User talk:Sjakkalle

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Welcome to my talkpage!

Ordinarily, any comments placed here will stay, and only simple vandalism will be reverted. If you wish to make a personal attack against me it will stay for everyone to see. Someone else will judge whether an attack says more about you or about me however.

Note that I am quite inconsistent with where I make responses.

  • If it is a response I think several people might be interested in reading, I might respond here. Otherwise, I will probably respond on your talkpage.
  • I do not respond to every message (most notably RFA thank you notices), although I normally reply to requests and questions. Sometimes I am unable or do not have the time to do so (or I see that the problem has already been fixed). If I don't respond to your posting, please forgive me.

Archives of previous talkpages[edit]

Closure comment[edit]

You made the comment closing the discussion that CSD#A3 endorsed speedy deletion. Speedy deletion of any redirect was prohibited from using A3 until the end of the discussion, all !votes prior to the change of the !rule should not have been taken into consideration and deletion based on consensus not speedy deletion should have been the correct closure.Camelbinky (talk) 15:55, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

(I'm on break now but since an administrator is obliged to respond to queries on admin actions I'll reply.)
(The discussion concerns the DRV of Ginifer King, see Wikipedia:Deletion review/Log/2013 July 22)
The WP:CSD rules do not function the same way as judicial laws. They are interpreted by the community. That means that the spirit of the rule (that is, the intended effect of the rule) supersedes the literal wording of the rule, and that is a view shared by most of the community. One of the intentions of CSD A3 was to prohibit pages consisting solely of a link to an external page. However, it was also accepted by the community that we in some cases should have a sort of link to a sister project, usually Wiktionary, for subjects that have an article there but not on Wikipedia. Therefore the "soft redirect" exception was carved out. The spirit of the exception in A3 was to allow for such cross-wiki links; it was never intended as a loophole to allow pages of external links covered up by the soft redirect template. The fact that the literal wording allowed it was in all likelihood an oversight.
Closing the DRVs are based on consensus. It is well within the rights of the community to decide that the spirit of A3 supersedes the literal wording of A3. It was the community that made rule A3, and so it is the community's right to interpret how A3 should be enforced. Had DRV been a court of criminal law, where I was a judicial judge presiding, and the redirect in question were a defendant on trial, I would have agreed with you. It wouldn't have been proper to convict someone unless they had violated the literal wording of the law beyond a reasonable doubt. But DRV is not a court of law, and my role there is more a steward of consensus rather than a judicial judge. The consensus was overwhelmingly that the page ran afoul of the scope that A3 was intended to cover, and my close was in accordance with that.
While I have butted heads with a few admins in the past weeks, I think you will be very hard pressed to find an admin who would have closed that discussion differently. Sjakkalle (Check!) 18:10, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Still lurking around...[edit]

Hi Sjakkalle, sorry for the late reply...as you can see, I'm still lurking around, but I'm mainly reading articles these days and trying to ignore all the rest. I may return to editing some day, but don't count the days :P anyway, just wanted to drop by and say thanks for your very nice post. I'm positively surprised you even remembered me :) Oh, and one thing I never said: I still remember you having the balls to block Tony Sidaway all those years ago. That was the moment I realized that I may have done lots of things on Wikipedia, some of which may have been useful, most of which may have been useless and forgotten, but the one really good thing I did on here was nominating you for adminship :) All the best, Ferkelparade π 23:31, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Hi! You messaged me right in my break, so apologies for not answering sooner. Yes, I remember that incident from several years ago that happened during the disputes over how far IAR stretched and prior to any formal rules on wheel-warring. Anyway, good to know that your eyes are still on the project. :-) Sjakkalle (Check!) 04:31, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

Article Feedback Tool update[edit]

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

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

Again, we're very sorry about this issue; hopefully it'll be smooth sailing after this :). If you have any questions, just drop them at the talkpage. Thanks! Okeyes (WMF) 21:40, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

Regarding JetBrains deletion[edit]

Hi Sjakkalle, I've drafted a new article which hopefully meets all guidelines and overcomes the objections raised previously. Please let me know what you think: User:Eugenia_d/sandbox --Eugenia d (talk) 06:46, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

I have taken a look at the article. I can see that you have put a sincere effort into the draft, but there are a couple of concerns that are nagging me a little.
  1. The article is very focused on the products and business model. That is, very focused on material that you would expect the company to write about itself. Don't get me wrong here, it is very important that encyclopedia articles on a company cover this aspect, and I do not think that the tone in the article is overly promotional. But ideally, a Wikipedia article should offer something more than what one expect to see on a company website.
  2. I looked through the sources, and found that many of them, and got the impression that some of the text was press release material, or product notifications. Texts like this just don't look particularily independent.
My estimate is that the article in its current state would have an approximately 50% chance of receiving approval by the community at DRV. The positives are that there is a long list of sources, so WP:GNG might be met, but the concerns that I have make me unsure. Sjakkalle (Check!) 19:04, 12 September 2013 (UTC)
1. I've drafted a paragraph about the company's abandoned projects. This does not look like something a company would boast about, but may be insightful for other entrepreneurs.
Please let me know if this meets your expectations. If not, could you offer an example of more suitable content or direct me to the relevant guidelines please?
2. All the articles listed as sources are actually independent, which does not contradict the fact they may use company's news for their sources of information. Unfortunately I managed to prove some facts only by articles which don't have much editorial input. Nevertheless, there are no press releases among them.
I've replaced the link you mentioned with another one, but it's in German. Does this work better? Eugenia d (talk) 17:17, 22 October 2013 (UTC)
It is certainly an improvement. I understand your point about the sources being independent, but a source that is based on information from the company information is an issue that members of the community might consider a deficiency. I used a translation program to look at the German source and I think I got the gist of it, and it too seems to be centered around a company announcement. But as I said, your effort has improved the draft and its chances.
My predictions of what the community thinks are not always correct, and the only way really to know whether consensus will be with restoration of the article is to request it at WP:DRV where you can point out the draft and the reasons you think that the sources are sufficient to pass WP:N. If it does not succeed, then it is an evaluation of the subject, not of your effort which certainly has been good. Sjakkalle (Check!) 17:39, 22 October 2013 (UTC)
Given that the article has been rewritten from scratchCSD#G4, can I simply recreate and deal with WP:DRV if the issue is raised? Or should I submit the draft for WP:DRV myself? Eugenia d (talk) 19:26, 22 October 2013 (UTC)
Good question! I have compared the deleted version (which is available in a userfied version at User:Be nt all/JetBrains) with your version, and I do not consider them substantially identical. I therefore think you can recreate the article without running afoul of CSD G4, if the issue is brought up, it will be at WP:AFD rather than WP:DRV. Sjakkalle (Check!) 05:09, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

List of members of the Parliament of Norway, 2013–2017[edit]

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White and black[edit]

are not proper nouns in standard usage. In the chess world this may be different, but that is not relevant. In many companies' literature, terms like "director" and "treasurer" are capitalized, but not in Wikipedia. This appears to be no different. Primergrey (talk) 20:49, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

