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Tea Party movement arbitration case opened[edit]

An arbitration case involving you has been opened, and is located at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Tea Party movement. Evidence that you wish the Arbitrators to consider should be added to the evidence sub-page, at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Tea Party movement/Evidence. Please add your evidence by March 20, 2013, which is when the evidence phase closes. You can contribute to the case workshop sub-page, Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Tea Party movement/Workshop. For a guide to the arbitration process, see Wikipedia:Arbitration/Guide to arbitration. For the Arbitration Committee, Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 23:39, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

FYI[edit]

Hi North. You were mentioned at the ANI thread Ongoing battle over Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar-related articles. Correct Knowledge«৳alk» 08:55, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Second Amendment Collective-Rights History[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.


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) 16:17, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

I disagree with much of the above, including implied premises, and assertions that claims follow from the quality sources. As you noted you pasted this into a lot of talk pages. In order to not scatter the discussion all over the place, I suggest we have it at the article. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 17:14, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

But you have refused for THREE MONTHS to provide ONE RELIABLE SOURCE to support your point of view. And you have also refused for THREE MONTHS to deal with the obvious, numerous reliable sources I continuously provide. Since you refuse to read or address my sources and you continue to push a point of view YOU KNOW TO BE OBJECTIVELY UNTRUE, I must sadly conclude that you are purposely acting in bad faith and will act accordingly. If you are not acting in bad faith, why don't you review my sources and/or post a single contrary one? How can I continue to negotiate with someone who refuses to accept reliable sources as true? There's no point in it. On the other hand, if you will review my sources, critique them, and/or provide sources of your own, we can continue the discussion. If you refuse to do so, we have no choice but to go to dispute resolution.GreekParadise (talk) 18:00, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

You don't understand, and are misstating the situation. The core question is that you want to put into the article that the courts had decided the "individual right vs. collective right only" question prior to Heller, with that decision being "collective right only". While as an aside, that is wrong, the core point is that it is a creative construction that you are trying to war in. The warring without consensus issue aside, that is a classic direct violation of wp:verifiability as well as of wp;nor / wp:synthesis. So what are you saying I am supposed to provide a source for? Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 19:12, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

Why do you believe that (all courts decided collective only between Miller and Emerson is wrong)? Do you think a) all my nine sources (including the cases themselves!) are false; (b) I have not accurately quoted my sources; or (c) something else? I'm going to do a Request for Comment and/or a dispute resolution and mediation on this point, and I at least would like to know your reasoning on why you think I'm wrong.GreekParadise (talk) 22:13, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

You are grasping at what I identified as an aside, (an assessment of the status) and are avoiding the main point. Nevertheless, answering on the sources, you have mis-represented the good neutral sources included, and then cherry picked some opinion pieces from amongst the 10's of thousands available that match your opinion. North8000 (talk) 01:26, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

Hello! There is a DR/N request you may have interest in.[edit]

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Hey dude[edit]

I notice and support your comments here and elsewhere regarding the Presidency of Barack Obama article. In particular, your remark about the article possibly being written by the Barack Obama re-election committee is spot on, and you'll find that it generally applies to the Barack Obama Wikibio and all related articles. Genuine criticism has finally started to creep into these articles since Obama won re-election and can't run again, and since Obama has clearly moved closer and closer to George W. Bush on national security issues, such as keeping the Guantanamo Bay detention center open, indefinite detention of unlawful combatants without trial, drone strikes etc. ... mainly because such criticism is coming from the left. Criticism from the right is per se illegitimate. And yet, compare the Obama articles with the George W. Bush and Tony Blair Wikibios, for example. To a very large extent, I've given up on all those articles; they're the worst POV examples I've ever seen on Wikipedia. The common strategy is for the WP:OWNers to claim that the inconvenient content in question is irrelevant, not notable, unsourced (or poorly sourced, or sourced only in "hit pieces" in some "unreliable," "reactionary" publication like the National Review or the Wall Street Journal), or a WP:WEIGHT violation (which I perceive as their ace in the hole, used when all other objections have been defeated). The common resolution they seek is to move the inconvenient content to some other article, "anywhere but here," so that "our" article can remain pristine. Does this sound familiar? To a somewhat lesser extent, I've encountered the same problem with Ugg boots related articles. Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 14:12, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

I've come to the conclusion that it will take some evolution in policies to fix these. Until then I just occasionally say a few things. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 19:13, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
BTW your expertise on Region 7 has me intrigued. North8000 (talk) 19:34, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
I'm originally from Arizona (my name is a dead giveaway), so Philmont was my High Adventure experience as a Scout, but my older brother ended up going to college (and eventually getting hired and buying a house and getting married) here in the Chicago area, and I eventually followed in his footsteps and lived in his basement when I went to college myself. During the summer breaks from his college classes, he was a staff member at Northern Wisconsin for several summers. I was too young to be involved very much before it closed, but they tore down the base and restored the whole area to its natural state. My brother and I have been camping there several times since then, and all of the old portaging trails and campsites are still there. What I know about the base and its history, I learned from him. It's still got the best beach for swimming in the area, but nobody uses it. And since the Scouts have been gone for 30 years, there's plenty of wood for campfires! Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 19:58, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
Cool. And nice addition to the article. As a youth / near-youth I was there twice, once under each name (starting with Region 7). Old fashioned Voyager training (leader training a week before the unit's trip) there was the toughest week in my life (in a nice way) . Is the base public land now? It was much later (as an adult) that I finally made it to Philmont. What a place! North8000 (talk) 17:10, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
The base has always been public land belonging to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. But it was leased by the CCC, then by the Scouts, and rumor has it that the rent was $1.00 a year. DNR isn't interested in making money from the land, they're only interested in appropriate uses for the land. Scouting execs who were pushing for a transfer of all Midwest High Adventure resources to Minnesota ensured that all but one of the buildings were demolished. It made a return of High Adventure Scouting to that area almost impossible, but the storage shed is still there. And yes, both Philmont and Northern Wisconsin are incredible. They have a charm and a magnificence that the city dweller may never see. Sunset at White Sand Lake after a day of canoeing, swimming and some truly delectable barbecuing is just about as close to Heaven as I'll ever get on earth. Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 07:33, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Re Phoenix and Winslow[edit]

Phoenix and Winslow is using unacceptable behavior to support his case on the Ugg boots trademark disputes article. He has altered two other related articles to support his argument for this one and has canvassed an editor to support him in the RFC. He knows he can't canvass as he was reprimanded for doing it in an RFC last year. Can you ask P&W to reign in this behavior or is this something that needs to be done elsewhere? Your advice would be appreciated, Cheers. Wayne (talk) 09:49, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

I'm not really the place for behavioral discussions, but the fact that you both have respected my thoughts might mean that I can be of some help. North8000 (talk) 11:38, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
Thx for your help. It may be too late though as Phoenix and Winslow has just made some false accusations against myself and User:Mandurahmike. Wayne (talk) 13:18, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
Well mate, you've falsely accused MONGO. You produce so many distortions and so much spin that it takes forever to unravel them all. Fortunately, at Franklin child prostitution ring allegations you've run into a brick wall called WP:BLP, your favorite source was unanimously declared unreliable at WP:RSN, admins stubbed the article to get rid of your mountain of BLP violations, and none of the nutball followers of Lyndon Larouche have shown up to help you yet. So you have no friends there, and your love affair with WP:FRINGE conspiracy theories cannot be indulged at Wikipedia's expense. In the Ugg boots articles, however, your fellow Australians frequently come to your aid and WP:BLP concerns are easily avoided. You can safely vent your obvious frustrations from the Franklin article, and indulge in the usual Wikilawyering practice of raising objection after objection; after they've all been exhaustively defeated, rely on WP:WEIGHT and WP:ROC (which are are almost entirely Wikipedia editors' opinions) and your numerous Australian friends to "send that inconvenient but well-sourced content anywhere but here; we have a biased narrative we're trying to post to the world in Wikipedia's voice." Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 14:31, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

Regarding the specific topic in dispute at the moment (inclusion of counterfeiting cases) I don't think that there is a clear-cut answer. I would think that that would be the type of thing that folks would not be overly concerned about either way. IMHO the gorilla in the living room is that you two have a lot of rough history with each other and are on pretty rough terms with each other. And that seems to be overshadowing any differences in opinion regarding content. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 18:53, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

I request permission to transclude (copy) a portion of your post from the "GA criteria final checklist" section to the "Survey" section. I don't want anyone denying that we have consensus at some future date because your opinion is being ignored. Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 03:25, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
I'm a bit concerned about the meaning changing if taken out of context, but a quote of what I said that indicates and/or keeps the context would be fine. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 12:46, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
Thank you. Don't worry, I'll be extra careful about preserving your meaning. Please inspect after I transclude it. Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 01:20, 1 April 2013 (UTC)
I'm assuming you mean quote it rather than Wikipedia transclusion tools. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:20, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your review of Paralympic classification articles. Thank you! Hawkeye7 (talk) 20:12, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! And nice work on the articles! Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 02:30, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

User:LauraHale did all the work. I just shepherded them through the review process. Hawkeye7 (talk) 04:53, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Naval History[edit]

Hi, 'North8000', I'm a member of WikiProject Ships. To help naval historians here at Wikipedia in the effort of writing and citing naval history articles sometime ago I created the List of ships captured in the 19th century and Bibliography of early American naval history pages. Over the last year(+) I have been tracking down and including names of captured ships and naval history texts for inclusion in either of these articles. I like to think that I have included most captured ships (19th century) and most naval history texts (1700s-1800s) for inclusion in these articles, so if you know of any captured ships or naval history texts that are not included would you kindly include them, either on the page or the talk page of the appropriate article? Any help would be a big help and feedback is always welcomed. Thanx! -- Gwillhickers (talk) 17:18, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the invite. Will do. North8000 (talk) 16:15, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Simon Wiesenthal[edit]

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Will have a look and comment. North8000 (talk) 20:28, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Talk:Gun control[edit]

Hi, please see Gun control and Talk:Gun control. I decided to go ahead and be WP:BOLD. I restructured and rewrote the article according to some suggestions in the discussion. I snipped a LOT of excess arguing and POV violations, moved the authoritarianism section into history of gun control, and condensed some info into the Arguments section. The arguments section still needs some trimming/balancing. Feedback is appreciated. ROG5728 (talk) 20:53, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the invite. Will do. North8000 (talk) 02:11, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

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Will do. North8000 (talk) 20:41, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

Here are some cookies for you[edit]

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Thanks! North8000 (talk) 16:46, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

Gun control[edit]

Hi North8000,

I asked a reasonable question on the Gun Control talk page about why the article contains questions about gun control from random non-experts. Not getting an answer, I then removed the quotations, which are a violation of WP:UNDUE. You then reverted my edit with the following edit summary: "Undo mass deletion. Please get consensus in talk." My edit was not a mass deletion, it was the removal of quotations from random non-experts. Please answer my reasonable question on the talk page rather than engaging in an edit war. — goethean 15:39, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

Happy to discuss, but stop with the bogus "edit war" accusation. I did one revert of your deletion of a large amount of long-standing material (two if you count reverting your blanking of the entire section) You have also mis-represented the time line. You had already deleted the material two times prior to the linked question, (three times if you include your prior blanking of the entire section)so none of your deletions were after waiting and and "not getting an answer" to the linked question. And the first time you asked a similar one was only three hours before that and someone quickly answered it. North8000 (talk) 15:43, 15 April 2013 (UTC)
Long-standing material? I don't know about that, but there has been lots of edit warring at the article as recently as March 2013.[1] It looks to me like a coalition of opponents of gun control won that series of edit wars and now we have an article which is clearly POV and which contradicts another article on the exact same subject. This type of thing has in the past been called a POV fork; I trust that I don't need to link to the corresponding Wikipedia policy. — goethean 16:04, 15 April 2013 (UTC)
That makes no sense. Saying that if the content of one section of a broad article conflicts with a more specialized article that the broad article is a wp:POV fork? North8000 (talk) 16:45, 15 April 2013 (UTC)
The above machinations aside, I think that it would be good to talk about whether or not to have that material in there (I'm on the fence, with a bit of a lean towards "yes" and I started that conversation there. North8000 (talk) 22:01, 15 April 2013 (UTC)
That's the second time that you've used the word "machinations" in reference to my reasonable questions. According to Merriam-Webster, the word means (1) "to plan or plot especially to do harm",[2] or (2) "a scheming or crafty action or artful design intended to accomplish some usually evil end".[3] A more sensitive person than I might take offense. — goethean 22:09, 15 April 2013 (UTC)
I intended it in a much more benign usage that I've seen (along the lines of "maneuvers") and did not realize that there were also such rough definitions. My apologies, I did not intend it that way. I struck and changed it. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:31, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

This is fun[edit]

I only just noticed the funny spelling of automatically in your statement on the TPM discussion subpage. You wrote: "If a local TP'er farted in public, and some papers hostile to the TPM decided to maximize coverage of the fart, that does not aromatically make the fart germane to or suitable for or useful for the top level TPM article."[my emphasis]. This is quite frankly a hilarious mistake, of the kind that we all sometimes make. I laughed out loud, and I am just sharing it with hoping you'll laugh with me.·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 00:49, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

-)  :-) I guess I inadvertently wrote a good one there! Maybe I shouldn't fix it!  :-) Thanks! North8000 (talk) 00:52, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
I love it when the brain's neural network structure interferes like that, one word just brings the next one to mind. ·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 00:59, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Sesame Street media GAN[edit]

Hey North, wanted to let you know that I responded to the question you posed. Let me know what you think of what I said. Oh, and thanks so much for the review. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 05:49, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Happy to do it. I've been trying to help reduce the backlog, and I noticed that yours was one of those that has been waiting the longest. I'll go over the the review page. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 10:35, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
I appreciate it. And I've made some additional comments over there since. I'm a fairly active GA reviewer myself. I also try and review the ones in the oldest unreviewed articles list myself, because I suspect that it's more helpful to do so. I've come to the conclusion, though, that there's a reason those articles don't get reviewed. They tend to be challenging articles to review, whether because of their length, their obscure topic, or complexity. As a result, reviewers may tend to avoid them. Perhaps the Media article languished in GAC for so long because of its schizophrenic nature, and because the subject is unfamiliar. I like a challenge, though, and I commend you for the same. ;) Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 15:44, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
Cool. I've made some comments there. There are a few types of articles / article situations that I avoid reviewing, but I don't hesitate a bit on (and almost relish) complex situations and complex or obscure topics, including ones that I don't know. Although I probably shouldn't, I've avoided a few because they looked certain to fail (i.e. probably couldn't be fixed within a reviewing period). Also ones where the verifiability looked weak but where the sources were all off line......where the review is going to become a research project. North8000 (talk) 16:12, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:List of Indian poets[edit]

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I commented there. North8000 (talk) 13:50, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

PC[edit]

"Introduced grammar problem, and also took out "certain" qualifier which IMHO is important". Could you be more specific what is the grammatical problem introduced exactly? I find the present "certain other religions" grammatically confusing and out of place. What is "certain other religions contexts"? And what is the "certain" here? Seems WP:VAGUE compared to my revision. --hydrox (talk) 23:18, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

I took a close look and realized that I was in error in my comment about your edit introducing a grammatical error. But I think that "certain" is essential to the definition on those three items, as PC makes distinctions in treatment within each of those three groups. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 00:24, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
Sorry for the pedantry, but "makes distinctions in treatment within each of those three groups"? What do you mean exactly? The current opening of the article is grammatically incorrect, as it confuses the proper grammatical case in the middle of the list. To wit, it currently stands incorrectly: Political correctness is a term which denotes language, ideas, policies, and behavior seen as seeking to minimize social and institutional offense in [...] certain other religions, beliefs or ideologies [...] contexts. If you insist on using "certain" here, the items must be in the genitive: Political correctness is a term which denotes language, ideas, policies, and behavior seen as seeking to minimize social and institutional offense in [...] certain other religions', beliefs' or ideologies' [...] contexts.
Yet, I still fail to see why you insist on using "certain" here. I see it as a non-essential weasel word, whose purpose remains unclear and that could be just easily dropped. What are these "certain religions' contexts"? Per our opening, political correctness also tries to avoid offense in "occupational, racial and cultural contexts". But why are those not "certain occupational contexts" then? Can you see the problem? --hydrox (talk) 12:18, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
I noted that my grammar comment was wrong, and so I'm not really arguing grammar. It sounds like I could learn a few things from you in that department. But IMO the "certain" qualifier in there is essential. Whether one considers the orthodoxy to be real or putative, the common meaning or practice certainly does not require going to great lengths to avoid offense to all religions, beliefs and ideologies, only certain ones, and indeed goes quite the opposite on others. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 14:18, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
Well.. In my book at least political correctness entails sensitivity towards all religions, but I am no expert in the subject. I have now made a revision that I hope to be a compromise. --hydrox (talk) 15:27, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
Your version looked good. Then someone really scrambled it. North8000 (talk) 19:31, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Tea Party movement Moderated discussion[edit]

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A discussion is taking place at Talk:Tea Party movement/Moderated discussion to get consensus on finding and addressing the main points of contention on the article, and moving the article to a stable and useful condition. As you are a significant contributor to the article, your involvement in the discussion would be valued and helpful. As the discussion is currently looking at removing a substantial amount of material, it would be appropriate for you to check to see what material is being proposed for removal, in case you have any concerns about this. If you feel you would rather not get involved right now, that is fine; however, if you later decide to get involved and directly edit the article to reverse any consensus decisions, that might be seen as disruptive. Re-opening discussion, however, may be acceptable; though you may find few people willing to re-engage in such a discussion, and if there are repeated attempts to re-open discussion on the same points, that also could be seen as disruptive. The best time to get involved is right now. SilkTork ✔Tea time 08:32, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Please see Talk:Tea_Party_movement/Moderated_discussion#Taking_stock. Cheers.--Ubikwit 連絡 見学/迷惑 15:29, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

Time to archive?[edit]

Your talkpage is difficult to navigate because of the number of threads. Might be worth considering archiving some of the older threads in order to assist fellow users coming to talk with you. If you need assistance, please let me know. SilkTork ✔Tea time 08:35, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Have to chime in here. I left a message on your talk page yesterday, and at first thought that Wikipedia was experiencing technical problems, but turns out it was because my browser has difficulty handling as lengthy pages as this talk page. Kind regards, hydrox (talk) 11:42, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks to you both. Either way, it's a good reminder that it's time for me to shrink this page and I'm doing so. North8000 (talk) 11:45, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
I reduced it by about 30 items. North8000 (talk) 15:08, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
This page loads still very, very slowly... Do you really need to display inactive conversations older than a few months? --hydrox (talk) 15:27, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
I've not seen it to load slowly, but I'll reduce it more. North8000 (talk) 19:32, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Salmaan Taseer[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 11:06, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks![edit]

Thanks for taking the time to review this one--it'd been in the queue for quite a while! -- Khazar2 (talk) 01:31, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! Very easy to review because it was so well done. Nice work! North8000 (talk) 01:58, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

PC article[edit]

The editor posted on my talk page as well as Talk:Political correctness. He doesn't seem to get it. Dougweller (talk) 12:00, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

An unusual mix. Does not seem to understand Wikipedia or the common meaning of PC. The wording of politeness combined with some tendencies towards arrogance. And an intelligent person. Longer time but sporadic editor. My first guess.....potentially promising editor (if they don't have their ears shut) who is problematic at the moment. Maybe we can help. North8000 (talk) 21:35, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Gun Control[edit]

Hi North. I kind of give up on the Gun Control thing, without prejudice. It's just become kind of a free-for-all with editors talking past one another. I actually would welcome it if there were some simple RS that makes the argument and ties totalitarian regimes' gun control to the broader subject. If it's a valid point, we shouldn't need the controversial sources or questionable uses of them. Meanwhile, it really is like Hitler's mayo. Yes he enjoyed mayonnaise, but that undisputed fact is not a significant fact about either our general body of knowledge about mayonnaise usage nor about Hitler's actions. SPECIFICO talk 19:37, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

Hi Specifico. Thanks for the post. My thoughts are to not "tie" or characterize but just to cover. I know that my discussion on the "mayo" difference was a bit abstract but I believe that there is something sound there. In short, that gun control is really an action rather than an object. So it's like Prohibition, Hazing, War and Exploration rather than mayonnaise. In each case, significant occurrences of the action are inherently examples of the actual subject and I believe germane; no "making" of a connection is needed to make them germane. This applies to mere coverages of the examples....I can see your point with respect to any wording with implies a connection (e.g. with authoritarianism). My post on AzureCitizen's talk page kind of says my real thoughts which are that some changes are needed. When I see specific quotes included (e.g. the holocaust survivors) I go on yellow alert regarding cherry picking, but I would think that that the two quotes were in direct opposition to each other on the topic at hand would tend to assuage or mitigate that concern. What do you think? Thanks again for the post. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 20:13, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Well, if you look at the WP mayonnaise article it is partly about the substance but largely about its use and deployment just like gun control. Anyway I know you to be thoughtful but the noise level over at Gun control is just not going to allow the issue to be sorted out just now. SPECIFICO talk 20:58, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Articles that are on on somewhat fluid topics/fluid realities and where there is a real world contest/clash involved are all painful unstable messes in Wikipedia (unless one side totally "wins" at the article.) And policies/guidelines are misused (against the goal of a quality article) as often as they are used. And anybody who tries to bring one of those to the center is going to get called a lot of bad things and become a target. For those reasons I try to ration myself to being active on/ making a real effort to just one of those at a time. I think that this article is right on the borderline of being one of those sad cases which would put me over my quota. Maybe we could both go there with the thought/agreement that POV's should count zero and article quality is all that matters. North8000 (talk) 21:38, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

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I did so. North8000 (talk) 16:39, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Good article reviews[edit]

Hi North. Thanks for reviewing the PRSA article! Do you think I could convince you to take a second look at my work at YouSendIt? Someone passed it as GA, but I didn't think it actually met the criteria yet. CorporateM (Talk) 17:37, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

"Whew! You are pretty tough on yourself by wanting people to be tough on you! I'd be happy to. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 17:38, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. Maybe I am too tough on myself as I was thinking of quite a few other areas that could have been improved. Of course, the community is tough on me and it does improve my work when the standards are raised, but it might be annoying for me to go around asking so many editors to provide feedback on an acceptable article.
I have a couple other items I could use your help on, if you're interested, but I don't know what topics you take an interest in. CorporateM (Talk) 13:23, 5 May 2013 (UTC)
Happy to. I'm interested in about 90% of everything in the world. And most of the "10%" is the pervasively-covered types of sports.North8000 (talk) 14:06, 5 May 2013 (UTC)
I'll have to remember then that I can bug you about any topic ;-)
For Publishers Clearing House, I felt it was important we clean our own house before suggesting content, primarily by requesting deletion of an article on one of their PR staff, which I can only presume was COI written and looks like a notability problem. A really obvious deletion IMO and not COI at all except as a matter of cleaning up our act.
The Monster Cable Products article contains a lot of controversies that do exist and are important, but have substantial undue and bias issues. The article gives the appearance of being written for the explicit purpose of making the company look bad. We will have to go through these one-at-a-time and balance them with the other aspects of the company, its products and history, but I've requested deletion of the False Advertising section, which I think might be so undue that it does not belong in the article at all, since its only sources are short blurbs and press releases. CorporateM (Talk) 19:19, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Political correctness article (3 May 2013)[edit]

(Copied by Mhazard9 from their talk page to here) North8000 (talk) 19:11, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

Mhazard9, again, please take controversial changes to talk rather than warring them in. I will be forced to report you if you do not stop. Also, your edit summaries do not say what you are doing. North8000 (talk) 13:07, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

Dear North8000,

Please, be specific and give examples of what you call controversial edits; otherwise, I do not know whereof you speak. Are you speaking for yourself? Are you speaking for Dougweller, your sponsor in this editorial war? Are you for real, dude? It is very telling that, again, like your sponsor, you resort to THREATS, such as “I will be forced to report you if you do not stop”, meaning what? Is someone physically and psychologically compelling you to report me for NOT OBEYING YOU in correcting poor, opinionated writing?

