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Wiktionary[edit]

To link to Wiktionary words Wiktionary:victor. To hide the Wiktionary part victor. See also Wikipedia:Sister projects.

But it is not usually done to link to words in the dictionary as it is expected that a person reading this encyclopaedia knows what a word like victor means. See also Wikipedia:Manual of Style (links)#Overlinking and underlinking: what's the best ratio? --Philip Baird Shearer (talk) 09:38, 11 March 2008 (UTC)

See also Simple English Wikipedia --Philip Baird Shearer (talk) 09:32, 12 March 2008 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free media (Image:Krav Maga.png)[edit]

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Re: Why was List of Fumblerules deleted?[edit]

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Articles for deletion/MojoMojo[edit]

I have reverted your recent edit to Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/MojoMojo for a couple reasons:

  1. You edited a comment made by another user account. You should not edit the comments of others. If this is your user account, however, you should immediately read WP:SOCK, because it is prohibited to use multiple accounts to "tag-team" on discussions such as this. If these are in fact your accounts, please consider retracting the comments (or incorporate them into your own).
  2. Please do not make up tags to prove a point. The "single purpose account" tag that is on other user accounts is a community-accepted, pre-existing tag that is commonly used in deletion discussions. You're welcome to indicate in your own comments that you don't feel the "deleters" are experts,

However I wish to advise you that it does not take an expert on the topic to determine if an article should be deleted or retained; it is how well the article adheres to policies and guidelines. I strongly urge you to read the following guidelines regarding deletion discussion:

Following this, I suggest that from here on you craft your arguments for retaining the article based on guidelines and policies, this will provide the best chance for retaining the article. A single comment backed by policies and guidelines will carry far more weight than any number of comments which have no basis in them. Regards. --AbsolutDan (talk) 13:07, 2 March 2009 (UTC)

Reply to AbsolutDan on Articles for deletion/MojoMojo[edit]

> You edited a comment made by another user account. You should not edit the comments of others.

All the edits have done was to replace "Don't delete" with "Keep", per all the examples in Wikipedia:AfD#How to discuss an AfD. I do not appreciate the implication that I have edited the content of other user comments.

> If this is your user account, however, you should immediately read WP:SOCK, because it is prohibited to use multiple accounts to "tag-team" on discussions such as this. If these are in fact your accounts, please consider retracting the comments (or incorporate them into your own).

I do not appreciate the allegation that I have used sock puppets either. Two of the other users who have voted "Keep" are:

  1. User:Jayk806 is Jay Kuri, a CPAN module author
  2. User:Lestrrat is Daisuke Maki, a CPAN module author

> However I wish to advise you that it does not take an expert on the topic to determine if an article should be deleted or retained; it is how well the article adheres to policies and guidelines.

If I understand correctly, what MojoMojo needs is mentions in reliable independent sources.

  1. One such source is already mentioned in the article (the Heavy CPANTS 100 index on use.perl.org) Is this an acceptable source?
  2. Would the use of MojoMojo as the platform for a large wiki of a notable project count?
  3. What is the goal for the number of non-self-published external mentions?
  4. Who deems the reliability of external sources? For example, use.perl.org is considered a reliable source on Perl-related discussion by Perl programmers, but to an outsider it seem no more reliable than a hosted blog or forum.

Thanks, -- Dandv (talk) 00:48, 3 March 2009 (UTC)


While yes "Keep" "Delete" etc are the preferred methods for beginning an opinion on AfD, they're not required, and are a part of the editor's opinion. This is why making changes to any part of the text of a comment is considered to be editing another's comments (aside from formatting-related edits such as indenting, but even then that can be controversial at times).
Regarding the sources, the "CPANTS" entry appears to be a journal entry. Also, the use of MojoMojo for a large wiki may be notable, if written about in a reliable source (for example, if a notable publication wrote an article about the software's use0.
There really isn't a set number of appropriate references that make an article "keepable"; generally though it's proportionate to the contents of the article and the quality of the sources. The guideline Wikipedia:Reliable sources describes the criteria for a reliable source better than I can here. But in a rough rule-of-thumb is that the better known and respected the source, the more reliable it is considered.
Regarding the question you posed on my talk page, it's generally not a good idea to keep material because it may meet policy in the future. However, if appropriate sources do become available in the future, the article can then be recreated (see WP:RECREATE). But be careful if doing so to include sufficient reliable sources (generally at least 2; an article that relies on a single source is generally tagged with {{onesource}}. Regards, --AbsolutDan (talk) 02:03, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Re: Cogito_ergo_sum[edit]

