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Licence for Image:AltafHussainSmallPic.jpg[edit]

Hello, I couldn't find a statement anywhere that it had been provided for public usage so removed the tagging. I had believed the uploader of the image just did not know how to tag the image so I tried to help. Sorry about the confusion. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Shehzadashiq (talkcontribs) 13:20, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Attack sites Closed[edit]

The above named Arbitration case has closed.

You may refer to the case page to view the decision.

For the Arbitration Committee, - Penwhale | Blast him / Follow his steps 20:38, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for the revert on my userpage[edit]

I wouldn't want anyone to actually visit my ass, then take a left. That might hurt.--Isotope23 talk 13:02, 18 October 2007 (UTC)

AfD needing closing[edit]

hi could you possibly, or ask someone else to, close the AfD Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Psychiatric abuse (second nomination) which has been going for 7 days and has already run once and was overturned at deletion review/ I think ones like that leave those involved in a misery of tenterhooks;) Hope you can help, or know someone who can.Merkinsmum 19:59, 18 October 2007 (UTC)

Image deletion[edit]

Can you please hlep me understand why a photo I took and uploaded was removed? The filename was Brianba20.JPG. It was linked to the Model military vehicle article. I haven't been able to find any history of the file being questioned nor any inquiry on my talk page asking about the status of the file. If I forgot to note the ownership of the file, OK, I can do that as I did with all my other images - but there was no warning given that I can find.

Thanks. DMorpheus 15:19, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

Correct PD tag for Image:Japanese3vil.jpg[edit]

I've seen you edit some of the copyright tag articles. Do you know what the tag for a public-domain UK/GB image is? This one is labelled US PD, but is inappropriate (both the author and jurisdiction would be UK). Please reply on my talk page. Thanks, John Smith's 20:56, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

Hi Elinor[edit]

I've popped a note on Talk:Robert_Black_(professor) asking about the rationale for the removal of links to the subject's blog - could you take a quick look? Privatemusings 01:15, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

I think I probably caught you just as you logged out - you'll see that discussion has continued at the talk page. Privatemusings 03:00, 28 October 2007 (UTC)


Hi ElinorD:

I see you restored my question that got lost from the Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents page a little while ago. Thank you.

Looking through the history, there seem to be several such events today. Does this disappearance of material happen often?

Cheers, Wanderer57 21:35, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

An invalid RfC that has been hanging over someone[edit]

Hi I know that User:Mattisse was found to have used some sock puppets years ago. However I feel something should happen to acknowledge the fact that Wikipedia:Requests_for_comment/Mattisse was invalid as the two people who supposedly had tried to resolve a dispute were in fact one user, and the whole RfC was set up by the notorious User:Ekajati. Also Mattisse doesn't seem to have used any sockpuppets for about a year. There is another RfC about her so it's not like she would be whitewashed, but "In order to remain listed at Wikipedia:Requests for comment, at least two people need to show that they tried to resolve a dispute with this user and have failed. " In this case they were the same user and proven to be so. I know that she feels that this RfC hangs over her head. So is there anything an admin could do? Such as delete/delist/permanently archive this rather invalid RfC?Merkinsmum 19:39, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Speedy deletion of "Image:Portrait of a Killer cover.jpg" ‎[edit]

Hey, the deletion log for this file says you deleted this file. Can you please make an effort to not just delete things willy nilly, here, as there was no valid reason to remove this file. It was the cover of a book, used in an article about that book, for clear Fair Use reasons. If it wasn't tagged as such (probably because it had been uploaded before such tags existed), the description should have been there or the rationale should have been completely obvious. If you weren't going to take the time to examine whether it should stay or not, you could have at least made the effort to contact people involved with the page or who uploaded the file. Not doing so is a complete waste of time for everyone involved. If the image can be undeleted, please do so, and please revert your removal of the image from the article. If that is not possible, maybe you'd like to go back to Amazon, find the full size image, download it, and reupload it with the correct tag and put it back in the article. It only seems fair that you take your time to undo what you did improperly. DreamGuy 19:17, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

deleted "Image:Vonbraun-portrait.jpg"[edit]

RE: 07:39, 23 October 2007 ElinorD (Talk | contribs) deleted "Image:Vonbraun-portrait.jpg" ‎ (Speedy deleted per (CSD I4), was an image lacking sources or licensing information for more than seven days. using TW)

Like you, I'm busy in Real Life, too. ;-)

Image of Dr. von Braun is (was) an official NASA photograph. NASA, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration is an agency of the Federal Government, and as such holds no copyright over the image (as are all NASA images) WSpaceport 02:03, 2 November 2007 (UTC)


