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Renaming of Medieval Warm Period[edit]

I contest the changes — either it should actually go according to the MoS: medieval warm period (or Medieval warm period for the title), or (better) it should stay Medieval Warm Period as it is used almost consistently throughout literature. Lars T. (talk) 23:25, 28 October 2009 (UTC)

I have started a RFC about it, I hope you don't mind. Regarding your pointer to the list, I first of all see the inconsistency that most (but not all) "Era"s and "Age"s are capitalized. Furthermore, the other "... periods" could also be described as "the period of (the) ...", while the "Medieval Warm Period" doesn't fit that pattern; it would also be hard to actually fit it into the list. IMO it is a fixed scientific term with just that capitalisation. Lars T. (talk) 22:58, 29 October 2009 (UTC)
A WP:RfC is a Request for Comments. I had it set up on the Talkpages Talk:Medieval_Warm_Period#RFC:_renaming_of_article_according_to_WP:STYLE.3F, but it has already been closed with a rename to the old capitalisation. Lars T. (talk) 23:42, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

Invitation to participate in SecurePoll feedback and workshop[edit]

As you participated in the recent Audit Subcommittee election, or in one of two requests for comment that relate to the use of SecurePoll for elections on this project, you are invited to participate in the SecurePoll feedback and workshop. Your comments, suggestions and observations are welcome.

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Help Me -- How should I go forward with this user?[edit]


Hey there... I'm not too keen on policies however I've encountered in my editing a Wikipedian who while I believe intends good (mostly, except for one little thing) isn't making what I believe to be the most constructive edits, bordering on vandalism if it was bad faith.

User that I'm concerned about is User:BlueFireIceEyes (check contribution history to see) ... I placed some warnings on her talk page but I'm unsure how I should actually be handling this. Could someone help me here with who I should be taking this to / how I should handle this (if I should be reacting at all?) ...

I suppose you'll need to know what my exact concerns are to help... which are as follows:

  1. Removing mainantence templates (i.e. 'weasel', 'fact', 'who', etc) without actually fixing it. Particularly persistent with doing this, article examples: Bisexuality, Bisexual chic, Bisexual erasure and articles on people.
  2. Re-adding content immediantly after it's removal despite being unreliable or unsourced.
  3. Marking edits that aren't minor as minor, even marking what could be considered "controversial edits" as minor. Not using edit summary enough.
  4. Using edit summary to make accusations or attacks on editors such as "(adding in about her speeches and LGBT activist work-should be in the summary. homophobes need to STOP deleting this!!!!!)" , "‎ (adding some sources and cleaning it up, because the biphobes seem to be using any excuse they can to ruin this page)", "(well your opinion isn't a neutral point of view. it's called the lgbT community for a reason. stop with the transphobia)", "(adding some sources and cleaning it up, because the biphobes seem to be using any excuse they can to ruin this page)", etc.
  5. Making attacks/accusations on article talk pages, i.e. Talk:Bisexual erasure "No, it was labeled that way by several GLBT and straight organizations as well as scientific ones, and the main author of it has a biased and dishonest past. Why don't you do some research?" among others.
  6. Claiming/insinuating ownership over several "bisexual" related articles (even saying they are "our community pages") and asking people who are "not bisexual / bisexual allies to stop editing the articles", i.e. Talk:Bisexual_erasure#Made_some_changes and edit summary, "(everyone wanted references, I've given you many references, and I have done my best to make it as neutral as possible-it's not exactly a non controversial topic.Please leave our community page alone!)"

Again, except for the removal of maintanence tags I think they are good faith edits but that doesn't change the fact that (at least, I think - I may be wrong) that they aren't helpful edits and the way she/he is treating other editors isn't being very helpful.

I don't know policy so I need some assistance on what to do here (if anything) other than hand out some warnings. Thanks for the assistance.

You're right in saying that removing tags without actually addressing issues can be a bit disruptive, especially when edits are marked minor in that way (for example, here). A great thing to have in a dispute like this are revision diffs; basically, it lets a third party like me look at only the unbiased facts, as opposed to hearing the story from someone who can be biased.
So yeah, if you could get a few of those diffs together of what you see as problem behaviour, that would be great. I'll approach BlueFireIceEyes, though. Cheers, m.o.p 01:06, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

User talk:BlueFireIceEyes[edit]

Hey. Great thing to see new users that are against vandalism. I would just friendly point out, that as I see, you have posted several warnings to User talk:BlueFireIceEyes at once. If you want to give a so called final warning, please see WP:WARN. It has a list of warning templates in Wikipedia. Usually you must start with level one, then go for level 2 and so on, but if you see that user has several edits in short time that are only vandalism, please use only warning. For example {{subst:uw-create4im}}~~~~ if they create pages that don't belong to Wikipedia. There is no need for multiple warnings added at once. Please see WP:VAN for info about vandalism and how to deal with it. Feel free to contact me if you need help with vandalism dealing.  Ilyushka88  talk  22:41, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

