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RFC/discussion of article National Union of General Workers[edit]

A request for comments has been filed about the use of anonymous sources in reliable publications. The RFC can be found by the article's name in this list, and the actual discussion can be found on Talk:National_Union_of_General_Workers#Request_for_Comment_-_Use_of_anonymous_sources_in_reliable_publications in case you wish to participate. Thank you for your contributions. Sparkzilla 06:59, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

April 2010[edit]

Information.svg Welcome to Wikipedia. Although everyone is welcome to contribute to the encyclopedia, one or more of the external links you added to the page HTML do not comply with our guidelines for external links and have been removed. Wikipedia is not a collection of links; nor should it be used as a platform for advertising or promotion, and doing so is contrary to the goals of this project. Because Wikipedia uses nofollow tags, external links do not alter search engine rankings. If you feel the link should be added to the article, please discuss it on the article's talk page before reinserting it. Please take a look at the welcome page to learn more about contributing to this encyclopedia. Thank you. Adrian J. Hunter(talkcontribs) 04:10, 2 April 2010 (UTC)

Doesn't look so bad on review. Adrian J. Hunter(talkcontribs) 13:56, 31 August 2010 (UTC)


Hello, LittleBenW, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like this place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

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Tokyo Electron and Horiba[edit]

Thank you for your contribution to the Horiba article. Keep up the good work!

As for Tokyo Electron, I downloaded two images, the company logo and the corporate slogan, from the official site and converted them to SVG with Inkscape. Can we upload them to Wikimedia Commons? I'm worried about copyright issues because both of them are TEL's trademarks.

I think that TEL's Annual Report 2009 is a good source of information on the company.


--Shinkansen Fan (talk) 08:17, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

> As for Tokyo Electron, I downloaded two images, the company logo and the corporate slogan,
> from the official site and converted them to SVG with Inkscape. Can we upload them to Wikimedia Commons?
> I'm worried about copyright issues because both of them are TEL's trademarks.
Sorry I'm not an expert on such issues. I recommend that you as about this somewhere like User talk:QwerpQwertus

Re: HTML e-mail link deletion[edit]

Sorry LittleBenW but that was a long time ago and I can't remember my reason for removing the link. Looking at the site again I can't see any obvious problem (has the site changed since then?)... It has more advertising than most good external links but looks permissible per WP:ELYES point 3 or WP:ELMAYBE point 4. If I made a bad call then I apologise, and I don't object to you re-introducing the link. You might consider removing some of the dated links, being sure to state why in the edit summary and not marking the edit as minor. Adrian J. Hunter(talkcontribs) 13:56, 31 August 2010 (UTC)

Re: Wikipedia 10th Anniversary[edit]

There was a Japanese Wikipedia 10th Anniversary get-together in Kyoto!? Damn. Wish I'd known. Organizing a similar event in Tokyo would be a great idea, and I'd consider making the trek up there to attend it. I'll be in Tokyo on the 11th of February if you care to discuss things in person. Shoot me an email via my talk page if you're interested. — Preceding unsigned comment added by BrianAdler (talkcontribs) 15:34, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

I agree. Please contact me at Bryan MacKinnon (talk) 12:33, 1 February 2011 (UTC)


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An invitation...[edit]

Hi. I invite you to join the Outline Wikiproject. Your enthusiasm and initiative are greatly needed there. The Transhumanist 19:31, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

Outline traffic[edit]


Thank you for your interest in improving outline availability.

The search engine blindness issue will probably have to be dealt with at the search engine level (bugzilla, etc.).

In the meantime, there is a lot we can do to improve access to outlines.

First and foremost is to finish their initial development phase by cleaning them up.

  1. Reformat the lead sections of the regional (country, state) outlines (the leads in the non-country outlines have already been reformatted). Country outline lead paragraphs need to be trimmed or condensed down to a single paragraph of one or two sentences.
  2. Remove redlinks that are unlikely to turn blue.
  3. Place the links from "general concepts" into the rest of the outline, and remove the general concepts section. (It's a temporary holding bin).
  4. Place the links from "lists" into the rest of the outline and remove the lists section. (It's a temporary holding bin).

When the quality rises, repeat visits and word-of-mouth communication about the outlines will increase. Speaking of quality, the main enhancement lacking in most of the outlines is annotations. For outlines with annotations, see Outline of chess, Outline of forestry, Outline of cell biology, Outline of basketball, and Outline of tennis.

Another thing we can do is place links to the outlines wherever they are relevant. There are plenty of places to put links to outlines:

  1. See also sections of the corresponding subject articles
  2. See also sections of the articles corresponding to outline subheadings (section links)
  3. Navigation footers, which can in turn be placed where they are relevant
  4. Infoboxes
  5. Series boxes
  6. {{Main}} links

The placement in Wikipedia's search engine's results varies. For geography, Outline of geography comes in second (right after "Geography"). For the United States, Outline of the United States is not in the first couple of thousand results.

For another example, take a look at Special:WhatLinksHere/Outline_of_chess.

There are still a few hundred chess articles that don't yet have the {{chess}} navigation footer.

But, the same day links were placed leading to the outline of chess, its traffic increased significantly, and it has remained at an increased level ever since.

Now in Google title searches of Wikipedia, it shows up 122nd. In a normal site-specific Google search of Wikipedia, it shows up 130th. It didn't used to show up at all.

Let's see what more we can do to improve its rank. Then the same methods can be used on the rest of the outlines. The Transhumanist 19:31, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

P.S.: I hope you join the Outline WikiProject.

Preview button[edit]


Are you aware that you can see a preview of the work you're doing (to check everything looks good, and check spellings and punctuation etc.) before submitting the work as a finished draft?
Just to the right of the Save page button, you'll see the Show preview button. By using this to check our work before saving the page, we can save a lot of space on the Wikimedia database servers, and other editors a lot of bother trying to keep track of the page history. Please try to get into the habit of using it.
  • Also, it's good practice to always leave a short comment about what work we did in the edit summary (the text entry field just above the Save page and Show preview buttons.)
This helps other editors tell at a glance what you have done. Sometimes, without an edit summary, your work may be considered thoughtless, and be undone.

Whatever you choose, happy editing! Face-smile.svg  fredgandt 19:05, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

June 2012[edit]

Thank you for your contributions. Please remember to mark your edits as "minor" only if they truly are minor edits. In accordance with Help:Minor edit, a minor edit is one that the editor believes requires no review and could never be the subject of a dispute. Minor edits consist of things such as typographical corrections, formatting changes, or rearrangement of text without modification of content. Additionally, the reversion of clear-cut vandalism and test edits may be labeled "minor". Thank you. SudoGhost 22:29, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

Does anybody care?[edit]

Hi, Ben. This is in response to a post you left on the article titles talk page.

Lack of an edit summary can be a good reason for reverting an edit. As you say, "the spirit of Wikipedia is to cooperate and communicate with other editors" and I hope you can see how someone might view an unexplained edit as uncooperative and uncommunicative and delete it rather than attempt to start a conversation first. At least they gave a explanation (inadequate perhaps) for their deletion. Perhaps you can also understand that complaining to a general audience about specific poor treatment does little to improve cooperation and communication. I suggest you start a calm and polite conversation wherever the edits were made and see if you can come to an agreement about the issue. You also might review guidance on the BRD process. Jojalozzo 16:36, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the BRD link. Most new editors don't know about watchlists. When a new editor finds that somebody has been following them around and reverting all their work without saying a word, he or she will — in many cases — conclude that any attempt to contribute to Wikipedia is wasted time. Even for editors who have been around for five years, repeated reverting — by people who admit that they don't understand the content but are reverting solely because there was no edit summary or discussion that they could understand — is very disconcerting. A Dilbert-office environment where you have to devote a large part of your time to watching your back is not a welcoming or productive environment. Vindictive, obstructive people who keep hit lists and who brag that their opinion will never be changed — that they can argue the legs off a table — are surely not an asset to Wikipedia, regardless of their English grammar skills. The survival of Wikipedia surely depends on maintaining a welcoming and civil environment, free from hit squads. LittleBen (talk) 17:46, 3 July 2012 (UTC)
I find this a bit indirect and obtuse, I think you're attempting to say something specific is happening but instead presenting it as a general problem. Are you describing your own or someone else's experience, something you've heard about, seen happen or experienced first hand? As I understand it, you haven't been editing Wikipedia for long. If you've made enemies already, I suggest you consider your own approach to the project as well as that of others. That said, harassment as you describe is unacceptable whether you mis-stepped or not and there are procedures for dealing with it that will be much more effective and constructive than bringing it up on a policy talk page. Jojalozzo 20:24, 3 July 2012 (UTC)
I've been around for a couple of months more than you, it seems, but almost certainly your contributions are more awesome.
The reason for my Does anybody care? rant was:
On 28 June, I added links from Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style#Foreign_terms to Regional MOS guides, but my self-evident edits were reverted by User:Noetica for lack of edit summaries.
On 1 July, I edited Wikipedia:Article naming, and User:Dicklyon reverted my edits. So I clarified my edits, to make it obvious that I was just creating a logical link between Recognizability in the Deciding on an article title section and the criteria for Recognizability in the following Common names section, and he again reverted my edits.   I made similar edits to Wikipedia:Categorization/Naming and he reverted those as well.
I explained my reasons on Wikipedia talk:Article titles#Deciding on an article title: Consistency and he jeered at me for not being able to find Wikipedia:Article titles, as mentioned in Wikipedia:Village pump (idea lab)#Research guidelines.2Ftutorials for new editors.
I then discovered that I was being discussed at Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style#Edit summaries.
In the end, only User:Darkfrog24 felt that edits should be judged on their merits, not automatically reverted for lack of edit summaries and lengthy discussions. But finally User:AlanM1 chipped in to support Darkfrog24.
The position of User:Noetica and others is that "lack of an edit summary wastes my precious time, which is far more valuable than that of any mere Wikipedia contributor. Why should I treat contributors kindly? They deserve to be reverted". The position of User:Darkfrog24 seems to be essentially, "Why should lack of an edit summary waste your time? The existence of an edit summary doesn't guarantee that the edit is correct, appropriate, or not malicious. The only way to evaluate an edit is to read it".
Noetica implies that she is going to continue to revert even simple and self-evident edits that lack edit summaries, and she even tries to intimidate Darkfrog24 with I can talk the legs off a chair if called upon to do so. Do not call upon me to do so. She is not going to listen. She is going to continue to punish anyone who doesn't leave an edit summary. And she is going to continue to keep a hit list of such people that she is going to get even with.
The Pageview numbers that I cited here suggest that few people are finding Regional MOS guides, but when (on 28 June) I tried to remedy this by adding links, my edits were all reverted by Noetica. My latest edits have not yet been reverted. I won't try to fix the problems with Wikipedia:Article titles again until Dicklyon has had time to cool off. LittleBen (talk) 05:19, 4 July 2012 (UTC)
Hi, thanks for message.
I had a look at the 28 June links from Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style#Foreign_terms to Regional MOS guides, and saw where self-evident edits were reverted by User:Noetica for lack of edit summaries. Noetica is a good chap and I can understand his reverting for lack of edit summaries - remember WP:MOS is not a normal article - the header on talk page says so, I wish the page itself also said so. But Noetica is a good chap who quite probably would agree with that edit once you tee it up on the talk page and then do it slowly. As I said it looks like one I'd support.
I haven't quite got my head around your search engines edit yet as its not an area I'm familiar with - but the same Talk first then edit will work wonders. And Jolazzo is giving reasonable advice above, to make what I'm sure will be useful contributions more welcome. Feel free to leave links to where you're editing/talk on my talk, I'm very happy to look. :) In ictu oculi (talk) 12:00, 5 July 2012 (UTC)
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Heads Up! New Reply![edit]

At least one new reply has been posted in this thread Talk:Gmail#Renewed_Official_Help_Center_and_Official_Product_Support_Forums --Tito Dutta 17:18, 21 July 2012 (UTC)

Heads up again! At least one new message has been posted in the same thread! --Tito Dutta 05:45, 22 July 2012 (UTC)
My account is set to "watch" the Gmail article, so I will notice if you post something even if you don't send me a heads up, thanks ;-) LittleBen (talk) 07:09, 22 July 2012 (UTC)


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Capitalization of titles[edit]

Please also see here. --Sundostund (talk) 10:40, 23 July 2012 (UTC)
See this too - Talk:List of Presidents of Brazil#Requested move. --Sundostund (talk) 09:53, 25 July 2012 (UTC)

Also see WP:CANVASSING. You don't need to recruit votes like you did here, especially from people to whom I have already advertised the RM via a page (Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Capital letters) that they have a long-standing interest in. And if you care about such things, you might consider making comments relative to existing policy or guidelines, or data in evidence, instead of just pure opinions that are out of step with consensus. Dicklyon (talk) 04:13, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

I simply notified him of the discussion. I didn't threaten to have him blocked if he didn't see things my way. I didn't make his life miserable by rigid and inflexible application of my rules such that he quit Wikipedia. Wikipedia needs fewer Grammar Gods and more Tolerant and Cooperative Contributors. LittleBen (talk) 04:37, 24 July 2012 (UTC)
?? what's with the tantrum? Dicklyon (talk) 05:04, 24 July 2012 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but I don't think Wikipedia is a good place for starting pointless political wars, crusades about creeds or (honorary / job title or article) capitalization. Wars turn friendly, fertile and productive countryside into barren wastelands. I think that Wikipedia should be more about ease of use / ease of participation, inclusiveness and diversity than about imposing complex rules. Just my opinion, of course. LittleBen (talk) 05:52, 24 July 2012 (UTC)
LittleBen, you're completely right. --Sundostund (talk) 09:55, 25 July 2012 (UTC)

French bios[edit]

Hi. I was welcoming to you when you appeared and supported some of your suggestions re search engines, so I am somewhat surprised with you going into a forum and saying "caught" when there have been a whole series of RMs on French names, on whether or not we should follow WP:FRMOS or not, do you want the links to the French RMs? French is not Japanese, and François Hollande is not 野田佳彦. Can I ask, who told you "caught", did you get that in an email from someone or is that your own personal wording? In ictu oculi (talk) 06:30, 28 July 2012 (UTC)

