19:37, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

Comment on my user page[edit]

Hi Gandydancer, I just saw your comment on my user page. My intention on mentioning that you were "unhappy" in the user page explanation was to make clear that although you had initially been positive about the rewrite, you later had very strong concerns, including about my explanation of not having known about the consent order. It was not meant to single you out, but to flag that later the information you noticed was not included was the cause of some concern. I will change the wording, since it seems that you do not feel that this is the best way to explain the situation. Also, although I had included the link to the discussion in the bullets above the explanation, I can also include this in the explanatory prose and once I've made these changes, I would like to remove the comment. It is my goal for this page to stand as my explanation. Further discussion on my talk page is always welcome, though. Thanks. Arturo at BP (talk) 20:08, 26 June 2013 (UTC)

Hi Arturo, Thanks for the note but it is not considered acceptable to delete other editor's edits. If an editor has replied we are pretty much stuck with what we said. My personal life has been very busy but I hope to find time soon to continue this conversation. Gandydancer (talk) 13:32, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
Gandydancer, thank you, I am open to continuing our conversation about this if it would be helpful and clear anything up. Regarding the comment on my user page, I am afraid that as I updated the page I did remove it. I did check the guidelines about this, which say that it is ok to remove comments if I have read them. As the guideline says, your comment will be visible in the page's history should anyone need to refer back to it. Arturo at BP (talk) 23:33, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
As you will, however most people apparently prefer to go by the Wikipedia talk page guidelines which I, and apparently others, believe to be much better, even though it may leave us regretting our words from time to time. Since you continue to refer to the section on your talk page in which you suggest that I have wrongly characterized you at the BP article, I hope to answer that post when I have time. As you can see by the above post from Viriditas, when I am in total disagreement with another editor I sometimes just ignore the post - drama is very disagreeable to me. But you keep going back to it, so I will review it and give it a reply when I have time. Gandydancer (talk) 15:27, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Information for Prudhoe Bay oil spill article[edit]

Hi Gandydancer, as you have done a lot of work on expanding the Prudhoe Bay oil spill article, I wanted to come and ask you if you would like to look at some information I have provided on the Talk page there. The damages suit brought by the State of Alaska is not yet included, so I have provided some details and sources for that. I have provided some sources for a few other details that are not yet given such as the length of pipeline that was replaced and details of the smaller spill in August 2006 (this is mentioned briefly but there's no detail on how much was spilled). Additionally, you may remember that Jytdog had asked if I would be able to provide a map of BP's Prudhoe Bay operations. I have now uploaded this and provided a link to the image on the article's Talk. Thanks. Arturo at BP (talk) 22:48, 26 June 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. I did look at the info. I remember that I had decided to skip the small spill info and was aware that the state was expecting to be compensated but forgot to follow through. I'll put that info in when I have time unless someone beats me to it. :D Gandydancer (talk) 13:37, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
Ok, thanks Gandydancer. Regarding the smaller spill, I had thought it might be helpful to have a bit more detail on this but I understand if you think that more information is not needed here. Thanks. Arturo at BP (talk) 23:34, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

Health consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill[edit]

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Please fix the errors. Thanks. --Frze (talk) 09:44, 15 July 2013 (UTC)

I will continue to work on that article for a few days. Do you know how to fix them? Gandydancer (talk) 20:31, 15 July 2013 (UTC)
Hey Gandy, I'd like to help with that article if I can. Newbie question: what is an MEDRS-certified source? Coretheapple (talk) 21:31, 15 July 2013 (UTC)

Wow! I'd be just thrilled if you'd help! The best way to discuss MEDRS would be to pull up the one Slim used and discuss it. This one sounds good [20] and I plan to read it. Do you have {for instance} university access? If not we can find someone to get it for us. Also, here is some reading material:

  • This one is from the June workshop discussed in the article. I've read it once and am going through it again. I don't know how helpful it will be for the article but it has helped me a lot because it was written by experts in the field and they provide a good deal of background information, which frankly right now is about all we've got. I had a lot of doubts re the reported health effects since it only figures that people want to stick it to BP, but the summary has helped me to realize that lasting health effects can be expected. And when you add the amount and length of the spill to the massive use of Corexit used which undoubtedly potentiates the already harmful chemicals in the oil, it really becomes even more of an unknown.[21]
  • Also, be sure to read this: [22] I was almost ready to delete that information because I remember when it happened I was not sure it should be in the article. However, wondering how much media it rec'd I googled it and found a lot, plus I found this source that made me strongly believe that it does belong in the article. But that's the sort of thing where it helps to have two opinions rather than only my own.
  • A gov't site: [23]--
  • A book: [24] Quote: Direct chemical exposures can occur to a fetus or a child across the placenta or by ingestion, ... A number of studies have also documented a broad range of potential effects on ... In terms of exposure to benzene itself, some studies have shown associations with spontaneous abortion (Xu, 1998), neural-crest birth defects ... I really noted that because Slim expressed doubts about miscarriages...which is understandable--I did as well.

I believe that it is only human nature to want to wrap things up and move on. To those of us that were not affected, certainly it now seems ancient history. Well anyway..., so good to talk to a man with true grit! Later, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 01:48, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

I list a book above but I see that it actually is the report from the 2010 study group. I looked for other books but did not see anything--perhaps you will have better luck. Here are the local news reports [25] from Louisianna.

As you can see, I wrote the lead first as that seemed a good way to organize my thoughts. I'd appreciate any feedback. Looking forward to discussion. Please be blunt--there is no reason to worry about sugar-coating opinions. Gandydancer (talk) 12:19, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Thanks Gandy. Those are helpful examples. I'll see what I can find. Coretheapple (talk) 12:41, 16 July 2013 (UTC)
This study [26] will help to pull the 2010 NAIM groups report together with the DWH info and make their information from past spills applicable to this one. Gandydancer (talk) 17:07, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

  • [27] article
  • [28] no copy On 28 February, after 10 months of hearing anecdotal stories of flulike symptoms, rashes, heat stroke, and stress from cleanup workers in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the long-awaited Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The largest, most comprehensive study of long-term health effects from an oil spill, it will attempt to collect health data on cleanup workers by contacting 100,000 of them directly and tracking 55,000 for at least 5 years, looking at long-term problems such as cancer, birth defects, and psychosocial issues. But at this juncture, experts worry that they won't know what to look for. Any short-term physiological effects such as elevated levels of biomarkers or telltale rashes that could be definitively linked to the spill are long gone, as are toxicants in workers' blood that could have provided information on exposure levels. What remains is an economically depressed community in which many suffer from stress-related illnesses that will be difficult to pin on any particular cause.[29]
  • [30] nursing considerations
  • [31] Neurotoxicity following acute inhalation exposure to the oil dispersant COREXIT EC9500A.

Sriram K, Lin GX, Jefferson AM, Goldsmith WT, Jackson M, McKinney W, Frazer DG, Robinson VA, Castranova V. Source

Health Effects Laboratory Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Toxicology and Molecular Biology Branch, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505, USA. Abstract

Consequent to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there is an emergent concern about the short- and long-term adverse health effects of exposure to crude oil, weathered-oil products, and oil dispersants among the workforce employed to contain and clean up the spill. Oil dispersants typically comprise of a mixture of solvents and surfactants that break down floating oil to micrometer-sized droplets within the water column, thus preventing it from reaching the shorelines. As dispersants are generally sprayed from the air, workers are at risk for exposure primarily via inhalation. Such inhaled fractions might potentially permeate or translocate to the brain via olfactory or systemic circulation, producing central nervous system (CNS) abnormalities. To determine whether oil dispersants pose a neurological risk, male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed by whole-body inhalation exposure to a model oil dispersant, COREXIT EC9500A (CE; approximately 27 mg/m(3) × 5 h/d × 1 d), and various molecular indices of neural dysfunction were evaluated in discrete brain areas, at 1 or 7 d postexposure. Exposure to CE produced partial loss of olfactory marker protein in the olfactory bulb. CE also reduced tyrosine hydroxylase protein content in the striatum. Further, CE altered the levels of various synaptic and neuronal intermediate filament proteins in specific brain areas. Reactive astrogliosis, as evidenced by increased expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein, was observed in the hippocampus and frontal cortex following exposure to CE. Collectively, these findings are suggestive of disruptions in olfactory signal transduction, axonal function, and synaptic vesicle fusion, events that potentially result in an imbalance in neurotransmitter signaling. Whether such acute molecular aberrations might persist and produce chronic neurological deficits remains to be ascertained.

  • This news article has a lot of good up to date information: [32] Gandydancer (talk) 03:28, 17 July 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. Buried in work, but hope to take this up next week. I may be able to get access to peer reviewed studies. Coretheapple (talk) 18:35, 17 July 2013 (UTC)
Core, I'd sure like some help with the health claims settlement section. I am learning about it from here and there and still do not have a good grasp on the whole picture. News report from Jan 2011: Kenneth Feinberg using a $20 billion fund set aside by BP. So far, Feinberg's organization has paid 59 people about $1,800 per claim for personal injury or death due to the rig explosion or spill.[33] I think that almost all of that went to the men and their families in the explosion. Then I think a class action suit was filed and next in Jan 2013 it was settled (as I have posted in the article). It seems that everybody was happy till they found out that it would be next to impossible to prove that their illnesses were spill related. Plus, I read that physicians were generally not willing to say much of anything for fear of a lawsuit or being called into court, which would of course be a nightmare, something which docs are well-familiar with. Add to that, most of the clean-up workers, the ones who most likely will have long-lasting effects, are people without health insurance who can not afford expensive health workups, etc. Though that is not to say that the children who were affected may not have lasting effects as well because their bodies are less able to rid their systems of toxins. In one place (it was the early study group of international experts that met before the well was capped), the spill was called not only the worst disaster, but the worst health disaster in the US. I have been reading through the local news reports but they need to be organized into useful information. For now, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 13:38, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

I personally have access to almost any database out there, and if anyone ever needs access to an article for something I can provide it privately. Just shoot me an email through Wikipedia and I'll take a look. ~Charmlet -talk- 14:21, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

Just wanted to shoot you a note to say that I haven't forgotten you, but July has been hellish! Coretheapple (talk) 17:57, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

Hello! There is a DR/N request you may have interest in.[edit]


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I've misunderstood the same comment of yours multiple times which was your last comment in the 2012 Delhi rape case. I request you to please clearly explain your comment in such a way that it will be easy to comprehend for anyone. I'm sonwhat bad at English and probably that's the reason I couldn't understand whether you were in favor or against including the victim's name in the article. Thank you very much. TransVannian (talk) 04:17, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the note. Rereading my comments in the previous discussion re the use of her name I can see where you would be confused about my position. I have added a note to the previous discussion that hopefully makes my position clear. Regarding your belief that her name should be published, it is a strange situation, isn't it. If we had similar laws in the US it certainly would not be acceptable to treat the victim as though she were nameless. On the other hand, considering that in India conviction of the rapist has been rare and condemnation of the woman that was raped common, it can be seen as a way to protect the woman. Gandydancer (talk) 11:05, 17 July 2013 (UTC)
At DRN I have proved that the consensus of users has been on wrong basis. Lukeno94 said at DRN that the family has not given permission however I proved it exactly opposite. Now he's trying to prove the source I used is unreliable however no matter how many times I prove him wrong he keeps making the same argument. The source is a news website. I request you to please check that source. I know it is reliable and well reputed news websites can be used as a reliable source and reference according to Wiki policies. But confirmation by other editors will further prove he is incorrect. Thank you very much in advance. TransVannian (talk) 12:01, 17 July 2013 (UTC)
Adfitionaly you are somewhat right. Rapists rarely get any strict punishment in my country. In some villages in this country instead of punishing the rapist the leaders or panchayat of that village force the girl to marry the rapist on the totally pathetic excuse it will preserve her dignity. TransVannian (talk) 12:08, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

Dan Wolf[edit]

Hi, could you please take a look at my peer review? I'm trying to get it to GA status and I would like some other opinions. Thanks, and I'm sorry for the scary notification alert! Grammarxxx (What'd I do this time?) 05:14, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

Sure! I'll look at it. Gandydancer (talk) 11:07, 17 July 2013 (UTC)
I only see a few little things--to much use of "Wolf" as I mentioned. There are a few other sm changes and I made a few to the Education section--please feel free to revert. Would you like me to go ahead and make similar sm changes? For instance this sentence:
From flying one route with eight employees and one plane, Cape Air has expanded to become the largest independent regional airline,[5] serving parts of the East Coast and Midwestern United States, and the Carribean and Micronesia with around 1,000 employees.[2
would read better as:
From flying one route with eight employees and one plane, Cape Air has expanded to become the largest independent regional airline,[5] with around 1,000 employees and serving parts of the East Coast and Midwestern United States, and the Carribean and Micronesia.[2
...I think. :=) Let me know. Gandydancer (talk) 12:05, 17 July 2013 (UTC)
I see that you are now getting some excellent feedback from editors much more capable than I. I will just keep my paws off it for now but let me know if there is anything else I can do to help. Gandydancer (talk) 14:11, 17 July 2013 (UTC)


Hi! Just a friendly note with regard to these: [34][35]. They're MEDRS-acceptable sources, but are still primary, so all the caveats of using primary sources still apply. In fact, they apply more strongly under MEDRS than they usually do otherwise. :-) Arc de Ciel (talk) 02:21, 18 July 2013 (UTC)


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WikiThanks.png For your work on breastfeeding! Mikael Häggström (talk) 14:06, 18 July 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! Would you be interested in splitting off the HIV section? The article is too long and I doubt that HIV considerations concern most readers. You can see on the talk page where I brought it up and WAID said she'd do it. I forgot about it and never got around to writing a short summary to keep in the article. If I remember correctly, the information may need to be clarified/updated as well. Gandydancer (talk) 14:46, 18 July 2013 (UTC)


Hi Gandy,

Sending you a hug, and letting you know i've left the Corexit rough draft at my talk page here, to make it easier to reference. Thank you for all your hard work ~ i trust you won't do anything that isn't fun for you. Blessings, petrarchan47tc 06:30, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

Well, certainly it was not something that I wanted to do but I have a health background and occasionally work on health-related articles to feel I am fulfilling my WP responsibility to society. ;-P So I took this on. And as usual, once I get into an article it does become enjoyable. I see Jimbo's back and said he misses the good ol' days when it was more fun around here. Now retired, I miss my good ol' days when I used to get to sit around with staff and say vulgar and disgusting things and we'd all laugh (most people would be surprised to hear how medical professionals talk to each other in private). Thanks for your kind words and I wish you the same. Gandydancer (talk) 15:12, 22 July 2013 (UTC)
Cussing is good fun. Fuck Fuck Fuckity Fuck! Xxxxoooo petrarchan47tc 19:45, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

No Petrar, you do it like this:

Some negative feedback[edit]

This beta editor FUCKING SUCKS.

How the fucking fuck do I add an image?

You people are cunts. No wonder wikipedia is losing editors. (talk) 18:46, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

(This is from the VE feedback page) :-) Gandydancer (talk) 19:34, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

That is professionally done. Love that C word. petrarchan47tc 18:46, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Baseball Bugs[edit]

Information icon Hello. There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you.

Here's a direct link for your convenience. --Dr. Fleischman (talk) 07:44, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

Seems so. The thing is, if the preponderance of world opinion backed by reliable sources portrays Snowden-as-hero, then that is what WP:NPOV dictates our encyclopedic coverage should be. If Snowden-as-criminal is the minority point-of-view, it actually does a disservice to NPOV to treat it as an opinion with equal weight. This is no different from tamping down the birthers who feel their particular conspiracy theories should be given prominence in the Obama article. Doesn't work that way, however. Tarc (talk) 17:26, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

What Tarc said. petrarchan47tc 19:29, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
I saved it because I think it applies to the BP article as well. What with the BP oil spill (as it is called worldwide, not DWH oil spill) being recognized worldwide as an unprecedented disaster how can anyone even consider that the article contain less coverage than either the Prudhoe Bay or the Texas fire sections? And to have the come-back argument be that well that means they they need to be cut back is very disturbing. I'm waiting to see if Core returns, if not I will do more work on the health section. Gandydancer (talk) 20:03, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
It also applies to the current situation at March Against Monsanto talk... I really don't know how people can sleep at night after spending time on wikipedia protecting the reputations of giant corporations, making inane arguments and working in teams. Of course the 2 paragraph limit in BP oil spill is inane, and of course to argue that other similar sections be trimmed to justify is equally so. Whether the articles in question ever reflect what sources say rather than what PR teams want said is one question, but the editors who support this activity have ruined their reputation as honest brokers forever. And you can easily see the same activity with the same POV at other articles, for instance see the crossover between BP commenters and March Against Monsanto. Same inane arguments, same lack of interest in building the article, in referring to RS, and same bullshit RfCs by the same exact people! petrarchan47tc 20:20, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

The thing that surprised me the most at the BP article was Slim's position. I was ready to accept the RfC outcome even though I strongly disagreed with it, and I thought that Slim's suggested spill section would next have a healthy discussion. BTW, I really did have a good chuckle at the suggestion by one editor, an editor that I usually have little in common with by the way, that the next heated discussion would be about how long the two paragraphs would be because he should have been right!. But rather than discuss my suggestions she just brushed them off and later called similar comments "bitching". But I do believe that even confined to two paras the info could have been squished in. Not that it would be using anything even close to good writing practices, but at least there. The paras could be fixed at a later date.

My fears for a corporate ALEC-like takeover of WP remain strong. Hell, as low level as I am here, I could tell them how to do it: Study a bunch of editors that have posted on corporate article noting their connections to "Christian beliefs", patriotism, Libertarianism, etc., and send them emails using their special leanings. Make them feel that they are part of a select group that will save Wikipedia from blah, blah, blah. In an ALEC-like way offer talking points and suggest articles that need their attention. Or if that idea is not workable, just fucking train a bunch of editors to edit ALEC's goals into Wikipedia. Just one, two, or three editors can often write the article. With more than than that, it is almost certain that heavy bias is possible or even certain. Gandydancer (talk) 21:55, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

You're the second person in two days to mention an ALEC-like takeover. Hmmmm. You, by the way, should not be low level here. It would be a much better place were you not. petrarchan47tc 00:54, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom[edit]

The article looks so much better with your input. Good luck with the gallery. ```Buster Seven Talk 13:07, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

A belated thanks. I was waiting on a return note till when I was done, but ran into a little problem that I hope to work on. The major source that the article is using is a union site and of course Randolf is a huge union hero. In my research I came to suspect that MLK actually was the one who first planned the march and not Randolf. So I need to do a little further reading. It's always good to hear from you Buster. Gandydancer (talk) 04:25, 2 August 2013 (UTC)

Information for Prudhoe Bay oil spill article[edit]

Gandydancer, as it looks like you are busy at the moment, I wanted to let you know that I will look elsewhere for someone to review my request on the Prudhoe Bay oil spill article. Thanks. Arturo at BP (talk) 14:19, 1 August 2013 (UTC)


Gandy, as suggested I looked at Chevron. There doesn't appear to be any existing controversy on the talk page that I can detect. Have I missed anything? Coretheapple (talk) 19:59, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

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I wanted to mention that I am sorry to trouble you with this -- I am unhappy that it came to this. Jytdog (talk) 23:04, 18 August 2013 (UTC)

what i was talking about[edit]

Hi Gandydancer

Responding to your request at the ANI.

I want to emphasize that I introduced this only to provide context for what I am complaining about with regard to User:Petrarchan47 - namely going around to other editors and trying to recreate what you all had here(!) and at other Talk pages with respect to BP, but only now with respect to GMOs - trying to build a community, a "loosely organized coaltion", supporting each other and discussing article content on users' Talk pages. Only now, trying to build that with respect to people opposed to GMOs. We are all creatures of habit. I imagine if felt good to have this with regard to BP, and it seems only nature for Petrarchan to try to rebuilt it. But it was kind of messed up with regard to the BP stuff, and it is outright canvassing to try to purposefully build it.

Here is what I wrote in the ANI: ---

The BP article was very hard, very charged, and I think is the root of a lot of this McCarthyism that User:Petrarchan47 is engaging in.

In a discussion on the BP Talk page, Petrarchan actually proposed that forming "an organized team somewhat like CREWE, even if more loosely organized and with few members, is actually a good idea. If Wiki editors are now seriously being asked to do what we are doing at this page, we need to take a moment and reflect on what that really means. We are up against a PR department of one of the most powerful, wealthy companies in the world. And they are not about to stop caring A LOT about what this page says. They have loyal editors here who seem much more organized and less emotional than those of us interesting in removing spin. If that doesn't change, nothing will change with regard to the POV in the article" - which comment you can see here.

I believe that this is what Petrachan has been doing recently -- namely, convinced that a cabal is controlling the GM articles, he/she has been canvassing to try to "loosely organize" a group to "fight back", as Petrarchan, User:Gandydancer, User:Coretheapple, and User talk:Buster7 did in working on the BP article (which you can see if you review their user Talk pages - they constantly encouraged one another and discussed what was going on in the BP article in their Talk pages. User:Binksternet was peripherally involved in that. And in the battleground that the BP article had become, and how hard it was, I understood that. I also found it disturbing with regard to canvassing and organizing out of sight of the article's Talk page, but I was already walking away from the BP article so I said and did nothing. I am, however, deeply engaged in the GM suite of articles and committed to their excellence, and I am calling Petrarchan out for canvassing and personal attacks for this behavior now. I don't even know if it is intentional (as in conscious) as much as we are all creatures of habit. But the behavior is no good.

  • I will expand on what you said at ANI:

With respect to User:Petrarchan47, this goes back to editing I did on the BP article and his/her frustration in general with the terrible situation that developed in that article. If editors are not familiar with this article, some brief background. There is an employee of BP named Arturo who works on that article, in excellent compliance with Wikipedia's policies - posts suggestions on Talk, never edits, discusses politely. Two camps of editors arose on that page - one that wanted the article to remain tightly focused on BP and its business; another that wanted to include expanded content on environmental, legal and political issues (oil spills including Deep Water Horizon and all the issues around that; safety violations, trading scandals, greenwashing, etc). Things got very ugly there and for a long time a group of corporate-oriented editors had the article in a fairly ugly stranglehold leading to a lot of anger and frustration. This really broke out when an article was published claiming (wrongly) that BP was re-writing its wikipedia article. In any case, I helped break that open (see here and a group of editors, including User: Gandydancer who had been working virtually alone for a long time, User:Petrarchan47 who had been involved in the past and came back after the article published, and others, started adding lots of content. When I felt they went too far and resisted, I became an enemy to them and User:Petrarchan47 became so negative toward me, personally, that I just left the page. Ever since, User:Petrarchan47 has been accusing me of being a shill.

The BP article was very hard, very charged, and I think is the root of a lot of this McCarthyism that User:Petrarchan47 is engaging in.

  • You also said:

There as an ugly discussion of edits I made in the BP article on the Talk page of an administrator, User:SlimVirgin, made without notifying me, which you can see in the deleted entry here - SlimVirgin deleted it after I called it to her attention here.

It continued anyway, here (I am the "a certain editor who materialized recently and held himself out as a 'mediator'", who is negatively characterized) and here (where Petrarchan says I "deserved the 'shill' remark") - again without notifying me.

Also this groundless complaint against me by Petrarchan to Slimvirgin, which was replied to by SV here.

  • And:

That is all the past stuff. The more recent stuff is more disturbing to me, as I mentioned above, because now Petrarchan appears to be trying to round up another coalition to WP:RIGHTGREATWRONGS again, now on pages I am committed to.

