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Happy New Year Robert McClenon![edit]

My response re: profanity[edit]

NAC: No arguing about profanity on my talk page, damn it! Robert McClenon (talk) 22:26, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

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It may be a non-issue, but I still don't feel that profanity belongs here. I don't care if a 6 month old knows what F means, it's still not right. Why do they bleep out words on TV? Would I like to hear those words? Yes, but that's the way it is. We should do some self policing here. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rricci428 (talkcontribs) 18:15, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

Sorry, but if I may: I don't quite understand this argument. You say that you'd like to hear the bleeped words on TV, but defend the practice of censorship based on it being the way things are; and then you say we should do similar thing here even though you apparently don't agree with this policy as all that much. I'm not seeing the logic here. Not trying to be mean, mind you, I dislike gratuitous swearing by morons who can't express themselves well (which can include myself at times), but it might be good to do some self-reflection. Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie | Say Shalom! 12 Tevet 5775 22:03, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

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Vienna Conservatory[edit]

Hello. I noticed that you left a message on my talk page with a little warning. Well, I already told the Wikipedians on the Help desk that I did not vandalize any articles. I just blanked this article about Vienna Conservatory because the Vienna Conservatory is not the same as Konservatorium Wien. So please do not think that I vandalize articles and please do not post any warnings on my talk page. Thanks! Opo Chano (talk) 13:02, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Euclidean algorithm[edit]

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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You're a Good Man. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 05:56, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Sultan Bahu[edit]

Respected thanks your relay, ok but you can check the view history of articles their action and results, accruing after the attack of mention users, are the have Right to attack on Sultan Bahu according to there point of view "Y" Lockmaster1 (talk) 14:22, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

  • I have Written in my complain that i am not complaining about Technical issues (content disputes), but on behaviors they have adopted regarding Sufi Saint Sultan Bahu :-) Lockmaster1 (talk) 14:27, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

Proposal for talkpage-restrictions for Robert Walker[edit]

I've made a concrete proposal for talkpage-restrictions for Robert Walker: Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents#Proposal: max 1,500 bytes a day for Robert Walker. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 14:41, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

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Consistency in the Categorization of 'White Latin Americans'[edit]

This is a relevant point to the request. To be honest, there is a bit of inconsistency here, for instance, why some countries in the americas such as Brazil, the US and Colombia use terms like White Colombian[1], while other pages such as for peruvians, venezuelans, mexicans etc. use terms such as peruvians of european descent[2]. Alon12 (talk) 17:46, 8 January 2015 (UTC)


'Mexicans of European Descent'[edit]

On second thought, I would like to say that it's possible for the introductory statement to say 'mexicans of european descent', however, the following sentence could be something like, 'The historical requirement to fulfill this criteria was to be of predominant (officially 7/8ths) european ancestry', and then linking to the source. Alon12 (talk) 16:09, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

Then we would have to explain inconsistencies and categorization differences in the opening paragraph aswell, and would mean to address the same things twice: once in the opening paragraph and then in the "In today's society" section. Is better if we leave the technisims and it's explanations to a section in the body of the article. That way it can be explained with proper detail. Aergas (talk) 17:18, 11 January 2015 (UTC)
The opening paragraph also mentions 'blurring', which is then repeated at various points in the article later on as well. So, if that should not be included, then why should the parts about 'blurring' also be included, seeing as how the proportions are equally relevant to the 'blurring'. Otherwise, neither should be included. Alon12 (talk) 17:54, 11 January 2015 (UTC)
Really? where? Aergas (talk) 18:05, 11 January 2015 (UTC)
It is mentioned 'in today's society', about the blurred lines in ethnicity in Mexico and in, addition, the opening part of the page, firstly in the first paragraph, and then in the fourth paragraph. If anything, those parts from the first paragraph and the fourth paragraph should be moved to 'in today's society', if that is where all the details are to be mentioned, in order to provide a more consistent structure. Alon12 (talk) 18:20, 11 January 2015 (UTC)
Another thing, this line does not even make the claim you suggest 'Another group in Mexico, the "mestizos", also include people with varying amounts of European ancestry, with some having a European admixture higher than 90%.[16] ', it describes mestizo, by region, not ethnicity, it already includes anyone regardless of ethnicity, so you cannot use it to describe it as a another group, being mestizos.
Literally, from the study, this was removed before with no contest:
"The individuals studied were not selected based on any specific phenotype and no ethnic identification was attempted at collection."
Not, only is WP:Syth applied in the introductory statements of the article for what you've done, but also in the parts such as this:
'While in the United States the criteria has become less strict: there is self-identified white people that has an amount of non-European admixture that would be equivalent to around 1/4.' From this source [3], when it specifically shows 90% european admixture in the actual source, [4]. So, still higher than the admixture of Spaniards, as not even europeans are 100% european. Alon12 (talk) 01:03, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Acupuncture case request closed by motion[edit]

The Arbitration Committee has closed a case request by motion with the following remedy being enacted:

In lieu of a full case, the Arbitration Committee authorises standard discretionary sanctions for any edit about, and for all pages relating to Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Any sanctions that may be imposed should be logged at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Acupuncture. The Committee urges interested editors to pursue alternative means of dispute resolution such as RFC's or requests for mediation on the underlying issues. If necessary, further requests concerning this matter should be filed at the requests for clarification and amendment page.

For the Arbitration Committee, Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 11:18, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Mole and molar mass[edit]

Hi Robert! I'd like to ask you, as a chemist, how do you see the status of mole (unit) as a dimension(less) unit? Have you encountered sources which confuse the mole with molar mass due to various reasons?--94.53.199.249 (talk) 18:37, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the answer! Is seems that the mentioned inconsistency is due to abuse of language through which the mole is sometimes considered a unit of mass.
There is another aspect that seems to be inconsistent. Given that mole is another expression for Avogadro number and thus a dimensionless unit, how is this status of a dimensionless unit consistent with that of fundamental unit in SI? Can a dimensionless ratio of mass/molar such as the amount of substance mass be a fundamental quantity and unit?--94.53.199.249 (talk) 18:59, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Request for mediation/United States[edit]

I've accepted this case and we are ready to begin. Please join on the case talk page Wikipedia talk:Requests for mediation/United States. Sunray (talk) 23:10, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Barbara Caron[edit]

I'm afraid your comment at WP:HD is one sentence too long. Mrs B.C. did not edit the article. She didn't even try. She did not even suggest she would like to. She just kindly asks whoever would like to update the article to contact her. You didn't need to say what you said.
See, it's possibly extremely hard and uncomfortable for her to talk in public about her relations to her husband, less than three years after he died... --CiaPan (talk) 15:33, 13 January 2015 (UTC)
If you want to reply, do it here – I'll watch. CiaPan (talk)

And I see I was right.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 23:12, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Odd impersonation thing?[edit]

I thought you might want to know about this: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Biographies_of_living_persons/Noticeboard&diff=642509131&oldid=642495546 CombatWombat42 (talk) 21:23, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Re: Teahouse comment to PotatoNinja123[edit]

Robert - thank you for your fuller explanation. I'm sorry I jumped in feet first there, and appreciate the corrections. LouiseS1979 (pigeonhole) 22:17, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Your Help Desk response[edit]

It took me long enough to find out who responded using the history, but figuring out how part of your response got deleted was too much. I put back your signature but didn't know whether you wanted the rest to be restored also.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 23:10, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Please see...[edit]

A recent edit by you at the Help Desk helped inspire this post at the talk page. I am in no way trying to discourage you from helping at the HD but am just trying to educate. I hope you take this in the helpful spirit that it was intended. Dismas|(talk) 20:29, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Edit Warring[edit]

Editors talking past each other on a third editor's talk page. Robert McClenon (talk) 00:54, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

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I did discuss this issue on the talk page, and I did not remove any other sourced data but the opposing party is not, and is unilaterally removing sourced data, thus he is engaged in an edit war:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Mexicans_of_European_descent

Alon12 (talk) 20:57, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Alon12 is adding information that is inconsistent and is greatly misinterpreting sources, he have been going on circular arguments for days, what can be done to make this person understand? if you read the talk page his last arguments are close to non-sense. Aergas (talk) 20:59, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Here I explain what he did and why it's wrong [5]. Can you help me out here? I think he is not going understand. Aergas (talk) 21:09, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

And yet again, the opposing party starts with ad hominems, yet nothing is done, and then has the nerve to complain if I say something? Do you, robert, understand the situation now? How am I supposed to respond, if I am constantly attacked personally, repeatedly, and nothing is done? I am going to take the higher ground now and not resort to his level anymore, yet you can clearly see the element of hypocrisy. He posts sourced material, it is agreed upon that it must be debated in the article first, before the sourced data can be removed, and likewise, then logically, I should be able to edit the article and add sourced data, and then we can debate the material in the talk section after the effect, but logically, to be consistent, the data I provide, which is well-sourced has no basis for being removed in accordance with the same logic, as it provides the necessary sourcing. Alon12 (talk) 21:20, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
Alon12, in the last days you were arguing about how not all whites were passed as mestizos, despite that nowhere in the article such a thing is said, you have also been arguing that a study about mestizos, that uses the word mestizo to refer to the studied population more than 60 times, is not a study that was about mestizos, and as I explained on my diff above, you are greatly misinterpreting sources that aren't ambiguous at all. It's like you were arguing out of boredoom. Aergas (talk) 21:49, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
Yet again, more ad hominems, do you see this? How is there supposed to be a resolution to a dispute, when the opposing party offers venomous personal attacks and ad hominems? Furthermore, the study refers to mestizo by region, not ethnicity or culture, so the definition of mestizo you are trying to employ is explicitly not relevant to this context, also, stop jumping around, and simply debate this on the specific thread on the talk page. This expands over other latin american nations, whereby 'whites' are in fact identified on the census, despite the individual sources saying that SOME whites and indigenous assimilated into the mestizo identity. [6] a pan-latin american article, and the other source

"The individuals studied were not selected based on any specific phenotype and no ethnic identification was attempted at collection."