Hi. The link to the Admin. Noticeboard archive where you were discussed was in my post. I have also explained there (in my post) why I think the rammed-through decision to use foreign names in article titles in English Wikipedia looks very dumb to me. I agree that French is not Japanese—and Spanish and Vietnamese are also not French. I think that the best way to handle international naming issues is to defer to the regional MoS, and to reach out to involve local people in decision making, rather than arbitrarily imposing naming rules on all languages without involving people with local knowledge. I would leave decisions on minor issues, e.g. whether to link foreign and English-version names at the head of articles (like the tennis articles)—to the people involved in creating and maintaining them. But no "absolutely required" or "absolutely forbidden" universally, please—I don't see why everything has to be hammered down to the same level. I don't see any problem in handling the naming of sports figures, who are known by nicknames, differently from the way presidents, or historical figures (from an era with different style "rules") are handled. I would not want policy decisions to be imposed on and interfere with creation of useful new content—so I'd really have wished that you had involved others (working on tennis articles) in the diacritics-in-titles issue rather than upsetting them by ramming it through and then presenting it as a fait accompli. The objective of Wikipedia is not to upset as many other editors and users as possible by sneaking through or forcing through one's own viewpoint and disregarding other people's opinions. Regardless of a person's knowledge, if that person cannot create (or always destroys) a friendly, inclusive atmosphere where everybody feels that they can contribute, then that person is a huge liability to a diverse community like Wikipedia, and Wikipedia would benefit from his removal. If he insists on winning every time on hyphens versus en-dashes, or capitalization, "NO EXCEPTIONS", and all the productive contributors and editors get fed up and quit Wikipedia... As I have said repeatedly, maintaining Wikipedia as a respected and trustworthy resource depends more on verifiability (ability to research the optimum title and category, and get facts right) than on minor points of style (en-dash vs. hyphen, capitalization of emperors and presidents) and here is where I tried to add links to make the importance of research and the "how" (process) clear, but was repeatedly reverted. LittleBen (talk) 14:31, 28 July 2012 (UTC)
You seem to be forgetting that WP:TENNISNAMES was not accepted by all tennis editors either. In ictu oculi (talk) 17:12, 28 July 2012 (UTC)
  • It is often easy to find which rendering of a word or name is most searched for, by using Google Insights for Search like this (note: sports category) or like this. Since articles are unlikely to be read if people don't find them when they search, this is surely one of the strongest WP:COMMONSENSE reasons for generally not using diacritics in English Wikipedia article titles. This is why I think that knowledge of Internet research techniques should be a critical part of making verifiable, neutral POV, commonsense decisions—about which article title is most appropriate, for example. LittleBen (talk) 02:01, 29 July 2012 (UTC)
Montemayor is a maternal name. es.wp shows them in titles sometimes. We would expect editors editing Spanish names to know that. In ictu oculi (talk) 11:45, 29 July 2012 (UTC)
  • We surely CAN'T assume that people who edit articles about France, Mexico/Spain, Vietnam, Japan or China are necessarily fluent in the language and conversant with the customs. If this—or the use of diacritics—is a requirement, then that greatly shrinks an already-too-small pool of editors.
  • I think that the Pelé example that I cited illustrates both the problem and the solution. You cannot use the real name in the article title, because almost nobody would recognize it, much less remember it, and the article would probably not be found in a Google search. Although it makes sense to avoid accents where possible, and people are going to search for Pele without the accent (Google Insights for Search data for searches for Pele just in Brazil is very informative), it's probably unavoidable to use the accent in this case—because maybe the name looks stupid, even unrecognizable, without it. So people are forced to research the COMMONNAME, and use COMMONSENSE ;-) How dreadful that there isn't one rule that can be forced on everyone ;-)
  • I'd really like to get some stats on the "cost" of redirects, as I'm sure that such stats would prove that redirects of much-searched common terms are very costly. Wikipedia seems to have been on its knees many times recently.
  • One of the keys to good SEO is "fine-tuning" article titles and section headings so that—as far as possible—they are an exact match or near-match to phrases used in the majority of search queries. LittleBen (talk) 14:46, 29 July 2012 (UTC)
Articles aren't written by one person. Have you ever created an en.wp article? In ictu oculi (talk) 15:59, 29 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Precisely because they are not written—or edited—just by one person, the rules need to be as simple as possible. For example: a sports person might not be considered "significant" until he or she becomes active enough for them to "acquire" a (usually non-accented) two-word shortened name or nickname: such a COMMONNAME or nickname is necessary because sports writers can't repeat long formal names many times in news articles and broadcasts. If they become really famous, like Pelé, they will often get a one-word nickname, and people will search on that. (Jakob Nielsen, famous for web usability, has published on his website that the average user takes only about 15 sec. to decide whether a landing page is relevant. His company's seminars typically cost about $1,000 per day.) If a search for Pelé lands the user on a page titled Edson... or Edison... the searcher is likely to leave.
  • The most recent article that I've put a lot of work into was deleted by a drive-by deletionist (with obviously no subject knowledge) for a reason like "it's a stub article, and the topic is not important". (Somebody else created the stub, and it was deleted). I've expanded it greatly since having it undeleted in late Jan./early Feb. such that it peaked up to 1800 page views a day in June and (with no new content) 1650 in July. Not bad for an article that had been deleted a few months previously as "not notable". To put that into perspective: it got 35,762 pageviews in 201206, and 34,011 in 201207, compared with 38,186 pageviews in 201206, and 35,595 in 201207 for WP:MoS (which ranked #3,120 on Wikipedia). Readers seem to like the writing and the (brief but relevant) content and links so much that there haven't been any edit wars. Other people seem to be protecting the article from spam links. LittleBen (talk) 02:00, 30 July 2012 (UTC)
  • PS: I'm an engineer, so I'm pragmatic. If a page gets 1,000 or more daily page views, then it should look good and be accurate and trustworthy, or Wikipedia's perceived quality might be affected. However, if a group of enthusiasts create a tennis stub page about a relatively-unknown player called Manuel Sanchez, and it gets between 4 and 8 daily pageviews, I wouldn't see any point in erasing their pride in their contribution by edit warring about style trivia, by trying to impose my POV on style, or by spending weeks and months discussing the wording of related style rules, because so few people look at such articles that it makes no difference to Wikipedia's perceived quality. I wouldn't delete stub pages about subjects that I know little about, or without waiting a sufficient time for their creators or other interested people to improve them, either. This sort of behavior is very destructive to motivation and morale. There are more productive ways to spend time—like creating or improving more searched-for articles—that do make a real difference to Wikipedia. I don't feel any need to show off my knowledge of Japanese by insisting that articles on Japan have Japanese in the article title, either. Many or most of the editors on Japan-related topics have quite limited Japanese reading ability, and anyone with the ability to read Japanese, French, Vietnamese, Spanish or whatever, is going to prefer native-language sources to English Wikipedia. LittleBen (talk) 04:43, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

LittleBenW, I'll paste here what I've just said on WP:VN:

LittleBenW, you may not realise this but you are advancing a version of the view which was thoroughly rejected at WP:TENNISNAMES RfC. I'm sorry but this view is out of the ballpark here. If you object to Spanish names, you are not, I'm sorry, going to add value to a discussion on Vietnamese. In ictu oculi (talk) 16:43, 15 August 2012 (UTC)

Apart from that - your personal attacks on other Users have to stop. I, and the others you've been attacking, have been pretty generous up to now, but if it continues people will start keeping a log of them. In ictu oculi (talk) 17:03, 15 August 2012 (UTC)


Ben you complained that "People who arbitrarily decide naming conventions without following MoS guidelines are likely to get their edits reverted, and be whacked or even blocked by the MoS thought police." While its true that such edits may be reverted, by people who want to help improve conformance to MOS and/or title policy, it's wrong to think of such reverts as getting "whacked" or "even blocked". You've been around WP long enough that by now you should have some idea how it works. So why are you trying to turn everything into a battleground? You keep on complaining about how you were unable to get your search how-to into WP:TITLE, but you never responded the least bit sensibly to the suggestions that were made explaining why it wasn't OK where you put it. Grow up; please; and stop wikihounding my efforts to improve WP. Also please stop cross-posting the same rants to three talk pages (this bit seems to be on 6 now); just because it doesn't get refuted in all three places doesn't mean you've scored points. Dicklyon (talk) 04:35, 29 July 2012 (UTC)

Use preview[edit]

Please use preview before posting on talk pages; otherwise your minor edits fill up the screen. thanks. --Obi-Wan Kenobi (talk) 17:01, 30 July 2012 (UTC)


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We have been through this before. As before the á in Sánchez and 賽珍珠 are not the same thing. As before WP:OPENPARA is the norm.

You are a new arrival to this subject, so you may not realise that en.wp has 4 million articles, of, which, in discussion I've seen it estimated that at least 10%, 400,000 articles, relate to non-English European Latin-alphabet subjects. Of these 400,000 all carry European accents in title and text where appropriate. The only significant exception were 100 tennis BLPs and 300 ice-hockey BLPs which have now been moved by RM over the last 4 months. Finishing with the last large batch at Talk:Dominik Halmoši two weeks ago. There is no "diacritics war", or if there was, you arrived after it had already ended.
WP:Vietnam is the exception to this consensus. It has a total article stock of around 2,500 articles in the bio/geo categories which could be treated as we treat Czech and Turkish bio/geo articles. 13 months ago these were 100% with Vietnamese in body text, and 80% with Vietnamese titles (i.e. 2,000 with, 500 without) - and had broadly been that way since the fonts were enabled in 2006. Now following 1,600 undiscussed moves from July 2011-July 2012 the only ones left with Vietnamese titles are very small village geo-stubs and a few minor bios, around 400 minor articles, plus 500 didn't have Vietnamese titles anyway. From 80% to about 15%. These numbers are approximate but being reasonably familiar with the them, they are are near enough correct.
Irrespective, you may not realise this but RM results are usually upheld right or wrong. Even if RMs have results we do not agree with it is not okay to make undiscussed moves contrary to them. In ictu oculi (talk) 11:24, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

Personal attacks[edit]

You have been asked before to cease making personal attacks. I understand your very strong sentiment against foreign names, but this is not a license to make personal attacks on other editors who do not share your views. In ictu oculi (talk) 04:16, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

  • You are talking nonsense. I attack stupid ideas with neutral logic, I complain about the behavior issues of people who absolutely have to own all the marbles and make all the final decisions, regardless of the cost to Wikipedia and to editor morale, but I never make personal attacks. LittleBen (talk) 04:22, 7 September 2012 (UTC)
Have you asked a 3rd party to confirm this? For example you could try asking Steven Zhang (below) to have a look at your postings and give you a 3rd party opinion. In ictu oculi (talk) 04:34, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

The Olive Branch: A Dispute Resolution Newsletter (Issue #1)[edit]

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Impartial study of the effects of using diacritics in article titles[edit]

Please refer to this. LittleBen (talk) 11:46, 5 January 2013 (UTC)


Regarding your question on my talk page regarding the remark in the /doc to the template {{Linktext}}, I think you have it right. You can see by testing examples like the following in a sandbox or preview:
{{Linktext|雲|緑|lang=ja}} yields
{{Linktext|雲|緑|lang=zh}} yields
Note that the fonts used are somewhat different to reflect the styles of each country. --Kiyoweap (talk) 07:07, 14 September 2012 (UTC)

Diacritics testing[edit]

Two things:

a) A/B testing of different page appearances is something that's been done in the past, and is less intrusive than (eg) tracking read time of individuals, but this is A/B testing different content, which is something the Foundation is (rightly) skittish about touching too closely. You could make a case, but you'd also have to come up with a way of collecting results and defining relative "success" - the reader is likely to read the page we serve up to them regardless of what the title is, after all! I really recommend you talk to the research community on meta if you're looking to design some kind of testing which will get valid results.

  • I have already explained repeatedly that the title of a book is not considered "content" by publishers. Diacritic version or not is more about usability and presentation than content: whether to make the user feel stupid by presenting something that he or she can't read. Content (inside the book or article) is a completely different issue, because both diacritic and non-diacritic versions can be presented, and the reader has a choice.
  • Quote: "the reader is likely to read the page we serve up to them regardless of what the title is, after all!" That's not the case at all, if you read the short explanation here. By measuring the percentage of people who "bounce"—take one look at the title and immediately leave the page—and by A/B testing with and without complex diacritics in the title, it should be very easy to show in a very short time that the title (like the title and cover of a book) has a huge effect on the bounce rate. For A/B testing and for bounce rate testing you normally have to set an anonymous cookie—because that seems to be the only practicable way of measuring whether visitors immediately quit the page, or how long they stay on the page, and whether they come back again within the test interval (say one month)—the cookie is given a life of one month in this case. The cookie is also to make sure that the people who get version A the first time they visit also get version A if they come back. Ditto for version B. Anonymous cookies (with a short life of say one week or one month) are also used for (random) opt-in questionnaires, because you don't want the same user to be repeatedly shown the opt-in questionnaire after saying no the first time.
  • Diacritics/foreign languages in titles is not a trivial issue, because there are many thousands of articles with foreign-language titles on English-language Wikipedia. Only WPF can show whether doing this is user-friendly or not. The research community on meta surely already know about public domain open source analytics. But they (and the tech. people in WMF) are surely not empowered to do anything without WMF support and direction. The outward reason for such research can be "usability testing". Likewise arguments about naming—Burma or Myanmar, for example—can be solved easily, fairly, and neutrally by numbers: which of these choices do users show that they prefer? Any search-engine search for these terms that lands on Wikipedia carries the term that was used to search for it. Analytics makes it so easy to know what the users want (did somebody use the word "sweet" about analytics?) Just a few high-traffic articles can provide statistically-valid data. Costly, large-scale testing is not necessary.
  • "Redirects are cheap" they say, but this is yet another issue the WMF should be able to provide numbers for. Knowledgeable web people never say that "redirects are cheap".

b) however, you will find people a lot more willing to take the question seriously if you don't keep treating it as a matter of to "diacritics pushers" and "mob rule"... this is, first and foremost, a content dispute, and the first rule there is to assume good faith of the people who disagree with you. Andrew Gray (talk) 09:02, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

  • The problem is that there is absolutely no good faith being shown on his part. He has surreptitiously added diacritics to the titles of European articles without exception—despite knowing that this is against Wikipedia policy—and he has even jeeringly bragged about being able to get away with gaming the system (adding diacritics to Swedish and Czech articles even though he admits that people in those countries generally do not use diacritics in English) on his talk page, and bragged that he is going to do the same to Vietnamese, whether it is justified or not. He also says that the guidelines should be changed to fit his fait accompli. People who argue that the guidelines should either be followed or changed democratically by an RfC get threatened and intimidated by cronies. At least three or four really capable and dedicated people have been bullied out. It only takes a little drop of poison in the well...
  • There will always be politicians like Hitler who want to own all the marbles and make all the final decisions (or let cronies make them) without any regard for whether the decisions are sensible or best for the majority. There will always be cronies who dip their fingers in the cookie jar too. Honesty, transparency, fairness, and accountability are the only way for an organization like Wikipedia to survive long term. To illustrate this:
  • A British friend visited India, and came back really shocked. "You pay a bribe to get a job". A traffic cop gets his bribe money back by stopping people at random and extorting money—"if you want to avoid a ticket, you will have to buy some (very expensive) bananas at that street vendor"... "How do you get rid of corruption and cronyism once it has dug its roots that deep?" he asked.
  • For WMF to do the ostrich act and say, "we only collect the money and take all the credit—we don't accept any responsibility" is surely not a workable long-term strategy. To be perceived as fair, well-informed, transparent, honest, neutral—and accountable—is surely pretty much a necessity for survival. LittleBen (talk) 11:00, 25 September 2012 (UTC)
I am sorry, but I am going to step away from this discussion now. If you would like to carry out research on this, then by all means do go and talk to the research group about it - I don't have the ability to make this happen, though if conducted well I'd be interested to see the results. However, with this sort of approach to discussion, it does not seem likely to go very far.
It is completely inappropriate to take what is fundamentally an on-wiki content dispute about writing style and explicitly compare those you disagree with to Hitler! I am sure you have good intentions, but this sort of combative and malicious approach is guaranteed to act as, as you say, the "poison in the well"; treating the dispute in this way will do nothing but ensure people dismiss your arguments, regardless of their merits. Andrew Gray (talk) 12:30, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

IIO gone poof[edit]

For months, I could count on two or three IIO denunciations every day. No IIO activity since Oct 1, see Special:Contributions/In_ictu_oculi. He was doing a lot of bullying the last few days he was on Wiki, like he knew his time was up. He's obviously been a full time Wiki addict for quite a while. Kauffner (talk) 15:21, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

Oh, this is an interesting thing to find. Probably explains the moves while I was on a business trip.
Look, LittleBen, the WP:RM process isn't anyone's "private army" any more than the article space contributors who created/expanded 1000s of foreign BLPs for the London 2012 Olympics are "fanatical and compulsive" - they're merely following WP:BLP "get the article right".
You are welcome to make contributions to Europe/LatAm-related article space - history, BLPs, geography whatever - rather than ranting against en.wp's article space contributor community, but when you do, you'll come across 1000s of editors who won't want you to e.g. remove accents Latin-alphabet names, and you'll understand why we don't give Mexican people ASCII or Japanese romaji names. In the meantime while you (a) don't contribute to the relevant Europe/LatAm article space and (b) make disturbance against it on MOS Talk pages etc, you're heading into WP:TROLL territory. I'm sorry to say that, because I'm sure your opposition to foreigners names is sincere, but we all of us have to learn to respect the majority when a majority consensus is established. In ictu oculi (talk) 02:04, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Surely "get the article right" means respecting majority usage in widely-respected English newspapers and the like? LittleBen (talk) 07:06, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

re: "Web browser engine"[edit]