  • And closing with this:

Anyway, I freaking hated doing this. Horrible, unproductive waste of my time. But again, this McCarthyism - this constant making of accusations and personal attacks on Talk pages has got to stop. Thanks for your patience. I know I am out of patience. Jytdog (talk) 18:58, 18 August 2013 (UTC)

  • I will add my comments as well:

This the second time that my Wikipedia reputation has been called into question, and I don't like it. A few days ago in a section on BP discussion on Jimbo's page, an editor made several accusations and when I asked for evidence, none was brought forward. Now again I'm asking for evidence that I am part of "a group to fight back [as I] did in working on the BP article (which you can see if you review their user Talk pages - they constantly encouraged one another and discussed what was going on in the BP article in their Talk pages)" which you found to be "disturbing with regard to canvassing and organizing out of sight of the article's Talk page". Please show evidence of this from my talk page. Thanks. 14:39, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

Hi Gandydancer. Your question deserves a response, and I will do so on your Talk page and after I do, I will provide a link to that here. As I wrote above, I only wrote about the BP stuff as context for Petrarchan's current behavior with regard to GM articles - as Tryptofish notes below, BP is not the focus of this ANI.Jytdog (talk) 15:37, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

As you will, however I find it ironic that Petrarchan is being discussed here because you and some other editors believe that s/he is guilty of accusing some editors of misconduct, and yet you have accused me of being part of a group that has been "canvassing and organizing out of sight of the article's Talk page" to bias the BP article to our POV, and yet you refuse to publicly provide information to back your accusations on the grounds that it is not the focus of this ANI. I only wish you would have thought of that before you brought my name here, because if it is not retracted it will undoubtedly leave doubt in the minds of many as whether or not I am a trustworthy editor. Gandydancer (talk) 16:08, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

  • And:

I would have liked to been able to clear my name of any wrongdoing. I certainly did no "canvassing and organizing" to slant the BP article. If Jytdog felt that my behavior was going against Wikipedia principles he should have said so at the time, rather than bring it up all these months later when I am not able to answer to his accusations. Gandydancer (talk) 23:07, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

OK, I responded to your request, probably too quickly. Link is here. Again my intention was not to say you did anything wrong and I sorry for upsetting you. Jytdog (talk) 05:04, 20 August 2013 (UTC)


You asked for examples.

Some of them are easy to see above (I have looked only here and not gone to others' pages since you are the one asking):

Here you resisted it:

  • I resisted "it"? I have no idea what you are getting at here.

Here is one of the earlier extended conversations on COI editing - nothing too nasty here (in fact you said something kind about me, thanks) but there is some elements of the "how do we coordinate against declared corporate reps and editors who you all see as cooperating too well with them:

  • I have no idea why you believe that something shady is going on in that discussion. It would take a lot of imagination indeed to turn that conversation on paid editing into anything even close to a plan to bias the BP article.

Here i joined in, when i was helped break open the BP article - I was overtly trying to rally you here, I admit:

  • In the first place, you were not the one to "break open the BP article", it was the news article that did that. As for your above edit, you said:
I mentioned to Core on his/her page that it seems to me that a set of editors there has evolved a set of tactics, marginally within the bounds of wikipedia policy but sometimes out of it, to prevent the addition of negative information about BP. I am not saying it is intentional - many cultures just evolve unthinkingly -- but the patterns are there to see. The quick delete, the constant demands they make on people with ideas for content (especially demands that similar content be added to other articles - which is really crazy), the authoritative and sometimes condescending attitude, the endless "not good enough" to proposed content - all this keeps the page frozen and is very unwikipedia. And I have watched your interactions on Talk -- in good faith, you are trying to meet all these crazy demands and trying to please them. They are not playing by the same rules nor with the same goal of actually trying to create new content and improve the article; they are just interfering with your effort to do it.
You then give me advice on how to edit suggesting that I just add to the article rather than first look for consensus on the talk page. All in all, I'd say that this edit of yours comes closer to the behind the scenes planning that you accuse me and Buster, Core, and Petrarchan of. Besides that fact, that while not mentioned by name, you refer to Beagle as one of "a set of editors there has evolved a set of tactics, marginally within the bounds of wikipedia policy but sometimes out of it."

here nycjosh, who had accused me of whitewashing on some forked off article from BP, came and complained about whitewashers to you

  • Is there something wrong with what Josh said, and what does this have to do with the cabal effort to bias the BP article?

here is a "shill" conversation about me, with the regular gang of Petrarchan, Coretheapple, and you (and peripherally, binkter) that still irks me - this probably best exemplifies the "loosely coordinated coalition" I mentioned way above, where a user's Talk page is really used to strategize about how to deal with what went in an article's Talk page and complain about other editors. Petra discusses offline communications with Delicious Carbuncle where it is clarified that DC was referring to me as a "shill" and not you and wanted to be sure your feelings weren't hurt, and you say that I make your blood run cold, like Ayn Rand does.

  • What on earth are you talking about? There is no strategy session going on here. This section is almost completely about the Violet Blue article re the BP article and a discussion of paid editing. Your suggestion that I not wait for consensus when editing the article comes a lot closer to "strategy" than anything discussed here--unless you believe that there is a Wikipedia policy against discussing paid editing. The only thing that I would change of what I said was to say that DC makes my blood run cold. I was angry and frustrated. I don't know much about him but it is actually my impression that he's a pretty decent guy that sometimes does not get his wording just right--something we all do from time to time.

here is more of same... you and Petrarchan by now have a comfortable habit of negatively discussing editors with whom you disagree

  • This is just preposterous. Is there some reason that I should not note that the same person that called me a BP-POV Pusher had recently said to me "That comment rather implies that you have a personal, negative interest in Cracker Barrel" when I noted that if there was enough room in the Cracker Barrel article to include their menu which featured Southern specialties, including biscuits, fried chicken and catfish, the lovely decor, hours, and so on, there must surely be room to include the fact that according to the US DOJ they had been treating their black customers in a way that most of us thought went out decades ago.


  • Surely you don't consider Petrarchan's share of a LOL with me as part of a dark plan to bias the BP article?

here is another one on BP-related stuff

  • How can you possibly call these edits backroom attempts to bias the BP article? I did a rewrite of the DWH spill health effects section and asked for help. Core offered help in finding sources. What can be wrong with that?


  • Same here. Petrarchan has worked on Corexit information and offered it here.

Those are examples of what I mean. There are these dark complaints about "paid editors" or POV-pushers or what ever you want to call them coordinating with one another to influence articles.. you all were doing the same thing but with your POV on BP. Like I wrote above, I see how this evolved and why - the BP article was a nightmare (maybe still is, I don't know)... but Petrachan seems to be trying to build this with anti-GMO people, as I showed in the links in the ANI.

Again, this was peripheral to the point of ANI, which is where Petrarchan has taken this. Not where you have taken it. I do not see you going around making charges of COI editing and trying to rally people around that. I am sorry for upsetting you - not my intention. I thought you were well aware of what you all were doing here. Jytdog (talk) 05:02, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

I have no idea as to whether or not Petrarchan "seems to be trying to build this [coordinating with one another to influence articles] with anti-GMO people" since I don't follow her around. But, she sure was not doing it here and I strongly doubt that she's doing it anywhere else. As for "dark complaints" about paid editors, there are no dark complaints here. We all spoke right out about our fears of where paid editing may lead, as have many other Wikipedians. The only thing that alarms me is that you find that talk page discussion about paid editing needs to be exposed and that it suggests that editors that engage in it should be under suspect. Gandydancer (talk) 14:32, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
And here is more - again, in my experience on Wikipedia, what you all have done - a "loosely organized team" consistently having extensive discussions of content and other editors away from article Talk pages, is rare.. and as I mentioned, the discussions of me, without notifying me, have made me uncomfortable in the past, and have made me uncomfortable on behalf of other editors who have been the target of your discussions. And when it happened on SlimVirgin's Talk page and I notified her, she removed the content. I don't know that it is against policy per se... but it is bad Wikipedia etiquette to discuss editors without notifying them (much less ripping on them). As I said, I understand how the coalition and its off-article discussions naturally evolved around BP and have not objected to it, and am not actually objecting to it now in any formal way -- what I have objected to is Petrarchan's actively canvassing to form something like this with regard to the GM articles.
Just today: (note - P has asked me not to make comments on her Talk page, so I cannot and will not respond there.
This discussion
Those are a few more... Jytdog (talk) 12:04, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
A few more what? Don't bring your complaints about Petrarchan here and if you have complaints about Buster, bring them to his talk page, not mine. Perhaps you need to go to MastCell's page and complain as well. It seems that they are discussing articles and editors in a dark cabal-like manner and not notifying editors about the discussion [36] Gandydancer (talk) 14:56, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
Could you please explain what you mean by "Besides that fact, that while not mentioned by name, you refer to Beagle as one of "a set of editors there has evolved a set of tactics, marginally within the bounds of wikipedia policy but sometimes out of it." Which "a set of tactics" I was evolved which is "marginally within the bounds of wikipedia policy but sometimes out of it"? Thank you in advance for your explanation. Beagel (talk) 18:13, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
That would be here: [37] Beagle, I want you to know that over the years I have grown to respect your editing even though we are far apart in our positions. A long time ago I even sent you an email to say as much--not exactly Wikilove, mind you, but some sort of an olive branch anyway--but you didn't return my email. If you want me to strike my comments here, I would be glad to do so. Gandydancer (talk) 18:55, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
I am still not sure exactly what issue you are referring but probably it was the thread where Prudhoe Bay was mentioned. I may confirm that my position referred in that thread is not any kind of tactics but my overall understanding how articles should be organized in Wikipedia. I know that we have different understandings about this issue, so I don't think we should re-open this discussion again (at least here).
For some reasons, I never received your e-mail. Notwithstanding this, your olive branch is appreciated and accepted. Beagel (talk) 04:21, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

You'd think that I would have learned by now to never use sarcasm because it's sure to be misunderstood. When I made a reference to MastCell's talk page, it was not my intent to suggest that I believed that he and the editors on his page were taking part in a "dark cabel-like manner" discussion, but to show that there is nothing inappropriate about editors discussing an article on each others talk pages. I used MastCell as an example because I have for years considered him as the best of the best of Wikipedia editors. Gandydancer (talk) 14:27, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Hi Gandy. It's unclear to me if you only wanted the opportunity to respond/refute, or if you are interested in discussing. I looked at all the questions you asked above, and it appeared to me that they are rhetorical. I have already bothered you a lot (for which I again apologize) and don't want to continue if you have no wish to. But in case some of those questions are real questions and/or you have been awaiting a response from me, please let me know. Otherwise I will let this be. My apologies again for discussing this BP stuff as background to my actual concerns at the ANI. Thanks. Jytdog (talk) 17:46, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

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Hello, I just wanted to say that while you feel this should be included, you really should follow WP:BRD and discuss the reasons for its inclusion on the talk page instead of simply reverting me. --Jeremy (blah blahI did it!) 04:59, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

Of course it could also be said that you should have started a discussion rather than just revert that edit done by an established editor as well. The article is about cupcakes after all, and there is hardly a reason that a cake historian would try to use his blog space to mislead the readers as say a political blog might. I found the blog to have a great deal of interesting information and planned to use it to add info re crimped paper cups and queen cakes, but I have no desire to argue about it as I just did re whether or not the fact that every site with pictures of cupcakes shows them almost all with frosting is not good enough to say that they are commonly frosted. There are a lot of things worth arguing about, but this is not one of them. I have reverted my edit and I'm going to take that page off my watch list and be done with it. Gandydancer (talk) 08:34, 30 August 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for reverting that. While the blog is by an author with a respected history it is still a personal blog. Also, the added source was incorrectly cited: the claim put into the article said Nutt invented the cupcake, except the source states that Nutt simply used a paper liner when baking cakes. It is not stated that they were cupcakes, but that he used paper as a type of non-stick lining to more easily remove cakes from their baking pans. --Jeremy (blah blahI did it!) 16:39, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

Apparently you did not even read the information at the source that was provided. If you think that you know more than what Ivan Day writes on his blog, please go right ahead and object and delete every time he is used as a reference. I will have none of this idiotic nitpicking, nor do I have any desire to argue about it. Perhaps one day when I am caught up on the other work that I am doing, and have the patience, I will get back to it.

Ivan has an international reputation for his research on British and European culinary history. As well as a scholar, broadcaster and writer, he is also a gifted professional cook and confectioner. He is noted particularly for his re-creations of meals and table settings. His work has been exhibited in many museums, including the Paul Getty Research Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of London, Fairfax House, the Bowes Museum and the Rothschild Collection.

Gandydancer (talk) 17:11, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

I can not disagree with his bona fides and it appears to be more of a professional blog than personal, and it actually is fine. But did you notice that the claim being made is not supported in the source cited, as I stated? Look at the section on Nutt and you will see it does not talk about cupcakes, it talks about pan liners. Also, please don't get so exasperated. --Jeremy (blah blahI did it!) 17:14, 31 August 2013 (UTC)

BP revert[edit]

Thanks for the bold move of reverting the 8/31 edit to the first sentence. I hope that the other editors at the afrticle realize that you were only returning the article to a status quo. One that a new beginning could start from. I also hope that most editors will acknowledge that discussion must proceed change if we are to work toward GA status.```Buster Seven Talk 22:13, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

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Thank you[edit]

I just wanted to acknowledge and thank you for your comment on my page. It is nice to know that someone notices things that I do around here. :)

(BTW if you want to move this to my talk page go ahead; I'm not sure what your personal policy is in this area.)331dot (talk) 00:52, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Hi Gandydancer. I see that you added the new map to the Prudhoe Bay oil spill article and made some edits in response to my suggestions. I appreciate you doing this. I have made a note on the talk page noting what you did so if anyone comes across the message they'll know what has been done. Thanks. Arturo at BP (talk) 20:47, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

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i'm doing the best i can. the initial changes had an edit summary that i acknowledged i was knee-jerk-y about, because i found its characterization offensive. I've been reading, and most of all trying to foster more discussion than just the two editors initially involved. I'm sorry that I have come off as insensitive or obstructionist or under-knowledgable. I am doing the best I can. -- UseTheCommandLine ~/talk ]# ▄ 13:41, 23 September 2013 (UTC)

Thank you so much for the note. I really appreciate it. I am a retired health-care professional and I have worked with victims of rape. The misunderstanding re the term is very understandable as the term "survivor" is a recent term that is used in woman's issues discussions to get rid of the term "victim" which suggests helplessness. When referring to rape, the term is sometimes used when discussing rape in general, such as in broad discussions or in long-term issues. But it would, and should, be confined to specific discussions and not used, for instance, in our article as the term of choice. Gandydancer (talk) 14:01, 23 September 2013 (UTC)

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If you're looking for something fun...[edit]

This discussion about a medicine-related student project is looking for some mentors on topics that might interest you. WhatamIdoing (talk) 17:08, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

Hi there Waid--thanks and sorry to take so long to reply. I noticed one of the students note on the breastfeeding page and have been trying to find time to comment but my time has been very short--it is right in the middle of Roundup Time for gardeners right now and my house is full of produce that must be processed and "put up". Plus six little puppies. With time so short I am getting very cranky over some of the articles I watch--Rainbow for instance. I don't like it when this place makes me feel so frustrated as happens when I don't have the time to not only work on stuff I like but must find time to keep my watched articles in good shape. Waid, you get so much done here--I just marvel at how you manage it all! Anyway, thanks for the note. Gandydancer (talk) 16:20, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
Only on Wikipedia could rainbows—rainbows!—become a source of frustration and depression. Hang in there, and good luck with the puppies. MastCell Talk 17:23, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

How is this a shade different than racism or sexism?[edit]

This kind of personal attack is just so hurtful.17:52, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

Subject of section is retracted and my apologies for writing it. Content, I stand by. You are continually calling me a bad person, and a bad Wikipedian, because I have ~some~ different viewpoints than you. I value the wikipedia project a lot - its voluntariness, its effort to be a great source of valid information, and its effort to do that in a community of volunteers - one of the most insanely ambitious goals ever. I love this. These attacks you keep making on my integrity are without basis in reality and more importantly undermine the community vision. And they hurt. I wish you would just stop. Jytdog (talk) 18:53, 10 October 2013 (UTC)
Jytdog it is absolutely not true that I am continually calling you a "bad person". If it has happened so continually and frequently, please present a few examples as they should not be hard to find. Gandydancer (talk) 19:21, 10 October 2013 (UTC)
I am sorry you cannot empathize. If feels like crap to be talked about, the way you talk about me. I just have different perspectives than you, and only on some things. I have no ulterior motive. But in any case I am sorry I bothered you - it was stupid of me to say something. Jytdog (talk) 22:51, 10 October 2013 (UTC)
Jytdog, I took a few minutes to review your extensive editing for Monsanto and found that you have the highest edit count for almost all of the Wikipedia Monsanto-connected articles--in fact often as much as two or three times the number of edits than the next highest-count editor. When I point that out I am not saying you are a "bad person", I am just stating a fact and I wish you'd quit saying that I am hurting your feelings. Although I can't imagine why a person would be willing to spend hundreds of hours working on a corporate article to which they had no connection, it does not matter whether or not you are being paid to edit their articles or not--with so much input from only one editor, they are not the result of a community of volunteers. Gandydancer (talk) 14:35, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
Would you please clarify what you mean by "for Monsanto"? Jytdog (talk) 14:45, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
Sorry--not at all meant to imply that you "work" for them! I can fully accept that you have nothing at all to gain from your "work" on Monsanto-related articles and do not mean to imply otherwise. Gandydancer (talk) 14:56, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. (sorry about my errant indenting btw - i tried to fix that and edit-conflicted with you.) That clears up what you didn't mean. But what did you mean? I don't want to put words in your mouth and want to respond to what you mean. Thanks Jytdog (talk) 15:10, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
I remain interested in hearing that, but wanted to respond to the rest of what you wrote, too. The contribution counts are clear and documented - I am the biggest contributor to several articles in the GM suite of articles. Incontrovertible. But it happens all the time that somebody is a leading contributor - for example on the Clothianidin article you have 5 times more edits than anyone else. And yes, the articles are the products of a community of volunteers. Just as I think you would say Clothianidin is. If you want to know why I have spent so much time on these articles, why don't you ask me and listen to my answer and respond, instead of assuming nasty things about me? I am interested in a real conversation and if you are talking with me in that spirit there is no harm in being direct, with respect to what you mean. If you don't want to really talk, that is of course fine.Jytdog (talk) 18:11, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
You haven't asked, but I have answered anyway. If you like, please see my updated user page.Jytdog (talk) 14:40, 16 October 2013 (UTC)
Thanks so much for your reply. I am very far behind in my real life work and should be at it right now rather than doing anything at all on Wikipedia *groan*. As soon as I have time I will reply. BTW, as for thinking "nasty" assumptions about you--that is not accurate. I do have a few nasty assumptions about a few (very few) editors here and you're not one of them. Gandydancer (talk) 15:24, 16 October 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for taking a moment to reply. I hear you about being hammered at work (oy), and look forward to hearing from you, if you like. I am sorry for inferring that you had nasty assumptions about me and thank you for saying you don't. I don't know how to square that with the comment I linked to above, but I will reel back my inference now. We seem to be mysterious to one another.Jytdog (talk) 15:46, 16 October 2013 (UTC)
Just a quick note again because I want you to know that I would have never brought this up right now if I knew that it was going to be discussed on Jimbo's page which I do not believe is helpful or appropriate for this discussion. Our comments on our talk pages is one thing, but Jimbo's page is another. My name has appeared there a few times and it made me feel angry and defensive. It is not at all playing fair since as much as one may hate drama, one feels that they must defend themself--which may come across as drama. All around a very bad situation, IMO. Also, just to let you know, I don't see you and some of you "pals" as having formed a cabal to override opposition and get your desired outcomes here. Not to say that there are not a few of those around, but I did not see that at the MAM article as has been suggested. Also, at some level I have felt a connection to you for a couple of reasons--for one thing it is plain to me that you are very bright, very intelligent and I like that. I think that if we were to meet in real life we would enjoy a conversation and be able to discuss in a friendly manner. For now...(now I must go back and discuss Rainbow some more) Goddammmit. Gandydancer (talk) 00:12, 17 October 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for all that! I have been distressed since we fell out at BP - I had always liked our discussions and respected you, and it felt like I had permanently alienated you. So thanks. a lot. deeply. Jytdog (talk) 00:24, 17 October 2013 (UTC)

A bit of friendly advice: if you do not want to be thought of as a shill, don't identify as one. In other words, you have just admitted that Gandy's assessment of an unnamed Monsanto-supporting editor is a description of you, meaning that you identify with the description. It's better not to be so defensive, literally stalking unrelated talk pages for mentions of what you assume to be you, because people will wonder why, even if they hadn't any previous suspicions. As I've said to you before, there is wisdom to be had by contemplating this. A second bit of advice: pay extra attention to make sure that your edits don't seem to slant in favor of Monsanto, and as always, make sure to use RS appropriately. After the March Against Monsanto, you were very active in arguments about the turnout numbers, and brought to 3 separate Wiki articles a source to support a turnout # that is one-tenth of what RS says, using a completely bogus source. The article was printed before the protest had even begun in most places, and though I have pointed this out many times, no attempts have been made to correct the mistake... a mistake which happens to benefit Monsanto greatly, in terms of reputation (which means everything, and which is what spin doctors, for instance, aim to manipulate). petrarchan47tc 19:54, 10 October 2013 (UTC)
Correction: I see you must have been originally named, so that was how you identified. The rest I stand by as still relevant. petrarchan47tc 19:56, 10 October 2013 (UTC)
Your personalized intolerance for the differences we have, is just ugly. I am sorry you cannot see that. I try to ignore the digs but sometimes my feelings get the better of me. Even now you are trying to say I am a shill and you are trying to justify it. It. is. just. ugly. Please leave me alone already. Argue with my edits, all you want.Jytdog (talk) 20:37, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

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Thanks for advising my student who is working on breastfeeding promotion. Let me know if you have any concerns or further suggestions for my work as a professor in advising her. DStrassmann (talk) 20:40, 19 October 2013 (UTC)

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The Pullman porter article[edit]