http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1000037
What does that have to do with the ethnic or cultural definition of mestizo? Absolutely nothing, it's used as a geographical descriptor, nothing more. Alon12 (talk) 21:55, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
I can't really believe that you don't understand the problem with what you are doing and saying, we have a genetic study about mestizos, then we claim that the definition of mestizos might vary from study-to-study, then we point that in Mexico a number of whites has been historically classified as mestizo and that mestizo in Mexico is not about biological traits and mestizos can vary a lot, just like the study states on it's own way, where's the problem here? Aergas (talk) 22:10, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
That is not a study on ethnic or cultural mestizos. It is a study on simply the geographic region of mexico. So, again it has nothing to do with 'mestizos' in either an ethnic or cultural sense. You are applying WP:Synth. "The individuals studied were not selected based on any specific phenotype and no ethnic identification was attempted at collection."
http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1000037 And in any case, stop posting here, post on the talk page. Alon12 (talk) 22:20, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
In Mexico mestizos are not selected based on any specific phenotype and no ethnic real identification exists anymore. Aergas (talk) 23:05, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
As has been said, the burden of proof is on you to prove that. You have no citations for that claim. Alon12 (talk) 23:06, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
But I do and are in the talk page already. Aergas (talk) 23:35, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
They do not, and yes, let us go back to the talk page. Like I said, I did not ask for your input on this, comment on relevant sub-threads on topic in the talk page. Stop going off-topic on unrelated threads, in an attempt to get the 'last word'. Alon12 (talk) 23:50, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
But they do, you think that because it says something you don't like it doesn't count but that's not how it works. Aergas (talk) 00:06, 16 January 2015 (UTC)
But that is exactly what you are doing, and it doesn't work like that. So, like I said, keep the relevant sub-thread, to the relevant sub-thread. Alon12 (talk) 00:13, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

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Dispute Resolution Noticeboard Part 2[edit]

Robert, I'm going to open up another case in the DRN, if you cannot address the hypocrisy I pointed out here. My point is that, as it was resolved on the board, that sourced links must be posted first, and then debated after the fact. How come my sourced data was removed? It should be re-inserted into the article. That is hypocritical, and indeed I disagree with edit warring, which is why my previous edit should be restored. my edits, were extremely well-sourced and included many links, how come they were removed, and on what basis? If it is understood that sourced edits are made to an article first, and that discussion regarding them are conducted after the fact on the talk page, why was my well-sourced data removed by an opposing party who had engaged in an edit war against me, by removing sourced data. On the other hand, I removed no such data. That is hypocritical.

To user 'aergas', this comment is not directed towards you, so do not comment here. Alon12 (talk) 22:47, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Your information was removed for the reasons that were already and exhaustively discussed in the talk page. Your argument was completely dismantled [7], and please continue discussing in the talk page, not here. Aergas (talk) 23:03, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
Again, I did not address you, and you haven't done any such thing. Indeed, keep this discussion to the talk page, instead of jumping around to unrelated sections in a transparent attempt to simply 'get the last word in'. Alon12 (talk) 23:08, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
I don't understand the statement that you were not addressing aergas. Were you addressing me, or were you referring to a third party? I am not an administrator, and have no authority with regard to alleged conduct issues, such as alleged personal attacks. If you open another case at the dispute resolution noticeboard, it will have to present the content (not conduct) issues more clearly than the previous case did, in which I had to ask seven times for exact drafts before I got exact drafts. Unfortunately, I don't see the good faith assumptions that are needed for moderated dispute resolution to work. If both parties will make one more effort to state specific issues about text of the article, I will try one more time, but I will not go through nine rounds of moderation this time. I think that the original research noticeboard is the next forum. Robert McClenon (talk) 01:07, 16 January 2015 (UTC)
I do not see what rise to the status of blockable personal attacks. I see editors staying barely within the bounds of civility. Any complaints about personal attacks can be taken to WP:ANI, but will likely be closed with a warning to both parties. Start discussing content face-to-face rather than talking past each other to try to get intervention from a moderator. Robert McClenon (talk) 01:07, 16 January 2015 (UTC)
This is all well and good in theory, but the issue is that you specifically got involved in this issue when you first, warned me for my personal attacks (which were in response to his similar attacks), yet after I stopped, he has continued. So, I would genuinely like to ask, should I have stopped? What advantages have I gained by stopping, since the other party is allowed to attack with impunity? With Regards to the DRN, if this issue is beyond your scope, then why did you specifically warn me on 'edit warring', yet you allowed the opposing party to remove perfectly well-sourced material from the article? This is especially hypocritical, when last time in the DRN, you agreed to keep it in the article, and then shift discussion to the talk page, and then allow consensus to be built around the relevance of said statements, BEFORE it was to be officially removed. Yet, here, it is the opposite, you are blocking perfectly reasonable well-sourced material, why? Technically, under 3rr, the opposing party would be in violation here for removing sourced material multiple times. What is of my concern here in relevance to you, is that you should not have allowed the other party to violate 3rr here by removing perfectly well-sourced material.[8] So, again, I ask you, how do you reconcile this latent hypocrisy? If there is to be another DRN, it will exclusively be on this hypocritical action, the others are not of consequence in this context, and as you have suggested the original research noticeboard option has been pursued. However, this is a completely separate issue. Alon12 (talk) 01:22, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

Non-Stop Personal Attacks from Aergas[edit]

Even though I warned him [9], 'aergas', has still continued to make personal attacks and ad hominems against me. For instance, even in the 'no original research' research board that you suggested: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:No_original_research/Noticeboard#Mexicans_of_European_Descent

"He tends to extensively discuss the same things and even things that aren't related to the article and aren't written there at all and goes on for hours, then starts discussions in the talk pages of other editors or in noticeboards and tends to make too many assumptions that he can't prove. "

I agree that content should be discussed rather than personal insults against various editors. You claimed once that I made personal attacks as a new user, yet aergas, who has been here longer is the one who CONTINUES to make personal attacks. This is acceptable? Alon12 (talk) 00:44, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

Central log[edit]

I haven't of course touched your edit at WP:AN but could you please move it to WT:ACN to keep the discussion centralised?  Roger Davies talk 15:08, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

Hope this was OK[edit]

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Administrators%27_noticeboard&diff=prev&oldid=642777429. --Floquenbeam (talk) 15:44, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Medeis#Personal_Attack_Complaint[edit]

Hi, Robert.

I am going to remove your comment without reply on my page, and I wanted to explain.

First, consider the effect of your section title, "Personal Attack Complaint". This alone makes it seem like someone has complained about my personal attack. That's entirely off base, since I am the one complaining of being attacked. But there's no way to tell what's going on from your title or post, because;

Second, you've provided no diff to the discussion, where the response to my objective statement, mentioning no specific user, is a personal comment on the "fact" that everyone "knows" I am guilty of something, with no diff provided to support the claim. That unsupported allegation is bad enough. But then the editor goes on to respond to my civil and objective comment with the words "Eek!...Really?...Bullshit!". That is uncivil no matter how you look at it. It's also ironically ignorant, since I "quoted" that author not as a factual source, but as a source that elicits hysterical opposition for her minority status, the invalidity of minority views at the ref desk being a matter of contention.

Editors involved in that thread have a long history of attacking me for my politics, and other Americans for reasons which I know not. But I can provide diffs in public or private. In either case, I'd rather not publicly name them. I won't watch this comment. If you want to email me, do so, with my reluctant approval. Please don't raise this on my talk page again.

Note that I am not personally offended by your actions, and I will not hold this issue as a reason to be hostile to you from now on, as other editors here sometimes do.

Thanks for trying in good faith to defuse a situation you came upon. μηδείς (talk) 22:06, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

Opening a DRN discussion as volunteer[edit]

Just a quick note, at Wikipedia:Dispute resolution noticeboard#Talk:Battle of_the_Somme#Anglophone_monoglots you need to change {{DR case status}} to {{DR case status|open}}, so that it will show you as the volunteer for that discussion and read "open" in the top summay. It also helps out the bot that maintains the page if you add your name to the volunteer list first. Good luck. --Bejnar (talk) 07:19, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

warning[edit]

Irrelevant discussion on my talk page. WP:DRN thread closed. Robert McClenon (talk) 18:31, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

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Just passed here to say that the user arianewiki1 is being somewhat immature and insistent; he is pretty much alone in his "fight". I just do normal changes based on what the community agrees with, as you probably saw on the astronomy wikiproject talk page. I make mistakes sometimes like any other human being, but they don't invalid all the majority of right changes I've been making, so don't take him too seriously. Tetra quark (don't be shy) 07:53, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

Whether desired article changes were right or wrong is not the point. It was the process on how this was done. Again. The issue is not about the capitalisation of these proper names. it was about avoiding rules of WP:CON, which Tetra quark should perhaps read. I.e. 16 hours was unacceptable, especially when you had been advised to show caution in multiple times with AWB.
The adopted sanction was about your ignoring WP:CON, especially with the AWB. Nothing else.
Furthermore, you had made these changes BEFORE I even had my chance to discuss it, not AFTER, and the moment you were questioned about the possibility of an unforeseen result, then boldly just attempted to quell any further discussion by covering your tracks.
Tetra quark, in saying "...so don't take him too seriously" and "Just passed here to say that the user arianewiki1 is being somewhat immature and insistent" could be seen to violate WP:NPA, where repeated personal attacks could lead to sanctions including blocks. Please desist doing this, especially as a guest on someone else's User Page.
I do understand you might be unhappy Tetra quark, and that is why I have already offered some realistic conciliation remarks. [10]
Furthermore, if you want discuss things like this another User on page like this, it is worthwhile advising or notifying that person. I.e. Arianewiki1 (I found it by accident.)
My own apologies to have to state all this on Robert McClenon User page. Arianewiki1 (talk) 08:34, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Christianity and Sexuality opened[edit]

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Can you close?[edit]

Discussion dead and resolved at article talk anyway... can you close? {https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:No_original_research/Noticeboard#Extrapolation_of_information_in_source]?

