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The Wikipedia Adventure[edit]

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The Wikipedia Adventure, an interactive game to become a great contributor to Wikipedia. Description: It's a fun interstellar journey--learn how to edit Wikipedia in about an hour.

Posted by: LightandDark2000 (talk) 07:02, 30 November 2013 (UTC)

Welcome to The Wikipedia Adventure![edit]

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Thank you guys so much for creating this interactive adventure! It was really fun, and I believe that it is extremely effective in teaching new contributors about the rules and benefits of Wikipedia. Face-smile.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 03:29, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

Linus's Law[edit]

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Research has shown that Wikipedia is just as accurate as other encyclopedias, but its errors get fixed *faster*.

We are living proof of the coders' motto that:

"With enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow".

In other words, all of us make anything possible.

Something interesting that I have learned today. Face-smile.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 03:15, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

Tropical Cyclones Portal Links[edit]

1: Portal: Tropical cyclones

2: Mediterranean Tropical Cyclones

3: South Atlantic

4: Great Lakes

5: California

6: 2006 Central Pacific cyclone

Posted by: (talk) 06:24, 3 February 2012 (UTC)

TC/Winter Storms Websites links[edit]

1. JMA Marine warnings Obtained from: Jason Rees (talk) 18:38, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

2. Mediterranean Sea Surface Weather Analysis Maps Posted on: January 17, 2014.

3. NOAA Ocean Coverage Satellite Imagery Posted on: December 10, 2014.

4. WPC North America Surface Analysis/Satellite Composite maps Posted on: December 10, 2014.

My Sandboxes[edit]

1. December 2004 North American storm complex (Open to editing.)

2. February 2005 North American Superstorm (Open to editing.)

3. January 2010 North American Superstorms (Users are welcome to edit this page positively. Some of my information still isn't referenced yet.)

4. December 2010 North American Superstorm (Also known as Windstorm Benjamin of the 2011 European Windstorm season.)

5. June 2011 North American winter storm (Open to editing.)

6. December 2012 North American storm complex (Open to editing.)

7. Unnamed Atlantic Tropical Storm (2011) (An interesting system that was identified as a tropical storm, only later in the post-season analysis of the NHC.)

8. Tropical Storm Rolf (The first officially monitored Mediterranean tropical cyclone. Again, users are welcome to contribute positively to this page.)

9. January 1862 North American Megastorm

10. Superstorm (This page needs a lot of improvement. Users are welcome to help fix up this article.)

11. Super Typhoon (This page needs plenty of expansion and additions of references. Users are welcome to contribute positively.)

12. Winter Storm Titan (2014) (Open to positive editing.)

13. March 2014 North American Superstorm (Open to positive editing.)

14. LightandDark2000's notable storms

Posted by: LightandDark2000 (talk) 20:10, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Anyone is welcome to comment or make suggestions to me on the talk pages of the corresponding "sandboxes." LightandDark2000 (talk) 20:47, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

A Barnstar for you![edit]

Barnstar of Reversion Hires.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
Dear LightandDark2000, you have been editing Wikipedia for several months now, and I noticed that in your contributions, you often revert vandalism, surprisingly without a wiki account! You deserve the Anti-Vandalism Barnstar, for all your efforts. But I noticed that you often attack users who vandalize pages. Please warn them only when they commit more than one acts of vandalism, and be polite and welcoming to the new users. Thank You. I award you this Barnstar, so that you can be a better Wikipedian! Keep up the good work! Earth100 (talk) 12:32, 1 June 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! And don't worry, I'm improving. I now have a username up and running. (PS, I don't attack IPs. I just get sick of it whenever they cause a lot of trouble (even if it is only one edit, due to my past "experiences" with them), or if they persistently continue to vandalize. My warnings may sound harsh to them, but when vandalists refuse to stop, they have it coming. LightandDark2000 (talk) 19:23, 7 June 2012 (UTC)

I understand, and that's okay. If you do create an account, don't forget to move your awards to your user homepage too! I bet you will be a great anti-vandal user! Earth100 (talk) 02:50, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

September 2012[edit]

Hi, and thank you for your contributions to Wikipedia. It appears that you recently tried to give a page a different title by copying its content and pasting either the same content, or an edited version of it, into another page with a different name. This is known as a "cut and paste move", and it is undesirable because it splits the page history, which is needed for attribution and various other purposes. Instead, the software used by Wikipedia has a feature that allows pages to be moved to a new title together with their edit history.

In most cases, once your account is four days old and has ten edits, you should be able to move an article yourself using the "Move" tab at the top of the page. This both preserves the page history intact and automatically creates a redirect from the old title to the new. If you cannot perform a particular page move yourself this way (e.g. because a page already exists at the target title), please follow the instructions at requested moves to have it moved by someone else. Also, if there are any other pages that you moved by copying and pasting, even if it was a long time ago, please list them at Wikipedia:Cut and paste move repair holding pen. Thank you. Moonriddengirl (talk) 10:57, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

"Sockpuppet Masters Information[edit]

IPhonehurricane95 Information

IP Range of IPhonehurricane95 - Based on the IPs that I found, I have calculated a new range for this notorious Sockmaster. LightandDark2000 (talk) 06:13, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

I added the IP range of this notorious sockpuppeter to this page, just in case it comes in handy. LightandDark2000 (talk) 22:13, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

IP Range: These are the IP ranges that he has been known to abuse: IPv4 Ranges:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

IPv6 Ranges: 2600:100f:b000::/39, 2602:304:af2c::/48, 2602:304:6e02::/48, 2602:304:ce27::/48, 2600:1000:b000::/36, 2600:1010:b120::/44, 2602:30a:2e3e:e400::/64, 2600:100d:b000::/42, and 2002:da5c:fc19::/64.

List of User:IPhonehurricane95 socks. Added by: LightandDark2000 (talk) 06:53, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

Apparently, all of those sock users originated from User:IPhonehurricane95 (including User:Typhoonwikihelper). I would not be surprised if he creates a new account, or switched to a different IP to continue vandalizing Wikipedia. LightandDark2000 (talk) 06:53, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

User:IPhonehurricane95 Sockpuppet investigations Any and all future investigations related to this guy, and his socks should all be on this page. LightandDark2000 (talk) 19:46, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

IP Range contributions

IPv4 IP Range Calculator

IPv6 Rangeblock Calculator Posted by: LightandDark2000 (talk) 10:20, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

Update: In mid-August, he apologized, at my talk page on Commons! Face-grin.svg I know how rare that is, but ever since he made that apology, he hasn't made one disruptive edit on Wikipedia ever since!

Other Sockmasters

User:Hurricane Luis Sockpuppet investigations Keeping a close eye on User:Hurricane Luis for his suspected involvement in the recent persistent sockpuppetry on Tropical Cyclone-related articles on Wikipedia. Update: It turns out that Hurricane Luis is innocent, but most of the other named accounts are obviously all related and abused by 3 different sockmasters. See the SPI archives of the linked page for more details. LightandDark2000 (talk) 10:07, 30 March 2014 (UTC) - User:Mr Wiki Pro's IP Range. See his SPI investigations case page for more information on his current socking activities. LightandDark2000 (talk)

September 2013[edit]

Hello, I'm BracketBot. I have automatically detected that your edit to List of California hurricanes may have broken the syntax by modifying 1 "<>"s. If you have, don't worry, just edit the page again to fix it. If I misunderstood what happened, or if you have any questions, you can leave a message on my operator's talk page.

Thanks, BracketBot (talk) 01:00, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

I fixed it. LightandDark2000 (talk) 05:16, 9 September 2013 (UTC)


You can either ask an administrator like Hurricanehink or go to Wikipedia:Requests for page protection. Jason Rees (talk) 13:31, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

Thank you! LightandDark2000 (talk) 00:10, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

Ways to improve List of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V episodes[edit]

Hi, I'm Sulfurboy. LightandDark2000, thanks for creating List of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V episodes!

I've just tagged the page, using our page curation tools, as having some issues to fix. Reviewed. Issues found.

The tags can be removed by you or another editor once the issues they mention are addressed. If you have questions, you can leave a comment on my talk page. Or, for more editing help, talk to the volunteers at the Teahouse. Sulfurboy (talk) 09:05, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

Cross Fight B-Daman eS is B-Daman Fireblast?[edit]

Hi, I'm TheUpdates. LightandDark2000, I'm the one who created and manages the page for Cross Fight B-Daman eS! & You posted on the talk page saying if the name is changed well I found some resources but I'm not sure if it's "real" but it does to me. If you think is real do you think you can change the name of Cross Fight B-Daman eS to B-Daman Fireblast? Please and thank you. I would change it myself but not sure if this is proof is real or not and I don't know how to change it lol. Here's the website where I found it -> TheUpdates (talk) 11:52, 26 March 2014(UTC)

The source seems to be legitimate, but the problem is that the site talks about the German Dubbed version, so the actual English Dub title may be different. The other options are already stated on the article's talk page, but at this time, I think that Fireblast is the more likely title. Once I dig up more information, if the name seems to be legit for the English Dub, then I will be conducting the renaming. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. :) LightandDark2000 (talk) 02:33, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
I looked into it, and it seems that the other names are unlikely to be used. B-Daman Crossfire eS was dropped from the website that mentioned it, so Fireblast appears to be the most likely candidate, despite it being from a German site. Like other pages, we can always rename the article again if the English Dub decides to give this series a completely different name. That being said, I'm going to conduct the merge right now. LightandDark2000 (talk) 04:42, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
The merge has just been completed, for both the main article and the corresponding episode listing. LightandDark2000 (talk) 08:02, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

The weather channel and Winter Storm naming[edit]

If you plan on introducing the two articles you have in your userspace then you need to get consensus first before adding TWC names. Right now consensus has been not to include them as they are not a WP:NPOV. - Knowledgekid87 (talk) 21:20, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

Okay. I understand. That's why the articles are currently in my userspace. LightandDark2000 (talk) 00:28, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
Okay thanks! I value the amount of work you have put into the articles and love the idea of adding more storms but TWC names and terms like "Super-storm" and such have caused multiple discussions here on Wikipedia. If you do choose to start another discussion about the issues to get a recent consensus just ping me. - Knowledgekid87 (talk) 01:46, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
Alright. The problem with those terms is that most people really don't understand their true meanings, or the real intent of the TWC's winter storm naming. But yes, I'll continue to contribute and add more info as time passes. LightandDark2000 (talk) 02:41, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Just a welcome to the WikiProject[edit]