Merged. ffm 15:23, 16 April 2009 (UTC)

Your Edit Summaries[edit]

Your last couple have been unacceptable. Referring to users as deletionist nazis is a short-cut to losing your editing rights. Please read WP:CIVIL and WP:NPOV if you do not understand our policies. Further behaviour will lead to a block. Spartaz Humbug! 05:26, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

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IPE granted[edit]

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Please read the page Wikipedia:IP block exemption carefully, especially the section on IP block exemption conditions.

Note in particular that you are not permitted to use this newly-granted right to edit Wikipedia via anonymous proxies, or disruptively. If you do, or there is a serious concern of abuse, then the right may be removed by any administrator.

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I hope this will enhance your editing, and allow you to edit successfully and without disruption. ffm 19:32, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Hello, Dandv!

Due to deletion attempt of another FOSS project we, Linux enthusiasts, encountered strange criterion of notability. So as I see your are familiar with such a inconstancy of WP:N, and, being more familiar with regulations, you could advice us about feature of such an initiative to put special guideline for FOSS.

I've just added some strings and new facts here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Notability/RFC:Notability_of_free_open_source_software

What should we all do for this page become a guideline?

May be we all should gain attention of others wikipedians-linux-enthusiasts to that problem?

Thanks in advance. Mclaudt (talk) 07:34, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

Open letter to Richard Stallman[edit]

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TinyMe[edit]

You deleted Zenwalk on the premise that it’s not “mini.” The article states, however, that Acorn is also 200 MB—still pretty small for a complete Linux distro. —Wiki Wikardo 10:20, 14 April 2010 (UTC)

Plastics in latin[edit]

I can think of several answers to your question:

The simplest answer, of course, is that it's fun. That was the impetus for a good deal of my articles from la:Pong cervisiale to la:Ludus patibuli to la:Pila Magica 8.

A more serious answer is it helps us get better at Latin (if you want to ask why anybody would want to do that, it's a completely different question).

An often unmentioned answer is that you can honestly find some great things written in Latin and Greek, perspectives that are often unquoted at the English wikipedia, because deletionists don't think it's relevant to use ancient scholarship in a modern encyclopaedia, or because purists think the material belongs at wikisource. Some of the things at la:Infinitas, la:Scacchi, or la:Cannabis is like that. You yourself have argued for English's power as a bearer of information to the masses.

I'm for the use of English as an international language, as well, but not if it means excluding scholarship of natural languages. Nor do I think people should be encouraged to be bilingual, but rather tri or quadlingual. Why? Because I don't think English is as easy as you make it out to be. English is easy at the beginning. As a teacher of English to speakers of many different language families I assure you that, while it is the case that the basics of English are easy to acquire and that, having been experienced to it in movies, ads, films etc, most people have an a priori familiarity with it, mastering English is no easy task.

I would also differ in my estimation of the value of Esperanto or Interlingua. It is these language, with no culture, no history, no soul, that are the wastes of time and money. Learning Latin takes both time and money, but the richness one gleans from such study certainly rewards the effort.

