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Just another guy with a PC. :) What follows are some of my ramblings over the years, some of which have not been updated in a long time. Your mileage may vary. :0 - About my username: Time dilation is a proven fact. Time travel is not, and I personally don't believe it is possible. But I could be wrong. :)

See my Commons user page: commons:User:Timeshifter. See page of newsletter templates: User:Timeshifter/Newsletters.
Nohat-logo-XI-big-text.png This user is one of the 2500 most active English Wikipedians of all time.

Think big: Free knowledge for all: Wikipedia Zero, and open access. A cross-wiki watchlist for all Wikimedia wikis. A user council. A Visual Editor with fast section editing. See Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Feedback/Archive 2015 1#Speed check. Using the Firefox browser try opening up a section of the Barack Obama page (or other similarly long, and highly referenced article, with many templates) for editing with the Visual Editor. It takes a very long time in Firefox before editing can begin. It only takes a few seconds in the old wikitext editor to open up a section for editing (in any browser). People who see something minor that needs to be corrected or updated don't want to wait 30 seconds for the page to be ready for editing. And they may also not want to learn the arcane language of wikitext editing. See also Bugzilla 48429.

Anonymous, registered, and bot edits. English Wikipedia timeline. Note the decline in total edits when bot edits are removed.
Timeline of anonymous edits on English Wikipedia. More charts are needed in this category.
"Wherever he placed such a computer, dozens of children would gather around and, with no help from adults, figure out how to use it. Those who could not read began to do so through interacting with the computer and with other children around it. The computers gave the children access to the whole world’s knowledge."


Here is a good summary chart below. It says the maximum number of active editors (5 or more article edits in the last month) was around 51,000 in March 2007.
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See also: commons:Category:English Wikipedia active editor statistics for more stats and charts. I think there need to be 4 timeline graphs of the number of editors making 1, 2, 3, and 4, edits per month. Then we can do the math of the cumulative edits per month by each group. It may turn out the editors who are most important are the ones doing only a few edits per month. That is another reason that the slowness of editing with Visual Editor needs to be addressed.

Some newsletters[edit]

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The Signpost
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Centralized discussion
Proposals: policy other Discussions Ideas

For a listing of ongoing discussions, see the dashboard.

See the newsletters on the right going down.

Essays and ramblings[edit]

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Some of these essays may not have been updated in awhile, and may no longer apply. They are kept for historical purposes and perspective.

I don't actually want Wikipedia to fork. But it could be done as a last resort if Wikipedia loses its way.

Support in principle: English Wikipedia fork. If necessary, there is no technical or financial reason a fork could not be done. Other wikis outside Wikimedia can already use Commons images via InstantCommons. It is not technically necessary to use servers one owns. There are many large commercial server farms with servers spread worldwide that could handle the English Wikipedia bandwidth needs. They have dynamic load balancing and can handle any fluctuations in bandwidth needs. The English Wikipedia fork would still be nonprofit, and could raise money the same way through fundraising drives. If necessary, opt-in ads could be allowed for awhile. See: User:Timeshifter/Userboxes/Optional ads. Wikipedia would still be nonprofit. The money raised from all sources would pay for the many technical staff people necessary to maintain the MediaWiki software on the servers. English Wikipedia would decide what parts of the MediaWiki software to enable or disable.

I edit on Wikipedia, Commons, Wikia, and Shoutwiki. On none of those major wikis do I have less than twenty thousand edits. I have also edited on Meta, Strategy, MediaWiki, Bugzilla, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikiversity, Wikiquote, etc... I am a bureaucrat at Wikia, and a steward on Shoutwiki. We can do better on Wikipedia. There is too much nationalism, religious zealotry, and close-mindedness.