Again, BE SPECIFIC and GIVE EXAMPLES of so-called controversial edits. There is no edit war, I have not read any substantive contribution by you, North8000, other than opinions in an edit summary; in the wrong place, at that.

Lead, follow, or get out of the way, please! You have spent days harassing me with FAKE edit-war nonsense in the edit summaries, rather than in the talk page . . . so, you are incredible. Again, SPECIFIC EXAMPLES of my incorrect and inaccurate, untrue and false edits would help your credibility as an editor PARTICIPATING in the substantive editorial development of the Political Correctness article. Currently, the Introduction communicates the content of the article; likewise the image.

Show some self-respect, laddie, do not lend your voice to another man's quarrel, unless you choose to bleed for him, because he had others do his work for him. Since I was blocked for twenty-four hours, YOU, North8000, have harassed me, with reverts of substantiated work, since your sponsor won A battle; the EDIT HISTORY confirms my veracity in this matter.

My edit summaries are brief, because they are . . . summaries. Read the comparisons, that is to say, do your own work. I cannot do your reading for you.

Best regards,

Mhazard9 (talk) 18:34, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

You have copied my post and your above comment to many different places; others have pared that back but it is still in at least 2 different places. I'll respond here.
"Controversial edits" are the ones that were reverted with statements indicating that there are contested and an indication to "please take it to talk"
Regarding edit summaries, you have made a immense amount of controversial and contested edits and reverts with no specifics or even hints at what you are doing in your edit summaries. Your edit summaries are roughly variants of "Compositional details; narrative coherence." repeated. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:20, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Response:

Dear North8000:

From one Wikipedia Editor to another, I again request, be specific and give examples of my so-called controversial edits to the Political Correctness article; that is: (1) the specific section, or subsection, containing the substantively controversial edit; (2) the specific paragraph, paragraph-line, and the specific sentence. Then, shall we three, you North8000, your sponsor the Administrator Dougweller, and I, the villainous editor Mhazard9, can THEN begin to work out this matter of the controversial edits that so offend thine sensibilities, nostrils, and eyes.

Again, I remind you, editor-to-editor, to not lend your voice to another man's quarrel; you are being used as a punching bag, by an editor who cannot defend his points, because he is on the wrong side of the matter. You betrayed, exposed, and confirmed Dougweller's page-owner hustle when you said to him:

That first sentence could use some improvements, but this environment prevents the mutual work to do that.North8000 (talk) 21:27, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

Yet, the Administrator Dougweller deleted this legitimate communication from the PERTINENT page, the Political Correctness Talk Page, where it belongs, because it is about the subject of PC . . . but, "Hey!" you fellows can do anything you want . . . except CHOOSE contribute substantive to the article, CHOOSE to play by the rules you preach to me.

On the level (and by the square), tell me, North800, is this ungrammatical, poorly written, and opinionated first sentence (replaced by the Admin. Douweller) a faithful, true, and accurate representation of the CONTENT of the article Political Correctness?:

Political correctness (adjectivally, politically correct; both forms commonly abbreviated to PC) is a term which denotes language, ideas, policies, and behavior seen as seeking to minimize social and institutional offense in occupational, gender, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, certain other religions, beliefs or ideologies, disability, and age-related contexts, and, as purported by the term, doing so to an excessive extent.

Again, how, is this version CONTROVERSIAL? Where (line and sentence) does it not faithfully, truthfully, and accurately communicate the content of the article it is introducing?:

Political correctness, politically correct, and the abbreviation PC are terms that denote ideas, language, and speech, policies and behavior that purportedly are meant to minimize and eliminate the social offense inherent to stereotypes, in occupational and institutional contexts, by means of excessively formal awareness, tolerance, and respect for the differences in gender and sexual orientation, race and culture, age and disability, religion and ideology of people who are not of the societal mainstream.

This is what I, Mhazard9, am asking you, the editor North8000, to do, when I ask you: Be specific and give examples, just as you did at university in order to earn the grades to earn the degree. Given that you CLAIM, in the edit summaries, that my substantive edits of the text are CONTESTED (somebody said it ain't so), YOU the editor who said so, must demonstrate it so, i.e. the burden of proof is upon the editor contesting the text. Knee-jerk deletion and weasel-word Edit Summary are an obvious form of CENSORSHIP, especially when it occurs more than once, without you proving Dougweller's opinion with EVIDENCE. If you think I am lying, then, otherwise, why is Dougweller involved in a conversation between North8000 and Mhazard9, if he ain't your sponsor in a blunt Edit War over content?

Yet, you have refused to do so, and have simply ordered me to obey your sponsor, Dougweller, and ask permission to participate, BEFORE I can contribute. Gosh, how obvious. That is the reason I have repeatedly recommended that you, North8000, not lend your voice to Dougweller's quarrel with me over the SUBSTANTIVE CONTENT of the Political Correctness article. In communicating to him the FACT that the leading sentence of the Introduction must be re-written to reflect the content it introduces CONFIRMS everything I have said to each of you.

So, be specific, and give examples of incorrect work. Moreover, I prefer to communicate with you at the Political Correctness Talk Page.

Best regards,

Mhazard9 (talk) 16:26, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

My revision[edit]

Hi, North8000. Just a note to let you know that my current revision that you reverted was the one shot I took to alleviate the problem. It cited two dictionary definitions that showed both sides of the equation, corrected the faulty style and grammar of the original entry, and covered all of the salient points. If that is not satisfactory, I do not know will be. I would be more than willing to work with you on it; however, I am currently out of work and do not have the time to devote to the article. Good luck working it out! There can be only one...TheKurgan (talk) 00:16, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Thank you very very very much for your effort!!! and there is good stuff in there. I think that a dialog might finally be starting at the article. North8000 (talk) 00:19, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Austrian School[edit]

I thought of commenting directly on the talk page about the section title IAW BRD, and then I thought about a comment here. And then I decided not to bother you. But then I noticed you had volunteered as a moderator on the topic. (Perhaps angels don't fear to tread when they are wearing snow shoes. I, on the other hand, have rushed in occasionally!) Issue? Section heading. Before reverting the "contributors" I looked at Keynesian economics (the antithesis of AS). It uses "theory". The "theory" section heading was there 50 edits ago (but I did not look to see if there'd been changes in the last 30 days.) WikiProject Economics does not have a style guide that covers the topic. Nor do any of the FAs or GAs have similar sections, so the issue does not have examples to use as guideposts. So I leave it at that -- would you care to change it back? It's your call. Face-smile.svgS. Rich (talk) 04:19, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Hello S.Rich,
Thanks for the post. Starting from the "end", I feel the "tenets" is better, and so from a standpoint if intellectual honesty I don't plan to change, but I won't be upset if someone else changes it. My reasoning is as follows:
  • Technically, about half of everything that everyone says or claims (and the majority of all science) is a theory, but by common usage of the term, the word "theory" is not applied to them. If the President says "this action I took today will help create jobs" that is technically a theory, but common practice is not to brand it as such. And, in common practice, branding it as such is "lowering" it.
  • It seems like a good compromise. Dictionary.com defines "Tenet" as "any opinion, principle, doctrine, dogma, etc., especially one held as true by members of a profession, group, or movement." which seems appropriate.
I feel the "tenets" is better, and so from a standpoint if intellectual honesty I don't plan to change, but I was just trying to help and won't be upset if someone else changes it. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:50, 6 May 2013 (UTC)
Alas, the lack of other quality econ articles or a style exemplar to provide guidance leaves this open for different presentations in different articles. Not a big problem, but I wonder what would happen if "theory" was changed to "tenets" in Keynesian economics. Face-tongue.svgS. Rich (talk) 14:15, 6 May 2013 (UTC)
Probably makes a little difference in Keynesian because it was self-titled as a theory. Expanding on my previous note, I tend to think that the words here are communicating to readers and should lean towards using their common meanings. For example, in legal circles, an unmarried woman is technically termed a spinster, and the dog breeding circles, a female dog is a bitch. Yet the common meanings / intonations of those words are very different, and so they would tend not to be the nouns used in writing for general readers. But, again, I was just trying to help and would not object if you changed it. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 14:46, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Hello again[edit]

You're probably up to your neck in the ArbCom proceedings for TPm. So I'm sure you're busy. But there are a couple of things I'd like to talk about if you have a minute.

(A) Clearly you find the current condition of the main TPm article annoying, and I share that concern. Take a good look at my last post on the moderated discussion page. I suggest you create a sandbox page here from your User Talk page, copy and paste the whole article from the "View Source" tab to your sandbox, and fire up the chainsaw. There are entire sections of that article that are packed with what I describe as "Daily Kos cruft," clearly written by people trying to smear the Tea Party rather than write a quality NPOV article for Wikipedia, and they can be reduced to one paragraph with 6-8 reflinks. The gas grille, the twitter tweet, the jokes in bad taste, the racially insensitive signs at rallies, all of it. Pardon my French but it's bullshit. Boil all that down to a summary overview wherever possible, link it on the moderated discussion page, and ask for a vote. Don't take this as a rubber stamp, but I would probably support whatever you do after a quick review.

(B) For the benefit of any lurkers and stalkers, this is not a quid pro quo. I am not offering my support for "A" in return for your support for "B." But I'm surprised by your shift from "Support" to "Neutral" on the Ugg boots TM RfC, and I would ask you to reconsider. Just look at your "Support vote" that I transcluded (copied) for the first RfC and compare it to your latest "Neutral vote." Compare the reasoning you used. Why did you change your mind? Also, look at what Liangshan Yi has been pointing out at the bottom of the page. There is very good reason to suspect that it's an organized campaign to smear Deckers, either on behalf of Australian manufacturers (COI) or as an act of Australian national pride (cultural bias) or perhaps some mixture of both, and that it's been going on for years. NPOV and our commitment to avoid cultural bias compel us to prevent one dispute, in one country, from being elevated above the rest in this way. Granted, it should be the main event in the article; but counterfeiting should be covered as well, since countries like China see counterfeiting as "THE" Ugg boots trademark dispute. regards .... Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 15:22, 6 May 2013 (UTC)


Both the state of the TPM article and what ensued from an attempt to fix it show how badly the Wikipedia system which usually works can be misused. The worst of it was actually BEFORE arbcom, reaching its lowest point at the mob-violence, less civilized-then-Somalia-at-its-lowest point ANI. I strongly advocated Arbcom taking the case to end that ridiculousness. We'll see what happens.
Thanks for the idea and support for it, but I think that it's wp:snow for a version of the TPM fixed up by me would go anywhere.
On the last point, I think that I've been near-neutral on that all along. This first time I think I gave the same two (conflicting reasons) and sort of thought "it's no big deal either way, might as well put them in this article. So as I see it I went from "near neutral" to "neutral", not much of a change. I honestly don't see what is "at stake" or why anybody cares strongly either way. If I could see something that is really at stake, I would probably have a stronger opinion. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 15:35, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Georges Yatrides[edit]

I confirm that my name 'Yatrides' as User is a single identity on Wikipedia. I do not represent any group or organization neither for a website and depends on no one. All that is written on Wikipedia comes from third party sources (articles of newspapers and magazines, Academic studies, TV information and broadcasts, movies). Georges Yatrides

--Yatrides (talk) 15:31, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! My suggestion there was more limited than that. As I indicated, I'm ready to help there if folks want. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 16:37, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Surreal Barnstar Hires.png The Surreal Barnstar
In admiration for your thoughtful and sometimes forceful contributions to Wikipedia, from a kindred spirit of the view that civility is at times tenanciousness. Market St.⧏ ⧐ Diamond Way 08:31, 8 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! Sometimes I have to resist the temptation to just take the easy way and keep my head low. Moments like this remind me that it's worth trying. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:09, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:List of vegetarians[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 16:29, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

COI Stuff[edit]

Hi North. I'm researching the products, trademark and reception/performance topics for Monster and will circle back on those in a bit.

In response to your post on YouSendIt, I wrote a quick, proposed draft for expanding the lead and was wondering if you were willing to throw it in or give me a {{request edit|G}} I think at that point I'm gonna call that article done-and-done. I'll circle back every 6-12 months or so for updates.

If you want to help on other articles, I have an endless queue of edit requests that I'm usually pestering editors about ;-) CorporateM (Talk) 22:46, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Happy to help on this (I lean towards editing myself, but either way is fine....which do you prefer if it looks OK?) and others. We'll just try it and see / take it as it comes. If you're working me too hard or if I'm being too rough on you we'll just let each other know.  :-) Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 01:38, 11 May 2013 (UTC)
With my PR cap on, I feel it's my duty to collaborate in the way preferred by the individual editor, much like traditional PRs track the communication preferences of each journalist. As a volunteer I do a little bit of everything depending on the circumstance.
I have another one over at Viralheat here if you care to take a look. I knowingly added incorrect pricing information the first time, because it was the most updated available in secondary sources at the time, so we're doing a quick round of updates. It's a social media management service known largely for its low cost. CorporateM (Talk) 15:49, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

RFC/U on user:Arzel[edit]

You took part in a discussion that dealt with user:Arzel, which took place here. Based on that discussion, I started a WP:RFC/U, here.Casprings (talk) 02:52, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

I've arbitrarily reworded this clause that you (and several others) found problematic.   — C M B J   23:37, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:List of vegans[edit]

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Did so. North8000 (talk) 16:36, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Moderated Discussion at Tea Party movement[edit]

Let me say from the beginning that this is not canvassing. This is an attempt, with the best of intentions for Wikipedia, to resolve a problem.

  • so I must ask that Xeonphrenic be banned from this page ... -- Arthur Rubin
  • I recommended that at ArbCom, but I'm not sure they'll do anything; unfortunately the Moderated Discussion page and the article's main Talk page are not appropriate places for such a discussion. The gentleman has been engaged in this behavior on several articles related to U.S. politics for several years. It's completely unacceptable. So I recommended, and I'm again recommending, a topic ban on all articles related to U.S. politics, broadly construed.
  • You've indicated several times that you would oppose this resolution. I notice that you were willing to change your mind at Ugg boots trademark disputes and I suggest that you should do so here. You have also repeatedly lamented the sorry, sad condition of the Tea Party movement article. There is one person who is principally responsible for the sorry, sad condition of that article. This is the solution to that problem. Please don't try to prevent this solution.
  • I recommend RFC/U as they did with Arzel. Allegedly ANI is also an appropriate forum to begin with, but that has every likelihood of turning into a bloodbath. We need to go to RFC/U first to establish tone, numbers, and the body of evidence. You and Malke could certify the RFC/U, we could discuss it, and then (if consensus suggests it) we could move to ANI and "vote" on a community ban. In an RFC/U followed by ANI, we do not need to rely on ArbCom to make the decision. We're the ones who have had to deal with this behavior on a daily basis, so we're the ones who are in the best position to see the problem and the solution with the greatest clarity. We'd need to bring SilkTork into it to ensure no one challenges its legitimacy.
  • This should be done with the caveat that Xeno should have the option of asking for a removal of the topic ban, after a substantial period (six months to a year) of productive work on other articles. I'd like to believe that almost anyone can be rehabilitated, and he does have the potential to be a productive editor. And it is altogether possible that during the course of all these discussions, Xeno may accept that his behavior is unacceptable, and change his behavior without a topic ban at all. I would welcome that resolution if it is possible. Malke also suggested a mentor if he is to be rehabilitated. I am placing similar messages on Arthur and Malke's pages. kind regards ... Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 17:40, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
A couple of random thoughts:
  • ANI's on vague behavioral topics almost always turn into mob-violence situations where people can deceive/misrepresent (=lie) with immunity.
  • I made the "would oppose" statement with respect to the Arbcom case.
  • Again I considered my shift at the Ugg article to be microscopic (from near neutral to neutral) but I'm also open to big changes in my opinion, but not changes to word I've given. My word was about the arbcom case.
  • I'd rather just lean on them to reduce the behavior. But that's how that last debacle started, snowballed by wrong things. So just "leaning" on someone is considered by many to be not OK, but mis-using the wiki-systems to wage vicious warfare to try to get real harm done to people can be done with immunity. So that presents quite a quandary.
  • I'm a softie. If someone is nice about it, (vs. the wiki-savvy viciousness that is all too common) I tend to not get too angry about even the most superchamp POV'ers.
  • Maybe a friendly RFC/U?
Overall, I dunno. North8000 (talk) 21:18, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
Let me show you what it's like when one productive editor is allowed to proceed without being hassled. This is the article on the Soviet T-34 tank from WWII: [4] [5] Today marks the two month anniversary of my arrival at that article. Look at the difference. It used to be a Featured Article but was de-listed, after a bunch of people who thought they knew what they were doing started adding unsourced, poorly sourced, and biased content. Believe it or not, the T-34 has fanboys who think it was just the most totally awesome thing that ever happened to the word "tank." (It did make an enormous impact but it also had a lot of weaknesses, and the Germans quickly discovered and exploited them.) DMorpheus is an experienced editor. He's been working on the article a long time and he does great work but the fanboys overwhelmed him. When I showed up, he chatted with me a little bit on the article Talk page but other than that, he pretty much let me fire up the chainsaw and let it rip.
I took a little break from the article in the second half of April because I was busy with TPm, Ugg boots, and real life (believe it or not, I do have a real life). Kyteto showed up and "citation bombed" the whole article. So when I came back, I redoubled my efforts, found all the sources he wanted, cited them, made almost all the other citations follow a consistent style (still working on that but almost done), added three tables to show relative tank strengths of German and Soviet forces at various stages of the war, wrote up a new section on the Soviet invasion of Manchuria, added a few more bits here and there, and hey ... it's almost ready to be a Featured Article candidate again.
When I'm not being hassled, obstructed, and tripped up at every turn, I can get a lot of work done in a fairly short span of time and it's good work. If they're not going to really help, I do wish certain individuals would just follow the example of DMorpheus and stay the hell out of the way. We can't "lean on them." As you can see, that always blows up in your face. Our only option is to use the tools that have been given to us, and follow the painfully slow, grinding Wiki-systems to their conclusion. Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 01:11, 21 May 2013 (UTC)
You are probably right; I just haven't admitted it yet. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 02:10, 21 May 2013 (UTC)
Here is an RfC/U regarding the behavior of Xenophrenic: [6] Please participate and provide diffs of your efforts to resolve these disputes with Xenophrenic, as well as any diffs of what you may consider to be his problematic behavior. kind regards ... Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 13:24, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

Oy vey[edit]

I notice, with suddenly piqued interest, your first post on the Talk page of said RfC/U:

  • What would you want......a list of their last 1,000 edits, and notes showing that 90% are relentlessly towards tilting articles towards one particular end of the political spectrum? Would Xenophrenic want someone to make that effort? Yes, evidently that's what he and the peculiar IP editor who geolocates to Bucharest, Romania (and who edits at times most Bucharest residents are sound asleep) are insisting upon.
  • My own hope is just saying enough here to convince Xenophrenic to change a bit, NOT enough to get them in trouble. Unless someone forces the latter by declaring that any input without the latter is illegitimate. Xenophrenic and said IP editor have indeed declared it. Therefore the latter has been forced. See the main RfC/U page, where I have compiled a whole bunch of diffs from Xeno's non-TPm editing from April 1 to today (55 days). The finding at ANI that there wasn't enough evidence for a topic ban on Xeno is irrelevant, since it was over with on February 26, and it was strictly limited to TPm related edits. So now "enough to get them in trouble" is being said. What's your reaction? I'm very tired and I'm going to bed. kind regards ... Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 05:14, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Content discussion, resumed[edit]

The discussion in the "Content discussion, resumed" section got out of hand, so I have closed it. A number of contributors to that discussion wandered away from commenting on the content into commenting on the contributor. I would ask that everyone make a special effort to word what they say carefully.

At this point it might be better if anyone has concerns about the behaviour of anyone else in the discussion, that they bring those concerns direct to me rather than raise them on the discussion page. SilkTork ✔Tea time 12:27, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

OK, my only real concern is Xenophrenic retroactively re-writing a post that I had already responded to, making my response appear off target. I would like that remedied. North8000 (talk) 12:32, 21 May 2013 (UTC)
North, I've edited that discussion to remedy it; please let me know if you still have concerns. I sometimes forget when conversing with an editor that it is not a private conversation, and I see how my addition of text could cause confusion in a reader of your subsequent response. Please accept my apology.
An unrelated observation: See that little note SilkTork left for you at the top of this section about the "Content discussion, resumed" thread? He even-handedly left that same note on the Talk page of every editor to participate in that thread. There is, however, one notable exception. On every other editor's Talk page, he also inserted an example quote from that editor that he found problematic, to illustrate his point. Every editor except you, that is. I don't want to read anything into SilkTork's messages that isn't there, but I think the lack of sample problematic text in his message to you speaks positively about your role in that discussion. Regards, Xenophrenic (talk) 18:59, 21 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks and thanks! Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 19:55, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

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I'll go to work on that. Somebody circled back and asked me a question and and answered and though it was all settled. I didn't notice that it got tagged and nobody notified me. I obtained permission from the owner for the described license, but will need to get them to write Wikipedia as I only have the written communications between them and myself. North8000 (talk) 13:42, 21 May 2013 (UTC)
I just realized that the "there's a problem" tag was just put up a few minutes before you posted above. That's why I hadn't seen it. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 19:59, 21 May 2013 (UTC)
Just a note, I've removed the "Summer 1974" date from the image. Obviously, the image was taken in 2009.[7] I suspect that you were using the template from another image. Thanks. Viriditas (talk) 10:58, 23 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. I don't know how I screwed that up. North8000 (talk) 11:01, 23 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, it made me spot another error which I fixed. North8000 (talk) 11:27, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

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Did so. North8000 (talk) 20:32, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

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Hi, Thanks a lot for taking up and completing the review of Thanjavur. The comments were helpful and i would take them as input for my other articles as well. Ssriram mt (talk) 03:49, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Thanks!. What an excellent job you have done! North8000 (talk) 10:24, 23 May 2013 (UTC)


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Many thanks for giving Uncle David its GA review! I was beginning to fear that it would languish on the waiting list forever due to its subject matter. Best, Midnightblueowl (talk) 16:55, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Happy to do it. It was a first for me.  :-) A part of the fun of GA reviewing articles. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 17:42, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

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Kane[edit]

I was wondering how long Kane would remain in the infobox. Please don't cane me for not removing him earlier. – S. Rich (talk) 19:34, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

Yes, an influential philosopher from the full body slam strand of libertarianism. :-) North8000 (talk) 20:00, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

LOL. And I'd prefer a slam from Kane over those I seen from some of the WP editors out there. (no reply expected) – S. Rich (talk) 20:19, 29 May 2013 (UTC)


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I did so. North8000 (talk) 10:51, 4 June 2013 (UTC)
I got the same request and did as well. Some of the debate seemed almost laughable, but I guess everyone has their passions... :) --Scalhotrod - Just your average banjo playing, drag racing, cowboy... (talk) 05:48, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

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I'd like to talk with you about the Xenophrenic RfC/U, if you have a moment and you're online. regards .... Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 13:09, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

Sure, but not exactly sure what you mean. North8000 (talk) 13:14, 3 June 2013 (UTC)
It's not going anywhere. Xenophrenic isn't admitting that his behavior is a problem, and he has attracted a team of "defense attorneys." I'm afraid that I have no alternative but to take it to WP:ANI. regards ... Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 14:07, 3 June 2013 (UTC)
I agree with your assessment of the situation there. But IMO AN and ani's on "general behavior" topics are usually random insanity. IMO more time and work on evidence and objective analysis at the RFC/U would help assure correctness. I just noticed that Xenophrenic answered my inquiry and I'm prepared to do more work and analysis. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 14:30, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

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Publishers Clearing House[edit]

Hi North. I've been poking around for a couple editors that want to get involved here. SmartSE said he was busy in real-life and Drmies said he didn't know enough about the subject. At the very least it would help to have an experienced impartial editor explain secondary sources regarding the use of press releases. However, it is a large body of work (10050-cites) and a neutral article in this case contains a substantial amount of controversial material, so I understand how it may be intimidating. Happy to go through it one section at a time if it's easier.

