User talk:Metamagician3000

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Everything to date now archived[edit]

Good to have that done! Metamagician3000 (talk) 05:31, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Ross University School of Medicine[edit]

I'm not sure if this is a canvassing violation, but I'd sure appreciate it if you could voice your opinion / kick in over at the title article. All of my relatively conservative edits to reduce the NPOV problem have been summarily reverted by an IP editor, and the WP:SPA editor who brought the request for protection seems very resistant to making any substantative changes as well.

I hate to see this kind of thing on Wikipedia. But the subject of this article is outside my usual interests, and given the determined opposition, getting this article to a point where it is not an embarrassment is likely to be a lot more work to do on my own than I really want to commit to. Having a second voice would be appreciated if the rules permit this request. Formerly 98 (talk) 13:42, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

I'll have another look at it tomorrow. It's outside my usual interests as well, though I do know a bit about universities in a general way. Maybe I can at least make a supportive note on the article's talk page. I don't see this as canvassing in any forbidden way, especially given where the discussion started. Metamagician3000 (talk) 15:03, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

Xanth?[edit]

I find your username amusing. Did you derive it from Piers Anthony's Xanth books? I'm particularly interested because I suggested the term "metamagic" and its definition to him in a fan letter. (Acknowledgements, Question Quest.) --Thnidu (talk) 18:37, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

No, afraid not. One source was the 1985 Douglas Hofstadter book, Metamagical Themas - but more in the foreground at the time was someone else's discussion of metamagical thinking that I'd read. I think it might have been something by Robert Sapolsky, but it's quite a while ago now. I really should go back and check... Metamagician3000 (talk) 05:40, 29 November 2014 (UTC)
And a further check of my shelves finds that the relevant discussion was, indeed, by Sapolsky. It's in his book Junk Food Monkeys, also published as The Trouble with Testosterone. I just left a note on the talk page for the Sapolsky article that these seem to be two names for (different editions of) the same book. Metamagician3000 (talk) 06:25, 29 November 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Libertarian Party (UK) (5th nomination)[edit]

Hello Metamagician3000! Just a FYI, it looks like you commented with a !vote twice in this AfD, see [1] and [2]. LFaraone 22:39, 13 December 2014 (UTC)

Sorry about that - it wasn't meant to be two !votes. I've never been sure whether we're supposed to confirm/update positions from before a case being relisted. Metamagician3000 (talk) 00:21, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

2015 Azarenka page[edit]

Yes I have. You can safely delete it, but if somehow Victoria Azarenka does return to form in 2015 (something I doubt given her injury woes in 2015) then I can reinstate it. MasterMind5991 (talk) 12:22, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! Metamagician3000 (talk) 12:25, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Talk: Cultural Marxism, deleted comments[edit]

I believe you've deleted some of my comments during your archiving of talk:Cultural Marxism. This is against Wikipedia policy, so please fix this questionable error immediately. --60.241.86.130 (talk) 06:21, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi! Thanks for letting me know. As you'll see if you look near the top of the talk page, I noted that it was possible to make a mistake and inadvertently delete something. I gave something of an apology for that in advance. I asked if someone could check that I hadn't failed to archive something. There was a lot of material, not all of it in order, and like everyone else I'm doing my best in my spare time, so it's easy to make a mistake.
So, my apologies to you in particular. It's all in the history, though, so it's fairly easily rectified. Go ahead and copy the missing material into the relevant part of the archive by all means. Or if you need help I'll be happy to do it for you. But could you tell me the approximate date of the material to make it a bit easier? Best wishes, Metamagician3000 (talk) 07:33, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
Sorry for sounding suspicious but what with the political interest in that page there's been some strange goings on. It will probably be easier if ,as you suggest, I fix it myself (as there's probably more motivation on my part to do so). Thank you for you courteous and prompt reply. Sincerely --60.241.86.130 (talk) 14:12, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
All good! Just let me know if there's anything I can do, but it sounds as if you have it under control. Metamagician3000 (talk) 01:09, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

29th Melbourne Meetup[edit]

Hello, you have previously indicated that you would be interested in attending Melbourne meetups. A meetup will be held on Wednesday August 12, 2015 6-8pm. Please check out Wikipedia:Meetup/Melbourne 29 for details and add your name to the list if you think you can attend. --Michael Billington (talk) 12:23, 18 July 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Michael. I no longer live in Melbourne, but the contact from you is appreciated. Metamagician3000 (talk) 08:02, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

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Richard Dawkins[edit]

I noticed that you help to improve this article over the years via X!'s editcount tool. I have worked on the citations over the past few months and I am nearing the end of what else I can see to do to improve it. Please consider nominating this article for Featured Article status or at least for another peer review. Thanks.--130.65.109.103 (talk) 23:06, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

Cultural Marxism[edit]

I see you're not that active currently here, but I came across your contributions to the AFD on this, having recently found myself somewhat bemused to discover how WP deals with this phrase. What you've left up on your user page happens to tally pretty much exactly with what I've thought (and said, in the latest flare-up) about this. I'm not sure what solution there is to this that won't involve inordinate amount of discussion, a pile-on by people looking to debate modern-day US politics in great detail, and probably as unsatisfactory an outcome as last time, but the status quo seems nuts to me, for want of a better description. It doesn't tell anyone much about the origins of the concept – which surely warrants a standalone page focusing on its usage as found in most academic writing, before turning to discuss (factually, not by way of debate) its adoption as a polemical, pejorative term – and leaves the Frankfurt School page stuffed full of tangential commentary by and about some fairly marginal right-wing US figures. N-HH talk/edits 13:38, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

Thanks. Yes, I agree. I gave up on trying to make any contribution to this on-Wiki debate as it was just too politicized and difficult (and burning up my time and energy for no gain). I did write some stuff in my own name on the Cogito blog hosted by The Conversation, if you're interested (the link will take you to Part 1 and there's a further link to Part 2), but I don't think there's much current prospect of getting Wikipedia to handle this topic well or fairly. Metamagician3000 (talk) 05:42, 26 August 2016 (UTC)

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A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

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Merging into Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct allegations instead of AfD[edit]

The consensus was to to merge the article in the [3]. Can you close it off please? Thank you. FaithLehaneTheVampireSlayer 00:19, 29 October 2017 (UTC)

I'm traveling at the moment, so better if you ask another admin to handle this. I take it, from a quick glance at the page, that you mean the consensus was to oppose merger. Metamagician3000 (talk) 13:09, 29 October 2017 (UTC)

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Melbourne Wikimeetup (June/July)[edit]

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Hi, I've just made a doodle poll to vote on the best date for the next Wikimeetup in Melbourne (Beer Deluxe, Fed Square). Would be great to see you there. T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 12:23, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

Thanks. I don't live in Melbourne anymore, alas, but I hope it goes well. Metamagician3000 (talk) 03:09, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

Date of next Melbourne meetup decided:

T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 01:25, 10 June 2018 (UTC)