We should not let an admin, leader, or any "authority" anywhere forget that they are empowered by us. We can tell the emperor that he is wearing no clothes as concerns their skills. Because some or many of them can be incompetent according to the Peter Principle. Especially some of the leaders at the level of the Wikimedia Foundation board and staff at times. Some of them get promoted beyond their level of current competence (per the Peter Principle), since some of them are fairly inexperienced at editing Wikipedia, or dealing with the intricacies of Wikipedia. Some of them hang out at Meta-Wiki, where ideas go to die. Or they create other small wikis such as the Strategy wiki, Usability wiki, Outreach wiki, etc.. To get more in-depth participation in projects, move projects to the Wikimedia Commons, or better yet, back to English Wikipedia. English Wikipedia has far less systemic bias than in the past. The Commons gets a lot of participation from editors worldwide. For more info see: Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2013-01-07/Op-ed, "Op-ed. Meta, where innovative ideas die", especially the comments. See also this article and comments: Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2013-05-27/Foundation elections. "Meta: 'a specific kind of mess'?" See also: meta:User talk:Timeshifter#Meta-Wiki.

Commons has a huge number of active editors (registered users who have performed an action in the last 30 days). Compare the number to English Wikipedia. See:

Meta, Strategy, Outreach, Usability, etc., and all their projects, would still exist if they were moved to the Commons. They would be independent projects on the Commons. All the documents would still exist. They would be on the Commons watchlist. Far more people would get involved. For Meta, everything would continue on: board elections, steward elections, chapter documentation, translations, Wikimania bidding, policy drafting, committee work, GAC/FDC, etc.. The only difference would be that they occur on the Commons where there are far more active editors from around the world. Until there is an Integrated watchlist that people like, and can easily enable, this is the best way for such projects to get broad participation.

One way is to do it with folders. As on at mw:Technical communications/Mobile documentation consolidation where there is a folder for Technical communications subdivided by sub-project. There are many such folders for various projects on It would be easy to do this via meta:Special:Export on Meta, and commons:Special:Import on the Commons. One uses "Destination root page" in the Special:Import form on the Commons, and enters "Meta". So all pages moved from Meta to the Commons would start with - I have tested this on another wiki when importing stuff between wikis. It works. If small wikis were moved to the Commons, then templates would no longer have to be duplicated on all those wikis.

There is a lack of quality group collaboration and discussion due to poor problem solving methods, and inadequate discussion software in the Village Pumps and elsewhere. LiquidThreads, used at, is an abomination, developed without broad feedback from regular editors. See article by someone else: Why I hate LiquidThreads. It mainly got feedback from regular editors at the currently near-useless Meta-Wiki. See this site search of Meta. What is needed is more group problem solving, section watchlisting, and less reliance on support and oppose votes. There is some collaborative effort in Bugzilla threads, but the format is only partially compatible with MediaWiki formatting. All in all, Wikipedia could learn a lot from Khan Academy and its as-needed group problem-solving methodology. Some subpage-based forums would be very helpful too. See: Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)/Archive 93#Convert Village Pump to Wikia Community Forum software and its subsections. See one of the new Wikia Community Central forums, for example; the General Discussion one. The forum threads can be watchlisted individually, and can be sorted by most recent reply, most active in 7 days, oldest threads, and newest threads. See also the old Wikia Founder & Admin Forums. Individual threads can be watchlisted, and it uses standard wiki discussion page editing which some prefer to the new forums. It also has the better, more complete, editing toolbar.

The best way to edit Wikipedia lately is to post and run, since there is no efficient content dispute resolution. For that see User:Timeshifter/More articles and less editors. Another good thing to do is post suggestions on article talk pages. Wikipedia survives, for now, only because there are more good editors posting and running. They outnumber the legions of moron tagteams and fanboys (there are few women who edit) that drive away innumerable good editors who stand, fight, and then get blocked by clueless admins wielding WP:Edit warring in totally arbitrary ways. See User:Timeshifter/Unchecked admin misconduct.

For more ideas see User:Timeshifter/Userboxes. The ability to have some en:WP:consolidated watchlists, and be able to choose what is and isn't on it, would be nice.

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Wikipedia and the Commons need more charts and graphs[edit]

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It is now possible to copy and paste tables from web pages directly into the WP:Visual Editor. Use a sandbox and edit the table further in both wikitext source mode and in the Visual Editor. One of the most useful features is the ability to add and delete columns and rows. Click on the left of a row, or the top of a column to see the options.

