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hello, I've edited article about Ukrainians but you changed it, I'm not sure what was the reason, people I've added have Ukrainian ancestors.

Second Battle of Donetsk airport[edit]

Russian Wiki has BOTH Ukrainian AND rebel claims listed in It specifically includes both "old terminal being controlled by rebels and new one by UA" claim and meeting between rebel and UA commanders, and Ukrainian claim of control over airport - all of them.

I don't really understand why English one should just drop separatists' claims altogether, given that they are widely reported as well.

I just wonder how it's possible to call for "neutral point of view" on an article that ONLY lists even completely unfounded claims from officials of single party to the conflict (I'm not saying all claims are unfounded - but some like >500 Russians killed are just gross) while not mentioning claims that actually have wider reporting (see amount of sources for rebel and UA commanders' meeting, from the whole media spectrum) and have 50-minute videos around (

If you consider some of the sources unreliable, feel free to remove those, but then please remove unfounded Ukraininan claims as well and keep the reliable ones instead of just reverting edits.— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:21, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

This is not Russian Wikipedia, it's English Wikipedia... and we adhere to policies, guidelines which probably don't tally with your POV with what WP:NPOV means. Read the NPOV information carefully: all articles rely on reliable sources and not personal interpretations of primary sources (also known as original research). Thank you for your understanding, and do familiarise yourself with our policies and guidelines. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 06:03, 26 December 2014 (UTC)
And this is not Ukrainian wikipedia as well. Please, read the policies yourself and actually look at how many reliable sources the edit you reverted had. If you want to improve it, just remove the unreliable ones, reverting the whole edit that has many reliable sources is just plain wrong. (talk) 14:00, 26 December 2014 (UTC)
I concur, this isn't the Ukrainian Wikipedia either. Plus, English being the worldwide language, it should, as policies clearly say as well, represent a worldwide view on matters, not a Western or Ukrainian view. This whole crusade against any sources written in the Russian language is heavily discriminatory and needs to stop. - OBrasilo (talk) 09:57, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
@OBrasilo: Don't use my talk page as your WP:SOAPBOX. Try familiarising yourself with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines before you continue your crusade for The Truth and righting the great wrongs of the world. It would also be useful if you actually paid attention to the dates of a thread instead of jumping on the nearest bandwagon and waving your pitchfork at me. If you have something of consequence to discuss with me, start a section following the directions of WP:TALK (by which I mean that you post to the bottom of the page, not the top as you did before) and actually say something constructive rather than whine at me about assumptions you've made about me (and 'the problem with people like me' as you've so eloquently described it in your blurb on your own talk page). --Iryna Harpy (talk) 09:21, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
I know the guidelines very well, thank you. And they also say you should assume good faith, something you are clearly unable to do, given your accusations of sockuppetry leveled against every pro-Russian editor, just to name one example. I mean seriously, from what I've notice, you tend to assume that every single pro-Russian is out there to push agendas and propaganda and must be countered, as well as immediately telling every pro-Russian that you think they're all sockpuppets of one person. Please explain, how is that assuming faith? And how is it neutrality? - OBrasilo (talk) 07:58, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

And in return[edit]

Happy New Year![edit]

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HAPPY NEW YEAR Hoping 2015 will be a great year for you! Thank you for your contributions!
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Thanks, you too[edit]

2014-15 Russian military intervention in Ukraine[edit]

Hi Iryna, I have noticed you posting in the articles re. the Ukrainian crisis. Since you seem to hold some authority I was wondering if you could clarify something for me. I've been trying to clean up the lead of 2014-15 Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

However, I am running into some difficulty and the root of that seems to be that the article is ill defined. There is a lot of information that either has no subcategory or more correctly goes into a different page. The main point of difference seems to be the status and repatriation of Russian soldiers, so I was wondering if that is the direction the article should head towards since all the other parts have their own respective main page (Crimea, War in Donbass, International reactions to x,y,z etc.)

