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When God Writes Your Love Story[edit]

Hi Devil's Advocate,

Thank you for taking an interest in the When God Writes Your Love Story article. You mentioned that the Irby article mentions the Ludys' book. The abstract does not mention When God Writes Your Love Story. Do you have access to the text of the Irby article?

Neelix (talk) 10:13, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

Sorry, no, it just shows up in the search result preview. Not sure how it is mentioned.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 16:14, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
OK, thanks for letting me know. I may be able to retreive the article through my local library. Neelix (talk) 14:19, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
Because you have been involved in discussions surrounding the When God Writes Your Love Story article, I thought that you should be notified of the article's current featured article review. Any constructive comments you would be willing to provide there would be greatly appreciated. Neelix (talk) 19:48, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

MOS:IDENTITY survey[edit]

Thanks for hatting the canvassed votes. The survey had been swamped so it's much clearer now. Betty Logan (talk) 13:42, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

I, too, think that hatting the canvassed votes helps, but there is one canvassed vote I would ask be un-hatted (de-hatted?). The vote by 70.119.30.246 included several sentences of commentary to explain the vote and was replied to by DavidK93 (giving his religion and engineering examples). I then replied to DavidK93 and he replied again to me. DavidK93 and my comments are not hatted, but by hatting the original comments by 70.119.30.246 it looks like DavidK93 is replying to a previous un-hatted vote by RA. So for clarity about the follow-up discussion I recommend that only 70.119.30.246's vote be un-hatted. 99.192.71.6 (talk) 14:52, 28 August 2013 (UTC) (=99.192....)

Courous[edit]

How are you being Devil's Advocate?  Courous  — Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.87.120.12 (talk) 08:06, 30 August 2013 (UTC) 

Operation Blue Star[edit]

Hey

I see that you removed the following points:

  • Military control of the Sikh spiritual and political buildings.
  • Sikh reference library burned by Indian army.
  • Thousands of Sikh pilgrims taken hostage by Indian army and killed.

Could you tell me why you removed the first line? Do you disagree with the statement.?
The Sikh reference library in the Harmandir Sahb Complex was the main library for Sikhs scriptures and writings. It is not a trival thing that happened.
It is widely known and unargued fact that unarmed Sikhs had their turbans removed and used to tied up their hands and then they were later shot dead. The debate is about high civilian causalities this is a different point.

I would strongly advocate against using the word temple because that unfairly gives a distorted version of what the Akal Takht is, I'm sure you know that that it is placed on the same level of the Gurdwara, making one spiritual and political dependent on the other as established by Guru Hargobind during Miri Piri and the construction of Akal Takht and the making of the dual Nishan Sahibs in the courtyard to illustrate this concept.

Jujhar.pannu (talk) 19:19, 31 August 2013 (UTC)

Stating "thousands taken hostage and killed" implies casualty figures much higher than most accepted estimates. As to the rest, I feel the statement about other buildings being damaged was covered, with clearing of the temple complex covering the first point well enough. Concerning the library, it is trivial with respect to the overall outcome. Many important buildings to Sikhs were involved and singling out one in particular is too much to include in the infobox. The results section of the infobox should cover the most significant outcomes from the event. That you also changed "Sikh militants" to "Khalsa" puts the other edits in the context of trying to paint the operation as one of the Indian government against all Sikhs. While many Sikhs perceive it that way and there were legitimate concerns regarding the government's handling of the situation, it is not accurate to portray it in such a fashion.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 22:28, 31 August 2013 (UTC)
Okay I can sympathize with the other two points somewhat but for the Khalsa it is legitimate to include that here because all the militants were required to be baptized for more info see the talk page of Operation blue star.Jujhar.pannu (talk) 20:12, 3 September 2013 (UTC)
Your change isn't actually much better. Saying Sikh pilgrims were taken hostage and killed is still a misleading statement of considerable severity that is not supported by reliable sourcing. The description of the combatants as Khalsa implies that it was India's government against Sikhs in general, rather than India's government against a specific group of Sikhs with separatist ambitions. While I am not fond of the term, reliable sources from outside India generally refer to the Sikh fighters in the operation as "militants" and thus it is appropriate to describe them as such in the infobox. I also do not think the library's fate needs to be singled out at all in the results section. Although significant from a Sikh cultural perspective, it is not significant from the perspective of general history regarding this event. It is just one of many things cited as evidence of government abuses in the operation. The results section should focus on the most important outcomes from the point of general history, not on listing any real or alleged abuses by the government.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 20:33, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

Voice Cast Vandal[edit]

I range blocked 173.209.204.192/26 in response to your AIV report. I'm finding some un-sourced and un-reverted changes from the range to revert. I wanted to see if you had spotted any recent edits from outside the blocked range that you think are consistent. Monty845 02:03, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

I am not very good at sorting through IP ranges, though the edits I saw seem to all be within that range.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 02:11, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

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New proposal regarding Wer900 at AN/I[edit]

In an effort to resolve the discussion at AN/I regarding Wer900, I have offered a new proposal at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents#Alternative proposal: Restriction on venues for complaints. Since you have weighed in on previous proposals regarding this user, I am notifying you of the new one in case you wish to opine. Regards, alanyst 18:59, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

Your reverting my tags[edit]

Hi Devil's Advocate, Did you read the discussion at the bottom of the talk page for LHO? Could you please read and respond to that before reverting? There's an acknowledged, as it turns out longstanding, lack of support for the assertions. Regards, Paavo273 (talk) 21:38, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

There are not specific citations provided in the article for the specific claims about the FBI and DPD, but I don't see anyone suggesting these claims do not have support. I also do not think it is contentious enough to warrant the tags.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 22:13, 5 September 2013 (UTC)
I suggestED very clearly in LHO talk that the claim rel the FBI specifically does not have support. I.e., I have challenged it. I refer you to WP:Verifiability, specifically "All quotations, and any material whose verifiability has been challenged or is likely to be challenged, must include an inline citation that directly supports the material. Any material that needs a source but does not have one may be removed." Could you please state some WP authority that permits you to remove my tags (or prohibits me from removing the non-sourced material, which I am not now doing to allow the sources to be provided if they exist) or not do so until the disputed content is brought up to WP standards. (There's no problem if the material stated in the intro is supported in the body. It's not supported anywhere in the article, however; thus the tag up top as well. Paavo273 (talk) 22:29, 5 September 2013 (UTC)
Cite tags inherently cast doubt on material and there is no reason to doubt the material other than there not being a specific citation provided. It seems fairly clear that the material is correct and just lacks a citation.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 23:17, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Thanks for this edit. I saw the tag added, and I thought policy said something like that, but I wasn't sure where to find the appropriate policy. I know Steve identified as Jewish (and was quite heavily involved in the 'what is a Jew' debate on-wiki quite a few years ago)...I'm not sure he would have objected to the category.

Wow - it's amazing how hard it was to finish that sentence. Anyway, thanks again for dealing with this. Guettarda (talk) 00:39, 7 September 2013 (UTC)

re: edit summary[edit]

Hello - here to respond to your message.

You violated 3RR on one of the articles and did three reverts on the other, as did the other IP. I could have blocked both of you; I chose to lock the articles instead. Since your block log is full of edit warring blocks and topic bans, you obviously know better, but it seems you can't stop yourself for some reason.

As for tendentious editors: you've been here a long time; the IP has edited for less than a month. Read WP:BRINK, then try to solve the problems. He has cited edits. Put both your cites in the articles. Make a footnote. Do something besides reverting over and over again. They're articles about movies, for goodness sake, and while it's important we document them, in the big picture, it's not worth getting blocked over.

