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Peter Cohen[edit]

Hi, I noticed your recent post on WP:Israel. Welcome to Wikipedia. You're obviously discovered both the existence of WP:Wikiprojects and how article talk pages are intended to be used to resolve issues. Could I draw your attention to WP:IPCOLL? This project is intended as a means to reduce some of the tensions that arise in editing articles covering the whole Arab-Israeli dispute and members are encouraged to agree to try to avoid getting carried away during editings disagreements. You're welcome to join up.

I doubt you would be surprised if I told you that there is quite a high casualty rate of Wikipedians who are blocked from editing for periods, or are banned from contributing in any way to any articles covered by the dispute. I notice that you have commented on one article that doesn't lie in the area of dispute. It is a good idea to make sure that you also contribute in such less controversial areas. This is both because it can give you a better experience of Wikipedia than if you are always concentrating on the most disputed areas of content, and because when administrators have to intervene to calm things down they tend to be more sympathetic towards editors who are obviously trying to improve Wikipedia over a broad range of articles than towards those who seem to be purely around to push their own political views.

Below I'm going to insert a standard welcome message. Given how people often quote policy at each other when arguing over the I/P dispute, I suggest you follow up some of the links in it so that you know what they are talking about. Some of the most relevant material includes WP:NPOV, WP:RS, WP:Verify, WP:NOR, WP:NPA and WP:3RR--Peter cohen (talk) 17:05, 23 January 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for your reply. Yes you did do things correctly. For your information there are some people who prefer to keep conversations together in the place they started. They normally have something at the top of their talk page that says so. Just check for that before you reply to anyone. I on the other hand, prefer what you did as Wikipedia lets me know as soon as someone particularly wants to talk to me.

Flagging something as uncited and then removing it if the issue is not addressed after two weeks strikes me as perfectly reasonable behaviour. Obviously if there is an ongoing talk page discussion it is likely to be regarded as provocative. But in the absence of someone saying that they're going to the library at the end of the month to find the source, or otherwise indicating that they intend to do something about things, then you're not going to get into trouble.

You obviously live under difficult circumstances, but I'm not convinced that Wikipedia has as powerful an effect as you fear. The WP:Neutral point of view policy means that our biases ought to reflect those of the broader media.

I think I should also warn you not to expect to find me agreeing with you all the time. When I was added to the Jewish Internet Defense Force's list of Wikipedians they don't like they said they thought I was not a Jew, but if I am one I must be self-hating. I am very critical of a lot of what Israel does and on such content discussions as whether Ariel should be described first as a "city" or as an Israeli settlement, I favour "settlement".

I happenned to notice the post you made to WT:Israel because I'd recently posted a query both there and at WT:WikiProject Palestine about a map which had Mount Scopus wrongly labelled as the Old City. In the past I would delete both projects from my watchlist once I got round to doing a bit of pruning but now that I've said at WP:IPCOLL that I'm going to welcome new users on either side of this dispute, I'm going to be keeping both on my watchlist so I can spot people to greet. I'm sure I'm going to end up disagreeing with a lot, but I'm trying to behave in an even-handed way.

Wikipedia has a policy of no WP:Votestacking. Even though I expected to get the same answer in both places (and did in fact do so) I felt it appropriate to ask both projects rather than just one. On a lot of matters I simply post to WP:IPCOLL as it has representation from both sides as well as neutrals and hopefully a lower proportion of fanatics. I chose to miss out IPCOLL when asking about the map because it was a matter of fact I was raising not a content dispute. Normally, however, I tend to go to WT:IPCOLL first over the type of issue you raised. My advice is to have IPCOLL as your first point of call on contentious issues around the Arab-Israeli dispute. Just say something along the lines of "We're having a discussion at such-and-such a page. I think a few more opinions might help." If you do that, you'll get a reputation as someone who tries to act fairly and that means that even if you do at some point trip up against one of Wikipedia's policies, people are going to want to treat you leniently. People can disagree with your views on what should be in articles but still consider you the sort of person they want around the project.--Peter cohen (talk) 22:35, 23 January 2010 (UTC)

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I have replied again. --NickContact/Contribs 05:15, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

Your request for information on sources[edit]

Your suggestion is a fairly accurate rule of thumb. Hebrew sources prior to the 20th century are essentially category 2 (wikified footnotes). Its not entirely true to say I haven't read them, although I haven't read them for purposes relating to editing wikipedia articles.

