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- 1 This week's articles for improvement - 22 July 2013 to 28 July 2013
- 2 Mass killings under Communist regimes
- 3 Precious again
- 4 My recent RfA
- 5 Incorrect evidence
- 6 Manning
- 7 WikiProject Military history coordinator election
- 8 Your Arbitration evidence is too long
- 9 Question
- 10 Books and Bytes: The Wikipedia Library Newsletter
- 11 height of Stalin is disputed
- 12 Hi!
- 13 The Wikipedia Library Survey
- 14 Merry Christmas
- 15 Happy New Year Kurtis!
- 16 This week's article for improvement
- 17 This week's article for improvement
- 18 This week's article for improvement (week 6, 2014)
- 19 This week's article for improvement (week 7, 2014)
- 20 This week's article for improvement (week 8, 2014)
- 21 This week's article for improvement (week 9, 2014)
- 22 This week's article for improvement (week 10, 2014)
This week's articles for improvement - 22 July 2013 to 28 July 2013
|This week's article for improvement is:
Please be bold and help to improve this article!
I've added an opt-in section for those interested in receiving TAFI notifications on the project's main page, located here. Those that don't opt-in won't receive this message again. Also, a revised notification template has been created, located at Template:TAFI weekly selections notice. Northamerica1000(talk) 05:11, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
Mass killings under Communist regimes
Hey Kurtis. You had said that you were working on a rewrite of the MkuCr article a little while back, but that it was a bigger job than you expected. Don't feel that you are under any obligation to slog through the entire thing. If you have even a partial improvement, you are welcome to add it to the workpage we have set up for possible future edits (pending talk page consensus, per the sanctions), which you can find here. Thanks for the effort. AmateurEditor (talk) 22:37, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
- I was just thinking about that page, and I was going to get back to you guys. I'd be glad to post some things there, once I can finally put the links I've gathered to text. :-) Kurtis (talk) 05:10, 25 July 2013 (UTC)
My recent RfA
- No worries. :-) Kurtis (talk) 04:35, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
Please correct your summary of the decision in the Manning case. We did not decide that there was a consensus for "Bradley". We decided that there was no consensus at all as to what the name should be, and that since "Bradley" was the long term stable location for the article, that's where it should be in the absence of a consensus.—Kww(talk) 17:33, 7 September 2013 (UTC)
- Sorry, I've fixed it now. I read through the decision, but forgot to change the wording before saving the page. I thought it was clear from the way I'd represented the evidence that no consensus existed. Kurtis (talk) 23:36, 7 September 2013 (UTC)
You wrote "Manning herself has asked that people refer to her using female pronouns".
As the dispute concerns the article title/name, you may want to clarify that Manning mentioned both pronouns and name ("I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun"). Josh Gorand (talk) 19:57, 7 September 2013 (UTC)
- That's basically implied, but I'll probably make that addition shortly. Kurtis (talk) 23:37, 7 September 2013 (UTC)
WikiProject Military history coordinator election
Greetings from WikiProject Military history! As a member of the project, you are invited to take part in our annual project coordinator election, which will determine our coordinators for the next twelve months. If you wish to cast a vote, please do so on the election page by 23:59 (UTC) on 28 September! Kirill [talk] 18:30, 16 September 2013 (UTC)
Your Arbitration evidence is too long
Hello, Kurtis. Thank you for your recent submission of evidence for the Manning naming dispute Arbitration case. As you may be aware, the Arbitration Committee asks that users submitting evidence in cases adhere to limits regarding the length of their submissions. These limits, currently at 1000 words and 100 diffs for parties and 500 words and 50 diffs for all others, are in place to ensure that the Arbitration Committee receives only the most important information relevant to the case, and is able to determine an appropriate course of action in a reasonable amount of time. The evidence you have submitted currently exceeds at least one of these limits, and is presently at 720 words and 9 diffs. Please try to reduce the length of your submission to fit within these limits; this guide may be able to provide some help in doing so. If the length of your evidence is not reduced soon, it may be refactored or removed by a human clerk within a few days. Thank you! If you have any questions or concerns regarding the case, please contact the drafting Arbitrator or case clerk (who are listed on the case pages); if you have any questions or concerns about this bot, please contact the operator. On behalf of the Arbitration Committee, HersfoldArbClerkBOT(talk) 04:21, 19 September 2013 (UTC)
- Hi, sorry about the multiple warnings earlier. One of the arbitrators alerted me to the problem, and I believe it's been fixed now. You should not receive any further warnings for this case. Hersfold (t/a/c) 15:44, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
You list several userboxes containing your opinions about various states and countries... so, how do you form those opinions? How much do you read about the situations in those nations until you're confident that your opinions are sufficiently informed?
- Nice to meet you, 92.xx. You ask some very good questions. I'll be glad to answer them. :-)
- One of my great passions in life is learning about a broad variety of different topics: computer sciences, physics, world history, geography, biological life, etc. But above all else, I am extremely passionate about human rights. In the most general sense, I support freedom for everyone, regardless of their life situation. With regards to most of the causes that I support, not only have I taken the time to read about them on the side, but I've also followed news developments pertaining to them very closely. For example, I oppose the ruling family of Saudi Arabia because of their hardline Islamist ideology and authoritarian methods. To start with, I consider them guilty of gender apartheid against their women, who aren't even allowed to leave the house without wearing an abaya and being in the company of a male consort. It's the only country in the world where women are not permitted to drive. They are also known for severely discriminating against expatriate workers from throughout Asia and Africa, abuses against the Shiite community in the Eastern Province, and publicly beheading people for nonviolent offences — they still perform executions on charges of witchcraft and sorcery.