I agree with what you wrote here and here. It's surprising and bizarre to be directed to Web browser engine when you're expecting to read about a Layout engine. The article should be moved back to its well-known name, even if it's not as "general and descriptive of its purpose" as the neologism. Any idea how to go about it? Layout engine has an edit history, so clicking "Move" won't work. Yappy2bhere (talk) 05:29, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

  • The usual process for making multiple moves that other people might disagree with is described here. This is a similar process to an RfC; if enough people agree, and what needs to be done is stated clearly, then an administrator will do it (or can be asked to do it). However, a non-admin closed it with "no consensus" after discussion ground to a halt.
  • The inconsistency doesn't annoy me enough for me to feel compelled to spend a lot of time fixing it myself, and the others involved in the discussion also seem to feel the same way (which is probably why the discussion ground to a halt).
  • The category naming also should be fixed; I'm not sure how that is done, but I should ask.
  • I've just noticed that you moved the Layout engine redirect to Layout engine (software) which seems totally unnecessary, because (1) surely there are no layout engines that are not software, so it is unnecessary to disambiguate it, and (2) it looks like there is now a double redirect from Layout engine to Layout engine (software) to Web browser engine. We are not supposed to create double redirects.
  • If an admin agrees to fix the problem, I believe that he or she will (a) create a list of "What links here" for the Layout engine redirect page, (b) delete the Layout engine redirect page, (c) move the Web browser engine page to Layout engine (noting "What links here" for that page), then fix the broken links (at least for the Web browser engine page. (I think that an admin's help is required to delete the Layout engine redirect page in order to allow the Web browser engine article to be moved back to Layout engine). I'm not sure if admins. have automated tools to help with this process.
  • As mentioned above, it is a good idea to use an RfC or the like to discuss proposed moves that people might disagree with, and also a good idea to request the help of an admin. when making moves if you are not sure of the procedure. There's currently a bit of discussion at Wikipedia talk:Moving a page on Help:Move and Wikipedia:Moving a pageLittleBen (talk) 05:59, 2 November 2012 (UTC)
I moved the page back again. My intent was to move the target page out of the way temporarily to make way for the move, but no joy. Is this the discussion you're talking about? Very strange. (Have you really heard the term used outside of Wikipedia?) Nevertheless, the procedure seems straightforward, so I'll give it a go. Thanks for your help, LittleBenW. Yappy2bhere (talk) 07:13, 2 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Yes, that's the discussion page. As you can see, a number of moves were proposed in June and then again in September, but a non-admin. closed the discussion with "no consensus".
  • Category naming issues are discussed here. LittleBen (talk) 07:22, 2 November 2012 (UTC)
Yes, an English major from Boise, Idaho. I'm going to give it a try anyway, LittleBen. (Oh, and two different bots just swooped in to fix two double-redirects [1] [2], so they don't seem to be a problem for long.) Yappy2bhere (talk) 07:39, 2 November 2012 (UTC)
  • You can see an example of a Requested move discussion template here.
  • I added the RM template here. LittleBen (talk) 15:08, 2 November 2012 (UTC)
Sorry, LittleBen, I was on a job in the bush. I misunderstood your intent; I didn't realize that you meant to move on this yourself. I'll catch up now as best I can. Yappy2bhere (talk) 00:22, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Quote: "I didn't realize that you meant to move on this yourself". It looked like too much work to fix all the problems, and I didn't want to do it all myself. Then when you moved a couple of articles it encouraged me to fix the template at the bottom of the page and the categories, leaving only the RMs. ;-)
  • Appreciate all the work you did to justify the name change. I think it's probably better to be flexible and get one of the first two fixed than for neither of them to be fixed. The (XXXX support) suggestions are only there because RA said back in June (at a previous RM he originally proposed) that he couldn't understand the meaning of the ECMAScript one without extra explanation, quote: "I came across Comparison of layout engines (ECMAScript) by accident while googling something completely different. I took me quite some time to figure out what it was about — and when I did it took me some time again to figure out how it got that title". LittleBen (talk) 13:34, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Comparison of web browser engines[edit]

Talk:Comparison of web browser engines#Requested move seems to have somehow gotten a duplicated list of files to be moved. Please check and see if it looks okay now? Apteva (talk) 23:21, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Thanks, still not sure exactly how the template is supposed to work. LittleBen (talk) 01:29, 3 November 2012 (UTC)
  • It notifies a bot to put a notice at WP:RM and on the talk pages of each of the other articles. When it is first subst'd it places a list of the articles to be moved on the talk page. I am guessing that was done twice, creating a duplicate list. I found the multi-move template confusing myself at first, but it seems to work okay. Note, though that the page with the discussion normally needs to be listed first (current1). When I tried otherwise I got a warning. I swapped current1 and current2 to keep the bot from adding a link notice in the wrong place. Apteva (talk) 18:07, 3 November 2012 (UTC)


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Please see my reply at User:TheDJ's talk page. Anonymouse321 (talkcontribs) 08:58, 3 November 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the input at Talk:Facundo Argüello (tennis)[edit]

While I agree that we should have article names placed at the common English version if sources so state, I think wiki in general is in favor of names at placed at whatever spelling their home country uses. That doesn't make it right, but since we can only have one name for an article it makes it an either/or proposition that is tough to fight. Content however is totally different and consensus is not simply who wins 75% to 25% in a poll... it tries to take into account all sides (even the 25%) and make a compromise that all can live with. hense the reason I have tried to compromise as opposed to the alternative of censoring wikipedia by allowing the banning of all English spellings even if the English sourcing is overwhelming. Heck I'm have trouble just trying to maintain it at Jörgen Windahl where an editor is trying to censor the English spelling, even when I added sources to confirm it. It's a wacky encyclopedia these days. Later. Fyunck(click) (talk) 01:33, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Quote:I think wiki in general is in favor of names at placed at whatever spelling their home country uses. Reply: I think that most people avoid warring with diacritics zombies, because they (most reasonable people) have better things to do with their lives. But if you concede a little to some obsessive, unreasonable people they will just escalate the war/the stupidity. Just be careful not to be bitten by a diacritics zombie, or to be baited into edit warring with one. LittleBen (talk) 05:52, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
Ben, I'm not sure why you tried to tell me about "developments" in this discussion (which I have never participated in or heard of), but on looking at your remarks, I think I need to reiterate my note from last time we conversed: this combative approach, calling those you disagree with "zombies" or "obsessive, unreasonable people" is entirely inappropriate for a collaborative project. Please reconsider this behaviour; it does not help anyone take your arguments seriously at all. Andrew Gray (talk) 14:30, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
Ben, you seem to be trying to drag me into the latest incarnation of a long-running dispute by selectively presenting information about how everyone who disagrees with you is "destructive" (or far worse epithets). However, when I follow these links all I see is you ceaselessly jumping into fights over a very trivial issue, and badgering third parties to try and get them to intervene on your behalf; the "prejudices" exposed are very apparent on both sides.
As a librarian, I do indeed value research and analysis. However, before we can have productive use of any research, we need to have an intelligent and collaborative environment to discuss it in, and the way that the diacritics dispute is being constantly escalated every time it is brought up causes me to believe that such an environment is unlikely to emerge any time in the near future.
I am sorry this has come to be the case, but it is the case. Please take this advice in the spirit in which it is meant; there is no "correct" side in this dispute, and neither side is winning any external supporters by its behaviour. Andrew Gray (talk) 15:25, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
  • I'm sorry that you don't think that objectively researching facts—and Socratic-style discussion—are relevant to Wikipedia. I misjudged you, sorry about that. LittleBen (talk) 16:35, 18 November 2012 (UTC)


You made 6 edits to Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Accessibility today with a single edit summary: "Wikilinked". The edits were actually adding {{see also}} templates, so I found your edit summary misleading and unhelpful. You inserted links to two categories: Category:Multilingual support templates and Category:Wikipedia Manual of Style (regional). I agree that the former may be useful to those reading the Accessibility MOS, but I don't see that the latter has any value to them. Since the {{see also}} and ((tl|see also2}} templates are only for related links, it is redundant to use the word 'related' in the pipe. In fact, the pipe is a bad idea as it disguises the fact that the link is taking the reader to a category. I took me some time to work out what you were trying to do, so don't you think that supplying descriptive edit summaries would be a courtesy worth extending to other editors? --RexxS (talk) 18:07, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the comments, RexxS. The MoS/Accessibility mentions only Template:Lang, I think, but it's one of many related multilingual templates. Many or most of these are so poorly documented that you need to know that how-to-use-them is only described in the related Manual of Style (regional). Because few editors on Wikipedia have heard about accessibility and multilingual templates, or Manual of Style (regional), linking to these is perhaps the only way that people will become aware of them. HTH. LittleBen (talk) 18:21, 19 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification, Ben. Your addition of the link to Category:Multilingual support templates will certainly help rectify that gap in MOS:ACCESS, and I can see now why you wanted to point readers to Manual of Style (regional). I would think though, that the link to regional MOS would be best made from the Category:Multilingual support templates page itself, rather than on every page that links to it - wouldn't you agree? I've done just that, and we can see if it sticks. Cheers. --RexxS (talk) 23:26, 19 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Another reason for linking directly from MOS/Accessibility to MOS:Regional was that some people who are not interested in learning about templates will still learn accessibility information (that applies to several Asian character sets) such as here and here, for example. People may not notice the tiny text at the top of Category:Multilingual support templates. Best regards. LittleBen (talk) 01:08, 20 November 2012 (UTC)
In that case, I'd suggest you make a list of all of the Accessibility sections in regional MOS pages - as you seem to know the ones that exist - then put the list of links (directly to those sections) into WP:ACCESS in the section we are looking at. I'm sure that would be much more useful than links to categories that can only point to the top level of pages. Cheers --RexxS (talk) 01:27, 21 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the suggestion, RexxS. I have been trying to find time to clean up template documentation and provide examples, but haven't been able to do very much yet.
  • Change of subject, hope you don't mind me asking, but I noticed on your talk page that you use a screen reader. Do you have problems with pages that use foreign languages—such as words with diacritics or Asian characters—that are not properly marked up with language templates? There seems to be almost zero awareness of language-related accessibility issues on English Wikipedia, and I would like to help raise awareness and make pages with embedded foreign-language words more accessible. LittleBen (talk) 05:34, 21 November 2012 (UTC)
No problem asking, but I don't use a screen reader, although I know several people who do. The best person to ask for a direct answer to how any particular character is read is Graham87. Graham is an admin and a very experienced Wikipedian who is blind and uses JAWS - he's very approachable and would be very interested in your ideas. --RexxS (talk) 15:22, 21 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Many thanks. When I get some free time then... LittleBen (talk) 15:29, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

3RR warning[edit]

Your editwarring and attempts at censorship at WT:BLP are arguably already over the WP:3RR line. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 04:28, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Your hate speech, intimidation, and vandalism are way off topic and way over the line. LittleBen (talk) 04:30, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

Notice of Edit warring noticeboard discussion[edit]

Hello. There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Edit warring regarding your 3RR violations, effective vandalism, and disruptive editing (including censorship of other editors). The thread is User:LittleBenW reported by User:SMcCandlish (Result: ). Thank you.
You were warned: twice by me about WP:3RR; twice by me about edits that were essentially vandalism-by-negligence; once by me and several times by others about personal attacks like characterizing everyone who disagrees with you as "vandals"; several times by myself and others about various habitual WP:DE problems, including WP:OWN, WP:TE, etc.; several times by myself and others about continual WP:NOT issues, including WP:BATTLEGROUND and WP:SOAPBOX; among others. Enough is enough. Maybe a block will encourage you to pay attention to other editors' concerns and attempt to collaborate with them, instead of just trying to "win" and abusing WP as a gaming platform for "sport argument". — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 09:20, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

Notice of Administrator's noticeboard of incidents discussion[edit]

Hello. There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. The thread is Legal threat by LittleBenW. Thank you.
If you think you can just get away with anything because it's American Thanksgiving, you're in for a surprise. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 11:14, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

SMcCandlish, I think you have some good points to make on the diacritics issue, but coming to a blocked editor's page to say that is probably not helpful. LittleBenW's edits have been brought to the community's attention; the community will act however the community thinks best; let's leave it at that. We need less drama, not more. If either of you want to shout at somebody, feel free to shout at me (I'm quite used to it); this is better than triggering more drama elsewhere on wikipedia. bobrayner (talk) 13:17, 22 November 2012 (UTC)
To be fair, he posted that before I blocked. Black Kite (talk) 16:59, 22 November 2012 (UTC)
Then I apologise. Sorry. However, I would stand by the point that diacritics are dramatic enough already without provoking people. :-) bobrayner (talk) 22:46, 22 November 2012 (UTC)
Actually, they aren't. The only source of drama on the issue has been LittleBenW, just like the only source of drama on en dashes is Apteva (about to be subject to a WP:RFC/U for similarly disruptive campaigning), and so on. For any style nitpick, there tends to be a single editor who just will not WP:LETITGO. I'm a firm believer in the WP:SPADE principle that being civil does not mean being sweet or pretending that harmful behaviors are not happening. WP:BITE applies to newbies, not users like LittleBenW who know full well they are being disruptive and appear to revel in it. PS: I was not "provoking" LittleBenW, I was dropping off the formally required WP:AN/I notice, and raising a WP:GAMING issue, which I stand by. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 10:54, 30 November 2012 (UTC)
  • As you should be well aware, there are several guidelines covering diacritics:
  • WP:DIACRITICS: "follow the general usage in reliable sources that are written in the English language"
  • WP:UE: "The choice between anglicized and local spellings should follow English-language usage";
  • WP:EN: "The title of an article should generally use the version of the name of the subject which is most common in the English language, as you would find it in reliable sources (for example other encyclopedias and reference works, scholarly journals and major news sources).
  • MOS:FOREIGN: "adopt the spellings most commonly used in English-language references for the article"
  • Are you claiming that these guidelines do not exist or are irrelevant? Are there are RfCs and guidelines that say that English-language usage is irrelevant, and that English titles are not permitted on English Wikipedia? Are you claiming that you are justified in insulting and intimidating other Wikipedia users like Fyunck who repeatedly point out such guidelines to you? LittleBen (talk) 11:24, 30 November 2012 (UTC)
Please read, and abide by, the many, many rules, policies and guidelines that you hav en directed to by others before presuming to preach to us. AlexTiefling (talk) 19:29, 30 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Please be more specific about what you are talking about. I do not ignore these guidelines, and intimidate people who believe that they should be followed. LittleBen (talk) 02:13, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

November 2012[edit]

You have been blocked from editing for a period of 48 hours for persistent disruptive editing, as you did at WT:BLP. Once the block has expired, you are welcome to make useful contributions, which I would strongly suggest should not include a continuation of this editing pattern on the subject of diacritics, either at this page or any other not directly related to the subject (per WP:FORUMSHOP). If you think there are good reasons why you should be unblocked, you may appeal this block by adding below this notice the text {{unblock|reason=Your reason here ~~~~}}, but you should read the guide to appealing blocks first. Black Kite (talk) 12:25, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

Notice of Administrator's noticeboard of incidents discussion (2)[edit]

Hello. There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. The admin who blocked you warned you to stay away from editwarring about diacritics, but you have done nothing but that since your block expired. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 11:15, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

  • You are talking rubbish. I have not been edit warring about diacritics, that's a blatant lie. LittleBen (talk) 02:10, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
I got your link to that long discussion, which I don't care to read. I don't understand your purpose in sending it to me. Best wishes, Yopienso (talk) 04:21, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
Are you sure you want to include a violation of WP:NPA on ANI? I was pretty prepared to block first and ask questions later, but I'll give you a chance to rethink your way forward (✉→BWilkins←✎) 12:58, 1 December 2012 (UTC)


