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Straw person/man[edit]

Because Wikipedia is founded on verifiability, not Truth, it often lags behind changes in the field until someone thinks to document such changes. Thus, in the case of the straw man/person article, a change would require a reliable source that talks about this new usage (note that an example of this new usage doesn't suffice—it has to discuss the new usage). (See Wikipedia:Verifiability.)

Beyond this, our article naming policy says that an article about something with multiple names must be titled with the most common variant. In this way too, Wikipedia often lags the cutting edge as new usages spread outward and overcome the old usage. In this case, I would think that the new usage has not yet gotten beyond academic circles. The term "straw man" has a lot of currency beyond academic rhetoric still, and even though this is the field that spawned the term, it doesn't "belong" to rhetoric exclusively. So, the common usage is just as relevant as the academic usage. (See Wikipedia:Naming conventions.)

Quite apart from that, be mindful of our vandalism policy in case you misquote it. Content disputes are explicitly discluded from Wikipedia's working definition of "vandalism". Rather, such things are considered content disputes and it is the responsibility of the editors involved to settle the dispute civilly. Sometimes, this will require soliciting the input of the wider community, or an investigation of the applicable policies or editorial guidelines. Confrontational stances tend to inhibit the smooth working of the consensus-building proces. (See Wikipedia:Vandalism and Wikipedia:Resolving disputes.) — Saxifrage 08:08, 7 October 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia generally prefers accuracy. Since the goal of the project is to document existing knowledge and usage rather than act as a force for change, gender issues aren't pro-actively addressed from within. A distinction is that, as editors, our own gender bias should actively be countered. But, this doesn't extend to actively countering the gender bias of the "real" world or sources.
In this case, what I think would be the best for the article is to add a significantly-sized section about the trend in universities and academia in general to use the gender-neutral "straw person" instead. Since Wikipedia isn't static, at some point in the future when "straw man" is obviously outmoded usage, the article can be changed again to have the new term as its title and change the section on the "straw person" trend to a section about the historical "straw man" term. How does that sound?
Re: mediation cabal, my apologies for jumping to conclusions. I thought you were misrepresenting the case, and I'm very sorry for not assuming good faith and looking for alternative explanations for what I saw as a discrepancy. — Saxifrage 19:40, 8 October 2006 (UTC)

Re: edit[edit]

No problem. Being able to have one person rough out the content and have another person polish it up is part of why Wikipedia is collaborative. — Saxifrage 16:34, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

what should I do with a bad english?[edit]

Hey mister the "recent changes patroller" I have a really bad english cause i'm french. Even if I try hard, it's always bad. Son what can I do if I want to add informations in an article with my bad English??? Instead of reverting things, (on the Bremen (manga)'s page) why not backing me, when I'm writting, by correcting my sentences? In french, I did good things on Wiki fr. On this english wiki's page, I wrote links where I found my informations and points that I wanted to tell on the discutions page...But I think that it's frustating to see someone deleting what you did instead of correcting... why users like you never communicate, in the discussions pages, before doing it? So what should I do? only writting in discussion's page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)


Well, since no one has done it for you yet,...

Hello, PStrait, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or place {{helpme}} on your talk page and someone will show up shortly to answer your questions. Again, welcome! 

I am willing to adopt you if you would like. I am also willing to assist you with your userpage. :-) Leave me a message on my talk page. Note that on Wikipedia, each article has a talk page; similarly, each user has one. This page is your talk page. I don't mean to sound patronising, but it took me three months to figure it out :-) The Duke of Copyeditting, Bow before me! You can't control me! I'm a P. I.! 11:18, 14 October 2006 (UTC)


Howdy ... I happened to notice that your userpage was listed under Category:Intelligence user templates, where it doesn't belong. That's when I discovered that you were using template code directly on your page!

Instead of all that code, use "{{User Mensa member}}" or "{{User:UBX/vigil}}" ... see Category:Vigil Brother Wikipedians or Category:Wikipedians by IQ for examples of how to use templates.

Using "{{User TNS}}" instead of trying to copy&paste the template code avoids mistakes like getting listed in a Template Category, and getting correctly (alphabetically) listed in Category:Wikipedians in the Triple Nine Society.