If you look at the reference section you'll note the big this article incorporates text from the ....encyclopedia article.... cites - if you click on the article name in these (should be highlighted in blue) it will take you to an online copy of those secondary sources so you can see for yourself where the wikified footnotes come from if you want (though the citation style of the JE can be extremely cryptic at times, here's a guide to the common abbreviations - [1]).

There are one or two exceptions - where someone else has written in wikipedia a direct cite to the shulchan aruch, the tur, chochmas adam (= Abraham Danzig's wisdom of man), etc. and I've kept that in, or duplicated it in one article from another. But if you look through the edit history, edit by edit, you'll be able to trace those.

Newman Luke (talk) 00:51, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

Its often down in the JE as l.c. 150 or something equally cryptic. That means the same reference as the previous cite, except page 150 instead of whatever the previous one was. It does that with Maimonides especially for some reason. Or sometimes its down as obscure references like Rab. or Reb. (or Rav. or Rev.) without clarifying who that is - in my wikification I've converted cryptic things like that into the corresponding proper names (for example, Rab. = Abba Arika). Some of the worst ones are where the JE says according to such and such..... and then has several paragraphs based on the source, with section dividers splitting them up, without repeating the cite, so its easy to miss the fact that they are. (Its use of section dividers is a bit ideosyncratic and inexplicably random anyway) Newman Luke (talk) 01:36, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

Re. How do you bring articles that are in another wikipedia language, into the english version[edit]

See reply, in WP:HELPDESK#How do you bring articles that are in another wikipedia language, into the english version. Smappy (talk) 12:26, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

No problem[edit]

I have no problem with your revert. When I said these do not apply, I was talking about actual practise, which is a little more specific than the text in the books. Debresser (talk) 06:33, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

It is? Do you have knowledge of this? (Obviously, a source would be even better.)
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Luna Park[edit]

Thank you for reverting my mistake in removing the link to the park site. As you probably noticed, the entries in the list are limited to two lines each as there are/have been dozens of Luna Parks over the past century (and any longer would give the entry undue weight in the list). Have you considered writing a short/stub article on the park itself as it seems you have access to reliable sources covering it? B.Wind (talk) 17:45, 4 May 2010 (UTC)


I didn't feel I adequately answered your question at the help desk here, so I went looking for someone with more expertise in the area. A couple editors with more experience in this area have now weighed in. --SPhilbrickT 02:02, 13 May 2010 (UTC)

Well, I did get an answer addressing the issue from moonriddengirl, so I thank you for your efforts "above and beyond".Mzk1 (talk) 18:01, 13 May 2010 (UTC)

Haredi Jews:[edit]

"Based on what? Name one clear universal international distinction, besides the color of the Kippah."

Can I just clarify that you argued that there the only distinction between Haredi Jews and other Jews is the color of the Kippa? I suggest you some books about Haredi Jews, like the ones I referenced.

Some basic differeces: Haredi Jews do not belive that living a non-Haredi lifestyle (including Modern Orthodox) is consistent with being a religious Jew. Haredi Jews shun secular education, whilst other Jews value it. Birth rate is very high and encouraged. Generally, they are opposed to the State of Israel

You can read a book called "One Above and Seven Below: A Consumer's Guide to Orthodox Judaism from the Perspective of the Chareidim by Yechezkel Hirshman, published 2007" This was written by a Haredi Jew. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:25, 17 May 2010 (UTC)

I AM a Haredi Jew. I have also been "Modern Orthodox". I have attended both sorts of institutions. The classes are NO DIFFERENT. Statement number 1 is simplistic. Statement number 2 is a false generalization. (Countless counter-examples on request.) Statement #3 applies to many Modern Orthodox. Statement number #4 is false, except in theory. Generally, they strongly support the state of Israel, although they disagree as to whether it would have been better if it had not existed. Read a Chareidi magazine or newspaper, without cherry-picking.Mzk1 (talk) 18:11, 17 May 2010 (UTC)

Moved to talk tage of article. Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

I have responded to your comments on —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:45, 21 May 2010 (UTC)

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Discussion at WP:Judaism[edit]

I moved the discussion "Should every BIO of a Jew be part of Wikiproject Judaism", which you recently participated in, to the talk page of WP Judaism's MOS. This is an important subject and needs to be incorporated into the MOS once we reach a consensus. -shirulashem(talk) 18:23, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

Temple discussion at ANI[edit]

Hi Mzk1: A discussion and related vote you participated in is being reviewed at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents#All talk pages, and more, were notified about the discussions and proposed moves. You may want to add your views to the ongoing discussion. Thank you, IZAK (talk) 05:03, 29 July 2010 (UTC)


Here this is my current account. As I said, my old account I lost the password.

