User talk:Berkeleysappho

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Thoughts on Editing Aileen Wuornos

I am a beginning Wikipedian. I dipped my toes in the water with minor copyediting on a controversial article this week. I would like to do more, but don't want to step on anyone's toes. Aileen Wuornos is a fascinating subject and deserves a quality article. I don't believe in her guilt or innocence. I feel the same way about Susan Polk, a local woman who was recently convicted of murdering her husband, who was also her child psychologist when she was 14. I'm more interested in the aftereffects of molestation. We don't know why some victims become violent, while others become withdrawn, or self-injure, or have little damage to their psyches.

It is challenging to present facts without opinions on an inflammatory subject. I believe in being factual, with a neutral tone, and letting readers form their own opinions. When an issue has developed sides, perhaps external links to each side of the controversy are in order. Including controversy about a subject may be part of the subject. There are medical articles on abortion, for example, and sociological articles on the abortion debate. Both should be factual. One wouldn't want the sociology in a medical text, yet an encyclopedia should include both aspects, in my opinion.

Jahbulon[edit]

Interesting idea, but the problem is that it's not really a "theological concept", at least for Freemasonry (I can't speak for how OTO uses it). That misconception is what started the issue with the "word" in the first place, and since it's only those people who are hostile to Freemasonry for its supposed "religious beliefs" who are interested in Jahbulon, that's all we have to work with. To most people who are Freemasons, it doesn't mean anything at all, and it's debatable as to whether they've even ever heard of it. How do you research something that doesn't mean anything to the people that would actually know about it, and only means something to people who don't know the first thing about it? That is the quandary, and that is why the sources are what they are. There's also nothing to use for graphics, because there's no actual representation of it. MSJapan 18:48, 22 January 2007 (UTC)


Thank you for the response, MSJapan. Independent ceremonial magicians, occult scholars, and occult historians are interested in Freemasonry's supposed religious beliefs without being hostile to Freemasonry. Alex Jones had a graphic alleged to be Jahbulon in one of his videos--he lead the hostile camp, with no pretensions to scholarship.Berkeleysappho 12:30, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Re : Violentization Deletion[edit]

The article was deleted as a result of proposed deletion nomination, and the reason given was that "it appears not be widely used as it was not included in other sources". Would you like to contest its deletion along with your own rationale? - Best regards, Mailer Diablo 08:02, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

Invitation to join WikiProject United States[edit]

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ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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Asian 10,000 Challenge invite[edit]

Hi. The Wikipedia:WikiProject Asia/The 10,000 Challenge has recently started, based on the UK/Ireland Wikipedia:The 10,000 Challenge and Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The 10,000 Challenge. The idea is not to record every minor edit, but to create a momentum to motivate editors to produce good content improvements and creations and inspire people to work on more countries than they might otherwise work on. There's also the possibility of establishing smaller country or regional challenges for places like South East Asia, Japan/China or India etc, much like Wikipedia:The 1000 Challenge (Nordic). For this to really work we need diversity and exciting content and editors from a broad range of countries regularly contributing. At some stage we hope to run some contests to benefit Asian content, a destubathon perhaps, aimed at reducing the stub count would be a good place to start, based on the current Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon which has produced near 200 articles in just three days. If you would like to see this happening for Asia, and see potential in this attracting more interest and editors for the country/countries you work on please sign up and being contributing to the challenge! This is a way we can target every country of Asia, and steadily vastly improve the encyclopedia. We need numbers to make this work so consider signing up as a participant! Thank you. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 01:18, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject United States/The 50,000 Challenge[edit]

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