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I have now reached the 244 "Thanks" level from "notifications" - getting an average of over 115 per year it appears. Thank you to all who have thought highly of my edits. Collect (talk) 15:52, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

From 2013 (and various unnamed editors): I have started to work on a composite of my history dealing with Collect at my talk page. It starts in late 2008 so it might take a while. I'll accept fellow editors deciding when they have more of the facts.

Had I known Collect was behind your request I may have declined. He has been sniffing my excrement for 4 years or more. I don't bother myself with him unless he shows up where I am working. Then I have to consider what is more important: dealing with Collect's dribble or continuing to talk and work with other editors. I detest him so much I usually just leave and go do something else in WikiLand
Sorry, But I'd rather have all of my fingernails pulled out than to get involved with those editors. Especially Collect, perhaps the most dangerous and dirtiest Wikipedia editor I've come across--only my opinion of course, which I feel I am free to offer on my own talk page? It is true that there are plenty of articles here that are more about numbers than about the truth, IOW, who ever has the most editors on their side can write the article.

Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense

Articles which make "allegations" make bad encyclopedia articles, especially when any sort of POV can be attached thereto. I suggest that articles subject to WP:BLP in any manner which make allegations be strongly constrained. This specifically includes use of opinions or claims that a person or persons bears "guilt by association" with any other person or group.

Quote of the day from an editor who seems to regard his own screeds as the epitome of "wit":

Twain is the perennial favorite of intellectual pygmies who believe a trite quote has the power to increase their stature.

I rather think his "wit" speaks for itself pretty clearly.

Some of my essays:

WP:False consensus


WP:Advocacy articles


WP:Defend to the Death


WP:Baby and Bathwater



WP:Sex, Religion and Politics

WP:Editorially involved

WP:Mutual admiration society

WP:Source pH


WP:Variable RS

WP:Wikipedia and shipwrights

User:Collect/Collect's Law


From WP:Plagiarism[edit]

N Copying from an unacknowledged source
  • Inserting a text—copied word-for-word, or closely paraphrased with very few changes—from a source that is not acknowledged anywhere in the article, either in the body of the article, or in footnotes, the references section, or the external links section.
  • The above example is the most egregious form of plagiarism and the least likely to be accidental.

Happy Collect's Day![edit]

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User:Collect has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian,
and therefore, I've officially declared today as Collect's day!
For being such a beautiful person and great Wikipedian,
enjoy being the Star of the day, dear Collect!

00:02, 7 September 2010 (UTC)

A record of your Day will always be kept here.

For a userbox you can add to your userbox page, see User:Rlevse/Today/Happy Me Day! and my own userpage for a sample of how to use it. RlevseTalk 00:02, 7 September 2010 (UTC)

And sincere best regards and thanks to you! Collect (talk) 00:09, 7 September 2010 (UTC)

Sockpuppet investigation[edit]

Hi. An editor has opened an investigation into sockpuppetry by you. Sockpuppetry is the use of more than one Wikipedia account in a manner that contravenes community policy. The investigation is being held at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Collect, where the editor who opened the investigation has presented their evidence. Please make sure you make yourself familiar with the guide to responding to investigations, and then feel free to offer your own evidence or to submit comments that you wish to be considered by the Wikipedia administrator who decides the result of the investigation. If you have been using multiple accounts (in a manner contrary to Wikipedia policy), please go to the investigation page and verify that now. Leniency is usually shown to those who promise not to do so again, or who did so unwittingly, but the abuse of multiple accounts is taken very seriously by the Wikipedia community. Fyddlestix (talk) 22:03, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

One of the worst fishing expeditions I have ever seen - whoever thought of this is a good candidate for the Baker Act. Cheers. Collect (talk) 22:45, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Nothing personal Collect, I just though it was too much of a coincidence that an account would come out of such a long retirement and jump right into the PNAC article, making many of the same edits and voicing many of the same concerns that you had. I'll happily apologize and retract the allegation if the SPI folk find the accusation unworthy of investigation, or if it turns up nothing.
I see what you said about being unable to post on the SPI page - I linked your response here for you. Cheers.Fyddlestix (talk) 22:55, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

As I have a very long online history dating back over thirty years, I find your accusation to be reprehensible. I also note that usually someone posts the response on the SPI page - as a common courtesy. I also suggest you read Joe job as being themost likely cause of the "DearMe" editor (I have no reason to doubt the veracity of Vertrag, but the DearMe one seems intent on making bad edits. I would also state here that assuming bad faith of editors is a sure way to have others assume bad faith for you. :( . Collect (talk) 22:58, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
Who is this DearMe and which are the bad edits? Dear ODear ODear (talk) 23:17, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
[3] was, frankly, a totally improper edit. [4] appeared properly sourced - and I would not properly sourced criticism removed from any article as it goes against WP:NPOV, [] is silly as the opic of "neoconservatism" is a part of this article, and so on. I find some of your edits to be a tad violative of Wikipedia policy as a result. Cheers. Collect (talk) 23:27, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
[5] was a righteous edit, which removed a link from a quote, since WP doesn't do that. Perhaps you "totally" object to it also having moved the "neocon" section lower (because the term was not explained)? The second edit removed an advocacy source, which is unreliable, since there are no shortages of academic rses on the topic; the removal was partly because of the or topic sentence. The third on the neocon cat was because the term is not glossed or used. We don't add cats for every topic in every sentence in the article. Dear ODear ODear (talk) 23:55, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
OK, just to confirm - you want me to copy-paste your response below onto the SPI page for you? Happy to do so just not 100% sure that's what you're asking. This is only the third SPI report I've ever filed so sorry for not knowing what is/is not commonly done in this situation.Fyddlestix (talk) 23:03, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
Someone beat me to it, next time I'll know, thanks.Fyddlestix (talk) 23:04, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Response to Sock accusation:[edit]

As I am unable to post on the SPI page, will someone post this? I find the accusation risible, inane, and a wondrous example of WP:ABF.

My actual name and address are known to Jimbo, and about a dozen or more admins. I have used this handle now for over thirty years, and have never "socked" at all -- this accusation is apparently about as ill-faith as I can conceive of, and timed so that I cannot respond. I would have no rational reason to sock, but accusations of this type are so routinely made now sans any actual evidence that I suggest SPI enforce the rule requiring some actual evidence of some sort, beyond "someone came into the article, and even though their edits are, in fact, contrary to the edits of the editor I wish to accuse, this is a good way to annoy the hell out of them." 22:51, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Done (and I fixed your sig in the copied version. Let me know if that's not what you wanted). Did you want to first line copied as well? Guettarda (talk) 23:04, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Re: Cowsills "evidence" - the edits were absolutely and totally unrelated to each other -- anyone saying I would use a sock for such edits is NCM.

Re: An accusation that I used a sock in order to force Ubikwit to edit war - that is a remarkably obtuse and ill-founded charge - noting that I suggested that Ubikwit self-revert.

Re: We both used BLP/N -- I have about four hundred edits on that noticeboard. Odds are pretty high that anyone posting there will show some sort of overlap. And the overlap? I saw Vertrag's post about a Cowsill! That is the one and only BLP/N thread we have an overlap on at all. Period.

Please someone - put the horrid SPI complaint out of its misery? Collect (talk) 23:08, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Is Florida a "fringe" state filled with fringe politicians who believe in fringe ideas?[edit]

Should we update all of our Florida articles and political biographies to reflect that the state no longer subscribes to science but to its own version of reality funded by the Koch brothers?

  • "Florida officials "ban" the term "climate change"[6]
  • "Billionaires Charles and David Koch have helped to fuel conservative activism in Florida, by spending millions over the years to establish elaborate political operations in the state. As a result, Florida has become something of a testing ground for anti-government campaigning from the Kochs’ primary group, Americans for Prosperity."[7]

What do you think? Do we need a new Florida fringe guideline? Viriditas (talk) 05:55, 9 March 2015 (UTC)

I think that some politicians in every state, territory and nation-state either believe in or campaign on fringe ideas. I don't think that there is any need to single out Florida (my personally least favorite state among the 50) when kookiness is universal. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 06:11, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Cullen, but I'm not entirely serious (but I am raising points for discussion). Mostly, I'm trying to keep Collect occupied during his "vacation". Idle hands and all that.... :-) Viriditas (talk) 06:41, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
And WP:HARASS is in full force again -- not to mention that "Florida" is neither mentioned as my home on my user page nor user-talk page, this is beyond harassment and verges on attacking using personal information. See WP:OUTING as well Viriditas -- your campaign to drive me off of Wikipedia is not something for you to be proud of, ever. Thryduulf, Sandstein Newyorkbrad, MONGO, NE Ent, Callanecc, Robert McClenon, AGK kindly take note. Collect (talk) 11:48, 9 March 2015 (UTC)

Nope, I'm not taking note of random disputes on random user talk pages. if you think admin action is required as a result of anything that happens here, you can request it at WP:AE or in a forum described in WP:DR, as the case may be.  Sandstein  15:43, 9 March 2015 (UTC)

Sandstein as I am currently blocked, that suggestion is not all that useful when the acts of harassment are present. Perhaps blocked users should be allowed to post at DR, but so far that is not the case. I am about to frankly call it quits if this Catch-22 is so damned important when a person is actively being subjected to harassment. Cheers. Collect (talk) 17:55, 9 March 2015 (UTC)

Was it SYNTH? Yea or Nay?[edit]

Is answered at Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/List_of_PNAC_Members_associated_with_the_Administration_of_George_W._Bush with what appears to be a clear affirmative at this point (every one of the past 15 is a "delete" !vote). Cheers to all - and there is still time for your own personal opinions thereat. Collect (talk) 13:01, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Note: Closer specifically found the result to be that the list was clear SYNTH. So much for anyone decrying my statements about that list, I trust. ArbCom please note. Collect (talk) 12:44, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

My "blocks"[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Haberman, Maggie (2010-09-29). Carl Paladino alleges Andrew Cuomo affair. The Politico. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Blain, Glenn and Kenneth Lovett (2010-10-01). Carl Paladino now admits he really doesn't have any proof of Andrew Cuomo's 'paramours'. New York Daily News. Retrieved 2010-10-02.
  5. ^ Haberman, Maggie (2010-09-29). Carl Paladino alleges Andrew Cuomo affair. The Politico. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Blain, Glenn and Kenneth Lovett (2010-10-01). Carl Paladino now admits he really doesn't have any proof of Andrew Cuomo's 'paramours'. New York Daily News. Retrieved 2010-10-02.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference yahoo-21 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

A barnstar for you[edit]

BLP Barnstar.png The BLP Barnstar
Odds that I may disagree with you in the future? Very high. Odds that you are a staunch and worthy defender of BLP policy? 100%. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 05:45, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

The result was delete. The clear consensus here is to delete the article, as it has been found to be a synthesized WP:POVFORK.[edit]

As I stated. List of PNAC Members associated with the Administration of George W. Bush was SYNTH. Cheers to those who argued that I was absolutely wrong on this. Collect (talk) 15:45, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

User talk page stats[edit]

[16] shows that of just over 5K total edits to this talk page over a period of nine years, the one who is at issue has posted 68 times. Of which 25 were in the last 479 total edits. In fact this amounts to 5% of all his last 500 edits entirely. This is a rather unusual amount of attention in user space, as a rule. Collect (talk) 16:01, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

In some respects - the core issue for Wikipedia[edit]

On Jimbo's talk page an editor opined that my belief that we should not seek to harm to anyone in a BLP was wrong - he noted that Wikipedia decided years ago that "do no harm" was not in any way to be followed - that we could do (presumably) as much harm as we desire to living persons, and that this obstinacy on my part about doing harm is key to my troubles with others. We have the ability to do great harm to living persons - the policy states specifically Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a tabloid: it is not Wikipedia's job to be sensationalist, or to be the primary vehicle for the spread of titillating claims about people's lives; the possibility of harm to living subjects must always be considered when exercising editorial judgment.

ArbCom please note: I stand by my belief that BLPs are not to be used in order to inflict harm on anyone. This is part of my stance on User:Collect/BLP. Please produce a "finding of fact" on that as well as one each essay of mine, and on each of my "many blocks" as stated by a complainant. Again - I am not going to provide "evidence" as the harassment worked exceedingly well indeed. Collect (talk) 18:23, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Arbitration Case Opened[edit]

You were recently listed as a party to a request for arbitration. The Arbitration Committee has accepted that request for arbitration and an arbitration case has been opened at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Collect and others. Evidence that you wish the arbitrators to consider should be added to the evidence subpage, at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Collect and others/Evidence. Please add your evidence by April 7, 2015, which is when the evidence phase closes. You can also contribute to the case workshop subpage, Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Collect and others/Workshop. For a guide to the arbitration process, see Wikipedia:Arbitration/Guide to arbitration. For the Arbitration Committee, Robert McClenon (talk) 03:29, 24 March 2015 (UTC) Robert McClenon (talk) 03:29, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Robert McClenon kindly note that I shall not provide any statement nor evidence not present on this user talk page. I note that I did email some time ago material to ArbCom members which may be pertinent to the discussion. I request in all due courtesy that my essays be individually examined and the other points raised on this user talk page be examined. Kindest regards. Collect (talk) 21:55, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi Collect, above statement duly noted. You're welcome to contribute evidence to the case, and you are equally entitled not to if that's what you prefer. However, important to let you know the committee will decide on the basis of evidence received. On behalf of Arbcom -- Euryalus (talk) 10:22, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
I have told ArbCom my position, and expect them to act in courtesy with my statements. If they decide to ignore my request, there is nothing I can do other than note my disbelief that reasonable people would act in such a manner. Collect (talk) 12:08, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
From the guide to arbitration: "Submissions must be posted on the case /Evidence pages; submission of evidence via sub-pages in userspace is prohibited." Of course, the committee looks at a range of materials on-wiki - for example the citing of one diff in an article will usually require reading the surrounding ones. But beyond standing on your record, if there is anything 'you want to add either to explain any conduct issues or respond to others' claims during the case, you need to do that on the /Evidence page and not here.
And having delivered this piece of bureaucracy, and again noting your comments above, I'll leave you in peace. -- Euryalus (talk) 20:15, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
And I would note this was not how ArbCom acted in the TPm case when a member of ArbCom generated "evidence" not posted by anyone at all as material used in the decision, and thus I am going to insist that my courteous request made some time ago was not objected to in a timely fashion whatsoever by ArbCom. If you wish to live by "absolute process" when you (ArbCom) did not do so before, then I cheerfully view the process as not being worth a bucket of "warm spit" per John Nance Garner. If you do not examine the material I already mentioned on the request page, then you are not doing a rational job of examining evidence at all. If you (ArbCom) wish to copy the entire pertinent material from this page and consider it "evidence" kindly do so, but do not expect me to suddenly change course and do so for you. See Equity. I believe, moreover, that any fair reading will find my behaviour and beliefs concerning WP:BLP are reasonable and not based on any biases on my part whatsoever, and that where complainants finding eight posts they dislike out of 40,000 edits made by me are not of sufficient weight to deem me as anything other than a sincere editor doing his damndest to "sail straight and true". With exceedingly warm regards, I remain Collect (talk) 07:15, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Note - this also means I "provide evidence against" no one at all, other than such as is implicit in the material on this page. Just to make that clear. Collect (talk) 07:18, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Note also that MrX and Fyddlestix insist they did not support the SYNTH list (connecting assorted people as being connected as being both members of an administration and members of PNAC) being used. I removed MrX as supporting the SYNTH, but Fyddlestix specifically made this edit which conveys the SYNTH itself [17] "With its members in numerous key administrative positions, the PNAC exerted influence on high-level U.S. government officials in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush and affected the Bush Administration's development of military and foreign policies, especially involving national security and the Iraq War." making the SYNTH claim in Wikipedia's voice rather than saying it was an opinion of specific persons. [18] has Fyddlestix stating "I really don't see what can be gained by discussing this further here. Since the result of this AFD is pretty clear, isn't this all moot unless/until someone tries to re-incorporate the content back into the PNAC article? I for one have no plans to do that, at least not as a table like this one. I do hope that some of the sources we found/used for the table can be used/added to the main article though" [19] He states that he did not feel the table was SYNTH (which I interpreted for some reason as supporting that table, later overwhelmingly found to be SYNTH). [20] iterated his support thr the SYNTH table. [21] has him asserting that my opposition was "WP:CRYBLP" [22] iterates his support for the table. [23] shows Fyddlestix's clear continued support for using what was the basis for the notorious table -- which was found to be SYNTH by an overwhelming consensus at AfD. Sorry Fyddlestix - you supported the material, and saying I lied when I said you supported it is not precisely accurate. Collect (talk) 07:54, 25 March 2015 (UTC) (please also copy as this is a particularly horrid accusation against me which I suggest my diffs completely demolish. I had long ago corrected my listing of MrX as inapt.)
Collect, I don't want to start a debate with you here (I really think you should just come say your piece on the case page instead of making arguments here) but I'd like to point out that the diffs you linked above might not show what you think they do:
  • You linked this diff as an example that "conveys the SYNTH itself," - but I did not write the text in that diff. As the edit summary shows, I was simply restoring the text as it had read before the edit war between you and Ubikwit (with Vertrag playing a role as well), which had resulted in a considerable amount of text and citations being deleted from the lede. Note that I changed the text six minutes later, and subsequently added a large number of references to back up the revised text. I also added a qualifying statement to make it clear that this was only some people's point of view, and citing 3 academic sources which take the opposite view for balance. So the diff you linked, as you can see, is not really the full story here - I didn't write the text I was restoring there, and I altered it myself (adding multiple RS to back up the revision) within minutes of restoring it.
  • I'm not sure what you think this diff shows, all I see is me indicating my acceptance of a consensus decision on the AFD, and suggesting that further debate was off-topic on that particular page (and kind of a waste of time) since the results of the AFD were already clear and a close was imminent.
  • These diffs [24], [25], [26], [27] are evidence of me asking you to clarify your position and asking you to detail your specific argument. I'm not sure why you think this would reflect badly on me or that it's an indication of my own personal stance/argument, as I was very clearly trying to understand your position rather than advance one of my own in each of these diffs.
  • This diff was me suggesting that some of the sources that were used in the table might prove useful in the PNAC article. I specifically indicate there that have no plans to and would not support putting the table back into the article, and I've made no edits to the article to that effect. Hell, the few edits I have made to the article since then have been in the opposite direction (citing Ryan re: "members" being inaccurate when discussing PNAC). In that talk page post, I noted that some sources had been used in the table that weren't in the article, and thought they might be usefully used in the article at some point, that's all. I'm not sure what's wrong with that or what you think that shows.
A reminder, by the way, that the table had been in the article long before I had even created a wikipedia account, let alone edited the PNAC article. JBH spun it out into a list article, not me, and I've repeatedly indicated that I did not support that decision. So neither the list article nor the list itself could possibly have been "my idea," which is what you alleged here. Asking you to be specific and clear about why you think content violated policy is not the same thing as creating that content. Just wanted to clear that up. Fyddlestix (talk) 14:21, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
You deliberately lied in your "evidence" when you said you had not supported the table. Period. I suggest you remove that charge that I "lied" when I listed you as a supporter of the clearly SYNTH table. Perhaps you have a very labile definition of the truth - I removed MrX from the quick list , but telling people I lied about you supporting the SYNTH list when the evidence is so clear is an interesting tactic. Meanwhile you have won -- the harassment which included multiple AN/I sections, an SPI report and absolute allegation, the edits on each other's talk pages and/or emails and the like - such harassment has had its desired effect. No edits by me on anything remotely resembling a BLP or political page - not even any more edits on Moby-Dick lest someone assert that Melville was an office-holder. Cheers. Collect (talk) 14:43, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
Like I said, I'm not here for a debate, I just wanted to make sure that the context of the diffs you posted was clear. If you're going to accuse me of having "deliberately lied," though, I'd really rather you did it on the arbcom evidence page than here. I'm sure the committee would be interested in your perspective, and I'd much rather you presented your evidence of these "lies" in a setting where it will be properly scrutinized, and where I have the right to respond without being accused of harassing you. Fyddlestix (talk) 16:34, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
Is your position that when you restore material which I had called SYNTH, that you personally did not support the restored material? I find your iterated presence here, your argumentation that when you specifically restore material that you do not actually mean to restore that material, your SPI charges, your AN/I posts etc. to, indeed, be intended to drive me off of Wikipedia, and you damn well have succeeded. Have a beer to celebrate. Be glad the ArbCom folks have decided to practice blindness. Collect (talk) 16:39, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Who I am[edit]

I am intrinsically a centrist - and find the concept of "left and right" in a "political spectrum" to be useless as having no absolute meaning over time and place, nor do I find any ideology "correct" over time and place. Nor do I think it proper to add contentious negative claims of fact to any BLP -- those who revel in "masturbating", "naked", "fucking" etc. and any "contentious claim" find I tend to oppose such material in BLPs - just as I did on David Copperfield (illusionist), Alex Sink, Kim Jong-un, Charlie Crist, Barack Obama, et al and a myriad of other BLPs in the past. Read my "partial list" on my main page, though it be long.