Citation needed[edit]

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Note the flag. :) Even Americans have to cite their sources.
Reference: Lie After Lie After Lie: What Colin Powell Knew Ten Years Ago Today and What He Said. By Jonathan Schwarz. Feb 5, 2013. Updated Apr 7, 2013.
Western systemic bias.

See WikiProject Countering systemic bias.

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War (Bob Marley song). Live version: [8].

Part of Haile Selassie’s 1963 United Nations speech that appears in "War:"

That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned; That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained;

WikiProject Palestine Open Tasks

Wikipedia:WikiProject Palestine/to do. Copy and paste this code below into user and talk pages:

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A woman weeps during the deportation of the Jews of Ioannina, Greece on March 25, 1944. Almost all of the people deported were murdered on or shortly after April 11, 1944, when the train carrying them reached Auschwitz-Birkenau. Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum, The Holocaust in Ioannina. Raptis, Alekos and Tzallas, Thumios, Deportation of Jews of Ioannina, Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum, July 28, 2005.
Palestinian girl killed during the Gaza War (2008–09). "War On Gaza Day 14" (in Arabic). Al-Jazeera. January 9, 2009. 
Palestinian woman wounded in Gaza during the Gaza War (2008–09). "War On Gaza Day 17" (in Arabic). Al-Jazeera. January 12, 2009. 
Israeli woman injured during the Gaza War (2008–09).

Palestinian refugees in 1948: 100-Year-Old General: We Razed Arab Villages, So What?. By Gil Ronen, June 13, 2013. Israel National News. From the article: "Brig. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Pundak: If we hadn't done it, there would be a million more Arabs and there would be no Israel."

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Map of Jewish settlements in Palestine in 1947.png West Bank & Gaza Map 2007 (Settlements).png

Wikipedia and the Commons need more charts and graphs. See: commons:Commons:Chart and graph resources.

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Second Intifada:
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2008-2009 Israel-Gaza War:
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JS and CSS customization[edit]

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Overall customization of this wiki:

User customization:

WikiProjects and more[edit]

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Graphics tools, methods, links[edit]

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Related categories for diagrams, charts, graphs, maps:

There are additional resources below that are not directly listed in the above links.

IrfanView is a great, highly-rated freeware image editor.

KompoZer is a good, free, web page editor.

GIF images are fine for graphics on wikipedia. See this discussion, and this one.

Transparency works in GIF images. I am not familiar with all the intricacies though. Many graphics do not need transparency. Especially when used on wikipedia pages. I noticed that GIF images using transparency have to be done correctly if the images are to be scaled. Otherwise one gets the jaggy, laddered edges. There are ways to make the transparency work correctly with GIF images according to this:

Charts are needed[edit]

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Wikipedia and the Commons need more charts and graphs. See: commons:Commons:Chart and graph resources.

For example; a country chart listing the percent of households with handguns in every nation.

Even better, a country or region chart with one column listing the murder rate, another column listing the percent of households owning handguns, and another column listing the percent of murders committed using handguns.

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Copying maps and charts from PDF files[edit]

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Ask for map help of any kind on the Wikipedia:WikiProject Maps talk page, or ask the project participants directly on their talk pages.

Another very active place to seek map help is at:

See many map sources, help, work, and template links here:

It is usually better if uploaders make and upload PNG or GIF copies of maps and charts found in PDF documents. PNG and GIF are free, lossless, uncompressed, sharper formats. Please do not use the JPG image format for map and chart graphics. JPG images, and subsets cropped from them, get progressively more and more blurry since JPG is always compressed. Even at the highest quality levels.

I use the freeware IrfanView. It is great for pasting in full or cropped sections of PDF maps, and then converting to GIF or PNG. One can continue to crop further subsets without loss of clarity.

Image formats such as JPEG (JPG) that use lossy data compression, are generally not as good for images that have sharp lines and text in them. When scaled the compression process used for these formats can make lines and text appear "fuzzy" (especially at higher compression levels), even if they were sharp when originally created.

This is not usually a problem with thumbnail JPG images in Wikipedia articles. People can click the image to enlarge it and see a sharper version of the image. But with scaled, intermediate-sized JPG images in a Wikipedia article it can be a problem. That is because the MediaWiki software compresses the image somewhat while scaling it, and the image may look "fuzzy", and have compression artifacts. MediaWiki does not scale JPG images using the highest quality settings.