- And that's just the tip of the iceberg in a laundry list of reasons why I detest the Saudi monarchy. What makes it worse is the fact that there doesn't seem to be any outrage over their human rights record, which deeply troubles me.
- Granted, I don't think Saudi Arabia is a controversial state to denounce. Some of the ones I've listed are no-brainers to most people: a free Burma, the end of totalitarianism in North Korea, etc. But then there's the more divisive issues, such as Kosovar independence or the Syrian civil war. I have been following the latter since before the uprising even began in March 2011; already very familiar with the human rights situation in Syria, I was fully anticipating the Arab Spring to arrive there sooner or later. I also knew it would be far more complicated than any other Arab country, if for no other reason than for the fact that any conflict would be exploited by regional powers waging a sectarian proxy war against each other. I support the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad. I believe that he and his regime have committed crimes against humanity on a grand scale for the sake of retaining power (yes, I do think he deployed sarin gas in Ghouta). However, unlike many others, I do not see opposition to Assad as being mutually exclusive from opposition to al-Qaeda and its affiliates, including their Syrian branch Al-Nusra. They too have committed widespread atrocities, especially against the Christians and Alawites. The long and short of it is, I support a free, democratic, and secular Syria. Easier said than done, but it never hurts to be optimistic. Now, Kosovo is an entirely different story. The region has a very complicated history, especially during the existence of Yugoslavia as an independent state. I'll spare you the lengthy explanation of the context, the situation after the breakup of Yugoslavia, the guerrilla war conducted by the terroristic Kosovo Liberation Army against ethnic Serbs, the resulting ethnic cleansing campaign against the Kosovar Albanians conducted by the regime of Slobodan Milosevic, the UN presence in Kosovo, the 2008 declaration of independence, etc. All you need to know, as it pertains to my support of Kosovar independence, is the fact that the vast majority of people in Kosovo support it. Everything else is immaterial to me; it's what the people want that I care about. The issue of Kosovar Serbs should be resolved through negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo. Those are just two examples of my less popular stances; obviously they're not the only things people will disagree with me on, but it just goes to show that I've based my opinions on the research I've done, not so much on what everyone else thinks.
- Asperger's Syndrome is considered a pervasive developmental disorder on the autism spectrum. At its most basic, you could say it is simply a mild form of autism — but that in itself would be a drastic oversimplification of what is a very unique condition. Every case is different, and there is little in the way of commonalities among people with Aspergers. I have a particularly mild diagnosis. Most people would never guess that there was anything different about me. It manifests itself more in the negative way that I would oftentimes interpret subtle nuances of socialization. For example, if I overheard two people having a conversation and discerned my name, I'd get nervous and assume that they were talking about me. If I smiled at somebody as I walked past them in the hallway and they didn't return it, I would get the sense that I've made them uncomfortable. Things like that. I've worked to get past that, with great success. Most of the classic symptoms of ASD are difficult to pick up on with me. Despite my naturally introverted nature, I'm known in real life for being very outgoing and pleasant. I am quite good at making friends because it's so easy to get along with me. Am I eccentric? Somewhat, but not exceptionally so. In no way does it impair my ability to communicate with others.
- If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. Kurtis (talk) 04:40, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
Books and Bytes: The Wikipedia Library Newsletter
height of Stalin is disputed
Hello Kurtis, there seems to be some inaccuracy in the Stalin article, and from the edit-history you looked like you might know more about the subject than me. Can you comment here, if you have a moment? Talk:Joseph_Stalin#Biased_about_Stalin.27s_height Thanks. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 00:09, 10 November 2013 (UTC)
- Hi, 74.xx. It's true that I am very interested in the life and times of Joseph Stalin, and that I've been pretty active on subjects pertaining to him. However, I have very little knowledge about his height. If there's a general consensus among independent third-party sources, then that should probably be the way to go. His height obviously would have changed over the years, so I'm not sure what agreement there would be. Sorry I couldn't be of any further assistance. If you have any further questions that need answering, feel free to ask. :-) Kurtis (talk) 04:05, 10 November 2013 (UTC)
- Thanks! Yep, I'm still here. I've actually been around on a pretty regular basis for about five and a half years now. I have no intention of leaving any time soon. :-) Kurtis (talk) 22:49, 28 November 2013 (UTC)
The Wikipedia Library Survey
As a subscriber to one of The Wikipedia Library's programs, we'd like to hear your thoughts about future donations and project activities in this brief survey. Thanks and cheers, Ocaasi t | c 14:56, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
- Thank you very much! And a Merry Christmas to you too. :-) Kurtis (talk) 21:11, 25 December 2013 (UTC)
Happy New Year Kurtis!
Thanks for all of your contributions to improve the encyclopedia for Wikipedia's readers, and have a happy and enjoyable New Year! Cheers, Northamerica1000(talk) 06:42, 1 January 2014 (UTC)