User talk:LightandDark2000

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

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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*.

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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: 174.65.96.212 (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: 0.0.0.0/0 These are the IP ranges that he has been known to abuse: IPv4 Ranges: 66.87.64.0/18, 192.0.0.0/3, 116.48.192.0/20, 42.0.0.0/9, 68.0.0.0/7, 168.0.0.0/5, 1.202.120.0/21, 64.0.0.0/4, 124.127.64.0/20, 50.0.0.0/8, 65.50.192.0/19, 93.114.40.0/21, 75.127.0.0/20, 192.241.128.0/17, 205.186.128.0/18, 66.117.0.0/20, 192.241.128.0/17,

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)

109.155.240.0/20 - 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)

Re:Help.[edit]

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 -> http://kidscreen.com/2013/11/18/m4e-picks-up-b-daman-crossfire-series/ 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 did 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]

Hi,

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]

...you 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 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)

Yu-Gi-Oh![edit]

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)

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 (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)

Tell Abyad Campaign (2015)[edit]

Could you please give your opinion on an issue that I brought up at the article's talk page? Thanks! EkoGraf (talk) 04:44, 18 June 2015 (UTC)