By having your own copy, you also miss out on changes like how "{{User:UBX/vigil}}" now adds your userpage to Category:Arrowman Wikipedians and Category:Wikipedians in the Boy Scouts of America in addition to Category:Vigil Brother Wikipedians. (Your userpage is not listed in any of them, but it is listed in Category:Scouting user templates, where it does not belong.) — (talk|contribs) 14:32, 14 October 2006 (UTC)

thanks for the advice RE: userboxes. I really appreciate it. PStrait 21:29, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
No sweat ... BTW, you might want to check out the discussion pages at {{User:UBX/RC}} and Category:Roman Catholic Wikipedians. (Someone should probably copy the examples in the former article to the latter.) I've been cleaning up Boy Scout/OA related templates/userboxes/categories lately (see Category talk:Wikipedians who survived Philmont), so I don't have the time/inclination to deal with it myself. :-) — (talk|contribs) 03:24, 16 October 2006 (UTC)


Consider yourself adopted! Damn, now I'll have to go to Centrelink and pick up my Sole Parent's pension. Heh heh. At the moment (for the next fortnight) I'm on Wikibreak (holiday from Wikipedia) as I have my exams. Feel free to leave me any questions on my talk page. The Duke of Copyeditting, Bow before me! You can't control me! I'm a P. I.! 06:56, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

Your answers[edit]

Today I just had my first exam for the last year of High School. I'm 17, turning 18 on December 21st. You? For more of my personal details, see this subpage of my userpage.

  • You can make subpages of ANY page by typing /(name) after the page's name; for example, User:Hunterd/About.
  1. Using this same method, you can make an archive for your talk page. Most people do it when the page becomes long, but I am weird and do it at the change of the financial year... once the subpage is created, you can simply cut and paste the stuff on your talk page into the subpage, and then provide a link to the subpage from the main talk page.
  2. There isn't really any software one can use to interface with MediaWiki code (what Wikipedia runs on), unfortunately it's a matter of either using the buttons at the top of the edit page or remember a lot of code.
  • To use this bullet point, use an asterisk.
  1. To use numbers, use a hash.
  2. Pictures can be uploaded by clicking the "Upload file" link to the left of every page, under the Search box. Alternatively, you could simply click here... anything that you upload must provide usage licences. This, this, this and this may help.
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  • People tend to get angry about spelling, but I have been brought up unlike the majority of my generation; that is, I (hopefully) have reasonable spelling. A spell checker within a word processor (i.e. Microsoft Word) should be able to assist if this is a problem.
  1. To check your contribtuons, see Special:Contributions/PStrait. There are various ways of having a counter display the number, but I am unaware of the specifics at the moment. I'll do some digging around and find something :-)
  • To look at an article's edit history, click the History tab at the top of any page. You can check the code itself for each revision by click the date for that revision in the history log. Alternatively, to find the difference(s) betwen two revisions, select the two versions (by clicking on the radio buttons - the circle ones between "(last)" and the date) and clicking the Compare selected versions button at the top and/or bottom of the page.

To leave a line between text, use <br> .

To indent a line (as I have done here), use a colon (or as many as you like to further indent).
  • Finally for tonight's lesson, to make the page ignore MediaWiki code, use <nowiki> MediaWiki Code, such as [[article page]] </nowiki>.

I hope I haven't confused you too much.
Happy editing.

The Duke of Copyeditting, Bow before me! You can't control me! I'm a P. I.! 12:35, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

Some other things...[edit]

  1. This is a subheading of Your answers. It will show up in the table of contents as a section of Your answers. This is done by adding an extra equal sign on either side of the heading, so for this I used ===Some other things...=== , and to get that to display, I used the nowiki tags that I discussed above: <nowiki> ===Some other things...=== </nowiki>.
  2. Subscript can be made by using <sub> text </sub> ; superscript by using <sup> text> </sup> .
  3. There was something else I intended to say here, but my memory has failed me... it was soething important, too... oh well. I'll remember it once I go to sleep. I'll remember IN my dream. :-)

The Duke of Copyeditting, Bow before me! You can't control me! I'm a P. I.! 12:50, 27 October 2006 (UTC)


