User talk:Magidin

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I, Weebiloobil, hereby grant you the Barnstar of Diligence for your work on the Severus Snape article. Well deserved! - Weebiloobil 17:35, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

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To Magidin, whose sharp eye caught the NY Times in an error! Tomwsulcer (talk) 03:19, 25 October 2009 (UTC)

Impressed with your catch!--Tomwsulcer (talk) 03:19, 25 October 2009 (UTC)

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For your diligent and judicious work on Supreme Court of the United States, Chief Justice of the United States, John Paul Stevens, Anthony Kennedy, James Clark McReynolds, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin N. Cardozo, Nina Totenberg, and many others. -- JPMcGrath (talk) 18:28, 17 May 2010 (UTC)

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awarded for sharp-eyed diligence in a footnote format fix on the United States Supreme Court pageElijahBosley (talk ⇒) 16:42, 10 September 2010 (UTC)
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Thank you for noticing that, I might not have saw it! ^_^ Bulba2036 (talk) 02:58, 11 November 2012 (UTC)


I think it's awesome that you're watching both the Four Horsemen of the Supreme Court and nerdy stuff like Harry Potter and such. I figured nobody would be watching the Horsemen, so I watched them myself.RafaelRGarcia (talk) 22:06, 25 August 2008 (UTC)

Supreme Court of the United States[edit]

I think you and I were trying to accomplish the same thing at the same time. in any case I give up, its your show now. Good Luck. Awg1010 (talk) 21:11, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

Replied on my talk page. Foofighter20x (talk) 23:35, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

Hey - I just saw the improvements that you made to my edit of the Supreme Court wikipage. I like your wording of the Roe v. Wade bit, better than the way I tried to do it. Congrats and thanks. Raymondwinn (talk) 17:47, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Hugo Black[edit]

Yo.Please consider my nomination of Hugo Black as a good article. In return, I would surely review one of your own in the future. Peace. RafaelRGarcia (talk) 01:16, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Associate Justice Article[edit]

Magidin: Could you please amend your messages on the talk page to avoid interleavings? It makes it harder to read. I agree that the article is fine the way it is. I don't think I distorted your position, because what you wrote in correction was the same as what I understood when I read it, but, if you were concerned that what I said was not right, thank you for correcting it. In any case, I still agree with you. Non Curat Lex (talk) 05:39, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

Thank you for clarifying, Magidin. Under my previous and mistaken belief that I had done wrong by you, I was feeling bad. There certainly are certain editors whose tone is very questionable. In this case, the suspect editor's tone is already a subject of administrative discussion. See [[1]] and [[2]]. I think he is skating on thin ice above the warm waters of hell. In any case, even though I can sit there and debunk his self-styled (and self-defeating) legal arguments on the "life tenure" issue, it's very costly to me in terms of productivity. I know how silly it is, and yet, if no one speaks up about it, wikipedia will bend to his will. I'm not sure what to do about it. I think I just have to hope that this guy grows up, or that he regresses so far he earns a perma block. (Note that in fact, he did get a perma block from a zealous admin, but Lar and I argued for his reprieve).
Thank you also for fixing up the talk page. Non Curat Lex (talk) 19:42, 13 September 2008 (UTC)


Hi, I've started a page on Dalet School - a private school - and was hoping you could help since you have a lot of experience in this area. I would greatly appreciate your advice. In Citer (talk) 16:27, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

Also I have done an article on Obadiah School which I have included references on. I would be pleased to have you as an aid for the article, thank you. In Citer (talk) 16:32, 12 November 2008 (UTC)


What do you mean, ornery? Anyway, you yourself have stated that whether or not the paragraph in question was original research was disputable and that it is a basic summing up of the information in that now now horribly dull, citation ridden section. Don't let IllaZilla sway you, he's an cultural plebeian who cares more about policies than he does creativity. And don't call Verifiability Not Truth on me, that policy's a joke! See WP:IGNORE. --Jupiter Optimus Maximus (talk) 19:51, 18 January 2009 (UTC)

