User talk:Radath

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Welcome![edit]

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External links and searches as sources[edit]

Please read WP:EL. We should not be linking to bookstores, blogs (unless Kuhn has one), personal websites or YouTube channels, etc. And we can never link to copyright material except on the copyright owners official site unless it is absolutely clear that there is no copyright violation. We also do not use searches as sources. You probably should read WP:RS. And finally, see WP:Credential to understand why I removed 'Dr.' and 'PhD. Thanks. There's a steep learning curve and we all make mistakes, even after 100,000 edits. Dougweller (talk) 15:14, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

The only way you could say how many books are on Amazon and Google, and I'm pretty dubious about even that, is if you could find a source that meets our criteria at WP:VERIFY and WP:RS, and I don't think you could. Even then you'd have to probably attribute it - Joe Smith said... - and probably date it. Searches like this are really very unreliable. It's not an uncommon question. You might wonder whether or not you should believe me, and so we have a noticeboard where people can ask questions about sourcing - it's at WP:RSN. I think you'd get the same answer there. Dougweller (talk) 16:22, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

CBC documentary[edit]

Much better, but 'freely available' sort of implies everyone can see it, and it's only available in some countries. Dougweller (talk) 17:16, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Christ myth[edit]

Very glad you asked. Since you will need the input of other editors (this is a long fought over article, and believe me you will need agreement - I don't get involvced), use the talk page. I'd try to make suggestions incrementally myself, but that's up to you. But you do need to understand that the article is contentious and there are some very experienced editors there. Dougweller (talk) 16:16, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks again for the advice, Dougweller. After 4 days of compromises on the Talk page, I was finally able to post a new into which is both shorter and clearer. and I just see that the person who put up the dispute box at the top has removed it. Radath (talk) 14:46, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

Replaceable fair use File:Photo of Tom Harpur by Hugh Wesley.jpg[edit]

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I am trying to rectify the situation and am looking for advice on a proposed email for the photographer at WP:MCQ. Radath (talk) 17:23, 26 February 2014 (UTC)
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Hello, Radath. You have new messages at WP:MCQ.
Message added 16:50, 25 February 2014 (UTC). You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.

ww2censor (talk) 16:50, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

And again. ww2censor (talk) 20:37, 26 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Thank you for your message. The text of the second email seems fine. The issue will probably be resolved more quickly if Mr Wesley emails permissions-en@wikimedia.org (note that this is different from permissions-commons@wikimedia.org) directly; if you want, you could forward your correspondence to the same address just to get things moving. Once either or both of these actions has been taken, add the coding "{{OTRS pending}}" to the top of the file description page to postpone the image's deletion. A volunteer will then confirm receipt of permission through the OTRS system and remove the deletion tag. SuperMarioMan 21:09, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

Christian POV pusher[edit]

A Christian POV pusher keeps on inserting a large section of Christian nonsense at the Bart Ehrman page in clear violation of WP:BLP. Similarly on the Richard Carrier page, he makes all sorts of unfounded assertions in violation of WP:BLP. Please help at both of these pages. RosylynGrock (talk) 03:23, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for all the work you've done on CMT[edit]

Just to let you know that I follow the stuff from a distance, since I don't have time to dive in and study the matter seriously. But I wanted you to know that I am very interested in it and I follow the developments. I think you have done great work in the area since you started, and even though I myself do not have time at the moment to help, I wanted to encourage you to continue. All the work you have done I intend to study much more in depth some time... I hope you can keep it up! But thank you very much for all you have done so far. warshy (¥¥) 16:06, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, Warshy. It was nice of you to to write the note. I'm having fun with Wikipedia, but it sure takes up a lot of time and mental energy. Jump in the debate if you ever have time. Radath (talk) 23:58, 15 March 2014 (UTC)
Yes, it does take quite a bit of time and mental energy as you say. I hope I can get to it sooner than later. In the meantime, I hope you can hang in there and keep up the great work. But I believe you have already accomplished something here so far with your hard and sincere work, and I congratulate you for that. warshy (¥¥) 01:44, 16 March 2014 (UTC)
I must say that the Christ myth page has majorly improved so thanks for the effort. As someone who struggled with the page for a long time I can personally attest to how confusing the material can be as to just what the Christ Myth theory even is. I even through together a little FAQ on the whole mess if you are interested in the problems we had in the past and where they seem to be coming from.--BruceGrubb (talk) 11:07, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for your kind words and for sending me your interesting Christ myth FAQ, BruceGrubb. I have received a lot of positive feedback from both sides about the additional information and neutral tone of the current article compared to how it was on January 23 when I started making changes. I actually have to thank DougWelller for his excellent advice to seek consensus on the Talk page before I proposed the new lede and summary paragraphs. Early on, my edits were criticized by another contributor, but I quoted the model for consensus from his User page, and the tone has been much more pleasant ever since. I think the collaborative compromises and overall friendly tone we have recently achieved on the CMT Talk page are also making the article better. Radath (talk) 23:54, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

Keep the faith[edit]

Been watching the discussion on CMT and it looks like you are getting frustrated. You've done alot of good so please "let not your heart be troubled" (John 14:1). Presume you aren't a Christian, but still think it applies. Take care - Ckruschke (talk) 18:12, 20 March 2014 (UTC)Ckruschke

Thanks Ckruschke. I am a former Christian who has read the Gospels, so I appreciate your comment. Radath (talk) 18:15, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
Can I ask you why you are a "former"? Ckruschke (talk) 18:20, 20 March 2014 (UTC)Ckruschke
I have a brief overview of my religious journey (or descent) on my user page. Radath (talk) 20:04, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
Many former Christians have similar stories. I've heard many people (and several pastors) say that Christianity would be great if it wasn't for all the Christians - we are after all, all too human sometimes. Too often we put our faith in people, and let them fail us or lead us astray, and not enough of our faith in the thing that matters - Jesus Christ (not saying that this is what you did - just my observation from talking to many injured Christians and atheists). I was there too - the two people in my life who were "Christians" when I was growing up was a friend (who behaved worse than me) and my Grandparents (who treated my brother and I like strangers) so I had a very negative viewpoint of it until I went to college. I have a cartoon in my office that depicts that Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve with a voice from above that says "Remember this is all an allegory" - kind of clever juxtaposition. I'm a firm Creationist, but I don't hit people over the head with it as I feel that you can believe what you want (even if I think you are wrong). As you probably know, there is a good % of people in the church that believe in some form of evolution or another. I prefer to not "major in the minors" like picking fights in arbitrary sidelights of the Bible (stupid/unknowable stuff like how many angels will fit on the head of a pin or what body of water did Moses really cross) and instead try to focus on ultimately what counts - whether we have Jesus in our lives to wash away our sins. The rest is window dressing - although I still take time to argue about it on Wikipedia...  ;-)
Thanks for the opportunity to talk. Have a great weekend! Yours - Ckruschke (talk) 13:28, 21 March 2014 (UTC)Ckruschke

CMT definition[edit]

Hoping everyone will support the compromise I have proposed. Radath (talk) 18:14, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Dispute resolution[edit]

A content dispute resolution process has been started at [1]. Please participate and contribute to a resolution. Wdford (talk) 16:22, 24 March 2014 (UTC)