  • "Standard usage" as WP:MOSCAPS calls for cannot mean anything else than what you will find in the sources discussing the topic. Considering that Wikipedia policy is to not use anything not supported by sources, what the sources universally say must be relevant. A few of the de-capitalizations were correct, and Cobblet has reinstated those. However, I have to agree with Bubba73 that an edit where the majority of de-capitalizations were incorrect, such as "Queen's Gambit Accepted" to "queen's gambit accepted" (the former is the name of a chess opening, the second says that a gambit belonging to the queen accepted something), will usually end up with the whole edit being reverted so that the correct ones can be inserted afterwards. Regarding White/white and Black/black, they are capitalised when they are used to refer to the player thus functioning as a proper noun substitution, but not if they are used as an adjective, therefore "In chess, White moves first", but "In chess, the player of the white pieces moves first". Sjakkalle (Check!) 06:07, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

Chuck Harder[edit]

Hello Sjakkalle, will you reconsider the deletion of the Chuck Harder page? He was a notable talk show host. I remember listening to him on short wave (WWCR) here in Massachusetts, even though he was based in Florida, so that should be an indication that he was notable. Also, see this link for a few samples of his show: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22chuck+harder%22+for+the+people — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mitzi777 (talkcontribs) 14:27, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

  • Hi, I looked over the AFD discussion and I see that I deleted the article due to inadequate sourcing, and for a biography of a living person that is a complete dealbreaker. I believe that I would be violating policy if I reversed my decision on the AFD, and I will therefore not do so. Now, there were comments that indicated that Mr. Harder could indeed be notable, and it would be legitimate, and not run afoul of speedy deletion criterion G4 on recreations, if someone wants to recreate a properly sourced article about him. Sjakkalle (Check!) 17:39, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

Clarification[edit]

You seem not to be aware of the fact that the arbitrators were requested to clarify what you are so sure to know, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:49, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

There is nothing to clarify. The banning policy says (with my emphases)
"Unless otherwise specified, a ban is a site ban. An editor who is site-banned is forbidden from making any edit, anywhere on Wikipedia, via any account or as an unregistered user, under any and all circumstances. The only exception is that editors with talk page access may appeal in accordance with the provisions below."
Assuming that the page was written in the English language, there is no interpretation of that rule that allows KF to edit his user talk page for any other purpose than to appeal. The request could and should have gone directly to the "Requests for enforcement" section of the arbitration page. If ArbCom believes that I am mistaken, I believe they will tell me so. Sjakkalle (Check!) 18:55, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
I read the passage that you quote several times now. English is not my first language, but why the project would reject members adding constructive contributions is beyond my understanding in any language, - see the top of my talk, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:03, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
The explanation for why banned editors are prevented from making any edits whatsoever is described in WP:BMB ("banned means banned"). You are free to disagree with that policy, but there is strong consensus for it. Sjakkalle (Check!) 19:06, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
Sjakkalle has clearly over-stepped his authority Gerda, given the ongoing ArbCom case, but being an administrator he is invulnerable, so best to move on before he tries to silence you as well. Eric Corbett 21:53, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
I don't understand your allegation that I clearly overstepped my authority. Can you explain how? For the record, I have no desire or intention of "silencing" Gerda, nor do I think that I am invulnerable. Sjakkalle (Check!) 06:06, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

For making a correct but unpopular decision. Even some Arbcom members equivocated on this, to the point that the archived discussion [1] was another laughable and inconclusive debacle. Someone not using his real name (talk) 16:33, 25 November 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! I am not sure the ArbCom comments really waffled all that much. Three of the five commenting arbitrators (David Fuchs, Risker, and Carcharoth) said quite clearly that KW's use of the talkpage was in violation of the ban, and Risker and Carcharoth explicitly endorsed removing the talk page access. I had more trouble in agreeing with SilkTork's and Salvio's comments, because they expressed more ambiguity in the banning policy than there actually is. The table at WP:BLOCKBANDIFF says that for site-banned users, access to the user talkpage is "usually not allowed", and in any case they are no longer members of the community. But even so, neither SilkTork nor Salvio said any thing that was directly at odds with the banning policy. Sjakkalle (Check!) 16:56, 25 November 2013 (UTC)

A pie for you![edit]

A very beautiful Nectarine Pie.jpg Thank you for voting to unblock me. I agree with your method of warning prior to enforcement. It gives a better position to demonstrate whether the editor in good faith made a mistake, or if the editor simply wants to purposely break the ban. MarshalN20 | Talk 14:23, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

MaxBrowne[edit]

I don't trust or like ANI so have avoided posting there if I can. I feel you made a mistake ala User:MaxBrowne, he vandalized a chess-related article, he sent "anal" at Toccata unprovoked, reverted Toccata's posts w/o basis against guideline, and there's not so much of a warning issued to Browne. Now I think this has emboldened him. (After the ANI he wrote an unnecessary "flush" editsum clearly to continue to insult Toccata, he's posted to my Talk after being disinvited to post further there, and even continued the taunting via an invisible "Thank you" notification on my revert of his last post to my Talk.) Ihardlythinkso (talk) 12:08, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

