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Hello, Robert McClenon. You have new messages at 78.26's talk page.
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Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Gender Gap Task Force opened[edit]

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Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 00:10, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Response 1[edit]

I left you a new response on my talk page.

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FYI on evidence[edit]

When I presented that evidence in early Sept I was under a lot of pressure and made some errors, some of which already have been publicly pointed out. Since this will be seen as your evidence, you might want to check the diffs yourself. Same with EvergreenFir's just in case. Carolmooredc (Talkie-Talkie) 18:13, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

I echo Carol's sentiments about errors being made. You wan't to be super careful when presenting anything crafted by Carol. She is very selective and often the context is out of focus. As is with most of Carol's diffs you've selected and the accompanying analysis. No I won't tell you which ones. Figure it out for yourself, I suggest by visiting the archive which contains the diff and read everything. You seem to be involved in lots of Arb cases over the years. You play your cards right and they might make you an honorary bailiff.Two kinds of porkMakin'Bacon 02:10, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case "List of..."[edit]

Hi! I tried to answer your question, thnx for putting it instead of dismissing the case as Beeblebrox , Newyorkbrad and Seraphimblade have done. I assume Adam Cuerden could have made a stronger case. Point is, thats not about a WMC-and I issue. As pointed out by User:NewsAndEventsGuy, the list was created is an internal pet tool and navigation stronghold of a group of editors. Thats not what WP is about. Therefore the arbcom may be the right adress. Serten (talk) 20:53, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

@Serten: since you've had a questionable accuracy repeating my position in the past, I would like to fact check this instance; what the devil is a "WMS-and I issue" you seem to think I asserted? NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 21:02, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
Hope you get what I mean after I inserted a full stop and WMC instead of WMS. WMC refers to Connolley. Serten (talk) 21:06, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
Oh, I see. You went after WMC at ANI when - by your admission above - you apparently knew that wasn't the real issue. I opined in that filing that BOOMERANG might apply, and with this admission of WP:FORUMSHOPPING I think that more strongly than I did before. I'll set aside the confirmation bias that resulted when you tried to understand my comment while reading with your anti-AGF perspective. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 21:23, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
Connolley is the one behaving repeatedly, offensively and especially low in AGF in different articles. Goodness, I went to ANI with that case after he had overdone it finally. Much more annoying me (and others) is that aggressive group think protecting that list. Why should I insist on blocking WMC, which is, as Ronz reminded me, already under a partial topic ban? I am quite OK how User:Sphilbrick#Wrong_page.... dealt with the issue and how the community reacted. Serten (talk) 21:57, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
I haven' commented either way on WMC's acts, only saying you lack clean hands to bitch about casting aspersions and failing to assume good faith. IF you want to make meaningful improvements here's some advice..... Your posts wander all over and go off topic frequently. You argue multiple issues at once. You're feeling shit upon because, frankly, you're not using the TPG to make it simple to reason with you, and you bash people instead of using polite, patient, and gradually-escalating WP:DR like WP:THIRD for starters. Without approving or disapproving of anyone else's conduct, maybe you would do better to set aside the WP:BATTLEGROUND mentality and never ever


never ever ever


mention user conduct on the article talk page? If you claim to be a scientist you can probably relate to chaning the inputs usually changes the results, right? :::::NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 23:46, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
Please be so kind and reduce militant or abusive language, even my Bundeswehr superiors orders were in more civil tone. Your "ingroup conversations" - compare User_talk:Dmcq#Huh.3F - seem to be infected as well, so the manure is not on me. Serten (talk) 00:51, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
Can we move this to another talk page? Why is this on my talk page, which is intended to communicate with and about me? Most of this doesn't affect me. Can we move it? Robert McClenon (talk) 02:08, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
OK by me to just waste it. If it does get moved (and anywhere is fine by me) please provide an FYI pointer. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 06:42, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
Robert, I just went here to answer your question on the Arbcom. If youre OK with the response, dustbin or archive it. Serten (talk) 08:05, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

Case opened[edit]

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Arbcom[edit]

Thank you for your edits on Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Gender_Gap_Task_Force/Evidence and your inclusion of my original ANI stuff. School has kept me off WP mostly and I really do not wish to be involved in this ARBCOM... I'm so sick of this shit. But I felt I should at least thank you. Cheers. EvergreenFir (talk) Please {{re}} 04:51, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

You'll probably notice I did not create a section about you on my submission. Not for the lack of diffs, space or time, but rather I felt that your conduct was not even close to the level of trouble that Carol and Neotarf displayed. A quick look at your other efforts, while at times shows a slight POV (and whose doesn't) you usually show good faith and are reasonable. I completely understand why many people take issues with Eric, and respond accordingly. IMO you should not be held to account for this.Two kinds of porkMakin'Bacon 05:18, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