I hope I have answered honestly and diplomatically as I mean in no way to offend. Your cause is an interesting one and, given that you are actively involved in a campaign for globalization of English, your opinion is somewhat more valued than the typical "Latin is a dead language" pundit. Best regards, --Ioscius 12:45, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

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reference for sateen[edit]

You added a reference on the page for sateen to Overstock.com, but I fail to see why. At first I thought it might be vandalism (link/reference spamming), but you seem to be a legitimate user, so I'm trying to figure out how that reference makes sense. --Nicholas Davidowicz (talk) 10:25, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for noticing this. The reference I had added in 2009 was to a page on Overstock.com that detailed the differences between satin and sateen. They've changed the page in the meantime. I've updated the reference and added another one, to the exact pattern of the weave. Feel free to remove or trim them if you feel they're excessive. -- Dandv (talk) 05:13, 25 April 2011 (UTC)

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Darrel Ray[edit]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Daboosh/Darrel_Wayne_Ray — Preceding unsigned comment added by Daboosh (talkcontribs) 09:47, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

Protect IP Act and Eric Schmidt[edit]

Firstly let us please talk about our differences on the Protect IP Act on it's talk page. When you make your opinions in the comment box for your edit it doesn't allow discussion on the topic in question. The Schmidt comment that we have been going back and forth on in the Protect IP Act I have re-expressed now for three reasons. Firstly, the wording you use is that of the Guardian's which may qualify as copyright violation. Secondly, as before it is overspecific for the lead. And now lastly, as more sources state that more companies are opposed to the act Schmidt's comments appear less important, or at least must be placed in broader context. Maximilianklein (talk) 18:24, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

San Francisco meetup at WMF headquarters[edit]

Hi Dandv,

I just wanted to give you a heads-up about the next wiki-meetup happening in SF. It'll be located at our very own Wikimedia Foundation offices, and we'd love it if some local editors who are new to the meetup scene came and got some free lunch with us :) Please sign up on the meetup page if you're interested in attending, and I hope to see you soon! Maryana (WMF) (talk) 19:38, 9 January 2012 (UTC)

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Cape Mendocino Light[edit]

Greetings. Recently I added current status to the Cape Mendocino Light page and saw your location edit and comment about "actually looking at a map" and changing location. Um... I'm going to have to change the location back to where it was before, but yes this is confusing and here's why. The actual site where the light still blinks is an automated facility 40°26′23.66″N 124°24′21.71″W / 40.4399056°N 124.4060306°W / 40.4399056; -124.4060306, the Fresnel of the old Cape light is located at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds (being disassembled by Coast Guard lampist for temporary storage and new display) 40°35′13.45″N 124°15′53.17″W / 40.5870694°N 124.2647694°W / 40.5870694; -124.2647694, and the restored cast iron old lighthouse building is located where you put the map push pin, in Shelter Cove 40°01′20″N 124°04′10″W / 40.02222°N 124.06944°W / 40.02222; -124.06944. Unfortunately, since the light still flashes at the Cape Mendocino location, Wiki style is to use that location for the Light, as that is the official location in sailing handbooks and sailing maps around the world. I will however make it really clear about the locations of the historical items as well as add more information on the automated light. Please let me know if you see any problems with the article after these edits! Thanks. Ellin Beltz (talk) 13:42, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

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A page you started has been reviewed![edit]

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I took out the detailed history of the lawsuit that was dismissed. WP is not a soapbox WP:SOAP

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MELA Sciences[edit]

Hi Dandv - What's up with Mela? I never heard of the company, and WP:DGAF But my reading of WP:NOTSCANDAL etc and WP:GNG does not seem to support this version living in Wikipedia: half of the existing article is about a lawsuit that was thrown out, and the original reference is to the writeup by the lawyers suing the company (who lost). To repeat the claims of the plaintiff, which were repudiated by the court can't possibly belong in an encyclopedia. The content is blatantly biased. Please let me know your opinion - I'll hold off on reverting edits for now.---MJH (talk) 04:18, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