I found this warning quite rude. However, let me assume some good faith that you did not give me, and explain why I did what I did. I know for a fact that the anonymous editor who posted this is a sock of another editor. I don't usually comment to someone as reprehensible as Ferrylodge, but given the sock, and the false accusation of another highly respected admin as a sock, it deserved a comment. You should have given me more good faith on this point, and quite possibly asked me what was my reasoning at a minimum. Threatening me with a block was just not right. OrangeMarlin Talk• Contributions 00:32, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

One of the most damaging aspects of a disruptive editor — second only to how they burn out constructive editors — is that they often succeed in turning editors who would otherwise work very well together against each other. As the saying goes, "United we stand, divided we fall."
While I don't condone discourteous remarks to Ferrylodge, Ferrylodge has been anything but civil in the the past 11 months, something which the topic ban ArbCom currently seems to be leaning toward won't address in the least (nor will it address the POINT-ish edits, really, because they haven't been limited to just abortion- and pregnancy-related articles: Talk:Terri Schiavo and Talk:African American). The point is that, given the current situation, Ferrylodge should be treading a lot more carefully, but he's still coming on just as strong as ever. He doesn't know when to let things go, pushing Andrew c to the point of retreat yet again just yesterday,[1] and last week accusing me of "soapbox[ing] and propagandiz[ing]" for an unintentional error in formatting I made in January,[2] instead of just owning up to his own pattern of ideologically-motivated editing and trying to move past it. I think Andrew c was correct in his observation that Ferrylodge responds to criticism by pointing the finger right back at the critic.[3] If Ferrylodge won't even admit, let alone work to address, all the issues surrounding his conduct on Wikipedia, I don't see the ArbCom case as achieving much.
While we're at it, though, I do hope someone calls out Sbowers3 on his recent incivility toward OrangeMarlin.[4] Incivility does not license further incivility. -Severa (!!!) 04:35, 13 November 2007 (UTC) continued vandalism[edit]

Pardon the lack of format but I'm still new to much of the markup language for wikipedia. The following user ( ) has continued to vandalize Black death after you warned him. Just letting you know if you want to take action. Thanks. JRDarby 21:58, 14 November 2007 (UTC)


I considered not spamming talk pages but not saying "thanks" just isn't me. The support was remarkable and appreciated. I only hope that I am able to help a little on here. Please let me know if I can help you or equally if you find any of my actions questionable. Thanks & regards --Herby talk thyme 10:17, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

My earlier accusations against you and calls for desysopping[edit]

I know it's a bit late as of now, but I never actually apologized to you about my accusations regarding your actions in deleting the File:Apo-crest.jpg, and my calls for desysopping. In retrospect, I went a bit too far here (like, WAY too far), and I was wrong, and I apologize about that. I see now that you do quite good work on Wikipedia, and hope you continue that work in the future.

As I look back on the situation, I think that what happened was that the user's talk page that was notified about the copyright problems was an inactive user, and posting a message to the article's talk page in addition to that user's talk page would have prevented the whole situation. But alas, that's just my observation. I trust your judgment in dealing with these issues. Dr. Cash (talk) 04:51, 17 November 2007 (UTC)

Would you take a look?[edit]

An image used in the article on the first Bangladeshi pornstar Jazmin, Image:WorshipThisBitch3.jpg, the cover of the DVD that made her the selling point, a first for a Bangladeshi, is up for deletion here. You may be interested to take a look. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Aditya Kabir (talkcontribs) 21:45, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit]

Wishing you the very best for the season - Guettarda 03:50, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

Thanks. I'm a bit late to say the same thing, but Happy New Year! ElinorD (talk) 01:34, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

Leeds International School[edit]

Hi Elinor, I did a short article on Leeds International School back in October and checked it just now to find you (I think) had removed the picture that goes with it. It's no big deal, but I was just wondering why you did it? Is it a standard policy to remove pictures from rarely visited pages? Thanks —Preceding unsigned comment added by Felixgrey88 (talkcontribs) 18:02, 9 January 2008

Hi, I've looked into it. You uploaded the image on 27 September, but didn't add a copyright tag. We need the correct templates to show that an image is in the public domain, or released under a free licence, or that a good case can be made for invoking "fair use" for it. A bot came and marked it with {{untagged}} an hour later. The bot also left a note on your talk page, telling you where to look for information about appropriate copyright tags, and where to ask for help if you were stuck, but you seem not to have been on Wikipedia since then, so you missed the message until it was too late. Images that have the {{untagged}} on them go into a queue for automatic deletion, after an appropriate amount of time has passed to allow the uploader or another interested party to supply the missing information and remove the template. If that doesn't happen, and administrator, working through the backlog, will delete it, along with dozens, or even hundreds, of others. I deleted it on 5 October, when I was working my way through images waiting to be deleted. I'm rather busy at the moment, so I can't help you much, but if you want to upload it again, or if you'd like me to undelete it, just say so. But in that case, you'll need to put the correct tag (probably {{Non-free logo}} on it, and to explain why you feel that the use of it in that article is fair use. The information the bot left on your talk page should help you in finding where to find out more and where to ask questions. Cheers. ElinorD (talk) 01:34, 15 January 2008 (UTC)


