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Bart lists his appearence on The Daily Show on his website so he must be proud of his appearance. I will grant you the special snowflake...may I reference his website and repost?

DYK for Robert A. Baker[edit]

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DYK for Robert S. Lancaster[edit]

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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I, Sarah, hereby award Krelnik, with The Original Barnstar for your excellent work about skeptics. I came across a number of your articles via a recent blog and was happy to see the work you've been doing. Thank you for all you do for Wikipedia and free knowledge. SarahStierch (talk) 21:22, 19 April 2012 (UTC)


Joseph W. Mountin[edit]

Thanks for your response. I believe I have removed all the Peacock words that had been flagged and feel the "neutrality of article is disputed" tag can be removed. What do you think? NPHICTom2601:248:8200:1827:50DE:30E0:6DB9:A4A (talk) 18:05, 30 April 2016 (UTC)30 April 2016

MUFON[edit]

Funny, several of your fellows said the exact opposite - that adding sources is something they called "independent research". Or is this just wikipedia's way of maintaining a monopoly on editing? 97.107.46.73 (talk) 19:51, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

@97.107.46.73 I think maybe you are confusing the "no original research" rule with the "reliable sources" rule. They are two different, but related things. Wikipedia aims to summarize the knowledge of the world, so to put something in you need to show that fact is accepted as real somewhere in a reliable source. That is usually (but not always) a newspaper, magazine or book. In otherwords, something that has a chain of editorial control and is not, for instance, just someone ranting on a blog. I think MUFON probably deserves to be criticized as in your edit - in other words I agree with you. But it doesn't matter if you and I agree, it only matters if we can show that a reliable source agrees with us. Surely you must be able to find someone somewhere who has written something about this? Find those sources and cite them in the article (help on how to do that here). Good luck. -Krelnik (talk) 19:59, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

Joe Firmage[edit]

Hi Krelnik, with regard to the article on Firmage, it's a puffery piece and sadly, people in Utah are getting scammed by this guy. I have located dozens of people online posting reports about Firmage scamming them for money with his fake shell companies. It's sad, but Wikipedia is being used to promote this person with false information that is for the most part self-sourced and self generated. Please consider the victims of this loser and how wikipedia is helping him keep the scam going. 166.70.213.246 (talk) 17:38, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Criticism of someone can be included in their biography, but it has to be reliably sourced. So do your homework and find some newspapers, magazines or something that are covering this, and you can use those articles to put it in the article. But you can't use blogs and forum posts for this, because they could be bogus and Wikipedia could be sued. --Krelnik (talk) 18:12, 23 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for clarifying this. I'll do some more research and see what I can find. 166.70.213.246 (talk) 18:35, 23 May 2016 (UTC)
Unfortunately I am unable to locate a decent news story, though his victims are pushing for someone to write one. I found this : Tyler Riopelle, Chief Technician at Northwest Technologies, Every one at my company was lured into investing 5K apiece through a wire transfer to Utah in April of 2015. We appear to be completely scammed and have not heard anything back except to see a letter describing "Waterfall" which reads like a Ponzi scheme. We have all since filed reports with the FBI. I have not every heard until today reports about this being some free energy anti-gravity scam. Rather it was presented to us as a short term loan to be re-paid in 2 weeks maximum. A Wikipedia page exalting Joe Firmage as the technical creator of the internet and Microsoft was used to assure us that our money was going into trusted hands. There were at least four of us taken for almost 30 grand overnight. I expect more will soon surface. We are all based in Ashland Oregon.[1]. From the looks of things this has been turned over to the FBI and law enforcement by several of his victims. Please note that the Wikipedia bio was used as bait to scam these folks. Maybe someone should Afd his bio and get it off wikipedia as non-notable. Seems he is ancient history. I'll keep looking for some sources. The above text was one of the comments to the linkedin post I referenced. You have to dig around on the site to find all the posts. 166.70.213.246 (talk) 02:31, 24 May 2016 (UTC)

