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User talk:SnowFire/Archive1 has 2006 - April 2008 talk page entries. (Though 2 DYK notices from that era were kept here as well for vanity.)

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DYK[edit]

Updated DYK query On June 9, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Commonwealth v. Kneeland, which you created. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the "Did you know?" talk page.

An article which you started, or significantly expanded, Discharge petition, was selected for DYK![edit]

Updated DYK query On February 20, 2007, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Discharge petition, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the "Did you know?" talk page.

Thanks for your contributions! Nishkid64 23:09, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

Kim Swales material[edit]

Can I invite you to look at the latest discussion on this, mostly at User talk:Wikiant, to make sure I haven't accidentally misunderstood and misrepresented your position? I am hoping to find a mention of this material to go into minimum wage that is sufficient to lead people to the detail without causing problems. P.M.Lawrence 203.221.30.201 (talk) 02:53, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Martin Luther[edit]

Hello, SnowFire! Thank you for your correcting the Martin Luther article. Since I had a bit of a dialogue with User:Theology10101, I happened to see what you posted on his talk page. Luther was a monk before he became a church reformer, and he himself did not renounce his vows: his superior Johann von Staupitz released him from them in 1518. It is no big deal, but I thought you'd like to know. BTW, again thanks for your work.--Drboisclair (talk) 02:11, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

Revolt of the Comuneros DYK[edit]

Hi. I've asked for a slight clarification on your DYK hook here - you might want to take a look. Best, Olaf Davis | Talk 23:01, 28 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the explanation - I've now OKed the hook for DYK. Cheers, Olaf Davis | Talk 11:02, 29 July 2008 (UTC)

DYK[edit]

Updated DYK query On 30 July, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Revolt of the Comuneros, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--Wizardman 02:38, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Good job[edit]

Hey! Good job with the article of the Revolt of the Comuneros. If I can help with anything, just tell me. Regards! Rastrojo (talk) 16:57, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

Hmmmm, the drawing of the Battle of Tordesillas is really interesting :) I've removed the flag of the template because at the beginning of the XVI century, the different kingdoms of the Iberian peninsula had its own flag, so we can't put the Cross of Burgundy as flag of Spain.
The picture of Padilla was taken from the Britannica, and it comes from a painting of the XIX century, but I don't know anymore. Regards :) Rastrojo (talk) 05:52, 8 October 2008 (UTC)

About Don Quixote[edit]

We don't know where it was written Don Quixote, we do really know that La Mancha is the scenary of most of their adventures (at least in the First Part). Anyway, it seems more appropriate to say that La Mancha is the region where the story takes place. Cervantes lived in Valladolid and Madrid during the first edition.--2deseptiembre (talk) 14:03, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Re: Una pregunta...[edit]

Your spanish is very good (my English is much worse). The page number for which you ask me is 7. --Digigalos (talk) 10:36, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

More things...[edit]

Well... Tierra Comunera is the most important Castilian nationalist party, but its representation and the total percent of the votes in Castile and León is of the 1.1 % and in Castile-La Mancha is like 0.25%, although they celebrate the "Southern Villalar" in Toledo, and it's the most important act related to the comuneros in southern Castile.

And in the things related to the Burgundy cross flag, I disagree about putting it on the template. That's true that the first king that used that flag was Philip I of Castile, but he died two years after being named king. The next king/queen was Ferdinand and Joana, and they still used the flags of their own kingdoms. Ferdinand died in 1516 and Charles was proclaimed the new king, but this act was like a coup d'état, and we shouldn't forgot this fact. For so, I consider that is more important keep the template without flags, because the Burgundy cross flag wasn't implanted in the Iberian kingdoms. Greetings :) Rastrojo (talk) 11:28, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

Villalar[edit]

Well, I've found some interesting links in Google and I suppose that this trusts the statement of the name of Villalar de los Comuneros, isn't it? Regards, and your work with the article is awesome :) Congrats! Rastrojo (talk) 14:54, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

Maryland, My Maryland[edit]

The song is a call to arms. Where's secession in the wording? (It's a common interpretation, but undeniably an interpretation). By the way, snide remarks in change comments are hard to get rid of. Tedickey (talk) 23:38, 16 November 2008 (UTC)

DYK: L'Encobert[edit]

Updated DYK query On 23 November, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article L'Encobert, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--PFHLai (talk) 18:45, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Source of Comuneros' map[edit]

This is the source: Díaz Medina, Ana (03-2006). «Héroes de Castilla: Los Comuneros». Historia National Geographic (nº 27): 92 a 103. Regards. Rastrojo (talk) 06:46, 27 November 2008 (UTC)

Revolt of the Comuneros[edit]

I have spent some time looking at the article, but I am not sufficiently familiar with the supject matter to understand the article. The Origins section needs to set the context of the article. The lede should be a summary of what is in the article already, but that does not seem to be the case. I would have to start by adding the background to the Origins section, which would require me to have to figure out what the background is. Perhaps I can look at it again when I am less tired. But at this point, the article contains way too much content that does not have sufficient context for me to understand. Sorry. As I said, I will look again tomorrow. Regards, —Mattisse (Talk) 00:12, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

Thank You[edit]

Thanks for commenting on my editing. Captain Gamma (talk) 19:53, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

????[edit]

this might mean nothing to you but i am Ivy if that rings any bells... if i have the wrong person i am sorry... but if i have the right person or even if the wrong person just wants to talk hit me up on my talk page...

Pagan GRL (talk)

:)[edit]

thats kool anyway... lolz it would be to weird if you were who i thought anyway. so... hows life?


Pagan GRL (talk)

Pagan girl?[edit]

I'm sorry, but f you're Pagan girl then why are you coming to me? Chubbennaitor 18:30, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

Don't need to be harsh. You could tell me who it is. Chubbennaitor 18:54, 22 January 2009 (UTC)
She talks to you and you've just said that she's our friend. I d't want to get you in trouble for being a sockpuppet. I want to know who he is, f she isn't you. Chubbennaitor 19:41, 22 January 2009 (UTC)
I know Icy. She said she was Ivy. I saw a misspelling and ten went and asked IceUnshattered. Don't suddenly hate me. I don't want to 'hurt' you. Chubbennaitor 22:28, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

Dead Link[edit]

You are right, I shouldn't remove something from a dead link. However, I checked on the wayback machine, and the article was not about what it was sourcing. Rockyobody (talk) 20:48, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Saint-Exupéry[edit]

A very interesting userpage content you have. Btw, ... Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures — in this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together (Wind, Sand and Stars) Galoubet (talk) 06:50, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

Re: Category sort of court cases[edit]

In response to your question, the reason I sort them that way is because in casebook indices and other legal literature, that's the way the cases are listed. --Eastlaw talk ⁄ contribs 13:46, 6 May 2009 (UTC)


1953 coup[edit]

[ copied from 1953 coup talk page] What do we do when after months of arguing there is no consensus, when very significant issues (cold war fears, domestic dissatisfation with the regime) are censored from the article, and when readers are not even warned of the dispute because POV tags are deleted? Should we go to mediation? --BoogaLouie (talk) 18:15, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

See what you think of this rewriting of the lede. --BoogaLouie (talk) 21:52, 29 June 2009 (UTC)
Have added to your 1953 Iranian coup/Communism sources --BoogaLouie (talk) 16:49, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
Have you time to return to 1953 Iranian coup? The RossF18 editor is still waiting for the page to unlock. --BoogaLouie (talk) 21:10, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
Come back! We need you! :-) --BoogaLouie (talk) 22:49, 28 July 2009 (UTC)
Do you want to move on to dispute resolution in the 1953 coup article? --BoogaLouie (talk) 16:02, 31 July 2009 (UTC)
Thanks. And I'm not sure if you need feel obliged to wade through the masses of text on the talk page to have a say in the dispute. Do however tell us on the talk page whether you want to do mediation --BoogaLouie (talk) 21:55, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

1953 Coup article Update[edit]

Here Kurdo says its "too early to mediate" and Skywriter says he sees "nothing to mediate." I will be gone next week. --BoogaLouie (talk) 22:37, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

Question[edit]

Do you an e-mail address, there is something I need to speak to you about. --Kurdo777 (talk) 14:46, 3 July 2009 (UTC)

Star Ocean 3[edit]

you misunderstand, please return to star ocean 3 article discussion so that you can know what i mean.Bread Ninja (talk) 15:53, 4 September 2009 (UTC)

Battle of Grand Port[edit]

Thankyou very much for your comments at the FAC for the Battle of Grand Port. The article has now passed, and your interest and comments during the process were much appreciated.--Jackyd101 (talk) 21:58, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

HHTML[edit]

Thanks, I was running with ignore comments for nearly all the time, but there was a problem with comments embedded in templates. Whether this is one of the few edits I made after that before I decided to ignore comments again I can't say immediately. Rich Farmbrough, 22:28, 19 September 2009 (UTC).

