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Speedy deletion nomination of Rotary direct lift devices[edit]

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Proposed deletion of New age Sabians[edit]

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Move of Geber to Jābir ibn Hayyān[edit]

Many thanks for your support of my requested move of Geber to Jābir ibn Hayyān. The move has now happened and I've done a bit of patching up of links and some of the content of the Jābir ibn Hayyān article. I'll not be able to do much more to it (or to the pseudo-Geber article) for a week or so, but I'll give it at least a decent wash and rinse when I can.

All the best. –Syncategoremata (talk) 23:28, 2 April 2010 (UTC)

Preferences over the use of {{vn}}[edit]

I've noticed you've been adding {{vn}} to a lot of articles (absolutely correctly). Quite often this is where someone in particular has taken material from a source and added a priority claim; that is, the article only says that so-and-so did such-and-such but the wikipedia article adds the unfounded claim that they were the first to do so.

I have just been removing this sort of unwarranted extrapolation, mostly by simply deleting the priority claim. Do you think it is better to add {{vn}} to these articles instead? I've paused removing such claims for the moment, in case what you are doing is a better way of dealing with this.

All the best. –Syncategoremata (talk) 00:52, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

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Invitation to discussion[edit]

Hello, you are invited to take part in the following discussion on this topic. The discussion is about general ways to improve Wikipedia in terms of verfifiability of contents. Regards Gun Powder Ma (talk) 20:49, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

Misuse of sources[edit]

Hi. Check out here and here. Gun Powder Ma (talk) 22:31, 15 April 2010 (UTC)


RFC discussion of User:Jagged 85[edit]

A request for comments has been filed concerning the conduct of Jagged 85 (talk · contribs). You are invited to comment on the discussion at Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Jagged 85. -- Syncategoremata (talk) 22:06, 25 April 2010 (UTC)

Sorry for the delay but I've been meaning to thank you for signing the closing summary to this RfC/U. I'm glad that it is now behind us and I hope we never have to go through something like that again.
All the best. –Syncategoremata (talk) 21:49, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

Hi I have some concerns about your recent edit to the Sharia article[edit]

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Thank You[edit]

Hi,

Thank you for finding Sharia and National Law in Muslim Countries. Sorry I dinged you the other day, I was totally in reactive mode. You helped me make my first "big" edit. I remember what you told me: be bold. Must have been a few months ago. Seems like a hundred years ago to me now.

Regards, Aquib (talk) 02:48, 3 May 2010 (UTC)

al-Khazini and gravity[edit]

I noticed you just tagged for verification the claims about al-Khazini and gravity in the Aristotelian physics article. The claims there are just as they are given in that article (including the silly comment about gravitational potential energy). What it does not bother to mention is that Aristotle also thought that the weight of a body varies depending on its distance from the centre of the Earth and that it was a commonplace of Hellenistic and later Greek philosophy: did the weight vary with distance? did it increase? did it decrease? does an object have any weight in its natural place? Of course, the cited article doesn't bother to mention this (and reads as if they aren't even aware of the past history of the question) but I think the claim should be either removed or thoroughly contextualised. There are some other problems with that particular source chapter (which I can't remember off the top of my head) and it's on my list to investigate. It's just not quite at the top of that list, yet.
And, I'm glad to be able to say: welcome back.
All the best. –Syncategoremata (talk) 22:19, 21 May 2010 (UTC)

Banu Musa[edit]

Hello. Yes, I think I´m going to fast. In an effort to revert the work of Jagged85 I started to delete all these supposed inventions. But I think you´re right. I´ll put them again saying that they were descriptions of earlier mechanical devices already known since antiquity. All the best--Knight1993 (talk) 17:23, 14 June 2010 (UTC)

Greco-Arabic, etc.[edit]

Hi,

I spoke too strongly. There are a few uses of the hyphenated terms you mention, but (checking Google scholar) academic usage overwhelming favors the non-hyphenated forms:

  • "greco-islamic science": Results 1 - 8 of 8
  • "greco-arabic science": Results 1 - 10 of about 45
  • "arabic science": Results 1 - 10 of about 2,000
  • "islamic science": Results 1 - 10 of about 3,490

SteveMcCluskey (talk) 02:14, 17 June 2010 (UTC)

You're right, there are some good sources that use the term and they'd slipped my mind (a senior moment). Nonetheless, it is a minority term and I'm a bit hypersensitive to what David Pingree called Hellenophilia in the history of science. --SteveMcCluskey (talk) 20:59, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

