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I've think I've made a mess :(

Per this message on my talk page, I reopened the AFD and was going to give him a chance to make his case there assuming that maybe he didn't know about it. I did not know that you had blocked him or that he was removing the AFD tag from the article. One of the reasons for this is that he had moved his talk page to the article's talk page so it, and the redirect left on his real talk page was deleted by the AFD closing script. If I had known that he was removing the AFD tag from the article instead of participating in the discussion, I would not have reopened the AFD. --Ron Ritzman (talk) 01:57, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

Wot-the-hell, give the article a chance, and even the editor: I'm inclined to assume good faith; his native language is apparently not English. --Orange Mike | Talk 02:00, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

Tammy Duckworth

It wasn't vandalism, it was a true fact, look it up yourself that is her birthdate — Preceding unsigned comment added by REfreakk55 (talkcontribs) 02:41, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

But it was clearly stated in the editor's notes that the consensus is to omit that information. You also added an unsourced assertion about her religious beliefs, with neither explanation nor justification. --Orange Mike | Talk 02:59, 13 March 2012 (UTC)
Being a "true fact" is a good start, but if you want that "fact" to persist in a WP context, YOU, the contributor of the fact, must support it with cited references. To tell readers and subsequent editors to "look it up for yourself" might be adequate in a blog, but won't cut any cheese in an encyclopedia.
the Ragityman69.171.187.73 (talk) 08:32, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

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How can you delete my own sandbox

I was told I can work on creating an appropriate article for my company on my sandbox but then you deleted it. Please restore it. I read that nobody can read my sandbox, so why would you delete it when i was told I can use that for my article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Khostetler (talkcontribs) 16:31, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

It was deleted as a recreation of a previously-deleted article, but I've restored it as a courtesy. Note that under our restrictions on conflict of interest and advertising, you shouldn't be writing articles on your own company, and every edit you make will be viewed with deep suspicion. --Orange Mike | Talk 18:40, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

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Michael Egan

There is a biographical sketch about Michael Egan in the Wisconsin Blue Book 1883, pg. 498. You may want to look at it and added to the article. I could do it but you may be want to make some changes. I hope, your wife, family and yourself are doing well-many thanks-RFD (talk) 19:50, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

I plan to, on a time-available basis. (I'm stunned at how many Congressional articles are nothing but skimpy data dumps from the Directory of Congressional Biographies or whatever it's called.) I've almost cleared the table on the Sixth Wisconsin Senate District, back to statehood. My family and I are feeling better since Galloway resigned; we hope to eventually make a full recovery, depending on what happens in June and November. --Orange Mike | Talk 20:22, 16 March 2012 (UTC)
I notice the Congressional Biographies and have worked on some of them especially from Wisconsin. PolBot wrote most of them. You had to rewrite the sentences to make the article more clearer. Also some of the members of the US House of Representatives from Wisconsin Lyman Barnes and Donald Tewes, for an example, only served one term in the US House of and then they were defeated. That made it difficult to research and edit the articles. Many thanks-RFD (talk) 21:09, 16 March 2012 (UTC)
But clearly we can harvest much more from Blue Books and other search engine results. Still, PolBot, bless its algorhythmic little transistors, did the best it could to give us a sourced working stub; can't really complain. --Orange Mike | Talk 21:12, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

Deletion of An Article

Hello. I have noticed that you have deleted the article Sama ECH due to being (Unambiguous advertising or promotion). But as the company has ceased to exist, it certainly was not an advertisement. Can you please advice on how to make the article more credible? And can you please post it back? Thanks. --Jaberm (talk) 05:13, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

"tasked with the vision of creating a world class project management organisation capable of delivering some of the world’s most exciting construction projects in terms of scale, complexity and diversity" is still shameless promotional language. Presumably, some of the people involved with this project would still like to make it and themselves look more cool. --Orange Mike | Talk 13:25, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

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A little help

Having been around awhile, I thought you might shed some light on my problem. I have edited enWP, as well as a few other wprojects, since Oct. 2008 intermittently. I was heartened to see that you use a Mac. Currently my only access is via a device with a Safari browser. I thought I had strengthened my password, and was just misremembering it. I was unable to log in for many months. This may be outside your field of expertise. If so, maybe you can tell me who to ask. My question was much longer, but I was writing in installments, to try to avoid an edit conflict, but it didn't work. Thanks for your help, and for all your time and effort towards building this encyclopedia. Namascar. the Ragityman69.171.187.81 (talk) 16:23, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

That would be for the computing and IT part of the Reference desk. --Orange Mike | Talk 13:33, 13 March 2012 (UTC)
Looks like just what I need. I've been to the Help desk, but I can see how Ref would be more appropriate. Thanks again, i'd send you a pie if i knew how. Did you ever get an error code with "Guru Meditation XID: 1158201678 Varnish cache server" ? I'm not making this up. I think my handheld is possessed. Later. Rags.

69.171.187.81 (talk) 16:23, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

Never owned a handheld or laptop: my big fat paws with sausage-like fingers require a large keyboard; and don't get me started on touchpads, swipe gestures, and all that kinesic crap! --Orange Mike | Talk 16:34, 13 March 2012 (UTC)
I'm not sure what cured my ills, or even that they won't reccur, but, for the moment, I'm logged in on enWP! I had logged in a few days ago at enWiktionary (is there indeed more than one wiktionary?), and I had opted "Keep me logged in for 30 days." In the course of researching, I opened an enWP page, and at first only noticed the format change. Finally (I'm a little slow) I saw my username along the upper margin and slowly realized that I'm logged in!!!
I went back to my request at the RefDesk (Mar13, had to dig into the archives), and no one had ever responded. I wrote it in installments, like I did here, 'cause I'm slow with my thumbs, and usually get into an edit conflict if I type any kind of an entry of substance.

Ragityman (talk) 16:14, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

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Edward O'Neill

I check the 1853&1859 Wisconsin Legislative Blue Books and they had no information. A suggestion would be to check the various books about the history of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. These books go into detail about the people, economy, and society. These books have biographical sketches of prominent people in the community. Somewhere, there may be a biographical sketch about Edward O'Neill. Many thanks-RFD (talk) 17:59, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

Found his obit in the Milwaukee Public Library's 19th Century Newspaper database; was the same guy in the Legislature and as mayor. --Orange Mike | Talk 16:19, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Changes To New Testament Christian Church

Trying to pull this editorial to a neutral point, New Testament Christian Churches of America Keep trying to delete personal opinion and extreme biases from this Bruce Smith, which by the way is the only reference used to defend a one sided point of view. Advice on how to neutralize biases information?? which is against Wikipedia own Five pillars:

It incorporates elements of general and specialized encyclopedias, almanacs, and gazetteers. Wikipedia is not a soapbox, an advertising platform, a vanity press, an experiment in anarchy or democracy, an indiscriminate collection of information, or a web directory. It is not a dictionary, a newspaper, or a collection of source documents; that kind of content should be contributed instead to the Wikimedia sister projects.

We strive for articles that document and explain the major points of view in a balanced and impartial manner. We avoid advocacy and we characterize information and issues rather than debate them. In some areas there may be just one well-recognized point of view; in other areas we describe multiple points of view, presenting each accurately and in context, and not presenting any point of view as "the truth" or "the best view". All articles must strive for verifiable accuracy: unreferenced material may be removed, so please provide references. Editors' personal experiences, interpretations, or opinions do not belong here. That means citing verifiable, authoritative sources, especially on controversial topics and when the subject is a living person. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Edwinramos2 (talkcontribs) 16:45, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Just because you disagree with a source, does not justify removing the content from an article. The information is fully sourced, and has been there for some time. You should be discussion this issue on the talk page of the article, rather than simply removing it because you don't like it or disagree with it. --Orange Mike | Talk 16:53, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

The article tone is currently far from neutral. Most of the opinions or "facts" of Bruce Smith should be attributed to him unless a a large number of reliable sources share the same opinions. There are very few sources here, which is problematic in both establishing a properly neutral view and notability. This Bruce Smith guy sounds like he use to be a member of the Church, and is using the Dispatch to create a reliable source. There are no interviews of current church members, which according to the Dispatch there are 5000 of them. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Edwinramos2 (talkcontribs) 04:45, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

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April Masini

Hi OrangeMike! I wonder if you might be willing to help me? I am going crazy trying to properly list two pdf files on the April Masini page as references and cannot for the life of me figure out how to do it. A Quest For Knowledge was kind enough to help me post the Governor of Hawaii's Proclamation of June 4th, "Al and April Masini Day", and I don't want to bother him again.

If you happen to have a spare moment, the two pdf files are currently in my sandbox. They are also posted on the April Masini delete discussion page, albeit improperly I'm embarrassed to admit. (I was didn't know what else to do in response to MrRichValentine's assertion regarding the Governor's proclamation.)

The first file I need to post on the April Masini article is from Imi Loa Magazine, Remaking Government Renewing Hawaii, Turning the Tide. This magazine is put out by the Office of the Governor of Hawaii. And while the entire article is very valable in substantiating April Masini's work, the most essential quote is, ""Masini, who along with her husband Al have almost single-handedly revived Hawaii's television industry, made a pitch for Baywatch to make Hawaii it's new home." This article vividly demonstrates the work April Masini did and (I hope) will put an end to some of the naysayers comments regarding her ex-husband.

The second pdf contains 3 pages taken from the 1998 Miss Universe Hawaii Official Program and further substantiates April Masini's role. This one is important for those like MrRichValentine who do not believe a proclamation from the Governor of Hawaii is enough to prove credibility.

Any help you might be willing to offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance OrangeMike. Jennyspencer (talk) 13:17, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

We can't link to scans like those, since they 1) could have been tampered with; and 2) are copyright violations. (And as somebody who has occasionally helped get a Proclamation from a public official, I assure you: they are not evidence of much of anything except that somebody knew somebody in the right place in the right office.) --Orange Mike | Talk 13:44, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Thank you for taking the time to respond MikeOrange. I'm sorry to learn you are not willing to have an open mind towards further examining the topic. However, just fyi as this one quote illustrates, April Masini really did do the work -- as much as you guys appear to all want to say otherwise. http://archives.starbulletin.com/98/04/22/features/memminger.html "The point was driven home when April -- who has been working daily on it until 3 a.m. -- attempted to describe all the work that has been done and is yet to be done and broke down momentarily, unable to go on. Al stepped in and carried the ball until she was recomposed. If anyone at the press conference at first didn't believe the pageant organizers were putting their hearts and souls into this project, they became believers after that." Thanks again. Jennyspencer (talk) 17:50, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Deletion of Víkingur Ólafsson entry.

Greetings! As I looked up Icelandic classical pianist Vikingur Olafsson (Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson) I found out that an entry on him had recently been deleted by you (a7).

While I very much appreciate your "deletionist" general policy (as explained on your user profile), I would argue this entry belongs in Wikipedia. The distinction may be a foggy one, but my stance is that this is indeed an artist of significance - at least if we regard the multiple other young artists whose entries remain on Wikipedia as significant. I didn't get a chance to see the original article, but I'd be happy to edit it and add citations to neutral sources.

Vikingur (I'm using his first name in line with the Icelandic patronymic tradition) is a three-fold recipient of the Icelandic Music Awards (twice as Performer of the Year, once as Brightest Prospect) and can thus be safely said to be one of the best known and celebrated classical musicians in Iceland. He's released two solo CD's (I'm not sure if adding links to reviews here is appropriate - nudge me if I should) and has a budding international career, having performed with renowned artists such as Björk, Martin Fröst, Vladimir Ashkenazy and others (again, not sure whether this is the right place to dump citations and links - but these can be confirmed both at Vikingur's own website http://vikingurolafsson.com and at neutral sources (news archives, etc.).

