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Wikipedia is a Farce regarding GamerGate Controversy Article[edit]

So what are you doing to fix it? So far the project looks so bad I would avoid employing or associating with anyone who claims to be a Wikipedia editor or an administrator. 77.97.24.152 (talk) 10:26, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia is becoming a dystopia[edit]

     Hello, I am a new(old) user, who also commented on Red Pen of Doom's AE hearing(as an ip). I was watching this GG shenanigans for a while. As an editor, I have no further intention of editing the article. But I could not help but notice the draconian administrative actions taken to the people who tried to contribute. That is why I am writing this to you. During the AE hearing, I saw AllMyEasterEggs also sharing his opinion. This user later banned by an admin due to him being a ban evading sock-puppet account. When I checked his user page I saw that he was indeed banned for being a sock-puppet. But in his original account, AugustRemembrancer reason for being banned is explained, again, as sock-puppetry. The user adamantly rejects this claim and challenges them to produce the other account which he is the sock-puppet of. Ironically, last time he challenged the ban, it seems his second account was counted as the sock-puppet evidence of the first.

     If this ban had happened to me, as a new user who doesn't know the correct procedure, I would have opened a new account too, which would make me guilty of the crime I did not commit. I urge you to investigate this situation because this seems to me a core injustice and it is against the very spirit of Wikipedia. Bear in mind that I do not know this user, not even talked to him in any way. I am not related to any gamergate activity, just a person with a lot of free time lately. I am telling this to you, because I don't like the way Wikipedia is heading. (help me Obi-Wan you're my only hope:))And to tell the truth, I am a bit intimidated by the way they treated to this user. I know you are an involved admin, and probably can't do anything administrative-wise, or maybe you looked at it and concluded, as other admins, that he is indeed really a duck.(hah, wikilaw reference, I must be a sock(that rhymed, yea I'm weird)) But at least my conscience will be clear, for I perceive this to be part of a pattern of great injustices, and if continued, it will be the doom of the project known as the Wikipedia. Sorry for a rather long comment, Cheers!

PS: The only "proof" that is presented to him leading to his ban, is that he knows too much about wikilaws and he adjusted his user page. Well, I am digging through wiki policies and guidelines, and created a talk page similar to his, yet this is the first time that I do this. Darwinian Ape (talk) 09:35, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Edit- those links do not belong to my comment.

Hello Darwinian Ape, and thanks for sharing this post on this topic and bringing this case to attention. I'm not sure "dystopian" is exactly the best word to characterize this trend but also find it troublesome and my take on it is similar to yours. Tangentially, if you w/could, do help return proper talk page procedure there. Chrisrus (talk) 14:53, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Edit- Separated this thread from those links.