Even at the highest quality settings there is no JPG setting for saving an image that will not compress the image a little. It is always a lossy compression. See: [9]

WikiProject Countering Systemic Bias open tasks[edit]

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Systemic bias.

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This project creates new articles and improves neglected ones.

My bias[edit]

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I support WP:NPOV (Wikipedia:Neutral point of view). In case you were wondering, I am American, and I do not have any particular religious beliefs. My spiritual beliefs range widely, and they change. For a little more about me see the #Userboxes section on this talk page. My Wikimedia commons user page is at commons:User:Timeshifter. My Meta user page is at meta:User:Timeshifter.

I am pro-Palestinian. I also support progressives from any wing of Israeli politics. I support a two-state solution concerning Israel and a future state of Palestine. It would be even better if a rough consensus would emerge among all people there for a non-theocratic, one-state solution with genuine religious toleration and freedom for all.

For the right sidebar see: {{North American slave revolts}} and {{Operation Condor}}

Media bias[edit]

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Wikipedia is so popular that it could be considered part of the mass media. The Alexa traffic rank of Wikipedia is in the top ten worldwide. See:

That means only a few web sites get more daily page views than Wikipedia. Here are some relevant wikipedia pages concerning media bias, religious influence, lobbying, etc..

Practicing WP:NPOV[edit]

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WP:NPOV (Wikipedia:Neutral point of view). Implementing NPOV in articles is dependent on civil discussion of disagreements. See Wikipedia:Civility. It is also dependent on understanding the difference between guidelines and policies.

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"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Guidelines versus policies. Quote of interest above (emphasis added).

Systemic bias in English Wikipedia and English media.[edit]

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Ultra-nationalist editors and tag teams are bad enough. Systemic bias is even more difficult for wikipedia and WP:NPOV neutrality. Wikipedia is about neutrality (WP:NPOV). If more editors fully understood it, there would be less problems. If more people allowed all significant viewpoints to be shown (from reliable sources), then there would be less complaints, because people could not say that their POVs were not being expressed.

People who insist that ONLY their particular POV be expressed on a wikipedia page will not be happy, and should leave, or be banned (at least temporarily), from wikipedia. It is against a core wikipedia policy (WP:NPOV). WikiProject "Countering systemic bias" is about expanding wikipedia's expression of all significant viewpoints. Especially, those viewpoints suppressed by institutionalized bias, racism, bigotry, ignorance, culture, etc..

I usually say something concerning unbalanced POVs (even ones I agree with) when it is brought up concerning parts of articles I have worked on. I try to be intellectually honest and fair. I don't just do this out of charity. I want my edits to be treated the same way by others.

When I point out some unbalanced POV that an editor has inserted, I want them to be intellectually honest too. Fair is fair. It is common-sense fair play. When I say "Unbalanced POV" I am referring to a POV being expressed in an article without the balance of other POVs. Wikipedia maintains a neutral point of view in the narrative voice of the article by expressing the various POVs in the form of X says Y.

Israeli human rights violations in the Palestinian territories[edit]

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Note: See: {{Banner WPIPC}}. It seems things have been improving since the creation of Wikipedia:WikiProject Israel Palestine Collaboration after this section was first written, but in some areas things are still moving along glacially when one compares the subcategories in these two "human-rights-by-country" categories:

The following discussion between the lines was copied from

There doesn't seem to be a good article on the Israeli occupation of the territories, including such things as security arrangements, the barrier, checkpoints, travel restrictions, settlements, citizenship, roads, water rights and so on. There is some information in Allegations of Israeli apartheid, but that's focussed on the word "apartheid" rather than more general. —Ashley Y 09:09, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