I suggest the entry be reinstated. Best wishes (and apologies for any errors I've made as a novice in the Wikipedia community)

Karlheinzklopweisser (talk) 14:10, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

I'd suggest you start a new article from scratch. The deleted article by User:Vikingur.olafsson boiled down to a list of where he went to school and who he studied with, and the locations of two performances he put on (his debut and his New York debut); plus an obscure award he won back home. It did nothing to show or assert notability. We need solid sources (nothing from his own website); we need information on what label released those CDs (i.e., if they are self-published, that's no evidence of notability); we need information on these awards you cite (there is no article at present on the Icelandic Music Awards, so that's a pretty feeble claim to notability).
If you'd like to improve the English-language coverage of Icelandic performers, you might want to start with an article on the Icelandic Music Awards, then go from there. The articles in the Icelandic Wikipedia would probably be a good place to start. --Orange Mike | Talk 14:29, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Many thanks for your excellent points. I shall do what I can. I have one other quick question before I start - to avoid the pitfalls of the previous entry writer. Regarding notability of performance locations - do performances at prestigious, highly selective venues never count as clues to notability? What about when performances at prestigious venues take place as parts of high-profile events or with prestigious collaborators, such as orchestras or conductors? Very many thanks for your help again. Karlheinzklopweisser (talk) 14:54, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

I'd start by reading our guide to notability for musicians. Remember that notability is not contagious: you can play at a prestigious venue, or be on the stage with a notable performer, without "catching" their notability. As the bizarre career of the American singer Mrs. Miller brings out, anybody can book a hall if it's going to be dark otherwise. --Orange Mike | Talk 15:02, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

You're quite right, haha. But this can be tricky - in the classical world at least, many are "guilty by association" of notability, as who you perform with (especially when you perform with them repeatedly) very much defines your status (The logic running like this: If, say, Daniel Barenboim thinks Person X is good enough to collaborate with again and again, Person X must be pretty good). But I better err on the side of caution - thanks ever so much for the guidelines link. I'll plunge in. Karlheinzklopweisser (talk) 15:27, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

thanx orangemike

hey thank u for moving my article to the appropriate page.would also like to hear from u bout the quality of work i hv done, since this is my first and i wud really like to go a long way with wikipedia.Dr.neha sharma (talk) 17:53, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

That discussion would take place at Talk:Serial extraction. The biggest problem is going to be the lack of sources for the article's text. --Orange Mike | Talk 18:04, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Town of Brookfield

Hi Mike-The Town of Brookfield filed a petition today to incorporate as a village. Goercke's Corner would be incorporated into the new village. See; Milwaukee Sentinel Journal, March 26, 2012, 'Town of Brookfield filed petition to become a village,' Mike Johnson. Interesting article. I want to give you the thumbs up on this one-thanks-RFD (talk) 21:54, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Page Deleted

Hi there,

The page I created "Trade Tech Inc" was deleted because the information was perceived as advertising. Is it possible to edit this? I have created a new description that follows the wiki guidelines.

Thanks, — Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.150.167.227 (talk) 18:52, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

Well, the item that was deleted was totally unsalvageable, and the information was perceived as advertising is a lie: there was no information. It was an embarassingly shameless promotional hard-sell, full of meaningless buzzwords like "solutions" and faux folksiness such as first-naming the principals of the company. If you're the person who wrote it, I fear I am rather dubious that you are capable of doing the necessary hard work of creating an impartial description. Have you read our standards for notability of corporations? Our Manual of Style? Our rules about editors with conflicts of interest; or our guidelines as to best practices for editors with conflict of style? --Orange Mike | Talk 19:00, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

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Mayor Edward O'Neill of Milwaukee-obituary

Hi-You ,emtioned you found the obituary for Milwaukee Mayor Edward O'Neill. I hope you can added it to the article. Many thanks-RFD (talk) 11:01, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

Thank you!

I really appreciate your round of welcomes for my students! I'm sure they will work through more of the glitches on 4/3 when Protonk workshopifies them. --Jgmikulay (talk) 14:29, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

Ann Herendeen

Hi, I see you have tagged Ann Herendeen's page and I would like to resolve what you consider the problems and remove those tags. BelindaEdgeworth (talk)

Well, let's start with the extraordinary claim that "queering" the Regency novel was innovative in 2005! I don't know how young Herendeen is (this "article" omits trivia like that, concentrating solely on selling her books), but that trope goes at least as far back as Victoria Ramstetter's 1981 The Marquise and the Novice, which we reviewed on the old Sunrise Book Review TV show back in the 1980s.
And since I've brought it up: who is Herendeen? Where did she go to school? What does she do for a living? This is a biography, not a sales pitch (or at least it's supposed to be). --Orange Mike | Talk 14:02, 26 March 2012 (UTC)


1. The Marquise and the Novice is not a genre romance, but an historical novel, (post-modern Gothic pastiche).

2. Herendeen is a novelist from NY who went to Princeton University.

Her work has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award (Pride/Prejudice), (flatteringly) noted in Salon by Laura Miller (Pride/Prejudice), and is referenced in The Cambridge History of the American Novel (Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander). Page 857:

"The first novel of Ann Herendeen, Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Phlander (2005) is a Regency romance, with a bisexual hero who courts and marries both a heterosexual woman, and, with her consent and the help of a ‘molly chaplain’ (a term for a cleric who performs mock weddings for gay men), a homosexual hero. To create a companionate union, the hero must reocognize his love for his wife (in addition to, not instead of, his long-acknowledged love for the man he will also marry), he must learn techniques appropriate for sex with a female partner, and he must revise his idea of 'family' to include two spouses. Herendeen, who has named as her literary forebear Georgette Heyer, the mother of the Regency romance, explains in the preface of Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander (2008) that she consciously adopted the typical Regency tone, 'blithe comedy with sparkling dialogue' and the subgenre’s typical characters, aristocrats who were 'the ultimate in glamorous sophistication.' In this novel, sentimental values domesticate sexual practices and family structures that were (and still are in some cases) against the law. Novels like Phyllida show that the romance novel, once derided for its heteronormative ideology, is proving more inclusive than society at large." - Pamela Regis, "Female Genre Fiction in the 20th Century", The Cambridge History of the American Novelhttp://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item5636084/?site_locale=en_GBBelindaEdgeworth (talk)

The detailed Regis citation is just the kind of thing we need: thanks for the specifics. (I knew about the Lambda.) In my opinion, the Ramstetter novel was intended to be of the genre, and certainly strove (successfully or not) for the proper Heyerish tone. As to biography: we look for the usual things here, which seem to be missing: what does the subject do for a living (few novelists make a living that way); what high school did she attend; is she married, if so is the spouse notable, does she/do they have children? What ideologies and affiliations has she professed? What does she do besides write? I'm not expecting as much as we have on Doris Lessing, Suzette Haden Elgin, Sheri Tepper or James Tiptree Jr., but a writer exists in a cultural context, and did not spring full-grown from the breast of Alma Mater! The requisites for notability are clearly there; we just need to trim back some of the press-release and blurbish content, to achieve the proper neutral tone and point of view. --Orange Mike | Talk 20:47, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, it seems to me to be neutral now (you objected to "innovative" and I changed it to "atypical", which is indisputable.) I am sure you will understand my concern, because I originated this page, that the tags imply an accusation against the Living Person who is its topic, Ann Herendeen, who had nothing to do with the page except for supplying, at my request when I emailed her, a few pieces of factual info~(her Princeton education, and some specifics about the original subsidy edition before Harper Collins issued Phyllida.) I have no connection to her or her publisher; the page was not conceived as marketing or advertising for Herendeen - though there can be no doubt that all encyclopedias publicize their content - but as information connected to and illustrating trends of some significance concerning sexuality in popular culture. I am sorry if my enthusiasm for the subject slanted the article, but I think that is repaired now. And as for biographical information, there is no published biography of Ann Herendeen, so I don't know how I could verify and source the sorts of personal details you are looking for without doing "original research" and violating "WP:NOR" as well as her privacy. BelindaEdgeworth (talk) 21:47, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

And as for "ideologies and affiliations", I think the article situates her project through one published quote regarding her aims and a section of Regis' remarks in the Cambridge History of the American Novel. Herendeen has lectured about her genre, and I will try to obtain some material from her lectures or essays to elaborate this aspect of the topic, but I do not see why the tags denouncing the article as of disputed neutrality and "reading like an advertisement" should remain until I can enrich it with material from her critical commentaries. These seem to be distinct problems. I hope you will consider removing those headers. BelindaEdgeworth (talk) 22:29, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Well, clearly we're working towards the same goal here. The personal details are part of what we always look for in a well-rounded biographical (as opposed to bibliographical) article. My hope is that she's given some interviews in which this kind of detail appears (I forgot to ask about date of birth, a bog-standard fixture in biographies).
I also want to add my embarrassed apology for somehow conflating The Marquise and the Novice with the book I meant: the 1986 Naiad Press publication Pembroke Park by Michelle Martin (novelist), who also wrote traditional Regencies for Fawcett Crest back in the day! Sadly, we have articles neither on Martin nor on Pembroke Park. --Orange Mike | Talk 23:24, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Thanks very much OrangeMike. I'll have to hunt up this Pembroke Park. BelindaEdgeworth (talk) 23:54, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

During Women's History Month, I'd like to enjoy this chance to assert that a case can be made for the novel Pembroke Park, if not the novelist, as notable enough for an article. It's been mentioned in a few histories of GLBT images in genre fiction, I believe. --Orange Mike | Talk 23:58, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Hey Orange Mike, do you think the citations are adequate now to remove the flag? BelindaEdgeworth (talk) 23:36, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

Milton William Cooper

My edit of the wiki information regarding William Cooper was reverted. The person who wrote the wiki review, butchered the English language to the point the information presented is intelligible. Why does wiki have someone writing a master article regarding William Cooper, who could not pass basic elementary English? Further, the epitome of ignorance is to comment on a book one has never read, yet that is exactly what the reviewer did regarding the book, Behold a Pale Horse, written by William Milton Cooper. The review is pathetic, siting unsubstantiated random opinions. The reviewer appears barely literate and his credentials are non-existent. --68.231.20.254 (talk) 19:12, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

Your edit was an unsubstantiated attack on another person, something we try to keep out of this project. As to the other matters: we don't hold much to credentialism here. Given your inability to distinguish between "cite" and "site", between Wikipedia and a wiki, I'd suggest that you should be cautious about criticizing other editors. --Orange Mike | Talk 19:42, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

My edit of the wiki information regarding William Cooper was reverted. The person who wrote the wiki review, butchered the English language to the point the information presented is intelligible. Why does wiki have someone writing a master article regarding William Cooper, who could not pass basic elementary English? Further, the epitome of ignorance is to comment on a book one has never read, yet that is exactly what the reviewer did regarding the book, Behold a Pale Horse, written by William Milton Cooper. The review is pathetic, citing unsubstantiated random opinions. The reviewer appears barely literate and his credentials are non-existent. --68.231.20.254 (talk) 00:13, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

I discovered my minor usage error and repaired it prior to reading your response. You avoided the fact that the Wiki description of William Cooper, is nothing short of pathetic. The review is barely intelligible, includes an opinion on a book the reviewer has never even read. I'll submit what is written to the Journalism Departments of an accredited University for their review. In fairness, I'll have it reviewed by students and/or faculty at New York University, Arizona State University or Washington State University and post their independent reviews. --68.231.20.254 (talk) 00:13, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

You still don't seem to understand the distinction between Wikipedia and a wiki; nor do you understand the difference between a review and an article. You make an uncited attack on a third party; and you seem to think that you will find a competent member of a major university journalism department who would take this book seriously. If you have substantive corrections to offer, make them (or suggest them on the talk page of the article); just don't expect me to take Cooper and his hallucinations or delusions or whatever they were seriously (or even pretend to). --Orange Mike | Talk 00:18, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

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Hello, I had a page that was deleted and blocked by you recently "Historic Meeker Hotel". I am very confused as to why it was perceived as advertising. We have done a lot of research and have found many many hotels on wikipedia. All of our information is correct information from the Hotels History. I included a couple of books that were written about the hotel, interviews from previous owners and their family, and also some articles that were written about it as well. Can you please inform me as to what I did wrong, and how to fix it? We would really like to have this information out on the Web so that people can see the extensive History of this 115 year old hotel. Can you please unblock it and let me fix whatever it is that needs to be fixed. I would really appreciate it, Thank you. <MeekerHotel> 3/30/31 @ 11.57am

1. The account was in the name of your business; we don't permit businesses to have their own accounts.
2. You have a severe conflict of interest and should not be even editing articles about this hotel, much less creating one. Articles about places like the Maxwell House Hotel were not created by anybody working for the Maxwell House, but by people interested in the subject, based on information published by reliable sources.
3. The hotel's historical name was the Meeker Hotel, not the Historic Meeker Hotel; that would have been the right name for the article as well. --Orange Mike | Talk 18:18, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

So just because I work for the hotel we can not make an article? The resources I gave were reliable resources. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.218.144.30 (talk) 19:03, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

I've expanded Townsend Letter and wonder if you'd like to change your vote to delete.