Hurricane Kate (2003)- Good pic.jpg Please accept this invitation to join the Tropical cyclones WikiProject (WPTC), a WikiProject dedicated to improving all articles associated with tropical cyclones. WPTC hosts some of Wikipedia's highest-viewed articles, and needs your help for the upcoming cyclone season. Simply click here to accept! Hurricane Isabel 18 sept 2003 1555Z.jpg

Hi, LightandDark2000. I noticed that you have edited some articles in the Tropical Cyclones WikiProject and trying to save them and make them good. So, I believe that you should be in the group, even though you like Science, same as me actually. I have joined you now and I know that you will help Wikipedia. Have a good day. Typhoon2013 (talk) 08:11, 28 March 2014 UTC

Thanks! I am more than happy to accept. Face-grin.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 07:12, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Rules Concerning Sockpuppetry Investigation Activites[edit]

Listed below are the rules concerning SPI activites, provided by DoRD (talk)​:

  1. Do not tag accounts as sockpuppets or confirmed sockpuppets. Leave it to the blocking admin, or Checkuser.
  2. Do not report already-blocked sockpuppets - you may only report new, unblocked sockpuppets.
  3. Do not edit archived cases. Ever. For any reason.
  4. Do not continue to request rangeblocks when you have been told that they are not possible. A Checkuser will place one if/when a Rangeblock is deemed possible and effective.
  5. Do not create or request the creation of sockpuppet categories.
  6. Do not alter tags or merge SPI-related pages, even if it has been requested by another user. In other words, do not alter any SPI-related page outside of active sock reports, even if you think that there has been a mistake. If you believe that a change is necessary, consult an admin and leave it to them. If you think that there has been an obvious error, take the matter to an admin and wait for their explicit permission; if declined, drop the matter altogether. Do not revert any edits or make any changes unless there is obvious, blatant vandalism.

Failure to comply with these rules may result in the loss of editing privileges, through a block. Drafted by: LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:33, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png So sorry to hear that you've been harassed by User:Mr Wiki Pro's newest sockpuppet. You're not alone. He's been doing the EXACT same things to me! Hang in there; keep reporting him every time he makes his presence known, if he's not blocked by then. Meanwhile, here's a beer to cheer you up!  :) —This lousy T-shirt— (talk) 06:31, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. I don't drink in real life, but here, I'll accept. :) ;) LightandDark2000 (talk) 06:32, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
Heh heh. Oh I'm sure he'll get reblocked (yep, each and every stinkin' time). I just hope that he doesn't stick around long enough to cause any serious damage. ;) LightandDark2000 (talk) 06:37, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Re: barnstar[edit]

Thanks so much! I'm glad you've taken to the site, and you continue to do good work. If you ever need any help with anything, I check my watchlist once every five minutes :P ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 15:56, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

You're welcome. If I have any questions or concerns, I will come and ask you for help. Thanks ;) LightandDark2000 (talk) 09:59, 20 April 2014 (UTC)
Oh, by the way, Happy Easter! ;) LightandDark2000 (talk) 11:23, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the new barnstar! :) Don't think that because I'm editing less that I'm going anywhere. I'm just incredibly busy with my music work (as I warned on my user page, hehe). September, I'll be getting lots more work done, I promise! Thanks again, and keep up the editing yourself. ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 03:38, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Hey, just keep up with the contributions, alright? Face-wink.svg I mean, it's understandable if you're busy with your music, but just drop by whenever you have the chance. Wikipedia is in terrible need of Wikipedians like you. LightandDark2000 (talk) 03:40, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Aww :) Thanks! I'm always around though. I've tried too many times to leave to know that I'll never do so. --♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 03:46, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
That's similar to how I used to be when I was still an IP editor. ;) But eventually, I decided to stick around, and I quickly took on my user account as my primary mode of contributing. LightandDark2000 (talk) 03:48, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

User page cleanup[edit]

LightandDark2000, thank you for removing personal information from a userpage, which I'm not linking, but please be sure to make a report per the instructions here if you find anything like that again. Be sure to look at the instructions there for what should and what shouldn't be reported, though. This one doesn't need to be reported because I've already taken care of it. ​—DoRD (talk)​ 13:15, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

You're welcome. As for the reporting part, I didn't know about that. LightandDark2000 (talk) 02:17, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

Comment at May 2014 San Diego County wildfires[edit]

Hi, Lightand Dark! I'll make this comment here at your talk page, instead of the article's talk page, so that you can delete it and it won't become part of the permanent record. First of all, calm down; no one has attacked you or accused you of vandalism. However, as long as we are reminding each other of Wikipedia principles, could I request you to learn how to cite references as references, instead of as bare urls?[1] I have been fixing them to put them into normal Wikipedia style, but that's something you should learn to do as well. The easiest way to do that is to click the "cite" button in the row of links at the top of the edit page, choose a format (such as "news" or "web"), and fill in the blanks (for news, at a minimum "url", "title", "publication date" and "newspaper" which can also mean TV station or whatever). Then position your cursor at the point in the article where you want the reference to go and click "add citation". That's important! If you forget to click "add citation" before previewing or saving, the information will be lost and you will have to do it again. Thanks. --MelanieN (talk) 13:15, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I don't have all that much time to create a full citation each time I link a reference, and even when I do, it doesn't always turn out the right way. Hopefully, I'll be able to improve on my citation skills. :) LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:45, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

A cheese wheel for you![edit]

Cheese Wheel illustration.png A hard-earned cheese wheel of the finest quality
Enjoy this cheese wheel for your hard work fighting vandalism.... you've earned it! Dustin (talk) 03:28, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
Hey, thanks! I appreciate it very much! Face-smile.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 05:38, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
No problem! Face-grin.svg Dustin (talk) 05:39, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

Additional facts for you![edit]

Hi, I can see your facts section, and its good. I would like you to include the Hercules–Corona Borealis Great Wall. It is astonishing...

Also, a friend told me that IC 1101's size decreased by a factor of 4. So it is no longer the largest galaxy known.... Johndric Valdez (talk) 10:16, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

Okay. I will add that as soon as I can. Face-smile.svg As for IC 1101, I haven't found anything on the internet confirming that yet. LightandDark2000 (talk) 14:33, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
I've found confirmation, it's on its article. It's mentioned that "The galaxy's diffuse stellar halo light extends to at least 1.4 million light years" from the 5.6 million light year measure. Some galaxies have sizes of 3 million light years. Some large galaxies are A2261-BCG and ESO 146-IG 005. Johndric Valdez (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 11:03, 18 June 2014 (UTC)
Oh. I had no idea! Since I don't have all that much time (and since you obviously have access to more resources than I do), can you please update that article as well as those mentioning the largest galaxies? I would also love it if you could also tell me which galaxy scientists now believe to be the largest in the Universe (and please link the article). Thanks! Face-smile.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 02:26, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
The article has been updated, and it turns out that IC 1101 is still the largest known galaxy in existence. IC 1101 is about 2.8 million light-years across (with the revised size), while NGC 262, the second-largest galaxy (and oddly, a Spiral Galaxy), is only 2.6 million light-years across. LightandDark2000 (talk) 02:34, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
I know that, because I myself updated it. It seems that you just reported an info to the one whom you get that info. Hahaha...
I am not exactly sure if IC 1101 is still the largest, but it appears. After two years of searching and analysis I just don't get a galaxy reaching IC 1101's revised size. The largest I've found is NGC 262 as you have mentioned. I was surprised that it was a spiral. The journal by Morris et al says that it was the neutral hydrogen halo which is very large. It is intriguing, because a year ago NASA reported their "largest spiral" NGC 6872 which spans 522,000 light years, which makes NGC 262 very cunning as it was only one fourth of the size of the latter. I myself linked NGC 262 in its article. But back to IC 1101, I am not sure because I am not conducting any galaxy searches or have any links to sky surveys like SDSS. I am not even an astronomer; just a Grade 8 student in an odd town. Who knows maybe SDSS already found a galaxy spanning 10 million light years? The whole assumption is that IC 1101 is the largest I've found so far. But hey, thanks buddy! SkyFlubbler (talk) 15:20, 29 June 2014 (UTC) (PS: I am Johndric Valdez, just on a different account)
Hi LightandDark2000, the Condor Galaxy (NGC 6872) is the largest-known galaxy and we have just had a paper accepted last week on the Astrophysical Journal describing it in detail. I have just checked on the GALEX data and NGC 262, with current Hubble constant only has a diameter of 62,000 ly. The references you have cited with its distance and size are from the 80's and are quite outdated. Is there anyway we could exchange emails? I would love to discuss it with you in details. I am not used to rewrite Wikipedia articles, but I am afraid we need to do that ASAP for both the Condor and NGC 262's page. Would you please help me on this? It is quite easy to see that the Condor is considerably larger than NGC 262, since they are approximately at the same distance, but the Condor has a disk of approximately 8.5 arcminutes in length, as NGC 262's is only 1.1 arcminute long. Rafaeleufrasio (talk) 03:07, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
I think you mean largest Spiral Galaxy. I actually don't have that much time at the moment, so I won't be able to look into it immediately. However, from what I have gleaned in this short period of time, it appears that NGC 6872's size is somewhat controversial, and that the current scientific consensus is that NGC 262 is currently the largest Spiral Galaxy out there. However, the stats may differ somewhat between sources, because NGC 6872 is currently undergoing a galactic merging with another galaxy. More solid data needs to be gathered from reliable sources before any major changes, like the one you proposed, can be implemented. In any case, I think that we need some more info. But if anything new comes up, feel free to keep me updated. LightandDark2000 (talk) 04:16, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done! I finally added the Hercules–Corona Borealis Great Wall to my collections of fun facts/trivia. Sorry about the delay. Face-smile.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 19:31, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

RE:‎TC Article intro spacing[edit]

Its the only way to avoid so much white spacing so early in the year, especially since there are no Seasonal Forecasts for the NIO and so few systems.Jason Rees (talk) 10:45, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Sorry to bug you, but...[edit]

