User talk:Robert McClenon

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ArbCom page – suggest self-revert[edit]

Robert, only arbitrators & clerks may comment on this page. I suggest you self-revert the comment. – S. Rich (talk) 18:44, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Discretionary sanctions template[edit]

Hi, I'm curious why you templated a regular? --Middle 8 (leave me alonetalk to meCOI?) 11:05, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Because he could. WP:Tiptibism. Collect (talk) 12:36, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
It goes beyond that. The use of that particular template is required for arbitration enforcement. That particular template has special code that logs the fact that it was used, and text cannot be used as a substitute. Robert McClenon (talk) 14:28, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks; to be clear, I didn't mean why template a regular; I meant why template a regular. Between WP:DTTR and feedback from User:Collect, you've probably surmised that templates (especially the "now that you've been Officially Notified And Logged In The System, you might be Sanctioned" kind) aren't particularly welcomed by some (most?) users, especially without comment. Just leaving a note saying why you're leaving the template would be courteous. Doing that, and maybe even glancing at an editor's user page and length of edit history, wouldn't take much more time than it took you to get the template formatted properly on my user talk. What are your concerns? --Middle 8 (leave me alonetalk to meCOI?) 23:00, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
The concerns include that you and other users were notified of a thread at WP:ANI, but there apparently never was a proper notice that the article was subject to discretionary sanctions. As I said, this particular template is required. Robert McClenon (talk) 23:47, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Actually I was notified by the thread-starter, as were the other two users he posted about. --Middle 8 (leave me alonetalk to meCOI?) 00:01, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
If he hadn't templated you M8, when sanctions eventually fall on you, you would probably have found some wiggle room. This way, it is totally within the rules. Well done Robert. I've had my template btw, quite properly too. This kind of behavioural template doesn't fall into the "don't template the regulars" excuse, but you knew that. -Roxy the dog (resonate) 01:02, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
I think there's a teeny valid Wikiquette point (suggestion) there but very probably not worth my mentioning it, and I don't blame Robert for posting, as it's likely he just didn't notice I'd already been notified. (I also think the discretionary sanctions & template may be an overly bureaucratic way of handing issues that we already have ways of handling but that's obviously nothing to do with Robert) --Middle 8 (leave me alonetalk to meCOI?) 06:02, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
Middle 8 may not have read the sanctions previously. QuackGuru (talk) 21:38, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
To correct the record: Of course I did, and QuackGuru knows this from my subseqeunt user talk diff. [1] Both QuackGuru and I were around when the discretionary sanctions were developed and notice of them was posted on appropriate article talk pages. Robert posted the disretionary sanctions notice to my page in entirely good faith. QuackGuru OTOH was/is just WP:POKING. --Middle 8 (leave me alonetalk to meCOI?) 02:34, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Regarding the AjoChhand Machine page[edit]

David Eppstein sent a message that our page does not have any reference, a simple request, we with due honor we followed. Me being a senior scientist currently working in MIT would never post anything without peer review in Wikipedia. Please check the page yourself, AjoChhand Machine. I sent the professor an email and he abused me in the email with bad words. I added all references (check the page with time, we followed his instructions with due respect), yet he came and tagged our page again, all changed reverted. Wikipedia suggested us to link the article with other related articles because it is "Orphan". So we did. Prof Epstein found each and every single link and deleted them making our page "orphan" once again, so that robots delete the page, in due time.

Here is the editor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:David_Eppstein check how many people have complained in his talk page, I informed him politely that we have followed his instruction (check his talk page, for my post), yet he does not change the notice. I informed him that all his concerns are addressed. By the way I have more reputed publications than this editor. Check the history of AjoChhand Machine page to verify (time now) and how politely, and respectfully we have addressed his concern, still he reverts back. He does not check our modifications. I could post his abusive messages, but did not.

I sincerely request you to check, how our article is based on extensive peer reviewed work over six years. After giving several plenary lectures, I was asked to do something general people. But coming here, my experience is painful, I was never abused so much in my life, it was easier to publish paper in Nature for us than Wikipedia, a part of the article was published in Nature Physics too. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MasaComp (talkcontribs) 19:40, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Thank you so much for kind help and keeping a note on the article. We really appreciate your urgent help.

Please comment on Talk:List of wars and anthropogenic disasters by death toll[edit]

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Cold Fusion[edit]

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Hi there. This template is purely for completeness. By templating you, there can be no accusations or comments from other parties that you're in some way exempt from sanctions etc. As I've stated on the talk page in question, I agree with your comments regarding Hydroton. Chaheel Riens (talk) 20:38, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

New page patrollers[edit]

It is not even first time that I am watching 8 years old accounts patrolling new pages, though these accounts never edited en.wiki before this year. Would be interesting to know. OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 04:03, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

Do you have any particular issue, such as a sock-puppet investigation, in mind? I am not sure what the context is? Robert McClenon (talk) 13:49, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
Let's watch, Mdann52 has just proposed a indef block, check [2]. OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 14:29, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

inappropriate use of the article talk page[edit]

I assume you are familiar with the Wikipedia:Talk page guidelines

These discussions are inappropriate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk:Cold_fusion&diff=617114870&oldid=617110112

I do not have an account, asserting such things on the article talk page is not useful.