I just wanted to let you know that I've accepted. Thank you again for the kind words! — Saxifrage 06:46, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

I just wanted to say thank you for your nod of support during my recent RfA. While I cannot keep John Kerry from saying something that makes us all slap our foreheads, I can now help you out with any administrative tasks on Wikipedia. If you need any help, just drop me a line and I'll be right there. Cheers. youngamerican (ahoy hoy) 13:26, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

My RfA was a success, thank you[edit]

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Thank you for nominating me for adminship! It succeeded with 59 in support, 2 opposed, and 1 amusingly-surreal neutral comment. I could not have asked for a better nomination than the one you wrote. I hope how I wield the mop makes you proud. Thanks!

PStrait, I am your father![edit]

Yeah... just letting you know that I am back from WikiBreak. Call upon me at any time. Stuart says: Heweyeweyeweyeweyeweyewey... The Duke of Copyeditting, Bow before me! You can't control me! I'm a P. I.! 15:03, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

Arian Catholicism[edit]

Hi, I thought you'd be interested to know I have nominated Arian Catholicism for deletion. I wonder what you think? Slackbuie 20:58, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

Moonsea article[edit]

I just saw your comments about the Moonsea article. I had a look at it and couldn't see if it got sorted out to your satisfaction.

I've just created a new area on the Forgotten Realms Wikiproject called Requests. I copied this section from the Dungeons & Dragons WikiProject. It should help peopel to flag up current requests that can then be removed after they are resolved.

If you are still having problems with the Moonsea article I suggest you go back to the FR WikiProject page and make sure people know this is still current. You might also want to put something in the Moonsea article to let people know that they can talk about this in the WikiProject page. Good luck. Big Mac 00:51, 26 February 2007 (UTC)


Long time, no Wiki! Would like to help, but have no idea about creating a disambig page. You might want to go to the Community Portal, going to the help area and asking somewhere there. The only idea I have is to create all the links manually.

  • You can use an asterisk (*) to create dot points, if you need. Good luck. The Duke of PStrait 03:17, 7 June 2007 (UTC)
Seeing as you're so smart, you may be interested in Citizendium instead of Wikipedia. Everyone who writes articles there has to have their articles approved by experts in the field before it is published. There are very strict rules, which keep vandals away. I think it could be better than Wikipedia if there were as many contributors as Wikipedia. The Duke of PStrait 03:20, 7 June 2007 (UTC)


Sure, you can use it! I actually "stole" the idea from here and expanded it to fit my needs. There's nothing unethical about not asking, by the way; all contributions are licensed under GFDL. Sr13 04:37, 23 June 2007 (UTC)

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I need help![edit]

{{helpme}} I can't fix my userpage, all the boxes keep going on top of eachother-- I know I am missing some key syntax or something. I just want the page to be functional. PStrait 22:49, 25 June 2007 (UTC)

I don't see any boxes overlapping. There is alot there, but it's all legible from my perspective. Maybe it is your browser or screen resolution. The best suggestion I can make is to simplify, or perhaps try Firefox is you are currently using Internet Explorer. --After Midnight 0001 00:32, 26 June 2007 (UTC)

Striking your vote[edit]

Hello PStrait,

Thank you for your interest in the Wikimedia Board Election. The Election Committee regretfully informs you that your previous vote was received in error and will be struck according to the election rules, described below.

The Election Committee regretfully announces today that we will have to remove approximately 220 votes submitted. These votes were cast by people not entitled to vote. The election rules state that users must have at least 400 edits by June 1 to be eligible to vote.

The voter lists we sent to Software in the Public Interest (our third party election partner) initially were wrong, and one of your account was eventually included to our initial list. There was a bug in the edit counting program and the sent list contained every account with 201 or more edits, instead of 400 or more edits. So large numbers of people were qualified according to the software who shouldn't be. The bug has been fixed and an amended list was sent to SPI already.

Our first (and wrong) list contains 80,458 accounts as qualified. The proper number of qualified voters in the SPI list is now 52,750. As of the morning of July 4 (UTC), there are 2,773 unique voters and 220 people, including you, have voted who are not qualified based upon this identified error.

