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Brick Breaking[edit]

I will try to find another NPOV wording for that sentence. (I can tell you for a fact it does exist tho). However that image is the most pathetic excuse for breaking I have ever seen!--Duchamps_comb MFA 21:32, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

That video you posted also on the talk page of breaking has been removed, I'd like to see it. I'm interested to learn some more about breaking. What technique did he use to break the concrete block? It's just I figure if someone could do that to a block of solid concrete, then any UFC fighter who delivers a blow like that to the chest or head should break bones and instantly win, shouldn't they? The snare (talk) 15:47, 22 January 2012 (UTC)

It's been years, I don't even recall posting any video, sorry :) Pundit|utter 17:24, 22 January 2012 (UTC)

You can see your post on that page, actually The snare (talk) 16:22, 22 February 2012 (UTC)

Chocolate Thai[edit]

This source appears to be a bad link: [1] It doesn't show any kind of relevant information. Also, your other sources are still bad. See the talk page. Zenwhat (talk) 22:47, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

I wrote an email to the editors of Cannabis Culture about a number of factual inaccuracies in their articles about Buddhism, beyond what I described to you. The most blatant were the "haikus" which the editor admitted were not haikus. Their responses to the rest of the issues I brought up were extremely weak. Please see this thread on their forum. [2] At one point, one of their editors says, "Cannabis is good for you." Hence, they are not reliable source. See their claims about marijuana in that forum, then compare it the article on Health issues and effects of cannabis.
Similarly, NRA newsletters would NOT be a reliable source either, on most facts relating to gun control, because they represent a political group with a certain agenda to serve. And this edit seems like weasel words:
at least according to the author signed as "DJ Short", in a publication in "Cannabis Culture magazine"'. Zenwhat (talk) 22:57, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
I don't think you're referring to the Wikipedia's definition of weasel words. My edit was, in fact, an attempt to satisfy your critique of leaving the preceding statement as "objective", by only referred to the publication. My intent was to emphasize that this statement is of the author of the article. Feel free to delete the fragment of the sentence you cite above, if for whatever reason you find it not objective (but clearly it has nothing to do with weasel words).
Per your comments on the magazine's forum - while I admire your passion for accuracy and your will to educate them, the editor's response seems quite reasonable. After all, in many cases they are referring somebody's words (in interviews, books, etc.), and they did admit the haikus were not "real" (although you should realize, that all haikus in English are to some extent fake. There is only a traditionalized form of translation and writing them in Englih, but it is pretty far from the original Japanese versification for language reasons, and also there are so-called contemporary free-form haikus, which are close to free verse poetry. But I don't think it matters that much).
Credibility of this magazine as a source is, in my view, very limited and I would not learn haiku structure from them. I do believe, though, that if there is any magazine that can professionally write something about different kinds and strains of marijuana distributed 20 years ago, that'll probably be them. NRA publications also have limited credibility - but if I wanted to know about gun subtleties, I would assume them to be a useful source. It is their core business, after all - and while being ignorant about haikus will not take readers away from a cannabis magazine, mistakes and slips in articles on marijuana actually may. Being accurate about existence of strains is almost the only thing they really have to be truthful about (and of course you are right that they quite likely will minimize and belittle the medically proved negative effects of cannabis intake). Pundit|utter 23:24, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
I referred to it as weasel words because you seem to be aware that it's a largely unreliable source, but tried to avoid WP:RS by saying "at least according to unreliable source X." If a magazine is going to demonstrate poor scholarship by making inaccurate assertions about haikus and Buddhism -- all other claims are just as unreliable. Good scholars are accurate, in general. Bad scholars are inaccurate, in general. This isn't a matter of ignorance of Buddhism on their part, but poor scholarship because nearly every article on their site essentially involves scrambling together various unreliable sources, in order to make an argument that supports legalization. It's political propaganda. We can take this to mediation if you'd like. Zenwhat (talk) 23:32, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
  • You seem to mistakenly take the magazine to be scholarly. They are not scholars at all. It is, at best, a pop-cultural magazine, with particular focus on marijuana. I don't expect them to be accurate about haikus, honestly. But a versological slip is hardly a proof that they don't know about marijuana strains. By analogy - if NRA magazine published a sonnet and called it a haiku, it wouldn't make them unreliable about guns. Pundit|utter 23:38, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
Their claims about Buddhism are more than a "versological slip." I discussed the magazine with other Buddhists, about the list of false claims, and there wasn't even any suggestion by any of them that the magazine's assertions about Buddhism "might" be correct. It appears to be a self-published source by amateur writers with no educated in botany or pharmacology. Sources frequently prone to factual errors are unreliable sources, regardless of what those factual errors might be related to. Part of WP:RS is scholarship. See scholarship. Zenwhat (talk) 23:43, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
I cut out your RfC from the article and added it to the discussion. I cut out somebody's (yours?) template from there to add a new one - I hope it is ok, as it didn't work previously. Pundit|utter 23:41, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
Yes, thank you. The first time I put the RFC template up I did it improperly, forgetting to follow the second step to put it on the talk page. Will it be listed now? Zenwhat (talk) 23:44, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
Wait a sec. Nevermind. You did something different than what I thought. I thought you altered the main page.
The description of the dispute is supposed to be short and neutral. "Is Cannabis culture a reliable source?" is short and neutral.
"credibility of a niche marijuana magazine" and "A dispute on credibility of sources in an unusual topic (drugs), uncertainty whether a niche marijuana magazine (although popular), which has been proved to be inaccurate about haiku versing, can be used as a credible source of information on strains of cannabis used in the 60ties and 70ties." is not. Zenwhat (talk) 23:49, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