Please see
Wikipedia:WikiProject Arab-Israeli conflict#April 2007
I copied this from that section:
As for human rights abuses under occupation please see
Wikipedia:WikiProject Arab-Israeli conflict#February 2007
Here is the relevant info copied from there:
Accusations against Israel of war crimes during the Al-Aqsa Intifada (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)
Allegations against Israel of war crimes during the Al-Aqsa Intifada (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)
Some editors and admins improperly deleted this page, and blocked all attempts to restore the page, and to rename the page. See Talk:Allegations against Israel of war crimes during the Al-Aqsa Intifada. It has been suggested that the info in the article that this talk page refers to could be merged with Al-Aqsa Intifada. See this AFD: Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Accusations against Israel of war crimes during the Al-Aqsa Intifada. The closing admin for that AFD said the material should be kept. Currently the article redirects to Al-Aqsa Intifada. The article can no longer be found at its original location except in some of the page revisions such as this one. The original page is also found here: User:Timeshifter/Al-Aqsa Intifada Archive. Old page?. In that location the embedded links have been converted to footnote links. That way the relevant material can be more easily moved to other wikipedia pages. There is probably too much material to move all of it to existing pages, because no page focuses only on the topic of human rights under Israeli occupation. One suggestion has been to put the info in a completely new article with a new title. This title could not be used: "Human rights in the Palestinian territories". It currently redirects to Human rights in the Palestinian National Authority. That page does not cover human rights violations by Israeli occupation. There are other possibilities for titles: "Human rights under Israeli occupation," or "Human rights in Israeli-controlled territories" or "Alleged human rights violations in Israeli-controlled territories" or something else. There are parallels in article names such as Human rights in pre-Saddam Iraq and Human rights in Saddam's Iraq. This may help: Wikipedia:Naming conflict. See also: Portal:Human rights and Category:Human rights for ideas. Over time WP:NPOV help is needed to move the lengthy info. You can help. It may be possible to move some of the info to here: Human rights in Israel#Human rights record in Occupied territories. Maybe a "further information" link from it could link to a spinout article titled "Israel's human rights record in the occupied territories." --Timeshifter 03:39, 27 February 2007 (UTC)
So, it seems that it will take some dedication and WikiProject teamwork to get WP:NPOV info into wikipedia in articles focused specifically on those topics. --Timeshifter 10:49, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

There is the article Israeli-occupied territories. Its scope includes the Golan Heights as well as the Palestinian Territories. Sanguinalis 13:17, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for the link to that article. I think that article needs to be vastly expanded, and/or WP:SPINOUT articles created, to include more info on the things mentioned by Ashley Y (especially the hardships experienced by Palestinians): "such things as security arrangements, the barrier, checkpoints, travel restrictions, settlements, citizenship, roads, water rights and so on." Also, the human rights abuses that are alleged in the info I linked to higher up.
Occupation of the Palestinian territories redirects to Palestinian territories. I can find no wikipedia page focussed on the Israeli-imposed hardships, or on the alleged Israeli human rights abuses, in the Palestinian territories. Looking at the edit history of Israeli-occupied territories is enlightening.
The main little bit of focussed info on the topic is at
Human rights in Israel#Israel's record: human rights in the occupied territories.
I think it is an obvious systemic bias to put that info there. See Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias. The Palestinian territories are NOT in Israel. Read the article Palestinian territories. Israel occupies the Palestinian territories, at least according to the UN and most of the world. So why does wikipedia treat it differently at times? Why is the main discussion of alleged Israeli human rights abuses buried in a non-obvious location? It would take a determined reader to find it. The average wikipedia reader may not find it.
Please see also:
Wikipedia:Notice board for Palestine-related topics#October 2007 --Timeshifter 14:28, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
I agree with all of the above. Sanguinalis 02:18, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

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Israeli Foreign Ministry's organized campaign on Wikipedia[edit]

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Related info and discussion:

Please see:

Related administrator arbitration, actions, incidents, etc.:

More recent actions by the Israeli government[edit]

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  • Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda. By Ben Lynfield, The Independent, 13 August 2013. "In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences. The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government."

DMI Comparison between Anonymous Palestinian and Israeli Wikipedia Edits[edit]

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Using WikiScanner the Digital Methods Initiative (DMI) site has an analysis called:

Israeli anonymous edits outnumbered Palestinian anonymous edits several times over.