If we are going to be charitable, "anal" does not necessarily refer to the end of the digestive system. This page defines an "anal personality" as "a personality characterized by meticulous neatness and suspicion and reserve". I would avoid using that word nonetheless, because it can be interpreted differently, but it is generally wise to be liberal in what you accept, and conservative in what you do.
My support for Admiral Caius at the ANI thread was not to indicate that edits such as [2] are acceptable. Indeed, that is why I agreed with the WP:TROUT (which more or less is a colloquial "stop it").
MaxBrowne of course needs to understand that edits like what he made on Gordon Crowne are considered to violate WP:POINT, some might even call such an edit vandalism. Wikipedians in general have a very low tolerance for that kind of edit, and that defacement of articles usually leads to blocks in short order when it is repeated. But it is rare that we block or ban people with a long track record of positive contributions over one such incident. (Repeated incidents however is a far more serious matter.)
On the issue of civility and personal attacks, I know that my view is often viewed as a "kindergarten" variety, but I place a high value in not referring to people by any slurs or making references to sexual or excretory anatomy. Once a discussion degenerates to that point, recovery is very difficult if at all possible. I am not ignorant to the fact that some editors are skilled at being infuriating while still using superficially polite words, but none of that excuses cursing and swearing at people either.
In general, if you are pursuing sanctions against someone, edits such as this make it more difficult to achieve what you want, because an admin looking at the situation will see two people cursing at each other, and find the issue far too thorny to issue sanctions on one side. Sjakkalle (Check!) 16:19, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
I'm not pursuing sanctions of anyone. For all he did counter to policy, there was not even a caution or warning at that ANI, and it appears that this has emboldened him (the "flush" editsum and other things post-ANI mentioned above). That post of mine you linked was to another user and has no relation to MaxBrowne whatever. (Why did you post it? Why are you making this thread about *me*?) Ihardlythinkso (talk) 16:56, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
My apologies for posting that link, it was one that Max had referred to earlier and I didn't research its origin thoroughly. I know that it seems to you that Max is getting off scot-free, but he should be aware that the consequences will be more severe should he make another edit like the one he made on Gordon Crowne. Sjakkalle (Check!) 17:02, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
How would he know that without being warned? (My guess is he didn't, and doesn't, basing on his post-ANI conduct.) The place to warn him was the ANI. (I don't even want to discuss "trouts" for three reasons: they are humorous and this is not humourous; they are for doing something stupid, and Max's conduct was intentional not out of stupidity; and Toccata never initiated the crap -- he was responding after being fed up w/ what he was receiving from Max, so "trouts all around" does not compute for me.) Ihardlythinkso (talk) 17:49, 21 November 2013 (UTC) p.s. After escaping the ANI w/o even needing to respond there, then coming to my Talk to give me crap ... just how much patience do you think I have for either him, or the "system" and how it should work? I can definitely understand why Malleus has grown to be sometimes vicious. (It is in defense of self, on this hostile, lawless site, where good users like Toccata get told they're of "equal guilt", and admins like Drmies defend in an ANI what to everyone at ChessProject is an obvous troll, and later threatens *me* with what he asserts would be effectively a topic ban for my only niche [chess] essentially making it an effective site ban the most serious sanction there is, then later denying to me that he "defended" the troll when he had stated that he had to other admins at a subsequent ANI on the troll, then accusing me of having "numerous lies" on my user Talk when there are none. [Even the troll made comments later about how he was able to observe User:Quale and me being treated like second-class citizens in that ANI and by the processing admins.]) Is my rant making my frustrations and dismay any clearer? Thanks. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 17:49, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
I will not hide that I was very upset about the incident that happened at the end of July. It was the first time in over seven years that I took a month long break from Wikipedia. I believe that Toccata was treated poorly in that thread. Regarding Max, I believe that linking to a userpage gives that user a ping that he or she has been mentioned (that is why I linked to his userpage), and I hope that he will notice what I think of the Gordon Crown edit. We do not have a formal warning system, but I certainly hope that Max has gotten the message that he should avoid making edits like what he did there. Sjakkalle (Check!) 18:11, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
But don't "hope". (That never did anyone any good. [It's he most passive human "activity" possible -- even sleeping is more active: during sleep your subconscious brain is busy solving problems too much for your conscious brain during the day.]) Cheers, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 18:31, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
I realize its easier to say it when you're observing than when you are involved, but patience can really be a virtue when you are in a conflict. Also, before I forget, I have noticed that you and Toccata quarta have been working tirelessly at fixing up the game descriptions I have been writing at World Chess Championship 2013. I really appreciate your efforts at making my texts better. :-) Sjakkalle (Check!) 19:27, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

There's not much that I can add to Ihardlythinkso's comments here on this matter. Sjakkalle, I was not demanding that MaxBrowne be blocked, but I did hope that he would receive a warning from an administrator, telling him that his behaviour was wrong. As Ihardlythinkso has observed, he didn't even need to post at ANI, and he never addressed any of my criticisms of his reasoning or conduct (example), while obstinately reverting my criticism of his behaviour, which I posted at WT:CHESS. He keeps making irrelevant references to WP:DTR (which is just an essay), and apparently finds posting at ANI laughable, as if that were for weaklings/losers/whoever ([3]). (In fact, posting at ANI was the logical next step in the conflict, since he just kept removing my post at WT:CHESS.) Here he offered a sort of "peace treaty" to Ihardlythinkso, writing, "Let's not fight. We both want to improve wikipedia's chess coverage." Since he didn't direct such a message at me, he is implying that I do not want to improve chess coverage on Wikipedia.

Sjakkalle, you are an admin, and could have warned him with respect to all these issues—violating WP:TPO/WP:NPV/WP:OR/WP:WTA/WP:DWIP/WP:CIV, but have not done so. I'm sure you have heard Edmund Burke's quote "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." I hope you will reconsider your ongoing avoidance of conflict of any sort, "for fear of hurting someone's feelings". Toccata quarta (talk) 20:12, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

Well yes, I have heard the Burke quote, which is a good one. In this case I don't think MaxBrowne is evil. He like everyone else on an open wiki like this is, is liable to being observed. I understand that admin inaction can be infuriating. A problem is that admin warnings or action often have the unintended consequnce of raising tensions rather than diffusing them. Even when an action ought to be uncontroversial, such as locking the talkpage of a banned user who by policy is not allowed to edit anywhere here [two sections up], I may wind up facing an accusation of clearly overstepping my authority, and insinuations of me being an invulnerable tyrant who will silence those who dare criticize me. Sjakkalle (Check!) 15:40, 22 November 2013 (UTC)
So basically, Wikipedia is an anarchy? Toccata quarta (talk) 17:37, 22 November 2013 (UTC)
Well, we have a policy WP:NOTANARCHY that says we aren't. But we do not always come down on every instance of poor conduct either. Sjakkalle (Check!) 18:11, 22 November 2013 (UTC)
(On a totally unrelated noted, I'd appreciate if you could leave a comment at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Wiki brah. Thanks. Toccata quarta (talk) 19:19, 22 November 2013 (UTC))
Reaper Eternal seems to be way ahead of me. Thanks for spotting another one of them. Sjakkalle (Check!) 19:42, 22 November 2013 (UTC)
You forgot to add: "... and we sometimes come down (INDEF BLOCK) on conduct not really poor to speak of, but that we don't like or has irritated us in some way, depending on the admin's mood at the time." Ihardlythinkso (talk) 19:49, 22 November 2013 (UTC)
I cannot deny that I have seen situations where admins make very bad indefinite blocks, but the admin corps does not form a united clique. Speaking for myself only, I believe the vast majority of blocks that I have imposed have been for simple vandalism or on sockpuppets of banned users. Sjakkalle (Check!) 19:53, 22 November 2013 (UTC)
I know. (I wasn't referring to you!) Cheers, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 20:00, 22 November 2013 (UTC) p.s. But I think you're wrong, there is an admin "clique" in the sense that there is an unstated and even sometimes stated protocol w/in the admin corps that one admin does not reverse the decision of another (else they will risk violating said corps protocol culture). (I even saw an admin warn another admin that he better not revert his block as it went "against admin corp" [culture/protocol], and it would be bad for him if he did.) I think the only exception to violation of that admin corp code are when the editor blocked is a high profile editor such as Malleus, when just blocking/or unblocking of said editor, brings attention (fame and fortune, or infamy and misfortune) to the blocking editor (please don't take this personally, it isn't intended as such; Malleus has a long history of blocks/unblocks). (So, for small cookies like me, if I'm unfairly INDEF BLOCKED, I'm left for dead. ["Who cares about him? What's in it for me, the admin taking the risk of unblocking?" This actually happened to me and I'm trying not to name names: an admin currently running for arbcom told me they felt the INDEF BLOCK of me was unfair/unjust, but they had a previous run-in with the blocking admin in the past, who called them a "troll" when they objected to a block, and that they were merely one admin and "not on Wikipedia to cure all ills". So I was left for dead. Malleus has no shortage of admins who will unblock him, since the act of unblocking gathers some notoriety because it is Malleus, not a much lower profile editor like most of the rest of us.]) Ihardlythinkso (talk) 20:12, 22 November 2013 (UTC)

For your consideration—two more Wiki brah socks: Fantasia west (talk · contribs) and Valeri Lilov (talk · contribs). Toccata quarta (talk) 19:08, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the notification. I see that SSI has dealed with the sockpuppets already. I have gone ahead and deleted the AFD that they set up per WP:CSD#G5. Sjakkalle (Check!) 06:21, 27 November 2013 (UTC)


Apologies in advance for poking the dead horse, but I have not previously given my side of the story. It is unlikely that I will comment further after this.