Robert, regarding this, were you actually requested to strike those diffs by anyone in authority, or were you simply acting on the complaint of Drmis? Patrol forty (talk) 18:26, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

Why do you plaster someone else's statement without vetting it first? Especially Carol's submissions? The ANI page you clipped had many people state that there was a problem with her claims. You surely saw those too. If you have any good faith you will review the full archive in question and then strike "Later at this diff he wonders if systemic bias exists - in a task force of Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias." from the evidence page.Two kinds of porkMakin'Bacon 04:17, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Prehistoric Bajada "hanging" canals of southeastern Arizona[edit]

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Started a page move request in Talk:Prehistoric Bajada "hanging" canals of southeastern Arizona. --George Ho (talk) 03:09, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Historicity of Jesus case opened[edit]

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Thanks[edit]

For taking the heat. Couldn't have kept this up without you. ---- CharlesGillingham (talk) 06:51, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

September alert to User:Luxure[edit]

Hello Robert M. While checking for a DS alert, I saw you had notified User:Luxure on September 20 of the WP:ARBMAC sanctions. Can I ask what the issue was that caused you to take this action? Also, is there any significance to the fact you've complained about Luxure both at AN and AE? Thanks, EdJohnston (talk) 17:37, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) On climate pages, I give DS alerts on a regular basis to lots of people, just because I don't know them and they've shown a sudden keen interest. The new DS alert system is explicitly crafted to be informational only, with no imputation intended. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 18:40, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
I have no concern about Robert's notice, but would like to know if there are diffs from anything that happened in September that might bear on the current AN and AE discussions. The name Luxure is not familiar to me. EdJohnston (talk) 18:52, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Ah, sorry to butt in. As you were. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 18:54, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
First, as to why I notified, I would have to research, but I recall that, although he wasn't the most unreasonable of the editors, he was being uncivil, and I gave the alerts to all of the editors who were being uncivil. As to why I reported it twice, I was aware that it might seem to be forum shopping, but I originally reported it at AN because the RFC was open at AN and was uncloseable in its current state, part of the requested discussion having been deleted. On further research I realized that I couldn't close anyway, having been involved (only in cautioning the other editors), and then checked to see whether Luxure had been already cautioned, which wasn't on his talk page. I saw that I had cautioned him, and that he deleted it with a hostile edit summary. Robert McClenon (talk) 21:19, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
As I said, he wasn't the most uncivil of the editors, but he was uncivil, and had been warned, and I have a hard time assuming good faith about deleting most of the archive after archiving it. Robert McClenon (talk) 21:19, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. EdJohnston (talk) 22:02, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
I reformatted two links in your AE complaint. I hope that's OK. Your phrase about 'Request for Closure of RFCs' looks like you may have wanted it to be a link to something in WP:AN/RFC. It's not at the moment. When you cite 'Diffs of previous relevant sanctions' down below, the links don't work. You could just say 'None' if there were no previous sanctions. Thanks, EdJohnston (talk) 22:17, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. Robert McClenon (talk) 02:08, 25 October 2014 (UTC)
Regarding Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Enforcement#Luxure. User:Taivo (at AN) and User:Future Perfect at Sunrise have given their opinion that no sanction is needed. FP thinks this was a technical mistake by Luxure. Do you still think that admins should take action? Thanks, EdJohnston (talk) 03:54, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
I am willing to let it drop at this point. I consider the idea that the deletion of most of the archive was a technical mistake to be incredible, that is, unworthy of belief by a rational human being. The original archiving was done correctly. The deletion of about three-quarters of the archive was done twelve minutes later. The deletion was done on purpose for some reason. However, if two uninvolved admins think that it isn't worth pursuing, I am willing to let the matter drop. Robert McClenon (talk) 15:11, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Query[edit]

Hi, Robert. I don't quite understand why you posted such an angy "welcome" on 172.56.6.43 (talk · contribs · WHOIS). Their note on ANI wasn't in practice helpful, no, but could surely have been posted by a n00b with an intention of helping. You say it was reverted — was it? If so it has been restored, and answered. Are you assuming it's a troll with a grudge against Tutelary? Bishonen | talk 09:18, 27 October 2014 (UTC).