Hope all is well. :) --Iamunknown 22:28, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

Yes, thanks. Just very caught up with real life commitments. Hope all is well with you. ElinorD (talk) 01:34, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

My Rfa[edit]

I wish to thank you for being supportive of my effort to regain my adminship. Though it was not successful, your support was still very much appreciated. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Thank you!--MONGO 06:05, 27 January 2008 (UTC)

Image:WOIO CBS 19 Cleveland logo.png[edit]

Hiya! I was wondering if you'd be willing to restore the image Image:WOIO CBS 19 Cleveland logo.png. I'd glady be able to put the source information and proper copyright/fair-use tags on it if the image were un-deleted. If you can't, that's ok. :) RingtailedFoxTalkContribs 20:32, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

Actually, i could find the sources for the images on the following link if they were re-uploaded... [5]RingtailedFoxTalkContribs 20:37, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

Repeat vandal[edit]

Hey, someone from IP address is becoming a problem again. They have been vandalizing again. You have written to this user before in October 2007. Their latest was Healthcare reform and Grand View College. Thanks. Kevinsanders (talk) 05:26, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

Fresh baked bread! :)[edit]

Heya Elinor! Just stumbled upon your page and saw that you have a penchant for making fresh bread. Nomnomnom.... I've been in a bit of a baking mood as of late and was wondering if you had any recipes to share? So far I'm up to banana bread in fanciness level ;) All the best, ~Eliz81(C) 04:47, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Fresh baked admin![edit]

Hello little Elinor! 'Zilla finally admin! [6] Bishapod go splat, little 'shonen locked in cellar, but STILL happiest day of Zilla life! (see Zilla page for details, don't tell gullible stewards!) Already done block! Considering standing for bureaucrat, little El support (HINT HINT)? bishzilla ROARR!! 22:30, 21 March 2008 (UTC).

Request for arbitration[edit]

A request for arbitration has been made on a matter in which you were involved. You may add yourself as a party and comment if desired at Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration#Appeal_of_commuity_ban_of_Iantresman. Thank you. Stifle (talk) 10:13, 10 April 2008 (UTC)

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Piling more work on your overburdened shoulders[edit]

Last summer you were involved in blocking User:Nleobold -- I forget whether it was only for a day or if there was a permanent ban involved. Some discussion is at User talk:ElinorD/Archive05#Your block of Nleobold. Anyway, this user is back, as an anon, making the same completely improper edits to the same target articles, Jerrold Nadler (edit) and Deborah Glick (edit). I've rolled him back, but I'm not an admin and can't do any more than patrol the articles. I'll also alert User:Dogru144, who helped fend off Nleobold's last attack. If you could join in keeping an eye on these articles, and be ready with any warnings or blocks that may be appropriate, that would be great. Thanks for any help you can give! JamesMLane t c 07:12, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

The Novels WikiProject Newsletter - Issue XXIV - May 2008[edit]

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Restore please[edit]

Can you please restore Image:New_York_GAA.jpg as it's clearly fair use and will at the tag as such Gnevin (talk) 16:20, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Done. Please add the complete rationale as soon as possible. Thanks. ElinorD (talk) 16:23, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
Thanks added rationale Gnevin (talk) 16:34, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
Welcome. ElinorD (talk) 16:35, 23 May 2008 (UTC)


I am awarding you this WikiCookie for your constructive edits on Wikipedia--LAAFan 17:04, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
Thank you. ElinorD (talk) 17:06, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Image:Fairey Gannet RAN 882.jpg[edit]

You have recently deleted this image, which was the lead image for the article Fairey Gannet - I notice that no warning was left on the page - with the first warning people who were watching the page got of any problems was the photo actually being deleted. Please consider giving the editors of articles a chance to fix problems in future rather than just drive by deletion.Nigel Ish (talk) 22:24, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

The person who uploaded the image was warned a week ago.[7] If you think you can tag the image appropriately, either to show that it's public domain (or otherwise has a free licence) or to claim a valid fair use for it, I'll be happy to undelete. ElinorD (talk) 22:30, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Little Elinor back at last?![edit]

Little El suddenly all over zilla watchlist, hooray! ['Zilla affectionately stuff little Elinor in pocket of Spiderman suit, leap nimbly from ledge to ledge up Reichstag] Hold on tight! bishzilla ROARR!! 21:12, 1 June 2008 (UTC).

