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San Jose California population estimates[edit]

Editor, please do NOT include the California Department of Finance estimates for San Jose's population. This has been discussed at length, and the consensus was to use US Census figures only, in compliance with guidelines on WP:USCITY. If you disagree, please make your case on the discussion page, as inclusions will simply be reverted otherwise.--Louiedog (talk) 21:48, 4 May 2010 (UTC)

MY REPLY[edit]

WP:USCITY specifies that US Census figures should be used whenever possible, but that supplemental figures from other reliable sources can be added if it contributes to the article information or integrity. The CA DOF population estimates or any other state or local agency, could quite possibly be more accurate than Census information and there is no reason not to include it. The U.S. Census is almost certainly not as accurate. The methodology utilized, and the voluntary nature of the Census, allows for the inherent flawed system currently in place. Individual states, localities, counties, municipalities, are much better suited to count their own populations more accurately; even with the (allowed and possible) potential bias for receiving Federal or state tax revenues.

Jcheckler (talk) 08:16, 19 July 2012 (UTC)

External Links[edit]

Thank-you for your contributions to 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion however the external Links you have been providing violate our content guideline on WP:External Links specifcally WP:ELNO and WP:SPAM. In addition please review our WP:LAYOUT guidelines for proper placement of External links below the reference section. BB7 (talk) 18:28, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

May 2012[edit]

Welcome to Wikipedia. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the encyclopedia, but when you add or change content, as you did to the article San Jose, California, please cite a reliable source for your addition. This helps maintain our policy of verifiability. See Wikipedia:Citing sources for how to cite sources, and the welcome page to learn more about contributing to this encyclopedia. Thank you. Gtwfan52 (talk) 07:36, 26 May 2012 (UTC)

Altering US Census results for San Francisco Bay Area Combined Statistical Area[edit]

Please do not introduce incorrect information into articles. Your edits appear to be vandalism and have been reverted. If you believe the information you added was correct, please cite references or sources or discuss the changes on the article's talk page before making them again. If you would like to experiment, use the sandbox. Thank you. —Stepheng3 (talk) 23:55, 16 July 2012 (UTC)

John, I'm sorry I offended you. I understand that the word "vandalism" implies ill intent, and of course I had no way of knowing the intentions behind your edits. I used the standard template out of laziness, not out of a desire to upset you or turn Wikipedia into a "police state". I apologize for my laziness. Who you are or what you've given to Wikipedia is not the issue here. In your future edits, please preserve the verifiability of facts which are verifiable. This means updating the reference every time you change a fact to contradict the cited source. Sincerely, —Stepheng3 (talk) 13:51, 18 July 2012 (UTC)
-Thanks Stephen. I appreciate the sentiments. Almost every one of the people who commented on my talk page or has "corrected" or reverted my edits, (seriously) had that juvenile power tripping mentality. These kind of people don't belong on WP. This will not be tolerated. Many "kids" or immature adults editing WP are including a personal bias toward their city, their state, their other special interest etc. and that has no place in an objective encyclopedia. That was not the intent of the WP creators.

These people need to get out of their Mommie's house more, and get a life. Someone who without doing their own research to verify or enhance someone else's work (and without discussion [or gathered consensus] as needed), and who blindly reverts edits, discounting and nullifying all the time and effort someone has put into editing an article, makes the original editor want to give up doing anything with WP again; effectively driving away people who may have a lot to contribute to WP. Many of these people make no (or very few) useful, informative edits themselves. They simply try to "correct" or police other people's edits. They actually detract from WP. I have no time to argue with people. I will not get into a reverting war. Time is precious. Time is money, and WP editors are giving freely of their time and efforts. Every edit I make has a basis in fact, and will be properly referenced whenever and wherever possible. I will not tolerate WP users/editors attempting to include their irrelevant personal biased information into encyclopedic articles.