Frankly Maggy, you've lost me completely and it looks like I've lost you completely. Kindly refrain from insulting my creativity and superior intellect, it's patently obvious who the plebeian is in this equation and it's not me. People are making it harder and harder for me to not be insulting. I'm not actually trying to be amusing though if you find me so then I'm flattered. "Idiot" and "cultural plebeian" were actually honest observations, not attempts at creativity. Furthermore if being forthright and refusing to be bullied constitutes "making an ass" of myself then hand me the punch and let's get this party started! --Jupiter Optimus Maximus (talk) 22:26, 18 January 2009 (UTC)
Sonny? Oh I'm writing that down. Yes, don't worry, you're free of me. I'll be taking my business elsewhere. --Jupiter Optimus Maximus (talk) 08:50, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
Actually, Maggy, the fact is that by insulting my intelligence, you insult your own and I feel I've rather overestimated your mental faculties already. The paragraph in question belongs in that article and I will be re-adding it. People can't erase every trace of me from every article simply because they feel like it. --Jupiter Optimus Maximus (talk) 15:41, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

Removing Picture from United States Supreme Court article[edit]

I don't understand why would you remove a picture of a sitting President and Vice President pictured with SCOTUS members. It's pretty rare to see. While it's encouraged to remove or add content to the encyclopedia, please discuss drastic and "opinionated" changes like what you did on the talk page to gain consensus. Thank you. miranda 22:50, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

I second that point, requesting SCOTUS photo portraits. Shouldn't we have some illustrations when very appropriate? and they are such in this case. Dogru144 (talk) 00:07, 4 June 2009 (UTC)

Re: My edit to James Clark McReynolds[edit]

Thanks for your friendly assistance. If I understand you correctly, does that mean that the DEFAULTSORT tags for Robert McCallum, Jr. and Brien McMahon (incidentally, not names pulled out of thin air, but, like James Clark McReynolds, former Assistant Attorneys General) are incorrect? --avocat (talk) 20:10, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

Well, I certainly appear to have stepped in it... I don't know whether there are conflicting standards, lack of consensus, or lack of awareness of the issue. From a glance at this page - - it looks like the problem is pretty widespread!--avocat (talk) 03:21, 18 February 2009 (UTC)
*sigh* All I wanted to do was put the Assistant Attorneys General in proper alphabetical order . . . ;-) --avocat (talk) 03:34, 18 February 2009 (UTC)


I'm really glad that you're also editing Fermat's Last Theorem. I'll do my best to hold up my end, but please remember that I'm not a mathematician — you'll have to expect a few amateurish errors! Proteins (talk) 20:13, 25 May 2009 (UTC)

In your opinion...[edit]

Does this person strike you as incredibly similar to our old acquaintance Jupiter Optimus Maximus (aka Illustrious One, aka YourLord)? The contribution history seems very similar to me, with similar patterns (unreferenced psychoanalysis of fictional characters, adding categories related to such, concern over List of fictional narcissists, etc.). Also he identifies as being from Chester, England, and all of JOM's previous IPs trace to the same general area (Manchester, Liverpool, & Chester, which are adjacent to each other). There's enough of a similarity here for me to consider opening up a SPI, but I thought I'd ask for second opinions first. --IllaZilla (talk) 21:28, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

Case opened at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/YourLord. Comments are welcome. --IllaZilla (talk) 23:25, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

James C. McReynolds[edit]

Thanks for catching that. I was so caught up in trying ot get the substantive info right I didn't see it. FWIW, I do know better, but it was an inadvertence. Kind of like trying to drive and talk on a cell phone at the same time -- different control centers which are mutually exclusive. Cheers. 7&6=thirteen (talk) 17:09, 2 June 2009 (UTC) Stan

Mainly what I wanted to accomplish was to get a line citation to the Michael Ariens article. You moved it and that's "well and fine". I think that paper and electronic citations can coexist, and will make the article better. It is, BTW, a very well done article. I have a few additions that might deal with some areas not in the article, but I've got to leave that for another day and get back to work. 7&6=thirteen (talk) 17:39, 2 June 2009 (UTC) Stan
And actually, I was referring (at the time) to the bad grammar. 7&6=thirteen (talk) 17:41, 2 June 2009 (UTC) Stan
Magidin, Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. But paraphrasing is required here. It really is multitasking, and limited processing power (selective focus) is an issue. That's part of why everything needs to be rewritten, edited, rewritten. Louis Brandeis said, "There is no such thing as good legal writing. There is only good legal rewriting." And that is true here, too, even on this low cal stuff. I use editing as a way to do something, while I am processing 'in background' the stuff that pays the bills. 7&6=thirteen (talk) 18:50, 2 June 2009 (UTC) Stan