It isn't obvious why you are suggesting that I close a particular discussion at the original research noticeboard. I had nothing to do with it and am not one of the regulars at that board. Robert McClenon (talk) 22:05, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
Apparently anyone who is not "involved" can close a discussion. This discussion is closed and dead and needs to be closed so it can be archived. I posted at that discussion a plea for someone to close it 11 days ago and nothing has happened. Saw that you had closed another discussion there, so figured you were neutral, uninvolved and could maybe asses if it could be closed and close it if appropriate. Montanabw(talk) 23:35, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Speedy keep[edit]

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Somme dispute[edit]

Hey Robert, you're moderating the Somme dispute in which I'm participating. I noticed a question of yours on the DRN Talk page and I wanted to clarify something. (I assume it was better I do this here than add comments below your actual question). The request for resolution was requested by only one of the editors (Keith-264), not two as you seemed to think. That requesting editor had cast the dispute as being "joint", whereas in my opinion it involved more than just the two of us and so I felt that we should give the discussion more time before asking for DR. (That was interpreted by the original editor as me refusing DR, but that's not correct.) I felt that way because there were actually a total of three editors actively involved in the edit war, with a fourth having very recently been involved with the contested material. That was why I asked the question about adding others. They were already involved and I felt it would have been wrong to exclude them by omission. Thanks for moderating. Thomask0 (talk) 01:58, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

... for your reversion of what must have been my misclick - my system suddenly slowed and my click ended in the wrong target. Deep apologies. Richard Keatinge (talk) 12:42, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Need help with a neutrality dispute[edit]

Hello Robert, I'm writing in response to your generous offer to answer any questions I may have as a new writer on Wikipedia. I am author of the article on a living person, G. Flint Taylor. In October, there was a neutrailty dispute placed at the top of the article, for a reason not clear to me. Is there a process that must simply play out on Wikipedia or do I need to request an experienced editor such as yourself to weigh in? I would like to get the flag removed but unsure at this point what to do, as it as been more than 3 months. Thanks so much, Carolfowler1 (talk) 21:41, 22 January 2015 (UTC)Carolfowler1

Urgently asking for your help[edit]

Hello Robert,

I'm leaving this message to seek your help because from our previous interactions I know you are an administrator. I'm not really sure this is the right procedure, but I'm kind of stressed out right now. In a dispute that's currently on ANI I have been bending over backwards to follow the rules and to avoid User:Renejs from being banned, although I believe he has been very disruptive. Despite my intense good faith efforts I'm now being told I myself deserve a ban for my efforts. For details, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Administrators%27_noticeboard/Incidents#Concerns_about_tendentious_editing.

I am dismayed at this development. The alleged offense is that I reverted to the status quo text instead of to my preferred version because Renejs objected to my preferred version. As a result I'm now being accused of deliberately restoring a version that is known to be faulty, as everybody agrees the status quo text is missing a relevant piece of text that could be considered important. As I said, I am dismayed, because my efforts to be super careful are now being held against me. This seems completely unjust to me. If I was in fact mistaken, then I'll be happy to be told about it. Did I make a mistake in restoring to the status quo text? If so, what should I have done instead? Is it true that my good faith efforts to be extra scrupulous about following the rules can now backfire on me? What if anything can / do I need to do to prevent this? Thank you for any help or advice you may be able to offer.

Regards,

Martijn

Adding a few bits a while later:

Thank you for your well though-out response on the ANI page. You are absolutely right about how emotionally charged this whole process is. I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes, because my intense good faith efforts are met with severe disapproval. I've been considering dropping out of Wikipedia editing altogether. Thanks again, and I hope your suggestions will be heeded. Martijn Meijering (talk) 23:06, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Regarding your request at Jimmy's talk page[edit]

Hello, Robert. :) I'm afraid Jimmy's page archives pretty quickly, but I wanted to let you know that your question was seen. The best list to consult there is the list of Community Advocates. You can also reach out to our team in aggregate at ca@wikimedia.org. However, while the Wikimedia Foundation is interested in supporting communities in governance, the communities are largely autonomously self-governing. This is by design. Where possible, the Foundation does not usurp roles that can and should be played by volunteers, who are generally far better positioned to understand and govern their individual communities. WMF intervention in English Wikipedia governance is sufficiently rare that there isn't much to see, but Wikipedia:Office actions logs major office intervention on English Wikipedia. Lesser interventions would include DMCA takedown notices, which are tracked via category at the WMF Wiki: wmf:Category:DMCA. Most frequently, those involve English Wikipedia or Commons. Not specifically related to English Wikipedia, but globally, there is meta:WMF Global Ban Policy. A number of issues are not publicly logged; we do not reveal details on emergencies or other "Trust and Safety" issues, for instance. --Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 00:28, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Too hasty, IMO[edit]

I think you were much too hasty in closing the DRN discussion on Trainor. Please see my DRN talk page comments. -- WV 04:11, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

BSG 2004 Dispute Resolution[edit]

Robert Thank you so much for agreeing to help resolve the issue, I have made my submission [1] (my first so please be gentle) if you require any additional information don't hesitate in asking. Best wishes. Twobells (talk) 16:52, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

  1. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Dispute_resolution_noticeboard#First_statement_by_User:Twobells

Battle of Chawinda[edit]

Your survey is somewhat correct about the behavior. In fact I had brought one of the editor to ARE, and other 2 to ANI.

Now I have just counted the votes, there were 8 opposed to the statement that it was a Pakistani victory, and 5 were made in support and I have updated my query. Thanks. OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 03:26, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

In regard to the following[edit]

In regard to the following: "he wanted a volunteer mediator to make his case or work for him. As you can see, I tried to offer an RFC, and when he said that he wasn't sure, he was then annoyed by my closing the thread, as if he thought that I should keep it open until he could make up his mind whether he trusted the community." I have to say that you truly misunderstood me at DRN. (1) I didn't want anyone to make my case for me or to work for me. I have no idea how you got that impression, but it's completely wrong. (2) I wasn't annoyed by you closing the thread, I was confused and wondering how it could happen so fast and with so few commenting. (3) I didn't think you should keep it open because of me, I thought maybe you should keep it open until others commented. And I certainly didn't think you would close it because of what I said about having doubts regarding an RfC. I'm still confused by how the whole thing ended. Just so you know, I've had others look at it and they were just as confused as I. It seemed weirdly abrupt, and frankly, quite judgmental and prejudicial. In other words, it looked like you were ticked off at me and had an impression of me because of things you read elsewhere. I'm working to repair my Wikipedia reputation and move above the 48-hour block and everything that surrounded it. It's my opinion that your judgement of what I said at DRN is based on all of that. And that seems very unfair to me. I'm not a bad person and I'm not a bad editor. I wish you would stop insisting I'm both. -- WV 03:39, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

I have never said that you were a bad person or a bad editor. Another editor did say that you are a bad editor. No one has ever said that you are a bad person. We don't know who you are as a person. However, your attributing words to me that I never implied makes me wonder. Stop looking for condemnation to refute. Robert McClenon (talk) 03:42, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Sanction alert[edit]

Indoscope was already reminded, some hours ago, see his talk history. Bladesmulti (talk) 16:50, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Photographer[edit]

Our Venezuelan friend DID include the English version of his comments, most of them. Please don't be so rough on someone doing their best in a language that's not their own when they are already having a rough time over having a couple buddies SanFranBanned... (The Spanish version did have bonus content which is probably worth your time running through Google Translate.) best, —Tim /// Carrite (talk) 05:20, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Imperial system[edit]

Holy cow! I'm an American and I had no idea I should be insulted by "Imperial system"! Thanks! ―Mandruss  16:32, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Battle of the Somme 2015[edit]

Er, have hostilities ended? Keith-264 (talk) 17:20, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Hah! Trust the Yanks to turn up and nick the credit. ;O) Thanks for your help. Keith-264 (talk) 22:32, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Help desk: White people[edit]

Is Help desk the place to discuss article content? Is it wise to encourage that by discussing it? ―Mandruss  23:19, 30 January 2015 (UTC)

Arbitration clarification request closed[edit]

Hi Robert, just letting you know that I've closed and archived the clarification request you filed. For the Arbitration Committee, Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 10:13, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

RfC - Helper Script access[edit]

An RfC has been opened at RfC to physically restrict access to the Helper Script. You are invited to comment. --Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 16:32, 1 February 2015 (UTC)


Aergas CIR Issue[edit]

You stated before that this user could potentially be subjected to an inquiry regarding WP:CIR. How do I move forward on this issue? Is this DRN-related? I posted this before on the 3rr page.

The main issues with the article are the WP:CIR violations presented by the other editor. If a temp ban is implemented, what happens? Then the whole issue returns in 2 weeks and the same thing happens again. There are core issues that need to be addressed here, as 'kicking the can down the road', doesn't seem to be helpful here, considering how obsessive these comments and replies have gotten over the past few days, should show the gravity of the situation. Heavy situations like this do not change. On the other hand, I was warned about edit warrring, and so I did not engage it anymore, while the other party continued to do so, so why should I be punished? I would file a motion to have Aergas checked for competency under Wikipedia:CIR. He makes a big fuss over genetic studies, yet if you look at my talk page, he could not even understand basic abbreviations in a genetic study and later admitted he was wrong. He seems to have an inability to understand even simple citations. If you look at the mandates for Wikipedia:CIR, he fits, not just one, but all of the requirements to meet the violation,

Factual lack of understanding of basic facts, including the inability to even understand mere abbreviations from genetic studies. I am not exaggerating on this, I had to hold his hand through describing what specific abbreviations in a genetic study implied. See my talk page. He even admitted he was wrong on this through the long process.

Social Inability to work with consensus on a talk page, overwrites multiple users in edit wars without first consulting talk page See the talk page on mexicans of european descent[11]. Other users also commented on, for instance, the relevance of having americans included on the page, he took the opposite position, but he never addressed him. Supposedly this is because the other editor never formally edited the page, so in the world-view of aergas, he was never 'a threat' to his intentions for the page, which are not based on desires to reach a formal and fair consensus.

Bias-based He seems to hold a very strong view of proving mexico is some sort of genetically european country, despite the findings of the aggregate consensus of leading mexican geneticists showing the exact opposite. This is currently being discussed as presented by a third party in another issue. [12]

Language difficulty He seems to have issues in understanding subtleties found in the english language, and takes every comment personally. The funny thing is that my original statements on this subject, which were relevant to this topic, were chastized as being 'unfriendly' by Robert, yet later Robert claimed that both parties were civil. I was not trying to be 'unfriendly', I was simply providing an honest opinion. And sure enough, apparently, this is a legitimate critique and not a harmful one, that can be made under a WP:CIR claim. Again, I am a relatively new user, so I was not aware of all these wikipedia classifications until recently. I just saw WP:CIR being referenced by another editor on this 3rr page, and discovered that it is most apt to describe this situation.

Editing beyond your means Very easily gets frustrated when his edits are reverted to the extent he chooses to engage in an edit war and ignores talk page consensus

Lack of technical expertise He has claimed original research, providing contrarian un-sourced views to that of the findings made by leading mexican geneticists. Original Research is also something other editors have accused him of [13].

Grudges He seems to associate me as his 'enemy', and calls anyone who opposes him as a sockpuppet of myself. He has done this on multiple unrelated subthreads.

Inability to talk about incremental changes On literally every single sub-thread, including those not related to the topic at hand, he continually brings in the same content disputes, again and again. Even on the DRN we had, he refused to drop the heading 'full-european descent' and refused to including my sourced data on the historical data demonstrating the minimum requirements to be considered criollo or 'white mexican' was of 7/8ths ancestry, until Robert basically, said, that he would allow it. [14]

Is there a specific way to determine WP:CIR or report this, because I would say that he meets all the qualifications.

