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User:Icewhiz

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Intro[edit]

On wiki, I mainly deal with finance, business, military, history, politics, though I sometimes do branch out.

Not in my name[edit]

Achtung: Wikipedia entries have promoted conspiracy theories, historical revisionism, distortion, and denial. If you do use Wikipedia, read with a big grain of salt.

While I have cleaned up some Holocaust distortion (User:Icewhiz/KL Warschau conspiracy theory is particularly notable - For over a decade Wikipedia present a well known conspiracy theory as fact, turning a small short-lived concentration camp into a very large death camp for Poles) and other fabrications from the English Wikipedia, I would caution anyone from using Wikipedia as a source for historical (or for that matter - any other type) of information. In particular, I would stress that you saw my user name in an article's edit history - it does not mean I endorse the content of the article (in fact, the opposite might very well be the case).

What to do if you encounter antisemitic or racist content on the English Wikipedia[edit]

For starters, you should avoid calling editors, or even content, antisemitic or racist (even if you have bulletproof evidence). On the English Wikipedia, most such content falls within the Wikipedia concept of Wikipedia:Content dispute. To put things simply - unless something is verifiable within 30-seconds of a google search as both racist and patently false (which is only true for stuff like outright Holocaust denial - e.g. an insertion of "The Holocaust is a myth" to the top of Holocaust), or is clearly refuted by citations (e.g. stating "The Jews" planned Holodomor, whereas the citation states Joseph Stalin) - anything else - no matter how false and racist, is a legitimate "content dispute". If you can't prove it is false in 30-seconds (to a slow reader who is completely unfamiliar with the topic and with English language sources only) it is WikiKosher content.

The English Wikipedia is generally tolerant of antisemitic or racist editors - and in fact in at least one semi-famous case a known promoter of modern racial theory views was an active editor (with his true real-life identity openly declared) for a few years on the English Wikipedia. Holding such views on Wikipedia is not a WikiCrime (just as thoughtcrime is generally not a crime in democratic societies). As long as such an editor resolves "content disputes" in accordance with community norms and expectations and behaves with decorum towards other editors, he would generally be welcome by the English Wikipedia.

In contrast to the tolerance of antisemitic/racist editors and content - the English Wikipedia is highly intolerant of Wikipedia:Personal attacks. In this context, in the current climate on the English Wikipedia, anti-Semite or antisemitic is considered one of the most egregious personal attacks and is grounds for immediate sanction. Unlike a democracy where thoughtcrime is a non-concept and Freedom of speech is a cherished principle - Wikipedia is a completely different environment. Newbie editors, unaware of this policy, voicing their true concern at racist content on Wikipedia are routinely blocked and driven off of Wikipedia due to their frank comments. This combination of policies turns Wikipedia into a safe harbor for racist content and editors.

So what to do? You can try to WP:SOFIXIT yourself (avoid calling it "antisemitic" or "racist" - say something like "unsupported by mainstream sources"). This may work in the case of a random IP vandalism or content introduced by a retired editor. If you are challenged - engage politely with whomever is defending said content. Opposition can be quite complex and daunting - I suggest you read Wikipedia Continues the Crime and the Silence of Polish Participation in the Murder of Jews, 2015 for an example of multiple unsuccessful attempts to correct false defamatory content on the English Wikipedia.

I am happy to discuss such content - I can be contacted on User talk:Icewhiz and via e-mail (Email this user - on left side of the screen). If you contact me via the Wikipedia talk page - you need to avoid calling anything racist or antisemitic (or even implying that it is). Via e-mail you can talk more freely and describe the issue with the content more clearly.