DYK for Revolt of the Barretinas[edit]

Updated DYK query On September 30, 2009, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Revolt of the Barretinas, which you created or substantially expanded. You are welcome to check how many hits your article got while on the front page (here's how) and add it to DYKSTATS if it got over 5,000. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

PeterSymonds (talk) 15:55, 29 September 2009 (UTC) 20:42, 30 September 2009 (UTC)


1953 Iranian coup[edit]

Asking for help. I thought the article was making some progress on non-controversial areas but it was only because Kurdo777 had taken a break. Do you have any recommendations? --BoogaLouie (talk) 22:08, 3 October 2009 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Overman Committee/archive2[edit]

Hi — you were one of the few editors gracious enough to comment on the Overman Committee article's first FA candidacy, and the only editor on the whole 'pedia nice enough to support. I thanked you there, but let me thank you again, because you were the only editor to vote at all on the nomination. Because of that, the nomination did not pass (even though there were no opposes...). I have since renominated it. I was wondering if you would be kind of enough to review the article again, if you have time, so that this time, hopefully, it will not be failed simply for a lack of input. I would appreciate it hugely. Bsimmons666 (talk) 22:07, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

Comuneros[edit]

The phrase is not logical. It says that king arrived with Flemish escort and these factors led to revolt. It sounds like Castilians were xenophobes, but this is discussed in any book on the subject that this had nothing to do with xenophobia. And phrase like this can disturb reader. I don't understand why you prefer non-referenced end illogical phrase over more detailed and referenced one. Maybe if you don’t like that it is discussed two times in the article you should delete the later phrase. --Ceckauskas Dominykas 15:32, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Chinese names[edit]

In regards to http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Guangzhou_Baiyun_aircraft_collision&diff=prev&oldid=312051807

Chinese names have the family name first, so Jiang Xiaofeng would be addressed as Jiang. WhisperToMe (talk) 06:24, 5 December 2009 (UTC)

Categories[edit]

Can you tell me the article in question please. Rich Farmbrough, 22:28, 16 December 2009 (UTC).

OK got it, for some reason the link didn't work the first time. Rich Farmbrough, 23:56, 16 December 2009 (UTC).

On Revolt of the Brotherhoods[edit]

Greetings, glad to see someone else tracking on the topic. I hadn't set out to do so, but have been mining other-language wikis for subjects with little/no coverage on en.wiki, and chanced across ca.wiki's stash of Brotherhood materials, figured I'd create a parallel cat. I mentioned in WikiProject: Spain that the battle articles I've translated are the short ones, and in all honesty that was just to start populating the category to at least get the ball rolling. I wouldn't be adverse to their later being merged; that said there are several far-longer and more-WP Brotherhood battle articles on ca.wiki, I just happen to be focused on general expansion/inter-wiki more than specific labour-intensive articles at the moment. So far as Brotherhood of Mallorca, I would prefer to leave it a separate article, largely so that I can make sure it ties into the Majorca category-tree. I may soon mine ca.wiki to build a "History of Majorca" category, and that'll be a start. At some point as well I need to keep mining ca.wiki for Catalan paramilitary groups, and history of Iberian anarchism, both topics where ca.wiki has far more coverage than en.wiki.

What other topics are you translating over from the other languages? MatthewVanitas (talk) 17:58, 6 January 2010 (UTC)

I'm not fluent in Catalan, but I was previously near-fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, so I have very little trouble reading Catalan. Plus gTranslate for all three of those languages has gotten awfully good, so to save time I've been running them through gTranslate and then cross-checking to sort out the hinky bits. There's a Gallego app on gTranslate now, though unfortunately not one for Asturian, which I can't read as well as any of the aforementioned. Do you translate from scratch, with gTranslate, or what point on the spectrum?

My personal interests for Iberia lean more towards, say, 1850 and later (labour issues, syndicalism, etc), but I happened to come across the earlier stuff first, so chipping away at that. I'd love to go dig into fa.wiki more, but my Persian isn't very strong, so about all I've done is category inter-wiki'ing for structural reasons. MatthewVanitas (talk) 18:54, 6 January 2010 (UTC)

Twenty-seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution[edit]

This is a nice touch. Good work. TJRC (talk) 23:36, 20 January 2010 (UTC)

Comuneros and Republican flag[edit]

Answer in Talk:Revolt of the Comuneros#Republican flag. --Error (talk) 01:17, 4 February 2010 (UTC)


1953 coup[edit]

A proposal for a new lead has been posted in Iranian 1953 coup talk page. I suspect that some regular editors on that page will oppose using it and am planning to request comments WP:RfC in that case. If that is no help I plan to request mediation or arbitration --BoogaLouie (talk) 19:47, 10 February 2010 (UTC)

Manchukuo[edit]

Hello. I am sorry that you have come to think of me as someone you would "not want to [but implicitly do] accuse of editing in bad faith". I really would appreciate it if you did more research into the history of such discussions and the like. For example, the page on Manchukuo was deleted not only because the movement was dubious, though I'm sure that a majority of the people advocating deletion thought that, not in the least because at least one username seemed to imply the user being Chinese. Rather, also because there was little known about the group other than their own website, which in any case is not a source to be writing a whole article using. That's the reason I will not try to revive the article. Manchukuo is not much of a passion for my. However, as I stated on the talk page you apparently didn't read, and got support from at least two users on it, especially in absense of any media coverage on China that isn't spoonfed by the government of China, the webpage itself, with a flag, official languages, a constitution, elected officials, passports (as hilarious as that is, as they are utterly useless), government bonds and so on, that is enough to call it an independence movement. Notably, the list also includes Cascadia, Bavaria, every now and then Orkney/Shetland, Istria, the so-called "Black Belt" (as if an independent state could actually be fashioned out of that), and so on. There are plenty of utterly ridiculous things, that make Manchukuo, which at least has historical validity, a clearly articulated idea of what the state should be, and an identity (all three of which some on the list I noted above lack) seem remotely logical. In democratic states, these take the form of fringe political parties. In China, they take the form of fringe websites and underground fringe groups. With regards to the list, I firmly believe it belongs there, for that reason. I do hope this gives you some sort of understanding on my position, so that I may not be accused of editing in bad faith or vandalizing or anything of the like. --Yalens (talk) 19:17, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

On Manchurian Royalists[edit]

Honestly, whatever interpretation of "bad faith" we have (indeed, I am even more hurt by your version of the word), I really do fail to see why it was necessary for you to post that if you actually "authentically doubted it". --Yalens (talk) 02:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

That aside, why do I think it belongs here? Yes, I agree, chances are, the movement leads nowhere. I have two responses to that. --Yalens (talk) 02:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