Let me know if you're up for it. Appreciate your time as always. CorporateM (Talk) 19:33, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

I'd be happy to blaze through any areas that you wish. Including a blaze through article or talk to give thoughts. Something that gets huge I'm not sure that I'm up for. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 01:54, 5 June 2013 (UTC)
Sure, I'll wait a day or two and then start breaking it off into more digestible bits. CorporateM (Talk) 02:11, 5 June 2013 (UTC)
How's this? CorporateM (Talk) 03:09, 5 June 2013 (UTC)

Hi North. I figured I would post here, since we were getting off-topic, but it is worth discussing.

I've adopted the phrase "permission-based" in that I am comfortable making edits that are given a green-light by a disinterested editor that serves the reader's best-interest. I often ask for a {{request edit|G}} to serve this purpose, as the template gives explicit permission to move forward. This also adds the accountability/ownership of the edits to the PR person, which editors want, while leaving editorial decisions in the right hands.

However, I thought it odd that an editor praised me recently for "putting Wikipedia's interests first" as this would be unethical for me to do. It is unethical for any PR person to put Wikipedia's interests before those of their employer, because this is a conflict of interest. Additionally, a PR person is a "corporate representative" in that for the most part our actions are approved by the corporate bureaucracy and we do not have individual autonomy to make our own choices.

However, you brought up the "situation" which is important. I am very choosy about which clients I accept and every client signs our Statement of Ethics, which forbids intentionally violating policy or hiding information.

It is impractical to expect any company - or the PR people that represent them - to put Wikipedia's interests before their own. But I am able to persuade organizations that it is in their best-interest to just do what Wikipedia wants. Like a lawyer that represents their client exclusively, but is required to disclose evidence to the court and will recommend to their clients they reach an immediate and fair settlement the judge (volunteers) will accept.

There is also the legal issue to consider. However, I believe there will never be consensus and every editor (COI and volunteer) will do things a bit differently. We know dubious editing when we see it. CorporateM (Talk) 15:34, 5 June 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for that good info. Obviously a complex topic. Structurally, there is some common ground that fulfills both "Wikipedia first" and "client first"; basically all areas where the two do not conflict and thus where the "who's first? question is moot. But there will inevitably be areas where they conflict. I was just giving my thoughts regarding what you mentioned. Let me know if I can help. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 16:21, 5 June 2013 (UTC)
You bet! Thanks for chiming in. Yah, those edits are pretty obvious anyway. If you want to watchlist it, I'll go through the article bit-by-bit. CorporateM (Talk) 16:36, 5 June 2013 (UTC)
Hey North. I haven't heard from Bilbo on the proposed Online Development section and he's usually pretty responsive (commented on the Revenue issue recently). I went ahead and pinged him directly on his Talk page. If there are no other comments, do you think we could add the new section this weekend? (a week after it was first posted) I'm happy to do some cleanup after the merge. Figure it should be a pretty non-controversial improvement. CorporateM (Talk) 14:20, 26 June 2013 (UTC)
Just took my first glance at it. It's kind of obscure on the talk page so good thing you pinged Bilbo. Happy to have a loook, and also to put it in if I'm comfortable wwith that. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 14:38, 26 June 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. Yup, I also archived some stuff so it's easier to see the current items and added the Request Edit template to give it a nice big flag. I have found it frustrating when COIs insist I do something right this second (within hours even), so I try to find the right balance of keeping things moving without being pushy/demanding. The article is currently in pretty awful shape and we have a lot of ground to cover. Also, it will be reviewed more thoroughly by a GA reviewer at some point anyway and I'm just happy to do some triage. CorporateM (Talk) 14:53, 26 June 2013 (UTC)

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Xenophrenic's RFC/U[edit]

North, as I asked you 2 times by now (maybe you missed my fist inquire since I made it where you mentioned my handle and it was in the middle of the thread?) where I made an insult that you've, by your own words, responded to with your controversial math of Xenophrenics edits?
I'd be much appreciated to get an answer to that alleged insult so I can check on b/c if there is no insult, I would have to ask you to strike (and clarify?) that insult you made to me for that matter.TMCk (talk) 02:04, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

Also add "erroneous". It was "That ridiculous math is idiotic and not even the slightest scientific.". Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 02:14, 6 June 2013 (UTC)
Umh. So you responded to a post I made after and in response to your flawed math comment??? Did I miss something or are you really serious about that???TMCk (talk) 02:40, 6 June 2013 (UTC)
Are you some sort of time traveler?TMCk (talk) 02:43, 6 June 2013 (UTC)
You're not making any sense regarding the sequence of events and false assertion that "time travel" is required....it's all very simple and in the thread. After you made the above swipe I said in response: "Statistics 101: Knowing only what you know so far, if there were "Z" instances in a 1 week sampler, what is your best guess at the number for 174 weeks? Answer: Z x 174. Low degree of accuracy-reliability due to an only 1 week sample with unestablished representativeness, which is why I emphasized "rough" many times."
After that others were trying to set up a straw man that the contents of the above comment was a cornerstone of the evidence. I said that it was only a response to your insult, and not even in the evidence.
I'm not getting pulled into engaging further on this. North8000 (talk) 02:58, 6 June 2013 (UTC)
No Mr.(?). You stated:
"I said at the very beginning that it would be for a very very rough idea.....that all of that material is just 1 of the 176 weeks at the one article; emphasizing that the the other 175 weeks are not included. The math point on this talk page was only to refute the insult made by TMCK, it is not even a part of the evidence presentation. North8000 (talk) 02:43, 5 June 2013 (UTC)"
So the facts speak clearly against you and since your math was indeed more than just flawed, I suggest striking some of your comments over there, especially where you accuse me of an "insult" without clarifying that it was against your flawed math which by now is not only my own opinion (and math) but refuted bigtime.TMCk (talk) 03:42, 6 June 2013 (UTC)
I'm not getting pulled into engaging further on this, even by mis-statements. North8000 (talk) 11:14, 6 June 2013 (UTC)


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This was already done but only in the article-specific use rationale. It appears that is is to also be on the image page itself? Done. North8000 (talk) 17:30, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

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Done. North8000 (talk) 11:34, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

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Publishers Clearing House[edit]

Hi North. I went ahead and started an RFC on the issue of which source to use for revenue in the Infobox here. Bilbo agrees with the employee count, so this is the last dispute-area for the infobox. CorporateM (Talk) 02:03, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

Happy to. I'd call that a "trying to decide" area rather than a dispute-area. North8000 (talk) 09:39, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

Hello[edit]

I have to admire your determination to continue working on that article, but we have effectively become second-class citizens. We've been working diligently to improve the article for months, in your case years; we've participated with enormous patience in the moderated discussion for three f@cking months, despite all the bullshit; and because we participated in the moderated discussion, we can't edit the article. Meanwhile, anybody with an axe to grind can just show up and change the lede f@cking sentence of the article to "The Tea Party movement is an American political movement that advocates strict adherence to its own view of the United States Constitution," without any discussion on the Talk page or any other page — he just drove by, rolled down the window and did it — and there it stays without being reverted, and the drive-by editor faces no repercussions whatsoever. SMH Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 23:23, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

Good points. I think that there are some obvious flaws in the approach and decisions. And to some extent the new battle area has been to try to cleverly work SilkTork on their talk page. But overall I think that SilkTork's efforts have been a plus despite that. The article was previously held in a junk state for years and now there has been progress.  :A better plan would be:
  • Keep it locked for another 1-2 months and keep the active rework going on during that
  • After that strictly follow and require following BRD, plus going straight to "D" if it is obviously controversial.
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Regarding your comments at Gun control[edit]

This comment has three problems. First, per WP:NPA, you should comment on content, not on contributors. Second, it is an example of the appeal to hypocrisy, a type of ad hominem, a logical fallacy. Third, you are defending your flagrant violation[8] of Wikipedia's non-negotiable neutral point of view policy. Opinions should be in the opinion section, not in the history section. This includes opinions about history and versions of history developed by those with a well-documented flagrant pro-gun ideological commitment like Stephen Halbrook. You may retract your personal attack, or I will hat it for you. — goethean 14:39, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

It is not a personal attack by any stretch of the imagination. I was pointing out that arguments that you have previously used are in opposition to what you are trying to exclude now. And you are completely mischaracterizing my reverting of your edit which was controversial and on an item being discussed. And I advocated moving opinions to an opinion section, and keeping the basic facts in the history section. So you either missed both times that I wrote that, or deliberated mis-stated my position in your post here. North8000 (talk) 14:57, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
We are talking about the Gun control article. Content about Nazis are not "basic facts" about the history of gun control; it is a highly contentious argument about gun control created by someone with a well-documented history of anti-gun control activism. Your placement[9] of these highly contentious factoids, arguments and opinions in the history section is a clear violation of Wikipedia's neutral point of view policy. — goethean 15:14, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
See previous post. Continuing to call my reversion of your problematic edit "placing" is misleading at best. North8000 (talk) 17:05, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
The Nazi content was moved to "History" from "Arguments" in March by ROG5728. The article has been the subject of edit wars ever since ROG5728's highly contentious and policy-defying edit. Undoing ROG's edit is not problematic or contentious, it restores the semblance of NPOV to the article. — goethean 17:13, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
Well then lets just split it. Put the history items in history and the arguments in arguments. That's what I've been proposing. You have been contending that merely covering history is POV, blockading that idea while editing the article remove everything (including history) from history. North8000 (talk) 17:24, 18 June 2013 (UTC) North8000 (talk) 17:24, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
How I wish that you would stop ignoring my comments. A partisan, political activist version of history is not "history". What if I came up with a history book which shows how opposition to gun control was masterminded by anti-Semites from the John Birch Society? Would you agree to put that material in the history section? Of course you wouldn't, because partisan versions of history are not history — they are arguments. No matter how much I jump up and down screaming "Historical facts are history!!!" as you and Gaijin are doing, it's not history. Calling the Third Reich an example of gun control is not a neutral retelling of history and doesn't occur in history book which are not written by political activists. It belongs in Opinions, which is where it was before ROG5728 moved everything around in March. His re-organization of the article violated NPOV and needs to be undone. Your reversion of my edit violated Wikipedia's NPOV policy. — goethean 17:44, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
You are conflating and / or alternating between two different things. In the beginning you seem to be contesting the wording.......I wasn't even getting into that, but of course that could be worked on. But later you seem to be saying that any coverage of Nazi gun control in "history" is a POV, and I do not agree with you on that. North8000 (talk) 17:52, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
Any coverage of fringe, NRA-inspired political talking points in the history section violates NPOV. Treating the Third Reich as a significant episode in the history of gun control is fringe. The article's history section currently has 434 words on Australia, 341 words on US, 86 words on Bolshevik Russia (i.e., more NRA propaganda), and 582 words (40%) on 1930s Nazi Germany. This is an appalling violation of WP:UNDUE, WP:FRINGE, WP:NPOV. — goethean 18:11, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
This isn't a conversation, you are just firing volleys / walls of words/links and conflating topics, preventing any real discussion on any one of them. A few items in there would certainly be good to discuss. North8000 (talk) 19:09, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
I appreciate your inability to defend your indefensible edits. — goethean 19:33, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Gentlemen, you seem to be all worked up over this. Why not just divide the Nazi stuff along the lines of the rest of the article. Put the simple historical facts in HISTORY and put the analysis and opinion in OPINION. Also make sure the other history sections are factual, with opinion moved down to that section. Wouldn't that make it easier to sort this out? SPECIFICO talk 23:03, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

Sounds good; that is what I suggested. North8000 (talk) 23:54, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
Make it so, Mr. Sulu. SPECIFICO talk 00:07, 19 June 2013 (UTC)
I am in absolute agreement regarding opinions as to the importance/implications of those facts (particularly how it applies or not to modern gun control) - However, some of the opinion (mainly harcourt currently) My interpretation is that is being used to try and dispute the facts themselves (IE, for a while it said "Harcourt says gun control did not happen at all" ). And moving that stuff out into the opinions may be problematic. Gaijin42 (talk) 21:44, 20 June 2013 (UTC)
Well, either way, I just split it. We'll see what happens next. North8000 (talk) 13:48, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

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Publishers Clearing House Early History[edit]

Hi North. Wondering if we could get your input here? CorporateM (Talk) 23:25, 20 June 2013 (UTC)

Another place that could use your input here. Please let me know if I am ever pestering you too much or becoming a burden  ;-) CorporateM (Talk) 12:39, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
Happy to do it. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 13:01, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
Hey North. If I haven't worn out my welcome yet (seriously tell me when I have) you're also welcome to contribute if you choose on Yelp, Inc. here.
I felt I may have had a subtle bias on a high profile controversy and since Kiethbob prefers to author content independently, he would be a good one to ask to participate, since anything authored by me may lead to accusations of slanting and cherry-picking.
However, there are a few areas of his editing I contested, such as the use of a Forbes blog as a source and creating a dedicated controversy section. Could use a quick third opinion. CorporateM (Talk) 22:39, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
Hey North. If you're comfortable with it, I was hoping you would consider my Request Edit here for the Sweepstakes section if no additional objections are raised this weekend (or early next week if you like). I think Bilbo and I have worked through any objections and I pinged him as well to see if he had additional comments. CorporateM (Talk) 15:53, 5 July 2013 (UTC)
I'll take a peek.North8000 (talk) 18:44, 5 July 2013 (UTC)

I know you are probably pretty worn out on the Publishers Clearing House article, but there is another issue here you may be interested in contributing to. I would understand if you need a break. CorporateM (Talk) 02:46, 7 July 2013 (UTC)

Happy to. Nah, I don't get worn out. FYI what works for me is just that I don't feel any obligation / responsibility, and ideally not on a time table. Then it will continue to be fun as it is. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 15:32, 8 July 2013 (UTC)
Awesome. Then I will continue to pester you, but I will be patient while doing so ;-)
Bilbo and I have reached agreement on a Lead for the article, which I've submitted a Request Edit for here if you care to take a look. I pinged Ed a couple days ago, who has done some of the other Request Edits, but he's probably just busy IRL. I have another one to submit shortly afterwards regarding some edits we've agreed on for the Prize Patrol section to decrease promotionalism and improve sourcing, but I think it's easier to do them one-at-a-time. CorporateM (Talk) 15:20, 18 July 2013 (UTC)
Thanks North. I took care of the redundancy, though some more duplicate content has been added with the NYT quote being used twice (oh well). I've got this Request Edit in the queue as well, which I may just make myself, it being counter-COI and Bilbo already having approved it informally. I think with a few more things, I should be able to have it ready for a GAN. CorporateM (Talk) 00:49, 20 July 2013 (UTC)
Cool. An interesting aspect: I saw your edit as being neutral / fine from a coi standpoint, yet some items from the old lead as being the type of thing that a typical reader would want to see but which a risk-of-coi editor would not be seeking to present (but also not seeking to avoid). That was my general thought when seeking to retain some of the previous material. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 00:59, 20 July 2013 (UTC)
Heh, ok. Usually I re-write content from scratch, then compare it to the current to make sure I'm keeping everything of value, but sometimes it can be six-nine months between when I first wrote it and when it actually gets implemented, the article can change a lot and I can make mistakes like any other editor. I wouldn't read so much into it or make assumptions that COI is in any way related. I literally wrote the draft article over a couple days, showed it to PCH, they said "we may not like it, but it's fair" then got the green light a month or two later. But then it's not always that way - sometimes there's a lot of pressure from various departments and it shows in the content. CorporateM (Talk) 06:12, 22 July 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for that post and useful information. But to reinforce, there was NO COI problem, I meant my post exactly as written. I meant it more as a tip/observation in a subtle often-missed area. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:40, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

TPm[edit]

Hi North. Your input here would also be most welcome. (And to clarify, by "anti-TPm writers", you were referring to sources and not Wikipedia editors, correct?) Regards, Xenophrenic (talk) 13:58, 23 June 2013 (UTC)

Answering your last question, yes, I meant writers, not Wikipedia editors. I think that that was clear because I said that people were promoting them as being sources rather than as being the participants that they are, and nobody presents a Wikipedia editor as being a source. On your first question, pretty much any source that claims an "agenda" which nobody in the TPM is actually working on. Or who uses negative spin words to describe it. North8000 (talk) 15:01, 23 June 2013 (UTC)
Yeah, what you said was clear to me, but when Arthur responded with "It is not necessary for the anti-TPm writers to be conscious of their bias", I got the impression he may have thought you were referring to Wikipedia editors. Can you please name a specific reliable academic source you feel has claimed an agenda which the TP isn't actually working on, or used negative words to describe it? (If I need to spell it out for you: I disagree with that assertion - I don't think any academic source recently presented fits that description, but I'm giving you the opportunity to cite an example that I may have overlooked.) Regards, Xenophrenic (talk) 17:42, 23 June 2013 (UTC)
I indicated the general problem and am not going here. User:North8000/Page2 North8000 (talk) 00:25, 24 June 2013 (UTC)
We must be talking about two different statements then. The one I'm talking about is this one by you:
Second, addressing Xenophrenic's comment, in the ongoing mess at this article, there have never been "(actual) reliable academic sources." That term has been often used to refer to anti-TPM writers (who are actually participants, not sources) who meet the letter of the "floor" of wp:rs (which has no criteria for actual reliability) and people have been misrepresenting the "r" in wp:rs as meaning real world / actual reliability. North8000 (talk) 00:40, 22 June 2013 (UTC)
As you can see, you didn't indicate a general problem at all. You presented a fiction: "there have never been (actual) reliable academic sources"; you were called on to support it; you would now rather not discuss it. I find that link to your little essay interesting. It's been my experience that nearly everyone gives consideration to what they say before they say it. I suppose there may be a scarce minority who do not; if they find their pronouncements frequently being "whacked", or are frequently asked to "substantiate" them at WP:WQA, "prove" them at ANI, or "put up or shut up" at ArbCom, then I guess they may even be compelled to write such an essay. To me, and this is just my opinion, it seems a lot less trouble to simply stick with non-fiction. Regards, Xenophrenic (talk) 02:23, 24 June 2013 (UTC)
There are so many incorrect things in what you just wrote that it would be too lengthy to respond. North8000 (talk) 10:33, 24 June 2013 (UTC)
Poppycock. But I lack the motivation to continue that discussion right at this moment.
I just wanted to say thanks for the barnstar. I've heard you mention that you were "running out of gas" in the moderated discussions. I think I passed that point quite some time ago, and I feel like I've not only run out of gas but am forced to push this jalopy from behind in the sweltering heat (it's 102 degrees here as I type this), and the nearest gas station is nowhere in sight. Blech. Regards, Xenophrenic (talk) 20:32, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for putting that together. If there's one encouraging thing there, it's that the long time regulars seem to more be debating "what's best" instead of prioritizing tilting the article. Maybe everyone is panting behind the jalopy!  :-) North8000 (talk) 21:11, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
Quick question for you. With Malke's latest proposal, that "is a conservative movement" wording that seems to bother you has crept back into the text. I reworded that sentence to be closer to the cited sources, and I believe I've addressed your concern at the same time. Here's Malke's wording (closer to my initial 12d proposal):
  • The Tea Party is a conservative movement, but it has avoided involvement with conservative social, religious and family-values issues. National Tea Party organizations like the Tea Party Patriots...
And here's my latest wording from Proposal #15:
  • The Tea Party has generally sought to avoid placing too much emphasis on traditional conservative social issues. Some national Tea Party organizations, such as the Tea Party Patriots...
Does the wording in the second example sufficiently address your concern? Xenophrenic (talk) 00:54, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
Xen, where is the version that you are working on? Are you redoing version 15 right on the moderated discussion page? Can we join in? Malke 2010 (talk) 01:03, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
Sorry I didn't see this before I departed for the holiday weekend, Malke. Yes, version 15 was the most recent one being modified, and of course you may join in. That version was archived while I was gone, so I've brought a copy back to the moderated discussion page and renumbered it "17", and edited it to include many of our discussed changes. Xenophrenic (talk) 20:22, 9 July 2013 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Well,first, pretty much any of the versions written by you or Malke I consider good enough to go in, after which we would tweak them. That said, the wording that you described does help on the question. Since the TPM agenda doesn't match any of the "named" ideologies ((US) liberal, (US) conservative, (US) libertarian) I don't think that using any of those is useful in the agenda section. The reality is that it's agenda is (roughly) the overlap of US liberal and US conservative. They go heavy on smaller government, lower taxes, lower spending. (and "balanced budget" when it serves those ends) They go light on social issues. So if we need to use those terms, something like "reflects it's conservative and libertarian influences." might be good. North8000 (talk) 01:12, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
The point I was trying to convey from the sources I was reading was that FreedomWorks and Tea Party Patriots were doing their best to steer their activists away from what would otherwise be standard conservative/Republican issues (The God/Gays/Guns stuff, etc.). Those same sources never mentioned that the movement was also trying to avoid typical libertarian issues as well. That's why only the "conservative" word was used in that particular context; it was never meant to imply that the movement didn't have both libertarian and conservative influences. I'm still playing with the wording, while looking for an old 2010 source on the subject I recall reading. Regards, Xenophrenic (talk) 20:22, 9 July 2013 (UTC)
Cool. Sorry to write short. I'm traveling and buried this week and my Wikipedia participation is down to about 1/4. North8000 (talk) 04:09, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you[edit]

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For accomplishing the difficult task of reviewing the article Military history of Asian Americans I would like to present to you this barnstar as a sign of my appreciation for the review. Editors such as yourself ensure a high level of quality content on Wikipedia. RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 18:22, 26 June 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! And nice work on the article. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 18:47, 26 June 2013 (UTC)

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Done. North8000 (talk) 00:55, 28 June 2013 (UTC)


GA request[edit]

I think the Ugg boots trademark dispute article is ready for your GA review to be restarted. As it had some new material added during the RFC you will need to re-read it. Considering how long it has taken so far there is no particular rush lol. I look forward to your comments. Cheers. Wayne (talk) 13:16, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

I had closed out the last one. So the process would be that you would renominate it, let me know and then I'd be happy to start the review right away. I'd also be happy to take a look before renomination.....I'll do that. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 14:08, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
Looks pretty good. So you should re-nonimate it and let me know when you do. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 22:44, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
I have re-nominated Ugg boots trademark dispute. Regards. Wayne (talk) 00:54, 2 July 2013 (UTC)

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Done. North8000 (talk) 13:52, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

I'm confused. Are you ok with reliably-sourced material or not?[edit]

Before I seek formal mediation on the Second Amendment, I thought I'd give one last try just to discuss general wikipedia principles with you.