Greetings! I've expanded Townsend Letter with an attractive infobox. Also, I've added the following text to the article: "The Letter is abstracted and indexed by EBSCO Publishing, Gale, and the British Library.[1]".

Are you interested, now, in changing your vote to delete it?

Also—I'm curious—did you read the old deletion discussion (under the article's old name) before starting your new one?

Kind regards, Unforgettableid (talk) 21:27, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

Need an Admin. help

Hey, I was looking over the photo for Rudy Rotta, for whom I had added a photo to the infobox some months ago. Upon scrutiny today, it appears that the entire article from start to finish is the biography on his own web page online. Word for word. Can you initiate the necessary measures to address and/or delete it? I fear copyright violation more than any other Wikipedian sin, just because such activity ties with libel as the biggest threat to our continuing existence here on the web. Thanks. --Leahtwosaints (talk) 02:00, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

For the record, another admin (User:Daniel J. Leivick) took care of this before I even saw this request. Thanx, Daniel. --Orange Mike | Talk 21:14, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
Yeah to both of you; I figured that's what happened since User:Daniel J. Leivick responded to this with near speed-of-light! Although I've been editing here for some years, and am quite aware of WP:OWN, I find many others (esp. the types to leave behind stubs like that) who take offense and I don't feel comfortable even considering deletion propositions, so my appreciation. Mike, that one issue with the editor who was blocked for a time was well enough for me! :) --Leahtwosaints (talk) 06:26, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

thanks for

your recent edit at Talk:Feminazi. I'm basically an inclusionist but ya gotta draw a line somewhere, even on talk pages, and I like where you chose to do it. Einar aka Carptrash (talk) 02:17, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

This particular individual has a small set of articles he rants in. He uses a semi-dynamic IP, and waits a few weeks between insertions; but the characteristics are easily recognized: the use of the term "misandrist", the accusations of bias against obscure feminists; and the persistent comparison to the Stalinist dictatorships of the 20th century. You get to where you recognize his style and his word choice as well as his narrow set of obsessions. --Orange Mike | Talk 02:23, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

Well thanks for taking the time to recognize him. I'd think that with Feminazis he'd do better comparing to say, Joseph Gobbels or Himmler or someone. I'm mean, these aren't Femicommies after all. Carptrash (talk) 02:41, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

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With reference to Wikipedia User:Deh343 I (User:Theroadislong) and User:RHaworth have been subject to a lot of unpleasant abuse which has over flowed to here... http://www.davidhenderson.com/2012/03/30/looking-behind-the-veil-of-wikipedia-and-who-is-pulling-the-levers/ where he is confusing us as being one person. I have been so frightened by his vitriol, I have stopped editing for the time being, even though Jimbo Wales gave me a barnstar! Jimbo has commented on the blog post but not followed up the responses.Theroadislong (talk) 23:02, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

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Wild-Touch

I just don't understand why you deleted this article while there were some sources (including serious/notorious French sources) and the article clearly explained how it was notorious enough to have a WP article (including the fact that this organization has been created as a consequence of the worldwide success of March of the Penguins). You also seem to have ignored the existence of the French interwiki, where it's far more developped and referenced. Moreover, a speedy deletion doesn't appear to be the right procedure for such a case. Please restore and launch a DR. Thanks. --TwoWingsCorp (talk) 17:43, 2 April 2012 (UTC)

For your information, I've just launched an undeletion request. --TwoWingsCorp (talk) 17:58, 2 April 2012 (UTC)

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IP keeps reverting a blanking of the talk page of a temporarily blocked user at [2]. The IP was already blocked once for being disruptive and posting info on the user's page.[3]. They are also taking a hostile attitude on my talk page, but nothing I can't shoulder. I could be wrong, but since Alison was temp. blocked and not banned, Alison can still blank their talk page if they so choose, can they not? Surely they should be able to at least delete the parts not related to the block at any rate, otherwise they would have been blocked access to their talk page. This IP user has said their IP changes around (phone) so there is no doubt it is them, they aren't denying it. Even while being right, the way they are dealing with it is rather disruptive, and I felt contacting a neutral admin for an opinion was my best option. Since the IP just came off a block, I'm guessing they would listen to an experienced admin. Or if I'm wrong, well, then I learned something. Either way, I'm not looking for a battle, just trying to prevent disruption. This IP has a fixation on Alison. Dennis Brown (talk) 16:49, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

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I made a small change to your userpage. I hope you don't mind. Von Restorff (talk) 07:14, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

Please substantiate

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Replied your last comment here. Thanks. -- Nazar (talk) 14:42, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

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If you look back at the earlier revisions of the article, they were written in the proper tone of what is required for Wikipedia. Overzealous employees of the hospital made unacceptable changes which resulted in the article getting deleted. Please revert back to the appropriate revision and undelete the page. Kgashok (talk) 03:58, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

Thank you very much for undeletion. I promise to clean up the article. 16:35, 8 April 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kgashok (talkcontribs)

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Changing all the Mayflower Titles

Mike, why did you change all those titles? Now it is even more confusing than before. You also changed the title of Mayflower Passenger List to List of Mayflower Passengers.

The idea is to make it easier for these articles to be found. If you were a student would you look under List of -- or Mayflower Passenger List. Am trying to keep the titles as close together on some articles as possible.

Please talk about it first before you change anymore titles.

I do not understand why you did that? Would you please tell me your rationale? Thanks. Mugginsx (talk) 21:53, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

  • (talk page stalker) Mike, I believe there's a massive WP:OWN and WP:CIR situation here; this user dragged someone to Jimbo's talk page recently over the exact same articles. If I were you, I'd bring this to ANI. JMO. —Strange Passerby (talkcont) 22:15, 9 April 2012 (UTC)
That is so funny! OrangeMike is aware of everything and he can speak for himself, in fact we have been discussing this back and forth without you advice Strange. Mugginsx (talk) 22:23, 9 April 2012 (UTC)
Funny indeed, because any editor is entitled to an opinion on Wikipedia. —Strange Passerby (talkcont) 22:25, 9 April 2012 (UTC)
An Opinion is part of a discussion, not in changing everything without discussion and without uninvolved troublemakers added their own opinion. I am starting not to give a damn about these articles. I thought we had a good discussion going. I go to the doctors and come back and it is all changed. If you want to discuss fine, I will be happy to, if not, do whatever you want. I have studied this subject and done a tremendous amount of work on it, including speaking to scholars on the subject as I already told you. If that is WP:OWN then the changing of all the titles without us finishing our discussion is the same. Perhaps Srange doesn't understand why an American would care about the Mayflower crew. It's to be expected that non-Americans not realize ir importance but I thought they would be important to us to discuss. It is up to you. They are worth discussing but without "Strange's" strange interference.
In reading your User page, It would seem you would have even a more personal interest in seeing these articles are correct than even the average American. So does the man I have been working with for these many months. If you want to talk you know where to find me.Mugginsx (talk) 22:33, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

This is Wikipedia, a global project. One of the ways we work is to share our thinking with each other. Thus, I welcome the Strange Passerby's contributions as well as yours, Muggins. As to the substance of the discussion: we have certain naming conventions for articles here. One is that a list of Xs will be titled List of Xs, not Xs list. Another is that we title articles in a manner consistent with all articles in Wikipedia, not in a manner peculiar to a single narrow subject. Thus, if there is only one Fred Schlabotnick of note, we call the article Fred Schlabotnick, not Fred Schlabotnick (couturier), even if there are many other articles about couturiers where the parenthetical "(couturier)" 'is added to disambiguate. An article is "correct" here when it conforms to Wikipedia standards, not when it conforms to peculiar usages exclusive to a narrow subject matter and its specialists. In the English language, and therefore in the English language Wikipedia, a "pilgrim" is a person who goes on a religious pilgrimage, not a Plymouth Colony Separatist. If you want to set up your own wiki with its own nomenclatorial and terminological conventions, that is your right; but in this project, you must conform to our standards and conventions; Wikipedia does not need to conform to those of Mayflower specialists or believers in American exceptionalism. --Orange Mike | Talk 12:42, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

OK Mike, then what's this - and there are many more where they came from - made by many editors from many countries: Alan Fletcher (graphic designer), Andrew Fletcher (politician), Carl Fletcher (Canadian soccer), Rod Fletcher (basketball), Guy Fletcher (songwriter), Gareth Hopkins (footballer), John Hopkins (motorcycle racer), John Turner (disambiguation).
By the way I took these names because they are the last names of Mayflower Pilgrims - and there are many more. I could go on all day. Are the Mayflower Pilgrims not at least as important as these? There are only a limited number - maybe 50, I haven't counted. I respect you Mike but I think you are wrong on this one issue. Try to change the article titles I just linked here and see what happens. That's all I'm saying. Mugginsx (talk) 13:06, 10 April 2012 (UTC)
  • Please Muggins, learn to use wikilinks! So what point are you trying to make. All the people you have listed have "qualifications", eg. (songwriter) after their names because there is more than one person with that name in Wikipedia. That is why we have had to add (Mayflower passenger), etc. to some of the names in Category:Mayflower passengers. But Peregrine White and Resolved White, for example, do not need anything more in their titles because they are the only people with these respective names. I am sorry but I totally agree with Orange Mike in this matter. Incidentally and changing the subject, please explain this edit: in what way does the presence of resolution (music) in the resolve article "cause problems in searching"? — RHaworth (talk · contribs) 21:24, 10 April 2012 (UTC)
No, not at all! Of course I think they are needed. I was trying to make a point by comparison to people with same name as Mayflower persons, that is all. It was not personal to anyone - just to show that it is being used in other articles. I will let you two handle the title changes to the ones that have nothing after their name. To: RHaworth - I will differentiate in the beautiful NavTemplate that you made - as you yourself agreed that the separation was needed. What is wrong with my Wiki Links? Will study the guidelines and try to do better. Mugginsx (talk) 16:27, 11 April 2012 (UTC)
  • To answer your remark: "I thought I wasn't supposed to change something once it was archvied". You are allowed to go back and change your own comments - though I would call it obsessive. Changing comments by others is very strongly deprecated and changing them to distort the meaning is a wikicrime. What is wrong with your wikilinks? In the context of my message above, quite simply your wikilinks were non-existent. Please see the first part of this edit where I have replaced your horrible ugly, naked URIs with proper wikilinks. Can you see the difference? — RHaworth (talk · contribs) 16:58, 11 April 2012 (UTC)
Yes, I see.Mugginsx (talk) 19:44, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

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Caspar Berry

Hi Orangemike,

I'm keen to sort out any issues there are with this page. Please could you advise what needs to be done from a Wikipedia perspective to remove any considered bias/notability etc. - and I will get it sorted out immediately?