I can still attempt to clean up the lead, but I feel it would be easier if I had a firm grasp on what actually belongs in the article, as opposed to a some other article. Thanks Hollth (talk) 06:20, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Hi, Hollth. Apologies for the delay in getting back to you on this issue. I've been involved in issues surrounding other areas of Wikipedia and IRL, so haven't had the opportunity to respond in depth in a manner befitting the relevant, but complex, question you've posed. I'd suggest that you read the talk page sections (including the archives in particular) in order to get a sense of how the article has developed, as well as the issues and edit warring that have surrounded this particular article (if this is the article you wish to concentrate on), as well as the other articles surrounding events in Ukraine since the latter part of 2013.
I'd also suggest that, after this 'research' into the history of this specific article, it would be more valuable to pose this question on the article's talk page in order to start a dialogue with other editors who've been developing this and the other articles. While, for myself and other contributors who have been involved in the development since its inception, the objective of the article has become self-explanatory, there's also a high awareness of the fact that there are a lot of WP:POV, WP:NOTNEWS, WP:RECENTISM and WP:SOAPBOX issues in need of being resolved in order to clean up the existing articles and weed out related articles that ought to be merged or better clarified. A fresh set of eyes is often the best method of accomplishing this objective. Wishing you the best in familiarising yourself with the Wikipedia learning curve. A word to the wise: you've chosen to plunge yourself into the deep end of editing, so be aware of policy and behavioural guidelines, and be aware that it is one of the many articles subject to WP:ARBEE. Cheers! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 22:23, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the suggestions. Reading through the archives it seems that the article is mainly to deal with Russian involvement in Crimea and Donbass. I'm very aware of the issues with the article, that's half the reason I'm editing it. If you would like me to help remove those issues on another article I can do that? I don't have any preference and I am, if nothing else, quite neutral. I only ask that I am not required to be an expert on the topic (I don't believe it is necessary for correcting those particular issues at least).
One last question. What is the significance of the articles being subject to Arbitration? Is it just that the rules are more strict? Hollth (talk) 03:25, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
I haven't spent much time on catching up to where the article stands now as I'm working on other articles and trying to clear up extraneous articles created not meeting general notability guidelines, duplicate POV articles posturing under other titles, and edit warring over terminology, what is DUE and WP:UNDUE, etc. As would be obvious to you, the TITLE was only just recently expanded to add the current year in light of the war in the region being ongoing.
Please be certain that anything you intend to remove covered in other articles isn't an appropriate summary of content relevant to the article in question (i.e., genuinely assists the reader to understand the content within the context of the article). Most importantly, be sure to follow bold → revert → discuss. If someone reverts your change and you don't recall it being addressed anywhere in prior talk page discussions, take the issue straight to the talk page and explain the logic behind your change.
As regards WP:ARBCOM sanctions, yes it does mean that administrators are watching pages under threat of POV attacks, edit warring. Articles on various aspects of Eastern Europe (and other areas such as Israeli-Palestinian issues, Syria, the Baltic states) have had a long history of disruptive editors and battleground behaviour. This is why it is essential to follow Wikipedia's policies and guidelines + assume good faith + remain civil in all discussions. I've noted that you've started a discussion on the article's talk page. While I haven't had the chance to check on how it's progressing, I'll do so ASAP. I'm busy IRL for the next few days, so won't be in a position to get much done. If you feel that you're being bashed around (there are some good editors who've been working on this and other articles about current events in Ukraine consistently), please don't be put off. Even the best of editors have frayed nerves when they work in contentious areas constantly. Remind them that you're a newbie and that, while they know the history of information shuffles and consensus reached on other articles, it doesn't mean that you do. Ask them to be patient with you and not to bite the newcomer (and you can tell 'em that I'm watching and told you to say so). Happy editing... and best of luck! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 05:18, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
Ok. Thanks for the help. Hollth (talk) 05:35, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Is there somewhere to ask if sources are RS? I'm aware of BBC news being RS, not certain about BBC Radio/BBC as a whole. I hope I'm not being annoying asking for clarification on things. Thank you for your time Hollth (talk) 07:57, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Not a problem, Hollth. I've of the understanding that BBC Radio (and BBC as a whole) are considered RS. Naturally, that would be dependent on the context (current affairs shows for current affairs; documentaries by experts in the field, dependent on what field the subject of the article covers from geology, physics, to the arts).
You can check the Reliable source noticeboard where you are in doubt. Searching the archived discussions using precise search terms may provide you with the answer. If not, or the source you are uncertain about doesn't appear to have been discussed, you can leave a new section query regarding the source you have in mind. Make certain that you provide the name of the source giving the context in which it is being used (or which you wish to use it in) in the article and general area it's being used/is to be used; explain any rationale as to why you're not sure it could be deemed to be unreliable. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 07:19, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Casualties of the war in Donbass[edit]

