User talk:MastCell

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Welcome to Wikipedia![edit]

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Process[edit]

Hi MastCell. I responded a bit impulsively today in the heat of the moment in the thread that alleges misrepresentation of sources. I sort of wish now that I'd held off, since I really appreciate your suggestion that we get back to the process we started. I think that's a good suggestion. TimidGuy (talk) 00:29, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

OK. But since you're here, I want to ask you something. Our content on the purported health benefits of Transcendental Meditation is heavily influenced by editors affiliated with the TM movement. Do you think that raises questions about bias (either conscious or unconscious) in our coverage? I think the best practice (one that is recommended, but not demanded, by WP:COI) would be for editors with close connections to the movement to participate in talkpage discussion, but for independent, unaffiliated editors to manage the actual editing of article content.

I'm not a big fan of analogies, but let's say that our coverage of an antihypertensive drug from Merck were dominated by a small group of single-purpose accounts closely affiliated with Merck. That situation would rightly raise concerns about our ability to present accurate and unbiased medical information. I see a similar problem on the TM articles, at least as far as they intersect with medical claims. Do you?

Finally, I'm sort of disappointed in the lack of restraint shown by TM-affiliated editors. Frankly, there are a number of Wikipedia articles, both medical and biographical, which I avoid because I want to manage any potential conflicts of interest on my part. These are areas where I believe I could undoubtedly improve our coverage, but I recognize that my connections (which are not financial, but rather personal or professional) would potentially bias me. So I don't edit those articles, as a simple but healthy form of self-restraint. I sort of wish that some level of introspection would take place here so that people wouldn't need to beat the drum confrontationally about it. MastCell Talk 17:53, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

Interesting link[edit]

Thought you might be interested in following this series of articles that will be appearing this week. Don't bother reading the comments. I've read some of the earlier series, and they seemed to be bang on. Risker (talk) 18:45, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

GAR input sought[edit]

Since we interacted on Ken Ham, I am reaching out to you for an opinion, as you appear to be experienced with the topics of sourcing, neutrality, extraordinary claims, and level of detail in the articles, as well as general Wikipedia policies.

It has been suggested to me by editor Coretheapple in the Discussion area of a current GA reassessment that the review be brought to the attention of a wider audience. The issues above are included in the review, so I hope there's enough of a cross-functional applicability. The article in question is Hyacinth Graf Strachwitz; no specialist knowledge is required to be able to contributed to the GAR.

I would welcome feedback or a review of the article to see if it still meets Wikipedia:Good article criteria and whether it should be retained or delisted as a Good article. Thank you and happy editing. K.e.coffman (talk) 04:57, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

Arthur Kellermann Article[edit]

Hello - I noticed that you've reverted my changes on the Arthur Kellermann article. I think I may have actually misinterpreted the Edit-Revert-Discuss rule, so I intend to revert my revert pending a discussion, which I have started here, and invite you to participate in. --2601:18C:8800:4600:C0B9:4C27:3E01:D719 (talk) 20:56, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

Just FYI - another user has edited the article with what appears to be a compromise. I've added that language to the "research" section of the article. If you feel this isn't good enough I'm open to discussing. --2601:18C:8800:4600:3007:B672:15D7:6B1E (talk) 15:02, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

Your script[edit]

Hello, my friend. I was discussing the registration date display under usernames that happens because of your script. Is there any way to make it show the exact time of registration, at least for new users? This would be helpful to me when doing SPI and to a lesser extent tagteam vandal work. Many thanks for any help you can offer. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 17:30, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

All sorted out. Please disregard. And if this is your script I am now using, thank you!!! :) Anna Frodesiak (talk) 07:41, 25 July 2016 (UTC)