Thanks 2.96.166.145 (talk) 20:42, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Criswell College

Can you verify that I captured the intent of your previous edit correctly here? Thanks! VQuakr (talk) 03:04, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

Looks okay to me; I would have settled for a simple "cite needed", but was typing in a hurry. --Orange Mike | Talk 12:44, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

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Hi Orangemike:

I have expanded the above article which already had the title on it. Would you please rename according to the way you want it to read. Thank you. Mugginsx (talk) 12:34, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

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Bye

Well, you (Orangemike) said that "this is not a real estate listing service!" however under churches section someone listed all the churches in Wishaw, but in your opinion it is wrong to list all services of the local volunteer centre..

Well done! I gave up. A a member of the local community I can't update wiki. It's not allowed. My proactive behavior it is not good enough. I was only trying to provide better information to the local community.

Bye

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RfA

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Need links from deleted talk page

Hi orangemike -- I need the info from the talk page of the National CCSVI Society article so I can submit them for a deletion revew of the page. If you can help me get the links back that were listed, I would appreciate it! Tks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sbirrell (talkcontribs) 01:24, 20 April 2012 (UTC)

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Mark K. Updegrove

Hi Orangemike. May I suggest not using the {{COI}} or {{Autobiography}} templates on articles, unless there are specific issues which need to be addressed? The author of the linked article appears to have done a good job in preventing their affiliation having adverse effects on the article, and I can't see how the tags were supposed to help in this case. Let me know if I've missed something. Cheers, and happy editing. AJCham 19:38, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

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Hi-Please add the obituary about Mayor Edward O'Neill of Milwaukee to the article. I know you had been busy. I am not sure where to look. Thank you-RFD (talk) 19:48, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

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Re: "I'd like to know whether it's true that CREWE and other paid editors are planning to attend WikiMania Washington en masse in order to ensure that their viewpoint on paid editing is perceived as the majority opinion? Most of us on the sceptic side are unable to afford to go, of course, since nobody is going to pay for us to attend just to defend our perception of what is in the best interests of this project." — Mike, you seem to see CREWE as some sort of monolithic bogey. I invite you to join the group yourself, I think it will both put your mind at ease regarding such (non-existent) subterranean plots on the one hand, and might challenge your thinking about COI editing in the second place. What you may see as a black-and-white issue (as I did myself not so long ago) will become more challenging to you once you ponder the situation through other eyes. The group is wide open and there are a number of hardcore Wikipedians (as opposed to PR peeps) who actively participate. http://www.facebook.com/groups/crewe.group/ is the addie. Best regards, —Tim Davenport //// Carrite (talk) 03:46, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

I had maintained reasonable hope that CREWE would make some kind of productive contribution to the issue. However their latest wave of actions seem to confirm otherwise. How can anyone who really cares about Wikipedia defend a group of people that openly attack Wikipedia's credibility, insult its rules and use a bias, misinformed propaganda machine to attack COI fundamentals? I agree the rumor seems baseless, but CREWE isn't doing much to gain the community's favor. Many in the community - including myself - feel offended and angry.
In any case, I actually dropped by Mike's Talk page to see if he wanted to contribute here,[4] where there is a discussion on how we can make current rules more clear to PR folks. User:King4057 (COI Disclosure on User Page) 01:05, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

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Message reply with request and gratitude

Hi Orangemike! Thank you so much! The article is Ven digital currency. There are plenty of sub-texts (aren't there always though...) Just so you know, I don't have any inherent bias against digital currencies e.g. Bitcoin. I don't particularly trust them at this point in time, but as long as there is nothing dishonest or unsourced with what is on Wikipedia about them, I have no issues! (And the last time I looked, the WP Bitcoin page looked okay to me). Please have a look at Ven, and my comments on the talk page?

There is other stuff going on too, e.g. Hub Culture (I think that's the name?), the company that owns Ven, keeps popping up on other WP pages e.g. in the cultural attractions for Berlin, with references to Hub Culture's ranking of Berlin as a happening place. It is hardly notable that Hub Culture considers Berlin a place for adventure and excitement! There are many other genuinely notable sources that also do! There is more, but I'm not totally certain e.g. I think that Ven currency is a pet project of FB's MZ sister Randi.

Anyway, this is the substance of my concern: It is misleading for Ven to be promoted, via WP, as a legitimate mainstream form of monetary transaction (sorry bad grammar), with references to buying million dollar condo's, fine wines, diamonds etc. Other digital currencies e.g. Bitcoin, don't claim that they are appropriate for real estate purchases, in contrast! Take a look at the talk page for Ven, and please let me know if I can provide further information. The thing that bothers me the most is that I keep seeing quotes from the Wikipedia entry on Ven, plastered all over the internet, but can't find corroboration of whether or not Ven is actually listed by Thomson Reuters, and every time I try to research Ven, or its API, or the company founder, I come up with bad websites, no documentation, no validation with anything credible. Thank you again, and if you want me to leave this alone, please tell me, and I will. I just wanted someone to talk to about this, without being indiscrete.

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Hello Orangemike! If this is not appropriate, what I've said above, or if you feel that no action is necessary, and I should not act further, that is fine. But might you be so kind as to delete or archive all this stuff I wrote out here, as it might seem puzzling or worse to others who read it. I am sorry, and merely asking that you consider my request, to cover this up, as after all, it is YOUR talk page, and my babbling, and so I have no one to blame but myself, and I apologize, okay? Thank you. --FeralOink (talk) 21:24, 23 April 2012 (UTC)
Hello Orangemike! Could you please acknowledge me in some way? Thank you. I apologize if I am being rude. I also apologize if you haven't been logged on or doing Wikipedia things during the past 16 days, or had more pressing concerns, as I understand. If any of those possibilities are in fact the case, please disregard this message, until such time that you have time. Thank you. --FeralOink (talk) 22:41, 30 April 2012 (UTC)
Nothing you said is so horrifying that it needed early blanking or premature archiving. --Orange Mike | Talk 00:20, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

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Lists of self-publishing companies

In an effort to improve sourcing in our articles, me and a couple other editors have created two lists of self-publishing companies:

It's our hope that by maintaining such lists, it will be easier for editors to identify self-published books. In a discussion at the Wikipedia:WikiProject Wikipedia reliability talk page, The Blade of the Northern Lights said that you and another editor know vanity publishers very well.[5] If you can provide any assistance with these two lists, it would be greatly appreciated. A Quest For Knowledge (talk) 23:49, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

Fern Communications Ltd

Hi there Orangemike, can I ask why you deleted this article? I had reported the creator to UAA, but the article itself seemed okay/notable, and the actual editor good faith. Cheers, Nolelover Talk·Contribs 02:35, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

The thing that tipped it for the article (aside from the obvious COI) was the line " strives to produce innovative systems". As for purported good faith: the account created the draft article User:Fern Communications/FRX-1 Radio Repeater Improves Communications, Enhances Safety! That's taking AGF just too darned far. --Orange Mike | Talk 02:39, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
Alright, thanks for the explanation. By the way, this redirect still exists. Nolelover Talk·Contribs 03:19, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

AN

Mentioned you at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Archive235#Orange_Mike. --Anthonyhcole (talk) 12:18, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

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Thanks

Thanks for your assistance in repairing an article.--Canoe1967 (talk) 07:06, 28 April 2012 (UTC)

You're welcome. Might I inquire: which article? --Orange Mike | Talk 16:11, 28 April 2012 (UTC)
Other Losses. It seems the article has been in an edit war for a while. I came across it from the help desk and thought the war was over. I simply removed the stale POV tag after mentioning why in the talk page and a huge revert battle ensued. I think your edits were reverted over in the process, so you may wish to look at the article again.--Canoe1967 (talk) 23:47, 28 April 2012 (UTC)

Help desk

Thanks for opening my eyes about the use of capitalisation by typewriter users and non-Anglophones. As a (fairly) young person, the former reason had never occurred to me. I'd like to take the chance, while I'm here, to say that your work and dedication to the project is admirable. It doesn't go unnoticed. Hope you're having a good weekend, Brammers (talk/c) 11:06, 29 April 2012 (UTC)

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Tricking

Where are all these guys coming from? I close the AFD on Apr 3 and now today all these IPs drop out of the sky to protest. 2 from different parts of Canada and 1 from New Zealand. Someone must have issued a call to arms on some forum somewhere. --Ron Ritzman (talk) 02:53, 1 May 2012 (UTC)


Yeah we are trying to defend what we love our way of life.. You asked for Press coverage? How about the movie Tron? Anis Chefura has been tricking for years, also on the 20th of May there will be the first ever World Tricking Championships. I ask you to to keep tricking as a page, appoint a member of our society to edit the page and keep it up to date. For further contact feel free to email me on <redacted> A lot of people are outraged.

Sincerely - Fletcher. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 101.98.163.41 (talk) 04:00, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

What does a movie have to do with press coverage? Who is Anis Chefura and what does that have to do with press coverage of this topic? (Even if she or he is somebody famous, notability is not contagious; Dungeons & Dragons is not notable because Steven Colbert played the game.) We need actual evidence of notability, not assertions that four or five people around the planet "are outraged". --Orange Mike | Talk 12:44, 1 May 2012 (UTC)
Anis Cheurfa is the stuntman who played "Rinzler" in Tron: Legacy. He doesn't have an article (yet). Hey, I'll be the first to admit that they may have a case as sometimes you do have subjects that turn out to be notable but where notability isn't immediately clear. "Trick/tricking" is a common word and that may make it hard to separate the wheat from the chaff in a google news search. However, even if that turns out the case, "appointing a member of their society to edit the page and keep it up to date" is the last thing we should do. --Ron Ritzman (talk) 14:21, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

why you delete Allan Pease page ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Allan_Pease&action=edit&redlink=1 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wanshiranui (talkcontribs) 08:10, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

There have been two versions of that article; the first was deleted by me on 10 November 2010 as unambiguous advertising or promotion; the second on 1 May 2012 by User:DGG as both unambiguous copyright infringement and unambiguous advertising or promotion. --Orange Mike | Talk 12:40, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

doh

When I'm calling for sanctions, and you are calling for peace, the whole world must have been turned upside down. I must need a break. Dennis Brown - © 18:23, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

For the record, Mike, I don't see that your response was unequivocally wrong. We have a mindset here that when you see the shady character wandering the store with a sawed-off shotgun, you must wait until he points the gun at someone and demands money before we haul him to jail. Of course, it can't hurt to ask the suspect what is he planning to do with that gun, since we are more or less bulletproof in this scenario, but sometimes a confluence of suspicious factors add up to acting without needing to take that step. bd2412 T 20:13, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

AN/I

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Need an Admin

Hi Mike- I noticed the article on Lenny White, which is an unreferenced BLP. I did some cleanup, and began to go about adding some references, but found that the first one I happened to choose appears to be where the text in the Wikipedia article might have come from. Copyright violation? I am not sure. I feel better taking that stuff to Admins. so I hope I'm not hassling you if you are busy. One more thing- I have a list of about six articles (I have come across doing such cleanup) which I question notability. Would it be OK to give you their names, or do you know another person who might handle those? I'd appreciate it! --Leahtwosaints (talk) 01:29, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

I'm not a good jazz man; I fear you would be better off seeing who has edited some of the article on performers who are peers of the six you contemplate, and consulting with them. I did stub the White article, a fat chunk of which seems to have been a cut-and-paste from this. --Orange Mike | Talk 00:33, 4 May 2012 (UTC)

Y'know...