Yay! I'm also glad to see you, Elinor! --Iamunknown 05:55, 4 June 2008 (UTC)


You deleted Image:Wstillphoto.jpg, could you check if it is a larger version of Image:Wstillphotosmall.jpg. If it is, could you restore it as I have necessary source information for the image. BlueAzure (talk) 22:25, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Talk history[edit]

Hi Elinor, I see you have replaced some more of SlimVirgin's talk page. Unfortunately I see one edit is missing, which was here, where I pointed out the pages to which SV had recently followed me. Was there a reason for omitting this one, or have I missed it? I believe it was February 2007. Thanks and regards, Mackan79 (talk) 15:31, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Deletion review/Log/2008 June 8[edit]

I started a deletion review on the history of User talk:SlimVirgin. Yechiel (Shalom) 18:30, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

pic on susham bedi page[edit]

hi Elinor, Susham bedi is an author, she has a wikipedia page. The picture of her on that page was provided by the author (susham bedi) herself to be used freely by anyone. That is the image I uploaded to her wikipedia page. That picture has been deleted numerous times and I dont know why. I'm not a wikipedia expert. I've navigated the labyrinth of licensing tag information on wikipedia and inasmuch as it made any sense to me I've tried to choose the right tags that reflect this situation (where the subject herself has taken a picture of herself and provided that for free for anyone to use). I dont know if I got the tags right, but that is the situation. If I didnt get the tags right, please help me get the tags right, rather than removing the pic altogether via 'speedy deletion'. I have to say its a bit frustrating to have to continuously fix this page for the picture or to navigate the labyrinth of legal mumbo jumbo just to put a free picture up on a free page... ;) Anyhow if the situation is wrong now, please help me get get it right. thanks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jak68 (talkcontribs) 19:14, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

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Spam Tag Left[edit]

Hi I left a db-spam tag on Ultra DJ Management Looks this is not the first time. Just an FYI. BustOut (talk) 11:38, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

How can I ensure that the Ultra Dj entry isn't deleted? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Absolutpiracy (talkcontribs) 11:53, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Allegations of apartheid deletion notification[edit]

Some time ago, you participated in a deletion discussion concerning Allegations of Chinese apartheid. I thought you might like to know that the parent article, Allegations of apartheid, was recently nominated for deletion. Given that many of the issues that have been raised are essentially the same as those on the article on which you commented earlier, you may have a view on whether Allegations of apartheid should be kept or deleted. If you wish to contribute to the discussion, please see Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Allegations of apartheid (fifth nomination). -- ChrisO (talk) 18:00, 12 July 2008 (UTC)



You seem very up on this. I wonder what the deal is with images on Wp. It's so frustrating. For the sake an ideological stance on fair use, literally of masses of stuff has not photo. This is absurd. It seems Jimbo's idea, that we need to change the game and get images on free use, has totally crushed value of the end-user experience.

What do you think, and what is going on?

Jmanooch (talk) 19:30, 29 July 2008 (UTC)

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Disputed non-free use rationale for Image:Lladro.jpg[edit]

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Disputed non-free use rationale for Image:Fontaninifigurines.jpg[edit]

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Disputed non-free use rationale for Image:Fontaninicrib.jpg[edit]

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Hai (talk) 15:54, 21 October 2008 (UTC)[edit]

Accused of Vandalism (talk) 15:54, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

What am I alleged to have vandalised on the butter page?

FWIW I have no interest in this page and have NOT knowingly edited it, yet alone edited it in an unnecessary manner? (talk) 15:54, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

please restore Image:Timewarp.jpeg[edit]

You deleted Image:Timewarp.jpeg because it lacked a fair use rationale. Could you please restore Image:Timewarp.jpeg and add to it the following rationale: == Fair use image data == {{Non-free image data |Description = Cover of [[The Time Warp of Dr. Brain]] |Source = |Portion = Game cover only. |Low_resolution = Sufficient resolution for illustration, but considerably lower resolution than original. |other_information = Intellectual property owned by {{#if: Sierra Entertainment | Sierra Entertainment | }}. }} == Fair use rationale == {{Non-free image rationale |Article = The Time Warp of Dr. Brain |Purpose = Used for purposes of illustration in an educational article about the entity represented by the image.<br>The image is used as the primary means of visual identification of this article topic. |Replaceability = Image is protected by copyright, therefore a free use alternative won't exist. }} == Licensing: == {{Non-free game cover}}

Thank you. -- Eastmain (talk) 15:06, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Done. Sorry about the delay. I haven't looked in very much recently. ElinorD (talk) 14:58, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

Slim Virgin[edit]

Well said [8]. Giano (talk) 18:02, 27 November 2008 (UTC)