Anti-racist organizations[edit]

The following may be of assistance:

Post-truth in Wikipedia articles[edit]

Pedestrian tunnel at alleged site of giant gas chamber allegedly part of Warsaw concentration camp (KL Warschau). Painting of giant fan (allegedly employed by the giant gas chamber) as well as commemorative posters hung up by supporters of this conspiracy theory. One of the surviving ventilator engines is revered as a holy relic by Trzcińska’s adherents. However, wartime aerial photos show that the tunnel continued operating with horse and car traffic during the war. Furthermore, the ventilation shafts (complete with concrete protrusions) and the ventilators were only installed in the 1970s (and the manufacturing company was founded post-war).[1]

Should Wikipedia be a Post-truth environment? Wikipedia:Verifiability, not truth indeed, but what about content that doesn't pass WP:V? This section (will grow) is dedicated to such content.

  • Warsaw concentration camp was a short lived labor camp to clear the Warsaw Ghetto ruins, per Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945 (Volume I, part B, pages 1512-1515) some 8,000-9,000 inmates (mainly Jews from countries over than Poland (Hungary, Greece) and some 4,000-5,000 victims. The English Wikipedia presented this as an Extermination camp for Ethnic Poles of the Warsaw capital with 200,000 (or even 400,000[2]) victims (see Extermination camp#Death toll - places this in the "top 5" of camps). This follows a fairly well known conspiracy theory which is promoted by what Christian Davies in the London Review of Books describes as Catholic nationalists who espouse "Polocaust" - "resentful of the international attention the Holocaust receives to claim a parity of suffering", part of a "standard trope on the Polish nationalist right that Jews have exaggerated their victimhood in order to extort money from the Poles and obtain global power and influence".LRB source. Present in:
    1. Warsaw concentration camp - 15 years. (August 2004 creation (lead + "Parts", "Methodology of the crime", "Liquidation and liberation" sections contain several false details in WikiVoice) August 2019 TNT.
    2. German camps in occupied Poland during World War II (2006 - 2019): "up to 200,000 at KL Warschau". 5,562 average monthly views; had this hoax live for 13 years and 3 months.
    3. Extermination camp (2007 - 2019): Much of the time in unqualified WikiVoice, e.g. "similar camps existed at Warsaw and Janowska"2011)). 36,137 average monthly views; had this hoax live for 12 years, 3 months.
    4. Pabst Plan (2009 - 2019): "From autumn of 1942 next step of extermination of Warsaw’s population was launched....
    5. Nazi crimes against the Polish nation (2006 - 2019): Death camp for Polish extermination, gas chambers, and Communist cover-up all in WikiVoice; Trzcińska is treated as a bona-fide historian, and the sole item of dispute is the "enormous gas chamber in a railway tunnel" (other gas chambers are presented as accepted historical fact).
    6. War crimes in occupied Poland during World War II (2006 - 2019): At addition tunnel was considered fact; at removal camp is still described in WikiVoice as containing "killing facilities" for extermination of Poles in the capital.
    7. List of Nazi concentration camps (2004 - 2019). At addition, 40,000 inmates and 200,000 victims. At removal number of inmates went up to 400,000 but victims down to 20,000–35,000. In both false 1942 start date.
Casimir III the Great and Esterka? Truth? Fiction?
Jewish welcome banner in Białystok during the Soviet invasion of Poland of September 1939? Nope, actually Soviet election notice - in a city with a sizeable (~40%) Yiddish speaking population
  • In the early days of the German invasion of the USSR in June-July 1941, several anti-Jewish pogroms were carried out by the local residents of Łomża County in Poland with limited or no German involvement. Jedwabne pogrom is the most famous, however these encompassed some 23 other towns. In the Szczuczyn pogrom the atrocities were actually stopped by a German army unit (the Germans, however, would massacre even more Jews in the town on August 1941, place the surviving Jews in a ghetto, and send them to Treblinka extermination camp in November 1942). On Wikipedia, however, some of these atrocities were portrayed as Jewish persecution of Poles in 1939-1941, followed by German massacre of Jews with little to no involvement of the local Poles. These descriptions entered Wikipedia circa 2009-2011, and remained on Wikipedia for almost a decade. This has received attention outside of Wikipedia - Wikipedia Continues the Crime and the Silence of Polish Participation in the Murder of Jews. I became involved in 2018, and these are a few corrections:
    1. Stawiski - 21:25, 19 March 2018
    2. Radziłów - 15:21, 3 July 2018
  • Białystok "Jewish welcoming" caption. Was added to commons on 12 December 2015, and 10 minutes later to History of the Jews in Poland (and in 2017 - in Białystok Ghetto). The cited source, a Telewizja Polska regional station (Given - [8][9] (and a whole bunch of other sources) - not particularly a good source for the subject matter). is here - and says nothing of a "Jewish welcome banner" (nor does it quite contain the photograph version on Commons). While the commons English text (copied to en.wiki as well) reads - "Jewish welcome banner in Białystok during the Soviet invasion of Poland of September 1939. In the background the Catholic Church of St. Roch (achival photo)." the Polish reads "To jedna z najciekawszych fotografii Białegostoku z czasów sowieckiej okupacji. W tle kościół Świętego Rocha, a wokół sierpy, młoty, pięcioramienne gwiazdy - symbole nowego porządku." - google translate - "This is one of the most interesting photographs of Bialystok during the Soviet occupation. In the background, the church of Saint Roch, and around the sickle, hammers, five-pointed stars - the symbols of the new order." (which possibly could be supported by TVP) - nothing quite about a "Jewish welcome banner", is there? The image composition doesn't quite fit with a welcoming banner - the sign is very drab, routine, and one would expect "welcome messages" to be written in Russian, not in Yiddish. Furthermore, if one reads the first line of the sign (which is what got me off to poking around here) - it is "דער טאג וואלן" or in Latin letters - "Der Tag Wahlen" - which rudimentary German/Yiddish is sufficient to ascertain this is "Election day". Poking around for images, one might find this poster by a museum whose translation (somewhat loose in my mind) is ""The Election of / Delegates / For the people's council / of Western Belarus"" and that this was taken in July 1941 - the beginning of the German occupation. So - fixed Białystok Ghetto, fixed History of the Jews in Poland, Fixed on commons. Lasted three years on Wikipedia - Białystok Ghetto has 1,178 monthly views on average, and History of the Jews in Poland 18,962 - over 3 years - possibly some 725,000 people were misinformed about the Jews in Poland.