1) There are plenty of movements on that page that are absolutely ridiculous. We have Cascadia, we have that whole lot of separatist movements in Canada and the US. Additionally we have the "Dixie" and "Black Belt" movements in the US which while they have a considerable following, are also absolutely incapable of any real independence (not to mention the Lakotah Sioux who proclaim an independent state that is surrounded on all sides by the US, quite reminiscent of Tatarstan's failed attempt). We have Bavaria in Germany, we have Istria in Croatia, we have a movement for an independent St. Petersburg in Russia (though one could argue that this could be taken much, much, much more seriously than those above as at least they have the capacity for an independent state). I could go on with citing nearly half the entries on that page's list.--Yalens (talk) 02:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

As for "Manchukuo" where does it fit in? Real chances at independence are slim: the Manchu are outnumbered everywhere, the vast majority, I assume (though I could be wrong, who really knows anything with China's media jamming, a point I will get to later); most speak only Mandarin or at least not Manchu (this is even underlined by the fact that while our site is available in Chinese, English, Japanese, and they have an upcoming Mongolian version apparently, Manchu is nowhere to be seen, though they do have some Constitution documents in probably highly incorrect Manchu nonetheless). To add to that, official China associates a stigma against anything separatist as being somehow linked to its enemies in World War II and this is especially the case for the Manchu, meaning any attempt at independence will get itself a "Nazi/fascist" label. --Yalens (talk) 02:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

As for the motives of the writers of the site, I don't think I even have to state those. Manchukuo existed less than a century ago, and its not surprising, especially considering China's lack of democracy coupled with its majority dominance and stigmatization of any legitimate national expression as separatist and evil, that many members of minorities, and perhaps even many Han as well, feel a strong sense of alienation from official China. There will always be those who look for someway out of the current situation (even if the current situation is quite tolerable, as we observe with certain movements in the US and Canada), everywhere and at all times, and when perhaps less than 100 years ago you had an existent state, such that there are people who still remember its existence, its easy to imagine a sense of nostalgia, no matter how awful the original state was originally. Many Russians and Ukrainians are nostalgic for the Soviet Union, when there wasn't so much uncertainty, for example. Manchukuo was not only disfunctional, it was also a puppet. But does that end the nostalgia? Not really. On top of that, we have good old nationalism, and there are nationalists to be found everywhere in a modernizing society like China. It is also important to note that the state the site proposes reviving is not an ethnic state. Indeed there flag has five colors, one for Manchu (the largest), but also represented in the flag are Koreans, Chinese, Mongols and even Japanese (though the motives for the last are obviously not having anything to do with the multiethnic nature of the state). I wouldn't be surprised if a large majority of the people involved with this site are in fact Han (i.e. Chinese, not Manchu, or at least mixed between the two). Whether some of the members of this "thing" are actually royally blooded, I think it is doubtful. But if they are, that gives them a whole list of other motives that I shouldn't need to elaborate on. When it comes to nationalism, often the best line, I think, rather than "why" is "why not".--Yalens (talk) 02:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

Yes, Manchukuo will probably never exist again. But, neither will half the other things on that list anyways. And, hey, it could become reality if some absurd twist in history occurs. Taiwan did, by a complete historical accident. Actual chances of course are little, but that is the case with most of that list anyways, not to mention that things like Cascadia or Istria are even more marginal and absurd. At least Manchukuo has historical context. --Yalens (talk) 02:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

2) Even if we have no news sources, as I hinted at before, this is not a legitimate argument. The Republic of Lakotah is almost never reported by any news, for who-knows-what-reasons (though I can guess and say that our media has a certain dislike of it). Now, the US doesn't jam news to nearly the same extent as China does. Tibet we get news about. What is Xinjiang to the Chinese, but Uighuristan with areas of Tajikistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia added on from the perspective of the Uighurs, is reported. Inner Mongolia is never reported, but like the two above, nationalism is described as widespread. I don't think its newly Chinese demographic is an argument against it; territorial boundaries set by the Chinese government are scoffed at by others, not to mention that there are plenty of modern states that, when they first initiated their nationalist movements, it was run in the interest of a minority of hte population; modern Abkhazia is an example of a separatist state where only less than a fifth of the population at the time was the ethnicity the new state was to represent, and yet it broke free (with Russian assistance) from an anocratic Georgia. Considering that Mongolia itself broke off of China with foreign assistance, it would be unwise to assume this isn't a consideration for the movement if China does not quickly concede linguistic and cultural rights and end the dominance of Han Chinese culture (which is unthinkable for China's current rulers). I could go on. As JSorens noted, lack of media coverage regarding separatist movements in Indonesia cannot be used as an argument for their exclusion noting information jamming policies. For some reason, many users who note this about Indonesia, him included, will not apply it to China, despite China's even harsher media jamming, but this is a double standard largely related to that people often know more about China and are under the correct impression that the Manchu are almost identical to the Han Chinese, and misled to think of the movement as an ethnic movement, not to mention that similarity in culture is never really a barrier to nationalism in the first place (see Yugoslavia). In my opinion, that we recieve no news of Manchukuo's movement is no proof of its inexistence, especially considering that the site has already a Constitution, a flag, official languages, and so on. I don't think a hoax would have so much work put into it, and a Constitution... it's absurd yes. But it's also serious, I believe.--Yalens (talk) 02:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

I understand the original research rules for Wiki. What I don't think you're understanding is:

1) Original Research is, in many cases, a bad name. Technically, it isn't exactly original research as there is the site right there advocating it. This standard is applied not only to Manchukuo, but to half the movements on the page. A considerable portion of the movements there are without links, those which have links often link to things virtually equivalent to the site. 2) While there is OR, there is also consistency. The standard I have noted, which has been applied to Burma, to Indonesia, to Azerbaijan (there is absolutely no evidence on the Talysh thing being "active", yet nonetheless, it is there), to Egypt; for Pashtunistan (there are really no sources calling for an independent Pashtun state to break away FROM AFGHANISTAN, yet its here); to Laos... I could go on to a three-digit list probably if I wanted of examples. The point is, for the sake of consistency, I don't think the rule applies. The rationale given usually falls under the lines of media jamming (which even democratic countries resort to, let alone China), surely if this applies to Nigeria or France (see Reunion), it definitely applies to China. Of course, for some reason, people get all angry; of course, how could such a ridiculous thing even be on there. The problem is that the website is proof enough for me, when Somalis in Kenya links to the Somali people page and I see no actual hard proof that they have an independence movement (though it is certainly more believable than saying the don't, there still isn't any proof, to apply your standard; at least we have our website for Manchukuo). And notably, a couple of the pages about these independence movements are about as sourced as my Manchuria page that got deleted.

3) Lastly: if the conspiracy theory that the movement is run by Japanese people should be evoked, let me note that, once again, that could apply, with much more truth, to a number of the things here. And I don't think its a problem if it were true; historically, it has often been the case that independence movements were originally invented for the purposes of a foreign empire (see Romania, for example). --Yalens (talk) 23:32, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

One more note: as for the use of separatist websites as reliable sources, I can give many examples of use. But let us return to the page regarding Kosovo this started on. There are several references to comments posted on websites, most notably regarding "African secessionists", and while there is an article about comments, this is from a completely internet-based news service. Regarding Manchukuo, there are references to it (i.e. Manchu separatism) by Han Chinese in their forums, but I think this is at least somewhat notable: http://torguqin.wordpress.com/hanfu . I.e., this is a site about Han Chinese clothing, but it is also an established organization in Toronto (i.e., a Han Chinese cultural institution). They make reference to the existence of Manchu separatism, so it isn't to say that its completely unheard of, at least... I suppose this would seem "lame" at first, but what I'm trying to say is that, pretty much, media reports or not, its not so hoax-ish, to the point where Han Chinese are aware of it enough to make references to its existence, either (in the case of that site) noting that the Han needing to assert their own culture's uniqueness to revive it from a past of suppression is not unlike that of the current minorities of China oppressed by the Han themselves; or otherwise lamenting possible future shrinkage of their state. I just don't think that media alone should be the only arbiter of existence--Yalens (talk) 00:20, 21 February 2010 (UTC)
Well, you're second paragraph discussing the Manchu question seemed to me a lot like personal bias... but really... do you have any idea about the Lakotah issue... at all? Did you do any research at all on that one...? Because, not only do we have a whole page on it, you could practically call it de facto independent. Not only that, as for the "popular support" issue, we have, as we note on Lakotah's page, the 77% figure. Lakotah is in fact, well-known enough to be discussed in diplomatic talks... did you really try to delete it? I mean, you'd think you'd do well to actually learn about the topic discussed before tampering, you know...--Yalens (talk) 18:17, 21 February 2010 (UTC)