Yes, I should admit, that the title was a bit dramatic. But this ban was not an isolated incident, assuming the worst in new users who edit this article has become the norm, while established users getting a pat on the back for their un-wikipedialike behaviors. Only way not to be banned in that topic, I'm afraid, is to completely agree with those editors. Darwinian Ape (talk) 21:23, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
I haven't participated much lately on that GG article talk page, but I doubt you could find a singular point of view among editors who contribute there. There are editors with a variety of perspectives and levels of experience (from many years to just a few months) editing this article. I don't know if there is a bias against new editors but there have been many newly created accounts over the past 9 months who appear and have caused disruption because they are not familiar with Wikipedia's policy on consensus. And although there are dozens of pages of talk page archives, new editors are not inclined to do a search and see if a question/subject has already been discussed before. Liz Read! Talk! 21:40, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
While there is a problem with BITEing to an extent, I have to agree with Liz here. I think I've at some point or another disagreed with anyone who has commented more than 3 times on GGC talk page, and they haven't banned me for it (yet). Bosstopher (talk) 22:26, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
@Bosstopher There is a distinction to be made between the treatment of new and old users. While I understand the practicality in suspecting from a new user, this is the exact opposite the Wikipedia wants it's users to conduct themselves when dealing with new users. I am not talking about the obvious trolls that can be spotted from a mile, the case I presented is a prime example of how the new users who dare to make suggestions -constructive ones at that, once you inspect the nature of them- to the talk page are banned with extreme prejudice. From my understanding, it's not even against wiki policy to create multiple accounts, which is the only crime this user is accused of. Even if, as Liz stated, (edit: implied would be more accurate) there are new users with malicious intent,(which I don't doubt there are) WP:NOSPADE and WP:AGF should be in full effect here to protect innocent new users who are expectedly unaware of policies. Especially when they see a topic of their interest seemingly misrepresented in Wikipedia, and decided to chime in. The new rule of 500/30 restriction will solve new users being banned like this by giving them De-facto topic ban, but also hinder the project, and while I admit this is a speculation, I wouldn't be surprised to see the users who met the qualifications but against the narrative, be treated worse and worse. This is a slippery slope. Darwinian Ape (talk) 23:25, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
As a note, you are allowed to operate multiple accounts but you must be accountable for these. Most people that have multiple accounts will voluntarily state "I may also post under X and Y" on their user page, making it clear. Those that silently run multiple accounts and found to be using the account to work against wikipolicy will be subject to community determined restrictions, depending on the severity of the issue. In the above case, the user was found by someone with CheckUser authority to have had previous accounts (that appear to have already been banned) but did not state this when asked, and as such, that's pretty much a ban again for sockpuppet block evasion. --MASEM (t) 01:22, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the answer, as I said I don't know whether he is lying or not, nor do I have any information on checkuser search, just that his position seemed genuine and desperate. And not to pester you further, but to clarify: Is this CheckUser search revealed any account other than AugustRemembrancer and AllMyEasterEggs because if not, that may have been a misunderstanding on the part of the admin. Darwinian Ape (talk) 02:00, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
I have no idea if the admin that ran the checkuser found any other accounts beyond those two (it would be something that can be discussed via the tool). Checkuser results - outside of the purposes of checking for sockpuppets - are generally kept private say to the degree to determine what action to be done. --MASEM (t) 02:22, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Oh, I see. So if the case is that this user was first suspected of being a sockpuppet and banned,(the banning admin's remarks on AugustRemembrancer's talk page indicate the admin is only suspected he is a sock.) later he opened another account, and subsequently kicked for being a sockpuppet(this time correctly but on the basis of the first account's ban.) Then he realized(upon advices given to him in his second acc's talk page) he should have pursued the first account. He does that and an uninformed admin makes a CheckUser search and finds out the applicant has two account both banned and concludes the ban is justified. (I hope your brain doesn't hurt by now, mine is.)
I know I am wasting your time and mine by defending someone that may or may not be lying and, its not a court, and he isn't given a capital punishment(well, for wiki he is) but if this kind of willy nilly banning becomes systemic, it can be damaging to wikipedia much more than a user with sockpuppets. Darwinian Ape (talk) 02:51, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Darwinian Ape, as I understand the restrictions (and I'm not an admin), one by-product of the restriction is that new editors edit less divisive articles, learn about Wikipedia policies and guidelines and then in few weeks, they can venture into the GamerGate controversy. This is preferable to them diving in to GG, making some really common mistakes, edit warring and getting indefinitely blocked or topic banned. GG is NOT a good article to learn about how Wikipedia operates, it has too much baggage. I believe that new editors have a contribution to make but let them get a little experience before stepping into a minefield. Also, admins and editors want to see that a new account isn't a SPA account and has other interests besides editing one particular article. A month is not a long time in the Wikipedia world as there is no deadline. The article will still be here in four weeks. Liz Read! Talk! 03:01, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
I am not against the new restrictions that were placed upon the article, in fact I said it will solve the problem of new users getting banned for mistakes, had they done in other articles, would not have get them banned. But I also believe the project will take a blow from not having as much as different viewpoints. This could have been prevented had the more experienced users treated newbies with the same attitude that is expected in any other article of Wikipedia. Newbies are newbies, they(We) will make mistakes. That is why we assume good faith. Personally, I will not touch the article itself or its talk page with a ten foot pole. But that doesn't mean the people who do should be banned just for doing so. Darwinian Ape (talk) 03:53, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Hi Liz, If the reasoning is in part to determine if accounts are WP:SPAs or not; what actions are proposed for accounts that are found to be SPAs? If "no action", then why do we care if the accounts are SPAs? If "action", then why are those actions not being taken to address the current SPAs[1][2][3] Appreciate any insight you might offer. - Ryk72 'c.s.n.s.' 22:28, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
An article so poorly that it motivates newcomers to edit is a reflection of the quality of editing. for all the complaints about Arbcom, they got it right to break up the cabal. Complaining about new editors motivated to join a new community is not nearly as bad as experienced editors that created WP:DUCK sock/spa accounts solely for editing their POV into the article. Some had their "first" edits at Arbcom in December/January and only just met 500 edits in their new incarnation in the last month (over 500 hedits, less than 50 to mainspace). Why a SPA editor with barely 500 edits, only to gamerGate, and less than 50 mainspace edits is preferred over a passionate new editor is a dystopian version of the project. Which is more probelmatic? How about reset the 500 limit to before the ArbCom case so all editors involved could be scrutinized and we'll see who stays. --DHeyward (talk) 06:01, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

References[edit]