Just wanted to say, hello. GoodDay (talk) 06:28, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

  • And a GoodDay to you too. It would be nice if everybody on English Wikipedia could wish each other GoodDay and mean it. Best wishes. LittleBen (talk) 10:41, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

Notice of ban enactment[edit]

Based on the results of the discussion at WP:ANI located here, the following ban is enacted: You are "indefinitely prohibited from making any edits concerning diacritics, or participating in any discussions about the same, anywhere on the English Wikipedia. This includes converting any diacritical mark to its basic glyph on any article or other page, broadly construed, and any edit that adds an unaccented variation of a name or other word as an alternate form to one with diacritics." --Jayron32 20:00, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

My condolences[edit]

Sorry to hear about your ban. I had work to do yesterday and I put off commenting to today, and its already over. I always assumed I would be banned first. I don't if it will cheer you up, but I redid my user page. Kauffner (talk) 02:17, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

Ditto in my condolences. It seemed to close mighty quickly, like they were in a rush to deal out punishment. Fyunck(click) (talk) 07:10, 2 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Be sure to vote in the ArbCom elections. The discussions on Jimbo's talk page may also be of interest. LittleBen (talk) 02:19, 2 December 2012 (UTC)
    • I voted with the voter guides, aside from RegentsPark. No one recommended him, but he's written encouraging things from time to time. Kauffner (talk) 10:07, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

Re: Wikipedia accessibility[edit]

Hi Ben, for what it's worth, I've said pretty much all I've ever wanted to say about languages and accessibility in this conversation and that one (along with the link at the top of that thread). In short, these issues aren't a high priority for me, and certainly don't represent a "big barrier to using Wikipedia with a screen reader". Also, you've had plenty of free time since being told of my existence; why did you send me a message as soon as you were about to get banned from that topic area? (Of course, if anybody else has questions about this issue that aren't answered in the above links, I'd be happy to answer them). Graham87 03:08, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

For the record, it's not my essay; check the signature at the end of it. And as you are well aware, there is already a section about this issue in the accessibility guideline. Also, I can't "see" any of your contributions. Graham87 08:27, 2 December 2012 (UTC)
  • I wrote a couple of detailed articles about interlanguage linking and language templates on Teahouse, but it appears that an inexperienced editor pasted one of them over the other, wiping out one of them: there are now two instances of this. The person who apparently wiped out one of the answers appears to be the same person who removed the search box from WP:Teahouse, and she is not going to put it back, so past questions and answers just drop into a black hole and are unlikely to be found again. All that effort was wasted. Such a shambles would be funny if it were not for the pain of wasted effort. (People who ask a question and then come back to read the answer are also not going to be able to find it). ;-)
  • Back on about 3 July, under MOS:FOREIGN, I added hatnote links to Help:Interlanguage links, which I have expanded, and Category:Wikipedia Manual of Style (regional). (The Chinese MOS contains quite good info. on using language templates, and also cautions about on-screen readability of bold/italic Asian characters). I have added similar Asian text on-screen readability cautions in other places. Previous attempts to add links from WP:MOS to the Regional MOS category were repeatedly reverted.
  • The Regional MOS category had Japanese and Korean under "Altaic languages" and Chinese was also hidden. I have added category links to make them easier to find.
  • My recollection is that my repeated attempts to add links from WP:Article titles to the Regional MOS category were repeatedly reverted, so I gave up on it. I was also going to link from WP:AT to TheDJ's new foreign title template, but now will not bother. I also added hatnote links from Wikipedia:Accessibility#Other languages, and added links to Template:Lang/doc#Rationale from several places, in an attempt to raise awareness.
  • One editor recently moved several of the language templates to new titles, in the process obscuring the actual template contents and where the template docs. are transcluded from. I haven't had time to sort this out with him, and now will not bother. After we discussed the lack of explanation and examples in the template docs., he has made some marginal improvements.
  • Apart from a few people in projects like the Japanese train system, the number of people who can read Japanese and are involved in Project Japan seems very small (maybe there are many more users who can speak Strine ;-). China, Korea, and Vietnam seem to be a similar story. Because of a few people who insist on imposing their POV globally and bullying out local experts (as mentioned above), I think that Wikipedia is likely to lose most if not all locally-based English speakers with local language proficiency and local knowledge in Asia. There have been several attempts to bully out Kauffner; it was fortunate that Bre'r Rabbit was caught out during the last one.
  • It's the same sad story on the tech. side of Wikipedia. Internet-related projects are essentially dead. I created Responsive web design virtually from zilch at the end of January, and it now gets over 60,000 pageviews—twice as many as WP:MOS. While there are a few dedicated and IT-savvy contributors, more and more people seem to be getting sick of dictatorial and petty admins., crony politics (mob rule), and the increasing lack of civility and community spirit. LittleBen (talk) 11:10, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

December 2012[edit]

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Responsive web design (reactive web design)[edit]

Hi. You undid a revision I made to the responsive web design article, saying that my edit was "apparent vandalism". I merely added that RWD is also referred to as reactive web design. I added this alternative name as it is how I've seen responsive web design referred to on a number of other websites, as well as within my office. Please could you explain why you thought my edit was vandalism?

Dom Stapleton (talk) 10:01, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Hi, thanks for your comments. The best place to discuss changes to a page in Wikipedia is on the talk page attached to that page, so that other users who are watching the page will be notified and can give their opinion. Also if you want to stake a claim that Reactive Web Design is the same as Responsive Web Design then you should provide a reliable reference that backs this up. I'll leave a comment at Talk:Responsive web design#Reactive Web Design. LittleBen (talk) 11:35, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

Merry Chistmas[edit]

Merry Christmas!

Template reply[edit]

You sent me a note about the Google RS template; I appreciate the thought, but am a bit mystified why. Have we discussd the matter before? Moonraker12 (talk) 15:35, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

  • It's a very useful tool for Googling multiple reliable sources simultaneously, did you see the documentation? It is useful because—for each search—Google ranks the sources in order in the search results, with the more widely respected results at the top. LittleBen (talk) 00:12, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
It seems to be an ordinary case of canvassing, something that he has accused me for, but nonetheless seems to practice himself. If I've understood things correctly, he has put together a toolbox to facilitate locating reliable sources on the internet, which in all fairness might be useful, even if the motivation behind the effort probably is, or was, to prove that diacriticless spellings are more common than diacriticized spellings of names of people that spell their names with one or more diacritic(s) – i.e. to prove a point. HandsomeFella (talk) 16:39, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
  • The link you gave does not show me accusing you of canvassing—unless you are a sock of IIO, is that the case? Surely I have never accused User:HandsomeFella of canvassing? LittleBen (talk) 23:47, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
You didn't check the link I provided very thouroughly. The link leads to an edit of yours to Fyunck's talkpage, where you're inserting the word "canvassing" in a link to an edit of mine (now archived) to IIO's talkpage. Had you used a diff instead if a wikilink (like I did above), it would have been easier to locate. Anyway, here it is. And no, we're not the same editor. HandsomeFella (talk) 08:53, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Where did he do that? Also, the point is that you did too. HandsomeFella (talk) 10:38, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
That was then. It's interesting that you keep doing now what you've accused others of doing in the past. Do intend to continue down that path? HandsomeFella (talk) 11:42, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
  • It was the organizing of a mob of "good sportsmen" to bully and intimidate Fyunck that led me to write the BLP RfC. This is easy to see from the time stamps:
  • Your post to IIO was 17:51, 11 November 2012 (UTC).
  • IIO's post to SMcCandlish was at 10:36, 12 November 2012 (UTC).
  • My post to warn Fyunck was at 15:12, 17 November 2012 (UTC)|15:12, 17 November 2012 (UTC).
  • The BLP RfC was dated 06:49, 19 November 2012 (UTC).
  • I was trying to establish that encouraging people to research facts from a NPOV is a better way to ensure the future of Wikipedia than organizing lynching mobs, but you seem to disagree. LittleBen (talk) 14:28, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
I don't see what any of that has to do with your canvassing. I also don't see how begging the question of "NPOV is better way ..." has to do with anything, or with the dispute of diacritics. Obviously any editor would agree with that. And nobody was trying to "lynch" Fyunck, if that is what you referred to. Being heavily outnumbered by editors with other opinions is not the same as being lynched, even figuratively. I think you may have to look closer in the wictionary on that word. HandsomeFella (talk) 14:49, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Consensus that is going to last surely has to be based on neutrally-assessed facts rather than on the number of cronies one can canvass.
  • Surely the above timestamps establish who started the canvassing, and who was warning Fyunck. Quoting my post: "Threats and attempting to intimidate you are nothing to do with "conversation" or "compromise". Wikipedia should have zero tolerance for bullying." LittleBen (talk) 15:11, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
  • 1) So why do you canvass?
  • 2) Citation needed. Who has been threatening whom? This line of argumentation is only too typical for editors who refuse to accept consensus. Instead they portray themselves as victims of "bullying", "threats" and "lynching".
HandsomeFella (talk) 15:52, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
  • So why do you canvass? And why do you think that telling Fyunck that, "Threats and attempting to intimidate you are nothing to do with "conversation" or "compromise". Wikipedia should have zero tolerance for bullying"—or warning him about your canvassing—are canvassing on my part? What do you think of people who threaten other users with "bitey cesspits" if they participate in an RfC? Or who try to intimidate people into not participating in any way in my BLP RfC? LittleBen (talk) 17:39, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Again, citation needed. I see no "threats", all I see is self-perceived victims talking about threats. HandsomeFella (talk) 11:39, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
Ben: I'm sorry I asked! Moonraker12 (talk) 10:50, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Happy New Year! And don't let yourself be intimidated by my talk-page stalkers or by people who threaten you (or other nice people) with bitey cesspits ;-) LittleBen (talk) 11:00, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
Why on earth would Moonraker be intimidated, or threatened, by anything here? HandsomeFella (talk) 11:39, 4 January 2013 (UTC)


At WP:Titles, you wrote: "I have to agree with [someone] (see discussions about Presidents etc. below)." I would like to point out that per WP:FOC it is essential to focus on content, not on the participants. Basically I have no clue what is being talked about if I have to look at everything that editor said and try to figure out which part of what they said is what you were agreeing with. How about instead "we should reflect RS's in WP" (if that is the section you were agreeing with), or "it is not to be trumped by some arcane MOS guidance", or simply "I also agree - (see discussions...". Just a suggestion. A lot of WP editors have gotten into be bad habit of referring to the other editors instead of discussing the content, but it is not what I would call best practices. Apteva (talk) 03:42, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

  • Thanks for your comments. I don't believe in cronyism or "me too" comments (without any added reasons) either.
  • I mentioned Born2Cycle because—although I posted after you—I was specifically referring to his brief comments above yours.
  • All the best for the New Year! Best regards. LittleBen (talk) 04:32, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

WP:AN notice[edit]

Hello. This message is being sent to inform you that there is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. In particular, I have suggested that you be included in the topic bad that will most likely be applied to Apteva, because you exhibit precisely the same tendentious editing pattern on this issue. You have clearly simply substituted dashes for diacritics as something to WP:BATTLEGROUND about, after being topic-banned from diacritis and are behaving as if you are not here to write an encyclopedia, but simply engage in trolling and sport argument to entertain yourself. That is not what Wikipedia is for; try Usenet newsgroups. — SMcCandlish  Talk⇒ ɖכþ Contrib. 20:06, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

  • Hello, I cannot find any discussion about me at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard, so I assume that this post on my talk page is just to insult, harass, and intimidate me. It seems to me that your main purpose in being on Wikipedia is to bully people, to trash—in a wild rage—what they write, rather than to engage in polite and rational discussion. I believe that Wikipedia contents should be based on NPOV, which means adequately researching real-world usage rather than deciding issues based on who can canvass and bring the biggest mob to an RfC.
  • There are a lot of geeky articles—such as the Computer virus one that I have been working on recently—that get a huge number of pageviews but contain very little useful information. The reason why very few knowledgeable geeks, who can write well, persist in trying to improve important technical articles is probably that a single encounter with somebody like you persuades them that they are wasting their time—trying to contribute in a constructive and NPOV way is likely to get them insulted, blocked, or banned. What about yourself, have you ever contributed to any significant articles? Apart from martial arts, surely you could contribute to other articles like your specialty. LittleBen (talk) 00:34, 6 January 2013 (UTC)

Recent occurrences[edit]

I'm assuming you've followed the commotion that's ensued at WP:AN and, prior to that, at the RfC. I would suggest you review my comments to Apteva here, and consider doing what's mentioned at the very bottom. If you're interested, giving an explicit statement that says you'll abstain from the dispute for a time might be a good idea. dci | TALK 21:03, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

Please see comment above. LittleBen (talk) 00:35, 6 January 2013 (UTC)
You are not being "accused" of doing anything, per say; nor is it my goal or that of anyone else to harass you or launch an offensive against you. Your name is indeed mentioned several times during the course of the discussion, usually in connection to those of Apteva, Wikid77, and Enric Naval, as you all appear to be in support of reforming the MoS. dci | TALK 00:45, 6 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I am sorry, but I have found that if one gives in to bullies, they just escalate their bullying. Threats and continuously attempting to intimidate and block people are nothing to do with "conversation" or "compromise"—and to keep knowledgeable editors, Wikipedia has to be based on rational discussion and fair compromise, not mob rule. LittleBen (talk) 00:54, 6 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I understand your situation. However, I want to reiterate that no one (to the best of my knowledge) is out to bully or intimidate you. I am only suggesting that it would be beneficial to all of us if we take a step aside from the MoS disputes, as they have spiraled out of control quite dramatically. At any rate, thanks for your contributions and a happy New Year. dci | TALK 00:52, 6 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I think your efforts in trying to spread the ideals of the Golden Rule, and cool things down, are admirable. LittleBen (talk) 01:41, 6 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I don't think that I am involved in any MOS disputes. MOS is so long, rambling, and poorly organized (fragmented and splattered all over the WP namespace) that it is surely of very little use to the majority of Wikipedia editors (if they can even find it), as evidenced by the number of pageviews that it gets. A very short, narrowly-focused geeky article that I wrote at the beginning of last year gets almost twice the number of pageviews. The self-appointed "preservers of the MOS" seem to be there just to prove their superiority, and they ensure that it is virtually always a waste of time trying to improve it in any way. Anyway, thanks for your contributions and a happy New Year back to you. LittleBen (talk) 01:02, 6 January 2013 (UTC)
  • By all means denigrate the MOS. It may be all those things you accuse it of, but under the circumstances, it just looks like "sour grapes". I'm not supporting a proposal to topic ban you for now, but I do hope you will take it to heart that your behaviour is pretty close to disruption already, and that you will step away from the precipice. Regards, -- Ohconfucius ping / poke 02:00, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

ArbCom request[edit]

I've mentioned you in an ArbCom case request (see WP:A/R/C). While you are not a party yet, your comments would be appreciated. --Rschen7754 08:07, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

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Re: Wikipedia Pageviews stats tool[edit]

Hello, I'm not sure how your answer relates to my comment. I've no idea what's trivial or not to fix, but I'm pretty sure the WMF won't do it anyway. However, it's their job to provide the data in a way that can be more easily be used to make such tools (and working ones!). Regards, Nemo 14:41, 11 February 2013 (UTC)


I think we may have got off on the wrong foot, and I apologize for not nipping our little disagreement in the bud. Unlike JoshuSasori, you seem like a reasonable, good faith editor, and so I have no intention of getting involved in an extended dispute with you over minor stylistic variations.

You are entitled to agree with JoshuSasori's opinion about diacritics, and you are entitled to be disappointed about his getting indef-blocked. However, it would be a mistake for you to believe that his getting blocked was "my fault". He got blocked because, after enduring a month-long campaign on his part to undo every single edit I make, I finally took him to ANI upon him starting to call me names, make real-world professional threats, and refer to my talk page posts as "troll droppings". I did not ask for him to be blocked. I merely wanted him to be told off and encouraged to stop his campaign of harassment and personal attacks. One other admin commented that he should be indeffed for making a real-world threat, I made a final peace offering, he made another personal attack, and then he got blocked. Instead of formally appealing his block, he made more personal attacks against me, and demanded that the blocking admin apologize to him.