References

  1. ^ [1], linked in page
Well the AfD probably won't fly because he has a long history of involvement in various industries. Keep chugging away with law enforcement, and try to get a local or regional journalist interested in writing a story. Then you can base Wiki changes on that story. If these comments you found are legit, it sounds like it is just a matter of time before law enforcement gets involved. --Krelnik (talk) 12:12, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
Is his arrest record fair game to post in that article with refs? That would be a start, and at least give folks a heads up something doesn't smell right. I called this company in oregon and the guy he scammed don't work there anymore. 166.70.213.246 (talk) 18:36, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
It could be, but you could run afoul of the no original research rule if you just link to the raw arrest record and draw some conclusion from it. Better to find a news write-up of the arrest - surely if a known entrepreneur like Firmage was arrested for DUI it was covered in the news? --Krelnik (talk) 19:20, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
Sounds like a plan. He cannot keep doing this and not get nailed sooner or later. Since he wired the money from some of his victims across a state line it places his scam under jurisdiction of the Feds. I agree with your assessment, sooner or later he will get nailed by them. 166.70.213.246 (talk) 19:45, 24 May 2016 (UTC)

DYK for Rose Mackenberg[edit]

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I put a photo on the Mackenberg article, I feel guilty about this because it was all your hard work on the article so I didn't really want to interfere but that's the best I could find, feel free to remove/delete it if you don't think it's any good. I do have another but it's not as good as that one. HealthyGirl (talk) 17:40, 4 June 2016 (UTC)
Hey, no problem. I kind of shy away from posting photos that I haven't taken myself, because I see so many of them deleted for various reasons so I sort of have a mental block because of the fear of wasted effort. Thanks for doing this, hopefully this one will be left alone. --Krelnik (talk) 17:46, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

William Marriott birthdate[edit]

See William Marriott (magician), do you know of his birth-date? Have not been able to find it. You are better at finding this sort of thing so if you have a bit of spare time can you look? It might be a dead-end but worth a try. Thanks a lot. HealthyGirl (talk) 05:05, 19 June 2016 (UTC)

I gave it a look, but wow "William S. Marriott" is a super common name from that era, I'm finding too many matches to figure out which one is him. --Krelnik (talk) 13:17, 19 June 2016 (UTC)

Élizabeth Teissier[edit]

Thought you might like this. Translated it from the French with the help of one of the new tools I learned about at Wikimania: Special:ContentTranslation. It's probably going to go Dutch soon. =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 09:44, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

@Adam Cuerden: Nice! I think I saw someone wikilink her somewhere and I thought, "I didn't know she had an English article, hmmm." Now I know why. Had no idea she'd tried to sue Wikimedia! I've been toying with the idea of writing an ebook about the history of woos fighting battles against Wikipedia - if I do it there's another chapter. --Krelnik (talk) 13:06, 28 June 2016 (UTC)
The judgement is pretty amazing, too. here's a more detailed report. Adam Cuerden (talk) 14:10, 28 June 2016 (UTC)
Oh, I didn't realize how recent this was! Clearly I need to work on my reading comprehension. --Krelnik (talk) 14:19, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

Robert H. Gysel[edit]

I will create an article for this person, he was one of Houdini's agents similar to Mackenberg. Just thought you might be interested. I am currently working on an article for Houdini's lawyer Bernard M. L. Ernst. HealthyGirl (talk) 18:14, 3 July 2016 (UTC)

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Is Loretta Marron Australian?[edit]

Hello, @Krelnik:. I see that you updated Loretta Marron to put back her Australian categories. This is currently under discussion on the article's Talk page (Talk:Loretta Marron), so if you have any references that can support this then they would be appreciated. --Gronk Oz (talk) 10:53, 6 December 2016 (UTC)

Yes, I saw the talk discussion, I thought it was best to revert the article until the discussion was complete. The person who keeps changing it is unfortunately not participating in the discussion. (Also, they are using unclear edit summaries and changing other things at the same time). --Krelnik (talk) 15:04, 6 December 2016 (UTC)

Bangs Sisters[edit]

I am in the process of expanding this article. One user had tried to remove the claim these mediums were fraudulent from the lead twice, it is possible he might attempt this again. I have added sources to clarify the sisters were caught in fraud. I believe that information should stay in the lead. 82.132.186.199 (talk) 18:07, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Ah, thanks for the heads up. I'll keep an eye out on my watchlist for future activity. --Krelnik (talk) 18:49, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

UM[edit]

Thanks for work on the Universal Medicine article. As you can see from the talk page/edit history, this page has had numerous issues with disruption. Extra eyes are always appreciated. 79616gr (talk) 08:48, 25 February 2017 (UTC)

Much appreciated. I have the article on my watchlist, and it looked like some user was trying to scrub negative information from the article. After reverting that, I took a spin around the sources to ensure they were all working well so nobody could argue that the information wasn't sourced well. It's frustrating how quickly most news sites expire articles, I'm starting to adopt a personal policy of including Internet Archive links with deadurl=no on CITEs I create myself "just in case". Cheers. --Krelnik (talk) 15:58, 26 February 2017 (UTC)
I think that's a fantastic idea and one which I shall adopt myself. Thanks again. 79616gr (talk) 21:49, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

DYK for Jumpin' at the Woodside[edit]

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Notice of noticeboard discussion[edit]

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Re. modifications[edit]

Hi, sorry you feel that this is unsuitable. I am biting the bullet on this one and publishing my research on arXiv, in the hopes that one day the scientific community will accept my ideas.

