User talk:Icairns

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January 2012[edit]

Your recent editing history at Field hockey shows that you are in danger of breaking the three-revert rule, or that you may have already broken it. An editor must not perform more than three reverts on a single page within a 24-hour period. Undoing another editor's work—whether in whole or in part, whether involving the same or different material each time—counts as a revert. Breaking the three-revert rule often leads to a block.

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It's OK - it doesn't count if you are vandalising. Ian Cairns (talk) 20:59, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
You have been blocked from editing for a period of 24 hours for your disruption caused by edit warring and violation of the three-revert rule at Field hockey. During a dispute, you should first try to discuss controversial changes and seek consensus. If that proves unsuccessful you are encouraged to seek dispute resolution, and in some cases it may be appropriate to request page protection. If you would like to be unblocked, you may appeal this block by adding the text {{unblock|reason=Your reason here ~~~~}} below this notice, but you should read the guide to appealing blocks first. Courcelles 21:14, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
  • If you were not an admin, I would have pulled your rollback ability for this incident, as you have greatly misused the rollback tool. Courcelles 21:17, 20 January 2012 (UTC)


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Request reason:

I was discussing the content dispute with the editor who had disrupted the consensus. If you block Admins for this, then I might as well resign and give up. Your choice. Ian Cairns (talk) 21:18, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

Decline reason:

The issue is that you were blatantly edit-warring with rollback. Note that diva-ish threats to retire do not help unblock requests. Please also see WP:H—it is not appropriate to refer to the other edit warrior's edits as vandalism. Reaper Eternal (talk) 21:28, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

If you want to make any further unblock requests, please read the guide to appealing blocks first, then use the {{unblock}} template again. If you make too many unconvincing or disruptive unblock requests, you may be prevented from editing this page until your block has expired.

If you wish to declare hockey = Ice Hockey, then fine. Hockey used to be dependent on the dominant usage. Ian Cairns (talk) 21:18, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

  • You made four reverts, you grossly misused rollback (and I remind you that WP:ROLLBACK says that in case of repeated misuse, ArbCom may revoke someone's adminship, as the only way to remove rollback from an admin is a desysop, so this mis-use of your administrator access), and declared without basis that another editor was vandalizing. Any editor would have gotten blocked for what you did, and that you're an admin has zero meaning in cases of WP:3RR violations. Possessing admin access is not diplomatic immunity. Courcelles 21:26, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
Sadly, I cannot clear my username. I have no wish to be part of this. There was a consensus. An editor changed the consensus. I reverted. I was blocked. I was prevented from cvlearing my username. Ian Cairns (talk) 21:28, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
PS: I said the user was vandalising above - no-one disagreed. No-one is supporting my position - I want out. Ian Cairns (talk) 21:30, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
I am no diva - goodnight. Ian Cairns (talk) 21:31, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
Good grief, getting blocked for edit warring is not the end of the world. Just avoid edit warring in the future, and nobody will really care. Reaper Eternal (talk) 21:32, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
The user broke existing consensus - I reverted. He had me blocked. No-one believed me. Goodnight. The moment I can edit my user page again, I will clear and exit. I have no wish to be part of this. I am no diva. I am real. Ian Cairns (talk) 21:35, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
Could any admin reading this please unprotect my user page, and I will remove myself, as mentioned above. Thanks, Ian Cairns (talk) 21:51, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
Regarding WP:DIVA and WP:Hitler, please can I refer you to my user page User:Icairns where I hope I assured the world that I was not stuck up. Any assertion to the contrary needs proof. Ian Cairns (talk) 21:54, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
The user is obviously in North America, where "hockey" generally refers to ice hockey; it was extremely naive, to put it mildly, to assume that this must be the case the world over, but people sometimes do stupid things. I can't deny that your handling of the ridiculous edit left a lot to be desired, but it would be a great shame if you were to quit over something that could be so easily resolved by discussion. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 21:58, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for your comments - I thought so too. However, it seems that Wiki rules work in mysterious ways. Maybe I could have handled it better - If I had an indefinite amount of time, I could have handled many things better than I may have. I accept your characterisation of the user's editing - it concurs with my description of my documented motivation to correct the issues raised. However, this was not enough to prevent me being blocked. Maybe my vision of an Anglo-American WP future is short-sighted; maybe Wikipedia is becoming North American because of the overwhelming numbers. If so, I am in the wrong place. I need out. I insist that I am no diva. I have been 110% committed to the WP ideal - until now. I appreciate your support above - but you are now in a smaller community of WP editors. Ian Cairns (talk) 22:15, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
Please note that user Icairns, with the above "blot" on his editing record, will not be re-joining Wikipedia. As soon as I am able to edit again, I will resign / withdraw. I do not take lightly to walking away from 7-8 yrs editing (and a 25/0/0/ admin vote) - but I will not stand accused of failing to engage an errant user in content dispute discussions when I clearly did so. Others may think this a 'not the end of the world' matter, but I do. Ian Cairns (talk) 23:49, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