But now you can look at my fine work on Ayoob Kara and other things.


--Metallurgist (talk) 23:38, 20 October 2010 (UTC)

Yes I did. Youre quite vague, but I think I understand. :P It probably will. Yes I did see it :P--Metallurgist (talk) 23:07, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

  • also I cant stand people who put two spaces after a period.

Yep Thats why I pointed out that we both cant stand that. :) And I was wondering why you consider yourself "near native"?

Hate of haredi[edit]

Saw this and thought of you. Israel must realize that it must be united or it will die. How are you? You seem to have vanished again. :P --Metallurgist (talk) 06:11, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Hi, I kind of felt I burned my bridges, and at any rate I had to stay off the site because I could not keep from commenting and had no time for it. The press instigates (NOT inn) this sort of thing - as if our schools wern't underfunded as it is - so they shouldn't be surprised. Meir Porush is eight generations in Jerusalem; one of my cousins recently married into his family. If you want to talk personally, my email on hotmail is the same as my name here.Mzk1 (talk) 20:18, 27 November 2010 (UTC)
ok i will do that. :)

Category:Talmud rabbis of the Land of Israel[edit]

You contributed to the recent discussion at WP:Cfd. The closing editor recommended that a discussion be started on a new name and we should seek consensus there before proceeding to Cfd again. I've opened such a discussion on Category:Talmud rabbis of the Land of Israel and invite you to participate. Laurel Lodged (talk) 14:06, 18 June 2011 (UTC)

Orchot Zaddikim[edit]

Hi, putting the tagging discussion aside for the moment, I noticed that you wrote earlier that you got involved in the discussion through study of the book itself. That being the case, I would like to invite you to use the edited Hebrew text of OZ, as it appears at Hebrew Wikisource in two parallel versions. The text there has been carefully corrected based on manuscripts, plus formatted and linked to its sources. Any further improvements would be welcome. The two parallel versions can be found at:

Be-virkat ha-Torah, Dovi (talk) 13:30, 20 June 2011 (UTC)

Hi, as the main creator of the Wikisource edition, thanks for the compliments... Reading your comments again on the Judaism discussion page now I see that you mentioned the "Wikimedia" version, but before I didn't catch that you meant Hebrew Wikisource.
In terms of improving the Hebrew Wikisource version, of course you are invited to do so! Please read the guidelines to the edition, which describe the methods for editing. Like any Wikimedia project all of this is meant to be a joint effort, which means you can of course suggest or make improvements both to the guidelines and to the text of the book itself.
In practical terms, I have carefully edited only small portions of the book based on the manuscripts. I went over the entire book correcting dozens or hundreds of passages where the difficulties in the text were blatant, and documented those corrections based on the manuscripts; but only for those passages, while going over the entire text methodically is something that still remains to be done. If you'd like to help, welcome!
Shabbat Shalom, Dovi (talk) 12:51, 24 June 2011 (UTC)
PS: "Also, should the links point to the next chapter, and not the current one?" -- Sorry, but I don't know what you mean by this. Dovi (talk) 13:07, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

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Could you please send me an email (see may email address on my userpage) with the location and time of Wikimania, and what I have to do to gain entrance? I have to be in Haifa Friday, and might be able to attend. Debresser (talk) 23:19, 31 July 2011 (UTC)

Were you looking for this?[edit]

Template:User Israeli Debresser (talk) 23:03, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

Two replies[edit]

I have replied to your post on my talkpage. And to your post in Talk:Erusin#Can_we_remove_the_.22In_the_Hebrew_Bible.22_section.3F. And I am waiting for you to tell me what happened with the Nissuin article. Please note that I am not monitoring this talkpage. Debresser (talk) 23:49, 11 August 2011 (UTC)