Edit conflict at Jābir ibn Hayyān[edit]

My apologies for getting into an edit conflict with you at Jābir ibn Hayyān. For some reason I didn't notice that you had only just made your previous edit: I'll make sure to leave more time to elapse in future before editing.
My attention was caught by the {{Vn}} tag you had added, which happened to be about an article I had been reading earlier this week. It's not a very good source for that claim and probably the claim should just be deleted or just moved to a new historical section in the Equivalent (chemistry) article, as it is so vague.
All the best. –Syncategoremata (talk) 11:58, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

Please don't wait for me. I am really slow. I think we need an outline and a to do list.J8079s (talk) 17:05, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

Jagged cleanup[edit]

I noticed your recent editing on an article I watch. Excellent work! However, I would like to suggest that you try to put a link to, say, the RFC talk page in at least one of your edit summaries when cleaning an article. Perhaps append "see [[WT:Requests for comment/Jagged 85]]" to your "failed verification" summary, so it would read "failed verification, see WT:Requests for comment/Jagged 85". That might help when editors look at the article history in a week, or in six months: they will see the background to this unusual case. Johnuniq (talk) 05:05, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

will doJ8079s (talk) 05:14, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Thanks. After a bit more thought, I have put a proposal at WT:Requests for comment/Jagged 85#Simple link for edit summary. Johnuniq (talk) 07:31, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi, regarding this edit to Lens (optics): can you explain or give me a link to somewhere where the specific problem with this reference or Jagged's claims is discussed? My concern is that Alhazen is important enough that he probably needs to be mentioned, but I don't have enough information to construct a replacement for the text you deleted. In any event, your edit introduced a problem: Alhazen and his book are mentioned again further down in the section. Since you deleted the introduction of this material, the subsequent mention of them is unclear.--Srleffler (talk) 17:18, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

The deletion of unsourced claims seems appropriate to me; I've made editorial changes to clarify the mentions of Alhazen and his book of optics. --SteveMcCluskey (talk) 13:22, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Thanks Steve I think we need a outline on whats wrong with "Alhazen" and the "book of Optics". The edit in question here is typical "Jagged", that is a good source misrepresented, and an original theory.J8079s (talk) 00:35, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

I'm not on top of this, having only scanned the RFC comments and not the evidence, so I will simply point out this revert, and say that I quickly did a WP:CHECKUSER and I am pretty confident that it is just a random revert by an anon. John Vandenberg (chat) 08:09, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Please see the summary I have put at WT:Requests for comment/Jagged 85/Cleanup. Johnuniq (talk) 08:28, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Update[edit]

I noticed your recent edits (good!), but you used braces ({{...}}) in your edit summary instead of square brackets ([[...]]). Also, there is now a better shortcut to use. An edit summary should include "see [[WP:Jagged 85 cleanup]]" (copy the text that you see between the quotes from this talk page). If you look at the history of this talk page you will see how it looks because I included it in my edit summary. Johnuniq (talk) 23:36, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the help J8079s (talk) 23:43, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Science in the Middle Ages[edit]

You are invited to participate in the vote at Talk:Science in the Middle Ages#Ballot box as an attempt to establish a consensus. Regards Gun Powder Ma (talk) 20:31, 26 August 2010 (UTC)

Copying within Wikipedia[edit]

Thanks again for your work with WP:Jagged 85 cleanup – some progress is finally being made. One point you may like to bear in mind if the situation arises again, is that WP:CWW says that when copying material from one page to another, we should use an edit summary that contains a link to the source (so the page history properly attributes authorship). Your edit (diff) at Science in medieval Islam might have had edit summary "copy text from User:SteveMcCluskey/SMI, see talk" (which contains a link to the source). I'm sure there is no problem, but I am mentioning this in case you were not aware, for the future. Johnuniq (talk) 03:04, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Thank you. I did mention on the talk page that it was Steve's work to give him credit but I was unaware there was a policy. your summary would have been good too. again thanks for the help. J8079s (talk) 04:54, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

FYI ANI re Islamic metaphysics[edit]

Hi, your name has not come up yet, but in case it does, I wanted you to be aware. thanks Informational note: this is to let you know that there currently is a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Regards, -Aquib (talk) 05:15, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

The admins helped me see the article history. Are there any others I need to account for? Thanks -Aquib (talk) 13:22, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