...why whenever someone invites you to an IRC channel, do you only wait like 30 seconds before leaving? You are still completely anonymous, and you can talk about things at a much higher rate. All communication is done purely using text, so what's the problem? I mean, you could be a bit more patient, that's all. Dustin (talk) 00:51, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Eh... I haven't been to an IRC chat for quite some time, neither have I received an invitation to one since then. It might give it another go at a later time, but currently, I'm in the progress of finishing a massive editing project. LightandDark2000 (talk) 00:54, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Well, if you ever want to try, then if you see my name, "DustinVS", just type "DustinVS" into the comment bar to ping me. You should try #wikipedia-coffeehouse connect. If you do, again, just type "DustinVS" into the comment bar (without the quotes). Dustin (talk) 01:06, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Sure. LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:08, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Also, you don't need an invitation to visit an IRC channel, and it isn't rude to visit without one. Dustin (talk) 01:14, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, I know. What I'm saying is... It's just been a long time. LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:17, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Your userpage[edit]

No government on Earth has ever achieved communism. The USSR, China, and Cuba were never communist, but were what is commonly called "Stalinist" and "Maoist" after the dictators who did those things in the "name" of communism. It appears that what you did with this edit is likely based on misinformation. I just thought I ought to say... Dustin (talk) 01:19, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

That's true in a sense, given the original tenets of Communism. Anyhow, those governments are all labeled as Communist... But regardless, I hate their ideology and practices. LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:21, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
The ideology has good intentions though; it has just had many extremely corrupted versions of it used in practice. As quoted from the article Communism: "Marxism-Leninism was made into the official ideology of the Comintern, and exported to other countries. This body of thought formed the basis for the most clearly visible communist movement in the 20th century and, as such, in the Western world, the term "communism" came to refer to social movements and states associated with the Comintern. However, these states did not develop communism, and the degree to which they had achieved socialism is debated." What you hate so much is not really communism. Communism is a failure in practice because people in the world are too corrupt, the reason for which the ideology is unattainable. Dustin (talk) 01:27, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, I get that. We had discussions on this in World History class. However, I really don't like the idea of "equal everything." I prefer to have economic competition, which provides motivation. But the "result" of Communism has largely been pure bull crap... And I hate it. "Communist governments" nearly killed off my grandparents, which only adds more to my hatred of said governments. But regardless, I'm so glad that America is Capitalist/Democratic. If not, I would probably be doomed to a miserable life. LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:30, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Ugh... some teachers say things about communism and equality, but that is a bad way to put it in my opinion, and may easily be misinterpreted. Communism doesn't promote "equal everything" as you put it. Like I said, no real government has been communist; they just claimed such. A real communist country has never existed, and one never shall exist. I still think you misunderstand me, but enough. Those terrible people gave the original ideology known as communism a bad name, and now some refuse to look at its original purpose. I am not advocating that any governments in the world ought to adopt the ideology though, because it does not work. I just don't like you pinning all the blame on Communism rather than on Stalinism, Maoism, etc. and on the dictators themselves, being Stalin, Mao, Castro, etc.
On a side note, I do think the US government ought to change given the terrible economic disparity and the ever-widening gap between the rich and poor, but I will not say more about that subject here. The US government is still far better than many governments in the world in places such as Africa and parts of the Middle-East for example. Perhaps you do understand me, and I am just misunderstanding you; if so, I apologize. Dustin (talk) 01:40, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Well, yes! I agree that our government is better than most (if not all) governments in the world in general. However, our economy needs to change (albeit, not into a non-Capitalist one), and it is in need of some dire reforms. An economist predicted that if our economy doesn't stop being a "for the rich and by the rich" economy, we will experience a double-dip crisis in 2016 that will make the Great Depression seem like child's play. That really frightens me, and I sure hope that we can avoid it, because if we can't, then we (and pretty much everyone else in America) are screwed. LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:44, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
That is a problem in the world... If you ever decide to use it at some point, we could discuss this more on IRC without worrying about going off-topic too much... by the way, I like part of your userpage design; I have my own "Interesting facts" section on my user page. I just thought I should say. Dustin (talk) 01:48, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Continued in the section below

Userpage designs[edit]

Thanks! Face-smile.svg And I'll probably go look at your user page really soon. LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:51, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

I also have a featured picture which I change every once and a while. I have a lot of versions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
5, 7, and 15 are some of my favorites. So, what do you think? Is it a good idea in your opinion? Thanks! Dustin (talk) 03:38, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Wow! Those pictures are awesome! I really like them, and I even have a couple of favorites (I may elaborate more on this later). Face-grin.svg But hey, I think that it's a really good idea. You should keep rotating photos, they're very cool and they're bound to get more traction. I wonder where you got some of those... I think that you've done a great job with the images, and you should just keep up the good work. LightandDark2000 (talk) 06:13, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! I was trying to find a way of moving my featured picture just slightly higher up on my userpage, but I can't at the moment because my primary, right-side userbox is in the way. Thanks for the complements though! Maybe I'll keep a record of my featured pictures somewhere. What do you think? I love using satellite images from NASA (especially Aqua/MODIS and Terra/MODIS) and NOAA View (Suomi NPP). I also use a few pictures I have taken myself with my camera, and I am trying to find out how to better focus wide-view images when using it (I took a picture of the Rio Grande from Overlook Point in New Mexico, but there was already an older image with better better from 2006 although it had a lower resolution. I have only used images I uploaded up to this point, by the way, but I uploaded them all on Wikimedia Commons, so you are free to use them. #8 I took myself, and #12 I created from a PNG myself (SVGs are better because they have infinite scalability!). The EVL images (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15) have special crops which usually (although I think there is one exception) allow them to be used as desktop backgrounds, and they tend to work a little bit better (usually) as featured pictures because they approach the maximum image size while fitting on a screen (at least screens I have tested on). That's why they tend to make some of the best featured pictures (the majority of my FPs so far have been EVL as a matter of fact). You know how you have always had that picture of Hurricane Sandy on your page? If you wanted to (although this would be purely your decision, of course), you could swap out for new pictures in a similar way to how I do. You wouldn't necessarily have to use only your own uploads as I do, but I do think it would look neat. Those are just some of my thoughts. Again, I'm glad you like the idea! Face-smile.svg Dustin (talk) 15:53, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Also, when you reply, please use {{ping|Dustin V. S.}} to ping me so can I respond more quickly. While I am watching your page, pinging me will still allow me to see your response more quickly. Thanks. Dustin (talk) 15:57, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
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No additional thoughts? If so, please just say so. I was hoping that you'd have something to say, but if not, I'd like you to say so so I stop expecting. Thanks. Dustin (talk) 03:41, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Oh, sorry! I was kind of busy yesterday. But I believe that you could solve your "picture problem" by either moving it above your userboxes, or consolidating your userboxes in a vertical manner, using several columns using the organizing template, and then either leaving them where they are or moving them below your picture. As for my userpage, I don't really want to change my picture that often. I was going to change it, but I'm not sure if the picture I want to use is copyrighted; if it is, that could be a problem. LightandDark2000 (talk) 18:01, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Could you link the image? I might be able to tell you whether or not it is available for use on your Wikipedia page. Dustin (talk) 20:03, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
It is not available on Commons yet. I was considering uploading it, but I wasn't sure of the Copyright status. Anyhow, here is a link to the image. It's only one of a few sites with that image. I believe that it might be the work of a CalTech student, which if it is the case, then yes, I will be able to use it. But I haven't double-checked all of the sites yet, so I can't be sure. LightandDark2000 (talk) 20:33, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
@LightandDark2000: Heh... "It is not available on Commons yet." Does this help? I don't know the validity of the licensing, but I think it is safe to use considering that it has been on Wikimedia Commons for five years. Face-smile.svg Dustin (talk) 20:55, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes, thank you, it does. Face-grin.svg By the way, you don't need to ping me. Each time you leave a message or make any changes to my talk page, I can see it in the huge red notification at the top of my screen. LightandDark2000 (talk) 21:03, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

I am actually aware of that. I pinged you because I wanted you to respond (Would you please take a five second break from editing and look at this?), but you just kept on editing anyway, and I could see that you weren't adding "just in" information or something like that. Not to seem impatient, but that's my reason. Dustin (talk) 21:05, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Hey, dude. I just did. You can see the result on my user page right now, if you want to. Face-wink.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 21:07, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
And by the way, thanks for the help! Face-grin.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 21:08, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, it's not a problem. Face-wink.svg Also, by the way, I notice that the Milky Way image is slightly larger; maybe if you made it slightly smaller? It's an excellent image, but in having that more squarish shape, it doesn't fit as well on some screens. It's just an observation, though, and you don't have to take any action if you don't want to. Dustin (talk) 21:11, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done. I even centered the image to make it look better. Face-smile.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 21:21, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Actually, LightandDark, in including "center" in the main thumbnail, use of the <center> element is unnecessary. It does look a little bit better because you made it smaller, though. Dustin (talk) 21:27, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
I didn't know that. But yeah, it definitely looks a lot better now, from both my desktop and my smartphone. LightandDark2000 (talk) 21:28, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
I decided that as much as I loved the new Milky Way picture, my close-up image of the Andromeda–Milky Way collision describes my nature much better. PS, I anticipate the day when our two galaxies will merge into one, bigger Lenticular galaxy. Face-smile.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 22:22, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Welcome back![edit]

Your input has been missed at the Wildfire articles. You might find they need some updating. --MelanieN (talk) 01:21, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Probably. I guess that there's some more work for me to do. LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:22, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

A word of advice[edit]


As I'm sure you're aware, edits on Wikipedia go live as soon as they're entered. Both of your edits to Linda 97 introduced grammatical errors which I've had to correct (the old version was fine IMO, but that's a different story). Please try to use the preview button whenever possible to ensure accuracy in your editing. Thanks. – Juliancolton | Talk 18:50, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

I'm sorry. I wasn't aware of that. I'll be sure to double-check from now on. LightandDark2000 (talk) 18:51, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Yu-Gi-Oh! vandal[edit]

I have blocked the ranges 2602:304:cecf:62e0::/64 and 2602:304:aa7c:88e9::/64 for 6 months. That covers all the IP addresses for which I have been able to find any involvement, including all the ones that you listed in the sockpuppet investigation in January. If you know of any other IP addresses involved (either in the past or in the future) not covered by the range blocks, please let me know. Also, feel welcome to contact me if the trouble starts up again after the block ends. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 13:21, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Hey, thanks. Face-smile.svg Hopefully he'll decide to stop messing around after this but if it continues, I'll let you know. LightandDark2000 (talk) 04:41, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Hey, I thought I'd say since it seems this meets your interest...[edit]