New Page Patrol[edit]

If you came by here after I reviewed your new page - I am human, you can talk to me, and I'm often willing to help. Getting an article through the seemingly arcane Wikipedia rules and bureaucracy can be difficult. If the subject is notable enough, I will be willing help - and I can be convinced. I am more than willing to discuss and explain Wikipedia policy to the best of my limited ability.

AfD, rescuing articles[edit]

I actively patrol some AfD lists. While I perhaps would style myself as skewing inclusionist, my !voting is (as of March 2019) fairly evenly split between Keep (41%) and Delete (45%) with some Merge support (8.6%). I tend to !vote based on policy - including WP:NOT or WP:BIO1E (which skew me Delete vs. the median !voter) while I probably (with the exception of the crazy world of NFOOTY) have a more liberal footing on GNG than the median !voter (which skews me Keep vs. the media !voter).Current Icewhiz AFD stats.

Part of my interest is rescuing articles (my criteria for doing so is eclectic and often depends on my degree of interest), by improving content and sourcing in the process (e.g. Joseph Nicholson Barney which I brought from 06:13, 15 August 2017 to 22:43, 17 August 2017, and which closed as a speedy keep - before moving on to Leon Smith (naval commander) - a much more interesting rascal ("Variously described as naval lieutenant, captain, and commodore or army major, and colonel, but not actually commissioned") who didn't have an article and with whom I crossed paths while working on Barney (both were my first substantive Civil War contributions)... This led to writing the Wrangell Bombardment (in which Smith was killed), the Kake War and Angoon Bombardment (both similar to the Wrangell affair).