Invitation to comment on RFC regarding the stubbing (deletion) of the Mathematics in medieval Islam article[edit]

You are invited to comment on the content dispute regarding the stubbing of the Mathematics in medieval Islam article Thank You -Aquib (talk) 04:05, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

Jagged 85 RFC/U and cleanup has been appealed to ArbCom[edit]

You are involved in a recently-filed request for arbitration. Please review the request at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests#Jagged 85 RFC/U and cleanup and, if you wish to do so, enter your statement and any other material you wish to submit to the Arbitration Committee. Additionally, the following resources may be of use—

Thanks, -Aquib (talk) 04:40, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

Jagged 85 cleanup: article stubbing[edit]

Hello. You are invited to take part in this vote concerning the clean-up effort in connectuion with Jagged 85's RFC/U. Regards Gun Powder Ma (talk) 11:40, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

Record your cleanup[edit]

Hello. Could you please record your work progress at the newly created Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Jagged 85/Top edits and, if you haven't done so yet, at Wikipedia talk:Requests for comment/Jagged 85/Cleanup#Cleanup lists. The first link lists the most frequently articles edited by Jagged 85 by number of edits, the latter by total number of bytes added by him. As you know, keeping track of the cleanup effort is paramount to avoid double work. Thanks and regards Gun Powder Ma (talk) 01:34, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

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Banū Mūsā[edit]

Hi. Saw on talk page you verified last year some entries, like a "lamp", by Jagged 85. Could you be so kind and restore them? Regards Gun Powder Ma (talk) 22:22, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

Twinkle for certain reversions?[edit]

Hi, may I ask why you only use Twinkle for certain reversions? Thanks

I'm not sure what you mean. I prefer to use inline tags when I can. Should I use it more or not so much?

Jag[edit]

The Arab geographer Muhammad al-Idrisi produced his medieval atlas Tabula Rogeriana in 1154. He incorporated the knowledge of Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Far East, gathered by Arab merchants and explorers with the information inherited from the classical geographers to create the most accurate map of the world up until his time. It remained the most accurate world map for the next three centuries.[1]

Just wondering if the above is cited properly from Cartography. I can't find the source, and it was added by Jagged85. Pass a Method talk 19:02, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

"The noble and elevating pursuits of science were not neglected under the Moors of Sicily and their intelligent and progressive conquerors, the Norman princes. Geography, astronomy, chemistry, and medicine were studied with diligence and success. Edrisi, whose descent from the royal dynasty of Fez has been obscured by the eminent reputation he attained as a geographer and a philosopher, made for Roger II. a planisphere which represented at once the surface of the earth and the positions of the heavenly bodies."
Scott, Samuel Parsons (1904). History of the Moorish Empire in Europe. pp. 68–. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 

There are several editions [1] (full view) Unfortunately this raise more questions than it answers. I hope it helpsJ8079s (talk) 20:42, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

Using sources over 100 years old is not best and as some times happens with the jagg stuff al-Irdisi is much more interesting than the edits make him appear this source Harley, J. B. (1992-06-01). The history of cartography: Cartography in the traditional islamic and south asian societies. Oxford University Press US. ISBN 9780226316352. Retrieved 27 May 2011.  would be the one to use there is a preview at google books but most of his pages are redacted. J8079s (talk) 21:16, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

Links for deletions from Islamic contributions to Medieval Europe[edit]

Hi, you made some deletions from the above article, which I broadly agree with, but you had said you were going to provide links showing where they were judged to be bad sources, which so far you haven't done. Do you know when you'll get a chance to do this? Thanks, --Merlinme (talk) 13:58, 10 June 2011 (UTC)

The Canon of Medicine[edit]

Hi. I saw you only shortend the Jaggedized version after it was restored by some dubious user. Were you aware of this or should we revert to the stub again?