I hold nothing against you; I just want you to succeed here instead of repeatedly getting warned or blocked for stuff like this. I hope you have a nice weekend. KrakatoaKatie 02:34, 7 September 2013 (UTC)

Actually, I did not violate 3RR, nor did the IP. You are mistaken on that point. Note that at MOSFILM talk, two other editors have agreed with my statement that labeling films with terms such as "flop" is generally inappropriate. Oh, and don't presume to speak about my history as though you have even the slightest understanding of it from a cursory examination of some log of data.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 02:51, 7 September 2013 (UTC)

David Gerard evidence[edit]

Hello The Devil's Advocate. In your recent post to Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Manning naming dispute/Evidence, you wrote, "Having apparently disclosed another editor's personal information on his blog, Gerard was stripped of his oversighter and checkuser privileges in 2009." However, it seems neither of the two sources you link to supports your claim that David Gerard was "stripped" of his privileges. The Signpost story you cite says that he resigned the privileges himself, and the Arbitration Committee Noticeboard page refers only to a "removal" of privileges without stating the agent. Unless there is something else I have overlooked, it seems the only logical interpretations of the "removal" statement are that Gerard removed the privileges himeslf, or that they were removed by someone else in compliance with his resignation. Could I therefore suggest you remove or amend this part of your statement? —Psychonaut (talk) 08:54, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

The announcement says the "removal of his checkuser and oversight rights would remain in force" and all the wording suggests it was not a simply voluntary resignation. Perhaps an Arb who was involved could clarify that point for me, but the wording was not suggestive of a simple resignation.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 14:35, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
I'd suggest just dropping that section. Focus on the actions during the debate.--Obi-Wan Kenobi (talk) 15:54, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
I see no good reason to "suggest" a particular interpretation to the Arbitration Committee. If you're going to present this evidence at all (and, like Obi-Wan Kenobi, I'm not sure that it's a good idea in the first place), why not use the wording of the sources you use instead of imputing something which they don't actually say? —Psychonaut (talk) 16:15, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
It is fairly clear that his oversight and checkuser privileges were lost over his misuse of them and that ArbCom was involved. He is described as having been stripped of those tools, and the ArbCom statement did not present it as a voluntary action. The statement that he resigned them does make it a bit confusing, so I am asking one of the Arbs who was active then to illuminate on the situation. As to why I bring it up, that comes down to a pattern of behavior. Stating that he misused his tools in this one contentious instance does not signal much of a problem on its own, but when it involves a pattern of misuse of the tools then it becomes a more serious concern.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 21:07, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

Evidence phase open - Manning naming dispute[edit]

Dear The Devil's Advocate.

This is just a quick courtesy notice. You recently offered a statement in a request for arbitration. The Arbitration Committee has accepted that request for arbitration and an arbitration case has been opened at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Manning naming dispute. Evidence that you wish the arbitrators to consider should be added to the evidence subpage, at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Manning naming dispute/Evidence. Please add your evidence by September 19, 2013, which is when the evidence phase closes. You can also contribute to the case workshop subpage, Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Manning naming dispute/Workshop. For a guide to the arbitration process, see Wikipedia:Arbitration/Guide to arbitration. For the Arbitration Committee, Seddon talk 23:05, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

Comment regarding relevance of my edit to editorial conduct on Manning title[edit]

My edit on Manning that you deleted and put back was about article title and not editorial conduct. Did it get in wrong section? Do i need to submit something on editor conduct to make this pertinent? Thanks. Patroit22 (talk) 19:21, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

The Arbitration Committee's remit only extends to conduct issues. They may present non-binding principles regarding policy, but they do not decide who is right in a content dispute.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 20:55, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. I will not report any editor conduct issues.Patroit22 (talk) 22:38, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

Accidental revert on Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Manning naming dispute/Workshop[edit]

Hey DA-- I apparently reverted an edit you made on the page above. This was completely unintentional and I'm not actually sure how it happened; I may have hit rollback on my watchlist by accident. Anyway, sorry about that-- just wanted to alert you and explain myself to avoid any confusion. I, JethroBT drop me a line 02:23, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

Ok, cool. When I saw that I was all frownie-faced and thinking "What did I do?"--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 02:34, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

Boston Marathon Bombing Page Edits[edit]

Hi. I'm new to editing Wikipedia content, so I'm just looking for clarification. On 9/9/13, you [[1]] some content I posted on the Boston Marathon Bombing page related to a Boston Marathon digital archive project, citing "no reliable sources indicating significance." I then undid your deletion and added a link to a Boston Globe article on the project, but that edit was quickly deleted by another user who informed me that I have undid your revision "without cause." I want to make sure I'm not violating some issues of Wikipedia decorum: what's the best way to add that content to the page? Any help would be appreciated: thanks!

Jimroks1 (talk) 19:11, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

I think that unless you give some strong and diverse sourcing to indicate this as a significant project, it should get barely a mention, if any. A lengthy paragraph in an article on a significant event such as this with only one independent reliable source is a bit much.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 04:04, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Clarification and Amendment#Clarification request: Race and intelligence[edit]

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Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Clarification and Amendment#Amendment request: Scientology[edit]

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Edit[edit]

The picture of Dr Afnan Al-Shuaiby was removed after I simply corrected the year of her date of birth.

Why?

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Serafin Wolski (talkcontribs) 12:05, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

When you click undo it opens up the edit window. You may have mistakenly done that instead of going to the normal edit window.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 13:26, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

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Talk:Footpaths of Gibraltar[edit]

Your merger proposal is not well-supported obviously. Would you please withdraw the nomination, so i can approve the DYK nomination? --George Ho (talk) 02:15, 18 September 2013 (UTC)

I'll wait for people who don't have some sort of bias to weigh in on the subject. That is the point of promoting it through an RfC. Were I just looking to get the opinion of Gibraltarpedia's stalwart defenders I wouldn't have bothered, because I know what they think and why they think it. Honestly, I don't even care about all that stuff and am more upset with the use of tour guides about a nature reserve to conjure up an article about something that doesn't really warrant its own independent article.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 03:22, 18 September 2013 (UTC)
Face it, RFC or not, you still won't get enough supporters. And you still will get future opposes. I wonder if continuing the discussion is valuable (antonym for "pointless"). --George Ho (talk) 15:22, 20 September 2013 (UTC)
How about you leave me be and leave the issue alone?--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 20:20, 20 September 2013 (UTC)
Too late for that. You don't get to start an RfC and then tell everyone to leave you alone. Kafziel Complaint Department: Please take a number 21:51, 20 September 2013 (UTC)
I can certainly ask someone to stop impolitely badgering me on my talk page to get me to shut said RfC down.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 22:04, 20 September 2013 (UTC)

Arbitration clarification request closed[edit]

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The committee has decided to allow an appeal of the sanction imposed upon The Devil's Advocate (talk · contribs) on 9 July 2013 under Scientology discretionary sanctions. Therefore, that sanction is vacated with immediate effect.

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The Beatles - Golden Slumbers - Ballad is a genre?[edit]

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Andrew Breitbart[edit]

Why did you remove my updates to Andrew Breitbart? Those things I posted about ACORN, Sherrod, and Weiner were WHY he was popular and has an entry in the first place. I am new at this so I knew maybe there would be some editing but I thought this was a wiki site where people can post relevant information and source it. I sourced all of my contributions but you deleted them all outright. Why sir? Chrisnelsonimagine (talk) 03:21, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

It is a biography, not an article for describing various political controversies where he played a role. The article already mentions that he played a role in these events. Also, the stuff insinuating his death was something other than natural was completely inappropriate.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 03:44, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

Cleavage (breasts)[edit]

Please see WP:BRD - youi made a Bold edit, I Reverted, the next step is that you Discuss the potential change on the talk page. Please don't revert again when I return the article to the status quo, where it should stay until a consensus is reached. Thanks, Beyond My Ken (talk) 03:23, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

Reverting due to "no consensus" is a classic tendentious editing tactic, especially when the status quo material was not a product of consensus either. Someone being able to get shit past the radar does not magically make it consensus. I am not going to discuss this with you if you cannot immediately see the problem with this kind of material. Hopefully, some more sensible individuals will notice this and take the appropriate action of reverting you.-The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 04:40, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

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Please comment on Wikipedia Entry for Charlie Engle[edit]

Hey, I'm not sure how all this works (I've only edited a few pages), but I saw that you edited the page for a marathon runner named Charlie Engle. Apparently he made big headlines when he was arrested for mortgage fraud, and he spend some time in jail -- none of which is mentioned in his wikipedia entry. http://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/ultrarunner-charlie-engle-makes-post-prison-plans

Anyway, I saw that you had edited that page and wondered if you knew anything about that.