The only truly hurtful charge is from Fyddlestix who says I lied when I named that editor as supporting the SYNTH table. I provide the diffs above showing, indeed, that the support was, indeed, given by that editor, and trust that charge will be retracted. I note that I specifically removed MrX from any such charge after checking the edits.

I also find the use of a claim that it is a political edit to follow the template instructions on Infobox:Officeholder to be ludicrous indeed - Kraxler and others came to a full agreement on that some time back now.

I note that anyone who says they deliberately "put negative material into articles the topics of which I do not like" is a far worse behavioural case than I could ever be.

I know I annoy some for using literary allusions - last one for awhile is "I shall rest at Avalon" - inactive because of the very successful harassment, but healing for time of need. Editor quondam, editorque futurus Collect (talk) 10:00, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Quibble: isn't the term "centrist" always used in relation to something else, i.e. the right and the left? (Or the upper and the lower, etc.) "Center" is similar to "vertical," in that they are what they are in relation to something else. If that something else is "useless as having no absolute meaning over time and place," then so, perforce, are they, as well. :-) -The Gnome (talk) 10:10, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Purpose of the quibble? Collect (talk) 11:45, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Answering the inner need to be pedantic, obviously. :-) -The Gnome (talk) 16:11, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
By the way - you seem to have missed almost the entirety of my posts at TFD's user talk page - I fear your elision missed the entire section about what compromise I suggested, and why I suggested that compromise, as well as my suggestion that we heed Franklin's plea. I did not only post about "national jurisdiction" etc. being the normal term of art, although it certainly is. Collect (talk) 15:37, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
I see. Please point out what you meant exactly and I'll be happy to make the appropriate correction. This is all part of the effort to move on with that specific arbitration process. Thanks in advance. -The Gnome (talk) 16:11, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Copy my entire posts about why compromise is the only course. Collect (talk) 16:19, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
I'd rather not, since I may again prove inadequate for this task. I'll simply direct again all interested parties to the relevant Talk Page. Cheers. -The Gnome (talk) 20:13, 25 March 2015 (UTC)


I caught sea fever from Masefield's ship and ended up bound for Ireland...

Sorry, couldn't resist it. One of my favourite examples of English song, and one I sing at every opportunity. Guy (Help!) 15:59, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

No problem! I fear I feel sorry for some who appear not cognizant of literature, though. And be quite glad you do not hear me sing <g>. Collect (talk) 16:21, 25 March 2015 (UTC)


I have no super strong interest in American politics, and I dont think I've ever interacted with you, but I like reading through Arbcom cases when I'm bored, and noticed the bizarre bureaucratic kerfuffle over evidence having to be in the right place or else arbcom refuse to read it. With that in mind would you take issue with me posting diffs to the rebuttals posted on your talk page to the evidence page? Wikipedia is (supposedly) not a bureaucracy so the refusal to read certain evidence by arbs seems kinda silly. But I dont know what the principle behind the refusal to post evidence is, so I didnt want to go ahead and do it and somehow accidentally subvert a point that is trying to be made or something. Bosstopher (talk) 13:17, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

You have an absolute right to do so. Absolute right. The issues are my essays (LOL!) (feel free to state why they are so disruptive), and my positions on the PNAC and related pages - where a lot of the diffs are where I call the table "linking" people, their jobs and their association(signing a letter) SYNTH - and (lo and behold) the AfD showed well over twenty other editors agreeing with me (count them) to an organization whose page had earlier linked the organization to seeking biological weapons, genocide, and to having Jews with "Dual Loyalties" [28] edits made by Ubikwit stressed the "Jewish" [29]. ("Of these, many were from the Jewish ..." seems intended to stress the number of Jews involved.) Collect (talk) 15:13, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
I made a few comments because I know you as a good contributor. I am not sure what would be your best strategy. Perhaps point-by-point rebuttal of every accusation? I quickly checked first diffs in the "edit warring" and "false claims" sections by MrX. The first one was about this. Even though your first revert of the edit by User:Tbrambo was OK per WP:BRD cycle, the rest was not. Nevertheless, you did not revert anything on this page after ANI discussion, and therefore bringing this now by MrX to Arbcom was not a good idea. The second diff I discussed with MrX, and his claim seem to be bogus. He probably does not know the rule that prohibits use of inappropriate BLP materials at all pages. But I am still unsure. Perhaps simply leaving the project would save you a lot of trouble. My very best wishes (talk) 19:22, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. Too many editors seem to be (blissfully?) unaware that WP:BLP applies to every page in the entire project. I suspect that having my essays exposed for what they are - legitimate views of an editor who wants Wikipedia to actually work - will show the problem lies not with my views but with those who oppose them or deliberately seek to misapprehend them. The harassment has been too successful at this point - but that does not negate the views I hold, nor make harassment the proper course for ArbCom to abet. Collect (talk) 21:12, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
I quickly looked at the evidence, and a lot of it seems doubtful to me. Nevertheless, I suspect you are looking at a topic ban on editing BLPs of US politicians, unless you can provide some convincing evidence in your favor. My very best wishes (talk) 02:10, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
MastCell and company are providing more than five times the amount of "evidence" than I am given any space to rebut[30] etc. -- if you get enough people assembling piles of mud to throw, and the person having mud thrown at them is given one fifth the opportunity needed, then it is clear that the possibility of a rational "trial" is nil. If you look at the Editor Interaction tool, you will find MastCell has been gunning for me for a very long time - as have Buster7 (a few of his quotes top this page - and he railed against "Palinistas" "Saint Sarah" etc. who opposed filling her BLP with stuff like she believes dinosaurs were Jesus ponies, etc. Check out MastCell's "non-attack" on me on Writegeist's UT page where he calls me [31] Charles Pooter (that editor's talk page is heavily invested in attacking me, by the way - see [32], [33], and [34] etc. where he devoted many many kb to his animus to me, while MastCell calls my silence "disruptive". Frankly, I face people who would write 5000 word attacks on me at this point (one posted actually about 8000 words in just three weeks!) - and frankly I have cancer and heart disease and I do not give a damn if the inmates (as Writegeist termed them) run the asylum or not. To rebut 5000 words or more in 1000 words is silly. Any Arbitrator who gives a real look at the "weight" of evidence garnered from 40,000 edits should recognize the mudslinging and ** for what it is. I am hurt that MC can assert with a straight face that I called an editor here Anti-Semitic, as that is just a "lie by iteration" at this point which should rebound on him, as is his failure to note that he is an extremely "involved admin" with regard to me (note huge number of interactions between us - sometimes in the space of well under an hour). Is there any sanction for repeatedly making such a false claim about an editor by an administrator - even after they were told the claim is less than valid?

For "silly season" the forces arrayed against me have a horrid record of POV-pushing ... [35] has Buster7 suggesting Palin got "Wiener's emails", [36] says she was "at most a deck hand at sea", [37] where he says " You have been an obstructionist from the moment you took Kelly's place as a spokesperson for Gov. Palin. At least Kelly brought a sense of leadership. All you bring is a sense of dread. Also, Kelly took the time to preview her entries. And, she wasn't pompous in her use of manners. Unless you have had your head stuck in the sand, you would know that the word on the street (Pennslyvania Avenue)is that Palin has hurt McCains chances. But, the reader probably already knows that at this stage. So.......nevermind. Obstruct to your hearts content. Twist things around all you want. Change history till the cows come. It won't really matter in the long run."

Writegeist wrote to KillerChihuahua [38] Pithy stuff like

There's a host of people involved at SP and I thought they should know what action I had taken re. your record on an important issue relating to the article. Since abusing Raban's critique as "POV pushing essay crap" is indefensible, as is making a groundless personal attack on me as a "vandal", as is also threatening to block any editor for making a fully "legal" attempt to get Raban's highly relevant and RS piece discussed, I would doubtless have taken it to ANI anyway. As for the outcome there — brusquely decided, and without the courtesy of an explanation, by a 17 year-old who, on his own admission, apparently spends just about his entire life on WP — I have already said enough. (Too much.) — Writegeist (talk) 18:15, 25 December 2008 (UTC)
Taking the trouble to address a sysop’s numerous flat-out lies, half-truths and smears is not "nitpicking", as you term it. A sysop who peddles fictions as facts to discredit another contributor is a threat to all contributors and, I should think, to numerous WP policies. Such an individual is hardly best qualified to police the behaviour of other bad-faith editors. And the behaviour of a sysop who, when exposed, shrugs off his/her lies, half-truths and smears as piddling trivia is contemptible.Further, your aggressive and deceitful assertions are not confined to my talk page: here is an example of your attempt, at another user's talk page, to suppress discussion of notable, relevant and V material from an RS source, in this instance the London Review of Books, by misrepresenting it as a blog: Consider this a warning. Cease warring over the inclusion of that nonsense. Blog essays are not useful to us here on Wikipedia, (except sometimes on articles about notable blogs such as Daily Kos) and discussion of them here is inappropriate. KillerChihuahua?!? 18:22, 24 December 2008 (UTC)
Which drew the following reply (abbreviated here) from the user: I note your warning, but I am pretty sure it was inappropriate. First, I wasn't even "warring for inclusion of that nonsense". Just undeleting the comments discussing it in the first place. If it is truly not a fit subject or source, it should be a simple matter to dispose of that in Talk. Deleting the comments, instead, was not appropriate at all. I have encountered situations where it was appropriate to delete comments rather than rebut them, and this was not one of them. [...] And by the way... the London Review of Books is not a blog. [...] I also think it's worth noting that at least one other admin did not find your block warning to be appropriate. "Anger and frustration"? You flatter yourself. The abusive behaviour I've touched on here earns contempt—an altogether cooler customer whose home is the intellect, not the heart. As for your closing remark, the course I’ve chosen is probably more realistic and certainly less tedious, as it's the only 100 percent effective prophylactic against direct contact with you: avoidance of articles you're involved in.
On a lighter note, as a parting gift, some Hilaire Belloc:Matilda told such Dreadful Lies, / It made one Gasp and Stretch one’s Eyes; /Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth, /Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth, /Attempted to Believe Matilda:/ The effort very nearly killed her./ Every time she shouted 'Fire!' /They only answered 'Little Liar!'/ And therefore when her Aunt returned /Matilda, and the House, were burned.Goodbye Madam! And the best of luck. — / Writegeist (talk) 02:10, 28 December 2008 (UTC)

See the caliber of my steadfast opposition?

I keep no enemies list, nor would I ever keep one - he does, Writegeist does, MastCell does.

But looking at the AFD for the SYNTH list - the following apparently do not keep any such "list": Coffee, GabrielF, Anonymous209.6, Dear ODear ODear, Tom harrison, DHeyward, The Four Deuces, Alex Bakharev, Davewild, Anythingyouwant, MONGO, Ken Arromdee, Hullaballoo Wolfowitz, JoeSperrazza, Two kinds of pork, B, Tarc, Gaijin42, Rlendog, AndyTheGrump, LM2000, RightCowLeftCoast, Capitalismojo, Resolute, Carrite, Horologium, Ealdgyth, JzG, Thargor Orlando, Cullen328 and so on. I wuld prefer that ArbCom listen to their opinions on this drama and the SYNTH at the very heart of it than a dozen who have opined on my essential evilness for years now -- in some cases making far more than a hundred edits critical of me in one way or another, or simply gainsaying anything I say. For the record, I plead guilty to using quotes from famous people and events, and words needed to read Wikipedia articles with a Readability Index of 35. I am guilty of actually following WP:BLP and WP:NPOV as being non-negotiable entirely. I also try to understand that no one is perfect, and finding "bad edits" out f 40,000 edits is an extremely easy task for those who wish to waste their time in such a manner.

But Fyddlestix stated however (which I counted as support for the SYNTH list)

" It has not been established that there is any SYNTH/OR in this article. In fact the current discussion over at BLP/N seems to be leaning the other way, since you have refused or been unable to point out an actual/recognizable piece of SYNTH/OR in this article. You've also failed to make a convincing/intelligible case for this table being SYNTH or OR here, here, here and here. "

Problem being that a couple of dozen others saw the clear SYNTH which is also a WP:BLP violation. Fyddlestix called me a liar for pointing out that he/she specifically re-added the material connecting Bush admin members to PNAC and Iraq to the PNAC article[39]. Cheers to all who enter this humble abode. Collect (talk) 13:03, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Yes, after looking at the current version of Evidence page, many people would think you were a serious troublemaker and should be site banned forever. This is one of the reasons I would recommend you to provide your version of events on the official arbitration Evidence page. If there is not enough space, you can ask arbitrators for extension, and they might grant it for you. Nothing on your talk page will be taken into account. However, if you are going to provide some evidence, I would recommend you not to bring ridiculous mutual accusations (such as your exchange with Fyddlestix), but simply explain what had happened in general with all supporting links and diffs. My very best wishes (talk) 16:01, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
I have "presented evidence" in several cases - and in none of them did it appear any arbitrator actually read the diffs provided. I present what I consider salient material here - feel free to use any of it as evidence on the case page. When an arb (unnamed) proudly announced to me that he did not read much of the evidence at all in a case, and apparently mine not at all - period, my confidence is, alas, diminished. What counts far more is independent editors simply saying that enough is enough - that ArbCom should not reward harassers for being quite successful, and that viewed from the outside, as ArbCom is supposed to do, that the evidence against me proves very little at all. Else the Ikips of this world win by default. WRT the trivial Fyddlestix charge - he/she apparently regarded it as a linchpin in the complaint, whilst I only addressed it as a result - clearly it is of minor weight. As I have iterated - the basis of the issue at hand is whether or not the PNAC "table" was SYNTH - and a drove of independent editors have ruled clearly that it was and remains SYNTH and violative of WP:BLP. And that posting on Jimbo's talk page is not a violation of WP:CANVASS. My email is open. Cheers. Collect (talk) 21:01, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
Indeed, there is a huge pile of evidence by your "opponents", and it is very difficult to read (I really could not). But there are much higher chances that people will read your evidence because this will be the only evidence in your favor. Not commenting on the official page will mean that you agree by default with every argument by your "opponents". If that is what you want, then fine. And perhaps you are right that everything is already determined. You angered too many people and will be banned just to make them happy ("reduce disruption for the project"). That happens all the time, and perhaps you will be happier by doing something more productive instead of contributing here. Good bye! My very best wishes (talk) 21:31, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
You miss the "proposed decision" stage - any arb is allowed to read this page (precedent in the past cases is rife) and all I need do is state that the "evidence" is per se insufficient for any findings to be made about me. If I start addressing every diff presented, ArbCom would have to allow me at least three weeks and 10,000 words to adequately state what did or did not happen. In my last case (TPm), where I did participate, I was warned not to demur with the proposed "kill them all, God will know his own" - I managed to get three other editors out of that "Gordian Knot solution" proposed by one arb, but it was the fact I fought which ended up with a "finding of fact" that using the quote "bosh and twaddle" (by Teddy Roosevelt) about a "reduction ad Hitlerum" hypothetical case was found by a bare majority to be intrinsically evil. Since it is clear that Arbs can decide "bosh and twaddle" in such a case is punishable, they can pretty much decide any word of more than one letter is punishable - depending on whom they judge. Lord knows that my language is rather temperate compared with AndyTheGrump's! Collect (talk) 22:55, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
The case is not about PNAC, but about behavior of users in the project. After looking at the current Evidence I think all these content disputes are really about nothing. Should someone, who obviously is a conspiracy theorist, be described as such in the first phrase on in the 2nd paragraph? Should something be called "a scandal" or "an affair"? Should views by a politician on the climate change be described in length in his biography? That does not really matter. What matters is your conflict with several other users. The conflict is serious enough - the case was taken by Arbcom. Why conflict? Perhaps you are just a stubborn guy who makes an issue of every minor disagreement. Right now it looks this way from the Evidence. If so, you should be topic banned or banned. Or maybe these users simply do not like you personally and therefore revert your edits, even ones of no significance (as you apparently imply). Yes, they do not like you judging from their comments, but I do not see any evidence of their wikistalking. Perhaps it was you who stalked them? My very best wishes (talk) 13:44, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
With me following well over 4000 pages, the odds of me "stalking" anyone are nil. In point of fact, I had zero interaction with some other than where they leapt into discussions. Most of my entries into articles are from WP:BLP/N discussions and the like - If I were stalking Ubikwit would I have such minimal overlap out of well over 4000 pages? Fyddlestix? Any of them? Check the number of edits I have made at BLP/N <g> (try over 1750 edits by me on that noticeboard alone) and you will see how it works. And again -- WP:BLP is not a "negotiable policy" - it is at the very core of what Wikipedia seeks to be.
And how could I "follow" Ubikwit for Neoconservatism? PNAC? Oligarchy, Sam Harris (author)? (since I posted earlier than he on all of them) I did arrive at Robert Kagan and Joe Klein from noticeboard posts - not from "following" anyone.
Fyddlestix posted after me at PNAC and after me at Skull and Bones. Following? Not possible for me on any article at all there.
MrX? After me at Talk:War on Women. After me at Steve Scalise. After me at Rick Perry. Before me at S. Truett Cathy which was at BLPN. Before me at Jeb Bush which also made BLPN. In fact after me at more than 80% more than 3/5 of the articles of any possible interactions per the Editor Interaction tool. And you could think I was stalking folks by having them follow me more than 80%60% of the time? Interesting indeed. Cheers. Collect (talk) 14:09, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
It's not me. They tell it was you who stalked them [40]. So, unless you can provide something on Evidence page to support your words here (you peacefully edited page A, someone X, who never edited it before, came to revert your legitimate edit for no obvious reason, and he did the same on five other pages [diffs]),most people including arbitrators will think these guys are telling the truth. My very best wishes (talk) 14:50, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

In which case - I ask you to convey the actual truth. If they can make sufficiently outrageous lies so good that you believe them, then Wikipedia is truly doomed. Collect (talk) 14:58, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

I am sorry, but conveying your position is your responsibility. No one will do this for you. My very best wishes (talk) 15:14, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
WRT falsely accusing anyone of sockpuppetry at SPI posts - I have an 80% accuracy rate there. [41] shows absolutely minimal overlap between Buster7 and I from Jan 2013 onwards - period. In fact I ignore him entirely except for when he had an RfA and I pointed out that he had in fact made threats about finding out about me personally: [42] and [43] noting that the complainant has used the term ""psychopathic schizophrnic " (his spelling) [44]. Did this dismiss Buster7's stuff enough? But I forget -- you are mute when faced with facts and actual diffs, but more than willing to convey an opinion that Buster7's "evidence" convinced you I was a stalker, right? Cheers. Collect (talk) 15:22, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
Talking here with me is not the way to convince anyone. People will only look at your diffs and links on Evidence page. My very best wishes (talk) 15:31, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Shaygan Kheradpir[edit]