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Regarding this which I thought would better convey the commentary I explained on the article that it was placed on than any image. I was wondering if there were any policies against gifs? Jhenderson 777 15:37, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

@Jhenderson777: Gifs should obviously be small and short enough to show what the animation intended, so sizewise I think you're fine. But you need to be able to explain from an NFC standpoint how the animation is critical to the readers understanding of the article. Having not played the PT demo but knowing the situation with it, I'm not 100% sure here, the article is lacking such necessary information: I get the gist from text that there are horror elements, ghosts, and strange events that happen and that you play from an first-person perspective, but that's all text stuff. You need to be able to say why this particular segment of gameplay is crticial to see. I don't know what the answer is for that. --MASEM (t) 15:44, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

I am not sure either. This source elaborates that this is Lisa's first full time appearance and that is one of the most terrifying moments. Although that doesn't explain gif over image. My reasoning of why I chose the gif over the image is to explain to the readers that all the player can do is sometimes do the opposite of what he wants to do and has no choice but to move further along to the ghost in that particular scene. Perhaps I can explain that better? I should note that a comment made by Rapunzel-bellflower (talk · contribs) here led me to ask you the question of the policies of gifs. I know you as an expert of this kind of stuff. Jhenderson 777 16:25, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
@Jhenderson777: Again, not having played it but knowing the gist, if you can find sources that say this specific moment was one of the scariest in the game, in part that you could only progress forward to something you knew was bad, that would be reason to include the animation. So I would focus on trying to find sources to support that specific scene and the nature of gameplay/horror, as to better justify the image. --MASEM (t) 16:28, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
Ok. So in short. Fair use Jifs CAN be acceptable on Wikipedia if they justify the guidelines of NFC? Jhenderson 777 16:35, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
@Jhenderson777: Yes, in general , Gifs aren't disallowed, but consider that we do discourage animation only in that some people have slow connections, that people print out pages so they become static frames, as well as it being larger-than-type fair use. You need to be able to show to a degree of why showing the animation is necessary over, say, showing a screenshot, and for that, it is best to use sources that discuss the visual direction of that scene and the like. --MASEM (t) 16:38, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 20 May 2015[edit]

WP:NPOV - Facts vs opinions[edit]

Hi Masem, I've noticed the questions that you raised at WT:NPOV, and thought that some of the discussion between myself & another editor at this Talk page might be apopos.

I'll try to put something together for the WT:NPOV discussion, but at a high level I think:

  • WP:NPOV requires that we: not state opinions as facts; not state contested assertions as facts (especially where the Article deals with the disagreements around those assertions); err on the side of treating things as opinions.
  • WP:NPOV is not able to be consensus-ed or WP:IARed around; This policy is non-negotiable, and the principles upon which it is based cannot be superseded by other policies or guidelines, nor by editor consensus.
  • WP:RS standard for reliably sourcing opinions of the authors is manifestly lower than that for the same authors (or publishers) as sources of fact.
  • when covering a disagreement or controversy (especially a polarised dispute), we should include all points of view, attributed.
  • popularity does not make opinions facts.

I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask me any questions that you might have. - Ryk72 'c.s.n.s.' 02:22, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

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The Signpost: 27 May 2015[edit]

Leigh Alexander (journalist)[edit]

Just posting this to ya since I don't want anything to do with GamerGate articles and you're a saint for still putting up with them. Have a feeling that there may be some bias there but that's just me. GamerPro64 00:21, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

The Darkness[edit]

Would The Darkness game be considered an open world game? ThanksECW28 (talk) 16:40, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

From what I remember, while you can travel between various parts of the world map, it's not open world, but mostly to revisit sections. --MASEM (t) 16:45, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

Sources - reliable v usable[edit]

Hi Masem, Apologies for the interruption. I was intrigued by some of the discussions at WT:NPOV. Would it be possible for you to provide a quick ("25 words or less") run down on why the sources that I mentioned have been rejected as "unusable"? I'm finding it hard to believe that author's writings / columnist's opinion columns aren't "reliable" for verifying those opinions. Thanks in advance for any insight that you can offer. - Ryk72 'c.s.n.s.' 20:45, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

I don't think they are not usable/reliable here, but they have been excluded by discussion on the talk page as fringe opinions from poor RSes (llike Brierbart) I don't agree with this and that's part of the overall issue. --MASEM (t) 20:47, 1 June 2015 (UTC)
Many thanks for the quick response; I genuinely appreciate it. The "WP:FRINGE because not WP:RS" and "not WP:RS because WP:FRINGE" line of thought seems disappointingly like circular reasoning. - Ryk72 'c.s.n.s.' 21:58, 1 June 2015 (UTC)
Exactly. And I have a hard time in a situtaion when we are talking about a group as a notable topic that their veiws, or opinion pieces that reflect their views, can even be called fringe positions with respect to that group. (Other factors, like on video game journalism, absolutely,). --MASEM (t) 22:08, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

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Hi @Masem:, I found your knowledgeable comments here and would like to ask...