...I saw the recent total lunar eclipse which peaked where I live at 5:55 AM Central Daylight Time (about 25 mins before this comment), and I took pictures and whatnot too, although they are not great because the moon is partly shaded by pesky cirrus clouds in the way. I just thought I'd bring this up just in case, and because I wasn't sure if any pictures or anything are needed, or if NASA just takes pictures or something. That's all. Dustin (talk) 11:20, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Cool! I happen to be watching the Total Lunar Eclipse right now, as I have been for the past hour (About 4:45 AM PDT right now in Southern California). I took pictures as well, maybe I might upload a couple. LightandDark2000 (talk) 11:46, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

You have the right to really dislike one's grammar, and even point it out to them, but...[edit] have no reason to be so insulting about it. Have you not noticed that some of these editors are foreigners (of English-speaking countries, or to English, it doesn't matter how you interpret the word)? No other language Wikipedia is quite like this one, so it draws in editors from other languages too. Dustin (talk) 11:20, 10 October 2014 (UTC)

There is more to this which I meant to say, but I do not have time to continue, so please do not respond to this until after I come back and make another modification to this section later today. Dustin (talk) 11:26, 10 October 2014 (UTC)
I realize that, but it really exasperates me when no one bothers to fix it ('cause there are many users who view the page), or when the editor in question knows the right wording but decides to slack off and leave it a mess (which happens, sometimes). Yes, I realize that some of them are from foreign countries, but the quality of the article could have been a lot better (like they were 2 years ago), and the lack of dedication to TC articles recently is extremely aggravating . LightandDark2000 (talk) 05:42, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
It is actually typhoon/typhoon season articles which lack dedication, especially articles like "Timeline of the 2014 Pacific typhoon season, which is low-grade compared to the relevant timelines for the Central and East Pacific and the North Atlantic. After some brief analysis, a couple of these situations in which I carried some concern may have actually been non-grammar issues, and so I realize that I might have been a bit too hard in terms of bringing up the topic. Also, sorry for forgetting about this thread for days until now; I really shouldn't have done that. Thank you for your concern as an editor, and I hope that you will consider trying to fix the typhoon articles as I (not super-frequently) have tried to do a few times. Bad grammar and unsourced material together dominate, so these are significant issues of concern. Dustin (talk) 11:27, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
Hey, you shouldn't feel inclined to give a very thorough response, or much of a response at all, for that matter, but have you even seen my reply? Dustin (talk) 03:48, 17 October 2014 (UTC)
Hello? You have been recently editing, but I still don't know if you have seen this. Please just say "yes" or "no" at least. Dustin (talk) 17:47, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
I just want to conclude this and know that you have received my response, but you continue to (I assume) ignore my comments, as there is almost no way in which you could actually not notice three different comments on this page. Perhaps that is the question now; why will you not say anything? Dustin (talk) 22:43, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
Busy right now (as I have been), sorry. I have only been able to briefly glance over these comments. But yes, I agree with what you have said above, but I have also noticed somewhat of a laxity in the editing activities in the Pacific hurricane season articles since 2013. That definitely upsets me, since I am not always there to record new events or update data on the storms. Terrible grammar (when it happens) only makes it worse. I only hope that more people will help out on this articles more often, so that we won't have so many maintenance tags and outdated sections. LightandDark2000 (talk) 22:48, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
I still think that the Pacific typhoon season is much worse off than the hurricane season to its east. There is almost no good guideline, the typhoon season timelines are too inconsistent, there is not enough of a way to tell whether it may be better to use the Joint Typhoon Warning Center or the Japan Meteorological Agency in some places (while the JMA is official, the JTWC is just as or more reliable in many areas), etc. The typhoon season articles are where the bad grammar and whatnot are. I wish there could be an actual "Western Pacific Typhoon Center" in place of the JTWC (similar to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center and the once-existing Eastern Pacific Hurricane Center with the San Francisco WFO), but sadly, that is not the case, so it is harder to get all the right information out there, as the JMA isn't as good of an RSMC as the United States has (i.e. the National Hurricane Center) in terms of information and everything else minus the warnings. The Pacific typhoon season articles, especially the timelines, are the areas with the most room for improvement, and if you have any ideas, you may share them here or at WT:WPTC. Sorry if I seemed impatient, but I just saw you going on with your editing, and I didn't like seeing no reply... In any case, thank you for the response. Dustin (talk) 23:43, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Help covering the December 2014 California storm article[edit]

Hello, I saw your great contributions to October 2009 North American storm complex and I was wondering if you could help expand December 2014 West Coast storm. --DarTar (talk) 17:31, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

I've renamed it to December 2014 North American winter storm, for conventional purposes and other reasons. LightandDark2000 (talk) 09:45, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
Now it has been renamed again to December 2014 North American storm complex, as per the discussion on the articles talk page. LightandDark2000 (talk) 22:46, 24 December 2014 (UTC)


Hi There LightAndDark2000! I saw your recent edits to the article mentioned above and thought you may like to join WP:YGO. Contact me on the talk page there if you're interested. TF { Contribs } 18:26, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Face-smile.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 08:28, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

Good Article Nomination[edit]

As the other most frequent contributor to the American-led intervention in Syria article I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated the article for Good Article status. I know that both of our hard work on the article has helped improve it and I do hope that it gets GA status. Thanks again! - SantiLak (talk) 22:19, 29 December 2014 (UTC)

No problem! By the way, I hope that it passes the nomination. Face-wink.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 00:52, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

Splitting up December 2014 North American storm complex[edit]

Assuming that it really was absorbed by another system, should not there be a separate second article created? Also, I am considering creating a new section in the main winter article for what looks to be a New Year's storm. At the very least, I think that it would be better to start there rather than create a separate article. Dustin (talk) 18:59, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

I don't think that we need to create a second article for the storm that absorbed it over Crimea, because that new storm didn't make any notable impacts. However, as for the new winter storm in the US that you mentioned (which I assume is the one named Winter Storm Frona), please do create a new article. Remember that the article we're discussing right now started out really small. Just be bold and create a new article for the new winter storm in question (over the US), and then we can all jump in and expand it. Besides, one article can hardly hold all of the information for two notable storms. LightandDark2000 (talk) 00:55, 31 December 2014 (UTC)
The storm hasn't done anything. Please start a section at 2014–15 North American winter first, not an article. This is a good opportunity to demonstrate how useful a main winter article can be, and this is the best way to go; trust me. The section could be named something like "Late-December – Early-January storm complex", "December – January storm complex" or something other than "storm complex" if better. Dustin (talk) 02:20, 31 December 2014 (UTC)
Me? I really don't have much info on Frona at the moment. If you want though, I could try to scrape something up, but it will be limited in scope. I still think that it should get a separate article, because 1.) It is causing abnormally cold temperatures in California (including Winter Storm Warnings for the mountains in San Diego County), and when you add it up with the system's association with the late December 2014 cold wave, it becomes something rather notable; 2.) the 2 systems are not related, the only connection is that they both occurred in December 2014, and even then, the new system definitely going to extend into January 2015. I believe that this warrants a new article. However, if Frona doesn't end up doing anything significant, then I guess that we could leave it with a separate section in the December 2014 storm article. In any case, I understand the point of your argument. LightandDark2000 (talk) 02:27, 31 December 2014 (UTC)
If we never make use of the main winter article for purposes such as these (and to prevent what would initially be nothing more than stubs), then people will come forward in the future with the intent of either getting the article deleted or preventing future centralized winter articles in the future. I am not saying there cannot be an article at some point; I am just saying that we should at least start out with a section, and then, once the section is long enough, split off information into a new article. Dustin (talk)
(edit conflict) Well, now that I read your new suggestion (after navigating a heck of a lot of edit conflicts sparked by 3 simultaneous additions), I believe that is probably is best for me to start with a section at 2014–15 North American winter. Like I said, I don't have a lot at the moment, but a section should do for now. And... it will avoid all of these reckless random deletion nominations, like you said above, which is exactly what we want to avoid. LightandDark2000 (talk) 02:38, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

Disambiguation page naming[edit]

Greetings! Please review WP:INTDABLINK, which explains why it is necessary to pipe intentional links to disambiguation pages through a "(disambiguation)" redirect. Cheers! bd2412 T 23:20, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

And I'll second this. Please review WP:INTDABLINK. The base title page (Superstorm) should never redirect to the (disambiguation) page (Superstorm (disambiguation)). The disambiguation page always belongs at the base title when there is no WP:PRIMARY topic. This is spelled out at WP:DABNAME. -Niceguyedc Go Huskies! 05:24, 8 January 2015 (UTC) (last sentence added at 05:27 UTC)
As BD2412 requested above, please see WP:INTDABLINK before attempting to "fix" any additional links to disambiguation pages by bypassing redirects. Thanks! —David Levy 12:54, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Wilayat Algeria (ISIL)[edit]

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I've already responded on the corresponding discussion page. Quite honestly though, there's not much more I can do at this point. LightandDark2000 (talk) 00:28, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

A cheeseburger for you![edit]

Cheeseburger.png For edits at War on Terror, I hereby present to you this cheeseburger. May it fuel your continued edits on Wikipedia. RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 05:45, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you so much!!! I will most definitely keep up my contributions. Face-grin.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 05:49, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Good work on the (2015 Egyptian military intervention in Libya) article. Hashima20 (talk) 08:54, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Hey, thanks!!! I really appreciate it. Face-grin.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 08:55, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Afghanistan merge discussion close[edit]

You forgot to procedurally close the merge discussion so today another vote was cast by an editor. Here is the instruction on how to close it with the proper templates [2]. EkoGraf (talk) 20:50, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

With all due respect...[edit]