1953 coup[edit]

Re: "burning out when caring about this issue before." Sometimes I hate working on the 53 coup article but I can't stand the tought of leaving it as is. Inshallah I'll do the grunt work and others such as yourself who want to change the Kurdo/Skywriter version can just show up and make a comment on the what you like or don't. --BoogaLouie (talk) 18:59, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

Next step on coup article[edit]

What do you think of the new Kurdo/sky version of the lead? If you prefer the rewrite as of Feb 28 (that I thought people had agreed on), what would you prefer to do - start a Wikipedia:Requests for comment now? or sort out a rewrite of the huge abrahamian quote and ask for comments on both at the same time? --BoogaLouie (talk) 18:47, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

There's a new sheriff in town: User:Work permit who is mediating the article very ably. The possibility that this long-standing mess will finally be cleaned up is very high now. You do not have to get involved, but I invite you to come look at the progress being made! Binksternet (talk) 05:25, 10 March 2010 (UTC)
Binksternet has started a Request for mediation. I see light at the end of the tunnel! --BoogaLouie (talk) 15:44, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

Changing links to Wikimedia projects in references[edit]

Hi! Why should they be treated differently in ref? -- Basilicofresco (msg) 23:20, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

I see... it makes sense. I will try to modify the script in order to account for this exception. Thank you. -- Basilicofresco (msg) 23:50, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

AfD nomination of School of Practical Philosophy[edit]

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Spelling[edit]

before editing this article could you please try to be as well informed about the subject matter as possible, and may be discuss potential changes on the discussion page, I have reverted your edit it demonstrates a lack of understanding of the structure of language and writing systems. dolfrog (talk) 11:35, 25 June 2010 (UTC)

Continued on Talk:Spelling. SnowFire (talk) 16:16, 26 June 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Nico Smith[edit]

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List of Jewish messiah claimants[edit]

Note, I undid your revert. In the event someone reverts one of my edits, I usually ask for an explanation on the talk page. Regards -Stevertigo (w | t | e) 05:06, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

Responded: Talk:List_of_messiah_claimants#Recent_revert -Stevertigo (w | t | e) 20:57, 30 July 2010 (UTC)
Hello. Calling to ask if you're going to respond at the above talk. You made a point to intervene there, so before I take any action there, I'd like to be certain that you are on board with the program. If there is some issue of concession, you can also just say "concede". Regards, -Stevertigo (w | t | e) 00:31, 13 August 2010 (UTC)

VPC[edit]

— raekyT 23:52, 1 August 2010 (UTC)

Welcome back[edit]

Hope your vacation went well. I restored my versions of false messiah (your writing is hidden) and list of messiah claimants (revert), and left a talk at talk:list of messiah claimants. Regards -Stevertigo (w | t | e) 00:21, 18 August 2010 (UTC)

Spelling[edit]

The navigation boxes you deleted explain waht spelling is about. Spelling is about the structure of langauge being used, which depends on the writing system being used and as many on this version of Wikipedia use English then there is a need to understand the spelling variations from around the world according tho the dialect being used. So I am not too sure as to whether you understand what spelling is all about. dolfrog (talk) 16:15, 24 August 2010 (UTC)

FWIW[edit]

I was looking at Talk:September 11 and saw I was kind of a dick to you back in 2007, re this edit [1]. Just wanted to pop in and apologize. :) --Golbez (talk) 16:19, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

Revolt of the Comuneros GA review[edit]

Hi, I've started the GA review of this article at Talk:Revolt of the Comuneros/GA1 and left some comments. My comments on the endnotes not being referenced need to be addressed before I can pass the article. Cheers, Nick-D (talk) 01:25, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

Constitution quotes[edit]

(edited in my own comment originally on Srich32977's talk page back here, not a fan of deleting these so might as well have the debate here):

Re your recent edits: I'm not so sure consistency is THAT important, but if we must be consistent, can we be consistent in *not* using cquote and using quote instead? The cartoony quote marks add nothing and look silly, and I believe that {{quote}} is recommended for longer quotations anyway. SnowFire (talk) 06:52, 26 January 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for your comments. For my part, I'll leave the quotes as is. The format is now the same across all the Articles, Admendents, etc. (Moreover, the quotations are now correct -- I proofread pretty carefully and made a lot of corrections.) The quote marks are cartoonish, but they distinguish the Constitution language from other commentary in the articles. Also, they serve to show the older style of Capitalization was deliberate. Finally, the Constitution itself is important enough where such distinguishment is relevant and useful to the reader. Happy editing! --S. Rich (talk) 14:52, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
It's great if you proofread these, but I'm not talking about the *content* of the Amendment nor the capitalization therein. I'm simply referring to how the Amendments and Articles are set off from the rest of the text - I personally think {{cquote}} looks terrible for this context. I'm not sure that this is a useful distinguishing feature either - I doubt people will think "oh, that has cartoon quotes, it must be from the Constitution." I don't really see how this is a useful distinguisher at all, or if people will "know" somehow that the huge quotation marks means that it's from the Constitution.
That said, I'll try and start a conversation on this somewhere else, since this would be a notable change. SnowFire (talk) 02:35, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

Specter[edit]

Hey SnowFire. Thanks for your comments at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/United States Senate Democratic primary election in Pennsylvania, 2010/archive1; I was beginning to get concerned with the lack of participation in that FAC. I've made my first response to your comments; please let me know if you feel more is needed. — Hunter Kahn 02:21, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

GA for the Revolt of the Comuneros[edit]

I see that you finally get the status. Congrats, I am very glad with your translation and referencing work. My best regards ;-) Rastrojo (DES) 17:06, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Thanks. SnowFire (talk) 01:51, 4 November 2011 (UTC)

Reliability of Wikipedia[edit]

When I posted why I was mad, I meant trying to find talk pages without articles. There should be a tag so it can be visible on a log, which pages should be speedy deleted. I know, this should have been on The Village Pump not on Talk:Reliability of Wikipedia, but I just wanted people to know if you come across something don't expect the next person to do it. Bar Code Symmetry (Talk) 19:36, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

It's not a big deal where exactly you post something, so don't worry about it. That said, I'm not sure what harm talk pages without articles cause - nothing can get to them without a link, so it's generally a minor issue of house cleaning, and if you find them I'm sure you can just toss a speedy delete or move tag easily on them. And an admirable goal for sure to always fix problems, but one that can lead to burnout as well if you're not careful. SnowFire (talk) 01:51, 4 November 2011 (UTC)

October NARA scanathon[edit]

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Nomination for merging of Template:Criticism of Islam sidebar[edit]

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Talk:108 Stars of Destiny#Merger with individual character articles[edit]

Hi, I know you've already said your piece but User:Neelix says that more discussion is needed, so we hope to hear from you again. Lonelydarksky (暗無天日) contact me (聯絡) 06:34, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

Threat!!![edit]

I'll get you for this. Because of your interesting point at Talk:Union Flag I have now been forced, forced I tell you, to go off and read Flag of the United Kingdom, an article of whose existence I was previously blissfully unaware. You swine! I am 346 years old and have no time for this. That whole question seems entirely nonstraightforward to me, and I will be very interested to see if anyone bites and if so what responses you get to your aside. Interesting stuff. Cheers! DBaK (talk) 07:53, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