In the meantime am writing an essay for the Parapsychological Association containing some of my ideas, with the data thus far collected including third party verification that something strange is going on with some laptop BIOS and SPD (e2prom) chips suggesting that specific hardware failures might not just be random. Nearly lost a job once because this occured, they literally could not explain how a previously working machine got totally scrambled but in light of my recent discoveries just proximity of a low level radioactive source to an open case PC could be the actual cause. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 185.3.100.14 (talk) 09:04, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

@185.3.100.14: Thanks for stopping by. Your contributions are certainly interesting. But unfortunately Wikipedia has a policy that all its material must be not just interesting, but verifiable. That means they must be supported by reliable sources (i.e. third parties who have commented, not just the original author of the idea. Usually this means books, magazines or newspapers). On most articles that requires inline citations so the reader can easily see the source of each fact or claim. I think some of the material you are posting would be well suited for a blog, but until there is a significant body of third-party commentary on your ideas I don't think you're going to find a very good reception for them here at Wikipedia. Sorry about that! --Krelnik (talk) 12:06, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for your feedback. I am also trying to isolate the mechanism involved, seems that my research could actually have practical applications. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 185.3.100.61 (talk) 09:41, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

Proposed article rename[edit]

I've proposed to rename Mind control to Brainwashing. I'm letting you know since you contributed to the article. Redddogg (talk) 23:25, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

Mythbusters[edit]

I was literally just reading that Mythbusters edit, trying to figure out what they meant. I figured "exepull" meant example, saying electrocutions was confirmed even though it had mixed data. PUNKMINKIS (CHAT) 14:11, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

@Punkminkis: Yeah, it dawned on me that was probably what they meant, but I'm not sure we need a ton more examples in that section anyway, per "Wikipedia is not a directory". Cheers. --Krelnik (talk) 14:16, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Georgia NRHPs[edit]

Hi, I am glad to notice your contributing in a few National Register of Historic Places topics in Georgia, and especially glad to see your adding full references to the NRHP documents (sometimes labelled "Registration" and sometimes labelled "Inventory-Nomination") in a couple articles, including at Bibb City, Georgia, to which Bibb City Historic District redirects. I agree with your redirection there, as I find, deep in the NRHP document, that indeed the historic district covers the entire Bibb City. But hey, when adding full NRHP document reference, don't delete any reference to the NRIS database. It's a small technical point, but the NRHP nomination document for a place usually cannot document that the place was listed on the NRHP, because it is an application, in advance. The NRIS database does document date of listing and the reference number assigned at that date. And, where the NRIS reference is used supporting a NRHP infobox, usually all the information in the NRHP infobox is from NRIS, i.e. NRIS is the actual source. You should be aware of NRHP-related resources at wp:NRHPhelp and the fact you're welcome to post at wt:NRHP, whether or not you join WikiProject NRHP, where you'd be very welcome.

Anyhow, I have been enjoying expanding existing Georgia NRHP articles and creating new ones, cooperating some with User:Bubba73 who has been contributing lots of great photos, for several months. Bubba73 and i have both been watching the approximately-weekly-updated graphics at wp:NRHPprogress. And I have been learning a lot of random Georgia history. :) Keep up the good work! cheers --doncram 17:40, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