Can't seem to draw sustained attention to the page from non-SPAs for the life of me. Do you have time to take a look here? I don't feel the sources directly support the material they are being used for. I have a COI of sorts. It would probably be accurate to say I just have a COI with the Juniper section. CorporateM (Talk) 21:59, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Sorry -- it is a BLP and the harassment which would assuredly ensue is not worth the effort to actually make sure WP:BLP is followed - the edit could say "George Gnarph is a 'mass murderer' " using a blog as a source - and I still am unable to intervene. Hell, my essays are asserted to contain proof of some sort of heinous behaviour on my part - and here I thought they simply expressed reasonable views about Wikipedia. Cheers. Collect (talk) 22:12, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
No problem. I don't think there are any BLP concerns specifically, so much as a general sourcing and lead discussion. Best of luck with the ArbCom thing. CorporateM (Talk) 16:50, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Your comments on the Infoboxes II case request[edit]

Hi Collect, after a discussion on mail:clerks-l, I have partially redacted your statement in the Infoboxes II arbitration case request. On all of Wikipedia and specifically on arbitration pages, please refrain from adding personal attacks, and make sure to adhere to the civility policy strictly. (This is a clerk warning, for the record.) --L235 (t / c / ping in reply) 01:23, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

I made no "personal attacks" whatsoever in my comments, nor did I deem the remarks uncivil. Cheers as always. Collect (talk) 02:19, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Note: This user has been successfully harassed from any BLPs or "political articles" which seems to encompass Moby-Dick as Melville held appointive political office.[edit]

Collect (talk) 00:08, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

It's a big pedia so not working on BLPs could be a blessing. A read through the Obama article gives insight into Wikipedia...its a featured article and has been for a long time, but it's a pretty positive review for a sitting President with less than a 50% approval rating and I think he's a horrible president and possibly one of our worst....but because I disapprove of his presidency so vehemently is exactly why I don't edit the article. I know if I try to add the facts and perspectives of more than half the polled voters, I will have little success. Therefore, where we can make a difference is at keeping the quackery at bay in those areas where virtually everyone is United against the introduction of such nonsense. At arbcom they have you tied to the stake and have been given the opportunity to add more wood at your feet so you can either submit your defense and even explain in plain English what's at stake or wait until they toss in the flaming torch.--MONGO 00:25, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
I too hope this will be only a topic ban. However, after looking at the Evidence right now, I would not exclude a possibility of site ban.My very best wishes (talk) 13:49, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
While a site ban may not be the goal, I doubt those that oppose Collect's efforts will miss him should that be the end result.--MONGO 03:56, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
I site ban will be totally stupid, as there is only one area in which his behavior has been questioned. He does good work in other areas. A 1RR in political BLPs will be more than enough, and will give him the opportunity to learn that WP:WPDNNY. - Cwobeel (talk) 15:14, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Any such topic ban would basically keep me from doing what is most useful for Wikipedia in my opinion. Look, for example, at the edits made by the harassers:
[45] shows an editor ignoring the clear finding that the "list" was SYNTH and uses [46] which is an editorial column to make claims of fact.
"The report's primary author was Thomas Donnelly, and Donald Kagan and Gary Schmitt are credited as project chairmen. It also lists the names of 27 other participants that contributed papers or attended meetings related to the production of the report, six of whom subsequently assumed key defense and foreign policy positions in the Bush administration. As I have iterated, opinions can only be cited as opinions - and this source is clearly an opinion source (the source also includes such "facts" as
The official story on Iraq has never made sense. The connection that the Bush administration has tried to draw between Iraq and al-Qaida has always seemed contrived and artificial. In fact, it was hard to believe that smart people in the Bush administration would start a major war based on such flimsy evidence.
The pieces just didn't fit. Something else had to be going on; something was missing. In recent days, those missing pieces have finally begun to fall into place. As it turns out, this is not really about Iraq. It is not about weapons of mass destruction, or terrorism, or Saddam, or U.N. resolutions. This war, should it come, is intended to mark the official emergence of the United States as a full-fledged global empire, seizing sole responsibility and authority as planetary policeman. It would be the culmination of a plan 10 years or more in the making, carried out by those who believe the United States must seize the opportunity for global domination, even if it means becoming the "American imperialists" that our enemies always claimed we were. Once that is understood, other mysteries solve themselves. For example, why does the administration seem unconcerned about an exit strategy from Iraq once Saddam is toppled?
Sound like opinion or like fact? In fact it is specifically part of the "9/11 conspiracy theory" category AFAICT.
[47] introduces a "second letter" not even associated with PNAC and then adds the SYNTH that it shared seven signers with the PNAC letter. If claims about the first letter's signers was SYNTH, how can one not note that connecting seven of them to a second letter not even connected with PNAC is relevant?
[48] makes the edit:
Cruz has stated that satellite data shows no global warming in the past 17 years, based on a cherry-picked range of data that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change views as indicative of a short term trend. (bolded is the edit)
That appears to make a claim in Wikipedia's voice directly that he cherry-picked data deliberately to make a false claim. The source used here states " Researchers largely have agreed that the rate of global warming has slowed in recent years. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has acknowledged that the rate of warming since the 1998 El Niño has been smaller than the rate calculated since 1951." and "Cruz’s most recent statement, that “no significant” warming has taken place in the past 17 years, is more accurate". The WaPo article does not use the term "cherry-picked" at all. Nor does the CSM article use that term. NEITHER of those sources given as a reference for the "cherry picked data" supports the claim at all, and so it is likely a BLP violation for any editor to use them as a source for a claim of fact in Wikipedia's voice.
But I can not come within a mile of that BLP - even for such an egregious violation. The FactCheck Levitan editorial source could be used for a claim ascribed to the person holding it, but not in Wikipedia's voice. ("'s SciCheck feature focuses on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy. SciCheck is made possible by a grant from the Stanton Foundation" indicating that the purpose of such editorials is specifically to attack "partisans" and to be editorials in nature) Lastly (before iterating the same Levitan source as though using it twice makes the opinion "more valid") we have a CNN source. Amazingly enough, it makes no such claim about "cherry-picked data" at all. Sorry -- when a single editorial source (noting the comment at the bottom of the Levitan source that the sourcing is intended to take aim at "partisans") makes a claim, we can not use it as "fact" in a BLP.
Care to defend those edits as being absolutely proper under policy?
If I can not make a difference on BLPs where my harassers and complainants are still actively making edits which are questionable under Wikipedia non-negotiable policies - what the hell can I do? Really? Cheers. Collect (talk) 16:06, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Your comment about that edit is correct. Under 1RR you could revert, and explain in talk. - Cwobeel (talk) 16:28, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
And the other editor is edit warring on you -- he reverted your edit ("quote to citation for "cherry picked". Was attributed in a previous version but another editor demurred" which fails to note the problem is in the source being specifically editorial in nature and per note at its bottom - specifically funded to handle "partisans") -- and apparently thinking opinion is the same as "fact" to be made in Wikipedia's voice. See the problem? Collect (talk) 17:29, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Is it always first revert or there are any exceptions such as partial revert? That's where the conflict begins. OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 16:42, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
I have been threatened even where zero reverts per se occurred (the change was to language which had been in a BLP for a while!). Thus as long as the harassers are out in "full force and vigour" - I can not touch even Moby-Dick. Collect (talk) 16:47, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── It is pretty hard to debate these days whether the matter concerns BLP or not. Though it is clearest when the matter concerns COPYVIO. Can you point me to the thread or section where this regrettable proposal of 0rr might have taken place? OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 16:50, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

Long ago - 2/0 blocked me at 1RR for "edit war" - which was quickly overturned. Gwen Gale blocked me for violating 0RR on political articles - for removing charges that a very long dead politician was actually a Nazi, etc. Look above for some of the accusations from the past. For fun, look at the edits from 2008 on Dino Rossi and note that it later emerged that the main editor there (acting as owner AFAICT) was a campaign worker for another politician. Who issued 3RR "warnings " many times on my talk page as a result. Collect (talk) 17:23, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Collect: WP:WPDNNY. If there are egregious BLP violations, there are other editors around, you know? - Cwobeel (talk) 17:32, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
And any such ban would include not mentioning any such violations to anyone at all -- did you not understand that minor cavil?
If I saw a claim that George Gnarph was a murdering thief - sourced to the Daily Mail (which is RS except for contentious claims about living persons, IMHO), I could not mention that fact to anyone at all - as it would qualify as meatpuppetry or the like.
Or I could wait as you suggest until someone notices it -- which can take more than 10 years for even absurd hoaxes, in case you missed that news <g>. Cheers. Collect (talk) 17:38, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
A 1RR on political BLPs will allow you to revert, explain your reversion and engage in talk. But if you don't defend yourself, and acknowledge some of the concerns (I know it will be hard; we are proud beings), you may end up facing more severe sanctions. - Cwobeel (talk) 20:08, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Where there is a BLP violation - letting it remain is actually contrary to any common sense. I think you just learned exactly how some others work to promote what they "know" to be the "truth" on BLPs. Cheers. Collect (talk) 20:26, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
The problem with your statement is that you think that if it wasn't for you, BLPs with violations will remain in WP. But nothing could be further from the truth. If you stop editing WP today, nothing will happen, really. - Cwobeel (talk) 21:01, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Nope. I am not essential to Wikipedia whatsoever. If Wikipedia wants me (or anyone, in fact) to edit, and has me feel harassed while I am editing, then it is likely that I would not edit Wikipedia much at all.
Try an analogy: You like to mow the golf-course fairway - but some kids keep shooting pellet guns at you. You get discouraged and no longer enjoy mowing the grass. (See WP:HOUND). You stop because if they keep making sure you can not enjoy mowing the grass, there is precious little joy to be had in mowing when the kids are shooting at you.
You are not essential to the golf course, - in fact you are entirely worthless perhaps, but when enough kids are there to drive off enough volunteers (See Gamergate inter alia) the golf course will lose a lot of other volunteers.
No individual volunteer is worth a sou, but the collective and escalating danger is that too many of the mowers will be driven off by those pesky kids. If one wishes to retain any editors, then one must prevent those shooting the pellets from affecting the volunteers. Cheers. Collect (talk) 21:30, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
I hear you. But I think that if you acknowledge some of the concerns expressed in the evidence, you will be able to continue editing, and the pesky kids will have a reason to stop shooting pellets. - Cwobeel (talk) 23:03, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Read my statements and rebuttals. Note where I state my positions - right or wrong. And my actual political background - which I suspect will not shock anyone who actually reads my opinions about WP:BLP. Cheers. Collect (talk) 23:21, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
I wouldn't give up yet. I looked at some of the "charges" against you (admittedly not all of them) and what I saw amounted to little more than "Collect often disagrees with me over content" or "Collect made 3 mildly snarky remarks" or "Collect prefers to take contentious BLP disputes about political figures to BLP/N where it will get more neutral eyes on it than on the article talk page which will have more partisan editors (on either side) watching it." The 3RR allegations are the only ones I saw that seemed serious, but even there 3RR has exceptions for BLPs, in particular to eliminate "bias." There is a lot, and maybe I missed some egregious ones in my sample, but I have faith that ArbCom will take the time to look through all the evidence and see how flimsy much of it is (assuming of course that I didn't miss anything really bad). Rlendog (talk) 01:24, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:G. Edward Griffin[edit]

The feedback request service is asking for participation in this request for comment on Talk:G. Edward Griffin. Legobot (talk) 00:00, 8 April 2015 (UTC)


Looks like this case is probably going to proceed irrespective of your convenience. I can only suggest that if they decide to grant you any kind of extension, try to make the most of it, even if it's not nearly enough and even if it means you'll present a half-assed defense of yourself due to lack of time. I don't think it really seems fair but at this point I actually think they are more concerned with fully adhering to established protocol than making sure the process is fair. Anyway, I was going to make a large submission on your behalf, but I didn't get around to it before evidence closed. I requested an 11th-hour extension but it was denied. Sorry bud. Centrify (f / k / a FCAYS) (talk) (contribs) 11:31, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

American Politics 2 arbitration evidence phase closing soon[edit]

As a listed party to this case, this is a notification that the evidence phase of this case is closing soon on 14 April. If you have additional evidence that you wish to introduce for consideration, it must be entered before this date. On behalf of the committee, Lankiveil (speak to me) 01:55, 12 April 2015 (UTC).

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Tree of Life[edit]

The feedback request service is asking for participation in this request for comment on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Tree of Life. Legobot (talk) 00:00, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Evidence closed[edit]

The evidence phase is now closed on the American Politics 2 arbitration case, which you are a named party to. You are welcome to add proposals at the workshop. For the Committee, --L235 (t / c / ping in reply) using MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:16, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Jr. comma RfC[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Franklin D. Roosevelt[edit]

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American politics 2 workshop phrase[edit]

Hello Collect, the workshop phase on the American politics 2 arbitration case, which you are listed as a party to, has been extended to 24 April 2015. This is the best opportunity to express your analysis of the evidence presented in this arbitration case. For the Committee, --L235 (t / c / ping in reply) via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 16:07, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

See topic ban. Bleah. Collect (talk) 11:09, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

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American politics 2 workshop phase closed[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Brian Sylvestre[edit]

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Proposed Decision in Collect and Others[edit]

Hi Collect, in the open Collect and others arbitration case, a remedy or finding of fact has been proposed which relates to you.  Please review this decision and draw the arbitrators' attention to any relevant material or statements. Comments may be brought to the attention of the committee on the proposed decision talk page. For a guide to the arbitration process, see Wikipedia:Arbitration/Guide to arbitration. For the Arbitration Committee, Robert McClenon (talk) 01:20, 1 May 2015 (UTC)

Hey Collect, I decided to waste some of my time, and have just taken a look at this frightful case. My comment (about a little piece of it) is here. Cheers.Anythingyouwant (talk) 07:31, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
He also engaged in some unwitting violations of ArbCom protocol in your defense, and got a gentle tongue-lashing for it. You owe people now, dude. Centrify (f / k / a Factchecker_blah_blah_blah) (talk) (contribs) 02:26, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
As I said I was physically AWAY - and actually unable to participate. Blaming me for being in that status is absurd. I made clear that June 10 was the earliest I could do much -- but I find the committee is prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner, and th3 fact that it allows arbs who had repeatedly called for my being sanctioned to act without recusing themselves to be a horrid example of sophomoric puerility. To your health. Collect (talk) 11:14, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

Final in person request[edit]

Assuming that, in spite of your medical condition and any Real Life situations, you still drop in here to see what's going on, I would forgivingly make a request. As a gesture of good faith, I wonder if you would consider re-working your talk page introduction so that it in no way mentions me or even hints to my existence. I would consider it a personal favor and perceive it as a handshake of forgiveness and an act of possible friendship. Any transgressions we have committed against each other should, by now, have faded into the long forgotten and distant past. . Buster Seven Talk 15:34, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

I suggest you assume he isn't watching this page, and have the patience to wait for him, else ask an admin to do it for you. That would really be a sign of good faith, especially after all the accusations you've made about the supposedly deceptive nature of his absence. Don't purport to claim equivalence between Collect's RL health problems and your hurt Wiki-feelings. BTW, I don't think I've said anything to deserve the treatment you gave me at the ArbCom case. Thanks for nothing, old pal. Centrify (f / k / a Factchecker_blah_blah_blah) (talk) (contribs) 02:23, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
Collect has not edited Wikipedia since April 6, and all indications are that he won't for weeks more. In view of Buster 7's May 4 request for forgiveness and friendship, I feel confident that Collect would not hesitate to grant Buster 7's request. Accordingly, since I have not been disinvited from editing this talk page, I intend to remove from view the unattributed material in question, within the hour.Anythingyouwant (talk) 19:22, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
Thank you, Anything. . Buster Seven Talk 21:07, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
I was AWAY. Physically away - and just got back from overseas. I have cancer, wife has melanoma. Wish similar health on others? Collect (talk) 11:15, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
Tough luck, bud. I am sorry to hear this. WP would suffer with your absence, but I don't know that that's a good reason to stay. And in any event WP appears content to serve as an online attack platform, so maybe the grapes really are sour. Centrify (f / k / a Factchecker_has_annoying_username) (talk) (contribs) 00:25, 5 June 2015 (UTC)
Thanks - what I find galling is that I have been around for over nine years - and when I said I was away on a trip, I found it galling that anyone would snidely suggest (on and off-Wiki) that the trip (planned for two years) was "convenient". Where those who were stalking/hounding continue to stalk/hound even when I am away, I find their position to be less than collegial at best. Cheers. Collect (talk) 10:49, 5 June 2015 (UTC)
Although I stumbled onto that case by accident after it was already underway, I subsequently watched the process very closely. There were multiple things that were considerably more than 0% galling. Centrify (f / k / a Factchecker_has_annoying_username) (talk) (contribs) 15:04, 6 June 2015 (UTC)

Please remove the quoted matter at the top of this page, or I will[edit]

Collect, when I happened on this section on the workshop for "your" case, with its striking header, I felt myself getting angry. A little research showed you had added a quote from 15 October 2008[49] to the top of your talkpage four years later on 7 September 2012, [50]. It has been distressing the editor in question ever since. I know you know that. Unless distress is actually your purpose, please remove the quote, including all other reference to Buster7, such as this sneer (added on 17 Aug 2014), which actually identifies Buster, within the next 24 hours, or I will. I realize you may not be watching, and then I'll simply be the one to remove it. BTW, I don't think the identification is the big problem. Buster obviously hates having something he said as a newbie,[51] which he wouldn't say today, quoted against him, whether or not it names him. Bishonen | talk 18:48, 9 May 2015 (UTC).

For someone who purports to be paying attention, this post you made sure seems like a bunch of unnecessary bluster, directed at an editor whom you know is not watching, solely to make some kind of point. Just go ahead and remove it, without the posturing. Centrify (f / k / a Factchecker_has_annoying_username) (talk) (contribs) 19:49, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
As I had made clear that I was basically not going to be around (just returned from overseas) I find your post objectionable but shall gracefully leave it in place. Count my edits. Cheers. Collect (talk) 11:06, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
Hi, Collect, I hope you and your wife are fully recovered. I have counted your edits as requested. Not sure why — did you want me to note how few they are, to emphasise that confrontation and personalising are so important to you that you're willing to spend three out of seven edits on the miserable matter of the quotes at the top of your page? And to ask Buster if he wishes cancer and melanoma on others, for god's sake. In response to an olive branch from him, yet. I'm very unlikely to post on your page again — I only did originally because I was angry and it seemed necessary. But as long as I'm here, is Christian terrorism really a page about US politics or US political figures?[52] The mediation doesn't seem to focus on American issues — even though I see you mention the KKK a couple of times, so no doubt you'd have to avoid certain details going forward — and Christian terrorism in the United States is a separate article. I'd ask arbcom if I were you. Bishonen | talk 11:35, 30 May 2015 (UTC).
The hostility of your message is as flagrant as can be. Are you really thinking Buster is extending an olive branch? That's ludicrus. Let me know when you and yours finish running Collect off the website.--MONGO 13:11, 30 May 2015 (UTC)
I shall be sure to tell everyone in the world when anyone is fully cured of cancers such as malignant melanomas. If you wish to see the "olive branches" I trust you have read the site-which-must-not-be-named and such genteel olive branches from his friends as "For many years BLP has been Collect’s battleground of choice for deploying his well-stocked arsenal of assholery. It's no surprise to see him run for cover from the altogether tougher action at arbcom, or to hear him squeal "harassment!" from the sidelines now that he’s called to account—in WP as in RL narcissistic assholes commonly play the victim card when there’s pushback. Collect’s endgame strategy is one that’s well-tried. And didn’t that game work out well for, say, DangerousPanda/Bwilkins.", and a WP edit [53]. I also suggest you read the history of "broadly construed" as a Wiki term of art indeed - as the only exception granted for reverts is absolute unambiguous vandalism as you surely have noted. I am not even allowed to mention groups related to any topic covered in "any namespace" including any essays or posts to UT Jimbo. And yes - the topic of CT does contain material and discussions specifically related to the topic ban. Hell, even Mark Twain is absolutely covered by the ban! And my two good articles are covered by the topic ban. With all the same wishes you bestow on me, Collect (talk) 08:29, 31 May 2015 (UTC)


This arbitration case has been closed and the final decision is available at the link above.

1. Collect is banned from any page relating to or making any edit about US politics or US political figures, in any namespace. This ban may be appealed no earlier than 18 months after its adoption.

2. Collect is indefinitely limited to one revert per article in any 24 hour period. This restriction excepts the reversal of unambiguous vandalism.

