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Talk:SpongeBob SquarePants[edit]

For your information, I read those footnotes, but I could not find any information on SpongeBob initially becoming #1 on Nickelodeon as late as the second quarter of 2002! These citations don't seem to say anything about the precise date SpongeBob became #1 on Nick. You need to give me a direct quotation supporting your claim. If you fail, I'm afraid I'll have to remove your answer and wait for a user that is capable of doing some more thorough research on the matter (if you can't, that is). (talk) 15:03, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Oh, and I did a quick Google search for articles on when SpongeBob first became #1 on Nick. No such luck. It seems to me that this topic hasn't been widely documented or discussed in the media. Do you have any advice on where to find such documentation? (talk) 15:15, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

News flash: I have found a source that supports information against what is in the SpongeBob SquarePants article, miraculously. (talk) 16:06, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for elaborating on the issue. Note that I was only responding to your edit request. Edit requests to semi-protected articles should only be "quick fixes" to things such as grammar, tone, and inaccurate information. If an edit request claims a part of the content is inaccurate, a reliable source is generally expected from the editor who requests the edit to support their requested change. There is an unusually large backlog of edit requests right now (over 50 outstanding requests). I'm currently reviewing the situation. Mz7 (talk) 16:15, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
I've just responded at Talk:SpongeBob SquarePants. Feel free to reply there. Cheers, Mz7 (talk) 16:33, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

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Is this really neccesary?[edit]

Hello, this is CharlieBrown25. If you remember, we decided that we would remove the character list on the Dinosaur Train page. I just got around to doing that three days ago, but I noticed that all the television program articles I've read have character lists with biographical information. This made me dubious of the neccesity of deleting the list. Please answer as soon as possible. Thank you - CharlieBrown25 (talk) 03:43, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi CharlieBrown25. It is certainly possible for a character list to include a description of the character's fictional characteristics (the "biographical information" for a character); however, the description itself should be written from a real-world perspective per MOS:FICTION and verifiable through reliable sources per the verifiability policy. The reason the information we discussed earlier this year gained a consensus against inclusion in the character description is because it failed both points: it wasn't from a real-world perspective and it wasn't verifiable (it was deemed original research, which is by nature unverifiable). The reason why I would support you in removing the character list at Dinosaur Train entirely is sort of summarized in the essay at WP:TNT, except I am not arguing for the deletion of the entire article—just one section. TNT states that it is possible for a page to be so hopelessly irreparable that the only solution is to blow it up and start over. I am inclined to blow up the section with the character descriptions, and rewrite them from scratch, if possible. If it isn't possible to write a character description that is neutral, verifiable, and from a real-world perspective, then we shouldn't write one. However, I believe that TNT is a cleanup solution of the last resort. If you think it is possible to fix the character list without deleting the whole thing, then I won't stop you from retaining it. Hope this helps. Mz7 (talk) 04:06, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
Gee, that sounds like a very difficult task. Just a question, why do we need to write the list from a real-world perspective anyway? - CharlieBrown25 (talk) 04:22, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
@CharlieBrown25: For the case of Dinosaur Train, it does seem difficult because of the scarcity of sources that exist for the characters. If you look at more well-known, longstanding fictional characters, some of them even have full-length articles. See Homer Simpson for example. The reason we write from a real-world perspective is because we are an encyclopedia, not an extension of a fan base. Encyclopedias are references people go to for factual, encyclopedic information. Over the years, the Wikipedia community has decided what is and what isn't considered "encyclopedic information". An "in-universe" perspective is not considered something that a quality encyclopedia should have. Mz7 (alt) (talk) 11:55, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
But perhaps we can take what seems like the writers are attempting to convey, and if someone thinks the information is false or opinionated, delete it? Because we can probably make some very good character descriptions from common sense. (I've seen it work on other articles before). - CharlieBrown25 (talk) 03:13, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
@CharlieBrown25: Sure. I'm not saying that fictional characteristics and backgrounds shouldn't be written about—quite the opposite. It's about how we are writing about those characteristics and backgrounds. Sometimes the best way to describe them is to say flat-out: "Buddy likes to ask questions." The problem comes when articles start to appear as if they are written in the fictional universe they are about. A lot of fan wikis take this approach, but on Wikipedia, it should be avoided. "Buddy likes to ask questions" is, in my opinion, in a real-world perspective, if the implied context is: "In the show Dinosaur Train, Buddy likes to ask questions." As long as we are encyclopedically stating things, I'd be okay with it. By the way, here's a source that supports that statement. Mz7 (talk) 04:44, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