I am happy I was in Haifa, as I met many people which gave me both ideas and motive to think about some things, and possible solutions. I talked briefly with Dovi (actually 4 or 5 of us were together at the table eating), but short story he told was remarkable. I read Bible, but I did that with respect, and you talked about some things with such ease that I think I'll read some parts again, but this time with a bit different attitude. You can send me your email address, thank you! SpeedyGonsales (talk) 18:40, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School[edit]

Just so you know, the issue was that the "general" Category:Yeshivas in Canada didn't exist at all, and even Category:Yeshivas and Category:Yeshivas by country, for some reason I'm not too clear on, existed only as category redirects to the "Orthodox yeshivas" categories. Which means that at the moment there was no "yeshivas" category it could be added to if it isn't Orthodox — and given how category redirects work, if I'd left it in one of the plain "yeshivas" redirects, a bot would have come along and transferred it into the Orthodox category anyway.

I'll move it to the more general Category:Jews and Judaism in Canada for now, and look into whether there's an actual reason why we don't have categories for non-Orthodox yeshivas, but just wanted to explain why I did what I did. Hope that helps a bit. Bearcat (talk) 17:47, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

As near as I can tell, there's no actual reason why we don't have non-Orthodox yeshivas categories — they were just arbitrarily redirected to the Orthodox categories in 2007 with no real explanation provided, and there's a discussion at Category talk:Orthodox yeshivas suggesting that the plain titles should exist as independent categories rather than redirects. Accordingly, I've created Category:Yeshivas and Category:Yeshivas in Canada and recatted the Orthodox categories as subcats of those instead — and I've posted to Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Judaism to ask if there was an actual reason that I'm not seeing. Bearcat (talk) 17:59, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

On a personal note[edit]

Ktiva vehatima tova for 5772! A gut gebensht yor! Debresser (talk) 21:34, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

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Talk:Ger toshav[edit]

I heartily apologise if I misread the intention of your Talk and edits, that was not at all my intention and I have tried to correct by adding sources. You were correct to note that the original text "the term does not appear in the Tanakh" owtte was wrong and opened my eyes to the interrelation of Talmudic and Tanakh references. Can you tell me if it is the case that the original Leviticus phrase ger v-toshav with the waw never occurs in Talmud quotes of Leviticus? I know that the waw can be dropped in waw-conjunctive phrases, both in Hebrew and Aramaic, but is the case in 100% of Talmud references? Best regards. In ictu oculi (talk) 02:36, 1 November 2011 (UTC)

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A cup of tea for you![edit]

Meissen-teacup pinkrose01.jpg Thanks, very nice comments on my own Talk page and other pages. I'll read and follow up on some of those points. Cheers. In ictu oculi (talk) 14:31, 4 November 2011 (UTC)

The Wagner article is in need of some help[edit]

We're in a bit of a pickle in the Wagner discussion page. The issues concerns Social class (sociology) and the phrase supposedly common Germanic past and has now been dismissed by some editors as inconsequential. Furthermore, the name Other interpretations in the article dismisses the general review and broader Wagner analysis to a subcategory under Controversies (mainly the topic of anti-Semitism). Please help. Just take fast look and maybe help in the balancing act. Thank you

  • In his own era he furthermore provided the newly emerged middle class with a medium to transfer its familial and political conflicts into a myth of supposedly common Germanic past.
(In the introduction, removed as non consequential)
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Hi Mzk1, can I pick your brain on the grammatical question of hendiadys between ger v toshav in Leviticus, and ger toshav in Talmud and Rashi. Is it the case that Talmud consistently drops the waw in referring to Leviticus ger v toshav or does in the whole scheme of Chazal do ger v toshav and ger toshav with and without the waw conjunctive interplay? And is dropping of the waw more or less common in Aramaic texts than Hebrew texts? Any source on this. Cheers. In ictu oculi (talk) 03:58, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