I've been working on an article about a technology company, and I'm looking at the logo updated for the ForgeRock article.

I would like to do the same (put a logo in the infobox like this), but I haven't uploaded images.

Do I need to get the company's permission to use their logo? What should I do?

Thanks, Justapersona(Come talk!) 21:44, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

There is no requirement to get permission to use a logo from anyone. Except in cases where the logo is "simple" per the Threshold of originality, we'd tag the image as non-free, meaning we're using as fair use with additional restrictions for Wikipedia, as defined at WP:NFCC. Using the logo to identify a notable company as the lead or infobox image on an article about that company is an allowable use for this. When you upload the logo via the Upload File wizard (link on the left of the WP page screen), you'll want to mark its use as the non-free logo of a company, and fill in all the appropriate fields as described on the wizard page, and then you will be set.
That said, you do have an option if you want to try to contact the company to get permission to use the logo under free licensing terms, as described at WP:CONSENT. This is absolutely not required and probably should only be done if you have previous contact with the company. --MASEM (t) 21:52, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

NPOV Talk Question[edit]

It's been a while since I read the full thread at NPOV, but does your question regarding us looking at non-RS affect WP: LABEL? As in whether or not we use non-RS to determine if the label being used is contentiuos. --Kyohyi (talk) 19:34, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

@Kyohyi: Yes, it is certainly related to the use of labels generated from RSes. --MASEM (t) 19:43, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

Dong Fang Zhi Xing[edit]

Hello! I suspect that when (sadly) the true death toll becomes known, there will be a great number of visits to Sinking of the Dong Fang Zhi Xing. I created the sinking article, while you created the original ship article that you later merged with "my" article. Please, help me watch the categories. This was NOT a maritime incident (at sea), and it is about a shipWRECK, not about a ship. Thanks for your help! There could be a lot of good faith but not helpful edits when the death toll hits the wire. Juneau Mike (talk) 21:03, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

@Michaelh2001: Please continue to make any fixes as needed to categories, etc. as I noted on the talk page, my area is not normally shipwrecks but I say this being a major news story and copy/pasted from an existing shipwreck (which likely was a maritime shipwreck, hence why the term lingered). --MASEM (t) 21:11, 2 June 2015 (UTC)
I see that you've reverted the link that I added to the article. The definition of "maritime" that you're using is very narrow and you probably should look at the term "maritime transport" which is defined as "the shipment of goods (cargo) and people by sea and other waterways." I'm not going to try to restore the link but I do suggest that you bring the matter up on the Wikipedia:WikiProject Ships or the Wikipedia:WikiProject Shipwrecks talk pages. Shinerunner (talk) 12:37, 6 June 2015 (UTC)

ITN for Sinking of the Dong Fang Zhi Xing[edit]

--SpencerT♦C 04:12, 3 June 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 03 June 2015[edit]

The Signpost: 10 June 2015[edit]

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Spot on[edit]

'Islam', 'feminism', 'veganism', etc., are not each composed of a single individual believer, and it is anti-scientific to believe otherwise. 'Veganism' cannot be found guilty of eco-terrorism, though certainly a subset of adherents can be, and so on. Good point to make.[1] 108.52.24.214 (talk) 14:57, 14 June 2015 (UTC)

If memory serves correctly, 108.52.24.214 was Gamergate's official catspaw IP assigned to take out The Red Pen of Doom by filing an AE complaint in a manner that would prevent any BOOMERANG. The owner of this page, being an expert on Gamergate planning boards, likely knows this, but casual readers might not. We're seeing a lot of IP editors in the Gamergate space suddenly, it seems. Perhaps someone ought to make a scorecard? MarkBernstein (talk) 16:18, 14 June 2015 (UTC)
Once again, Bernstein can't read a diff or follow a simple contribution history, he attacks the IP and attacks Masem, who's contributed more to the encyclopedia than he could ever hope you. How long will the project tolerate this disruption? 104.156.240.150 (talk) 16:30, 14 June 2015 (UTC)
You are way off the mark. 63.153.218.127 (talk) 20:59, 14 June 2015 (UTC)
100% verifiably false. Sad to see such an eloquent and witty writer squander these talents on inanities, character attacks, and conspiracies. I wish you the best. 108.52.24.214 (talk) 02:15, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

Pre-dated painting stamp.[edit]

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1RR[edit]

Not sure why you asked Gronky to respect the 1RR, they seem to only have one revert. However, that was your second revert. The first was this partial revert to add pack in the bit about alienating readers. Not a big deal as obviously the lede is always hard to get consensus for changes, but do be careful. — Strongjam (talk) 18:59, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

Working out concensus[edit]

My last edit was indeed bad. It changed too many things, it was bound to find opposition.