Ha! My nefarious plan is in motion! Nothing can possibly stop it now! SnowFire (talk) 14:18, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

Marge Flag of the United Kingdom into Union Jack[edit]

Hi, I have started a Discussion Here you might be interested. Thanks --JetBlast (talk) 10:53, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

Peter/Pedro III[edit]

  • Hi, this is a mass-produced message which means it may duplicate a message already on your Talk:page. As a result of the lack of reference to specific sources or guidelines such as WP:SOVEREIGN, User:Qwyrxian closed the RM at Talk:Peter III of Portugal but said a new RM could be started if new evidence was presented. This I have done after discussion with Qwyrxian and User:Lecen. This means that your previous support or oppose will not be counted, and must be resubmitted. However please note Qwyrxian's request that support/oppose be made with reference to specific arguments guidelines or sources, and (quote) especially recommend that people don't do the "Support per person X and Y", as such comments are close to useless, (unquote). Thanks for your time. Best regards. In ictu oculi (talk) 01:37, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

Reverting your old merger[edit]

Please note that I am suggesting a partial revert of your old merger, see Talk:Conflict (process). I have rewritten the merged article, and I suggest that the move and merge are undone. I'd appreciate your thoughts on article's talk. Thank you, --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 18:11, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

Article link on Talk Page[edit]

Howdy, I placed the link on the talk page. It should probably only be left up there temporarily. So if you let me know you have viewed/saved it, I'll then remove it. Sincerely, Romaioi (talk) 14:16, 7 December 2012 (UTC)

Hi SnowFire, Just checking in. Did you get a chance to download it? It will be automatically deleted tomorrow. Sincerely, ----Romaioi (talk) 07:38, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

Opus Dei navbox[edit]

I think you're right, I was probaly too hasty in pasting it on too many pages. >> Jesus Loves You! M.P.Schneider,LC (parlemusfeci) 19:02, 27 January 2013 (UTC)

Hikmat Abu Zayd & Lenin Peace Prize[edit]

According to the page on Hikmat Abu Zayd, She received the Lenin Peace Prize in December 1970, does that help with the flag?Naraht (talk) 12:40, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Yup, confirms it should be the UAR one. Thanks. SnowFire (talk) 14:14, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

re: Is Grunt optional or not?[edit]

First off, I really appreciate your feedback and interest, so thank you. I got your point before you reiterated; in my opinion, the actual recruitment of Grunt is completing his recruitment mission (not opening the tank). So I decided to enter the game and check the quest log. To my surprise, I discovered that opening the tank is part of Grunt's recruitment mission (I originally thought it was a separate quest). So you are right :) --Niwi3 (talk) 15:41, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Payagua language[edit]

FYI, if you add an "ethnicity" parameter to the language infobox, you can link to the article on the people from there too. — kwami (talk) 10:16, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Revolt of the Comuneros (Paraguay)[edit]

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Re: Your revert of Clean up of dashes[edit]

Well, that's your "preference". Surely you recognize that other editors might have a different preference. It seems to me that dashes are more efficient and clutter the markup less, per Occam's Razor. I hope you don't go on a revert crusade; as you say, it's somewhat trivial. Carlstak (talk) 11:13, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

You are overreacting. I didn't challenge your revert, did I? You are also quite mistaken, I have edited Revolt of the Communeros previously; as an active member of the Wikipedia Spain project, the subject is of special interest to me. I am on no crusade, I was just doing routine maintenance. Carlstak (talk) 01:11, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

Valkyria Chronicles III[edit]

The thing is that Bill Clinton is a valid name. It's used by literally everyone who has ever existed, including himself and his entire campaign; most "nicknames" for people are like that. "Valkyria Chronicles III", however, is simply not a name that exists; it is completely made-up, it is completely invalid. Sega has not used it, and no publisher or developer tied to them has ever used it. There is only "戦場のヴァルキュリア3" (plus a potential "UNRECORDED CHRONICLES", as well as "EXTRA VERSION"); until Sega wants to finally localize the thing, there will only ever be exactly that.

Sources are making these things up, and they do it all the time. At some point, their ability to decide on titles this way needs to be called into question, but no one would ever dare ask about it but me. This is because most people simply ignore that the problem exists, and/or claiming that it's not "big enough"... they're intentionally ignoring facts and creating things for themselves, what more do you want? Despatche (talk) 05:57, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

Magic core set merges[edit]

FWIW, I have proposed merging M10, M11, M12, M13 and M14 to core sets, 2009-present pbp 22:03, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

all blue[edit]

Sorry I don't know what's happening with the end of the blu block below.

Hi. Could I please ask you to look at Amazon.com and consider whether you want to drop oppose. I am going to ask for relist. Cheers. And thanks. In ictu oculi (talk) 02:35, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

Sega Genesis FAC[edit]

Hello SnowFire. I was hoping you could review the changes that myself, and RedPhoenix made to the article based on your suggestions. I am hoping we can gain a vote of support from you. : )--SexyKick 22:25, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

User:SexyKick: Yah, I looked over the article changes last night. I'll try and comment further tonight if I get the time. SnowFire (talk) 00:33, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

Finite subdivision rule[edit]

I've made some changes per your comments. Thanks for your help! Let me know what other changes you'd like to see. Brirush (talk) 02:37, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

SES/SoPP[edit]

I noticed that a while back you had an idea to merge these two articles into one. I have just added this new, reliable source [2] to the SOP article (it struck me as odd that it hadn't been included) and noticed the following line:

According to the official spokesperson for the New York chapter, Dr. Monica Vecchio–an adjunct professor of English at Baruch who has been involved with group since 1967–S.E.S. and the School of Practical Philosophy are “the same thing with different names. There are 70 or 80 [branches] around the world. Each share the same course curriculum, with the same content. The principles are the same, the practices are the same, the stream of discussion is the same.”

Based on this new information, I support your case for a merge of the two articles. The legal distinction between the two organizations is as irrelevant as, say, Halliburton Co. versus Halliburton Company Germany GmbH. -Roberthall7 (talk) 16:46, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

UserRoberthall7: Sounds good to me, re-merge them! I long thought they should be merged even before your source but I didn't feel like fighting it out with a few editors who wanted it kept separate despite the closing of Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/School of Practical Philosophy as "merge." SnowFire (talk) 17:06, 26 December 2013 (UTC)
Good to know. I never feel like fighting it out either - but more to the point, I've no idea how to do the re-merge. Perhaps you could chime in at the SoPP Talk page to see if we can reach WP:CONS and maybe someone will step forward to do it? -Roberthall7 (talk) 17:40, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

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Your GA nomination of Revolt of the Comuneros (Paraguay)[edit]

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WP:CONSENSUS[edit]

In reply to this, I never suggested that WP:CONSENSUS wasn't a policy, so that was irrelevant. Secondly, that you believe there was a consensus however many months ago doesn't mean there was (even editors like Hell that wanted the discussion speedy closed believed there was no consensus), so citing WP:CONSENSUS on that point wasn't relevant to your edit either. That you think the discussion is pointless and shouldn't happen doesn't give you cause to edit-war to remove a tag inviting discussion, that's disruptive behavior. Editors gave their opinion despite your objections, and guess what? Looks like now there's a pretty obvious consensus, something that wouldn't have happened if the section had been "speedy closed". Please keep that in mind in the future the next time you want to shut down a discussion solely because a previous discussion had already occurred months ago. - Aoidh (talk) 06:30, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