Well, I did not complete the entire Talmud, but my 21-year-old nephew did, and he thinks it unlikely that ger v'Toshav is ever used. I would note that in Pesachim 21B, second half of the page, interpreting Deut.14:21 and using Lev.25:35 (brought in Rashi) the term Ger, which usually means convert, is there interpeted as a Ger Toshav (see Rashi), and the Talmud and Rashi sticks to the "Ger" used by the text and never actually states Ger Toshav. (Rashi in 14:21 actually says Ger Toshav, and the verse is clearly not referring either to a Jew or a pagan.)
As I said, I don't see the issue. The same verse (Lev.25:47) has both "Ger v'Toshav" and "Ger Toshav". The Talmud picked the phrase that makes the issue clearer (See Rashi Lev 25:47 who says that Ger Toshav is clearer.)
Also, Lev. 25:35, Ger v'Toshav, according to Rashi only the Toshav refers to Ger Toshav; he follows the verse here and uses "Toshav" instead of "Ger v'Toshav", but the classic description he uses is the same as the one he uses in Deut 14:21:Interestingly I cannot tell you from Rashi that the "Ger Toshav" in Lev.25:47 IS a legal Ger Tashav, although he appears to be - which is why I tend to shy away from using Biblical verses for Halachic issues. Best to start from the Talmud.Mzk1 (talk) 22:17, 12 November 2011 (UTC)
Hi, thanks for the answer. Could you ask your nephew if he knows a WP:RS source to indicate that the hendiadys (ommission of waw-conjunctive) is caused by linguistic reasons (Aramaic style) or theological/exegetical reasons?
You say The same verse (Lev.25:47) has both "Ger v'Toshav" and "Ger Toshav". וְכִי תַשִּׂיג יַד גֵּר וְתֹושָׁב עִמָּךְ וּמָךְ אָחִיךָ עִמֹּו וְנִמְכַּר לְגֵר תֹּושָׁב עִמָּךְ אֹו לְעֵקֶר מִשְׁפַּחַת גֵּֽר
You are evidently correct. But where is Lisa's evidence that these are 2 different things in Lev 25:47 and that reference to 25:47a must be deleted - in fact she has deleted 25:47b as well.
Re the exegetical approach, to start with Talmud, this is of course the same as Christians who start from the NT and work backwards to Tanakh, but all the same Wikipedia is a secular encyclopedia and articles generally treat content in historical, chronological order so the article should start from Ancient Israel and work forward, even if Talmudic section is longer. In ictu oculi (talk) 05:49, 13 November 2011 (UTC)
I just showed you that Rashi in Lev.25:47 has Ger and Toshav as two different things. It depends on context.
When Catholics do this, they are trying to prove something about the Bible. We are not dealing with the Bible, we are dealing with Jewish Law. To claim that the Talmudic law of Ger Toshav is in the bible is POV. (It happens to be my POV (and Lisa's), but this is not relevant.)
You also cannot just pull a bunch of stuff out of Google and throw it together. RS does not say "majority of on-line sources" or "majority of English sources". It also does not say to throw sources in without looking at them. Not to mention that your results are somewhat random; seveal attempts on my part at finding your reference from Aryeh Kaplan were not successful. If you can't give me a page number, that says something. And I might add that many of your sources are not academic, which makes them no better than tons of stuff you did not find, most of it in Hebrew.Mzk1 (talk) 21:42, 13 November 2011 (UTC)


Hi Mzk1, I know you have an interest in sources for articles and I thought this might be of interest to you. – Lionel (talk) 02:11, 22 November 2011 (UTC)

The Right Stuff: November 2011[edit]

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WikiProject Conservatism faces the ultimate test

By Lionelt

On October 7, WikiProject Conservatism was nominated for deletion by member Binksternet. He based his rationale on what he described as an undefinable scope, stating that the project is "at its root undesirable". Of the 40 participants in the discussion, some agreed that the scope was problematic; however, they felt it did not justify deletion of the project. A number of participants suggested moving the project to "WikiProject American conservatism". The overwhelming sentiment was expressed by Guerillero who wrote: "A project is a group of people. This particular group does great work in their topic area[,] why prevent them from doing this[?]" In the end there was negligible opposition to the project and the result of the discussion was "Keep". The proceedings of the deletion discussion were picked up by The Signpost, calling the unfolding drama "the first MfD of its kind". The Signpost observed that attempting to delete an active project was unprecedented. The story itself became a source of controversy which played out at the Discuss This Story section, and also at the author's talk page.

Two days after the project was nominated, the Conservatism Portal was also nominated for deletion as "too US-biased". There was no support for deletion amongst the 10 participants, with one suggestion to rename the portal.


In other news, a new portal focusing on conservatism has been created at WikiSource. Wikisource is an online library of free content publications with 254,051 accessible texts. One highlight of the portal's content is Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke.