My name is Wyatt Roberts (wyattroberts@gmail.com) Wyattroberts (talk) 23:05, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

I created the article because of that and was planning to add it in, but did not get around to it as it would involve compiling and summarizing a lot of sourced coverage. My intention is to add it in at some point, but I have been a bit lax on major content editing for the last few months.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 23:57, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

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Restoring Bonkers' userpage[edit]

Regarding [2], would you mind enumerating the reasons why you believe the usual blanking and replacement with indefinitely blocked user template was "unwarranted", and why you find this to be "clearly malicious in intent"? DavidLeighEllis (talk) 21:20, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

(talk page stalker)I don't know about "clearly malicious", but it was certainly unwarranted, IMO. No matter how bad we think Bonkers has trolled us, there's no need to kick him while he's down, which is what blanking is userpage looks like. There's no need to mark his userpage like that, so why not just leave it as it is? Writ Keeper  21:23, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
It is not "usual" at all as indefinitely blocked editors who are not banned often do not get the tag and there is no policy-based reason for adding one. Such a tag serves only to shame a maligned editor and in this case the edit summary of "goodbye" together with your "torches and pitchforks support" vote at ANI certainly makes it clear that you were acting maliciously.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 21:27, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
Maintaining a sense of humor towards editors who deliberately disrupt Wikipedia can be salubrious. The completely serious version of my comment at AN/I would be that Wikipedia is one of the most highly visible sites on the web; this, when combined with our openness towards pseudonymous editing, provides an attractive platform for trolling, to which we can respond only after a significant disruption has already occurred. DavidLeighEllis (talk) 21:46, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

FYI[edit]

If an article is entitled 'Murder of X', almost any content violates WP:BLP if nobody has been convicted of murder... AndyTheGrump (talk) 23:51, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

Um, no, that is not how it works. This woman was fairly clearly murdered, unless you are suggesting this was some sort of extremely bizarre accident or misunderstanding that led to her dying from multiple stab wounds, her eyes being gouged out, and body parts being tossed out the window. At any rate, that is a naming issue, not an issue with the overall content. I can move it to "Death of" if that will suffice.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 00:00, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

ANI notification[edit]

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ArbCom nom[edit]

If you are serious about running, I believe you must indicate whether you have edited under any other account and whether you are willing to identify to the foundation. From the rules:"

  • (iii) confirm that the candidate will fully comply with the criteria for access to non-public data;
  • (iv) include a disclosure of all prior and alternate accounts or confirmation that all such accounts have been declared to the Arbitration Committe". Regards, Iselilja (talk) 23:48, 19 November 2013 (UTC)
Ah, yes, I forgot about that.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 23:53, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

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Help with Admin board posting[edit]

Hi, I added a note [3] as I'm still looking to clear this off the Arbitration case. Can you help me with that? Sportfan5000 (talk) 21:46, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

User Jspeed1310 vandalizing, edit-warring, sockpuppeting, insulting others, POV-driven article blanking, trolling[edit]

Hi, can you please intervene in a serious ongoing problem by user Jspeed1310? That user has been going around and vandalizing, edit-warring, sockpuppeting, blanking, and trolling on Vietnam-related articles and is causing much disruption. That user has:

  • Reverted the Dân Bắc Kỳ article [5 times], without any explanation whatsoever, almost all within the past 1.5 weeks, and as early as 2 hours before this post
  • Used the sockpuppet Vantungk35 to blank the Dan Bac Ky article, and replaced it with this insulting, misogynist message "dân nam kỳ chỉ biết phá hoại, gái nam kỳ chỉ biết làm đĩ nuôi chồng" (translated: Southern Vietnamese people only know how to vandalize all the time, southern Vietnamese women only know to be whores and care for their husbands". He used the Vantung account as a throwaway account for adding insults instead of using his original account, to evade any community punishment/sanctions that may follow after from the discriminatory remark.
  • Sockpuppets by using this Saigon Vietnamese IP 113.172.224.235, Hanoi IP 113.22.28.205, and the account Alphama to nominate the Nguoi Bac Ky article for speedy deletion to create a fake "community of people" aggreeing for it's removal.
  • Blanked the Người Bắc Kỳ article twice without valid explanation, just because he didn't like it, despite this article having multiple, proper cited references.
  • Deleted and challenged content in the Reunification Day article that didn't conform with his POV, namely anything that was critical of the Vietnamese government, under the false guise of "sources needed". If he truly had concerns about the lack of sources, he would either placed a "citation needed" tag fairly on all content (not just the anti-government content) without refs, or kindly posted a message on the article talk page or on mine asking for refs. He decidedly ignored the lack of refs of pro-communist content and didn't challenge them.
  • Pervasive problem of reverting edits/deleting content without any explanation, as noted by other users.
  • He trolled through my edits and blanked/deleted all disambiguation links to the Nguoi Bac Ky article without any explanation whatsoever, and edit warred when I reverted his vandal edits, like in Tonkin (disambig), Northern Vietnam, Bac Ky, Tonkinese.
  • Jspeed has some sort of animosity towards Vietnamese poetic literature, esp. of a very popular poem created by prominent Vietnamese poet Nguyen Tat Nhien, and went on a campaign to delete it wherever it appears, even though it was well cited. It was popular to the point Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung even put it on his website, and it was used as 1 of 3 refs for citing the poem.

I hope there would be a resolution to this and i look forward to your response. Thanks in advance. Nguyễn Quốc Việt (talk) 10:18, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

I do not see a justification for having multiple articles on various terms for the Northern Vietnamese. Seems these details would be more suited for the article on Vietnamese people as a whole. As for any sockpuppetry suspicions, you should go to WP:SPI if you believe there is sockpuppetry.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 16:59, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:List of vaporware[edit]

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Ironic[edit]

Well, we wouldn't want to say anything "vaguely suggestive and inflammatory" about a conspiracy theory involving Jewish bankers. Tom Harrison Talk 22:55, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

The film does not talk of them being Jewish. A journalist making an off-hand insinuation in an article does not warrant inclusion of the remark.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 23:07, 8 December 2013 (UTC)
Do you want to give the official Zeitgeist view of the film Zeitgeist: The Movie or do you want to work in some perspective [4]. The film sources over and over to agitprop perspective issues of insinuation and that has been picked up by journalists world wide. Removing the source citations is removing perspective on the movie and presenting Zeitgeist by Zeitgeist. No perspective. Earl King Jr. (talk) 07:01, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
We have been over the issue of Goldberg's piece. She is only one of a handful who have made this observation and the context of her observation is purely political. Her allegations are mentioned in the article, but they should not be mentioned in the general summary of the film as that gives these ideas undue weight.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 17:37, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
You have a failure to get the point on this. Earl King Jr. (talk) 22:52, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
The synopsis of the film should be a reasonable summary of what occurs in the film. Reception and analysis from critics is typically reserved for other parts of the article. If we include such things in the synopsis they should be common interpretations of the film, not a minority view held by a few select partisans.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 23:03, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

Motion: Argentine History (MarshalN20)[edit]

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BP article RfC[edit]

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Nomination for deletion of Template:RED[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Mitchell S. Steir[edit]

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Have you seen[edit]

Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Mikemikev? You commented on Melangepasty on a Mikemikev SPI earlier this month. Dougweller (talk) 21:42, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for notifying me. I left a comment.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 22:14, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Re: Hilary Duff[edit]

You reverted my edit here citing "baseless tagging", and I guess neglected to read my edit summary which mentioned the talk page. The article is biased and unsourced, and needs work. --184.166.113.34 (talk) 18:18, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