What a wonderful job you did, a pleasure to read. You focused on the value and quality of the men (and women) while not forgetting the demeaning and hidden mores of the times. If I could I would give you a second Eddy. Your friend, ```Buster Seven Talk 23:32, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Buster, your note really means a lot to me. I am proud to be a friend of yours. You know, there is another article that I'm interested in, but I need to buy her book. It is the mother of Emmit Till. I have a very deep appreciation for what the African American has done for America. Gandydancer (talk) 23:56, 13 November 2013 (UTC)
Yes, I actually would like to echo that sentiment. It's a very informative article. Does need a bit more heft in the lead section, though, to summarize how the porters had such a role in the civil rights movement. Coretheapple (talk) 23:58, 13 November 2013 (UTC)
Oh Gandy I just wanted to make one point. You say that the Pullman porters served the railroads through the sixties. But actually they served the railroads somewhat longer than that. I recall seeing them on the old Broadway Limited between New York and Chicago in the 1970s, when you could get a cheap sleeping accomodation called the "Slumbercoach" at a reasonable price. The porters were still taking care of the sleeping cars at that time. I realize this is original research but I'm sure there must be good sources for their demise. Coretheapple (talk) 00:20, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
I have some old railroad books around somewhere. More maps and engines and stuff, but maybe there's a mention of when the porter trade stopped. ```Buster Seven Talk 01:02, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
That would be great if you'd check your books. See if you've got anything on Gandy dancers too. I think the confusion is that the Pullman porters were the first, but not the last porters. Even during the years that Pullman was using black men, the other lines used them exclusively as well when they saw how well it was working out. It may be that in the 60s either Pullman went out of business or they quit using black men exclusively. BTW, one of my treasured memories is a train trip from Mpls. to Oregon in the 70s and we had a black porter--I'll tell about it when I have time. Gandydancer (talk) 01:13, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
That's a good point. Were the sleeping-car porters you and I saw in the 1970s considered Pullman porters? Coretheapple (talk) 14:53, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
No, they were porters, not specifically Pullman porters. This could be spelled out more plainly in the article if you feel that it's important. The "porters" that I met in the 70s actually worked for food service. There were no sleeping cars in the train--we slept in our seats. Or perhaps there were, but we could not have afforded that. Though I actually did once sleep in a sleeping car. When I was four "Daddy" was shipped out and we took the train with "Mama" to stay at our grandparent's home in Minnesota till the war was over. I can remember Mama sleeping in the lower birth and my sister and I in the upper birth. It was so exciting! I remember hundreds of people getting on and off the train--I had never been around crowds before. And I remember "petting" the fur coats that some of the ladies wore and how they smiled, "oh isn't that cute" smiles.
Buster, knowing what a tender-hearted person you are, I think you will enjoy this story written by my granddaughter Helena Rose. It was on Facebook today and is here: [38] Gandydancer (talk) 18:12, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
Yes, Gandy, I did very much enjoy your granddaughters prose. I checked the books I have and they are ALL about railroad equipment, maps, etc. No mention of Pullman Porters. ```Buster Seven Talk 13:19, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
Here's an interesting article on the Pullman Porters.[39] I'll see what else I can find. Coretheapple (talk) 18:20, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

revisiting the monsanto mess[edit]

hey i just thought you might want to check out this thread [40] at Jimbo's talk page. Unfortunately I'm not on wp regularly enough to sustain the sort of vigilance that the GMO issues need here, also discouraged by the pro-gmo faction, but i still have hope that the tide will change. El duderino (abides) 07:08, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. I am concerned as well. I answered on your talk page. Gandydancer (talk) 17:06, 19 November 2013 (UTC)
Gandy, I remain very open to discussing your concerns. As you might expect, I think Jimmy was accurate in calling the sub-discussion about me on his talk page ugly. It was, and I don't understand why you would support it. I am not part of a "pro-GMO" faction; I support Wikipedia's five pillars yet keep having to deal with anti-GMO people making ugly personal attacks against me. With respect to your hunch that there are more articles about Monsanto in Wikipedia than others, I don't understand. There are probably as many or more about BP, especially if you add related articles like all those around DWH and other spills, yet you state as a fact that "So much information that we have more Monsanto-related articles than any other corp in WP." You state that as a fact... but based on what? Finally, I have never created an article in Wikipedia so I am not responsible for the number of Monsanto-related articles. In any case, I remain interested in hearing your concerns and discussing them. I am sensitive to the "New York Times test" (as in "don't do anything that you would not like to see reported in a reputable newspaper"), which is a great head check, and so I ~think~ I understand the concern you raised, but I don't think there is cause for concern with respect to any reputable news organization; I stand by my work. On the other hand, if some activist blogger wanted to do something ugly with my contribution history, there is nothing to be done about that, that I can see. There are sloppy-thinking people who do ugly things in the name of what they think is good everywhere. Jytdog (talk) 12:54, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
Just want to add - I respect you as an editor; it troubles me that you would talk to others about me instead of just talking to me, and especially to editors who make ugly attacks against me. This is really fester-y; I hope you will talk to me.Jytdog (talk) 13:34, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
Jytdog, this is nothing short of harassment. You have no idea why Jimbo made that comment, but you are now twisting it to mean that you have the support of the co-founder, and that all accusations made against you on that thread should be ignored, and their authors shunned. I am glad you will not visit Gandy's talk page anymore. petrarchan47tc 20:24, 22 November 2013 (UTC)
Thanks Petrar. You and I don't agree with everything either, but you are always welcome on my talk page and I respect your views. As for anything that Jimbo or "The Foundation" says or thinks, I never have been one to respect authority, and in fact I am old enough to have actually have worn the 70s "Question Authority" T-shirt. I have never seen it to fail that those in the upper circle of any group start to lose touch with the reality of things that are so obvious to those who have not yet been warped by the "corporate mentality"...for lack of a better way to put it in only a few words. In my case it was hospital administrators, though I was part of the group just under the top administration. THe people at the top seemed to have lost touch with reality and instead trusted what seemed to be reality on paper with studies, goals, etc. Every word that Jtydog says sounds just like so much like like something that I heard for so many years...and just got so goddamn sick of hearing...I just don't want to hear any more of it. Though I will say, our discussion did make me do a whiplash when I thought about the possibility of having only one person having written all of BPs articles, as has been done for Monsanto. So if the Foundation and Jimbo supports that, it is food for thought. Gandydancer (talk) 22:12, 22 November 2013 (UTC)
Profound, Gandy. I am wanting to paste this to my home page. I'm glad to hear you would be open to more communication, there are some things that I'd like to discuss with you. (Actually the reason I stopped by today in the first place is that I'd very much like to revisit soon our discussion of Corexit and oil spill articles. Turns out, our needs for sourcing may have been solved by simply giving it time.). Big hug, petrarchan47tc 23:30, 22 November 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the new info. I found the study that was mentioned and added that information to the health article. The main spill article health section really needs to be is hard to find the energy. BTW, I met Dahr Jamail. Maybe you remember when had the idea for candlelight protests against the Iraq war? A friend and I organized one and then my daughter and I organized a regional antiwar group. We did a lot of different stuff, including having him come and give a talk. But the best thing we did was to have Helen Thomas come and talk. What a grand lady she was...we only had a place big enough for a few hundred people and could only pay her plane fare and yet she came and spoke...she was over 80 at the time and was still there when I left, exhausted. For now, Gandydancer (talk) 01:21, 27 November 2013 (UTC)
Oh! I just saw this - how absolutely incredible! I wish I had been there too. Happy Christmas to you, Gandy. petrarchan47tc 04:06, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Jytdog, I really do grow weary of your accusations. I don't see how you can suggest that I should just talk to you and not others who you may feel are attacking you. Also, please note that I did not comment on Jimbo's page to express support for El Duderino's comments. IMO, Jimbo's page is not a good place to attempt to settle such matters and if you remember I said the same thing when Petrarchan put your name on Jimbo's page. OTOH, it seems that you have no concerns about doing the same. Just grabbing something from above when we discussed this, I'll copy this here:

As you will, however I find it ironic that Petrarchan is being discussed here because you and some other editors believe that s/he is guilty of accusing some editors of misconduct, and yet you have accused me of being part of a group that has been "canvassing and organizing out of sight of the article's Talk page" to bias the BP article to our POV, and yet you refuse to publicly provide information to back your accusations on the grounds that it is not the focus of this ANI. I only wish you would have thought of that before you brought my name here, because if it is not retracted it will undoubtedly leave doubt in the minds of many as whether or not I am a trustworthy editor. Gandydancer (talk) 16:08, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

But asking you to show evidence, you came up with nothing.

As for my concern re the fact that you have practically written the Monsanto articles, I am not and I have never accused you of anything. If you and the WP foundation are not concerned, that's that. Re the number of Monsanto articles compared to BP--I don't really know...I did not mean my quick note to be necessarily fully accurate as that was not what I was getting at. However, I will say, your comparison to BP did make me feel quite startled to try to think of them all having the same editor. Gandydancer (talk) 14:31, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

Hi Gandy, the basic principle of all policies and guidelines concerning editor behavior, is that if you have a concern, you always talk to the editor about whom you are concerned first; then you take it to a board. If you find some policy or guideline about behavior that doesn't say that, I would be interested to see it. That is what I am asking you to do. The heart of those policies and guidelines is that we are all equal, all human, and we come together as a community to create Wikipedia; we try to work things out directly and if that fails, we get help. The thing I respect the most about you as an editor is the way you really talk things through in Talk pages; you are willing and able to really listen to people who think differently, willing and able to change your mind and to learn, and really clear and civil in stating what you want and what you think. This is the very essence of how we should all be when we work here (and everywhere else, for that matter). It is why I take the time to come here and ask you to talk to me, to not "other" me. Real dialogue with you is possible. (btw, I acknowledge again, and have acknowledged before, that bringing up the BP stuff in the context of the ANI was stupid and foolish. I apologize again for doing so. In our earlier interaction my sense was that you were upset and primarily looking for an apology, and did not want to talk about the concerns that I had (inappropriately stated) so I did not push it then so as to not excacerbate my mistake. I just apologized and backed off. I note, however, that several times prior to that, I did come to your talk page and ask you to not do it... I did follow what I am saying here. If at some point you are open to hearing my concerns about old stuff I would be happy to go into them more... but it is basically the same thing that prompted me to write this time)Jytdog (talk) 15:14, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
No, I have no desire at all to talk about my "concerns" with you. You just won't seem to accept that it is perfectly fine for me to disagree with you and yet not want to have extended conversations in which I assume you would attempt to show me how wrong I am. Nobody else here is insisting that I discuss differences with them, and I disagree with every person that I have come to know about certain things. Nor do I go to them and insist on discussions.
You said: the basic principle of all policies and guidelines concerning editor behavior, is that if you have a concern, you always talk to the editor about whom you are concerned first; then you take it to a board. If you find some policy or guideline about behavior that doesn't say that, I would be interested to see it. That is what I am asking you to do.
I've never read all of the policies and I've never taken anyone to a board. Common sense generally seems to work quite well. If you really do believe that I am abusing some sort of policy, I guess that it's up to you to take it to some sort of board. I'm certainly not interested as I consider all of this just a total waste of my time. Gandydancer (talk) 15:24, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for taking the time to answer; I have no desire to waste your time and will not ask again. Have a great day. Jytdog (talk) 15:38, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

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Cholera ping[edit]

Hey ... I see you at work on Cholera. I keep promising Mike Christie I'll get on Wikipedia:ENI#Cholera, but I don't want to get in your way, and I'm not sure if you've addressed some of it already. Pls ping me when you're done and I can go have a look? Best, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 15:43, 30 November 2013 (UTC)

cholera plagiarism[edit]

This edit is cut-and-pasted from this source. Even if public domain, this is still plagiarism (see WP:PLAGIARISM). Please be more careful to include cut-and-paste text in quotes or to rephrase in your own words (I am aware that you have done this on other articles). SandyGeorgia (Talk) 01:46, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

No need to create such drama over my mistake. Yes, I was mistaken and thought that the CDC did not need to be attributed, but it hardly warranted a "please be more careful" article note and a note on my page as well. Even if I were a slow learner, which I am not, a correction with an explanation in the edit summary would have made it much more simple for all concerned. Gandydancer (talk) 02:32, 1 December 2013 (UTC)
I think the CDC bit is okay as it is public domain which does not require attribution and you did reference it to them. The second bit per here [41] however is a greater concern. The article that it was taken from is under a CC BY NC SA license which is not compatible with Wikipedia. Always best to paraphrase all content no matter what source you take it from. This simply prevents any confusion and most stuff requires simplification of language anyway. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 09:55, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

Additionally if one always uses secondary source it is helpful. There are a number of textbooks on google books that discusses. Best Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 10:00, 1 December 2013 (UTC)


I've started to pay attention to the many Walmart articles. Specifically the Family wealth mentions and making sure they are kept up-to-date. Heck, just a few days ago there was $40 Billion dollars missing. A billion here, a billion there...pretty soon you're talkin' about some real money! While investigating, I ran across this...[42]...which reminded me so much of what we are afraid of regarding paid advocates/editors/operatives. Love your user page. Hope you had a splendid Thanksgiving. TRA!```Buster Seven Talk 20:49, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

Hi Buster, yes, we had a nice Thanksgiving but it was hard not to feel a little guilty what with so much hardship for others in the world--my biggest hardship was that for the first time in many years we didn't have any Minnesota wild rice on hand for our meal. I'll look at Wallmart but lately I've been having trouble with burnout. I keep hoping that my enjoyment in editing will return soon... Gandydancer (talk) 00:31, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
Same re editing burnout. No fun anymore. petrarchan47tc 04:01, 9 December 2013 (UTC)



Just wanted to stop by and say hi, and that this editing stuff can be tough. Right now it seems every page I'm working on has or has recently had major contention. Things just don't seem smooth and easy right now. I wish that wasn't the case. But especially, I hope you know that none of this is personal, and I do intend to help with the health article. I am extremely frustrated right now by how the MEDRS is being used, I think overly used to keep certain information out of the Pedia. It wasn't always this hard to add information from good sources like Al Jazeera. I don't know what to say about this, I'm just a bit baffled right now, and trying to learn about it. petrarchan47tc 04:00, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Hi Petrar, Yes, I've been following your problems and I can see that you are having a hard time. You didn't ask for advice, but I'm going to give it anyway. You are such a good editor and so willing to work so hard for the 'pedia and I worry that you will get so frustrated that you quit. Sometimes a person just has to drop away from an article and IMO you need to drop away from the medical mj article. Perhaps when the dust has settled you can, using acceptable MEDRS sourcing, add something that you feel is important, if you are ready to have it deleted as well. Keep in mind that medical reviews, including the Cochrane reviews, do not need to reveal who did the studies that they are reviewing, which IMO is the most important determinate of a study's findings. Gandydancer (talk) 14:52, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

(friendly stalker) I agree Petra. You seem to be attracted by the "hot" articles. But, in the process, you get singed with the heat. Like Gandy advises, just step back. We have seen this before...where your edits are MISinterpreted as problematic. Continued work there will only cause you grief and we don't want that. This editing bizness should be fun. ```Buster Seven Talk 15:36, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
Big hugs to you both. It does indeed appear as if I am attracted to hot articles. Either that, or attempts to spin the Pedia are more rampant than we acknowledge, and it just so happens that most/all of the pages I work on are subject to heated opinoins. I am not at all interested in editing the MMJ article within the hostile environment currently, but the subject of cannabinoids is one I have been studying for a few years, and I find it exceedingly interesting. So when I see the page attacked and witness bogus warnings such as "might cause schizophrenia" posted to the Intro by the official wiki medical-editing team, I have to speak up. I see that there is no winning against the well-connected team, and that alopathic medicine (though pharmaceuticals remain the 4th leading cause of death in the US) is considered speck-less at Wiki, as are its supporters. I note also that the Pedia has no problem allowing a tiny handful of folks, some with with stated POV's, to freely take ownership of any article they like, without question. That's not OK, but it's also not something I can affect. I can bitch and moan and try to call attention to it. I could, if I had steel intestines, argue for every little addition or change on the talk page for the next 6 months, but I'm not going to do that. What I am doing is calling in a researcher who knows the field, and perhaps it will encourage people to act with more integrity and edit with NPOV, and it will most certainly benefit the reader and anyone interested in the subject. From what they're finding lately, it's safe to say that anyone who loves female breasts should also find the research being done very exciting. petrarchan47tc 22:32, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
anyone who loves female breasts. Count me in! ```Buster Seven Talk 22:45, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
I thought I'd catch you on that one! petrarchan47tc 23:16, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
It's a pretty odd comment. Any human being is going to be interested in better cancer therapies, though the assumption in this journalism, that squirting stuff on cells in a petri dish means anything in respect of a "treatment", is all-too-typically dumb. BTW, men can get breast cancer too. Alexbrn talk|contribs|COI 04:36, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
You have to get the idea out of your head right now that "they" are a bunch of folks without integrity because you are dead wrong with that...or that they have "taken ownership". They are using proper sourcing per MEDRS. If they are cherry picking you should be able to do the same to support your position. I'm done for the day, but I'll write more tomorrow. Gandydancer (talk) 22:50, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
OK, but they are actually not always using MEDRS properly, not if it doesn't fit the narrative. None of us are always neutral, that's why I would like to see larger numbers of editors involved in the Project Medicine, and I would rather see less defending and more scrutinizing of each other (like you and I do), as a matter of course. If one small group has control over articles, there should be another group to monitor the editing. We don't have that now. petrarchan47tc 23:16, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

← The situation at medical cannabis is a challenging one, in particular because I think everyone involved is acting with integrity and according to what they view as the betterment of the encyclopedia. The conflict arises because the topic area is complex and unsettled, and because people with different viewpoints naturally prioritize specific aspects of the issue over others. Consider the following statements about the relationship between cannabis use: which are true?

  • There is substantial evidence of an association between cannabis use and the development of schizophrenia.
  • The dose-dependent aspect of the relationship suggests that cannabis use might be causal.
  • Many experts believe that the association between cannabis use and schizophrenia is best explained by common risk factors (that is, the same risk factors that predispose to schizophrenia may predispose to cannabis use), rather than a cause-effect relationship.
  • A causal relationship between cannabis use and schizophrenia has not been proven, and evidence is inconclusive at best.
  • The vast majority of cannabis users do not develop schizophrenia.

The answer, at least to my knowledge, is that all of above are true. The question, then, is which truths to emphasize and to what degree. Consider even the very simple choice between "may cause schizophrenia" and "has not been proven to cause schizophrenia"—both true statements, but with very different implications and emphases.

In my personal experience, medical marijuana is neither as great as its proponents believe nor as harmful as its detractors believe. It's useful for some people, for some indications. Curiously, while I have seen medical problems related to medicinal use of marijuana, they're not the ones described in the article or fought over on the talkpage. But that's really neither here nor there. MastCell Talk 00:04, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

Interestingly, Harvard just came out with this: Harvard: Marijuana Doesn’t Cause Schizophrenia, study.
And: Lester Grinspoon: Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis (PBS Doc)
From the video (at 15:30): Scientists are unsure whether it causes, or simply correlates. "Dr Grinspoon was a psychiatrist and his expertise was in schizophrenia. He strongly disagrees with critics who say marijuana may trigger [Schizophrenia]. Grinspoon: 'I think that is absurd. The frequency of of schizophrenia - the world over - is about one percent. You would expect that with a drug used as often as it is, you would expect a "blip"' (ie, a rise in rate of Schizophrenia to match increased cannabis use). "It doesn't change a bit. In fact, you can find as much in the literature about how cannabis is useful to Schizophrenic patients as it is harmful"
Maybe the Medical Cannabis page could use an intermediary. Hint hint.
I worked on the Cannabis (drug) page earlier this year, after finding the page was claiming there were cases of cannabis-induced death. After a little back and forth, a nice group gathered organically to review all the literature, and making sure we were following the guidelines, we turned:
  • "Deaths attributed directly to cannabis usage are infrequent but have been documented.[not MEDRS] Recorded fatalities resulting from cannabis overdose in animals are generally only after intravenous injection of hashish oil.[19]
It took about 3 months, and in the end no one got their way, really. But no one left upset. It was very solid research and hard work that resulted in thorough coverage. I think with a complex subject that is new to an editor, it helps to allow for more input from others. No one and no little group should be allowed to take ownership of articles here, but if they are, there should be another group providing oversight in case our inherent bias is making it to the articles. Some have admitted to a bias against herbal medicine, one clarified "herbology is woo". So if it is at all conceivable that this bias could affect editing (we find proof for that which we already believe), it only makes sense that oversight is needed, for any group with lots of pull on Pedia. Also, clearly a hostile environment is not one conducive to this work. Project Medicine has experts in alopathic medicine, but Wikipedia does not have a "Project Medical Cannabis" and no one well versed in herbal medicine has yet shown up, so I've invited one cannabinoid researcher to help us on the page. For researchers to be able to participate, a calm environment with levels heads is a must. The vitriol and hostility that can pop up is going to scare away any researchers I know, so as it is somewhat heated there now, I am a bit reluctant to begin.
I don't blame you for thinking some have overstated cannabis' potential. For one thing, NIDA only funds research that is looking for harmful effects, and that certianly shapes the coverage we get. I'll just leave you with one new finding: a new strain of non-THC cannabis is being grown for use in children with some very serious conditions, one of them is Dravet syndrome. For these kids, nothing was able to stop their seizures except cannabis.Check it out. petrarchan47tc 01:32, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
Hehe, I hadn't checked the work of Project Medicine, but the safety section now has: THC, the principal psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant, has low toxicity, the dose of THC needed to kill 50% of rodents is very high,[37] and human deaths from overdose are extremely rare.[38] Recorded fatalities resulting from cannabis overdose__________are generally only after intravenous injection of hashish oil.[38] <- Notice the missing text (highlighted above). Need I say more? petrarchan47tc 01:32, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
I've added some information at Medical Cannabis talk regarding the possibility of cannabis-induced death. FWIW, Sanjay Gupta did a report on MJ for CNN. He researched for a year, he said, and wasn't able to find what Wikipedia is now claiming. He said "As much as I searched, I could not find a documented case of death from marijuana overdose." petrarchan47tc 01:41, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
Is the so-called missing text (i.e. "in animals") actually in the source? I can only read the abstract of this source (PMID 16225128) which states: "9THC and related compounds are determined in autopsy material, although deaths by overdose of cannabis are exceptionally rare. Fatalities happen most often after intravenous injection of hashish oil." Alexbrn talk|contribs|COI 02:37, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
Petrarchan, I don't think it's entirely true that NIDA funds only studies evaluating harmful effects. Glancing at the first few pages of, I see NIDA is funding studies of marijuana as an analgesic and vaporized marijuana as a treatment for post-spinal-injury pain, while NHLBI (a separate Institute at the NIH) is funding a study of vaporized cannabis to treat pain related to sickle-cell crises.

The issue of deaths related to marijuana is a bit more of a gray area. I don't know of any case reports of deaths caused by marijuana overdose, and the lethal dose is ridiculously high and probably virtually unachievable in humans. On the other hand, marijuana intoxication is well-described as a cause of fatal motor-vehicle accidents, and the preponderance of evidence suggests that marijuana can trigger heart attacks (e.g. Mittleman et al., 2001), although the absolute risk of the latter is probably extremely small. These risks are at least qualitatively comparable to those of alcohol (in terms of MVAs) and tobacco (in terms of potentially triggering cardiovascular events). From a public-health perspective, the costs associated with cannabis use are likely very low compared to those associated with tobacco, alcohol, and other recreational drugs (e.g. PMID 19837255, not in abstract, see full text). MastCell Talk 05:07, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

What do you think of the fact that due to recent changes by Project Medicine in the name of MEDRS, Wikipedia is now claiming that humans have been shooting up hash oil, causing death? What is your view on the removal of "in animals" from the statement above? petrarchan47tc 18:04, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
As for increased risk for heart attack following use, we covered this in the Safety section linked above. It turns out, "this five-fold marijuana risk is a little higher than the risk for sexual intercourse, about the same as that for other types of strenuous exercise" (such as shoveling snow) SOURCE. petrarchan47tc 20:12, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
Yes, but what about the interplay between these risks? I mean, people are probably statistically somewhat more likely to have sex after they get high. (But then I guess they're also less likely to feel motivated to go out and shovel the driveway, so maybe it's a wash). In all seriousness, I'm all for context, and for distinguishing relative risk (e.g. "fivefold increase in risk", which sounds scary) from absolute risk (which is pretty low). As usual, xkcd has useful commentary on the difference.

As for deaths, I'm not able to access the full text of PMID 16225128 (my institution's library, while extensive, doesn't carry many Polish-langauge review journals), so I can't say anything intelligent about its content. I'd be pretty shocked if people were actually shooting hash oil. It sounds pretty outlandish, and I'm not able to turn up any documentation of such deaths with a brief Google/PubMed search. Hypothetically, such a practice would be highly lethal, not because of cannabinoids themselves but because hash oil is, well, an oil—it's highly lipophilic and very poorly soluble in the bloodstream. Depending on the amount of hash oil injected, you'd likely end up with a pulmonary embolism, right-ventricular outflow obstruction (and sudden death), or a severe stroke. But that has little or nothing to do with the cannabinoids per se; the same things would happen if you injected canola oil.

