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Oliver Kamm[edit]

I appreciate your comments on Oliver Kamm's talk page. Although I have other pressing tasks to attend at the moment, I'll eventually return to the discussion. Also, don't let TJive intimidate you. He's nothing but a bully. Sir Paul 06:24, 7 July 2006 (UTC)

It's ironic, though. I have long regarded Kamm as a pretentious fool who isn't worth a minute of anybody's time trying to read him -- which is why I've been reluctant to get drawn in. Yet I'm still wasting time on him...--NSH001 15:07, 7 July 2006 (UTC)

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Any way you could do that article title switchover (if you consider it justified) at Timeline of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, 2015‎? I'm thinking that concerns of length should be addressed, and that we should have it as part one of 2 articles for this year, i.e.Timeline of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, 2015, January-June? Once I get to the end of June, if this is okay, I'd open up the second half of the year's coverage with, July-December, etc. No obligations involved in this of course. Best Nishidani (talk) 21:10, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

No problem, it would definitely be better as two separate articles, say something, January–June 2015 and something, July–December 2015. Moving the article is technically easy (in fact, you could even do it yourself!(*)). But I do think the article, and its predecessors in the series, are at the wrong title. It is clearly a list article, so it should be "List of ..." and as it stands it is clearly a list of violent incidents, so I think it should be moved back to the previous title. Same for the rest of the articles in the series. It is definitely not a "timeline". On a timeline article I would expect to see a more strategic overview: start/end of negotiations and wars, changes of leadership of all the armed parties/groups, influence of United Nations, US, UK, neighbouring states, political lobby groups, etc. I see it was Greyshark who moved it, with an edit summary referring to the "umbrella" timeline article. I think that article should be totally re-written along the lines I have suggested. Of course, moving the articles back is probably best done after going through the WP:RM process. Regards, NSH001 (talk) 00:02, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
(*) Just click on the "More" tab at the top, then select the "Move" option, and follow the instructions. The only thing you have to worry about is to take extreme care to spell the new name correctly, including capitalization and punctuation (if any).
I confess that easy things are often those that defeat me. I'm comfortable with complexity, because it's a challenge. I've fucked up easy things so often here . .
The title was originally something like 'List of violent incidents in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict'. Greyshark's change was without notice, and followed by moving on, ignoring my request to discuss the change. He also changed one or two earlier titles but not all of them, to reflect that view, but the incongruence, as you note, now stands. Yes, it is evident that this is not a 'Timeline' of incidents, because it ignores almost all of the political dimensions, which originally did not come under the heading or lead definitions of what is listed. That rules out 'Timeline'. In any case, there is not much hurry, since there's a week to think this over and find a solution. In the meantime I'll drop a note on the talk page. Nishidani (talk) 09:38, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

Wrong navbox substitutions[edit]

@NSH002: I've noticed you're replacing the former monoaminergics and catecholaminergics templates with {{serotonergics}} and {{adrenergics}}, presumably per the tfd; unfortunately, you're placing the incorrect template on many drug/pharmaceutical pages by doing this substitution. I'd suggest you simply delete the templates instead of adding a substitute. Seppi333 (Insert ) 23:29, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

Yes, thanks for the note. I'm sure it's possible to fix these correctly, but unfortunately I made a mistake in AWB (easy to do if you haven't used it for a while). I've fixed quite a few of the incorrectly replaced navboxes, still working through the rest of them. Those cases where the monster templates have been placed (contrary to WP:BIDIRECTIONAL) on an article not linked from any of the subtemplates should be deleted as you say. Give me a day or two, and if you spot any that are still wrong, feel free to let me know. --NSH001 (talk) 04:57, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

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Haalp for the usual dumbcluck fuckup[edit]

There's a lot of red ink below the Palestinian stone throwing page introduced after my last edit. What in the billhod did I do to introduce that incarnadine muck? It wasn't there in the previous editNishidani (talk) 21:17, 8 October 2015 (UTC)