In short - this modus operandi has me patrolling in particular topic lists (AFD lists) with articles needing work - from which I branch out.... I will however vote also on articles in which I don't find great interest if I have given them a once-over coupled with a source check.

Darned politics[edit]

I used to say I don't do Israel-Arab/Politics/etc., or don't do much. I guess that has changed a bit, as I have done some, but these tend to be less fulfilling - especially when dealing with edit-warring (or clear outright trolls and vandalism) or itty-bitty bickering over minor points (which lead to 10 foot long talk page discussions over a single sentence - or even a flag or single term). I think I have learned in these areas that it is best to start out with WP:AGF, place polite talk-page self-reverts comments on 1RR (or other issues) before escalating to anything else, stay polite and on-topic, and also to try and work collegially with editors from the "other camp(s)" - with time, I at least have come to respect some of them as editors (even if we disagree on POV). Collaboration can lead to good results, and in some areas that require cross-language (or POV - which in the polarized media landscape is becoming akin to a language (e.g. FOX/WSJ/NR/Telegraph vs. CNN/NYT/Poltico/Guardian) - with many people not only sticking to one language, but also sticking to a few clearly POV-aligned outlets - so we have FOX-editors and CNN-editors viewing the world via a narrow prism(*)) sourcing - this is key to building a good article. In short - if you can reach out across the aisle, then I'll work with you.

(*) - this does not describe me, I actually tend to read more political sources that I disagree with than those that I agree with - and when possible I also try to work across the language barrier.

My DYKs[edit]

Map of Poland showing provinces and counties declared LGBT-free zones
  • ... that in some Polish homes, an image of a Jew holding a coin (example pictured, left) hangs to the left of the doorway, and is customarily turned upside down on the Sabbath so that good fortune may fall upon the household? 12,752 views in 12 hours
wooden mosque in Kruszyniany, attacked in 2014.

Some of my work[edit]

Some of the articles I created (or re-created following TNT):

Some of the articles I contributed to significantly (far from complete): Ahmad Musa Jibril, Finsbury Park Mosque, Gaza electricity crisis

Article rescue following significant rewrite/expansion/sourcing (far from complete): Joseph Nicholson Barney, Michael Strauss (industrialist), Aleksander Piotr Mohl, Godfrey Lewis Rockefeller, DW Norris, Courtesy call

Barnstars, Food&Beverage[edit]

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Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
For your leadership on the Ahmad Musa Jibril page
IBAllah.PNG The Islamic Barnstar
For driving the massive change over the last two weeks in YouTube-Google policy wrt borderline terrorist recruitment videos, on eg Ahmad Musa Jibril's page.[1][2] Spem Reduxit (talk) 01:07, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
Export hell seidel steiner.png In tribute for your willingness to wade in and improve paltry aritcles. E.M.Gregory (talk) 02:48, 24 July 2017 (UTC)
Export hell seidel steiner.png You probably need one after surviving that POV avalanche. Drink up; almost all of the discussions have been closed. E.M.Gregory (talk) 15:39, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
Writers Barnstar Hires.png The Writer's Barnstar
For a really, really well-written article on the Wrangell Bombardment, a key, but forgotten, piece of Alaska Native & American history. NorthBySouthBaranof (talk) 17:33, 21 October 2017 (UTC)
Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
For creating such a great, missing article at body broker! Sadads (talk) 15:33, 26 November 2017 (UTC)
NPPbarnstar SE.png Special Edition New Page Patroller's Barnstar
For completing over 100 reviews during the 2018 NPP New Year Backlog Drive please accept this Special Edition Barnstar. Thank you for helping out at New Page Patrol! There is still work to do to meet our long term goals, so I hope you will continue your great work. Cheers! — Insertcleverphrasehere (or here) 03:05, 6 February 2018 (UTC)
Rack and pinion animation.gif Rack and pinion
For maintaining a streak of at least 25 reviews per week during the 2018 NPP New Year Backlog drive, you are awarded the rack and pinion. Thanks for your contributions and keep up the good work! — Insertcleverphrasehere (or here) 03:05, 6 February 2018 (UTC)
Compass barnstar.png The Guidance Barnstar
For finding those entries on the Minerva in the first place 💵Money💵emoji💵Talk 15:09, 9 April 2018 (UTC)