  • You are to: "Comment on content, not on the contributor: Keep the discussions focused upon the topic of the talk page, rather than on the personalities of the editors contributing to the talk page."
  • You are to: "Be welcoming to newcomers: People new to Wikipedia may be unfamiliar with policy and conventions. Please do not bite the newcomers. If someone does something against custom, assume it was an unwitting mistake. You should politely and gently point out their mistake, reference the relevant policy/guideline/help pages, and suggest a better approach."
  • "Do not misrepresent other people"
  • "Do not ask for another's personal details"
  • "If a discussion goes off-topic, the general practice is to hide it by using the templates"

84.106.11.117 (talk) 23:58, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

"WP:IPs are people too" might be of interest.

84.106.11.117 (talk)

Wikipedia:IP_addresses_are_not_people might be of interest too. 84.* i don't know why you highlight "Be welcoming to newcomer", you've been around for years, Second Quantization (talk) 19:25, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Templating QT[edit]

Why did you template QT, with cold fusion template [3]? The editor clearly hasn't edited there for some time. Second Quantization (talk) 19:16, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

I should mention that indiscriminate templating about sanctions is generally frowned upon. Only template someone when you think they are actually violating those sanctions and thus require the notice. You've also failed to log your warnings at the case page as required, Second Quantization (talk) 19:19, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
(Comment) The template itself clearly states "This message is informational only and does not imply misconduct regarding your contributions to date", (whcih the ArbCom page duplicates) and so does not need to be only used "...when you think they are actually violating those sanctions and thus require the notice." It can be used to forewarn editors that they may be heading into dangerous waters and remove any doubt that their actions may have unexpectedly harsh consequences. Chaheel Riens (talk) 20:10, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
... which would only make sense if they had recently edited in that area. We are talking about a week after the person edited the article here; not recent. More importantly, QT is already aware of the sanctions as far as arbitration enforcement (AE) is concerned, since he has been a party of cases involving them, has been editing in topics under DS for years and has been blocked under those very arbcom sanctions.
As a general rule, it's bad form to give notifications without reason (particularly when they are redundant) as its usually done as a necessary precursor to AE when problematic behaviour is seen. Second Quantization (talk) 15:20, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
As a general rule, I would say that Robert has reason for the template - a week is not a particularly long time, and I would consider it "recent", especially given the relatively low traffic generated by the page. Just because a user has been made aware of criteria in the past does not exclude them from being reminded, especially when tensions on the page may headed for flashpoint. Again, you are apparently insisting that the template is used when the editor is in the wrong: "...its usually done as a necessary precursor to AE when problematic behaviour is seen." This is absolutely not a requirement, and as I pointed out above, both the template and ArbCom page make this abundently clear.
I also take issue with your use of the term "indiscriminate" - Robert is very specific in who he has templated - the last four editors to contribute to either the article or discussion page. That shows reasonable care. The only person who was missed off that list was Robert himself - so I did the deed. Now we are all on a level playing field.
I think perhaps I'm done here. Robert is surely able to defend himself if he feels he has to, and I tip my hat in his direction for using his page as a discussion board. Chaheel Riens (talk) 08:11, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
"As a general rule, I would say that Robert has reason for the template" I've already shown has this reason did not apply for a variety of reasons. Templates related to DS have almost always been used in cases where there was problematic behaviour and usually by uninvolved parties "The only person who was missed off that list was Robert himself - so I did the deed." Yeah he wasn't aware of the sanctions after templating other editors about it, so that's just what he needed. You sound far too pedantic, so I'm not going to bother. I see no reason why an involved party can't use the templates when they need to, but some admins disagree: [4], so be aware of the issues. I'll end by quoting an arbitrator, demonstrating the ambiguities: "When exactly to notify has been the subject of some debate" [5]. Second Quantization (talk) 19:25, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Second Quantization (talk) 19:04, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: Nadine Stroitz[edit]

Hello Robert McClenon. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of Nadine Stroitz, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: Not a blatant hoax. Thank you. — Malik Shabazz Talk/Stalk 20:26, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Talkback[edit]

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Media Viewer RfC case opened[edit]

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B&I ban[edit]

It's quite alright, RM. WP:RESTRICT already informed me that my B/I ban 'expired' on April 3, 2014. GoodDay (talk) 19:56, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

