biographies of living persons
Thank you for taking care of the correct sourcing for BLPs, with care and attention, patience and diligence, and for treating editors as living persons, following the spirit of policy rather than letter, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!
This is for standing up for what you believe is right and having the guts to say so to the people that are jerking the chains. It is the mark of a good admin one, one that thinks with logic. Note it doesn't always work out well for people historically that do that but they get respect nonetheless Hell In A Bucket (talk) 02:25, 8 March 2013 (UTC)
What a Brilliant Idea Barnstar
For encouraging change in the plague that is unsourced BLP articles on Wikipedia, I award you this barnstar! JBsupreme (talk) 07:09, 20 January 2010 (UTC)
The BLP Barnstar
Oh godz YES!! I never give out barnstars, but you totally earn this one for taking the initiative in dealing with a very serious BLP problem indeed. Truly, you have cojones de latón, sir! - Alison❤ 08:04, 20 January 2010 (UTC)
For doing the right thing, knowing it would be unpopular with the legions of the irresponsible. Bali ultimate (talk) 08:58, 20 January 2010 (UTC)
The Cleanup Barnstar
You've helped clean one of the dirtiest parts of the wiki. Well done. Way to step up and take initiative. Beats talk talk any day. ++Lar: t/c 18:39, 20 January 2010 (UTC)
Hell yes! Fantastic work!! The reaction was to be expected—typical cluelessness and irresponsibility—but you pushed on anyway to do the right thing. Good for you! You've made us damn proud! Lara 02:00, 21 January 2010 (UTC)
Some of these people are sadly missed around here. Most of these relate to the Great BLP Deletions of 2010 which led to this:
The Committee has examined this matter. In light of the following considerations:
That the core principles of the policy on biographies of living people—in particular, neutrality and verifiability—have been set forth by the Wikimedia Foundation as a mandate for all projects;
That the policy on biographies of living people, and this Committee's ruling in the Badlydrawnjeff case, call for the removal of poorly sourced and controversial content, and places the burden of demonstrating compliance on those who wish to see the content included;
That unsourced biographies of living people may contain seemingly innocuous statements which are actually damaging, but there is no way to determine whether they do without providing sources;
That Wikipedia, through the founding principle of "Ignore All Rules", has traditionally given administrators wide discretion to enforce policies and principles using their own best judgment; and
That administrators have been instructed to aggressively enforce the policy on biographies of living people.
The Committee has determined that:
The deletions carried out by Rdm2376 [Kevin], Scott MacDonald, and various other administrators are a reasonable exercise of administrative discretion to enforce the policy on biographies of living people.
The administrators who carried out these actions are commended for their efforts to enforce policy and uphold the quality of the encyclopedia, but are urged to conduct future activities in a less chaotic manner.
The administrators who interfered with these actions are reminded that the enforcement of the policy on biographies of living people takes precedence over mere procedural concerns.
The Committee hereby proclaims an amnesty for all editors who may have overstepped the bounds of policy in this matter. Everyone is asked to continue working together to improve and uphold the goals of our project. The Committee recommends, in particular, that a request for comments be opened to centralize discussion on the most efficient way to proceed with the effective enforcement of the policy on biographies of living people.
03:02, 21 January 2010 DESiegel (talk | contribs) unblocked Kevin (talk | contribs) (turnign the matter over to the ArbCom's descrition)
01:46, 21 January 2010 DESiegel (talk | contribs) blocked Kevin (talk | contribs) (account creation blocked) with an expiry time of 12 hours (Disruptive editing: Continues deletions agaisnt policy, without consensus support, after havign been repeatedly asked, waned and previously blocked)
00:18, 21 January 2010 Coffee (talk | contribs) unblocked Kevin (talk | contribs) (no breach of policy here... until you can show me one Geni, I suggest you stop)
00:09, 21 January 2010 Geni (talk | contribs) blocked Kevin (talk | contribs) (autoblock disabled) with an expiry time of 3 hours (Continuing behavior that resulted in previous block)
23:08, 20 January 2010 Geni (talk | contribs) blocked Kevin (talk | contribs) (account creation blocked) with an expiry time of 10 minutes (dissruption through the mass use of admin tools unsupported by policy and failing to stop when asked. Was warned)