Thank you, Giano. There are times when the price of living with oneself after keeping silent seems higher than the price of speaking out, regardless of the consequences. ElinorD (talk) 18:04, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
Yes, you are correct. I see they closed the page immediatly after you posted, and are now prepearing to excute the sentence. How bizarre it all is; I have a very grave feeling about it. I hope they know what they are doing. I rather suspect they do not. Giano (talk) 18:07, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
I'll have to disagree with you there, and say the exact opposite. I hope they do not fully realise what they are doing, but I rather suspect they do - most of them anyway. :-( ElinorD (talk) 18:13, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
I actually missed your post, until Giano linked it to me. I'd like to respond to what you said here. Yes, some people were making a fuss about FT2 not knowing whether or not he should recuse. For the record, I agree with such a fuss. I would have given him an earful if he hadn't recused. But some people really were just jumping on the bangwagon and going "OMG FT2!!!", evidently without really being sure why they were doing that. But I appreciate your concerns. I hope this makes you feel a bit better about what I said. --Deskana (talk) 05:25, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

Nothing is ever settled till it is settled right[edit]

Hi, I'm pretty sure it isnt originally from Kipling[9], but it would be nice to see when he used it; it is so often attributed to him. A quick look around shows it is oft attributed to Lincoln[10], but the earliest verified printing of it is 1888, in a book by Abraham R. Howbert. It would be nice to trace this quote back through time; it's such an important concept. No doubt it will have roots into another language, like Latin. John Vandenberg (chat) 00:12, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for that interesting info. I remember searching unsuccessfully for that quotation in Kipling. I came across it in an Agatha Christie book, where one of the characters attributes it to Kipling. ElinorD (talk) 00:34, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
(It would be very interesting to trace "It's not over till the fat lady sings" back through time, too.) Your rapidly archived input on the RFAR page was brilliant, Elinor. I have posted a minor thought on FloNight's page, below MONGO. Bishonen | talk 00:49, 28 November 2008 (UTC).
I found "Nothing is ever settled ..." in a North American Review from 1884, [11] used to describe a view of Gladstone, though without saying that he had actually used those words. It's in History of the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, 1859. The Making and the Unmaking of the Preacher by William Jewett Tucker (1898) attributes it to Charles Sumner, who died in 1874. SlimVirgin talk|edits 05:58, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
Bingo! - it is on page 64 I believe; the text is being uploaded ... John Vandenberg (chat) 06:32, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
Brilliant. See how useful Wikipedians are? :-) SlimVirgin talk|edits 06:42, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
Here it is; it is even italicised. Lovely. Thanks for the help in finding it; the text is all uploaded now, in case you also want to help proofreading it. :-) John Vandenberg (chat) 06:50, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
"Sir, nothing can be settled which is not right." Excellent! And thank you for your, um, kind invitation. :-) SlimVirgin talk|edits 07:10, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

Regarding your concerns[edit]

These issues are rather thick and sensitive, but recently you've been asking people to discuss them. So before forming an opinion may I raise a few questions and concerns? Posting here so as not to divert any other thread. Foremost, your very difficult position has my utmost respect.

Regarding the SlimVirgin-Lar case and SlimVirgin's conduct there, your statement says the Committee found her quick to make unwarranted accusations, and yet again reminded to use proper process. I ran a search for that phrase and couldn't find it anywhere on the page Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/SlimVirgin-Lar. The search failed at the word unwarranted. Nor does there appear to be any synonymous phrase. The findings that mention her specify shortcomings in her manner of raising the complaint, but remain silent on the merits (or lack thereof) of the complaint itself. You are in a far better position than I am to understand how much merit was there. Yet the way she raised the matter really doesn't appear to have furthered her best interests or yours: the public mailing list she chose was unequipped to resolve those sensitive issues and when another venue opened she was unprepared to back up the assertions. Or at least, much more tardy than customary. That is what, to my eye, the decision appears to be saying. Have I misread? DurovaCharge! 05:44, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