Besides, cannabinoids enter the bloodstream almost immediately after inhalation—the delay in effect is related to the time they take to cross the blood-brain barrier and saturate the relevant receptors, rather than to plasma bioavailability—so I don't think there would be any point to intravenous administration in the first place. Anyhow... MastCell Talk 00:01, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

MastCell, I've meant to thank you for your thoughtful replies here, and regret waiting so long. I agree with every point you've made. But I did do some digging and found support for the contention that research is impeded and slanted due to US law. Best, petrarchan47tc 00:49, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

Last night before I went to sleep I thought of a whole bunch of brilliant advise to give to Petrar, but right now I am so pissed about the latest turn of events at the BP article that I'm not in the mood to think of much else. If it actually does turn out that we are unable to even discuss the spill's health effects without using medical reviews--nothing from any news reports, etc., I will know for certain that Wikipedia has destroyed the town to save it. This is what happens when the touch with reality is completely lost. Gandydancer (talk) 15:41, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

MEDRS is being misused, period. petrarchan47tc 18:04, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
I'm being told at Medical Cannabis talk that I need MEDRS to talk about the history of the DEA's scheduling of cannabis! CNN's Sanjay Gupta laid out the history of the classification of cannabis as a dangerous drug, and showed that laws surrounding cannabis were never based on science, but actually a lack of it. In response to my sharing this information from a CNN article, I am told "please engage the WP:MEDRS-compliant secondary reviews". petrarchan47tc 22:22, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
Ya know, <sigh> ... misrepresentation is so time consuming. Petra, you may notice two sections above this a discussion between Gandydancer and myself, and I've had this page watchlisted since then. You are not being told you *have* to use MEDRS for citing history. You are being told that when we have an abundance of high-quality journal secondary reviews that cover the very same territory much better than a television commentator did, you would be best advised to use those highest quality sources. Particularly since they do a very good job of covering just what you seem to want to cover. And particularly since many of them are freely available. And also because an encyclopedia that cites a TV commentator over journal sources looks amateurish. You could write it to at TV commentator, Sanjay Gupta, and then your effort would be wasted when someone came along and rewrote the text to better sources. Who would that benefit? Collaboration (working together and using the best sources) is a far better use of your time than going off and assuming bad faith and making claims about my alleged POV all over Wikipedia which most people who have worked with me will know to be ... untrue. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 22:31, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
I'm certainly stunned that you would be watching my talk page just because you thought that I was being careless on a medical article. Whatever did you expect to find? Gandydancer (talk) 00:00, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
Did I say that? We had a conversation last week, and I had not unwatched your talk. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 00:12, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
OK, but please try to be a little less prickly--I like to try to have some fun around here. Gandydancer (talk) 12:54, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
So do I :) I've rarely encountered such dramatic hostility and refusal to rationally discuss things, accompanied by smears of other editors (including moi), as I have in this particular instance. Usually I keep my head down and try not to pay attention to untrue things being said about me elsewhere (after all, it's the internet, anyone can say anything anywhere), but since it just happened that I hadn't unwatched your page after our conversation last week, these tidbits here came to my attention. Best, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 13:59, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
It is hard to find myself in the middle of this because I think highly of both Petra, and you, and Doc James. I don't know you, but if memory serves me correctly you were good friends with Moni3, and I worshiped the ground she walked on--which made any friend of hers a friend of mine. As for Doc James, over the years he has always been helpful and kind, and I especially appreciate the "kind" part, what with so much goddamn meanness around here. As for Petra, few people know how dedicated she has been to this place and how many hours she has put into the articles that she has worked on.
I hope that feelings haven't been so hurt that it is beyond repair. Sandy, it seems that you are not aware of how much my feelings were hurt at the cholera article. I hope that in the future you do not embarrass fellow editors by telling them to be more careful. You could say, "Did you know...", or "I wonder if we should..." or something--anything but tell them that they are being careless. I'm sure that you would not say that to one of your fellow employees. That is something one might be expected to hear from their boss if they were getting a bad review. I was surprised that you did not say you were sorry. Gandydancer (talk) 16:55, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
Ah, yes, Moni was certainly one of a kind!!! And I worry that Doc James is going to burn out if he keeps working as hard as he does. I am sorry your feelings were hurt at cholera, and will take your advice on board. As to Petra, well, considering she has some blather about "peace" on her user page, I have rarely worked with such a mean-spirited person in here. Perhaps she can be convinced to adjust her approach (and take less cue from Viriditas, who has been hostile as well). Seriously, folks AGF works; we're not all enemies in here. Petra might also try to learn some better sourcing practices, as almost all of her work requires correction because of poor sourcing. We just want accurate information on one of the top websites about medical conditions. Best, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 17:01, 12 December 2013 (UTC)


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Opps--so sorry. I reverted my edit. Thanks. Gandydancer (talk) 00:51, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

Happy, healthy[edit]

Christ Mass to you, Gandy. Your support has meant the world to me this year. You are a dear, and everyone knows it. You're the most NPOV editor I've come across, truthfully, and nothing better could be said about someone here. petrarchan47tc 07:56, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

17 hugs for you. petrarchan47tc 00:53, 31 December 2013 (UTC)
And, you might like this and this petrarchan47tc 02:17, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

Gandy! You figured out how to re-size the images! Now I know where to go for tech help! I made them a wee bit larger, see what you think. petrarchan47tc 21:57, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit]

Santaclausjf.JPG Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. ```Buster Seven Talk 14:59, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

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Don't forget my favorite --- Judge Judy. ```Buster Seven Talk 01:17, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

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Elizabeth Warren[edit]

Hi. I don't want to edit war, but I don't understand why you're deleting the 1/32nd stuff on Elizabeth Warren. It's in the cited sources, and we can use other ones as well. The 1/32nd issue is important to help people understand what her heritage is. Steeletrap (talk) 20:38, 6 January 2014 (UTC) The 1/32nd isn't the main issue, however. Some people with very limited NA ancestry grew up on reservations or among a tribe, owing to past discrimination and segregation stemming from the one-drop rule rule. Her problem is that she has no connection to any NA tribe or community, and that all her ancestors were classified as white (genealogical evidence of heritage is required for tribal registration). Thus, she's not Native American according to the federal definitions, which require "tribal affiliation or community attachment." She misrepresented herself, perhaps inadvertently, as Harvard was asking the question for reporting purposes (to the federal government). She also stood to benefit from her misrepresentation, as Native Americans receive affirmative action in education and hiring. (It's possible, of course, that she would've gotten the job anyway.) It's possible that she made the error in good faith, but that would at the very least be an example of gross irresponsibility. Steeletrap (talk) 20:54, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi and thanks for the note. I'm aware of everything you say here because it has been discussed to the point that I can hardly stand to go over it again and again at the article talk page. All of this and more have been brought up and what was in the article before your edit was the result of compromise. While your desired edits may seem reasonable, I can think of many more that would be reasonable as well. We simply cannot have a huge section of her bio dedicated to what was, in the end, a minor bump in her (successful) run for senate. I would have hoped that with time this section would have grown smaller rather than larger--I am not at all happy with the copy that I added, and I would hope to return to the long-standing compromise version. Gandydancer (talk) 15:40, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
I disagree. It probably got more RS coverage than any issue of the campaign, and was the first question asked in the debates. That she won in spite of it doesn't mean it wasn't a big issue. I think it deserves a sub-section, but even if you don't, there is no reason why we shouldn't be more specific about the facts in the paragraph we have. Steeletrap (talk) 17:25, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
I think you've (perhaps inadvertently) hit on the answer in your comment: the Cherokee heritage question was a major talking point during the campaign. Extended coverage belongs at United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 2012, not in Warren's biography, because the issue had no previous or ongoing coverage outside the context of one specific political campaign. MastCell Talk 18:07, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
EDIT CONFLICT In that case you will need to find a qualified person that states that she is or is not 1/32 Native American, or a statement by her saying "[she] states that she is 1/32nd Native American through a great-great-great grandmother", (per your edit). I have only seen her to state that family lore says that they are both Delaware and Cherokee. Gandydancer (talk) 18:29, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
Sure. I'll do that later tonight. I'm also going to provide an RS regarding the federal definition of Native American, which she clearly put on her job application. (she hasn't even denied this.) If you look at Harvard's current law faculty, all the profs are from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UChicago, Columbia, G-Town, and other elite schools. Rutgers is the lowest ranked school (per the U.S. News and World Report law school rankings, surveys of lawyers, employment outcomes at top firms and in academia) ever to have graduated an HLS professor. Warren was also billed by Harvard as the only female "racial minority" Professor; they wouldn't do this if Warren had only (casually) defined herself as NA at cocktail parties; they must have had official documentation.
It's true that the guy who hired her said it made no difference. But if he said it did make a difference, he'd be admitting that Harvard acquiesced to fraud, as (again) she doesn't meet the federal definition of Native American, and racial categories on job applications are used for reporting purposes to the federal government. Steeletrap (talk) 19:26, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
You have ignored MastCell's advice and even added a Controversy section. I reverted to a long-stable version. This discussion should continue at the article talk page. Gandydancer (talk) 23:19, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
Indeed it should. Maybe a sub-section is excessive, but this issue merits much more than one paragraph. It drew more RS attention than most of the stuff covered extensively on the page. Steeletrap (talk) 00:30, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
If you're going to revert, you need to at least try to engage me on the talk page, with reasons for your revert. Steeletrap (talk) 03:44, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Where/when was the consensus for your version? (diffs, please) I don't see a clear consensus in favor of your favored version. Argumentative fatigue does not equate to consensus. I do see a lot of straw-man arguments being used on that talk page to exonerate Warren, such as the claim that Warren is not accepted as Native American because of her complexion. The problem isn't that she's saying she's multiracial while 'looking white' -- you don't see Mariah Carey or Jason Kidd have their integrity questioned for identifying as both black and white because of their parents ancestry. The problem is that she says she's multiracial and is not.

I am far from anti-Warren. I agree with her politics and would've voted for her over Brown (though I do believe in affirmative action, and oppose lying and misrepresentation). However, I am also an anthropologist who knows race is classified under federal law. Unlike other racial categories, documented ancestry (which she lacks) is not sufficient to be NA; you need to be registered with a tribe or immersed in the community. I can guarantee that this (official/federal) definition is what's used on applications to work or study at Harvard, because that stuff is used for reporting purposes (as you saw in the HLS "affirmative action" report that cited an NA female Professor (Warren)).

A school would never -- indeed cannot -- put someone down as Native American on documents sent to the federal government simply because she once mentioned, in a cocktail party or whatever, that she part NA. Formal (written) self-identification on an official form is required to document someone as being a member of race x or y (there are high profile cases of black conservatives who oppose affirmative action and refused to identify their race on applications; should a school admit or hire such an individual, it cannot classify them as black in 'diversity reports' to the feds after realizing that she is black.) Warren must have conveyed that information to them them on an employment application, which she knew or should have known would be used for federal reporting/affirmative action purposes.

The evidence against the idea that she received affirmative action (the statement from a guy who hired her that said it was solely on the merits and not her race) is pathetic; do you think that Harvard Law School would ever say that a (non-fake) racial minority, who was eligible for affirmative action, was hired or admitted because of her/his race? Also, they have an incentive to cover up their own false filing of a "underrepresented minority female professor" to the EEOC. Steeletrap (talk) 19:19, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

Steeletrap, I think you and the two other editors here (Gandydancer and MastCell) are talking past each other. As I understand it, Gandydancer is essentially echoing WP:BALASPS, which says that article content should be covered in rough proportionality with its notability. This means that you don't only have to convince editors that the information is notable, but also that it's more notable than other subjects in the article that get less real estate. In MastCell's comment I hear WP:RECENTISM, which is a school of thought saying we should take the long view (say, ten years) when determining notability. --Dr. Fleischman (talk) 05:20, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

GA improvements at 2012 Delhi gang rape[edit]

Perhaps the new section should be called "Legacy", as there is more to it than some analysis made one year later. The section thus named can hold more material, including new laws proposed or passed, and comparisons made in the future.

I really want to see this article go to GA, and I'm glad that you guys are jumping in to expand it. Again, ping me when it's ready for GAN3. Binksternet (talk) 20:06, 20 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi Bink. Please feel free to offer suggestions. I do not consider myself a very good editor--in fact, this is about the last thing I ever thought I'd ever be doing. In college I breezed thorough any kind of science but I almost felt ill when it came to any writing project. Gandydancer (talk) 21:22, 20 January 2014 (UTC)
Looks like you have an energetic colleague at the article, so that makes it easier. Binksternet (talk) 02:24, 21 January 2014 (UTC)
Who is that? Gandydancer (talk) 02:42, 21 January 2014 (UTC)


Thanks a lot for the barnstar buddy, although you are far more deserving than me for the amount of work you have done. Keep editing, keep inspiring. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 17:22, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

Just because I wrote most of the copy does not mean that I didn't need someone to bear with me as it came together and give occasional encouragement. BTW Rsrikanth, I like being your buddy and I hope you'd say the same if you knew that I'm a gurl. (I don't usually tell people that--only people that I trust.) Best, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 17:36, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
As one of the main people working on getting more female editors from India, you being a girl just makes this place a better place. :) --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 18:07, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
Good luck with getting more women to edit here... I doubt that most women have time to edit--I have time only because I'm retired. I used to try to talk my friends into becoming editors but never got even one woman to give it a try. I don't try to recruit anymore because this place has changed so much that I don't believe that a new woman with my general outlook - and the one I share with my friends - could stand it around here. Sometimes I can hardly stand it myself and just steer clear of a lot of topics I'm interested in. That said, for the most part I enjoy editing and I "love" Wikipedia. Gandydancer (talk) 04:00, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
Well, it's good to have you here! --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 08:53, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Why do you refuse to discuss on the article Talk page?[edit]

Why do you insist on edit warring without discussing the edits at issue on the article Talk page? The only thing I have seen you address on that Talk page is my edits to the Talk page, declaring that my detailed explanations and defences there constitute "tendentious editing" by virtue of their length alone, mixed in with your opinions about me as an editor without any reference to my article edits. Please show me the policy which instead of inviting people to address disputes on article Talk pages, warns them to not participate too much. Do you have anything at all to say about edits to the ARTICLE? Even your edit summaries say nothing about the material you are reverting. I've encountered my share of edit warriors on Wikipedia over my many years here, but it is quite unusual to encounter someone whose effort to defend the SUBSTANCE they are reverting doesn't even rise to the level of token. If you ever made any comment that indicated that you even read what you are reverting, please feel free to point it out. I come here in order to extend another invitation to discuss whatever your problem is.--Brian Dell (talk) 18:37, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

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"...I'd rather have all of my fingernails pulled out..."[edit]

I find it extremely heart-warming (but not all that surprising) when I discover how you feel about "the most dangerous and dirtiest Wikipedia editor I've come across". Have a great year editing, ```Buster Seven Talk 16:32, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Buster. While there certainly are a group of editors that I believe must get their information from Fox News and the like, I am grateful for the ones that I would consider part of my circle of friends in real life. People like you. Gandydancer (talk) 17:17, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Not helpful[edit]

This wasn't constructive. Please refrain from such personal attacks in the future. --Dr. Fleischman (talk) 05:10, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

Perhaps you need to think about why it is that some editors have problems dealing with you. Reading the following at ANI tells me that I am not alone when I become irritated with your frequent hypocritical comments.
"DrFleischman once declared his exasperation about another editor's behavior which he described as "Every edit, every source is contested" only to himself engage in very similar behavior "No, we don't have to go with what the news sources think is relevant. We are not a newspaper." on another article, followed by rants on the talk pages of editors who raised an eyebrow [45] followed by ultimatums to another [46]. Wnt casting vague aspersions of COI with which DrFleischman then easily self-identifies for point-scoring purposes is surely not the best way to deal with his behavior, but then WP:BEAR, WP:SPADE, and WP:HYPOCRISY applies too. As another sampling point, DrFleischman immediately chided another editor for expressing his exasperation with him [47] while freely dispensing his own snotty "advice" like "Hurry along, now.","Just please try to keep your punches above the belt" and "stop with the sighs and groans" to those trying to discuss matters with him. If other editors posted a warning to his talk page every time he says something disrespectful toward them, then DrFleischman's talk page would be miles long. But I guess playing the hurt WP:DIVA works well enough around here. Unfortunately, I've seen this tactic successfully used on ANI before. Phrasing the personal attacks in the snotty imperative seems to bypass the civility filter of most admins. DrFleischman's continued insistence on an apology or block of Wnt well after Wnt removed the questionable allusion [48] (this ANI report was filed after DrFleischman declared his impatient dissatisfaction with that solution [49][50]) is just another example of the general WP:BATTLEGROUND attitude exhibited by DrFleischman. Someone not using his real name (talk) 08:31, 8 February 2014 (UTC)"

Did you notice this history?[edit]

[51]. Very contentious. Alatari (talk) 06:27, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Yes I did. I remain very dissatisfied with her article. Wikipedia readers are not aware that the political slant of our articles is often dictated by just a few editors. One fine day in the future I will attempt to revert and see what happens, but I don't expect much of any luck--it is my impression that the progressives are falling behind while those who watch Fox News for their news are gaining ground. Gandydancer (talk) 15:15, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of 2012 Delhi gang rape[edit]

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2012 Delhi gang rape GA[edit]

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Congratulations for teaming with Rsrikanth05 to promote 2012 Delhi gang rape to Good Article status. It is a terrible topic—important learning for India and the whole world. Your work lays the foundation for lasting social benefit derived from individual tragedy. Binksternet (talk) 20:47, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Your fearless truth-telling is sort of a 'wildcard' in the wild mix Wikipedia has to offer. Thank you for again standing by my side. You always show up at just the right time to say just the right thing. Priceless and rare you are. So glad you exist. petrarchan47tc 00:09, 11 February 2014 (UTC)


For your recent loss. My prayers are with you. ```Buster Seven Talk 04:33, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

Oh no. Mine are too now, I am so sorry to hear this. My heart hugs you all ways, Gandy. petrarchan47tc 00:43, 18 February 2014 (UTC)
Thanks so much to both of you. I've started a note a few times and end up deleting it. Her passing was not terribly difficult because she (and I) had several years to prepare for it. Plus, we both believe that this present life is only part of a soul's existence, though exactly what happens next we are not sure!  :) Gandydancer (talk) 15:56, 24 February 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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You deserve this. The way you brought up that article during the GA review. The way you copy edited it, added sources, formatted it, all of it. Thank you, for being such an awesome and if I may say so; 'kickass' edit partner. I had given up on the GA, but you convinced me to do what little I did with dedication. Thanks a lot. -- Rsrikanth05 (talk) 06:15, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

"That sort of behavior sucks"[edit]

May I remind you that it took Petrarchan a full week to respond to me? I happened to be on a cruise ship last week meaning I could not then immediately respond to the comment of hers that she took a week to get around to. I'm sorry if my taking a vacation offended you. Now may I suggest addressing content issues instead of this sort of thing?--Brian Dell (talk) 21:46, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

This sort of behaviour sucks ass. Though you were asked three times, you refused to cite the exact text sourced to the article you were complaining about. Finally tonight, 20+ days after the initial complaint, I discovered there was nothing whatsoever sourced to the Masnick piece. Nothing. This type of time-wasting is only going to be tolerated for so long... petrarchan47tc 09:40, 22 February 2014 (UTC)
There's being deliberately obtuse and then there is being so deliberately obtuse that you demand that I read your mind and explain to you just what you thought including that Masnick blogpost was supposed to accomplish when that "Masnick piece" was first introduced to the article BY YOU. "Finally tonight" you stop edit warring (apparently as a consequence to my badgering @Binksternet enough to given an opinion on this on the Talk page instead of Binksternet just reflexively reverting back to your preferred version which includes this) and now you say there was never ever anything "whatsoever sourced to" this blogpost anyway! Why did you add it in the first place, never mind edit warring to add it back for more than month, if including this was, as you now say, pointless from the very beginning? How much of my time, your time, Binksternet's time, and Wikipedia's time in general could have been saved had you just let it go the first time I removed the use of that blogpost from the article?--Brian Dell (talk) 17:35, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

Subverting research[edit]

Hi Gandy, i hope you're well. Thought of you today... this (transcript) might make a great contribution to your list of COI in research. Or something. Anyway, it's important since Wikipedia doesn't really take nuances like what's contained in this report into account when we hold as unquestioningly reliable and neutral MEDRS and other official stamps-of-approval. petrarchan47tc 09:36, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi Petrar, Thanks but I watch (or record) Democracy Now every day. I've been working on his article and plan to add more re this recent disclosure as time permits. Come on over--the more the merrier... Face-devil-grin.svg One thing that stuck in my mind was his statement re universities are being taken over by corporations, something I pretty much knew already. ...and people question whether or not the same thing is happening to Wikipedia! (Gandy crosses her eyes). BTW, I have a list of COI in research. Here it is: COI in research: [52] [53] [54] [55] [56] [57] [58] Gandydancer (talk) 15:45, 24 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi Gandy, I don't know how this happened, except that things have been quite crazy lately... I missed this response from you, and the sweet compliment you left under Hector's comment at my talk page. Thank you so much for those words. Wow. This MEDRS thing is increasingly upsetting, but I have OD'ed on upsetting things for the moment. I do like the idea of joining you (Oh! you canvasser, you!) at a peaceful article. Meanwhile, BP has become very lucky indeed, as a few uncomfortable details about their oil spill are being erased, tagged, questioned, and rewritten across multiple articles. Not haphazardly either, all very focused on damage to health of workers and environment. I am pretty sure this is exactly what is at issue in their trial right now. Same ole. I'll leave you with a hug... not sure how much I'll be around, but just know I'm always going to be supporting you and grateful we met. petrarchan47tc 09:36, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

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Saguache Crescent DYK[edit]

Take a look at the comments at Template:Did you know nominations/Saguache Crescent and see what you think. I'm pretty quick at fixing up references but I'm busy for another day working a disputed biography. The too-close paraphrasing needs to be addressed. :(

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A beer for you, long overdue[edit]

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DYK for The Saguache Crescent[edit]

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Thanks for being open-minded and giving me a second look. --Dr. Fleischman (talk) 19:17, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Sorry to say, but I still find you very unpleasant to work with. When an editor arrives on the scene when Bink, Petrar and I were dealing with an editor that I find very difficult (and "exhausting") and says:
This "you are exhausting" talk is destructive, non constructive, and is contrary to the spirit of the project. Anyone who is too "exhausted" to address the good-faith concerns of their fellow editors ought to take a good long wikibreak, and consider focusing their efforts on less controversial subjects. That goes for all of you. Yes, including you, Petrarchan. --Dr. Fleischman (talk) 22:34, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
Just who in the hell do you think you are anyway? Is this the way you speak with your friends or fellow employees? If you do, I can tell you that there is plenty of eye-rolling going on behind your back.
That said, I actually do believe that you are not aware of the way you come across and do not intend to be so difficult. And I believe that you are sincere when you say that you wish this could be worked out for the good of both the article and Wikipedia.
I'm so sorry that I got involved in this at all. I thought long and hard before I spoke out on Bink's page because I think so highly of both Petrar and Bink and did want it to seem that I did not support them. But to your credit, I felt that you were the sort that was mature and honest enough to discuss and hopefully come together. Gandydancer (talk) 13:00, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
My comment about "you are exhausting" was intended to stem the increasing tide of incivility on that talk page. It obviously backfired, and I regret that. If my comment came off as somehow snide or patronizing, I apologize. Sincerely. I don't know what you mean when you say "just who the hell do you think you are," I'm just another independent editor trying to edit peacefully and hope that others do the same. Regardless, I don't expect you (or any other editor, for the matter) to think highly of me. Peaceful coexistence is enough. :-) --Dr. Fleischman (talk) 17:02, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
Oh, OK then. Bink, Petrar and I need help from a Wikipedia expert, Dr. Fleischman, about how to conduct ourselves on talk pages? (I have to admit that I can't help but chuckle at this because I have worked with groups that work on communication. Most of us are surprised when we receive feedback about how we come across--but some more than others...} Gandydancer (talk) 19:21, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
I never suggested I was an expert, but yes, we could all use a little constructive feedback now and then. In my personal experience, sometimes the best insights come from the most unexpected places. --Dr. Fleischman (talk) 19:42, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

Sure, constructive feedback is fine, but you don't seem to know the difference in feedback and acting in a very irritating manner. Petrar and I both said that Bdell was frustrating us by writing article-length posts that he expected us to read and respond to. We said he was exhausting.