Toccata has apparently made it his personal crusade to challenge any and all descriptive prose in chess articles, claiming WP:PEA violations. If you look at the historical context of the "peacock terms" guideline, you'll see that it's introduction was by no means uncontroversial; many even found the very phrase "peacock term" vaguely offensive. The intro to WP:WTW in any case makes it clear that there are no forbidden words on wikipedia and that this is a style guideline, not a set of rules to be applied rigidly. Basically, editors are free to ignore all rules and apply common sense. (Which by the way makes the statement above that I should have been "warned" by an admin for "violating" WP:WTA utterly ridiculous; if that's the case then he should be warned for violating WP:WTF? OMG! TMD TLA. ARG!). The effect of this apparent obsession is to render an article dull and lifeless, like boiled cabbage and potatoes.

Which brings me to Toccata's penchant for simply linking to policy and guideline pages with TLAs as if that ends the argument, and is if the other editor isn't aware of them, a practice I find rather rude and insulting to the intelligence. In this discussion he seems to think that simply linking to WP:WTA is sufficient argument for removing the words "promising" and "premature", in defiance of common sense, and he goes about it in a very nitpicky and argumentative way, expecting me to simply accept his assertion that these are "words to avoid" even though it's just a guideline, even though these words are not even mentioned there, and even though these words are used in a similar context elsewhere on wikipedia. When I point this out he links to WP:OSE which is just an essay, again as if that ends the argument. In fact "other stuff exists" is a valid argument in this context; it demonstrates that the concensus among wikipedians is that these words and descriptions do not violate the "peacock terms" guideline. He even refers to his "rebuttals" as if wikipedia is a public debating competition in which the objective is to "win" rather than achieve concensus.

Toccata's nitpicky and confrontational manner naturally got my back up. True, that description "anal" wasn't very polite, but it was born out of frustration, as was my admittedly silly and trollish edit to the Crown article. Toccata's subsequent actions have only served to confirm my description.

Creating a whole new section on the WikiProject talk page filled with Parental invective was bound to pour gasoline over the fire. Why not just leave a note on my talk page? Or if he insists on a template, how about this one? I considered Toccata's actions a personal attack and told him so. I feel fully justified in removing it and would do so again, WP:TPO be damned. He compounded the insult by placing warning templates on my talk page despite my request that he refrain from doing so, and despite the fact that the policy on personal attacks specifically says that they can be removed by anyone.

As for escalating it all the way to ANI - yes I do consider this action laughable and contemptible, which is why I refused to participate in that discussion. ANI is specifically for the most serious and urgent incidents. As it says in the dispute resolution article, in bold and underlined no less: "The Administrators' Noticeboards are not the place to raise disputes over content, or reports of abusive behaviour.". If you're going to go to ANI you'd better be utterly squeaky clean, you'd better have taken reasonable steps to resolve the conflict (such as opening a discussion on the user's talk page as opposed to templating them), and you'd better not have escalated the conflict with a confrontational attitude. Your own conduct will come under scrutiny if you raise something at ANI, and could even lead to sanctions against yourself even though you're the one who raised the incident. Searching through the archive at ANI, it does seem Toccata is something of a serial complainer. I've been on wikipedia 6 years and I've never had any reason to go to ANI.

Finally Ihardlythinkso's uncritical taking of Toccata's side in an argument that didn't concern him was unhelpful, as was his later escalation of that conflict. MaxBrowne (talk) 03:00, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

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Position after 11...Rae8
Thank you very much for your view on the matter.
I see that some of your edits were made out of frustration, and in that regard I want to share with you one painfully instructive thing I learned from chess-playing. In the diagram on the right, from one of my games in the 2008 Hordaland circuit championship, I played 12.Rab1, overlooking completely 12...e4 that traps the bishop on d3. Completely frustrated with myself for being so stupid, the game continued 13.Rxb7 exd3, and with a piece down I went down in flames ten moves later. If I instead had calmed down to actually think through the situation, I am quite sure I would have seen the solution to the predicament: 13.Bxe4 Nxe4 14.f3 getting the piece back instead of the silly 13.Rxb7?? which was the real culprit. The lesson I learned from this episode, and that I used as an example when I teach children in the chess club, is:
Decisions made in the moment out of frustration are very ill thought through and can cause long term damage. When you are angry, frustrated, or in shock, wait a few minutes while you consider the best way forward.
When I look at the underlying conflict, which is on the use of some slightly vague words that may or may not be in accordance with our guidelines against puffery, it actually looks really minor. As such, I agree that this never should have escalated to AN level. I endorsed Admiral Caius's statement of "trouting" both without any sanctions; in your case because of the Gordon Crown edit that gave the AN posting more merit than it would have had otherwise.
I will also continue to say both you and Toccata have made a number of valuable edits that have significantly improved our chess content, and I consider both of you to be productive editors who I hope will continue to stick around. Sjakkalle (Check!) 17:40, 28 November 2013 (UTC)
Isn't 13.Nxe4 Nxe4 14.f3 better than 13.Bxe4 Nxe4 14.f3 Nxd2? Ihardlythinkso (talk) 22:11, 28 November 2013 (UTC)
13.Nxe4 is even better, yes. Sjakkalle (Check!) 05:53, 29 November 2013 (UTC)
Hmm ... now I think White is lost no matter what (14...Nxc3)! Ihardlythinkso (talk) 06:05, 29 November 2013 (UTC)
15.Rbe1 defends everything. Even 15.Bxh7+ is possible. Sjakkalle (Check!) 06:11, 29 November 2013 (UTC)

Another pointy edit from the perpetually "but I was frustrated" MaxBrowne. Does his frustration entitle him to edit-war at that article as well? See User:MaxBrowne user page which name-calls other unspecified editors, blaming them for his "retirement"; meanwhile this editor is very active with edits and WT:CHESS participation. I'm not stating anything here that isn't blatantly obvious. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 15:21, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