Created the article Casualties of the war in Donbass. If you can do something to improve and expand it that would be great. EkoGraf (talk) 07:20, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Cheers, EkoGraf! I've added the article to my watchlist and will take a look ASAP. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 22:46, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Pro-Ukrainian POV[edit]

It's interesting that you accused me on my profile of pushing a POV, while you've been doing it yourself all this time. And yes, unilaterally declaring all Russian-language sources to be automatically unreliable, which no official Wikipedia guideline says, is POV pushing. If this does not stop, I am going to be taking the matter to ANI because it is getting clearly out of hand. - OBrasilo (talk) 09:41, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Pardon me? Where, exactly, did I accuse you of POV-pushing? You introduced a Russian an unreferenced Russian blog from a blog site that deals with everything from self-published opinions by anyone who wants to write about their biases to My Little Pony, and have now associated me with a user who hasn't even been involved with the development of the article at any point, yet have how somehow established that I'm part of some sort of Ukrainian WP:CABAL. In fact, you have absolutely no idea of what my stance is on any subject other than self published sources and the use of WP:YOUTUBE videos that aren't considered reliable sources.
Do not caste WP:ASPERSIONS! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 23:39, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 28 January 2015[edit]


Please refrain from editing the 'historical origin of romani people' page on Wikipedia. What I have used is specific data utilised from genetic research which can be identified from a previous page. Please refrain from your editing or I will report you immediately. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Billybowden211 (talkcontribs) 13:39, 30 January 2015 (UTC)

Which 'previous page'? You haven't provided any reliable sources, just refactored sourced content contrary to what the sources actually say. That's known as tendentious editing: i.e., trying to hide your own WP:OR content in pre-existing sourced content.
Added to that, you were advised to use the article's talk page, and failed to answer the query as to which article you were intending to work on, and which content you had 'genetic proof' about. Please produce your proof. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 04:01, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Central Europe States[edit]

Hello, some time ago I proposed the "reformation" of the States in Central Europe article. I also pointed out the sources I have troubles with. Most of them have been dealt with, and there were some changes to the structure (such as removal of Ukraine and Russia, moving Liechtenstein and Switzerland to broader terms). Now this is a bit chaotic since we have two columns in the "Other countries and regions" section.

Also, I pointed out that there are no valid sources putting Serbia in Central Europe (like some institutions) and most of it is POV pushing based on original research (a map of Austria is used as a source and travel guide, etc.) I warned and requested sources for other countries in question, but other than Seader noone responded and provided some. Two months later (I presumed that was enough time), I removed the questionable sources for Serbia and once again requested trustworthy sources. However, NeronBG just brought the exact same sources back, with no explaination or discussion in the talk page. Serbia is not regarded as Central Europe and there simply is no case supporting to have it in the article, other than these NeronBG's constructs.

I'd remove Serbia and other non-belonging such as Luxembourg and Bulgaria countries from the text (other when they are specifically mentioned due to historic references).Tanper (talk) 17:21, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Reference Errors on 2 February[edit]

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Fixed Thank you! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 02:41, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

Russification of Ukraine[edit]

Strange article - nothing or very little about replacing Ukrainian people - Holodomor, deportations, colectivisation, Industrialisation, settling Communists in Crimea.Xx234 (talk) 10:30, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Xx234. I'll take a look at the article as soon as I have a moment. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 22:02, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 04 February 2015[edit]

New translation aid[edit]