ARBAB[edit]

The wording on the ruling makes it pretty clear that yes, it is. CPCs are related to abortion even narrowly construed. 4.1) Standard discretionary sanctions are authorized for all pages† articles related to abortion, broadly construed. Also there's a Discretionary Sanctions notice on the article's talk page already. EvergreenFir (talk) Please {{re}} 19:39, 31 October 2014 (UTC)

Crisis Pregnancy Centers[edit]

Thanks for the tag on my talk page, but I'm already well aware of the DS on abortion pages. Maybe you should consider reminding a few others. I'd be happy to give you some suggestions if needed. Cloonmore (talk) 03:24, 1 November 2014 (UTC)

Somehow you found me. I'm sure with a little effort you can locate actual edit warriors to tag. Cloonmore (talk) 19:07, 1 November 2014 (UTC)

Evidence[edit]

@Robert McClenon, I reviewed your evidence thus far, per your request. It would be helpful if you could provide specific diffs that demonstrate where progress on improving the article itself was impeded. Despite the wall-of-words on the talk page, I didn't see much evidence of disruption on the article page. The arbs are going to want to know about that. Also, linking to archived talk pages, and saying in effect "it's all in there somewhere", is not going to be appreciated by the drafting arb. Please try to be more specific. Other than the four examples you provided, what specific behavior rises to the level of misconduct, and what policies are being violated? For example, pointing out that someone was argumentative on the article talk page is not very persuasive, unless the arguments include casting aspersions or other forms of personal attacks. These are just suggestions of course. It's completely up to you to provide evidence as you see fit. Ignocrates (talk) 00:36, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

Clarification request[edit]

The Arbitration Committee agreed that the article Crisis pregnancy center is subject to Discretionary sanctions under the WP:ARBAB decision.

The decision is archived here

For the Arbitration Committee, --S Philbrick(Talk) 12:28, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

Mitch McConnell[edit]

Mitch McConnell was listed at RFPP and then I saw the report at Edit warring. I semi-protected Harry Reid as both articles seemed to be getting similar edits to the one made by Tina cain. I also gave them another warning. CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 19:19, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

I had sort of figured that it had to do with that and the date of taking office as minority/majority leader which appears to be 2015. CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 19:21, 5 November 2014 (UTC)
I thought that was the main thing. They are brand new user though, just registered today, and may not understand the way Wikipedia operates. Semi-protecting the page means that they can't edit it and will be required to use the talk page. CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 19:32, 5 November 2014 (UTC)
With the bit of luck they may decide to use the talk page. CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 19:45, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

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Totally different subject[edit]

Your talk page is becoming quite long (5x PgDown to get to the end of the TOC). An other archive page would be appreciated. WyattAlex (talk) 22:50, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

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Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Countering systemic bias/Gender gap task force[edit]

Hey Robert, we haven't always agreed on everything, but I appreciated your comments there, which were thoughtful and calm. Thanks, Drmies (talk) 23:47, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

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Chevalier d'Eon Closure[edit]

Hey, thanks for closing the Chevalier d'Eon RfC. Frankly, that whole thing was a mess - as much my fault as anyone else's. However, I think you may have overstepped the consensus in this case. I think (and you acknowledge) that there's a clear consensus that d'Eon is an edge case per MOS, but there's no consensus about what to do about that. The problem is that you can't really just say, "Oh well since d'Eon is an edge case and MOS doesn't address edge cases, we'll just follow MOS." Doesn't make sense - the consensus was that d'Eon's gender was likely not a matter of self-expression but rather of deliberate ambiguity. I would appreciate it if you would amend the closure to indicate that the process resulted in no recommended course of action. At the moment we've just avoided pronouns entirely, but obviously that will have to change at some point, but it should change by consensus. 0x0077BE [talk/contrib] 15:26, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

RfC closure at Talk:Nofel Izz[edit]

I moved your closure comment an formatting to the RfC specifically, then pointed out that there was indeed a specific question [2]. I hope this isn't a problem.

How should I have worded the RfC to make the question clearer and more prominent?

As the issue of all the sources being poor wasn't directly addressed or answered in the RfC, I'll be taking it to the BLP noticeboard after wrapping up the current issues: those brought up at FTN, the edit-warring and ownership problems that has driven a new editor away, and the coi and paid editing problems. --Ronz (talk) 16:54, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

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Unrelated RfC?[edit]

Thanks for the close on Oathkeeper. You said that you saw an unrelated RfC running. What did you mean? Is it on another talk page? Darkfrog24 (talk) 21:44, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

Feminists Engage Wikipedia[edit]

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If Adrienne Wadewitz were here, she would give you an award for all you have done! Djembayz (talk) 23:43, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

Arbcom evidence[edit]

It appears that you added evidence about User:IseeEwe without informing the editor. Please do so.--S Philbrick(Talk) 14:32, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

RfC[edit]

As you participated in a previous related discussion you are invited to comment at Wikipedia:Administrators/RfC for an Admin Review Board. --Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 05:12, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

DangerousPanda arbitation request opened[edit]

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Moving Discussion on Reference Desk[edit]

Hi Robert McClenon, just for your information, your use of the Hidden Archive template caused edit-conflict(s). The result was that some of my edits were lost in the move. No big deal (for me, at least) - I'm savvy enough to notice and fix that stuff up. However, some other users might not be so able to micromanage the edit-conflict resolution.
In the future, if you feel that you need to move a discussion to another page, you might just use a simple wiki-link, instead of an archive template. That'll prevent MediaWiki's automatic edit conflict resolver from munging up the content.
Nimur (talk) 18:36, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