It´s been there since September, it is not always easy to notice. Just cleaned one up Tel Rumeida, see this version: it had "Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Dayan" defined multiple times with different content".....and that was exactly what it was: <ref name ="Dayan" > was defined two different places. Will try to clean up the Palestinian stone throwing page Cheers, Huldra (talk) 23:19, 8 October 2015 (UTC)
Sort of fixed it, but I´m not quite sure I got every referring tag right. You need to start using, say, page-number, in addition to author-name for those "ref name"s. Say <ref name =Graff160> instead of only <ref name =Graff>, Cheers, Huldra (talk) 23:31, 8 October 2015 (UTC)
I've always wanted to do that last thing, but it fucks up every time, and I've never figured out why. No wonder my primary school teacher wanted me to repeat year 1.Nishidani (talk) 07:10, 9 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Huldra. Early morning, so brain isn't functioning at full throttle yet, plus I'm still getting over a horrible cold. Will check your diff later today. I note our brilliant, but rebellious, friend doesn't like being told what to do, but is well capable of learning from example, so will give some thought to setting up a referencing scheme to suit. Regards, NSH001 (talk) 07:36, 9 October 2015 (UTC)
If I tended to learn by example I would have been a sockpuppet master from years back, so it's just as well I can't. I look on admiringly at the capable, rather than succumbing to the temptation to imitate. Perhaps that's why my mother always kept telling me to 'pull my socks up', even though, to my bewilderment, it seemed impossible in the circs, and I persisted in going around barefoot well into middle-age.Nishidani (talk) 10:02, 9 October 2015 (UTC)
Discourteous of me not to respond to your side note re a heavy cold, N. Seems to be you're having a rough trot lately, after the knee injury. Your long-distance running should pull you through, I hope. I have the same problem: bronchitis. Overheard my wife complaining of sleeplessness to her sister, caused by my somnolent coughing. I was sleeping but hacking away apparently. Slipped out at midnight, bought a pack of fags and smoked two, which resulted in her catching, finally, 50 winks. Not the sort of provisional fix doctors would advise, but it works (in the short term)! I was compelled to run long-distance by my public school, after being forced to run on a Saturday as a punishment for setting off a fire-cracker in class, and unfortunately sprinted in 11th out of a field of 350 over 15 kms on the first try. It took a bit of willpower, but I managed, once they'd drafted me as a promising marathoner, to come last in successive competitions. So the freedom of Saturdays was won back, and I could restrict the pleasure of distance running to racing my dog in the pastoral and solitary backwoods around our home. Fuck authorities!Nishidani (talk) 12:24, 9 October 2015 (UTC)
Ghouta allegation false turkey the guardian commentisfree - ( thought you might read this- I don't suppose your mind is totally made up already or anything and so are willing to read articles — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:40, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

More bovver[edit]

Hope's all's well there, N. Knocking again to squeeze that bulging bean of yours for the usual technical insight and perhaps fixes. Could you chuck a shufti at the ref formatting on the Tel Rumeida which, unlike the main text, is all squeezed up, making the article look like an outsized body supported by tapering pins? Reminds me of the Lawrence Makoare monster in The Dead Lands. There must be some gnome my editing unleashed to make it trim down to the proportions of the final quote, though strain the cerebral hemorrhoids as I will, I can't nut it out (as usual). Thanks.Nishidani (talk) 21:21, 12 November 2015 (UTC)

Nishidani, well that was easy, nothing to do with ref formatting, though the latter is a huge problem on Wikipedia (basically I can't stand the common practice of scrunching huge horizontally-formatted citation templates in amongst the main body of article text, making it almost unreadable and uneditable). Cheers, NSH002 (talk) 22:10, 12 November 2015 (UTC)
Well it may be as easy as a poop in bed for people of your intelligence, N, but these things convince me that, in the grey bank matter, I'm sixpence short of a quid! Fanks guv.Nishidani (talk) 22:23, 12 November 2015 (UTC)

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Another contribution to the health of your knee[edit]

which needs rest from the track and marathoning, which I am sure requires an art of persuasion which I have, i.e. you are desperately needed to explain to me why at Islamofascism the bibliographical entry on Katha Pollitt refuses to keep a strict military alligment with the other entries, and, like that deviant ratbag in cadets more than a half century ago, who consistently broke the rhythm of our forced marches, leading to collective punishment parades that destroyed one's afternoon hours, and is causing great distress! Can you have a dekko and squeeze a solution out of a few of those illuminated synapses in that bulging cerebellum of yours to calm my dyspeptic sense of aesthetic disorder? It has beaten me for some hours. :) Nishidani (talk) 19:41, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

Bollocks, you old rascal! Still, your hyperbole makes for good entertainment ...NSH002 (talk) 20:07, 4 December 2015 (UTC)
Nishidani, it seems like my alternate guise is quite effective for stealth stalking (but I guess you've simply chosen to hide minor edits from your watchlist). Smile.png (BTW, the problem was an invisible character just before the asterisk; they have the interesting effect that you can cursor over them just like any other character, except that the cursor doesn't move; you can delete them as well, just like any other character, with the delete or backspace key, except you can't see what you're doing. Nice little devils.) --NSH002 (talk) 10:33, 5 December 2015 (UTC)
Well, Mycroft, my apologies. I musta been distracted by that George Clooney movie The Ides of March. No one, family and my wife's consulting ophthalmologist, can figure out why, with my bookwormish life, I still have excellent vision that can dispense with specs, but, to compensate for that knee, evidently you can go one step better, and see/intuit the invisible. I'm fucked if I know how you do it: rereading the above still leaves me flummoxed by perplexity, but admiring your uncanny canniness in these matters. Fanks!Nishidani (talk) 11:15, 5 December 2015 (UTC)
Jeezus. I'll have to whip out the checkbook with the number of slips I make that desperately need your attention. If only I could sent one of my Cornish pastries by email in recompense (you'd end up overweight, if I had to send one for every fix you manage).Nishidani (talk) 11:13, 8 December 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for all of the work and for putting up the DYK nomination (whatever the result).Best Nishidani (talk) 19:46, 13 December 2015 (UTC)