How do you suggest this is approached? Robert McClenon Alon12 (talk) 17:48, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

IA[edit]

FTN section was about Indo-Aryan migration theory, not Indigenous Aryans. You can also count the length of replies, mine was not as big like others. I am not a proponent, I was just talking about the amount of weight we provide to these theories/hypothesis. I am not getting that why Taivo mentioned me, when I haven't even inserted like 3 sentences to this page(Indigenous Aryans).[15] I have asked him too. I also think that we are near to resolution. Bladesmulti (talk) 04:29, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

VisualEditor News 2015—#1[edit]

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Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has fixed many bugs and worked on VisualEditor's appearance, the coming Citoid reference service, and support for languages with complex input requirements. Status reports are posted on Mediawiki.org. Upcoming plans are posted at the VisualEditor roadmap.

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Due to some breaking changes in MobileFrontend and VisualEditor, VisualEditor was not working correctly on the mobile site for a couple of days in early January. The teams apologize for the problem.

Recent improvements[edit]

The new design for VisualEditor aligns with MediaWiki's Front-End Standards as led by the Design team. Several new versions of the OOjs UI library have also been released, and these also affect the appearance of VisualEditor and other MediaWiki software extensions. Most changes were minor, like changing the text size and the amount of white space in some windows. Buttons are consistently color-coded to indicate whether the action:

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Thank you[edit]

Robert, thanks so much for your help with the Battlestar Galactica mess. I'm not sure just what's up with Twobells, but this seems to be a pattern with him: stir up an article by demanding some sort of US/UK equity, then after all manner of agro, suddenly walk away. It's really disruptive, and begins to feel like trolling. I appreciate your calm, even-handed approach, something I've often noticed on ANI. You're a consensus-builder, something badly needed around here. --Drmargi (talk) 00:44, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

I have one question[edit]

Why did you add the 1/7 sentence to the article but at the same time wrote in the edit warring noticeboard about not existing a consensus about it? I ask you here because you haven't commented in the talk page. Aergas (talk) 05:51, 4 February 2015 (UTC)

DRN- Battlestar Galactica International Co-Production[edit]

Robert, sorry I was away on business, got back and found the discussion closed, I'd would like to add my thoughts, we are near consensus but stuck on the fact that two users won't accept the show is a international co-production irrespective of the citations. Best wishes Twobellst@lk 14:52, 4 February 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Ban appeals reform 2015[edit]

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Large edits[edit]

Nice to see that you found time to discuss, do you see any problem with expanding the existing data? It's material that appears in other articles. Aergas (talk) 05:43, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

Ref Desk proposal[edit]

Hi Robert, reading through the discussions on the talk page again, I have a simple proposal that I'd like your feedback on before I shop it to the whole group. It's very simple: For a trial period (1 month?), we agree to not remove or hat any questions for reasons of seeking medical/legal advice (and perhaps extend to include requests for opinion). Rather than a free-for-all, we first respond with boilerplate or a template, something along the lines of this:

At that point, we can remove any responses that diagnose, proscribe, treat any illness or legal situation, but allow links to RS. Perhaps even demand that any responses include references, or risk removal. Would that seem ok to you? The thing is, we really don't get that many medical legal questions, and I like how this puts us in the position to police ourselves as respondents, rather than posters. As I see it, this proposal is consistent with our guidelines, and it might forestall some debates, because hopefully the use of a template will warn all our regulars (and irregulars) to be on their best behavior. On the upside, we can then provide useful information, such as links to other people's opinion pieces, links to WP pages that are about medical topics, peer-reviewed literature, etc. So, any thoughts? Would you support such an experiment? Thanks, SemanticMantis (talk) 14:55, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Apology[edit]

I am sorry you felt I was being disruptive, but I was not attempting to cause controversy. Nevertheless, I will not repeat my previous actions. --65.94.50.4 (talk) 05:21, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

Congratulations and welcome to the arbitration clerk team![edit]

Hi Robert. We have added you to the list of clerks and subscribed you to the mailing list (info: WP:AC/C#clerks-l). Welcome, and I look forward to working with you! To adjust your subscription options for the mailing list, see the link at mail:clerks-l. The mailing list works in the usual way, and the address to which new mailing list threads can be sent is clerks-l@lists.wikimedia.org. Useful reading for new clerks is the procedures page, WP:AC/C/P, but you will learn all the basic components of clerking on-the-job.

New clerks begin as a trainee, are listed as such at WP:AC/C#Personnel, and will remain so until they have learned all the aspects of the job. When you've finished training, which usually takes a couple of/a few months, then we'll propose to the Committee that you be made a full clerk. As a clerk, you'll need to check your e-mail regularly, as the mailing list is where the clerks co-ordinate (an on-wiki co-ordination page also exists but is not used nearly as much). If you've any questions at any point of your traineeship, simply post to the mailing list.

Lastly, it might be useful if you enter your timezone into WP:AC/C#Personnel (in the same format as the other members have), so that we can estimate when we will have clerks available each day; this is, of course, at your discretion. Again, welcome! Regards, Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 11:56, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

Cool! Good for Wikipedia. All the best, Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 12:11, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

Nola[edit]

I probably should have said "he or she," but I was tired and very frustrated by this person and just wanted to write something quickly. The name is that of a character in the movie The Brood and the editor may or may not be a woman. I do suspect it's someone who knows the people he or she was complaining about, since it seemed such a personal attack. It was also remarkably circumstantial: I've created or been a major contributor of the black-oriented List of African-American firsts, All-Negro Comics, Luther (comic strip), Lobo (Dell Comics), Dateline: Danger!, Wayne Howard, Alvin Hollingsworth, Billy Graham (comics), African characters in comics and Category:African-Americans in comic strips, so by Nola's reckoning, I'm either black or promoting African-Americans. Anyway ... I hope it's over now. Thank you for asking and caring. With best regards, --Tenebrae (talk) 17:22, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

Re interactions[edit]

Kindly note Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Enforcement#Collect and such careless (now retracted) posts as [16] :) Collect (talk) 18:44, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

Keep up the good work![edit]

I just wanted to drop you a note saying that I think you are doing a great job at WP:DRN and elsewhere. I haven't been taking DRN cases because of medical issues (sometimes I have hours to kill sitting in front of the computer, sometimes I am not able to log on for extended periods) and it is nice to see that DRN is in capable hands while I recover. Keep up the good work. Your efforts are very much appreciated. --Guy Macon (talk) 20:21, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

User:116.212.192.38[edit]

Regarding this warning you issued. In case you didn't know, all of the IP's recent edits to Help talk:Edit summary and to Wikipedia talk:Researching with Wikipedia occurred before I issued the level 1 warning, and 116.212.192.38 (talk · contribs) hasn't edited since that warning. However, the vandalism was blatant enough that I was myself considering changing my warning to a 4im anyway, so I don't disagree with your action. Just thought I would clarify. Thanks. --RacerX11 Talk to meStalk me 04:36, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

Email[edit]

Hi Robert, Thanks for your email. I received what sounds like a similar email from LupinoJacky‏ and am happy to let the matter rest with the process of reviewing their unblock requests. Regards, Nick-D (talk) 09:37, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

Another reminder that I exist[edit]

I am aware that you were upset by some comments I made in good faith on the DRN talk page, but was it really necessary, first to pretend I had made no statement, and then to leave me off the list of participants altogether? My experience of DRN has been one massive downer. I would not be inclined to attempt it again, which is unfortunate, because the other mods seem to be able to treat all the participants with respect. Scolaire (talk) 18:26, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

Third opinion[edit]

Hi. Thanks for offering to help at Talk:Somalis in the United Kingdom. We've both now summarised our arguments. Cordless Larry (talk) 23:55, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

Mabelina[edit]

Hi there: I don't know what to make of this latest from PurpleHz but it does not bode well for cordial relations, I don't think. Thanks for your intervention but what else can I do other reply immediately if he launches something again? Many thanks M Mabelina (talk) 23:57, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for the suggestion[edit]

Dear Robert McClenon, I read the note you left on my talk page. There is a reason I prefer to remain anonymous and just be identified by my IP address. Also because I have started a series of discussion with my IP address, if I log in, this will change and it appears from a different user. I wanted to ask you if you are a wikipedia administrator or you are just asking me to log in because you personally think that way is better? 74.195.244.87 (talk) 16:58, 19 February 2015 (UTC) Feb 19, 2015 11:00 AM CST

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A week gone by[edit]

With a week gone by and no response to Sunray's request for further comments, just so you know, Dispute resolution in March 2013 came down to familiar names and phrasing [17].

  • Can you live with… The United States ... is a federal republic consisting of fifty states and a federal district. ... The country also possesses several territories in the Pacific and Caribbean. — yes: TFD, Golbez, older=wiser first choice (Bkonrad), CMD.
  • Can you live with… The United States of America is a nation state governed by a federal constitutional republic, consisting of fifty states and a federal district as well as several territories. … — yes. TheVirginiaHistorian, second choice older=wiser (Bkonrad), Collect, Gwillhickers, Mendaliv, RightCowLeftCoast.

Consensus discussion led by Mendaliv on United States Talk page included this exchange,

  • The United States ... is a federal constitutional republic that includes fifty states and a federal district, as well as other territories and possessions.
"I might could live with this one." --Golbez (talk) 1:15 am, 24 February 2013, Sunday (1 year, 11 months, 30 days ago) (UTC−5) [18]

With TFD adamantly opposing, the 2-1 majority in the dispute resolution relented (two for including territories dropped out of the process), and the process failed on the discussion page thereafter following multiple mainspace reversions to exclude the territories. — they are now excluded.

You will notice how very close this last draft language is to our mediated Proposal Y, which Golbez once "endorsed", while TFD's good faith concession in mediation is a restatement of his 2013 position without supporting scholarly sources for his non-sequiturs, then silence. And now we again have, silence for a week. I am for a collaborative sourced on-line encyclopedia. But is something in this collaborative process I am missing? TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 07:49, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

FYI[edit]

Hi Robert. Please have a look at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Enforcement#Statement by Robert Walker and User:Robertinventor/JJ Copyrights. It's very kind of him to do my homework, but his only topic seems to be me; his latest 2,000+ edits are mainly concerned with me, except for an interval for Mars. It seems he's turned into a peculiar sort of SPA. I'm posting the same message with Drmies. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 05:07, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

I've also left a message at Robert's talkpage [19]. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 05:14, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Comment request re 2015 in spaceflight[edit]

Please consider offering a comment on a discussion at Talk:2015_in_spaceflight#BRD_on_whether_satellite_orbital_explosions_are_notable.