If he was really interested in building an encyclopedia collaboratively, the above would have probably gone differently. You must also understand that, had it been you and not me that disagreed with JoshuSasori over the (ultimately insignificant) problem of diacritics, or over something else, he may have started hounding you, and making personal threats against you. JoshuSasori spent has spent the last two months following me around and reverting a huge chunk of my edits (good, bad and ugly) solely because I am the one who made them. Even if you think content is more important (and I would usually agree with you there), you must agree that it is impossible to work with people like that.

You must also agree that it is difficult to assume good faith other users bring up JoshuSasori and how great he was when discussing completely unrelated issues with me.[3] To the best of my knowledge, JoshuSasori has never edited a single article related to Shinto shrines, and never expressed any opinion as to whether the romanized forms of 天満宮 and 東照宮 (and 八幡宮) should be hyphenated or not, so to see his name invoked in that discussion was at best confusing and at worst offensive.

Additionally, I have now expressed my distaste for arguing over macron-usage numerous times. I'm not really concerned with style issues so much, and have said on WP:J that I would be happy to accept a "no-macrons" amendment to the MOS if other members of the project would accept it and it would finally end the ambiguity. I am more bothered by style issues in cases where the MOS is obviously broken (the poorly worded "Pseudonyms" section that seems to be saying the opposite of what it means, the shrine point where it goes against common sense and reliable sources, etc.) but both you and Ryulong seem to be unwilling to help me address these concerns as long as the macron issue is still live.

Therefore I will say this here once and for all: I don't care about macrons. It is not my "POV" that we should use macrons. I think we should have a consistent style one way or the other, but my preference for one way over the other is SLIGHT.

Now that that is out of the way, here's the deal:

  1. you refrain from presenting a revisionist history regarding JoshuSasori's activities just because he agreed with you on macron-usage; :#you refrain from bringing up content issues in response to me expressing my concerns over sockpuppetry/harassment on other users' talk pages;
  2. I refrain from doing whatever it was that made you angry at me in the first place; and
  3. we both refrain from bringing up unrelated issues on MOSJ's talk page.

Finally, I must stress a second time that I am presenting you this peace offering because I genuinely believe you are a good editor, and I think we can work together in harmony if we can get over these few really petty issues. If you have anything to add to the above terms, respond either here or on my talk page and I would be happy to discuss.

Cheers, and happy editing!

elvenscout742 (talk) 13:59, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

  • All that really annoys me is (1) seeing people trying to make big changes that will create a lot of unnecessary work—and/or are likely to result in a lot of edit warring in future—without adequately researching their proposals, and (2) seeing some editors vindictively plotting to have editors with different opinions eliminated—particularly in spaces like Japan-related or Vietnam-related coverage: there are too few local people working in these spaces, so every person counts. Personal attacks should not be tolerated, we should not attack people—we should discuss ideas and attack silly ideas with facts, but not attack people: everybody was a beginner once, nobody is perfect all the time. Forgive and forget JoshuSasori having a bad day. Everybody has bad days. Don't carry grudges. Be prepared to walk away from an argument and come back with fresh eyes and ears. WP:3O may be a good way to cool off revert wars and start a civil dialog. WP:AIV is a good way to stop IPs who won't discuss issues and who persist in spamming or reverting.
  • There are a few vindictive and manipulative POV-pushing politicians on Wikipedia who leave a long trail of misery and destruction. They organize mobs, try to win every battle and show that they can push around or trip up long-time contributors, to prove their own superiority. Don't be one of them, and don't let yourself be manipulated by any of them. Enjoy Wikipedia, and let other people enjoy Wikipedia too. Because if it's not a friendly, fun place to be, then few good people will stay. Picture me in my Kansai famous-brand men's pyjamas (the brand name is Big Hag—sounds the same as Big Hug, right?) and laugh a bit.
  • I'm not here to pick fights with anyone, and I'm glad to let other people take the initiative in the many fields that I'm far from an expert in—like film, popular music, anime and everything else (I'm the shy geek hiding away in the corner with the computer—or occasionally hiking or enjoying onsen).
  • Cheers, and happy editing!  LittleBen (talk) 14:54, 20 February 2013 (UTC)
Well if you don't like seeing Japan-based users plot to eliminate other Japan-based users, then you should have immediately opposed JoshuSasori's reverting every one of my edits. He continues to do this now through his sockpuppets, and it is quite disruptive. I have made enough Japan-related edits in the last eight years to prove my good faith, and I pointed this out to him numerous times before he went and got himself blocked. He doesn't "own" Japanese cinema articles and he never did, and he certainly has no right to block me out of pre-modern Japanese history and literature, an area he himself never appeared to have much interest in.
Anyway, let's drop the hatchet. "Wikipedia not being a fun place to edit will just cause people stop editing" has been my way of thinking about this from the beginning. Cheers! elvenscout742 (talk) 15:19, 20 February 2013 (UTC)
  • <Quote>Well if you don't like seeing Japan-based users plot to eliminate other Japan-based users, then you should have immediately opposed JoshuSasori's reverting every one of my edits.<Unquote> I'm unaware of the details, but—like I say—WP:3O, or a notice on the WikiProject, may be good ways to bring in other people and create a conversation, rather than letting disagreements escalate. Remember that it takes two to tango. LittleBen (talk) 15:27, 20 February 2013 (UTC)
I did: I contacted Boneyard first, and they requested to be allowed mediate, but JoshuSasori rejected the offer and then continued to revert all my edits to Kuroneko even when Boneyard told him to stop. Then I posted on WikiProject Japan and asked for help[4] and NihonJoe closed the discussion and told me to go through dispute resolution.[5] Two days later I went back to ANI.[6] When I presented my issues there, the admins quickly moved to indef-block JoshuSasori, who made no serious attempt to defend himself, but rather insisted that the blocking administrator should apologize to him for not believing his lies that I was the one doing the hounding.[7] His last edit, in which he made slight tweaks to the apology request, was on 22 January, 00:53 UST.[8] Roughly 24 hours later, at 01:01, 23 January, JoshuSasori created another account.[9] He continued to harass me through near-untraceable shifting IPs[10] while making general edits (believe me, they're mostly just minor stylistic changes) under his new main account. When IPs were insufficient for the purposes of harassing me, he used his main account, and this is how I found out what he was up to.[11][12] He also apparently created a single-purpose account solely to revert numerous edits I had made.[13] He continues to make few positive contributions, thousands of indifferent contributions, and harass me when he feels like it.
For the record, in case you do feel like going back and checking the history (you'd need to be very bored) you would likely see JoshuSasori constantly accusing me of "hounding" him. This is not the case. He apparently believed I had no genuine interest in Japanese cinema, and was only editing these articles to troll him.[14] This was simply not the case, as I explained to him thoroughly here (in the first of my many peace offerings to him): I have been a fan of Japanese cinema since I was sixteen. I made numerous edits related to Japanese cinema and many other areas between 2005 and 2008, before going into effective Wiki-retirement until last August. Between August and December, I mostly edited articles relating to classical Japanese poetry (my main interest), but then other matters beyond my control caused me to have to branch out a bit. Japanese cinema seemed like the obvious choice for me. As soon as I did so JoshuSasori started reverting/undermining me on every single article I came to. He would need to have been quite insane not to realize that even if his assumption of my being a hound had initially been in good faith, he had now indisputably become the WP:HOUND. This continued for about a month.
Anyway, that should be all the clarification that's necessary. Happy editing! elvenscout742 (talk) 01:36, 21 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Try to put yourself in his shoes: it is feasible that he is also a film fan, and he may have been annoyed that you didn't understand that macrons are no longer officially endorsed as "OK" in English versions of Japanese names (as per the passport and "do adequate research" discussions); macrons are (or have been) used by language teachers just to show foreigners how to pronounce Japanese names. This may be the "minor stylistic issue" that really upset him: he may have thought that you were an ignorant POV pusher. Don't take it personally, you can now see it from other people's viewpoint. Don't pigeonhole people, even if they seem to be pigeonholing you. Focus on the interests—like film—that you share with other people, don't obsess too much about differences in individual style. Make positive comments about things that you both like, interests that you both share, things he did that you liked, rather than focus on the negative. One of the best ways of making friends is to ask a small favor or ask advice about something (even if you already know the answer). I heard a story about Ben Franklin: as a politician, he found that one person strongly opposed everything that he proposed. Ben found that this person was obsessive about history, and owned a priceless history book. Ben mentioned this, and asked to borrow it—and returned it later with lots of praise. From that time on, the person was Ben's strongest supporter.
  • It is also likely that—regardless of his possibly-extensive film experience—JoshuSasori is a relative newbie to Wikipedia, and didn't learn stuff like WP:NPA before he was blocked. Don't be a score-keeper or score-settler yourself. LittleBen (talk) 04:47, 21 February 2013 (UTC)
I tried to focus on shared interests. But no matter how much evidence (the dozens of edits before JoshuSasori registered, etc.) I presented him with he still refused to admit that my interest in Japanese cinema was genuine, and he continued to revert me constantly. As a matter of fact most of the edits that he was reverting had nothing whatsoever to do with the macron. He tagged my inclusion of obviously factually, well-researched and sourced historical data in the Kuroneko article as OR, and removing it even when I showed him more sources; he removed an explanation of a Japanese-language film title from the opening sentence and accused me of claiming the explanation was an "official English title"; conversely, he reverted my attempt to remove the open claim that similar translations were "official English titles" from Dreams (1990 film); etc. etc. He was well aware of NPA and the other relevant policies and guidelines, because I and numerous others had pointed these out to him. And since we know he's still following me, we can be certain that he has read your comment above.
By the way, what do you think of my proposal regarding macrons now?[15]
elvenscout742 (talk) 05:07, 21 February 2013 (UTC)
  • I like Ryulong's view that arguing too long about relatively minor stylistic issues creates bitterness and gets in the way of doing useful work. Maybe there are Japanese who prefer to write their name with macrons, though macrons are not permitted in passports—just as there are Japanese companies who think that Big Hag (it was a registered trademark) is the same as Big Hug. I'd like to see Wikipedia editors show that they are doing adequate research as to real-world usage (but I'm glad that some Japanese companies aren't, because it is so funny). I can understand now why people would want to write their name as Shin'ichi, even tho' the government doesn't appear to permit this in passports. The majority version of a person's name, and significant alternative versions, surely should be noted as such. Shin'ichi vs. Shinichi doesn't have to be an either-or decision applied across all Japanese articles in Wikipedia. Styles change: Korea and Vietnam officially stopped using kanji, for example. Real-world change doesn't require everything to be fixed right away, Wikipedia is maintained by volunteers. LittleBen (talk) 05:36, 21 February 2013 (UTC)
I agree entirely that fighting over minor issues like these prevents us from making significant contributions. My only caveat is that I shouldn't be expected to go out and check whether or not Yūkichi Takeda's name appeared in roman letters on any officially published documents before he died, and to determine whether or not the stylistic representation of his name may or may not have represented his personal preference. I'd much rather just write the darn article. And I'd rather not have some guy who dug up an English-language newspaper article that appeared before he died, and claim that this was his personal preference and so the page should be moved. Those people should demonstrate their good faith by actually contributing something significant to the article before making RMs. elvenscout742 (talk) 06:06, 21 February 2013 (UTC)
  • That's essentially the reason for Template:Google RS—it makes neutral research in many of the most reliable sources—for WP:BLP people, at least (for historical figures, it's better to consult books)—trivially easy, and so I'd hope that knowledge of it would help eliminate a lot of the silliness and warring.
  • Google reliable sources for "Yūkichi Takeda"
  • Again, virtually no modern-day interest. I'm pragmatic, I wouldn't lose any sleep over stub articles on historical figures that few people visit. But I'd recommend that you promote your good work better: look at "What links here" and you'll see that the article is virtually an orphan. If you search for Yūkichi Takeda you'll find many articles that mention him. Unless you link from those articles to yours then few people will find your article. People will only expand your articles if they can find them, and orphans are liable to be abruptly deleted.
  • And of course I agree that, in an ideal world, people who aren't involved in creating articles should not be pushing around people who aren't (there was a recent implosion at the main MOS stemming from this). You have the right to demand that other editors provide adequate independently-verifiable proof that proposed moves are justified. Some politicians take a "facts are irrelevant, I have a bigger army of voters" view, but unless decisions are seen as fair, inclusive of all viewpoints, and objective—based on independently-verifiable facts—then they create only bitterness and burnout. The politicians may win such battles, but Wikipedia loses good people because of them.
  • One distinction that may not have come across: "Does the Japanese government support a modified Hepburn?" My take on this is: probably the Mombusho does for the JLPT and the like, but the answer for passports, names or people and places in official documents (like passports, for example, also diplomatic and state policy statements) is maybe "a simplified subset, close to accepted English usage". Tokyo Metropolitan Gov't seems to be tightening up on variations that it will accept/approve on passports. General Wikipedia practice is for the article title to be majority English and the lede to carry significant alternative versions. But there are POV pushers who try to sneak around the rules or wear out other people with bulk moves of unrelated articles without giving any fair and objective justification for the moves. LittleBen (talk) 07:17, 21 February 2013 (UTC)
The problem with Japanese government guidelines for passports etc is that they are designed to be easy to produce (diacritics are a no-no) and replicate by people without having to figure out how to add macrons. They were not designed to be encyclopedic. elvenscout742 (talk) 07:31, 21 February 2013 (UTC)
  • I believe that passport data is almost universally embedded in IC chips nowdays—probably soon it will not be necessary to type in names from passports, if it is still necessary now. Airline tickets too are all electronic, using bar codes. Of course, for international accessibility, the international language—English—is the basis for all this. English Wikipedia guidelines, for the same reason, say to "use English".
  • If you look at my bolded promote your good work better above you'll see that I'm pragmatic. The language that the Japanese government uses in important official documents is history—it's worthy of being in an encyclopedia. The language that the Japanese government uses only to explain to ignorant foreigners how to read and pronounce difficult Japanese (and doesn't even teach its own citizens) is surely not "encyclopedic". Virtually all major entertainment stars who are successful do not use their real names. "Pope John Paul" is not the real name. I don't think there is anything evil about this—or about making difficult technical concepts and difficult-to-read words understandable and memorable to as many people as possible. Surely that is the purpose of an encyclopedia and the purpose of books in general—if they are not read (because they are too much hassle or too difficult to read) then they are irrelevant. If ivory-tower linguists tell you otherwise—if they tell you that "being encyclopedic" means showing off their superior linguistic skills, and rubbing it in that everybody else is just plain ignorant—then tell them that "this is an encyclopedia that is intended to be accessible to virtually everybody, the primary intention is not to satisfy the big egos of linguists or grammar specialists". Wikipedia is not a glass bead game. See also the "More encyclopedic" comments below.
  • PS FYI: Re. Yuzo Kayama:
  • Google reliable sources for "Yūzō Kayama"
  • Of course both versions should appear in the article (as they do), but I think that Wikipedia guidelines say that (ideally) articles should be at the version that is most widely recognizable in reliable English sources. I have mentioned elsewhere the connection between Asahi and IHT and the NYT; it's not as if NYT people are ignoramuses.
  • In any case, I wouldn't lose any sleep or fight over it (as I said, both version appear in the article).
  • I would definitely be annoyed if somebody tried to completely strip out the majority English usage. Surely people rely on Wikipedia to report the preferred form used in reliable real-world English sources.
  • LittleBen (talk) 07:59, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

Re: "More encyclopedic", I've just noticed this (moved, back on 25 Oct.):

(This template searches several encyclopedias). I mentioned this issue back here. LittleBen (talk) 14:41, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

