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My user name, "Presearch", has many possible meanings. I use it because it is similar to "Research," which is needed for writing good Wikipedia articles (just no original research!). Pluralism interests me: some of what I do for Wikipedia might perhaps be called pluralism research, which shortens to p-research, or presearch. More broadly, the word "presearch" has been used for many years in many ways, with 3000+ hits in Google Book in 1980s and earlier, some going as far back as 1981, 1957, or even 1946.

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For your fine-tooth comb review work on Pitkin County Courthouse at T:TDYK. Daniel Case (talk) 15:19, 14 May 2011 (UTC)


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Explanations are part of civility[edit]

Please note that explanations are part of civility, and civility is one of Wikipedia's five pillars. According to the Wikipedia civility guidelines (from WP:CIV):

Editors are expected to be reasonably cooperative... and to be responsive to good-faith questions. Try to treat your fellow editors as respected colleagues with whom you are working on an important project.

In the "avoiding incivility" subsection, we are told to

Explain yourself. Not sufficiently explaining edits can be perceived as uncivil, whether that's the editor's intention or not. Use good edit summaries, and use the talk page if the edit summary doesn't provide enough space or if a more substantive debate is likely to be needed.

and also told to

Be careful with user warning templates. Be careful about issuing templated messages to editors you're currently involved in a dispute with [as well as to] newcomers.... Consider using a personal message...

See HERE-1 for one highly civil editor explaining to a recurrently uncivil editor why indiscriminate templating is wrong (see also HERE-2). Furthermore, Wikipedia's Editing Policy page (WP:EP) states:

Be helpful: explain your changes. When you edit an article, the more radical or controversial the change, the greater the need to explain it.

and also states:

Preserve information: fix problems if you can, flag them if you can't. Try to preserve information. As long as any of the facts or ideas added to the article would belong in a "finished" article, they should be retained and the writing tagged if necessary, or cleaned up on the spot.

Disruptive Editing[edit]

The Wikipedia article on Disruptive Editing (WP:Disruption) states that:

Disruptive editing is a pattern of edits, which may extend over a considerable period of time or number of articles, that has the effect of

  • disrupting progress toward improving an article, or
  • disrupting progress toward the fundamental project of building an encyclopedia.

Signs of disruptive editing (according to the same page include a:

Campaign to drive away productive contributors: act counter to policies and guidelines such as Wikipedia:Civility, Wikipedia:No personal attacks, Wikipedia:Ownership of articles,... etc. on a low level that might not exhaust the general community's patience, but that operates toward an end of exhausting the patience of productive rules-abiding editors on certain articles.

and another sign is:

Does not engage in consensus building: repeatedly disregards other editors' questions or requests for explanations concerning edits or objections to edits;

For remedies, a section of the same article describes a stepwise

model for remedies, though these steps do not necessarily have to be done in this sequence. In some extreme circumstances a rapid report to WP:ANI may be the best first step; in others, a fast track to a community ban may be in order. But in general, most situations can benefit from a gradual escalation, with hope that each step may help resolve the problem, such that further steps are not needed.

Wikipedia Etiquette[edit]

  • "Do not hesitate to let the other person know that you are not comfortable with their tone in a neutral way" (WP:EQ)

Disagreement and dispute resolution[edit]

"Stay in the top three sections of this pyramid" (advice given at WP:Dispute resolution and WP:BRD misuse; concept from an article by Paul Graham[1]).
  • From WP:Dispute Resolution: "Assume that an editor is acting in good faith until it's absolutely clear that they're not. It's at that point where you should consider dispute resolution processes that involve third parties."
  • From WP:BRD_misuse: "There are essentially two ways to misuse WP:BRD: being an Edit ninja (or Revert ninja) and being a Filibusterer.... If the advice suggested doesn't work then... [a backup is to] seek outside community support elsewhere."

Helpful links[edit]

  • Wikipedia: Try to fix problems: preserve information
  • Wikipedia: Don't revert due to "no consensus"
  • Wikipedia: "Do not impose Wikipedia style guidelines on sources that are cited or quoted" (from WP:PEACOCK)
  • Researchers citing themselves: "If an editor has published the results of his or her research in a reliable publication, the editor may cite that source while writing in the third person and complying with our neutrality policy" (WP:NOR); "Editing in an area in which you have professional or academic expertise is not, in itself, a conflict of interest. Using material you yourself have written or published is allowed within reason, but only if it is notable and conforms to the content policies" (WP:COI)
  • WP:OWN states that "if someone else is claiming 'ownership' of a page, you can bring it up on the associated talk page, appeal to other contributors, or consider the dispute resolution process." Examples of ownership attitudes include "please do not make such changes or comments without my/his approval."
  • Do not disrupt Wikipedia to illustrate a point (WP:POINT)
  • Wikipedia is not a battleground (WP:BATTLE)
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So many books to read, so little time... This user is a participant of WikiProject Books.

Out of the box[edit]


When making cites, might I (Ogress) suggest ? (be sure to check the box for ref=harv). It does all the work. All you do is plug in a Google Books link. It autoformats everything:


{{cite book|ref=harv|last=Murti|first=T R V|title=The Central Philosophy of Buddhism: A Study of the Madhyamika System|url=|year=2013|publisher=Routledge|isbn=1-135-02946-6}}

There. Now just replace harv in {{harv|Murti|2013|p=}} with sfn and you get {{sfn|Murti|2013|p=}}. That makes a ref without needing tags! Here's page 15 cited:[2]. Then stick the second one in the bibliography!


  1. ^ Paul Graham (2008, March). "How to Disagree." Accessed 27 Dec 2009.
  2. ^ Murti 2013, p. 15.





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