...I think you may be erroneously equating Marxism–Leninism (and other ideologies of states dominated by a Communist Party) with communism. Many or most Marxist–Leninists (like the Soviets) were communists, but it would be a blanket statement to say that all communists are/were like the Soviets. Communism as many imagine it doesn't really exist beyond the local scale. On the national scale, it would be nigh impossible in our present-day world to have an actual communist country (at least in the definition where the workers rather than the government own the means of production and where the state itself is absent). I just thought I would say that based on your red & yellow userbox. Some people compare communism and Nazism, but in reality, what a lot of those people are thinking of is Stalinism and Marxism–Leninism rather than communism. In any case I just brought it up because there are some people such as Marxists who might take offense (although I cannot be sure). Not me, but others. In any case, I just thought I would bring it up. Regards, Dustin (talk) 23:14, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Al-Hasakah offensive[edit]

Could you possibly start an article about the YPG Tall Hamis-Tall Brak offensive? I would do it but am at the moment short on time. I will expand it afterwords. I also asked Hanibal911. EkoGraf (talk) 19:03, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

So,we won't expand on the Syrian Kurdish-Islamist conflict Article.Alhanuty (talk) 20:32, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

We would only summarize the offensive in Syrian Kurdish-Islamist conflict article, but the detailed description would be in the offensive article. EkoGraf (talk) 01:22, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Uh... I don't have too much information at the moment. But I could try. It won't be very detailed, though. LightandDark2000 (talk) 07:57, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
By the way, such an article should be called the Al-Hasakah offensive, due to the reach and the goals of this particular Kurdish offensive. LightandDark2000 (talk) 07:59, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
But hey, feel free to start the article yourself. I wouldn't mind jumping in and adding some info/improvements if you do. LightandDark2000 (talk) 18:34, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Done Al-Hasakah offensive (February–March 2015). EkoGraf (talk) 01:27, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
I added the info I had (and expanded the article while I was at it, by the way). But thanks. LightandDark2000 (talk) 15:11, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

The Fourteen Infallibles[edit]

May I ask you to help us in copy-editing this article. Thanks.Salman mahdi (talk) 07:00, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

Unfortunately, I don't have too much experience in the subject and I don't have many resources at my disposal for a large-scale copy-editing of the article. I could try to improve the grammar and maybe the flow of the article, but I won't be able to do much more than that. LightandDark2000 (talk) 07:18, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, perhaps that be enough.--Salman mahdi (talk) 07:42, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
You're welcome. LightandDark2000 (talk) 07:44, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

Sinjar massacre[edit]

I have rewritten a lot of the Sinjar massacre so its more encyclopedic in nature and not speculative (this narrative, that narrative). Let me know what you think. EkoGraf (talk) 18:12, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

I think that it's nice. Face-smile.svg There are probably a few information gaps that still need to be filled, but I think that those can be resolved in time. LightandDark2000 (talk) 22:58, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! :) EkoGraf (talk) 18:16, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

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Hey, thanks! Face-smile.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 00:48, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Siege of Nubl and Al-Zahraa[edit]

I wanted to let you know I made the Siege of Nubl and Al-Zahraa article. Cheers! EkoGraf (talk) 04:43, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Hey, thanks! Those strategic areas have been besieged for so long, and yet no one seemed willing to create an article for that event. It's about time. Face-smile.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 06:32, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
No problem. :) EkoGraf (talk) 07:12, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
Made one more article Hama and Homs offensive (March–April 2015). EkoGraf (talk) 07:37, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
Interesting. I found references to that conflict in some of deSyracuse's maps and in some of the Syrian Civil War articles here, but it is nice to see that there is finally an article for it. LightandDark2000 (talk) 09:34, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

May I ask you something?[edit]

Thank you for the map about libya. Do you have a map about Sinai insurgency? Is the Islamic State occupying some rural areas or cities in Sinai Peninsula? --햄방이 (talk) 16:36, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

The Wilayat Sinai branch of ISIL most likely occupies pockets of territory in northern and eastern Sinai. Unfortunately, I don't have a map for territorial control in the Sinai. If I do come across one, though, I will post a link to it so that other users can generate a map with it. However, if you want to search for such a map on the web, you are more than welcome to. LightandDark2000 (talk) 05:51, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
Here is a link to a map I generated detailing Wilayat Sinai's territorial control in the Sinai Peninsula, if you are still interested. And you can also view the Detailed map of the Sinai insurgency, the source module from which the map image is derived. LightandDark2000 (talk) 07:33, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Sarrin and new Palmyra offensive article[edit]

Like I said, continuing clashes don't constitute an ongoing battle for the town. And its been more than two weeks, not one. PS Created a new article Eastern Homs offensive (May 2015). EkoGraf (talk) 01:10, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Hmmm, seems Kaj did the same thing Battle of Palmyra (2015). Going to redirect my article to his. EkoGraf (talk) 01:11, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

One problem: if you merge the two articles, it will be about the entire offensive, not just the localized battle. I highly recommend that you merge both articles into Palmyra offensive (May 2015), after the name of the region being assaulted (which is more specific, by the way). LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:14, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
If you don't mind, I can do the redirecting/renaming myself. If you don't want to do it, just give me 20-30 minutes to finish up this latest editing campaign I'm working on right now. LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:16, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
I just redirected my article and merged the info but I also think Kaj did not do a proper job with the name. He also talked about Sukhnak and other places, and not just Tadmur. It would be better to say 2015 Tadmur offensive because like you said Battle of... implies only a battle for that specific town. And Palmyra is the ruins, not the town which ISIL wants captured. EkoGraf (talk) 01:27, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
Really? Then why is the town labeled "Palmyra" in the ISIL battle map? I also find it interesting that a bunch of med sources still refer to the place as "Palmyra." Perhaps when we have finished merging and sorting this out, I will also create a redirect link for readers who are more familiar with the names of the ruins. By the way I strongly suggest merging the two articles, since they are hardly different in context, and because the battle for Tadmur/Palmyra is only a small part of the larger offensive. LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:33, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
See? Tadmur (Tadmur is a city in central Syria...); Palmyra (Palmyra was an ancient Semitic city...). Seems they prefer to call it Palmyra, but Tadmur is the official name of the present-day city. PS New name you moved to looks good. EkoGraf (talk) 01:41, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. It's strange, though, how most of the media reports I've seen refer to it as "Palmyra." I guess this means that I have a little renaming work to do in the ISIL battle map. LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:47, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Palmyra offensive (May 2015) - Linked the article for ease of access. LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:49, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

New Khabur Valley offensive article[edit]

Al-Hasakah offensive (May 2015). EkoGraf (talk) 17:03, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

Oh, nice. Thanks! Might I suggest that we add some more info about the YPG trimming of the M4 Highway and the recapturing of other villages in the region? We might also want to include some of this in the "Aftermath" section of the first Al-Hasakah offensive article. Also, the events leading up to this offensive should be filled in the the "Aftermath" section of the earlier Al-Hasakah offensive article as well, because I find the time gap in the events recorded somewhat disturbing. LightandDark2000 (talk) 00:28, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

Saeed Alaee's interpretation of the offensive is incorrect and not based on sources. It is not the same offensive. The Kurds themselves said [3] the aim of the offensive was to liberate Mount Kezwan, a main stronghold of ISIS, the strategic region of Alya, and villages near river Xabur which is ALL in the Tell Tamer area. Events further in the western part of Hasakah are a separate operation. Linking the two (which are separate by hundreds of miles) without sources is OR. He said the offensive started from Ras al-Ayn but did not provide a source. If operations near Ras al-Ayn expand we will create a new article. EkoGraf (talk) 17:43, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

Here's the source you keep asking for. Although each of the Associated Press and SOHR reports were more than enough to justify my edits. Oh and I'm reporting you for violating the 1RR restriction which the Hasakah offensive page is subject to. Saeed alaee (talk) 18:35, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
Saeed alaee That source indeed connects the two and as far as I'm concerned the matter is resolved and we could have finished at that. However, you could have provided it before running to an admin to get me blocked, which was not in the spirit of WP: GOODFAITH and I was not at all aware this article was under the 1RR policy. Proper Wiki editorial fellowship would have been to give me fair warning, which you did not. As for SOHR and AP, nether linked the two operations as being the one and the same, despite what you say. EkoGraf (talk) 19:53, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
I did not "run to an admin" to make him say that I was right and the page should be edited according to my "interpretations" of the offensive. I reported you because of a violation of the 1RR from your part. Simple as that. And I just provided you with that source because I just found that source. Why else would I not provide such a source? And both the SOHR and the AP reports said that the operation started on May 6th, SOHR then said it lasted for 22 days and AP said 221 villages, last of which Mabrukah, have been capture by the YPG in the last 3 weeks which makes the final day the May 28th. I thought the conclusion that the offensive on May 6th was definitely not over on May 21st was quite obvious. Regards. Saeed alaee (talk) 20:15, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

I really don't have much to say, other than the fact that after reading through the Kurdish sources, it appears that this appears to be a single, long, multi-stage offensive. LightandDark2000 (talk) 12:09, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

LightandDark2000 It's your fault because you didn't wanted to read my sources when i made the edit. Here, a reporter talks with a FSA commander about recent develompents along the Turkey border and the village of Tell Xenzir. Here you have a pro-opposition source with clear pictures. There's also a SOHR sources talking about this but i don't have time searching through their page ... because this is more than enough, and we also have the pro-government map that i posted in my last edit 2 minutes ago. DuckZz (talk) 13:49, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

Nothing was my fault. I couldn't find the revision in the last 50 edits logged, and I had difficulty when I went beyond that. Besides, like I said earlier, I didn't change the color this time. LightandDark2000 (talk) 13:51, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

Read the source more carefully. They said the balance sheet for the 532 dead is for the first 15 days of the operation by 21 May. Not 26 or 27 May. While you had the Kurdish fighter who made a contradictory statement that by 21 May 250 died. So both figures need to be presented since they are both for up to 21 May. EkoGraf (talk) 17:22, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

The 100 and 30 reported killed are actually both the same incident. See sources. SOHR is calling the place Nis Tal, Kurds Nustel. And both say they were killed while trying to evacuate. So that's 30-100. When taking into account the 20 killed by the Kurds that's a total of 50-120. EkoGraf (talk) 17:39, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

Al-Hasakah city offensive[edit]

Should we create an article for the Al-Hasakah city offensive (May–June 2015)? EkoGraf (talk) 20:03, 4 June 2015 (UTC)