Block log barnstar[edit]

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(award details) - I would like to use this opportunity to thank User:Icairns for his fine contributions to Wikipedia over the years and welcome him to the contributors that got a little heated club and allegedly made that caring extra revert. Many thanks for all your work here. Respect and best wishes to you from Youreallycan 21:40, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
I'd like to apologise to anyone who followed my career in Wikipedia - I actually cared. It saddens me that we are now going to get a Canadian-centric view of Hockey going forward. I played hockey (=field hockey for any Canadians listening) for over 25 yrs. There was a consensus that we would call / use "hockey" for the dominant form in each particular country. It is now de facto = ice hockey. This isn't the Wikipedia I joined. Good luck everyone! Ian Cairns (talk) 21:44, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
I've attempted to resign on the Bureaucrats' noticeboards, but am currently prevented. I will do so when next enabled or if anyone wishes to edit the board on my behalf. Thanks, 22:00, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

My imminent departure[edit]

Editor: 7 yrs 9 months, 19 days (>2850 days) Admin: 6 yrs 11 months 17 days (>2500 days) Edits: 76,800+ (>26 per day) plus all the thousands of interwiki tool edits.

No WP:DIVA, No WP:Hitler, no WP:SOAPBOX.

Say hello, wave goodbye. Ian Cairns (talk) 23:02, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

Category:Old Lancastrians[edit]

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Barnstar[edit]

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I rather wish I'd seen this conflict sooner; it is a sad day to lose such an editor as yourself. To the only admin to block me (albeit on accident), here's hoping you return. TeaDrinker (talk) 00:59, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Category:Old Paludians[edit]

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New cfds regarding "Old Fooians"[edit]

Further to the above from BrownHairedGirl, two new cfds propose the renaming of some twenty categories. Most of those who took part in last year's cfd "Former pupils by school in the United Kingdom" seem unaware of them, so I am notifying all those who took part in that discussion, to improve the quality of the discussion by broadening participation to more fully achieve consensus. Please consider contributing here and here. Moonraker (talk) 13:42, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Dutch Wikipedia[edit]

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Category:Metaphysical cosmology[edit]

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Category:Companies associated with ICL[edit]

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Just to let you know[edit]

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Category:Foundation degrees[edit]

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Category:Artists by publisher[edit]

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Precious[edit]

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"I have been 110% committed to the WP ideal"
Thank you, editor "110% committed to the WP ideal", with knowledge of European languages, for quality articles such as Roger Elliott and succession, Institute of Cancer Research and other places of higher learning, for fighting vandalism and warning users, for gnomish work such as moving articles and creating stubs, redirects and categories, for improving articles by an infobox, - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (12 January 2010) and sadly missed!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:43, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

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Please see my proposal to upmerge an "Accidental explosion disasters" category[edit]

Upmerge Category:Accidental explosion disasters in the United States into Category:Industrial fires and explosions in the United States Hugo999 Hugo999 (talk) 01:51, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

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