I don't think exclusively talking on the Talk page is a way to make progress here. When I originally explained the problem, it was clear from the replies that most people couldn't see what I was talking about. But then when I edited the intro I got good feedback. Most of my edits will be to the Talk page, but I think an occasional edit to the article is helpful to show concretely what people are talking about or proposing.

So far I've made no reverts. Rhoark reverted me and gave his reason on Talk. I took his point into consideration (replying on Talk) and made a new edit with my old text plus his idea. I'll make one or two further modified proposals then give up. Gronky (talk) 19:17, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

I would recommend you post your recommend change on the talk page first, and then have it reviewed, instead of editing the article live. It's better to avoid getting into any editing issue wars. --MASEM (t) 19:24, 19 June 2015 (UTC)
Hi Gronky, I haven't looked at the edits themselves, and have no opinion on the changes; but I think per WP:REVERT, Reverting does not always use the undo tool. Any method of editing that has the practical effect of returning some or all of the page to a previous version can be considered a reversion, the reinsertion of the old text still counts. Of course, no other "revert" so no issues with the 1RR. - Ryk72 'c.s.n.s.' 13:02, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
Hi. I'm pretty sure my actions don't count as a revert. The other person reverted and gave their objection, I proposed a new version to address that objection, they said something like "Ok, that looks good" and then I put the new version on the page. So, rather than negating the effects of their edit, I actually did their work for them. Either way, I'll keep it in mind in the future. Gronky (talk) 19:44, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 17 June 2015[edit]

Mainstream news is too antiquated for you?[edit]

How do you justify claiming that there is "no real importance" to a pre-release item on any game by a mainstream news programme? Any computer game can get mentioned on gaming sites, but being mentioned on a mainstream news programme is reserved for games that look like they may be some sort of cultural landmark. — Preceding unsigned comment added by CivilizationAce (talkcontribs) 23:56, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

If they just showed a couple of segments without commenting on it, that's not encyclopedic. Just appearing on a news show is trivial. --MASEM (t) 00:09, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

So you deleted the comment about the segments without having seen them? — Preceding unsigned comment added by CivilizationAce (talkcontribs) 12:34, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

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'Sinister' - Harassment on Wikipedia News Piece[edit]

@Masem: Hi there. I posted the below on [Wales talk page.]

Please see a link to a news video I have made about sinister goings on here on Wikipedia. Episode 4 - Sinister

I am a journalist and blogger. I run my own website and I have also, from time to time, sourced stories for papers such as the Daily Mail. I am studying a Master's Degree in law combined with a solicitor's certificate. I have spent a lot of time representing vulnerable people and their families in Court pro-bono. In fact I was praised in the British Parliament by then Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming for my legal skills representing a vulnerable woman - http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140113/petntext/140113p0001.htm

My coverage of the recent ArbCom case on Grant Shapps and Richard Symonds was the source of articles in almost every UK national publication - http://matthewhopkinsnews.com/?p=1634 . My work was also directly cited by Breitbart - http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/06/10/shapps-case-raises-questions-for-wikipedia-and-the-guardian/

There is likely to be ongoing coverage of Mark Bernstein's conduct on the English language Wikipedia. If Bernstein's conduct and that of his supporters goes unchecked it is likely to seriously damage the project's reputation.

I recognize that Mr Bernstein believes that he is the victim of anonymous GamerGate misogynist harassers. Fairly obviously I am no such thing, being open about my identity (which is on my user page) and also having been praised for my equalities work.

Hope that was of interest. Vordrak (talk) 23:39, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

Doubt about non-free rationale[edit]

Could you please explain me why SL Benfica logo.svg can only be used in S.L. Benfica (archived review) and FC Barcelona (crest).svg can be used in multiple articles? SLBedit (talk) 18:01, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

The FC Barcelona should not be used in that many articles, either. It fails WP:NFC#UUI#18 regarding logo use. --MASEM (t) 18:42, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
Do you mean 17? SLBedit (talk) 18:48, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
Yes, sorry, was going off top of head. --MASEM (t) 18:51, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

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Thank you for your professionalism in the GamerGate controversy article[edit]

I know you've been criticized by people from both sides of the issue, but from the talk page, you seem to practically be the only editor that has not attempted to soapbox for whatever side of the issue you're on. Just thought you might like to know that it's appreciated by at least some people. --Bionic86 (talk) 15:45, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

Your AE request[edit]