It seems like Dandy cleaned up the section pretty good. Wikipedia certainly is not a soapbox, but I think mentioning the lawsuit is significant and gives balance, especially when MELA won. I think the info is important, but lets keep it down to a sentence or two. Did this company create any other products? Certainly a scanner that can detect skin cancer is important. I would like to see this article lengthened. Can we get an image of this scanner? --Sue Rangell 04:41, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
MJH, if you don't give a fuck, then leave the article alone, eh? I've clearly marked it as a stub. What I wrote is all I care to know about MELA; others are welcome to improve it. Wikipedia is a crowdsourced project after all.-- Dandv(talk|contribs) 19:39, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
Let's play nice. I am sure that you both have the best interests of Wikipedia at heart. --Sue Rangell 20:45, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
I played very nice. Didn't delete anyone's work. Didn't use cuss-word tags like WP:DGAF. -- Dandv(talk|contribs) 23:26, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
Fair enough. Everyone has had a chance to drop an F-bomb. (except me) Can we turn our thoughts tward the article itself? I rather like the article in it's present state. I put in a bit of work that I (hope) will satisfy both? Basically, is everyone reasonably happy with the article in it's present state? Personally, I find the idea of a cancer-detecting scanner very "star-treky". It would also be nice if we could find a usable photo of the device. --Sue Rangell 23:40, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

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Kirsten Gillibrand[edit]

Just a note (not a threat), you should think twice before accusing users of having a conflict of interest; some users (like me) could take offense. Also, I've taken our disagreement to Gillibrands talk page so we can all work it out. Grammarxxx (What'd I do this time?) 07:25, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Wow, I guess we've done this before, completely forgot. I guess we just missed eachother by a few minutes on the talk page. I've made my case and given my rationale, so feel free to respond. And as for that COI you're damned certain I have (hawkishly watching/break of morning edits), I'll just let you know I'm a bit of an insomniac, and I take every page I watch seriously because I want them to be as best as possible, and that includes neutrality. Grammarxxx (What'd I do this time?) 09:12, 31 January 2013 (UTC)

Mosaic, redux[edit]

the edit which you are probably actually concerned about is this one, not done by me. i removed this prod, and only said that if someone feels this is not notable, it needs to go to AFD instead, as the references are clearly indicative of at least a potentially notable subject. if i thought it needed to go there, i would have AFD'd it myself. i didnt. i rescued it from a proposed deletion, and added it to the San Francisco Bay Area (sfba) categories (and probably the wikiproject on its talk page, so that if it was AFD'd it would be listed there and get more commentators, and a better chance of rescue.) This is a good reason to assume good faith and temper our language when working here, as we can all misread edit histories. I have looked through at least 1,000 SFBA related articles in the last few months, to better categorize them, including all new SFBA articles. my list of AFD's is on my userpage at the bottom. I think you will agree the few i AFD'd were not very notable, much less than Mosaic (i redirected some middle school articles as well, per usual outcome for such). My goal has been to improve the overall coverage of the bay area, by making sure all possible articles are categorized as SFBA related, badly written articles are improved, and the few nonnotable, obviously promotional articles are either suggested for deleted or somehow improved. I think i have been fair to them. I'm sorry if my edit summary sounded harsh. i just wanted to make it clear that i was not ideologically opposed to anyone elses reasonable ideas for tagging articles, including afd, which can sometimes help an article. PROD should not be used if there is any chance the subject is notable.Mercurywoodrose (talk) 05:34, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

Oh cool. I'm an inclusionist. Keep up the good work! -- Dandv(talk|contribs) 21:44, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