Yes. But it should be titled Battle of Al-Hasakah (May–June 2015), since ISIL was said to have briefly overrun some of the checkpoints near the city's outskirts, and due to the fact that ISIL was shelling parts of the city proper. LightandDark2000 (talk) 00:35, 5 June 2015 (UTC)
Maybe but they haven't entered the city itself yet. Battle of... would be proper if they managed to enter the city. EkoGraf (talk) 01:35, 5 June 2015 (UTC)
ISIS militants at the gates of Hasakah - ISIL is about the enter the city, and mortar fire and shelling is crossing over into the urban parts of the city. Might as well rename the article-to-be. LightandDark2000 (talk) 02:00, 5 June 2015 (UTC)
That they are at the gates of the city (they are still half a kilometer away) does not put them inside it. Also, we can not speculate if they will enter the city or not which would not be in accordance to WP: NOTCRYSTALBALL. In any case, I will wait to see if their assault on Hasakah keeps up for another day. If it does, I will create an article. EkoGraf (talk) 19:26, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Done Al-Hasakah city offensive (May–June 2015). EkoGraf (talk) 19:51, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

Appreciated. Face-smile.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 19:03, 13 June 2015 (UTC)

Some falafel for you![edit]

Falafel award.png Thanks for the fine edits to the Syria map. You corrected several errors that were present. Pbfreespace3 (talk) 00:23, 16 June 2015 (UTC)
Thank you so much!! Face-grin.svg I greatly appreciate it. By the way, I enjoy correcting errors (not so much the "correcting" part though). :) LightandDark2000 (talk) 00:25, 16 June 2015 (UTC)

Barnstar for being such a tireless map updater[edit]

Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar (talk) 16:34, 24 June 2015 (UTC)

Recent Astronomical Events[edit]

I noticed that you added the Jupiter/Venus event to your userpage which will occur tonight, and I also noticed some other things in that section of your userpage. It isn't vital that I post this, but some of those are upcoming, not recent, so maybe you could change the header or add another? I don't care what you do, by the way, I just thought I'd make a suggestion. Dustin (talk)

For "recent" I meant both past and present. Either way, I wan't to make it short and catchy. Face-smile.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 20:47, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
Alright, that's fine. I've been able to see the two planets approaching each other (relative to me, that is) in the sky, and I saw you make that change to your userpage, so I thought I would point it out. Dustin (talk) 20:52, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
I'm doubtful there aren't better pictures, but since they're relevant... [4] :) Dustin (talk) 03:30, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

By the way, I noticed that since at least January 2015, you no longer edit weather-related topics anymore in favor of Middle-Eastern topics (you did edit several weather pages in early January, though). I'm not going to dictate what you edit or anything like that, but that's a shame. Face-sad.svg I don't want to get in trouble for going too off-topic or whatever the policy/guideline is though, so I'll just leave it at that. In any case, again, take care. Dustin (talk) 22:29, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

I will be turning more attention to weather topics now, since the Syria frontlines are beginning to go static in areas that I monitor (and to dilute my editing among my topics of interest). It will be a gradual change, but just don't expect me to continue investing all of my editing time in Levant war articles. LightandDark2000 (talk) 21:13, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

Battle of Benghazi[edit]

Could you maybe start an article for the Battle of Benghazi (2014-present) during the current Libyan civil war? I will expand and update it after. Pressed for time atm to start it. EkoGraf (talk) 07:21, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

That battle is long. It began last October. See Benghazi for some of the information. After I finish my work on the Northern Syria offensive maps (and some of the articles), I will turn my attention to this battle, provided that an article for that event has not yet been created by then. LightandDark2000 (talk) 07:24, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Yeah it is. I'm amazed somebody has not created an article on it already. EkoGraf (talk) 03:40, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
Speaking of which, there are several major battles in these arenas that have no articles so far. As of this writing, they include: Battle of Ajdabiya (March 2015–present), Battle of Sinjar (2014–15) (ongoing since Dec. 2014), etc. I'm kind of surprised that those important battles do not have an article yet, but it appears that articles tend to be created only when battles attract major media attention, or when they become potential turning-point events. LightandDark2000 (talk) 00:12, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
I haven't seen any RS (reliable sources) for Ajdabija (no news at all actually). As for Sinjar (in Iraq), there isn't any real ongoing battle for the city, only a static frontline running through it with no real attempts by ether side to advance. And yes per WP policy an event needs to be notable enough to warrant an article. EkoGraf (talk) 00:53, 7 July 2015 (UTC)


Created Battle of Zabadani (2015). EkoGraf (talk) 19:53, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

I thought that this battle originated as a siege, which had been ongoing since the beginning of this year? LightandDark2000 (talk) 18:17, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
Actually Zabadani was only partially surrounded, and it was like that since the autumn of last year. Per both SOHR and Masdar, the military only last week managed to fully implement a siege on the town after capturing a southeastern district and cutting the road out of Zabadani during the ongoing offensive (since 4 July) with which the new article deals with. EkoGraf (talk) 06:30, 20 July 2015 (UTC)
Okay, but the article should include some more background information on the already-ongoing offensive and the previous besieging efforts. LightandDark2000 (talk) 19:25, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Request for mediation rejected[edit]

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Regarding the east Sinjar frontline[edit]

Where do you think the frontline east of Sinjar is? It is not clearly denoted on this wiki map. This other map is not as detailed as it could be, but gives a general idea of the front line:

I just wonder if we should add more villages to show the frontline here. Since there were ISIS attacks on Tel Ashor, I assumed ISIS had a significant presence south of there. Pbfreespace3 (talk) 23:29, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

The frontline there actually hasn't really shifted since early April 2015 (and it's still close to a flat line in appearance). Adding a few more villages may not do much other than clutter up the map, which will only be removed once that area is no longer an active frontline. Any major town or contested village should be added, but the rest should be left out, as most of the action is only taking place in Sinjar city itself. LightandDark2000 (talk) 23:33, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Special Barnstar Hires.png The Special Barnstar
I just want to thank you for being civil. I hope I didn't come across as mean, because I didn't mean it that way. I just want to make sure the wiki map stays within encyclopedic standards. Thanks for the compromise. Pbfreespace3 (talk) 21:03, 13 August 2015 (UTC)
Oh, hey, thanks! I really appreciate this token. Face-smile.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 21:06, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

Battle of Daraa city[edit]

I only just now saw that you changed the title of that article. You should have first properly consulted with other editors or at least initiate a move request. First, that article was created to deal with the rebel operation titled Operation Southern Storm. Second, several reliable sources (Reuters) were provided that the operation ended. Third, a Battle of Daraa city has been ongoing since 2011. If you want an article for the battle for the city, create one, but don't change the topic of an article on a specific operation. Thank you! EkoGraf (talk) 06:29, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

According to a couple of sources I saw, the rebels declared that they decided to end the offensive in August 2015, so perhaps the article should be modified to include this fact. LightandDark2000 (talk) 08:20, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

2013–14 North American winter[edit]

Since you were the only other real contributor, I thought I'd tell you… I was saddened by the poor state of the 2013–14 North American winter storms article, and looking at the 2014–15 North American winter article's superior state, I decided to switch the article over from the older (and less successful) "winter storms" format to the newer "winter" format. As of late, I've been adding information to the article in an effort to improve it to decent quality (it was a rather significant winter as I'm sure you will agree), and I invite you to tell me your thoughts and/or help improve it (I don't demand anything of you by any means, though). I've been trying to add information from Weather Prediction Center Event Reviews, but I see that there isn't a review for this storm, so if you have any ideas for expanding that section, that would be great. If you don't, it's not a problem. I also plan to eventually start a 2013–14 North American winter#Seasonal summary section and a 2013–14 North American winter#Records section.

I thought I would also notify you that I have moved the December 2013 cold wave details at 2013–14 North American cold wave to 2013–14 North American winter#December cold wave and renamed the article to Early 2014 North American cold wave again. Even now, I see that the article contains some details that are about winter as a whole and not the cold wave (some of them are in the Extended cold section of the article). I see benefit in transferring these details from the Early 2014 North American cold wave article to the 2013–14 North American winter article. I've added some of my thoughts here if you care. Dustin (talk) 00:42, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

I strongly suggest you to continue transferring info between those articles, and possibly expanding on the existing information as well. In addition, linking more articles to the 2013-14 winter storms article might help in getting more editing activity. LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:02, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the response. I forgot to mention that I created {{Infobox winter}} to be used on future North American winter articles (although if necessary, I will modify it to work outside of North America too). I have opted to not include options for "lowest temperature" or "lowest pressure" because there aren't any sources I know of that look at North America as a whole with this kind of thing. As a result, it's a pretty basic infobox, but if you think it could be improved, please tell me. Dustin (talk) 01:17, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
The infobox sounds great, but you should add those 2 parameters since there are bound to be a strongest storm and coldest temperature. This info can be found by simply searching up reports for the coldest record temperatures, or by simply keeping track of the major winter storms and finding out which one was the most intense (similar to the hurricane seasons). LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:27, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

FYI: Tropical Cyclone Raquel[edit]

Raquel is counted as a part of the 2014-15 season and not the 2015-16 season, but deserves a mention on all 4 season articles, though.Jason Rees (talk) 19:02, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

Pro-Daesh POV pushing IP[edit]

Hi, you were so right in warning that IP user over his vandalism. I came across another disruptive edit and checked his track record, amounting to a full-scale pro-Daesh POV pusher. We need to doublecheck every article the user touched. Do you know what would be the best place to report, even before considering administrative action? Regards, PanchoS (talk) 02:42, 18 December 2015 (UTC)

The only place I know of are WP:ANI (general admin noticeboard) and WP:AVI (for vandalism-specific cases. But at this point, the report would likely result in a block, which we should be aiming for if that terrorist supporter is still running around. LightandDark2000 (talk) 05:55, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

Some baklava for you![edit]

Baklava - Turkish special, 80-ply.JPEG Bruskom talk to me 19:28, 22 December 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! Face-smile.svg LightandDark2000 (talk) 19:59, 22 December 2015 (UTC)


Wikipedia Happy New Year.png Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2016!

Hello LightandDark2000, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you a heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2016.
Happy editing,
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Spread the love by adding {{subst:Seasonal Greetings}} to other user talk pages.