I made a small edit to your recent AE request. Please revert if it displeases you. -Starke Hathaway (talk) 18:28, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

  • @Starke Hathaway: Thanks, I just couldn't find where it was spelled out despite looking all over the AE pages. --MASEM (t) 18:31, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

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Obergefell v. Hodges[edit]

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On article talk page?[edit]

Please provide diffs of where I called PtF a "sock" on the article talk page. I don't think I have as my complaint has always been use of SPA accounts in ways not embraced by WP:SPA. I don't think I ever use the term "sock" (there is a difference). None of PtF's diffs are from the article talk. --DHeyward (talk) 19:23, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

@DHeyward I do apologize and made a statement to that at AE. I still have concerns using "SPA" accusations on article talk pages when the evidence is not clear and that should be handled in the same way as sock accusations (eg at admin boards). --MASEM (t) 02:18, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
I agree and I think the only places are either admin talk pages or admin boards. Obvious alternate accounts (sock or SPA) are generally forbidden from those spaces. My complaint is being brought to boards and accused of misbehavior by accounts that are WP:DUCK obviously not new. I have no history of their behaviour yet mine is ten years old. No one has disagreed with WP:DUCK analyses. If I had created an account in December and used it only for GG, it would be an even playing field. But alas it is not. --DHeyward (talk) 05:01, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

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Misplaced inquiry on your User page[edit]

Hey, Masem. An editor accidentally left a comment for you at your User page instead of your Talk page back on June 19th. Not sure if you noticed it or not since it's still there. HMS Werewolf (talk) 07:57, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

Principles of journics in ethalism[edit]

Hi,

just an accountless nobody ... who is sorry to disturb your summer vacation ... but I notice that events that reflect positively on Gamergate and those that reflect negatively are treated somewhat differently. To quote: "That seems to be another one of those "I sense that this isolated, anomalous statement by some random person actually speaks for a huge number of others that I now claim are as significant as those who have spoken again and again." " Applied to some single isolated twitter threat? Sure, this is all Gamergate is. Applied to "Gamergate is about ethics in journalism"? Balderdash. One lone voice. Who speaks for Gamergate? Nobody knows. We only know that one utterance represents all of Gamergate if it is really bad for Gamergate. Is there principle behind this? If so, what? If not, what should it be?

T 88.89.219.147 (talk) 01:17, 9 July 2015 (UTC)

Courtesy Notification[edit]

Not sure if it's required to notify the evil leader of the Armies of Mordor, but I am extending the courtesy anyway. I mentioned you whom must not be name in a statement and request on Gamaliel's talk page. (need to emphasize page lest a month conspiracy erupts). I couldn't decide if you were Voldemort, Sauron, unknown master gaming villain #42 or perhaps a potential Hugo award novel focusing on the forerunners of the Bene Tleilax and a master Tleilaxu using your Spice derived powers to create Ghola armies of anonymous accounts or resurrecting Face Dancer old accounts in an effort to create the Axlotl tanks - the ultimate repression of females in the all male Tleilaxu society. From now on, I think all your future Axlotl meat puppets should be named Duncan Idaho for storyline continuity. For TPS, this is 'humour.' In no way am I advocating that Masem, or any of his evil Masem alts mentioned above, should create anything from an Axlotl tank. Oh, and Masem doesn't have any alts that I am aware of. Or an Axlotl tank but I have not seen his basement and cannot rule it out. You can delete if you think some people may not grasp the dry humor. --DHeyward (talk) 19:16, 9 July 2015 (UTC)

Dry humor? I imagine those tanks are wet; that’s why they call them “tanks”. MarkBernstein (talk) 20:01, 9 July 2015 (UTC)
True, but Arrakis was a dry place. — Strongjam (talk) 20:49, 9 July 2015 (UTC)
@MarkBernstein: I can only imagine you've read the entire series, so your comment is dry in two senses rather than the obvious ("tank") one. --Izno (talk) 20:55, 9 July 2015 (UTC)
Oooh, we agree (though if we skipped the debate about whether they were tanks at all, we probably both lost the argument). First sci fi book I read was A Wrinkle in Time. It was in grade school and was the first book that mI realized I wasn't the only one working out thought problems in the nature of the universe. Wasn't until I was an adult that someone pointed out it was a "girl's book.' Glad they didn't mention that at the time. I had to go back because I didn't even remeber the gender of the characters, just the sciency fiction and the new ideas and thought experiments. I probably should read more by that author. I read the entire Dune series (lost interest in the post-Frank Herbert versions so they don't count) as an adult after my Horatio Hornblower phase (which followed the historical Tokugawa shogunate phase inspired by James Clavell). . The original Dune I read years before that (before the David Lynch butchered it. Everyone else complained about the plot being hard to follow while I was complaining about the stuff he invented that wasn't in the book. --DHeyward (talk) 08:35, 11 July 2015 (UTC)
FWIW I was pinged of that comment as I think it was linked in via username. I'm aware of the statement, but don't think I need to speak to that as the situation is something else entirely at the moment. --MASEM (t) 21:09, 9 July 2015 (UTC)
No worries. I wasn't expecting a response but hoping to break some of the ice that has formed. Despite whatever disagreements exist on the talk page, at heart we're all intellectual dorks. --DHeyward (talk) 08:35, 11 July 2015 (UTC)