1. Do you agree with me that reliably sourced relevant, unbiased, non-redundant material in wikipedia should not be deleted?

2. Do you agree with me it is improper to revert an edit without checking the added material or its sources?

If you can agree that the answer to both these questions is yes, we might just reach a compromise. It befuddles me that you repeatedly label verbatim citations from Supreme Court opinions or the Library of Congress as somehow my personal biased POV. Assuming good faith on your part, I can only conclude you haven't read the citations. But that kind of personal attack is what has led to hostility at the article, which I would like to tone down. Otherwise, you and I may be fighting for decades.

If you cannot agree with me on these two points, at least let me know what your view about wikipedia policy is, and I'll know we have a more profound disagreement than the Second Amendment article.GreekParadise (talk) 05:09, 3 July 2013 (UTC)

Everything in Wikipedia must be sourced or sourcable. The is a requirement for inclusion, not something that dictates inclusion. Material must also meet other Wikipedia requirements; if it meets all requirements, then editors and editor processes are allowed to choose whether it goes in the article. For any article, >99.99% of sourced material on the topic is not in the article, and <.01% is. Without even getting to the latter, your attempted use of an out of context phrase from Miller violates Wikipedia policy and so we never even get to the final question. It is mis-use of a primary source in a way that is not allowable per wp:ver and wp:nor, and in about the worst possible way.... the removal from context and any analysis does it in a way that deceives readers into believing that Scotus addressed the individual right question. (Which, by the way is also in direct conflict with immense wiki-suitable sourcing, including writes on both sides of the individual right question)
For me disagreeing with someone does not even the slightest bit mean hostility. Some of my best friends on Wikipedia are people who I seldom or never agree with. But your immensely bad and nasty behavior at the talk page (and even above, with false accusations and (maybe inadvertently) manipulative approach) and previous "carpet bombing" approach to editing the article is getting a lot of people upset. If you would just take a civil and normal approach to deal with areas of disagreement, then the whole thing could be friendly and pleasant, even if we disagreed. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 10:02, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
So your question is the logical equivalent of me asking "are you OK with having human beings in your house?" and if you say yes, then I say "so that means you shall never tell a human being to leave your house". North8000 (talk) 14:38, 3 July 2013 (UTC)

You claim I have attempted "an out of context phrase from Miller." Please be specific as to what you are referring to.GreekParadise (talk) 05:20, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

2nd Amendment, et. al.[edit]

Wow, I thought the NRA and Gun Politics articles were a "war zone", but they're nothing compared to what goes on here and the related articles... --Scalhotrod - Just your average banjo playing, drag racing, cowboy... (talk) 06:11, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

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2nd Amendment[edit]

I haven't been watching this page that closely, but if things get hairy, please contact me on my talk page. I'll be glad to step in from time to time. ∴ Naapple TALK|CON 21:46, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

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FEE[edit]

Hello North. You did a lot of work on the GAR for Foundation for Economic Education. If it is not on your watchlist would you care to look at it again? Thanks. – S. Rich (talk) 18:08, 13 July 2013 (UTC)

Happy to. It's in my watch list but I haven't really been watching. it. North8000 (talk) 00:40, 15 July 2013 (UTC)
Saw your comment. How about opining on the section above? Thanks. – S. Rich (talk) 02:19, 16 July 2013 (UTC)
I went there and read some but not enough to see/understand what is happening there/ what any open issues are. I was planning to / will go back and absorb / understand more. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:19, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Where U at?[edit]

Argh... the narrow minded ones are doing their thing at Talk:Gun_control... --Scalhotrod - Just your average banjo playing, drag racing, cowboy... (talk) 18:34, 13 July 2013 (UTC)

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I've been gone. Getting back in the saddle now. North8000 (talk) 00:34, 15 July 2013 (UTC)

Good to see you back! So a question, I've been working under the assumption/impression that gun control is a subset of gun politics versus the other way around simply because legislation that involves guns, but has nothing to do with "control" exists. Not so...? Just to be clear, they are distinct topics to me and should have their own articles. --Scalhotrod - Just your average banjo playing, drag racing, cowboy... (talk) 20:30, 15 July 2013 (UTC)

Yes. We agree on the big picture, and maybe see a sidebar item a little differently. Thanks for the post. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 20:33, 15 July 2013 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) I think one of your recent comments may have been confusing on this point. I believe you were raising a rhetorical argument, but it comes off a bit confusing. I think you are saying that TFD is making a logical fallacy, but it is unclear "Such would lend some support to an argument that gun politics is a subset of gun control, and zero support to an assertion of the reverse or that they are synonymous." However, per his request, I have added several sources that are discussing gun politics without discussing gun control (or at least identifying topics within gun politics other than gun control). Gaijin42 (talk) 20:43, 15 July 2013 (UTC)
You are right......I guess should skipped the "some" sidebar point, and now emphasize that that "some" isn't much. North8000 (talk) 00:10, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Tea Party arbcom Case[edit]

I just noticed this. I have a bit to say, but is there an appropriate forum at this point? Is it too late? Thanks.William Jockusch (talk) 06:33, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

I've been gone. Getting back in the saddle now. That's a complicated question The Arbcom case was sent off onto a tangent from it's inception so I don't know where it can end up (see my "60,000' view post there). Maybe take a glance at that and we can talk more. Regarding TPM there is also the talk page and also and moderated discussion page, and also an RFC/U. North8000 (talk) 00:39, 15 July 2013 (UTC).

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Done. North8000 (talk) 15:27, 18 July 2013 (UTC)


Re: March Against Monsanto[edit]

Some of this may be OK, but this is a massive bundle of controversial rework and deletion of sources

Er, no it isn't. None of these sources have anything to with the subject.[10] It's pure original research. Do you understand that we can only write articles using sources about the subject? You won't find the words "March Against Monsanto" anywhere. This was previously discussed when Thargor tried it last month and there was no consensus on the talk page for his additions. Now, ‎ "SpectraValor" has shown up to try again. I'm completely confused when you say this is a "controversial rework". Nothing has been reworked or changed. The article has been completely stable for the last few weeks until these guys tried to add the same nonsense back into the article. The scientific consensus is well represented in the current version. Viriditas (talk) 01:17, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

No, that isn't rule (policy or guideline) so you are in error. And no, it isn't wp:or because it is wp:suitably sourced. So you are wrong on both counts. I am more concerned about a good process for such changes (vs. the huge bundle that you just dropped) than any end result, so if you could just unbundle and discuss, I think that things would go much better. Interestingly, I think that my POV is the same as yours on this, but as always, when we enter as editors we need to check such that at the door and so 50% of my "disputes" are with people who are promoting my POV. That is our duty as editors in wikipedia. North8000 (talk) 01:21, 20 July 2013 (UTC)
I've responded to this on the article talk page. It sounds to me like you 1) you aren't familiar with the OR policy, 2) you didn't look at the diff of the disputed edit, and 3) you didn't notice that the sources were off-topic. If you had at the very least looked at 1, 2, or 3, we wouldn't be having this discussion. Viriditas (talk) 01:41, 20 July 2013 (UTC)
Without examining the references to closely, I'd say Viriditas is correct. The WP article is about Monsanto and protests concerning Monsanto itself. It is not about GMOs -- that topic is properly covered by the hatnote article. With this in mind, adding info about the wonderfulness or evilness of GMOs is off-topic. Even if reliably sourced, the added info serves to imply something not found in the actual sources -- that Monsanto or GMOs are evil or heavenly -- so adding such info is improper synthesis. (And please forgive me for butting in.) – S. Rich (talk) 03:51, 20 July 2013 (UTC)
I wish that there was a degree-of-relevancy criteria for article content (as Viriditas is erroneously asserting) but there isn't. But either way I'm all for keeping the general GMO debate out of the article. But that doesn't mean on one-sided inclusion of the anti-GMO talking points under the premise that that is what the protestors are saying. North8000 (talk) 11:54, 20 July 2013 (UTC)
That Monsanto stuff caught my eye much to late in the evening. (I put your page on my list after I posted a note to you a while back.) I should've stayed away. After a very quick review, I think the confusion there occurs because people/editors are mixing fringe science with fringe opinion. "GMOs are dangerous because science can't prove they are safe." Response: "You can't say that because that's fringe science." Response: "But science has not found any danger." Response: "The Europeans are banning GMOs." Response: "In the US everyone is eating GMO food, but don't suffer any ill effects." Response: "People are protesting in massive numbers -- let democracy have its way. Besides, what harm is there in simply labeling the products." Response: "Those people are a tiny minority, they are promoting fringe science, they are fringe." A mulberry bush is in there somewhere. I wonder if mull-berries can be GE'd. Cheers. – S. Rich (talk) 15:55, 20 July 2013 (UTC)
I think that the main thread between me and Viriditas has moved to the article; what helps is that Viriditas ostensibly wants the same thing that I do....minimizing the article becoming a presentation of the sides of the GMO debate. As is usually the case, there are numerous complexities involved. In the RW, people who have a certain point of view often sit silently when someone who is supporting their cause makes an argument that they know is invalid. And at an article, people see adding or avoiding skewing to a wikipedia article as a means to further their cause and will support any argument which tends to do that. I really do check my RW POV's at the door when I put my WP editor hat on. As a result, about 50% of the time when I get into one of these spirited debates it involves opposing someone who supports my RW POV, and supporting someone what is against my RW POV. Which is sort of the case here. I really don't like GMO's (even though I think that the common current ones are safe), but am opposing those who want to make/keep the article a vehicle to promote that POV. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 18:17, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Take a look at Golden rice. A GMO food that will save/improve the lives of millions of children – each year. – S. Rich (talk) 19:14, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

Of course you are right. My main concern is GMO enters us into a realm where anything can happen. After we get comfortable/complacent with it, someone could make a mistake which overruns the world. Also that it (like many other things) represents an enabler / issue avoidance of the fact that the earth can hold only a few billion people without population creating hundreds of problems / that the pyramid scheme of planning everything on a foundation of eternal population growth is a pyramid scheme. E.G. Nitrogen fertilizer just kicked the can down the road and put us on a new plateau where the problem isn't solved but we now can't survive without heavily using it. Whew, we're getting deep in here!  :-) Thanks for the post! Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 20:46, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

Agent Orange[edit]

The person who removed GMO research results as not being germane just added that Monsanto made Agent Orange during the Veit Nam war.

This was added to the background section. The source (CNN) is about the March Against Monsanto, so it is entirely germane.[11] The GMO research resultss had nothing to do with this topic. I'm surprised you don't see the difference. Tapper writes:

Monsanto is a giant, $58 billion multinational corporation with field offices in 60 countries. It was founded more than 100 years ago – and is best known for producing the chemical known as Agent Orange that scorched thousands of miles of earth during the Vietnam war.

You don't believe that mentioning they are known for Agent Orange is relevant? Why do the preponderance of reliable sources about the march believe it is relevant?[12][13][14] Perhaps the problem isn't that we mentioned Agent Orange, the problem is that we only mentioned Agent Orange, and not Roundup, Dioxin, and PCBs all in the same sentence. Viriditas (talk) 08:34, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

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Done. North8000 (talk) 14:30, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

andy[edit]

just gave you your cue in the AN thread :) Gaijin42 (talk) 18:51, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

The ironic part is that there is a nice discussion with open minds there just waiting to be joined with folks clearly just trying to figure out the best thing to do. Instead of just tossing hand grenades. North8000 (talk) 19:06, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

gun control DR[edit]

There is a DR of which I have included you as a participant. Wikipedia:Dispute_resolution_noticeboard/Gun_Control (by Gaijin42)

Maybe that could work! North8000 (talk) 00:39, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

As the AN has closed, this has been reopened. Gaijin42 (talk) 15:34, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Monster Cable Products[edit]

Hi North. I should be active on the Talk page again soon, probably this weekend. We've had a hard time getting any kind of approval or green light on anything (or any feedback from Monster at all really), so I'll just be running with my first draft and will ask for forgiveness later. As a result, it may be somewhat drafty though.

So far I've got a "do the cables make a difference" section, a draft Products section, and a "Relationship with retailers" section (the first paragraph of the performance section goes here). I think the other thing you wanted to be a priority was the trademark disputes, so I've got that and the History on my To Do list. Probably most of the other content like the candlestick sponsorship controversy, the relationship with Dr. Dre and a lot of missing content about the other less controversial stuff would go under history.

There are also a lot of reviews for dozens of different products and I haven't figured out how to handle Reception yet, there being so many different products, but I figure that's the last priority. CorporateM (Talk) 23:25, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

Just clarifying, those were my suggestions. North8000 (talk) 00:44, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
Cool. Maybe I'll do the history after these. I do want to balance the article a bit so that it doesn't cover the controversies exclusively. CorporateM (Talk) 13:20, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
FYI I've submitted the CEO's page at: Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Noel Lee CorporateM (Talk) 13:30, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
I just gave the CEO draft another fresh read. I think it is slightly bias, but definitely an improvement over not having an article and something others can improve upon. One thing that comes to mind is how he grew the company by convincing people that cables make a difference. This is a big part of his story, but somehow needs to be balanced with the fact that not everyone is convinced. I'm not sure exactly how though. CorporateM (Talk) 13:39, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
Ok, I think I'm done tinkering with the cable performance section. I don't think there is any way to get the original source material from Stereo Magazine, which is too bad since the unreliable source repeating the information has an obvious agenda to view the results from a certain lens. Might be something that will come up in a GA review later on. Let me know what you would like to do RE next steps for this section and the others. No rush. CorporateM (Talk) 18:01, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Hey North. For the Monster page, do you want to give me a Request Edit|G, or put the materials in? Or would you prefer I make the edit? One concern I have is that the editors that previously added the clearly bias material will come back and accuse me of spin, violations of WP:COI and the like. Though I suppose such accusations are unavoidable, regardless of who makes the edit. Also, I wasn't sure if I should add all the material or just that one section. CorporateM (Talk) 18:10, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

I'll email you about my upcoming schedule.North8000 (talk) 19:18, 30 July 2013 (UTC)
Hi North. Just a heads up, I asked Monster if they had the original Stereo Review Magazine articles from 1983 and 1990, so we could use the actual source, instead of relying on this (obviously bias) website recanting what the original article said. She said that they are pack-rats, so they just might have it! If I can get my hands on a copy, would you like one? CorporateM (Talk) 21:30, 15 August 2013 (UTC)
Thanks...sure would. BTW, I think that the article at that link that you provided did a pretty good, impartial and practical job. ((Other than the cynicism about why some people would buy something that is better than practically needed....that's a big part of what audiophile is about.) North8000 (talk) 13:22, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
When Stereo Review Magazine dialed back its criticisms, the website speculates this was caused by an advertising relationship, then when they say gauge is all that matters, he labels it "an honest answer." It's apparent which side of the debate the author is on, but actually you're right. He does include POVs he doesn't agree with and there are reliable sources on both sides. BTW, I am not an audiophile and personally see no reason to upgrade from free lamp wire, so unlike the Yelp page, my personal opinion is not really that self-serving. I realized I must be pretty bias on the Yelp controversy, because - like Wikidemon (I think) - I approach the topic with the assumption that Yelp is not actually tampering with reviews. When you raised whether they were actually, I cringed. I think I'll just work on less controversial areas where I don't have an opinion.
Anyways, since I seem to have an open license to bug you endlessly (as long as I'm patient), if you have a minute, I'd be interested in your opinion on the Hightail (formerly YouSendIt) page again. At the very bottom of Talk, I mentioned an editor removed some content and I think made the article worse. CorporateM (Talk) 13:45, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
Regarding Yelp, I don't know what they have or haven't done, but I do know that there is widespread mistrust of them. Regarding Hightail, happy to do it and will do. North8000 (talk) 14:39, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

I have sent the Second Amendment article to dispute resolution.[edit]

Please feel free to comment. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Dispute_resolution_noticeboard/Second_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution GreekParadise (talk) 04:16, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

I've also posted a RfC. Please help resolve this. I'm tired of going in circles on this. This needs to be resolved. If this fails, we will have to go to formal arbitration. I just don't believe you have a right to hide or de-emphasize the law as it existed from 1939 to 2008. You should state the law fairly and neutrally in chronological order and not hide the law in the intro, then post a bunch of pro-gun scholars and pages and pages of pre-ratification discussions that have little relevance while hiding at the very bottom where you know few readers will go the law as it existed for 70 years in a single disparaging paragraph. That's not fair. If one justice changes his/her mind or retires and a new one appointed, would you be fine with pages and pages citing only the militia view and one small disparaging paragraph on Heller stating for five years an individual right was found but then corrected?

Please try to be fair and neutral as if you were really trying to write an encyclopedia that gave actual history rather than writing as anti-gun-regulation advocate. Remove your personal political views and ask yourself is this a article that fairly portrays the actual legal history of the Second Amendment through time? Or is it an article with an agenda to persuade the reader that Scalia's view of the law in 2008 is the only way the law has ever been from the beginning of time? Be fair. Strive to be neutral. Discuss what the case law actually said the law was at the time we are discussing. And we can finally resolve this continuing headache. I fully agree Heller and post-Heller cases are important. But to devote 10 pages to pre-1791 and 10 pages to post-2008 with a part of one sentence on 1939-2008 strikes me as extremely biased and unfair.

I'll make a personal plea. You are the only one of the wikipedia editors I disagree with that has actually read some of my sources and knows I have them right. The others just refuse to read them and dismiss them as false because they choose to believe Scalia would not possibly misstate prior law. But you know that post Miller and pre-Heller, the militia view prevailed. Allow me to have a section: "1939-2008: The Militia Era" rather than a miserly part of a sentence. Then we can have "2008- :The Individual Rights Era" and both sides can be fairly represented.

If you don't agree, I'll have no choice but to keep posting warning notices on the article. I don't want someone who is uninformed on this issue to mistakenly believe that the individual rights theory has always been the sole theory of the Second Amendment from the beginning of time. You and I both know that is untrue.GreekParadise (talk) 05:02, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Here I'm going to speak to the reasonable side of you. The 30,000 ft.view is that during the period that you are emphasizing the general "individual right" was not challenged, nor was it addressed by the courts. The cases taken to the higher courts (most notably Miller) involved unusual weapons and unusual situations, and were decided based on whether the milita related language protected the particular behavior, and the individual right question was not taken up by any higher courts. You have been try to spin up / gin up the situation that I just described to sound like the "individual right" was taken up and rejected during that prior. This is wrong many times over and on many different grounds. You have also been trying to do many other things that are far out of line in Wikipedia terms, including leveling many false accusations against other editors as a way to further your POV.
Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:29, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Take to 3O?[edit]

Have you two thoroughly discussed the issue? Are you at a standstill? If so, I suggest you post the question at WP:3O. – S. Rich (talk) 05:26, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Are you referring to the previous post? If so, it's a huge immense story, and I'm just a very tiny piece of it. North8000 (talk) 13:37, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
I'm sorry, I shudda posted a link to the particular discussion. Talk:Libertarianism#Can_we_please_stop_confusing_state_.22government.22_and_.22state.22.3F. I'll post at Finx as well. – S. Rich (talk) 14:21, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
At libertarianism, for years we have had folks from both extremes beating us folks in the middle up for not having the article reflect that their preferred version of libertarianism is the "one true form". The result of a huge RFC plus ensuing 3 years of dialog has been that the article is to cover all significant strands of libertarianism. I've been a pseudo-moderator at the article and am merely the one who has elucidated this to Finx,, but there is an immense group there who supports covering both types.
So, to oversimplify, Finx is one of about 20 "Type A" libertarians who says that "Type B" libertarians should be excluded or deprecated. And another 20 "Type B" libertarians have said that "Type A" libertarians should be excluded or deprecated. I am merely elucidating the decided-upon common ground that both shall be covered. North8000 (talk) 15:09, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

dr[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Kamapitha[edit]

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  • Done (started) North8000 (talk) 02:12, 27 July 2013 (UTC)
    • Hi North, I have answered your query in the talk page. Chaipau (talk) 20:30, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
  • Thanks. I noticed but was trying to think of what to say next. I'll do that. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 21:53, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
  • The other editor has rejected the compromise. Chaipau (talk) 08:50, 30 July 2013 (UTC)
  • It is difficult working with the other editor, and I require your help. He is removing a particular source at his own whim (diff, and is not responding to appeals diff. Chaipau (talk) 23:17, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

Recent reverts[edit]

Und massive fast barrage of edits which deleted massive amount of sources and material on invalid grounds. Please slow down. split it up and discuss proposed edits.

Proposed edits? You have it backwards. I restored the last stable version of the article that did not violate the OR policy, was compliant on the use of citations in the WP:LEAD, and used WP:RS only about the subject. That's standard. What did your edit do? It restored unnecessary citations to the lead section which summarizes reliably sourced content already in the body and adds off topic sources that have nothing to do with the topic. You also added wording that comes not from a reliable source, but from a video editorial blurb that is no longer in the article. So your edit summary makes no sense whatsoever. You cannot show anything wrong with the current wording because it is sourced directly to a source about the march from the Associated Press. This is unlike the version you restored which is sourced to citations that have nothing to do with the subject. Viriditas (talk) 04:29, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

Please also note, you have a habit of removing content and refusing to justify your removals. "Agent Orange", for example, was removed from the article without any justification. I have asked you to explain this edit up above but you have not replied. Viriditas (talk) 04:27, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
This is a lengthy debate and best not split from the article talk page. I'll just note a couple of things here. You have been inventing a non-existent policy as justification for removal of sources. Essentially claiming that if a source does not discuss the topic of the article use of the source in the article is "OR" and justifies you removing the sources (and even en masse) This is wrong in so many ways that I don't know where to start. Second is simply a process standpoint. You have been dominating the article content (and towards a particular POV) with massive barrages/bundles of edits, and on the very items which are contentious and under discussion. If you would heed the advice above "Please slow down. split it up and discuss proposed edits" or at least two of the three recommendations, I think that things can all get worked out using the normal processes. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:32, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
The WP:NOR policy is perfectly clear

"you must be able to cite reliable, published sources that are directly related to the topic of the article, and directly support the material being presented...Take care not to go beyond what is expressed in the sources, or to use them in ways inconsistent with the intention of the source, such as using material out of context...Do not combine material from multiple sources to reach or imply a conclusion not explicitly stated by any of the sources. If one reliable source says A, and another reliable source says B, do not join A and B together to imply a conclusion C that is not mentioned by either of the sources. This would be a synthesis of published material to advance a new position, which is original research...precise analysis must have been published by a reliable source in relation to the topic before it can be published on Wikipedia.

