User talk:Michael Courtney

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Comments on Data sharing[edit]

You made some good comments on Data sharing. Some I agree with and some not. I responded and would like to see your response. I just want to make the article better. Thanks for your input. RonCram (talk) 02:45, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

File copyright problem with File:3dbifmap.jpg[edit]

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Problems with hydrostatic shock / ballistics graphics[edit]

Michael, it is not appropriate to be submitting graphs to articles related to hydrostatic shock unless these submissions come from WP:RS and these contributions you make appear to be WP:OR and it not necessarily appropriate. Please consider avoiding adding this to articles on specific calibers, as it is not germane and may be WP:COI if you are trying to advertise or build reputation as an expert. Experts should be cited through second and third parties. Spectre9 (talk) 04:10, 30 November 2009 (UTC)

Our work has been published in reliable third party sources, and cited favorably by other scientists. This conforms to Wikipedia policy which states:
This policy does not prohibit editors with specialist knowledge from adding their knowledge to Wikipedia, but it does prohibit them from drawing on their personal knowledge without citing reliable sources. If an editor has published the results of his or her research in a reliable publication, the editor may cite that source while writing in the third person and complying with our neutrality policy.Michael Courtney (talk) 04:24, 30 November 2009 (UTC)
I am aware that experts may self-contribute. Please take a look at Wikipedia:ADVERT#Citation_spam. While you may be an academic who is published, it does raise questions with me about WP:COI. Please consider the appearance that you are trying self-promote your work to others in these actions, and insure you are fairly balancing the article itself not adding superfluous content that really belongs elsewhere. A link to a wound ballistics article without re-adding your papers to each firearms caliber is a more appropriate tack. Spectre9 (talk) 04:29, 30 November 2009 (UTC)
Do you think it would be appropriate to add other citations that deal with many different calibers to individual articles, provided they are reliable sources? For example, the "Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading" is a reliable source for many different cartridges. Or what about a source that had expansion and penetration data for loads in many different calibers? The spam thing seems like a red herring. I've cited lots of other reliable soures other than ones that I've co-authored. I've also cited papers I've co-authored in the Quantum Chaos and other physics articles. No one has complained of spam there. I can support the hydrostatic shock stuff with lots of other cites, but many are not accessible online.Michael Courtney (talk) 04:36, 30 November 2009 (UTC)

Michael Your comments make more sense on this than anyone, but consider these things; People shot with rubber bullets in the chest develop cone shaped densities in their chest xray. Lung tissue has a lot more air than other tissue, a lot more compressible than water. The xray can show the tissue damage, but it is probably less than water density tissues. Stun guns at slaughter houses do not penetrate but cause devastating brain injury. An actor killed himself by putting a blank gun to his head, and it would have killed him even if skull fragments had not been depressed. (talk) 00:40, 2 January 2011 (UTC)


I've made the split on Yahweh. I'm also suggesting a new stage of editing. You might like to comment on the article talk page. PiCo (talk) 04:45, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

Square root[edit]

For your work!

- DVdm (talk) 19:07, 22 January 2010 (UTC)

Replication of results[edit]

Hi, I saw your comments at talk:Experiment and was wondering if we could collaborate on the replication of experimental results, as a routine and/or essential part of the process of scientific research and scientific progress.

This topic may also be related to data sharing, as in:

"Here are the results of my experiment. They seem to confirm/contradict theory X. Would others please duplicate my experiment, so we can all be sure that I didn't make some kind of mistake."

I think there is a history, in science, of careful researchers using data sharing and replication of results to guard against confirmation bias and other problems. --Uncle Ed (talk) 12:51, 16 April 2010 (UTC)

File:Hydrostatic.gif listed for deletion[edit]

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