I read the edit summary and the talk page comment. Nothing said there even remotely justifies the tagging. The lede is often unsourced, for instance, and what you called "bias" was really just a reasonably accurate description of her successes.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 18:29, 17 December 2013 (UTC)
That's absolutely not true, as the introduction makes heavy use of weasel words, and every part of an article needs sourced, introduction or no. You simply disagreeing with my assertion is NOT grounds to remove my edit. I've seen your block log and am aware that you have been banned for edit warring before, and I can already see where this is going. Let me be clear: you will not simply revert me into submission. My tagging of the article is entirely reasonable, as it has issues that need to be addressed. If you remove the tags again, I will bring up arbitration. --184.166.113.34 (talk) 18:38, 17 December 2013 (UTC)
Your argument is based on the lede, which is traditionally unsourced as it merely serves to summarize existing material in the article. There is no excessive bias in the lede to warrant your tagging either. A few of the things you point out are a bit peacocky, but they would be easily resolved. I suggest you go through the article body and add citation needed tags to things you consider unsourced. Should the vast majority of details be sourced then a general tag is unwarranted.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 19:13, 17 December 2013 (UTC)
I did not intend to edit the article myself because I have neither the patience nor time. Wikipedia's laborious processes and pretentious userbase has long devoid me of any motivation I had to contribute to the enormous circlejerk of bureaucracy that goes on here, and the only reason I even bothered to tag it was to draw attention to the issues so that someone else could take care of it. I once had a wonderful vigor for editing and doing what I felt was something good, but that has been long replaced with bitterness and vinegar. The tags were me pointing and saying "here, look; this needs attention by someone who is not me". You yourself admit to "a few... things" being "a bit peacocky" -- is that not an issue in your mind, warranting at least the attention of someone with knowledge of the subject? Whether in a minor or major fashion, articles should not reflect the opinions or admirations of the writers. "A bit peacocky" is just as bad as "totally weasely" or "written by a shill". There should be no gray area when it comes to bias. Either the article is neutral, or it isn't. A few excessive, fannish connotations about a pop singer may not be as important as someone re-wording genocide into a positive light, but the relevance of the subject ultimately shouldn't matter. Every article is held to the same standards, and this did not meet them, however slim you believe the difference may have been. The tags were appropriate, at least for the sake of drawing attention to real issues, small or no.
At any rate, I begrudgingly took care of it. The changes won't stick -- the people who made it that way in the first place will slowly change it back -- so it's more than just a single edit; keeping it neutral would require vigilance far beyond what I'm willing to contribute. It's a drop in a vast ocean of content, but it still matters. Or at least, it should. Having said that, I'm frankly beyond the point of caring. This entire episode has been a perfect encapsulation of what's wrong with Wikipedia. RickK had it right years ago, and nothing has changed. --184.166.113.34 (talk) 20:27, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── 184, in fact I've only heard legends of the WikiGiant known as RickK ... the modern-day equivalent is Rich Farmbrough, methinks, or maybe BetaCommand (I doubt Kafziel is even the same species) but I'm not sure what a WikiDragon like TDA thinks about such folk. I've got some unorthodox ideas about tagging... that they should generally be invisible to the readership, and should not increment editcountitis... which are over here, if TDA or any talkstalks are interested in WP:RETENTION and/or WP:MMORPG issues — see Wikipedia_talk:WER#Editor_retention_of_tag-bombers plus maybe Wikipedia_talk:WER#.22Everyone_reverts_my_changes.22. HTH. 74.192.84.101 (talk) 22:25, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

Race (human classification)[edit]

If you have time, could you take a look at the current conflict in Talk:Race_(human_classification)? A few editors have suggested changing or altering the "race has no biological or genetic basis" line in the article but there's been no agreement on how to change it. Discussions appear to have hit a wall. Could you help toward forming a consensus? Thanks. BlackHades (talk) 22:17, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

Notice of Edit warring noticeboard discussion[edit]

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Hope that's useful for you. Barney the barney barney (talk) 19:42, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Rupert Sheldrake is on a 1 Revert limit[edit]

The article has been placed on a 1 revert limit per day. [5] is your second within 20 minutes, you should revert yourself. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 19:43, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

It was an unsourced statement on a BLP. That is explicitly exempt from edit-warring policies.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 19:49, 21 December 2013 (UTC)
if that is your position, fine, but do not say you were not warned. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 20:04, 21 December 2013 (UTC)
Unsourced statements about a living person should be removed on sight. The only argument you can give here is that the source actually supports it and that means pointing to where the statement is supported by the source without requiring too much personal interpretation.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 20:17, 21 December 2013 (UTC)
The only sensible reply to this is that it wasn't sourced. The only issue you seem to have is our pointing it out in plain terms that it is transparently stupid. Barney the barney barney (talk) 22:32, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Discretionary sanctions warning[edit]

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As you've also been informed Rupert Sheldrake is subject to a 1RR restriction. Regarding your reason for the revert, I'll point out that the 3RR exemption for BLP violations also states that "what counts as exempt under BLP can be controversial. Consider reporting to the BLP noticeboard instead of relying on this exemption." In this case it was obviously controversial, which should have been plain after it was reverted by an established user and the fact that the article was subject to 1RR. In the future, unless it is a blantant and uncontroversial BLP vio I suggest you seek other opinions before breaking a revert restriction. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 09:03, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

You are simply wrong, which is disappointing since you are an admin, even if only recently gaining the tools. Restoring unsourced or poorly-sourced material on a BLP with the edit summary "issues" is a blatant violation of the policy. Why should it make any difference that an established user made such a frivolous revert? The answer is that it doesn't and the person you should really by talking down to is the one who made that revert.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 17:51, 22 December 2013 (UTC)
It is really hard to argue that stating plain facts is a BLP issue, but well done for trying. Barney the barney barney (talk) 17:57, 22 December 2013 (UTC)
The only plain fact here is that Sheldrake's book did not say anything to the effect that he is questioning facts, which is what you and Josh tried to insert into the lede. At no point have either of you identified where it does say such a thing. Instead it is just your personal statements that these things are facts and that he is thus questioning facts. You don't get to insert your own personal view of what Sheldrake is saying. It has to be supported by a reliable source.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 18:06, 22 December 2013 (UTC)
Hello TDA, please call me 74... and I must say, your username is ideal for the Sheldrake wp:battleground basket-case.  :-)   A little longwinded to type every time tho... can I call you TDA? or simliar? I find it hilarious that Barney would argue *here* on your talkpage that the plain fact clearly is that BLP is intuitively obviously inapplicable when conservation of energy is concerned, it *is* a plain scientific fact you know, virtually all the professional academic *really* reliable sources agree, roughly paraphrasing, that COE is factual... oh nevermind. Seriously though, TDA, you are touching on the lightning-rod issue, however, the root cause of all the noticeboards and protections and frustrated-pillar-four-violations, which is whether sources are being followed, or elided, or oh-so-slightly slanted, based on WP:POLLing results local to the talkpage (and FTN). Please stick around; awesome wikipetan-compliant userpage, while I'm doling out the schmaltz. Thanks for improving wikipedia. 74.192.84.101 (talk) 19:07, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

December 2013[edit]

Information icon Hello, I'm Dogmaticeclectic. I noticed that you recently removed some content from List of Nelvana programs without thoroughly explaining why. In the future, it would be helpful to others if you described your changes to Wikipedia with an accurate edit summary. If this was a mistake, don't worry: I restored the removed content. If you would like to experiment, please use the sandbox. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Thanks! Dogmaticeclectic (talk) 18:41, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

I explained why I was undoing the previous edit. You could have just restored the part not covered by my explanation and left it at that. No need for the little templated message.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 22:04, 22 December 2013 (UTC)
You might not have noticed my edit otherwise, though. Dogmaticeclectic (talk) 22:09, 22 December 2013 (UTC)


The Socratic Barnstar[edit]

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For brilliance in analysis and logic, in combination with understanding how Wikipedia works, and the commitment to the project to use that to try to make Wikipedia better. Wikipedia needs folks like you. My apologies that if this is so late and thus sort of "out of the blue", but my resolution is to catch up long overdue much-deserved barnstars. May the wind be at your back! North8000 (talk) 23:37, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

Massive unsourced and poorly formatted addition.[edit]

Hi TDA, I tried to add needed citations after your reversion edit to the previous stage of article "Slovakia" and "History of Slovakia before the Slovaks". I changed only latter one, pleas take your time and see changes yourself, and write me if you want to see some more changes in this respect. I would also like to ask you to do correct formatting of the section as well, as I'm not aware of specific formatting rules I breached. I would also appraise if you suggest how to change article "Slovakia" concerning mentioned periods, or do it yourself, based on the approved version of "History of Slovakia before the Slovaks". Thank you in advance for your time and efforts! I'm sure this will help to cover topics "Neolithic" and "Eneolitic/Copper Age" in the future, as they are either completely missing or giving very strange choice of information (naturally completely unsourced!).