Oh, hey! Thank you very much. Face-grin.svg Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as well!! LightandDark2000 (talk) 19:47, 26 December 2015 (UTC)


Hi Kiluminati could be a Wikipedia:Single-purpose account. The account appeared in December and he speaks of vandalism. It removes sources such as Masdar speaking advances loyalists and source map with Al Masira , official media Houthi . This is unacceptable. --Panam2014 (talk) 15:02, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

  • @Panam2014: - If this is true, then please file a report to WP:AN as soon as possible, otherwise things could get ugly pretty soon if this continues. LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:06, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

Hi. Killuminati is pro Houthi. He continues to treat you as vandal and accuse you vandalism. --Panam2014 (talk) 19:24, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

I'm not surprised. If this POV-pushing continues, I will open up a new case at WP:AN. LightandDark2000 (talk) 11:12, 1 March 2016 (UTC)
He continued pov pushing. Panam2014 (talk) 21:10, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Conflict of interest/Noticeboard#Yemeni Civil War detailed map. Kiluminati accused me to be a saboteur. Could you testify, saying that he cancels the changes that do not like him and accuse you of being included vandals? Regards. --Panam2014 (talk) 11:51, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

I filed a report here. LightandDark2000 (talk) 21:09, 5 March 2016 (UTC)
He continued to accuse. Could you post the request? Panam2014 (talk) 12:29, 7 March 2016 (UTC)
Now , he just reverse roles and he said that Al Masriah and pro- Saleh sources are credible , but not Al Jazeera. On my request. Could you answer him? --Panam2014 (talk) 20:31, 8 March 2016 (UTC)

Hi. it continues to use pro-Houthi sources claiming they are pro-Houthi. And it causes me to comment revocation. Can you check. --Panam2014 (talk) 15:38, 16 March 2016 (UTC)

I propose to create a new module for Yemen and host it on my user space. It will edit the map in Commons . --Panam2014 (talk) 16:58, 19 March 2016 (UTC)
No, there shouldn't have to be a new module, otherwise it will encourage more vandalism and POV-pushing in the future. This should not be a lost cause; it needs to be brought before the admins once again. I've gone ahead and asked the admins to lock the map module for 1 week. As ugly as that sounds, that is what needs to be done to stop the edit warring and POV-pushing, at least until the admins can fix the problem. LightandDark2000 (talk) 08:05, 20 March 2016 (UTC)

Hi Kiluminati used unreliable source for Ataq and others. --Panam2014 (talk) 12:21, 24 March 2016 (UTC)

He provoked edit war and used which is pro-Houthi agency. --Panam2014 (talk) 19:04, 26 March 2016 (UTC)

New SDF/KRG color for military bases.[edit]

Do you prefer the old bright yellow colour or the new version? Please discuss in linked page above when/if you have time. We may or may not revert to the old colour based on the preferences of editors. PutItOnAMap (talk) 11:56, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Template:Campaignbox Yemeni Crisis[edit]

Hi New article have been created could you update it ? Regards. Panam2014 (talk) 09:21, 28 February 2016 (UTC)

I'm going to have to get more users to help out on this one, since I don't really know everything in that area and because I don't have the time to give it a massive expansion. LightandDark2000 (talk) 09:25, 28 February 2016 (UTC)


We not use all maps from all sources as a source for edit. Also other source(not a map) confirmed that the town Atarib Al

Rules of edit: 2- Copying from maps is strictly prohibited. Maps from mainstream media are approximate and therefore unreliable for any edit. Maps from amateur sources are below the standards of Wikipedia for any edit. They violate WP:RS and WP:CIRCULAR.
WP:RS: “Anyone can create a personal web page or publish their own book, and also claim to be an expert in a certain field. For that reason, self-published media, such as books, patents, newsletters, personal websites, open wikis, personal or group blogs, Internet forum postings, and tweets, are largely not acceptable as sources.” Source: Wikipedia:Verifiability#Self-published_sources
WP:CIRCULAR: “Do not use websites that mirror Wikipedia content or publications that rely on material from Wikipedia as sources.”here

So you need revert you last editshereherehere as they broke the main rules od edit. Let us abide by the main rules of editing. Sûriyeya (talk) 10:42, 9 March 2016 (UTC)
I wasn't attempting to copy from the map. Since it originated from an expert source, I only sought to update the status of Nusra-held villages/towns, where it was clearly delineated in the image. Some of the towns changed are even named in the source. LightandDark2000 (talk) 10:45, 9 March 2016 (UTC)
So you can edit only if source clear indicated which villages is under control of Al Nusra. But you only use a map from source but it is strictly prohibited. So you need use source but not just a map from him. Because in rules clear say "Maps from mainstream media are approximate and therefore unreliable for any edit" So that or you fix this mistake and use the source (not just a map) or revert your edits. And other source said Atareb is a Sûriyeya (talk) 10:55, 9 March 2016 (UTC)
The source clearly indicates that some of the villages in the region are under al-Nusra control (e.g. "Hish"). The problem is that there are very few sources out there that have reported on the area recently, and pro-Assad sources have been deemed unreliable to use in Opposition Vs. Nusra changes, so it's very hard to come by an accurate, recent source for the area in question. LightandDark2000 (talk) 10:58, 9 March 2016 (UTC)
Yer you are right! Is very hard find clear data from crediable sources which can cleary indicat which villages is only Al Nusra-held. But I also as you try find such sources. Sûriyeya (talk) 11:06, 9 March 2016 (UTC)
I know. I'll search up some more sources when I find the time, or if I come across some reports on any changes in the area. LightandDark2000 (talk) 11:12, 9 March 2016 (UTC)
Here source said that the outlet—which closely follows news in rebel-held Kurdish territory—also claimed that a group of fighters from Faylaq al-Sham had infiltrated into the village of Jalmah(Celeme)—near Jindayris(Cindirese)—overnight. No other sources could confirm the So we left this village as YPG-held or as contested? Although source said that no other sources could confirm the report. So that according this data I think this village still YPG-held. What tou think? Sûriyeya (talk) 11:28, 9 March 2016 (UTC)
The article says that the Islamist forces are massing near one of the villages. As for the other village, since the report is unconfirmed/has no corroboration, it should be left under SDF/YPG control. If a newer source reports that the village is contested, then it can be marked as such at that point. LightandDark2000 (talk) 11:33, 9 March 2016 (UTC)
Also I can't find YPG-held the village of Halima. Maybe you can help me find him.source Sûriyeya (talk) 11:44, 9 March 2016 (UTC)
I didn't really pinpoint a village with the exact same name. However, I believe that the village called "Celeme" is the village you are looking for. LightandDark2000 (talk) 11:52, 9 March 2016 (UTC)
That village is already on the map, in case you're wondering. LightandDark2000 (talk) 12:14, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

Two articles for consideration to mainspace[edit]

Hey, I was wondering if you would allow me moving your articles about Winter Storm Titan and the March 2014 bomb cyclone to the mainspace? As they are very detailed and thought-out. But just as a reminder, I will have to adjust the articles to comply with Wikipedia's rules so it is not removed (this includes removing TWC's winter storm names from the articles, for example the one on Winter Storm Titan would probably be moved to something like Early March 2014 North American storm complex. --MarioProtIV (talk) 23:00, 25 March 2016 (UTC)

Oh, and the see also sections would need to be revised since they are mainly consisting of the articles you have created on your own. But overall, very good edits and contributions to them, in fact, you seem better then me at creating storm articles! :) --MarioProtIV (talk) 19:38, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
I've heard from other users that even then, they are still not ready for being moved to Wikipedia main space. Until then, I want to avoid moving the sandbox articles, to prevent them from being deleted or reduced to truncated articles/redirect links by others. LightandDark2000 (talk) 19:55, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
Ah, okay. But in my opinion, the reason why it would be deleted or reduced would probably be because of your inclusion of TWC's names in an not-so-significant snowstorm (The January 2015 North American blizzard and January 2016 United States blizzard articles are excluded as they were significant/historic snowstorms, and the names Juno and Jonas were mentioned later in their respective articles), which I believe creates copyright issues under WP:TOP100, but other then that, I don't really see any issues except a few links in the references no longer working. --MarioProtIV (talk) 20:33, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
Actually, I am considering using the Winter Storm Titan article (and probably the late March bomb cyclone one) to help expand the 2013–14 North American winter page, as it is the least developed out of the 3 winter articles we have. And besides, you have more then enough information in it so you don't have to worry about deletion. I'd have to change it so the article name is different though. --MarioProtIV (talk) 21:49, 29 March 2016 (UTC)
Would appreciate some sort of response soon to give the ok to move this to help expand the winter page. --MarioProtIV (talk) 00:45, 1 April 2016 (UTC)


Hi Can you help me in the request ? I have make a request against him. --Panam2014 (talk) 15:11, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

Unfortunately, the single object has managed to get away from the module for a month. A director who did not understand the story thought I was the culprit. I count on you to check the module and especially ask the administrator to act against his POV Pushing testifying .
I filed a request under your case (since the admin seemed to have mistakenly redirected the case there). If he continues, I will file a new report, either at the edit warring noticeboard or WP:ANI, or wherever appropriate. LightandDark2000 (talk) 09:00, 30 March 2016 (UTC)
I advise you to launch new applications. New evidence of POV- pushing , now , he left off topic to promote the idea that the " government of the Houthis ' is legitimate and that Hadi is " a self-proclaimed former president " as he is recognized by the international community. --Panam2014 (talk) 10:38, 31 March 2016 (UTC)
The pov pushing continues. it is urgent to open a new request. --Panam2014 (talk) 18:07, 6 April 2016 (UTC)
That is absolute BS. If this continues, I will file a new report as soon as I find the time to do so. LightandDark2000 (talk) 05:32, 7 April 2016 (UTC)

Plot summary lengths[edit]

TV episode plot summaries should be 100-200 words, as specified by WP:TVPLOT and the instructions for {{episode list}}, not 250 words as you've indicated in this edit summary. Where did you get 250 words from? --AussieLegend () 11:20, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

It said upwards of 350, and a number of users have OKed extending it up to 250 words in episodes with complex/major plots. LightandDark2000 (talk) 12:10, 29 April 2016 (UTC)
There was some confusing wording that said "with upwards of 350 words for complex storylines", but we agreed over a month ago that this should be removed from the MOS. There is a bit of leeway in the 100-200 word range but this is usually limited to 15-20 words, although this should be only when absolutely necessary. --AussieLegend () 13:11, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