Your claim that this policy is "non-existent" has now been refuted. "Essentially claiming that if a source does not discuss the topic of the article use of the source in the article is "OR" is policy and always has been. Where the hell have you been? Are you editing in some kind of alternative universe where we don't have a NOR policy and Mitt Romney is president? Here's a challenge to your intellect, North. If you are so certain you are right, surely you can find a single featured article where the sources are used in the way you support? Just one? Viriditas (talk) 14:59, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
And, are you ever going to answer the question as to why you removed "Agent Orange" from the article without any reason? This is the third time I have asked you to respond to this query. If you can't defend your edits, then you need to stop making them. It is pretty simple. Viriditas (talk) 14:54, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
On your first point, you are neglecting what that is about, it sets a sourcing requirement for presence of material, it does not set a requirement for the presence of a source. And doubly so it does not provide a license for you to unilaterally delete amount amount of wp:RS sources, triply so wiitha a massive contested deletion on a topic that is the subject of the current discussion. On your second question I thought that the answer (not germane) was obvious from the edit summary. What does making Agent Orange for the Vietnam war over 40 years ago have to do with the current/recent protests? And if you think that it is germane, simply take it up on the article talk page. North8000 (talk) 15:06, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
I can certainly delete those sources because they had nothing to do with the topic and were not even remotely related to the protest movement. We don't write articles about off-topic sources. There may be room to add a note indicating that more can be found about the scientific consensus by looking at source a, b, and c, but inline, not that's just not done. And, what does Agent Orange have to do with the subject? The sources about the protest evidently think it is germane, and you wouldn't be asking me if you read them. Stop removing material if you haven't read the sources. Viriditas (talk) 15:38, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
I'm just one editor. My main advice is to unbundle these things and take them to talk at the article. North8000 (talk) 15:52, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
In other words, for a fourth time, you absolutely refuse to explain why you removed the term. Got it. Viriditas (talk) 23:47, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
Quit the crap. I already answered it twice....once in the edit summary and again more explicitly above. North8000 (talk) 00:08, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Viriditas, I have an issue with a statement you've made several times in Edit Summaries for the March Against Monsanto article, "Don't need sources in lead" and variations of this. Quoting from the WP Manual of Style regarding the Lead:

The lead is the first part of the article most people read, and many read only the lead. Consideration should be given to creating interest in reading more of the article, but the lead should not "tease" the reader by hinting at content that follows. Instead, the lead should be written in a clear, accessible style with a neutral point of view; it should ideally contain no more than four paragraphs and be carefully sourced as appropriate.

North was correct to inquire about your edit habits if you have fundamental misconceptions about Wikipedia such as this. --Scalhotrod - Just your average banjo playing, drag racing, cowboy... (talk) 17:58, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

Scalhotrod, everything in the lead under discussion was already sourced in the body per my edit summary, and nothing in the lead was controversial. Therefore we didn't need any sources in the lead as they were redundant and impacted readability. Please try to get your facts straight before you make silly claims like this. North was not correct to inquire about my "edit habits" at all, and I have no "fundamental misconception" about how we write lead sections. Since there was absolutely nothing controversial or in dispute found in the lead, and since everything was already cited, there is absolutely no reason for them to be added back in. The sole reason they were added back was due to blanket reverts made by editors who were edit warring. So you're not even on topic here. Viriditas (talk) 23:48, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) This is true, but also Wikipedia:LEADCITE#Citations "Because the lead will usually repeat information that is in the body, editors should balance the desire to avoid redundant citations in the lead with the desire to aid readers in locating sources for challengeable material." (tempered by) "Some material, including direct quotations and contentious material about living persons must be provided with an inline citation every time it is mentioned, regardless of the level of generality or the location of the statement." Personally, I think that only information that is likely to be controvercial/challenged should be cited in the lede (assuming the same information is cited in the body) but I believe the general consensus is more of an all/none situation. I am not aware of the specifics in this situation, so the following statement is not intended to be an comment on anyone here's behavior or edits : It has been my experience that people often try to tag or remove summary paragraph introductory statements or lede statements that are strongly backed by cited statements later in the paragraph/body as a method of wiki-lawyering/stonewalling. Conversely some editors attempt to use the leeway granted by non-lawyers to slip in stuff that certainly SHOULD be cited. Both extremes are a problem. Gaijin42 (talk) 18:29, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

Tea Party movement case - final decision motion[edit]

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A kitten for you![edit]

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For being so sensible and nice. I can't imagine why I ever got mad at you, so you don't have to keep reminding me I did  :-)

User:Carolmooredc 20:01, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! BTW, I never mean to remind you. A few situations arise where I think useful to say "been there, it's no big deal, and respected when it's from someone who's sole focus here is quality articles. North8000 (talk) 20:21, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Appreciated, but feel free to avoid blowback from others on it. Face-wink.svg User:Carolmooredc 14:59, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

DYK RfC[edit]

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Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act[edit]

I hope i just didn't seriously 'step in doo doo', but I moved the Federal Assault Weapons Ban article to its actual title. I moved (and redirected) the Talk page and fixed the other redirects as well. --Scalhotrod - Just your average banjo playing, drag racing, cowboy... (talk) 18:01, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

I think a good move. North8000 (talk) 16:28, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

Update - Hey North, I've been somewhat purposely staying out of this one. The amount of discussion around this is just staggering. After martyring myself with the Second Amendment article, I thought it might be a good idea to take it easy for a bit with lower profile articles. Anything I can help with? --Scalhotrod - Just your average banjo playing, drag racing, cowboy... (talk) 19:29, 4 October 2013 (UTC)

Sorry to answer so slow. I was gone a few days but more importantly I needed some time to figure out a recommendation, which requires summarizing the situation. I see it roughly like this:
  • There were/are two POV-warrior editors saying "big changes needed" and both (in different ways) behaved in a way (including barrages/avalanches of edits) that totally disrupted and prevented any rational process, and nastified the situation. One (who was blatantly nasty) is now topic banned and the other (who is only subtly nasty) is up at ANI but still scrambling and nastifying the process at the article, albeit to a much lesser extent. And so it's kind of in a recovery/jumbled state, slowed down by one person still doing that stuff, albiet to a much lesser extent.
  • The other group of editors (which come from BOTH sides of the real world debate) who see it's as a typical article, which it's state as OK, but are also want to make it better and are very open to discussions and changes.
So I think that the important thing is to take a stand against any scrambling of the process. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 12:48, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (royalty and nobility)[edit]

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Talk:Big Blue River Bridge (Grafton, Nebraska)/GA1[edit]

Are you going to finish the review? SL93 (talk) 07:23, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

Yes, sorry for being slow. A combination of being it being a bit unusual plus me being mostly off-wiki at the moment. North8000 (talk) 16:26, 4 August 2013 (UTC)
Mostly done, awaiting response from editor(s). North8000 (talk) 15:09, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Hey North, I'm still cheering for you at Intelligent design.[edit]

Don't let them get the best of you. I think an existential challenge (like a news media story on the ostensible WP:NPOV pillar and how well it's holding up Wikipedia) that gets Jimbo's attention is the only thing that can reform the POV and article-ownership over there. Don't get kicked out, just for speaking accurately and pushing it. 12.226.82.2 (talk) 06:11, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. I guess that is an example of leaving one's POV at the door when editing. Over there I am butting heads with the folks who have the same real-world POV on the topic as me, and supporting folks who have the opposite real-world POV as me. It won't need Jimbo to fix it, I think that a concerted effort by I'd guess 3-5 people would do it. 1-2 of those will need to know Wikipedia policies well enough to deflate the baloney (creative modification of policies to pretend that non-existent ones exist) that they are using to avoid it getting fixed. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:27, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

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Done North8000 (talk) 15:06, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Anarchism[edit]

Hey, North8000! I just wanted to say thanks for the pleasant conversation on Talk:Libertarianism. I almost don't want to continue the discussion there because it's not related to article improvement per se, but I think many editors will benefit from the latest description of anarchism. If you have any further questions, please let me know and I'll be happy to address them as best I can. I tend to be more of an "anarchist without adjectives" as far as political action goes, but I am extremely fond of both Tuckerite socialism and Murray Bookchin's libertarian municipalism and will know more about these theories than the others I listed previously. I may not be able to answer all your questions, but I should be able to point you in the right direction at least. Anyway, thanks again and have a great break! -- MisterDub (talk | contribs) 17:31, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. One thought that I've had over the last 3-4 years there after reading a lot of sources and the article itself is that (ironically) the most informative place to learn about certain aspects (particularly comparative ones) of libertarianism is on the talk page of the libertarianism article. (I should add "MisterDub's FAQ material that North reverted" to that :-)) (A few years ago there was actually an article in a magazine that said that, when we were using a table to try to sort out the various strands and tenets) And items like the answer that you prepared for me are certainly an example of that. North8000 (talk) 18:06, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

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Done. North8000 (talk) 12:38, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

ANI notice[edit]

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Thanks for the heads-up. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 10:17, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU[edit]

Thank you for support. I've felt so lonely on that page, and your comment was appreciated.

I have had a Wikipedia account for many years but until recently have made few contributions. Since I'm struggling to master this editorial "talk" thing, I've gone back to square one and reviewed the tutorial and I'm doing my level best to do it right.

On an unrelated note, I love the photo on your user page. When I was a girl, my dad took the cane from an old fishing pole and fixed a clean tuna can onto the end. We'd put seeds in it and then I would stand out in the snow and call "chick-a-dee-dee-dee." Eventually, I had them eating from my hand. Sigh. Life was simpler then...

Thanks again.

--Lightbreather (talk) 21:18, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

I haven't gotten deep enough to understand the issues, but that one particular one was pretty clear cut. If a neighborhood kid brought me a high quality book, I wouldn't try to exclude the book because of where I got it.
When you entered editing in Wikipedia you jumped down a rabbit hole where many things are weird or confusing. Let me know if I can help.
I also love that picture....probably due to a combination of about 6 reasons. I found it at the snowshoe article.
Life was simpler then, but you can still do that stuff. A worthy quest! Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 21:23, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the human kindness. I'm not feeling much love on WP right now. Lightbreather (talk) 02:07, 26 August 2013 (UTC)
Hello Lightbreather,
I've helped a lot of newer folks who were having trouble with the system, and would be happy to help if I can. There are two different levels of actual or perceived nastiness on Wikipedia.
  1. Is a combination of it being a confusing place, and a bit "rough and tumble". I think that you are running into a combination of these, plus (and probably the most important) you have chosen about the most difficult imaginable place to start, which is doing a large amount of edits on a contentious-topic article.
  2. Wikipedia can be a very vicious place. The good news is that you have not encountered that aspect yet. The bad news is that that means it can get a lot worse.  :-)
Let me know if I can help. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 19:11, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

ID Dispute resolution[edit]

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Thanks! North8000 (talk) 10:17, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

Hello! There is a DR/N request you may have interest in.[edit]

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BRD[edit]

Discussion may take place on the article talk page or the editor talk page. Dispute resolution process requires discussion, but it need not be on the article's talk page. Did you see the talk page discussion I began? Also of note is the fact that DRN does indeed take requests based on the equal footing of the editor talk page in instances where extensive discussion takes place there and not the article's talk page. It is not misleading, it is common practice.--Mark 16:47, 24 August 2013 (UTC)

Of course all of that is true. But it does not address the concern and basis expressed. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 16:55, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
Could you elaborate on the actual concern and basis? BRD is about a bold edit, followed by a revert and then by discussion. Why is suggesting that it is acceptable to use an editor's talk page per policy, guidelines and the DR process inappropriate?--Mark 17:25, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
First, it's no biggee, I just decided to weigh in on the process. IMHO it's not that it would be really bad or against policy with your edit, it's just that it would better without it. And the reason for that is that the best place for discussion about the article is the article talk page. Conversations on the talk page of an individual editor tend to split the conversation, and are not seen or participated in by most of the editors at the article. Sincerley, North8000 (talk) 23:09, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
The only reason that it seems of some importance is because its "Bold, revert, discuss" and I believe that BRD is in some ways a manner of Dispute resolution itself. Now, the reason I feel it is an improvement to the article (essay) is that editors are actually confusing what is meant by discussion and I feel it is important to let editors know (or remind them) that discussion can be almost anywhere (within some limits). This really does have an impact on disputes when one is saying that there has been no discussion when, in fact, there is substantial discussion on the editor talk pages. If DR/N accepts that as do the other DR processes, why wouldn't we want to at least mention it on the BRD essay where editors will be looking for this information? At this time there is no consensus for inclusion of the content but I am not giving up as I do feel this is a very important issue for Wikipedia, BRD in general as well as our dispute resolution process. Thanks for replying!--Mark 23:20, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
Wikipedia needs people like you sincerely working to try to make things better. As I mentioned, to me it's no biggee either way and I'd be happy to step back. North8000 (talk) 00:28, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Bangladesh Liberation War[edit]

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I took it to talk[edit]

Why is the citation of Daniel Alan Butler, who knows NOTHING about science, being allowed to pander this garbage? The citation attached to this was completely invalid - a misinterpretation of hearsay by a bad author. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 96.255.105.38 (talk) 01:28, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

What you said sounds good. Rather than duplicate things, we should consolidate the conversation at the talk page of the article. North8000 (talk) 01:32, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

A cheeseburger for you![edit]

Cheeseburger.png Thanks for your comment on the 2A talk page. SMP0328. (talk) 03:36, 3 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! The compliment and expression of confidence that I gave was well deserved. You are a great editor to work with. North8000 (talk) 10:49, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

intelligent design discussions[edit]

Hi. I shall make a broader announcement soon, but I am creating an FAQ on my userspace to assist discussion concerning intelligent design: [15]. Do you have any suggestions while I am drafting? Please feel free to post them on the talk page.--Andrew Lancaster (talk) 16:57, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Tea Party movement closed[edit]

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Article Feedback Tool update[edit]

Hey North8000. I'm contacting you because you're involved in the Article Feedback Tool in some way, either as a previous newsletter recipient or as an active user of the system. As you might have heard, a user recently anonymously disabled the feedback tool on 2,000 pages. We were unable to track or prevent this due to the lack of logging feature in AFT5. We're deeply sorry for this, as we know that quite a few users found the software very useful, and were using it on their articles.

We've now re-released the software, with the addition of a logging feature and restrictions on the ability to disable. Obviously, we're not going to automatically re-enable it on each article—we don't want to create a situation where it was enabled by users who have now moved on, and feedback would sit there unattended—but if you're interested in enabling it for your articles, it's pretty simple to do. Just go to the article you want to enable it on, click the "request feedback" link in the toolbox in the sidebar, and AFT5 will be enabled for that article.

Again, we're very sorry about this issue; hopefully it'll be smooth sailing after this :). If you have any questions, just drop them at the talkpage. Thanks! Okeyes (WMF) 21:57, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

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Done. North8000 (talk) 21:12, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

Monster Pricing and Performance[edit]

Hi North. I know you're not a BrightLiner RE COI, but I was hoping to get your input on my Request Edit for the Pricing and Performance section we've been working on. I haven't gotten any input or archived articles from Monster, so my plan is to just keep things moving along. CorporateM (Talk) 12:24, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

Happy to. I commented there. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 13:04, 16 September 2013 (UTC)
I think we reached a great version - much better thanks to the participation of multiple editors. If you're content with that at least "for now" we can move on to the Relationship with retailers section.
BTW - I could also use a "partner in crime" here for the Noodles & Company page and here for SAS (software) if you have the time/interest.
As such a heavy producer of content in a COI capacity, my need for collaboration and time from other editors is bottomless. As I've said before, please let me know if I'm wearing you out! I'll also ping User:Crisco 1492 here in case he/she is interested in helping on these other articles. CorporateM (Talk) 17:04, 17 September 2013 (UTC)
Hey North. Crisco handled the Noodles & Company article, which I'll take through the GA circuit once it's "settled" and commented on the SAS (software) page, where I've also asked Dreamyshade (who has an interest in software articles) if they have an interest in participating. I still need an editor to lookover the proposed Relationship with retailers section on the Monster (company) article and wanted to see if you had an interest in that as well or if your interests were primarily in the performance debate. Either way is A-ok, just trying to figure out if I should wait a while longer for you to get around to it or shop around an editor interested in helping. I would understand if you were tapped out! CorporateM (Talk) 18:46, 23 September 2013 (UTC)
I think that what happened is that I quickly went to the article and saw that it was not clear what the question was. So I told myself that I would come back when I had more time to overall gain an understanding. And then that "more time" moment never came. That said I'm going over there right now.....Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 20:49, 23 September 2013 (UTC)
Done. North8000 (talk) 21:06, 23 September 2013 (UTC)
Maybe I'll go put it in. North8000 (talk) 21:07, 23 September 2013 (UTC)
Done. North8000 (talk) 21:12, 23 September 2013 (UTC)
Cool. I queued up a Products section next for whenever you have time to circle back. Once we do that and the Early history, it'll be in my court to do some research on some of these other topics, like trademarks and the Dr. Dre relationship. CorporateM (Talk) 23:56, 23 September 2013 (UTC)
Wasn't sure about what should be overwritten. I guess I move like a bull in a china shop......but it's done! :-) North8000 (talk) 21:08, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

Often bold editing goes off the wayside when a PR rep gets involved. I think it's a good thing for anyone but the PR rep that is. I took a shot at the Trademarks section and offered some comments. Also, I'm not convinced it needs its own section, rather than being part of the history, as was done here. Most of the trademark lawsuits seem to have taken place in 2004 with a few being more recent. A blip in Monster's 30-year history. CorporateM (Talk) 12:29, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. I'll get to work on the History. That should get me off your back for a few days while I work on it ;-)
If I haven't out-worn my welcome yet, I could also use a second pair of eyes on a couple small things here and here. (see User:Gigs comments about the AfC here). As usual, if you don't have the time/interest, that's ok too! In my COI role, I have a bottomless need for collaboration. CorporateM (Talk) 15:36, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Ian Charles Stewart[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 20:46, 23 September 2013 (UTC)

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Done. North8000 (talk) 12:10, 29 September 2013 (UTC)

Re:Your newish signature[edit]

Hello North. Thank you for the note. Yes, I kind-of noticed S Marshall in a few places here and there.
For what it's worth, I did create my account a year before S Marshall. :)
But, I suppose changing my signature might be of help.
Regards.--13:51, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

No biggee either way....In my quick glance, I saw that you've been around a long time....but he seemed to have that "look" first. Again, it's just an FYI. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 14:30, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

Thanks North.--MarshalN20 | Talk 15:56, 1 October 2013 (UTC)
You are fast!  :-) North8000 (talk) 16:34, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

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Monster[edit]

Hey North. I took a shot at the History section of the Monster article at: User:CorporateM/Monster. I think I'll need to take a second shot at the Products section at some point, because I ended up putting a lot of that stuff into the History section. But this will definitely round out the article into pretty decent page. Home stretch! CorporateM (Talk) 02:55, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

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Done. North8000 (talk) 01:32, 22 October 2013 (UTC)

You make a difference[edit]

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When you get back[edit]

I hope you enjoy your time off the grid, and I'm sort of jealous, actually. When you get back, I want to make sure you see: [16]. --Tryptofish (talk) 21:16, 12 October 2013 (UTC)

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Done. North8000 (talk) 01:37, 22 October 2013 (UTC)

Monster (company)[edit]

Hi North. I've been trying not to pester you, because I saw some other comments on your Talk page to the effect that you were out for a while. I was wondering if you were back and had some time to devote to this article. I just have a few more things on my To Do list and it should be GAN ready.

Right now there are two controversies that are covered twice, in duplicates (once in dedicated sections and once under History). It being a controversial area, it would be inappropriate for me to clean up the redundancy myself.

Do you have time to take a look? I've pinged a good half-dozen editors looking for someone willing to get involved, but I get a lot of the "maybe in a week or two" which in my experience usually doesn't pan out (or maybe it's just that I usually say that and don't end up doing so) CorporateM (Talk) 01:02, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

I'd be happy to. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 02:02, 23 October 2013 (UTC)
I took care of the trademark-related duplication. Is there another duplicate that needs attention? Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 03:58, 23 October 2013 (UTC)
My remaining To Dos are:
  • The Lead
  • Take another shot at Products, eliminating the duplication on headphones and adding some of the source material I found
  • Per Crisco's feedback, seeing if there is more to add on the Candlestick Park sponsorship
  • GA nominate. Give it a few fresh look-overs while we wait for a GA reviewer for copyedits
CorporateM (Talk) 14:10, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

As a GA reviewer, the first things that come to mind when I look at it are:

  • Build the lead.....needs to summarize the article
  • Would it be feasible to get another image or 2?
  • Might that 2nd external link, be more appropriate as a reference?
  • 3rd external link doesn't work. Probably an NPR problem/quirk

Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 14:21, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

We must have some kind of mind-meld, because I was just noticing the External links. I would just remove them, since all audioholics did is repost a primary source on a lawsuit that was not included in profile stories about Monster's trademark disputes. For the Lead, I got a draft started on the Talk page already that is much more comprehensive and less focused on listing products and divisions. It also complies with WP:LEAD by including major controversies. There are some free images on Flickr, but I think I might just go to a retail outlet and take pictures. I was thinking one picture of a setup where cables can be compared for the Relationship with Retailers section and another of a product. It's almost impossible to find good historical images. Monster has some, but I've been trying to extract copyright permissions from them for months, so I'd rather resort to something I can collect myself. Let me know if those pictures sound ok before I make the trip! CorporateM (Talk) 14:39, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

Just clarifying, I wouldn't be doing the GA review because I'm been substantially editing there; those were just my thoughts from someone who does GA reviews. My first thought would be a picture of the product that they are best known for....speaker cables. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 15:14, 23 October 2013 (UTC)
Yah, I know. I asked Crisco if he has time to chime in on the Lead as well and so we can move into article-space if you both agree. CorporateM (Talk) 18:55, 23 October 2013 (UTC)
Fine with me, and/or I'd be happy to put it in. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 19:21, 23 October 2013 (UTC)
Sure. There's still quite a bit more ground to cover and any other editor can always provide feedback later. CorporateM (Talk) 19:39, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

FYI - I took these pictures at a Best Buy. I didn't realize just how dominant Monster was in electronics stores. Each department had a pretty large area devoted to various cables, headphones, etc. I even saw Monster glass cleaner, but didn't spot the elusive Monster mints I read about. While I was there I bought a pair of headphones, but I'm cheap, poor and not an audiophile, so I bought a $20 pair from Sony ;-) Anyways, there is a lot of glare on the packaging and they are not great pictures. I will also see if I can get something from Monster. CorporateM (Talk) 00:02, 25 October 2013 (UTC)

Cool. IMHO the heavy speaker cables are what they are best known for and the one with the reel big in the picture looks nice/ shows it well. Sincerely,
You know... I am somewhat conflicted on whether the other products should be marginalized as much as they are now. After seeing how much of the Best Buy display areas for HDMIs, headphones, and power strips were devoted to Monster products, I sort of came back with a fresh perspective - blatant original research I know. Bah. Anyways, my next big project will probably be on Ron Burkle. It may be a while before I'm ready, but would you be interested in following me there later? CorporateM (Talk) 23:24, 25 October 2013 (UTC)
Of course your situation is more complicated, but it is not OR to use perspective to create articles. wp:ver/wp:or are a condition for inclusion of material, not for selection of it. In special cases, wp:npov dictates review of sources for inclusion selection. My cautions to you regarding products is that coverage should follow what they are actually known for and sell quantities of, not what business they hope to get into, so please don't interpret those as asking you to shy away from areas that they actually sell. Sincerely, 23:52, 25 October 2013 (UTC)
Yah, falls under WP:COIMICRO RE "exact weight" anyway (I wrote that essay) and Recentism is a common issue with COI. But I don't have any actionable suggestions as a result, just making small talk, because it keeps coming up. CorporateM (Talk) 13:10, 26 October 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Rough consensus[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 20:21, 25 October 2013 (UTC)

ac/r edits[edit]

Please see [17] NE Ent 01:46, 24 October 2013 (UTC)

Suburban Express[edit]

I would ask that you actually investigate CorporateM's false attributions before unconditionally supporting his actions. Examples have been provided, both on the admin noticeboard and in the Talk section of the Suburban Express article. 99.147.28.113 (talk) 17:11, 24 October 2013 (UTC)

I didn't unconditionally support or even support ANY particular actions. What I did say that was that even if the one specific item that you presented happened exactly as you described it, it would be a simple error, not an offense. And very small in comparison to the nasty general attacks against them that you have been making against them. If you have another specific item which you feel is problematic you should describe it and I'd be happy to take a look at that one as well. And I'd be happy to do a general drop-in there and maybe ask a few questions. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 18:39, 24 October 2013 (UTC)

Discussing your reversal of my edit[edit]

I will reverse your reversal once. I respectfully ask you not to reverse my reversal (Ref 3RR) in that article until we discuss the matter here in good faith to avoid edit warring. You undid my revision 578617800 (my revision was not a revert) because you think that this is different. It is about an activity / team and does spotlight individuals. Please take a look at this afd [18]. The "vanity publishing" of several pictures of one person were posted in many places. The picture I removed shows that one editor. I believe you will agree with the removal of this picture, like other editors do. Have a nice day. Worldedixor (talk) 02:31, 25 October 2013 (UTC)

I also need your opinion BEFORE I delete this paragraph and other "ego-boasting" content that is nothing more than "patting one self on the back" by the same Wikipedia editor: "In 2012, another Preciosa Sangre student, Diego Grez Cañete, obtained two of the best Cardenal Caro Province scores, specifically 715 points in the Spanish language test, and 714 in the history test.". I have received Magna Cum Laude on my college degree and our class built a car as a class project. Does that make me notable enough to place pictures of me and my pals all over Wikipedia? Worldedixor (talk) 02:54, 25 October 2013 (UTC)
I think that that should clearly be deleted. And overall, I think you are overall on the right track / doing the right thing. But I think that your removal of a picture of the debating team went too far and think that it should be in the article. BTW I had the article on my watch list because I was the GA reviewer for the article. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 12:15, 25 October 2013 (UTC)

RSN posting for Volokh Conspiracy[edit]

I made this posting (1) in relation to the Volokh Conspiracy source, and share it in case you are interested in commenting. Steeletrap (talk) 18:08, 25 October 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! North8000 (talk) 18:46, 25 October 2013 (UTC)

Ways to improve Eric W. Morse[edit]

Hi, I'm Sulfurboy. North8000, thanks for creating Eric W. Morse!