All the best, Andy — Preceding unsigned comment added by 91.127.182.239 (talk) 23:58, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

I really don't understand?[edit]

What sources do you require? Do you understand, how shallow and off the topic is current text? I think you don't have any sources for current text, unless you give me some reliable reasons for reverting to original text, which is COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED (or if you want, created from someone's own mind), I will end up with wikipedia, as I think there is no was how one can reasonably contribute and correct absolutely made-up texts with no informative / education relevance!!!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 91.127.182.239 (talk) 21:39, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

A tag is included noting that there is a problem with sourcing. Of the sources you added, one is a blog and another is a news report on a specific find that does not support most of the preceding details. Three of the six sources included support little to none of the material being added. I do not believe it is good to compound existing issues with the article by adding yet more uncited text, especially with the various grammatical, formatting, and stylistic issues with your addition. Seems English is not your first language. Perhaps it is not a good idea for you to edit the English Wikipedia unless you can compose your edits better.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 23:47, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

I really don't get this! 91.127.182.239 (talk) 22:46, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Egalitarianism[edit]

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Glad Tidings and all that ...[edit]

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Question[edit]

So Steve had to be convicted for it to have been a notable enough event to be included? The sources seem reliable enough. Alatari (talk) 10:49, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

TMZ as a "reliable source"? No thank you! Wikipedia's policy on biographies of living people demands high quality sourcing and not giving undue weight to certain details of a person's life. A rejected criminal complaint from years ago that an ex leaked to the paparazzi should not be given any weight.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 17:19, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Knockout (violent game)[edit]

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Help for comment on Reconquista[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Electronic cigarette[edit]

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Message received[edit]

Hello, thank you for letting me know about this violation. Right now I am currently searching for a bureaucrat to help me change my username. The change may not take affect immediately, but I can assure I am fixing this problem currently. By the way, I have just created this account a few months ago so I am learning as I go. Michael Crichton Stephen King talk 21:48, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

New proposals at Wikipedia:Pending changes/Request for Comment 2014[edit]

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Abilene paradox[edit]

Dear Advocate, I have requested that a key external link be whitelisted. I posted the request on Jan. 11 and, as of date, nobody has commented on the request. Could you please assist in moving the request forward by offering your viewpoint? Thank you. IjonTichy (talk) 15:39, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for providing your perspectives to help move the request towards a resolution. IjonTichy (talk) 21:52, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Article Incubator/RfC to close down Incubator[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Middle Africa[edit]

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Could you close this discussion? This request was started by a banned user that refused to discus anything on the talk page. Anyways, it has been 24 days and 3 out of the 4 who have commented have said no. AcidSnow (talk) 05:18, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
It will only be up for another week and there is little chance of it getting approved now. There is no real reason to close the discussion.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 05:39, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Move like this[edit]

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Move Like This
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I translated, duck attack on the German Main page ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:41, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

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ANI Notification[edit]

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Legobot, you crack me up sometimes. --Demiurge1000 (talk) 00:09, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Discretionary sanctions 2013 review: Draft v3[edit]

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Another move request regarding Ukraine and Crimea[edit]

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Belated thanks[edit]

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Precious[edit]

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controversies and peace
Thank you, user from Earth, for quality articles such as Wikimedia UK, for gnomish work on pictures, for contributing to the list of controversies but advocating peace and truth, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

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A year ago, you were the 538th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:28, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

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fyi[edit]

Rachel Shteir "When Pornography Pays for College: The trouble with Belle Knox" The Chronicle of Higher Education Aug 12, 1994 (Section: The chronicle Review) link DGG ( talk ) 15:44, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

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Please comment on Talk:September_11_attacks#RfC:_Are_conspiracy_theories_relevant_to_the_effects_chapter.3F[edit]

Hi there, I saw that you took part in the conversation here [6], where the possible addition of a section for conspiracy theories was discussed, and thought you might like to comment in a current RfC on the same subject. Found here. Thanks Smitty121981 (talk) 21:17, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

August 2014[edit]

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Advice?[edit]

Hey The Devil's Advocate, thanks for commenting on the RfC. If you don't mind, do you have any specific advice on how to improve the POV issues you mentioned? Is what I have salvageable in your opinion, or is it just totally off-base? Smitty121981 (talk) 20:46, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

I would reiterate the complaints about "hundreds of professionals" as their credentials are debatable. Some of the AE911 members do indeed have professional credentials in the broader field, but as I understand it they do not have experience regarding the particular kind of case we are talking about, i.e. skyscrapers and other high-rise structures. At any rate, it gives undue weight to that group and other academics who are in the fringes of the debate. From my perspective, the paragraph certainly reads as though it was written from the viewpoint of someone sympathetic to the conspiracy theories. How it mentions the basis for objections by theorists reads more like an effort to present evidence for the theories rather than discuss their encyclopedic relevance. I believe a CT section should focus on providing a basic description of the theories and other relevant information.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 21:52, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks so much! I agree that a basic description of the theories would be good - that's what I was trying to go for already with the second sentence. I thought that limiting the discussion to just the aspects of the theories that are published multiple times in journals would be neutral, but I guess not because of how I presented them? As for the 'hundreds of professionals' line, this was paraphrased directly from an academic paper (Manwell) and backed up by the C-SPAN clip - but I admit, I certainly don't know much about encyclopedic writing style. Could you maybe suggest a better way to use a source like the C-SPAN clip? I guess we don't know for sure if the structural engineers and high-rise architects he mentions are actually real, but Washington Journal is an important show about important issues so I still think it's a good source to use. It's certainly a public objection against the 'official version', but how can I characterize this neutrally? Any help you can give is much appreciated. Thanks. Smitty121981 (talk) 01:19, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Maybe something like this? "Conspiracy theorists allege that the government investigations into the attacks were deeply flawed, and have called for a new investigation." Smitty121981 (talk) 14:58, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Unfortunately, even that is still a bit suggestive. There is no need to mention their criticism of the investigation or calls for a new one. Natch, conspiracy theorists are going to be critical of the investigation and want a new one. Such is implied by their being conspiracy theorists. I think referencing AE911 in the main 9/11 article at all is excessive as, while they are mentioned, they are not particularly noteworthy in relation to 9/11 itself or the conspiracy theories about it. A section in the main article should basically just sum up the most prominent conspiracy theories and perhaps reference surveys on the subject to indicate their popularity. The section should not be used to expound on what the conspiracy theorists think about the investigations or the mainstream version of events.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 21:28, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks again, I will have to think on this one. Smitty121981 (talk) 22:23, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Sorry if I'm being a bother, but your feedback has been very helpful. I reviewed the 9/11 Encyclopedia, and it spends a lot of time on the "made it happen" vs. "let it happen" type of definitions for the conspiracy theories, and the wikipedia page you mentioned on the Oklahoma City bombing does the same. Do you think this is a good direction to go in? Smitty121981 (talk) 17:09, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
I do believe that is the best approach. A good gauge is to look at the ledes for the 9/11 conspiracy theories article and 9/11 Truth movement article. Obviously, you would want it all condensed into a shorter version, but those have decent summaries of the key facts a section in the main 9/11 article should have.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 17:48, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
OK cool, thanks so much for all the advice. Smitty121981 (talk) 21:12, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

I've rewritten the sentence in the RfC proposal now, if you are interested. Smitty121981 (talk) 16:59, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

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Linked discussion[edit]