Are you Toccata's tag team buddy or something? You think it's totally ok to call me "Mr Bully editor?" MaxBrowne (talk) 00:26, 8 December 2013 (UTC)
His frustration certainly entitles him to undo his own contributions. I'm disappointed that one of our most experienced editors stooped to the very name-calling he accuses the other editor of, and that it happened after what was actually a perfectly civil discussion. Let's not undermine the progress we've made in trying to work together. Cobblet (talk) 01:08, 8 December 2013 (UTC)
You're full of it, Cobblet. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 04:51, 8 December 2013 (UTC)
Ihardlythinkso, don't call people "Mr Bully-editor", it is an attack on the person instead of a criticism of the edit and it just escalates the conflict in a non-constructive manner. MaxBrowne, don't channel your frustrations into making "screw this" edits with encyclopedia articles. Now, some nasty rhinoviruses have been invading my respiratory system, so I am going straight back to bed and rest a bit. Sjakkalle (Check!) 06:22, 8 December 2013 (UTC)
Take care of your health first. "Mr. Bully editor" is not personal -- it describes MaxBrowne's intentional edit warring on the page to force his edits through without discussion contrary to WP:BRD which he apparently seems to think doesn't apply to him then or in his earlier edit-warring reverts on other page(s) due to his "but I was frustrated" argument. (If I had wanted to get personal, then I might have made comment on the attitude displayed by virtue of his revert and revert editsum, but I didn't bring either of those topics up -- Cobblet brought up that.) I happen to not like edit-warring as per WP:BRD spells out, and as an admin, neither should you. I also think using his userpage as an attack page against specific but unnamed individuals is anti-collegial, anti-guideline, probably anti-policy. The tendency here is to say "you're both at fault", but this is not a stupid ANI thread where everyone gets to be the first to announce "BOOMERANG". My "Mr. Bully editor" name was strictly business describing editor behavior ignoring WP:BRD in order to get his way/edits in by force rather than consensus. MaxBrowne's comments about Toccata's personality, the attacks on his User page, are personal attacks. So no one is fooling me. In addition, describing Toccata's observation of WP:WTA as "quibbling", is an unnecessary and unfair slight to a conscientious and fair editor (Toccata), so there we go again with the lack of collegial behavior repeatedly coming from MaxBrowne. (And to suggest I'm in a "tag team" with Toccata because I speak up, is the same -- an unnecessary insult and undeserved assertion about my motivations and values.) As an editor here I obviously have plenty of frustrations too, but I don't use them for excuses what I do and what I write, I take effort to control those things explicitly, for a long time now. Regards, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 08:46, 8 December 2013 (UTC)
Summary:
  • Vandalism
  • Personal attacks
  • Edit warring
MaxBrowne doesn't get "off" those things by saying "but [he] was frustrated". MaxBrowne called Toccata "anal" and he attacks other specific but unnamed individuals on his user page. (And Cobblet, if you wanna see real hypocrisy, there you go do some reading, OK?) My "Mr. Bully editor" was obviously limited to MaxBrowne's reverts without honoring WP:BRD -- in fact I drew his attention to his ignoring WP:BRD in the same editsum -- so trying to jump on word "Bully" and trying to make it a personal affront from me to Browne and not what it was -- descriptive of his editing behavior forcing in edits through edit-warring without discussion -- is wrong and unfair to me. (What's the deal? In order to continue to exempt Browne from his misbehaviors, you have to find something wrong with me!? That is the "ANI-way", but I never believed in ANI nor the dumbed-down mentality and standards there.) Ihardlythinkso (talk) 09:05, 8 December 2013 (UTC)
[4] I think I projected after the ANI that the non-serious "trout" result (and no "trout" was even awarded) w/ just embolden MaxBrowne to continued indefensible behavior. So tell me I'm wrong!? Ihardlythinkso (talk) 06:15, 22 December 2013 (UTC)
You're wrong. Your only purpose in making this edit was to take a swipe at me, something you do constantly, and I'm fed up with it. MaxBrowne (talk) 06:21, 22 December 2013 (UTC)
No, you are wrong. I objectively evaluated the arguments, but found commenting at the DRN item inappropriate, because I honestly felt the dispute did not warrant an item there. (Do I get to be guilty now of any ghost and paranoid suspicion that gets dragged thru your brain?) You are hugely uncivil, Mr. Browne, and I suggest to get a clue. Or don't. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 06:28, 22 December 2013 (UTC)
Your edit was uncivil and inflammatory, and clearly designed to take a shot at me. Yes I know you have "plausible deniability", you're good at that game. MaxBrowne (talk) 06:57, 22 December 2013 (UTC)
Right. I'm guilty of anything you like to accuse. Got it. (Meanwhile, you aren't uncivil accusing. No way. Got it.) Ihardlythinkso (talk) 07:19, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

Sjakkalle, you could have done something to clamp down on User:Maxbrowne at Toccata's ANI, in which MaxBrowne did not even participate, I told you because of that he would be emboldened. Let's see ... in the last 24 hours he has suggested that I have no "awareness of current society", that I'm guity of participating in "flame wars", that I "shut down any reasonable discussion", "deter others from participating", and that I'm "bullying". Just because an editor decides to attack and accuse, does not make any of those things true. There is nothing warranted for me to receive any of his kind of shit, but, emboldened as he is, he feels free to toss that crap out. I've done nothing to warrant receiving his crap. And I'm not even saying what I think of him, but rest assured I could. But you or some other admin would use it against me if I did, claim "BOOMERANG" or some other ridiculous thing to allow his crap to go on. Happy New Year 2014. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 01:20, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