Thank you very much. N2e (talk) 04:29, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

I am likely wrong but[edit]

Might you kindly look at the history for Project for the New American Century - I somehow fear that the ideal of a short readable NPOV encyclopedia article has been seriously waylaid :(. It appears to be dominated by the view that participants (all wikilinked thrice it seems) engaged as a group to run the Bush administration, sought 9/11 as an excuse to engage in war (having the US ignore warnings about 9/11), to promote bacteriological warfare and likely genocide, etc. My problem is the editor who seems most interested in the topic is one who is topic-banned from Arab-Israeli conflict etc. but seems to love pushing that envelope a teensy bit. OTOH, maybe I should just let the article be trashed this way. Thanks. Collect (talk) 14:08, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

A brownie for you![edit]

Brownie transparent.png Hi Robert McClenon. Thanks for your help with the mecA article. Much appreciated. Cheers. tH0r (talk contribs) 13:01, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Clarification needed on your closure of an RfC[edit]

Hi Robert,

You recently closed an RfC at Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Biographies § RfC: Comma or no comma before Jr. and Sr. but there seems to be some confusion about the exact wording that should now be at WP:JR. Please see the discussion at Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Biographies § Clarification on wording and clarify what you intended.

Many thanks. sroc 💬 15:13, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

How about a further RfC[edit]

Hello Robert. I saw your AN post about your closure of the comma issue, and the personal attacks. Why not just open a new RfC and have 'Do not' as the item in MOS to be discussed? There is a difference between 'is unnecessary' and 'do not' which seems likely to lead to continued conflict. The fact that it's a minor difference is no guarantee it won't be hotly disputed. EdJohnston (talk) 18:09, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

Can you ask a question for me?[edit]

NAC: No, I won't ask a troll question for a troll. Robert McClenon (talk) 22:17, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Seeing as I'm an I.P I bashed and discriminated practically before I even hit the submit button on the ref desks.

So my question about the medical procedure (faecal transplantation) gets deleted immediately. I see no reason why it isn't valid question. It irritates me seeing all these high and mighty editors with their admin friends whacking the undo button on impulse. No attempt to engage is made at all so they bring the whack a mole game upon themselves. So my point is, if it's clearly a troll question, why do they not point out why they disagree. Their actions demonstrate that they can't. Because it isn't a troll question. So there's no contest. Summery bans and reverts seem to be the dish of the day here. Is this what wikipedia has become?

So my question still stands. What would be the consequence of faecal transplantation between difference species. Examples given include dogs, horses and chimpanzees. The existing wiki doesn't cover this so I'm looking elsewhere. Can you help put this question forward. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 94.36.51.224 (talk) 21:34, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia does not give medical advice. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 21:37, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
You are wrong. Not asking for medical advice (I do not have a problem or need help) and I was asking on the reference desk. Not the help desk. It's a medical question. By your logic asking how large the average human brain case is would not be allowed. And I'm sure someone would come up with something like it's 500cc because that's the average in these parts and to claim otherwise would be a medical question.
But maybe I shouldn't have put it in misc, but that's splitting hairs. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 94.36.51.224 (talkcontribs)
We aren't Yahoo! Answers either. EvergreenFir (talk) Please {{re}} 21:56, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.


Archives[edit]

Hi Robert. Shall I create an archive-box for you? Looks more "decent" than the list at top of the page. Best regards, Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 05:45, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

Better this way? Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 05:58, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (idea lab)[edit]

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Please join the discussion on Talk:Glengarry Glen Ross (film)[edit]

Hello, I am soliciting comments for an RfC that is currently open on the "Glengarry Glen Ross (film)" page. There is disagreement about where the film was set (New York vs. Chicago).

One of the issues is whether it is original research to cite to elements in the film itself (including props, dialogue, and a statement in the end credits that it was "filmed on location in New York City") to establish setting.

Response so far in the RfC has been mixed. Comments welcome! Xanthis (talk) 14:14, 9 March 2015 (UTC)

"Lift" Article, and Expert Retention[edit]

Hello Robert,

I note that you have recently been involved in some of the problems occurring on the "Lift (force)" article. This includes a recent ANI complaint, and your awarding of a "Trout" to one of the parties making said compliant. I believe the three main issues of concern here are covered in WP:EXR, WP:CIR, and WP:RANDY. I also believe that so far you are likely hearing only one side of the story, and not the side of the undoubted expert in the field (ie. J Doug McLean), who is being hounded out of Wikipedia.

This loss of expertise cannot be good for Wiki. Your thoughts?

Regards, Zapletal 101.170.170.142 (talk) 04:15, 11 March 2015 (UTC)

Robert, I see you have just posted on Steelpillow's Talk-page, saying ''You are the only frequent editor here who actually appears to be neutral and reasonable." This seems rather odd given that Steelpillow was one half of the team that did, as you described it, "the obvious railroad job" on the one expert and published authority here. Also odd given that two headings above that post Steelpillow outlines his strategy for the Lift article as "I do not intend to let the discussion reopen... [If the IP] gets all fired up and active ... we get the Admins to block the IP range."
I have no idea what you want Wikipedia to become, but hounding knowledgeable editors out of it cannot be conducive to building a high quality encyclopaedia. To save us both some time, would you please let me know where you stand on this issue? 101.170.170.160 (talk) 01:23, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
Robert, your silence speaks volumes. I will take it as your position on this matter. 101.170.85.54 (talk) 03:08, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

courtesy[edit]

I mentioned you here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Reference_desk#Robert_McClenon_and_Guy_Macon

Re: Impersonation[edit]

Thanks for your note. I've been impersonated many times by "fans" over the years. Actually, this is one of the more clever ones. Generally they just reiterate my user ID and misspell it or add characters to it. Standard procedure is to indef the faker. SPI's typically don't turn up anything useful, so I stopped asking a long time ago. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 21:21, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

Voluntary ban[edit]

Robert, I regret that I didn't make myself clearer in expressing my concern that the subject of Steelpillow's proposal for a voluntary ban had not responded, and my desire for that discussion to take place.

Your idea that I, "actually wanted closure in a way that would have been deeply unfair, imposing a so-called voluntary topic ban that wasn't voluntary, and without community discussion." is untrue. I thought I made that clear in my original response. Please stop making this allegation [20] [21] [22]. Burninthruthesky (talk) 09:38, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

I hope Robert doesn't mind my chipping in here, as you two are both pretty reasonable people who seem to have got off on the wrong foot. As I read it, Robert's remarks about Burninthruthesky are more voicing a concern about an unfamiliar editor than putting a case. I agree entirely that the ANI request, irrespective of its merits, was badly handled. The subsequent bickering could have been avoided had folks known each other well enough to act as brothers-in-arms who might have momentarily exposed themselves as mere humans. Trouting a friend is indeed a part of this acknowledgement, being intended to be light-hearted, but not every stranger will appreciate this and IMHO that was also badly handled. So I am hopeful that you folks can shake hands, bury any past slights on either side and whether real or imagined, and work together. — Cheers, Steelpillow (Talk) 10:41, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I'm sure we can. Robert, the wholesale replacement of an article section based on an out-of-date draft has now been "installed" by a user who has "heard no objection". This reverts updates by several users and bots, including the addition of maintenance tags. I suspect everyone else, like I am, is finding continued WP:STEWARDSHIP of the article too exhausting. Any suggestions? Burninthruthesky (talk) 08:14, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
I have posted my thoughts on this at User talk:Burninthruthesky#Recent edits to Lift (force). — Cheers, Steelpillow (Talk) 11:26, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

barnstar[edit]

SpecialBarnstar.png The Special Barnstar
for good advice not to be baited by admins so they have a convenient excuse to block you. Wowee Zowee public (talk) 20:36, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

Hello[edit]

Thanks, but. I already have an account.108.84.28.198 (talk) 02:49, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

Archives II[edit]

Hi Robert. As you notice, I've added an archive-box. I've also MiszaBot, for automatic archivation. The syntax is as follows:

  • |archive = User talk:Robert McClenon/Archive %(counter)d</nowiki> - the names of your archive-pages;
  • |algo = old(180d)</nowiki> - how long threads are at least to be stored at your talkpage;
  • |counter = 7 - the present archive;
  • |maxarchivesize = 200K - maximum-size of every archive;
  • |minthreadsleft = 5 - how many threads at least are to be left at your talkpage;
  • |minthreadstoarchive = 1 - the minimum number of threads to be archived

Best regards, Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 06:05, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

ARCA archives[edit]

What's the permalink of the now-closed ARCA on GamerGate and Campus Rape? There's a good deal of interest in it. MarkBernstein (talk) 22:18, 15 March 20

Trying to thread the needle[edit]

At U.S. request for mediation, trying to thread the needle in the poll returns between B1-2 “national jurisdiction", and C1-2 “federal republic consisting of”, The letter identification of subject phrases. A:, B:, C:, ... is just for discussion purposes among the sub-units of the territory of the United States.

proposal D.1 The United States is a federal republic consisting of A: 50 states, B: a federal district and C: other territories in its national jurisdiction.
proposal D.2. The United States is a federal republic consisting of A: 50 states, as well as B: a federal district and C: other territories in its national jurisdiction.
proposal D.3. The United States is a federal republic consisting of A: 50 states, B: a federal district, C: two commonwealths, D: three territories and E: other possessions in its national jurisdiction.

These can be parsed in various ways which accommodates the major divisions among editors as I see them, with an eye to include ALL initial participants.

D.1. The federal republic consists of A, B and C. or,
  • A, B and C in its national jurisdiction. or ambiguously, C in its national jurisdiction outside the federal republic

or

D.2. The federal republic consists of A, as well as B and C. or,
  • A, B and C in its national jurisdiction. or ambiguously, B and C in its national jurisdiction outside the federal republic.

or

D.3. The federal republic consists of A, B, C, D and E. or,
  • A, B, C, D, E in its national jurisdiction. or ambiguously, E in its national jurisdiction outside the federal republic.