For the committee, Robert McClenon (talk) 01:43, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

The Wikipedia articles about US politics and US political figures will be less neutral as a result of this decision, and I do not regard that as coincidence.Anythingyouwant (talk) 02:19, 10 May 2015 (UTC)
Bad luck, I hope this won't put you off editing altogether. Guy (Help!) 11:41, 10 May 2015 (UTC)
It has - along with a cancer (melanoma) problem, and the fact that arbs who had repeatedly called for my ban in the past should have recused. I would note this case was argued in my absence (I was overseas, in fact), and that I find it so utterly irrational as to beggar belief. This means that my stating that I am, in fact, a liberal is a direct and instant violation of the "decision" and O ask that anyone who finds this to be sufficient to ask for my permanent removal should do so. Cheers. Collect (talk) 11:02, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

Red Kitten 01.jpg

Because although your edits were not appreciated, they were valuable. Keep your head up and enjoy this adorable kitten.

RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 05:13, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Ariana Grande[edit]

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Stalking again[edit]

[54] is evidence thereof. User:Viriditas/Conservative alternate reality in the United States shows an unusual proposal for an article. Said editor is intent on preventing anyone keeping track of "problems" however [55] even editing the sandboxes of other users whilst they are not present on Wikipedia, and where the discussion at AN/I was ongoing. Collect (talk) 12:27, 31 May 2015 (UTC)

These diffs posted by Viriditas display a ridiculous, arrogant hall-monitor attitude. The essay belies a sort of blissful self-made ignorance. Both are commonplace on Wikipedia. Centrify (f / k / a Factchecker_has_annoying_username) (talk) (contribs) 15:09, 6 June 2015 (UTC)

일반 문서[edit] apparently the Korean word for "Articles". Not sure why the X! edit-counter tool shows the Korean word there (or in one other place: 过错 for Errors). Just FYI. Cheers. Abecedare (talk) 01:05, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

I wot not why the system used Korean for an English Wikipedia though ... Collect (talk) 01:09, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

Collect, I have moved the extended discussion (basically, everything after the candidate's response) followining your oppose at Neil's RFA to the RFA's talk page. If you or any other participant in the discussion (or, any of the bureaucrats) disagree with this, feel free to undo my move. Also you can change the title I chose for the talkpage section if you feel it is singling you out (I named it "Oppose by Collect" in anticipation that there may be need for similar sections in the coming week). Pinging @Alakzi, PhantomTech, Cwobeel, and Liz:. Abecedare (talk) 01:57, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

American politics 2 arbitration proposed decision posted[edit]

Hello. The proposed decision for the American politics 2 arbitration case, which you are listed to as a party, has been posted. Thank you, --L235 (t / c / ping in reply) via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:32, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Dennis Hastert[edit]

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Some people seem intent on defaming me by innuendo it seems[edit]

I was not absent "conveniently" from the arbitration case. I was on an extended trip planned for two years. I am, in fact, willing to send Jimbo photos from St. Petersburg, Helsinki etc. as absolute proof - and if you wish me to do so, please post here instead of making snide and unwarranted claims about me. I find such innuendos as being spread to be further examples of basic and explicit harassment. I also note that one arbitrator should absolutely have recused per prior discussions, and his direct personal attacks on me in the past. The community expects arbitrators to approach all cases with open minds and not with absolute and blatant prejudice. Collect (talk) 01:42, 15 June 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/American politics 2 closed[edit]

This arbitration case has been closed and the final decision is available at the link above. The following remedies have been enacted:

  1. Remedy 1 of the American Politics case is rescinded. In its place, the following is adopted: standard discretionary sanctions are authorized for all edits about, and all pages related to post-1932 politics of the United States and closely related people.
  2. Ubikwit (talk · contribs) is banned from any page relating to or making any edit about post-1932 politics of the United States, and closely related people, in any namespace. This ban may be appealed no earlier than 18 months after its adoption.
  3. MONGO (talk · contribs) is admonished for adding to the hostility in the topic area.

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Discuss this at: Wikipedia talk:Arbitration Committee/Noticeboard#Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/American politics 2 closed

Thank you[edit]

Collect, I'm back at Wikipedia, and I want to say thank you for the comment that you left at the Christian terrorism mediation talk page, expressing your willingness to wait for me to return. I think that it was very kind and generous of you to show that kind of consideration for my feelings. I especially appreciate that, even though we have disagreed about content, we can still treat one another with respect as human beings. I also see from something you said above that you are dealing with a health issue, and I sincerely wish you the best with that. --Tryptofish (talk) 22:44, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

Same sincere wishes from me too, FWIW. You have more time for healthy habits now, instead of the unhealthy Internet, so enjoy if possible.Anythingyouwant (talk) 22:52, 19 June 2015 (UTC)
The health issue is with my wife who now faces substantial surgery (at least not the immediate loss of her arm) and other possible medical treatments. My own medical issues are not life-threatening - prostate and related cancers are chronic in nature. Note that I was not given reasonable ability to address the claims made about me at arbitration and, in fact, I was accused of deliberately avoiding the issues - while I was rather engaged in dealing with major real issues and an extended trip to Europe which had been planned for two years. I wish there were some way to show those who made the snide and iterated comments how wrong they are and were, but that would clearly violate the (papal) infallibility of ArbCom. Collect (talk) 11:02, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
I think you need to use the best redirect I ever created.🎃Anythingyouwant (talk) 17:36, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Carlos Latuff[edit]

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Geography only?[edit]

Are you permitted to comment on geography strictly omitting constitutional status? The intent is to launch an RfC on the “United States:Talk” page this week. I am not trying to cause a controversy, I just wanted you to know the six-months progress in your absence. Please use discretion, TFD is constantly trying to make this a discussion about constitutional status, and older≠wiser (Bkonrad) will not agree to the statement if any political assertion is made in the introductory lede sentence at "United States".

A group of twelve editors at an RfM this year have been hammering along on the same issue of including “native-born” Americans from the Insular Territories in the “United States” lede sentence. You may remember the Dispute Resolution of 9 to 3 participants two years ago, well the margin this time is 9 to 1. Of the three editors who opposed two years ago, Bkonrad has agreed to a statement as geographical extent only, without inference as to constitutional status. Golbez dropped out saying he does not want to be bothered on the subject again. The Four Deuces (TFD) has agreed but continues to snipe at various elements of the following charts.

I thought you might enjoy perusing them, as the intent is to launch an RfC on the “United States:Talk” page this week. Sunray (RfM mediator)(an additional mediator will administer the RfC), AlanScottWalker, Robert McClenon, The Gnome, RightCowLeftCoast, Bkonrad (older≠ wiser), Wzrd1,, TheVirginiaHistorian, (and in at least one iteration, TFD) have endorsed the proposed language.

"The United States of America (USA), commonly referred to as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major territories and various possessions. [n]
"Note: The federal district is Washington DC. The five major territories are American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The nine smaller island areas without permanent populations are Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Atoll, Palmyra Atoll, Wake Island, and Navassa Island. U.S. sovereignty over Serranilla Bank and Bajo Nuevo (Petrel Island) is disputed. See U.S. State Department, Common Core Document to U.N. Committee on Human Rights, December 30, 2011, Item 22, 27, 80.— and U.S. General Accounting Office Report, U.S. Insular Areas: application of the U.S. Constitution, November 1997, p. 1, 6, 39n. Both viewed April 6, 2016.
Mediation US territory discussion
United States District/Territory Geographically, US national jurisdiction US Citizens/Nationals Estimated population In Congress (Member of Congress) Local self governance US Constitution supreme law US District Court Presidential vote
 District of Columbia Yes check.svg Done Yes check.svg Done 1801 US citizenship 658,000 Yes check.svg Done 1971: Norton Yes check.svg Done 1975 Yes check.svg Done Congressional Organic Act Yes check.svg Done Fed'l Dist Crt - DC Yes check.svg Done 1961 Constitutional Amendment
 American Samoa Yes check.svg Done Yes check.svg Done 1904 US nationals 57,000 (≈ 1% territorial population) Yes check.svg Done 1981; Amata Yes check.svg Done 1978 Yes check.svg Done Territorial Constitution Fed'l appointed High Ct; DC or Hi citizenship under litigation at Supreme Court
 Guam Yes check.svg Done Yes check.svg Done 1950 US citizenship 159,000 Yes check.svg Done 1973; Bordallo Yes check.svg Done 1972 Yes check.svg Done Congressional Organic Act Yes check.svg Done Terr'l Dist Crt - GU while resident in a state
 Northern Mariana Islands Yes check.svg Done Yes check.svg Done 1986 US citizenship 77,000 Yes check.svg Done 2009; Sablan Yes check.svg Done 1978 Yes check.svg Done Territorial Constitution Yes check.svg Done Fed'l Dist Crt - MP while resident in a state
 Puerto Rico Yes check.svg Done Yes check.svg Done 1952 US citizenship mutually agreed (1917 citizenship by Congressional fiat) 3,667,000 (≈ 90% insular territory population) Yes check.svg Done 1901; Pierluisi Yes check.svg Done 1948 Yes check.svg Done Territorial Constitution Yes check.svg Done Fed'l Dist Crt - PR while resident in a state
 US Virgin Islands Yes check.svg Done Yes check.svg Done 1927 US citizenship 106,000 Yes check.svg Done 1973; Plaskett Yes check.svg Done 1970 Yes check.svg Done Congressional Organic Act Yes check.svg Done Terr'l Dist Crt - VI while resident in a state
uninhabited possessions Yes check.svg Done Citizenship by blood, otherwise not decided in the courts for Palmyra Atoll n/a n/a n/a Yes check.svg Done fundamental provisions various n/a
Sources See U.S. State Department, Common Core Document to U.N. Committee on Human Rights, December 30, 2011, Item 22, 27, 80.— and U.S. General Accounting Office Report, U.S. Insular Areas: application of the U.S. Constitution, November 1997, p. 1, 6, 39n. viewed April 6, 2016. Six scholars in law journals, university press monographs and Congressional Quarterly attest to the 21st century US geographic sense, national jurisdiction and constitutional framework including territories: G. Alan Tarr (2005) "encompasses” (p. 382 [56]). Ellis Katz (2006), "composed of (p.296 [57]). Jon M. Van Dyke (1992), “a part of ” (p. 1 [58]). Bartholomew Sparrow (2005), “the US includes” (p. 231-232,

[59]). Donald P. Haider-Markel (2008), "officially a part of” (p. 649 [60]). Earl H. Fry (2009), “U.S. federal system” (p. 297 [61]).

The following chart is of my own making. It has not been discussed as being included in the RfC. It may be that active participants to the mediation will not be permitted to make any posting beyond their opening statement of under 300? words. So, just FYI:

Mediation sources summary
Scope USG sources Scholars USG sources Scholars Almanac Encyclopedia
US federal republic geographic extent Pres. Proclamation [62], Pres. Exec Order [63], GAO (1997) [64], State Dept. Common Core [65], Homeland Act [66] Tarr [67], Katz [68], Van Dyke [69] FEMA [70], US Customs [71], Immigration serv. [72], Education [73], Soc. Sec. [74] Sparrow [75], Haider-Markel [76], Fry [77] Fact Book [78] Britannica [79]
50 states (18 sources) Yes check.svg Done (5) Yes check.svg Done (3) Yes check.svg Done (5) Yes check.svg Done (3) Yes check.svg Done (1) Yes check.svg Done (1)
50 states & DC (17 sources) Yes check.svg Done (5) Yes check.svg Done (3) Yes check.svg Done (5) Yes check.svg Done (3) Yes check.svg Done (1) 1 omits DC & terr & poss
50 states, DC, & 5 terr. (16 sources) Yes check.svg Done (5) "contiguous territory", "geographical sense", "within framework", US "definition" includes territories & possessions to define the US homeland Yes check.svg Done (3) "encompasses", "composed", "a part of" the US Yes check.svg Done (5) two define “United States” with, two enumerate 5 major territories, one included 5 major territories equally as a “state” for purposes of the law Yes check.svg Done (3) “includes”, “officially a part of”, "US fed'l system” 1 omits insular terr & poss 1 omits DC & terr & poss
50 states, DC, terr. & poss. (8 sources) Yes check.svg Done (5) Yes check.svg Done (3) 5 USG sources omit possessions 3 omit possessions 1 omits insular terr & poss 1 omits DC & terr & poss
Mediation deliberation The mediation consensus was arrived at not only by a numerical count of sources, but also taking into consideration geographical extent as national jurisdiction, territory formally claimed in international forums, homeland security and definitions of the "United States" found in law.

The “United States" defined in a geographic sense is, "any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, any possession…” Homeland Security Public Law 107-296 Sec.2.(16)(A).

Sources describing the constitutional status of Insular Case “alien races” a century ago were not found applicable to modern territories today with “native-born” Americans obtaining their citizenship, self-governance, civilian courts and territorial Members of Congress by today's law.

Good health to you and yours. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 13:30, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

Thanks - but I am barred from anything remotely connected to any US politics whatsoever from the dawn of time. Of course, I was not given a shot at refuting the evidence (I was, in fact, overseas, on a trip planned two years ago, told the committee that, and was told "tough shit" or the like, and had some claim that my absence was "convenient"), and the persons who gave the "evidence" leave such edit summaries as "Fuck You!" when they edit, or edit was aver images of a politician in a BLP. One might even fear that at least one arb, who has repeatedly called for me being banned entirely from Wikipedia in the past, but did not think that a reason to recuse, might have prejudged the case such that finding that I used a "foreign word" would be sufficient for my summary execution (LOL?) Cheers. Collect (talk) 13:58, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
Regrets. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 16:00, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta[edit]

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Thanks very much...[edit]

...for your support over at my RfA. I shall do my best to be worthy of it, for however long I shall remain in the position. :-) --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 08:44, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

Arbitration motion regarding Arbitration enforcement[edit]

By motion, the Arbitration Committee authorises the following injunction effective immediately:
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Arbitration enforcement arbitration case opened[edit]

By motion, the committee authorises the following injunction effective immediately:
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You recently offered a statement in a request for arbitration. The Arbitration Committee has, per the above, accepted that request for arbitration and an arbitration case has been opened at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Arbitration enforcement. Evidence that you wish the arbitrators to consider should be added to the evidence subpage, at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Arbitration enforcement/Evidence. Please add your evidence by July 13, 2015, which is when the evidence phase closes. You can also contribute to the case workshop subpage, Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Arbitration enforcement/Workshop. For a guide to the arbitration process, see Wikipedia:Arbitration/Guide to arbitration. Apologies for the potential duplicate message. For the Arbitration Committee, L235 (t / c / ping in reply) via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:43, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

My comments did not in any way reflect any judgment on my part, and it is possible that any comments on the actual matters at hand would be interpreted by those harassing me in the past as being violative of my topic ban referred to supra. Collect (talk) 12:04, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Change from announced time table for the Arbitration enforcement arbitration case[edit]

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Motion passed in AE arbitration case granting amnesty and rescinding previous temporary injunction[edit]

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On 5 July, 2015, the following motion was passed and enacted:

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  2. The Arbitration Committee hereby declares an amnesty covering:
    1. the original comment made by Eric Corbett on 25 June 2015 and any subsequent related comments made by him up until the enactment of this current motion; and
    2. the subsequent actions related to that comment taken by Black Kite, GorillaWarfare, Reaper Eternal, Kevin Gorman, GregJackP and RGloucester before this case was opened on 29 June 2015.

Votes at an RfA[edit]

In an unspecified RfA, the first five hours saw a total of 8 !votes -- every single one an "oppose" for 0% support.

End of day 1: 21 to 23 (21 supports, 15 added opposes - 58% support )
Day 2: 40 to 33 (19 supports, 10 opposes - 66% support)
Day 3: 48 to 38 (8 supports, 5 opposes - 62% support) (At end of Day 3 - 56% support)
Day 4: 56 to 41 (8 supports, 3 oppose - 73% support)
Day 5: 70 to 43 (14 support, 2 oppose - 88% support)
Day 6: 77 to 47 (7 support, 4 oppose - 64% support)
At end: 95 to 49 (18 support, 2 oppose - 90% support) (from end of day 3 to end - 81% support)

Yet we have folks (presumably) skilled in maths who did not see any change n the percentages indicating a swing of any sort. I consider a shift from 56% to 81% to be, in fact, a massive swing. Collect (talk) 15:46, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

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Arbitration Enforcement[edit]

Collect, your recent talk page posts appear to me to be a violation of your topic ban. Please be advised that I have filed a request for enforcement. Cheers. Fyddlestix (talk) 16:29, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for showing your colours here - - Cheers. Collect (talk) 16:34, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

I was totes prepared to ignore the Koch thing because obviously that was a BLP violation, which I note has quite rightly been removed. But this?. Not cool man... Fyddlestix (talk) 16:37, 10 July 2015 (UTC)
Look -- I do not know who you are -- but you filed a totally spurious SPI complaint against me, and I do not doubt your intent here. I suggest quite sincerely that you stop hounding me for once and for all damn it! Collect (talk) 16:57, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

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Notice that you are now subject to an arbitration enforcement sanction[edit]

Hi, Collect. You have been blocked for one week and you are also indefinitely prohibited from interacting with User:MrX (this is a one-way interaction ban). See rationale at this discussion at WP:AE. This sanction has been recorded here and can be appealed at the arbitration enforcement noticeboard. You may also appeal directly to me (on my talk page), before or instead of appealing to the noticeboard. Even if you appeal this sanction, you remain bound by it until you are notified by an uninvolved administrator that the appeal has been successful. Bishonen | talk 22:28, 13 July 2015 (UTC).

Neat - I was n a cruise the entire time of the block which was IMHO unwarranted and alas UNAPPEALALE which any idjut reading this page would have known. Blocking a person in this manner is a trifle less than utile - blocks are preventative and not punitive - remember? Collect (talk) 14:49, 18 July 2015 (UTC)

Notice that you are now subject to an arbitration enforcement sanction[edit]

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You are indefinitely prohibited from interacting with User:MrX, see WP:IBAN (please note that this is a one-way interaction ban).

You have been sanctioned for this edit. Please compare the discussion here, where I and other admins found your response unconvincing.

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You may appeal this sanction using the process described here. I recommend that you use the arbitration enforcement appeals template if you wish to submit an appeal to the arbitration enforcement noticeboard. You may also appeal directly to me (on my talk page), before or instead of appealing to the noticeboard. Even if you appeal this sanction, you remain bound by it until you are notified by an uninvolved administrator that the appeal has been successful. You are also free to contact me on my talk page if anything of the above is unclear to you. Bishonen | talk 20:39, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

I would prefer a two-way IBAN - as one-way bans frequently cause far more problems than they are worth - and it isclear that almost all the "interaction" has, in fact, been by the other party. Cheers. Bishonen, Collect (talk) 14:46, 18 July 2015 (UTC)

And the punitive block is clearly absurd - although I did get back for a few minutes, the block basically is due to an absurd misreading of any policy at all.