I looked at the WT:CHESS discussion that was taking place. Quite frankly, I don't think either side can be entirely excused. What I am seeing is a ping pong match of insults gradually escalating at every turn. For example, the "learn to use the preview button" comment is condescending, but your reply "Fuck off" however does nothing to help. If you wouldn't say these things in a face to face conversation, please don't write it on Wikipedia (or anywhere else on the internet for that matter). Sjakkalle (Check!) 19:16, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
"Quite frankly", I think you are blind (or prejudiced) when reading that thread. (Did you notice his "You are the last person I want to be discussing this with"!? After he entered discussion on several points?? That was rude, uncivil, unprompted. Followed by "Oh BTW, use the preview button" was just snarkiness AFTER rudeness. Those comments weren't prompted or justified, yet, Sjakkalle, you go out of your way to defend him. Your BOOMERANG thoughtless crap to justify the result you want.) I see in the past you have shown and proved to the WP audience that you also have been blind to how Malleus has been baited into incivilities. No diffeence here. If you read the thread at WT:CHESS, you will also see how MaxBrowne extended his commentary and attempted to make that thread about my editorship, digging up all sorts of diffs in attempt to shame and defame. That wasn't warranted either, and completely out of bounds. But you overlook that. I'm done talking with you Sjakkalle, because I've lost respoect for your ability to see how I was hounded and harassed and continue to be by Max, and how you go out of your way to justify it. Coming to you for help as an admin, is simply leaning into the pitch for your justifying his incivilities because that is what you want to do. Please tell me to go away if I ever stupidly and mistakenly go to you for any sort of help on anything whatsoever again. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 19:39, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
And stop lying and mischaracterizing me at that thread. I am seeing is a ping pong match of insults gradually escalating at every turn. Bullshit. If I went toe-to-toe with him, than I would have taken the opportunity to also dig him, to look up diffs and try to defame and discredit him, to challenge his criticisms of me and respond to the arguments and diffs he threw my way for others to see. I did not do any of that. I did not get in it with him to any extent, except to tell him he was personally attacking me, and misusing the thread, and "fuck off". To suggest that I would entertain the likes of MaxBrowne and get into an equal ping-pong tacky emotional brawl with or equal to him is an insult to me, Sjakkalle, besides being untrue and misrepresentative. I wouldn't lower myself to the likes of that kind of tacky shit. So quit insulting me, and quit lying about me by mischaracterizing my participation in that thread. Go read it again if you have to. But again, I presume you decide the conclusion you want, then look for ways to support said conclusion. That's called prejudice in my book. You try and be non-offensive to both parties in any dispute. Guess what? It doesn't work. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 19:54, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
I also want to prove to you that you are illogical, Sjakkalle: Look what you did. You claim you read the thread, found fault with both parties, therefore (according to you), MaxBrowne does not warrant any special admonishment more than me. Bullshit. For you to logically reach any other conclusion, you have revealed that your condition, consists of incivilities by one side, and total absence thereof (i.e. perfection) from the other side. (If you find any imperfection, the deal's off.) Well, that is illogical, for two reasons. Expecting perfection from a party and making it a condition is unreasonable -- people are human and not perfect robots. Second, if a person initiated a fight with me and battered me with a baseball bat until they broke every bone in my body, and during my defense I stepped on their toe intentionally to hurt them in retaliation, by your logic, both are at fault and no sanction is warranted. That lacks judgement. In the case at hand, you are unwilling to see how I tied to stay away from the shit Max was doing in that thread, and was 95% successful. You want to excuse his complete abuse and misuse of the thread, in attempts to brawl and defame and discredit my editorship. Great judgement by you, Sjakkalle! (I'm supposed to respect that?!) Ihardlythinkso (talk) 20:11, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
What a do-nothing waste of time with you in this thread! Clearly I expected more. Clearly I was a fool to. I shan't repeat that mistake. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 20:14, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
Here's a couple questions I want in your head: 1) Do you think after experiencing MaxBrowne's harassments on WT:CHESS, and you as admin blaming me for equal incivility, that I as editor will become more, or less, tolerant of, and in my remarks to, the MaxBrowes of the WP? 2) Do you think you could have made any kind of a different impact on the first Q, as admin, when I've come here in good faith and commnicated my objections to his behavior? Ihardlythinkso (talk) 20:28, 23 January 2014 (UTC) p.s. Don't answer. I have no faith in you whatever, for fairness, for objectivity. You will only put more false blame on my back, and that is the kind of shit at WP that I detest. I can totally understand how Malleus got to where he's at. Even I am not nearly the writer calibre he is. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 20:28, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
I try to avoid getting involved in this conflict beyond giving my comments when asked. I disagree with what you just wrote, but I accept that you dislike the way that I am handling this and that you feel that criticisms of your conduct are unfounded. My words on the matter are nothing more than my views, and I am not going to make any attempts to enforce any of them.
As for why I am not more active, being an administrator who happens to be a member of WikiProject Chess makes it very awkward to try to implement sanctions or other disciplinary measures such as warnings against other members of that WikiProject. This is in part because I believe that the members on the project genuinely and in good faith want to improve and maintain these articles, and imposing sanctions will damage the ability to work with people whom I expect to work with later. Another reason is that since I have views on how the chess articles should be written, imposing sanctions on one side or another in a dispute over those articles will immediately bring into question whether I have an ulterior motive for doing so. If I imposed a sanction, there would be questions on whether it was a legitimate reaction to misconduct, or a corrupt sanction against an editor whom I disagree with. It is generally best to avoid being a refereeing admin in a dispute between people that you work with, as explained in WP:INVOLVED.
That I am not getting involved may seem infuriatingly passive, but if you want more active intervention, I am afraid that it will need to be from an administrator who is from outside the WikiProject. Sjakkalle (Check!) 20:49, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
You're missing some pertinent points, Sjakkalle. Such as ignoring the damage you do by placating and justifying the likes of MaxBrowne, for example, by your decision to enter he ANI brought by Toccata on uncivil behavior grounds. (Why did you even enter that ANI? You justified MaxBrowne's incivilities by doing nothing there, placating the situation, which I contend has simply emboldened him to do more of his crap, which he has done. If you wanted to remain neutral, you could have kept yourself out of that ANI and let another administrator handle. But you didn't do that. You entered the ANI voluntarily, with the intent to placate and disregard the stream of incivilities from MaxBrowne. Better you didn't participate in that ANI, given your goals. You seem to fail to see the negative effect you had or can have by participating and placating. If you were trying to get Max to change through placating, then I ask you, did it work?!?) Secondly, you're speaking out of both sides of your mouth when you say imposing sanctions on one side or another in a dispute over those articles. Those words don't apply to either Toccata's ANI complaint, or my complaints here at your talk, which are purely behavioral, and not content disputes or content-oriented. (I can understand your reluctance as admin to take action in content disputes over articles. But this wasn't that -- neither at the ANI nor at the WT:CHESS discussion.) You should not have entered Toccata's ANI because clearly you are signalling that you had a predisposed posture to do nothing re Max's behavioral issues, so evaluating them could not have been fair or objective on your part as a result, and the damage you did by emobolding him has just worsened and extended the problem. You "wanted to help" those two editors get along?!? Did it work!? If that is the case, for all your good intentions, just how smart was that, and did it improve the situation or worsen it in your evaluation today??! You've inadvertently messaged Max that he can do anything he damn-well pleases re incivilities against me, for instance, and criticize me if I respond as a normal human being with limited patience. I've put up with his shit best I can but there is a limit. And the limit is telling him to "fuck off" and leave me alone, and reprimanding you for making me have to do that to get the point across clearly to that editor. But he gives a flying fuck, since you essentially have OK'd him to do anything he pleases. Let alone the hypocrisy of that user's complaints on his User about the nastiness of the WP envioronment, and deleting Toccata's posts at WT:CHESS about Max's behavior, in desperation pre-ANI, and Max's hypocritical recent use of the WT:CHESS thread to make a personal attack page against me, which I 95% ignored. The onus is on you to explain this shit, not me. You are ADMIN. Ihardlythinkso (talk) p.s. You were also not the target of Max's incivilities, so you can hardly tell me, or Toccata, or Malleus re his harassers, how those editors should feel, and complain when they as editors do not respond like perfect machine robotoids that you require.