I note that you are now having the same experience. You say to him:

"Seriously, is your goal to convince me of something or keep arguing longer and longer, more and more vehemently until I cry uncle? Your comment doesn't appear intended to achieve the former. Your argument has gotten absurdly complex, to the point where my simple brain can no longer understand it, let alone respond to it. Please write, in four sentences or less, what you want and why."

You won't see Petrar, Bink or me step in to reprimand you here because there is nothing wrong with your post in the same way there was nothing wrong with ours. That's why I find you so irritating. You go around as though some editors need your parental help and instructions on how to behave with an I'm OK, you suck attitude. Gandydancer (talk) 15:11, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

No offense, but that sounds like a reprimand to me. Along with the multiple "who do you think you are" comments. Truce? --Dr. Fleischman (talk) 23:10, 9 March 2014 (UTC)
Btw, you and Petrarchan are probably in stitches over my recent interactions with Brian Dell at Talk:Edward Snowden, ad you have a right to be. Now that Brian's putting me through the ringer I certainly understand your frustration and "exhaustion." Then again while you may have been fully justified in feeling the way you did, IMO that didn't justify you expressing it to Brian, which was inflammatory and uncivil, even if honest. In any case, my reason for bringing this up isn't to justify my involvement; rather, just the opposite. If I had been actively participating in that discussion (rather than passively observing) I would have better appreciated what you and Petrarchan had been dealing with and I probably would have kept my mouth shut. So, in hindsight, I'm sorry for that indiscretion. --Dr. Fleischman (talk) 05:03, 10 March 2014 (UTC)


See my talk page. ```Buster Seven Talk 18:55, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Buster. Gandydancer (talk) 19:30, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

Happy 8th of March[edit]

Hi Gandydancer, Happy International Womens Day! Your contribs have really inspired me a lot and I hope we can jointly edit some other article in the future. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 20:55, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

So good to hear from you! Any special article that you may be interested in? Gandydancer (talk) 00:39, 9 March 2014 (UTC)
Well, I was trying to get Rajani Pandit to a DYK on the 8th, but got a bout of flu and fell severely behind. We could work on a few women related DYKs. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 16:49, 9 March 2014 (UTC)
Must one finish within a specified time limit or can one use the date on which they feel that the article is ready? It's a great article for DYK, though it still needs a little work. Gandydancer (talk) 18:46, 9 March 2014 (UTC)
(watching) "finished" is not the question, but it has to be nominated within 5 days from creation which passed. You could now do one of the following: 1) expand 5 times (seems tough), 2) nominate and claim flu, 3) write a connected article and mention her in the hook, - such articles get a lot of attention even if not bold. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 23:23, 9 March 2014 (UTC)
Hi Gerda, I read all the refs and I'd say that he has gleaned about everything there is that could go in her article. We'll see what he thinks... Gandydancer (talk) 01:01, 10 March 2014 (UTC)
Hi Gerda, I took all that into consideration. It was a new article. I expanded it to the min. limit of 1500chars on the first day before I fell ill. I popped up again on the fourth day, checked with DYKchecker and it said four days ago. With around 10mb left on my Internet plan, I nominated it before heading back to the hospital. Looks like it'll be live a few hours. Gandydancer, thank you so much for all your help. :) P.S: As for expansion, don't worry, my first DYK and my most recent one were expanded to ~5000 chars. A bit difficult, but humanely possible. :) -_Rsrikanth05 (talk) 04:57, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
All looks fine, thank you for the article! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:06, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── No problem. Thanks for all the help you two! It means a lot. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 07:29, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

to answer your question on my talk: when I named 3 possibilities I was under the (wrong) impression that it was to late for a timely nomination. In such a case, one possibility would be to say "I nominate this late because I had the flu." I - as a reviewer - would accept it ;) - You can always expand an article 5* - if you can. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:23, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
ps: I listed her here, - feel free to add more women you know, created or featured in March, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:27, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
Which is why I came online, put in a nom and went back. :) Anyway, thanks for adding it to the list. Any ideas on other articles that could be created? --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 08:57, 13 March 2014 (UTC)
Plenty of ideas. I recently went over lists in German to add red links to the list of female dancers, then filled some. (Ideally, they should first be created, then added to that list.) Look for red links in areas that interest you. Women are preferred this month ;) I have five stubs of (female) opera singers on my user page that I want to expand later, but you could do it now, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:06, 13 March 2014 (UTC)
Will get to it. Right after I finish my current [not women related] article. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 20:50, 13 March 2014 (UTC)
I recently did a DYK article and I thought I'd never do that again!, but as it turned out it was fun after all, and I'm ready to do it again. In my Yodeling article I mention a woman, Beulah Henderson, who performed in vaudeville. Although she was a black woman, she had to wear blackface for her performances--that's how it was back then (and there is the perfect hook line!). Rsrikanth, perhaps you could help me? Gandydancer (talk) 23:35, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Gladly. Will do so shortly. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 03:37, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

Waves at TPS[edit]

Hiya! The article I mentioned in passing on the other page is Doyle Doss which if you search "Doyle Doss, Eureka, California" you'll rapidly come up with a totally different impression of the subject than a man who can glue two flower pots together or drill a hole in a motorcycle helmet in his secluded workshop outside of town. I am concerned that despite surviving my nomination for non-notable that this fellow continues to brag up to locals and children about how he's "on Wikipedia". I personally read the one NYT article as a bored writer's response to a press release. Ellin Beltz (talk) 18:09, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

Hmmm...[59] Gandydancer (talk) 01:02, 9 March 2014 (UTC)
I think it should hit AfD again. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 11:11, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

New article and DYK[edit]

Hiya, since my prev. DYK submission is complete, I thought we could start on our next Women related article for DYK. I'm hoping the two of us could work on more than one. Hope to hear from you very soon. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 17:02, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

I have not had much spare time. I did work on my article and had a good start and lost it because I was not saving it as I went along... I have started again. I'm hoping to pad the article out a little with vaudeville information. Do you know about how to get a photo? This one is out there [60] Gandydancer (talk) 20:37, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
I'll see if I can find something on Flickr? --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 15:06, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
I'm almost certain that nothing else exists. Gandydancer (talk) 03:31, 21 March 2014 (UTC)


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environment dancer
Thank you for quality articles such as Yodeling and Saguache, Colorado, for taking care of articles mentioning victims of rape and oil spill, for working for the environment and bringing in your personal experience, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:10, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

It is so nice of you to think of me! Your recognition means a lot to me. Thanks! Gandydancer (talk) 20:39, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

No one deserves this praise more. You ARE a most awesome Wikipedian. petrarchan47tc 11:28, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Syngenta article[edit]

Wow, what a large Talk page! It's obvious you're very active on the wiki. Anyway, I wanted to apologize for undoing your changes on the Syngenta article--but I think the additional references are relevant. I have read several articles on Hayes, and he's made multiple claims in the past similar to those made in The New Yorker article. They all share two things in common: they're against Syngenta, and he has zero proof. (He's also made some claims against his employer, Berkeley, along the same lines and similarly has no proof.) I'd consider the fact he did this before to be sufficient reason to include the other refs, albeit with altered language in the main article. And no, I don't have a vendetta against the guy; but I have met, and like, the Syngenta scientist that he defamed in The New Yorker article. I also restored the reference to Syngenta's formal response, but could go either way on that. Jtrevor99 (talk) 15:33, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Hello again! I don't want to drag you into the mess, but if you've kept up on the recent changes to the Syngenta article you know that there's an edit war going on. My intent in the edit war was to balance out Binksternet's statements which were, in my opinion, highly biased. (For example, twice describing Hayes' accusations then deleting references to Syngenta's response is suspect in my view.) That said, I am far less experienced on Wikipedia than you, Jytdog, or Binksternet, and I would welcome any (unbiased) response from you on what mistakes I have made. Jtrevor99 (talk) 20:01, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
Hi there, it can be very difficult to understand the WP sourcing policies. When I first started editing it sometimes seemed that everything that I added was deleted. Just keep at it and you will continue to learn how it works. I still have plenty of questions from time to time. Gandydancer (talk) 22:54, 30 March 2014 (UTC)


Gandy, just wondering what you would do, if you were me? Obviously there is no peace in our future at the oil spill articles. It got crazy before the trial started up last year too. I'm completely out of energy when it comes to struggle here. So just walk away? Where are all the independent editors helping to keep these articles updated? Do they just show up to fill a void, or if everyone walks away, do the articles just become a whitewashed joke? How is that acceptable? I'm asking because I value peace these days over all else (out of necessity), and I don't see how I can be here peacefully. I'm not asking for this strife, it's coming to my doorstep. Any insights? petrarchan47tc 06:03, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi there Petrar, well I do have some advice: Quit suggesting that some of the editors here are paid editors. If you're wrong it's slandering their name and if you're right they're certainly not going to admit it. That's about all the advice I've got other than to beg you to not leave--you're just too valuable here. As for the problems with Wikipedia, you and I are of like minds on just about everything and we see the same problems in the world so I guess that it's no surprise that WP reflects those same problems. Here's some Pema Chodron and bell hooks for you to read--I think it will help. [61] Best, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 12:34, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
I love Pema. Thank you for this feedback, this is truly helpful. I see it thrown around quite a bit that I am accusing others of being paid, or of being shills. Or working for the FBI. Yet I never do. I point out that a big trial is coming up for BP - is that crossing the line? What is meant by my accusing others of being paid, besides extrapolations from these obvious connections I point out? Why has no one bothered to help wih the corexit article in 4 years until the Clean Water Act trial date is announced, and why is the 'help' all about minimizing damage to the water? If I am asked to say nothing of this, but to endure the bullshit going on (not sure if you're aware of what's been going on) - well that just doesn't make sense to me. Zero sense. I'm still at a loss for how to be here, staying in my truth, and stay sane. One thing is, and this is not directed at you, but there are is really no one out there stepping in to help, and it's a frustrating, somewhat desperate feeling. Especially when ganged up on, and especially when there is a vicious attitude on the other end. I think when folks are here too spin articles - I don't know how they're being compensated if at all and I don't comment on that aspect, ever - they can't use guidelines and have to ignore them or play dumb once a while. What I'm seeing is that when folks need to 'play' with guidelines to get their wanted version of an article, they simultaneously play with editors, causing lots of turmoil, taking them to noticeboards, leaving nasty notes, following them to other articles, finding ways to take them out. This is happening to me not because I called someone a shill or paid, because I haven't. It's happening to me for simply standing up for the truth, when that truth hurts nothing but BPs chances of getting the lower fine rather than the higher one. I can't see what else I'm doing wrong here. I'm following guidelines and adding only well sourced material. I do not know what to do when I get attacked for that. I say what I see happening, hoping that someone wil step in and make things right, I'm not well versed in the whole noticeboard thing, and don't know how to deal with the type of stuff that I'm experiencing right now. Do you really think it's worth it? Do you really believe that what I experience, I deserve? That to keep truths in a Wikipedia article one must endure what I do? The reason I have a couple people after me is because I've spoken the truth. And although I never accused the Monsanto gatekeeper of being paid, it's pretty ridiculous to imagine someone sitting around for hours every day protecting a billion$ company out of an organic passion for truth, rather than some form of compensation. If I'm not allowed to say something like this, I'm definitely in the wrong place. "Stay, help, but never state the obvious!!" That's a brain and a soul-twister. I don't dig a twisted soul, I speak out to keep mine intact. petrarchan47tc 17:59, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

I'm afraid that you will find my feedback harsh but I will share my truth as well. Keep in mind that you asked for my opinion and I didn't just volunteer it.

You said, "I point out that a big trial is coming up for BP - is that crossing the line?". Yes, I think that it is and IMO it is as bad if not worse than coming right out and saying xxx must work for XXX because their edits are so biased. You say, " One thing is, and this is not directed at you, but there are is really no one out there stepping in to help, and it's a frustrating, somewhat desperate feeling." If that is the case you will just need to back off and do the best you can. If you really care about accuracy in WP articles with the progressive side fairly represented, it won't do any good to get so frustrated that you quit editing all together. You say, ""Stay, help, but never state the obvious!!" I don't think that it is obvious at all. I think that it's important to keep in mind the fact that to corporate America our lives aren't worth even $1.99 to GM and corporations are eager to improve their image in any way they can at any cost (and this is only going to get worse) but you're going to have to keep your suspicions to yourself. That's what I do and I don't think that you are any more dedicated to the truth than I am. Incidentally, I am far from certain that the Monsanto articles have a paid editor. When he came to that article it was a mess--as so many of our articles are what with being put together over time with a catch as catch can method of information reporting. And in all honesty, he is very good at what he does. Some people are--they can envision a master plan and carry it out expertly. Add to that a possibility of a compulsive (not necessarily using that term is a negative way) personality determined to redo every article that has anything, no matter how loosely connected, and you could get what we've got. But that said, even without the issue of paid editing I remain convinced that it is very unhealthy for Wikipedia to have all of the Monsanto articles--Monsanto being perhaps the most controversial corporation in America-- written by the same person. And unlike accusations of paid editing, I can freely make that statement, IMO.

Petrar, I really do think that you need to spend some time reading Pema and bell until their message begins to come to you. Ask Pema your questions and she will answer you if you try hard enough. Your editing here has made a very positive impact on the information available to the readers of Wikipedia and I believe that you are a rare gem. But, to those who come into this plane with more, more is expected. You need to mature in the sense that Pema speaks of. I see your experience here as a great opportunity for growth. I hope that you realize that I wouldn't even dream of saying any of the things in this post to anyone else here. One is only completely honest, (when the honesty may be hurtful) with those that one has a great deal of respect for. Gandydancer (talk) 13:39, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

I asked you because I knew you would tell me the unbiased truth, and I know you are as dedicated to it as I. Nothing you said is harsh. And thank you again for your special brand of love. As for Monsanto, I am not saying someone is being paid. We have little-to-no allowance to speak about spin-doctoring (or gate-keeping), but well-established rules against saying anything about it. It really does seem as if the community finds it more abhorrent to speak of spin doctoring than to engage in it, even when engaging in it is coupled with hostility and little understanding of WP guidelines, as we're seeing at BP articles. It seems as if everyone is asleep at the wheel, just watching from the sidelines as a 'commentary' is used to remove or discredit the one major study about Corexit. This is a big deal on many levels. As I said last month at the BP talk page, when we are looking at such a large company who is looking at such a large trial in the very near future, it seems prudent for WP to have some extra assistance just to watch that guidelines are followed and that independent editors aren't being abused or bulldozed by someone trying to question/change details related to the Clean Water Act phase of the trial. It is too much to expect us to deal with this onslaught. But if it's taboo to point out the timing/connection, and if no one is really keeping tabs on BP's trial, related science and WP articles, then I don't expect anything will be done to stop the whitewashing. If I didn't care about the facts in those articles, I wouldn't have worked on them so hard in the first place. However I am not up for fighting some jerk over it, again. That is why I am trying to call attention and get some help. But it appears the community would rather I shut up, and let the SPA's do whatever they want to 'help' with oil spill and dispersant articles. Such a strange response. petrarchan47tc 21:56, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
But, besides all of that, I do hear your deeper message, and I know and appreciate the energy behind your words. Thank you for pointing out that your comments are grounded in respect, and although I know this because you've been very good about expressing yourself in the past, it's still really nice to hear. I come to you when I am at a complete loss, due to my respect for your words and faith that your heart is always in a good place. petrarchan47tc 04:23, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
I'll say this, Petrar, I see your almost childlike honesty as a core problem here. I believe that it is what makes you work so hard on the articles you edit and what draws others to you (and they are people of the highest of integrity) and yet it is what gets you in trouble. IMO you sometimes find it so hard to believe that anyone would believe corporate/governmental propaganda that you figure they must be getting compensated for their editing. I doubt that "the community" wants you to just shut up, but I'm willing to bet that I'm not the only one that wishes you'd quit suggesting that some editors appear to be getting compensated for their interest in certain articles.
About the Corexit problem. I left a note on the spill page re the study. I'm going to go to that page and ask if you (or anyone) would summarize what is going on there. I think that people are willing to help but the present situation can be confusing--not surprising when a legal battle is going on--and many of us have just thought for a long time that you have put so much energy into learning about Corexit that you will handle Corexit-related stuff and that article.
Keep readin' that Pema and bell! Best, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 12:49, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
I died for this childlike innocence, and I'm not going to allow it to be tarnished by "reality" again. I'm not making comments about where anyone's paycheck is coming from so that's a dead issue.
As for Corexit, I can handle things unless energetic WP:SPAs come in and dedicate their days to undermining the one main study that has come out. No one needs to understand the intricacies of Corexit science to help with this - they just have to understand WP:RS rules. There is an obvious attempt to muddy the waters with lots of talking, accusations, and general meanness. We've seen this before. I have suggested we take this whole issue to a noticeboard to get help looking at the arguments presented & the science, and see what can be said. As you may remember, during the spill one of the main things we heard was "We just don't know enough" "We'll have to keep an eye on it, because we don't know the effects of Corexit". It was an experiment with the EPA's approval, sprayed by the USCG, under the direction of BP. Since then, the EPA has been very quiet about it, has not checked up on the Gulf as promised, and still has Corexit as a go-to in their spill response plan. Since there was little-to-no (admitted) science done on Corexit, this post-spill study finding the mixture to be 52x more toxic than oil alone is a big deal, and has been embraced by all - except the one BP-funded commentary. The study simply hasn't been questioned in any forum WP would recognize as RS, and although this whole argument on the talk page has been expected, and it isn't valid. There are others who have said the mixture is worse than either alone (Subra, etc) so this isn't a wild finding as the talk pagers would have you believe - they are banking on editors here being laypeople (gullible) and are using overly technical language to gain the upper hand and confuse everyone. A noticeboard is the place to sort this all out, in my opinion. petrarchan47tc 07:10, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

From the little that I know, it is not so much that Corexit by itself is toxic, it is the effect produced when it is combined with oil that makes it more able for sea creatures to absorb/ingest it and the surfactant effect on the membrane of the creature that removes any protective "film" that may be present. Excusing the poor wording, is it something like that? BTW, there are quite a few papers on it (and I have yet to see even one that suggests that Corexit does not make oil more toxic). See here: [62] Re the BP commentary re the 52 times study, I would really need to apply myself to have an opinion and even then my lack of background. I have seen in journals a case where someone writes in a rebuttal to a study that seems reasonable until the next month when a rebuttal of the rebuttal is printed. One needs at least a basic background to have an opinion. Not that my opinion matters when it comes to the article. This Corexit article is similar to all of the pesticide and other toxic chemicals in that at the end of the day it all depends on who has the most money to spend on studies which like opinion polls can show whatever the sponsor wants them to show. And then the government uses the corporate-influenced work for their decisions. Gandydancer (talk) 14:12, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

I dunno, sweet pea, I truly think it is a simple matter of WP:RS. We can't use primary sources without a secondary review, end of story. For instance, with the commentary, a review would have (hopefully) pointed out the COI, and would give an idea of due weight by reflecting to the reader how accepted the original study is, and compare that reception with that given the rebuttal. Without that secondary source, we are left doing the work ourselves, and just happened to get lucky by that drive-by editor who tipped us off about BP's hand in the matter. We aren't expected to do this level of work, and that is why we can't use primary sources. As for dispersant science, you are so right - everyone says the mixture is worse than either alone. And dispersant is not used 'alone' so its toxicity after being mixed with oil is the only relevant metric. The crude oil that 'spilled' in the gulf was actually more like tar in substance. So, we have poured/sprayed at least 2 million gallons of a de-greaser (dispersant) that is capable of breaking apart the chemical bonds of tar - imagine what that does to flesh. It goes right through skin like it's nothing. That's why people and dolphins, and who knows what else, are experiencing skin lesions:
  • Ott: "It's an industrial solvent. It's a degreaser. It's chewing up boat engines off-shore. It's chewing up dive gear on-shore. Of course it's chewing up people's skin. The doctors are saying the solvents are making the oil worse."
  • Orr "The fumes were choking folks along the coast. Then you add the Corexit, and communities felt their lives became a laboratory, only they were the living experiment.” Orr spoke with people who had bled from their nose, ears, breasts, even anally. “One patient had a toilet filled with blood,” she said. Others complained of cognitive damage, including what one man called getting “stuck stupid,” when he temporarily cannot move or speak, but can still hear."
  • 60 Minutes "Last Sunday, 60 Minutes revealed that two chemicals, which become highly toxic when mixed with oil, have been used in Australian waters to clean up two recent oil spills. The chemicals are COREXIT 9500 and COREXIT 9527. When COREXIT 9500 is mixed with oil, toxicity to biological matter increases 52 fold. Both chemicals were used in the Gulf of Mexico after BP’s Deep Water Horizon oil spill in 2010 - the world’s worst ever offshore oil disaster. In the three years since the US disaster, tens of thousands of Americans have fallen ill and some have died. Marine life, including dolphins and turtles, continue to wash ashore on a regular basis, poisoned by the oil and COREXIT mixture.
  • BP's Corexit Oil Tar Sponged Up by Human Skin The Corexit that BP used to "disperse" the oil now appears to be making it tougher for microbes to digest the oil. The toxins in this unholy mix of Corexit and crude actually penetrate wet skin faster than dry skin (photos above)—the author describes it as the equivalent of a built-in accelerant—though you'd never know it unless you happened to look under fluorescent light in the 370nm spectrum. The stuff can't be wiped off. It's absorbed into the skin.
  • Shaw "BP sprayed and injected 1.8 million gallons of Corexit dispersants into the Gulf, toxic chemicals that emulsify oil to “contain” the spill and prevent it from reaching shore. However, the properties that make it an effective dispersant also enable it to move through cell walls and damage vital organs. For many species, the Corexit-oil mixture is more toxic than oil alone because its toxicity is synergistic. Corexit 9527 alone contains a solvent that ruptures blood vessels and causes internal bleeding and nervous system damage, an effect that was documented in Exxon Valdez spill responders. Banned in the United Kingdom, where BP is headquartered, Corexit dispersants have permanently undermined the health of untold numbers of Americans. By sinking the oil to the sea floor, Corexit devastated the entire Gulf ecosystem from top to bottom. A recent study demonstrated that the Corexit-oil mixture is 52 times more toxic than oil alone in marine rotifers, zooplankton at the base of the food web. Concerns persist over fish deformities (shrimp with no eyes) and declines in the fish catch."
  • Cope "BP and the US government have effectively been performing the largest chemical experiment in history on a civilian population without their knowledge or consent. "
  • Ott There is fresh toxic dispersant being released every day on top of the oil. This is unprecedented. It has never been done in the world before at this rate over this long of a time. Nobody has absolutely any idea what will happen. What we do know is that dispersed oil is more toxic than undispersed oil and dispersed oil plus dispersant is more toxic than undispersed oil. We know that solvents, these are industrial solvents, they totally wreak havoc on the central nervous system of vertebrates, - birds, mammals, fish. We know that 2butoxyethanol it doesn't disappear right away. It stays. It solubulizes in oil and absorbs into biological tissue and then proceeds to wreak havoc. In people it is a fetal toxin. It creates blood disorders, liver and kidney problems. It's an endocrine disrupter, reproductive problems, the list goes on and on. This stuff was unleashed into the Gulf, and I have not seen the studies being done to tack where the dispersant is, how long it's going to be around, is it being taken up by different species in the ecosystem? The materials safety data sheet says that for Corexit 9500 it has the potential to bioaccumulate which means work its way up through the food web. We are over two and a half months in and the FDA still had no test for looking for 2butoxyethanol in fish, in seafood that was supposed to be harvested and put on the market. So its really this experiment of mammoth proportions that's been conducted in the Gulf without anybody's consent except the federal government. At what point do the people say this is an assault on my body, this is an insult to my freedoms and this has to be stopped? We never reached that point where we emptied the world's warehouse of Corexit 9527 just for example.
  • Ott See image number 6 - skin lesions
  • (Ott) Unfinished Business: The Unspoken Link Between Dispersants and Sick Children in the Gulf of Mexico
  • PHOTOS A mysterious persistent skin rash has occurred across the Gulf, coincident with BP's release of oil and chemical dispersants. petrarchan47tc 00:03, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Sneaky, huh?[edit]

Would you like to comment on the following? [63] Geogene (talk) 00:07, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Did you read the edit summary? I already told you why I erased it - "already addressed on talk". The section was added before I saw that it was being discussed already, so I removed it and commented in the existing section in my next edit. Big Conspiracy. petrarchan47tc 04:10, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
I'm only bothered by it because of the pile-on that recently happened to me on that talk page, and which you generally stayed out of. I don't appreciate your telling me to stop editing, but that's all the grief I have towards you on it--your removing it doesn't bother me. What bothers me is that you can do that without comment and I can't do that without a kangaroo trial. The partisanship bothers me. If I have a "battlefield mentality", small wonder. Somebody in an ANI thread I saw was caught deleting his nasty remarks long after the fact, and an admin said that while editors don't normally do that, it should be looked at as an attempt at retraction and that it would be unfair to attack him for it. By the way, I think they were talking about banning that editor for other things, so it's not like favoritism is likely there. Geogene (talk) 15:43, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
Well I did look at Petrar's post--didn't she remove it about four minutes later? To compare that to removing a snarky post several days later is not reasonable. That said, Geogene I can certainly understand how you might have the notion that there was nothing wrong with removing your remarks if you had seen the same thing done at an ANI thread and it was only seen as "while editors don't normally do that, it should be looked at as an attempt at retraction and that it would be unfair to attack him for it." I'd like to see the interaction as perhaps I will learn something new. Gandydancer (talk) 16:20, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
No, I did not see that until after that ugly, unnecessary exchange was over. And that "quote" is actually a paraphrase. But I do think you should see it: [64] Near the bottom of that case. Geogene (talk) 17:12, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
Geogene, the exchange was not unnecessary and there was no pile on or partisan editing, but things here are getting "ugly" as you continue to attempt to blame me for pointing out that WP clearly states that what you did was against what is expected of an experienced editor (as compared to a new editor as is the case of the deletion you mentioned above). It should be obvious that your frequent habit of calling other BP related article editors incompetent fools and then criticizing Petrar for being uncivil and me for being untruthful and unjust for even pointing out that you were wrong to delete several of your uncivil posts is not acceptable--and certainly so when you say, for instance on MastCell's page, that the main problem with the BP articles is a behavioral problem and that the editors are attempting to chase you away by behaving poorly. I'm not going to waste any more time on this and I will delete any further conversation about this topic. Gandydancer (talk) 17:21, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Helen Caldicott[edit]

Hi Gandydancer, I noticed that you immediately reverted my edit in the Helen Caldicott article. I know that you passionately support her cause, but that doesn't mean that other people can't improve the article. My changes made Caldicott's work more clear and are in no way derogatory to her or her work. If you don't like my wording (or think that I'm wrong) then this is something to discuss, but reverting with "not an improvement" as a reason isn't OK. Thanks for your understanding. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:06, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi there, I see you have again been reverted (twice) by another editor. For comparison you may want to read the Ron Paul article. However, I do agree that you were correct to point out that physician alone was not appropriate to list as her career and I was going to add "activist", but I see that another editor has done that. Gandydancer (talk) 17:01, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

A response[edit]

Please read my response here.
Best wishes,
Doc – DocRushing (talk) 03:25, 18 April 2014 (UTC).