With all due respect, your own opinion and the opinion of your colleague Buddhists, whom you kindly offer to consult, are not entirely falling under credible sources of information neither. However, I gave you Such, or such, or such, or such links to chew on the issue of drugs and Buddhism and to at least show you that the issue is not as obvious as you seem to believe and it is not only the magazine you criticize who claims that some time ago some Buddhists were using cannabis (although, as I said, this may be totally wrong - but the idea is out there and not only supported by this one magazine). Pundit|utter 00:01, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

They are Buddhist monks who have spent years studying Buddhism in Asia, learning Sanskrit and Pali so that they can read the Sutras in their original language. They are not reliable sources by Wikipedia's definition, but they are reliable sources in reality that can be used to clearly debunk "Cannabis Culture" magazine as a reliable source, according to Wikipedia's definition. You continue to cite such vastly unreliable sources that I find it very difficult to assume good faith, but I will continue to try. At the very least, you seem to misunderstand what WP:RS means. For instance, about this source, one monk being arrested for growing marijuana is not proof that all Buddhist monks support the use of marijuana. See Hasty generalization. A1b2c3.com and "THC Ministry Amsterdam" appear to be self-published. Zenwhat (talk) 00:11, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
I'm not trying to prove or disprove the use of marijuana by Buddhists. All I'm saying is that it is extremely easy to find information about Buddhists using cannabis and it does not make sense to blame one particular magazine for a cultural notion (perhaps an urban legend) that is already out there. But of course there are also many published articles and books on the subject, such as this or this or this or this or this. In spite of what your friends may say from their own experience, there are reliable sources to prove the historical use of marijuana in Buddhism. Therefore it is very premature to claim that the magazine is totally unreliable, basing on the info they give on Buddhists and marijuana. They may be wrong, but the plethora of publications gives them good reasons to support this view. Pundit|utter 00:22, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
The idea that "Buddhists smoke marijuana" is not a widespread cultural belief. It is a fringe theory on the internet, by self-published pseudoscholars. That's what your sources prove. Your actions clearly violate WP:FRINGE and I suspect you know this because of your experience with Wikipedia. You don't seem to use the same ridiculously unreliable sources when editing articles on martial arts. The more attention that Chocolate Thai gets, the more likely it is for such ridiculous sources to be deleted, if the article itself isn't removed outright. I will not discuss the issue with you any further until we receive a neutral third party to give their opinion on the matter. Zenwhat (talk) 00:28, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
I'm, as I admitted, not an expert - my only knowledge about the subject comes from google. The links I gave you above come from the first 10 results of a search in http://www.scholar.google.com which is my typical resource for more scholarly works, although you seem to disprove them as a whole. I assure you that both in martial arts or e.g. RPG edits we sometimes refer to specialized magazines. I'm not saying that Cannabis Culture is a superb source, all I'm trying to point is that if the article and its ilk are to be kept in Wikipedia, the only sources of some credibility will be like this magazine. In no way was I trying to upset you and if I did, I apologize. Pundit|utter 00:33, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Simply because the sub-domain is scholar.google.com does not make the reference scholarly or reliable. Google apparently lists sources indiscriminately based on algorithms -- it's not reviewed by editors. And so, there are a substantial amount of fringe theories on scholar.google.com. One example I'm aware of offhand is works by Austrian economists, a heterodox school of economics. [3] You will find works on there arguing for Anarcho-Capitalism. And surely you don't agree that's "reliable"? Also, you haven't said this yet, but just in case you're thinking it: To demonstrate that I'm not simply invoking false credentials, I strongly encourage you to find any Buddhist community online and ask them about the claims made by Cannabis Culture. There are plenty of Buddhist monks and nuns at [e-Sangha who would be happy to clarify how Cannabis Culture's statements are unreliable. And again, this is relevant to Cannabis Culture's credibility, as WP:RS states that sources are unreliable if they're prone to factual error, with no caveats. Whatever those factual errors might be, poor scholarship is poor scholarship. Zenwhat (talk) 00:40, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

