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May 24: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC[edit]

Wednesday May 24, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC
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You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon (7-9pm) and knowledge-sharing workshop at Babycastles gallery by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

Topics this month include the TED wikiproject, the Met wikiproject, and encouraging free video on Wikimedia Commons!

We will include a look at the organization and planning for our chapter, and expanding volunteer roles for both regular Wikipedia editors and new participants.

We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming edit-a-thons, museum and library projects, education initiatives, and other outreach activities.

We welcome the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from all educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects.

After the main meeting, pizza/chicken/vegetables and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles gallery, 137 West 14th Street

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 19:31, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

  • P.S. bonus event this weekend:

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Jewish identity and influence in 20th Century anthropology[edit]

Hi, Newyorkbrad. If you're concerned about whether some of my additions are notable, it's probably worth looking at my list of mainstream sources on the topic. I'm still adding to it, but there are already several.

Thanks, Franzboas (talk) 18:21, 2 June 2017 (UTC)

@Franzboas: My concern is not about the notability of any individual contribution of yours, but the editing pattern as a whole, which displays a disproportionate and undue interest in designating people as having a particular religious background. I won't go so far as the person who called your editing anti-Semitic, but I do find the pattern troubling, and the fact that you've now branched out to the Zionist Occupation Government conspiracy theory article hardly makes it less so. If this editing pattern continues it would not surprise me if you were compelled to desist, whether in an arbitration or elsewhere. I also find your choice of username, in the context of this editing, to be highly questionable. Newyorkbrad (talk) 19:44, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
I understand your concern, but remember that I created this legitimate sock to lessen systemic bias on Wikipedia that I didn't feel comfortable addressing with my main account. I therefore use it specifically for contentious ethnic, religious, and political topics.
I also understand your concern about my name. Reading about Boasian anthropology made me aware of the gap between the public's perception (including Wikipedians' perception) of objectivity in fields populated primarily by Jews and many legitimate mainstream academics' perceptions. I wasn't feeling creative when picking a username, so I went with an obvious one.
Writers like Kevin B. MacDonald are contentious and, although I think he gets far less credit than he deserves, some of his writing is partisan. (I would argue that he's certainly no more partisan than the intersectional feminists cited on Wikipedia, but that's a separate bias debate.) However, many mainstream and largely uncontroversial writers (including many leftist Jewish academics) discuss the influence that Jewish identity, Jewish values, and Jewish interests had on major political movements and schools of thought. Many of these narratives are then exaggerated by far-right extremists, but excluding them from Wikipedia on that basis would be censorship.
Like many other editors, I quietly took a long hiatus from Wikipedia because I was so frustrated with the systemic bias and how most editors were blind to abstract levels of that bias (e.g. how articles' topics are defined).
Most specifically to your concern, I've realized that I tend toward identifying people's Jewish backgrounds primarily because it's a bulletproof addition when properly justified and cited. As seen in the Zionist Occupation Government bickering, trying to get editors to consider and debate abstract bias is far more difficult. Franzboas (talk) 01:38, 3 June 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for your response but it has increased rather than satisfied my concerns. I understand your point that because I am speaking with an alternate account here, I am looking at a subset of your overall editing rather than all of it, but that fact goes only so far. I do not understand what "systemic bias" you allege Wikipedia has that is alleviated by edits such as adding "bulletproof" references to people's Jewishness all over the place. Nor do I know exactly what a phrase such as "the public's perception of objectivity in fields populated primarily by Jews" means, but that phrasing reeks of insensitivity at best. If this is the level on which you approach this topic, then frankly, I think your taking another "long hiatus" from the subject would be a splendid idea. In this regard, please review and think carefully about the principles articulated in Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Noleander. Newyorkbrad (talk) 07:59, 3 June 2017 (UTC)
Again, it is common knowledge and frequently discussed in mainstream sources that researchers' cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds affect their work in the social sciences. This applies to every group of people. If a school of thought that considered homosexuality a grave illness were manned mostly by born-again Christians from the rural southern US, you'd surely hear about it in the article. Our cultural sensitivity to antisemitism has caused us to aggressively self-censor about this effect in the context of characteristically Jewish movements and schools of thought. Franzboas (talk) 19:19, 3 June 2017 (UTC)
Also, I think that arbitration case for User:Noleander is abysmal, but I won't discuss the details unless you want to. Franzboas (talk) 21:47, 3 June 2017 (UTC)
Brad, it's getting better and better: Talk:Jewish_Bolshevism#Adding_a_sentence_about_baseline_truth_to_the_lead: this editor thinks that a "baseline truth" is "Jews have been proportionally overrepresented, sometimes heavily overrepresented, in many Communist movements". I think it's time to make some decisions here. Drmies (talk) 12:57, 4 June 2017 (UTC)
Looks like WP:Advocacy to me. Dennis Brown - 13:43, 4 June 2017 (UTC)
This self-acknowledged alternate account is clearly a violation of WP:GHBH. Shock Brigade Harvester Boris (talk)
  • I've indef blocked the user. I will post this at WP:AN for review as it is an unusual block. Dennis Brown - 13:59, 4 June 2017 (UTC)
Gentlemen, you have greatly restored my faith in WP governance by intelligent analysis and swift decisive action. A.k.a. Good block! Irondome (talk) 14:44, 4 June 2017 (UTC)
Thanks to both of you for your good judgment here. GABgab 22:44, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Thursday June 22: Wiki Loves Pride Edit-a-thon @ MoMA[edit]

Thursday June 22, 6-8:30pm: Wiki Loves Pride Edit-a-thon @ MoMA
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Join us for an evening of social Wikipedia editing at the Museum of Modern Art Library's third annual Wiki Loves Pride Edit-a-thon, during which we will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to LGBT art, culture and history.

All are invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience required.

Themes for this event include art related to HIV/AIDS activism and on LGBTQ artists of the African Diaspora as part of the Black Lunch Table project.

Experienced Wikipedians will be on-hand to assist throughout the day. Please bring your laptop and power cord; we will have library resources, WiFi, and a list of suggested topics on hand.

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building at MoMA, 4 West 54 Street - between 5th/6th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Please note that this entrance is one block north of the main 53rd Street entrance, closer to 5th Avenue.

Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 21:40, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

P.S. Stay tuned / sign up early for our Sunday June 25 Hackathon @ Ace Hotel, the Sunday July 9 Wiknic on Governors Island, and other upcoming events.

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