User talk:Kobra98

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November 2012[edit]

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Hello, Kobra98! As a current or past contributor to a related article, I thought I'd let you know about the OU taskforce, a collaborative effort to improve Wikipedia's coverage of the University of Oklahoma. I hope you join us in making the University of Oklahoma articles better everyday. Thanks!!!

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Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/1999 Oklahoma Sooners football team concern[edit]

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Table over written words[edit]

Look I'm not trying to start a war over this but you have to see that the information can be better explained in written word then just slapped into a table. Using a table is taking the easy way out on things, Wikipedia is an encyclopedia and as editors of the encyclopedia we need to be able to explain things in depth which is why we write articles with prose not just tables please take a look at this before reverting.

Tables and prose[edit]

Hi Kobra98,

It appears that Dcheagle is closely following the tables vs. prose style guide when editing articles, however you find tables more readable. It was discussed here and there.

At one of the articles, your and his interaction involved 9 undos of your edits by Dcheagle.

As you came to Live Chat to ask for help, I would like to encourage that:

  1. Question is opened at the relevant wikiproject talk page about pertinence of tables in such context. (It is your task.)
  2. No further edits in this direction are made, not by you and not by Dcheagle.
  3. After community agreement is reached, it is followed.

In general, I would like to encourage that in general we all

  1. (It appears to be his fault; please understand this is not example to follow.) Don't resort to FA and other article statuses when choosing how to write them, or justifying our actions. The articles should be better, and these statuses are irrelevant to the intermediate work. I'm very positive that it is not relevant to discussion of how to write an article better.
  2. Don't use edit summaries to talk to other contributors. When we realize we're putting more information in edit summary than a summary of the edit, start a discussion.
  3. Be very very passive about removing accurate information from an article where you think it's not styled properly. Edit war barrier is not 3 here, it is 1 — styling is a much much less urgent matter than content. (I observed that both you and the other contributor removed accurate sourced content due to preference of different way to put it.)

Many thanks,
--Gryllida (talk) 04:32, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

The relevant discussion at the WikiProject talk page got through, thanks! (I took the liberty to convert links to internal ones in your message, so they look less ugly.) Gryllida (talk) 09:57, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

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National Championships[edit]

Hello Kobra - Regarding your removal of 2012 from Notre Dame's unclaimed NCs: While I agree that it's debatable to include 2012 as among ND's unclaimed titles, your edit summary regarding NCAA "official selectors" leads to a problem across the length and breadth of Wikipedia CFB articles. As you know, the NCAA neither names nor recognizes an official FBS champion; the farthest that the organization goes is to list champions from some major selectors, currently BCS, AP, Football Writers, National Football Foundation, USAToday/CNN, UPI, Helms, College Football Research Associates, and National Championship Foundation, the last three only for pre-1935 and inception of the AP poll. The list of schools and selectors is here [1], and I am sure that it is a page that you know.

The College Football Data Warehouse has a more inclusive list of selectors here [2], including the Colley Matrix which controversially listed Notre Dame as #1 even after the BCS loss, and Colley also named Oklahoma State #1 over Alabama the previous year. The relevance of that is questionable at best, but it leads to the problem for which I offer this illustration. Your user page includes reference to your support for Oklahoma Sooners, a fine school with an outstanding athletic tradition. However - the Sooners football page here [[3]] lists 10 unclaimed national titles - but half of these are from selectors not listed by the NCAA at all, nor does Oklahoma appear on the NCAA page for any of the years listed as unclaimed. A summary is here, with the Wikipedia article on [[4]] providing the names of the OU selectors for the years in question.

1915
NCAA Cornell OKLA Billingsley
1949
NCAA Notre Dame OKLA CFRA *
1953
NCAA Maryland OKLA Berryman, CFRA*
1957
NCAA Ohio State, Auburn OKLA Berryman
1967
NCAA USC OKLA Poling System
1973
NCAA Notre Dame, Alabama OKLA CFRA*, Devold, Dunkel
1978
NCAA Alabama, USC OKLA Devold, Dunkel, Helms,* L, MGR, PS, R(FACT), SR
1980
NCAA Georgia OKLA Dunkel, Matthews
1986
NCAA Penn State OKLA Berryman, CFRA*, Devold, Dunkel
2003
NCAA LSU, USC OKLA Berryman