  1. stub by me
  2. rv by some dubious new user
  3. shortened by you

Regards Gun Powder Ma (talk) 11:50, 25 June 2011 (UTC)

Do what you think is best I'm stuck out of town with an Ipad. My version has some stuff that doesn't belong but try to leave an outline that others can fill in. J8079s (talk) 15:48, 25 June 2011 (UTC)

I'm back home and hope to resume editing soon J8079s (talk) 20:38, 6 November 2011 (UTC)

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Jagged 85 cleanup[edit]

Hi. I have just posted a response to a query you made some time ago here.
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Sufi psychology[edit]

Hi J8079s,

I see that you've cleared up some of the issues in Medicine in the medieval Islamic world and Psychology in medieval Islam. Do you have some time to take a quick look at Sufi psychology? I proposed merging it to Sufi philosophy a year ago, but didn't get much of a response / don't know the first thing about Sufi philosophy. Dialectric (talk) 05:23, 15 September 2012 (UTC)

A quick check shows Sufi psychology is a pretty common expression [2] for contemporary studies of Sufi. For context view see Dervish. There is always room for a content fork my advice is this looks like a good faith can of worms and either continue with your merge or tag it and move on. I am going to continue to work on adding perspective to Pre-scientific Psychology and some other areas. I joined Questia before I saw this WP:Questia. I am urging everyone to try it there's a free one day trail. Lots of good stuff. J8079s (talk) 17:13, 15 September 2012 (UTC)

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Locke[edit]

I'm curious re [3] at Locke; that's you changing your mind about [4].

I have this, from Edward, by email:


Here is the SEP article http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/information which says

The idea of a tabula rasa development of the human mind was the topic of a novel Hayy ibn Yaqdhan by the Arabic Andalusian philosopher Ibn Tufail (1105–1185 CE, known as “Abubacer” or “Ebn Tophail” in the West). This novel describes the development of an isolated child on a deserted island. A later translation in Latin under the title Philosophus Autodidactus (1761) influenced the empiricist John Locke in the formulation of his tabula rasa doctrine.

I suspect this was sourced directly from the Wikipedia article (a) because of the similarity of the wording (b) Locke never used the term 'tabula rasa' (c) it postdates the Wikipedia article (d) the article uses Wikipedia as a source for other claims. Now Wikipedia can cite the SEP, of course.


But I can't say anything about claims that "Locke never used the term 'tabula rasa'", though. Perhaps you can? William M. Connolley (talk) 21:52, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

I wish I'd left the delete.I was new then. As I recall sources say Locke probably read the book. On the subject; Tabulas were out of style by Locke's time he used the phrase "white paper" and possibly "empty cabinet", however no one writes about Some Thoughts Concerning Education with out using the the phrase. Earlier writers think we are born with innate knowledge of logic and use the phrase in a different sense.
  • Aritotle used the phrase[citation needed]
  • [5] Zeno and the stotics
  • [6] Boethius, Consolatio Philosophiae (I think hes against it)

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Aspasia the Physian[edit]

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Be bold and thank you J8079s (talk) 18:20, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

Fernández-Morera and RS noticeboard[edit]

Though Fernández-Morera's article is thoroughly referenced and he has solid academic credentials, the place of publication is a problem. The journal lacks peer review and has a strong ideological slant. His having authored a paper entitled 'Islamic Warriors' Destruction of a Nascent Civilization' won't help in establishing his neutrality on Islamic culture in Spain. I would suggest taking a look at some of the citations in "The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise", which may follow a similar line of reasoning with a less controversial publication history.Dialectric (talk) 20:08, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

Thanks I WP:DGF It was just a drive by I don't even edit over there. The "myth" part is misleading its not about agenda based wiki editors. the subject is covered Cohen, Mark. 1995. Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-01082-X and it's not really a controversy. I find the whole thing ironic as I am the one always pushing for "best sources". J8079s (talk) 02:05, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

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Why do you oppose a neutral point of view and reliable sources in the Second Amendment Article?[edit]

Please be specific. Are you saying the LIbrary of Congress, the New York Times, the Congressional Research Service and several direct quotations from court cases are untrustworthy sources? Or are you saying that a wikipedia article should not show both sides of a controversy? Or are you saying that a four-year old interpretation should be mentioned and the history beforehand should not be? Just saying something "does not belong there" does not consist of an argument. Please make one. Simply disliking fact is not an argument and will not dissuade me, nor will it convince arbiters in an arbitration. So please give me your best wikipedia argument for why you would not include relevant factual material backed up by reliable sources (including the same source used elsewhere in the article). You're the only editor other than North8000 that disagrees with the change. North8000 has conceded that he/she has no source whatsoever to back up his beliefs while I have the Library of Congress, the New York Times, and the Congressional Research Service backing me up. Do you have a contrary source? If you know of a case prior to 2000 that struck down a law under the Second Amendment or found that the prefatory militia clause is meaningless and there is an individual right to bear arms, by all means cite it. Do your research. And if/when you can't find one, I respectfully request you withdraw your objection.GreekParadise (talk) 04:23, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