Please read another message from me here.
Doc – DocRushing (talk) 16:43, 18 April 2014 (UTC).
Please read my note to Binksternet.
Smiles always!
Doc – DocRushing (talk) 18:29, 19 April 2014 (UTC).

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Bridgegate article[edit]

Glad you see you there. The article definitely needs more eyes. Coretheapple (talk) 16:55, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

I'm still reading it and have just got to the report's outrageous remarks about Bridget Kelly. I realize that this is a side issue, however those remarks are so blatantly sexist that it makes one wonder who in the hell, what sort of idiots, wrote the thing anyway. I'm hoping that if you agree you can come up with something? BTW, political sexism was discussed on last night's Jon Stewart program and it was one of his best shows ever. Gandydancer (talk) 17:35, 23 April 2014 (UTC)
Well I'd encourage you to pitch in. We need more editors on that page itself, and to be frank pretty much everything I do is reverted by Wondering55, so having a different editor add on that aspect would probably have a greater chance of survivability. It received a great deal of attention at the time and you're right, it deserves more. I do suggest, as I mentioned on the talk page, that you consider breaking the "Office of Governor report" section into subsections for readability, as it is now a mass of grey. Indeed, that section and the entire article is clunky in its writing style, so whatever changes you can make in that realm would be tremendously welcome. Coretheapple (talk) 17:39, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

Sunflowers and cukes[edit]

Would you try this for me? I don't have the space. I'm so glad to hear you're back in the garden where you belong. Wear a hat! And consider giving us an updated picture. Gandy, there is hope. Remember, the Bald Eagle was near extinction from DDT, but when we found out, we put an end to it and they are back! petrarchan47tc 20:20, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

Thank you so much for this encouraging reminder! We read and watch a lot of the same stuff and it can get pretty depressing. Sometimes I just take a break from watching, for instance LINK TV, at all because I just can't stand any more depressing news. By nature I am an optimist, but these last few years it has been hard to keep a hopeful viewpoint.
About Rachel Carson, a few years ago I lived right on the coast and walked it every day. Sometimes I walked the coast in the very same place that she walked when she wrote her book. I watch her article and I notice that she and other earth-loving women such as Helen Caldicott (sp?) are just absolutely hated by some (I think) men that edit here. On the other hand, it is (I think) mostly men that have worked so hard to keep the [[Abortion}} article woman friendly.
Speaking of birds, our yearly blue crane is back! As I watch him I have to chuckle as he does his "Crane Walk"--that is referring to Robert Bly's use of the crane to help men to take back their male power--I have put that poorly but I'm sure you know what I mean. Incidentally, I knew Robert Bly--a good man who did a lot of good work and wrote beautiful poems. Even still, my daughters, who waitressed him in Moose Lake, Minnesota, (correctly) called him a "pompous ass". Knowing what my teen-aged daughters thought of him, since teens are sometimes more insightful than adults, helped me to learn to not put admired individuals on a pedestal.
Sooo, to circle back to cukes on sunflowers. As I'm sure you know, sunflower stalks have been used as bean poles. I've never tried cukes on them, but this year I certainly am going to give it a try. Cucumber beetles are at their peak early in the season and I have lost my entire crop to them. They go after the squash as well, but the cukes seem to be favorites. Since I grow organic and the bees are busy at work, I don't dare to use even organic pesticides. BUT, planting them later may do the trick. I will try it and let you know how it goes.
It's always good to chat with you Petrar. How are your doing and what are you up to these days? Gandydancer (talk) 21:33, 23 April 2014 (UTC)
(I'll be back later, but for now...) I expect the updated garden to look something like this ;) petrarchan47tc 22:59, 23 April 2014 (UTC)
It pains me to say it, but because I'm being followed around by trolls, I don't feel happy to engage in personal talk on WP anymore. From recent experience, it will end up at a noticeboard in seconds flat and used to smear me. Hope you understand. Big hug, petrarchan47tc 22:31, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

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About Chinese herbology[edit]

I see your edition in this topic. Actually there is a discussion about whether Tradition Chinese Medicine is the Pseudoscience in the talk page of Traditional Chinese medicine,Acupuncture and even Chiropractic. I don't know whether these editors get the consensus. It seems the discussion is still ongoing. These discussion all focus on the a source in Nature magazine offered by user: QuackGuru. QuackGuru also put these articles in Category:Pseudoscience. I don't know what the result of the discussions will be but I suggest you check these discussion and maybe put comment when you edit the related article.

Hi there, yes I loosely follow the CAM articles talk pages but gave up editing them a few years ago because they are controlled by a crew that makes changes impossible. The change I made was an impulse and I have neither the time nor the energy to defend it. The CAM sections of Wikipedia would look a lot different if it were not that they are for the most part written by men. Gandydancer (talk) 11:41, 19 May 2014 (UTC)
Hi, I would be interested in your perspective regarding some of the edits being made on acupuncture. I had made some well referenced changes to the intro paragraph in hopes of resolving the neutral POV tag, and have seen those edits wholesale reverted without discussion. If you have a chance, I'd like to hear your perspective, because I like your work over at Chinese herbology! Klocek (talk) 17:35, 25 May 2014 (UTC)
Hi there, sorry to take so long to get back to you. I have been ill and am not up to disagreeable subjects such as any of the CAM, or as as Wikipedia (alone) calls them, alternate med/pseudoscience, articles. Given the present group that controls their content, it's a waste of time. Gandydancer (talk) 17:17, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

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Another article[edit]

Hi Gandydancer, I was wondering if you were interested in he;ping me with another article? 2014 Uttar Pradesh gang rape needs some work. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 13:18, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi there Rsrikanth, so nice to hear from you again. I have been quite ill for a few weeks and am not up to most editing because more and more it involves so much arguing. On the other hand, with little energy to do much else, I have been at my computer a lot. The last few days I have been a little better and I'd like to work with you on that article. I will read it and see if I'm well enough to write anything. Gandydancer (talk) 17:27, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

Thank you. :) --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 13:57, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

A response to a request from you[edit]

A couple of weeks ago, during a previous discussion about TKaM, you quoted me as having said that you had "made a fairly large number of spelling errors", and you asked me to point out some of those mistakes.
That comment of mine appears in this context:  "On 18 April 2014, while seeking support or agreement from Binksternet, Gandydancer admitted, “I don’t write very well myself”, and, commenting on one particular point, she further said, “[T]his is just a guess, but I would guess” something about composition. On 24 April 2014 she described herself as “far from a grammar expert”. Further, Dancer truly reveals in her postings on talk pages that she really does not write well, for she fairly often makes mistakes in both spelling and grammar.
When I wrote those words, I spoke of both errors in spelling and errors in grammar.  I did not isolate spelling errors, and I did not write of a "fairly large number of spelling errors".
If I've left an inaccurate impression, I'm sorry.
It has appeared to me that, on talk pages and in edit summaries at least, fairly often you make minor careless errors in grammar and composition, and you sometimes misspell words or select wrong homonyms or near-homonyms.  Your errors in spelling are less frequent than the ones in grammar.
Although I've not undertaken an extensive search of your various compositions, I have taken a quick look at your comments on several talk pages, mostly those on which you've written about my work.
During that process I saw these mistakes:

  • "insure" versus "ensure";
  • "incidently" versus "incidentally";
  • "advise" versus "advice";
  • "Neandrathals" versus "Neanderthals";
  • "critcism" versus "criticism";
  • "what ever" versus "whatever".

One or both of the last two items may have been simple typos rather than a more basic error.
If you had not made your request, I would never have mentioned this to you or sent you this list.
However, you did ask for this, and I offer it to you only in the kindest, most gentle, most constructive manner possible.
If you have a further question, please feel free to ask.
As always, smiles and best wishes,
Doc – DocRushing (talk) 15:20, 2 June 2014 (UTC).

I have been quite ill for several weeks and am unable to argue with you. However, there is one thing: Where on earth did I speak of Neanderthals? Gandydancer (talk) 17:10, 2 June 2014 (UTC)
Hope you feel better, Gandy. Don't let this get you down. In my family we say "NeanderTALLs" since my grandson discovered that they were above average height. I wouldn't worry too much about your spelling at talk pages and edit summaries...that's what other editors are for. ```Buster Seven Talk 17:38, 2 June 2014 (UTC)
I'm sorry about your illness, and I truly hope that you'll soon feel better.
Again I emphasize that I would not have mentioned any of this if you had not asked.
However, you asked, and I answered; further, I tried hard to give my answer in a gentle and constructive way.
Smiles and best wishes,
Doc – DocRushing (talk) 19:53, 4 June 2014 (UTC).
Hi Dancer ( i like the new nickname! ). Sending you fuzzy slippers and iced sweet tea. And a brownie with creamy chocolate frosting. Hope you feel better soon. Love, petrarchan47tc 01:50, 5 June 2014 (UTC)


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A brownie for you![edit]

Brownie transparent.png Hope you're feeling better, Gandy. Even when you're under the weather, in my unbiased, professional opinion, you still kick some serious ass around here. petrarchan47tc 04:23, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
👍 Like. BTW, check out Core's talk page tomorrow sometime today. ```Buster Seven Talk 05:02, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks to both of you. Your friendship means so much to me! I've been meaning to write a note but after the few edits that I manage to get done I'm just not up to it. Today, for the first time in weeks, I feel well enough to do some much-needed work in the garden and will hopefully spend the day out there. Buster, it was good to see you at the rape article. I worked on the Delhi 2012 rape article and, with the help of Bink, brought it up to a GA! As you can imagine, one runs into very strong opinions re rape, and especially rape in India, perhaps due to their caste system. BTW, note the request below--I glanced at the article and cringed, but maybe you guys would have a look? Best, Gandy
One of my earliest lessons as an editor was years ago at the Dalit article. It was a lesson in perseverance and patience. Articles that cross cultural and social borders always seem to have a built-in wall of mis-communication and a lack of mutual understanding. As an outside observer the caste system and its intrinsic demeaning of "lower people" is at the heart of the recent rapes in the news. ALSO, you might be interested in [65] from the most recent Signpost. ```Buster Seven Talk 16:40, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
So glad to hear you're out and about! This is the best news. You've made my day. petrarchan47tc 22:06, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

Need your input on other page[edit]

On Rape in India, I hate to surpass 2nd revert but the user, who is complete WP:SPA is clearly misusing the source, you can read on Talk:Rape_in_India#Why I removed last edits. He refuses to discuss anyway.. OccultZone (Talk) 13:56, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

I glanced at the article and the talk page. Without a good background I'm not ready to have an opinion. I did note that you removed information provided by Human Rights Watch calling it synth and I would not agree with you on that. If HRW was actually using synth, as you seem to think, that is up to them as experts, not up to WP editors who are not. We only report what RS says, without judgement. Though, like I said, I'm not well enough informed to offer much in the way of an opinion about the ongoing discussion. If I have time I will try to do more reading. Thanks for asking for my viewpoint. Gandydancer (talk) 13:55, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
To add, it seems you also called the HRW info undue and for all I know I might agree with you there, but without a better understanding I have no idea. Gandydancer (talk) 14:04, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
Talk:Rape in India#Use of Human Rights Watch described the whole story. Sometimes our editors don't get surprised even after watching extraordinary sourcing from IPs or new accounts.. It was matter of few hours, things actually got under controlled. Usually I like to participate on the pages that are related with some recent event. But after series of quick edits it will take long to identify that who's right and who's wrong with their edits. But you can continue editing these articles, and nice work on the Badaun' case. OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 12:59, 12 June 2014 (UTC)


Hi Gandy,

I apologize for raising this issue, but just wanted to touch base regarding your interest in the AZ article. I've obviously been in a bit of a conflict with Petranarch47 there the last few days, and was just getting ready to take it over to the Third Opinion board when you showed up. Given that you have worked closely with P in the past on some issues on which you have shared views, that you have never edited the AZ article before, and that your appearance comes on the heels of my conflict with P, I would appreciate your reassurance that there was no canvassing involved.

Again, if this concern is unfounded, please accept my apologies. Formerly 98 (talk) 12:24, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Postscript: I see from the notes above that you have been unwell. Please accept my best wishes for a rapid and full recovery, should this not already be the case. Formerly 98 (talk) 12:46, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Since you have read my talk page you can see that Petrarchan has not contacted me about the AZ article. I watch her page where you have posted a note to her and looked at the article because it falls within my range of interest. Note for example that I follow and post on several corporate articles and health-related issues. Also note that I have made quite a few edits at the GlaxoSmithCline article. Gandydancer (talk) 12:56, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Thank you Gandy, your statement on this at the AZ Talk page was quite sufficient to address my concerns. Formerly 98 (talk) 13:01, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Formerly 98 Would you care to explain why you showed up at both of the noticeboards regarding Corexit? I find it odd, especially after you made your final comments there about my personality, rather than sources (at the RS noticeboard). I wondered why you choose to target that subject when you admitted you knew nothing about it, and from what I could see, you weren't active elsewhere on the NB. I then noticed that you had a connection to jytdog. He had just been asked to help in an anti-Petra campaign, and publicly said no. You turned up shortly thereafter. It seems that your contributions at the noticeboards may have been at the request of jytdog. I cannot see any other explanation why a new editor would contribute to a noticeboard in the first place. I figured I would follow suit and be bold, and just ask.
Also, I think it has been apparent for some time that there is a large and well-connected group of editors, ever-growing, that is working in such a way that WP articles are being whitewashed or spun in favor of the pharmaceutical/medical industry. I wish I could follow this up with, "but there are many editors watching out for this, and these people will have a difficult time with this goal." Instead, WP has become the mouthpiece for monied interests. The ship has sailed, and in areas such as Monsanto, genetically modified food, anything to do with medicine, and Big Oil, to name a few, anyone wishing to spin articles in favor of these industries, whether by what they add or remove from the articles, will have a very easy time with little to no pushback, and LOTS of buddies. I envy them. This is their world. And I have just discovered that I no longer want to fight the inevitable any more. petrarchan47tc 23:57, 12 June 2014 (UTC)
Actually I monitor the noticeboards as I believe these are an important part of being an editor here. Frankly, its also an opportunity to have influence on issues I care about. And I don't actually recall that Jytdog was part of that discussion, though I could be mistaken.
Are the people who disagree with you all "well connected" and "whitewashing on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry"? I suppose that's one way to look at it. But I went into this business with the goal of having an impact on the human condition. A drug I invented is in clinical trials for prostate cancer, and I played a minor role in convincing the CEO of one antiviral biotech to start a program in dengue, a neglected tropical disease that kills 25,000 children a year. I'm currently working on getting a company started to address the multi-drug resistant gram-(-) bacterial problem. I've been a foster parent and played an active role at the local family violence shelter. A homeless family lived with us for 3 months at one point.
Whether anything I do ever has an impact or not remains to be seen. But it would be a mistake to assume that everyone who disagrees with your world perspective is part of some sort of international cartel of evil-doers. Most of us are trying our best, just like you are. Formerly 98 (talk) 04:40, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
Dichotimization is lazy and leads farther from the truth. I don't see "all" editors who disagree with me as some cabal. Let's get specific: you literally made up different versions of an unsourced claim about anti-depressants only being dangerous (leading to suicide) in the first few weeks, then it was months... Next at the AZ page, you used MEDRS to remove criticism about the company's practices by a reliable source, claiming that since it was not written in English, and it was a few years old, that per MEDRS it should be removed. I cannot believe you sincerely misunderstood MEDRS, which is meant to protect readers from endangering themselves with bad health info. It is not meant to protect pharmaceutical companies. And you know that. Why are you making shit up about drugs to make them seem less dangerous, and then removing information to make pharmacauetical companies seem less corrupt? It gives me shivers to think of the spin I saw from just two of your edits, and to know these are not likely isolated cases. When backed into a corner with proof of ones own wrongdoing, the most common tactic is to try and smear the accuser, as you have done in your description of me above. Realize that you have accused both Gandy and me of violating the rules by canvassing, as if I would have needed help in proving your actions to be in violation of the guidelines, which they clearly are. I would not ask Gandy to break the rules and put her own reputation on the line, and I am offended that you assumed I had. Not every one who disagrees with you has been canvassed - is this your assumption? petrarchan47tc 21:15, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Well, a few things.

First, the point is not to protect the pharmaceutical industry, but to protect patients. Misinformation about medical treatments is harmful whether it misleads people into thinking the risk benfit ratio is higher or lower than it really is. Foregoing useful treatment based on unfounded concerns harms people too.

And even the articles about companies should be accurate and balanced. Like most things, the pharmaceutical industry is a mixed bag. They've done some terrible things. On the other hand, there is a good chance that you or a member of your family is alive today because of drugs discovered, developed and manufactured by the industry you love to hate. Life is full of complexities like that.

Where did I accuse anyone of canvassing? I asked very politely and immediately accepted the response that it had not occurred. Are you really unable to see the difference between this and your very direct assertions that I've been editing in bad faith? Do you and Gandy genuinely believe it is appropriate to respond in a hostile manner when I express concern about her health, or when I invite you to work together with me to craft a posting to the third opinion board about issues we've disagreed on? This behavior seems unproductive to me.

I provided two very good sourced for the suicide timing and would be happy to defend them at the RS page if you would like to take it there. I don't think you will have much success though arguing that FDA and NICE are not reliable sources.

Life is about a lot more than being angry. Try to chill out a little. Formerly 98 (talk) 22:19, 13 June 2014 (UTC)


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Hello Gandydander (great user name BTW) - I saw what happened on Binks talk page. I have had the experience with my watchlist where I am set to click on "talk" or "contributions" on one line and my page will jump slightly and I hit rollback instead. On other occasions my mouse will scroll even though I didn't use that function. Many other editors have had something like that happen and understand what went wrong. It is a "no harm no foul" situation. You might already be aware of this but I wanted to leave a note just in case. Cheers and enjoy the rest of your weekend. MarnetteD|Talk 23:24, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

I assumed the same mechanism as Marnette discusses above. No sweat! Binksternet (talk) 23:40, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Marnette and Bink. I'm still unsure as to what happened, though for reasons unknown my WP site does frequently jump around and go to the reply to a post page when I actually clicked on a link... In this case I don't remember even clicking Bink's diff on my watch list--I should have removed his page a long time ago because our most recent conversation was long ago finished. It was nice of you both to leave a note. Gandydancer (talk) 12:41, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

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In good hands[edit]

Thanks for your efforts at the 2014 Badaun gang rape article. ```Buster Seven Talk 16:33, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Pow wow[edit]

I reverted the link addition. I only provided a reversal reason of "linkspam"; which isn't really precise. The addition goes against WP:EL guideline, specifically WP:EL#Important points to remember #2.

I also didn't move the link to the External Links section, as (to me) the existing links already adequately illustrate the same material while being better informational links overall. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 17:50, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Incidentally, from a personal perspective, I did enjoy the link. I have an appreciation of the Chippewa community (I attended college years back in Mt Pleasant), so enjoy seeing coverage of the tribe. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 17:57, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Missed your input over the last many months! That was too good Gandy! Mark Miller (talk) 23:59, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Mark. Your good belly laugh really warmed my heart and I couldn't resist adding to the hilarity of the situation. Mark, I'm a feminist but I think that we agree that men have been hurt by the old social norms as well. I'm much more concerned about a corporate takeover of Wikipedia than that the men are pushing women aside. Which is not to say that I don't find that the male POV is not evident in our articles. All in all, this would be a different encyclopedia if 50% of the authors were women. Gandydancer (talk) 15:08, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Oil/tar sands discussion on BP Talk[edit]

Hi Gandy. I saw your recent edit to the BP article changing two instances of 'oil sands' to 'tar sands'. I don't know for sure if you saw the question I posed on the talk page, but I would like to invite you to join the conversation there. I'm hoping we can come to a consensus on how to address this topic in the article or, at a minimum, agree to change the heading of "Canadian tar sands". Thanks. Arturo at BP (talk) 21:24, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

old links[edit]

For some reason, very old links from a previous comment I left are now appearing in this section, and I'm not sure why. In any case, it's OK to ignore them, or if someone can figure out why it's doing this, I'd appreciate it. Arturo at BP (talk) 22:13, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
I answered on the BP talk page. Gandydancer (talk) 16:41, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Fixed [66] with the good advice of user:isaacl. ```Buster Seven Talk 06:37, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
The strange thing was, was that it would drift down to each new section as it was added... Anyway, thanks for fixing it. Gandydancer (talk) 16:41, 29 July 2014 (UTC)


Why the strange " and " around the refs? Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 01:04, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Huh? I did not add any refs. I only updated wording. Gandydancer (talk) 01:14, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Leap Motion page[edit]

Hey Gandydancer, my name is Alex Colgan and I’m the head writer at Leap Motion. I saw that you made some edits to the Leap Motion page a while back, and was wondering whether you'd be interested in helping to expand it.