Maruthusrm[edit]

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GamerGate (again)[edit]

Realistically, I agree that today's attempt to edit-war and then wiki-lawyer the removal of "false allegations" merits sanctions. In practice, I foresee dozens of hours of tedious work, likely leading to minor sanctions against secondary players while the main culprits continue their relentless campaign against female game developers. I'm not sure I have the time to lead this charge, though I suppose I would be willing if it were absolutely necessary; yesterday's endless wrangling with an administrator who insists that no picture could depict "rape" took a lot out of me. I'd welcome guidance on how best to proceed, avoiding protracted and pointless process. As it is, this morass is demanding many more hours than I can afford.MarkBernstein (talk) 01:12, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

Lift(Force) closure[edit]

Hi Robert,

Thanks for your help at Talk:lift(Force), but it appears the issue wasn't adequately explained in the request for closure - a formal request for closure was filed at Project Aviation talk page, but no one acted upon it. After a week or so one of the editors took it to AN/I, where one of the regulars there punted it over to the requests for closure noticeboard without adequately explaining the issue. You picked it up from there.

Since it's the first thread on the page it is understandable why you would think we were at odds over "humans cannot fully explain why airfoils generate lift", but that discussion had run its course and no further action was needed. It was not the issue that prompted the request for closure or the post on AN/I.

The issue is: should the following statement appear in the article:

"The resulting force upwards is equal to the time rate of change of momentum of the air downwards."


That's what we are trying to settle, and unfortunately I'm not seeing us being any closer as a result of the discussion close. Should we just make a new request for closure, or is there some other course of action that you'd advocate? Thanks. Mr. Swordfish (talk) 20:06, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Bill Clinton[edit]

But in 2004 wouln't he have been "then serving", not "former" (He's "former" now in "2012")? Or do I need a glass of wine? Alexbrn talk|contribs|COI 17:54, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

Don't worry, I know the answer: I need a glass of wine (they'd changed president by 2004!) Alexbrn talk|contribs|COI 17:55, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

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Your comment[edit]

It's been a while since you posted on my talk page, and I've been busy and haven't had a chance to respond. I'm unclear why you posted. It was an unsolicited comment from someone who, as far as I know, I haven't run across before. And given that the topic was an uncivil editor who likes to throw f-combs at other editors, I'm not sure of your point or, more significantly, why you were concerned. I would like to think it is not that you condone editors cursing one another with the variations on the word "fuck", although if so, I do hope you don't come back and start cursing at me or post more unwelcome comments — as I said, I don't know you and I don't know why you felt it was necessary to post something like you did to the talk page of a perfect stranger. I would note that the admin involved in that issue is himself the subject of an ANI brought up by editors other than me.

Hopefully, now that you've said your piece and I've said mine, we can go our separate ways and not cross paths again. That seems like the most peaceful thing. --Tenebrae (talk) 01:22, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

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Thanks for helping me break my chains, even if you did not intend to do it in quite that way. I'll probably see you again when I a septuagenarian! Face-smile.svg

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Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Interactions at GGTF closed[edit]

This arbitration case has been closed and the final decision is available at the link above. The following remedies have been enacted:

  1. Editors topic banned by the Committee under this remedy are prohibited on the English Wikipedia from: (i) editing the pages of the Gender Gap Task Force; (ii) discussing the gender disparity among Wikipedians; and (iii) participating in any process broadly construed to do with these topics. An uninvolved admin may remove any comments that breach this remedy, and impose blocks as necessary. The Committee's standard provisions on enforcement of arbitration provisions and appeals and modifications of arbitration enforcements apply.
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    If Eric Corbett finds himself tempted to engage in prohibited conduct, he is to disengage and either let the matter drop or refer it to another editor to resolve.

    If however, in the opinion of an uninvolved administrator, Eric Corbett does engage in prohibited conduct, he may be blocked. The first two such blocks shall be of 72 hours duration, increasing thereafter for each subsequent breach to one week, one month, and three months. Any blocks under this provision are arbitration enforcement actions and may only be reviewed or appealed at the arbitration enforcement noticeboard. Should a fifth block (three months) prove necessary, the blocking administrator must notify the Arbitration Committee of the block via a Request for Clarification and Amendment so that the remedy may be reviewed.