I used to hate your guts. On the other hand, you seem to have a good head on your shoulders these days.

Would you mind having a bit of a look over here? I'm really afraid we are about to lose a promising young editor to some egregious violations of WP:BITE and WP:CIVIL, including an abusive and illegitimate WP:COOLDOWN block. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.196.233.155 (talk) 15:46, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

  • Orangemike is a big, fuzzy teddy bear, how could you not like him? He ain't bad, he's just misunderstood. Dennis Brown - © 23:57, 3 May 2012 (UTC)
Sometimes I find myself, Lord, regretting
Some foolish thing, some little simple thing I've done
I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood. --Orange Mike | Talk 16:14, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

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Looks like one of yours

While searching around: User:WWE ECW:Wrestlemania XXVII (User only edited this user page) Wnt (talk) 14:59, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

Random

I came across a discussion where I had some useful testimony that I thought you might appreciate. I hope and trust crises have strengthened you IRL. JJB 15:28, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

The only way crises strengthen me, is when they drive me to prayer. In the next two months I've got a dictator to overthrow (regardless of who wins this Tuesday's primary), three conventions to which I'm a delegate (all out of town), a minor union election [I'm president and acting as secretary of my local], and a major science fiction conference where I'm on four panels, one of which I'm moderating). Busy? Who, me? On the other hand: that two-month span also includes my 31st wedding anniversary, so how could I really complain when she's in my life. --Orange Mike | Talk 16:11, 5 May 2012 (UTC)
Two thumbs up! as long as we don't get specific about the politics in this forum. Politics are much better when moderated by the auspices of Sam Adams. JJB 16:42, 5 May 2012 (UTC)
I'm teetotal (yes, that's legal in Milwaukee, even for somebody who lives on Brewers Hill, used to work in the Bottlehouse in Schlitz Park, and does his finances at the Brewery Workers Credit Union), although I'm an admirer of the real Sam Adams. I'm always up for a good craft root beer or ginger beer, though. --Orange Mike | Talk 17:27, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

Pardon me butting in but I'm pretty sure that tee-totaling in Milwaukee is only legal when coupled with a signed and notarized First Amendment affidavit. And those can be tricky to obtain. Einar aka Carptrash (talk) 18:43, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

Nope. Twenty-First Amendment is the relevant one here. --Orange Mike | Talk 18:47, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

Ah, well an' I'll raise a glass to you. Carptrash (talk) 19:11, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

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The page DJ Mell Starr was deleted and I would like help on the areas of why it was deleted

Hey Orange Mike,

Is there anyway that I can get the info that was deleted back so that I can get help for the corrections that need to be made. I am new at Wikipedia and it is VERY confusing to me. Please help.

DJ MELL STARR 22:03, 9 May 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by DJ Mell Starr (talkcontribs)

???? It's all still there, at DJ Mell Starr. The tone is shamelessly promotional and self-praising; and of course you're the worst possible person to be writing an article like this. --Orange Mike | Talk 00:19, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

What Next Then??

Since I am in your words "the worst possible person to be writing an article". Can you provide some direction or help as to who can help me edit the article? There is factual material and I do have provided references. I explained I was new and from your tone I drastically need help. Therefore, Can you please suggest someone within Wikipedia who can edit the DJ Mell Starr sandbox for me if you are unable to?

DJ MELL STARR 00:26, 10 May 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by DJ Mell Starr (talkcontribs)

At this point, the best thing to do is simply to post on the talk page of the article (i.e., Talk:DJ Mell Starr, stating what you problems you think remain in the article, and offering suggestions for improvements, additional references that could be incorporated, etc. I'm so old-school, the term "DJ" to me means the person who picks the records and plays them, nothing more; so I'm a horrible person to ask for any but the most technical of improvement suggestions. Look at the history of articles about other musicians in your genre who have influenced you, and post on the talk pages of the active editors of those articles, explaining your problem and asking for help; they will probably be glad to have a look, as long as you don't come across as some ego-tripper who is only here to brag about himself. --Orange Mike | Talk 00:36, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

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About your blocking User:DJ Mell Starr

I've posted a message at User talk:DJ Mell Starr about their block. Roger (talk) 21:33, 11 May 2012 (UTC)

Changed it to a softerblock, per your suggestion, and added an explanatory note; but we really cannot tolerate impersonation accounts here, even among newbies. --Orange Mike | Talk 23:36, 11 May 2012 (UTC)

The warning you gave me User:Dudewiththebling

bring it on old man im not afraid of you! User:Dudewiththebling —Preceding undated comment added 23:50, 11 May 2012 (UTC).

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Can you take a look at this?

This File File:CVAustRibbon.png, does not have proof that the Copyright Holder of the image actually gave permission for the user to use it in WikiPedia articles. Should I put the file up for CSD or should I move it to commons, and then have then Commons:OTRS deal with actually verifying the permission that the user claims to have gotten or should I leave just as it is? --Clarkcj12 (talk) 19:33, 14 May 2012 (UTC)

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Why did you delete "Jinx Retaliation.jpg"?

It was really an official film poster (IMDb), also used to illustrate the character on the official website.[6] So please revert your deletion, or just re-upload the picture. --Niemti (talk) 16:42, 16 May 2012 (UTC)

Is [7] now okay? If you think it qualifies rather under promotional release criteria you might change it accordingly so it will be fine. --Niemti (talk) 17:07, 16 May 2012 (UTC)

This is not there "to provide critical commentary on the film, event, etc. in question or of the poster itself", since it is there "solely for illustration"; it does not qualify for any fair-use exemption. --Orange Mike | Talk 17:49, 16 May 2012 (UTC)
Would you cahange it to promotional license then? I don't know how to do it now, it's so unintuitive. --Niemti (talk) 17:56, 16 May 2012 (UTC)
The "promotional" exemption is quite narrow, mostly to cover situations where there is no other source to illustrate the article, and where the promotional image is there more than solely for illustration. Since in this case there is a drawing of the comics character, and the living actress could be represented by a public-domain photo, the promotional exemption will not apply. --Orange Mike | Talk 18:01, 16 May 2012 (UTC)

Wisconsin OCR

Hi OrangeMike! I saw that you added "wikify" to my new OCR article. I agree it needs to be improved, but I think perhaps we should throw that tag elsewhere also. Did you see the DoR, DoA, DPI, and Lottery articles? They are all are far worse than my new one is...and more important agencies. Capitalismojo (talk) 22:09, 16 May 2012 (UTC)

Oh, yeah, the others need it too; no denying. I used to work for the DPI and the DoR, and currently work for the DCF; so maybe I shouldn't touch 'em? I'm gonna try to do a bit on the rails, starting with the political history of Wisconsin railroad regulation (there are entire books on the topic). Did you know that until a couple of hours ago we didn't have an article about Senator Potter of "Potter Law" fame? It's a wee stub, of course; but it's a start. --Orange Mike | Talk 01:15, 17 May 2012 (UTC)
It's a start indeed!Capitalismojo (talk) 15:30, 17 May 2012 (UTC)
P.S. Great improvements and renaming! Capitalismojo (talk) 17:22, 17 May 2012 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you!

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Out of a sheer penchant for drivel, I've penned an essay on BLP noteworthiness. I don't know what I expect from having done so. But I thought I'd share it with you because you're a regular BLP contributor, and I value your understanding of current policy and guidelines, as well as you opinion of if and how they might be improved. If you don't have time or interest, no hard feelings. In fact, if you think I'm being wrongheaded, please leave a comment to that effect. All the best. JFHJr () 10:24, 23 May 2012 (UTC)

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I was doing a bit of CE on the X-Men Origins: Wolverine page, and followed the Technopath link out of curiosity.

The original redirect to List of comic book superpowers#Technopathy had been changed to a page by a now-blocked user Technopath international, but the page appears to be still updated by another new user Claire Fitzgerald - possibly the same user as Technopath International, but let's assume Good Faith, why not?

Anyhoo - the page seems to be nothing but an advert to me, but is deletion or reversion back to the redirect the way, or is the page salvageable? With the exception of the Wiki article and their own webpage, Google has no idea who they are.[8]

Not really sure what to do here, so asking for more experienced advice.

Thanks. Chaheel Riens (talk) 13:41, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

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Dave Rasmussen

Many thanks for your comment. Who knows? The anon editor might take my advice and register with Wikipedia and write the article.RFD (talk) 00:10, 25 May 2012 (UTC)

I google the website the tallestman.com and there was some information about Dave. I also look up an article about Robert Wadlow who was the tallest man. There is a list of the tallest people on Wikipedia. If Dave Rasmussen makes it into the Guinness Book of Records he could be consider notable but I am not sure. Many thanks-RFD (talk) 00:22, 25 May 2012 (UTC)
Dave is the tallest member of Tall Clubs International; that's not the same as the world's tallest man, a claim he's never ever made. The IP was citing such things as Dave appearing on the Martha Stewart Show, his stunt at-bat for the St. Paul Kings, etc. He does seem to get mentions in a lot of local papers when Tall Clubs convene; but I'm not sure whether that adds up to notability as we define it. --Orange Mike | Talk 00:34, 25 May 2012 (UTC)

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Hi OrangeMike,

I have more perspective now on your position on paid COI editors.

I'm still learning, but it's an important objective of mine to do right by Wikipedia, which means including a company's layoffs[9], disclosing controversies[10], and using AfC/Talk pages among other things.

I find that Wikipedia could never make enough policies to enforce good ethics among paid COIs, however companies need a consultant to push them to do things that make them uncomfortable and to avoid deceitful behavior, like making otherwise complete articles that omit every hiccup.

I would be interested in getting your perspective, concerns, etc. so that I may learn from them. For example, what actions a COI may do from the Talk page, that would cause you to distrust them or be the root of your concerns - actions I would therefore make sure to avoid myself. User:King4057 04:51, 27 May 2012 (UTC)