Seeing you reverted the edit I addressed the edit in question on User talk:Yulia Romero's talkpage. - Knowledgekid87 (talk) 18:27, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Re: Putin's boast[edit]

I'm glad that this time you discriminated between my two additions, rather than submit them to the same treatment. But are you sure that you really read the Spiegel Online article (using Google translate unless you read German)? Right under the photograph, the google translation states "The corresponding report an Italian newspaper SPIEGEL ONLINE was confirmed in Brussels." This means that Spiegel confirmed it in Brussels. (German has a different grammatical order of subject, verb and object, which google doesn't always get right.) Also, further down, it says "A Western European diplomat who accompanied the summit, confirmed SPIEGEL ONLINE that Barroso had the episode portrayed as."Layzeeboi (talk) 02:17, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

Either way, the quote has inflammatory implications and without having the context of the conversation between Barroso and Putin, we should not include it.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 03:00, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

Case Opened: Banning Policy[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Turkish presidential election, 2014[edit]

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The POV editors are trying to ban me for NPOV edits of Ukraine conflict entries[edit]

I notice that you're an NPOV editor when it comes to Ukraine conflict Wikipedia entries. I am currently under severe attack -- see Haberstr -- for also being an NPOV editor of Ukraine conflict entries. Any comment or support at the Arbitration will be greatly appreciated! Maybe if enough of us protest the obvious, anti-Wikipedia bias, we'll get things moving in the right direction.Haberstr (talk) 00:45, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Edit Warring[edit]

You have are edit warring. (3RR) You do not have consensus. Please self-revert and bring your proposed edit to talk. Capitalismojo (talk) 21:13, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

The paper Süddeutsche Zeitung has an article discussing the VIPS memo. In that article it says "thousands of Russian soldiers" were "admitted" to be in Ukraine by the rebels. However, the article links to another article in Süddeutsche Zeitung, stating the rebels said "thousands of Russian volunteers" with "many soldiers among them" and you are insisting we favor the inaccurate summary over what the article being summarized actually said, over what the rebel leader actually said. I provided a link to both articles so people can verify that the article being summarized did not say "thousands of soldiers" and you apparently know this is true, but insist on reinserting inaccurate information. Sorry, but I stand by my edit. Our policies on verifiability do not mean we add demonstrably false information just because a generally reliable source presents false information due to some shoddy summarizing.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 21:24, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
Your edit may be correct. I don't think so, but I could be convinced. I think the 2nd SZ article about the acknowledgement talks about 3-4000 with "many" soldiers. You do not however get to edit war because you believe your assessment is correct. BRD not BRRR. You should have taken to talk. Capitalismojo (talk) 02:27, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
What should have happened is that you should have considered whether my point about the falsehood was apt, rather than going with "it's in the source" as though a newspaper has never misstated something before.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 03:10, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

Personal attacks[edit]

Please remove your personal attack at Talk:Anita Sarkeesian.--Cúchullain t/c 21:27, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Not a personal attack as people on that page, such as yourself, are misrepresenting the nature of sources and are ignoring policy. It is also fairly clear that you are all doing it in favor of a shared opinion on the subject. You and several others are clearly biased on this matter and the fact you have not bothered addressing my suggested source on the basis of policy-based discussion, but personal opinion is a good indicator. You did find the policy on reliable sources when you were defending a source that was broadly supportive of Sarkeesian, but couldn't seem to place it during a lengthy discussion of a source critical of her views. Quixote's talk-page section was clearly meant as a defense against my criticism of the standards being applied on that article. Some editors literally said any criticism of Sarkeesian is "undue" because most sources do not criticize her, even though most sources talking about her don't even really talk about her views or what she is saying. We really only have one source that actually reviews the series. The motivation of editors in keeping out criticism is quickly becoming apparent.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 21:57, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Could I know where?[edit]

I'd like to know where Wikipediocracy is discussing this (other than the comments section) of the article that was published doxxing me. Could you email me where it's happening? Thanks. Tutelary (talk) 00:28, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

There is a discussion board with a public sub-forum for blog post discussion. You can get there from the main site. One discussion about you, before the piece was published, would require you to register an account.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 00:40, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

VIPS members[edit]

Hello, thanks for your message. I agree that the members of the group should be described generally but as they changed for each memo I'm not sure how to do this. Also I found a list of all their memos, which are way more than the ones described. Some just did not raise so much attention. In some news pieces this is also mentioned but I did not find any recent ones and the primary source will probably be opposed by the usual suspects because they seem to post on blogs and not have their own official page. Anyways, we should discuss this at the article talk page. Galant Khan (talk) 01:41, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Could you please help on that page? Iryna seems to think she owns it and behaves aggressively and out of control. Galant Khan (talk) 22:37, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
@Galant Khan: Right now I am blocked over a silly separate matter so I won't be able to help until tomorrow or if I get unblocked. I do think the material about the members of VIPS at the time of the Russia memo is a bit too much. When you added that it just invites someone to add material about the "evidence" of a Russian invasion and that keeps getting misrepresented because of that error in the source. As to the other detail about the Iraq War, I believe the best approach there is to have a separate section. It does not directly pertain to the 2003 memo that I can see as they released several memos regarding the conflict. Then again, you could refashion that section into one about the Iraq War generally as I think some of the other memos got coverage in reliable sources.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 23:58, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

Closing user discussions at WP:AE[edit]

Hello. My archival of the comments by users not a party to the request is authorized by Wikipedia:AC/DS#Decorum, which provides that "Uninvolved administrators are asked to ensure that enforcement cases are not disrupted; and may remove statements, or restrict or block editors, as necessary to address inappropriate conduct." In this case, I closed comments because, as also described in that provision, "editors are expected to discuss only evidence and procedure; they are not expected to trade insults or engage in character assassination"; but that was what was, in part, going on. Closing comments appeared more expedient than blocking or banning several users. Please do not again revert administrative actions with respect to arbitration enforcement.  Sandstein  18:16, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Are you saying every single uninvolved party providing comments was being disruptive? If not then there is no authorization for you to do that contained on that page. You are essentially casting aspersions on an entire group of editors and concealing evidence at the same time.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 18:52, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
No, only some participants behaved disruptively, but I judged it less problematic to close the discussion in its entirety, given that one can assume that little new relevant evidence will be submitted at this stage, and keeping comments open would mostly provide a venue to those looking for a soapbox for their views about the conflict in Ukraine, and for bickering about the same. No evidence has been concealed, of course, as all comments are still viewable on the enforcement requests page.  Sandstein  19:11, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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[[7]] I have to say the only inspiration I give to other wikipedians is one to drink...no clue if this was genuine or sarcastic don't really care but it made me belly laugh and log in just to tell you it was funny. Hell in a Bucket (talk) 07:51, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Nabih Berri[edit]

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Thank you . . .[edit]

. . . for your lovely words ("...fucking gobs of shit..that is what you fucking are..ignorant jerkoff") at AN/I.[8] I shall always treasure them! Writegeist (talk) 19:25, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

You're welcome. I do try my best.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 19:42, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
Yes you're certainly trying. Writegeist (talk) 20:35, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Disputed non-free use rationale for File:Vivian James.jpg[edit]

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Anita Sarkeesian[edit]

An outlet called Global Viral News just ran a critical story on her. I don't know anything about them but they seem professional. I'm sure a bunch of people will scream blog but it's worth a try.184.64.27.69 (talk) 20:03, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

I believe you mean "Viral Global News" and I have seen this story mentioned elsewhere. There are only four staff and it is not clear that there are any editorial policies in place or that there is editorial control. The author of the piece does not appear to have prior journalistic experience, and his qualifications to comment on the matter are also unclear. Nothing suggests this outlet meets our standards for reliable sources.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 21:07, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Hey, I know we've had our differences and I'm sure we'll continue to have some in the future, but I wanted to express my appreciation for your rewrite of a very thorny article. I think you've done a quite fair job laying out the issues and it's a massive improvement in readability and structure. At the very least, it's a much, much better base to begin working from than what we had. Good work, and thanks. NorthBySouthBaranof (talk) 08:27, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Some baklava for you![edit]