Durova, it's hard to explain what happened, in part because there are certain things we're apparently not allowed to say (and if we try to, the posts are deleted), and in part because the experience was somewhat Alice in Wonderland-esque and therefore not easy to describe.
In brief, Elinor and I complained to various people about a checkuser that we felt was a misuse of the tool. We were told other checkusers weren't interested in pursuing it; that the Ombudsmen weren't allowed to pursue it because they're only allowed to examine privacy policy violations; and that, although we could technically go to ArbCom, they were the same people who were saying, wearing their other hats, that they didn't care about it, so there was little point. When someone else did take it to ArbCom, they decided not only to hear the case in private, but not to allow any of the parties to see the evidence either. I declined to provide evidence in an atmosphere of such extreme secrecy. The ArbCom responded that they had to hear it in secret to protect the people who were checkusered — at which point those people publicly waived their right to privacy, but of course it made no difference.
Later, when the ArbCom ruled that I had behaved inappropriately by mentioning it on the mailing list without first going trying other avenues, and when I argued that I had indeed tried other avenues — which included asking Anthere to look at allowing the Ombudsmen to examine alleged checkuser misuse, and several e-mails to and from Jimbo — I was told (by FT2) that we had only approached the Ombudsmen informally, not formally, and that therefore it didn't count. That the informal approaches resulted in the Ombudsmen saying there could not be a formal approach apparently mattered not. The upshot was that my failure to trigger dispute resolution also meant that I hadn't tried to. I was therefore told off in the ArbCom's final decision. When I tried to post a defence of myself, it was deleted and the page was protected.
That's just a small part of what happened, but it gives the flavor. SlimVirgin talk|edits 07:05, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
Of course there is an alternate view of these events, generally that despite lacking support for their suspicions and an inability to obtain such support, SV nevertheless went public with inflammatory accusations as if they did, including numerous highly inaccurate claims. I have just posted a list of some of these on FT2's talk page.[12] SV then continued to say that she was not given enough information to make a case, despite the accusations she continued to make. She then complained that she was not given enough time to present a case, but was given such time, and still did not provide evidence until a decision was proposed. Since then SV and ElinorD have sought to have the case in effect retried, while appealing to some principles of justice but ignoring others.
In all of this I think it may be pointed out that many of us have beliefs that perhaps we do not have enough evidence to publicly announce. Should everyone go ahead? I believe the consensus is no. If they went ahead without even acknowledging what was known and what was conjecture, then surely that is a bigger problem. I believe this is largely what the SV-Lar case was about. Mackan79 (talk) 07:59, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
What you write is not correct. Given that the correspondence was private, and that you had no access to it, how do you purport to know who was given enough time or not, who was given enough information or not, which claims were accurate and which not? SlimVirgin talk|edits 08:46, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
I've seen your responses, in which I recall you saying that they eventually gave you more time, and at that point when prepared you again asked to see Lar's evidence so that you could write a response. I recall you saying that you were denied this request, and accordingly that you gave up on the case. I could look it up, but that is the basis for my comments above. As far as the claims that you made, I know some are false because they are about me, others because I was involved, or based on information that has now been shared. I wouldn't criticize you for that alone, but I can criticize you for making accusations even as you clearly knew that you did not have enough evidence to support them. I believe this is a point that Sam Blacketer also made.[13] Mackan79 (talk) 09:09, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
I can't argue about this here, but I can assure you that I do have evidence for everything I've said, and that's why we all waived our privacy so that we could explain it all in public. But to no avail. Please don't criticize the parties who wanted transparency; if you have to criticize anyone, direct it to the ones who insisted you all be kept in the dark. SlimVirgin talk|edits 09:23, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
If so, I'm forced to rely on the arbitration committee to evaluate it. However, some of the claims were incorrect, particularly about me, but also that Lar had no basis whatsoever for checking Wikitumnus. I posted my basis for inquiring on the mailing list, which showed in the absence of something quite bizarre that Wikitumnus had removed a sock notice from Crum375's page while attempting to make it look like routine vandalism patrol, but in a way that could only have done by an involved user; this was one of a few issues with the account. Disregarding anything else, Crum375 had also just been blocked for behavior in an arbitration case quite peculiar for an administrator. A number of controversies have existed around this which could have justified a CU in looking into it. I'm personally reluctant to discuss all of it because I don't think anyone knows where a full public discussion would go, but as I said I do know that if you considered that you needed Lar's evidence in order to present your own, then that suggests the evidence in your possession did not in your view support an arbitration case. And I believe that supports, and indeed calls for ArbCom's findings insofar as they were offered. Mackan79 (talk) 10:05, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

Excuse me; this thread seeks to cover specific pertinent questions that have not been addressed directly in other venues. The general narrative is not in need of reiteration. I would like an answer to the query I actually posted. Mackan79 and SV, if neither of you wish to answer it could you move your dialog elsewhere? DurovaCharge! 16:13, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