Not to appear like I'm grave-dancing, but...[edit]

Do you still think this is a user whose presence on Wikipedia is a good thing and/or something that I was wrong to question? elvenscout742 (talk) 12:45, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

  • Admins are unpaid. Some do stupid things, but everybody makes mistakes. Personal insults are counterproductive.
  • Like I said, you should remember that Wikipedia is not about score keeping,score settling—or grave dancing for that matter.
  • I see a lot of nice words for MI not only here, but also here—by Yunshui, who is an awesome guy. Think about this: Will people say such nice things about you when you're gone? Play nicely, be kind—leave some good memories behind. LittleBen (talk) 13:33, 21 February 2013 (UTC)
Maybe. I'm not going anywhere for the time being, though. And when I do go it won't be because I was harassing people, swearing or making personal attacks/threats. You're also wrong in assuming Yunshui said anything nice about Mysterious Island on my talk page. That was with reference to the anonymous stalkers who JoshuSasori/Mysterious Island still claims are separate people. And it wasn't a nice thing about the anonymous editor either: it was pointing out that while the editor blatantly violated 3RR, the information he/she was posting was sourced. I still don't think it's sourced well, and on Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Jigai Yunshui has already said I can be met down the middle on whether the bizarre fringe theory that the word "jigai" refers to Japanese female suicide culture can be discussed on English Wikipedia. The kind words a couple of other users had for MI on his talk page are just those users practicing WP:AGF -- something I did too when I didn't go after MI for the obvious sockpuppetry/block-evasion until he had gone out of his way to harass me on two separate articles. elvenscout742 (talk) 14:08, 21 February 2013 (UTC)
  • <Quote>Will people say such nice things about you when you're gone? Play nicely, be kind—leave some good memories behind.<Unquote> What I meant was: live your life in such a way that when you're gone (when you die) you will leave behind many good memories about your kindness, helpfulness, and thoughtfulness—about fun times and shared joys. LittleBen (talk) 14:34, 21 February 2013 (UTC)
What I'm doing, Ben, what I'm doing. I edit Wikipedia in the gaps between those memories, though. I'm trying to synch it up so I can learn about the topics I'm editing and grow as a person along with growing Wikipedia. By the way, you're free to write talk page comments as you like, but I prefer to use bold or italic text when quoting. It's easier to recognize. elvenscout742 (talk) 15:11, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

Note: User:Elvenscout742 is now User:Hijiri88, and appears to have returned as User:Konjakupoet2 and User:Konjakupoet.

Re:JoshuSasori's workplace...[edit]

Hey, are you still interested in salvaging JS's work?[16] You want all of them? JoshuSasori apparently has no interest in coming back, as he has been blocked for a month now, and without appealing his block once he created a sock account that then went on a cursing-spree and got itself blocked too. If he creates anoth sock account and actually limits himself to constructive editing, that's fine, but he would only be able to get away with that by never admitting to be the same person. Therefore, we don't really need to worry about proper attribution anymore, and the pages are not going to be any good to us rotting in the userspace of an indeffed user. How about moving what you like to your space? elvenscout742 (talk) 03:36, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

  • I only mentioned Mark Schilling because I'm familiar with his work, and I hate to see such article creation work wasted, just as I hate to see potentially good editors pushed out. But—as I say on the WikiProject—I'm now regretting having volunteered: other writers in the same space—like Mark Schreiber—are arguably more notable, so it could be considered unfair to publish a Schilling article without doing a Schreiber article first, and I don't have a lot of free time. I haven't heard of the other Japanese article subjects, but maybe those articles should be advertised to see if somebody will adopt them.
  • The "respect for others" thing—that should be part of the Wikipedia ethic—comes from showing people that you believe they have potential, and that you are willing to help them achieve it, even if they may need education about personal attacks or POV-pushing.
  • The measure of a good manager's success is not the number of people he (or she) fails, but rather the number of people he (or she) can help succeed. A team of good people with complementary skills and a cooperative attitude can often create things that a single genius could never do on his (or her) own. LittleBen (talk) 04:01, 22 February 2013 (UTC)
Please stop it. I have shown plenty of respect for others. MI was obviously a sockpuppet and I knew he was working to undermine me for two weeks before I even asked an administrator about it. I never "pushed" any "good editors" out -- JoshuSasori and his sock(s) harassed me, threatened me, called me names for over a month, all in a ridiculous attempt to push me out of Japanese cinema articles and eventually Wikipedia in general. Wikipedia doesn't need users like that. Your manager analogy is horrible -- are you saying that if a Wikipedian creates 100 good articles and intimidates/harasses other users and removes 100 articles' worth of content in the process of reverting those users' edits, that Wikipedian is better than the user who creates 99 good articles and does so in a peaceful, respectful manner? I really don't understand why you continue to defend JoshuSasori's harassing me... elvenscout742 (talk) 05:01, 22 February 2013 (UTC)
  • I can't comment on that, because I haven't read up on the history, and don't have time. My comments apply to everyone, I'm not talking about you specifically. Hopefully others are reading this, and will learn something from it. ;-) LittleBen (talk) 05:07, 22 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Did you see my comment about "More encyclopedic" above? LittleBen (talk) 14:41, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

Note: User:Elvenscout742 is now User:Hijiri88, and appears to have returned as User:Konjakupoet2 and User:Konjakupoet.

Re: "but I've seen a lot of other things too..."[edit]

[17] -- like?? Don't tell me you're still accusing me of somehow being in the wrong and setting the great and wonderful JoshuSasori up as some sort of martyr for your anti-diacritic/accurate romanization cause?? elvenscout742 (talk) 15:50, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

No, I agree that he's angry at being banned, and striking out blindly at those he thinks responsible. But it appears that what originally started all this and made him angry was another user moving—without discussion—articles that he had created, without contributing in any way to the articles. Like moving Taboo (the cover of the DVD in the article clearly shows the name Taboo) to Gohatto, a title that is no longer available, and others. To repeat again: it takes two to tango; nobody should claim that they are a saint and the other person a demon without pretty good reason. LittleBen (talk) 16:08, 23 February 2013 (UTC)
(EDIT CONFLICT) By the way: would you like me to give you a list of articles JoshuSasori moved without having contributed anything else to them? The most recent one would probably be Yōko Ogawa would probably be the most recent one, but there are probably dozens. And plenty more that he tried to move (often employing sockpuppets to double-vote) but the Wikipedia community rejected his move. But really, there is nothing wrong with performing moves by oneself. Even if they are to pages to which one has made no prior contribution. I hadn't contributed a whole lot to Ōkagami before I RMed it: did I do something wrong?? elvenscout742 (talk) 16:18, 23 February 2013 (UTC)
Umm, actually he has no right to complain about that: I was making good-faith moves to articles on Wikipedia. He doesn't own the articles he has created. When he pointed out on one of them (in a not-so-friendly manner[18]) that I was wrong I apologized and gave it up.[19] The Gohatto move was performed by an administrator in accordance with a consensus among the Wikipedia community after a month-long RM. And tell me: how was I supposed to make any significant contributions to articles on Japanese cinema when he blankly reverted virtually all of my edits? Check the histories of Kuroneko and Dreams (1990 film) for two good examples, but by no means the only examples, of this. Double Suicide of Sonezaki was the first. elvenscout742 (talk) 16:18, 23 February 2013 (UTC)
  • It's generally not productive to review past history, and I don't have a lot of free time. I did notice the Talk:Ryoko Nakano and Talk:Kindai Eiga Kyokai moves that were made without discussion, and you surely were aware from discussions on his page and his discussions on the WikiProject talk page that such moves would be controversial. Polite interference with somebody else's work hurts just as much as insults. Blaming and punishing other people generally does not improve the WP environment; seeing senseless disagreements spiral out of control makes me feel miserable and fatalistic about the future of WP. LittleBen (talk) 16:49, 23 February 2013 (UTC)
JoshuSasori got blocked partly because he was afraid to provide any diffs, knowing as he did that the evidence was all on my side. Therefore, you must have gone through the history to find those articles. Why not try looking at the evidence I presented that he was following me? What about the fact that half the articles he edited in December-January were articles he followed me to? And also, it might be a good idea to stop implying that I don't make worthwhile edits to articles when about 3/7 of your edits were in the article namespace, compared to 4/6 of mine. elvenscout742 (talk) 16:58, 23 February 2013 (UTC)
  • I don't know if your 3/7 and 4/6 refers to number or length (as a tech. professional, I'm a very terse writer). I don't think it's constructive to criticize, sorry about that. LittleBen (talk) 17:03, 23 February 2013 (UTC)
Well, I italicized the titles of about 40 JLit articles yesterday. But I also created the articles on Twenty-Four Eyes and Ukare Gitsune Senbon Zakura -- should I complain about how JoshuSasori "followed me" to those articles? PLEASE STOP TALKING TO ME ABOUT THIS. JoshuSasori's accounts have now been indef-blocked seven times. I just want to forget about him. Please stop bringing him up MOS discussions that have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM, and bringing up how I was supposedly "harassing" him on various RMs. elvenscout742 (talk) 17:13, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

Note: User:Elvenscout742 is now User:Hijiri88, and appears to have returned as User:Konjakupoet2 and User:Konjakupoet.

Re: Topic ban violations[edit]

Hello. There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. elvenscout742 (talk) 04:43, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

Topic ban violations[edit]

I have blocked you for 24 hours for violating your diacritics topic ban at Talk:Yūji Oda and Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Japan-related articles. --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 04:57, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

Your query regarding bans[edit]

Hi, this is in reply to your query on my talk page. You ask how to appeal a topic ban. However, it's not clear from your message who issued the ban, and in what forum. Consequently, I can't give specific advice. Generally, any ban can be appealed to whoever placed it, as well as to WP:ARBCOM. Community-imposed bans can be appealed at WP:AN and WP:BASC. The process for appealing bans under WP:AE authority is described there, although it is also subject to an open clarification request.

Please be advised also that the tone of your message, in which you ascribe nefarious motives and various misconduct to other editors, is inappropriate. Per WP:NPA, "comment on content, not on the contributor. Personal attacks do not help make a point; they only hurt the Wikipedia community and deter users from helping to create a good encyclopedia. Derogatory comments about other contributors may be removed by any editor. Repeated or egregious personal attacks may lead to blocks." If you continue to communicate in this vein, you may be made subject to additional sanctions, including under arbitral authority if related to the manual of style (see WP:ARBATC#Discretionary sanctions).  Sandstein  07:31, 28 February 2013 (UTC)

ANI notice[edit]

Hello. There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents#LittleBenW and diacritics-related topic ban violation yet again, and NPA violation regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. — SMcCandlish  Talk⇒ ɖכþ Contrib. 11:56, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

  • Per that discussion, I do need to ensure that you understand the terms of your topic ban. You are not allowed to edit or comment on anything diacritics-related anywhere on Wikipedia, except for appealing your ban which should be done at WP:AN. Your edit at User_talk:PBS violated this ban; however it may have not been clear to you that this includes discussions on talk pages. However, any further infractions of your ban will result in an extended block. Thank you, Black Kite (talk) 15:07, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

LittleBenW. I believe that this edit requires you to notify the User against whom you have made accusations at ANI that you have done so. In ictu oculi (talk) 05:00, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

I believe that the two people mentioned in the ANI, Sasori and elvenscout, should have been notified by the person who initiated the ANI, except that Sasori was surely not notified. LittleBen (talk) 09:46, 4 March 2013 (UTC)
Hmm - the main victim of the sock's continued harassment was mentioned in passing - "his block for disruptive editing and harassment of Hijiri88 (talk · contribs) (formerly the user Elvenscout742) back in February 2013. He has used numerous IPs and four confirmed sockpuppets to continue this disruptive activity as clearly explained in the SPI case about him. This last round of sockpuppetry and harassment is the last straw. I therefore would like to propose an indefinite community ban on JoshuSasori. Support as nominator. Lord Sjones23 (talk - contributions) 20:59, 2 March 2013 (UTC)" , as far as I can see you were the person to initiate accusations against the User Lord Sjones23 mentioned as harassed, which means you should at least have checked the Talk page of the person who you were making accusations against. You still haven't done so even now. But whatever, someone should so I will. In ictu oculi (talk) 10:43, 4 March 2013 (UTC)
Oh okay I see there is actually a non-linked mention from Lord Sjones23 there. Nevertheless your accusation against Elvenscout needs linking, we can't have people making accusations against Users on ANI and not letting them know. In ictu oculi (talk) 10:46, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

Hello. There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you.. See also WP:ICANTHEARYOU. — SMcCandlish  Talk⇒ ɖכþ Contrib. 00:18, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

March 2013[edit]

Your recent editing history at Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard#Hijiri88_hounded_off_Wikipedia shows that you are currently engaged in an edit war. Being involved in an edit war can result in your being blocked from editing—especially if you violate the three-revert rule, which states that an editor must not perform more than three reverts on a single page within a 24-hour period. Undoing another editor's work—whether in whole or in part, whether involving the same or different material each time—counts as a revert. Also keep in mind that while violating the three-revert rule often leads to a block, you can still be blocked for edit warring—even if you don't violate the three-revert rule—should your behavior indicate that you intend to continue reverting repeatedly.

To avoid being blocked, instead of reverting please consider using the article's talk page to work toward making a version that represents consensus among editors. See BRD for how this is done. You can post a request for help at a relevant noticeboard or seek dispute resolution. In some cases, you may wish to request temporary page protection. Yunshui  13:16, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

What is this?[edit]

I was just at User talk:Moonraker12#Town in Bosnia and saw (1) you appear to have followed me there 9 March 2013 (2) you left 3 links 2 of which seem to be about the exact area from which you are topic banned. I suggest you contact BlackKite or Jayron32 or whoever is implementing your topic ban and clarify with them whether it is in breach or not. In ictu oculi (talk) 08:54, 11 March 2013 (UTC)


I have blocked your account for one week for your disruptive approach in violation of a topic ban you are under. I have not blocked your talkpage access, so any replies to the AN/I thread in this matter can be posted here with a {{helpme}} template. It appears that you're becoming quite familiar with the block procedures, but if you're in question about WP:UNBLOCK then I can get the formal blocking template and post it here for you as well. You should also read through WP:STICK before continuing to edit. — Ched :  ?  01:25, 12 March 2013 (UTC) {{Help me}} Surely I am supposed to be unblocked by now. LittleBen (talk) 01:54, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

About an hour or two ago you were automatically unblocked by the software. gwickwiretalkediting 02:24, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
  • I'm still getting a "This user is currently blocked" notice when I edit my talk page. When I attempt to edit I get a notice that my IP is blocked, but that I should still be able to edit if logged in, but that is not the case. But that (IP) block is due to expire in half an hour. LittleBen (talk) 02:30, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
Honestly, LittleBenW, please drop it. You get unblocked on 02:24, 19 March 2013 and then on 07:44, 19 March 2013 (UTC) go to Fyunck to defend WP:TENNISNAMES diacritics again. as "attempts to use even one instance of majority English versions of names on English Wikipedia" - Please see Tennis editor Jevansen's comments about the "Facundo Argüello professionally known as Facundo Arguello"-type leads. These leads are disruptive and counter WP:TENNISNAMES RfC result and WP:MOSBIO. In ictu oculi (talk) 03:06, 23 March 2013 (UTC)
For your information after an RfC is closed those who participated in the RfC are allowed to talk to the User who proposed the RfC - particularly if the result of the RfC was overwhelming as in this case. This is why we have RfCs, in order to verify consensus and guide future edits. You may not like the result of the RfC, but the effect was to reduce, very markedly, edit-warring. You need to compare edits to tennis BLPs the month before the RfC with edits to tennis BLPs the month after the RfC to see the good that the RfC did. In ictu oculi (talk) 06:08, 24 March 2013 (UTC)
  • I wasn't aware that Tudjman, Walesa, and Osaka Station are/were famous tennis players. Or that MOS specifically does not apply to tennis players. Good Grief, Charlie Brown, I'm even beginning to doubt the existence of Samantha Claus here on Wikipedia!