As for individual articles: Just about everything on WP, -templates, guidlines etc., are not written in stone. They are "guidelines" to follow as much as possible, as closely as possible, and whenever possible. WP is a living, breathing, contantly evolving, online encyclopedia. It is not a static statistical book. That is the power of it. It evolves as time, life and societal change evolves. The spirit of WP is: if I made an edit that fails to cite a reference, rather than calling me a "vandal" and reverting it, you should verify my edit, and add the reference yourself if you can find a reference. That is constructive and adds value to WP. I have done it numerous times. If I read a statement which to me sounds questionable and fails to cite a reference, I will try to verify it and find a reliable source. Then I will add the reference to the article. If I read a sentence, statement, or "opinion" true or not, that has no business in the article, -I will delete it and explain why I did. I am here to improve WP; not to detract from it.

All of the edits I have ever made (thousands since 2005), generally followed Wikipedia guidelines and the various WP templates. Occasionally I have failed to cite my references on a few edits, for a variety of reasons:

1) A link to a "reliable" reference cannot be found on the internet. The idea behind WP is to make available free, reliable, trustworthy, information to the masses; and to cite as many verifiable references as possible. Not every statement, or sentence (of purported fact) requires a reference after it; nor is it possible. Thousands (possibly millions) of references cited on WP may not be reliable. There is much knowledge and information complied over the milennia, and much of it is not on the internet (which is barely 20 years old). It may not be readily available in published book form either. That is no reason not to add potentially useful, factual information to WP. Not adding the information would retract from the utility of WP and from the common knowledge of mankind. It would be better (in many cases) to simply put the WP notation [citation needed].

2) The verifiable information is available to the user either on the same article page, or on another WP page which is very obviously linked, so if the user wants to verify it, they can simply click on the Combined Statistical Areas Wikilink in the very first sentence. That isn't an excuse for not updating the reference, and I intended to do it the next day. I needed to get to bed. Sometimes work has to be done peacemeal. I didn't even have that chance however in this case, because someone (you) "corrected" me, barely an hour after I had made the edit. That is what I mean about policing. There are many more useful things to do than "watch" a WP article and make it your baby by "protecting" it from so called vandalism. I am not specifically referring to you, but rather a whole group of people who have nothing better to do, possibly because they have nothing of real value to contribute. There are very few people in the entire world who desire to actually vandalize a WP article.

Again, the idea is to include the most up-to-date information as possible, just as published encyclopedias release a new version every year. The current SFBAY CSA article lacks that information. Are we going to wait until the next decennial census, until we update population statistics? That would be even behind published volumes.

So I know I have given a rediculously long explaination/dissertation on your talk page. If you actually read it in it's entirety, I thank you and commend you for taking my opinion into consideration. Feel free to delete it. I won't be offended, -but I will include it on my own talk page for people to read and comment on. I would like to gather consensus to see if most people agree with me. Almost every article has something wrong with it or could be improved, but that is no reason not to leave the article (and the information therein) generally, live on the site, and available so people can improve or modify it as they choose and as time permits.

I have nothing against anyone on WP, rather I simply want people to work together instead of taking a contentious attitude (that many times seems the pervasive attitude) towards other WP editors. I will never hold a contentious attitude except when and where warranted.

Kind Regards,

-John

Jcheckler (talk) 08:29, 19 July 2012 (UTC)

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Corrected Disambiguation[edit]

I corrected the disambiguation and piped to the correct state park. Didn't realize there were two State parks of the same name in the U.S. Should have checked before assuming. Thanks (automated) DPL bot ;)

Jcheckler (talk) 17:10, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

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about your page[edit]

You might want to make your home page, better than blank,

(Do do doggy 10:29, 17 March 2015 (UTC))

My Reply[edit]

If I had the time, I would. I don't.

WP is not about me or my homepage. It is about creating or improving factual encyclopedia articles.

Jcheckler (talk) 03:44, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

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Not adhering to neutral point of view at John Birch Society[edit]

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