To be honest I'm not completely new, just not very keen on the policies and always seem to have a hard time finding them haha. Anyways, thanks for the tip I'll contact you in future if I have any questions regarding vandalism/troublesome users. Avalik (talk) 09:55, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

Every tag I removed I did fix and I put in several sources, and I can prove it. Why are you saying the tags were "not fixed"? It is quite plain I have made several changes that I did fix, unless you want the tags there for some other reason. If it says "unsourced" and I put in a lot of sources, there is no need for the tag, and I wasn't aware that the only one allowed to make that determination was you. I really do hope that this is a neutral subject for you, but given your history and what you have removed from some of our pages, I am starting to wonder. I never "claimed" ownership, I just said it was best if people who understood the subject matter did most of the editing. I wouldn't go to your community pages and start editing things because it is not something I know a lot about, and that is what I meant. I am starting to wonder if you are trying to get me banned, because you want to revert the pages back. I do not know why you would want the pages to be poorly sourced. I am starting to think that this is not a neutral subject for you. I hope that is not the case as it would be an abuse of authority. The reason I say this is because you removed several instances that talked about bisexual erasure in the gay community, and then you said there were poor sources. There was nothing wrong with the sources, they were verifiable-yet you removed them. Now you are lying and saying they are unverifiable which is not true. Please stop.

As for the tags, I did not remove anything that I did not back up. I would appreciate if you would stop accusing me of things I did not do. If this really is a neutral subject for you, then please stop removing sources and reverting any positive changes that someone makes to the bisexuality pages. I will go to wikipedia and tell my side of the story. BlueFireIceEyes (talk) 22:46, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

I'm just going to refer you to what I said to m.o.p mostly as my "proof", User_talk:Master_of_Puppets#RE:_How_should_I_go_forward_with_this_user.3F in reference to my "accusations". As for everything else,
"from some of our pages, I am starting to wonder. I never "claimed" ownership" -- I just thought I'd point out you said they were "our pages" right before you said you didn't claim ownership. And you've constantly referred to the bisexual pages as "your" or "our" (referring to bisexuals, I assume) pages and asking others (referring to non-bisexuals) to "leave OUR page alone". 'Our' is a possessive word, isn't it? In fact you even said to me on the article talk page " The only people who should be editing this are members of OUR community. Stick to the lesbian stuff and leave us alone!"... That is claiming ownership and also trying to scare off other editors. You don't own the page, there is no "community" that owns it, anyone can edit it and shouldn't be deterred.
" I wouldn't go to your community pages" -- my community pages? Sorry? There is no such thing on Wikipedia. Anyone can edit and they don't belong to anyone. They aren't owned. I shouldn't have to repeat this anymore.
"The reason I say this is because you removed several instances that talked about bisexual erasure in the gay community, and then you said there were poor sources. There was nothing wrong with the sources, they were verifiable-yet you removed them. Now you are lying and saying they are unverifiable which is not true." -- Are you referring to where I removed the single (not several) sentence that was referring to something like... victims of hate crimes being called gay by the media when they were really bisexual? That was because the cite didn't back up the text. I read every single cite and they were either referring to the victims as gay, or bisexual. The thing is that the article didn't mention that he was wrongly identified -- the articles that said he was bisexual could have just as been easily wrong as the ones that said he was gay so unless there is a citation for the citiation that says the newspapers that referred to the victims as gay were indefinitely wrong your citations did not support the text. Or are you referring to where I removed wikilinks (kept text)? That's due to the Manual of Style. One shouldn't wikilink the same word over and over and over again in the same article. In an article as short as bisexual erasure, once is enough, two is pushing it. Otherwise I'm unsure what you can possibly be referring to. Avalik (talk) 13:01, 14 November 2009 (UTC)
BlueFireIceEyes: I think Avalik is referring to things like this. As I said above, though, the best thing for you to do to help me assist you guys in the dispute is gathering diffs of the behaviour you're concerned with and putting them here so that I can get a view of the whole picture without having to dig through too much (and therefore possibly skew my view one way or another). Cheers, m.o.p 01:06, 14 November 2009 (UTC)
Apologies for the reply delay! Very good job gathering all those diffs; very extensive, very helpful. The user in question hasn't been active since everything that transpired; however, I'll be leaving them a note asking for them to stop editing LGBT-related articles until we've agreed on some things. You did everything correctly, though; great job! I can respect your desire to keep copy-editing, though. Keep it all up, and know that I'm always a talk page away if you need help! :) Cheers, m.o.p 03:31, 16 November 2009 (UTC)

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Articles for deletion nomination of Be with You (2009 film)[edit]

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Rest In Peace Avalik[edit]

It is with great sorrow that I say goodbye to beautiful, intelligent, creative Avalik. September 19, 1990 to October 1, 2010

You are free my beautiful one.