@Doncram: Ah, thanks for clarifying that. I guess I've been super lucky, because every one of the scanned PDFs of Georgia NRHP documents I've looked at in my travels includes not only the application but also the certification page with the admission date. Based on that and the way that NRIS template just links to a search page, it seemed kinda tedious to me for verifying facts. ("Dear reader: You can verify this here, but hope you punch in the right search term!" ha.) But good to know not all NRHP documents are created equal - I suppose I might have guessed that. Incidentally I just posted my latest opus you might find interesting at Ellamae Ellis League, a Georgia architect of note. --Krelnik (talk) 17:56, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
Hi, wow, that architect article looks great. As you noticed, i created Shirley Hills Historic District, which I will add more to later, and then i have gotten bogged down in creating Dennis & Dennis. I get antsy and can't keep at any one article very long. About Ellamae Ellis League House (currently a redlink), which I see is discussed at wt:NRHP, i think you should go ahead and make it clear that it is being covered in the architect article in part by setting an anchor ({{anchor|Ellamae Ellis League House}}), then redirect to there (redirect to Ellamae Ellis League#Ellamae Ellis League House), unless/until you or anyone else feels it needs a separate article (i would also encourage any NRHP editor to go ahead and create a separate article if they are really expanding the coverage). Or go ahead and start a separate article now. I would have created the redirect but I don't want to be the "creator" of the article, if/when the redirect is expanded into a separate article. :) --doncram 23:12, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
@Doncram: Good idea, I went ahead and created the anchor and the redirect so existing redlinks to the house will take you to the infobox in her bio. We can manipulate to make it better going forward, but at least clicks get you somewhere useful now. I know the feeling about getting distracted, I went down several rabbit holes cleaning up articles I found while working on League. --Krelnik (talk) 00:21, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Ellamae Ellis League[edit]

The article looks great but it will take some time for me to go through it at the level that it deserves. I was amazed to see your 2 woman's bios for each man's project on your user page. I think I'll go check out my on contributions and see how well I fit, not well I'm afraid. Perhaps one of us can suggest it to a larger group? Thanks for all your work. Smallbones(smalltalk) 18:32, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

@Smallbones: Thanks! Yeah, it's going to be a challenge - especially since I loathe writing true stubs and then having to fight the inevitable AFD attempt. As you can see from my League biography I often try to source articles I create to the point where it sort of says, "I dare you to question this person's notability!" But that is very time consuming of course, it took me about two weeks of spare time to write League. --Krelnik (talk)

Template reflist-talk at Talk:Homeopathy[edit]

You are correct. I spotted the numbers on two ordinary links in that last section and mistook them for the source of the references at the bottom of the page. (If later comments do not add new references, I think it is sometimes easier if the reflist-talk template stays above those later comments, but it's normal for it to go at the bottom of the section.) Thanks for fixing it. — jmcgnh(talk) (contribs) 23:26, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

@Jmcgnh: No prob. Thanks for calling my attention to it, I had never seen that template before and it is handy to have. --Krelnik (talk) 21:19, 28 April 2017 (UTC)

DYK for Ellamae Ellis League[edit]

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Mifter (talk) 03:54, 14 May 2017 (UTC)

Response to new entry on Benjamin Wolozin[edit]

Dear Krelnik,

Hi. I'm responding to your message to me at bwolozin@gmail.com. Yes! You were indeed correct that I wrote the article myself. I was on a phone conference call on Tuesday (yesterday), and someone told me that there was a Wikipedia entry on my, which admittedly shocked me. However, they told me that it was only one sentence long - apparently put up by someone at AAAS. So I decided to expand out the entry, but wasn't aware of the rules and regulations of Wikipedia. I actually had been aware a bit about editing Wikipedia because a Wikipedia person told me about Wikipedia parties at scientific meetings where people get together to provide information and references for wikipedia entries. I'm thinking of trying this for my courses.

Anyway, I'm happy to have you edit what I wrote, or to do anything else (for instance, I work at Boston University, and could have someone else at BU edit the entry.) Just let me know what you think is best. Thanks in advance. Ben Wolozin, bwolozin@gmail.com (aka BrainMan2017). — Preceding unsigned comment added by BrainMan2017 (talkcontribs) 01:06, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

DYK for Mary Ann Harris Gay[edit]

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Invitiation[edit]

I hope you will check out Wikipedia:WikiProject_Basketball/Women's_basketball. It isn't quite as active as I would like, but if we reach critical mass someday, perhaps it will be more active.--S Philbrick(Talk) 16:25, 9 July 2017 (UTC)

Will do! I kind of stumbled into this topic, its not been a focus for me before (although my father-in-law is an NBA coach). I was trying to find redlinks to work on via the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and went down a rabbit-hole of these unsung heroes of the AAU basketball era of 1930s-1960s or so. Lots of good people to create bios for, many of them are Pan American medalists and thus easily pass notability. --Krelnik (talk) 17:30, 9 July 2017 (UTC)

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