FYI, I fixed the broken link in James Clark McReynolds per your request. It has some good information which might be useful to paraphrase. 7&6=thirteen (talk) 20:23, 2 March 2010 (UTC) Stan


I was looking at your user page, and I think you might be able to help this article. Thanks in advance. 7&6=thirteen (talk) 17:17, 2 June 2009 (UTC) Stan


Thank you for restoring all that info from the Benjamin Nathan Cardozo article! That knucklehead keeps deleting or changing the info to suit his/her own POV. I wasn't looking forward to restoring all that info as I have forgotten to copy it down elsewhere.The Original Historygeek (talk) 03:35, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

Ok, thanks for the instructions. I had tried a couple of things and it didn't work.The Original Historygeek (talk) 16:03, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

Cardozo to Stevens[edit]

You said, "That bit of trivia shouldn't be in the lead paragraph" when deleting the bit about the oldest of the ninth longest serving .... Isn't that claim inconsistent with the other similar superlatives or near-superlatives in the same paragraph? Cordially, Dogru144 (talk) 00:04, 4 June 2009 (UTC)

Nina Totenberg[edit]

As a neutral third party, I'm curious what you think about the disagreement over the Hunt article. I can provide the relevant articles via email if you like. Gamaliel (talk) 16:03, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

Supreme Court[edit]

I am wondering why Magidin is attempting to remove legitimate OP-EDs about the Supreme Court from the Supreme Court page...seems like a version of censorship you are practicing--please explain (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 03:48, 30 January 2010 (UTC).

Please explain the removal of a legitimate OP-ED by a legitimate author in a legitimate publication. Thank you very much. Tibet 111 —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tibet111 (talkcontribs) 04:10, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

Thank you for your thoughtful explanation. Appreciate it. Tibet111 (talk) 04:15, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

The insertion of a OP-ED from a major national publication and written by a respected author about a paticular case of the Supreme Court seems to me to be a legitimate addition to the Supreme Court page. Your deletion of such material detracts from the goals of Wikipedia, in my humble opinion. Your comment that this article is spam is also not accurate.

In any case, you did give a thoughtful explanation about your reasons for your removal of the article about the case. I appreciate that you seem to be a reasonable person. Tibet111 (talk) 04:15, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

Footnoting template?[edit]

I noted on the Supreme Court page you very quickly and efficiently converted the footnote moved to the end of the sentence into a standard format. Do you have software that gives you a template for that? I've been typing footnotes by hand, which is tedious. ElijahBosley (talk ☞) 19:47, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

Use of European American and White American on U.S. Supreme Court pages[edit]

Greetings! In light of your previous work on these articles, please weigh in on the discussion at Talk:Supreme Court of the United States#Discussion of use of European American and White American on this page. Cheers! bd2412 T 23:25, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

Chronology of Harry Potter Series[edit]

I noticed your comment on a recent edit you made on the Severus Snape page. Apparently, there was someone who got his panties in a wad about the non-encyclopaedic nature of the page and asked for it to be deleted. Which, of course, screws up a lot of other HP articles. Ccrashh (talk) 14:29, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Yeah, I also contacted the admin who processed the deletion and asked if someone would scour the HP articles for mention of the now-deleted article (I assume a bot would do that). Ccrashh (talk) 15:26, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

WPHP Goals[edit]

I've posted some goals for WikiProject Harry Potter on the improvement page for this year. Feel free to add and comment! --Glimmer721 talk 23:28, 1 January 2011 (UTC)


Thanks!! - Simon Dodd { U·T·C·WP:LAW } 20:44, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Demographics of the Supreme Court of the United States[edit]

I noticed your comments on my UserTalk page regarding my recent edit to the Demographics of the Supreme Court of the United States. In the interest of avoiding a potentially-contentious debate on the article Talk page, I have self-reverted the edit in question. --TommyBoy (talk) 20:32, 17 September 2011 (UTC)


I left you a message on the SCOTUS Talk page. Mistakefinder (talk) 07:50, 3 June 2012 (UTC)


Thanks for taking a total amateur like me seriously over at Monomorphism. I'm trying to teach myself some advanced math and physics as a hobby, and Wikipedia is an excellent starting point.