Baklava - Turkish special, 80-ply.JPEG Thanks for contributing to the GamerGate article. You're awesome. Willhesucceed (talk) 09:06, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Reliable source for Thunderf00t's video criticism of Anita S.[edit]

http://www.brightsideofnews.com/2014/09/20/twitter-suspends-anita-sarkeesian-critic-abusive-behavior/

BSN appears to be a legit news site. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.233.148.7 (talk) 18:53, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

There do appear to be numerous articles in reliable sources mentioning Thunderf00t and Bright Side News looks like it may meet the reliable sources criteria. Some editors might consider mentioning the ban undue weight, though the articles mentioning Thunderf00t suggests mentioning him in the article in some fashion is warranted.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 22:17, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Landmark Worldwide[edit]

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Devil's Advocate, that thread is long and torturous enough. Your material is not about the topic of discussion, and if you want to anything about it, you can start a new thread. I have no opinion on the matter, but I will not let you hijack a thread that's already all over the place in so many ways that it will probably never close with any kind of useful conclusion. Drmies (talk) 03:33, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

The thread concerns the WO piece that called out two editors. It turned into a lynch mob against one of those editors. Another of those editors was topic-banned and my comments are about the topic ban. It has everything to do with the topic of discussion and is not hijacking.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 03:40, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
  • I disagree. You could have handled this in an appropriate manner, you chose not to. Drmies (talk) 03:52, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
    • The Devil's Advocate posted several diffs indeed showing Gamaliel has participated in the the content disputes around the topic, in a relevant section about Gamaliel placing a topic ban on an editor and thus being involved. Why would you hat the evidence and why would you block this editor for posting it? --Pudeo' 04:06, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Eh, because we have more proper ways of addressing it and to continue not choosing those is disruptive--wait, I already said that. Drmies (talk) 05:45, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
  • A sanction was imposed. It was already raised in that discussion because it concerned one of the chief parties being discussed. My comments were simply to raise complaints regarding that sanction on the basis of the admin who imposed it being involved. Nothing I did was against policy or disruptive. Attempting to shut off discussion, on the other hand, is disruptive and abusive as is mocking people after blocking them.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 05:50, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

September 2014[edit]

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  • Wasn't aware I was talking to admin Drmies as opposed to regular editor Drmies. Your reasoning for trying to hat the discussion was completely off-base as Titanium Dragon was the one who opened the discussion due to him and Tutelary being attacked in a WO piece over their contributions to the Zoe Quinn and GamerGate articles. In that discussion people tried to get Tutelary banned and Gamaliel called for TD to be banned as well. Gamaliel eventually imposed the topic-ban on TD himself and I called him out for being involved. I provided an initial selection of evidence and when he and his supporters insisted it was inadequate I provided a more extensive listing of evidence to demonstrate he was an involved admin with regards to the Zoe Quinn and GamerGate articles. You are claiming I was hijacking the discussion when I was simply discussing the topic ban and the admin who imposed it.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 04:30, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Helloooooo. Where'd you go @Drmies:? Are you really just gonna block me for calling out admin abuse and then run and hide?--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 04:50, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
    • I was out abusing some other innocent editors, Devil's Advocate. Also, I was trying a new recipe for cole slaw for Mrs. Drmies's lunch tomorrow. Tell me you won't reopen this thing and I'll unblock you right now. (Sorry, yes, this is admin Drmies speaking.) But quick, since it's already past bedtime. If I miss it, tell some other admin the same thing and that they have my blessing to unblock. (And, again, feel free to start a separate discussion for these serious charges--but not in that thread.) Drmies (talk) 05:34, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
  • You are the one who erroneously closed down a discussion (telling me to put up and shut up despite me having provided reams of evidence) and then blocked me when I pointed out your error. Why should I apologize and make promises to you?--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 05:46, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
    He used the exact "put up or shut up" phrase with me. I looked into this situation, and you owe him no apologies or promises. LHMask me a question 15:44, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
  • The pattern is the same: a user (you, me, TDA, anyone for that matter) makes an edit or a talk page comment. What follows is a rude response by Drmies, a revert of some kind, and a threat of a block. We can document this time and time again. And yet, we get accused of incivility when we protest, and we are the ones who get blocked for refusing to be treated this way. It's time to take a stand and to say we will no longer allow it. Viriditas (talk) 02:46, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
  • OK, then just file an unblock request and let a real administrator look at it. Drmies (talk) 15:51, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
  • You hatted the discussion for an invalid reason and then blocked me for contesting your hatting of the discussion. The only appropriate response is to reverse all of your actions. An unblock alone is insufficient. In fact, your reasoning was so obviously wrong that I have to wonder if it was really your idea at all. Did someone direct you to that discussion so that you could hat it?--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 18:04, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
  • TDA, it's difficult to follow what's really going on. If you could make a brief timeline with diffs, that would help LHM and I investigate the problem. Both of us would like to see you unblocked, but I don't really understand the problem at this time. You may want to consider creating a list of diffs like this. Viriditas (talk) 02:40, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
  • I need to run out for dinner, but I want to ping @A Quest For Knowledge: because he may have some interest in your case. If he doesn't, I'm still curious about whether he has an opinion. I'll take another look when I get back. Am I correct in assuming that the locus of the dispute concerns involved admins? Because we sure the hell are seeing a lot of that lately and we all need to start doing something about it pronto. I have a great interest in addressing the involved admin problem, and it looks like you got blocked for sharing this interest. We need to all start working closely together to do something about it. Viriditas (talk) 03:23, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
  • TDA, admins are allowed, one should hope, to maintain some decorum at their noticeboard. Viriditas, enjoy your dinner, and consider advising your friend to simply place an unblock request and let another admin judge the matter. Remember, the truth will set us free, and it may be quicker than rounding up the posse. Drmies (talk) 04:20, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Honestly, it will expire by the time I wake up tomorrow, so I am really only concerned about the issue of your actions. There is a certain troubling attitude among admins that they can basically do whatever they want and run roughshod over non-admins. In this case, every reason you gave for shutting down the discussion was wrong. Basically, your only reason now is "I'm an admin so you need to do what I say." You refused to recognize that your original actions were in error and blocked me instead. I am seeing a little too much of that recently. The thing of it is that right after I posted a large amount of evidence, someone weighed in to oppose the sanction I was challenging. You did not hat that part, but by hatting my statements you may have prevented anyone from weighing in further in response to what I presented. What that looks like, unfortunately, is one admin covering for another. Anyway, I am again curious what caused you to hat the discussion, which had been going on for a while. Did someone point this discussion out to you?--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 05:00, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Fo shizzle? A conspiracy? Come on. And for the last time: you can present all the evidence you like in a thread devoted to that matter. You can write it yourself. Make it as long as you want. With pictures. I find it funny that so many editors complain about ANI and how it fails to produce the result they want, when they themselves are responsible for torpedoing it. Lengthening such thread, bringing in side issues, only distracts from the main one and makes it less likely that anything can happen. The whole "I'm an admin"--well, yeah, it's an administrators board. If you don't like my decision, ask another admin to reverse it. Or, eh, start your own thread. And again, this conspiracy nonsense has to stop. In that whole discussion I don't know whose side you're on, and I don't care. I don't know Gamaliel from Adam; I don't think I've ever interacted with them. I'm not a gamer, nor am I an anti-gaming scholar. It's none of my beeswax. One day you'll have to realize that not everything is some sort of Opposing Viewpoints game: there is such a thing as disinterested judgment. Now, you are free to edit again, but you could have been yesterday already; you could have asked via an unblock request to have another admin adjudicate this, but you chose not to. I don't know why you didn't--pride is the only reason I can come up with. That's fine. But suggesting that I was influenced by the scenes--that's ridiculous. Now, happy editing. If you really want to do something, something more than vent, you know where you can bring up my conduct: on WP:AN. Drmies (talk) 14:14, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Given how horribly wrong you were in assessing that discussion I can only conclude that you did not give it much of a reading. That means you either did it after someone complained to you about it or you just didn't look that hard at it and made a snap judgment. In either case it would be a bad thing. Don't worry, I will start a separate section. Only, now I am going to have to bring your actions into it as well, unfortunately.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 17:30, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
  • That's not necessary. Please address it in the ANI section where I just pinged you, as Drmies' behavior is under discussion in that thread. Try to be brief and to the point. Viriditas (talk) 19:50, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