I’m fully on board with Wikipedia’s contributions guidelines, including those related to conflict of interest. This means that I won’t make any direct edits to the page. Instead, I'd like to suggest changes and contribute references as needed, so that impartial Wikipedians can make contributions that will improve the article while maintaining NPOV ^_^

Alex Colgan, head writer at Leap Motion, 15:11, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Viruses not virii[edit]

Dear Gandydancer, I noticed that you introduced the spelling virii on Ebola virus disease. In classical Latin virusis a singulare tantum. If one would create a possible plural, vira would be a probable candidate (also used in Stearn's Botanical latin). However, using the English plural 'viruses' would be considered as the best option in this case. With kind regards, Wimpus (talk) 09:02, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Sorry to be so late with a reply. I fixed the article. Thanks. Gandydancer (talk) 12:22, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Your use of edit summmaries[edit]

Improve layout

This should have been labeled a "revert", not "improve layout" on Elizabeth Warren, as it reverted the improvement of the image layout that I made. Now, due to your revert, there a huge blank gap at the bottom of the section. 18:48, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

The photo has been in that position for many months without complaints. There is no gap on my screen. Your changes made the photo appear needlessly misplaced. You might try increasing or decreasing the size of your screen display to see if that helps. I know from experience that it can change the appearance of a photo layout. Gandydancer (talk) 00:26, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
Your argument is, "nobody noticed the problem, so I'm going to revert"? Seriously? The gap is on your screen, you just don't see it. The gap exists because the image is longer than the length of the content. To solve this, the image is floated above the section header line into the relevant section below, allowing the subsequent section to fill the gap. This is like the 12th time you have reverted me altogether. Basically, whenever you see my name, you revert, and it's usually for no reason. For an example of how one can float images from the previous section to avoid gaps and bunching up the layout, see how the three images below the infobox on Cebrennus rechenbergi float over the sections from above. Do these photos appear "needlessly misplaced"? No, they do not. Viriditas (talk) 00:37, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
The photos in the article you have referenced shows photos hanging because there is not enough copy in the sections that they are placed in to contain the photo. That is not true for the Warren article - there is plenty of room. As for reverting you twelve times, I don't remember ever reverting you, let alone twelve times. Please offer a few examples. Thanks. Gandydancer (talk) 00:50, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
The photos in the article you have referenced shows photos hanging because there is not enough copy in the sections that they are placed in to contain the photo. Of course, that's the point! In the same way, for similar reasons I floated the image in Elizabeth Warren over the recognition section because there was not enough copy in the section. Previously, when the photo was added below the section there was a gap of approximately ~2.5 lines, which can clearly be seen in the previous edit.[67] Please don't deny that the gap is there as I can easily take a screenshot and highlight it like this (images blanked out):
Gap between end of text and beginning of next section caused by large image placed under section heading.
You seem to be under the strange impression that images must be added below the section heading. By floating the image as I did, the ~2.5 line gap disappeared.[68] The absence of the gap can be seen in this screenshot taken from the edit you reverted:
No gap once image is floated from the above section into the next
Your revert restored the gap simply by moving the image to the left.[69] Please don't continue to deny this as the evidence is right up above and plain to see. You didn't "improve" the layout, you simply reverted me, changed the alignment of the image from right to left (which I did not change and was already in place contrary to what you claimed) and restored the gap. This is the only time you have reverted me on this article, but you have done the exact same thing on multiple articles that I've edited in the past, in each case, reverting without reason. Viriditas (talk) 01:37, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
I wouldn't call it a "huge blank gap". Instead, the Viriditas layout reduces a one-line gap on my 1024x768 Windows XP computer running the Firefox browser, and it reduces a two-line gap on my 1600x1200 Windows 7 computer also running Firefox. These incidental gaps are not much of a concern, especially when the image layout guideline says to put images in the relevant section. Thus the image of Warren receiving recognition goes in the "Recognition" section, not above it. (I've been told that people who use screen reader software are best served by images being placed in the relevant section.) Binksternet (talk) 01:49, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
In the edit I made, the image appears in the relevant "Recognition" section per guidelines, but only appears in the above section in Wiki markup. So the layout change I made is consistent with the guidelines. You're not going to actually argue that the majority of the image appears in the above section, are you? You say these gaps are not much of a concern, but when we "improve layout" as Gandy claimed, we remove blank gaps, we don't add them. I find the gaps distracting and prefer a clean layout. As for screen readers, I think that argument is interesting but specious, as most of our FA and GA articles float images from section to section due to space constraints. So clearly, this concern is not enforced by anyone. Viriditas (talk) 01:59, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
As well, the mission of reducing blank space in the article is foiled by the "Committee Assignments" section directly above; a section which has left-justified list entries leaving a much larger blank space on the right. Quibbling over the image placement seems petty by comparison. Binksternet (talk) 01:53, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
So other problems exist. How does that address this problem? Sure, the page should be cleaned up, but that's not going to happen with Gandy on the revert button. Viriditas (talk) 02:02, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
(edit conflict) The images that Viriditas shows are very helpful. If I make my screen lettering very small, still readable but smaller than I like, I can make it appear in the very way that Viriditas shows in his image of his page. On my computer I press CTRL and + or - to do that. Viriditas, try it on your computer and see what happens. Gandydancer (talk) 01:57, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
Gandy, if you are not viewing your browser at the actual size or 100%, then the problem is even worse, because you are adjusting the layout based on your preferred screen view rather than the actual view. Viriditas (talk) 02:01, 15 August 2014 (UTC)


Thanks Gandy, i am partially sighted due to multiple sclerosis and tend to miss words at times, plus my first language is not English. i appreciate all your help. BrianGroen (talk) 16:04, 27 August 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by BrianGroen (talkcontribs) 16:02, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

Got your name wrong . Sorry my bad Gandy

BrianGroen (talk) 16:16, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

This is not mine.[edit]

I may not be able to submit it for ten days. Your Puppet (talk) 18:05, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Team Barnstar Hires.png The Teamwork Barnstar
For your work on the 2014 West Africa Ebola virus outbreak article. In particular, clarifying that DR Congo represents a new unrelated outbreak. Aflafla1 (talk) 00:24, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Thank you so much! Sorry for the delay in letting you know how nice it was of you to send me good cheer, but I just saw this today. Gandydancer (talk) 01:18, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Ebola is Ebola[edit],,,,,,,,, one is to be objective it would seem this source is clear in its indication of Ebola, in Congo,no one wants to report another case or country, logic however dictates it has; granted of the strains of Ebola this seems to be the Zaire EBOV , however, since one is unaware as to the exact source or sources (of reservoir) it would be wise to include it in the table .... ,,,,,this article seems to be a common denominator (reservoir) for BOTH OUTBREAKS. I will not get into an edit war, however I ask you to appeal to reason and look at the "big" picture of what is going on at about the same latitude on the African continent. I myself have experience as a Molecular Biologist in research, but beyond that logic always has the final say. I don't have the time to shape this article,I submit you use logic and objectivity.good luck......--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 22:53, 28 August 2014 (UTC)'

There is a Congo section. Talk page editors have agreed to not include this unrelated outbreak in the West Africa article update section. Gandydancer (talk) 23:51, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

unrelated?,,,,, .and ...,,,,,, --Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 17:16, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Ebola Senegal[edit]

Hi Gandy i think this should go on the subsequent spread. ledt me know if you dis agree.. still your call

On 29 August the Senegalese,Health minister, Awa Marie Coll Seck, announced the first case of Ebola in the country. The patient arrived from the neighbouring country Guinea, where the virus was first reported. The case has been confirmed in Senegal. BrianGroen (talk) 14:22, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

Page moves and redirects[edit]

Hello! When you moved 2014 West Africa Ebola virus outbreak to West Africa Ebola virus epidemic, the former's 18 redirects became double redirects. Your second move (from West Africa Ebola virus epidemic to Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa) made them triple redirects and made 2014 West Africa Ebola virus outbreak (which was linked from Main Page) a double redirect. (The same moves also resulted in four triple redirects and one double redirect in the Talk namespace.)

I updated the Main Page link and repaired all of the double/triple redirects. In the future, please fix any broken redirects arising through page moves that you perform. Thanks! —David Levy 16:36, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. I replied at the article talk page. Gandydancer (talk) 23:53, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Comments on CCD article[edit]

Hi Gandydancer. Earlier you made some comments towards me essentially being uncivil or disruptive ( Prior to my edits, no edits had yet occurred. Per WP:BRD, it's relatively par the course for someone to make an edit at that point in time, especially when someone has just posted about an area needing attention rather than the typical conflicting edits discussion that goes on talk pages. Plus, the discussion was open to edits at that point in time, and most of the content you reverted was already looking prime for deletion with the issues the other editor brought up. Nothing was particularly under contest then (although it is now, so we're not making additional edits yet). If you didn't agree with the content being removed then, all you would have needed to do was simply revert the edits and post on the talk page why the content should be kept. There's no need to be prickly about it in the process. This should have been a series of rather mundane edits or talk page points, and there was no reason to go beyond addressing article content, but those comments only ended up escalating the aggravation on the page even if well intentioned. In the future, remember to keep the focus on discussing content. Not doing so tends to get people in trouble by thinking and often insinuating any number of incorrect things about an editor's actions, so it's much simpler just to stick to content and keep things simple and straightforward at times when commenting about other editors is unneeded. Kingofaces43 (talk) 23:10, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

You posted on the article talk page about this again. I'll remind you that this against the talk pageguidelines. I'm copying your response here, so it would be best to strike that part of your comment from the article page:

Re your note on my talk page, you state that "it's relatively par the course for someone to make an edit at that point in time". Right in the middle of a discussion re the issues that a new editor brought up? You say "Nothing was under contest then", as your rationale that it was OK to just go right ahead and delete everything that was under discussion? I really just cannot see that you would come to my talk page to give me instructions on WP guidelines because I made an edit note stating, "There is an ongoing discussion - please try to be more [aware] that we work best when we [work] with others." Your quick delete was rude and unacceptable. Gandydancer (talk) 01:23, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

To further explain my first comment here, your comment "There is an ongoing discussion - please try to be more [aware] that we work best when we [work] with others" is essentially an accusation of bad faith (i.e., that I wasn't trying to work with folks on the talk page). It's extremely difficult to see any reason to make your suggest unless good faith was no longer assumed. You jumped the gun on your comment as I pointed out in my original post of the section. That is a behavioral issue that usually can shut down (or make very difficult) most talk page discussions. I'm just pointing that out in the hopes you are mindful of that in the future.
As for my actual edits, I essentially removed three pieces of content. One was the pending legislation we're discussing. That was never mentioned on the talk page yet. The next was the bee die-off content, which apparent from GeeBee's first comment that the content didn't have a place in the article (and you later agreed it should go even though you reverted that portion of the edit before later saying you thought it was fine). That one is borderline disruptive editing and is really challenging my ability to assume good faith with you. The last content was Bachman's discontinued use of neonics. GeeBee brought up another company that did the same. Bringing that up further pushed my concerns about notability/indiscriminate info on that content enough to delete it and mention it on the talk page. Mentioning it on the talk page was indicating I was willing to talk about the edit as well. I made the first bold edit of WP:BRD, and anyone was welcome to revert me and discuss it further. When someone first points out a general issue on the talk page that can potentially be remedied with a single edit, another editor typically goes ahead and makes an edit that appears to be likely solution, uses it as a proposed edit, and discussion continues if someone reverts or wants to work on it further. You don't enter into BRD unless that edit is reverted, so it's extremely common and normal to go ahead and make an edit in a situation like this because there was no discussion where edits would be on hold yet and no apparent controversy (yet). There was nothing intended against the collaborative discussion spirit of Wikipedia with my edit, and I took additional care to bring it up at the talk page in case anyone wanted to talk about it further. It would be extremely difficult to draw any disrespect out of that unless we're not talking about good faith anymore from you in my view, which is why it's becoming increasingly difficult (though not yet impossible) to assume good faith on my part.
I prefer avoid walls of text, but I for one am getting tired of the drama that seems to occur when we're editing the same pages when much simpler discussions should have occurred to get to a final edit. Because of that I want to make it very clear where I'm coming from and what I'm doing in my edits and my discussion here. I speak of good faith a lot, because when I encounter editors I've been in previous disputes with that appear primarily focused on editing and not POV, etc. type behavior, I prefer to give a very wide berth in my assuming good faith (yourself included). I always try to ask myself if I'm giving a person a clean slate if I had a previous argument with them. Do you ask yourself the same? When you do that, all you need to do is continue on working on content through discussion without needing to imply how that should be done when some time has passed and a new set of edits occurs.
So in short, if you have an issue with one of my edits, just revert and discuss. :) Kingofaces43 (talk) 06:41, 14 September 2014 (UTC)
I certainly plan to reply but am swamped with work both here and in my real life. I will respond just as soon as I can find the time. Gandydancer (talk) 18:42, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

Ebola virus - General article vs. epidemic article[edit]

Hi Gandy, I appreciate the work you've been doing related to ebola virus. I see you're making updates today. Could I ask you to please be judicious regarding what material you put into/leave in Ebola virus disease vs. Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. The former has been filling up of late with information related more specifically to the outbreak that gained traction in the news in the past few months--things like containment efforts and economic effects. Very much appreciated! Zad68 14:48, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I agree and that is my plan. I can see where you may have become a little "nervous" :) in that I included the economic problems, but I did include that (for now) because of the wide agreement that it is such a vital issue right now. When I am done it will most likely be shorter (perhaps much shorter) than it now is. Please feel free to continue to offer feedback. Gandydancer (talk) 15:07, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
No worries, and thanks for your work! Zad68 15:32, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Hello! There is a DR/N request you may have interest in.[edit]


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Patrick Sawyer[edit]

In July 2014 American Patrick Oliver Sawyer was attributed with taking the Ebola virus to Nigeria. Some press reports indicate he was a "Liberian Finance Minister" headed to an important ECOWAS conference. Instead, it appears he worked part time in the finance department of ECOWAS and was heading to Nigeria to seek superior medical attention. E mail of Patrick Sawyer, Worldpress, August 2014

Sawyer's primary job was with a mining concern. In early July, he arrived with bloodied clothing and his pregnant sister, at St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Monrovia. Sawyers sister's name was Miss Princess Christina Nyennetue, and she died from the virus. While at the hospital, Sawyer failed to heed staff directions. Sawyer was told she died from Ebola. Several staff members died shortly an offices of ArcelorMittal. He was directed to go home and remain in confinement for 21 days.

Sawyer booked an E-ticket and claimed to be going to an important conference. He did not book via the local offices of ECOWAS nor inform the ammbasador from ECOWAS, who was already set go. He also did not inform the Ambassador of his sister's death. The Liberian official that approved Sawyers departure is quoted as saying the request by ECOWAS to allow Sawyer to leave Liberia was unprecidented.

Sawyer managed to make contact with at least 59 people. Of these, he succesfully infected 44, and 17 of them later died.Front Page Africa, author Rodney D. Sieh, July 31, 2014

At JF Kennedy Hospital in Nigeria, Sawyer denied being near an Ebola case and told officials to test for malaria and HIV. Officials tested him and found he was suffering from Ebola. He became unruly.

Hospital staff, according to one report, were still receiving requests, after they knew it was Ebola, to release Sawyer from the hospital so he could attend the conference.

Sawyer died on July 25, 2014. He was cremated at the hospital. His mother, Georgia Nah, demanded to see his ashes.

Sawyer's wife was in Minnesota. >AllAfrica Kudos SPbmaise (talk) 04:13, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

Perhaps best to discuss on the article talk page. Gandydancer (talk) 18:45, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

"Undo" on Ebola outbreak page[edit]

I think you were being unreasonable when you undid my revisions. Did you even take a look at what I did before undoing my revisions? I made two changes. 1) There were TYPOS in the subheadings I fixed. By undoing them, you put back typos in the article! 2) The second set of changes were going in the same direction as being discussed on the Talk page, which you referred me too. Not sure why you undid my changes and not BrianGroen's... I would be grateful if you could lay out how the changes I was making were NOT in line with what was being discussed. F Camp (talk) 15:45, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for your note. I see that we have further discussed this issue on the talk page and seemed to have come to an agreement. Thank you so much for being so easy to get along with and I will try extra hard to do the same. Gandydancer (talk) 18:51, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Gandydancer. You're doing a great job on the article, and I'm very grateful for that-and I'm sure many of the page's readers are, too! I was quite disappointed when my edits were reverted back so quickly, especially considering the efforts I felt I made to make the changes in a way that would both improve the article and respect the outcome of our previous discussion regarding the ordering of organisations. That being said, I think that the overall outcome of this discussion has been positive, so thank you for your time. I look forward to collaborating again! F Camp (talk) 19:14, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
And I certainly do look forward to collaborating with you as well! I will try to explain my quick reverts: Brian suggested some reorganization on the talk page and had just gone ahead with his plans when you stepped in (probably unaware that the article was in a process of change) and made some edits to the changes that Brian had made before we had time to give feedback to his/her edits. Since you had neither make comments on the talk page re his/her proposal nor first discussed your edits, I felt that it was best to revert your changes and asked you to first discuss them (unfortunately I missed your first edit that resulted in leaving out the organizations info). But I agree that the overall outcome has been very positive and I look forward to any further input that you may have. Best, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 19:53, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi, I just undid your latest there. It appears to be a direct copy paste of an MSF press release. Please rewrite it in your own words to avoid a copyvio. LeadSongDog come howl! 04:03, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Perhaps the talk page would have been a better place to mention it than on my talk page as I didn't write it. Gandydancer (talk) 16:12, 18 September 2014 (UTC)


Hi Gandy, thanks for all your help input and support on this page BrianGroen (talk) 17:47, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

Brian, thank you so much as well. You really are just the darn nicest guy! I think that we are doing a good job with the article, but I am so surprised that the article has not drawn more editors. I've worked on several epidemic articles in the past and to find only two major editors is somewhat of a mystery for me. I first worked on the Ebola disease article and had to do a lot of reading for that, but it did give me a good background so that I felt comfortable working with Ebola. Plus, I have a medical background which made it much easier to understand/remember what I had read. Even still, it's a huge amount of time to keep up with the article and continue to read the new developments, as I know you know quite well! Plus, the talk my experience talk pages can take as much if not more time than actual article editing.
I note that you have MS - one of my best friends does as well, so I am familiar with the disease. But I must say, other than the visual problems you sure seem to be doing very well. I have chronic Lyme disease and knowing that mental problems may develop is quite frightening to me. Every time I make a typo I cannot help myself from thinking "is this how it starts?..." Gandydancer (talk) 18:39, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
Say Brian, BTW, the sources listed below are a result of an edit by SPbmaine (above) Do you know how to remove them or will s/he need to do that? Gandydancer (talk) 18:55, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Gandy Gandydancer for the kind word... MS and Lyme have very similar symptoms.. So yes i do understand what you are are experiencing as well. Ill break the links below for you quickly.BrianGroen (talk) 19:29, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

To break a reference just delete the ref before and after that is in brackets..BrianGroen (talk) 19:32, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

I have responded to your comment on my reorganization of the "Responses" section of Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa in the Talk page for that article. Corker1 (talk) 23:08, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
Hi, Gandy -- I just saw your latest edit to the Ebola article. I like the first and the third of the three edits, but I don't think the word "both" needs to be added there. I think it is clear enough without it. CorinneSD (talk) 00:50, 20 September 2014 (UTC)
LOL, I was just writing a Thank you note on your page as you were writing this. Corinne, please do not hesitate for one minute to improve my writing! In the future please go right ahead and "fix" anything I write, and there is no need to ever ask first. As I just said on your talk page, it is so good to have you at the article. Gandydancer (talk) 01:12, 20 September 2014 (UTC)
Thank you again, and thanks for the confidence in my judgment. I already saw the comments you placed on my talk page. I wonder if you could comment on the last issue at User talk:Rothorpe#Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Before I move that participial phrase, I need to know what was actually the intended meaning. CorinneSD (talk) 14:12, 20 September 2014 (UTC)
Please just do as you think best. I just write what seems to sound OK because I have little understanding of proper grammar. I'm just so glad to have you at the article. Gandydancer (talk) 14:30, 20 September 2014 (UTC)
BTW, reading my recent posts to you, I don't want to give the impression that I'm a total failure! I am a retired successful medical professional; its just that writing has always been my most difficult task. Everybody else in my family, mom, dad, and two sisters, were quite accomplished writers. Gandydancer (talk) 14:41, 20 September 2014 (UTC)
So that we don't clutter up Brian's talk page, continuing this exchange on my talk page. CorinneSD (talk) 14:57, 20 September 2014 (UTC)
I realized upon looking at this again that this was your talk page. I was jumping around on so many different pages that I got mixed up. CorinneSD (talk) 02:47, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

HI Gandy i have ask for a new semi protect edit... IP are stuffing up article again. Kind Regards BrianBrianGroen (talk) 21:04, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Gandydancer, I was looking at your last few edits. There's one sentence that is a little unclear, but I'm not sure what to do about it. It says, "At the on-going event, in July the Nigerian government..." It's the juxtaposition of "at the on-going event" and "in July" that doesn't sound quite right. Can you explain what you meant so that I can help smooth it out? CorinneSD (talk) 02:50, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I was actually trying to make the previous wording clear - the dates were weird and the second donation ref called the event "ongoing". At any rate, now I just made the whole thing less clear as to the dates, who really cares anyway? Please keep those fixes coming! I see you changed my "however" to "but". Perfect! Isn't it funny how two words, really quite similar in meaning, can make such a big difference? BTW, you asked somewhere else about refs, I use Provelt. Brian can help you more with refs, and I'd bet that he or someone needs to improve mine from time to time. Gandydancer (talk) 03:27, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Joseph Campbell[edit]

Prompted by the link you provided on my talk page to the Joseph Campbell article, earlier today I read some of the article and made a few copy-edits. (Thank you for the link!) Just now I see a set of edits in which an editor removed several sentences in different parts of the article with an edit summary saying the material is uncited. Normally, I would agree that unsourced material should be removed. However, it seems to me that some or all of the statements that were removed could easily be sourced. For example, the statement about the donation of Campbell papers to the Pacifica graduate program. The link to that program is at the bottom of the page. I'm wondering if you want to take a look at each statement that was removed and decide whether it is something that adds to the article and is worth looking for the references (or adding a "citation needed" tag), or whether you agree that it should simply be removed. CorinneSD (talk) 00:03, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

OK, here is some background on that article. From memory, editor David Kudlow has a Campbell website and used to keep the article in good shape. Then he just disappeared for some time. An editor named Mmick added most of the Monolith section and I did a great deal of copy edit for him/her because his/her writing abilities were extremely poor - it was not until much later that I discovered that s/he was Greek and English was not his/her first language (groan). There has been an ongoing attempt to make it appear that Campbell is anti-Semitic due to an exchange at some point - I feel that I know Campbell well enough (he's been one of my hero figures for many years) that I did not believe it for one minute. I researched it at that point (a few years ago) and it is not possible to come to an RS conclusion. In my WP experience there is a very strong Jewish effort to portray Jews in the best light possible. (And also Campbell in the worst.) If that makes me anti-Semitic, so be it. Then the latest editor came along wanting refs for every goddamn (if you speak French, as I do) unsourced statement in the article. I have seen this tactic used many times and I don't know what to do about it. Two editors working together could certainly improve this article but one alone, working by herself, will probably not have much luck. I would be more that happy to work with you to improve the article. Gandydancer (talk) 17:19, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
ADD: I have not even had the time to read the article as it now stands, but will as soon as time permits. Time is very short right now and I am spending more here than I should. Gandydancer (talk) 17:26, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
Very interesting. I didn't realize there was such a background to this article. I've got time, so if there is anything in particular you would like me to research on-line, let me know. I have access to Questia. I've never added material to an article or formulated a reference, though, so would need your help with that. I will also read the article all the way through, maybe tomorrow. I should also add that my computer has been giving me problems, so if you don't hear from me for a while, that's the reason. CorinneSD (talk) 01:18, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

Thank You[edit]

HI Gandy, thank you for your co-edit on the Ebola page. It was fun working with you. I will unfortunatlty not contribute to wiki any more so all the best for the future. Kind Greetings Brian41.13.88.2 (talk) 21:08, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Come back, Brian! :( Snd0 (talk) 03:07, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
He's back! Brian, I left a note on your talk page. Gandydancer (talk) 15:43, 30 September 2014 (UTC)


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Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa - Senegal[edit]

Hi Gandydancer, I see you reverted my move of Senegal from "countries with former local transmission" to "countries with an initial case or cases". I thought this made logical sense as (a) there has been, as far as we know, no onward transmission and (b) it can't be described as "former" yet as the 42-day case-free period hasn't passed. So I thought it was similar to the USA which has a single imported case at the moment. (I also don't think Nigeria should be in the "former" category yet, either.) Anyway I am not sure I understand your rationale for reverting my change so I have started a discussion on the Talk page. Saxmund (talk) 13:17, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. I'll reply on that talk page. Gandydancer (talk) 13:19, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

Dogs and Ebola[edit]

Hi, just wanted ask for your help if you see anything on Dogs and Ebola. The French study seems like its a valid topic so please add material on this if you come across some decent sources. Thanks and good luck. Starstr (talk) 15:39, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the note. I will reply at the article. Gandydancer (talk) 15:44, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Ebola splits[edit]

Hi Gandy, sorry to see your frustration on the Talk page. Rather than reporting the headline news - which is where all the bad gas seems to be happening - I'm focussing on the things which might stop the outbreak; experimental treatments, international response. Loads to do - the vaccine trials have progressed, there are half a dozen UN agencies not yet mentioned, no mention of IMC, ICRC, COAL, OCHA, Africare. I promise not to revert your edits! - Cheers, Bob Robertpedley (talk) 10:03, 11 October 2014 (UTC)

Copy and pasting[edit]

One of your edits appear to be copy and pasted from another source. We at Wikipedia usually require paraphrasing. If you own the copyright to this material please send permission for release under a CC BY SA license to per WP:CONSENT. (at Ebola virus epidemic) LeadSongDog come howl! 21:44, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

Removed this comment [70] as in the wrong spot. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 01:16, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
(I have no idea why you should remove my comment - I have returned it)  :I've been editing Wikipedia for about eight years so you don't need suggest that I don't understand what paraphrasing means. But it would help if you would point out exactly where I did not paraphrase as I've made a lot of edits to that article. Thanks. Gandydancer (talk) 22:04, 15 October 2014 (UTC) Gandydancer (talk) 11:42, 16 October 2014 (UTC)


HI Gandy i only removed reference were the news source are not available anymore or two reference to same detail.. Not to worry. Found 7 yesterday with a page 404 error.. articles archived or removed.. Greetings Brian BrianGroen (talk) 04:47, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa - Outlook[edit]

As you've probably seen, I've been making some minor edits to the article. The second sentence in the section Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa#Outlook is:

"The three countries which are affected, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, are among the poorest in the world, with extremely low levels of literacy, few hospitals or doctors, poor physical infrastructure, and poorly functioning government institutions."