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Discuss this

Copyvio rewrites[edit]

Hi! Thanks for your work on Joseph Rodney Moss. That page will be evaluated in 7 or (given the size of the backlog at WP:CP) probably more days. Just a note for the future: if you want to work on a rewrite of a copyvio-blanked page, could you please do so on the specific sub-page provided rather than working on the article itself? (to get there, click "show" to the right of where it says Otherwise, you may write a new article without copyright-infringing material. Click "Show" to read where and how) That means that whoever deals with the problem can easily compare the new version with the old, and decide whether the rewrite should be moved to replace the existing version. What you've done will probably be just fine (and please don't get me wrong, any help with copyright cleanup is always welcome!), but it is, technically, out of process. Given that there's been some criticism of my actions and/or judgement in listing this particular article, I won't in any case be closing it myself. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 23:53, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant[edit]

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Talk:Inter-civil war violence in Libya#Requested move[edit]

I started an official page move discussion. --George Ho (talk) 06:39, 7 December 2014 (UTC)

Interplanetary Contamination merge discussion[edit]

Hi Robert, I wonder, can you close the merge discussion here now? No activity for getting on for three months now.

Talk:Interplanetary_contamination#Merger

Robert Walker (talk) 13:19, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Yes this is separate thing, totally unrelated to the other one. Just thought I'd mention it while here. Robert Walker (talk) 18:35, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
Just to say, thanks for closing it. I didn't know that we were expected to publicize it on the project talk page. Anyway in this case I think the other editor just lost interest in the discussion. Good to have it closed though, as that's a chance to move on from the merge and do a bit more editing of the articles, just minor editing, wanted to get rid of the references section which I have just done which the other editor wanted me to keep for the duration of the discussion.
I'll be surprised if he wants to re-open it, but will see. Robert Walker (talk) 01:59, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

User Conduct issue for Karma in Buddhism and Four Noble Truths[edit]

Hi Robert, this is a question about user conduct.

There is a big discussion going on and an RfC, so not expecting you to say anything about that. Just about the user conduct issue.

It is particularly clear in case of Karma in Buddhism. It was a mature article, worked on for many years. User:Dorje108 worked on it for eighteen months starting in spring 2013 before this incident.

User:Joshua Jonathan had never previously edited the page, and never commented on its talk page either. He doesn't appear in either history as far as I can see before these edits. Though he has been a wikipedia editor of articles on Buddhism for years.

Diff for Karma in Buddhism: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Karma_in_Buddhism&diff=635624203&oldid=632340477

He has turned a mature article into an article best described as a reasonably credible first draft - but with many errors in it.

Here is his summary of his changes, which he posted as a "clean up" after he had finished his work rewriting the article. He didn't post anything before or during it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Karma_in_Buddhism#Summary_of_clean-up

He also applied the same approach to the Four Noble Truths, diff here:

For Four Noble Truths: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Four_Noble_Truths&diff=635891831&oldid=629066305

And this is what User:Dorje108 says about it.

Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Buddhism#Recent_re-writes_of_key_concepts

So - User:Joshua Jonathan has his reasons. Basically he thinks that these articles should rely on the work of a small group of Western academics and he doesn't think the Eastern references to Tibetan and Thervadhan scholars should be used here, or their views expressed in these articles.

He calls all these Eastern scholars "primary sources" that, he believes, should only be cited in Wikipedia as primary sources and understood as filtered through the lens of the Western academics when they discuss their work.

He is undoubtedly sincere. We have a RfC on this issue, and there are currently three in support of use of Eastern scholars as secondary sources and three opposed to this.

But the user conduct thing is - that is it permissible for an editor to do such a radical rewrite of a significant article on Wikipedia without first discussing his edits on the talk page first?

Or, do we have a case for a rollback, just based on his conduct, and to require him to present his changes one at a time, for discussion by Dorje108 and anyone else who is interested? Or is there any other form of action we can take in this situation? He is not interested in rolling back of his own accord, have asked him several times about that.

I'd like also to mention that Dorje108 has ceased contributing to Wikipedia on Buddhism since this event which destroyed most of his contributions to the encyclopedia for the last eighteen months. Did nothing for a month or so and has now started this RfC to clarify policy on secondary sources which seems to be the main issue. Also that he is a non contentious editor, collaborative in style, good at working with his fellow editors. Even User:Joshua Jonathan agrees on that.

I don't want to do any action right now. Just asking for information. If you think we have a case for some form of action, I will report to Dorje108 and see what he wants to do and take it from there.

BTW I have never edited either article myself except to fix one broken link in the Karma in Buddhism article. I am writing this as a reader who is concerned to see what I considered an excellent article, one of the most scholarly articles on Buddhism in wikipedia in my view, "wrecked" in this way.