Are you willing to help with a bit of translation? I'm in the process of commissioning a map on the second Donetsk airport battle, but neither me nor the mapmaker can read the source map. I'd appreciate it if you could help by translating the text. If you are willing, please deliver the translated text to User talk:Goran tek-en. Much obliged, in advance. RGloucester 18:51, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Leaving message on Goran tek-en's talk page with appended download urls. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 03:33, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
That's extremely helpful, Iryna. I can't thank you enough. It was giving me a headache trying to work it out with Google Translate. RGloucester 04:33, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
You've earned 150 out of 100 for sheer determination, perseverance and a bucketful of OCD! The only way you could have accomplished that is by typing the whole lot out - a feat in itself considering how pixilated much of the text is - and hoping to get it right by trial and error. It's definitely a task for a Russian speaker: Google translate is a bastard for tense, and even more cruddy regarding the numerous potential nuances (most particularly in this context). --Iryna Harpy (talk) 05:01, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
I simply want to see a nice map, as the prose doesn't really make the situation easy to visualise. Goran tek-en is an excellent drafter of such things, in the event that you ever need such services. RGloucester 05:05, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up. I'll bear him/her in mind for future assistance. Looks as s/he's due for a barnstar on commons from me. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 05:13, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Peaked Cap[edit]

So sections that are purely oppinions are okay to you? (talk) 03:42, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

As I don't know who added them, or under what circumstances, it is not assuming good faith to simply remove anything because WP:JUSTDONTLIKEIT. We don't simply redact content because the individual editor thinks it isn't based on fact. It may have been sourced using reliable sources. Always try to check the veracity before simply removing it. The most important policy at stake here is that of WP:BRD. You are welcome to be bold in your editing of content, at which point I can revert because I'm not convinced that it's simply an 'opinion'. After this step, we can discuss it on the article's talk page in order to establish that the removal is legitimate. In examining the content, we can quickly establish whether or not it's legitimate content or not and, more importantly, any other editors following the history and development of the article will be able to establish that consensus as to the content's veracity has been achieved for historical/archiving purposes. Cheers! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 04:02, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Casualties of the Ukrainian crisis[edit]

I renamed the article on the Donbass casualties to Casualties of the Ukrainian crisis so it could be expanded and incorporate the casualties from all theaters of the crisis since November 2013. EkoGraf (talk) 07:16, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

I think that's a good call. It was in need of having its scope broadened from being exclusively about Donbass. I'll get onto working on it but, aside from having been busy IRL, I'm stuck in a juggling act of trying to protect a massive number of unrelated articles on Russia and Ukraine that are under attack by POV pushers. All of the regular editors are focussed on the recent events, providing an opportunity for unattended articles to be turned into complete rubbish. Cheers! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 21:24, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Your reverts[edit]

Note that following me to different articles to revert text is wiki hounding and will be reported if it continues. -YMB29 (talk) 02:42, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Oh, by all means, feel free to report me. You keep threatening editors of reporting them, yet you've not done so for good reason: WP:BOOMERANG. I'm looking forward to discussing your long standing tendentious editing activities in a formal venue. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 02:48, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
What she said.Volunteer Marek (talk) 03:03, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Katrina Kaif[edit]

Dear Ms. Harpy, I would like to apologise for any inconveniences we had earlier. Could you please help me with a page which is continually being changed. The page is Katrina Kaif, and I would like to change where it says her personal life section. Could you please contact an administrator as I do not know how and ask him to stop any further vandalism on the page. On the page itself, it claims that katrina kaif's father is an Indian-kashmiri, however, I have proof showing that he is 'Pakistani-kashmiri'. My proof being, he is a British-Muslim kashmiri, and statistics show that 94% of Muslim-Kashmiris within the UK consider themselves to be pakistani. Please could you contact an administrator to change it, as there are constant changes to it. Here is my source '' — Preceding unsigned comment added by Billybowden211 (talkcontribs) 16:20, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

I'll take a look at the article and see what I can make of sourced information. Cheers! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 05:10, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

Thank you very much — Preceding unsigned comment added by Billybowden211 (talkcontribs) 20:42, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

I've actually checked the sources, and there is no reference to her father being anything other than Kashmiri: not Indian-Kashmiri or Pakinstani-Kashmiri. Because the article is a biography of a living person, there can be no speculation as to how he self-identifies, nor how Katrina Kaif identifies his ethnicity. I've removed the 'Indian' and left only the Kashmiri for the article.
I've left a comment on the talk page of the article regarding the matter. I know this is not the outcome you were hoping for, but at least it's going to put a stop to POV pushing of any particular ethnic group where there is no reliably sourced information on the subject. Happy editing! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 03:28, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

I understand, thank you very much, and I once again apologize for my inexcusable behavious. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Billybowden211 (talkcontribs) 23:05, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

There's nothing to apologise for. Thank you for bringing the issue to my attention. The use of Indian-Kashmiri was not supported by the sources, so you've made a positive contribution to Wikipedia. Thank you! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 23:19, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 11 February 2015[edit]


NeronBG continues to edit as he pleases, without any intentions of cooperating. I'd revert his one-sided edits, but then he reported me for vandalism and filed what is a false report. However, both of us got warned. I tried to file a report for vandalism as well, but it was declined.