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Update: GameSpot issue[edit]

I've been on the GameSpot forums, asked the question and received a reply. It was GameSpot itself that created the issue. It was part of GameSpot's self-defensive measures against malicious adware which were ripping and re-hoasting it for their own ad usage. They were also concerned about its impact on their search engine optimization. It's just that their anti-ripping efforts worked too well. But it seems it will not last. To quote the staff member who answered my question: "We can adjust for archive.org." --ProtoDrake (talk) 15:17, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

Oh good, and that would make sense. Make sure they also get webcite too as whitelisted. --MASEM (t) 15:36, 10 July 2015 (UTC)
I've mentioned it. We'll just have to wait and see. --ProtoDrake (talk) 15:49, 10 July 2015 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) Well that's nice to hear. And what about Giant Bomb? GamerPro64 19:17, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

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Would this be pd-textlogo? – czar 17:37, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

@Czar Yes: the simple balanced gradient is not sufficient for artistic originality. --MASEM (t) 17:39, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

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GamerGate: Sourcing.[edit]

Hey there fellow wiki editor.

I recently looked at the GamerGate page and noticed that the edits you have made to the page lacked proper sourcing. The reason why sourcing is a necessity on sites like Wikipedia or on the Internet in general is to prevent rumours and the spreading of false information. I hope you can appreciate that seeing how we live in the Information Era.

Kind regards, raxiam

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Edit: Sorry, blamed the wrong guy. Shouldn't have jumped to the gun as quickly as I did.

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While I don't agree with everything you do, you get far more flak thrown your way than you deserve. You are a reasonably okayish guy, and clearly not the sinister mastermind you've been painted as in the past. How quickly your alleged minions walk their way into topic bans is evidence enough to prove that. Carry on being reasonably okayish and use the jacket wisely! Apologies for the world's most half-hearted wikilove message. Brustopher (talk) 19:37, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

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Sent you a mail re: the journal article. - Sitush (talk) 19:00, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

Regarding Revision 673699478 on Gamergate_controversy[edit]

What you said about "All sources call it a culture war..." is not simply not true.

These are just two references in the article I randomly found that describes with the word "subculture".

(170) http://boingboing.net/2014/12/31/how-imageboard-culture-shaped.html

(119) http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/10/17/gamergate_threats_why_it_s_so_hard_to_prosecute_the_people_targeting_zoe.html

Hengsheng120 (talk) 22:37, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

However, when you do a Google News search, "Gamergate 'culture war'" gets 372 hits vs "Gamergate 'subculture war'" getting 1. And most cases they are talking about a broad culture war, not one just that is confided to the VG industry. --MASEM (t) 00:52, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

New gamergate-related article[edit]

Hi, since you have been so involved in the whole Gamergate thing (about which I know almost nothing) I thought you might know what should be done with the newly created page GamerGhazi. Everymorning talk 02:07, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) @Everymorning: I've nominated for deletion. The only sources dealing with the subreddit are links to reddit itself. — Strongjam (talk) 02:14, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) Hi Strongjam, I've !voted there. Looked for CSD criteria that might apply, but only "duplicates existing page" seemed likely; there are, however, some aspects that are not included in the main Gamergate controversy page, which (if verifiable) should be merged there. I'm looking at cleaning out the obvious WP:BLP issues. - Ryk72 'c.s.n.s.' 02:28, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

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You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fandom. Users are expected to collaborate with others, to avoid editing disruptively, and to try to reach a consensus rather than repeatedly undoing other users' edits once it is known that there is a disagreement.

