User talk:Edison

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"The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him." - Leo Tolstoy, 1897, quoted in"The Big Short," Michael Lewis (2010)


Enjoy your break, but please return. The Lady of the Lightbulbs will act as a beacon on this page, so the Inventor of the Lightbulbs may find his way back safely and swiftly. ---Sluzzelin talk 18:03, 27 August 2016 (UTC)

I see from the Ref Desk talk page that some users see that as an evil. That sentiment is so far from my version of reality and so depressing that I have decided to take a WikiVacation for a while.Edison (talk) 02:29, 27 August 2016 (UTC)

A personal sentiment[edit]

I wanted to express to you my perception, that the User Bull Rangifer is as equable and fair-minded an individual as is to be found here, so that one might truly assume good faith in querying him to understand the point of any editing he has done. One longstanding perspective, from an editor with hundreds of co-editing interactions with this chap, not always in peaceful contexts. I'd offer him to the Americans to run for president, as a unity candidate, if I thought it would do any good. Cheers. Le Prof (talk) 03:47, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

Postscript: You and I otherwise appear to share a fair number of other convictions regarding WP policies and guidelines, and so I can say I am happy to know of your work and perspectives. Le Prof. (talk) 03:50, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

The Signpost: 06 September 2016[edit]

Extended confirmed protection[edit]

Padlock-blue.svg Hello, Edison. This message is intended to notify administrators of important changes to the protection policy.

Extended confirmed protection (also known as "30/500 protection") is a new level of page protection that only allows edits from accounts at least 30 days old and with 500 edits. The automatically assigned "extended confirmed" user right was created for this purpose. The protection level was created following this community discussion with the primary intention of enforcing various arbitration remedies that prohibited editors under the "30 days/500 edits" threshold to edit certain topic areas.

In July and August 2016, a request for comment established consensus for community use of the new protection level. Administrators are authorized to apply extended confirmed protection to combat any form of disruption (e.g. vandalism, sock puppetry, edit warring, etc.) on any topic, subject to the following conditions:

  • Extended confirmed protection may only be used in cases where semi-protection has proven ineffective. It should not be used as a first resort.
  • A bot will post a notification at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard of each use. MusikBot currently does this by updating a report, which is transcluded onto the noticeboard.
Please review the protection policy carefully before using this new level of protection on pages. Thank you.
This message was sent to the administrators' mass message list. To opt-out of future messages, please remove yourself from the list. 17:47, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

The Signpost: 29 September 2016[edit]

The Signpost: 14 October 2016[edit]