you are way out of line your NYT sources are not WP:RS [7] as with any questionable source if the info is verifiable you will find it elsewhere. Your edit here [8] indicates that you know this. Please remember WP:NPOV esp.[9] and you are responsible for balancing your own edits. You are using Library of Congress and Congressional Research Service to support the NYT editorial there is no place in WP for editorials except as sources for themselves. 67 amicus briefs were filed [10] the findings [11] It is not clear to me what page "the debate" belongs on but hers a source Doherty, Brian (2008). Gun Control on Trial: Inside the Supreme Court Battle Over the Second Amendment. Cato Institute. ISBN 9781933995250. Retrieved 24 February 2013.  J8079s (talk) 23:41, 24 February 2013 (UTC)
The NYT front-page article from their Supreme Court reporter -- who is also cited in this same article re the McDonald case without dispute by you-- is not an op-ed by any definition. The Cato Institute, however, is clear POV and has no more place in this article than would be a citation from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.GreekParadise (talk) 17:42, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

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Second Amendment Collective-Rights History pre-Heller[edit]

Please review prior to editing or commenting further on the Second Amendment. I have posted it on the Talk Page as well, but I'm reaching out to you and all other editors personally because I sincerely believe when you review the evidence and when you search for contrary evidence, you will see I am correct about this history. I'm not claiming you personally had any statement about this, but I wanted to post the identical thing on every editors' talk page so please do not take it personally. "You" refers to anyone who disputes the reliable sources I have posted below.


The law WAS collective only prior to Heller. If I show you 3 cases and several commentaries by irrefutably accurate sources and you cannot show me a single case from 1939 to 2000 to refute it, you have to accept that history is history.

Here are some quotes from:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nra-money-helped-reshape-gun-law/2013/03/13/73d71e22-829a-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_story.html

In 1977 at a Denver hotel, Don Kates paced a conference room lecturing a small group of young scholars about the Second Amendment and tossing out ideas for law review articles. Back then, it was a pretty weird activity in pursuit of a wacky notion: that the Constitution confers an individual right to possess a firearm.

“This idea for a very long time was just laughed at,” said Nelson Lund, the Patrick Henry professor of constitutional law and the Second Amendment at George Mason University, a chair endowed by the National Rifle Association. “A lot of people thought it was preposterous and just propaganda from gun nuts.” ...

The Second Amendment states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Before the Heller decision, the Supreme Court and lower courts had interpreted the language as “preserving the authority of the states to maintain militias,” according to a Congressional Research Service analysis.

“It was a settled question, and the overwhelming consensus, bordering on unanimity, was that the Second Amendment granted a collective right” enjoyed by the states, not individuals, Bogus said. Under this interpretation, the Constitution provides no right for an individual to possess a firearm.

Lund [Remember he's the NRA-endowed Second-Amendment professor!] agreed that there was a consensus but said it was “based on ignorance.”

OK, you don't trust the Congressional Research Service, the Library of Congress, the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the National Rifle Association-endowed professor of constitutional law and the Second Amendment? How about trusting the courts themselves? Just read these three:

- Cases v. United States, 131 F.2d 916 (1st Cir. 1942)

- United States v. Warin, 530 F.2d 103, 106 (6th Cir. 1976) (“[i]t is clear that the Second Amendment guarantees a collective rather than an individual right.”)

- Love v. Peppersack, 47 F.3d 120, 123 (4th Cir. 1995) (“the lower federal courts have uniformly held that the Second Amendment preserves a collective, rather than individual right.”)

All of them cited Miller. All of them were the law of the land. There's not a single case in all of American history in any court state or federal that found an individual right to bear arms absent service in a militia and struck down a gun law as unconstitutional prior to 2000. I will pay $100 to anyone who can find any case that says so.

Furthermore, there is not a single President prior to 2000 that stated he believed the Supreme Court conferred an individual right to bear arms under the Second Amendment absent service in a militia. Even Reagan didn't believe it. I will pay $100 to anyone who can find any President that stated this position prior to 2000.

Truth is truth. If you don't like truth, you should not be editing wikipedia. Many editors here, I know you believe otherwise. But whoever told you a lie was true was mistaken. Read my sources. Then look for reliable sources on your own. When you can't find any (and if you do, I'll give you $100), I would respectfully request that all of you withdraw your objections. If you don't, then you are clear POV-pushers and should not be editing wikipedia.