Is this a way around the logjam? Any thoughts in response to these items for redrafts, --- or any main principles up front in response to Sunray's invitation for a priori Principles-for-objection BEFORE trying to reach an accommodation or redraft among the poll responses? TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 16:23, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

State of Somaliland[edit]

Hi Robert McClenon. The dispute over whether the State of Somaliland should redirect to British Somaliland or remain a stub was already resolved. All parties agreed that it should remain a stub. Given this, could you please close the discussion and note this agreement per the talk page? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:22, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

The parties that supported a redirect were AcidSnow and myself. Neither of us have any further objection to the page remaining a stub; please see here ("I don't mind if the State of Somaliland material is redirected here"). Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:36, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Collect Case[edit]

Just to be clear, the currently open case is only regarding Collect's behavior, correct? Will a second case be voted on? EvergreenFir (talk) Please {{re}} 22:00, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Los Angeles Fire Department[edit]

The feedback request service is asking for participation in this request for comment on Talk:Los Angeles Fire Department. Legobot (talk) 00:05, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Formal mediation has been requested[edit]

The Mediation Committee has received a request for formal mediation of the dispute relating to "Lift (force)". As an editor concerned in this dispute, you are invited to participate in the mediation. Mediation is a voluntary process which resolves a dispute over article content by facilitation, consensus-building, and compromise among the involved editors. After reviewing the request page, the formal mediation policy, and the guide to formal mediation, please indicate in the "party agreement" section whether you agree to participate. Because requests must be responded to by the Mediation Committee within seven days, please respond to the request by 31 March 2015.

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Mistatement on the Collect case page[edit]

Hi, I think this is minor and I hope it can be cleared up. Ubikwit mistated that I was a party to the Tea Party Movement arbcomm case. When I pointed out the mis-statement he agreed and immediately tried to correct the error but could not. Is it at all possible for you as clerk to remove this error? It's a matter of record and one that I hope would be removed from the page before this process rolls along too far. If it is possible, thank you. Capitalismojo (talk) 17:50, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

By the way the discussion between Ubikwit and I on this is at his page. Capitalismojo (talk) 17:50, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you very much! Sincerely. Capitalismojo (talk) 17:59, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

WP:AE request (MoS)[edit]

I agree with you. As an editor involved in dispute resolution, it might shock you to know that the MoS/AT DS have not been used since 2012, and then only twice. Most routine participants in these disputes have never been made aware of the DS with Template:Ds/alert. Considering the nature of these disputes, it seems that it is about time that these sanctions began to be utilised in some way. RGloucester 00:53, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Talk:Lift (force)[edit]

There was a request to protect the talk page due to the personal attacks. I declined but left the editor a comment on the talk page. If it continues comment on my talk page, which will send an email, and I'll take a look. CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 10:04, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Request for mediation accepted[edit]

The request for formal mediation of the dispute concerning Lift (force), in which you were listed as a party, has been accepted by the Mediation Committee. The case will be assigned to an active mediator within two weeks, and mediation proceedings should begin shortly thereafter. Proceedings will begin at the case information page, Wikipedia:Requests for mediation/Lift (force), so please add this to your watchlist. Formal mediation is governed by the Mediation Committee and its Policy. The Policy, and especially the first two sections of the "Mediation" section, should be read if you have never participated in formal mediation. For a short guide to accepted cases, see the "Accepted requests" section of the Guide to formal mediation. You may also want to familiarise yourself with the internal Procedures of the Committee.

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your good work at WP:DRN. Cheers! KeithbobTalk 16:19, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

Feel up to filing an ANI report?[edit]

Discussion will be in a more public forum, at WP:NPOVN. Robert McClenon (talk) 21:01, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

I think WP:NPOVN#Gospel of Matthew: 50 CE being rehashed, and some of the comments there, might merit some sort of discussion at ANI, possibly of the nature of a proposed topic or site ban, but am going to be personally occupied through Wednesday. You feel up to getting a report to ANI together? John Carter (talk) 17:45, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

@ John, I still hope to work out our differences. However if you feel my behavior is in violation of some Wikipedia policy, Arbitration is now the way to go! - Ret.Prof (talk) 18:38, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
Both of you!!! What the $%&* is the problem here?!?! I have looked at WP:NPOVN, and I see a discussion of how to present differing thoughts as to when the Gospel of Matthew was written. I see nothing that warrants my being asked to do a filing at WP:ANI, let alone to warrant the arbitration that Ret.Prof apparently thinks is inevitable. This appears to be a long-standing civil attempt to work out an issue that is extremely difficult to work out, and where it is even difficult to bound the scholarly estimates of the dates of the book. I do see two editors who don't like each other, but whose antagonism is not sufficient to warrant an interaction ban, only to demand that they try not to make it so obvious that they dislike each other. One editor (JC) makes allegations of competency issues against another editor (RP), and I don't see why. I don't see a competency issue; I see a content dispute that would be under control except that both editors think that it is out of control. One editor (RP) thinks, rightly or wrongly, that the other editor (JC) is determined to drive him out of Wikipedia. I don't see why. Maybe I don't know all of the background, but you asked me to look, and I don't see the need to take this to ANI, let alone to arbitration. If there really is a problem, explain it to me; otherwise stop talking about ANI and arbitration. Robert McClenon (talk) 21:55, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
Actually, I only asked you because as I remember you were one of the parties of your involvement in the previous ArbCom request he filed and as I recall later withdrew. I think if you were to review the full history of Ret. Prof, starting from the early days, you would find an individual whose sole purpose has been to promote a fringe theory about the "Jewishness' of early Christianity. He has, in fact, on his user page or talk page, I forget which, recently gone to considerable length to talk about his recent "conversion" to a belief of the Jewishness of "real" early Christianity. His history, starting from the early days promoting the Butz book about some variation of the Hebrew Gospel hypothesis, has been, ultimately, little if anything else but promoting that belief. Honestly, I have and have had nothing against it, other than the fact that academia seems to count his particular version as being more or less on the very fringe of academia. Also, to date, I have found no churches which believe it, although I've looked, fairly extensively. A lot of the estimated 20,000 Christian churches are non-notable, however. I also thought you might have remembered that considering ANI for sanctions was discussed in his last flurry of edits, which more or less ended when Andrevan and others also questioned his behavior and consideration of sanctions was suggested then. But more or less his entire history as an editor has been to promote that fringe theory. As the suggestion for sanctions was made in his last flurry of activity, shortly before his last retirement or prolonged inactivity, it seemed reasonable when the same sort of behavior continued to suggest them again. You have my apologies for thinking that you might have remembered his earlier withdrawn arbitration request more clearly than you might now, particularly considering how many such arguments you have been involved in in one way or another. John Carter (talk) 22:15, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
?????? These allegations were worked out last year. Why go around from place to place bringing them up now. All I wanted was some clarification about the 50 CE date re NPOV. I actually support the 85 CE date. See Pico. And the edit I am proposing is minor. Why all the upset???? Anyway I am taking a break to let things cool down. Cheers - Ret.Prof (talk) 22:37, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
Last year was also his last edits before the recent few, as per his history. He has developed a rather obvious history of surfacing to promote his claims, and start problems, and later disappearing for long periods until resurfacing again to make, pretty much, the same claims. John Carter (talk) 00:21, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
I remember having been involved in a dispute last year. I haven't reviewed RP's history, and I know that JC has an intense dislike of RP and that there has been talk in the past that JC would pursue arbitration to get him banned. Since I haven't researched the history, and was asked by JC to look into doing an ANI filing, I assumed that there was a recent issue. I see nothing in the last few days that warrants an ANI filing -- except possibly JC's allegation of competency issues on the part of RP. Merely being a single-purpose account (SPA) isn't a competency issue. I don't see why, at this time, JC thinks that there should be an ANI filing against RP. I know that JC doesn't like RP, and I know that RP is fearful of what he perceives as JC's objective to have him banned. It appears to me that the recent discussions at NPOV are civil (except for the competency claim, which is a personal attack). I know that JC doesn't like RP's agenda. I don't know what JC was asking me to report to ANI, except that I don't see anything that should be reported to ANI. I see a content dispute; I don't see any conduct issue by RP to report to ANI. Just having a wrong content agenda isn't a conduct issue. That is my perspective. Maybe someone else has a different idea. Robert McClenon (talk) 02:48, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
I would actually disagree that I have an intense dislike for him - in fact, I think he might be notable in his own right, given his talk page comments, and would be willing to help put it together if I saw real evidence of it, out of some degree of respect for him. Unfortunately, being an SPA with a history of promoting at best fringe POV to the exclusion of pretty much anything else, and to have repeatedly misused noticeboards and discussion pages and, to a degree, sources, during that time, is I believe intensely problematic. That behavior I find extremely questionable, and the fact that the editor invovled seems to persist in that sort of behavior, to the seemingly exclusion of any other conduct, does raise serious questions of whether he might have exhausted the patience of the community. In any event, considering he has taken another break of a few months, apparently, I will have time, should I choose to do so during that period, to assemble a better and more clear record of his pretty much exclusive history of POV pushing during that time, and, should, as seems perhaps not unlikely, the same sort of disruption continue on his return, I think I may well have all the evidence for an ANI discussion waiting for use offwiki for introduction here. The fact that the individual does have a rather serious history of temporary "breaks" when facing the prospect of some administrative overview is a factor that makes anything more than temporary resolution difficult, so having it ready in advance would be useful, and I may well prepare it on that basis. John Carter (talk) 17:44, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.


Evidence word count[edit]

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Thank you[edit]

Thank you for your efforts with Magneto (generator). Another dispute at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Reciprocating electric motor has been running for more than seven days. I have looked at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Administrator instructions but it is not clear how I get an administrator appointed. Could you tell me please? Biscuittin (talk) 10:07, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

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Third opinion opinion[edit]

If you don’t mind my asking—how was my Third Opinion request? I think it was my first time using that, so I’d appreciate any feedback, mostly on its neutrality. How would you have worded it yourself? Feel free to delete this post if you prefer not to answer. Thanks, and thanks for responding to the request! —174.141.182.82 (talk) 16:48, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

Replied on my Talk. Face-smile.svg174.141.182.82 (talk) 19:57, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

Request by Factchecker for extension of deadline to present evidence in defense of Collect[edit]

FWIW, I was never notified of this case and only discovered it by accident several days ago. I believe I can put forward substantial evidence suggesting that parties filing the case against Collect have engaged in the same misbehavior they accuse Collect of, or worse, and have deliberately violated content policies to improperly put left-leaning POV spin into WP articles, and that it is Collect's resistance to these improper editing tendencies, rather than his own alleged violations of policy, that has landed him in their crosshairs. I understand that the committee may wish to proceed according to a normal timetable, but given the circumstances I think it only fair that I be granted a brief extension to present evidence in his defense. In this case we have numerous people working against one, and it would appear they've been preparing for this case for some time before filing it. I request an extension until 5pm GMT on Sunday April 12th to make additional submissions. Centrify (f / k / a FCAYS) (talk) (contribs) 18:13, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:New Kadampa Tradition[edit]

The feedback request service is asking for participation in this request for comment on Talk:New Kadampa Tradition. Legobot (talk) 00:06, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

notified[edit]

left User:Middayexpress and User:AcidSnow and User:Largoplazo have been notified on their talk pages .Hadraa (talk) 21:53, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Aergas has Returned[edit]

He has unilaterally reverted edits on the page once again. I reverted them back to the original form of the article.