Content too specialized[edit]

Hello Ben

I was looking at "Multilingual support: IMEs and LIPs" and noticed that this section only applies to Windows NT family and is too specialized to match our Wikipedia:Summary style way of work. So, do you think it would be a good idea to move it to Windows NT article?

Best regards,
Codename Lisa (talk) 09:04, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

  • As the Windows NT article explains, Windows XP and Windows 7 <quote>are not branded using the name "Windows NT"<unquote>, nobody would think to look in the Windows NT article for multilingual information that applies only to Windows XP and later (and—except for IMEs—doesn't apply to Windows NT). In general, few Wikipedia users will be looking for information about obsolete, no-longer-used operating systems like Windows NT (and most people would expect that an article titled Windows NT is about Windows NT, and not about "the Windows NT family"): the Windows NT "family" includes everything from Windows 2000 onwards, but even Windows 2000 is obsolete and no longer supported—I believe that support for Windows XP is scheduled to end this next year.
  • As the "Multilingual Windows" information applies to Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, I think that it would be useful to link to it from those articles rather than repeating it three times in the three articles. Maybe I'll do that now, before I forget (getting old ;-).
  • I partially explained my motives in the earlier talk page discussion: <quote>The reason for being CJK centric is that I'm thinking of English Wikipedia readership: the number of readers of English Wikipedia who are in the US or UK and want to (1) use an IME to write in their own language on English Windows, (2) display Office menus in their own language on English Windows, and (3) display Windows menus and messages in their own language (switch English Windows to another language version of Windows) is far far greater for CJK than for Indian, African, or Middle East languages/dialects, for example.<unquote> So I'm hoping that CJK users (e.g. students who are potential WP contributors) studying in the US, UK, Australia etc. will learn how to convert English Windows to speak their language, and this will allow them to contribute to WP in both English and their own language while overseas ;-)
  • Like you, I don't like the numbered-section format (of the Multilingual Windows section), but changing it to eliminate the numbers would surely make it much longer and much more confusing (but of course I'd welcome suggestions as to how it could be improved); I've tried to summarize the subject as briefly as possible, with a minimum of detail, and provided links to MS sites where interested people can find out more.
  • The Platform support, Security, and Emulation sections of the Windows article are also quite specialized, but that's because—like "making Windows multilingual"—they are specialized subjects. (The Windows 7 article is rather boring, I think it would be useful to add links to the Security and Emulation sections of the Windows article—I have just done this, and added info. about other interesting/useful features to this otherwise bland and boring article ;-). HTH (Hope This Helps), =Best Regards,  LittleBen (talk) 14:16, 24 March 2013 (UTC)
  • PS: The W7 article would surely be greatly improved by moving outdated/ancient history stuff—like Development, Antitrust, & Reception—to the end. Done! LittleBen (talk) 19:38, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

Talk:forced adoption in Australia[edit]

Can you please discuss your insertion of the Rabbit Proof Fence link on the talk page? i am familiar with almost all the reliable sources on this subject, and none of them I believe suggest that removal to institutional care is to be considered as "forced adoption". Forced adoption refers only to the removal of babies from parents (often in a hospital or other care setting) and placement with other parents on a permanent, legal basis. Thanks, hamiltonstone (talk) 09:35, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

Google RS[edit]

Hi LittleBen, what's going on with your suite of {{Google RS}} templates? What about these particular sources makes them reliable to the exclusion of others? The choices seem arbitrary. I want to assume good faith here, but based on the examples, especially the Vietnamese ones, they seem rather POV. I'm inclined to list them at TfD, but I thought I'd try to discuss the matter with you first. --BDD (talk) 17:35, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

  • The sources for the templates are all listed; they are widely considered to be the most trustworthy and politically neutral sources in English on the web, e.g. Encyclopedias like Britannica, magazines like the Economist, newspapers like the New York Times, broadcast sites like the BBC. If you're aware of any better sites then they can easily be added (Google permits 32 max. to be searched). The Vietnamese template {{Google RSVP}} includes all the major sources about Vietnam in English in Vietnam, including major Vietnam Government sites, as discussed here. The European template includes major Government sites for most of the major countries in Europe (but Google limits searches to a maximum of 32 sites simultaneously, and I couldn't find official Government political and travel sites that are searchable exclusively in English for some countries).
  • The advantage of using templates is that the work involved in researching is trivial, simply paste in the term and you can search up to 32 major sites simultaneously—and Google ranks these sites by their perceived reliability for the search term. So if you use Google RS to search for the Sydney Opera House, then Australian sites come out on top: Google "knows" that Australian sites are the most reliable for Australia. Thus there is no excuse for not doing real-world research in reliable and neutral sources; I believe that this is preferable to warring, and preferable to doing "original research" to find one or two minor and dated sources that support one's POV—out of zillions than don't—and claiming that only those that support one's own utopian viewpoint are reliable. Or trying to decide things based on who can canvass and bring the biggest mob to an RfC— rather than based on up-to-date, verifiable, and objective real-world facts. These template results are repeatable, whereas individuals who are logged in to Google and doing the same searches independently can get different results based on their browsing history (Google shows them what it thinks they are looking for).
  • Of course Wikipedia NPOV and accessibility policies say to cite both English and foreign name equivalents together, so researching reliable sources in English is not about excluding foreign names from Wikipedia. There are local-language and English versions of most Government travel sites, for example, (the English version is usually a translation of the local language version), so if it's shown in English then the local language version will also be there. Clones of the templates could easily be modified to search only the corresponding non-English Government sites.
  • When Google is the search engine then it's possible to do exactly the same thing outside Wikipedia by setting up (on an individual's web site) a Google custom search engine (also called "Google CSE"), but exactly the same inside-WP template technique should also work with other search engines like Yahoo (that don't support custom search engines). Strangely enough, one of the WP projects that seems most serious about objectively determining and using reliable sources is WP:Wikiproject Video games ;-)  Maybe they want to avoid wars. Face-smile.svg  LittleBen (talk) 02:24, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
  • PS: I wouldn't for a moment suggest that all those mass moves were wrong, as obsessives who believe that they will go to heaven if they strip enough "feelthy English" names out of Wikipedia would not be pleased to hear that. Personally, I am not interested in "fixing" stuff by moving everything back and forwards at six month intervals; lots of things in life are more fun than that. Face-smile.svg LittleBen (talk) 06:54, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
The selection still seems arbitrary. Why the New York Times and not the Washington Post? Why Time and not Newsweek? I'd be more comfortable with such a template if its sources were chosen by community consensus. I didn't think there would be much interest in such a venture, since we purposely don't define reliable sources, hence my inclination toward TfD. But if it's being used honestly, and with its potential shortcomings in mind, I suppose there's no harm. --BDD (talk) 15:18, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Thanks for your comments. The Washington Post seems to focus more on tabloid-fodder stuff—and it has excerpts from a Chinese English-language newspaper whose content is not independently verifiable, and possibly not NPOV, on its top page. Newsweek too focuses more on photo-worthy stuff than on writing. LittleBen (talk) 02:30, 27 March 2013 (UTC)
  • The Vietnamese engine was put together based on my recommendations. Is it POV because it doesn't include any sources with diacritics? You can compare it to Baomoi aggregates a broader range of English-language news on Vietnam, but pretty much all diacritics-free as well. I also recommended VGP News. They once used diacritics, but dropped them about a year ago. It's still IIO's favorite Vietnamese RS. Anyway, there was some technical problem with including it. Journal of Vietnamese Studies uses diacritics. Perhaps that could be added. Nguoi Viet, the news site for overseas Vietnamese, doesn't use diacritics, but they should certainly be added as well. Kauffner (talk) 06:01, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
  • I believe that I left off VGP News because it does not seem to be possible to search only the English-language articles. The same seems true for Nguoi Viet. Journal of Vietnamese Studies does not appear to be free. The results of aggregator appear to include only Vietnam Net, which is already searched directly with the existing template. LittleBen (talk) 06:11, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
  • JVS is part of JSTOR. There isn't a whole a lot online, but you can search what there is at "Ho Chi Minh" That gives you only the abstract and the first page of the article. The other major journal that covers Vietnam is Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. That's also on JSTOR. The journals didn't start using Vietnamese diacritics until 2006, and only in the last year or two in any consistent way. Kauffner (talk) 11:14, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Something else I should mention is that Vietnam is of course a Communist state. This means that the government news site is not in fact the most authoritative official source, as you might assume. That would be Nhan Dan, the party newspaper. Kauffner (talk) 16:15, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Can't see any English there. Change of subject: Where does one apply for a JSTOR trial? Do you recommend others, such as Highbeam? LittleBen (talk) 00:58, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Nhan Dan does publish in English, or at least did two weeks ago. Perhaps there is some technical problem at the site. Here is a page about how to log into JSTOR. You can register here. Kauffner (talk) 01:27, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Typo in your proposal[edit]

Hi, thanks for your proposal re Rich Farmbrough: there's a trivial typo ('punative' for 'punitive') which I thought I shouldn't just alter myself. Dsp13 (talk) 15:34, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

  • Thanks, I wouldn't have minded you fixing it, nobody's perfect. LittleBen (talk) 15:45, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
Greetings, I just wanted to let you know that I didn't mean to disuade you from the submission. I just think that a different venue like AN or ANI is better. Not that many people watch the AE page so the majority of the people who would vote there would be the ones who want to block him or the ones who wrote the vague ruling that anything can be justified as automation (is the 4 ~'s used in the signature automation or does he have to type out my signature each time? Is he allowed to use the special characters selection in the edit tool? Etc.) Is it simply enough that he be accused or does it require some kindn of reasonable proof, the recent evidence seems to indicate a simple alegation is enough. KumiokoCleanStart (talk) 18:45, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
  • I agree that it's probably best to do it at AN or ANI, and possibly also advertise it widely as an RfC. I don't mind if anyone uses or modifies my draft to do so. LittleBen (talk) 02:34, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
I would but I have pissed off so many people if I said stop signs are red someone would argue they are orange and only appear red because I am colorblind. It would be better if someone other than me does it. KumiokoCleanStart (talk) 14:14, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Talk page formatting and edit summaries[edit]

Please use standard talk page formatting, which does not include the use of bullet points, except within "consensus polls or requests for comment". In fact, WP:TALK even supports the editing of others' comments to remove such superfluous bullets; see WP:TPOC, item "fixing format errors". It would also be helpful if you would use edit summaries. Jeh (talk) 18:42, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Howdy (2)[edit]

Always remember LBW. There's nothing wrong with English Wikipedia. It's the PoV-pushers, who are the problem. GoodDay (talk) 22:16, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

I agree. And people who refuse to accept consensus, and go on whining for months and years, are also a pain-in-the-xxx. HandsomeFella (talk) 23:44, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

BTW, thanks for the Britannica source. GoodDay (talk) 01:36, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

The templates {{Google RS}} and {{Google RGSE}} may be useful for finding stuff in reliable sources. But maybe these templates can't screw lightbulbs or POV-pushers. LittleBen (talk) 02:30, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
Giggle giggle. GoodDay (talk) 02:47, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
Giggle giggle. BTW, I wonder how buisness is at Quebecor these days? I hope the company is doing well. GoodDay (talk) 01:14, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

LittleBenW, I have reverted this, partly because it is violation of your diacritics topic ban, partly because even without what you have done to WP:SET there doesn't seem to be a reason to add that link where you have added it. As for the giggle giggle conversation above, that also seems to be another violation of your topic ban. As indeed are 19 March 2013 (UTC) edits above. I suppose giggles on Talk page are one thing. But please leave guideline and policy pages alone on this matter, thanks. In ictu oculi (talk) 15:49, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

Search Engine Test (and the templates that are a small part of it) is about techniques for separating and extracting search results for less-popular topics (like "Madonna of the Rocks") from similar but much more popular search results ("Madonna"). The Google RS discussion above concluded that using Encyclopedias like Britannica, magazines like the Economist, newspapers like the New York Times, broadcast sites like the BBC is not POV pushing. If you think that these are not reliable sources, and should always be disregarded, then you should argue this at the WP:RS Talk Page. Likewise, if you think that Wikipedia's "Verifiability in Reliable Sources" criteria is irrelevant—and should be replaced by, "Truth depends on how many people you can bring to an RfC", then this could be discussed at the WP:V talk page. LittleBen (talk) 17:57, 4 April 2013 (UTC)


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Question about edits you reverted[edit]

Hi LittleBenW,

I just noticed that you undid two revisions I added recently to the Web search engine and AdSense articles. I really appreciate that you left comments explaining why you undid my revisions, and I do agree that the Web Search Engine article might not have been the best place for citing Dr. Sweeney's research, but I do think that it is important to include this research in the AdSense article. As you are clearly the more experienced Wikipedian, I have some questions for you about how I can incorporate this study in that page.

  • First of all, I'm sorry that my edit did not make this clear, but Dr. Sweeney's study specifically looked at AdSense as displayed on Reuters, not AdWords.
  • I fail to see how an arXiv article by a Harvard Computer Science professor is not a "reliable reference". This is pretty typical for academic articles in Computer Science, and is loads better than most of the citations currently in the AdSense article, many of which are primary sources from Google itself.
  • You said that "Any racial bias in Ads surely reflects the bias of people who pay to place & target them at certain search keywords". However, Sweeney's study used 2,184 different personal names. It strikes me as unlikely that the organizations who paid to place the keywords specifically entered each (or even most) of these 2,184 personal names. Sweeney offers a number of hypotheses about why these results occur -- would it be helpful to include these?
  • A BBC article ( includes a statement from Google. Would it be helpful to include this as well?

I'm looking forward to hearing your suggestions.

Sandbergja (talk) 14:42, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

Hi, Sandbergja, thanks for your comments. The AdSense article explains that AdSense is several quite different products—corresponding to (1) Pay-Per-Click (PPC) AdWords for Search or (2) (e.g.) Cost-Per-thousand-impressions (CPM) AdWords for the Display Network. AdSense is simply a way of using a web site that you own or control to display (1) a search box that displays search results and ads (corresponding to AdWords for Search) and/or (2) to display one or more preset-sized boxes containing advertising links, graphic ads or video ads. (corresponding to AdWords for the Display Network). In the case of search (1), the advertiser specifies which search keywords trigger which advertisements (exact match, phrase match, or fuzzy "broad match" conditions must also be specified, as well as how much the advertiser is willing to pay in an auction against other advertisers). If the advertiser is advertising security-related services on the page that is the target of an ad click, then the most frequent names that appear in combination with such security services in the news media etc. that Google indexes are likely to trigger the ads. Google can also take into account the viewer's browsing history and show the viewer what it "thinks" the viewer really wants to see—particularly if the viewer is logged in to Google. So the "biases" that the viewer is likely to see reflect the names and context of e.g. crimes in the media (and reported in the hosting web site), as well as (possibly) the previous search history of the viewer. I understand that the way AdWords for Search works is exactly the same for a Google Search (on the Google web site) as for a Google Custom Search Engine search on somebody's web site (the only difference being that in the latter case the web site operator gets a cut of the Ad. revenue—and also, if the Custom Search Engine is searching Reuters, then the names that trigger ads are likely to be the names reported in similar contexts on Reuters).

AdSense is irrelevant, it's the AdWords advertiser who decides which search terms trigger the advertisements, and which words appear on the advertiser's ad target page. It's this combination, as well as Google's "knowledge" of which names tend to go more frequently with which terms in the media, or on the web site containing the Custom Search Engine, that determine which ads are displayed. (I have passed the AdWords exams., that's how I know).

AdSense for the Display Network is quite different—the ad. displayed depends on the contents of the web page and (possibly) on the viewer's browsing history.

The writer of the report doesn't seem to understand any of the above (that Google "bias" just reflects the "bias" of the news media—if you can call it bias—in associating names with events and crimes, the "bias" of the contents of the web site containing the Custom Search Engine, and the "bias" of the advertiser in writing the text in the ad target page.