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Template:Did you know nominations/Hasta la Raíz[edit]

NSH001, you did the original review on this DYK nomination, and the nominator has proposed two new hooks that may be more in line with the article and its sources. Can you please return to continue the review? If it is not possible, please let me know, and I'll call for a new reviewer. Many thanks. BlueMoonset (talk) 18:17, 24 December 2015 (UTC)

Medical Foundation listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


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How does one get round the problem of date citational parameter violations at Manuel Musallam. The problem is, two publications list date of publication as covering two months, which is rejected. Humbly Nishidani (talk) 18:20, 4 January 2016 (UTC)

Nishidani: OK, I've "fixed" them. WP:MOS doesn't, in general, like "year" to be used as well as "date" (with a few exceptions). My view is that having "year" as well can make the templates clearer, especially for peer-reviewed journals, and I may well, if I find time, try and argue the case for it to be changed. The other one is a pedantic distinction between "hyphen" and "en dash", the latter being mandated for ranges. I know you love pedantry! Regards, NSH001 (talk) 18:42, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
I do, I do. Take to pedantry like a pig to shite. I'd furrow deep tracks through the labyrinths of unread folios, like a boar snuffling for truffles. I feel a sense of achievement when more crowsfeet crosshatch my rugose face as I squint more at the fine print of tedious books. That said, you've caught me by the short and curlies. Though I've seen it often enough, I've never troubled to look up the meaning, let alone the function, of "en dash", and I'll be dashed if I will, since I never see it in pre-computer age books. Thanks, N. And a belated augury for a year of sprinty dashes peppering your marathons. Nishidani (talk) 18:51, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
Nishidani: Well they're just dashes the same width as the letter "n". Ditto for "em" = "m". They're the first two items you can click on the list provided below the wiki edit window under the "Insert" drop-down. MOS:DASH is your bible. Oh, and I haven't run any marathons for several years now - maybe I should try to remember to keep my user page up-to-date. Hope you're over your flu now. --NSH001 (talk) 19:12, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
Always atcha, no rest for the wicked, I can imagine you harrumphing. At Vardi what's going on with the URL–wikilink conflict redlink in the refs, chief?Nishidani (talk) 16:25, 19 January 2016 (UTC)
I noticed that we have no cat for 'victims of McCarthyism', whereas there would be a huge number of actors, scholars and prominent figures generally who could be scooped into this classification. I was doing the Meyer Reinhold bio, and checked Moses Finley, E. Herbert Norman and Owen Lattimore, all extraordinary scholars, to get what I should would be an obvious cat, and found only Category:McCarthyism. That is too vague since it just bundles up the thugs and their victims, without diferentiation. I'm sure we need a 'Scholarly victims of McCarthyism' sub-category, but how does one go about doing that? (If this is not excessively bovversum) Nishidani (talk) 13:58, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
Nishidani, my instinct is to be careful about categories such as this, where the criteria for inclusion may imply judgement and may be not absolutely clear-cut. Anyway, I can't see a clear reason for not having the category, so I've set up Category:Victims of McCarthyism. Slightly worrying that no-one's already set up such a category, but then possibly today's yoof may not even have heard of Senator Joe. (BTW, I saw that someone else had already beaten me to it on Vardi.) --NSH001 (talk) 16:23, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
Well, N, I basically agree, and don't have any record for plunking CATS on pages, except creating one because it seems required. I don't think there is any judgment involved. It is a fact that McCarthy's witchhunt devastated or disrupted a lot of promising careers. Everyone knows about Hollywood, but off-hand I can think of quite a lot of great or promising scholars whose careers were damaged. I might also add that I think that McCarthyism had an anti-Semitic edge: of course, American Jews were in the forefront of civil rights so they figure prominently, but when you think of how just one bright trio like Finley,Lewis and Meyer Reinhold, all graduates of just one obscure discipline, were all hit, it looks odd.Still, I go by your better judgment, and thanks for the help. I'm running up more debts thsn sa failed bank.Nishidani (talk) 17:26, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
Category specialists like criteria that are clear, unambiguous and objective, for good reason. Suppose you have someone who was subject to attacks in the press, and whose career probably suffered as a result, but it's difficult or impossible to prove it. Does he or she belong in the category? Some of the longest, time-wasting and most acrimonious disputes I've seen on Wikipedia have been about categories. --NSH001 (talk) 18:07, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

DYK for Muhammad Najati Sidqi[edit]

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Thanks for the Barnstar. It's good to know that my work is appreciated. Pelarmian (talk) 09:57, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

Long overdue in my opinion (but then I don't give out many barnstars - don't want to "devalue the currency"). --NSH001 (talk) 10:05, 15 January 2016 (UTC)