Durova, sorry for ignoring you. I've been busy today, and will probably be offline for at least a day. I endorse Slim's version. Yes, we both tried. We did raise the matter privately. The RfAr case may not have the word "unwarranted", but it repeatedly named Slim, using active voice, Slim made accusations, Slim didn't substantiate them, Slim was quick to make allegations but tardy in follow up. Slim's choice of forum was unhelpful. This was followed by a passive voice mention of the privacy policy, which didn't name the agent - a breach may have occurred. I think it was FT2, who, in filing the new motion against Slim, used the word "unwarranted", paraphrasing the earlier rulings.
Regarding the forum she chose, Slim went through the proper channels, but despite her best efforts, no progress was made. Then, in a moment of frustration, when Lar turned up to endorse a block against Tony Sidaway, who had been defending her (though not in a manner full of politeness towards WR people!), Slim made what I'll call a snide remark on the noticeboard. No time to look for diffs now. She basically told him to back off, and said she had had enough of his illicit use of checkuser and his wild spinning when caught. There was no reference whatsoever to me. Even so, I don't think I'd have made that remark, but I've been trolled much less than Slim, so I may have higher endurance levels before I tell someone to get stuffed! :-) What she said could easily have been just ignored, but another CU, privy to the discussion on the list, turned up to scold her, and then another, and more little bits slipped out, though not from Slim. Then David Katz NOT SLIMVIRGIN brought it up on the enwiki mailing list, saying that someone must have leaked logs to Slim and suggesting that she be indefinitely blocked until she said how she got the information. (She got it from me.) Slim replied on the list, defending herself. People attacked her and sneered at her. Jayjg said that Lar had told his wife. (Again, he had got that from me - no leaking of confidential discussion on his part.) Lar turned up and told a whole pile of tall stories about his wife's role in offering me "advice and counsel" (despite the fact that we've never encountered each other or sent each other message), and about her "prior involvement" in the case, based on statements I had supposedly previously made to both of them. I saw it and gasped, but stayed out of it. Maybe I should have come forward then. But I didn't, and Slim got more abuse, and finally the RfAr was filed.
So she didn't "choose" the public mailing list. She was criticized and attacked there after someone else brought it to that forum, and she defended herself with more truthfulness than sweetness. As for being unprepared to back up the assertions - she had already made it clear what the issues were - among them that Lar checkusered my sock on very flimsy evidence, that he checked Crum on the pretext of being Wikitumnus when he knew for a fact that he wasn't, that he passed on my identity to his wife, and that he invented a completely non-existent "counselling" relationship between his wife and me to justify his violation of the privacy policy. I do agree that it's unfortunate that Slim didn't submit evidence until just before the case closed, though I can understand her reasons. But consider that she knew ArbCom had the diff that showed the "evidence" that I was Crum" (my revert of vandalism/trolling from his page!!), that ArbCom had the logs showing that Lar checked Crum 38 minutes after finding out that I was Wikitumnus, why should she be criticized for not submitting that? Consider also that her statements that Lar was making up the counselling relationship and prior involvement were based on what I had told her. She could of course have submitted emails from me to her as evidence, where I told her that I had never had never addressed or sent messages to Lar's wife (nor she to me), but she knew that I had made those statements to ArbCom myself, and that I had submitted to ArbCom the relevant emails between Lar and me. So what would be the point? It would have come across as petty and sarcastic if she had submitted to ArbCom copies of what they had received from me, as evidence that I don't know Lar's wife. They knew she knew I had myself said that to them.
That's all I can manage for now, and I may not be editing in the next day or two. ElinorD (talk) 00:38, 29 November 2008 (UTC)
That is what I've heard happens- people submit evidence but then they're asked 'where is the evidence'? so they assume people don't think they evidence they are giving is enough, and stuff like that. Anyway Elinor I think you're flogging a dead horse- people aren't adressing the counselling bit which is either true or untrue, isn't it, it can't be a misunderstanding if E hadn't had anything to do with Lar's wife at all. So it's another instance where people seem to be turning a blind eye to something. Sticky Parkin 01:08, 29 November 2008 (UTC)
Thank you very much for that reply, Elinor. It does make more sense in the context of someone else raising the issue on the mailing list first. That mailing list rarely merits serious attention. When drama threads were running fast and thick about me over there a year ago I simply left the list and went back to editing. It's a remarkably effective response. Twice since then people have given the heads up about new nonsense and it was easy to nip in the bud. To toss a salad of metaphors: just call a spade a spade and don't return a foul ball.
Regarding trolling levels, that's an area where you could say I'm not unfamiliar. I was one of the reasons Poetlister got banned from en:wiki in spring 2007 and afterward he went on pretty much the same vendetta against me that he did against SV. There have been other unrelated harassments including one serious enough that the FBI opened an investigation. So yes, I've walked a few miles in moccasins from the same cobbler.
Now here's an odd thing: if any one member of the Arbitration Committee is most equipped to see through Poetlister's shenanigans and their effect, that would be FT2. Ousting Poetlister & Co. this year was in large measure his doing. I'm no apologist for him or the Committee. You can see at the Matthew Hoffman clarification request how sharply FT2 and I disagree sometimes. You can check the top thread of my user talk for a chat with another arbitrator which is--well--not warm and fuzzy. I'm the editor who took the RFC on ArbCom live.
Yet to read over the events of the last few days I keep getting stuck at one point. Suppose for the sake of discussion that her unblock was exactly correct. And suppose everything she posted at the clarification request was correct reasoning and true. What's left is this: when she unblocked she gave a rationale that was syntactically impossible to parse. Was she objecting to the IRC arbitration case and its discretionary sanctions, or did she believe the November blocks were tainted by administrative contact on the IRC channel? That went unanswered for nearly 22 hours before she posted again.
It's not always enough to be correct on the merits. Communication also counts. Communication is especially important for Wikipedians who take decisive action in tough situations. Very few of the editors who do are spot-on about communication every time. I haven't always been and neither has FT2. I walked away from the tools when I erred; it's not a big deal. SlimVirgin will get hers back soon enough and my best wishes go out to her for success. Here's what's worrisome, though. When this thread got started it was as if SV reformulated my question into something I hadn't asked--something perhaps more comfortable to address--and went on at length without supplying any of the requested information. That's the behavior pattern of people who prioritize justification over reflection and improvement. And such people, no matter how intelligent and sincere and usually right they are, also usually encounter a lot of frustration. If I've missed something please set me straight. And thank you again for your long and thoughtful answer. DurovaCharge! 03:14, 29 November 2008 (UTC)