Civility barnstar.png The Civility Barnstar
And for then helping my stupid ass out by merging the Minerva information to the list seemingly in a couple of seconds (My mistake was that I missed the two curly brackets at the end) 💵Money💵emoji💵Talk 15:09, 9 April 2018 (UTC)
BoNM - Israel.png The Israeli Barnstar of National Merit
All your help on Israel-related articles does not go unnoticed! Waddie96 (talk) 10:18, 3 May 2018 (UTC)
WikiDefender Barnstar Hires.png The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
For having the fortitude and scholarly expertise to defend articles on musty, ancient events from extremist historical revisionism and its attempts impose a warped narrative of the history of Poland. E.M.Gregory (talk) 11:29, 9 May 2018 (UTC)
Antiflame-barnstar.png The Anti-Flame Barnstar
...and to rational and considered discourse generally. Actually, I had come here intending to give you a civility barnstar, but I see you have (unsurprisingly) received one recently already. And this one suits well enough under the circumstances. I've seen you around the project in the past, but your conduct in some recent discussions is what has caught my eye most. I've never known which phonetic usage of your double-entendre name you mean to emphasize, nor particularly cared, but as far as I am concerned Ice says it all for your demeanor; you are pure cool and patience under pressure, even willing to weather some intended offense and still come back looking to build a bridge, if possible. That is real character as I measure such things, and a disposition that makes you a real asset to the project, and its community in particular. Keep up the good work, but be careful--we're liable to stick a mop in your hands at some point! Snow let's rap 07:35, 18 May 2018 (UTC)
Kindness Barnstar Hires.png The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
For kindness to inexperienced users, in posts like this: [10] E.M.Gregory (talk) 12:29, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
Civility Barnstar Hires.png The Civility Barnstar
Well done for keeping cool and calm in Talk:Pamela Geller#Discussion. Dreamy Jazz 🎷 talk to me | my contributions 11:58, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
Peace Barnstar Hires.png The Barnstar of Diplomacy
Thank you for your help mediating at the MEK page. Without your help, we would just be stuck in the mud there. You're a great Wiki editor, and one of the few that has ventured to get involved there, and that has been appreciated all along Stefka Bulgaria (talk) 16:17, 22 April 2019 (UTC)
Choco chip cookie.png Ok, I know we don't see eye to eye that often but adding the food and drink tag to the milkshaking AfD genuinely made me chuckle, so here's a cookie. Simonm223 (talk) 12:47, 4 July 2019 (UTC)
BoV - Greek.png The Greek Barnstar of Virtue
For your extraordinary contributions to the AfDs that helped save two important articles related to Greece and Cyprus. I am still not sure if you are versed in the Greek language but whatever the case may be you are a very astute judge of Greek sources. Thank you. Dr. K. 08:31, 20 July 2019 (UTC)
this WikiAward was given to Icewhiz by Dr. K. on 08:31, 20 July 2019 (UTC)
Writers Barnstar Hires.png The Writer's Barnstar
Thank you for creating the interesting article LGBT-free zone! Amir E. Aharoni (talk) 10:41, 11 September 2019 (UTC)
Special Barnstar Hires.png The Special Barnstar
In great appreciation of your work. For defending truth, facts, and balance. For your principled stance against revisionism, disinformation libels, antisemitism. Always with a level-headed, respectful approach. Keep up the great work which many are noticing and deeply appreciate. VivaVictoria 08:16, 14 September 2019 (UTC)

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