WRONG ranking nominal GDP in Russia presentation[edit]

According to Wikipedia criteria and according to IMF data April 2014 RUSSIA should be ranked 9th and not 8th in 2014 by nominal gdp. ITALY in fact is ranked 8th as you can see by nominal gdp.Russia was ranked 9th but some weeks ago somebody unlocked and posted it 8th in 2014 in the presentation.This is a vandalic allowed act.In talk there are no writings about this change.I started a talk in Russia to change this vandalic act. Today we have that Italy and Russia are both 8th but Italy in 2014 is the true 8th with 2.172 while Russia 9th with 2.092.How is it possible to restore truth?Thanks.Gladio4772 (talk) 18:58, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

I'm not really able in that page,i'll last on Russia Talk.An editor that knows economy should arrive as an administrator promised.Anyway i thank you a lot to follow this right action to correct wrong data in Wikipedia.Thanks a lot!Gladio4772 (talk) 19:57, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

I received an aggresive behaviour by an editor in my dispute .I neither replied her.She closed discussion without neither considering all points.I always cited in fact 2 mistakes about Russia article.Please ,how is it possible to act?Thanks.Gladio4772 (talk) 13:44, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the answer.And what about the second mistake that i always cited?Why didn't she correct it? The dispute in this way was closed not in a very clear way.In need your opinion and eventually your action on it.Thanks again.Gladio4772 (talk) 15:15, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Please ,read my talk. IP 198....vandalized all my talk and my profile.He vandalized also other people as i saw.I've no words....Gladio4772 (talk) 20:38, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

The facts again is Russia is the 5th largest economy now and will be number 4 in 2016 and is the biggest in Europe[6].
Here's the facts http://rt.com/business/russia-gdp-5th-largest-158/
http://thebricspost.com/russia-ranked-5th-largest-economy-world-bank/#.U7x7oE1OXnM
http://en.ria.ru/business/20130715/182248723/Medvedev-Lauds-Russias-5th-Place-in-World-Banks-GDP-Rating.html
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/russia-takes-5th-place-in-world-gdp-rankings/483190.html
http://www.bne.eu/content/moscow-blog-russia-overtakes-germany-become-5th-largest-economy
http://www.fundweb.co.uk/emerging/russia-now-worlds-fifth-largest-economy-in-gdp-terms/1075160.article
http://rbth.com/business/2013/07/17/russian_economy_becomes_biggest_in_europe_28149.html
--198.23.81.141 (talk) 20:48, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Welcoming message[edit]

So you've sent me yet another welcoming message to prevent neutral administrators of getting in touch with me. Well done!--37.230.13.71 (talk) 22:59, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Vinay Deolilakar[edit]

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The article which you PROD'd was in user space. I don't think that articles in user space are subject to PROD for the lack of references because they are drafts. Robert McClenon (talk) 03:45, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Your contributed article, Vinay Deolilakar[edit]

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Apparently something went wrong, because I was trying to create the article in user space in order to replace the current redirect with a stub. Robert McClenon (talk) 03:42, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Nomination of Vinay Deolilakar for deletion[edit]

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After closing the discussion, I userified the content to User:Robert McClenon/Vinay Deolilakar per your request. Regards, -- Ed (Edgar181) 12:06, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Colton Cosmic Comment[edit]

You should move this comment to WP:AN. The comment is not showing up in the discussion. GB fan 18:53, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Carr Collins, Jr.[edit]

Hello. Do you know why Carr Collins, Jr. was deleted and what the page looked like? Please reply on my talkpage. Thank you.Zigzig20s (talk) 21:32, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

OK thanks. Obviously, adding an infobox and some chronological subsections would make it less confused. And from reading the deletion page, the main problem for some seems to be a lack of focus on his own life achievements apparently. Now, has he had a more full-fledged business career? Has he been involved in philanthropy?Zigzig20s (talk) 22:07, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
OK. Yes, I think he is probably notable, depending on how much he donated, and if he's donated to other organizations, etc. I will try to dig up a few things. Do you mind it I edit your userbox about him, or should I create my own? I'd mostly like to fix the layout and then add more referenced info. Thank you.Zigzig20s (talk) 06:16, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
Also, is it possible to find a copyright-free picture of Collins Hall? Are you based in Dallas and able to take pictures, or not? Thank you.Zigzig20s (talk) 06:16, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
OK so 1) Can I edit your userbox? 2) Would you be able to take some pictures in Bethesda and other places near DC? I may apply for a PhD there, and I like to do a lot of research before I decide to move to a new place (to reduce stress--it helps to move to a new place that feels somewhat familiar).Zigzig20s (talk) 06:56, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Operation Protective Edge[edit]