So what's the best way to handle this reference, if you insist on adding it? I think it really belongs in AdWords (making sure to specify that by "Online Ad Delivery" it's talking about AdWords for Search, not Display), but if you insist on putting it in AdSense (because maybe? the writer of the paper doesn't understand that AdSense is irrelevant, it's really AdWords for Search) then it should clearly specify AdSense for Search (and maybe link to the Google Custom Search Engine article to explain what this is—maybe the AdSense article doesn't explain this clearly).

The BBC report is quite good, I'd certainly quote it—it says <Quote>Google searches may expose "racial bias in society"<UnQuote> and <Quote>it may be that the search engines are reflecting society's own prejudices—as the advertising results Google serves up are often based on the most popular links previous users have clicked on.<UnQuote> It's certainly true that a disproportionate number of non-white young people are from poor families and are reported (from news reports and court cases) as being involved in crime. The report writer suggests that maybe Google could warp its results in the name of social justice. But maybe affirmative action is the best solution. Take a look at the TED video by Majora Carter to see what I mean.  Best regards, HTH (Hope This Helps)  LittleBen (talk) 16:55, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

PS: The BBC report says that, "The study analysed the type of advertisements that appeared on Google when certain names were searched for". "It looked at's core search engine", <Note>This is AdWords for Search, Google gets all the revenue from Ads clicked on its own search site<EndNote> "as well as the search function of—which also displays Google's advertising". <Note>This is AdWords for Search, displayed on a Custom Search Engine on Reuter's site: Reuter's gets a cut on revenue from Ads clicked; AdSense applies only in this case.<EndNote> LittleBen (talk) 17:39, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

PPS: You've probably guessed that I think the research is just "proving" the obvious: if you compared the contents of search results for "non-white" names with those for "white" then you'd almost certainly find the same disproportionate number of crime-related reports. Google is just reporting the state of real-world media, this is not Google "bias". LittleBen (talk) 03:07, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

This may be of interest. LittleBen (talk) 23:00, 7 April 2013 (UTC)


Hello LittleBen. We appear to have gotten off on the wrong foot, and I apologize if I seemed confrontational yesterday. However, this was not an excuse for you to follow me to an unrelated article and undo my edit. Instead of blankly reverting your edit, I decided to properly format the reference. However, I don't presently have access to the source that was cited, so I looked the word nodachi up in a few dictionaries and found that it is in fact the same as ōdachi, so really there should never have been two articles. Nodachi is now a redirect.

Anyway, have a nice day.

Konjakupoet (talk) 02:50, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

TBAN violations ANI notice[edit]

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I have blocked you for repeatedly canvassing other users regarding the WP:ANI discussion, especially when your messages are loaded with bias and personal attacks. I can unblock to let you participate in the ANI discussion again if you agree not to canvass anymore. -- King of ♠ 09:00, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

  • I was contacting the same people who protested the lack of due process in my topic ban, and who are mentioned in the links that I provided. I have prepared an Arbcom submission re. the topic ban, and would like to be unblocked to submit it. LittleBen (talk) 10:09, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
    You don't need to be unblocked to contact ArbCom - you can find an email address to use at Wikipedia:Arbcom#Contacting the Committee -- Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 10:13, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
  • I was about to issue a block for another reason. As per WP:BEANS, I will not state it openly. Because of that, I have upped the block to indef. That might seem excessive, but there are things that need to be stopped for personal reasons - I haven't decided how best to pursue it but will probably pass the details to ArbCom. -- Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 09:18, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
    I have now passed the reasons for my block escalation to ArbCom -- Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 10:13, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
  • As this page has been misused, I have revoked talk page access. Arbcom now has the details, so please contact them. -- Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 10:40, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

So much for "blocks are not punitive" I suppose -- perhaps you failed to note Kumi's apology directly above? IOW. the entire ANI complaint was based on a misapprehension. Cheers. Collect (talk) 11:52, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

This has got nothing to do with Kumi (or, in fact, the atual ANI complaint itself), and I am in possession of information that you are not. So, meaning no disrespect, you are not in a position to judge. -- Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 12:33, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
Aha -- the fact that I have more than 3 decades of online experience is for naught? Wow -- sorry -- KofH said the block was for "canvassing" and I daresay I can very well know as much as you about LBW's edits and CANVASS applicability. So what sort of sekrit stuff do you know which makes my 30+ years of experience, most of which were in charge of up to 200 sysops at a time, invalid? Cheers. Collect (talk) 13:04, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
I should have made it clear that I was referring to my extension to indefinite, and that was based partly on private information that I hold and you do not (and which is not about canvassing). I mean no disrespect towards your personal experience, but Wikipedia's rules (and my own ethics regarding information given in confidence) prevent me from sharing it with you. -- Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 13:18, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

So let me see if I got this right. The user was blocked for canvassing (which I don't agree with frankly and after looking at it seems to be a very weak case). Then the user "hints" at outing, the edits are deleted and then the user is blocked indefinitely and told to Email Arbcom if they have a problem with it. Then we are told that this has nothing to do with an ANI (that most certainly seems like a reasonable question based on the nature of the ANI) and then we are told by Boing! said Zebedee that they blocked indefinitely when it appears King of Hearts actually was the one doing the blocking. This case couldn't be more confusing and convaluted if we wanted it too. Certainly the ANI set the stage for this and I find it extremely unlikley that Arbcom will do anything with it. If the user was already under a topic ban they already view the editor as a Wikiconvict so its unlikely to say the least that they are going to overturn an action. Based on this it is somewhat disengenuous to refer the editor to Arbcom knowing that its a complete waste of time and won't have any result. Kumioko (talk) 21:52, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Thanks to the kind support of User:Collect and some facts that I provided in an emailed unblock appeal to Arbcom, I have been unblocked—Arbcom concluded that the claim of outing was bogus. Obviously this bogus claim of outing was just to keep me blocked and prevent me from defending myself at ANI. LittleBen (talk) 22:17, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:Google RS[edit]

Ambox warning pn.svgTemplate:Google RS has been nominated for deletion. NE Ent 11:01, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Ambox warning pn.svgTemplate:Google RGSE has been nominated for deletion. NE Ent 11:02, 21 April 2013 (UTC) You're welcome to email me comments about the templates (only) and I'll tranpose them to the discussion page(s). NE Ent 11:26, 21 April 2013 (UTC)


The Arbitration Committee has reviewed the circumstances leading to your indefinite block and has concluded that no outing occurred: the block, while made in good faith, was not warranted. For that reason, I have just lifted it. Please note that ArbCom has not examined the allegations of topic ban violation and, so, you might be blocked again in the near future. Salvio Let's talk about it! 20:15, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Many thanks. The continuing vicious attacks on users who ask that WP rules on properly researching (in reliable sources) and neutrally reporting (NPOV) BLP names and place names indicate that this is an issue that cannot be solved by the community. Organized lynchings at ANI are not the answer, I believe. I think that the best way to solve this issue would be for ArbCom to consider guidelines. May I submit a case on this to ArbCom?
  • As you can see from the cautions on his talk page: since returning to Wikipedia, Konjakupoet has continued the same pattern of repeated vicious attacks on other users that he showed under his previous user IDs.
  • It's pretty obvious that the attacks on my repeated advocating of following Wikipedia rules on properly researching and neutrally sourcing BLP names and place names here and here were the result of off-wiki canvassing and mob organizing that is acknowledged here. LittleBen (talk) 22:28, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
I suggest you think long and hard about what you have recently written on my page and delete all comment the can not be substantiated or are direct attacks on other editors. Your comments such as "Obviously it was just to keep me blocked and prevent me from defending myself at ANI." is out of line as the administrator may well have blocked your account for other reasons and so it is not obvious. Two points to ponder: from the TV character Francis Urquhart "You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment."; and Denis Healey "When you are in a hole stop digging". -- PBS (talk) 23:30, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
  • I do not know the user's identity and so cannot have "outed" him. I can accept that an Admin. would in good faith give Konjakupoet the benefit of the doubt, and block me for "possible outing", but I don't think that Konjakupoet's making such bogus claims to prevent me from participating at ANI (and to encourage people to vote to ban me) can in any way be considered to be "acceptable" or "good faith". LittleBen (talk) 23:42, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
  • LittleBenW, you have been unblocked only a few hours and you are immediately on the attack again. Despite the fact that I did not even comment on your latest ANI outing you see fit to accuse me of "off-wiki canvassing and mob organizing that is acknowledged here" - when all I did was (i) notice your addition to WP:RS of a link to your Lech Walesa search template, (ii) ask a question of Alan Tiefling about his reverts on his Talk page 17:07, 1 April, (iii) receive Alan's reply on my Talk page 11:32, 4 April 2013, (iv) revert your addition to WP:RS that was in violation of your topic ban 15:44 4 April (v) inform you on your Talk page 15:49, 4 April 2013 (vi) revert your second addition in violation of Topic Ban to WP:RS on 02:56, 7 April 2013. That is it. There has been no "off-wiki canvassing and mob organizing that is acknowledged here" - I sent no email to Alan as you can clearly see from the time stamp, in fact I have never sent a single email to anyone all the time I have been on wikipedia (a statement which a sysop can confirm to be true). I trust that you will now go round all the places you have spread this accusation, which is easily shown to be false by Talk page history and make use of strikethrough (not delete since editors will already have read it) to retract it. Thank you. In ictu oculi (talk) 00:19, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Why would you advertise your email address so prominently on your talk page if you did not want to be able to quickly canvass people off-Wiki by email?
  • Thank you for confirming with your added talk-page link that you canvassed Alex to encourage him to trash my WP:SET contributions, and to talk about bullying me at ANI.
  • It is surely not a violation of my topic ban to provide methods for researching in reliable sources—and properly sourcing BLP names and place names—and to recommend that people follow Wikipedia guidelines on accessibility and NPOV in ensuring that both English majority usage and foreign versions of names appear at least once in articles. It is extremely bad faith to repeatedly attempt to stifle discussion of such issues and argue that people who attempt to talk about fair play, NPOV, and properly researching and sourcing names are "being disruptive" and should be banned.
  • You are well aware that you canvassed SMcCandlish to come to the tennis discussion and bully Fyunck, and this was right after User:MakeSense64 had been bullied off Wikipedia. Then when I started an RfC to politely suggest that people follow Wikipedia guidelines on NPOV, and properly research real-world majority English usage, you posted Better use of WT:BLP time—calling me a troll, and asking for an Admin. to immediately shut down and hat off the discussion. WP is supposed to be about fair play and NPOV. As you yourself admitted to SMcCandlish, the issue of your completely stripping out the majority English version of names has not been settled: MOS says NPOV, present both foreign and English versions fairly (at least once)—this is not "Warring against the d-word"—but you seem to be repeatedly asserting that your small RfC among tennis users entitles you to ignore MOS NPOV and accessibility and completely strip out majority English version of names right across the whole of WP (including articles about Vietnam and Japan). The reason given for first blocking me then shutting down the RfC was that "the issue" (of NPOV) "had already been decided" (by your RfC) in favor of stripping out every single instance of what you seem to regard as "feelthy English". But you admit in your above-linked post to SMC that this is not the case. The reason given for shutting down the RfC was totally bogus. And you continue trying to extrapolate your tennis RfC (which surely cannot override MOS requirements) and export your intimidation to Vietnamese names and Japanese names. LittleBen (talk) 01:17, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
I do not lie, certainly not for something as trivial as a volunteer encyclopedia. This may be an unusual concept in the modern world, but in this case it is a truth that can be easily checked by a sysop.
However in answer to your question, because a few years back I was asked to set up an email so someone could send a pdf to me. The rest of the tirade above, if anyone is watching they can easily check diffs before and after. I choose to ignore it.
Now, you have heard what I have said, and I have said it twice. Please strikethrough (not delete) the accusation you have made where you have made it. In ictu oculi (talk) 01:28, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Please apologize for calling me a troll, for ordering a perfectly civil (before SMcC came along and repeatedly trashed it) RfC on NPOV to be shut down and hatted off, and for so stridently opposing proper NPOV sourcing of names. You are continuing to be obsessively disruptive about your POV pushing at many venues. LittleBen (talk) 01:39, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Please explain why (for all the tennis articles that you had moved) you ignore Wikipedia:OPENPARA#First mention: "While the article title should generally be the name by which the subject is most commonly known, the subject's full name should be given in the lead paragraph, if known (including middle names, if known, or middle initials)". I believe that it's fair to say that nobody bothered to research and source full BLP names.
  • I edit mainly in Geek space—like the most popular Geek articles on the top 5000.
The Computer virus article has gone from about 300,000 page views per month in Nov. 2012 to nearly 500,000 page views per month now as a result, and that's a just a single article that I have edited.
  • I created Responsive Web Design in Jan. 2012, and it's up to about 120,000 page views per month in Mar. 2013.
  • Even though I have edited only a few BLP articles, I'm not one to stand by and let other editors be insulted and intimidated for trying to keep WP fair, NPOV, and properly researched and sourced.
  • The Japan and Vietnam article ecosystem is very fragile, with only a few editors active. Why did you insist on bullying—and overriding the expert opinions of—two of the most dedicated contributors in Japan space, Ryulong and DAJF?  POV-pushing vengence on another experienced and dedicated NPOV editor who was forced off WP by insults and POV-pushing?  It was fortunate for Kauffner (from the Vietnam space) that Br'er Rabbit was caught out when you tried the ANI gig on him (Kauffner) the last time, wasn't it?  Same old faces at that venue too. LittleBen (talk) 02:32, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Just noticed what was going on here. It's tough to go up against city hall. Remember that some (surely most) of these editors are well meaning and really trying to help you. You should listen and let them. A very few I wouldn't trust they were telling the truth under any circumstances. Those you should ignore as best as possible... don't egg them on. I find the survivors at wikipedia have skin as thick as an elephant and do well in ignoring the bullying or harassment if/when it happens. It's what keeps me sane around here when it happens to me. I'm guessing you aren't built that way, but good luck to you. Fyunck(click) (talk) 05:39, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Here in Japan, the English "City Hall" (spoken in Japanese phonetics) sounds quite similar to "Sh_tty Hall". I don't think that WP should be "Sh_tty Hall". LittleBen (talk) 10:04, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Regarding your continued TBAN violation (and WP:PA/WP:ABF, if you like)[edit]

Hello. There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you.

3RR possibility[edit]

Your recent editing history shows that you are currently engaged in an edit war. Being involved in an edit war can result in you being blocked from editing—especially if you violate the three-revert rule, which states that an editor must not perform more than three reverts on a single page within a 24-hour period. Undoing another editor's work—whether in whole or in part, whether involving the same or different material each time—counts as a revert. Also keep in mind that while violating the three-revert rule often leads to a block, you can still be blocked for edit warring—even if you don't violate the three-revert rule—should your behavior indicate that you intend to continue reverting repeatedly.

To avoid being blocked, instead of reverting please consider using the article's talk page to work toward making a version that represents consensus among editors. See BRD for how this is done. You can post a request for help at a relevant noticeboard or seek dispute resolution. In some cases, you may wish to request temporary page protection.

  • This has been posted at WP:3O but they are currently busy. The other user insists that he owns the article, and is repeatedly reverting without commenting on a draft that I prepared. LittleBen (talk) 18:02, 27 April 2013 (UTC)


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Indefinite block[edit]

I have indefinitely blocked you per the community consensus at [20]. I assume you know how to use {{unblock}} if you wish to.--Bbb23 (talk) 16:36, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

A super-majority is not a consensus, and a visit to a Quaker meeting discussing a contentious issue is recommended to to understand the distinction---drink coffee beforehand, and visit a masseuse afterwards....
Nonetheless, a break from editing is advisable, as I tried to suggest that on my page earlier. Just take a month off, and enjoy the other aspects of life.
Good luck! Kiefer.Wolfowitz 18:06, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

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