But you are 100% right that there are contradictory sources not only in scholar.google.com, but also in top-tier academic journals as well. All I'm saying is that a claim of historical use of marijuana in some Buddhist communities long time ago can be supported by legitimate publications (just as anarcho-capitalism in economic theory, although economy is perhaps a bit more arbitrary than history). By the way, I don't think anybody so far claimed that marijuana smoking is a widespread practice among Buddhists nowadays.

The existence of contradictory sources, even in academia, does not overrule WP:NOR and WP:FRINGE. Also, I strongly disagree that "economy is perhaps a bit more arbitrary than history," since both are soft sciences and social sciences that rely on similar methodologies. I'd also say it's probably the other way around. I am particularly skeptical of mainstream historianism, considering the fact that mainstream historianism seems swayed by religious sophistry and political correctness. See the historicity of Jesus to see what I'm talking about. They claim Jesus exists by using the "gospels" as a source. What absurdity! Bad historians like Karen Armstrong demonstrate the horrible state that historianism is in. Economics does not have this same problem and I think it's because economists argue over what is, not what was, which makes them less prone to that kind of sophistry. What it basically comes down to is that historians rarely ever attempt to be objective or neutral, but try to seek evidence in order to give content to amusing narratives. Zenwhat (talk) 02:47, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
  • Fringe rule is about marginality being presented as mainstream, or at least a contesting theory. I understand why you brought it up here, although I don't share your view (but I don't want to dispute whether Buddhist monks really smoke marijuana some time in the past - I just don't care, I don't think even if they did it changes anything). NOR, on the other hand, is irrelevant in our discussion - I didn't present any of my research to support my view, and the only time you did was when you referred to your friends, but it was not a research-like statement. Per narratives in economics and your apparent interest in the subject - you may find this book interesting. Pundit|utter 03:03, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
And you've been appealing to marginality, regularly. You aren't citing a book or journal on mainstream botany or the mainstream media. You're saying, "Hey, look at all of these self-published websites I found!! And here are some books on Google too!!" It's precisely for this reason that I think it's ridiculous to continue this discussion and want to wait for a neutral party to give a third opinion. Zenwhat (talk) 03:07, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
This is because I'm not proving something is true or not, I'm just proving the presence of an idea in the discourse. BTW, calling books and scholarly journals/conferences marginal is a typical POV, especially when considered the fact that you have not provided ANY (credible or not) sources to support your view. Pundit|utter 03:14, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Please explain to me how this sentence only presents chocolate thai as a "term used in discourse" and not an actual strain of marijuana.
Chocolate Thai is popular colloquial term[1] for a Cannabis Sativa strain of the 1960s and 1970s.
It doesn't. That sentence asserts that the strain "chocolate thai" actually exists. Also, now that you acknowledge you don't know whether this term represents a real strain of marijuana but is just a "popular colloquial term", it should be deleted, per Wikipedia is not a dictionary for slang. Zenwhat (talk) 03:20, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Also, "popular colloquial term" is weasel words for "slang." Zenwhat (talk) 03:22, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Hi Zenwhat and thanks for your comment. When talking about discourse I'm referring to the idea of marijuana being historically used in Buddhism (the topic of our discussion in a number of our recent post exchanges). This idea made you challenge an otherwise possibly valid source of information, although I gave you plenty of resources that support the challenged view presented in the magazine (possibly wrong, but still present in the discourse). In the same time you have not provided even a single source to support your view.