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64.... & 198......[edit]

I think that 64..... that wrote on the Italy talk is the same person that wrote under the IP 198......I 've really no words for this behaviour that is beginning to disturb me.Thanks.Gladio4772 (talk) 09:37, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Remeber my particular situation that must be protected and respected at every level.That's why i posted it on my profile.Thanks a lot for your suggests).Gladio4772 (talk) 15:42, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Robert: Didn't realize there was a redundant photo uploaded in connection with the William South page. Sorry about that. Jladrew — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jladrew (talkcontribs) 20:22, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

210.92.171.47[edit]

Any IP with that sort of edit and geolocating to Seoul is a sock of banned user User:Mikemikev. Dougweller (talk) 21:01, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Nadine Stroitz[edit]

I remember that although what you say is true, Miss Julia is Furdea Austria; but she will compete in MISS WORLD. By Nadine Stroitz change as first runner is "MISS UNIVERSE AUSTRIA" this information was confirmed by the official website of Miss Universe. The same thing happened last year, Doris Hoffman was Miss Universe Austria. It is not suitable to clear the article is encyclopedic.Jaam0121 (talk) 19:41, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

I have contested the speedy tag. Please discuss on Talk: Miss Austria. If there is a single Miss Austria contest from which two contestants go to Miss Universe and Miss World, this should be described in Miss Austria. Robert McClenon (talk) 19:51, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
The article expresses that Miss Austria, the contest winner who will choose Miss World. And the first runner goes to Miss Universe. This not only happens in Miss Austria, numerous contests in different countries do the same. Jaam0121 (talk) 19:57, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
Visit. Talk: Miss Austria — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jaam0121 (talkcontribs) 20:09, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

Closing RFCs[edit]

About this: If you can't figure out consensus when there is only extended discussion and no explicitly labeled "votes" (or "not votes", which is what "!votes" means), then you should not be trying to close those discussions. WhatamIdoing (talk) 03:41, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Talk:Earthquake prediction[edit]

Hi - have you seen WP:ANI#Egregious section heading at Talk:Earthquake prediction? Interesting that Joe Bodacious was a sock. Dougweller (talk) 08:42, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

A guy[edit]

A guy cancelled all what i wrote in Talks of Potential superpowers .He did it referring to 64.... that vandalized my page too.What can id o? I acted always in a correct way as i promised you.This guy seems to ignore my particular situation and he says i'm from Florence when i'm not from Florence.Tel me what to do in this disturbing situation started with 64.... action.Thanks.Gladio4772 (talk) 13:38, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

RFC[edit]

In my opinion, the best RFCs and !polls are the ones that are either collaboratively prepared beforehand, or alternatively when the unilateral drafter works really really hard at drafting them to be a model example of writing for the WP:OPPONENT. Do you have any ideas to improve the TPG RFC with those thoughts in mind? I do... I suggest the lead in be edited to purge our disagreement and present mutually acceptable phrasing. I think your wording was unfair, and I'm not wedded to mine if you can think of a way to present the issue even overbetter. Ideas? NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 13:51, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

I am aware that you and I disagree, but I think that the use of Standard written English is the best way to avoid cross-cultural misunderstandings. I do not agree to having the lede rewritten to provide a single option, because I don't think that we have mutually acceptable preferred phrasing. Yours is reasonable and I prefer mine. If you have a third alternative, I am willing to consider it, but I don't want to rewrite the RFC at this point. The RFC process can choose which wording the community wants. They are two different overlapping concepts. I think mine is better, and you think yours is better, and we can respect the community process. Robert McClenon (talk) 14:51, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
That entirely misses the point, but whatever. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 15:31, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
I don't think that it misses the point. If your point is that we should have a single version to which we both agree, I don't think we will get there, and I think that it is better to go forward than to spend a week not agreeing trying to work out standard language. Robert McClenon (talk) 16:02, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Like I said that misses the point. HOW WE ASK THE COMMUNITY A QUESTION is the point. Whatever the question you like solution A and I like solution B. The way you packaged the RFC was biased in favor of your viewpoint. The first form of power is setting the agenda and phrasing the question. Even though you like end-result A and I like end-Result B, those who prepare RFCs and !Polls really should be NPOV when they write the question. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 16:08, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Quote[edit]

How do I do that bit? Just link to WikiQuote? Cheers. Lugnuts Dick Laurent is dead 14:05, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Put the attribution at the bottom of the section. I suppose that a link to WikiQuote would suffice. I am not speaking for the posters who are requesting that the quote be taken down. They are still making that request. I am silent on it. As it is, the quote is a copyright issue. Robert McClenon (talk) 14:46, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

You have been active at the article or talk page, so here's a note about Anarcho-capitalism[edit]