Things that set me off include whining about how reports of misdeeds make them look bad (well, duhhh!); an attitude of "ownership" and entitlement; and an expectation that Wikipedia is supposed to privilege the company's own preferred image of itself, over how reliable, neutral third-party sources see them. --Orange Mike | Talk 06:57, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
Comment from a "talk page stalker" (you're welcome to revert if you feel I'm intruding OM): I find that I frequently have to point out to subjects of articles that "You do not have the right to not be embarrassed". If they have ever received negative press, it is almost inevitable that it will end up in the article. Roger (talk) 07:55, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
I've made some rounds in AfC, COIN, etc. and developed some of the same frustrations very quickly - issues I sometimes work through offline as well. I'm curious though because your stance seemed vehemently oppose to paid editing, but these concerns regarding paid editing seem very elementary - the types of things done by a clueless COI. Do you think "smarter" COIs like me, are better because we understand the rules of engagement, or simply more dangerous? User:King4057 16:27, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
Bluntly? I fear you can be more dangerous. Look at what's been done to make Cracker Barrel look better, with the good-faith help of a basically sound and experienced non-COI editor aiding and abetting a COI one to make the COI editor's client look better. I fear this kind of thing will encourage the unscrupulous; and I fear that the PR industry, with its limitless billions of dollars, can apply pressure to open ourselves up in ways that will destroy our neutrality. Once you start taking money for it, you're not an amateur any more, be it baseball or the sex trade. --Orange Mike | Talk 17:50, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
I'll withdraw from taking a pot shot at my perceived competition, but at a 5-second glance, I think I see what you mean. Wikipedia is a very vulnerable form of media, not only because it's openly editable, but because editors don't have journalistic training, can be overly trusting, are subject to bow to more persistent editors and so on. (really my competition is (a) doing nothing and (b) direct editing hatchet jobs, not other paid editors) On the other hand, neutrality in the holiest sense is unattainable anyway and the current state of affairs with negative bias is much more severe.
So my question then is, what would it take for one single paid editor to be the exception to the rule? To do things so right, that a paid editing critic like yourself would still see them as an asset to Wikipedia rather than a corrupting influence. What if I was on a mission (I'm not, just saying) to get OrangeMike's endorsement as the one sacred paid editor in the crowd - what kind of behavior would that entail? User:King4057 20:14, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
Retro me, Sathanas!: it ain't gonna happen. I ask the same thing of the COI editors that I seek in myself and other volunteer editors: follow WP:V, WP:NPOV, WP:RS, and WP:N; plus the additional obligation of disclosure of COI (which is part of why there are so many userboxen on my own userpage: to disclose my interests and biases). --Orange Mike | Talk 22:35, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
I also suggest you read the article on the tragedy of the commons. --Orange Mike | Talk 22:37, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
I kind of get the tragedy of commons reference, but what is the shared resource?
What if - hypothetically speaking - I didn't even write the article or any drafts, but merely identified problems, provided references and answered questions. For example, I think every company should - at the very least - share press articles on the Talk page to make it easier for volunteers to expand the article. Where do you draw the line? User:King4057 03:31, 28 May 2012 (UTC)
Actually, I'm confused. You said "never gonna happen," but also mentioned asking COIs to follow V, NPOV, RS and N + disclosure. If you felt a COI followed those rules, would you therefore find them an asset to Wikipedia? Of course, that's more challenging than it sounds, because a COI will never be neutral - rather the whole point. User:King4057 03:41, 28 May 2012 (UTC)

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Rupert'sscribe

Thanks, I am already aware of this policy. Rupert'sscribe (talk) 17:01, 30 May 2012 (UTC)

Weird templates at User talk:LoniSwainRadio?

Hey, Orangemike, just checking: did you mean to put a COI tag and a level 3 spam warning at the same time as the block notification? Writ Keeper 15:45, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

I was trying to make it clear to the account that even if the name is changed, the COI and non-spamming directives still apply. I fear the current template isn't getting the message across to some folks. Did you read the copyright-violating vanispamvertisement that they put in? --Orange Mike | Talk 17:31, 31 May 2012 (UTC)
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Bennett

Hiya. Your edit to Talk:Anthony Bennett (English politician) appeared on my watchlist, prompting me to wonder who on earth Anthony Bennett (English politician) might be: I'd quite forgotten. I skimread the article and he still didn't look very familiar but I did immediately notice some material that would be, ah, problematic in a BLP and had been there for months. I've deleted the most obvious of this, but I note that the biographee has long been complaining about this sort of thing. Even now, the article is partly sourced to some pretty crappy tabloids; there's probably more work to be done. Better keep an eye on this one. -- Hoary (talk) 14:08, 1 June 2012 (UTC)

It's got obvious NPOV problems as well as the obvious COI of Bennett himself. While some of his complaints may be legitimate, the subject is obviously desirous of controlling the article to make it match his viewpoint, and doesn't want to hear what we tell him about WP:AUTOBIO, WP:OWN, etc. He's also been skating on the edge of legal threats for some time. As a Yank, I don't know enough about the English papers to deal with the WP:RS questions involved. --Orange Mike | Talk 15:36, 1 June 2012 (UTC)

Well, yes. But I merely glanced at his complaints (on the talk page), which I think long predated the material that I removed from the article. As it stands, the article goes into surprising detail about two private prosecutions over matters that have been of huge interest to the British tabloids but are I think of little import to the biographee's ostensible career as politician. However, I'm reluctant to boil these (McCann, Barrymore) down because I have virtually no knowledge of either matter and no desire to spend my limited time boning up on it. I'll just try to look out for further attempts either to whitewash the article or turn it into a hit job. Meanwhile, a concise guide to the British press: Guardian, Observer, Independent, Telegraph, Times: generally worth taking seriously. Mail, Sun, Express, Mirror, Star, News of the World, People: rarely worth taking seriously. -- Hoary (talk) 23:29, 1 June 2012 (UTC)

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Something to look at.

I have created a rough draft of what could become WP:EASYMONEY at User:Dennis Brown/EASYMONEY for the purpose of helping COI editors actually understand what they are doing wrong, how to fix it, and how to actually become a contributor instead of a liability. I'm trying to avoid all the adhoc speeches given to the growing number of PR and marketing firms that are joining us, and at the same time avoid taking a stand on the policy or politics of the issue. I am interested in your opinion of the wisdom of this. If you like the concept, please feel free to participate or modify in any way you choose. I'm not married to any format or details in this, it is just a rough draft at this point. I will drop this same note to a few other editors whom I feel would be beneficial in considering this page. Dennis Brown - © 14:43, 7 June 2012 (UTC)

  • Thanks for popping by, I appreciate the edit and look forward to more. You were very much in mind when I started this, thinking it would be handy for you (and others) to link to for UAA and other COI/spam related issues, making it quick to give them neutral information, thus holding them responsible for knowing it in the future. Dennis Brown - © 18:07, 7 June 2012 (UTC)

Camryn

Arg. Stamez? Any thoughts on getting them to actually discuss? Left a note on article talk page, left edit summaries pointing to article talk page, left messages on their talk page (which I had to create)... Or, as I suspect, are we/I/others going to be reverting til we are sick? Only in death does duty end (talk) 00:40, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

commentary or your own personal analysis

>Please do not add commentary or your own personal analysis to Wikipedia articles, as you did to Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories. Doing so violates Wikipedia's neutral point of view policy and breaches the formal tone expected in an encyclopedia. Thank you. --Orange Mike | Talk 20:42, 7 June 2012 (UTC)

Precisely my point. The opinion piece that LooneyMonkey was posting was inappropriate for Wikipedia.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Inetcafebooth6 (talkcontribs)

Opinion pieces clearly labelled as such may in some cases be referenced as to opinions. Repeated insertion of unsourced assertions by Arpaio instead of the sourced statements of the officials involved does not meet WP:NPOV. --Orange Mike | Talk 14:15, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

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152.71.43.187 - thanks!

That was getting annoying - thanks for the block! Allens (talk | contribs) 14:47, 11 June 2012 (UTC)

Twitter issue

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Ed Garvey

Sorry, Orange Mike, when I moved Edward R. Garvey to that page it is because of another notable Ed Garvey, Edward B. Garvey, but I must have forgotten to make the Ed Garvey page a disambiguation page. Both are commonly known as Ed Garvey and both are notable but one is dead and the other living and more famous.

Now it won't let me move it back, would you please do it? Otherwise there is no way to find the other Ed Garvey if you don't know his whole name.

I don't understand about people from Wisconsin being confused, they would understand most people named Edward Garvey go by Ed commonly and should know if they are looking for a politician or not.

I am sorry I forgot to go back and make the disambiguation page.

Thank you, HiMyNameIsFrancesca (talk) 21:27, 11 June 2012 (UTC)

We don't make a disambiguation page when there are only two people of a given name; the standard practice is to make the better-known one the target, and put a hatnote on that article directing folks to the other one. I'll put the hatnote for Edward B. Garvey on Ed Garvey ASAP. --Orange Mike | Talk 12:41, 12 June 2012 (UTC)
 Done.--ukexpat (talk) 13:15, 12 June 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for blocking harassing editor

Thanks for blocking an editor that has been harassing me lately. I appreciate your help! ElKevbo (talk) 21:49, 11 June 2012 (UTC)

Need yoj

Hi- please take a look at the message just left on my talk page. I have no idea who the person is who contacted me, and after the problems with the WP:COI issues around the Ron Holloway article, I figured I'd be the last oneever again to assemble and edit an article about a person who I either knew, or (obvioualy) would get to know with just that little bit of interaction already. I didn't respond to it yet- feel it would be best if you, or another person whom you feel qualified, would help and deal with this besides me. I did find, the sandbox mentioned in the note.-- User:Natashasabine/sandbox. I just don't feel like handling this kind of issue again- this is the first time I've ever mentioned Ron's name ever since he was blocked! Can you, please? --Leahtwosaints (talk) 05:50, 12 June 2012 (UTC)

Good block

Good block. Also Corpname per this. LeadSongDog come howl! 20:52, 12 June 2012 (UTC)

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Sean Reyes - Conflict of Interest

Hello, Orangemike! Thank you for the kind words: "We welcome your contributions to Wikipedia, but if you are affiliated with some of the people, places or things you have written about in the article Sean Reyes, you may have a conflict of interest or close connection to the subject." I am close to Sean Reyes, yes, I support his political campaign. However, in my opinion that doesn't make him any less worthy of a WP article page. The WP editors have scrubbed my first-time attempt to post an article and it still requires some citations. I did launch the article because I DO know him - who else would? However, I am very open to WP editors and other third-party sources updating and revising as long as the content is factual. So, I guess my Q is: where do we go from here in regards to maintenance template and keeping a profile image up on his page? Please advise. Lbrcomm (talk) 14:04, 13 June 2012 (UTC)

We don't have "profiles" here: we have impartial articles on notable persons. The current version of the article is still full of fluff about his local clubs and the like, not to mention redundancies seemingly written to puff him up (don't say, "was on a Presidential Commission appointed by the President of the United States himself!"; say, "was appointed to the Presidential Commission on Whatever It Was as a representative of Asian attorneys under fifty [or whatever]").
Also: what does your username "lbrcomm" stand for? --Orange Mike | Talk 14:17, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
Possibly LBR Communications in Salt Lake City...--ukexpat (talk) 14:52, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
Even though he's about to get blocked for username violations, I asked for his thoughts on the draft new COI essay. If someone in his position had read the essay, they would know to go to AfC and avoid username violations. Though I haven't looked into it and my guess is the outcome might have been the same. User:King4057 16:44, 20 June 2012 (UTC)

Thanks

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Bounty Hunter

Mike, I believe my request for input for the "Bounty Hunter" Page was a relevant request for information that is NOT included on the page. It was not a forum discussion request but rather a directional directive for the industries future development initiatives. But now that you have removed my input it is a rather moot point. Is there a way to retrieve my work that you sweep away?
Webyankee (talk) 20:14, 14 June 2012 (UTC) User Talk

You were, as you yourself admit, suggesting "a directional directive for the industries future development initiatives": which is totally irrelevant to improving the Wikipedia article about the subject (as were your ramblings about animal bounties). Nothing is lost, of course: if you examine the "history" of the talk page, it is easy to find the deleted content, copy it, and paste it into a TextEdit or other external document for your own use outside Wikipedia. --Orange Mike | Talk 21:31, 14 June 2012 (UTC)

Deborah Berke & Partners Architects

I have undone your edit. Just letting you know so you can discuss it on the talk page if you wish. Ryan Vesey Review me! 01:18, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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For working in a flawless reference to one of my favorite movies in this edit. Someguy1221 (talk) 07:41, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

Your last edit on the Six Million Crucifixions page

Orange Mike. I was wondering if we can work together on the Six Million Crucifixions page. As you know someone named Kabel added a new section with a bunch of references but you excised the whole section because some of those references point to blogs. I'd like to make this a good page, so if there are one or more references in that new section that are unacceptable to Wikipedia then let's remove them, instead of the entire section where the objectionable references are posted. Can you please help in this by restoring the section minus whatever objectionable links are in there, and then hopefully we can remove the label on top of the page? If you want I'd be happy to do that and then you can check it. Thanks! Esautomatix (talk) 20:40, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

As I recall, the section as added was a standard publisher's puff piece, with carefully selected pull quotes calculated to paint the work as a marvelous and universally-admired piece of historical investigation. It completely lacked the requisite neutral point of view and appeared to have been written by the author, his press agent, and/or his publisher's marketing people. --Orange Mike | Talk 20:43, 15 June 2012 (UTC)
I did not see anything in that section that sounded the way you describe it, but in any case I took a stab at editing it to address what I think are your two concerns: neutral point of view and the use of some blogs as references. Please take another look. I removed the references to blogs and rewrote it to make it neutral. Esautomatix (talk) 07:28, 17 June 2012 (UTC)

Hi Mike, I polished the block in question and I believe I properly addressed your two concerns with neutral point of view and references. Can you please take another look? Thanks! Esautomatix (talk) 00:11, 28 June 2012 (UTC)

You have a fan

Check out the comment on this article. I find that these kinds of comments generally aren't supported by the editing history, but I try to help COIs where I can (or at least offer). User:King4057 03:49, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

Template

Hi Mike. I got your request[11] and added the template at here. Ta ta! -- Uzma Gamal (talk) 12:13, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

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Block of User:Londonfred

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BOTDF/Blood On The Dance Floor (band)

Ok... I'm a big BOTDF fan... I come on here to look for there info and it's not here?????? Why???? They deserve to be on here too. I know i'm new but I mean its not right deleting a page because you dont like it. Please reconsider it, and let me know what you think. --Bradley TheRenatus Herrell (talk) 01:58, 20 June 2012 (UTC)

Not doneThe article was not "deleted because I don't like it". The article was deleted twice, after two discussions agreed that the band doesn't meet our standards for band notability. See the discussions, Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Blood on the Dance Floor (group) and Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Blood on the dance floor (band). --Orange Mike | Talk 18:41, 20 June 2012 (UTC)

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Abe books?