I don't mind your change of colloquial into slang, it is a good edit. But in the future please, stop using defamatory terms to describe other editor's contributions, unless you mean what you write, while assuming good faith. So far you called my edits weasel words twice (perhaps you should read the definition first), not adhering to the NPOV, promoting Fringe theories, and violating NOR rule. Once you even reverted my edit so hastily and without checking what it actually was, that seconds later you brought it back. In the same time I carefully refrained from labeling your edits as any violations of rules (Preserve information being the minor one), and I really did my best not to revert your edits based on the info from the magazine we currently discuss.
In spite of the RfC you keep editing the articles. From your user page it is clear that you made deleting Chocolate Thai article your personal goal (it is listed under "to dos"), which for a casual reader may make an impression that you decided the article has to disappear, no matter what the community's decision is and/or what are the constructive edits of other contributors - don't you think that reaching a consensus is a better way to do it, than decide ahead? The fact that you so violently reacted to the information from Cannabis Culture about Buddhist monks in the past may suggests that you took offense to the magazine (you actually called their article offensive).
At this stage I kindly request that you refrain from editing Chocolate Thai at all and I will do the same. We all have our editorial biases and it is only natural that we reinstate our positions in any discussion we already entered. Thus it may do good to Wikipedia if we both take a break from Chocolate Thai. I highly respect your other edits and contributions, and I very much appreciate your good intentions, so let's switch to something else for a while. Pundit|utter 15:03, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

You can't complain about me accusing you of violating policy -- and then in turn accuse me of violating policy by doing that. It works both ways. You didn't need to write those paragraphs above. I mentioned above that your arguments don't seem genuine. At the very least, even if you're being sincere, the arguments you're making are extremely illogical. You've continually revised your argument in reaction to my criticism. I say, "These sources just prove the existence of a slang term. Delete the article, per WP:Not a dictionary." You said, "But wait, I found reliable sources!" I said, "Those aren't reliable sources," citing a number of cases where they've blatantly gotten their facts wrong. You said, "They may have been wrong about Buddhism and haikus, but they might be right about weed!" I cited the fact that the editor claimed, "Marijuana is good for you." which contradicts the sources cited in Health effects of cannabis. That editor was also unable to provide a scholarly summary of cannabis research, but instead has to rely on obscure studies to prove fringe claims that haven't received scientific consensus. Your response, then, was to cite a number of other unreliable sources from Google to try to give weight to their claims. I pointed out the fact that those sources are also unreliable and you say, "I'm only trying to prove that there's a popular colloquial term!!" And so, we're back where we started: Chocolate Thai is just a slang term with no actual botanists or pharmacologists claiming it exists, just self-published sources on the internet and pop-culture magazines written by poor scholars.

There's also your attempt at framing the RFC debate to consider by diminishing the idea that it's a reliable source in the lead, through calling Cannabis Culture a "niche" magazine which only got it wrong on haikus. The fact that I've argued with you this long, without starting an edit war, and am going to wait for mediation means that I'm fully in accordance with WP:Assume Good Faith.