I have nominated Anarcho-capitalism for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. Binksternet (talk) 18:16, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding the neutrality of the Anarcho-capitalism page, the RfC was closed with a weak consensus to include early mention regarding the distinction between traditional anarchists and anCaps. As a result, a new paragraph was included in the lede which clarified the distinction. Furthermore, the new compromise paragraph is neutral on the question of which version of anarchism is "correct" or "valid".
Further discussion occurs in the body of the article, regarding the differences of opinion among self-identifying anarchists (which does not need to be expanded further according to the results of the RfC). My question, then, is "Who has a right to remove the NPOV tag from the article - which is now neutral?" JLMadrigal (talk) 13:10, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
The article is currently fully locked against editing. While an admin can remove the tag, I think that it would be quite incorrect for an admin to remove the tag. Has there been discussion on the talk page that agrees that the article is now neutral? Robert McClenon (talk) 14:39, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes, there has been discussion regarding whether the compromise paragraph is neutral and sets the context. Unfortunately, some editors will not be satisfied until the lede states the left-anarchist POV regarding anCap - which is redundant since the difference of opinion is already stated. Their objective seems to be to establish that anarcho-capitalism is not a valid position. JLMadrigal (talk) 14:56, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
Incidentally, I have also posted my concern on the NPOV noticeboard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Neutral_point_of_view/Noticeboard#Featured_Anarcho-capitalism_article_is_being_held_captive_to_left-anarchist_editors. JLMadrigal (talk) 15:05, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

Blue Army RfC:[edit]

I would like to inquire as to the language you used in the second RfC closing statement on the talk page: "The statement does properly reflect the source". I have to object to this conclusion. I don't believe that such a consensus was reached. I believe that one contributor, did not think that this was a relevant or well articulated statement to warrant its inclusion on the page, and the second contributor had the opposing view. In such a case I don't believe that a definitive statement such as "The statement does properly reflect the source'"' should be used. In this case the discussion was left unresolved, and the statement in question should be changed to reflect that, also as noted by yourself there were no votes cast, this only reinforces the fact that the discussion never resulted in any hard statements regarding the issue. Please, augment the closing text to reflect this. --COD T 3 (talk) 16:32, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the welcome![edit]

I recognize your name and I think it's because I admire your bureaucratic work. I should probably register soon, it sucks to have my contributions reset so frequently. 165.214.12.80 (talk) 19:58, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Dif request[edit]

This might help, I don't have time to look further. —Neotarf (talk) 00:17, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

This is the exact diff.[7] Lightbreather (talk) 00:40, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

RFC Blue Army[edit]

I'm very much in favor of a open dialogue, however I have concerns about the neutrality of this article because of user Faustian's bias towards the subject matter. This article went through 2 Dispute Resolutions, and 2 Mediation Boards, and user Faustian's only objective is to add more highly controversial material that's worded in such a way as to level a mass "rape charge" agains the entire 68,000 strong army. This is a highly complex topic and I'm afraid that another RfC which does not invoke Wiki contributors who are specialize in historical matters will result in an inaccurate outcome. Please see the definitive comments from the two outside commentators in the second RfC:

  • User: Truther2012 Are there other sources confirming both rapes and scrolls? It looks like the entire very controversial statement is based on a single source. Faustian, if you feel that this statement is that important for the integrity of the article, you should be able to provide more sources. Personally, I do not see why it is so important, as most armies commit similar crimes.--Truther2012 (talk) 13:32, 23 June 2014 (UTC)
  • User: SMcCandlish I have to agree with Truther2012 that "most armies commit similar crimes", and thus insisting on levying a mass rape charge against the Blue Army is not really pertinent, as well as not actually feasible under WP:SYNTH with this particular sourcing. Please see also my how-to, WP:How to mine a source for a tutorial on how to get more information out of source material in a step-wise fashion. Regardless, you're going to need more of it than this very short, confusing partial quotation.  — SMcCandlish ☺ ☏ ¢

The two contributors noted that the issue here is not a matter of the source being legitimate, but whether the statement is appropriate in the first place. --COD T 3 (talk) 14:11, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Enforcement[edit]

I am writing about the AE enforcement requesting sanctions against COD T 3 and me. While I think that applying 1RR restrictions to him on this particular topic is appropriate, I question why he and I are to be treated equally. I am adding referenced info to the article, he is removing it. I created two RfCs, waited until they were completed before adding the info, and he removed it again. I've worked on a lot of articles and don't have a history of edit warring, yet that is all he does. Before his efforts here, he edited as an IP, with a history of blocks for just such behavior: [8]. He may also be writing as an IP :[9] where he just removed a bunch of info: [10] and may have had another identity as [11] (if so - a sockpuppet?).