I would note that almost all the "interactions" are by the other party. Collect (talk) 14:53, 18 July 2015 (UTC)

  • I blocked you on my own discretion, for violating this topic ban with this comment, but I'll point out that all the uninvolved admins in this discussion thought poorly of your behaviour, including your defense of it; one called it an "almost comical".."misinterpretation of the situation, and a clear illustration of the battleground mentality ArbCom tried to curb"[81], another pointed out that it encompassed several of the problematic behaviours identified in the ArbCom case, including insinuations without basis in fact and wikilawyering.[82] And so forth. As for the IBAN, I can understand that you'd prefer it to be mutual, but I didn't and still don't see any justification for imposing a sanction on MrX in this context. I have reminded him that the community takes a dim view of anything remotely like gaming of a one-way ban by the other party.[83] I don't want to change the terms of the ban, but you can of course appeal it, or the terms of it, at AN or AE. Bishonen | talk 07:13, 19 July 2015 (UTC).
    • "Uninvolved"?? I suggest you note my many editorial involvements with StS and Gamaliel, and with you if I recall correctly on several noticeboards[84][85] among many articles, and innumerable WP pages. I note Writegeist has been noted as a major stalker of me (see the EIR results), Fyddlestix was the person about whom I gave confidential email evidence of harassment to ArbCom, and so on. NYB spoke against a block, and Floq said a block is almost never given on a first offense, and Laufer took no position at all. GWH only noted that emending a post within 11 minutes was not fast enough (though three months was too fast for a person saying the Koch's were related to a notorious war criminal to be removed as the blatant BLP violation it was, of course). As for your "consensus" of "uninvolved" folks - it ain't there. Period. BTW, I shall be willing to email you any violations I find where any editor continues to stalk me, if you would so allow, with your assurance you shall firmly deal with anything remotely suggesting continued stalking by my lovely set of stalkers. And your kind suggestion that I post at AN of AE while I am actually blocked from doing so' is wondrously Kafkaesque. When you assert"consensus" it would be lovely if uninvolved people made up the "consensus" you assert is there. Collect (talk) 12:37, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
There's the imperious "period" again. I used to think it meant "full stop", in the sense of "I'm done", but I guess it can be just a verbal tic, an attempt to project dominance.[86][87] I'm nonplussed that you should complain about my assertion of "consensus", quote marks and all, four times if I count your "alas" edit summary. Where did I mention consensus? I told you I had blocked you per my own discretion. Try reading my actual words. As for complaining that I mention AN and AE while you're blocked, when you know, and I know, the block will expire in less than a day, while the sanction I suggested you appeal is an indefinite one — Collect, you seem to be turning into a complaint machine, I shall not feel obliged to respond to you further. Bishonen | talk 16:45, 19 July 2015 (UTC).
Collect, I would suggest minimizing your interactions with Bishonen. That means making the briefest possible replies to her, only emailing her in the most dire circumstances, et cetera. Otherwise, you run a very considerable risk of being misconstrued, either deliberately or not, and facing further charges as a result. Bishonen, I hope you will not respond to Collect further, as you have indicated. Incidentally, the word "period" is a well-known interjection, and has nothing to do with being imperious, or having a verbal tic, establishing dominance, et cetera. Per, it is "used by a speaker or writer to indicate that a decision is irrevocable or that a point is no longer discussable."[88] Who's the "complaint machine"?😛Anythingyouwant (talk) 17:30, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
Bishonen asserted far more than a consensus - Bishonen wrote all the uninvolved admins in this discussion thought poorly of your behaviour, including your defense of it; one called it an "almost comical".."misinterpretation of the situation, and a clear illustration of the battleground mentality ArbCom tried to curb" which I demonstrated is a bit of a truth-stretch.
With regard to a case where an interjection was used as such (as you noted), I fail to see the validity of the grammatical cavil made by Bishonen. And it is absolutely true no one in hell is "obliged" to respond to anyone at all. Such an attitude, however, is unlikely to attract the good wishes of the person thus being ignored. As, to my knowledge, I have never emailed Bishonen at any point in time at all, as Alice noted is it quite difficult to email Bishonen any less I do not see how I can not email anyone less than zero <g>. Bien amicalement. Collect (talk) 17:43, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
In this instance, "less than zero" is an excellent status to maintain (you mentioned above "BTW, I shall be willing to email you").Anythingyouwant (talk) 17:52, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

An unknown admin at AE just noted De minimis non curat lex. Cheers. Collect (talk) 17:46, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

My RfA[edit]

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Thank for !voting at my recent RfA. You voted Support so you get a whopping three cookies, fresh from the oven!
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Deletion, restoration and archival of BLP-violating content about Smith, Koch brothers[edit]

Hope there's soon consensus at NPOVN on what you just said, BLP violations do not change into "non-violations" by being "archived". Then unless it's established that it's not a BLP violation, all content, whether about Koch brothers or Shepard Smith said to violate BLP should be removed from the archives, and so I'll remove the challenged Koch brothers content from the archives myself. Prefer standard DR (in this case at NPOVN) to edit warring or user talk page notices. I agree, that's what the policy says, but if anyone edits what MrX and I archived right now, edit warring is likely to ensue, so I prefer to continue with DR for a bit, as it makes sense to give DR a chance to work. The DR at NPOVN is the best place to resolve all this. --Elvey(tc) 20:10, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

BTW, do you concur that discussion of the sexual orientation of a living person who has been outed, but is nevertheless not out is gossip, as that term is used in the BLP policy, and therefore violates it and should be removed from wikipedia? --Elvey(tc) 01:53, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

PS haven't read the arguments of the other side, but based on what's on this page, sure sounds like you got a bad rap from ArbCom and have done lots of good work enforcing BLP.--Elvey(tc) 01:55, 23 July 2015 (UTC)
Merci. You likely should note the dramatis personae involved as well. Cheers. Collect (talk) 11:38, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

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See [89] - a non-negligible number of American civilians were killed by the Axis in WW II. (>16,000) Collect (talk) 12:31, 7 August 2015 (UTC)

For my lurker who now asserts no US cities were bombed by Axis planes ... that does not mean there were no civilian casualties -- take, for example, the Philippines which were US territory ... "The combined death toll of civilians for the battle of Manila was approximately 100,000 to 500,000, most of which was attributed to massacres by Japanese forces." Which I rather think was "Axis" at the time ... one specific incident, not counting anything else - like Nanking Collect (talk) 22:12, 8 August 2015 (UTC)

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Marietta Voge[edit]

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On what do you base your assertion that Augustina Stridsberg was "undoubted"ly a Soviet spy? If you're going to change the text in this article to make this claim, it will need to be separately sourced, since the claims (being discussed here at WP:RS/N) against both mother and daughter should have equal weight, if any at all. General Ization Talk 15:07, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

Unfortunately, there are dozens of good sources regarding WW II - including ones in Russian.Collect (talk) 15:37, 13 August 2015 (UTC)
I accept that may be true, but ask you then to cite at least one at the subject article so that the distinction you have introduced in the text is supported. Right now, it is not. General Ization Talk 15:53, 13 August 2015 (UTC)
Not just from YUP in 2000, but from the NSA "Discussion of important KGB agent and Swedish Communist, covername KLARA, “who is completely devoted to us." Vassiliev notebooks ”"DAUGHTER [DOCH'] (cover name in Venona): Marietta Voge. Venona San Francisco KGB, 24, 29, 39, 46, 57, 84; Venona Special Studies, 99." , "DOCH and DOCH' [DAUGHTER] (cover name in Venona): Marietta Voge. Venona San Francisco KGB, 23–24, 29, 38–39, 46, 57, 83–84; Venona Special Studies, 99.", "Voge, Mariette: Soviet intelligence source/agent. Wife of Noel Voge, née Jirku, daugher of Augustina Striksberg/KLARA. Cover name in Venona: DAUGHTER [DOCH'] and KLARA’s daughter. As Voge: As DAUGHTER [DOCH']; Venona San Francisco KGB, 23–24, 29, 38–39, 46, 57, 83–84; Venona Special Studies, 99. As KLARA’s daughter, 45–46.", " CLARA [KLARA] (cover name in Venona): Augustina Stridsberg or a reference to the town of Santa Clara. Venona San Francisco KGB, 83–84." "KLARA [CLARA] (cover name in Venona): Augustina Stridsberg. Venona New York KGB 1944, 141; Venona San Francisco KGB, 23–24, 38–39, 45–46, 57, 83–84 (unclear if a reference to KLARA or to the town of Santa Clara); Venona Special Studies, 36, 103." These notebooks were only available well after 2001, by the way, and make massive PDF files if you really want to make sure the indices are accurate. The Wilson Center is part of the Smithsonian. How many of these do you really need? Collect (talk) 16:07, 13 August 2015 (UTC)
One would be great, but cited by you at the article, since you are the editor who made the change that (in my view, anyway) makes it necessary. Face-grin.svg General Ization Talk 16:10, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

Pretty Images[edit]

I'm fairly sure you are referencing the medals section. I am don't know how to make those smaller (didn't add them) and I'm not sure they are completely nec. You don't become a general without lots of fixins in that salad. Hell in a Bucket (talk) 14:32, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

They are quite unnecessary IMO, and the poor folks with mobile phones, etc. really would prefer the list be made ... a simple list. For fun, see how the page looks if you use a small window, or even use your phone to read it. Many thanks for the work on this - he is notable, but that does not mean we use the scandal as a sledgehammer, which is what I tried to remedy <g>. Collect (talk) 14:38, 14 August 2015 (UTC)
FWIW, I truly believe this is a person that added the detail to be thorough. What is left here is "my" last good version there ws loads more details. The new user I have high hopes for. Hell in a Bucket (talk) 14:44, 14 August 2015 (UTC)
"Thorough" is not going to work where the vast majority of future views will be on quite small screens - which is one big reason why Google now makes a "mini-article" from Wikipedia for each search now. Thanks again. Collect (talk) 14:48, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

Marathon course-cutting[edit]

Why would you only remove the well sourced and proven Mike Rossi cheating from Marathon course-cutting but none of the others? There is also the removal of Mike Rossi's entire article, which I have no beef with, but you might as well remove the BLP of Dane Rauschenberg too. He himself actually started his own entry, Fiddy2 is Dane's username. I suggest you either remove all course cutters or none. Mike Rossi is as much of a cheater as all the others on that list. GregTakacs (talk) 05:37, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

One is expected to do what one can ("Sufficient unto the day") - which is not the same as doing everything that anyone else mentions. Cheers. Collect (talk) 11:28, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
I'm not entirely familiar with the edit waring resolution process but I would like to suggest that the removed part to be reinstated. Where should/would this discussion take place? GregTakacs (talk) 15:53, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
I suggest you ask at User talk:Tokyogirl79 as Rossi was found not to be notable enough to even have an article on Wikipedia at all. If he is not notable, then adding him to any lists is likely to be unsupportable. Cheers. Collect (talk) 16:03, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
While I don't dispute that Rossi is not notable enough to have his own article, his incident was more than notable and publicized enough to be part of Publicized incidents of disputed marathon results. Most of the incidents in the current list were half as notable as Rossi's and most of those have no Wikipedia articles either. He was offered $100,000 by two very notable and legitimate athletes running a major on-line running board and website to repeat the feat. Mike Rossi's LVM Marathon cheating is notable and big enough to be worthy of the entry. Thanks. GregTakacs (talk) 19:28, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

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Recent edits to Henry Makow[edit]

Hello Collect, I too looked at the recently added ref for his degree. (here) basically with the idea of filling in the bare URL. The webpage does contain the line 'theses ENGLI 1982 Ph.D. 1109' & I wondered myself whether it was in fact usable? If you feel that it's not, that's fine by me. Regards, Eagleash (talk) 13:04, 19 August 2015 (UTC)

The idea of WP:RS is that a person following the link finds a statement which says the same specific thing as the claim - which that link did not appear to do. Collect (talk) 13:38, 19 August 2015 (UTC)
OK fine; it would require some knowledge of what the 'shorthand' on the page means or a process of deduction on the part of the reader. So no problem. Eagleash (talk) 13:52, 19 August 2015 (UTC)


Cheers. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1000:B001:1FC2:9E5E:5DCF:BF25:8FF8 (talk) 17:34, 20 August 2015 (UTC)

What a wonderful example of harassment if you really think that a reality show person's biography is a major US political article. Next time, register with an actual editing name please - I find it hard to accept this sort of "bash Collect at every single opportunity, whether real or imagined." The material was about as blatant an example of violation of WP:BLP as one could wish for, and if we do not keep such horrid tabloidism of rumour and allegation away from Wikipedia, it will prove the downfall of Wikipedia's principles. Collect (talk) 20:37, 20 August 2015 (UTC)
Note the sole and only purpose of that editor was to file a complaint against me. When any editor is so low as to use an anonymous account to WP:HARASS another editor one would think the admins would jump on it, and try to determine what vermin made the complaint. No -- instead I am told my own use of "cheers" is "snarky"! Collect (talk) 11:35, 21 August 2015 (UTC)


Just wanted to let you know your efforts on the UKIP page are appreciated. For too long a small clique has dominated the content in a biased and unbalanced manner, cherrypicking to support their views and generally working to smear UKIP. Thank you for your refreshingly unbiased and balanced approach and your efforts to call into question the edits of the clique. It has improved the article significantly. Cheers. Gaius Octavius Princeps (talk) 18:08, 20 August 2015 (UTC)


An admin has opined that my use of "Cheers" after posts is "snarky." I note that apparently hundreds of editors then are also "snarky" as "cheers" is found over 174,000 times on user talk pages. I therefore ask impartial outside observers (that is, excluding the UGOI who routinely harass me) whether using "cheers" is, indeed, "snarky" as one esteemed and beloved administrator opined. Collect (talk) 11:41, 21 August 2015 (UTC)

I hope that it's OK for me to reply to you here. I think it depends on context. There have been times when you and I have taken opposing positions in some discussions, in which you made comments that very strongly disagreed with me and then ended with "Cheers". I think it's entirely possible that you meant it helpfully, in the sense of indicating collegiality in spite of disagreement. However, I found myself wondering whether you might have meant it as snark, and there were times when it consequently annoyed me. It comes across as potentially sarcastic when the comment that leads up to the "Cheers" is not cheerful. --Tryptofish (talk) 20:59, 21 August 2015 (UTC)
I have never used it as "snarky" and would note that since I used it consistently to everyone that it is hard to view it as snarky (especially since no one had complained in the past about it). Collect (talk) 21:10, 21 August 2015 (UTC)
(edit conflict)Since I consistently see you using it, I know you never mean it to be snarky, but I personally found it prudent to know when it's best to not use it, for risk of starting a misconception. A hypothetical scenario would be an editor criticises another user's edit, and then ends the comment with "cheers" and a signature. That could be seen as snarky. Ex: "The edit you made is completely POVish, as well as unsourced. I don't see how any of the material reflects the current sources. I believe you should undo your poorly sourced work. Cheers. ~~~~"—cyberpowerChat:Online 21:58, 21 August 2015 (UTC)
Can you show me an example where it is clear that I am not using it as my normal "closing"? Collect (talk) 22:13, 21 August 2015 (UTC)
I can show you this example, with you addressing another editor (not me), where you likely intended it as you normally do: [90]. You tell that editor that what he is saying is "harmful to Wikipedia", and then you say "Cheers". I don't want to get into the merits of what the two of you were discussing, but I think it reasonable for some editors to wonder why you would say "Cheers" to someone after criticizing them so strongly. --Tryptofish (talk) 22:46, 21 August 2015 (UTC)
You successfully point out that I use it as my normal closing! It would have been odd for me to deliberately not use it, as far as I can tell. Thanks! Collect (talk) 08:42, 22 August 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I can readily believe that you never used it with "snarky" intent. But online communication (text only, no ability to read the other person's body language or intonation) is fraught, and people may well misinterpret your intentions. --Tryptofish (talk) 21:52, 21 August 2015 (UTC)

People are going to just assign whatever tone they feel like to what you say. It is a problem inherent in the medium. I gave someone a barnstar and an uninvolved individual read it as some sort of baiting. Just explain that you were sincere and if that is not explanation then you are not the one who is wrong. Chillum 21:55, 21 August 2015 (UTC)

The problem is an admin who saw the sock above using "cheers" in a very snarky manner (I trust they are a sock as they have zero other edits!) The admin then said my use of "cheers" was "snarky" which no one had said before until they were justifying the complaint above (and I consider a complaint from a person who uses a sock to be harassment, by the way - he seems to not view it as anything out of the ordinary). Collect (talk) 22:03, 21 August 2015 (UTC)

Despite our disagreements I have never seen your use of 'Cheers' as snarky. You are quite capable of getting your tone - snark, contempt, cheer, puzzlement, whatever - across in your text. There are times it might be better to omit a closing entirely but then you might run the risk of being accused of being brusk. The SOCK's use of 'Cheers' was unquestionably snarky and dismissing your complaint with a false equivalency was, in my opinion, a bit rude.

Putting the whole thing to a vote on your talk page seems a but melodramatic to me but eh... I guess after a while just letting things slide becomes too frustrating and we encourage your venting by responding. Oh well... enjoy your editing and have a good weekend. Cheers. JbhTalk 22:57, 21 August 2015 (UTC)

Thank you. Collect (talk) 08:42, 22 August 2015 (UTC)


Not Snarky[edit]

ANI notification[edit]

There is an ANI notice which related to edits you have been involved with. [[91]] — Preceding unsigned comment added by Springee (talkcontribs) 18:45, 22 August 2015 (UTC)

To the extent that most of this is related to US politics, I am mute. The point which is interesting is that in the Moncton BLP he seems to think that a "point of view article" presents facts and not opinions <g>. [92] "The source is not "an opinion piece," " followed by "The added content is a noteworthy, significant point of view " Collect (talk) 19:21, 22 August 2015 (UTC)

Deletion review of Jeffrey Allen Sinclair[edit]

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[93] — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1000:B025:1B16:3EF:73E8:77D7:9C35 (talk) 19:58, 23 August 2015 (UTC)

You again? And "anonymous" stalking again? And you expect me to have an iota of respect for you? Collect (talk) 20:27, 23 August 2015 (UTC)
I don't want your respect.  I want you and your obnoxious pettifoggery gone from Wikipedia. Though I admit there's some entertainment value in watching your displays of narcissistic rage every time someone calls you out on your bullshit.  I heartily encourage you to continue violating your (well-deserved) topic ban.  Cheers, 2600:1000:B024:9B2A:807A:3C96:88A9:2F29 (talk) 12:36, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
I suggest that this shows exactly and precisely the nature of the stalking and hounding I have long endured - even if no one admits that this is the case. The above is a wondrous exposition of the type of editor who should be chased away, instead of chasing off an editor who damn well has tried his damndest to follow the "non-negotiable" policies of WP:BLP and WP:NPOV which are so often violated. Will someone with the courage to do what is right please chase this sort of person away from me and away from Wikipedia entirely? "Hiding" the evidence of this hounding and poisonous editor is not what should be done = that editor should be exposed just as much as the UK blackmailing ring has been exposed. Collect (talk) 13:23, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Cyrano de Bergerac[edit]

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I am sure some US politician has a big nose and an anonymous IP will go to AE with it. Sorry. Collect (talk) 00:16, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

AE report[edit]

I've filed at AE in relation to your obvious violation of 1RR. Nomoskedasticity (talk) 16:33, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

Section headers implying that a person has been accused of a felony where the sources do not back the claim seem to be under the nature of required to be deleted by WP:BLP - but your mileage apparently varies a great deal from mine. Collect (talk) 17:41, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

repeating for those who did not seem to read it the first time:[edit]

Articles which make "allegations" make bad encyclopedia articles, especially when any sort of POV can be attached thereto. I suggest that articles subject to WP:BLP in any manner which make allegations be strongly constrained. This specifically includes use of opinions or claims that a person or persons bears "guilt by association" with any other person or group.

Law of holes[edit]

You made your point. Take the content issue to Talk and - if you value your sanity - leave it at that. Guy (Help!) 11:18, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

Palestine-Israel articles 3 arbitration case opened[edit]

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Invitation to WikiProject TAFI[edit]

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ARCA notification[edit]

You are involved in a recently-filed request for clarification or amendment from the Arbitration Committee. Please review the request at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Clarification and Amendment#Clarification request: Collect and others and, if you wish to do so, enter your statement and any other material you wish to submit to the Arbitration Committee. Additionally, the Wikipedia:Arbitration guide may be of use.


Anonymous complainant, I am not allowed to even mention your name. Be damn glad. Collect (talk) 19:36, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

One-way interaction ban lifted[edit]

Hi, Collect. Your one-way IBAN from interacting with MrX is hereby lifted. I have so noted in the log, too.[94] Bishonen | talk 21:11, 28 August 2015 (UTC).

I would prefer a two way ban - having a myriad of "anonymous" and other complaints makes me feel a tad less than charitable while on Wikibreak. Collect (talk) 21:28, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Rachel Berry (Miss Oregon)[edit]

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the "finding of fact"[edit]

Collect has edit-warred in US politics articles.[95] [96][97],[98]

Passed 13 to 0 at 01:26, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

4 examples from one person who has stalked every single edit I have made for some years now :( .