User:Aoidh: First of all, let me say that when I said there was obviously a consensus in the previous discussion, I didn't know that some of the final "keep separate" comments were made after you'd posted the "new" merge discussion. (Barek's reply to me, and what you already said about Hell's comment on there being no consensus before.) With what I knew at the time, it looked like you'd gotten cheesed off you'd lost the merge discussion 12:5, so you decided to reset the vote to 0:0, because obviously the first one was all wrong. So in that, I was too harsh, but for what is what I hope an understandable reason.
Secondly, I love talk page discussion, and I'm happy you actually used the talk page rather than bulldoze through everything and start an edit war. Really! However. While I'd have been absolutely with you for keeping the RFC & tags on the page for a month... maybe even three months... your merge tag was placed on the article in April 2013. My anti-merge comment was placed in December 2013. And multiple users removed the merge tag, not just me; I'm not the type to edit war over such things. 10 months is way too long for such a discussion to be considered so active as to merit a tag on the article. However, don't take my word for it; please feel free to ask at the Village Pump "how long should merge tags remain on articles before a discussion is closed." I suspect you will find that my position that there's a "time limit" and it'd been tripped here is not particularly controversial. A system that allowed the tag to remain forever so long as 1 editor disagreed would be ripe for making our articles look ridiculous.
Finally, how to put this. You have seen fit to cast judgment on my original comment as a worthless "me too, I support" comment. And you were the one being incendiary claiming in your edit summary that your opinions are policy, and everyone who disagreed with you just had "a bunch of random opinions with no basis in policy". You are a biased party and not fit to judge such things. To be clear, I am an equally biased judge for positions against my own; I wonder how on earth everyone can be so wrong on the Internet, too. This is why neutral administrators close debates that are remotely close, not someone who's said their piece already. As for whether my comment was "compelling" - I've read parts of an entire book on just the mine fire, and I know there are more books available, as you do as well I'm sure. Hence, to quote myself, "There's definitely enough material to support two articles." Brevity is not a flaw. In fact, that's the most compelling reason I can imagine for two separate articles, lots of material. Again, if you're really curious, don't take my word for it, go ask a random friend. (If you really want to get an unbiased opinion, either don't say which position you favor, or pretend that you're me, so that if anything your friend will feel inclined to go against it. If they still say that such an opinion isn't compelling despite you claiming it was yours, well, it's probably really not compelling then.)
Anyway, this is all irrelevant to the articles themselves, so I applaud any work you do on improving them. I very much disagree with your understanding of Wikipedia procedure, but it's quite irrelevant compared to content creation, so I hope we can move on. SnowFire (talk) 07:13, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
The diff you provided above was in response to your comment "...which means that the arguments on the 5 !vote merge side would have needed to be amazingly compelling". Consensus is not a vote, and many of the comments (like this) lacked the "compelling" qualifier you mentioned, coming across as little more than "votes". Consensus is not a numbers game and saying that one position would need to be "amazingly compelling" where the other is fine with merely having more numbers is not in line with Wikipedia policy, my comment in the diff you gave is merely pointing that out. I did not call it worthless any more than you called the non-"amazingly compelling" edits worthless; I never said that, so please don't accuse me of such. As to me claiming that my opinions are policy, that would require diffs, otherwise I truly have no idea what you're referring to, seeing as how I didn't cite any policy. This was in response to this, it's not "quite clear"; most of those comments have no basis in policy, merely offering their opinions (such as yours). I'm not saying this to attack your comment, only to point out that your comment would have to be "amazingly compelling" (i.e. based very clearly on Wikipedia policy) to make it a "quite clear" consensus. Rather than a clear consensus, there was no consensus at all (I'm not saying that out of bias, I'm repeating what others have said), so I reverted it intending to try to open a new discussion but honestly forgot to address it afterwards and that part was my fault, which I tried to address the next day.
My intention wasn't to keep the tag on there because I get some maniacal joy out of seeing tags on articles, but to get a consensus one way or the other. That has now happened, so I removed the tag from that article and the mine fire article. If the discussion had been "speedy closed" as you suggested there would still be no consensus, with or without the tag. My issue wasn't the tag it was the discussion, and I had hoped that the tag would invite editors to visit the discussion and opine and maybe give some new viewpoint that would encourage further discussion. However, I do apologize for this, as that came across as more harsh than I intended, I was just a little annoyed that you had removed it despite an ongoing discussion (as opposed to a stale, months old one) and that I had somehow restored the tag without paying attention, instead of removing it, which was my intention. For that I apologize, that was a bit uncalled for, and now I'll get off of here and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate before bed. - Aoidh (talk) 07:42, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
User:Aoidh: Mrf. I recognize you're trying to disengage with your final comment, and I'm up too late too, so I'll try to be brief. (And fail. Sorry.)
  • Let us assume for a moment that you were right and there was no consensus before. (The fact that Hell in a Bucket said so does not necessarily close the issue, and note that he said so while still suggesting your new RFC be speedy-closed.) That still doesn't justify keeping the merge tag on the article forever - see Hell in a Bucket's comment here while we're quoting him - and by the time I made my February 2012 comment, there clearly was a consensus from the 4 new anti-merge responses in your old RFC. So... while I too was a tad harsher than I'd have liked, I'm still not seeing what the issue is. There would have been a consensus just fine had the RFC been closed there with my comment, as there was enough input by then. And anyway, I didn't actually close the RFC, did I? I just said I felt it could be if an admin agreed.
  • The fact I suggested an early close to "shut you down" grates on you. I get it. But understand that your statements like "I'm not saying this to attack your comment, but [PARAPHRASE: your comment wasn't grounded in policy and should have been discounted]" have the same effect on me. Disagree with me, great! Claim my comment is illegitimate and should be ignored as a matter of procedure is only going to antagonize others. Such as me.
  • You're misinterpreting my stance on consensus. "Amazingly compelling" = "one side's votes are much 'stronger' than the rest to justify overruling the majority." So I'm hardly letting the anti-merge "off the hook" and allowing them to provide just a vote. Let's put it this way in a nice abstract fashion:
  1. 8 medium votes for Foo, 5 medium votes for Bar. Admin closes for Foo. (Or perhaps calls it "no consensus", but Foo happens to be the current state of affairs anyway, so same effect.)
  2. 8 weak votes for Foo (e.g. just "Support Foo" or editors recruited from a forum), 5 medium votes for Bar. Admin closes for Bar after discounting some of the Foo votes.
  3. 8 medium votes for Foo, 5 unusually strong votes for Bar (e.g. "Foo is illegal", "Foo voters voted without knowing some critical piece of information"). Admin closes for Bar.
We want to determine the following case:
  • 8 votes are for Foo, 5 votes are for Bar. According to someone on the Bar side, the Foo votes are weak and "just a vote." Clearly situation #2 applies, right?
That is exactly why I defended my original comment as not "just a vote," because I do agree it is important that both sides offer real arguments. I'd be the first to discount a vote that just said "oppose" with no explanation. However, I vociferously disagree that comments such as my actual ones should be discounted, any more than any random pro-merge comments should be discounted. My comment was short, but that is not a flaw! It was on point, the only point that mattered since your entire argument was that there was too much duplicate material. You disagree with my opinion, fine, but that alone does not qualify it as a "weak" !vote. The idea that the anti-merge comments "have no basis in policy, merely offering their opinions (such as yours)'" is an opinion, not a fact. This is why I'm still replying; I'd happily let it go if I didn't get the vibe from your comments of "because I believe you're wrong, your opinion should be discounted," a standard that would blatantly lead to Aodihpedia. Yes, yes, I know you don't really think that, but see above, you are not a qualified neutral judge of such matters as "are votes that oppose my position valid / compelling / etc." You can tell that in the abstract example above, while the Bar side MIGHT be right, you can't just ask them; you need to bring in a third party.
  • If you want to commiserate with me, please see Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Injustice. I fully believe I am 100% right on proper article structure here, and people have even argued for an early close against me despite being, IMHO, totally wrong and on their way to endorsing an awful quote farm psuedo-article. If I was King of Wikipedia I'd close the debate in my favor because everyone else is just wrong and missing the point. But I'm not claiming their opinions are baseless or not grounded in policy, even the short comments. And moreover, I'm willing to defer to a neutral admin, who will almost surely rule against my side - just as a neutral admin would have closed your old Merge RFC as, at best, "no consensus, remove the tag and try again later."
  • As a final comment: To be 100% clear, there is nothing wrong with trying to convince people for a merge, even 10 months later. I had suspected you were gaming the system at the time - trying to reset the vote count so you could sneak a merge past, which would require a strong oppose - but I now see you were sincere. Anyway, I pre-emptively apologize if any of this comes off as overly harsh, as I've written this from 3:45-4:45 AM my time in a truly ill-advised act, but I should give up editing / writing now and just go to sleep. SnowFire (talk) 09:46, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
  • I'll only say this one thing, I didn't suggest your comment should be miscounted. What I did suggest is that your comment that there is a "quite clear" consensus wasn't accurate, given that many of the comments were agreements with other opinions, and all of them were (educated) opinions. The only time there's that level of disagreement and still a "clear consensus" is when one side is clearly supported by Wikipedia policy and the other side of clearly not, and that's not the case here. If there was a consensus (whether or not there was), it most certainly was not "quite clear", as the consensus was a discussion based on opinions rather than unambiguously backed by any Wikipedia policy. I probably could have been more succinct when saying "random opinions", but I wasn't suggesting that your opinion counted for nothing, and I'm not really pushing that there was "no consensus", only that there wasn't a clear consensus which seemed to be your rationale for the edit, so I wanted to try to get that consensus. Anyways, this cold has kept me up long enough so now I'm going to try (yet again) to sleep. - Aoidh (talk) 10:37, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