I wonder whether the word "most" should be added before "affected". Are Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia the only countries in West Africa that are affected by the epidemic or are they the countries that are most affected by the epidemic? CorinneSD (talk) 17:05, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

I think "most" Gandydancer (talk) 01:59, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa - Responses[edit]

The first sentence of the second paragraph of the section Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa#Responses is the following:

"In September, the United Nations Security Council declared the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa a "threat to international peace and security" and unanimously adopted a resolution urging UN member states to provide more resources to fight the outbreak; the WHO stated that the cost for combating the epidemic will be a minimum of $1 billion."

I'd like you to look at the first part of this sentence, specifically:

...the United Nations Security Council declared the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa a "threat to international peace and security".

Normally, the article ("a") would accompany the noun at the beginning of the quoted phrase. I looked at the source; it's a BBC article. In that article, I twice saw it written as above. However, that was taken from another source, whether written or oral I don't know, from the UN Security Council. I can't imagine that in the original source the phrase was not "a threat to international peace and security". It looks so awkward as ....a "threat to..." that I wonder whether:

(a) the article "a" could be placed inside the quotation marks even though it's not that way in the BBC article, or, if not,

(b) the source could be changed to the original source where (I'll wager), it says, "a threat to...". I'm not very good at searching out publications, in this case the UN, but perhaps you could.

What do you think? CorinneSD (talk) 17:37, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

I would not be at all concerned to include an "a" in the quotes. Or, don't they sometimes put a word like this: They said it is "[a] threat to..."? Gandydancer (talk) 01:48, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
Yes, but it looks a little awkward, and if "a" is in the original, it doesn't need to be in brackets. Shall I go ahead and just move "a" to inside the quotes? CorinneSD (talk) 22:21, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
Well, IMO that would be fine. Would this WP guideline be applicable here? " If there is a significant error in the original statement, use [sic] or the template [sic] to show that the error was not made by Wikipedia. However, trivial spelling and typographic errors should simply be corrected without comment (for example, correct basicly to basically and harasssment to harassment), unless the slip is textually important." Gandydancer (talk) 23:47, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
Corinne asked me to comment here. If it was 'a significant threat' or some such, that would explain it. Rothorpe (talk) 16:03, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Corinne, I have to admit that I'm just totally lost when it comes to your question that I have not answered. Could you please ask me again? Gandydancer (talk) 16:39, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Well, you realize there are two questions. The one posed here, in the section, I feel has not been really answered. I asked Rothorpe for his opinion, but I don't think he understood my question, either. (See User talk:Rothorpe#Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa - Responses.) The other question is regarding the name of a center (centre) in a reference -- #244, I think, in the article. When you put your cursor over the number, you can see it. It starts "Nishiura, Chowell" and ends "Eropian Centre for Research". I wondered whether "Eropian" is really the name of the centre or is a typo. That's all. CorinneSD (talk) 16:47, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
When I hold my cursor over #244 in the stats section I get wording related to the "WHO Responce roadmap...", nothing about "Nishiura, Chowell" and ends "Eropian Centre for Research". Gandydancer (talk) 16:57, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
Sorry. The numbers have shifted since I wrote my initial comment. It's now Reference #241. You can see it in the list of references at Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa#References as well as at the reference number in the text of the article. CorinneSD (talk) 21:47, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa - Lead[edit]

I'm writing to ask you about the edit at 18:45 19 October 2014 to the third paragraph in the lead. There were two changes:

1) From "Affected countries" to "Worst affected countries". If the latter stands, at least the article "The" should be added before it. I wonder whether this sentence doesn't apply to all affected countries, not just the worst affected. Witness just the problems that have occurred in the U.S. If this sentence is to apply only to the worst affected countries in West Africa, shouldn't it say that?

2) The second change was from "the region's" to "the countries'", perhaps in an effort to connect it with the previous sentence. However, this is from a source, so the word needs to reflect the source. I'm not good at checking the source; I thought I'd just mention this and let you decide. CorinneSD (talk) 22:16, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Well, that one is interesting. The editor that did that change is a Nigerian. They have, not really surprisingly, been concerned about the negative publicity that has been generated by being seen as lepers due to the breakout in their country. They have a great deal of anger at even the US, since their first case was an American/Nigerian that most likely lied by saying that he had not been exposed to Ebola when he rec'd an OK to enter the country. Incidentally, just yesterday I noted that the US hysteria has caused one university to refuse to admit any Nigerians for fear of Ebola. I made some changes - what do you think?
Say Corinne, could you do the Congo outbreak? I mostly wrote it and would like to see it in good shape. Gandydancer (talk) 00:02, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
Do you mean Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa#Separate outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? I just looked at it. I had gone over that section yesterday. It's fine now. CorinneSD (talk) 15:27, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
I mean the split: 2014 Democratic Republic of the Congo Ebola virus outbreak Gandydancer (talk) 15:34, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
O.K. I'll look at that. You haven't responded to the question I posed in the middle of the section Talk:Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa#Projections of future cases. I even pinged you! CorinneSD (talk) 15:58, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
I made a few edits to 2014 Democratic Republic of the Congo Ebola virus outbreak. CorinneSD (talk) 16:22, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! Re your question, I can't figure out where I need to respond. Please ask me again. Gandydancer (talk) 16:43, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
You could have responded in the section just above this or at the section on Rothorpe's talk page to which I gave you a link. It's not that important. I'll just go ahead and move "a" to inside the quotation marks. If you or someone else thinks it's wrong, it can be reverted or changed. CorinneSD (talk) 21:52, 20 October 2014 (UTC)


Hi Gandydancer, SW3 5DL noted me about the xth RFC on merging. Does it make sense that I post my opinions too? I hesitate to do this. It appears that there are editors who have unlimited quantity of time to invest in discussions that do not end. When I think about this MdM discussion.

I was very happy when you started to edit the Guinea article, and upset when I saw how you where attaked.

I spend in the moment more time on the openIDEO platform from the grand challenge for development. I added the external link "Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development" and then started to take a closer look onto this.

I will proceed updating the graph and to give input, when I have something. And again thank you very much for your support.

With kind regards, Malanoqa (talk) 17:24, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi Malanoqa, always good to hear from you. I just took a glance at your page and was surprised to see that my last edit did not show. I had replied to your "what does re mean" etc. but for reasons unknown it was not there. My computer did jam up at around that time, so I guess that that was it. I remember that I mentioned that I was so happy about your introduction of protection suits because shortly after you put it in the article we had that big scandal here in the US re (regarding) our two nurses that came down with Ebola, most likely because they were not properly trained and were not wearing proper protective suits. So I was glad that the article had the info where MSF illustrated proper clothing technique, especially so since here in the US we think that we are the best at everything (though not me :) ). About the graphs, I have no interest in them and never even look at them to speak of. Re the never-ending controversy, I am just sick of it. If those editors had followed WP guidelines and discussed BEFORE going off on their own starting new articles it could have all been avoided. I think that the RfC is closed, if not I'd just stay clear of it. I responded only because I was so closely involved in it. I note that the split articles seem to be improving. Best, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 12:13, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi Gandydancer, thanks for the answer. So I will ignore this RfC.
Regarding the clothing, I like the way you in the US react on errors. I would say you are best in correcting errors, and that worth even more than doing everything right from the beginning.
It is fine when you ignore the graphs I can live with that. But I start to ask myself whether the picture the graphs transfer is still true. So before we transfer a wrong message, "the epidemic is over", we might better remove them.
Best, Malanoqa (talk) 20:02, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa - References[edit]

I just checked with another editor because I had seen all sorts of versions of the name of the newspaper:

  • The New York Times
  • The New York Times
  • New York Times

and was told that we should use the name of the newspaper, and this editor supplied a link to the actual newspaper. I was pretty sure that The New York Times should have the article "the" italicized. I just changed one instance in the body of the article Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. However, the other instances are in the references, and when I tried to change it I couldn't access the list of references. Can you tell me how to do that? Also, if you want to, you can make the edits yourself, but I'd still like to know how to access the list of references so that I can edit (ie., fix spelling, capitalization, punctuation) in the future. Thanks. CorinneSD (talk) 00:21, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Well, I just learned that myself when I fixed the "European" issue, where I FINALLY figured out what you meant. It's easy: 1) click [edit source] at top of the section and you will see the article with the refs (you'll need to scroll way down to the bottom) 2) fix it in the ref and that's it! Re NYT, I have no idea and have often wondered about that myself. Corinne, I appreciate it when you follow through with these little things. I am just swamped with the other editing I do here. So much of my time is wasted, I mean spent, in my watch list "watching". Now an editor has returned a long US addition to the article, ignoring a more recent decision to delete it so I will need to bring it up on the talk page again. Just one little note or article change can take a long time. For instance I just finished reading a very long WHO childbirth report so that I could give my feedback on a woman's page issue. I've been wanting to do a small section re all the orphans left after so many deaths in the EVD article...but no time yet. Always good to hear from you. Best, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 01:07, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Thank you,,,,for being You[edit]

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I would like to thank you for your kind act, however I find it difficult on this article to find someone more deserving than you Gandydancer, to give without self-interest, is a rare human quality. Logic dictates the future will hold many awards for you ,yet you already have something only God can give.. Humanity. thank you truly--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 19:55, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Ozzie, that's nice of you to say. Actually I get much more than I give as I am retired and this is a great way to keep my mind alert and to still feel that I am doing some sort of needed activity. Best, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 12:41, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa[edit]

I don't understand the latest edits to the article by Jamie Tubers. The earlier ones change "several West African nations" to "certain West African countries". In your opinion, is that an improvement? To me, it isn't.

The latest edit removes "limited" from the section heading "Countries with limited local transmission", so now it reads, "Countries with local transmission". Local transmission of the ebola virus is happening in all the affected West African countries, so with that new heading, there's no need for a separate section! I would put "limited" back in, wouldn't you? CorinneSD (talk) 20:32, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

Limited is per the WHO so we are soundly correct with that one. I'll revert several and see what happens. Gandydancer (talk) 21:06, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

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Why do you want to keep this?[edit]

It seems odd, right? Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:45, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

So sorry and I feel terribly embarrassed about that edit! I acted carelessly and thought that I was the one that was deleting the SPAM. Gandydancer (talk) 18:16, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Over-precision in CFR[edit]

Hi: could you take a look at my comment on Talk:Ebola_virus_epidemic_in_West_Africa#Case_fatality_rate, and please reply to me there about it? -- The Anome (talk) 19:33, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi. I appreciated comments that explained that rounded numbers were better than exact numbers in the case of WP CFRs. Gandydancer (talk) 18:12, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Re LePage article[edit]

Given your comment, I was wondering what your opinion was about my proposed revision to the section under discussion here. Comments of any sort welcome. Thanks 331dot (talk) 17:36, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi there and good to hear from you. Right now I am spending most of my time at the Ebola article and am behind several edits that I feel I need to make right now...and a few other articles, as well. I did read your proposal and certainly based on past edits you have made I most likely agree with the proposal (and I am long familiar with the opposing editor as well). But of course I feel "duty bound" to again read everything all over again before I make a comment. I seem to have a one-track mind (though every time I say that I remember years ago putting an Astrological chart up in the coffee room that said of my astrological sign (Aries), "You have a one track mind - with very little traffic" :) ) and it is hard for me to keep a great deal of info at hand on any given article I edit on. So...a lot of time to refresh my mind... In the mean time I remain just stunned by the amount of stupidity in the world such killing the Spanish nurse's dog in Spain or putting the US nurse in a tent outside of the hospital in the US. So of course, this same level of competency can be expected to be found with WP editors. Gandydancer (talk) 18:06, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
Hi 331dot, I've had time to read the talk page and I think that you should put the draft in the article. Thanks for all the good work that you do! Gandydancer (talk) 23:32, 1 November 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the support; I don't have time to right now, but I will keep this in mind. 331dot (talk) 10:28, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

Primary sources and popular press[edit]

These should not be used such as in this edit here [71]

Why do we want to turn Wikipedia into a parrot of the popular press? They typically over state stuff and we use them so do we. You have added "numbers substantially understate the magnitude". We are talking 10-20 thousand cases in 10 months.

How many people have died from HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis or diarrhea in this time period? Each one of these killed many fold more, likely greater than 10 fold more. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 21:40, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

Anyway where does WHO (url to a World Health Organization page) does it say three times greater? Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 21:44, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
No more G.D. lectures please? My mother taught me about all the poor people in Africa when I didn't eat my oatmeal, and that was many, many years ago. As for my edit, I note that you have used, for instance, the BBC to make a medical point, and thus you should not get all concerned that I'm turning the article into a popular press parrot. If one can add 2 + 2, the understated cases per each of the three most heavily involved countries that were stated in the article (using WHO numbers), yes the WHO has stated a x3 understatement of the numbers. I grow very weary when anyone outside of a select circle of "authorities" is seen as unable to have the sense to make reasonable edits to medical articles. Gandydancer (talk) 19:52, 31 October 2014 (UTC)

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Red links[edit]

Please read WP:REDLINK. Are you really suggesting that, while we have articles on individual burger bars and fictional characters -- indeed, on individual Pokemon -- that we should not have articles on the health ministries of two African countries? -- The Anome (talk) 14:32, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Please see my comments at Talk:Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, and reply there, please. -- The Anome (talk) 14:47, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

virology/ebola west africa[edit]

I think your correct, the cytokine storm is probably best left for later,--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 15:06, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

I'm glad that there are no hurt feelings Ozzie10aaaa. I've been posting on medical articles for quite a few years so I've sort of gotten to know the ropes. (BTW, my stuff gets deleted all the time, so I'm used to it. :)) Hope all is well with you and yours. Best, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 02:05, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

All The Best[edit]

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Best wishes for joy and happiness. to Gandydancer Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 15:22, 29 November 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Ozzie10aaaa. It is good to work with you. Gandydancer (talk) 22:33, 6 December 2014 (UTC)

Seasons Greetings[edit]

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Best wishes for joy and happiness to Gandy from BrianGroen (talk) 20:34, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks BrianGroen. Gandydancer (talk) 22:35, 6 December 2014 (UTC)

Seasons Greetings[edit]

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Best wishes for joy and happiness to Gandydancer from ```Buster Seven Talk 08:22, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Buster Seven. I miss you! I miss our other friend as well. She made a HUGE difference in the quality of our articles during the time she was here and I wish she'd return. With love and respect, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 22:44, 6 December 2014 (UTC)

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Shooting of Tamir Rice[edit]

The lede is fixed. Let's see if it gets reverted. Thanks, == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 20:35, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

ebola/west africa[edit]

would you entertain the possibility of [72] being added to show some drawbacks of CFR in the "statistical measures" section? (btw its already in the talk page). thanks--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 13:59, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

Well, maybe...I'm not sure... As you may have noticed, I do no posting on the sections that discuss numbers. But that does not mean that I'm totally disinterested... Early on I noted that the WHO has given, what seems to me, to be a totally inaccurate number for the CFR for past outbreaks - so much so that I actually posted a question re their what I thought to be a very low number at our WP ask questions site. And, since that time I have been just totally stunned at their apparent lack of knowledge and guidance re the current epidemic. Their most recent estimate of 76% seems about right to me. One does need to take into consideration that the Zaire species is the most dangerous one, but even still their past CFR is only 50% - much too low. What this does is to make the current strain of the Zaire species seem to be more deadly, when it is my best guess that it is not - it is just about right compared to past outbreaks caused by this particular species. Gandydancer (talk) 15:30, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

ok, we'll wait--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 15:34, 17 December 2014 (UTC)


Is now a separate sentence for which you should give cites. Placed in the other sentence, it is WP:SYNTH if it is not found in those sources. As it is not found in the current sources, it must be a separate claim. Collect (talk) 00:30, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

Do not shout at Gandydancer as you did in this edit. She is entitled to more respect. Edit warring is upsetting enough without being shouted at. ```Buster Seven Talk 01:08, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Buster. The article formerly read, Warren, a former Republican, has been described as a leading figure among American progressives.[4][5]. Even after I added a ref to the "a former Republican" wording he has removed it calling it synth. Perhaps he is correct, but it seems odd to me. What do you think? I'll ask Binksternet who has worked on the article as well. (here's the orig article where she made the statement: [73] Gandydancer (talk) 01:16, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
She said she was a former Republican in an ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos, back before the mid-terms. Just find that interview and change the source/ref to reflect the facts. ```Buster Seven Talk 01:26, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Warren being a former Republican is surely a separate fact placed in the prose with the inline citation should not interfere with or become synthesis as it merely references a claim within the broader claim.--Mark Miller (talk) 01:27, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
(edit conflict)I worked to bring this to a GA, so I well-remember the fact, and it's easy to document. What I don't get is how it can be called synth in the way it is written up. I'd like to leave it as is rather than tack another sentence at the end of the para, the way Collect would like to have it. Gandydancer (talk) 01:33, 23 December 2014 (UTC)


Sorry for the revert at Midwife yesterday! I got thrown by the IP edit and when I checked to see when the sentence was inserted into the article, I somehow managed to completely misread it. I now see you were correcting a typo. Cheers, and best wishes for the holidays, Basie (talk) 05:13, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

Happy New Year Gandydancer![edit]

--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 14:28, 1 January 2015 (UTC)


One year old or two years old? Art LaPella (talk) 06:34, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

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dyslexia article[edit]

thanks , I was so surprised and happy to see you on the page, I had left a note with Chris about a GA nomination, do you think its a good idea, id certainly want your advice above anyone elses. thanks--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 15:56, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

Hi Ozzie, I only linked a couple of words in the lead. As for the GA idea, I have no idea as it is way beyond my level of expertise. I have only brought two articles to GA and IMO it's a lot of work. BTW, while we're talking, regarding the Ebola article, did you know that dates should be written, for instance, "18 January 2015" rather than, for instance, "January 18th, 2015"? Best, Gandy Gandydancer (talk) 23:42, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

ill change the dates correctly, from now on--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 23:52, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Augusta Tabor[edit]

Hi, We're in luck... on a whim I thought I'd check out the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame to see if she was an inductee, and she was... which gets us over the notability hump right off the bat! It also had a good synopsis of her life as a starting point for the article.

Right now there are two sections - one for early life and another for adulthood, which I'm sure will be changed as the article progresses (e.g., marriage, philanthropist as potential headings).

The article has some of the basic starting points (you probably don't need this):

  • start of an intro
  • sections
  • references (I prefer templates because it makes for clean formatting + used {{r|<ref name>}} short citations)
  • default sort
  • persondata, for a biography
  • authority control
  • categories

I am going to look around photographs - we're in luck that she died before 1923, which makes finding an image in the public domain much easier. It's also fun for me to work on "Early life" - so maybe I could start there - and you could build upon her adult life as you'd like with the sources you'll be getting. If you'd like another approach, though, let me know.

By the way, to answer your question, I am in Colorado Springs.--CaroleHenson (talk) 05:30, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

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Consultation @ WER[edit]

Hey Gandy. There has been a request that more women get involved in a conversation about the future plans of the WER Project. I went thru the members list an hour ago and smiled at your name. "Yea. Gandy should be here". Anyway, when you get there, if you decide to join in, you will notice an on-going kerfuffle about Eric. That's not why I ask you to join in. You can if you want but that's not the reason. Your insight and ideas and calming presence will be welcome. It's not the same as the talk page of a contencious article. Much more collaboration and agreement. Give and take. Endeavoring to convince. Hope all is well. TRA! Buster Seven Talk 00:53, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Hello dear one, yes I'm aware of the discussion. Buster I am just sick to death of what's been going on under the pretense of increasing the number of women editors. IMO a small group of editors calling themselves feminists have now spread the idea far and wide, including out into the general public, that Wikipedia has run amok with men not only discouraging women from joining but chasing them down and abusing them here. I've been here from 2006 and many of my edits are related to women's issues and I've run into plenty of difficult editors, but I've never seen the problems that I've run across as sexist in nature. Frankly, considering that somewhere around 80 to 90 percent of our editors are men, I think that they should be commended for doing a fine job. Perhaps it is human nature to look for an easy answer and then focus on that as a threat. It's the commies, it's the ragheads, and so on. In this case it's the Manchester Mob, with Eric in the lead, that's out to destroy our women. They call themselves feminists but I'm a feminist too, and I sure would not go around this place and say so for fear that our men might put me in the same group of women who have become so, IMO, so hateful. Well, I could go on and on all night on this one, but enough for now...Gandydancer (talk) 01:35, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
Add: I guess that I shouldn't call them hateful because I know that they have only the best of intentions. Gandydancer (talk) 01:42, 25 January 2015 (UTC)