This was my original text:

  • NeroN BG (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · nuke contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) - Constant POV pushing and no communication whatsover. On the 26th of October I pointed out some troubles with some of the sources on the talk page and most of them were resolved, however there were no valid sources left supporting the statement of Serbia being in Central Europe, because it's usually not considered as such. On the 13th of January I deleted the invalid sources (some other proposed changes were already made, not by me) and left the note both in the edit summary and the talk page that some valid sources should be added or there is no point in keeping Serbia there (along with some other countries). NeronBG however just restored the very same sources on the 31st of January without any explaination in either edit summary or talk page of the article.

On the 1st of February I left a note on Iryna Harper's talk page, explaining the situation on NeronBG's edits and my intention for a text clean-up (removal of the countries who do not fit the article's format, primarily Ukraine, Bulgaria, Luxembourgh and Serbia since no valid sources were provided, as well as some minor adjustments). On the 7th of February I conducted the clean-up and once again stressed there were no valid sources. On 8th of February NeronBG just reverted everything with his series of edits and he left no explaination whatsover either in the edit summary or talk page. Of course, I reverted those edits and once again told (him) to first provide some valid sources which should be disscussed in the talk page, since he was clearly POV pushing through a longer time period. On the 9th of February he continued with his reverts without a word, and I reverted them. First, it should be disscussed in the talk page. Then he reverts it once again, reports me and accusses me of 'bias' and targetting one specific country, while he completely ignores the other countries removed (because there was no point in keeping them as well, but the was bringing them back as well, which clearly shows clouded judgement). Tanper (talk) 12:00, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Could you point me in what direction I should seek the resolvement for this? Since he clearly doesn't wish to discuss anything (and that CE talk page discussion has been open for almost 3 months) and is pushing his own version. Tanper (talk) 16:54, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Apologies for not responding sooner. I've reverted his/her current changes and left a final warning on his/her talk page. As the user has been engaged in a slow edit war (for months!) without providing reliable sources for their inclusions, and has never responded on the talk page, the tactics are that of trying to sneak their changes back after a short period and hope that no one notices. If there's another revert/reintroduction of unsourced content without talk page discussion, it will be an obvious case of WP:NOTHERE which will mean opening an AN/I. We'll see what happens and take it from there. Cheers! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 05:03, 13 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the reply and help, I know you must be very busy. Hopefully, he'll either be cooperative on the talk page or stop with these edits. Tanper (talk) 19:55, 13 February 2015 (UTC)
I suspect that, judging on his prior history, there's not going to be any attempt at discussion on the article's talk page, Tanper. I have encountered this user elsewhere in the past, and he's definitely problematic. At least we both have the page on our watchlists so, if he starts up again, ping me and let me know. I don't want you getting yourself stuck in a position where you'll end up looking as if you're edit warring, therefore it's better to have a couple of us reverting unsourced, POV content. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 03:47, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

Ukrainian Insurgent Army[edit]

I did not add my personal opinion in the text of the article Ukrainian Insurgent Army, I only removed the opinions of other people, not supported by any sources. I have indeed added some opinions, but only in the descriptions of my changes. My general opinion is that the article about the Ukrainian Insurgent Army is false in its whole intention of changing history, but I did not contribute to its text, so your request Iryna is simply misplaced. I do not have time to change dramatically false text of this article, but I have an impression that you must be one of the people who wrote it. Patriotism is a virtue and I support Ukrainian patriotism, but Ukrainians were never given a chance to talk freely about their WWII history. Calling Ukrainian Insurgent Army an anti-Nazi insurgent organisation is obstructing its true meaning and objective, which was establishment of the Ukrainian State with the tacit approval and an important material support from the German III Reich. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Zbigan (talkcontribs) 07:31, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