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mexicans_of_European_descent&diff=656620168&oldid=656348461

Alon12 (talk) 15:49, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Jr. comma RfC[edit]

You're invited to participate in the discussion at Wikipedia:Village_pump_(policy)#RfC:_Guidance_on_commas_before_Jr._and_Sr. Dohn joe (talk) 02:00, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

3O on Dalmatian Italians[edit]

Hello, it appears that requesting a 3O is useless because some editors ignore the outcome. Can you give a look please. Regards. Silvio1973 (talk) 12:29, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Vandalism[edit]

Users Director and Tuvixer made only vandalism in Dalmatian Italians because I ordered list of notables with other enty and word [entered] is obvious neutral because Yugoslav army was later fought by Croat army: Croat is independent State after a war against Yugoslav soldiers. May you block Tuvixer?Teo Pitta (talk) 16:19, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

reported Tuvixer removes POV's banner and engaged edit war here; may you block him? Teo Pitta (talk) 16:48, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

word [vandalism] was used firstly by Tuvixer versus me in other articleTeo Pitta (talk) 16:55, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Minority language[edit]

The feedback request service is asking for participation in this request for comment on Talk:Minority language. Legobot (talk) 00:04, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

I am new and I need help. I am not an expert in this.[edit]

Hi Robert---I am all new to this. You just closed out my request for help in my editing Don Lane (Santa Cruz) article. I AM a registered user--perhaps I didn't fill out the form correctly. Can you help me at all? The discussion on Talk doesn't seem to go anywhere. Why is there a Admin lockout on the page?

My Problem is true and my postings honest.The Man of Heart (talk) 04:31, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

re: Discretionary Sanctions[edit]

Does this mean I'm forbidden to edit Balkan-related topics in future or? --Yerevani Axjik (talk) 21:56, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

User:David-King[edit]

Hi, you may remember I requested intervention in a dispute between myself and User:David-King on the Battle of Old Trafford article. You may also remember that User:David-King made no attempt to participate in any kind of dispute resolution and the request was closed without incident. However, this user has since continued to make edits that go against the (minimal) consensus established on the article talk page by misinterpreting the comments of myself and User:Cliftonian to suit his whims and misinterpreting the sources to fit his agenda. I'm not expecting you to step in and put a stop to this shitfest, but I would appreciate some guidance as to what measures I can take to get at least someone to help settle this dispute. I'm afraid I'm just not getting through to User:David-King, and it's getting quite frustrating to talk to a brick wall. – PeeJay 08:15, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Help desk question[edit]

Should we tell the IP at the help desk who asked about AFDing "Turkish Airlines Flight 1878" that if he/she registers and becomes autoconfirmed then twinkle can be activated and it makes starting an AFD easy? I'm not sure I want to give advice like that on an open page like the help desk (in case there are trolls watching.) RJFJR (talk) 15:20, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Never mind, the IP says they don't want to create an account so it doesn't matter. RJFJR (talk) 14:07, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

indentation[edit]

I assume you won't mind I indented your comment on the religion thread to make it clear you were responding to me, not continuing my comment. The actual full quote was "I don't care what color the baby comes out, as long as it comes out Catholic." μηδείς (talk) 17:44, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

A cookie for you![edit]

--L235 (t / c / ping in reply) 02:23, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Fumble fingers[edit]

Sorry about the accidental rollback I just did. -Roxy the Viking dog™ (resonate) 06:41, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Talk page[edit]

Hi Robert, since I am not listed as a party to the ArbCom case at hand, would you mind removing or striking that erroneous notice on my Talk page? Thank you, Softlavender (talk) 02:21, 2 May 2015 (UTC)

Talk:Fort Lee lane closure scandal#Neutrality[edit]

Will you intervene once more? --George Ho (talk) 19:34, 2 May 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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This is for all of your tireless work, especially in helping at DRN and clerking for ArbCom. I must say that it is an incredible honor to work with you. Thanks for your service on Wikipedia! --L235 (t / c / ping in reply) 23:13, 2 May 2015 (UTC)

May 2015[edit]

Enough. Robert McClenon (talk) 22:56, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

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Please refrain from making unconstructive edits to Wikipedia, as you did at Peter May. Your edits needed to have consensus- it was completely inappropriate to make a radical change like this without consensus, I'm trying to start a proper discussion at Talk:Peter May. Joseph2302 (talk) 21:10, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

Also, the best place to discuss this is Talk:Peter May, not my talkpage. Joseph2302 (talk) 21:21, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

This "warning" is more unconstructive and inappropriate. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 05:44, 7 May 2015 (UTC)
Could someone explain why? Their actions were to make a move without consensus, when I tried to revert the change, they contested my attempt to revert, and instead started a WP:RFC, instead of following the proper procedure at WP:RM. Joseph2302 (talk) 09:45, 7 May 2015 (UTC)
Pages can be moved without prior discussion:
" If you have no reason to expect a dispute concerning a move, be bold and move the page." [WP:RM]]
Complaining about a RfC, which is an attempt to gain concensus, and insisting on a strict move-procedure, looks like an attempt to game the system, and to push your personal preferences. If you really insist at a strict move-procedure, then start such a request. But you could also simply participate in the RfC, and respect the outcome. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 10:11, 7 May 2015 (UTC)
I'm not gaming the system, I believe that the move was controversial, and they should have forseen that it would be- whilst they believe the writer is important, they failed to acknowledge that the cricketer was also important too, and so their move was controversial. I'm not trying to "game the system", I'm trying to get the move debated as per the proper procedure for controversial moves. If consensus says that the cricketer is not the main article then that's fine, however there should be a discussion to this controversial move, which should have taken place before it was moved. Joseph2302 (talk) 10:17, 7 May 2015 (UTC)
Also, I don't approve of being told I'm "gaming the system", I'm trying to do what I believe is best for the encyclopedia, which is undoing a controversial move, and having a proper move discussion. As you think I'm trying to game the system, this is notification that you are banned from my talkpage indefinitely. Same for Robert McClenon, for making a controversial move and then complaining when I tried to undo it and get some legitimacy in the move. Any posts to my talkpage by either of you will be considered harassment. Joseph2302 (talk) 10:32, 7 May 2015 (UTC)
I will note that I did think that the cricketer was important also. That is why I made the disambiguation page primary. If I had not thought that both people were important, I would have made the writer primary. As far as the talk page of User:Joseph2302, we aren't on it, but on my talk page, and I haven't banned Joseph2302 from it, even for a now stricken personal attack. It appears that Joseph2302 doesn't want certain types of posts on his talk page. He may miss useful information by banning some editors. I will point out that some posts, such as ANI notices, override a personal talk page ban. Oh well. Robert McClenon (talk) 14:57, 7 May 2015 (UTC)
I see no evidence in the history that User:Joshua Jonathan ever posted to User talk:Joseph2302, so that the ban from that talk page appears to be a pre-emptive strike, possibly to keep his talk page free of comments that can be considered critical. Robert McClenon (talk) 15:35, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I'm striking the user talkpage ban, but the reason for it was I didn't (and still don't) feel that either of you are assuming good faith towards me. I was entitled to contest Robert McClenon's controversial move yesterday (albeit I was a bit heavy-handed), but I still felt that your comments were harsh. Fundamentally I disagree with how this discussion happened, but I'm glad an actual discussion had now taken place. As for @Joshua Jonathan:, I was very unhappy that they believed I was "gaming the system", when all I've been wanted to do is have a discussion about the move- although we don't agree on the outcome, I believe everyone should be allowed to participate in the discussion without their integrity being questioned. Everything I've done on the move/RfC discussion I have done in what I perceived to be the best interests of the encyclopedia. The talkpage ban was a pre-emptive move, because at the time I didn't want to discuss the topic further. I still stand by my comments on the discussion, but if consensus is against me, then that's fine too- I don't really have anything to add to the discussion. Joseph2302 (talk) 18:02, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

My apologies for my statement; it was overdone. I've striked my comment too. Best regards, Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 18:25, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

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Post-hatting comment at ArbCom talk page[edit]

The discussion of ArbCom cases on the talk pages of ArbCom case clerks is not permitted and is considered tendentious. Robert McClenon (talk) 14:41, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

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Hello Robert, I hope you can please answer a brief question for me about something that happened recently at this hatted ArbCom talk page section. The first comment pinged FactChecker, but he did not get there until after you hatted the section. When he got there, he nevertheless inserted the last comment of the section. There doesn't seem anything objectionable about the content of FactChecker's comment, and neither you nor anyone else seems to have objected to it at the time. It might have been better (though more convoluted, bureaucratic, and time-consuming) if FactChecker had formally requested your permission to insert his one and only comment in that thread. Anyway, it's now become an issue at WP:ANI. Do you regard this edit by Factchecker as a big deal, or not? Thanks.Anythingyouwant (talk) 02:56, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Way to ask a question in a neutral manner. Since AYW's already poisoned the well, let me point put that the opinion they're is trying to undermine is that only clerks and Arbs should hat discussions on Arb pages, and when a discussion is hatted, that's the end of it. If not, pretty much negates the entire purpose of the hat, which is to stop the discussion in its tracks. BMK (talk) 06:43, 8 May 2015 (UTC)
I'm not trying to "undermine" that general rule. I'm just suggesting that some infractions or exceptions are no big deal, especially if ArbCom and its clerks raise no objection when they occur. And I wanted to know if that is correct. I won't have any more to say about FactChecker for the foreseeable future, as I have said plenty already.Anythingyouwant (talk) 07:15, 8 May 2015 (UTC)
Fact-checker was formally warned by an arbitrator for conduct on ArbCom pages. Nothing more needs to be said about Fact-checker; there have been no subsequent violations. The posting of case-related questions about ArbCom pages to the talk pages of case clerks is not permitted and is considered tendentious. Both editors in this thread are being formally warned. Robert McClenon (talk) 14:41, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

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Please comment on Talk:Siege of Kobanî[edit]

The feedback request service is asking for participation in this request for comment on Talk:Siege of Kobanî. Legobot (talk) 00:04, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

Notification[edit]

Just because I have this talk page on my watchlist, I just thought of notifying you about this discussion. OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 19:02, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