Please notice ip 111.243.0.198 , 114.39.7.129[edit]

Hi , Please notice, ip user 111.243.0.198 and ip 114.39.7.129 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/111.243.0.198 , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/114.39.7.129, Vandalism a lot of articles , please stop these ip user , thank youMBINISIDLERS (talk) 08:50, 23 November 2013 (UTC)

  • Seems to be a content dispute over whether articles should say "Taiwan" or "Republic of China". Seems to be edit warring rather than vandalism, can you try WP:AN/EW? Sjakkalle (Check!) 09:00, 23 November 2013 (UTC)

Template parameter[edit]

Hello Sjakkalle, as I understand, you speak Norwegian, so I'd welcome your help with a couple of webpages in Norwegian. Which names should be put in the "author=" parameter of a "cite" template, when referencing the pages http://www.nrk.no/sport/carlsen-hadde-kun-kontakt-med-en-1.11376623 and http://www.vgtv.no/#!/video/74493/se-carlsen-fellen-som-lurte-anand-trill-rundt? I find the first page particularly confusing, since it lists two names at its right side, but the second person (Nils Fredrik Røren), unlike the first, isn't identified as a journalist, while the article http://www.nrk.no/mr/_-en-magisk-kamp-som-hadde-alt-1.11377557 lists two names, and identifies both as journalists. Thanks, Toccata quarta (talk) 10:35, 25 November 2013 (UTC)

  • I would include both names in the citation template. I am not sure why Røren is not listed as a journalist, but if they are in the box on the right, they should be considered authors and mentioned in the citation. For the VG video, there is no author listed to cite. The balding man with a black and pink suit is Hans Olav Lahlum, but I don't recognize the other two. Sjakkalle (Check!) 16:36, 25 November 2013 (UTC) Sjakkalle (Check!) 16:32, 25 November 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the help! :-) Toccata quarta (talk) 16:57, 25 November 2013 (UTC)

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Silly arguments[edit]

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Consensus (i.e. Sjakkalle) says to stop it.

Can you maybe take Cobblet and Ihardlythinkso aside and hand out some trouts? I don't think IHTS will listen to me but he'll listen to you. Regards. MaxBrowne (talk) 10:13, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

I don't think IHTS will listen to me. That's rich! Seeing you proved the editor not willing to listening is rather yourself [5]. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 10:36, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
Contratulations you won. MaxBrowne (talk) 11:04, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

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Nigel Short page move[edit]

It seems the talk page has not been moved and doesn't match the article page. Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 00:09, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

OK, I have moved the talkpage as well. Thanks for the notice. :-) Sjakkalle (Check!) 06:09, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

Protection request - List of actors who won the Academy, BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG, and Critic's Choice Award for a single performance[edit]

Hi,

I am engaged in an edit war with another user on this page. I am hoping for an admin with some knowledge of cinema to protect the page and settle the debate (I emphatically believe I am in the right), or failing that, just someone to protect the page and end the edit war whilst I attempt to persuade the other user.

Best Wishes

MasonBanks (talk) 23:23, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

  • Requests of this kind should go to WP:RFPP so that a patrolling admin may handle the matter, instead of an admin approached by one of the parties. My contribution to the article is limited to closing an AFD on it, and I don't know enough about the issues here to adjudicate on the conflict. Sjakkalle (Check!) 06:44, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

re: deletion of 4info[edit]

Mea culpa. Perhaps I should have left the stub page alone. Please reinstate the 4info page. If possible, please correct the title at the top with 4INFO. I believe the Corporation Overview where I did add a few things was appropriate. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MarkMillerITPro (talkcontribs) 17:19, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi! It looks like the version I deleted was one from 2005, and it was probably very different from the recent article. The 2014 deletion was done by RHaworth, I think he will be in a better position to consider your request. Sjakkalle (Check!) 21:13, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Taking a break[edit]

I took a month off, but I'm sort of back now. Sort of, because I haven't really edited Wikipedia much in the last five years or so except for doing a little gnoming. I see you noticed I was away, and I just wanted to let you know that I take breaks from time to time when I need them, but I'm not likely to permanently disappear for a while yet. I wasn't in any particular distress on wiki or in real life, but I'd had my fill of crazy and didn't feel like dealing with any more tantrums for a while. I didn't mention this at the time, but I felt bad that I might have been a contributing factor to your last wikibreak some months ago. I was angered by a vile and slanderous attack made against you, so I let the slanderer know I was displeased. You have an outstanding temperament for admin work and never react that way, and I knew that if I had asked you would have told me to let it go. Your way is better, but I was not able to allow such an offense against a friend go unanswered. I didn't intend to involve you in my actions, since as always, I was speaking only for myself. You seemed concerned that there might be negative consequences for me, but I am fully responsible for my own actions and you shouldn't worry that I might get myself in trouble. I was not going to escalate the situation any further, but I was prepared to face any personal consequences for my talk page comment. I was not prepared to have my actions be part of the reason you needed to take time off, and I was distressed that you might have felt it necessary to take time off to try to protect me by letting the tension dissipate. I'm sorry. Wikipedia needs good admins like you, and I don't want to add to your wiki-stress. Quale (talk) 21:16, 10 May 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the kind words and for taking the time out to set straight the circumstances of your last Wikibreak. The last Wikibreak I took was some weeks after the incident that you refer to. I took a wiki-break due to me feeling that I had become entangled in a follow-up a few weeks later that was longer and nastier than the original incident, a follow-up that you were not involved in. I understand the feeling about seeing wiki-friends being attacked; when the attacks are against me I at least have some control over the situation, but I can become angered when I see mistreatment of others. My activity on Wikipedia is much lower now than it used to be, and I am almost absent from the chess articles now. I can assure that this is not a consequence of wiki-stress. The main reason is that since moving to Haugesund three years ago I became much more active in the chess club life here where I have taken up organizing tournaments and arbiting. Two weeks ago my club organized the national scholastic team championship with almost 120 youth and children. All this is highly enjoyable, but it takes up a fair chunk of my leisure time, leaving less time for Wikipedia. I hope all is well with you, and it was good to see your edit again. You have always been a voice of reason on Wikipedia that I appreciate greatly. Sjakkalle (Check!) 10:13, 11 May 2014 (UTC)
That is great to hear. Working with children is fantastic, and real life is always more important than wiki-life. I'm pleased that you are active in chess. Sometimes I think I probably shouldn't even write about it, since my real world involvement in chess ended decades ago and since then I only read about it. Every other chess editor has more actual involvement with playing than I do, with people or computers or both, although it's also true that chess does not miss another very indifferent player such as myself. There's no law that says you have to be good at your hobbies, but I am less good at playing chess than I am any of my other small number of pastimes. For some people Wikipedia might be a refuge from stresses in their real life, but I fear that often Wikipedia causes the stress and real life is the refuge. Take care and enjoy life, friend. Quale (talk) 14:30, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

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"you didn't build that"[edit]