Do you know how to look at the edit history of an article? Try looking at the edit history: I am certainly not one of those who wrote the article. Do not make any form of assumption about my allegiances. If you have qualms about the content of the article, take it to the talk page of the article. What is this business about the "dramatically false text of this article" and sweeping statements regarding "Calling Ukrainian Insurgent Army an anti-Nazi insurgent organisation is obstructing its true meaning and objective, which was establishment of the Ukrainian State with the tacit approval and an important material support from the German III Reich.? What blogs and forums have you been crawling around? This is Wikipedia, not YouTube or any other site where you get to write your own WP:OR based on revisionist WP:BOLLOCKS. "Ukrainians" and "their WWII history"? Tell me, how many Ukrainians existed during WWII, and how many members of UPA were there? It sounds very much as if you are preaching at me without any knowledge of the subject outside of WP:BIASED sources. Thank you for your attention, and for not making assumptions as to how experienced Wikipedians work judging own your own character in the future. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 03:39, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

I assume your allegiances from your biased activity. Please be so kind to observe that you did not address my main objection: I did not express my opinions in the text of the article as you wrongly suggested, I only removed the false information, which you put back without giving any sources. I do know what you mean by your You Tube divagations. According to Karta historians in Poland only 2.5% of the population on the South-Eastern borderland of Poland belonged to UPA. Therefore the "Wisła" operation was seen by the same publication as the gross violation of human rights of the local, mostly Ukrainian but not exclusively, population. Picture yourself that 2.5% of population of any country would actively belong to an insurgency, for example in today's Denmark to the Al Qaeda insurgency. You may draw your own conclusion. Regards, Zbigan (talk) 06:40, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

I restored the content as it is awaiting citations. I had no personal stake in restoring the content other than the fact that there has been heavy, unsubstantiated POV trolling of the article. No, I'm actually following English Wikipedia's NPOV policy: please take a look at the page and note that it is listed as being under WP:ARBEE sanctions. If you wonder why, you're initial response on my talk page makes it very clear. Please provide RS for your position that the organisation functioned with 'the tacit approval and imported material support from the German 3rd Reich' for the duration of its existence. You've now provided substantial rationale for why you removed this material. Your analogy with percentages of a nation-state during peacetime, or Al Qaeda are too preposterous to even entertain (er, what 'nation-state' does Al Qaeda belong to?). I was truly stunned to find your initial comment lecturing me as to the truth an unabashed POV. I now know that I have to assume your allegiances from your biased activity: quoting from Polish sources. You removed this as 'false' information, yet how could you know it to be 'false' while Polish sources could only be impeccable? Does that mean that I have to equally accept Russian Soviet sources as being equally impeccable? --Iryna Harpy (talk) 09:32, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Ukrainian conflict editing[edit]

This is in reference to your last comment on the Talk:Donetsk People's Republic page. Iryna, I have no interest in arguing with you all over Wikipedia; I have exactly the same interest as you, that is, eliminating POV-pushing and OR. My concern has been, repeatedly, that people have been either (badly) misinterpreting these policies, or alleging violations of them without actually demonstrating specific issues in the content of the respective articles. There is no ulterior motive behind this on my part: it's neither intended as a personal attack on you, nor as an wikilawyerish attempt to defend something I sympathise with (as you've appeared to suggest on a few occasions). Hence I'm more than a little hurt by your apparent conclusion that I'm invested in pushing a POV one way or another, since that couldn't be further from the truth. Let me be very clear, I am not a sympathiser of the Donbass separatists and I don't think any of my editing on the topic suggests that I am interested in pushing that or any other POV. I am only interested, in an inclusionist sense, in providing expansive and neutral documentation of the conflict for the many thousands of people who turn to Wikipedia for information on it. I take it this is your concern as well, so I think it would be beneficial for both of us to be less confrontational. —Nizolan (talk) 09:08, 15 February 2015 (UTC)[edit]

Re. (talk · contribs · count), you placed a "final warning" on their Talk page - but the IP has been blocked three days ago... kashmiri TALK 01:02, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Facepalm3.svg Facepalm Thanks for alerting me. I've been aware of the user for a while, but misread the date of the trolling crud s/he'd left on the talk page. I've self rev'd and slapped myself with a trout for being inattentive. Cheers! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 02:27, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 18 February 2015[edit]

Just telling[edit]