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Dude, spare me of the boilerplate templates. The plot summary is wrong, period. Specifically, this part: "Learning the dead man is a mercenary thought to have been killed in action, McClane believes he's stumbled onto a nefarious plot". If you want to be actually useful to Wikipedia, go fix the plot, instead of undoing my edits. -- Dandv(talk|contribs) 23:35, 15 February 2013 (UTC)
Based on your edit I assumed you weren't aware of the policy, as opposed to assuming you were willfully breaking it, which some might construe as disruptive editing. I'm not clear as to whether you're asking for my assistance to correct the plot without violating the pertinent guidelines; your tone appears to be in conflict with your words. Cheers! Doniago (talk) 23:49, 15 February 2013 (UTC)
What pissed me off is blind adherence to the rules, against the spirit of WP:IAR - there's your Wikipedia policy lingo, happy? More specifically,
  1. Check my contrib history. I've been an editor since 2005, and have thousands of edits under my belt. Imagine that I'm already aware of Wikipedia policies.
  2. The plot summary of Die Hard 2 is already 755 words long. I find it hypocritical that you left an edit summary advising me to keep the plot summary under 700 words when it was already too long.
  3. Have you actually watched the movie? I watched it last night. McClane came to Lorenzo before he learned that the dead man was a mercenary. McClane's argument was the bad guy's use of a Glock 7, a very expensive weapon in the movie universe. Thus, the current plot summary is factually inaccurate.
  4. Asking for a more reliable reference than Die Hard's Wikia is again an example of blindly following the rules. FYI, I did wade through several SERPs looking for WP:RSs, but this is not the kind of information covered in books or in Time Magazine. If you use WP:COMMON, you'll see that a reference like Skeptics on StackExchange is quite reliable.
  5. I'm not asking for your "assistance to correct the plot without violating the pertinent guidelines". I've already spent way more time than I should trying to improve this particular article and debating with you, so I'll simply withdraw from further time waste. If you want to correct the article, go ahead.
  6. My tone is annoyed because edits like yours, which enforce guidelines without respect for the truth, and which waste time that I have spent conveying said truth, piss me off.
  7. Again, if you want to be truly useful, don't be a wikignome and instead go fix the problem (inaccurate and too long plot summary).

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Did you fail to notice that I supported every edit in the summary and left a message on the talk page explaining the edit? MSJapan (talk) 20:53, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

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Promotional editing[edit]

Hi Dandv. Your editing on health and medicine uses low quality sources, has unsourced content, and is generally promotional. These are the hallmarks of conflict of interest and paid editing.

I just want to make sure that you are aware of the WP:COI guideline and the WP:PAID policy - if you are editing for pay, you are obligated to disclose that; and if you have some other kind of connection with topics you edit, you should disclose that as well. There are other things we ask people who have a COI (or are paid) to do as well, but first things first.

Raising this issue is offensive to some people and I apologize ahead of time, but would you please reply and let me know if you have anything to disclose? Jytdog (talk) 15:38, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

I've reviewed your edits to PRECICE and MiraDry and agree with Jytdog about the poor sourcing and that it certainly appears as if you could have a conflict of interest. SmartSE (talk) 15:45, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
In medicine we redirect brands to generics generally. Agree with concerns. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 17:15, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
I'm well-aware of WP:COI but as with all my other edits, I have no conflict of interest. I haven't been compensated or promised any compensation of any nature but MiraDry, Ellipse Technologies, or any other entity. My interest in these medical devices is purely personal, as I was doing my research on the procedures, and found that Wikipedia had no information on them. Incidentally, I ended up undergoing MiraDry and 6 months later, am not impressed with the results, so if anything, I'd have an anti-promotional agenda.
I'm a software engineer who loves contributing to open source projects (see my GitHub and StackOverflow profiles). I've been a Wikipedia editor since 2005, and have edited or created a wide variety of articles. With MiraDry and PRECICE, I simply wanted to share my findings in referenced article stubs that others more knowledgeable than me about medical topics, could take over and improve. The quality of the sources I've added has been to the best of my abilities. If the sources are of poor quality, a [citation needed] or {{refimprove}} would make me feel less discouraged than the summary deletion of the entire article. If the tone of my edits has been deemed promotional, I would welcome collaboration on improving the neutrality of those specific paragraphs.
As to redirecting brands to generics, that process loses a lot of information that differentiates brands. In the case of intramedullary rods, there are major differences between ISKD, Albizzia and PRECICE 2 for example, that the generic article doesn't cover.
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Thanks for your reply and I appreciate you being gracious in replying.
There is little difference on the surface between advocacy editing (being a fan of a company or innovation in general) and conflict of interest editing - it is bad in the same ways. When i asked if you have any COI it was a real question, and fwiw I believe you.
About de-differentiating brands, that is a good thing; we are not here to help people sell stuff. With regard to describing treatments that have real differences, the best place to do that would be at the article about the condition where the differences between treatments can be made clear, and of course, based on what high quality independent sources, not on companies' marketing material or what blogs and churnalism refs say. Jytdog (talk) 01:38, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

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