Yes, I have reverted also, but my reverts were re-adding referenced info he had removed. What can be done when one editor decides to sit on an article and basically just removes info he doesn't like? Why am I to be punished equally as the guy who removed the info?Faustian (talk) 02:42, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Media Viewer RfC draft principles & findings[edit]

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Planck times[edit]

Not particularly, but if he tries to log in, the block message will say 24 hours (the software won't accept Planck times as an option for block length), so it's not as if he has to depend on my message to know how long it is. On top of that, he probably won't come back until the block's over (how many people vandalise with an account one day and come back the next?), and should that happen, it won't matter. Nyttend (talk) 19:13, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Civility Bigotry case request[edit]

Hi, Robert. I notice you have left a big ugly template on my talk page. I would point out that the title I changed (from "Civility" to "Bigotry", and rightly so) was not an arbitration case but a request for arbitration. Please cite the policy and provide a link for your assertions. You also claim that the edit was disruptive. Would you mind explaining this statement? For reference, you might also want to see this comment. Regards, —Neotarf (talk) 21:36, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

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RFC at Wikipedia for page protection[edit]

Last call for opinions on RFC at Wikipedia page for page protection extension. User:Pundit is in support of increasing gender equality at Wikipedia and another user is opposed to User:Pundit's efforts. Cheers. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 17:24, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

@Robert McClenon; And you can see on that page that I was not alone in making that suggestion. More to the point, the situation has been on-going for 4 weeks now, with the hold-out editor there is continuing to press his/her boycott against WP:BRD and refusing to participate in Talk. That editor also filed an ANI against me, and threatened others, while I was addressing another editor who began edit warring there (and who was eventually blocked, User:BigB). In any event if you can help with filing an ANI for any number of the 100 disruptive edits I have hatted on the RFC then I would gladly change my support opinion to endorsing your suggestion. This has been going on for 4 weeks, an unexpecteded ANI was filed against me without any prior Talk, and I am doing this on behalf of User:Pundit who cannot defend his own new book dealing with Wikipedia due to COI. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 19:34, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

RfA?[edit]

Having seen your name around for quite some time, your ability to work in contentious areas makes me think you would be a good administrator. Have you ever considered running again (it's been eight years)? Go Phightins! 02:34, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

I would be glad to accept nomination, even though I am not optimistic about getting approved. I won't nominate myself, but will accept nomination. Thank you. Robert McClenon (talk) 02:56, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
I would be willing to co-nominate; can you think of any other respected editors who might be willing to co-nom? Go Phightins! 03:10, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
Try User:BrownHairedGirl. Robert McClenon (talk) 02:54, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Emailed her. Go Phightins! 03:04, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
I am putting this page on my watchlist, so I can express my positive opinion. Binksternet (talk) 04:24, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Still haven't heard from her ... Go Phightins! 21:55, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

She said she was going on holiday. In British English, and I would guess in her Irish English, that means the same as in American English is meant by going on vacation. Robert McClenon (talk) 22:19, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Nepali Jews[edit]

The new intro looks solid. Thanks for the help! Nyttend (talk) 02:21, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Media Viewer RfC arbitration case - extension of closure dates[edit]

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Ganging up?[edit]

You might want to check User talk:DoctorTerrella. I think that the comments above mine relate to the sentence at User:DoctorTerrella. - Sitush (talk) 00:25, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

small typo[edit]

Hey, just fyi, your link to WP:NOTHERE is broken at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case#Statement_by_Robert_McClenon. I'd have fixed it, except that's not allowed over there. betafive 21:29, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

RE:DRN[edit]

The directions there have always been largely unhelpful. Agree it'll probably end up at ArbCom, going by the tone of the involved editors + being on a serious subject. Just remember: blessed are the meek, for they shall be subject to the lesser discretionary sanctions. ---erachima talk 18:42, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

Sanctions?[edit]

Could you explain why you included me in this sanctions request? I'm not familiar with the discretionary sanctions process, so this is new to me. I'm confused about why I was included because I haven't been involved in any edit warring or other issues on the pages in question. The last edit I made to Alison Lundergan Grimes was a week ago [12], and it hasn't been controversial. I made some edits to Mitch McConnell yesterday [13] and I contributed to a talk page discussion there, but so far no one else has jumped in. Champaign Supernova (talk) 04:23, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

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Censorship[edit]

You said, "Also, the "censorship" label was, like most uses of the word "censorship" in Wikipedia, just wrong. For every valid use of the word "censorship" in Wikipedia, there must be five or ten misuses of the word in content disputes"

Wikipedia hosts the primary reference to my article Rind et al controversy. How is it valid to host that article while not allowing me to cite it an essay? — Preceding unsigned comment added by JaysonSunshine (talkcontribs) 03:18, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Draft to article[edit]

s:User:Rich Farmbrough/George Ridout Bingham took me about 5 minutes to make from the draft. If you wish to make specific articles and have trouble wikifying them, or are concerned about other aspects, please let me know and I will be happy to help. All the best: Rich Farmbrough07:23, 28 August 2014 (UTC).