I proposed you be topic banned[edit]

I propose that you be topic banned from dramaboards. Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard#Proposed_topic_ban_for_The_Devil.27s_Advocate. jps (talk) 21:43, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Bright side of news and getting recognition as a reliable source[edit]

Hi, I'm sorry to bug you here again, but the Sarkeesian talk page is still locked down to new editors. I noted Cúchulainn simply made three statements in his critique of the source:

  • The source didn't give him "any confidence at all". I wasn't aware that the gift of confidence was a determining factor in Wikipedia's process for accepting the reliability of a source.
  • The author claims "no particular credentials". Even if this were true, what special credentials does an intelligent layperson need to report facts of an internet dispute between two video-makers? I thought that being accepted for publication through an editorial board is sufficient.
  • Finally, he says Mr Strickland is "not listed in their professional staff". Again, I had no idea that Wikipedia required its sources to be on the permanent full-time payroll of the publication before their pieces were acceptable for the label of "reliable".

All of this in the context of an article filled with sources which fail to acknowledge the mere existence of Mr Mason, let alone give an overview of the immensely influential and widely-quoted (albeit only in thousands of self-published pieces rather than the "reliable" ones) critiques he made of Anita S.

Are Cúchulainn's critiques really how Wikipedia does business?

I note that Bright side of news is listed in 35 other wikipedia articles without any question as to its reliability. Is reliability determined by wikipedia on an article-by-article basis? If so, doesn't that mean that, in theory, a future article on a medical issue might come to the conclusion, because of a group of eccentric editors, that The Lancet is a non-reliable source? Bramble window (talk) 12:03, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

Well, a reliable source is generally considered reliable everywhere and unreliable sources considered unreliable everywhere, but since each article is worked on by different editors there may be some where a reliable source is kept out or an unreliable source is allowed. As far as the critiques, the determination of a reliable is partly based on the credentials of the author, but what is most important is whether it is a professional outlet with editorial control and fact-checking. Establishing that can be difficult sometimes, though.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 17:22, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

ANI discussion regarding you[edit]

Hi The Devil's Advocate, I've closed the discussion on ANI regarding the proposed ban from certain noticeboards as there is consensus in favour of not imposing a ban. However as it was raised by more than one commentator I'm going to suggest that before closing or unclosing (including hatting/unhatting) discussions you first consider whether there is a less controversial way of achieving the same goal, such as requesting that the discussion be closed or requesting a closure review or further discussion from the closing editor, in another section or on AN. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 14:02, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

LOL, sorry, but that whole case started with bullshit, anything that wasn't an "oppose this as bullshit" vote was pretty much bullshit and so any decision short of "closed as bullshit" is gonna be bullshit. When it comes to bullshit I either address bullshit or ignore bullshit. The latter seems to the most appropriate response to this particular bullshit from here on out.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 16:15, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
That sounds pretty arrogant to me. I think you should have been blocked for stuff like this [9] I voted for you to be blocked and for people like you that are uncivil there is no place on Wikipedia. I make this comment as a person that has been needled over a period of time by you on certain articles. Earl King Jr. (talk) 03:06, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
Dude, you have been far more consistently uncivil to me. Like, fo' realz. I don't really hold it against you, though, because that is just not my style. Anyway, have a good night.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 03:21, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
They're trying to Topic Ban me, too. Their methods are disgusting as they are pathetic. I have never seen Wikipedia this bad in my life. TabascoMan77 (talk) 21:35, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

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Thanks[edit]

Just wanted to stop by and thank you for your unwavering support. According to several admins I had spoken to that were not WP:INVOLVED, I did violate WP:BLP. The confusing thing about it was that I had actually backed up the sentences I wrote with sources. Or thought I did. In any case, from what I also learned, the block was borderline overzealous and, I guess, needed a "consensus". Matters not. Block is over. Fresh start and all that. Even still, thanks. TabascoMan77 (talk) 22:12, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, it was definitely overzealous, especially given the circumstances. The attempt to indefinitely block you has been shut down, so I hope you will just avoid engaging further on-wiki. If you decide to write that story, try not to be too heated about it. TD's topic ban has been lifted due to a procedural error so you may not have as much to write about now.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 22:23, 1 October 2014 (UTC)
The story's halfway written. The problem is separating the fat from the sauce, so to speak. As I'm not Wikipedia, I can question and utilize things they can't and also speculate but the only things I have to go on are screencaps of Tweets, logs of hacks and what-not. I am, however, definitely moving forward with the portion of the article criticizes the media and social spectrum. The media, obviously, for taking the word of one side, unchecked, while nearly ignoring ethics in gaming journalism or questioning the connections between developers to the writers. Both sides should have been included. I will be examining Facebook, followers on Twitter, as well as Wikipedia editors and admins and the policies of the encyclopedia which I both admire and question. The problem is that this might take some time. I think this is all still raw and that, by the time emotions subside, we'll finally start examining this thing objectively. That's the thing: at some point, somebody starts asking the right questions and, THEN, we will finally get all the answers instead of 50% of them. Cracked used to do that a lot with articles like "5 people it turned out were full of shit", etc. Nobody should be harassing Quinn, the journalists involved, the people behind GamerGate or anyone else. That's incredibly ridiculous. What I would like to see is for the people in the media telling the story to stop framing everything in such a way that it's black-and-white. GamerGate is a very grey issue with a lot of moving parts. In any case, I hope you and I get to collaborate soon. TabascoMan77 (talk) 22:45, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

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DYK for The Fine Young Capitalists[edit]

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Personal attacks[edit]

Please stop attacking other editors at Talk:Anita Sarkeesian as you did here and here. Making serious accusations without evidence is not cool.--Cúchullain t/c 22:41, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Calling you and others POV-pushers is not a personal attack, but an observation of exhibited behavior on that talk page. Ignoring reliable sources and instead working to exclude criticism on the basis of your personal opinion about whether what the sources have said is right is a blatant violation of NPOV. That you previously agreed to this material, but reneged the moment you found another supporter does suggest you had no interest in compromise in the first place.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 22:46, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
Making serious allegations about other editors without evidence is a personal attack. Stop immediately.--Cúchullain t/c 22:50, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
My evidence are the very arguments you are using to exclude reliably-sourced criticism.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 22:54, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
If you have a problem with other editors' behavior, take it to WP:CONDUCTDISPUTE. Stop disrupting the talk page.--Cúchullain t/c 23:59, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
Do you see any disruption? Calling you out on your behavior is not disruption.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 00:08, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
Commenting on other contributors rather than the content is disruptive. Throwing around serious allegations without evidence is disruptive. Your battleground behavior is disruptive. For the last time, knock it off.--Cúchullain t/c 00:18, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
I find nothing disruptive about Devil Advocate's behavior. His comments tend to be on point. -Xcuref1endx (talk) 05:34, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

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Zeitgeist movement[edit]

Warning, you are edit warring against consensus from the RFC on The Zeitgeist Movement article. With your long history of conspiracy article sanctions against any editing of conspiracy related articles and tendentiousness connected, could you please think about your actions as being disruptive and cease. Earl King Jr. (talk) 02:01, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

#GamerGate hashtag origin[edit]

Apologies for my edit which you qualified (I removed the bit about Adam retweeting a feminist blogger & you re-added it). I was having difficulty finding the retweet, 'cos obviously it's much easier to search for the actual tag which followed. (I'm sure I can find it).

I don't know which source we're citing here though. Did you notice one of the citations as mentioning this? If you're just working with the primary source, I've not noticed a cite of that :(. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sourcejedi (talkcontribs) 21:13, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

Cathy Young's piece has two pages. It's on the next page.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 21:21, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
Aha! Thanks for fixing my confusion. Sourcejedi (talk) 21:24, 30 October 2014 (UTC)