Comments like this do not require any answer because they are utterly off topic and repeat the same argument over and over again. No discussion is frequently a very good thing because it allows a faster closing or self-archiving of a thread, especially on the ANI. Unfortunately, I frequently do not follow this advice myself. Here is an interesting essay [1]... Thank you! My very best wishes (talk) 02:52, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

I know, I know. That's the same advice I'd give, but haven't practised what I preach. I could kick myself over this one (or you're welcome to throw a whale my way). I usually try to avoid taking the bait, but kept letting my irritation override my sense of good judgement in holding my tongue.
Ultimately, if he wants to try to introduce the sources under discussion into any article, it's best to start a section on the RSN. I'd rather avoid the RSN as it's always a popular place for a few editors to start on POV pushing. I am not going to push it any further at the ANI so that the incident can just be closed off and archived. If there are any such attempts on articles that may not be on my watchlist, please ping me or drop me a line here as you know it's one of my areas of interest.
On another subject, I'm very pleased to see that you've decided not to retire entirely for the moment. I understand what a difficult decision it is to make despite the fact that of the project taking over ones life, the frustration, and the levels of animosity one has to deal with here. While I have no doubt that there would be editors jumping for joy to see the back of you, you would certainly be deeply missed by those who respect integrity, knowledge and the occasional nudge to remind us that we're doing the wrong thing. Even where we disagree, you're one of the tiny handful I will go the extra mile to listen out their arguments for as I know you always have good grounds on which to argue a point. You know you're always welcome to just drop by to vent your frustrations or discuss any dilemmas. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 03:34, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for your kind words! No, actually, I should not participate for a number of reasons and probably will stop tomorrow. I became a worse person after editing here. Same with many others. Therefore, I would not encourage anyone to stay. Good luck! My very best wishes (talk) 14:23, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
P.S. As about WP:RSNB, I did started a discussion about one of the sources related to this case and used by YMB29 long time ago [2]. This is a typical historical pseudoscience produced by a modern-day propagandist, but is is interesting to see how and why the results of this discussion are very far from certain and should probably be summarized as "no consensus". Some participants simply have little idea about the subject or the book... My very best wishes (talk) 16:20, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
I can fully empathise with your reasons for leaving the project as I know I've been taxing ex-colleagues from uni and in the Australian parliamentary system in my 'social life' in order to pick their brains regarding university syllabus standard texts, as well as political theory positions for some time (i.e., it's become disruptive to my personal life on far more levels than simply taking up my own time and energy). Wikipedia is project that 'anyone can edit', therefore there's no true deference to scholarly sources and opinion: if it's online, it's fair game for inclusion. Finding that an 'academic'/'expert' has been quoted/cited by a few publications and 'respected' authorities in any given area of studies/research is used as enough 'proof' of the significance of their hobby-horse or politically driven and subsidised work to push it through.
I'd still feel deeply saddened by your simply retiring, and would be cheered up if you were to consider semi-retirement as an option... but that is your option, my friend. If you know that you're incapable of popping in from time to time, then detaching yourself again, you must do what is best for you. POV-ers who are so convinced of the righteousness of their cause have far more energy and determination than those of us who seriously analyse the area of studies and our own positions at every step.
I've bookmarked the RSN discussion in question for future reference. As an aside, if you don't intend to keep posting your poetry to your user page, do get a Wordpress or Blogger account. I've truly enjoyed (if that's the right description) reading your work. Sending you 'my very best wishes' in your future endeavours. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 23:20, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! Speaking about RSN discussion (link above), it helps to understand who is doing what in the project. User A: "It [the book by Dyukov] says nothing about "mainstream Western historians.". No, the entire purpose of the book was to disprove the "majority view" by "Western" science, as authors openly stated in the introduction (the direct citation of the introduction was provided in the beginning of the thread). That is what Senyavskaya also openly said in the beginning of her article. User B: "[The book by Dyukov] is defending Western scholarship". I can't believe this comment was made in a good faith, but the person who makes this comment behaves like an "expert". Same person tells below that "The link you provided says that it was published by Penguin Books", which is simply not true: the book was published in Russia by EKSMO, famous for publishing Stalinist pseudohistory [3]. So it goes, and these guys are protected by WP administrators until one of them becomes too disruptive. Strictly speaking, taking part in a project where some participants are engaged in intentional disinformation amounts to a scientific misconduct. However, this is not the most important reason for me to leave. My very best wishes (talk) 21:40, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the link. Yes, I've had the time to go over the link you've provided and, yes, I understand (and empathise) with your position. I've encountered less obvious variants of the same misconduct. Again, I reiterate that it will be a loss to Wikipedia and to myself, on a personal level, to see an editor of your integrity and knowledge of Eastern European history and politically motivated revisionism leave the project. I don't think that a lot of Wikipedians (admin or regular editors) are entirely honest about knowing that 'revisionism' may be a modern term, but that this fact plagues 'historical' interpretations from the first documented form of purportedly documenting history 'subjectively' (i.e., Thucydides through his History of the Peloponnesian War). Personally, I've spent my working life deciphering - not Linear B - but what Dylan Thomas so eloquently brought to the fore in his The hand that signed the paper.
I've seen propaganda being pushed at all levels in my research work and thought that Wikipedia was an opportunity for me to detach myself from my own original research habits of decades. I was ill-prepared for the learning curve, but I've always been reasonably proficient at approaching subject matter from entirely different stances... but I've not been able to prepare myself enough for the fact that so much is institutionalised here. Again, I will deeply feel the absence of your good sense, but you must get on with your life in a manner productive to you. You must get the priorities in your life in order of their importance. I wish you all the best or, as I can't help myself when it comes to bad puns, 'My very best wishes'. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 05:09, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Russian Federation & Russia[edit]

