User talk:Damianrafferty

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April 2008[edit]

Information.svg Welcome to Wikipedia. Although everyone is welcome to contribute constructively to the encyclopedia, one or more of the external links you added to the page Waterboarding do not comply with our guidelines for external links and have been removed. Wikipedia is not a collection of links; nor should it be used for advertising or promotion. Since Wikipedia uses nofollow tags, external links do not alter search engine rankings. If you feel the link should be added to the article, please discuss it on the article's talk page before reinserting it. Please take a look at the welcome page to learn more about contributing to this encyclopedia. Thank you. Lawrence Cohen § t/e 13:35, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

April 2009[edit]

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Linking to Kew Gardens a lot[edit]

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May 2014[edit]

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Link canvassing[edit]

Please stop adding inappropriate external links to Wikipedia. It is considered spamming and Wikipedia is not a vehicle for advertising or promotion. Because Wikipedia uses nofollow tags, additions of links to Wikipedia will not alter search engine rankings. If you continue spamming, you may be blocked from editing Wikipedia. OhNoitsJamie Talk 14:36, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi Jamie - have you seen the links? They are absolutely appropriate and not commercial in nature. I am puzzled. Could you give me an instance where a link to one of the world's foremost centres of knowledge on botany contravenes any guidelines?

I understand why there has been concern about your addition of these links; a quick Google search shows that you are strongly associated with Kew. On the other hand, you are quite right in saying that in many cases these are highly appropriate external links – often much more appropriate than some of the existing external links. Kew is one of the world's foremost botanical centres and the information available in the pages whose links you added is authoritative and informative. I do not believe that the links you added to those plant pages on my watchlist constitute "spamming".

I strongly suggest that you disclose your relationship with Kew at User:Damianrafferty which will help to limit the conflict of interest. I will check and then restore some of the links which were removed if I think they add value to the article. Peter coxhead (talk) 15:52, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

Thank you Peter coxhead - I have edited my profile as suggested. I am not (and never have been) a staff member of Kew but have done freelance work for them and I have now noted that. I tried to be highly judicious in choice of links to ensure they were of clear benefit and to avoid anything other than a factual description of what they were. Having such good information on the Kew site but unconnected to Wikipedia always seemed a shame to me. 16:47, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

I accept that the Kew site offers excellent information, and I really don't want to discourage you. Adding external links does require care. Firstly you need to check that the link hasn't been used as a reference, since external links are meant to be extras. Secondly you need to be sure that the link is added to the right article; for example you added a Kew link relating to the Common Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, to the genus article Galanthus rather than the species article. Peter coxhead (talk) 11:31, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Peter, I see some of the links have been put back in and many not. And some should I agree have been more finely targeted such as the snowdrop link. I love Wikipedia and appreciate the remarkable effort that volunteers such as yourself and ohnoitsjamie put in to make it one of the best things about the internet. On the other hand, I have to personally confess to being utterly discouraged by notes (not from you I might add) accusing me of spamming and so on and I feel like the proverbial fool who pulled the tiger's tail.

Well, I understand why Ohnoitsjamie reacted in that way: when you do a lot of Wikipedia editing, you spend far, far too much time undoing undesirable edits – either idiotic or malicious – and fall into a "better safe than sorry" mode. However, I think the actions taken in your case were wrong. Wikipedia requires editors to show judgement, not just blindly follow rules. Do you have any other Kew links you'd like to add? Peter coxhead (talk) 16:55, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi Peter and thank you. There were links from the Tea and Coffee pages and perhaps a broader idea would be to link relevant plant profiles more routinely to help with citations and generally useful links. There are no fewer than 488 detailed profiles at http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/species-browser?query&habitat=0&family=0&country=0 all written to be scientifically informative but accessible. I won't be adding them myself but it would be great if editors knew they were there and considered how they could be of use as a matter of course. Kew also has all kinds of specialist databases http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/research-data/resources/databases that may be of use for reference but that's a bit beyond my own level of expertise!