1. "Oh please -- no edit summary here tries to claim that there was a BLP violation that needed dealing with (thus reverts exempt from 3RR) -- and it's a good thing that no such claim was made, because there were no BLP violations. Nomoskedasticity (talk) 23:17, 16 February 2015 (UTC)"
But several editors agreed with me that stating only one half of a claim is a BLP violation .. and those seeking my neck included:
"As someone that has continually had to deal with Collect's wikilawyered BLP claims, at the very least he needs to be warned against that, because this kind of thing is an unnecessary time sink. --Ubikwit 連絡 見学/迷惑 23:40, 18 February 2015 (UTC) "
"The somewhat backhanded attempt to assert priority of Jr. High grammar over the statements of a notable adult is, at best, a content dispute. The statement of the subject should not be subjected to a reductionistic application of grammar, which is probably a form of WP:OR. There is a substantial difference between "actively" supporting something or "passively" not opposing it. And trying to half-way apply BLP (for exemption) to that would be twisted logic, especially if it were seen to serve as the rationale for engaging in an edit war.--Ubikwit 連絡 見学/迷惑 15:40, 20 February 2015 (UTC)"
In short persistence by two "devout followers of my edits" as the OP never had edited that BLP in his life before. Whatsoever - the only way to find it was by tracking my edits.
2. The famed PNAC case - and the fact is that an AfD on an "article" derived from that page was deleted as clear POVFORK SYNTH. Treating this as a violation on my part - much less calling my edits a violation of WP:BLP implies the readers never even looked at the evidence - but simply looked and said "Collect got blocked" -
Ubikwit stated "The only text I added to the article today was a copy edit to the lead after adding sources for the table and discovering in the processes that the lead only covered PNAC members that had served in an official capacity in the Bush administration, whereas there were also many that served in an advisory capacity. Second, a content dispute related to the table that I restored had been through the processes of a BLP/N thread with consensus giong against Collect and him refusing to defend his position at the end of the thread. I linked that thread on the Talk page today when I posted the sources for the table[221]."
The issue was that posting SYNTH claims about living persons is expressly a BLP violation - as the AfD proved. Swarm blocked us both as having interpersonal problems - but did not examine the BLP issue which was, IMHO, settled by the AfD: The result was delete. The clear consensus here is to delete the article, as it has been found to be a synthesized WP:POVFORK. Note earlier PNAC issues included making a claim that the living persons listed supported use of genocide through bacteriological warfare.
3. Joni Ernst reported by MastCell. Issue was whether " stating that “The United Nations has imposed this upon us, and as a U.S. senator, I would say, ‘No more. No more Agenda 21.’ Community planning — to the effect that it is implementing eminent domain and taking away property rights away from individuals" with the concomitant statement "Agenda 21 is the subject of numerous far-right conspiracy theories is a contentious partisan claim. I suggest the statement about Agenda 21 was a clear attempt by an editor who damn well should know better to add "far right conspiracy theories" as a claim which implies the living person backs far right conspiracy theories which is a BLP issue. Did any Arbitrator actually read those edit? Yes? Really?
4. [99] Yes -- accusations that living persons are "homophobic" - Panti (Rory O'Neill) alleged that some individuals involved in Irish journalism, Waters and Breda O'Brien, as well as the conservative lobby group The Iona Institute were homophobic because they opposed same-sex marriage a contentious claim noting that RTE paid monies as a result of a proposes lawsuit. If a claim is deemed so contentious that the broadcaster pays monies as a result, I consider that it is also contentious under Wikipedia;s fundamental policies, including WP:NPOV and WP:BLP. Note the material I deemed to be violative pf WP:BLP has been removed from every single one of the articles involved. If I were wrong on the material in the FoF failing BLP, would not one of them still be around as of today? I would like any arbitrator who thinks the claim is not contentious given that RTE retracted the material and paid substantial money and that Wikipedia no longer makes the claims I objected to, to write below,stating what the errors I made were, and how frequent the errors were in thousands of articles I have edited. .

This deals with the extensive proof(?) that Collect violates WP:BLP. I also note the amusing fact that the list of diffs here is called "US politics articles."

In short - the FoF has nil to do with US politics, and damn near nil to do with BLPs at all -- other than the fact the biggest one ("PNAC list) ended with an Afd strongly affirming my position that articles using SYNTH and POVFORKS, or "guilt by association" claims are an evil which Wikipedia should damn well stop. Collect (talk) 18:01, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

I realize I might be sanctioned for actually demolishing the "finding of fact" - as I am disallowed from ever presenting any evidence as a result of me asking for enough time to actually deal with all the "evidence" at length - but that I can so thoroughly demolish this sham evidence seems to think "fear" was there. For those who seem to like the fact my wife and I may actually never take another voyage in our lives (or said or implied it was fictitious) - I wish you all the fiction you merit. For the "IPs" who so mysteriously appeared to track my edits - show your damn faces. Collect (talk) 18:11, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

what ACTUAL BLP violations look like[edit]

Added here [100], [101], [102], back to [103]. I think one can gather which editors seem not to "get" WP:BLP, alas. [104], etc. show repeated desires to clearly violate policy as noted by Drmies at [105] with "(→‎Sheriff's report: no no no this is a BLP violation ") Collect (talk) 18:33, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

[106] is blatant. [107] repeated. The material had been discussed at [108], [109] and [110]. As well as [111], [112], [113] and so on. I would like to find out from others which of those edits were not BLP-compliant. [

[114] is clear (edit summary: ‎Rebuilding America's Defenses: re-add Der Spiegel tranlstion, with citations, ce." Minor problems though - [115] - the claim was not congruent with the source at all. Does the editor relent? Try [116] to see how regretful he was about inserting a false claim into an article subject to WP:BLP. Is "Writing in Der Spiegel in 2003, for example, Jochen Bölsche specifically referred to PNAC when he claimed that "ultra-rightwing US think-tanks" had been "drawing up plans for an era of American global domination, for the emasculation of the UN, and an aggressive war against Iraq" in "broad daylight" since 1998." really much better -- but at least it no longer says Jimmy Carter said that. If the concept of POV-pushing is too difficult to grasp, the concept of actually lying about what is in a source is not a great indicator of an editor who follows WP:BLP at all. Votre pensées? Collect (talk) 19:35, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Collect, do you really think that now is a good time to be re-hashing the PNAC and the Pamela Geller stuff? You're topic banned, remember? Now is the time to lay low and lay off, not to go dredging all of that up again. Fyddlestix (talk) 21:02, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
This is evidence regarding the Arb Case - and I made no comments about politics etc. here. I am pissed at an editor from whom I am interaction banned continuing to take me to dramaboards, and I would ask your forbearance on this. Collect (talk) 21:55, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
By the way, are you also following my edits perchance? You legally can do so, but it would be nice to get a reply. Collect (talk) 21:57, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
No Collect, I'm not following you. I have had your talk page on my watchlist since the original PNAC debacle, and we both seem to watch BLPN and a couple other noticeboards pretty frequently, that's all. Any time we've crossed paths (that I'm aware of), that's why. I do think it's a pretty bad idea for you to be going the route you've gone above, and picking a fight with nomo & others just now, but far be it from me to tell you what to do. Sorry if I bothered you, I'll butt out now... Fyddlestix (talk) 22:14, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
If you do not feel SYNTH and POV FORKS making an implication of guilt by association are, in fact, violative of WP:BLP, WP:NPOV and WP:OR, simply say so. I suspect other's mileage might vary. I would kindly ask you to remove my talk page from your watchlist - if you feel you are gaining something by your posts here, you likely are not. This is also true for others who might unfortunately seem to be following me. Collect (talk) 22:19, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
I really have zero interest in re-treading any part of the PNAC-related debate with you Collect, in my mind it is already ancient history. I must admit, I am hesitant to take this page off my watchlist given your history of quoting other editors, linking their diffs, and criticizing them behind their backs (as you've done with several editors just above). I'd be happy to do so if you agree to do me the courtesy of pinging me anytime you feel like linking, quoting, or discussing my edits - just so that I'm aware of it and can react if I see the need. Fyddlestix (talk) 22:39, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
At this point, it looks far more like you can not let go rather than me not letting go. I shall ping you wherever it appears remotely pertinent, as you ask. The material above is hopefully going to be read by Arbitrators who did not give me the courtesy of posting it before, and who appear to vote without actually reading the diffs in context which were cited as the reason for their votes. Collect (talk) 22:43, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
OK Collect, works for me. Fyddlestix (talk) 22:58, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Requesting your review of the Wiki Education handbook on writing biography articles[edit]

Hello! I work with the non-profit Wiki Education Foundation. We're creating a handbook for student editors in higher ed who are assigned to write biographies on Wikipedia. Would you be willing to spare some time to review the text of that brochure and offer comments on the Talk page? You can find it here. Thanks in advance! Eryk (Wiki Ed) (talk) 18:07, 31 August 2015 (UTC)

Denali edit / McKinley genealogy[edit]

I have a question about this edit. Did you remove the line because you questioned the source, which I believe is RS because it comes from the aggregated website of multiple official Ohio-sponsored McKinley memorials, or because it was a parenthetical? Or because it is "genealogy"? It seems to me the Congressman's statement, expressing outrage on behalf of descendants that, in fact, can't have any feelings about the issue, should be factually challenged. It's well-known that McKinley has no direct descendants; it's surprising that an Ohioan supposedly concerned with defending his legacy would be unaware of that. How can we improve the Denali article so that a casual reader won't take the Congressman's outrage at face value? Vesuvius Dogg (talk) 15:42, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

The parenthetical claim was seemingly made to indicate the person quoted was in error. To add it as a claim to make that implication is a violation of WP:OR - one should use a reliable secondary source making that connection rather than using a parenthetical claim. In addition, "genealogical claims" tend to be of nugatory value in biographies. There is no doubt that President McKinley has many living relatives, albeit not descendants, around, so it is unclear what the value is of that claim. By the way, it is not up to any Wikipedia editors to take umbrage at a claim, but only for us to use what people in reliable secondary sources state. Collect (talk) 15:51, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
I get that, it borders on WP:SYNTH. If the press picks up on and challenges the Congressman's claim on behalf of McKinley's "descendants", however, we might have a better secondary source to draw on. I've never heard of any of McKinley's collateral relatives weighing in on this issue before, and they are not closely engaged to McKinley historical issues. I appreciate your reasoned reply. Vesuvius Dogg (talk) 16:12, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
I suspect that the relatives might indeed have concerns - the use of "parallel and legal names" for the mountain is likely what should have been done - but that is not our concern. Collect (talk) 17:46, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
Well, I for one am looking forward to the press conference of angry McKinley relatives. Vesuvius Dogg (talk) 23:47, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
Some paper in Ohio will find a few - controversy sells papers. Collect (talk) 23:53, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

BTW, a president tried to rename "Cape Canaveral" as "Cape Kennedy" - but had not the power to do so. Collect (talk) 23:57, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

Continued topic ban violations[edit]

You were banned by ArbCom from "making any edit about US politics or US political figures, in any namespace". You've made two edits about a US political figure at WP:BLP/N, a page which I watchlist and where I regularly participate ([117], [118]). The sanction against you doesn't say anything about "political pages" or "political comments"—instead, it proscribes you from any edit about US political figures—so I'm not sure why you've emphasized the former terms in excusing this topic ban violation.

I'm not familiar with the case at hand and don't feel like digging into it, so I have no idea whether you're "right" or "wrong" on this particular BLP question and I'm not going to "turn you in" for this edit. But you're doing a piss-poor job of respecting your topic ban, having already been blocked once for violating it, let off with a slap on the wrist for violating the associated 1RR restriction, and now this. It's not complicated - this guy is a US political figure, so don't make edits about him. MastCell Talk 20:51, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

My edit had naught to do with any political aspects whatsoever, and your interpretation would debar me from even commenting at WP:BLP/N.. and thus I find your nice stalking of my edits to be as abysmal an example for any admin as possible. Cheers. Collect (talk) 11:12, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
The Editor Interaction Tool belies your claim that you repeatedly just happen across every single one of my edits, even ones where you have never edited on a topic and the topic is not at a noticeboard otherwise. . You are not only an "involved admin" you are so deeply involved as to become ludicrous. Collect (talk) 12:09, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

AE block[edit]

To enforce an arbitration decision and for violating your topic ban (see below), you have been blocked from editing for a period of a fortnight. You are welcome to edit once the block expires; however, please note that the repetition of similar behavior may result in a longer block or other sanctions.

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Sorry Collect, I was willing to cut you some slack at the last AE request because you were removing an obvious BLP violation, but this is a clear violation of your topic ban. You might not be discussing the substance of the political issue, but the briefest of glances at Sylvester Turner shows that he is clearly a US political figure and thus covered by your ban from "any edit about US politics or US political figures, in any namespace" (Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Collect and others#Collect topic-banned (option 2)). The wording of the topic ban makes it abundantly clear that you had no business commenting on that thread, and that you need to stay well away from the topic of American politics. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 22:05, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
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Request reason:

Please copy my appeal to the [[WP:AN|administrators' noticeboard]].
The edit involved had absolutely nothing to do with US politics whatsoever. I posted no comments whatsoever on any page of the actual political BLP. If the meaning is that I can not post on any project-space page which evens mentions anything remotely involved in US politics, I fear that such a broad interpretation would include any noticeboard entirely, and my own user talk page entirely. The sanction specifically states the edit must not be about US politics - and the edit I made was not about politics. If the interpretation is "any imaginable page in which anyone or anything remotely connected to US politics is even hinted at" then I find such to be neatly absurd ab initio.
I ask you all to understand that such a broad interpretation, when it is clear my opinions on BLP/N have nothing whatsoever remotely to do with politics, is untenable. I note my particular issue that MastCell, an "involved admin" if such exists, has stalked my every edit for some years as evinced by any fair use of the Edit Editor Interaction Tool.
My edit on the BLP/N page stated clearly "Asserting that these comments are not "political" for those following my edits and that this noticeboard is not a "political page") - the libel suit results make clear that this stuff under no circumstances whatsoever belongs in any BLP - the suit was won by Turner, and later thrown out due to the requirement of "actual malice" for a public person and not just "deliberate falsity This is not a "political opinion" but clearly one of stating a fact under WP:BLP and anyone who supports such claims should be the one removed from Wikipedia.
Jimbo Wales has, for example, stated that his user talk page is also an exempt area, and it is reasonable that apolitical edits about policies on the appropriate policy noticeboards should be an exempt area, else we would still have the Kochs linked to Ilse Koch.
I would also note this extreme interpretation would mean I could not even opine at RfA if someone mentions a "political article" to any degree whatsoever on such a page, and that, since my very User Talk page "mentions" politics, that I am eternally estopped from using my own user talk page.
When such a "literal interpretation" of something results in a clear injustice, I suggest that WP:IAR applies. Collect (talk) 11:28, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Decline reason:

Community discussion ended up endorsing your block. Max Semenik (talk) 19:41, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

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Yes check.svg Done JbhTalk 13:22, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

HOUND STALK HARASS - but that does not mean anything here[edit]

[119] Yet such editors go unmarked at all - while it is a most grievous sin to point out that [Talk:Koch_family/Archive_1] appears to violate WP:BLP on its face. "My fault, my fault, my most grievous fault" for thinking that Wikipedia's most important policies are actually important, while folks like "IP2600" can go around stalking, hounding and harassing and no one does a single damn thing about them at all. Collect (talk) 13:49, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

The IP addresses belong to mobile phones. Blocking them would be futile as the effort required to change the IP address is trivial. I can semi-protect your talk page for you if you want, though. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 14:32, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
The addresses should be blocked then - let the cellphone company know that someone is pissed that an "anonymous editor" says he is glad a relative of an editor is dying a painful death - has it occurred to anyone I am still upset that an idiot complained before while I was trying to calm down and deliberately is seeking to inflame the whole damn situation? Does it not seem reasonable that when an "anonymous" IP harasses, stalks and hounds a user that doing not a damn thing is not going to stop the problem? How would you feel if IP2600 wrote "I am glad Mrs. XXX is dying a painful death - haha!" or the like - and XXX was your cousin? And that untouchable anonymous editor brings you repeatedly to noticeboards? What expletive would you find excessive? Do not protect this page - let everyone see how obnoxious harassment can get, how evil the perpetrators of it are, and that is will signal the end of Wikipedia in many ways. Which is more important - whether a BLP/N edit which made no political statement is violative of an absurdly over-broad sanction, or whether people say "I am effing glad a person is dying - and XXX wears gloves made from Holocaust victims" etc. Answer please - which is effing more important? Collect (talk) 14:50, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
It's not a question of importance, it's a question of practicality. I can block the individual IP addresses, but it's entirely possible that the intended recipient might never see the block, because IP addresses like that change so frequently. I've blocked a small sub-range of IP addresses, which might get their attention, but they may well end up with an IP address outside that range, and blocking a larger range creates a significant risk of impacting innocent third parties. That's why protection is a more effective solution. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 15:23, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
It is the sock master who would be guilty of causing inconvenience to Verizon users - I am followed and stalked and harassed and it appears to me no one here gives a rat's ass about that - instead they split hairs about whether a comment that libels should not be placed in BLPs is "political" or not. Again - note that political stuff exists on this user talk page so a true literalist would rule that every single post I have ever made here in the past months is a violation. Frankly, if a large enough block was made at Verizon, they would certainly track down the "anonymous" user. And how (again) would you feel if your wife were dying and an idjut said he was "tickled pink"? Really? Not a scintilla of umbrage from you? Collect (talk) 15:33, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Collect, we simply must balance collateral damage with avoiding disruption. We can't block a huge number of innocent people to stop one person who will just find another set of IPs if we do. It is not inconveniencing Verizon we are worried about, we are worried about legitimate editors from that range trying to contribute here. Would you like me to semi-protect your talk page for a while? Chillum 16:26, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

I assume no one on WP has said they would be "tickled pink" to have one of your relatives die then. You are lucky. As for the IP2600 -- I wish him all that he so earnestly deserves. Collect (talk) 21:13, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
If I told you some of the things people on Wikipedia had said about my family it would horrify you. Chillum 20:12, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Argh - in which case I trust you understand umbrage occurs - whilst some editors seem more like Dolores Umbridge ... Collect (talk) 20:40, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

[120] Best wishes, Airplaneman 23:08, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

TY - I trust you see that the problem is not in what is posted at any given time - but in the stated objectives of the "anonymous" editor, whom I suggest is almost undoubtedly an "established editor" under another name, doing their damdest to destroy an editor who, truth be told, has been one of the most active protectors of WP:BLP for a long time now - and the famed AfD which was closed finding the "list" was a POVFORK and SYNTH is pretty good evidence that others agree with me that using any Wikipedia article to make inferences of "guilt by association" (incuding a lot of "dual loyalty" garbage, and making sure "evil people" were clearly labeled as "Jewish ethnicity") are intrinsically violative of policy. Collect (talk) 23:33, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
WTF??!!?? Are you still stuck on PNAC? It is well past time to drop that stick, move on and maybe even consider that others can hold a different opinion than you without being devils.

On a different note I wish you and your family the best possible outcomes. No one should have to go through that and it can be unbearable for everyone. JbhTalk 01:33, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

The clear and overwhelming consensus at AfD (not even a close call) was that the "article" was a POVFORK using SYNTH about living persons. I do not and did not view the minority at the AfD as "devils", and have never posted anything remotely near that apparent claim as to my view, only that my understanding of WP:BLP in the case at hand seems to be the strong consensus of many other editors. Others may differ, but that is what a clear majority felt - and which was my position from the start. If a person is backed up at a very well attended AfD by many editors - I think you might consider the remote possibility that I was, in fact, correct in noting the problems. Collect (talk) 18:50, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Health update[edit]

Cousin with esophageal cancer just had 1/3 of esophagus and 1/2 of stomach removed, and significant enlargement of lymph nodes. I am sure "IP2600" is thrilled. Collect (talk) 13:55, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Tickled pink. It's interesting how your family members seem to come down with horrible diseases every time you get in trouble here. Cheers, 2600:1000:B01D:FB5:E191:5083:4589:66C6 (talk) 14:16, 3 September 2015 (UTC) (adding colour so people can find this rot) Collect (talk) 23:37, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
And she may not last the week (sigh) -- I am glad you are so thrilled about this - it makes me think that evil does endure and that administrators more focused on "well BLP/N is sorta politics related" than on your behaviour demonstrate that fact as well. Collect (talk) 14:27, 3 September 2015 (UTC)!