Somalis in the United Kingdom RfC[edit]

Hi Robert (if I may). You might recall that we had a brief discussion about mediation for the Somalis in the United Kingdom article after another editor posted at ANI about it. There was an RfC active at that time, and you reported that it needed to end before any mediation could begin. The RfC, which was part of this section of the talk page has now been closed by a bot. Can I ask whose job it is to assess the consensus of the comments? I think it's pretty clear, but I was involved in the debate, so I'm not neutral. I'd like to get this cleared up before I consider mediation. Cordless Larry (talk) 08:30, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

User:Cordless Larry - The usual procedure is to request closure at WP:AN, or to wait for a request to be made in WP:ANRFC at WP:AN. However, the RFC can be closed by any experienced editor, admin or non-admin, and the request is simply a way to get the attention of an editor who is familiar with closing of RFCs. I have closed RFCs in the past and have gone ahead and closed your RFC. I think that we are now in agreement that, given how many issues keep coming up at that article, a request for formal mediation would be in order. Robert McClenon (talk) 22:11, 10 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Robert, and sorry about the fact that I didn't frame the RfC with a clear question, as you noted. I'll look into requesting mediation when I get the chance. Cordless Larry (talk) 22:14, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Questions[edit]

Hi Robert. I would like to know when is an okay time to redact unsatisfactory wikitext after a rough consensus? Also, what is the policy regarding external forum announcements pertaining to Wikipedia? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 02:11, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

If the redaction of "unsatisfactory" text is based on an RFC closure, it can be done at any time, but discussion on the talk page would be a good idea. I am not entirely sure what you mean about external forum announcements, because they sound like external spam. What do you actually mean? Can you be more specific? I have a dislike of overly general questions about Wikipedia, because some questions are asked in order to get an answer that can be used to wikilawyer, but I can see that your questions appear to be real questions. Robert McClenon (talk) 03:09, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
Ok, thanks for that. I know that there is a policy somewhere on the mutability of consensus, especially a rough consensus; however, I was unsure as to the appropriate length of time when that would come into play. Is there an extant policy on how to appropriately word external forum announcements? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:05, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
What do you mean by external forum announcements? Robert McClenon (talk) 16:11, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
Are there any templates that editors can use for general announcements on Wikipedia activities, events and such? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:42, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
I suggest that you take these questions to the Help Desk. I am sure that some of the regular editors there can address your questions. What are external forum announcements, anyway? Robert McClenon (talk) 16:50, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
Not sure yet, but thanks. Cheers, Middayexpress (talk) 17:05, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

ANI/DRN[edit]

Enough here. Discussion can take place at an article talk page or at WP:DRN. Robert McClenon (talk) 16:12, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

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Thanks for your help, I never though my first thread would go that badly. I was hoping the ANI thread would remain open though because of the user's incivility and personal attacks in the thread itself. Is that a good idea? Rider ranger47 Talk 01:49, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

Taking this to WT:DRN. Robert McClenon (talk) 01:51, 13 May 2015 (UTC)
I'm involved, you know, but I must express a strong disappointment for both closures. @Rider ranger47: did his best. But imnsho your choose for lassez faire cannot work when one of the involved parties trolls. What I was looking for was 3O about the tag I tried adding, what I got is a bunch of trolling. --Vituzzu (talk) 07:59, 13 May 2015 (UTC)
See my comments at WT:DRN. It was clear that the moderated discussion was not working. DRN does not assign blame for why moderated discussion is not working. Go back to the article talk page. If there is conduct that you think is further trolling, please first read the boomerang essay and then, if your own conduct is appropriate, report the trolling in a new thread at WP:ANI. It might result in the troll being blocked, or the editor might collaborate with you. Robert McClenon (talk) 16:12, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

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RfC: Guidance on commas after Jr. and Sr.[edit]

Following the closure of a recent RfC you participated in, I have started an RfC on the separate but related issue of commas after Jr. and Sr.. Please see Wikipedia:Village pump (policy) § RfC: Guidance on commas after Jr. and Sr. and feel free to comment there. Thanks! sroc 💬 06:03, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Re:safety behaviors[edit]

I am a bit confused why you left me a message, I think that was already said on WT:DRN. Rider ranger47 Talk 15:28, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Thank you, I shall try to be clear.[edit]

Please, let me be very clear. I have not suggested Paluzzi was a member of the Abstract Expressionism Movement. What I have suggested is that his work in the late ‘50s and early 60s was stylistically similar to the Abstract Expressionists. I received this suggestion from a professor of Art History at the school from which Paluzzi received his two degrees. What I also suggested was that per edits by JNW there are no published references as to Wilke, Wols or Zao Wou Ki being part of the Abstract Expressionism Movement or that their work was stylistically similar to the Abstract Expressionists. I also suggested that Modernist contradicted himself by deleting Romul Nutiu for not being an American when there are a number of non-Americans on that list. I hope to continue making positive comments and hope others will also add to these discussions. Sirswindon (talk) 18:24, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Your ANI close[edit]

Robert, I didn't "strongly caution Dr. K. for on-wiki raging" in my long final post in this ANI thread — not even close — I said, mildly, that his description of "vile attacks" was "overly colourful" and that all the people on the talkpage seemed angry. Nobody else in the thread had said anything critical about Dr. K. at all. So it seems you weren't summarizing the thread or its outcome, but expressing your own opinion about Dr. K.'s conduct in closing the thread — a rather extreme opinion IMO — and cautioning him as from yourself (though in that mealy-mouthed passive voice)..? I don't understand why — it's surely not the usual use of a closing note. Understandably, Dr. K. was upset. Is there something I've misunderstood about the situation? I seem to remember that the last (and probably only previous) time that I posted a query on your page, you ignored it. Right, here it is. That's your prerogative, but you understand it's a little chilling. I'd appreciate it if you'd please reply to this one, because I'd like to know if I've got something wrong. Bishonen | talk 19:28, 15 May 2015 (UTC).

Well, Dr. K. reverted the close, and I left the revert alone. Maybe I was alone in thinking that Dr. K. was also out of line. Robert McClenon (talk) 19:54, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
The caution was meant to be from me. I can understand that it was misunderstood. Robert McClenon (talk) 19:54, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Hello Robert. I can't say for sure if you have been pinged in relation to the discussion which was started on Bishonen's talk page in relation to the above (I've thought diffs would do that but I've been reliably informed that pinging doesn't necessarily always work anyway). Either way, I wish to notify you of that discussion and to assure you that you should feel free to comment there if you wish; it relates to concerns which have been raised but is an informal discussion. Ncmvocalist (talk) 18:48, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
The caution was meant to be from me. Your caution, not based on any objective or even acceptable criteria, should in future be kept to yourself. Otherwise it is unconstructive on-wiki behaviour. Δρ.Κ. λόγοςπράξις 19:01, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

Trout[edit]

Rainbow trout transparent.png Whack!

You've been whacked with a wet trout.

Don't take this too seriously. Someone just wants to let you know you did something silly.

This suggestion that, well, somebody, anybody, has to blocked makes me glad you don't have access to the tools. Could you try in the future to refrain from commenting on disputes you don't seem to want to take the time to understand, since such carelessness costs us contributors, who simply tire of being insulted by the uninformed? SandyGeorgia (Talk) 23:01, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Invitation to WikiProject TAFI[edit]

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Hello, Robert McClenon. You're invited to join WikiProject Today's articles for improvement. Feel free to nominate an article for improvement at the project's Nominated articles page. Also feel free to contribute to !voting for new weekly selections at the project's talk page. If interested in joining, please add your name to the list of members. --Bananasoldier (talk) 18:47, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

DRN[edit]

Hello Robert! Just want to thank you for you attempt to smooth things over in the SDUSA Lede discussion at DRN. It's disappointing to me that the discussion failed. In light of how bitter it ended, do you think it would be best if I refrained from moderating for a period? I always liked helping at DRN, but if that's what you think is best, that's ok with me. Please advise. EnglishEfternamn*t/c* 07:03, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

User:EnglishEfternamn - I am replying here because a combative editor is on your talk page. I think that you made a good-faith mistake in coming across as not entirely neutral. I don't think that you should refrain from moderating, but you should learn from your mistake. I do suggest that you formally ban Dame Etna from your talk page. I would suggest being even more neutral in future moderation. Robert McClenon (talk) 14:56, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
Fair enough, thank you.EnglishEfternamn*t/c* 02:57, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Special Barnstar Hires.png The Special Barnstar
This is for your (over) three months of diligent service as an arbitration clerk. It was an incredible honor working with you. I hope to work with you in the future- perhaps at DRN? Good luck, and happy editing! --L235 (t / c / ping in reply) 22:36, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Japan[edit]

The feedback request service is asking for participation in this request for comment on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Japan. Legobot (talk) 00:05, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

HFCS[edit]

Hi Robert. Do you have time to take a quick look at the High fructose corn syrup page? --sciencewatcher (talk) 13:13, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Dispute on Proposed Supercarriers - resolved?[edit]

How can you call this dispute "resolved" when only one side of the argument participated? - Nick Thorne talk 02:20, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

You chose not to participate. You did not express an opinion against the use of the RFC. If dissatisfied, go to the dispute resolution noticeboard talk page, or participate in the RFC. Sometimes silence is assent. Robert McClenon (talk) 14:17, 26 May 2015 (UTC)
I did indeed choose not to participate and I gave my reason at the time - my position had been grossly misrepresented, but you in turn choose to gloss over that. Not the actions one would normally expect from a neutral "mediator". - Nick Thorne talk 00:28, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

Violence and Buddhism[edit]

Thank you for your input. I might have to put in for DR; except by inference, I cannot determine what the other editor's actual position is. Thank you for the suggestion. Ogress smash! 19:40, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

You don't need to know what the other editor's actual position is. The other editor states what their position is, and, when there is a moderator, the moderator can ask questions. I didn't answer partly because I didn't know what the controversy was. If the case were at DRN, I would ask. Robert McClenon (talk) 20:06, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
I'll consider it as the other editor has replied to the RFC, but to date continues to not speak to me about their position. A girl can hope, though... Ogress smash! 19:10, 31 May 2015 (UTC)

About dispute resolution noticeboard procedure[edit]

I am not very familiar with the process at the noticeboard, so I wanted to ask you about it before I do something I maybe should not. Both I and StBlark have now submitted summaries of the dispute over Rosaline as an unseen character. I would like to briefly reply to StBlark's comments in the discussion section but do not know if that is appropriate to do. 99.192.72.177 (talk) 04:58, 1 June 2015 (UTC) (=99.192.92.80)