In accordance with voting regulations the Election Committee will strike those approximately 220 votes due to lack of voting eligibility. The list of struck votes is available at

We are aware of the possibility that some of the people affected may have other accounts with more than 400 edits, and hence may still be eligible to vote. We encourage you to consider voting again from another account, if you have one. If you have no other account eligible to vote, we hope you reach the criteria in the next Election, and expect to see your participation to the future Elections.

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Anglican collaboration of the month[edit]

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Melvos Hammerstars[edit]

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The Real G-Unit BarnStar![edit]

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For being apart of WikiProject Freemasonry! InvisibleDiplomat666 05:38, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Request For Rollback[edit]

Yes check.svg Done Time has passed since the block. Remember to only use it for vandalism reversion. Also note it will be removed as quickly as it has been granted if you use it for any other reason. Pedro :  Chat  11:56, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Your cut + paste move of Lew Rockwell[edit]

Greetings, please do not cut and paste move articles to new titles, it erases the history of the article so that reader's cannot tell who wrote it, violating the GDFL copyright license. If you want to move pages, use the move tab, but only after there is a consensus in favour of the move on the article's talkpage. See WP:MOVE for more details. Thanks, скоморохъ 11:48, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

I agree with Skomorokh's sentiment above. The "move" tab should be used to move an article, and "Lew Rockwell" is the common name most used to refer to the article subject, not his full name, which according to custom should be redirected to the common name article. DickClarkMises (talk) 17:21, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

WikiProject Christianity[edit]

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MfD nomination of Wikipedia:WikiProject Forgotten Realms[edit]

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D&D articles for Wikipedia 0.7[edit]

Hi there!  :)

As someone who's worked on D&D and/or RPG articles before, I'm inviting you to participate in our goal to both improve articles that have been selected to be placed in the next Wikipedia DVD release, as well as nominate more to be selected for this project. Please see the WikiProject D&D talk page for more details. :) BOZ (talk) 04:18, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Greetings from your Matron (is that the right word...?)[edit]

Hi PStrait,

After many years of inactivity on WP, I have returned. Hopefully, you will remember that I adopted you. How's things?

Hunterd is back! 15:12, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

Left-right politics reversions[edit]

We had a discussion on Talk:Right-wing politics but it lead us nowhere. My main concern is that he is using sources that talk about few right-wing groups that oppose some scientific theories to draw a conclusion that the right tends to oppose science. That is a violation of no original research policy. -- Vision Thing -- 07:41, 20 July 2009 (UTC)

Vision_Thing and I have discussed the meaning of left and right in politics ad infinitum on the talk pages. He believes that "right wing" means "in favor of individual liberty". I quote dictionaries and encyclopedias to no avail. He has found one book, "British Politics Today", that agrees with his definiton.
As for the question of whether the Right tends to oppose statements by scientific organizations, notably in the cases of evolution and climate change, but also in the case of stem-cell research, birth control, and other medical science, I've cited several books and articles. He considers citing books and articles to be original research. I disagree. Rick Norwood (talk) 14:17, 20 July 2009 (UTC)
I added a section in the chart on the article about how the right and the left both oppose science in their own way -- the left is hostile to genetically modified food and nuclear power (and on the extreme fringe, things like vaccines). The (Christian) right is hostile to orthodox beliefs regarding climate change and humanity's role in causing it, the teaching of evolution, scientific treatment of the Bible (i.e., historical and textual criticism), stem cell research, human cloning, etc.
As for the question of original research, it seems to me like both parties could be satisified if you quote from some source that draws a general conclusion about the views of the Right or the Left regarding science, rather than by establishing this inductively (i.e., by presenting many examples of people on the right or the left attacking or supporting science). PStrait (talk) 14:38, 20 July 2009 (UTC)
As far as I know, there is no reliable source that draws a general conclusion about the views of the Right or the Left regarding science. In my opinion that is because such general conclusion is not possible. -- Vision Thing -- 19:16, 21 July 2009 (UTC)
I don't think you are correct re: your comment that no referenced sources draw conclusions about the relationship each side of the political spectrum has with science. For example, see Levin, Yuval. Imagining the Future: Science and American Democracy. Encounter Books, October 2008. I think it is not terribly controversial to identify a few trends: there is a certain Luddite element in the Left that opposes biotechnology and nuclear power, just as there is a certain traditionalist element in the Right that opposes stem cell research, the teaching of evolution, etc. But I welcome opposing viewpoints -- I just think the debate needs to be centered on what the sources actually say... PStrait (talk) 23:27, 21 July 2009 (UTC)
Like I said, I wasn't able to find any sources that discuss this issue in general terms of the left and the right. If "Imagining the Future: Science and American Democracy" is such source, could you please provide some relevant quotes from it on the article's talk page so that we can start a discussion about the issue. -- Vision Thing -- 12:20, 22 July 2009 (UTC)