Note: Please do not protect this page - the assholes who have stalked me have won, so let them gloat - after all it is more important to allow folks to accuse living persons of being war criminals than it is to protect Wikipedia policies. Collect (talk) 14:27, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Jimbo Wales note this is what I have had to endure here - and the question is whether this sort of behaviour is "unimportant" - or whether it is a fatal poison at the heart of the issue. Please reply to my email. Collect (talk) 14:30, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Why do you share such personal medical scenarios with the world wide web? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:26, 4 September 2015 (UTC) Neat - I knew someone would show up again as an anonymous IP. And same location -- surprise, surprise, surprise! Collect (talk) 12:08, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

re AN[edit]

MrX has lost no chance to jump in once more - but he is the definition of "involved" on this. I respect Drmies and only wish he would read the posts here and then judge. I admit that having people effective cheer for a painful death of my relative tends to make me less civil than I would normally be, but the fact is a great deal of my travails are linked to harassment, stalking and hounding, some evidence of which had been sent to ArbCom without any response at all - assuming the members I sent it to actually take their function seriously. I do ask how you would feel at this point with such posts as I have faced - and "walk a mile in my moccasins." Collect (talk) 15:04, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Unsolicited advice[edit]

You and I don't always see eye to eye but I'm going to give some sincere advice. You can read it, ignore it, delete it before reading or whatever you like.

If you want your topic ban to ever be lifted it is imperative that you do not edit anything remotely related to U.S. politics. If some guy once ran for dogcatcher in Mouse Turd, Nebraska then don't edit his article. Likewise for non-BLP topics. History shows that people often do get their topic bans lifted if they keep their noses spotlessly clean for at least 6 months. So that's what you'll need to do. You can decry the injustice of it all if you like, but that's not going to help and is much more likely to hurt.

In the meanwhile build up a good record editing other stuff. You say you collect things -- why not edit numismatics, or bring Inverted Jenny to FA status (which could definitely be done), or something else? When things get hot it's therapeutic to change focus. I'm mostly known as someone who writes about climate change, and indeed my most-edited article is global warming. But my second, third, fourth, and fifth-most edited articles have nothing to do with that. Give it a try. Short Brigade Harvester Boris (talk) 02:00, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

First of all Inverted Jenny is a "political article" as the stricture is clear - second is that that article is actually misnamed. The stamp was issued for a special flight to promote airmail, and was sought by President Wilson.[121] "On March 1, 1918, the Post Office Department made an agreement with the War Department ‘to inaugurate an Aerial Mail Service between Washington, D.C., and New York beginning May 15th." Thus "political" - " On March 1, 1918, the Post Office Department made an agreement with the War Department ‘to inaugurate an Aerial Mail Service between Washington, D.C., and New York beginning May 15th." The stamp was issued on May 13th - having been designed and printed also on political grounds. The pilots were chosen specifically on the basis of political contacts. Wilson bought the first stamp issued. And the "invert" may have been deliberately sold to a person with political connections. Sorry - can not tough that article with a ten foot poll (sic?).

The broader issue is that my edits on BLPs are not "poor" as some aver - and I find that absurd claim to be quite disheartening indeed. The problem is that some folks who disliked my strong positions on such (that allegations very rarely belong in any BLP, and that opinions must be cited and ascribed as such to the person expressing them) - which had absolutely nothing whatsoever with my personal point of view, but a hell of a lot with their personal points of view - use the principle of "wind and water erosion" to eliminate other editors, rather than accepting that maybe they simply do not really understand the Wikipedia policies, which are intended to allow what we write today to still make sense a hundred years from now. Wikipedia has far too much "useless information" tossed at readers, instead of dealing with the most salient information, neutrally presented, and staying away from the "silly season" stuff which perniciously invades far too many articles.
And of course the principle that "harassing folks I do not like is fine" which also pervades the project. This is an endemic poison, and related to the "we can erode the person by attacking him often enough - we can concentrate on the 10% of the time we were right and he was wrong, and no one will note the 90% of the time that we were the ones who were wrong."
By the way, note that the "topic ban" is for a minimum of 18 months, and that the 1RR is perpetual as far as the apparent wording of the sanctions go, and the first ever saying "we will not accept the absolute requirements of a policy to be used by this person ever". Some appear to aver that if a person added "George Gnarph deliberately poisoned 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden CHEERS!" to a BLP that I could not remove it.
As far as I can tell, this is the longest such sanction ever given out, and the broadest - even (according to some) including Denali because the mountain bore the name of a politician! It covers all of American history - which covers even such issues as the Tariffs of the nineteenth century, religion in the US and so on. Almost all US postage stamps, as I noted, are "political" if you really have someone "anonymously" scanning my every edit.
And I note you do not address an IP saying he would be "tickled pink" to have a relative of mine die - which I find to be a teensy bit more corrosive on Wikipedia that my saying that listing people making "connections" for them was SYNTH (noting that my position was, in fact, borne out at the AfD). And those who yelled the loudest that I was "crying BLP"? They were wrong at the AfD, and remain wrong. But it seems iterating accusations weighs more heavily than fact, just as enough water poured onto granite will erode it. Collect (talk) 12:05, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Use of "Booking Photo" in a BLP INFOBOX![edit]

I fail to see how any editor can remotely justify using a person's "booking photo" clearly labeled as such - in the infobox of a BLP! But that is how a few editors regard the policy -- if one finds an evil person, post their "booking photo" in the infobox and make sure everyone sees "Booking Photo" as well. Collect (talk) 14:21, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Ummm... you did not notice how no one is advocating that and everyone is trying to fix it? Thank you for catching the caption, I have removed that. If you can move files maybe you can change the file name to something other than Sheena_Mugshot.jpg maybe Ma_Anand_Sheela.jpg. Possibly even delete the old version with the booking placard. If you think there should be no picture please comment at BLP/N instead of whatever this is. Your input would be appreciated. Cheers. JbhTalk 14:39, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Crap... I didn't think. I am really sorry. JbhTalk 14:41, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
NP -- I think you see my frustration here - there are thousands of equally bad violations on Wikipedia at the very least - and note the editors who opined (more-or-less) "this photo is fine and dandy here with the nice big 'Booking Photo' caption (and the fact the person looks like a corpse in a mortuary photograph)" on the BLP talk page and at BLP/N. Collect (talk) 18:36, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
I do understand your desire to clean up BLP violations. It needs to be done and you are very good at identifying them. Where the problem comes up (Not saying in this case) is where you try to force your view of policy over the community's. I have mentioned this before and there is no need to go into it again so I will leave it at that. JbhTalk 19:33, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
"It looks fine to me.", "Basically, she got away with (attempted) murder" are how some editors appear to view this. Thankfully the infobox photo is now removed - but when folks repeatedly accuse me of "crying BLP" I suggest they ought not say using a booking photo in an infobox looks fine in any sense at all. If that is "crying BLP" then lock me up for sure. Collect (talk) 18:44, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
If you are talking about the "It looks fine to me" comment at BLPN you have taken it way out of context. I was seeing the old picture in the article even though I had replaced it with a cropped version. I had said "what is showing up in the article is some combination of the old picture with the new picture's aspect ratio."[122] and MrX replied "It looks fine to me. You probably need to clear your browser cache and possible purge the WP cache." [123]. This was a comment on a technical problem with what I was seeing in my browser and not a comment on the BLP issue. JbhTalk 19:33, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Which of you two deleted the image then? Speak up - don't be shy here. If a person sees a BLP violation - what does the policy say to do? The image which "looks fine" is, curiously enough, the "mugshot" used improperly. Really? Collect (talk) 19:39, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
And... here we go. You can read the discussion and see what was said about how to address the issue or you can make shit up to conform to your view of reality. The thing I love about Wikis is that everything is recorded and it is very easy to document when someone tries to take something out of context or tries to subtly reframe a comment to 'win' an discussion other than the one they originally were having.(Much like you just did rather than admit you had taken MrX's comment out of context)

We stand at a crossroads if one direction we can have a civil conversation where we may have vastly different opinions but can deal with each other honestly and maybe come to a better understanding of each others viewpoints on how to interpret and apply Wikipedia's rules. The other is a rehash of old behaviors which are demonstrably destructive. The choice is yours. JbhTalk 20:09, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Dear me - tangent time again. If a page "looks fine" with a likely BLP issue, the problem is that the page is not actually "fine." And I note you no longer assert that the really clear consensus at an AfD is somehow errant. Collect (talk) 20:38, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
It was not the page that looked fine. I uploaded a cropped version of the photo to get rid of the 'mugshot' look. When I tried to display it after uploading I was still getting the old version showing up on my browser. Since I have not uploaded a 'new version' of a picture before I thought I had done something wrong so I stopped what I was doing and asked for help, describing what I was seeing. MrX said what he was seeing was OK ie he was seeing the new picture ie 'it looked fine' meaning I had not screwed up the upload or done something else stupid.

This exchange, which I very much doubt anyone else misread, was used, by you, on your talk page to say something else entirely. Does it make sense to you why people get annoyed when you take out of context edits and display them on your talk page as part of some personal campaign. Do you understand that when you take things out of context you are misrepresenting the words of another human being? Do you understand that is wrong and is exactly the kind of thing you say you are trying to remove as BLP violations? These are not rhetorical questions I am interested in your response. Fully 50% of my conflict with you revolves around this issue which I see as misrepresentation and Maybe you do not see it as such but, like most social interactions, it is the perception of others that matters in such cases. If we can address that issue it would go a long way towards resolving out differences, at lease from my perspective, and maybe differences with others as well. I know there are other issues and other bad actors that I can do nothing about but partial solutions can help.

AfD?? huh? If you are talking about PNAC I stated at the end of the AfD that I felt the argument of POVFORK was reasonable and while I could see how some saw SYNTH (Although not the SYNTH you were arguing) but I did not agree with it. That was and is my view on that topic. I have avoided it since and have no desire to rehash it here. Neither of our opinions are likely to change and no good can come of derailing what might be a productive conversation here and now. JbhTalk 21:18, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

The "new version" had "Booking Photo" clearly showing - that is a problem, but you appear not to have noticed it. And I suggest you read WP:SYNTH to see precisely its use in any BLP article is a problem as well. Wikipedia editors are not supposed to state that "person A is connected to group B" and "group B is connected to Group C" therefore a table can "show" (imply by SYNTH) that "person A is linked to Group C". Is that clear enough at this point? Nor did I see posts saying "this is SYNTH" but what Collect noted was not SYNTH, even though the end result is exactly the same" either. Collect (talk) 21:33, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Yep. I didn't notice the infobox caption mea culpa. I thanked you and removed the text when you pointed it out. That, however, is not what the discussion at BLPN was about nor was it what the exchange between MrX and I, which you copied here without attribution, was about. The issue brought up at BLPN was the photo itself and that is what the discussion was about.

Would you care to comment on the issue of posting other people's edits, out of context and without attribution or notification. If you do not feel it is wrong would you please tell me why you do not think it is wrong particularly when people have told you repeatedly that they find it offensive? It seems to me that you are unconcerned about other Wikipedia editor's moral rights to their words. I am really trying to understand where you are coming from on this issue.

I am not going to engage on the PNAC/SYNTH issue. That would be resurrecting a long dead horse and I refuse to bring about a Zombie Apocalypse. :)

JbhTalk 22:17, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

If I wish to comment on a person, then I attribute the quote to that person. Where I am commenting on a general problem on Wikipedia I see no reason to inject personalities into a discussion. You might note that I have not been critical of you personally - but that I do find the rampant use of "attacking the living person by catenating items" to be violative of the spirit of not seeking to harm anyone. In a few cases, some editors have, indeed, tried to make sure a living person "basically got away with (attempted) murder" is far outside the ambit of editors who are trying to produce a neutrally aimed encyclopedia article. By the way, I suggest if you show that poor photo to 100 people, 101 will say it is a mugshot. Collect (talk) 22:39, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. I can understand and in general can accept that idea. What I hope you can see is that in many cases the people whose words you use to illustrate a point or people who were also in the discussion see those quotes and can identify who said them. This can be a major problem if the point you are making, or more specificly the point you are representing the statement as making, is not what the person who wrote them intended or you fail to capture some nuance or context that changes the meaning of what was written. Most people, me included, would consider that situation a misrepresentation and since we are in an environment with a copyright notice on every edit screen a violation of their moral rights. Do you see where I am coming from on this. (I do want to make it very clear that I do not see any personal attack coming from you and I apologize if you consider anything I have said an attack such is not my intention. My goal was and is to have a frank discussion about a some if the issues I have been a part of or witnessed. I hope from this that we each can come to see the others viewpoint on this particular matter and from that both adjust our perceptions and behavior to decrease some of the tension in this whole drama. I know it is only a piece of the overall conflict, that you have problems with other editors' behavior and it is not just you doing stuff people dislike but it is a small thread I can pull on that might derail the downhill rush this situation has been on for the last few months. Then again I might just be an idealistic busybody with delusions of diplomacy but eh. :)

Re the photo. Yes I think you are right. I figured I would try to clean it up but it really did not work well. The picture is out of the article and no one is pushing to put it back in. Since the original was uploaded as non-free media it should be deleted unless it gets moved to Commons as public domain - see the BLPN thread. (I can not comprehend Commons' deletion policies nor can I understand their ideas of what is worthwhile.) JbhTalk 23:27, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Copyright notices on every edit screen? Comments on talk pages are not generally considered "copyrighted" as a rule, and Wikipedia's "warning" ("Content that violates any copyrights will be deleted.") refers to quoting copyrighted works sans proper attribution - our own words are thus not the issue. Collect (talk) 23:54, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I am sorry, I was not talking literal copyright infringement. What I was trying to get at is that this is a site where we are constantly reminded that people have rights to their words and to the original meaning of their words when they were written. Every day we decide whether to quote, paraphrase or use our own words. Editors here should be acutely aware of the value others put on their own words and should not lightly take liberties with them. To disassociate a quote from its author, particularly when some of those who are going to read it can identify or might be the original author is a moral wrong that I would think any Wikipedia editor would be sensitive to. To then use that same quote to imply or illustrate something not intended by the original author is, in my opinion, reprehensible because it makes those who read it and who can still identify the author think the author meant something that they in fact did not. Do you see?

To bring it back to the concrete your quote of 'looks fine' and identification of the discussion makes the author of that quote as MrX trivial. To say, as you did, that that quote supported the inclusion of the mugshot in the article is the same as saying 'MrX supported the use of a mugshot in an article' that is a completely false and disparaging statement. You took an out of context comment, posted it on your talk page, and not only misrepresented its meaning but, through that misrepresentation, slandered one of your long time opponents. Maybe you do not see that as the case, I hope not, but that is how I see it. I do not believe my view is unreasonable or even likely a minority view. I have raised this issue before and I hope I have been able to explain it properly this time. The TL;DR of all this is quoting people out of context to 'illustrate points' generally pisses them off and any Wikipedia editor should know you do not quote out of context. JbhTalk 00:47, 5 September 2015 (UTC)

Intersection on numbers of pages - theoretical issues[edit]

Subtracting all projectspace pages (noticeboards may skew values of intersections as they cover a great many topics)

Editor A and Editor B "intersect" on, say, 140 pages. For editor A this is over 22% of all the pages he has ever edited. For editor B, it is 2.3% of all pages he has ever edited.

An editor C who has had a substantial number of interactions has, say, 30 interactions excluding projectspace - about 1% of all that editor's pages, and this amounts to .5% of B's pages. More to the point, editors A and C intersect a total of 10 times - or trivial percentages for either.

Query - is the number of times editor A just happens to edit a page previously edited by editor B (a very large majority of the actual intersections) an indication that editor B is somehow "attracting" editor A - or is it possible that editor A is, alas, following editor B? In theory only, of course. Collect (talk) 00:14, 5 September 2015 (UTC)

The only way to answer the question is to look at actual editor interactions and time between interactions. You must then check for whether it is the first edit which is close together - this is the only kind of 'following' which could be considered stalking which is what you are talking about with your 'theoretical issue'. If it is not then it is possible that both editors had the article on their watchlists. You would also need to see of the article was being discussed where both editors were likely to notice it like at a noticeboard. If there are a lot of close interactions where the 'stalker' edited an article for the first time in close proximity to the 'stalked', and the article is not being discussed at a noticeboard, then you have a great case for harassment and stalking and should take it to ANI. If not all you have is meaningless numbers. JbhTalk 01:05, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
I suggest that several people are quite aware of this editor - and for some reason just tell me to ignore a person who stalks me. Alas right now we can see how much faith I have in that system <g>. If a stalker routinely tells others how evil one is, one might note that as being interesting, no? Collect (talk) 01:35, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
I'm going to take a wild guess that you might be referring to someone who has posed as an IP editor at AE, but who may perhaps actually have an active registered Wikipedia account. If that's the case, my advice would be to draw no attention to it here, but after your block is over, file a request at WP:SPI, requesting Checkuser, under the named account's name. If, on the other hand, my guess is incorrect (which won't be the first time I will have made an error), then I suggest waiting until your block is over and raising it publicly at ANI. But please do not do any of this unless you have good evidence to back it up. As for that evidence, I think that a key factor (and this gets directly to what you asked here) is whether or not there is a pattern of the other editor showing up just after you were at a page first. In other words, the chronology (who is first and who second) and timing (the time between you and the other editor) are important. --Tryptofish (talk) 20:10, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
Kindly posit that I am "first mover" in the vast majority of the pages involved, and that I have been told that SPI would be useless (as I recall "vast majority" may be a bit of an understatement in the case at hand). I am half tempted to produce a great wall of text showing that my positions on BLP has been upheld in a huge majority of BLPs on which I have edited - including my position that labeling folks by religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual considerations, ideology etc. is generally a really bad idea - and that we should generally use "self-identification" for living persons, and that this has been my consistent position for many years now. Also read User:Collect/BLP to see how one editor viewed BLP in the past - as something to make sure people see how evil the persons are. On the other hand, if you find merit in the other editor's positions and rationales, please tell me so we might have a colloquy. Collect (talk) 01:18, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

Arbitration amendment request archived[edit]

The Collect and others arbitration clarification request, which you were listed as a party to, has been closed and archived. For the Arbitration Committee, L235 (t / c / ping in reply) 03:53, 7 September 2015 (UTC)

Poring over 40K+ edits ....[edit]

On over 98% of articles where I have asserted BLP problems - there was no contest about it.

  1. Sarah Palin is not a practitioner of Witchcraft,
  2. Joe the Plumber is not a felon,
  3. Prescott Bush was not a manager of Nazi slave labour camps whose living heirs live off of Nazi gold,
  4. Johan Hari is not a worst journalist ever to live,
  5. XXX is not "gay",
  6. YYY (living person) is not "homophobia",
  7. ZZZ (many) are not "Jews", etc.

as well as many hundreds of other articles, such as ones asserting groups of living persons support use of biological weapons to commit genocide, etc. Of those where an issue was raised and discussed, in about 80% of the cases it was determined that there was a BLP violation and my position was correct. My "poor BLP average" is 99+% in my favour. As for being biased on "US politics" issues, no evidence has been provided for that claim for one very good reason - I am not biased on US politics issues, and have edited articles on everyone from Communists to Fascists worldwide.

Clearly some editors have spent a great deal of time following my every edit, but did anyone note that it is the same editors each time?