Otherwise, if the only way to remove unreliable sources in wikipedia is to put up a request for comment and/or mediation, let's do it. I'll bet my reliable sources against all of your absence of sources any day. There is nothing wrong with admitting you are wrong. People are trying to revise history and some people fall prey to it. Maybe you read something on the Internet from some ignorant blogger and believed it to be true. I respectfully request you look at the sources and come to the only accurate conclusion.

My history is backed up by EVERY judicial decision and EVERY President prior to 2000 and the Library of Congress, and the Congressional Research Service, and the NRA-endowed Professor of the Second Amendment, not to mention the NYT and the WP. And the contrary position is backed up by some sincere mistaken beliefs AND NOT A SINGLE SOURCE.

An honest and ethical wikipedia editor cannot look truth in the face and declare it untrue without a single reliable source to back it up. I will post this on the talk page of every editor who has edited or commented recently because I sincerely want all of you to review the sources before further editing or commenting.

Further sources:

http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/RL34446_20080411.pdf (Congressional Research Service)

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/second-amendment.php (Library of Congress)

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/06/us/06firearms.html (New York Times)

GreekParadise (talk) 16:25, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

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Second Amendment Talk Page[edit]

Thank you for your comment on my talk page. The topic of the Second Amendment is very complex as are most Bill of Rights issues and many words are sometimes required to explain an nuance. This might at first glance appear like we are discussing the Second Amendment, which is not the case, the discussion is explicitly about improving the article and about whether a particular viewpoint should be expressed in the article or not. I'll watch this page in case you need to respond.-Justanonymous (talk) 18:48, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

As another note, there are several editors discussing quite a few court cases on the page as a discussion over what should be included in the page. This is normal, they are not debating the Second Amendment but rather trying to boil down whether the amendment "protects" a right or "concerns a right." A lay analysis but an outside editor might surmise that they are discussing the second amendment only. That is not the case, they are discussing and attempting to reach consensus on a particularly contentious point. Please allow them to continue.-Justanonymous (talk) 18:55, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

Just came to write the same thing. We are debating what the sources say, so that we may change (or not) the article. Gaijin42 (talk) 18:59, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

This is about behavior not content. An edit that begins "Hi Username" belongs at Talk:Username. Stay on point. Do not respond to "stray remarks". I am well read on 2nd amendment/right to arms and have access to plenty of sources. I just want to help write a good article.J8079s (talk) 19:31, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

To be Fair I sent this note to everyone. And a stronger note to Greek P. J8079s (talk) 19:46, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

I fail to understand why my discussion of possible sources on the talk page of the article, cites to court cases that can provide a more neutral presentation by showing an individual rights component in prior Supreme Court cases, is somehow considered blogging. Or, are you advocating only collective rights sources should be included in the article, based on your "well read on 2nd amendment/right to arms" claimed status? Miguel Escopeta (talk) 22:20, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
It's that you are responding to a disruptive user. User Greek Paradise is disrupting the talk page. responding just adds to the disruption. There is a venue for him to brear down his WP:OR at the disput notice board The source you want to add is Kopel, David B. (1999). The Supreme Court's Thirty-five Other Gun Cases: What the Supreme Court Has Said about the Second Amendment. Independence Institute. Retrieved 20 March 2013.  also on line at [12] We cannot use our own reading of the cases. We can only repeat in our own words what reliable sources say about them. The "States rights" theory of a collective was never strong and not supported by disent in heller. Saying collective right is misleading. See my sand box for a partial bibliography User:J8079s/Sandbox2amnd please help please read Deny. J8079s (talk) 23:31, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
I noticed you removed a large section of 2A talk page without proper explanation, so I reverted. Cheers Grahamboat (talk) 02:02, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
Sorry I reverted again. How did the page go from 353,097 bytes to 340,408 bytes if you did not remove something? I believe maybe you’re mixing up copy&paste with cut&paste. What authorization are you using to unilaterally determine where the tread belongs? I think any possible resolution will happen on 2A talk page. Cheers. Grahamboat (talk) 02:54, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
Just a note on my reverts: you and I seem to agree on many of the arguments; perhaps where we disagree is where it should be resolved. I believe that the DRN was premature and discussion should continue on 2A, Cheers. Grahamboat (talk) 03:52, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
I was expecting wide support for this as an anti-disruption tool. I assure you I did not remove anything. I deleted the note at the dispute boards that might explain,the I will check that everything got there. The thread is on the page at least three other places (with no support for the edit as written.) At least this time he phrased the question in a way that other editors could respond. The whole purpose of the board is to clear the talk page. I have given gp a warning per WP:Disrupt I have addressed the issue on his talk I realize this is a case of WP:Assume no clue or maybe he just likes to blog. This thread stopped any pretense of constructive several posts back Please support me in this. It was GP that opened the board and thats where he needs to defend it. Thank for your support. J8079s (talk) 04:09, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
It's not fair to indiscriminately accuse everyone who has recently posted on the 2A talk page of inappropriate behavior. I have reverted your addition to my talk page. -—Kvng 04:00, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Insulting me will never resolve this. I have simply asked people to agree that authoritative relevant sources may be included in the article, verbatim if necessary. And I've been told that reliable sources may not be used if they show that any court upheld the militia theory, i.e. if some editors -- without a shred of evidence -- have a subjective belief that a case was wrongly decided. I am shocked to find that people believe their own vague recollections trump my sources. That's why I've gone to the noticeboard. I simply want a ruling that you cannot remove a reliable source from wikipedia without a valid reason.