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Your block of HLA123

Hey Mike, with regards to this block, your rationale (HLA cannot have an account here; nor can any HLA employee use us to publicize their clients such as Matthew Lutton) strikes me as being outside of policy. Can you explain on what grounds this entity and all its employees are banned from Wikipedia? Is there a decision to this effect somewhere else that I'm not aware of? Are you ad libbing this decision yourself? Please explain. Best, —Tim. /// Carrite (talk) 17:34, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

Huh? Just standard no-spamming and forbidden username warnings, explained summarily in a way I hoped would get across to even a PR professional with a spam-only edit history. --Orange Mike | Talk 23:15, 24 June 2012 (UTC)
Matthew Lutton <---This is not "spam" by any reasonable standard. Nor was your aggressive language "standard." What is "HLA"? If it is a naming problem, why did you not template them for a name change instead of leaping to block? Carrite (talk) 06:26, 25 June 2012 (UTC)
HLA Management Pty is a theatrical agency in Sydney, Australia, who are the agents for Lutton and were using this s.p.a. account to get in an article about their client. --Orange Mike | Talk 15:07, 25 June 2012 (UTC)

Kee Klamp

Hi. Could you please consider this case? Thanks.

I was going to recreate this article (possibly moved to Kee-Klamp) using some references I found. Before doing so, I thought it worth asking whether or not there's any salvageable content which has been deleted. Thanks. --- Trevj (talk) 20:17, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

Nope. It was a shameless advertising plug, apparently lifted straight off one of their advertising brochures or website. --Orange Mike | Talk 23:17, 24 June 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for checking. I'll see what I can put together from scratch then. -- Trevj (talk) 23:49, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

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Durdans Hospital

Thanks for reverting it, as if I would have made any additional revert, I would have broken the 3 reverts rule.Max Viwe | Viwe The Max 18:46, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

So, the user has stared again disruptive edits.Should I revert it or it would be counted in braking WP:3RR?Max Viwe | Viwe The Max 18:57, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

Durdans hospital is a page of a hospital. Therefore I dont see a point where you have to make reverts. the contents which was there on neutral basis and for the purpose of providing information for people. Since its one of the oldest hospitals in Sri Lanka, its better to keep the page without any reverts. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Anoja.E (talkcontribs) 03:51, 28 June 2012 (UTC)

Impartial, properly-sourced content about a hospital is one thing. What I keep having to trim away is a series of long brags about how wonderful and helpful and prestigious the place is, "sourced" only to its own websites and similar advertisements. Please read WP:COI and WP:SPAM, not to mention WP:NPOV. --Orange Mike | Talk 12:36, 28 June 2012 (UTC)

Inre Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies

Perhaps you might revisit the article? I've had no trouble find enough in-depth coverage with which to expand and source the article. A separate article for this film notwithstanding, a mention of one of their films within The Asylum artiticle is proper, but after researching and working, I'm thinking a deletion now of a film topic with enough independent notability really does not serve the reader. What you nominated as a short lede, minimal plot, and cast-list with no critical response or review,[12] is NOW looking far better through the simple work of addressing issues.[13] Schmidt, MICHAEL Q. 23:01, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

Randy Wayne (biologist)

Dear Orangemike, Wouldn't Randy Wayne be notable for being an adademic (Associate Professor at Cornell), for writing two textbooks (both published by Elsevier), for his pioneering work in biophysical plant cell biology (discovering the involvement of calcium in light-stimulated signal transduction using fern spore germination as a system--experiments that were repeated and extended by many others; for discovering that water in plants moves through proteinaceous channels in cell membranes--again repeated an dextended by others; for discovering a contending mechanism of gravisensing in plants, and for applying his biophysical plant cell biological knowledge to understanding the physical nature of light and gravity)? His work has been covered, not only by articles in scholarly journals, but by independent third parties including the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Cornell Chronicle and the Cornell Daily Sun. BinaryPhoton (talk) 19:09, 27 June 2012 (UTC) BinaryPhoton

If this were an accurate description, perhaps; but it grossly misrepresents the truth about Wayne and his non-notable fringe "science" theories. No credible claim of notability has been made. --Orange Mike | Talk 19:13, 27 June 2012 (UTC)


Dear Orangemike,

Would you consider deleting the portions that you consider to be fringe "science" and reinstating the rest of the page? BinaryPhoton (talk) 19:27, 27 June 2012 (UTC) BinarypPhoton

Write a new version, without the fringe stuff, and you don't have a claim to notability. See WP:BIO. --Orange Mike | Talk 20:13, 27 June 2012 (UTC)
And just to expand on what Mike said, the relevant criteria are at WP:PROF, and it appears to me that none of them are met. a13ean (talk) 22:00, 27 June 2012 (UTC)

Abraham Lincoln and the vampires and zombies. Werewolves next?

Hi Mike-I saw the book Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter at the public library and I was not impressed. And I do like reading alternative histories-science fiction. In fact there is a movie on YouTube that has Abraham Lincoln as a vampire. What's next-Abe Lincoln fighting werewolves? I hope you, your wife and family are doing well-thanks-RFD (talk) 23:22, 27 June 2012 (UTC)

Gene DeWeese, a man whom I liked, both as a person and as a writer, once wrote a horror novel in which it eventually turned out that the immortal vampire who is behind everything is the person known to history as Jesus of Nazareth, who DID rise from the grave... sorta. --Orange Mike | Talk 02:47, 28 June 2012 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) I want to see the movie about Abe as a vampire slayer. User:King4057 04:54, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

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Issue involving you up at AN/I

Hi Mike. I've taken the matter of the HLA123 block to Administrator's Noticeboard/Incidents. WP:ANI I think is the link. Your block was upheld and I still think it was a block against policy and would like a broader discussion and determination. Best, —Tim. //// Carrite (talk) 15:56, 29 June 2012 (UTC)

Something fishy

First I can't link the account, I don't know why. Second I messaged both talk pages so I think if they were connected A message to that effect would be in place. Please look at this [14] StringdaBrokeda (talk) 17:16, 29 June 2012 (UTC)

The real thing is User:J Milburn. Note the lack of a period (or "full stop" as the Brits have it). --Orange Mike | Talk 17:22, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
Yep. Thanks - StringdaBrokeda (talk) 17:25, 29 June 2012 (UTC)

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Note about User:Gatebooks

I've received an email from this user asking to be allowed to create a new account for non-promotional edits. I've modified the block settings to allow account creation. Hope this is ok. PhilKnight (talk) 14:42, 30 June 2012 (UTC)

My Notability

Mike, I, a living person, would ask you to reconsider my "dubious notability" which casts a dark cloud over my bio. You are seeing a bio that has been in a fight with Mr. Crow doing a lot of deletion, apparaently because he believes I am a Creationist.

Please look at the 4th figure down in the wiki Genetic Code article. That is my work. There are better figures in Commons that I published, including the original journal figure. There are some better figures, redrawn, with changes made only for clarity. The Genetic Code article is high traffic. The first three figures are historic. My contribution of the 4th figure gives students some ideas about future research, e.g., How did the genetic code evolve? Or did it evolve at all? Perhaps you would approve of my notability had a neutral biographer placed such a figure directly in my bio.

There is a Mr. Crow deletion of "Youvan's Method" for correction of FRET - named so by Zeiss and used on their premier microscope, the Axiomat. Most people looking for me are probably looking for those equations.

If I had a neutral biographer, they might also catch last year's Nobel Prize winner Roger Tsien, stating in his Nobel paper (Science or Nature) that Delagrave and I made the first color-changed GFP mutant. On Tsien's website, you will now see a rainbow of colors.

In the past 10 years, I have opted for self-publication and turned down requests from journals. (I don't think you like that style.)

Also, if you like Einstein, search me on Amazon and see the application of his Theory of Relativity to the P versus NP problem. It's sort of funny. That man was enormously honest and gifted.

Mike, I don't like putting text like this into the preface of a book, but here it is: "For more information on Youvan, himself, please see his current Wikipedia biography at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Youvan. His biography is frequently attacked by atheist editors, so you might want to view an earlier version of his biography in Wikipedia's history shown here." (The word "here" is linked to an earlier bio.) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.255.133.196 (talk) 15:57, 30 June 2012 (UTC)

Doug Youvan — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.255.133.196 (talk) 15:38, 30 June 2012 (UTC)

Elliptical Genetic Code.JPG — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.255.133.196 (talk) 01:12, 1 July 2012 (UTC)

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Eagar, Arizona

Thanks. I don't know if you noticed, but I did ask why he made the change and mentioned WP:USPLACE, I didn't find his answer (only one town named Eager) satisfactory. Dougweller (talk) 21:12, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

adding images to categories in the Commons

Hello Orangemike- Thank you for your welcome. As you know I am new here and have added images for the of the Gee's Slough Effigy mounds in the Commons. In my first round of uploads someone must have been "looking over my shoulder" and added them to categories. When I uploaded two images for the "Gees Slough" Effigy Mound of New Lisbon I was receiving a message that these images were not in a category and so I made the template that Motopark removed called Template:"Gees Slough" Effigy Mound of New Lisbon, WI,...which is understandable in that they had text, etc. that was not what they want to do there. So yesterday I used the "wizard" or whatever it is called and they suggested putting them in the category of Category:Effigy mounds so I have done so after mistakenly putting the code line Category:Effigy mounds in the image file under the |other_fields= position, then I looked at the other images and the way they (those looking over my shoulder originally) had added the category code to the permissions section so I then changed it to try and do it the right way. Now I find that if I am logged in, I will see the images in the Category:Effigy mounds but if I am not logged in I will not see the images in that category page. So I have been trying very hard to "do things right" but I am not sure what the story is and the status of these images. So I am a little frustrated. They are File:Gees slough effigy mounds.JPG and File:Gees slough effigy mounds 2.JPG . So what am I doing wrong? I asked Motopark about this but his answer was a bit of a blow off and he suggested talking to someone else if I need help. You can see the thread HERE.