I've just tagged the page, using our page curation tools, as having some issues to fix. 2

The tags can be removed by you or another editor once the issues they mention are addressed. If you have questions, you can leave a comment on my talk page. Or, for more editing help, talk to the volunteers at the Teahouse. Sulfurboy (talk) 00:00, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. The article only about 1/2 day old and I'm developing it in article space, so it needs a lot of work. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 00:40, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Audie Murphy[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 00:22, 31 October 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Usage share of operating systems[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 12:12, 7 November 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 02:56, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

A cookie for you![edit]

Choco chip cookie.png Just wanted to say again how much I appreciate your work to clean out the very oldest GAs from the backlog. I know often those end up there because other editors feel they're in some way problematic; I'm glad we've got someone with your editing chops to take them on. -- Khazar2 (talk) 02:21, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! I usually grab the oldest ones in fairness to those have been waiting the longest. (Which is pretty long right now). The type I'll take includes the heaviest real-world topics and the more obscure ones, which some tend to avoid. It's an adventure, I never know what I'll be learning next! Thanks again. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 02:29, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
Very cool. I'm trying to get better about doing the same, though I often suffer from debilitating Shiny Penny Syndrome, i.e., "Oooh, someone just nominated a song I heard once in high school!" Anyway, keep up the good work, it's much appreciated! - Khazar2 (talk) 02:35, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Randy Blythe manslaughter case[edit]

Thank you very much for the review of the article. This is my first GA. Very encouraging! Best, Cimmerian praetor (talk) 06:15, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Happy to do it. A well done article, and interesting to read. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 10:39, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

draft idea ID[edit]

Just playing around at this stage, but maybe you can help decide if it is worth continuing this line of thought? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Andrew_Lancaster/ID_RfC_draft . For now, I shall also drop a line to Garamond Lethe who has also proposed RfC ideas. I appreciate that my idea is different from previous ones. --Andrew Lancaster (talk) 11:43, 12 November 2013 (UTC)


I'll put my draft there as well. Your idea looks more thorough than mine but might be too complicated? (also could clarify which items is "1c"? My one big critique is to not move a step backwards, and even the other "side" is not asking for that. The narrowest version under consideration is "purporting to be science"' and not the narrower "ID movement". Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:54, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Could I ask again for more feedback on this draft RfC. I am certainly not confident about how to get the best type of discussion. After looking around at examples myself I see it is rather complex, but I also see no escape from that given the situation on the talkpage where the two arguments which constantly reappear are that everything has been argued before already and there is no point discussing it unless there is an RfC first. I can see that a simplistic RfC will achieve exactly what has happened in the past: nothing. The question will then be how to apply that decision (the same as we currently have constant discussions about how to apply policy, how to use sources etc, all being deflected by the we discussed it before and raise an RfC types of posts). Is there a forum anywhere which gives advice on how to handle a complex RfC discussion?--Andrew Lancaster (talk) 09:10, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
Will do. I'll answer there. North8000 (talk) 15:03, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
Done. North8000 (talk) 17:05, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

Yelp[edit]

Did you want me to keep going with other stuff? or were you still working on the controversy? Also, what do you think about the date corrections I mentioned? CorporateM (Talk) 13:59, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

To me the rest of the article looked fine to me except for that one section. Also the open question of whether addition of images is feasible. That's a GA criteria "if possible"'. So "no" is fine as along as it's addressed. As I noted when I split the material in that one section I left it in a state where it needs more work. Tidying up, and possible a few overview/introductory sentences.
Those date changes look pretty straightforward. North8000 (talk) 15:22, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

2A Response[edit]

Left a response here. Regards. Miguel Escopeta (talk) 18:57, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 20:15, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Windows 8[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 00:20, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

A pie for you![edit]

A very beautiful Nectarine Pie.jpg Thank you for voting to unblock me. I appreciate your wise reasoning. MarshalN20 | Talk 14:50, 19 November 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. Fair is fair. IMO there could be no reasonable expectation that one would consider that to be in the scope. North8000 (talk) 00:20, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Alejandro García Padilla[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 15:49, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

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Please comment on an RfC about Living members of deposed royal families and the titles attributed to them on WP[edit]

Hello - I have opened an RfC about suggested guidelines in the Manual of Style for articles about living members of families whose ancestors were deposed as monarchs of various countries and the titles and "styles" attributed to these living people, at the moment often in a misleading and inaccurate way in my opinion. Please join in the discussion at Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Biographies "Use of royal "Titles and styles" and honorific prefixes in articles and templates referring to pretenders to abolished royal titles and their families"[19]Regards,Smeat75 (talk) 06:01, 27 November 2013 (UTC)

re: Concordat of 1925 GA review[edit]

Sorry, I forgot about it; even through I had that paged watched. In the future, when you leave a comment, it may encourage forgetful people like myself to reply quicker if you WP:ECHO them. I should be able to take a look at your comments tomorrow. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 02:01, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

Cool. At the time of my earlier posts it appeared there was already active engagement. Also, until after the time gap I didn't figure out who is who as your signature is different than your user name, and you user name is what is on the edit summaries and I think the GA submittal. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 03:33, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Sex Pistols[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 01:26, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

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ExactTarget[edit]

I figure it's unlikely anyone has this page watchlisted, or that there have been any active editors on the page besides the company itself, so I thought I would see if you were interested in taking a look at my draft I shared on the Talk page. I'm mostly cleaning up prior COI editing and bringing a promotional article more in-line with Wikipedia's standards for a small software company. Pretty easy little article. CorporateM (Talk) 21:23, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

Happy to. Will do. North8000 (talk) 22:01, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
Wanted to let you know I'm not ignoring your comments on the Monster page. I just figured I would wait for the GA reviewer to see your comments and tell me to make them. I'm not sure why, but it seems a little closer to the "BrightLine(ish)" approach when a GA reviewer tells me to make an edit to pass the criteria, then to act on a comment on the Talk page - it sort of falls somewhere between non-controversial edits like spelling, grammar and citation formatting and the type of thing that is worth the bother of a Request Edit. CorporateM (Talk) 15:55, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
To be honest I made the comments (as a non-acting GA reviewer) just as hopefully-helpful feedback and didn't watch as to whether or not you acted on them. I have the page watched and when I saw the transclusion edit I looked there and noticed all of the typos in my previous post and fixed them, hence my recent "attention" to the talk page. If you haven't added that info and wish to, if you tell me what those divisions do I'd be happy to make the edits. But this is not a hint that you should so......so (of course) just do whatever you think is best. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 16:12, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
Yah, you are definitely spot-on. I get the same feedback in GA reviews a lot where I do not explain the context enough for readers to understand what I'm saying. I expect similar feedback on History of public relations once I get it ready for the GA review to continue. The GA reviewer didn't pick it up, so I'll put something together for a Request Edit. CorporateM (Talk) 02:50, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Hey, I just wanted to check-in on the ExactTarget article. I know it's difficult to compare the current article to the proposed. At the same time, it's not practical to go through edits one at a time. Let me know if I can help some way. In the meanwhile, thanks for your continued participation on the Monster page. It sounds like it is probably GA ready then and I was just being too hard on myself - I'll see what the reviewer says. CorporateM (Talk) 06:00, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

Sorry, I forgot about it. I had it watched and there were no edits to remind me. Looks good! I put it in. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 13:56, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

Response[edit]

North8000, I responded to your comment on my talk page. I don't understand what you're saying, so please clarify there. Thanks! -- MisterDub (talk | contribs) 19:56, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

Cool. I wrote there. North8000 (talk) 20:29, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

Talk:Libertarianism[edit]

User:Goethean left a note on my talk page asking me to take a look at a number of your edits on Talk:Libertarianism. I have taken a look at both his diffs and the overall context of the discussions and am concerned. It appears that your tone has not radically changed from the last time I took a serious look at your editing behavior. The same issues are there – a failure to assume good faith, a negative tone, disparagement, and perhaps most common of all, a failure to look back to the sources and instead argue for one's own point of view. If this editing style does not change, I will block your account. NW (Talk) 22:29, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

You can't be serious. Want to get me some specifics from the recent discussion there that you are referring to? And while you're at it take a look at Goethean's there including a whole slew a false accusations, and zero false accusations by me. Better yet take a look at my last 100 or 500 edits everywhere. North8000 (talk) 23:42, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
Goethean's complaint about "personal attacks" and "incivility" is completely frivolous and did not merit any sort of action. It is obvious enough that Goethean went to an admin with similar political views with the hope said admin would be amenable to taking action. These do not seem like the actions of someone truly distraught at being "personally attacked" and more like a shrewd political maneuver by someone wanting to get an opponent sanctioned. You should not be enabling Goethean's behavior.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 00:27, 7 December 2013 (UTC)
Goethean said nothing about political views, but did show diffs of personal attacks, as well as the warnings made in response. Claiming this is political is itself a violation of WP:AGF. Worse, you're accusing not only Goethean but also NW, where the latter has shown only scrupulous fairness. MilesMoney (talk) 06:42, 7 December 2013 (UTC)
I think that an actual review of the article history in question (the relevant part being basically some back and forth edits on the last sentence in the lead a few days ago, and the titled section on the talk page)(and I invite adding a review of my last 100 or 500 edits regarding the overall impugnment by NW) would/will will show that the comments made by Goethean, NW and Miles are absolutely wrong, and in Goethen's case, "absolutely wrong" is putting it charitably considering their behavior towards me. North8000 (talk) 14:47, 7 December 2013 (UTC)
My apologies for missing this earlier. As you might imagine, the edits that I was referring to in my initial post were some from Goethean's link, as well as some from Talk:Libertarianism#Changes in lead regarding US Libertarian Party. NW (Talk) 02:55, 21 December 2013 (UTC)
NW, you already said that general statement. When I looked at what you referred to (Goethens's his diffs) neither half was what he said it was. The second half (his "warnings") were actually personal attacks. That is why I asked for specifics on what you feel merited your post. Or we can just consider it old history at this point. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 03:03, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Peter Sellers[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 12:51, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Perhaps a decision on Blowing from a gun will be made?[edit]

Hi there! Have you considered to make a final decision on the GA Review of Blowing from a gun? If you haven't noted it, take a look at how I have comprised and heavily re-edited the "Rituals and Perceptions" section, due to a comment by an administrator-user.Arildnordby (talk) 14:45, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Happy to. As I indicated, I felt it was in good-enough shape even before the last changes. You indicated an intention to do some rework and I was watching the talk & review pages for some indication that you finished what you intended to do. North8000 (talk) 15:18, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
As it is, there are two issues that I might expound upon in the future. The first is a more in-depth treatment of the perceptions and attitudes natives in British India (in particular the victims) had of "being blown from a gun" (there are, for example, some religious issues involved not mentioned in original article prior to your role as reviewer), the second issue being a fuller treatment of the 1857-1859 rebellion (in particular, not just the year 1857 is of relevance, but the period 1857-1859, plus several cases where the Brits became convinced that women and children were blown from guns might be referenced) . However, I regard those two issues as comparatively minor, allowable to insert in a "Good Article", rather than being preconditions of that status. Besides, at this particular moment, I am "bored" with the article subject, projecting the inclusion of those two issues into the undetermined future. Thus, on a foreseeable time scale, I regard the article as finished from my part, submitting it to your GA decision.Arildnordby (talk) 23:05, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
Cool. Nice work and will do. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 00:46, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for a conscientious review!Arildnordby (talk) 11:22, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

The Wikipedia Library Survey[edit]

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 15:38, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Talkback[edit]

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GregJackP Boomer! 02:09, 10 December 2013 (UTC) Thanks for the heads up. I answered there....no hurry, I go waay slower than the bot said :-), even more so in view of your absence. North8000 (talk) 15:06, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

BP article RfC[edit]

I have started an RfC on the BP article and would welcome a response from you. I am sending this message to all users who have edited that page. Martin Hogbin (talk) 14:14, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

Cool. Did it. North8000 (talk) 11:43, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Sängerfest[edit]

Thank you for the GA review. I have now moved Saengerfest to Sängerfest, and the review link is now a red link on the talk page. Do you know how I can fix that? — Maile (talk) 13:11, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Nice article! So the GA status is well deserved. I'll have a look. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 14:32, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
I fixed it. The review page also had to get moved and I did that. North8000 (talk) 14:40, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for all your time and help on this. — Maile (talk) 14:41, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Cough medicine[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 02:25, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Secret access code for spying[edit]

Please redact immediately. That is dangerous information if it gets into the wrong hands. Heh. --Onorem (talk) 13:33, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

. :-)  :-) Yes! North8000 (talk) 14:38, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

Gun control RFC[edit]

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Gaigin, thanks for the heads up. North8000 (talk) 16:58, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

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Done. North8000 (talk) 02:03, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
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Barnstar code errors[edit]

There is a code error when you give barnstars like [20] and [21]. The ending |} isn't on its own line and then it doesn't work. The table isn't closed and the following posts become part of the barnstar, for example in [22]. How are you awarding the barnstars? The source code at {{The Original Barnstar}} looks right to me. PrimeHunter (talk) 16:51, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! I think that I thought that the code being on is own line was an error that I introduced (an extra line break) and took it out. I'll have to make sure that I understand and go check / fix the ones that I did. North8000 (talk) 18:35, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
Good. As Help:Table#Pipes syntax tutorial says: "The entire table is encased with curly brackets and a vertical bar character (a pipe). So use {| to begin a table, and |} to end it. Each one needs to be on its own line". PrimeHunter (talk) 21:46, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
Well, now I just learned that a Barnstar is a table. Thanks even more. North8000 (talk) 21:57, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
Tables are a very common way to format content in html so many tables only have one cell. Things in a box are usually a table and lots of Wikipedia templates produce a one-cell table. The barnstar code displays the table syntax because it's substituted. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:33, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

Thank You for defending the community and what Wikipedia stands for[edit]

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Thanks! I try. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 23:50, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

Automation edits[edit]

Hi, I am new to editing Wikipedia. So please be kind. I am trying to contribute Automation Master to the open source community. I have thousands of lines of code and hundreds of pages of documentation to contribute. Much of which is in outdated formats which must be converted. As I juggle this task, I try to place the appropriate information in places as I find them. It may not be complete and may seem a little self-promotional, as some is copied and pasted from sales oriented literature. If you find my edits too self-promotional, please correct them. The Automation Master page is just started. I have yet to convert and publish much supporting documentation and track down references to existing papers and articles - all while learning proper Wikipedia technique and etiquette. How should I proceed? Reverse your edits? Ask you to reverse and modify them to be suitable? Try again later? Thanks, Max

Hello Max,
I have a lot of emphathy for new editors that are first dealing with Wikipedia and like helping them. To give you a thoughtful and helpful answer (which I want to do) will take more time than I have at the moment. But the 30,000' view / starting point is sort of what I posted at your article. The first question is whether or not it should have an article in Wikipedia. In short, in that area, Wikipedia is not a place to try to gain attention for great new ideas, it is a place that covers those that have already gained attention. And Wikipedia's "yardstick" for this is the is WP:Notability. In short, if there is substantial coverage of your topic in a couple of published independent sources (bare minimum of one might get by) then you should put those into the article as references. If not, you should probably delete the article. (Sometimes being helpful involves being direct / honest). And I'd recommend getting the article established (and including that) before you start linking it at multiple prominent articles as you have been doing.......leave that for later, because that would put your article triply under the magnifying glass early in the process. Again this is short because I'm short on time at the moment; I'd be happy to converse or try to help more. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 13:23, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the input, of course I have the chicken and the egg problem. I am retiring and want to put Automation Master in the public domain. I expected that in the intervening years since it was last actively pursued someone would have supplanted it with newer technology. They have not and in going through the mountains of documentation (The Operator's Manual is 500 pages) I realize what a unique experience that George and I had when we developed it. There is nothing like it in existence and I hate to simply throw away the thousands of hours of development and documentation. I am currently going through the documentation (written in an obsolete word processor in CP437) converting it to UTF-8 and then using LibreOffice to return all of the styles, table of contents and indices's formatting.
As I go, I am trying to put general information into Wikipedia, coding details into Sourceforge, and documents that need to be published in Internet Archives. In going through related articles, partly to see how the Wikipedia is organized and partly to steal coding solutions, whenever I ran across an article that was directly related to Automation Master, I tried to insert a short paragraph and link. Whenever, I found an article that was tangential, I put a link in the "See Also" section.
I will cease putting links in other articles for a while per your suggestion. I would hate to see my article deleted before it is even finished. Would you please monitor the Automation Master article and give your input and suggestions. I am in Spain at the moment and it will be while before I have accesses to storage locker with copies of all of the articles and white papers written on Automation Master and its predecessor. I put in all of the cites that I found with Google.
Merry Christmas and thanks again - Max — Preceding unsigned comment added by Maxhitchens (talkcontribs) 15:53, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
Re: "You picked a complicated area to start!" The only simple thing that I have done in my life was retire, live on a boat, and travel the world for 15 years. Of course now, I have 15 years of added complexity to assimilate. :) Maxhitchens (talk) 16:53, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
I envy you. Merry Christmas! North8000 (talk) 14:43, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

How am I doing so far? Automation Master A lot of content is still cut & pasted. When I am finished, I will edit an make it flow better.Maxhitchens (talk) 18:01, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

You have been doing excellent from the start. The main issues were/are unfamiliarity with wiki-ways. Which leads me to the core point. The all important thing is to find 1-2 reference of the type that I described at the article page. Wishing you well. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 20:44, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

Copy of post I made at editor's talk page:

"Max, I hate to split this discussion into three places but wanted to make sure you see this and understand. I think that you are doing a great thing with your project. Wikipedia might or might not be a correct place to cover it. In the complicated alternate universe of Wikipedia, it all boils down to this. The article topic must satisfy the threshold set at WP:Notability in order to continue to exist. And wp:notability is not about notability, it is about coverage in independent sources. And that boils down to basically this: You need to find some published, somewhat in-depth coverage of the topic of the article by independent sources. And at least note the specifics of those in the article. One might do it but two are probably needed. If you do this, the article will almost certainly stay. If you don't do this, the article will almost certainly get deleted. Somebody else could force the issue in 1 day, but my opinion is that wikipedia should to give you another 30 days to get this done. Sincerely, North8000"

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Paul Ryan[edit]

Greetings, Would you be willing to help enforce the consensus regarding the lead at this article? Thanks very much. CFredkin (talk) 23:39, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

I'm not an admin, but I would be happy to help. I had a recommendation but no strong feelings either way. But it is a matter of having a workable process. With a strong clear cut consensus on a clear question, it's time to implement it and move on. North8000 (talk) 12:23, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Claude Monet[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 18:48, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

Be merry![edit]

Gun Control[edit]

North8000, merry Christmas. Hey over on gun control I'm seeing some very disruptive behavior: Blanking, ignoring of WP:BRD etc. After ANI and the "no-action" decision these guys are just doing whatever they want. Andy specifically said he would not respect WP:BRD consensus requirement and Goethan just noted that he was willing to get blocked for edit warring. I can't edit that way. It's a horrific and acrimonious environment and I'm just going to wind up getting blocked and I don't fancy that. Some of these guys enjoy the close quarters edit war environment but I'm not like that. I've noted that our usual editors are not present, I imagine because of the holiday and these guys are taking advantage of that to just tear up the tenuous peace that had existed there for some time. I'm going to stay away from that mostly until we can get a broader group of editors or until some of these guys get banished or blocked or both. This is just horrible how there's no respect for any policies at this point. -Justanonymous (talk) 20:54, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

I think that you summed it up very well. The approach that I took in my last posts was that anything that comes out of the recent edit warring would de-legitimize itself. The ANI was about more extreme measures for one person....that's not really my dance and so I only did minimal low key posts. Maybe we could just abandon it to the edit warrers or a few-week cool down period (and say that is what is happening) after which more civilized folks could come in and work together to fix it. In the big picture, the underlying issue is weakness in Wikipedia policies and structures that causes or lets (via lack of guidance) this happen....they need to give more guidance. My goal and focus is to try to cause and help that fix to happen. Merry Christmas. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 21:16, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

HBC[edit]

Thanks for your input, and I apologize for Skookum1's behaviour. I've actually never known him to be this nasty - I am not sure what the issue is. I too am taking a break from the discussion, although I might restart it in the new year. Although I am not sure you and I necessarily agree on the substantive issues, it would be very helpful to have your continued input. If Skookum1 resurfaces, we can always just collectively ignore him. Anyway, enjoy the rest of the holidays. Cheers, --Skeezix1000 (talk) 15:36, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the note. I was just commenting on a small question trying to help. I've seen worse, so I just made a brief complaint on how nasty they wrote, wished them well and moved on. The issues is quite minor either way, which is why I said I was confident that things would work out well no matter what. I still have the article watched, but if I can be of particular help someone might need to ping me so that I don't miss it. Have a great 2014. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 16:19, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

My first essay[edit]

After doing nearly the nearly identical kind of "battle debate" on several other Talk pages recently (we both seem to independently and collectively bash our heads against virtual walls), I was inspired to write my first essay. Can't say that I like the subject, but it seems like one of those things that needed to be said... WikiBigotry. --Scalhotrod - Just your average banjo playing, drag racing, cowboy... (talk) 20:23, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

Cool! You cover a lot of ground there! One sentence (under IP editors) took me a while to figure out because "towards" is usually taken to mean "in favor of" while you intended the opposite.
Nice work! Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 13:40, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

HubSpot[edit]

I use to have a COI about a year ago and would like to improve the article. It is a software company, but what they are really notable for is using themselves as a case study for marketing and advancing social media marketing, digital marketing, etc. through research, thought-leadership, etc.