I have now spent several full days on the preliminary stuff -- but so far not a single arbitrator has acknowledged the evidence I sent in months ago. Where no one reads anything, it is likely they will read anything in the future - or is it a matter of "our minds are made up ahead of time - don't bother us with facts"? ANEW complaints? In one case: My conclusion is thus that this is not a blockable offense, and Collect apparently acted in good faith, In another "both editors blocked" despite the fact the 3+RR was not on my part at all, and the BLP issue was later proven at AfD to be correctly raised, [124] notes that repeatedly removing fucking from a BLP where the problem had already been shown to be a BLP issue was not improper on my part, and so on. Collect (talk)

Please comment on Talk:Shaun King (activist)[edit]

The feedback request service is asking for participation in this request for comment on Talk:Shaun King (activist). Legobot (talk) 00:00, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

Two Things[edit]

First, no apology is in order about spelling. It appears that you may have left the space out of my name. That is trivial. Even if you actually misspelled it, that is trivial, although I have always reserved the right to complain about spelling. It is trivial because the name has been misspelled for two centuries. The correct spelling is MacLennan in Scotland or McLennan in Ireland, but my great-great-great-grandfather was illiterate, and so the spelling was done by a New York State clerk who was probably English-American and knew little of the spelling of names elsewhere in the British Isles. No apology required. Robert McClenon (talk) 01:39, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Second, the Murder of Anni Dewani, which you have recently began editing, illustrates why DRN moderators cannot always be neutral. In particular, moderators cannot be neutral on BLP policy, and we know that Shrien Dewani is a living person and was acquitted of the crime. For history, moderated dispute resolution was attempted, and I couldn't be neutral on BLP policy or on reliable source policy. I eventually had to fail the moderation because the editors resumed edit-warring as soon as the article came off page-protection. Robert McClenon (talk) 01:39, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Thank you. My background on BLP is pretty clear - even if ArbCom has officially ruled my record "poor" on exceedingly weak evidence :(. Moderators, of course, ought not be "neutral" on well-defined policy issues, but should not be seen as having any "editorial opinions." And my editing of the article was a single attempt to actually bring the article in accord with policy - and this is one article where "add all the information one can find" is precisely the worst solution IMO. Too many editors shout "more is better" even where it is clear that such a mode is a major problem on Wikipedia. Collect (talk) 11:26, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Ali Khamenei[edit]

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I did a bit of rework. Whats the readability index now/where do you check it? Regards, Only in death does duty end (talk) 10:35, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Also, if you know what vocational confluence is, please enlighten me, it is bugging me now. Only in death does duty end (talk) 11:02, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

See [125] which gives you an easy way to check readability of articles <g>. And I would have to be fully enlightened to define the term "vocational confluence" as it does not appear to have a definition. [126] is the only book found by Google using the term ... Collect (talk) 11:50, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Well meditate long enough and the answer might arise, Regards! Only in death does duty end (talk) 12:27, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

BLP help request[edit]

Would you please give your opinion on some requests made by the subject of a BLP at Rick Alan Ross. It is part of the Scientology DS so I do not know if you want to get tangled up in it but I thought you opinion would be helpful and maybe you can bring a perspective on the issue we are missing. Thank you. JbhTalk 13:55, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Commented - a person is a "reliable source" for his own written statements per SPS - seems the simplest course of action. I knew John Campbell, and so would not touch the topic with a ten foot pole. Collect (talk) 14:25, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
OK. Thank you for taking a look. I completely understand not wanting to get involved in the topic. Cheers. JbhTalk 15:11, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

proofreaders needed?[edit]


PG&E officials say nobody opened the damn up and the water simply ran out.

And not that rare since we have spill checkers and not proofreaders and factcheckers for reliable sources ... Collect (talk) 12:38, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Maurice Cloud[edit]

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I've been an occasional editor and I think I was away when this ban stuff happened, but it looks like a ludicrous railroad job. You're one of the best editors I've seen on Wikipedia and this place is better off the more active you are. My condolences on your personal struggles, and screw the dickless IP trolls. That the losers bother to go so far out of their way to stalk and harass you like that just underscores what a huge positive impact you've had. VictorD7 (talk) 21:32, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

I believe the fact I am a "target" indicates that I have value <g>. Collect (talk) 21:42, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Jeremy Corbyn[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Rudolf Hess[edit]

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Violation of your topic ban, again[edit]

IP blocked 1 week for abuse of multiple accounts. Guy (Help!) 13:03, 14 October 2015 (UTC)

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

These edits[128][129] to a discussion of Kevin McCarthy (California politician) on Jimbo's talk page violate your topic ban of "making any edit about US politics or US political figures, in any namespace".  I won't bother with an AE request, but will leave it to talk page stalkers to decide whether to act on your consistent and unrepentant boundary-testing.  2600:1000:B003:7F86:1B03:6F18:857E:A7FF (talk) 14:19, 13 October 2015 (UTC)

(I did block Collect for breach of his topic ban a few months ago, but) I have absolutely no interest in dubious "gotchas" from IPs. Log into your account if you expect to be taken seriously. Bishonen | talk 14:50, 13 October 2015 (UTC).
My edits did not in any what whatsoever deal with any US political issue nor personage, and this sort of harassment gets old really fast. This sock who clearly does not wish to actually show who he or she really is, is the lowest form of life on Earth, in my opinion. Collect (talk) 12:28, 14 October 2015 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Palestine-Israel articles 3 arbitration case proposed decision posted[edit]

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Your revert on Gary Cooper[edit]

When a contributor takes the trouble to research five solid book references - including one from Gary Cooper's wife acknowledging the relationship with Lawler, and then it is reverted TWICE with the claim that the addition is UNSOURCED: ie trashing the hard work of others and then making a false claim to justify doing so -- that's trolling by any measure. And what other reason than homophobia would you give for it? Whim, perhaps? You were wrong to revert because (a) the contriuction was a worthwhile addition to the article and (b) you justified his behaviour by doing so. You should have left it and talked to me first. This is why good contributors leave Wikipedia. Engleham (talk) 15:58, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

Oh: and I'd appreciate -- having spent much time researching the addition -- you doing me the courtesy of reverting your revert. Engleham (talk) 16:05, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

Note that I state what I found in examining the sources given on the talk page of the biography, which is where the discussion ought to be. And as I noted, calling any editor "homophobic" is not wise under any circumstances. When one finds what might be a copyright violation or plagiarism, by the way, it is proper for one to remove it rather than let it fester. And asking me to undo the removal of what may well be a violation of Wikipedia policy is unlikely to sway me in this matter. Collect (talk) 16:08, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

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Piers Gav[edit]

Hi Collect. You removed a sic in the Piers Gaveston article. Fair point on the long S, but the main problem with their motto was it doesn't appear to be correct Latin re. dilixisse vs. dilexisse. Where we present a translation, albeit by a normally reliable source, that doesn't add a sic, shouldn't we add one in the absence of a reliable source that's similarly Latin-anal? [Full disclosure, my current Latin skills are limited to Googling]. Cheers, Bromley86 (talk) 10:44, 18 October 2015 (UTC)

Not really. "Sic" is very rarely an appropriate item to use - it is only used to indicate that a specific error is in a source and is not the fault of the person using it now. Often one sees it used for a spelling error in a transcript of a spoken word - and it is invariably wrong in those cases as one might get an implication that the speaker made an error, and not the person transcribing the spoken word. [130] supports "dilixisse" as the "perfect active infinitive "of "diligo" ("to love") and Wiktionary[131] chooses "dilexisse" as the "perfect active infinitive" of "diligo". In short - no actual error as far as I can tell here. Collect (talk) 12:08, 18 October 2015 (UTC)
Perfect! Thanks for sorting that out. Bromley86 (talk) 00:04, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Deaths in 2015[edit]

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Is this "plagiarism"?[edit]

Talk:Paul Theodore Arlt demonstrates what appears to be specific and deliberate plagiarism - using a Washington Post source in the first place, grabbing more than 150 words from it, and then not citing it at all. [132] is the initial edit for that article. There is a pattern here over several articles from the single editor. Collect (talk) 13:25, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

Note: An admin has officially called this section an "aspersion." IIRC, Jimbo has stated that plagiarism can not be tolerated on Wikipedia, which is a much bigger "aspersion."
Plagiarism is extremely unethical and absolutely grounds for dismissal from the project. We should reject it with every fiber of our being.
But neither does that mean we should tolerate or condone destructive and unethical attitudes towards scholarship.
Plagiarism is never the right thing to do.
Plagiarism is a form of lying, of pretending, of fraud upon the reader.
It is the moral crime of pretending that someone else's work is your own which amounts to plagiarism.
And so on - all verba Jimbonis. Collect (talk) 21:20, 20 October 2015 (UTC)


Nine Mile Portage with [133] Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail

This recreation trail is based on an ancient overland route created by the early aboriginal people of our area. One of the oldest known European records of the route appears on a 1688 map by Italian Vincenzo Coronelli labelled as 'Portage de dix Lieuel'. This portage came to be known as the 'Nine Mile Portage' by the British Military, which employed it strategically during the War of 1812. After the war, use continued until the first roads and the railway were established. The old portage then fell into disuse and eventually the land was sold to settlers as the concessions were developed. But it was never completely forgotten.
Opened in 2003, the initial route mainly follows sidewalks and roadways. In time, it is intended to develop the Trail to follow the original historic route as closely as possible. At all times, regardless of the stage of development, the rights of private property owners must be strictly observed. No right-of-way exists along most of the historic route of the Nine Mile Portage.
This web page is compiled through the efforts of the Nine Mile Portage Working Group, composed of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, Friends of Historical Fort Willow, Township of Springwater, Simcoe County Trails, Simcoe County Historical Association and the Rotary Club of Barrie, who generously sponsored trail signs, granite markers and interpretive signage, and granite benches. Special mention to Keith Bacon for his supplied reseach and resources.

This article does at least cite the page it so fulsomely borrows from. Collect (talk) 16:40, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

Bachman-Wilson House with (inter alia) The NYT [134]

The front façade of concrete blocks has an almost fortress-like appearance to ensure privacy from the street. The house is built with Way-Lite concrete blocks and Philippine mahogany trim. It has a second story, rare in a Usonian house, with cantilevered balconies. The living room has a built-in banquette facing a wooded scene through a wall of 10 foot high glass panes, symbolizing a transcendental pew set before the altar of nature.
The public space is a dramatic focal point, with walls of glass and an open floor plan. Cut-out wooden panels of abstracted forms over 24 clerestory windows provide an unobtrusive yet restrained decorative touch to this lavish space. These recall Native American geometric motifs as well as stylized forms that may be based in nature. Construction was completed in 1956.
At the Bachman-Wilson House, for example, the front facade of concrete blocks has an almost fortresslike appearance to ensure privacy from the street.
Built with concrete blocks and Philippine mahogany, it has a second story, rare in a Usonian house, with two bedrooms and cantilevered balconies.
The public space is a dramatic focal point, with walls of glass and an open floor plan. Cut-out wooden panels of abstracted forms over 24 clerestory windows provide an unobtrusive yet restrained decorative touch to this lavish space. These recall Native American geometric motifs as well as stylized forms that may be based in nature.

Note the minor similarities in wording? The NYT is listed as an also-see type of article - but not used as a reference, even though the borrowing is clear.Collect (talk) 17:00, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

These are copyvio instances. Capitalismojo (talk) 18:21, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
  • WP:CCI is thataway ---> Talk page polemics accomplish nothing. If you think it is a big deal open a CCI if not why post about it? JbhTalk 18:25, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
But, of course, ordinarily one doesn't just jump to CCI or other action without validating that others see the same issue. ??Polemics?? Not so much. Capitalismojo (talk) 18:33, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
See these two threads [135] [136] over on Bish's talk page where this seems to have initially kicked off and was already discussed. JbhTalk 18:49, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
The second one (FLW house) is not related to that editor. And note - the brouhaha came about precisely because I followed the process for reporting copyright issues -- and then was accused wrongly of having it in for an editor. Did you not notice my post at CCI? BTW, do you have any idea what the backlog is there? Try on the order of multiple years <g>. Collect (talk) 21:02, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
No, I seldom look at CCI, I saw this brew up on Bishonen's talk page. The best thing is to fix what you find, report it to where it should be reported or tag it for other editors to deal with. All of the effort spent on talk page posting could have been used to clean up the problem and would have generated much less drama.

Wikipedia has processes, imperfect - some near pointless - they may be. It is better to use them or work around the dysfunction than to engage in point-making on talk pages. - Free advice, worth about half what you paid for it. Cheers. PS - hope all is well with you and yours. JbhTalk 21:18, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

IIRC, you raised the issue of going to CCI. I had, in fact, done so ab initio. The problem arose when the editor who was specifically automatically notified of the CCI listing argued that I must have made it up in some way just to get at him. If you have never read Jimbo's positions on plagiarism - try reading them. My "aspersions" are vastly gentler. Collect (talk) 21:23, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
I said nothing about aspersions. If you raised it at CCI and nothing was done - then nothing was done. If you still feel strongly about it then AN/ANI would be the next step. Everyone who has been on Wikipedia for more than a moment and everyone who ever wrote a paper at uni gets that plagiarism is bad. You do not need to convince anyone - I hope! - of that. The only way to get it removed is to a) do it your self b) tag it for someone else to do c) engage Wikipedia's processes to clean it up and/or block the culprit. None of that can happen on your talk page. How do you expect a thread on your talk page will fix the problem? It passes a bit of non-productive time but how does it address the problem? JbhTalk 21:33, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
Perhaps you forgot - I have stalkers who assert that almost any edit I make which can remotely be connected to any political topic is something to waste hours of my time at AE for. I even had one complain about me mentioning Corbyn and Cameron in the UK, for God's sake! In short if I do anything at all, someone will post anonymously demanding I be blocked for whatever trivial reason they can think of to waste hours of my time as a bare minimum. Is this clear at all? Now how the hell do you expect me to "do it myself" when the reason why I damn well can not is on this page in the first place? Really? Now I ask -- how the hell does your post alleviate the problem? Really? Collect (talk) 22:32, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

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Please comment on Talk:Anna Politkovskaya[edit]

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I didn't know that the word draconian was derived from Draco (lawgiver). Thanks for that. Wbm1058 (talk) 17:56, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

My fault <g> - I have a semi-eidetic memory for quite useless information. Collect (talk) 19:19, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

A Dobos torte for you![edit]

Dobos cake (Gerbeaud Confectionery Budapest Hungary).jpg 7&6=thirteen () has given you a Dobos Torte to enjoy! Seven layers of fun because you deserve it.

To give a Dobos Torte and spread the WikiLove, just place {{subst:Dobos Torte}} on someone else's talkpage, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past or a good friend.

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Sisu 7&6=thirteen () 17:30, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

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for lurkers:[edit]

Cinderella was a notorious crier - tears by the gallon.

Thus becoming the very first Grimm weaper.


Those who hold a position here because of what they "know to be the truth" are precisely analogous to those who favour or oppose any "truth" in the first place. Rather, we should divorce this from what we "know" or "believe" or "believe we know" and stick strictly to the precept that people should not be categorized for their beliefs except on the basis of categories they place themselves in by stating their own self-categorization. Else we are as bad as any who label folks on the basis of beliefs as "heretics" or "witches" or any other category susceptible of "guilt by association" tactics. I, for one, have always opposed "guilt by association" arguments on Wikipedia and in real life, and if I be the only one left in the world holding that personal belief, if I be the only one in the world in my self-identification in the category of "do not classify people because they differ from you in religion or any other belief at all" then I proudly assert my position in that category. Collect (talk) 20:57, 30 October 2015 (UTC)

On guilt by association, which is a logical fallacy, it brings to mind the words of Professor Leslie, who taught me English Constitutional History many many years ago. :
"Birds of a feather
Flock together
And so do pigs and swine.
Rats and mice shall have their choice,
And so I shall have mine."
There is a right to associate (or not). And tied to that is the free exchange of ideas in this forum. These concepts ought not to be infringed here.

7&6=thirteen () 21:04, 30 October 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (policy)[edit]

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Art Critic[edit]

Started of by saying the artist had the nose of Picasso ...

... and feet of Klee.

Clever--S Philbrick(Talk) 21:36, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

5 Million: We celebrate your contribution[edit]

Wikipedia-logo-v2-en 5m articles.png
We couldn't have done it without you
Well, maybe. Eventually. But the encyclopedia would not be as good.

Celebrate. 7&6=thirteen () 14:54, 1 November 2015 (UTC)


Removing an imaginary "article" from a dab page which is absolutely not in any way "US Politics related" is not an edit to a "US Politics related page" except to perhaps a stalker who has nothing better to do than do his dardenest to harass me. Collect (talk) 16:43, 3 November 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Full Service (book)[edit]

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Reliable sources question[edit]

I'm writing to you as someone very knowledgeable in reliable sources issues. I may bring this up at the noticeboard but I'd like some input from you on how best to do it, plus am looking for a second opinion to see if my point is valid.

If you could take a few seconds and listen to a clip at: this source

I'll try to make it as easy as possible: scroll down to item 7, then fast forward to 1:40, I'm interested in the phrase at 1:43.

The text states that he says "hundreds of thousands".

I heard "hundreds or thousands".

If you hear the same thing I hear, what is the proper next step? On the one hand we have a source which appears to qualify as a reliable source and there is no question that the text in the source claims a commentator referred to "hundreds of thousands" of scientists.

I think the answer is that we need another reliable source disputing the transcript and possibly an admission by Media Matters that they got it wrong. I don't think we can ask a number of editors to listen to the clip and take a vote, but I'm troubled that we had a BLP citing this claim. While it has been removed, it was removed on the basis that the source was not a reliable source and I don't think that will stand up, so it may get restored. I don't think the proper issue is whether Media Matters is reliable, but what to do if they make an obvious mistake.--S Philbrick(Talk) 15:14, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

I also hear "hundreds or thousands" and note the sites stressing the "of" are all making fun of a black commentator who is on Fox. Best solution is to see if he routinely uses either phrase and Google is our friend - Murdock routinely uses "hundreds or thousands" as a phrase, and does not use "hundreds of thousands" with regard to numbers of debaters. [137]] shows precisely where the original quote was made (Senate Minority Report):
The notion of "hundreds" or "thousands" of UN scientists agreeing to a scientific statement does not hold up to scrutiny. (See report debunking "consensus" LINK)
In short - the misheard "hundreds of thousands" is a natural transcription error for a person hoping to hear "of" - and is all-too-common where an official transcript is not provided. See Mondegreen Collect (talk) 16:00, 9 November 2015 (UTC)
As I have noted elsewhere - "official transcripts" are far better than any video as a source, or any source relying on its own version of the video. I have listened through entire BBC programme presented as a "source" only to discover the programme did not remotely support the claim made for it. Collect (talk) 16:14, 9 November 2015 (UTC)
Thank-you - good advice.--S Philbrick(Talk) 20:13, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
Because it takes guts to stand up for what you believe... instead of following the crowd! MurderByDeadcopy"bang!" 23:23, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

New adage for the day:

A marathon is not won at the starting line, but at the finish line. So in life, where one starts is far less important than where one ends up as a person, and if that means standing up for what one believes, then one shall have won the race.

WT:RFA on admin stats[edit]

"A solution! Let admins block a dummy account"

Have you ever seen User:ThisIsaTest? Someone created a dummy account for testing, and wow does it have a long block log. Nyttend (talk) 22:16, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

Voila! (Yes - I had heard of it - but it is an elegant solution to the problem posed <g>) Collect (talk) 23:07, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

On this day[edit]

As we hear Taps or The Last Post on this day, we should remember they descended from the same source - a call to innkeepers to "close the taps" so soldiers could return to their posts (taptoe in Dutch). What one does not hear though is Winston Churchill's comment about retirement and death:

I leave when the pub closes

When taptoe has sounded the last time, and the "last post" has been visited.

Aside not related to the comment[edit]

And each of us here should remember that the conflicts here on Wikipedia are less than nothing when stood against the sacrifices that created the world that allows us our little dramas. JbhTalk 14:26, 11 November 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Fawaz Gerges[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:List of ministers of the Universal Life Church[edit]

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Your voter guide[edit]

Hello. When I transclude your voter guide (and the others) into a single page (to facilitate reading and comparisons), the resulting page becomes a member of the [[Category:Wikipedia Arbitration Committee Elections 2015 voter guides]]. To correct that, the Category in your page should be protected by a pair of <noinclude>...</noinclude>. In the Main space, I would have done that by myself. In your Userspace, I think it is polite to ask your permission. Pldx1 (talk) 18:54, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Malala Yousafzai[edit]

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DYK for Charles S. Strong[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Mariah Carey[edit]

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