Thanks! Robert Walker (talk) 13:48, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

This issue has been "discussed" over and over for the past few weeks. Here's my "offer of truce". Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 15:01, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
Robert, just to clarify, I don't want you to comment on the RfC or on whether Joshua Jonathan is justified in his edits.
It is just a question on whether this is a user conduct issue based on the diffs and history and this action of an editor rewriting a mature article without any prior discussion on its talk page first. In case of the 4 noble truths article, I wasn't following that - but the diffs show that it was a similar story, a sudden quick revision of the entire article without previous discussion. Though in that case he had discussed some of the issues before on its talk page. Still he did a major revision without discussing step by step his reasons for making such a radical change to a mature article.
In case of Karma in Buddhism there was absolutely no discussion on the talk page at all either before or during the edits. Is this sort of behaviour permitted, or encouraged for mature articles on Wikipedia - or do we have a case for a rollback just based on the user behaviour. That's what I want to ask about. The articles were scholarly in presentation, and well cited throughout as you can easily check. His "offer of truce" is just a suggestion that I stop discussing this issue. Robert Walker (talk) 16:16, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
It seems that I have been asked to look at two unrelated issues, a merger about space exploration and Karma in Buddhism. I will look at both. I will point out that, as a Catholic, I am uninvolved in Karma in Buddhism and will try to be objective. I will look. Robert McClenon (talk) 16:28, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
Yes, they are unrelated, thanks for looking at them! Robert Walker (talk) 18:36, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Per WP:CANVAS, the request from Robert Walker was nowhere near neutral. It is thus canvassing.VictoriaGraysonTalk 17:58, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

User Conduct issue for Karma in Buddhism and Four Noble Truths[edit]

Hi Robert, okay trying again hope this is clearer.

User Conduct issue - revision of an existing mature article into an almost completely new article that resembles a "first draft"[edit]

It is about user conduct for User:Joshua Jonathan. He recently edited two articles on Four Noble Truths and on Karma in Buddhism. I first became aware of this for Karma in Buddhism.

It was a mature article, worked on by several editors, first created in May 2006. Most recently worked on by User:Dorje108 who worked on it for eighteen months since spring 2013.

This is what it looked like before his edits. Please just notice that it is a mature article with an extensive list of references - see all the citations at the end and how every section is fully cited:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Karma_in_Buddhism&oldid=632340477

And this is the diff, where what I want you to notice is that User:Joshua Jonathan deleted most of the article and rewrote what was left so that there is almost nothing left of the original

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Karma_in_Buddhism&diff=635624203&oldid=632340477

And - if you look at the history of the talk page and the article itself, he had never edited it before as far as I can see. Also, he never commented before his edits. Just edited the whole thing into what is essentially a new first draft of the article according to his views of what he thinks it should be like. And then posted a "cleanup summary" when he was done.

He did the same with Four Noble Truths, diff here:

For Four Noble Truths: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Four_Noble_Truths&diff=635891831&oldid=629066305

There he did have prior discussion, of some of the issues - but he did a major rewrite of the entire article without discussing all the edits one step at a time first with the other editors.

And this is what User:Dorje108 says about it all.

"Jonathan’s method is to quickly re-write an entire article without warning or discussion. He leaves no opportunity for other editors who have worked on the article to explain or justify the current content or structure of the article."

See "Methods" under: Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Buddhism#Recent_re-writes_of_key_concepts

Dorje108 has stopped editing these articles or contributing to their talk pages as a result.

So my main question is - is this user conduct acceptable. Is it permitted for a user to make such extensive changes to a mature article without discussion? Do we have any resource to any procedure to do something about it? Can we ask for a rollback? Or any other thoughts or suggestions? I have asked him if he will consider a rollback voluntarily of his own accord but he is not interested in that idea.

About the RfC[edit]

So also mentioning the RfC but this is not the main focus of my question unless you have thoughts on it also.

He sincerely thinks that he has improved the articles. The reasons behind his method is the subject of a RfC on the Karma in Buddhism talk page, with currently three in favour, three against.

This is how Dorje describes his methods again:

Jonathan is currently asserting that texts by Buddhist writers and teachers (who do not have Western academic training) should be considered primary sources. This means that, from Jonathan’s point of view, the vast majority of actual Buddhist teachers and writers are not reliable secondary sources. You can view Jonathan's opinion here: Talk:Karma_in_Buddhism#Sources.
I completely disagree with Jonathan on this matter. I find this position to be biased and completely unsupportable based on the wiki guidelines. If we follow Jonathan's logic, then the Dalai Lama is to be considered a primary source on key topics in Buddhism (even in a text that is written specifically to explain these topics for a Western audience), but an obscure academic should be considered a secondary source, and thus to be given more weight. - Dorje108 (talk) 23:12, 30 November 2014 (UTC)

And this is the RfC: Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Buddhism#RfC:_Are_texts_written_by_Buddhist_writers_and_teachers_that_explain_basic_Buddhist_concepts_reliable_secondary_sources.3F

Conclusion[edit]

Is that clearer? Sorry that I use so many words. This is as short as I can make it. Just want advice at present.