There's no 2 seperate articles called Russian Federation & Russia. Follow the link. GoodDay (talk) 01:31, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Apologies! Yes, you're quite right. I ought to know better, having been working on articles surrounding ex-Soviet and current CIS nation-states for so long. Cheers! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 02:39, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
No prob :) GoodDay (talk) 02:43, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Please rate[edit]

Здрастуйте Ірина. Прошу оцінити рисунок: дотримання авторських прав, ліцензія, мову... [4]. Дякую. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Michaila vnuk (talkcontribs) 18:15, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Battle of Debaltseve[edit]

Hey Irina..Indeed I removed content from "The Battle of Debaltseve" but I did leave an explanation.The said content cited a report by the Kiyv Post that alleged an attack to refugees leaving the town of Debaltseve by the rebels-or separatists if you like-was not verified by any other source and based on hearsay.Moreover it was likely put there to steer sympathies to one side.Similar "accounts" of Ukrainian soldiers firing on fleeing refugees exist as well.. TonyArzenta (talk) 20:59, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Under these circumstances, you should take it to the article's talk page and express your reservations as to the use of the content, per Bold → Revert → Discuss. Please bear in mind that this (and other articles surrounding events in Ukraine) are extremely high traffic and attract a lot of problematic contributors, therefore sourced material being eliminated without discussion tends to get reverted due to the pace of editing. Cheers! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 21:15, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Ukrainian help![edit]

Hi Iryna, do you think you could help me translate this? "ваше редагування было видалення патрульним"? I'm not quite sure what the exact English equivalent would be.... your edits have been reverted? your privileges revoked? It's from the handwriting on this file which I want to make sure has a good caption on Ihor Kostenko's page. I would really appreciate if you could take a minute to look at it. Thank you so much! Wikimandia (talk) 00:33, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Ah, you've started transposing the handwritten version using the Russian alphabet. I've just got a few thing I have to get on with IRL for a day or so, but will type out and translated the placard ASAP. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 01:07, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! I speak Russian but I think this is Ukrainian, and I remember seeing you spoke both? I could make a guess but I want to make sure it's right. Thank you! Wikimandia (talk) 12:46, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Coups d'état lists[edit]

There is a lot of commotion on List of coups d'état and coup attempts by country and List of coups d'état and coup attempts since 2010 by a biased User:Endukiejunta who is continually pushing pro-Russian POV edits, while regarding the 2014 Ukrainian revolution as that of a "coup." Please visit the talk pages here and here to set the article straight and neutral. § DDima 22:19, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

I'm just about to log off until tomorrow due to IRL commitments, DDima. I'll take a look ASAP (I'll try to get to it on my return in the evening). Cheers! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 22:32, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 25 February 2015[edit]

The Signpost: 25 February 2015[edit]