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Your reversions are adding up. Liz Read! Talk! 23:31, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

@Liz: What does policy say about templating experienced editors? With adminship comes the expectation one's familiar with the rules they're enforcing. Missteps are expected, it's important to recognize and learn from them. Best of luck. 177.154.145.107 (talk) 00:12, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
You're right, IP177, I probably should have written a personal message. It was mainly intended to alert Masem he was at 3 reverts, not as a threat. But reading it now, this template does seem heavy-handed. Liz Read! Talk! 15:55, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
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GamerGate Source[edit]

This is relevant to your interests - http://gamepolitics.com/2015/08/16/spj-airplay-ethics-side-order-bomb-threats#.VdB5wrJVhBc 77.97.24.152 (talk) 12:20, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

A glance at the contribution history of this IP account strongly suggest that it's a dedicated sock of a banned former user. You might want to consider that. MarkBernstein (talk) 16:00, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
If you believe there is an allegation to be raised please take my IP address to "moon court" or whatever it is you use to maintain your racket Mr Bernstein. In fact, go one better, sue Game Politics.com and James Fudge (an actual journalist, not a blog writer) for publishing about an event your friends attempted to sabotage. Go for it. 77.97.24.152 (talk) 21:54, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

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999[edit]

Hi there,

I've seen you make quite a few changes to the plot section of Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (and thanking you along the way). I was just wondering if you were going to work more on the article as a whole. If you are, then I'd just like to mention that myself as well as a few other editors were also going to start working on that article soon, as we're pretty busy with it's sequel, Virtue's Last Reward. We're hoping to get it up to GA status, and then move onto 999. Anyway, regardless of what you say, I just want to properly say thank you for helping with the article.Famous Hobo (talk) 23:01, 19 August 2015 (UTC)

I'll keep eyes out for sources but I can still help on 999;; I have not yet played VLR so can't help there. --MASEM (t) 23:17, 19 August 2015 (UTC)

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Apologies for No Man's Sky[edit]

That thing about No Man's Sky was silly. I was reacting on gut instinct (is kneejerk the right word? Gut instinct implies I'm right but that's not what I mean) after I just had the term procedural generation re-explained to me. Accurately even. If that confuses you, seeing as how the explanation was accurate and all, don't worry; I'm slightly confused too.

I admit I was relying on the perception of anonymity and an immediate perception of justification for my actions to, I guess, express frustration with some other qualities of Wikipedia.

I don't like the idea of leaving you without saying that, because Wikipedia is not often very rewarding. And also, I guess I also just want to show in a more sane light that.. without looking at the revert you made, I really was just trying to change the tone of the article with my edit about the flood. I wasn't sure if removing the idea that they were inspired to save the studio by the game was something you or someone else might disagree with or not, I just felt that enough information would be conveyed without that and that we can't necessarily varify the thoughts of the development team. (And also, I just didn't want to be "that IP") 24.20.74.231 (talk) 23:47, 21 August 2015 (UTC)


Also I appreciate the patience given that I was cursing 24.20.74.231 (talk) 00:04, 22 August 2015 (UTC)

File:Rare Replay logo.png[edit]

Do you consider this PD-ineligible? And if so, do you think it's worth replacing the Rare Replay art with this logo? – czar 04:23, 22 August 2015 (UTC)

Definitely not in the UK (read: it should not be hosted at commons). I would personally play it safe and say it would not be PD ineligible but one might need a second opinion. --MASEM (t) 04:51, 22 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! (FYI: c:Commons:Deletion requests/File:Rare Replay logo.png) – czar 15:36, 22 August 2015 (UTC)

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RSN Discussion[edit]

I think we're talking past each other a bit in that discussion. I'm aware that this article is being proposed for use in two places, and I agree with you that using it for old names would be a BLP violation. However, the RSN discussion is about Brustopher's edit to the Gamergate article which didn't include names, and was about using the source for content on the court case. --Kyohyi (talk) 15:30, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, there's a couple things going on, just to be clear I don't see a problem with the source as RS, just that if we really need it at this time, and if we do use it just to watch for our own gotchas in the BLPPRIVACY area. --MASEM (t) 15:46, 25 August 2015 (UTC)
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Getting veiled threats[edit]

I just want to say this now that I do not appreciate receiving threats here. The fact that I got one while stating what's on my mind does not give me hope for the GGC article. I've mentioned this before but I admire your endurance on that page. GamerPro64 23:25, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

Speaking of Cathy Young[edit]

This interview may have some bits to cite as well as far as quotable statements go, both for and against GamerGate from Cathy Young and Jesse Singal. Namely some of the counterpoints Ms. Young raises to Ms. Signal's points may have some merit. What do you think?--Kung Fu Man (talk) 23:27, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

I have not yet watched it though was aware it was coming. HuffPost is considered reliable by most and there should be almost no question to it being allowed as a source on that facet; the issue will be likely on weight and undue of material. --MASEM (t) 23:52, 26 August 2015 (UTC)
That's troubling me somewhat too, though I think with this particular article it seems strange for some to argue WP:UNDUE when there are sources saying similar but consistently forced out. I've certainly not encountered an article handled like this prior that's for sure.--Kung Fu Man (talk) 00:17, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

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