Can I nominate this for deletion again? Two years later, I still don't see much of long-term significance of this obviously ridiculously-overhyped topic. Someone said that it meets WP:notability. However, I believe that policy may surpass guideline in regards to this. How about WP:NOT? --George Ho (talk) 18:27, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

  • In general, there is no need to ask for permission to list something on AFD again, but as always you should also consider alternatives. Is it possible to merge some of the content into another article on the 2012 campaign for example? In the last AFD there were some strong arguments and some weak argumets/non-arguments. If you renominate, you should address the strongest arguments that were used last time for keeping. I have seen cases where eager participants call out all the weak arguments on the opposing side, while ignoring the strong arguments, and then think they have proven their case. Sjakkalle (Check!) 04:25, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

Nomination of Jean-Serge Brisson for deletion[edit]

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I strongly disagree[edit]

You are mistaken in your editsum, Sjakkalle. I've read WP:IBAN carefully in order to be compliant with it, and nothing at WP:IBAN prohibits me from commenting on the quality of an edit, the restriction there is about comments on an editor -- direct or indirect. (If you want to take the position that commenting on the quality of an edit is an indirect comment on an editor [commenting on editors not content], I think that is a far-fetched and off-the-mark interpretation [and if you think about it, doesn't make sense either, since that interpretation effectively turns an IBAN with an editor into a topic ban on commenting on content contributions generally, or could easily do that, and that is what you are attempting to do here]).

Apparently you are stalking my edits with a bias against me, actively looking for a way to strike at me, and that itself is not only aggressive and biased but then unbecoming of admin. So I wish you'd stop it. (Otherwise, I'll have no choice but to bring up on AN about your behavior Sjakkalle, which I consider abusive and abuse of your power as admin to threaten a block, which you have done. I don't want to do that, so, please consider the arguments I've given you here for logic and fairness, and please revert and withdraw your threat.) Thanks for your consider, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 15:14, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

Sjakkalle, I'm planning to go ahead and open an AN on clarification of IBAN in general, because I can see that (what I consider your overly enthusiastic) interpretation such as yours is bound to continue without said clarification, and as mentioned I'm opposed to that interpretation, since it effectively censors an editor related to content, when IBAN's intent is to stop comments about users, and users interacting. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 15:44, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

  • You are prohibited on commenting on MaxBrowne, and disparaging his edit as bringing an article "headlong to grey goo" is a pretty flagrant violation of that. I firmly believe that you would have been blocked had that edit been noticed earlier, and given two prior blocks for violations of this ban, I belive it would have been for a week. To be frank, I think I was very lenient with you. Go right ahead and post on AN if you feel like it. Sjakkalle (Check!) 16:38, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
    • And I think you are biased against me to get what you want (a block; drive me off WP; whatever). I did not comment on the user but the content of an edit (how many times does that need to be repeated for you to see the difference?). "Grey goo" is a general term I first saw used by user Eric Corbett to describe the unavoidable implications of WP's "anyone can edit" policy. For you to interpret that as a specific "disparaging remark" about a selected user, is false, and a mean-spirited bad-faith manipulation and twist. (That section head is a generalized section head that is not personal. Would "leading articles to a lower quality status" be better for you? They mean the same. There is nothing personal. Although you like to make up a personal message, for your own destructive agenda towards me.)

      The AN has already been posted before your reply here. I think you are off-base, both in your intepretation and in making threats where there was no intent at all to violate IBAN except in your bad-faith presumptions. Final message: I have wanted nothing to do with you whatever, Skajkalle, ever since telling you that in the thread I opened on your Talk a long, long time ago. (The only sparks between us since then are because you have subsequently been pursuing me with as much crap as you can throw at me at every conveivable opportunity. Not my idea to have even one word with you. [I find it unpleasant as hell.]) Ihardlythinkso (talk) 17:21, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

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Merging of Northern Spirit and GHFA Spirit FC[edit]

Hey Sjakkalle, after the AFD had come to a conclusion to merge these two articles Northern Spirit FC and Gladesville Hornsby Football Association Spirit FC, I do believe that you have merged these two incorrectly. The old team that played at the national level was indeed the Northern Spirit, but now they play under the new name of GHFA Spirit FC in Australia's third division and thus, I believe that the Northern Spirit page should redirect to GHFA's. The information can stay exactly the same and I'm more than happy to write up a paragraph or two about them becoming the GHFA Spirit, but I feel as though this is quite like having Manchester United redirect to "Newton Heath LYR Football Club", which is what they were called when they were first formed.

GHFA were formed from the remains and the youth teams of Northern Spirit. So, if we could have all links towards "Northern Spirit FC" and "GHFA Spirit FC" redirect to "Gladesville Hornsby Football Association Spirit FC", I think that would be the best outcome. Thanks! J man708 (talk) 04:33, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

  • Your request is reasonable, and I have moved the articles around a bit (because of the page histories this needed some admin tools). Northern Spirit FC has been moved to Gladesville Hornsby Football Association Spirit FC. I have made a few tweaks so that the article reflects the new title, but it is in rough shape. I would appreciate it if you can polish it up a bit. Sjakkalle (Check!) 17:29, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Awesome! Thanks a bunch, Sjakkalle. I'll write up a new paragraph and put up a new logo for them in a few hours. Once again, thanks! J man708 (talk) 07:31, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

  • No problem! Thanks for working on the article. :-) Sjakkalle (Check!) 09:03, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

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M. D. Benoit closure[edit]

In your closure comments, you said "On merits, the fact that only one independent book review has been provided as independent sourcing is a serious notability concern..." I myself added two independent book reviews. Was that an oversight, or was there a problem with one of the reviews? As notability guidelines specify "multiple" independent reviews, I think that makes quite a bit of difference between one and more than one review. Any comment? Thanks. Dcs002 (talk) 05:57, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

  • Perhaps "independent" was a poor choice of words, but in general open consumer review sites such as Epinions are not considered to establish any notability since anyone can submit reviews without any checking the reviewer's credibibility. The same problem is true for self-published sources, and sites like Eternal Night seem to fall into that category. Sjakkalle (Check!) 15:12, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
    • Ok, thank you for the clarification. Eternal Night looked to me like an amateur review site, with reviews published only by those affiliated with the site, but yeah, I guess those are self-published reviews. However, since Benoit is so popular on the blogosphere, and since it appears she and her Jack Meter series of books seem to be gaining in popularity and readership internationally (going by availability from international retailers - much broader than other books I've seen, but of course blogs and retailers are not RS), I hope it won't be too hard for someone in the future to give this article another go. I am learning through my participation in AfD discussions, and my questions are sincere, and not meant to challenge your close. Thank you for what you do for WP! You admins have a thankless job, especially with users constantly question your decisions. Cheers! Dcs002 (talk) 22:00, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
      • No problems, I'm always happy to review my own decisions. I have been incorrect on some occasions as well. Being an admin on Wikipedia is about as difficult or easy as you want it to be, since almost everything is strictly voluntary. Thank you for your kind words. :-) Sjakkalle (Check!) 04:31, 1 September 2014 (UTC)