I apologize if this is not the point raised by Durova, but I would like to clarify that to say Lar invented a relationship between you (ElinorD) and his wife is just not correct, if you acknowledge that you and he had indeed discussed her views about your situation. You've also continued to make hay of this without explaining why the point is relevant. The only point I see is this: if you knew that Lar had previously discussed your situation with his wife and you had not objected to it ("Your wife is right...") then this would explain the background for why Lar would have said something to his wife. The most important point I can see coming from this is a lack of any bad faith on his part. Whether or not you were close friends, on the other hand, is as far as I am aware simply not relevant, and may even have been an aggravating factor if true. Honestly I can see how you would have been offended if you thought that he mischaracterized something, but it continues to baffle me that you make so much of this as if it would be any basis for an arbitration case or anything similar.

I would also compare: the other day you said that in the Mantanmoreland case I tried to get SlimVirgin sanctioned. This is categorically untrue, and cannot be drawn from anything I said in the case; it is however a direct copy of a claim made by SV. In your above statement you say Tony Sidaway was less than polite, when he said that people who admit posting on WR should be treated like the pieces of shit they are. You then say that SV commented with more truthfulness than sweetness, when she made disparaging and unsupported comments about editor after editor that you are not possibly in a position to evaluate. Setting aside SV's actions, I must wonder how you feel justified in making these kinds of comments, and if you have considered whether you should take more care as you so sharply criticize others. Mackan79 (talk) 04:45, 29 November 2008 (UTC)

If Lar passed on his wife's views on the situation to Elnor that is not the same as saying his wife 'counselled' her, as Elinor had no direct conversation with her. If she did not do so, to say Mrs.Lar 'counselled' her was to give an impression whch could be misleading (intentionally or not) IMHO. Anyway it doesn't explain why Lar's wife should be privy to CU results, which should be confidential i.e. not shared with anyone who's not specifically mentioned as allowed to know in policy. Arbcom discussed this on the findings or proposed decision page, that the policy had been breached, I don't think any of them denied it had at least been 'technically' breached but didn't mention it directly in the final writeup, as someone said they'd come up with a different wording they could consider, but they didn't get around to it or vote much on it. Sticky Parkin 18:18, 29 November 2008 (UTC)
That's fair, yes, although I could speculate on similar wordings that could have been slightly more reasonable. Nevertheless, I think it is a misunderstanding, primarily because I think it is only reasonable to believe that the previous communication through Lar, or passing of words or whatever one calls it, probably did affect the way he approached the situation, and I can see why he would have said as much. I don't know what he should have said, or whether it violated the privacy policy (I recall some questions on the point), but basically I trust the committee to evaluate that because 1.) if there was a breach it was without any conceivable illegitimate intent, and 2.) I don't see any other reason why it should have been a central issue of the case. Mackan79 (talk) 20:58, 29 November 2008 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit]

Wishing you the very best for the season. Guettarda (talk) 02:11, 25 December 2008 (UTC)

Happy new year![edit]

Hoping 2009 is a great year for you, Tom Harrison Talk 14:08, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

Tom beat me to it...Happy New Year!--MONGO 15:10, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

GA reassessment of Yeast[edit]

I have conducted a reassessment of the above article as part of the GA Sweeps process. I have found some concerns which you can see at Talk:Yeast/GA1. I have placed the article on hold whilst these are fixed. Thanks. Jezhotwells (talk) 16:58, 14 February 2010 (UTC)

Please comment[edit]

Please comment here. MisterE2123Five3 (talk) 07:15, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

Stanford Prison Experiment - vandalism?[edit]

Hi there -

I just saw a message that said that my IP address was flagged as the source of unhelpful comments/vandalism on the Stanford Prison Experiment page - for what it's worth, it wasn't me (I understand that there might not be any way to verify this from your perspective).

Sorry to hear about that though - folks that can't contribute anything useful should pipe down and try to learn something.

Thanks for contributing to the site! :) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:25, 16 May 2011 (UTC)

i have recieved a message apparently from you saying that i (or my IP address) have innappropriately edited the article 'Custard'. Can you please note that i have never edited this page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:01, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

Notice of change[edit]

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Just to let you know[edit]

You have been mentioned at Wikipedia:Missing Wikipedians Ottawahitech (talk) 16:10, 3 January 2013 (UTC)

Ten years!

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