A form of POV Pushing[edit]

Hi K!lluminati opened a request who is a form of WP:POINT. For that, it is important to launch a request against his actions since December 2015. Also, during my topic ban, he used sabanews, 21 sept (houthi point of view of the 2014-15 Yemeni coup d'état. Also, he claimed that Aden is shared between AQAP/ISIL and Hadi. In reality, there is no military presence of AQAP , these are just the attacks. There are as many attacks as in Sanaa and Saada . We will not also change the green circle of Sanaa . We must put the red for Aden. Could you repair the module ? Regards. --Panam2014 (talk) 16:25, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

El Niño article paywall[edit]

With this edit, you indicate that this source shows that El Niño has ended. While I'm not saying I disbelieve you, that article appears to be behind a paywall. Can you provide another source saying the same thing, or perhaps provide some quotes from the article? Sources seem to disagree on when El Niño started (JMA says 2014; NWS says 2015) and ended (some say it has already ended, but NWS still seems to be holding back on such statements for the time being). Thanks. Dustin (talk) 03:58, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

That's not the source I added. The 2 sources following that link are the ones that I added. (BTW, I didn't realize that the first link was behind a paywall.) LightandDark2000 (talk) 05:52, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
Ah, I wasn't reading the diff closely enough. There were three sources, and I looked at the only one you didn't add. My mistake. That said, both of your sources indicate that the statement that El Niño has ended can be traced to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. NOAA has not released its monthly assessment for June yet, so perhaps it will come into agreement with the BoM in the near-future. That said, that would only be speculation, and as such, if you are going to mark the El Niño as ended, you should probably add a note saying there is some disagreement between agencies as to whether or not it has ended yet. Dustin (talk) 07:19, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
There hasn't been any formal/public disagreement. Also, the SST charts by NOAA indicate that the El Nino is over (I can link it later). LightandDark2000 (talk) 07:21, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
Perhaps, but can you link any specific statements by NOAA saying "El Niño has ended?" It would be better for us to wait for the next update by NOAA to come out on June 9. Dustin (talk) 07:25, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
I don't think that NOAA has released their report yet. I think it's a monthly or bimonthly report, so it may still be a number of days away. When it's released though, I'll cite it, if I can locate the report. LightandDark2000 (talk) 08:03, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
As one of the primary editors of the El Nino article, I will jump in here and point a few things out. Firstly each major agency (JMA, BoM, NOAA/IRI etc) that monitors El Nino has its own definition of what is and isnt an El Nino event and when to declare it formed or dissipated etc. This means as a result the JMA declared that it started in summer 2014, while NOAA/IRI declared that it started in 2015, however, NOAA has reclassified 2014 as a marginal event on page 5 of the BAMs State of the Climate 2014 report. Personally in order to avoid these arguments of when the event dissipated, I would prefer putting something along the lines of that it dissipated between April and June 2016, while remembering that we measure ENSO over 3 month cycles. However, in recent days @ABC paulista: and I have been discussing this over the last few days and she has provided me with various arguments as to why we shouldn't do it which have been interesting to read and helped me understand ENSO a bit more.Jason Rees (talk) 11:56, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
NOAA's Climate Prediction Center releases its ENSO analysis weekly, and in their last update they said that El Niño is still present, albeit weaker and weakening, with IRI also supporting it with their last update (twice per month). Also, JMA in their latest outlook stated that El Niño is still ongoing with their index still showing El Niño readings and data. So, considering all this, I think that would be misleading and a little irresonsible to call an end to this event when only one stated that, and all other agencies stating otherwise. ABC paulista (talk) 16:10, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
I actually read the weekly analysis. The reason why I shunted it to the side is that while they do have analysis releases weekly, the statement "El Niño is weakening." can be traced back to the May 12 diagnostic discussion. That statement will not change until at least June 9 (since it is the second Thursday of the month). Dustin (talk) 18:34, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
I'd like to see your source for NOAA explicitly calling saying El Niño began in 2014. I have seen multiple recent sources by NOAA that still indicate that JFM 2015 only had 0.4 °C above-normal SSTs. Dustin (talk) 06:29, 4 June 2016 (UTC)
Dustin: The 0.4 in JFM is one of the reasons why its only a marginal event. :P Anyway read Pg S5 and you will find them, saying that the final months of 2014 has been reclassified as "marginal El Nino".Jason Rees (talk) 11:31, 4 June 2016 (UTC)
@Jason Rees: It's probably speculation from my part, but the way they used this "marginal El Nino" term there gives me the impression that they wanted to say that the world was on a quasi-El Niño state, so it was almost a El Niño but not quite fully formed. ABC paulista (talk) 14:32, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── @ABC paulista: What are your thoughts on declaring an end to the El Nino, now that NOAA have said goodbye and the JMA are saying that the event likely ended in spring 2016 but are probably waiting for five months to be up.Jason Rees (talk) 12:08, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

@Jason Rees: Since both NOAA and JMA declared that El Niño ended, I think that we can do it too. ABC paulista (talk) 16:08, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

That makes 3 agencies (JMA, NOAA, and BoM). A Google search will also show that the common consensus among most agencies (those that released their reports) and other analysts is that the El Nino episode ended in May 2016. We shouldn't leave the article outdated just because 1 or 2 agencies have yet to release their reports. The 3 agencies I mentioned so far are enough to put some kind of closure on the article. LightandDark2000 (talk) 16:12, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

Acctully LightandDark2000 I personally felt that it was better that we waited for @ABC paulista:'s opinion, since today's JMA report only says that it has likely ended in spring 2016. This is because he/she was not happy to shut it down just based on the BoM declaration of El Nino gone, which is what most of the sources you provided were based on. I also do not feel that the article would be outdated if the JMA had turned around today and said that the El Nino event is still ongoing.Jason Rees (talk) 17:13, 10 June 2016 (UTC)
Regular SST maps released by the NOAA indicate that the El Nino is over. LightandDark2000 (talk) 17:14, 10 June 2016 (UTC)
ABCPaulista provided his/her opinion above, and made the changes to the article. LightandDark2000 (talk) 17:18, 10 June 2016 (UTC)
(edit conflict)It is useless arguing about it now since ABC has commented and put it in, but as I think you know we have to be careful interpreting maps especially of the SSTs since different datasets yield different data. As a result it is wiser to stick to declarations by the agencies involved then interrupting them ourselves or relying on the media's interpretation especially when they are trying to be Careful with what they say.Jason Rees (talk) 17:31, 10 June 2016 (UTC)
@Jason Rees: and @LightandDark2000:, JMA said in their last outlook that "These oceanic and atmospheric conditions indicate that the El Niño conditions faded away in spring 2016." That, combined with their statement of "El Niño event, which had persisted since boreal summer 2014, is likely to have ended in spring 2016." and with their monitoring data and historical data graphs showing that the plot is outside of the red-shaded are, indicate that the ENSO is not in its warm phase anymore. So it`s very indicative that for them this El Niño ended. ABC paulista (talk) 23:15, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

@LightandDark2000: Keep in mind that these three agencies are the main ones that monitore ENSO as a whole and the only ones that does this regularly, with the other agencies and media basing their opinions and outlooks on the opinion of at least 1 of these 3 (mostly NOAA/CPC), so we don`t need to rush a decision to "start" or "end" an ENSO event based on only one agency, or precipitate, or antecipate, a declaration of such magnitude, and we shouldn't get used to such predictive actions since we can't quite forsee what action a agency would have, since these agencies use different methods and take into account different indexes when measuring ENSO. Thus, I think that we should only say that the ENSO event started when the very first of these three agencies declare its arrival and finish when the very last of these three agencies declares its dissipation. This way, we can avoid things like WP:WEIGHT and WP:POV, just like I discussed earlier with @Jason Rees:. ABC paulista (talk) 23:15, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

And @LightandDark2000: I think you should lessen with that "Google it" attitude, since such argument is not objective whatsoever and leave too much room for personal interpretation and subjectivity. If you`re trying to make a point or an argument, it`s your burden to present the sources, not for the others to go look for them. And I really believe that looking for media or other meteorological agencies outside NOAA, BoM and JMA for ENSO wouldn`t be fruitful since all other base their outlooks on these three. ABC paulista (talk) 23:28, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

That's interesting. I think that those 3 are pretty much the big ones out there. LightandDark2000 (talk) 23:44, 10 June 2016 (UTC)
It is interesting to note that the 3 major players for ENSo puublish in english @ABC paulista:... I do cpeersonally wonder about Meteo France with its two Pacific island nations....
@Jason Rees: They preety much use the same criteria of NOAA's Niño 3.4, but they don't give much info or details about the conceptual aspects of ENSO. They focus on the predicted effects on the French-speaking nations by some models, which include models from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and JMA. I'm not sure about their database, tho. ABC paulista (talk) 02:21, 11 June 2016 (UTC)

Bukamal offensive[edit]

Reply to your reply in the edit summary. First, per Wikipedia policy, we are obligated to use Twitter as a source as less as possible, or don't even use it at all, when there are other reliable and verifiable sources. Second, of course the NSA would claim otherwise since they just disastrously lost a battle. At the start of the offensive they clearly said it was an operation to capture Bukamal, but after they were routed they changed their story and claimed it was only a raid and that they achieved their objectives (this puts into question their reliability). Subsequently, multiple reliable media outlets, as well as the Pentagon itself and even a few individual NSA fighters, reaffirmed the aim was to capture Bukamal, that it was a defeat for the NSA, and that they retreated all the way back to Tanf. Also, newer sources trump out-of-date (older) sources. EkoGraf (talk) 02:39, 9 July 2016 (UTC)

WikiProject Wildfire[edit]

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Yemen war module[edit]

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Please correct Boko Haram insurgency map[edit]

Hello. Can you please correct Boko Haram insurgency map? The map incorrectly shows Yenagoa in Borno State however it is actually located in Rivers State, far to the south of Abuja. In addition Nigerian military has recently admitted that Boko Haram still control Abadam ( I have made the corrections in Template:Nigerian insurgency detailed map. Abadam is located near the eaelier incorrect position of Yenagoa in the template. Please make corrections in the insurgency map as well. Thank you. Newsboy39 (talk) 11:14, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

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