I agree. I'll add a couple of books on the subject. Rick Norwood (talk) 14:43, 20 July 2009 (UTC)

Marc Garlasco[edit]

Glad to see you editing here. The article needs material on Garlasco's false reports on the 2006 Gaza Beach bombing and on his equally erroneous allegations about white phosphorous in Gaza last winter. I'm loggging off, but your edits are appreciated. Don't be intimidated by bullies like Nableezy. Just use reliable sources and take it to the talk page if he tries to delete them.Historicist (talk) 23:41, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

The reference to the mere rhetoric blog keeps being removed. I get that a blog might not count as a reliable source in general, but in this case it seems only helpful to include the link since that is where the story broke and the news sources cite it anyway. But I have little experience editing controversial articles, so my sense on this may be incorrect. What do you think?PStrait (talk) 23:45, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
Blogs are not WP:RS. You cannot cite them for facts. Not Even when they have accurate facts. you have to find a reliable secondary source. the only exception is that you can cite the blog of a well known person, (usually an academic or public intellectual) for the opinion of that preson. Or, sometimes, an expert blog on an arcane topid. i.e., the blog of an archaeologist on a fact about an artifact. But even that is usually only acceptable in non-controversial topics. In this case, you have to wait until a newspaper carries the info. I'll probably not be around for a few days.Historicist (talk) 00:38, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

You guys might find this by Helena Cobban, member of the Human Rights Watch Middle East Advisory Committee, useful for that article. No More Mr Nice Guy (talk) 13:19, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

Re: Left-Right Politics[edit]

I was puzzled by your revert. Then I saw your userpage. Ah! A Roman Catholic and a libertarian. Oh, and a Mensa card hoilder as well. I'd watch your templating and your POV antics, unless you'd like to explain to me how people left-of-centre have an "opposition to scientific advancement". There's a Conservapedia just round the corner if you really want to spread your word. (talk) 17:11, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

To call the ("libertarian end" of the) Third Way center-left would, in my opinion, be false, and that seems to be the premice of this dissussion. Politics is all about personal opinions, and it seems to degrade these opinions when "typical" positions are created - especially when these positions are not as obvious as progressivism/conservatism. I do not think that generalising the left's (or evn the right's) opinions on science is a particularly valid thing to do when there is a huge amount of conflict within political fields, much more than with other topics. There are obviously strong feelings against stem-cell research on the right, as shown with your citations, but to say that the typical left position is against biotechnology is less obvious, as there is huge disparity. On the other hand, with nuclear power maybe there is more of a consensus.
So I guess what I've been trying to say from the start, is that biochemistry is too much of an issue in both sides of the spectrum to immediately generalise being against it a leftist position. If anything, it seems to be an issue above political command, as I'm sure that someone that was self-classified right or left wing would not consult their fiscal or social beliefs on a topic such as that. (talk) 14:45, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
But I never said anything about biochemistry. The fields of science I mentioned included climate science, evolutionary biology, nuclear physics, and agricultural biotechnology. Those fields are politicized-- people do "consult" their political views on those issues. PStrait (talk) 15:12, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

WikiProject Sociology Newsletter: II (April 2010)[edit]

Sociology ProjectNews • April 2010

The Sociology WikiProject is conducting a roll call (or min-census, if you prefer). More then five years down the road, we have over 50 members, but we don't know how many of them are still active in the sociology area. If you are or want to become once again an active contributor to the sociology content on Wikipedia, please move your name from the inactive to the active list on our roll call.