Isarig and his sockpuppets banned from editing anything relating to Arabs and Israel.[edit]

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Note: It looks like Isarig has exercised his right-to-vanish since this section was first written. See this deletion log and Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Palestine-Israel articles#User:Isarig is no longer with us. See also the "right-to-vanish" reason mentioned here. He came back later as the banned user User:NoCal100. See Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/NoCal100/Archive. Isarig's past contributions can now be found here:

Isarig was almost permanently banned from wikipedia because of his use of sockpuppets in order to favor the ultranationalist Israeli POV in many articles. I call this the "Israel can do no wrong" POV.

December 20, 2007 diff. Avi wrote (emphasis added): "Just for reference, I talk with Fayssal before he performed the block, and I agree with his action. Isarig, you have to demonstrate the ability to consistently edit articles completely separate from anything relating to Arabs and Israel, in a neutral, sock-free fashion, for a significant length of time, before the ban is lifted. Continued violation of the terms of your probation may result in ban extension or permanence."

August 30, 2007 topic ban placed on User:Isarig for at least 6 months, with possible extensions. See:

Sockpuppets confirmed August 24, 2007. See:

 Confirmed. The following users are the same:

These may not be all the Isarig sockpuppets. I don't believe Isarig should be allowed to edit any part of wikipedia until he reveals all his sockpuppets. Some "Truth and reconciliation commissions" require public confession of all crimes before any leniency is allowed.

I believe the topic ban should be extended to at least a year. Other people have gotten a complete ban from editing all topics for a year for smaller infractions of the rules.

Related Portals, WikiProjects, Notice boards[edit]

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Barnstars, funny comments, and other things of note[edit]

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The following comments and barnstars were copied from User talk:Timeshifter.

You have GOT to be the coolest Wikisloth with super-powers that I ever met!! For a Sloth, you sure move at a quick pace!! :) Do you wear a "super cape", I wonder? That would really complete the whole outfit and mystique.. I keep trying to think of things I could maybe do for you since you are such a blessing and a help... Hmmm. Did you ever contact Roger Ebert before his untimely demise? Is there perhaps a photo of someone that I can search for on your behalf? Just say the words. I feel a great debt to you for your help over these years. --Leahtwosaints (talk) 12:00, 17 August 2013 (UTC)

WikiProject Ireland Collaboration

Thank you for initiating this project. There may be a great opportunity for it - please check out talk:Ireland#Ireland article names: Request for Remedy 2 and Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Ireland Collaboration. — Sebastian 06:31, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

The barnstars below were copied from my user talk page, and its archives. The latest one is on top.

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For the concept of a noticeboard that would have allowed editors to air out complaints against abusive admins. Pity WP is not truly about improvement. —Djathinkimacowboy 01:18, 5 March 2012 (UTC)
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You know, aside from wanting you to know I strongly supported your idea for an admin complaint board, I strongly support your whole philosophy. A huge problem here is the ignoring of content dispute plus admins who will not get involved in anything. Much of the opposition to your board proposition are childish whiners, I noticed. They claim a new notice board will decrease editing time. Don't let them get you down with such fallacious 'reasoning'. Keep at it! Godspeed, and drop me a line anytime.--Djathinkimacowboy 14:43, 19 February 2012 (UTC)
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To Timeshifter, for contributing to the Internet "meme"
(as reported in the The Washington Post)

of "Neda," the slain Iranian protester.
 — Justmeherenow 07:31, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
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Thanks for saving File:Day 18 of War on Gaza.PNG from deletion by doing a little legwork and using your extensive knowledge of copyright and image description procedures. Its much appreciated. Tiamuttalk 15:11, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
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For your work on compiling detailed maps, free images, and in your efforts in categorization. Tiamut 20:24, 13 September 2007 (UTC)
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For your efforts at organizing regional maps in the commons and your patience in explaining those efforts Tiamut 22:32, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
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For remaining cool and encouraging others to do so, while retaining editorial integrity and passionately advocating for the truth (all POVs) to be presented :) Tiamut 10:51, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
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For diligence on the Iraq War subtitle debate and for helping solve a very tough issue. Also, nice work on keeping everyone (myself included) honest on the various casualties sections. Nicely done. Publicus 21:10, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

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