Is there anything we can do other than the RfC, can we do a roll back, any other thoughts that may help? Not asking for action right now, just advice. If there is a possibility for action then I think it should be up to User:Dorje108. So I offered to ask you about this as I know you are expert in user conduct issues, and report back to him. See: User_talk:Dorje108#User_Conduct_for_Joshua_Jonathan

Thanks! Robert Walker (talk) 18:32, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Canvassing[edit]

I see some canvassing between the 2 Roberts.VictoriaGraysonTalk 18:35, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

No. Robert M. has previously been so kind to help Robert W. around with the do's and don'ts of Wikipedia, when he was running into similar problems. That was appreciated by Robert W.,a nd he trusts Robert M. He's asking for guidance, wants to know if there's a user-conduct problem with my edits of "karma in Buddhism" and "Four Noble Truths". That's all. As far as my personal experience goes, it's good to ask for help. Best regards, Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 18:58, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
Yes that's it exactly, thanks! Robert Walker (talk) 19:11, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Sorry still too long I see, will try again[edit]

First, I am not Canvassing. I am simply asking for advice on user conduct. Robert McClennon is someone I recognize as an expert in user conduct on Wikipedia, this is nothing to do with trying to find support for either side in the RfC or arbitration in it or anything like that.

It is about the rapid editing without discussion on the articles. The RfC obviously is the way to deal with the disputes of content.

This is my main question:

Was it okay for Joshua Jonathan to take an existing mature article, and to rewrite it without prior discussion on the talk page. When the existing article was a scholarly detailed article with many citations, and one that has been edited for many years by previous editors to reach its mature state?
Can we ask him to revert pending resolution of the RfC or pending discussion to resolve the problems on the talk pages?

I would have thought there must be some rule or guideline or procedure to deal with this, otherwise the main articles in wikipedia would continually get rewritten by enthusiastic editors who are convinced that their way of presenting the article is far better.

Is that so? Or if this happens do we have no recourse at all and have to let editors do this?

Is that clearer? What the issue is?

Any questions be sure to say!

Robert Walker (talk)

Still short of things to do?[edit]

Are you? They won't be back on that IP and, even if they were, they couldn't care less. It seems like just more officiousness for the sake of it. - Sitush (talk) 17:32, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

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) 12:20, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

Incorporation at Talk:United States[edit]

Territories without all provisions of the Constitution applying are today called “unincorporated” in the judicial sense. Of course, all provisions will never apply until territories are made states. But historically territories have been made “a part of the United States” at citizenship and self-governance.

“Incorporation” is a judicial doctrine to establish an internal tax on island sugar, so territories were deemed “foreign in a domestic sense”. Later the doctrine was extended to restrict application of constitutional provisions until Congress extended them to the territories. No databases use the judicially “incorporated” 50 states, DC and Palmyra Atoll as the standard.

To become a part of the United States by Congress is another issue, which I have approached from a historical perspective, supported by legal scholars, political scientists and current executive, legislative and judicial sources. Possessions have had a military governor, unincorporated territories have had a governor appointed by the president…POLITICALLY incorporated territories have three-branch self-government under federal courts as the modern day territories do have. The five major territories have the same delegate Member of Congress as the “incorporated” DC.

To avoid all the internal distinctions, the Encyclopedia Britannica since at least 1911 continues to report the U.S. as consisting of states only, now 50 states --- but without including DC and the five major territories until discussing territorial extent. Most U.S. databases use "50 states and DC".

But scholars Van Dyke and Sparrow include 50 states, DC and five major territories as "a part of the United States", so I thought to improve WP by using secondary sourced information per wp:psts. --- older≠wiser thinks I may have a point for the Infobox area and population, which I would compromise to footnote with "50 states and DC" figures, but he believes that the territorial status is too "murky" for me to prevail in the article narrative. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 10:13, 13 December 2014 (UTC)

Scope of U.S. -- Interested parties[edit]

Robert McClenon, while it may seem that the discussion at the Talk:United States RfC is only between me and TFD, there are some 20 interested parties on the subject of the scope of the United States.

Participants in the RfC include Robert McClenon, TheVirginiaHistorian, Golbez, TFD, Collect, Wzrd1, RicJack, older ≠ wiser who is Bkonrad for notifications, Alanscottwalker, Khajidha, Mark Miller. Then also, there was discussion on including territories in the U.S. geographical area just prior, including additionally OuroborosCobra, RightCowLeftCoast, VictorD7, Elvey, Student7. Others who may be interested participated in discussion on the previous dispute resolution last year, include Gwillhickers, Noleander, Mendaliv, VictorD7, Buzity, older ≠ wiser, TFD, Golbez, RightCowLeftCoast, Collect. Some overlap, I hope I haven’t missed anyone. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 16:02, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

RfM notice of participants[edit]

Although you notified me of an upcoming Request for Mediation directly, I have not yet received notice otherwise on my Talk page. How is notice delivered for the ten listed? Does it wait until the RfC is closed? Who does it? TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 08:44, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

Formal mediation has been requested[edit]

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VisualEditor newsletter—December 2014[edit]

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Did you know?

