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I want to proceed properly on this matter as I have been through some COI issues in the not too distant past. I have been following the COI discussion and have studied the various methods I could use to ensure that the articles I am interested in are accurate and comply with Wiki standards. I have received kind help from Maclean25 in getting a book article I edited improved and upgraded. The article I am concerned with now is the one on Thomas Homer-Dixon. You can see from the history that it was fairly decimated by a couple of avid editors, and is now just bare-bones. This is something I would like to rectify once I am confident of the correct procedures. I would like to see it contain more useful information for anyone searching info on this person. HERE IS THE CURRENT CONCERN: Just recently, and interestingly right after the appearance of THD's latest article, some editing was done on the Thomas Homer-Dixon Wiki article. In my view, and that of THD himself, the new content seems to violate a few Wiki basic policies. Yes, the info is factual and properly documented, but it is very one-sided...not NPOV. The April 2013 article mentioned in the edits received much media attention and spawned numerous interviews, yet this editor chose just one reaction, a very negative one. First of all, this is just the latest in regular and numerous articles by THD in international newspapers and journals over the last 2 decades. Why should this one be the only one mentioned in his Wiki biography? Secondly, the tone and language of the added material are not very encyclopedic, and the editor's clearly negative opinion is poorly veiled by the use of numerous direct quotes.

As a fairly new user with declared COI, I do not feel I should be the one to revert or flag these edits for any Wiki violations. I am following some of the advice on the BLP noticeboard pages on this issue and hope that I can get some help and advice here. Thank you for either assisting me or steering me in the right direction.Jbghewer (talk) 14:08, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

I've taken a look at the article, and I can't see anything particularly amiss. The section which describes criticism of the April 2013 article is fine. You seem to misunderstand the meaning of WP:NPOV. It doesn't mean that an article has to portray its subject in a completely neutral light, or that it has to document equal amounts of praise and criticism of the subject. It simply means that the language in which the article is written must be neutral. For example, it would be wrong to jump in and say "In April 2013 Homer-Dixon wrote a terrible article for the New York Times", but that's not what the article says - it merely states that there has been criticism of the article (which there has) by reliable sources (which are referenced) and then describes that criticism. You're right in saying that sources shouldn't be cherry-picked to make one side of the argument appear more prominent than it actually is, but that is not grounds for removing criticism. Given your declared COI I think it's best if you back away from this article. There are plenty of other editors to maintain it. Regards Basalisk inspect damageberate 11:15, 7 April 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for your time, considerations and response. Yes, I would love another editor to help with this. I have been studying the BLP policy and feel that there is an issue with this added material under the WP:BALANCE, as there are numerous other articles by this person that could be discussed and certainly some positive feedback on them. I have also begun a discussion on the BLP noticeboard and the one response so far is thus:
looking at the entry I don't think placing the exchange itself in the career section violates WP:BLP, although it definitely violates WP:WEIGHT in two ways. First I am wondering if an exchange that started four days ago is appropriate for entry. Second the exchange itself is taking up over a third of the "career" section. I would personally cut it down to two or three sentences, or delete it altogether, but that is up to the community on that page as to what is appropriate.Coffeepusher (talk) 16:08, 6 April 2013 (UTC)
Deletion would be the preferred path on the WP:WEIGHT issue at the very least. I don't want to be the one to revert on these grounds to prevent another COI uproar, but would hope that another user would be so kind. I know that COI policy is under intense discussion at the moment with no clear decision on connected editing. Personally, I feel that the interests of Wiki are not being served when a very small picture of a person is presented in a biographical piece. Either the whole picture or none at all would be the right course for an encyclopedia. Any suggestions on a good BLP mentor I could approach for help?Jbghewer (talk) 13:47, 7 April 2013 (UTC)


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August 2012[edit]

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To be clear, you are a single-purpose account and have an obvious and massive conflict of interest essentially promoting Thomas Homer-Dixon. You should not even be editing the article at all. You've acknowledged your COI and persist in editing. Given the subject matter, I'm not convinced it has anything to do with your being new; see WP:IDHT. Primary cites can't establish a reason for including the content in question, and this is not a WP:RESUME. Further, nobody bases what's acceptable on observations of other articles; there is no such estoppel on Wikipedia because the rules apply equally. See WP:OTHERCRAP. Staying away from the article is probably your best bet on 1) avoiding being a disruptive editor, 2) avoiding your own personal angst over content, and 3) having the article actually meet required standards. Best of luck. JFHJr () 20:47, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

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