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Dinosaur Train Character List "Citation Needed" Mark[edit]

@Mz7 I decided to reincorporate the "crush" idea with Shiny and Gilbert in the character list. I placed a "citation needed" mark after it. But again, FilmandTVFan28 is complaining. I thought the "citation needed" mark was for keeping reasonable but unproven pieces of information in the article. I have had several editors tell me that it isn't reasonable information, but by using scientific reasoning, we can see that it is. First, we use indirect reasoning. We'll assume the opposite, which is that Shiny hates Gilbert. But this can't be true, because she treats him at least as a friend. Now we'll go a step further. That she regards him as only a friend. This also can't be true, since she has been around other males in her age group, and responds with less enthusiasm to them. Now this proves that she at least holds Gilbert in high regard. Now we use inductive reasoning to form a conjecture based on other impirocal truths, that can be proven with experimentation. Shiny's responses to Gilbert have sometimes been misconstrued as mere admiration or idolization, but this often goes hand in hand with amorous emotions; and, keeping in mind that Gilbert is a male, and he is also in her age group, it is highly reasonable that she harbours amorous feelings for him. Which shows that we should keep the crush statement, and put the "citation needed" mark after it. (If the mark's purpose is for reasonable but unproven information). — Preceding unsigned comment added by CharlieBrown25 (talkcontribs) 23:23, 19 September 2014‎ (UTC)

@CharlieBrown25: Actually, that's not quite right. Two of Wikipedia's core content policies are verifiability and no original research. The verifiability policy states that readers must be able to check that Wikipedia articles are accurate. This means that all quotations and any material challenged or likely to be challenged must be attributed to a reliable, published source using an inline citation. The no original research policy bars Wikipedians from using Wikipedia to publish their own thoughts/conclusions that haven't been reported in independent reliable sources. In other words, Wikipedia should be used to report information that has already been reported about in reliable sources. The purpose of the {{citation needed}} template is for editors to flag questionable unsourced information, and call upon other users to help in finding a source that verifies the information. The presence of a citation needed template does not immunize the information it accompanies from further scrutiny and potential removal. As a matter of fact, it is Wikipedia policy to remove unsourced content. How quickly this removal happens depends on the unsourced claim and the overall state of the article. The citation needed template is sort of like a buffer to allow for time to find a source to verify the information before it is removed. If it is discovered that there are no sources that can be found to support the information, or if the citation needed template has accompanied the information for a significant amount of time, then the information should be removed.
In all honesty, I do not watch Dinosaur Train. The last episode I watched was... I can't even remember. I think in the entire statement you made above, and in comments you've made on the issue in the past, the underlying reasoning for your position is that the information is supported by common sense after watching a few specifc episodes. And I believe you. Seriously I do. However, what I also believe is that it is not necessary to say this information. Especially with other users in disagreement. It is what I call fancruft and is only important in a few aspects of a few episodes. It is not a central part of the character or the series as a whole. From what I've gathered, the series is about promoting discoveries and scientific thinking through education about dinosaurs. I don't see how this information is important to that end, which is why I don't believe it is necessary to include the information. Mz7 (talk) 00:04, 20 September 2014 (UTC), revised 00:19, 20 September 2014 (UTC)
Wow, you know what? I think you just cleared up the whole thing! Everything makes sense now. Even if the crush is common sense, it needs mention from a reliable source to back it. That makes perfect sense. I've muddled over this for four months now, and I never fully put it to rest in my mind. Now I see everything. I'm glad I at least convinced you to believe the crush idea was true (I should probably join a debate team). Very well done Mz7, I think you should be voted Wikipedian of the Year. Now if people like FilmandTVFan28 were helpful like you, instead of just yelling at people who don't fully understand Wikipedia policies and making them feel stupid this whole mess never would've happened. If you were here in person, I'd shake your hand. Thank you VERY much. Graciously - CharlieBrown25 (talk) 01:41, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

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Happy Birthday Mz7[edit]

Anniv.svg Hey, Mz7. Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Birthday from the Wikipedia Birthday Committee!
Have a great day!
Vatsan34 (talk) 17:55, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

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