"I don't like it" is not a valid reason. "I think there's another source that contradicts yours but I don't know it" is not a valid reason. "You are cherry picking but I haven't read your source so I can't tell you how you're cherry picking" is not a valid reason. "You're disrupting the page" is not a valid reason. And "I don't like what you said on the Talk Page so I'm going to censor your comment header" is definitely a wikipedia violation.

We all need to take a deep breath. Look at my original edits. If you don't believe they faithfully copied the sources, say so and be specific. If you do believe I'm faithful to the sources -- and they are relevant and authoritative -- the debate ends. Leave me to my facts and sources. And you can include yours. You can't exclude facts from wikipedia just because you don't like them or don't believe them to be true. If you could, wikipedia would become a blog and not an encyclopedia.GreekParadise (talk) 09:32, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

The notice is about behavior not content the talk pages are not a chat room. As to content the states rights theory is dead,not surprising as it was never healthy. J8079s (talk) 01:35, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

2A[edit]

I think we are in 99% agreement. Can we focus on getting that 99% updated into the article, then discuss the 1% we disagree on? That would let us close out lots of other issues/discussions that make our consensus building much more complicated. If we can get the lede updated with what everyone agrees on, then we can focus on gaining consensus on just individual word/sentence edits that are much simpler, without the larger debates.

Again to be clear, I agree with you on a personal level. My reading of the sources is the same as yours. The problem is that it is our reading of the sources. It is easy enough to put together the founders quotes, declaration, constitution, etc, but the fact that we do have to put it together makes it WP:ORIGINALRESEARCH. The SCOTUS rulings, variious commentaries etc are all talking right around our points, but they do not directly make that point. Very few sources are going to be directly quotable/paraphrasable to show that 1%. It takes WP:SYNTH to put them together. The few secondary sourecs that do directly make that point are generally less reliable/notable, and there are equally reliable/notable sources making contrary arguments. I think those contrary arguments are wrong, but we cannot ignore their existence. Gaijin42 (talk) 20:07, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

I have access Questia [13] piles of good stuff "scholarship" heavily favors the standard view. Google books is good too. That there are equally reliable/notable sources making contrary arguments someone needs to find them. Losses for the standard view: the decisions are narrow and SV wanted incorporation via "privileges and immunities. Gun grabbers have turned to a limited right subject to restrictions and regulation. We are on very solid ground, I was just driving by but I know the wiki rules. J8079s (talk) 01:26, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
Hi J8079s I think you left out citations in your last edit. Cheers. Grahamboat (talk) 00:44, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
Put a[citation needed] by where you wat a cite like this {{CN}}J8079s (talk) 01:26, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
sustaining that heavy burden.14
codified a pre-existing right,” ante, at 19
Cheers. Grahamboat (talk) 04:23, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

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Just in case you were not notified GreekParadise filed a dr on this issue your participation there would be very much appreciated. Cheers. Grahamboat (talk) 23:31, 27 July 2013 (UTC)

I have been out of town. I am looking at resuming editing soon J8079s (talk) 14:04, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

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Seems to work in "Safari" but doesn't work in "Crome" J8079s (talk) 16:59, 31 August 2013 (UTC)
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      • [2] Works fine in safari not in chrome I probably did some thing to chrome settings. J8079s (talk) 17:08, 3 September 2013 (UTC)
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