I have asterisked the selectors who also appear on the NCAA page. As suggested by your edit summary for the ND article, the years 1915, 1957, 1967, 1980, and 2003 should be removed promptly from the OU article since none of the selectors listed for those years is approved by the NCAA. In fact, all of them should be. The NCAA clearly stops using both Helms and CFRA once the AP poll begins; neither of the two ever appears again in the NCAA selectors for any year after 1935, though both continued to make selections off and on for years afterward, and the "unclaimed" Oklahoma titles listed on Wikipedia for all of the years listed after 1915 include selectors no longer approved or used by the NCAA in the years in the OU article. 1915, of course, is listed only by Billingsley, a selector never approved by the NCAA.

This is clearly a can of worms. There are 117 FBS programs in the NCAA, and all have Wiki articles. The nature of NC claims is volatile and unclear. Alabama, for example, claims 15 titles, though the NCAA recognizes only 13. Notre Dame claims 11, but the NCAA recognizes 13. If the metric "approved by the NCAA" is applied across all CFB articles, then a good guess would be that about 20 or so will require some changes regarding NC claims. But the Oklahoma article is in serious error right now: both the unclaimed NC number and the assertion in the text that "NCAA recognizes national titles for Oklahoma" in the unclaimed years are patently untrue. I will not edit that at the moment because I have never worked on the OU article, and major changes such as this would entail ought properly to be done by editors who have worked on the article, as I note that you have done. However - if as in your good-faith edit summary on the ND article the NCAA list is the measure by which we include NC claims and unclaimed titles, then that article must by corrected ASAP. regards, Sensei48 (talk) 23:44, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

And further - your reverting edit summary says "the NCAA recognizes certain selectors as official, and this is not one of them" - yet the link that you provide (to a page I know well) states unequivocally that "The NCAA has not enacted, adopted or otherwise approved of the process described below. The NCAA has no role in the selection of the institutions that participate in postseason bowl games and does not sponsor a Football Bowl Subdivision championship." There is no recognition of selectors as "official" beyond what can be inferred from their page that I linked and used above. Sensei48 (talk) 23:59, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
On page 74 of the annual record book I showed you, there IS a list of selectors that the NCAA recognizes. A couple pages down, it has a list of every year, along with teams that were recognized by these selectors. I go by this when editing pages on Wikipedia, though, obviously, many people don't. It includes all the national titles on Oklahoma Sooners football. I'm not sure how you could go wrong using the NCAA's official record book, so I suggest this be used all throughout Wikipedia, including for Notre Dame Fighting Irish football. Kobra98 (talk) 00:06, 16 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the prompt response. I also know this page, but your link directed to the BCS section. Not that it matters, but on page 74, Colley IS listed as a major selector, under the name "Wes Colley" rather than by the system, the Colley Matrix. It would be easy to source that Colley did indeed recognize ND as NC after the BCS debacle because it excited a multitude of appropriately negative comments, as has the NCAA's posture regarding this whole question. Note that page 70 includes Colley for the years 2002,03,04,05, and 06 but not following, reason enough to leave 2012 out of the ND article beyond the obvious. However, may I point out that nowhere does the NCAA list or denote these selectors as "official" or "approved" in any way: that is an inference. The organization is scrupulous about avoiding such terms and opens the presentation of the list of selectors with "The criteria for being included in this historical list of poll selectors is that the poll be national in scope,either through distribution in newspaper, television, radio and/or computer online. The list includes both former selectors, who were instrumental in the sport of college football, and selectors presently among the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) selectors." It is an "historical list," not an official or approved one, as above. regards, Sensei48 (talk) 00:48, 16 June 2014 (UTC)
Well I stand by what I said before, but I guess I'll edit it slightly. If the NCAA decides that a selector is worth putting in their record book, and if they choose to use this selector for a certain year in their record book, then I think it's worth putting on Wikipedia. If they do NOT use this selector, or not for a certain year, then I don't think it should be put on a Wikipedia article. A line has to be drawn somewhere, because there are a ridiculous amount of people selecting national champions for Division I FBS football, and we can't recognize them all. I say the line should be drawn here. Kobra98 (talk) 03:05, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

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