Basic table editing is now available in VisualEditor. You can add and remove rows and columns from existing tables at the click of a button.

The user guide has more information about how to use VisualEditor.

Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has fixed many bugs and worked on table editing and performance. Their weekly status reports are posted on Mediawiki.org. Upcoming plans are posted at the VisualEditor roadmap.

VisualEditor was deployed to several hundred remaining wikis as an opt-in beta feature at the end of November, except for most Wiktionaries (which depend heavily upon templates) and all Wikisources (which await integration with ProofreadPage).

Recent improvements[edit]

Basic support for editing tables is available. You can insert new tables, add and remove rows and columns, set or remove a caption for a table, and merge cells together. To change the contents of a cell, double-click inside it. More features will be added in the coming months. In addition, VisualEditor now ignores broken, invalid rowspan and colspan elements, instead of trying to repair them.

You can now use find and replace in VisualEditor, reachable through the tool menu or by pressing ⌃ Ctrl+F or ⌘ Cmd+F.

You can now create and edit simple <blockquote> paragraphs for quoting and indenting content. This changes a "Paragraph" into a "Block quote".

Some new keyboard sequences can be used to format content. At the start of the line, typing "*  " will make the line a bullet list; "1.  " or "# " will make it a numbered list; "==" will make it a section heading; ": " will make it a blockquote. If you didn't mean to use these tools, you can press undo to undo the formatting change. There are also two other keyboard sequences: "[[" for opening the link tool, and "{{" for opening the template tool, to help experienced editors. The existing standard keyboard shortcuts, like ⌃ Ctrl+K to open the link editor, still work.

If you add a category that has been redirected, then VisualEditor now adds its target. Categories without description pages show up as red.

You can again create and edit galleries as wikitext code.

Looking ahead[edit]

VisualEditor will replace the existing design with a new theme designed by the User Experience group. The new theme will be visible for desktop systems at MediaWiki.org in late December and at other sites early January. (You can see a developer preview of the old "Apex" theme and the new "MediaWiki" one which will replace it.)

The Editing team plans to add auto-fill features for citations in January. Planned changes to the media search dialog will make choosing between possible images easier.

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Thank you! WhatamIdoing (WMF) (talk) 23:37, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:SupremeSAT(Pvt.)[edit]

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User FelixRosch[edit]

Thank you for your attention to the situation regarding the article Metropolitan (1990 film). However, I do not see how my assertions about user FelixRosch constitute "attacks." The user has continually reverted the text in the article to a summary which appears to have been written by a non-English speaker and is composed of grammatically and syntactically incorrect sentences. He has also refused to engage in dialogue about the article until other users "acknowledge him," and as a cursory glimpse of his talk page will show, has a history of abusive behavior towards other editors and administrators. I have put forth numerous good faith efforts to edit the page to be up to Wiki's quality standards, efforts which FelixRosch has repeatedly held up for no other reason than no one consulted him before edits were made to the page.76.31.249.221 (talk) 19:23, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for your continued attention to this issue. I respectfully change my complaint of vandalism to an issue of competency as regards language difficulty. An examination of Felix's edits, which I have requested multiple admin to make, will reveal that his contributions to the page do not demonstrate a proficiency with the English language.76.31.249.221 (talk) 23:26, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Wooden statue of Quan Âm (Avalokiteśvara, Guanyin) with 1000 eyes and 1000 hands.

Thank you for your compassionate efforts. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 08:21, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

Template[edit]

On your user page you use non-existent template

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Did you intend the following?

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Historicity of Jesus arbitration case - proposed decision posted[edit]

This is a courtesy message to inform you that the proposed decision has been posted for the Historicity of Jesus arbitration case. Constructive, relevant comments are welcome on the proposed decision talk page. For the Arbitration Committee, Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 03:41, 25 December 2014 (UTC) Message delivered by MediaWiki message delivery (talk).

Mele Kalikimaka[edit]

Have a bright Hawaiian Christmas!--Mark Miller (talk) 16:46, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

Dispute resolution board[edit]

I really don't think that it will help, but I'd like to try your suggestion of the Dispute Resolution Board. However, it's asking me to name everyone involved in the dispute. There have been so many editors, I'm not sure where to start. What do you suggest?

Thank you.

Bohemian Gal (talk) 04:53, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

Talkback[edit]

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Arbcom[edit]

Re: "Follow-up comment: There have still been no filings at arbitration enforcement",[4] are they even allowed to file for AE while arbcom is considering whether to take a case? Or would that be seen as forum shopping? I don't see anything in the arbcom rules that says one way or the other. It's probably going to AE anyway -- I just don't see arbcom taking the case instead of instructing the participants to try AE first. --Guy Macon (talk) 17:37, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Hello,

I had forgotten to do so. Thank you 94.210.203.230 (talk) 02:13, 29 December 2014 (UTC)