Upcoming Saturday events - March 1: Harlem History Editathon and March 8: NYU Law Editathon[edit]

Upcoming Saturday events - March 1: Harlem History Editathon and March 8: NYU Law Editathon
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You are invited to join upcoming Wikipedia "Editathons", where both experienced and new Wikipedia editors will collaboratively improve articles on a selected theme, on the following two Saturdays in March:

I hope to see you there! Pharos (talk)

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Your GA nomination of Revolt of the Comuneros (Paraguay)[edit]

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DC Meetups in March[edit]

Happy March!

Though we have a massive snowstorm coming up, spring is just around the corner! Personally, I am looking forward to warmer weather.

Wikimedia DC is looking forward to a spring full of cool and exciting activities. In March, we have coming up:

  • Evening WikiSalon on Wednesday, March 12 from 7 PM – 9 PM. Meet up with Wikipedians for coffee at the Cove co-working space in Dupont Circle! If you cannot make it in the evening, join us at our...
  • March Meetup on Sunday, March 23 from 3 PM – 6 PM. Our monthly weekend meetup, same place as last month. Meet really cool and interesting people!
  • Women in the Arts 2014 meetup and edit-a-thon on Sunday, March 30 from 10 AM – 5 PM. Our second annual Women in the Arts edit-a-thon, held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Free lunch will be served!

We hope to see you at our upcoming events! If you have any questions, feel free to ask on my talk page.

Harej (talk) 05:11, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

An exciting month of wiki events![edit]

Hello there,

I am pleased to say that April will be a very exciting month for Wikipedia in Washington, DC. We have a lot of different events coming up, so you will have a lot to choose from.

First, a reminder that our second annual Women in the Arts Edit-a-Thon will take place on Sunday, March 30 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Coming up in April, we have our first-ever Open Government WikiHack with the Sunlight Foundation on April 5–6! We are working together to use open government data to improve the Wikimedia projects, and we would love your help. All are welcome, regardless of coding or editing experience. We will also be having a happy hour the day before, with refreshments courtesy of the Sunlight Foundation.

On Friday, April 11 we are having our first edit-a-thon ever with the Library of Congress. The Africa Collection Edit-a-Thon will focus on the Library's African and Middle East Reading Room. It'll be early in the morning, but it's especially worth it if you're interested in improving Wikipedia's coverage of African topics.

The following day, we are having our second annual Wiki Loves Capitol Hill training. We will discuss policy issues relevant to Wikimedia and plan for our day of outreach to Congressional staffers that will take place during the following week.

There are other meetups in the works, so be sure to check our meetup page with the latest. I hope to see you at some of these events!

All the best,
James Hare

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What's the right link?[edit]

Thank you for pointing out here that I had used the "wrong link." But, what's the right link? I thought we were writing an encyclopedia, not playing 20 Questions. --R'n'B (call me Russ) 17:40, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

User:R'n'B: The disambig page itself is fine, I think (hence just the reversion I did). There isn't a good link - the sentence just means "Castile" in the sense of the entire region of Castile. The political entity that dissolved into Spain in 1715 isn't it, the modern administrative divisions aren't it, it's just Castile. If you absolutely must avoid the disambig page, I guess Castile (historical region) is the least bad, or removing the link entirely. SnowFire (talk) 18:34, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Joseph Pérez / Joseph Perez[edit]

Hello, SnowFire. About "Perez", spelled without the accent, in his books... I guess you are talking about translations into English... aren't you? Kintaro (talk) 11:59, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

User:Kintaro: Correct. All of the English books by him (that I own) definitely omit the accent. I have a single Spanish book from him, and that one does include the accent... but I'd be most curious how he appears in French books, if anything, since he is French after all. A quick Amazon check showed one recent French book of his including the accent, so idk. The fact he's consistently dropped the accent in English translation, and this being the English Wikipedia, still inclines me to respect his wishes and leave it as just "Perez" though. SnowFire (talk) 17:12, 23 April 2014 (UTC)
He perhaps allowed non-accented "Perezes" in his books when translated into English. I don't own his books (or have read one of them) but I live in France and, if you want, I can check it in a public library... Regards ! Kintaro (talk) 17:30, 23 April 2014 (UTC)
Sure, that might be interesting. Shame we can't just ask him! I don't know if it's his preference or his publisher's preference or if it was all an accident. SnowFire (talk) 21:47, 23 April 2014 (UTC)
User:Kintaro: Haha, you might be right after all. I just double-checked, and my 2005 copy of "The Spanish Inquisition" in English in fact uses Pérez with an accent. Weird that the books were inconsistent, but if there's a recent official usage in English with an accent, you're probably right after all! Sorry about the trouble. SnowFire (talk) 06:08, 24 April 2014 (UTC)
Good! but there was no trouble, only a nice conversation. Thank you to you too, and good luck. Kintaro (talk) 12:07, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

Two edit-a-thons coming up![edit]

Hello there!

I'm pleased to tell you about two upcoming edit-a-thons:

  • This Tuesday, April 29, from 2:30 to 5:30 PM, we have the Freer and Sackler edit-a-thon. (Sorry for the short notice!)
  • On Saturday, May 10 we have the Wikipedia APA edit-a-thon, in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

We have more stuff coming up in May and June, so make sure to keep a watch on the DC meetup page. As always, if you have any recommendations or requests, please leave a note on the talk page.


Best,

James Hare

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Category:National questions[edit]

Well, it's a bit of a strange category I admit, but I think the key question is: Is National Question itself a notable topic? It seems to me that it probably is, and that it reflects some weird 19th century type of a nationalist dispute. I don't think that everything with "question" in its title should go in the same category, but ones that fit in this particular 19th century geopolitical conception probably should.--Pharos (talk) 20:07, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

User:Pharos The only references in the National question article have to do with it specifically in regards to Marxism, though, specifically Marxist strategies in the first half of the 20th century. The entirety of the category has nothing to do with that. I'd be pretty happy with just redirecting the article National Question to Marxism and the National Question, myself, then deleting the category. (Or perhaps restructuring National Question as a very strange disambig page.) SnowFire (talk) 00:34, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

Meet up with us[edit]

Happy May!

There are a few meetups in DC this month, including an edit-a-thon later this month. Check it out:

  • On Thursday, May 15 come to our evening WikiSalon at the Cove co-working space in Dupont Circle. If you're available Thursday evening, feel free to join us!
  • Or if you prefer a Saturday night dinner gathering, we also have our May Meetup at Capitol City Brewing Company. (Beer! Non-beer things too!)
  • You are also invited to the Federal Register edit-a-thon at the National Archives later this month.