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WikiWomen's Collaborative[edit]

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New medical organization[edit]


I'm contacting you because, as a participant at Wikiproject Medicine, you may be interested in a new multinational non-profit organization we're forming at m:Wikimedia Medicine. Even if you don't want to be actively involved, any ideas you may have about our structure and aims would be very welcome on the project's talk page.

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Hi could you help me[edit]

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The Wikipedia Library now offering accounts from Cochrane Collaboration (sign up!)[edit]

The Wikipedia Library gets Wikipedia editors free access to reliable sources that are behind paywalls. Because you are signed on as a medical editor, I thought you'd want to know about our most recent donation from Cochrane Collaboration.

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Request for comment[edit]

Hello Avalik, I'm here onbehalf of WP:ORPHAN in which you are also a participant. So, we want your opinion to a WP:ORPHAN related matter. It is a proposal by Technical 13. Please have a look here. Your opinion (i.e support, oppose etc) are very much appreciated there. Thank you. By Jim Cartar through MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:02, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Backlog drive[edit]

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Hello Avalik,

WikiProject Orphanage is holding a month long Backlog Elimination Drive to de-orphan articles which have orphan tags!
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Notification of automated file description generation[edit]

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Wiki Loves Pride 2014[edit]

Hi Avalik. In case you are not aware, there is an upcoming campaign to improve coverage of LGBT-related topics on Wikipedia, culminating with an international edit-a-thon on June 21. See Wiki Loves Pride 2014 for more information. If you are interested, you might consider creating a page for a major city (or cities!) near you, with a list of LGBT-related articles that need to be created or improved. This would be a tremendous help to Wikipedia and coverage of LGBT culture and history. Thanks for your consideration, and please let me know if you have any questions! --Another Believer (Talk) 16:42, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

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BMJ offering 25 free accounts to Wikipedia medical editors[edit]

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deOrphaning script[edit]

Hello everyone! I was just working on responding to a couple bug reports for a script that I worked up as part of a request from this project, and I noticed that only a couple people (who weren't even on this mailing list) are actually using the script. A little history on the script: In March of 2014, Jim Cartar came to my user talk page and said he needed some help in acquiring a script for a backlog drive that he was working on that could keep track of and score deOrphanings for a scored backlog drive. I took that request to the project's talk page (BackLog Drive "DO" (De-Orphaning) script proposal) and there was near unanimous support for this. I thought about the proposal and decided the best way to do it was to build a new script (which is still no where near as comprehensive as Manishearth's OrphanTabs) and build into it a mechanism that will make BLD scoring easy.

What I'm wondering at this point is, since there appears to be only two people using the script, should I continue to develop this script with a goal of using it for scoring BLDs or just debug the existing script and leave it at that. Thanks for any replies or comments.

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  1. Create or improve LGBT-related Wikipedia pages and showcase the results of your work here
  2. Document local LGBT culture and history by taking pictures at pride events and uploading your images to Wikimedia Commons
  3. Contribute to an LGBT-related task force at another Wikimedia project (Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, Wikivoyage, etc.)

Looking for topics? The Tasks page, which you are welcome to update, offers some ideas and wanted articles.

This campaign is supported by the Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group, an officially recognized affiliate of the Wikimedia Foundation. The group's mission is to develop LGBT-related content across all Wikimedia projects, in all languages. Visit the affiliate's page at Meta-Wiki for more information, or follow Wikimedia LGBT+ on Facebook. Remember, Wiki Loves Pride is about creating and improving LGBT-related content at Wikimedia projects, and content should have a neutral point of view. One does not need to identify as LGBT or any other gender or sexual minority to participate. This campaign is about adding accurate, reliable information to Wikipedia, plain and simple, and all are welcome! If you have any questions, please leave a message on the campaign's talk page.

Thanks, and happy editing! ---Another Believer (Talk) 19:46, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

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Hello Avalik!
Follow the Wikimedia LGBT user group on Twitter at @wikilgbt for news, photos, and other topics of interest to LGBT Wikipedans and allies. Use #wikiLGBT to share any Wiki Loves Pride stuff that you would like to share (whether this month or any day of the year) or to alert folks to things that the LGBT Wikipedan community should know. RachelWex (talk)