Merge for Interplanetary contamination and Planetary protection debate re-awakened after over a year[edit]

Hi Robert, Warren Platts has returned to wikipedia and wants to merge these two articles again.

Do you remember, last year he did the merge mid discussion, saying that there was a "rough consensus" because I was the only one opposed to the merge - but then reversed it when you warned him about doing so as one of the participants in the debate?

I don't know what to do. Is obvious to me that they deserve to be different articles. Nobody else has posted to the talk page on this topic since last year. I'm the main editor of both articles at present. But nobody else has had any issues with either of them since last year. I removed the tag a week or two ago because I thought with no new discussion of the issue for a year, that it was an inactive discussion and could be forgotten.

I haven't done any editing of the Mars section on these topics and have left the Mars colonization and Manned mission to Mars articles exactly as they left them last year, with Advocacy and Challenges sections, and no Concerns sections, haven't done any editing at all of them. And haven't attempted to add anything on contamination to any articles outside of these two which you agreed it was okay for me to edit. And have been very very careful with neutrality and tone for these two articles. So haven't done anything that could be considered provocative except to remove the Merge tag.

Here are our posts on it so far: Removed merge tag

Thanks! Robert Walker (talk) 22:21, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Case Opened: Banning Policy[edit]

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Gender Arbitration Request[edit]

Hi. I'm not sure how these things work, but it appears that various other editors should also be notified as "involved," for example Sitush, Neotarf, Carrite, Tutelary as well as others from the GG talk page. Also, as I read it, your statement at Arbcom Request appears to say that the Jimbo Wales quote was made after the ANI cases were closed or were related to the details there. However, this was not the case and you may wish to clarify that to avoid the possibility of misrepresenting his statement to editors who are not familiar with recent events. Thanks. SPECIFICO talk 17:29, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Also, I don't know whether you are aware of the recent Arbcom Clarification request here which is similar to the GG incident in various respects. I think the participants there would also wish to be notified. Thanks. SPECIFICO talk 17:48, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Meissen-teacup pinkrose01.jpg Thanks for your elegant solution to the Armenian transliterations of Hagop/Hakob RiverStreet (talk) 17:58, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Proposed site-ban of Specifico[edit]

Howdy RM. I'm not ABF, but merely seeking clarification of your comment on my opposing a siteban for Specifico. Are you suggesting it's best I withdraw my post & stay away from unsettled waters? GoodDay (talk) 12:04, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

I chosen to withdraw my post at ANI. The whole GGTF thing, appears like a powder keg, on the brink of exploding. GoodDay (talk) 12:44, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Response to vandalism[edit]

Hi Robert,

Thank you for the clarification on the use of the term. I used the word vandalism based on the type of edits made by LestorLloyd. I noticed that LestorLloyd specifically replaced key words with his/her own, including words like 'gobbledygook' and exchanged words like 'Samadhi' with 'Narcolepsy' which is an obvious attempt to slander and discredit John de Ruiter. I don't believe this is a simple case of content dispute as the words used do not appear in the articles cited.

I am grateful for upstanding senior editors such as yourself, and while the objective of Wikipedia is to be entirely neutral, I have been aware of a tendency by some editors to adopt a negative view within a pretext of neutrality. I suggest that words such as 'narcolepsy' and 'gobbledygook' reveal a negative bias. True, positive, and citable statements which could contribute to an accurate description of John de Ruiter, as do critical statements, so far have been disallowed in this article.

The article already slants toward the negative in my opinion and is not balanced by any means. One editor in response to LestorLloyd states 'While I know nothing of him, I have some sympathy with your position'. How is it that one can sympathize with someone's opinion on a subject they know nothing about. While the objective of Wikipedia is be neutral and balanced, I hope that we can recognize the possibility of an underlying tendency toward the negative with respect this article. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Planktonium (talkcontribs) 23:37, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

You were involved in a request for amendment American politics (Kentucky Senate election)[edit]

That request has been archived here.

The arbitration committee has chosen to close this request, noting that per WP:NEWBLPBAN, this article is subject to DS. For the arbitration committee, --S Philbrick(Talk) 20:03, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

Aditya Soni[edit]

Greetings. A few weeks ago you began an ANI proposal for an article-creation topic-ban on Aditya Soni. Any idea what became of that? I found the archived discussion, and it merely seems to have died. Being active in the Indic area myself, I'm curious. Regards, Vanamonde93 (talk) 05:48, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Please Explain[edit]

Hey, thanks for finally coming up with something. I am unsure y what you mean by:


Recommend a (short) block for continuing the personal attacks and the disruptive accusations of sockpuppetry. Suggest that other parties go to Arbitration Enforcement to request a topic-ban from all Macedonia-related articles under WP:ARBMAC. User has been alerted to discretionary sanctions. Robert McClenon (talk) 2:56 am, Today (UTC+10)


What would you like me to do? Or is it for the other user(s)?