Regards, Sixa369 (talk) 15:24, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

I've raised the issue (as Moto was suggesting that you could) at Commons:Village_pump#Categories and being logged in. --Orange Mike | Talk 15:46, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

Thanks OrangeMike: He had not replied at the time of me writing the above. I am not going to fool around with a cache reset when I don't know this whole system that well. I appreciate your effort in identifying the problem and your response. Kind Regards Sixa369 (talk) 18:33, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

Mercian Regional Football League

OrangeMike

Refering to the page 'Mercian Regional Football League'. The page was not created by myself, I edited it because it was incorrect and misleading and was leading to an awful lot of problems.

Jjames3133 (talk) 16:17, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

Because of your massive conflict of interest, you should not be editing that article. You should make suggestions for its improvement at its talk page, providing links to published neutral, third-party reliable sources for the changes you want to make. --Orange Mike | Talk 16:28, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

COI

I may have been confused. Should we have the stadium admin just send us an official request by email? If the return address is the stadium can we accept that as who is the actual engineer? I still can't see why it is so important, but there may be reasons we aren't being told.--Canoe1967 (talk) 16:25, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

We need verifiable, published reliable sources, not insider information that hasn't been published. I think there's some backscratching and/or conflict of interest involved, albeit perhaps in good faith. --Orange Mike | Talk 16:28, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

Username block

Hi, Orangemike. Would you be willing to reconsider your hard block of User:SocialHostLaw? No doubt it is a username violation, but barring blatant promotional editing I think the user should have been given a chance to pursue a username change or create a new account. The reason given for the block was that the account 'appears to be mainly intended for publicity and/or promotional purposes', but all of their edits look like they are mostly factual and made in good faith. [15] [16] [17] [18] It may have been better, too, if you had written a note somewhere that you had decided to contradict my advice - which is fine, by the way - I just say that because now the user is confused. [19] Perhaps it can be modified to a uw-softerblock? Have a good one. NTox · talk 23:29, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

Just so you know, someone reported you to WP:ANI. --Rschen7754 00:29, 4 July 2012 (UTC)
Rschen got here first, but FYI on the same thing regarding AN/I here. -- Avanu (talk) 00:31, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

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Barnstar

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Even though you seem to catch a lot of heat for it at WP:ANI, your work in dealing with spam is greatly appreciated. SudoGhost 11:35, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

Penny for your thoughts?

I'm writing an op-ed on COI for the Signpost. It's a work-in-progress I just pieced together today, but I'd be interested in what you think.[20] User:King4057 21:08, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

Left you a reply.

Here -- Avanu (talk) 12:10, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

Thanks!

Thanks so much for fixing up the public art links in the article about Milwaukee! --Jgmikulay (talk) 14:44, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

Please help

Orangemike, you deleted my Inova Loudoun page. I need to know what it is that is being done incorrectly?

Please advise so that we can fix the error and so that we can create Inova pages without "promoting or publicizing information"

We simply want to state facts. The service lines of the hospital, the facts that according to US News and World Report articles there have been ratings and rankings, and that there are community events available to the public.

That is all. Please advise.

Thank you very much. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ShanaMarketing (talkcontribs) 20:07, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia does not exist in order for you to publicize your employer. Your edits, as you have been repeatedly warned, are not impartial information, but advertisements. EVERYTHING you have done has been written in marketing-speak, not in impartial legitimate prose suitable for encyclopedia articles. You dumped a steaming pile of promotional garbage like "a rich history of proudly serving our growing and diverse community... We provide compassionate and comprehensive care for the entire family" onto a page and called it an "article". That kind of marketing-speak has no place in an encyclopedia; it belongs in your promotional brochures, and then only in those which don't have to pass any truth-in-advertising tests. --Orange Mike | Talk 20:17, 5 July 2012 (UTC)
(talk page stalker)The assessment that this content is promotional and inappropriate for an encyclopedia should be pretty obvious. You could be more helpful by disclosing your identity and sharing independent and impartial news articles on the Talk page, to make it easier for an impartial editor to improve the page. As a company representative, you generally shouldn't be astroturfing Wikipedia by endorsing your own products on a community-run site. User:King4057 20:42, 5 July 2012 (UTC)
David: perhaps you could add a little something at her talk page? I'm afraid that as an historian and writer of straightforward prose, marketing-speak such as that I quote above, combined with her wide-eyed naivete (or pretense of such) does not leave me at my most compassionate and may tend to make me "bitey". --Orange Mike | Talk 20:52, 5 July 2012 (UTC)
Done. I've been bitey too, when I found out a project I donated a substantial amount of time to on a pro-bono basis had been used to promote a PR firm's "thought-leadership." (sound familiar?) Throwing the philosophical arguments aside, Wikipedia needs a quick way to discard editors unlikely to ever make positive contributions to Wikipedia as this content would suggest. On the other hand, the COI warning template as it is, is very unlikely to transform COIs to useful participants. We should improve it. User:King4057 22:56, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

Looks like they were banned anyway. Oh well. User:King4057 03:52, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

I didn't block her, because the username was not a violation. She seems to have been Shana [in] Marketing [for Inova], not doing marketing for something called Shana; thus, not a username violation. --Orange Mike | Talk 13:51, 6 July 2012 (UTC)
Ah. Yes, I found what appears to be Shana's LinkedIn profile, a social media / communications consultant at Inova. Thank you for alerting me on my talk page. I have corrected the block and the block message, but based on the conversation above, and her past actions, I am hesitant to unblock, and would prefer that this editor go through the unblock request process. ~Amatulić (talk) 17:32, 6 July 2012 (UTC)
I wonder if it would be possible to conduct a study. If we could analyze how many COIs are blocked within 30 days after a COI notice, we could optimize the COI flag to determine the text that optimizes our conversion rate of disruptive editors -> productive. User:King4057 20:17, 6 July 2012 (UTC)
I don't know how useful that would be, since many COIs aren't tagged. Most of the COIs I've blocked had a username violation and contributed blatant advertising. Those accounts neither get nor need a COI notice, they just get blocked. I also do tag accounts with COI, but offhand I can't recall any that have needed blocking later. ~Amatulić (talk) 20:48, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

Prestigious Films Deletion

Orangemike,

I do not understood why you deleted my page for Prestigious Films. From what I have read and understood, it was being created in my sandbox and not viewable by anyone else. Therefore, I feel that comments specifying changes would have been more polite than just deleting the whole article. It took me quite a bit of time to complete, I would have appreciated you simply informing me of what I had done wrong.

Thank you. Prestigiousfilms (talk) 22:42, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

"Established in 2010, the company has taken-off in the video community!" - 'Nuff said. --Orange Mike | Talk 23:33, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

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Pantheistservices

They're requesting unblock, claiming that they made up the name at random. I don't see any connection to it, much less mention, in the one edit. Is there anything I'm missing in this block? Daniel Case (talk) 05:46, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

"XYZ Services" tends to be the name of a company; if the user claims that's not the case, I certainly see no reason not to assume good faith and unblock. --Orange Mike | Talk 13:44, 6 July 2012 (UTC)
I did that (as you may know, I tend to block usernames like that only if their edits demonstrate a connection; I have cited situations like this as the reason I don't block on sight). Daniel Case (talk) 02:56, 7 July 2012 (UTC)

Username blocks

Mike, I appreciate your strong desire to uphold neutrality, but I've got to be candid. I think you are making a lot of impertinent username blocks. What makes this problematic is that you are imposing them with the 'hard' parameters when they are highly controversial, consequently suppressing account creation and autoblocking who-knows-what-kind of networks. The note I left you a few days ago was the first time I had ever seen one of your blocks; I assumed it was an isolated incident. I have now taken a short look at your block actions and I see that this is a persistent issue. Some examples include a hard block on one account whose only edits comprised a post to the help desk, an essentially factual userspace draft, and who received zero warnings [21], one who only by a stretch made promotional edits [22], one on a semi-established user who does not appear to have any recent history of persistent promotion [23], one for 'impersonation', when there appear to be zero contributions from the account, deleted or otherwise [24], and one whose only edits were to the AfC review process and constitute marginal promotion at best [25]. These are just a handful of examples taken from one half-page of your block log, all on the basis of the account being 'mainly intended for publicity and/or promotional purposes' (my emphasis). My understanding is that spammers should be issued the relevant level 1-4 warnings before blocks that involve autoblocks and such serious sanctions can be justified. There is no doubt that you are dealing with legitimate username problems - and that even some of the editing is problematic (it is) - but these individuals are new to encyclopedic writing and I cannot in good faith disregard my request that barring truly outrageous promotional disruption, would you consider soft blocks, username changes, new account creation, and warnings? I am of the mind that they are far more consistent with the spirit of good faith assumptions and editor retention. It's never fun to see newcomers acquire a bad taste of Wikipedia. NTox · talk 09:36, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

Let's take a look at these more closely. NCSAPR, for example, the one you describe as one who only by a stretch made promotional edits. NCSAPR is short for NCSA Public Relations. The only purpose of that account was to create a smarmy biography of a sports agent, the guy who founded the company NCSA. So: a company-named PR account, existing solely to garner fame for its owner: why should this be tolerated? A blatant username violation, especially coupled with promotional intent, does NOT need the four-step warning process. Are you even looking at what these people are doing here???? --Orange Mike | Talk 13:33, 6 July 2012 (UTC)
Contrast these blocks with my remarks above, re: User:ShanaMarketing and User:Pantheistservices one I refused to put a block on at all, and the other I put a softblock on and am more than willing to see that removed. --Orange Mike | Talk 13:53, 6 July 2012 (UTC)
You might want to review this before doing that. My Spanish is weak, but it sure looks like an agenda account to me. LeadSongDog come howl! 14:12, 6 July 2012 (UTC)
That's in es.wikipedia; I do not believe that we can base a block here on what he/she might be up to on a different Wikipedia. --Orange Mike | Talk 14:16, 6 July 2012 (UTC)
There's also a wide gap between "has an obvious agenda" and "blockable username" (see my remarks re: ShanaMarketing). --Orange Mike | Talk 14:22, 6 July 2012 (UTC)
That may be correct, but the assertion here is difficult to reconcile with the fact of the actions there. I leave it up to you.LeadSongDog come howl! 05:56, 7 July 2012 (UTC)
You do a lot of good work here; let me clear of that. And no, the names should not be tolerated. But they should not always be treated with hard blocks. Only in the significant cases. The idea is that blocks, especially when they affect IPs, need to be last resort decisions. There is a consensus in the form of the blocking policy that exhorts us to educate users before locking their accounts (save the IAR softerblock situations) [26]. It is very possible that some of these people are editing from libraries and local patrons are being affected. And because a user adds 'PR' to their name does not mean a hard block should be automatic, and without more conclusive evidence it is inappropriate to say that the only purpose of the NCSAPR account was to garner fame for the owner. Because someone works in public relations does not automatically mean one will be disruptive. There are administrators here who work in public relations, and I know of several PR officials who have been praised for their neutral writing in article space. Not all of them are a lost cause; not all of them harmful. As I said, I am not denying that there is editing short of featured quality associated with most of these accounts, but in many cases they are marginal errors that are easy for any of us to make. In other cases, they are more serious errors that do not deserve hard blocks unless multiple warnings have been issued. This is especially true when one has only posted to AfC, which is in part deliberatively operated for the purpose of assisting good faith COI editors who know they might have trouble writing in mainspace and thus want some guidance first. My impression, in my humble opinion, is that you have a strong point of view on this issue which is making you involved enough so that the block tool is being used in a punitive manner. That being said, many of your username blocks are entirely appropriate, and that's great - but I think many are bitey. I can be wrong, I will never forget that; but I have tried to be consistent with the collaborative spirit that is important for this place. Have a nice afternoon. NTox · talk 18:01, 6 July 2012 (UTC)