I am writing on User:YohanN7/Group Structure and the Axiom of Choice for the fun of it. I hope it will some day be good enough to become an article. Perhapce you could have a look at it if you get the time? I'm also (more seriously) working on improvements for Representation theory of the Lorentz group. I have a draft in User:YohanN7/Representation theory of the Lorentz group to replace the current section Representation theory of the Lorentz group#Properties of the (m,n) irrep.

Best regards, Johan YohanN7 (talk) 21:52, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

Hi Magidin, would you like help with Sysco article?[edit]

Hi Magidin, we worked briefly together on the John Paul Stevens article, and I like to think by working together we came up with a better result than we would have individually.

Okay, about the Sysco article:

1) There's been a scandal primarily reported by NBC Bay Area in which Sysco was caught using unrefrigerated drop sites. So, I think it's an important subject in its own right. For example, how can such a major corporation make such a clumsy mistake?

2) And a Sysco employee has briefly participated here at wikipedia by making edits. And so far, just fine. I thanked this new wiki member for jumping in and helping out. The person said they wanted to be transparent and share that they are a Sysco employee. I told them the Conflict Of Interest policy in which a paid advocate is asked to suggest changes on the Talk page. So far, no issue. Their their edits did in fact help out. But potentially for the future, I think the best solution is to invite more people into the tent.

So, if you want to help out with Sysco, please, by all means, jump in. The water is fine.  :>) FriendlyRiverOtter (talk) 18:54, 25 September 2013 (UTC)


Hi Magidin, thanks for the comment. Perhaps "debunking" was a little stronger than what I meant to say, would you find "ridiculing" an acceptable replacement? Bill Cherowitzo (talk) 04:34, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

Sorry, I made this change moments before I saw your reply. I'd rather not weaken the statement further ... I believe that DeMorgan's intent is quite clear. I will support the current statement with an Underwood Dudley citation when I get back to my library and can look up the exact wording. Bill Cherowitzo (talk) 05:24, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

Fair enough. I did think "debunking" gave the wrong impression, but I'm willing to go along with your current wording. Magidin (talk) 05:38, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

Good catch on judge[edit]

Hi Magidin, Appreciation for you good catch on the Sotomayor typo. During the last week, I have been adding the material from 3 new books on the Roberts court there and am almost done. The Sonia Sotomayor article could probably use a good top-to-bottom read through after the two or three dozen edits which I have made there during this past week. Possibly you could give it a once over when/if time allows, and only if this field is of interest to you. Cheers. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 02:25, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi Magidin, My appreciation for your note from the other day. It would be a good target if you might be able to look at some of the citations on Sonia Sotomayor as you mention these, when and if time allows. This link checklinks report might also have some ideas for first order targets, etc. Cheers. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 00:14, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
Hi Magidin, Thanks for your comment and clarification on Talk at Sotomayor. I really thought your comment was on target; "I've been keeping half an eye on the changes; to be honest, I was planning to wait until they subsided before trying to wade in and do clean-up (from my lay-person point of view, at any rate)". My very brief update (now that things have returned back to a relative state of normalcy on that page), is that I am deeply immersed in the updates to the deadlinks in the footnotes, while all the items in the list of User:WastedTime on the Talk page of Sonia Sotomayor still need to be addressed (and many more that accumulated before I first looked at the page 3-4 weeks ago). It occurred to me that since I'm in the footnotes alone and not the text, that there is a chance for you to start in on the "clean-up" you referred to whenever time allows for you; it looked like all the Talk page participants there would like to see this. Many of the deadlinks there, I am finding, have not been updated since 2009! Cheers. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 13:31, 2 August 2014 (UTC)