Come one, come all!

Best,

James Hare

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You've got mail![edit]

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Edit warring by Candleabracadabra ‎on Cuisine of Hawaii[edit]

Please see this note. Thanks. Viriditas (talk) 05:48, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

Washington, DC meetups in June[edit]

Greetings!

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Wikimedia DC has yet another busy month in June. Whether you're a newcomer to Wikipedia or have years of experience, we're happy to see you come. Here's what's coming up:

  • On Wednesday, June 11 from 7 to 9 PM come to the WikiSalon at the Cove co-working space. Hang out with Wikipedia enthusiasts!
  • Saturday, June 14 is the Frederick County History Edit-a-Thon from 11 AM to 4 PM. Help improve local history on Wikipedia.
  • The following Saturday, June 21, is the June Meetup. Dinner and drinks with Wikipedians!
  • Come on Tuesday, June 24 for the Wikipedia in Your Library edit-a-thon at GWU on local and LGBT history.
  • Last but not least, on Sunday, June 29 we have the Phillips Collection Edit-a-Thon in honor of the Made in America exhibit.

Wikipedia is better with friends, so why not come out to an event?

Best,

James Hare

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Name[edit]

About this article, I agree with your suggestions about the name. Either that or it should go back to the original name of "death by a thousand cuts". Supersaiyen312 (talk) 21:41, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

User:Supersaiyen312: Yeah, I agree. Can you open a WP:RM? The article seems to be move-protected at the moment, although I don't see evidence of the sock puppetry the locker complained about... SnowFire (talk) 02:09, 11 June 2014 (UTC)
It's only move protected so registered users can move it. I can move it right now if you want. So which one? "Death by slicing" or "death by a thousand cuts"? Supersaiyen312 (talk) 02:52, 11 June 2014 (UTC)
User:Supersaiyen312: Good question. On second thought, maybe we should open a formal RM after all? Seems like there's an argument for either one. (I'd probably personally prefer "death by a thousand cuts" but that might raise the hackles of people who think it's 'wrong' somehow, and "death by slicing" is an acceptable compromise.) SnowFire (talk) 15:07, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

Saturday June 21: Wiki Loves Pride[edit]

Upcoming Saturday event - June 21: Wiki Loves Pride NYC
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You are invited to join us at Jefferson Market Library for "Wiki Loves Pride", hosted by New York Public Library, Metropolitan New York Library Council, Wikimedia LGBT and Wikimedia New York City, where both experienced and new Wikipedia editors will collaboratively improve articles on this theme:

11am–4pm at Jefferson Market Library.

We hope to see you there! Pharos (talk)

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Sunday July 6: WikNYC Picnic[edit]

Sunday July 6: WikNYC Picnic
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You are invited to join us the "picnic anyone can edit" in Central Park, as part of the Great American Wiknic celebrations being held across the USA. Remember it's a wiki-picnic, which means potluck.

1pm–8pm at southwest section of the Great Lawn, north of the Delacorte Theater.

Also, before the picnic, you can join in the Wikimedia NYC chapter's annual meeting.

11:30am-12:30pm at Yeoryia Studios, 2067 Broadway.

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 16:51, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

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The Great American Wiknic and other events in July[edit]

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I am pleased to announce our fourth annual picnic, the Great American Wiknic, will take place at Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, July 13 from 1 to 5 PM (rain date: July 20). We will be hanging out by the statue of Dante Alighieri, a statue that was donated to the park in 1921 as a tribute to Italian Americans. Read more about the statue on Wikipedia. If you would like to sign up for the picnic, you can do so here. When signing up, say what you’re going to bring!

July will also feature the second annual Great American Wiknic in Frederick, Maryland. This year’s Frederick picnic will take place on Sunday, July 6 at Baker Park. Sign up here for the Frederick picnic.

What else is going on in July? We have the American Chemical Society Edit-a-Thon on Saturday, July 12, dedicated to notable chemists, and our monthly WikiSalon on Wednesday, July 16.

We hope to see you at our upcoming events!

Best,

James Hare

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Battle of Fort Stevens Edit-a-Thon![edit]

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Greetings!

Sorry for the last minute update, but our friends at the DC Historical Society have scheduled a Battle of Fort Stevens Edit-a-Thon to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle fought in the District. The event will last from noon to 2 PM on Wednesday, July 30. Hope you can make it!

Best,

James Hare

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Sunday August 17: NYC Wiki-Salon and Skill Share[edit]

Sunday August 17: NYC Wiki-Salon and Skill Share
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You are invited to join the the Wikimedia NYC community for our upcoming wiki-salon and knowledge-sharing workshop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

2pm–5pm at Yeoryia Studios at Epic Security Building, 2067 Broadway (5th floor).

Afterwards at 5pm, we'll walk to a social wiki-dinner together at a neighborhood restaurant (to be decided).

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 15:58, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

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Wikipedia and YOUR History: Taking Control of the Internet[edit]

Come one and come all. To a presentation at the Laurel Historical Society about how you can help verify, validate, and edit the information that is on the front line of local history.

Picture your self leading the masses to improve Wikimedia one article at a time.
  • Show the Internet who is the better editor.
  • Be the creator of culture that you know you are.
  • Spread the knowledge of noteworthy people who no one but you cares about.
  • Lead the charge to a better Wikipedia --- eventually.


Geraldshields11 (talk) 02:08, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia and YOUR History: Taking Control of the Internet[edit]

See you at the Laurel Pool Room, 9th and Main Street, Laurel, MD on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM EST. See http://www.meetup.com/Wikimedia-DC/events/205494212/ for more information. Geraldshields11 (talk) 02:13, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikimedia DC invites revolutionaries, free thinkers, and other sundry editors to a DC WikiSalon[edit]

The WikiSalon is a special meetup usually held during the first and third full weeks of every month, from 7 PM to 9 PM. It's an informal gathering of Wikimedia enthusiasts, who come together to discuss Wikimedia wikis and collaboratively edit. There's no set agenda, and guests are welcome to recommend articles for the group to edit or edit on their own.

If you're coming by Metro, the closest station is Dupont Circle (on the Red Line). If you're driving, a lot of parking opens up downtown after 6:30 PM, so finding a parking space (even a free one) should be easy. Once you've found the building, go to Cove on the second floor. We will be in the conference room.

When: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: The Cove, Dupont Circle, 1730 Connecticut Avenue NW, 2nd floor, 20009, DC


For more information, see http://www.meetup.com/Wikimedia-DC/events/205500822/


My best regards, Geraldshields11 (talk) 02:26, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikimedia DC's Wonderful meetups[edit]

Wikimedia DC's Upcoming meetups

  • Thursday, September 11: “Wikipedia and YOUR History: Taking Control of the Internet, One Article at a Time!”
    A presentation at the Laurel Historical Society about how you can help verify, validate, and edit the information that is on the front line of local history. Laurel Pool Room, 9th and Main Street in Laurel, MD. 7 PM.
  • Wednesday, September 17: WikiSalon
    Come for the pizza, stay for the conversation. 7 PM – 9 PM
  • Saturday, September 20: September Meetup
    Get dinner and drinks with fellow Wikipedians! 6 PM
  • Sunday, September 21: Laurel History Edit-a-Thon
    Local history for Wikipedia! 10:15 AM – 4 PM
  • Saturday, September 27 – Sunday, September 28: Please RSVP for the Open Government WikiHack at Eventbrite by clicking on the link. The National Archives and Records Administration and Wikimedia DC are teaming up to come up with solutions that help integrate government data into Wikipedia. 10:30 AM – 5 PM each day

My best regards, Geraldshields11 (talk) 22:50, 6 September 2014 (UTC)