In other news, we have reactivated the newsletter :) At least, for this announcement. We also have a new, automated to do listing, an active tag and assess project (which has identified about 1,800 sociology articles on Wikipedia, and assessed about 1,3000 of them), and three new userboxes for your self-identification pleasure :) On a final note, I highly recommend watchlisting the Wikipedia:WikiProject Sociology page, so you can be aware of the ongoing discussions.

You have received this newsletter because you are listed as a participant at WikiProject Sociology. • signed Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 18:34, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

WikiProject Sociology Newsletter: III (December 2010)[edit]

Sociology ProjectNews • December 2010
Spreading the meme since August 2006

The Sociology WikiProject third newsletter is out!

According to our April mini-census, we have 15 active members, 6 semi-active ones and 45 inactive. Out of those, 4 active, 3 semi-active and 1 inactive members have added themselves to corresponding categories since the mini-census. The next one is planned, roughly, for sometime next year. The membership list has been kept since 2004.

On that note, nobody has ever studied WikiProjects from the sociological perspective... if you are interesting in researching Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Research and wiki-research-l listerv.

Moving from research to teaching, did you know that many teachers and instructors are teaching classes with Wikipedia? This idea is getting support from the Wikimedia Foundation, and some really useful tools have been created recently. I have experience with that, having taught several undergad classes, so feel free to ask me questions on that!

And as long as I am talking about professional issues, if any of you is going to any sociological conferences, do post that to our project - perhaps other members are going there too?

In other news: the a automated to do listing reported in the April issue went down shortly afterwards, but seems to be on the path to reactivation. We still have an active tag and assess project, and comparing the numbers to the April report, we have identified about 350 more sociology-related articles (from 1,800 to 2,150) and assessed about 100 (from 1,300 to 1,400).

We now have a listing of most popular sociology-related pages. It is updated on the 1st of every month, starting with August, and reports which of our sociology-tagged articles are most frequently read. Of course, GIGO holds true, so after looking at it right now and trying to determine what is our most popular article, my first action was to shake my head and remove Criminal Minds (which, perhaps not too surprisingly, outranks all sociology articles in period tested). Second item I noticed it this month's Industrial Revolution, beating Criminal Minds, that moved from close to 30th position in August/September, to 9th in October and 2nd in November. If you'd like to discuss this or any other trends, please visit WT:SOCIOLOGY!

Finally, with the reactivation of Article Alerts, we are getting our own here. Bookmark that page so you can keep track of sociology related deletion debates, move debates, good and feature article discussions, and more.

Our first task force (Wikipedia:WikiProject Sociology/Social movements task force) was created (1 June 2010).

If you have basic or better graphic skills, our projects needs a dedicated barnstar (award) (currently the closest we can get is the Society Barnstar.

As always, I highly recommend watchlisting the Wikipedia:WikiProject Sociology page, so you can be aware of the ongoing discussions.

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Ichthus: January 2012[edit]

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WP:Anglican navbox colour discussion[edit]

Hullo, fellow WikiProject-er. We're having a discussion about the colours of Anglicanism navboxes. Please do come along and weigh in. DBD 18:38, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

Billie Piper Removal[edit]

Hi, I basically removed a small blurb about her career (that had it's own section) which seemed unnecessary because her career in discussed at length later in the article. Sorry about not elaborating. If you feel that that section is necessary, then that's no problem. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:40, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

User Talk page blanking[edit]

Per WP:UP#CMT blanking the user talk page is an acknoledgement of the notice. We don't restore old warnings. Even from IP addresses. Hasteur (talk) 22:38, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

Input requested[edit]

Hi, PStrait! Thank you for your comments. Would you mind reviewing the proposed change to the article, and lending us your input? Thanks in advance, Xenophrenic (talk) 21:17, 22 January 2013 (UTC)

RFC at WikiProject Freemasonry[edit]

This is going out to all who are listed as active members of WikiProject:Freemasonry. We are attempting to determine the "consensus of the project" on an issue relating to categorization. Please see: WT:WikiProject Freemasonry#Dispute over instructions at Category:Freemasons and share your opinion. Thanks. Blueboar (talk) 12:23, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

Feast day listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


I have asked for a discussion to address the redirect Feast day. You might want to participate in the redirect discussion.

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