October saw a 6.4% increase in new members, bringing the total membership to 58. Seven of the eight new members joined after October 12; the deletion discussions may have played a role in the membership spike. Mwhite148 is a member of the UK Conservative Party. Stating that he is not a conservative, Kleinzach noted his "lifetime interest in British, European and international politics." Let's all make an effort to welcome the new members with an outpouring of Wikilove.

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Timeline of conservatism is moved

By Lionelt

Timeline of conservatism, a Top-importance list, was nominated for deletion on October 3. The nominator stated that since conservatism in an "ambiguous concept", the timeline suffers from original research. There were a number of "Delete", as well as "Keep" votes. The closing administrator reasoned that consensus dictated that the list be renamed. The current title is Timeline of modern American conservatism.

In ictu oculi[edit]

I'm making a last ditch attempt to reason with User:In ictu oculi before dispute resolution becomes necessary. Would you mind going to his talk page and contributing to the discussion? Thanks. - Lisa (talk - contribs) 00:50, 11 December 2011 (UTC)

Hi Mzk1, welcome to comment, but for better or worse, like other editors I decide what goes on my Talk page, so with all respect I have moved it back to Lisa's. Cheers 03:48, 11 December 2011 (UTC)

Happy Chanukah Mzk1![edit]


I have replied at my talk page; my reply includes thanks, questions, and requests. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:22, 21 December 2011 (UTC)


I'd love if you help me improve this article I wrote: User:Yosichen/Jewish views on marital relations Yosichen (talk) 07:11, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

Local meetings[edit]

I commented at User_talk:Yosichen#Thank_you_for_your_request. What was that about local meetings? Debresser (talk) 23:32, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

The Right Stuff: January 2012[edit]

The Right Stuff
January 2012
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Wikipedia's Newest Featured Portal: Conservatism

By Lionelt

On January 21, The Conservatism Portal was promoted to Featured Portal (FP) due largely to the contributions of Lionelt. This is the first Featured content produced by WikiProject Conservatism. The road to Featured class was rocky. An earlier nomination for FP failed, and in October the portal was "Kept" after being nominated for deletion.

Member Eisfbnore significantly contributed to the successful Good Article nomination of Norwegian journalist and newspaper editor Nils Vogt in December. Eisfbnore also created the article. In January another Project article was promoted to Featured Article. Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, Duke of Caxias, a president of Brazil, attained Featured class with significant effort by Lecen. The Article Incubator saw its first graduation in November. A collaboration spearheaded by Mzk1 and Trackerseal successfully developed Star Parker to pass the notability guideline.

Project Scope Debated

By Lionelt

Another discussion addressing the project scope began in December. Nine alternatives were presented in the contentious, sometimes heated discussion. Support was divided between keeping the exitsing scope, or adopting a scope with more specificity. Some opponents of the specific scope were concerned that it was too limiting and would adversely affect project size. About twenty editors participated in the discussion.

Inclusion of the article Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was debated. Supporters for inclusion cited sources describing the KKK as "conservative." The article was excluded with more than 10 editors participating.


Project membership continues to grow. There are currently 73 members. Member Goldblooded (pictured) volunteers for the UK Conservative Party and JohnChrysostom is a Christian Democrat. North8000 is interested in libertarianism. We won't tell WikiProject Libertarianism he's slumming. Let's stop by their talkpages and share some Wikilove.

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Why is Everyone Talking About Rick Santorum?

By Lionelt

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Articles about the GOP presidential candidate and staunch traditional marriage supporter have seen an explosion of discussion. On January 8 an RFC was opened (here) to determine if Dan Savage's website link should be included in Campaign for "santorum" neologism. The next day the Rick Santorum article itself was the subject of an RFC (here) to determine if including the Savage neologism was a violation of the BLP policy. Soon after a third was opened (here) at Santorum controversy regarding homosexuality. This RFC proposes merging the neologism article into the controversy article.

The Abortion case closed in November after 15 weeks of contentious arbitration. The remedies include semi-protection of all abortion articles (numbering 1,500), sanctions for some editors including members of this Project, and a provision for a discussion to determine the names of what are colloquially known as the pro-life and pro-choice articles. The Committee endorsed the "1 revert rule" for abortion articles.

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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A cup of coffee for you![edit]

Cup-o-coffee-simple.svg Keep doing a good job! A+ Wikidumbo in the haus. (talk) 06:47, 13 February 2017 (UTC)