I've prepared a draft here. I was wondering if you felt I should do the whole Request Edit bit, since I use to, but don't currently, have a COI. CorporateM (Talk) 20:49, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

I haven't reviewed or got up to speed on anything. Right is right. You have credibility, and if you have no risk-of-COI situation, you should be able to say so and edit. If you have someone that is opposed to your work, they might try to use that to deprecate you in which case a practical choice might be to play it doubly safe and use risk-of-COI-situation approach. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 20:59, 29 December 2013 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done CorporateM (Talk) 21:40, 29 December 2013 (UTC)
Hey North. You previously participated in the Viralheat article, which I think I am ready to make some improvements/updates to before taking it to GA. However, some of the improvements like expanding the Reception section, I don't think I should make the edit directly, and another item about pricing I think warrants discussion. I was wondering if I could draw your attention to the article again to work out a few things that should make it GAN-ready. I didn't think it would qualify for a GAN previously without a larger Reception section. CorporateM (Talk) 17:44, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

Question[edit]

Hi, when this discussion must be closed?--Δαβίδ (talk) 11:18, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

There is no set rule. My suggestion is to let it run for 30 days. Input has been light, that's the suggestion provided there, and so IMHO the more the better and IMHO there's little down side to waiting more. If the result then is absolutely obvious, I'd be happy to close it. If not, I'd prefer not. Even though I only posted to try to help (I had it watched only because I was the Good Article) and I'm not concerned about the result, I did post my thoughts and so could be seen as slightly involved. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:28, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

ANI on Andy[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Royal National Lifeboat Institution[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 00:38, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

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I'm not a party to that. I have been trying to help only from a process standpoint. North8000 (talk) 03:32, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

Not a party the dispute?[edit]

Sorry for the aside (and if it helps everyone involved I can move the discussion to the Mediation talk) but you reverted changes related to the dispute. To say you are not involved is a bit disingenuous. --CartoonDiablo (talk) 07:24, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

As I said, I am not a party in the dispute. I have no interest in working towards any particular outcome, only for having a civilized wikipedian process in place to get there. And, long story short, that is what I was doing. I would be happy to help in that role, but not as a "party" nor towards working on either "side" or towards any particular end result. North8000 (talk) 12:35, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
It doesn't matter how you justify it, if you are involved in the dispute (ie by reverting multiple times), you are a party to it. CartoonDiablo (talk) 17:01, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
That is faulty logic. My previous post applies. North8000 (talk) 23:01, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
How is it faulty logic? Editing for one way or another makes you involved in the dispute by definition. Saying otherwise doesn't change your actions. CartoonDiablo (talk) 07:45, 5 January 2014 (UTC)
Your logic is not correct. I have no interest in working towards any particular outcome, only for having a civilized wikipedian process in place to get wherever it goes. North8000 (talk) 12:43, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

Moose[edit]

I have responded to some of your queries here Talk:Loyal Order of Moose/GA1; my responses have not shown up on the main talk page for some reason.--Bellerophon5685 (talk) 19:58, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

That's a delay in the updating of the transcluded page on the main talk page. If it happens again and you want to force it to update, just do a null edit on the main talk page. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 21:55, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

January 2014[edit]

Civility Barnstar Hires.png The Civility Barnstar
For unfailing civility and good grace in all your interactions on Wikipedia, but especially throughout 2013. Well done, friend. Malke 2010 (talk) 17:46, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! I try. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 19:33, 3 January 2014 (UTC)


New section[edit]

You are involved in a recently filed request for arbitration. Please review the request at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case#Gun_control 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,

(By Gaijin42)

I don't see anything on it at that link. North8000 (talk) 21:18, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

The link should be to Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case#Gun control. Newyorkbrad (talk) 21:21, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Gun control arbitration case notice[edit]

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ArbCom Clarification request notice[edit]

I've requested clarification from ArbCom regarding Gun control and that article's possible inclusion in the Tea Party movement topic ban. Malke 2010 (talk) 00:17, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

I saw it as a long shot (even "broadly construed" still means about the topic, not just "related to" because everything is somehow "related to") but it was that you got that confirmed so that there can be no question. Sincerely, North8000 ([[User talk:
It seemed best to get clarification. Xenophrenic did the same with another article, James O'Keefe. I think Brad's and Carcharoth's advice gives all the clarification we need for any article in future. For me, it doesn't matter since I gave up the political side 3 years ago. I just wanted to make sure you and the others would be okay. Malke 2010 (talk) 20:37, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Martha Nell Smith[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 00:45, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

About Nina Girado[edit]

Hi North8000. With regards to your reviewing the article Nina Girado, I just want to say thank you so much because I am glad that you want to be featured the article you are about to review and I just want to apologize that I have not responded about reviewing the article.

God bless you

Thanks! Shall we carry on our more detailed discussion at the review page? Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:42, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

On the Zionism issue[edit]

Thanks for backing me up. I appreciate your help I have added a new compromise on the talk page but still might need your help in defending this so-called "fringe" opinion. Ultimately though I am not trying to push an agenda as much as attempt to keep Wikipedia neutral on a topic that is so controversial as Zionism. Anyway in short thanks for your help and please continue to do so.-Rainbowofpeace (talk) 08:33, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

Hello Rainbowofpeace; it's nice to cross paths again. Thanks! Right is right, and you are. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:40, 10 January 2014 (UTC).

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Done. North8000 (talk) 20:44, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Clarification request[edit]

The clarification request involving you has been archived. The comments left by arbitrators may be helpful in proceeding further. For the Arbitration Committee, Rschen7754 04:19, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. North8000 (talk) 10:58, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

Automation Master 2[edit]

All of the white papers, magazine articles and other reference material are in a storage locker in Harrisburg, PA. I thought that since you eliminated all of the links to the article that I could just let the article sit until I access that material and add the references you need. I will not be back to Harrisburg until summer. What should I do? Maxhitchens (talk) 14:18, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi Max. My own plan is to wait for the summer. But if you'd like me to also try to get others to hold off, maybe it would be good to first assess one thing. Do you think that the material includes 1-2 instances of the type of coverage that I described? (an independent published source covering it in some degree of depth?) Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 15:18, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
I personally presented papers at an SME conference in Detroit, a Robotics conference in LA, and (something) in Orlando. Trade articles were written by Marty Weil and Larry Gould and others that I do not remember. I should be able to cite 10-15 sources. I have impressed enough university professors that I am pretty sure that I can produce an article that will be suitable. Thanks. Maxhitchens (talk) 09:57, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
Cool. North8000 (talk) 20:25, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Automation[edit]

Thanks for your help on Automation. I wrote most of what is there based on my experience as a chemical process and project engineer. I developed the P&I diagrams and wrote the functional descriptions of the control loops for paper machines while the controls engineers did all the other I&C work, so consequently I have familiarity but not expertise. I read Benet 1979 and 1993 and wrote the lede and history sections. I would appreciate your checking what is written. Also, if you see any major omissions please add anything you are able to or comment on talk. Thanks.Phmoreno (talk) 00:15, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Cool! As I mentioned there, the title has such an immense scope that the hard part is perspective on what to put in there. BTW, do you have background / perspective on centralized process controllers (multi-loop for analog variables)? I don't. If so, this is a missing article in Wikipedia and could use a mention at automation. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 13:12, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Hipocrite[edit]

The editor Hipocrite has come from nowhere and inserted himself into the Spitzer article, and made changes against consensus while the debate is still in progress. Do you know anything about this guy? --Sue Rangell 19:42, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

No, the situation seems a bit mysterious, to put it nicely. Elsewhere they showed up (after only 4 edits in 6 months) in a me-focused 100% off-topic attempt-to-great-lengths mudslinging effort, and noted that them and I "disagree about lots of things" but I don't remember ever interacting with them, much less having substantial interaction to have disagreed "about lots of things". Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 19:55, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Precious again[edit]

Cornflower blue Yogo sapphire.jpg

scouting adventure
Thank you for quality articles, on scouting and on ships, such as SS Edmund Fitzgerald, for teamwork, for bringing "some reason to chaos", for: "view every opponent ... as a current or potential friend", - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (3 July 2010)!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:46, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

A year ago, you were the 369th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:40, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

Thank you so much! And it's particularly an honor having such an experienced editor as yourself take such a close look at what I write and do and give me this! Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 20:40, 18 January 2014 (UTC)
It's my modest way of bringing some reason to chaos, missing PumpkinSky, Khazar, Ched, 28bytes and many more, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:34, 18 January 2014 (UTC)
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Precious and missed

... and now you, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:12, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Single-payer health care[edit]

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Done North8000 (talk) 23:48, 19 January 2014 (UTC)


What I meant was...[edit]

I was asking about this edit. Just an fyi. --Lightbreather (talk) 18:48, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

Looking at your diff, I can see that is more complicated than I thought. I guess it wasn't a typo of mine as I thought, I think somebody else accidentally messed up my post when they made theirs. North8000 (talk) 19:01, 21 January 2014 (UTC)
That was my thought, too. ;-) Lightbreather (talk) 19:08, 21 January 2014 (UTC)
Let me apologize for that, please. I apologized on the talk page but it's only proper to do it here as well. I don't know how I did it, but I managed to mangle your post and create confusion. I will try to be more careful in the future. be well. --Sue Rangell 20:45, 22 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, but no biggee. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 21:17, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:First Republic of Austria[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 20:04, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

Matt Schultz and Staci Appel[edit]

Greetings. Your input is requested at the Talk pages for both these articles. Thanks very much. CFredkin (talk) 00:41, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

Not that it will affect the outcome of the case, but it might be wise to proofread and copyedit your comments, so they are easier to understand. Like this one (my emphasis in bold):

If you're saying that Arbcom is just limited to considering civility issues, then I don't think that's correct. If they see editors intentionally distorting reliable sources, or continually insisting upon using sources that consensus has determined are unreliable, then Arbcom may have a legitimate role to play. Cheers, Anythingyouwant (talk) 18:59, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! I think that we could have a discussion here just on the points that you brought up... but I'll go check/clarify. North8000 (talk) 19:33, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

Gun control case[edit]

I have just mentioned you here. Please read what I say and respond there,  Roger Davies talk 05:24, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

Happy to. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:39, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

Notice of a discussion that may be of interest to you[edit]

There is a Split proposal discussion on the Gun politics in the U.S. talk page that may be of interest to you. Lightbreather (talk) 04:33, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! I'm kind of burned out on trying to help on articles in that area at the moment, but I'll have a look. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 21:15, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
Please don't feel obligated. I posted a notice on the talk page of every editor who commented on the current Gun control talk page, that's all. Lightbreather (talk) 23:37, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! North8000 (talk) 01:15, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Administrators' noticeboard/Requests for closure[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 14:17, 6 February 2014 (UTC)


Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Record charts[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 13:40, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Please see[edit]

User:Smallbones/Questions on FTC rules - Smallbones(smalltalk) 12:55, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

I gave it a look. North8000 (talk) 13:42, 6 February 2014 (UTC)
and I made some comments. on [the relevant talk page [23] DGG ( talk ) 18:33, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

re: Your GA nomination of Roman Dmowski[edit]

Thank you for starting this. Would you mind if we were to take our time? I am a bit busy with a number of things right now and may take a tad longer than I'd like with regards to prompt replies at GAN page. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 00:03, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

Sounds good! North8000 (talk) 13:20, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for the oppose on my ban[edit]

I just wanted to stop by and thank you for the oppose on my ban. I appreciate it. I'm also sorry I am posting from this username. Unfortunately the admins have preemptively blocked the IP's I was using in an effort to force me to create an account, so they could then be able to justify blocking me for socking (I really hate it how they are allowed to bait the trap like this) I had to create one for now. Cheers and happy editing. Kumioko BannedEditor (talk) 16:23, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

You have immense experience and insight, and understand the issues, a rare combination needed to help fix the big problems with Wikipedia. I also think that certain unusual aspects of your way of interfacing (IP's etc., self-"bans") does more harm than good. Straight talk from a supporter. Thanks for being there! Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 16:35, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:List of A Song of Ice and Fire characters[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 13:49, 13 February 2014 (UTC)


That said,, VNT was removed from wp:ver[edit]

You wrote the following here [24] "That said,, VNT was removed from wp:ver". What did you mean by it? When was the same removed? Earlier what could not be quoted and after making this change what can be quoted? Ganesh J. Acharya (talk) 11:15, 16 February 2014 (UTC)

This happened about 2-3 years ago. I didn't look back to see when exactly it was, but it should be easy to find. It was an immense process, taking maybe a 6 months and I'd guess 500,000 words written in the process, with multiple subpages, RFC's etc.. I'm not sure how to answer your "can be quoted" question. Certainly any statement that implies that that phrase is policy or guideline is in error. The core legitimate purpose of the phrase:
A. That being "true" is not a substitute for meeting the verifiability requirement
Remains an undisputed core pillar, and policy. And the illegitimate ideas (statements of the irrelevance of accuracy in areas other than "A.") have been deprecated. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:53, 16 February 2014 (UTC)
In absence of physical records what is done if there are 2 different versions? What if both have citations but 1 version has lesser citation, and what if the group quoting other version with more citation is found editing and publishing original texts? Are both versions to be quoted, or both to be avoided? Ganesh J. Acharya (talk) 13:51, 16 February 2014 (UTC)
WP:ver essentially places a condition on the presence of material. The situation that you describe sounds more complex. I'd be happy to take a look at it if you wish. North8000 (talk) 19:37, 16 February 2014 (UTC)
"The situation that you describe sounds more complex" You mean there aren't measurable ways instead? Ganesh J. Acharya (talk) 01:42, 18 February 2014 (UTC)
I'm not sure what you are asking. So I think that my previous post is my thoughts at this time. North8000 (talk) 12:38, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (UK Parliament constituencies)[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 01:27, 23 February 2014 (UTC)


March 2014 GAN Backlog Drive[edit]

It's that time again! Starting on March 1, there will be another GAN Backlog Drive! There will be several changes compared to previous drives:

  • This drive will introduce a new component to it; a point system. In a nutshell, older nominations are worth more points than newer nominations. The top 3 participants who have the points will be awarded the Golden, Silver, or Bronze Wikipedia Puzzle Piece Trophy, respectively.
  • Unlike the December 2013 Backlog Drive, earning an additional barnstar if you reached your goal has been removed.
  • The allowance to have insufficient reviews has been lowered to 2 before being disqualified.
  • An exception to the rule that all reviews must be completed before the deadline has been created.

Also, something that I thought I would share with all of you is that we raised $20.88 (USD) for the WMF in the December 2013 drive. It may not sound like a lot but considering that that was raised just because we reviewed articles, I would say that's pretty good! With that success, pledges can be made for the upcoming drive if you wish.

More info regarding the drive and full descriptions regarding the changes to this drive can be found on the the drive page. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a message on the drive talk page.

I look forward to your participation and hope that because of it, some day the backlog will be gone!

--Dom497

--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:58, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Ronan Farrow[edit]

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done. North8000 (talk)

COI stuff[edit]

Hi North. I was wondering if you had time this week to chip-in on a couple articles where I have a COI.

There's a small article on SMS Audio, where I've proposed an updated version I shared here, which updates the 1.5 year-old article and trims some promotional and trivial information. Additionally, I've proposed a major overhaul of an article on a $30 billion construction company, Fluor Corp., which should bring the stub up to something GAN-ready. CorporateM (Talk) 21:21, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

Happy to. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 22:10, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for chipping in! I made some changes to the Products section of the SMS Audio page that I think addresses your comments. The draft Fluor article does remove a lot of information - both positive and negative - that does not have strong secondary sources. CorporateM (Talk) 14:14, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

Maybe "advertised as sweat-proof?" CorporateM (Talk) 20:25, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

Sounds good. If there was info on the feature designed to achieve that what would be even better. North8000 (talk) 20:27, 28 February 2014 (UTC)
Hrm - looking at a few sources[25][26][27] they all emphasize being "sweat-proof" or "water-proof" but none discuss it in very much depth. It's a small company/article, so the sources just aren't there. CorporateM (Talk) 20:41, 28 February 2014 (UTC)
While it doesn't seem like much in hindsight, even "waterproof" is informative. It shows that it relates to the device protecting itself against sweat, vs. other possible meanings (mitigates other problems related to using while sweaty. But I think that your previous idea 2 posts back is also fine, and leaving it as yo have it now is also also fine. North8000 (talk) 23:21, 28 February 2014 (UTC)
Meh, I like "sweat-proof" because "water-proof" makes it sound like they are intended for going underwater in water-sports. So I'll leave it as just "Audio Sport" for now anyway. Perhaps we'll have a better source sometime in the future. If you have a strong opinion about it, feel free to run with... whatever. I prefer to just defer to the judgement of others where I have a COI, where possible. CorporateM (Talk) 00:17, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
I have no strong opinion, or even clear suggestion on this Just thoughts. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 01:17, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
Cool. I'm happy just leaving it un-resolved for now. I've gone ahead and submitted a Request Edit. CorporateM (Talk) 05:05, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

GAN March 2014 Backlog Drive[edit]

The March 2014 GAN Backlog Drive has begun and will end on April 1, 2014! Sent by Dom497 on behalf of MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:01, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Anjem Choudary[edit]

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Went there, it was closed a few hours after this notice. North8000 (talk) 02:53, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

Uncle David[edit]

Thanks for taking on the review. Your approach is a bit... overly structured... but it certainly works well, and you're raising good points. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 02:20, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, including responding to my request for feedback. I never thought I'd be doing or planned on ever doing a FA review. North8000 (talk) 02:25, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
  • They're different beasts, alright, but every little bit helps. I'm not that brilliant when it comes to prose, but even then I can usually squeeze out one or two nitpicks which help polish the article just a bit more. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 02:28, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Thinking of extreme comprimation of Blowing from a gun. Your thoughts?[edit]

Hi, North8000! As my GA reviewer on Blowing from a gun I felt you did a really thorough, conscientious and tolerant job out of it. I'm extremely grateful to you for that!

However, I'm the sort of editor who sort of needs the "full" overview of a topic, before I can begin judicious cutting of the article, down to those essentials that truly warrants inclusion in an encyclopedia.

This means that as time has matured my views, I think the article as it stands, could benefit strongly from some major cutting.

The scheme I've developed, consists in confining the country studies to just 4, with the following reasons: 1. Great Britain in India towards rebellious/deserting sepoys (REASON: paradigmatic case, the one "everybody" knows about)

2. Portugal (Reason: Earliest attested case, in farflung colonial ambitions)

3. Mughals (Reason: Local tradition inspiring the British)

4. Afghanistan (Reason: Last attested practice)

The rest of the country studies (some 70% I think of present article size) would get into the dustbin (although I think I'll add a notice that a more comprehensive edition can be found in Page history)

Now, as my GA Reviewer, I think you have a special right to voice your views on whether a) This scheme seems good and b) If the article then really needs to get delisted from GA, since it is no longer the article reviewed.

Furthermore, whatever your views on GA status, would you be willing to have a look at the article reduction after it's done?

If you feel the article is good as it stands, and don't really need trimming, I think I'll respect your view.Arildnordby (talk) 20:14, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

My quick gut feel is that your ideas will improve the article, not hurt it's GA status. And I'd be happy to give more input or help. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 20:35, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
OK. I really felt it important that since you spent such a great effort on reviewing the beastly thing, you deserve a principal hearing on this. I have alsonotified User:Gatoclass on the ossue, due to his well-placed concerns. I believe that a major size reduction will also open up a legitimate space for explicit inclusion of several of the more, "colourful" reactions that people have had to the practice, changing the article from a bone-dry listing and distribution, to a more engaging "human drama". So, on basis of your gut feeling, I'll go ahead!Arildnordby (talk) 20:40, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

ANI[edit]

Information icon There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you.

Not involved but I'd be happy to comment. North8000 (talk) 01:45, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

March 2014[edit]

Information icon Welcome to Wikipedia. Everyone is welcome to contribute constructively to the encyclopedia. However, talk pages are meant to be a record of a discussion; deleting or editing legitimate comments is considered bad practice, even if you meant well. Even making spelling and grammatical corrections in others' comments is generally frowned upon, as it tends to irritate the users whose comments you are correcting. Take a look at the welcome page to learn more about contributing to this encyclopedia. Thank you. Hell in a Bucket (talk) 15:38, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

User:Hell in a Bucket I have no idea what you are talking about, and I don't recall doing any such thing. Could you be specific? North8000 (talk) 16:40, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
I was looking back and I don't think I meant to tag you at all. Please accept my sincere apologies as I looked at the record and I can't find it either. Please by all means remove and again my apologies, I usually remember anytime I tagged and why especially the same day. I may have been trying to go to someone else's page. Hell in a Bucket (talk) 20:02, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, and no problem. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 20:20, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Dallas Buyers Club[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 22:57, 9 March 2014 (UTC)


Research to understand article reviews[edit]

Hi,

We’re a team of researchers at Stanford University, and we’re interested in how editors review nominated articles for GA status. Rather than just looking to the assessment guidelines, we’re also interested in how individual editors then use these guidelines to evaluate articles.

We were hoping if you’d be able to spend some time with us, and help us understand how you would differentiate, say, a C-class article from a Good Article.

Looking forward to hearing back! Our email address is jc14253 AT cs DOT stanford DOT edu

Justin Cheng and Michael Bernstein Stanford University http://hci.stanford.edu/

Jcccf (talk) 01:04, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

I'd be happy to answer any questions. Prefer to do it here, but email would also be OK. On your one specific question, I do not do or look at project classifications (e.g. your "C") and so I can't answer your differentiating question. Overall, I follow the GA criteria, strive to be in the "middle" regarding how easy or tough I am. I'm a little tougher than the average when it comes to empathy for the typical reader. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 01:38, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

Block review idea[edit]

I've started a thread at Wikipedia:Village pump (idea lab)#Block review. Your input there would be appreciated. GabeMc (talk|contribs) 19:37, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the invite! I'll go have a look. North8000 (talk) 20:58, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Please, friend[edit]

Hello, North, friend. Just a reminder, please, to watch the edit summaries. I made 10 edits on the Assault weapon article yesterday.

[28] added a comma

[29] clarified what the source said

[30] Ditto

[31] (which I know you did not like) simplified the language

[32] reversed the removal of a cn tag - with a civil, non-personal edit summary

[33] was an attempt to work with another editor's tweaking of clarified statement referred to above

[34] improved other editor's source citation - which he thanked me for

[35] corrected and simplified a statement that had a cn tag for weeks (maybe months)

[36] removed a statement that does not belong in the article in question - certainly not in the lead (I preserved it on the talk page, where I started a discussion on it)

[37] removed a citation for wording that the source does not support (after clarification and tweaking referred to previously did not work and other editor insisted on his wording)

IMHO, there was no wiki-cool reason to refer to these in an edit summary as a "large amounts of contentious edits." A simple "please see talk page" would have done the job nicely. Thanks. Lightbreather (talk) 17:13, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

Sorry 'bout that. Without getting into my take on the above (different than yours on a few of them), I think it was a legitimate concern but I think that my choice of words was too brash, inaccurate and an overstatement. Sorry 'bout that. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 17:25, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

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Done. North8000 (talk) 00:23, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

"Advocate" versus "Accept"[edit]

Hi, North. I just wanted to ask why you reverted my edit on the Libertarianism intro? (00:26, 17 March 2014) I didn't quite understand your explanation that it was "unsourced because it is fundamentally wrong." The sources are everywhere -- almost unavoidable. Property rights (including self-ownership) and laissez-faire are not just a tenet of classical-liberal libertarianism, they undergird it and provide it its fundamental philosophical base. Even if you don't entirely agree, "accept" is still very much the wrong word to use when describing that faction's beliefs and attitudes toward laissez-faire and private property. By the way, we can go with some other similar verb if the word "advocate" is a problem.