After reading through several WP rules and policies, I, in describing another users behaviour, used several terms which can be considered legal jargon (eg. Defamatory). In no way, no way, were the use of these words pertaining to legal actions, they were only used to describe the editors behaviour. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Luxure (talkcontribs) 10:35, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Luxure (talk) 06:54, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Rithvik page edit reply[edit]

kindly see

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Charminek#Wikipedia_doesn.27t_have_profiles — Preceding undated comment added 07:31, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Hey everyone!!!!!!!!!! Justice Hudson (talk) 00:44, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

For the alert. May I know why did I receive this? Stevepeterson (talk) 14:50, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Joining the discussion.[edit]

Hi RobertMcClenon: It was difficult to tell from your AI comments if you were joining the discussion there or not. The version of the Lede sentence being discussed is: "Artificial intelligence (AI) is the human-like intelligence exhibited by machines or software. [...]". This would be consistent with the article content in paragraph 4 of the current Lede, and consistent with the rest of the article in its current form. FelixRosch (talk) 14:51, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Yes, the RfC is an option. The other editor has accepted that this is a one-word issue on the article Talk page after your comment there. I am remiss to start a month long RfC and take up contrib time from other editors, and actually do not object to your offering a drop in comment one way or the other. I have made multiple invitations for User:Charles to write his material into the article and let all editors see why he wants the very general version of the lead sentence, though all we get is page after page on the Talk page and nothing in the article. I don't know how to have been more open in inviting him to add the text in the article to support his general version of the Lede sentence. The adapted form of the Lede sentence adding the word "human-like" would make the opening paragraph in the Lede consistent with the 4th paragraph of the Lede. As you can likely tell, I'll try to be as open as possible to any reasonable drop-in comment you might think to make. FelixRosch (talk) 19:39, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Hey Robert[edit]

Erm, I can't find what I did, or where I am mentioned on that page. can you shed some light? Reaper7 (talk)

Deleted Contribs[edit]

Hey Robert,

Viewing my editing history, I came across a section called deleted contributions. I cannot view my own deleted contribs because I don't have the proper permissions. Why? They're mine aren't they? And what are they and what do they signify. Cheers, Luxure (talk) 01:26, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

Outside perspective humbly requested at ANI[edit]

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GGTF[edit]

Since it looks like this case may be accepted, please be prepared to provide evidence of where I've caused disruption to the project. Or be prepared to retract your statement.Two kinds of porkMakin'Bacon 16:37, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

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thx


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Talkback[edit]

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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)

Orrin Hatch[edit]

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Winkelvi[edit]

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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)

VisualEditor newsletter—November 2014[edit]

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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)

Please comment on Talk:Battle of Cedar Creek[edit]

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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 [15]. 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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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]

You recently offered a statement in a request for arbitration and have not been listed as a party. The Arbitration Committee has accepted that request for arbitration and an arbitration case has been opened at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/DangerousPanda. Evidence that you wish the arbitrators to consider should be added to the evidence subpage, at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/DangerousPanda/Evidence. Please add your evidence by 3 December 2014, which is when the evidence phase closes. You can also contribute to the case workshop subpage, Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/DangerousPanda/Workshop. For a guide to the arbitration process, see Wikipedia:Arbitration/Guide to arbitration. For the Arbitration Committee, Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 12:36, 19 November 2014 (UTC). Message delivered by MediaWiki message delivery

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]

Information icon I noticed the message you recently left to a newcomer. Please remember not to bite the newcomers. If you see someone make a common mistake, try to politely point out what they did wrong and how to correct it. Thank you. 209.104.250.2 (talk) 15:56, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Inter-civil war violence in Libya[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)

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/GamerGate opened[edit]

You recently offered a statement in a request for arbitration. The Arbitration Committee has accepted that request for arbitration and an arbitration case has been opened at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/GamerGate. Evidence that you wish the arbitrators to consider should be added to the evidence subpage, at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/GamerGate/Evidence. Please add your evidence by December 11, 2014, which is when the evidence phase closes. You can also contribute to the case workshop subpage, Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/GamerGate/Workshop. For a guide to the arbitration process, see Wikipedia:Arbitration/Guide to arbitration. For the Arbitration Committee, Ks0stm (TCGE) 22:28, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

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

Carolmooredc (Talkie-Talkie) 17:01, 28 November 2014 (UTC)