Also, what was your problem with switching the word "some" to "many" when it is quite accurate -- not just in North America or even the anglosphere, but worldwide. Capitalist libertarianism is not just some small fringe faction that warrants a dismissive nod while beaming at the socialist side. That whole sentence just seems heavily weighted toward the libertarian socialist element. Clearly their side of the sentence was given more thought and care. And, hey, that's fine; it's not that bad. I was just making some minor edits to make sure the capitalist side was given due (and accurate) acknowledgment. --Adam9389 (talk) 02:48, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

Hello Adam9389. Well, first my reversion was entirely about changing "accept" to "advocate". And so rather than me try to craft my own version of of a sentence that has been in contention, I simply reverted the change. And I have no stron opinion on whether or not the sentence even exists; IMO it's main value is to point out a difference in areas where strands of libertarianism agree. And in fact, I fully agree with you on the "some" vs. "many". And I even agree with you on the point that that "accept" sounds a bit half-hearted. My fundamental disagreement is with "advocate", because it is generally not a tenent of, for example, common US libertarianism or the common US definition of the term. I'm a bit short of time, so I might for now make a usefully extreme analogy to make my point and would be happy to continue the discussion. Let's say that you are in a Chess club,, and you and it advocates a certain form of 3-minute rule chess games. And in a foreign country, there is a chess club which wants to make it illegal to drink water. Your club, of course accepts drinking water, but it is not a tenet of your club. And so it would be misleading to describe your club as the one that advocates drinking water. IMHO that is what your "advocates" does. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:00, 17 March 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for your response, North, and given the pre-existing contention you mentioned regarding that sentence, I think I'll just leave it alone for now. However, while I do understand your analogy, I disagree with the premise that the advocacy of laissez-faire is not a tenant of American-style libertarianism. Whenever is convenient, I was wondering if you could elaborate on that point? --Adam9389 (talk) 05:07, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
User:Adam9389 BTW my only goal there is accuracy, and to keep the article from going back into bonfire state. Two folks who are not as nice as you (one who is being considered for an interaction ban regarding me) have engaged on a much lower plane than you and have been warring in the change that you prefer (warring in the change, trying to "win" by denigrating me, insults etc. ). Life's too short to deal with that, but I think that it would be useful and enjoyable for you and me to discuss it here and see if one is able to convince the other. (?) If you also think so, then I would respond that I agree that laissez-faire in general is a tenet. However, in the sentence in question the noun that it says they advocate is "capitalism", which is a different statement. I guess that precisely speaking, my response is that I agree with your statement but feel that it is not an argument about the sentence in question. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 12:58, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
I might be missing your point, but in the sentence, "capitalism" does have "laissez-faire" attached as a qualifier for specificity. So, I guess I'm still confused as to how it's a different statement. --Adam9389 (talk) 01:17, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
I was talking in sentence structure terms, but to put it another way, the sentence in the article is a statement about (a form of) capitalism. Your statement here (which I agree with) was about "laissez-faire". Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 01:23, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

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Done. North8000 (talk) 20:09, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Tapad[edit]

Hi North. If you have a minute, I would very much appreciate your feedback here. I am just making sure all the citation templates are filled out now. CorporateM (Talk) 16:17, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

I've never ventured into AFC. It will take me a bit to figure out / confirm what to do there. The article certainly looks fine with respect to suitability to be put into article space. After that comes the higher bar of optimizing it. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 13:38, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
Right next to the Twinkle tab in the upper-right, there is a down-arrow that includes the "Move" option. A "Review" option should appear below "Move" when on an AfC submission and it's all wizards after that to reject/approve with rationale, etc. CorporateM (Talk) 22:27, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! North8000 (talk) 01:26, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
Oh actually, I think that will only work if you enable the AfC script at: "Preferences → Gadgets → Yet Another AFC Helper Script: easily review Articles for creation submissions and redirect requests."
Did that and I still don't see it.. "Move" looks like a plain old move (which I'm afraid to to for fear of messing up the AFC system) and "review" seems to be to just leave a comment. Don's see any "accept" button which they say to use. I'll ask at their help. North8000 (talk) 01:29, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
I was wondering if the comment from AdAge was removed because they are a user of Tapad. If so, I could provide an alternative comment from one of the sources to balance the Forbes quote. So there could be one comment alleging it is a problem and one comment alleging it is not. Let me know what you think! CorporateM (Talk) 20:37, 26 March 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I was mostly looking to be cautious to be comfortable with moving it to article space. And I think more that more on that as you describe would be good. I think it's mostly about high standards for sources rather than constructing a balance, but in this case I think both will end up at the same place. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 21:57, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

How's that? It's from the same Forbes post, which states "Traasdahl protests that Tapad doesn’t collect data that can be used to pinpoint someone by name." Feel free to revert if you don't like it. Per WP:COIMICRO, I won't belabor the point. CorporateM (Talk) 22:09, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Looks good. North8000 (talk) 00:00, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
Still having a problem .....maybe because you haven't "submitted" it? North8000 (talk) 01:54, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
Oh, that might help - it's submitted now. CorporateM (Talk) 03:41, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
I did it. Nice work. North8000 (talk) 12:54, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

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Done. North8000 (talk) 00:40, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

RfC[edit]

Hi! Would you care to vote or comment at this RfC? I noticed your name at the talk page for WP:NOR and figured you'd be an appropriate editor to ask, since the discussion concerns that policy. Dan56 (talk) 05:58, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Sure! Thanks for the invite. North8000 (talk)

Thank you, A barnstar for you[edit]

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For reviewing the article Durga Shakti Nagpal, I would like to present you this barnstar as a sign of my appreciation for the review. GKCH (talk) 07:18, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! And nice work on that article. That is the type of topic that is inaccessible to most people unless people like you do the work that you are doing. Sincerely, 10:09, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Assault Weapon[edit]

I made the change because not all assault rifles are fully automatic, for example, the M16A2, M16A4, and M4 Carbine. While fully automatic does demonstrate the difference more clearly, it also plays into misconceptions, and there are already misconceptions that "Assault Weapons" are automatic anyway.Mr. Someguy (talk) 11:37, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

I'm with you on your end goal, but I think that you are inadvertently working against it. Your end goal requires communicating the difference/distinction But first I would like to clarify a few of the small items. Am I wrong anywhere in the following?: "Selective fire" means capable of fully automatic? And so your version sort of says the same thing (capable of fully automatic) And so it comes down to "what is the best way to communicate that?". Possibly leave in your "selective fire" but then briefly explain that such means capable of fully automatic fire. ? North8000 (talk) 12:00, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Belated thanks[edit]

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I know this is terribly late but I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your participation at my RfA. I was very inspired by the many that supported me and it’s that feeling of friendship and camaraderie that keeps me coming back to the project. So, thank you for your support and for your continued sense of fairness and compassion in all areas of WP. I look forward to the opportunity to work together in the days to come. Best wishes, -- KeithbobTalk 19:25, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Thank you so much, it means a lot to me that you noticed all of those things. Right now the defacto criteria are either "has avoided all difficult areas" or "got in back when it was easy". I think that refinement of that process is needed and will help Wikipedia. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 20:14, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

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They sent the confirmation. North8000 (talk) 14:21, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

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young earth, not fringe?[edit]

Per this comment by you, Would you please explain why you understand that young earth is not fringe, as defined in WIkipedia? Please see here. Thanks! Jytdog (talk) 12:27, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

First, to re-emphasize, I said that "young earth" is wrong. Next, since wp:fringe is generally prescriptive rather than definitional, context is important. This is further reinforced by, where it is definitional, that definition includes within its field. Next, I will stipulate that under wp:fringe, it would be a violation of wp:fringe to place it side by side with the correct/accepted theory in a scientific article. That said, there is nowhere in wp:fringe that flatly defined such a thing as fringe, and the two areas I questioned relied on such:
  • To say flatly in the voice of Wikipedia that is is incorrect. (vs. doing as I recommended which is to say that science says that it is incorrect)
  • To beat up an editor, saying that opposing the flat statement in the voice of Wikipedia is wp:disruptive because doing so is promoting a (flatly) fringe item.
My approach there is merely these two things:
  • Avoiding abuse of an editor, which does get my dander up
  • Provide a hopefully useful weigh-in and suggestion.
So, I'm not overly concerned how the wording ends up. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 14:20, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
thanks for taking the time to reply, but you wrote about everything except what i actually asked. you all are way to locked into battlefield mode. too bad. I am going to disengage as even trying to have a conversation is fruitless. but thanks again for taking the time to write. Jytdog (talk) 14:33, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
I'm certainly not in battlefield mode. I was trying to address this in general, and I was afraid that a simple direct answer might sound unfriendly. But if you want it, to answer your question narrowly and directly, it is as follows: there is no place wp:fringe that says that it is fringe. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 16:20, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
FRINGE does not list every topic that is FRINGE so that is a nonanswer. there is zero authentic dialogue on this topic; it is just crazy! Jytdog (talk) 17:57, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
And in addition, among the few examples that are offered (Wikipedia:Fringe_theories#Examples) Creation science is one of them. So really - why do you think "young earth" is not fringe? 18:01, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
I have responses to what you said if you wish to discuss this further. Otherwise I'm also happy to just let this thread fade out and thank you for the conversation. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 19:42, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
OK, I am happy to hear. just to be clear, I am not asking anything about the ken ham article now. it is pointless to discuss content about X if we don't even agree about what kind of thing X is. i am asking why you think young earth is not FRINGE as we define FRINGE on wikipedia. thanks! Jytdog (talk) 10:03, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
Cool. Will do. But I'm buried at the moment. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 21:55, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── ping... :) Jytdog (talk) 14:28, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

OK, first I have to clarify / calibrate what I said / meant. The statement that I was responding to was essentially "Per WP:Fringe, young earth is fringe". And that statement is either categorical, or at least broadly claimed enough to support these things:
  • To say flatly in the voice of Wikipedia that is is incorrect. (vs. doing as I recommended which is to say that science says that it is incorrect)
  • To beat up an editor, saying that opposing the flat statement in the voice of Wikipedia is wp:disruptive because doing so is promoting a (flatly) fringe item.
and so I'm saying that the statement "Per WP:Fringe, young earth is fringe" is false; wp:fringe does not say that. And so, now that I have clarified, do disagree with that statement of mine? Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 15:13, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
ugh. you are continuing to conflate bad behavior on a Talk page and what Wikipedia polcies and guidelines are. They are separate, and things only get worse when they get conflated because the conversation becomes totally unmoored. The only things we have to keep conversation ultimately rational, are polices and guidelines. Blow off policies and guidelines, and we are in a wild west, a world without order. So again I ask you, to clarify what world we are living in (Wikipedia, or a wild west) - entirely separate from Talk page tactics, do you really think that young earth is not fringe as "fringe" is defined on Wikipedia? Jytdog (talk) 15:25, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
I agree with the first 80% of your post. I also know that young earth is false, and in conflict with an immense amount of evidence. But on to my statement at hand. IMO WP:fringe does not define young earth as wp:fringe. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 15:34, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
but North, creation science is given as an example of FRINGE. Can you please say why young earth is not FRINGE as defined in Wikipedia? That is my original question -- what is your basis for saying that? For conversation to be rational, it has to be reasoned, not just assertive. Thanks. Jytdog (talk) 16:11, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
Hello Jytdog. I tend to dissect things in a logician way. I have lawyer friends who come to me to to help dissect stuff this is written in complex ways. I think that my take was useful in the context of the time but isn't such an important item now. And it's abstract enough to you might think I'm nuts or trying to be difficult, neither of which is the case. So again, lets only do this if it for fun. If so, my next statement is to emphasize that what we're talking about is what wp:fringe says or doesn't say regarding this question. What I'm saying is that it doesn't flatly define it as fringe. I am not saying that wp:fringe tells us that it is not fringe. Next, on to the specific treatment of it in wp:fringe. I don't see anywhere where wp:fringe defines it as fringe. It does imply that in the context of a scientific article it would be considered fringe for the purposes of exclusion of coverage from a scientific article. And in another section, it explicity says that it should be covered outside of that context. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 19:53, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I negotiate with lawyers all day. There is productive, solidly grounded legal negotiation that gets things done, and then there is sophistry that does nothing but waste time. It doesn't seem to me that you are trying to actually communicate anything. Perhaps I am missing something. In any case, you don't seem to be actually engaging so I will stop asking and watching. Jytdog (talk) 20:46, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

That's because my only goal was to answer your question, which was essentially asking about what I meant, not to resolve anything. I think that the latter would be much easier to do, working with someone good like yourself. The best to you. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 20:54, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

DRN template blanking[edit]

Hey, North, I just undid this. That template is linked at the top of DRN to use when our notification bot fails. I didn't understand your edit summary, so maybe you have a great reason that I didn't understand. Whack me if that's the case. Regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 17:11, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! My edit was intended to be simply a removal from my talk page. I probably opened the template instead of the talk page section. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 17:42, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Hello! AfD update for your consideration[edit]

Heya!

Nobody was talking on the AfD and no administrators are going near it, so I went to see if I could do anything with the article, and I have thusly. I was hoping you would look at it again? Even if your view is that I am a very silly person and it is a bad article, at least we will have a resolution. Personally, I think Soviet Russia was hilarious when people weren't dying. PanydThe muffin is not subtle 20:37, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the post. I took a quick look and nothing jumped out at me. So now I need to take a more thorough look. If you have any thoughts to tell me regarding your thinking on why it should be an article those would also help. Thanks again. Sincerely,North8000 (talk) 11:21, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:The Shield[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 11:55, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

DRN notice and request, please[edit]

Your username is included on the DRN under Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Your participation in resolving this dispute would be appreciated. Thank you. Lightbreather (talk) 01:22, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

?? I think I've made zero edits on the article in the last year on one passing comment there on the the topic at hand in the last year there. But I'd be happy to put in my 2 cents. North8000 (talk) 11:43, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

McKinsey & Company[edit]

The company has a very complex reputation with very polarizing sources. The article was originally authored primarily by someone with a strong negative opinion, leading to a lot of primary sources, mis-represented sources and a massive Controversies section. However I am also finding that the History section I wrote 2-3 years ago was not perfectly neutral. It had too many details and too much weight on successes rather than challenges in its history.

Like the Monster (company) article, I plan on going rogue and bringing it up to GA without the company's involvement. This is often necessary and I haven't been fired for it yet ;-)

I was wondering if you would have the time/interest to collaborate on it and a couple related articles next week. It will be the most difficult company article I have written, given how difficult it would be for any editor to be neutral on such a confusing and polarizing topic. However, bringing a High Priority Business topic up to GA is very appealing. CorporateM (Talk) 06:13, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the invite. I'd be happy to help in my usual sporadic way.  :-) Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:44, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
I shared a draft History section on the article Talk page. I'm not sure how to alleviate the issue that it is difficult to compare the current History section to the proposed, however in this particular section my contributions are mostly counter-COI anyway. Let me know if there's any way I can make it easier or be more helpful. CorporateM (Talk) 18:45, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
Hey North. I was wondering if you had the time/interest to collaborate on the SAS Institute article as well. This is quite a different page than the McKinsey one in that it would be quite difficult for any editor to avoid promotionalism while being representative of the sources. However, like the McKinsey page, I have made some mediocre COI contributions in the past and I'm circling back to bring it up to GA. I was thinking it may be a good idea to bring it up to FA eventually, since such a positive article with a COI author will draw speculation as to whether it is representative of the sources.
I've talked to a couple editors about the page already and gotten some comments, but both were too busy in real life to do the whole Bright Line ish, COI collaboration type thing. You're probably too busy for both articles, but I thought I'd check since you have broad interests and whatnot. Naturally I would be culling through each one section at-a-time. CorporateM (Talk) 04:59, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

I've been gone a lot but would be happy to try to help in my usual sporadic way on both. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:55, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks so much! I've started some corresponding discussion strings on both of them[38][39][40] and will wait patiently until you have time to take a look! CorporateM (Talk) 18:49, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 09 April 2014[edit]

Matthew Shepard[edit]

Hi. Thanks for your kind words. Is the Shepard page 1RR? I need to know. Please reply on my talk page. Thanks. Quis separabit? 14:20, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Just wondering, is the Shepard page 1RR as far as you know. I just don't want to violate 1RR and get blocked and develop a bad reputation. Thanks. Quis separabit? 15:23, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
Not that I know of, and I'm pretty sure not. North8000 (talk) 15:25, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

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Arbcom case?[edit]

I'm not sure what the above posts are about. Possibly about the Arzel item? I recommended blameless disengagement between two editors. The one that I am involved in is [[41]]. Someone took it there to get guidance / a reading on a dispute but I don't know what's going on there. North8000 (talk) 23:24, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

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Gun control arbitration proposed decision[edit]

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The initial stuff, going after me, is looking absurd. North8000 (talk) 14:27, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

New section[edit]

North, I did not realize that ArbCom could increase sanctions above what's proposed at the Workshop. As a lawyer, I can tell you that that's not how any jury trial in America works, but as we all know ArbCom is not a court. Not that it would have made any difference, but I would have tried to speak up about it if I had realized. Gaijin was the only one slated for site ban, and I spoke up a bit regarding that. Anyway, I appreciated a lot of your contributions, and hope things go okay for you. Cheers.Anythingyouwant (talk) 14:33, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

It's pretty ridiculous. No connection to reality / substantiation is given, but that doesn't seem to matter, at least to the drafters. North8000 (talk) 15:26, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

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I fear there is some hand waving to make the controversy, disruption, and noise go away, and the evidence is not being examined super closely. The relief I have that my site ban was removed is matched by the regret that yours is likely added.

Gaijin42 (talk) 15:45, 23 April 2014 (UTC)


A close look and analysis would indicate that there is not a reason for even the mildest of sanctions much less such a beyond-extreme measure. Confirming what others have been saying, something has gone badly wrong there. North8000 (talk) 12:05, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

Case is at [42]. North8000 (talk) 11:12, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Template talk:Location map Israel[edit]

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Done. North8000 (talk) 11:20, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

Possible system gaming[edit]

I would like to return your attention to template:Location map Israel incident, where Sepsis II modified a long-standing version of Israeli map to "1949 borders" version without any discussion, suspiciously naming it File:Neutral Israel location map.svg instead of File:Israel location map.svg. I would like your feedback at WP:ANI following your remarks at the talk page. I shall also inform other administrators and editors involved in that incident, now posted at ANI - Gaming the system.GreyShark (dibra) 18:12, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the invite, but I was invited by the bot on the content question, and would rather not get involved in any approach to it as a conduct issue. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 18:59, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Gun control closed[edit]

The above named arbitration case has closed, and final decisions are now available at the link above. The following remedies were passed:

  1. Standard discretionary sanctions are authorised for any edit about, and for all pages relating to, gun control;
  2. AndyTheGrump (talk · contribs) reminded that further edit-warring as well as incivility will likely result in serious sanctions;
  3. Gaijin42 (talk · contribs), Justanonymous (talk · contribs), and ROG5728 (talk · contribs) are topic-banned from making any edit about, and from editing any page relating to, gun control;
  4. Goethean (talk · contribs) reminded that further incivility as well as unnecessary antagonism may result in sanctions;
  5. North8000 (talk · contribs) is indefinitely site-banned from the English Language Wikipedia; appeals of this ban may be requested no earlier than twelve months since the date the case closed. The twelve-month period of the ban under this remedy is reset if new infringements of the sock puppetry policy occur. In addition, North8000 (talk · contribs) is also indefinitely topic-banned from making any edit about, and from editing any page relating to, gun control. The topic ban that North8000 was subject to due to the Tea Party case remains in force.

The topic-ban remedies passed in this case may not be appealed for at least twelve months, and another twelve months must pass for each subsequent appeal.

For the Arbitration Committee,
- Penwhale | dance in the air and follow his steps 20:17, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

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What happened to me?[edit]

It's all at [43]. A close read of all pages is very informative.

The best to you. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 12:07, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

That's a big WTF right there North8000. Those so-called personal attacks cited in your arb case are pretty mild, and your sanction seems excessive. I only just realized that you had been banned because CorpM mentioned it to me. Anyway no need to reply to this, I don't want to get you in any more trouble by engaging you in a conversation that might violate your topic ban. You can email me if you'd like. Gigs (talk) 16:22, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

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Talk:Demographics of Asian Americans/GA1[edit]

I see that you were ready to review it, but I had walked away from Wikipedia for a while, please let me know what improvements need to be made to advance it to GA. --RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 21:29, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject Good articles Future GAN Backlog Drive[edit]

Hello everyone! Hope you've all been having a great summer!

TheQ Editor recently proposed the idea of having another Backlog Drive in either September/October or November/December of this year. For those of you who have participated in the past two drives you know I was the one who organized them, however, come September, this will be my most important year in school so I will not be able to coordinate this drive (if it happens). TheQ Editor has volunteered to be a coordinator for the drive. If any of you would like to co-coordinator, please notify TheQ Editor on his talk page.

If you would be interested in participating in a Backlog Drive sometime before the end of this year, please notify TheQ Editor. Also, make sure to specify what month(s) work best for you.

At the time this message was sent out, the backlog was at 520 nominations. Since May, the backlog has been steadily increasing and we are currently near an all time high. Even though the backlog will not disappear over one drive, this drive can lead to several others which will (hopefully) lead to the day where there is no longer a backlog.

As always, the more participants, the better, and everyone is encouraged to participate!

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GA Cup[edit]

Hello everyone! We hope you have all been having a great summer!

As we all know, the recent GAN Backlog Drives have not had any big impact on the backlog. Because of that, me (Dom497), Figureskatingfan, and TheQ Editor have worked on an idea that could possibly finally put a dent into the massive backlog. Now, I will admit, the idea isn't entirely ours as we have took the general idea of the WikiCup and brought it over to WikiProject Good Articles. But anyways, here's what we have in mind:

For all of you that do not know what the WikiCup is, it is an annual competition between several editors to see who can get the most Good Articles, Featured Article's, Did You Know's, etc. Based of this, we propose to you the GA Cup. This competition will only focus on reviewing Good articles.

For more info on the proposal, click here. As a FYI, the proposal page is not what the final product will look like (if you do go ahead with this idea). It will look very similar to WikiCup's page(s).

The discussion for the proposal will take place here. Please let us know if you are interested, have any concerns, things to consider, etc.

--Dom497, Figureskatingfan, and TheQ Editor

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:29, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject Good Articles - GA Cup[edit]

WikiProject Good Articles's 2014-15 GA Cup
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WikiProject Good articles is holding a new competition, the GA Cup, from October 1, 2014 - March 28, 2015. The Cup will be based on reviewing Good article nominations; for each review, points will be awarded with bonuses for older nominations, longer articles and comprehensive reviews. All participants will start off in one group and the highest scoring participants will go through to the second round. At the moment six rounds are planned, but this may change based on participant numbers.

Some of you may ask: what is the purpose for a competition of this type? Currently, there is a backlog of about 500 unreviewed Good article nominations, almost an all time high. It is our hope that we can decrease the backlog in a fun way, through friendly competition.

Everyone is welcome to join; new and old editors! Sign-ups will be open until October 15, 2014 so sign-up now!

If you have any questions, take a look at the FAQ page and/or contact one of the four judges.

Cheers from NickGibson3900, Dom497, TheQ Editor and Figureskatingfan.

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RfC United States same-sex marriage map[edit]

I opened up an RfC for the U.S. same-sex marriage map due to the complicated situation of Kansas: RfC: How should we color Kansas? Prcc27 (talk) 12:22, 11 December 2014 (UTC)