I put the RFC tag back in, being unaware that RFC tags belong on talk pages. So, in addition with the rest of the stuff above, your removal of the RFC tag from the front page appeared to be vandalism, at the time. After realizing RFC tags don't belong on articles, I took it out myself.

I don't take offense to the magazine's claims , simply their bad research and the fact that they spread misinformation, and I did not react "violently." Preserve information does not apply to inaccurate statements, because technically they aren't "information" and therefore shouldn't be "preserved." I have no editorial biases. I was honest when I said I support legalization of marijuana.

Furthermore, you've continually appealed to the possibility that claims made by unreliable sources such as Cannabis Culture "might" be true. The standard in Wikipedia is NOT truth, but WP:Verifiability. The claims made by Cannabis Culture and authors randomly aggregated by Google may be true, but if they are not verifiable, they do not belong on Wikipedia.

Lastly, I just noticed above that you attacked me for being unable to cite any sources to support my view. Please see Burden of proof and Negative proof. Simply because I cannot prove that Chocolate Thai does NOT exist, does not mean that it does.

I will not "take a break" from Chocolate Thai. I will, however, wait for RFC and go through every step of dispute resolution until this matter is resolved. Zenwhat (talk) 15:46, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Your lack of sources refers to the topic of our debate for the last 10+ posts, namely "Buddhists smoking marijuana in the long past", which was your main argument against Cannabis Culture. For this I've provided reliable scholarly resources, many satisfying the verifiability criteria at Wikipedia, while you have provided only your own words and an offer to consult your friends or Buddhist Internet fora.
I personally find this argument void and aside of the crux, while there are many points you can raise against this magazine - but you can't blame me for replying to your posts and not what you could have written.. Please, refrain from any further personal attacks. Calling my arguments extremely illogical or doubting my sincerity fall within this category. While you wrote that the article in the magazine was offensive, I think it is understandable that I assumed it was you who took this offense.
Per your argumentation above - you seem to randomly cross-interpret the arguments from several different discussions on:
  1. Buddhism and marijuana
  2. reliability of Cannabis Culture as a general source of information (including haikus, history, etc.)
  3. reliability of Cannabis Culture as a specific source of information on the existence of cannabis strains
etc., so I really cannot understand what your point in these particular topics is, or in general on the subject now. I do hope, however, that by looking at the history page of the article you will at least notice that you made edits and reverts AFTER the RfC was posted, so your argument about not editing being a proof of good faith is void (while the good faith, on the other hand, is present I'm sure - I'm only referring to the argumentation, and not the fact).
I don't understand your simultaneous refusal to stop editing the article and agreement to abstain from editing and wait for third parties to jump in, but I hope that you will wait for other editors to help us in this dispute. For now I think we both may use some time in other places of Wikipedia calling our attention. Let me again express my high regard of your contributions to Wikipedia, in spite of our current discord. After all, our vivid discussion proves also that we both care about standards the the quality of information, although we can disagree in details. Pundit|utter 16:10, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Your lack of sources refers to the topic of our debate for the last 10+ posts, namely "Buddhists smoking marijuana in the long past", which was your main argument against Cannabis Culture. For this I've provided reliable scholarly resources, many satisfying the verifiability criteria at Wikipedia, while you have provided only your own words and an offer to consult your friends or Buddhist Internet fora.

I personally find this argument void and aside of the crux, while there are many points you can raise against this magazine - but you can't blame me for replying to your posts and not what you could have written.. Please, refrain from any further personal attacks. Calling my arguments extremely illogical or doubting my sincerity fall within this category. While you wrote that the article in the magazine was offensive, I think it is understandable that I assumed it was you who took this offense.

Per your argumentation above - you seem to randomly cross-interpret the arguments from several different discussions on:
  1. Buddhism and marijuana
  2. reliability of Cannabis Culture as a general source of information (including haikus, history, etc.)
  3. reliability of Cannabis Culture as a specific source of information on the existence of cannabis strains
etc., so I really cannot understand what your point in these particular topics is, or in general on the subject now. I do hope, however, that by looking at the history page of the article you will at least notice that you made edits and reverts AFTER the RfC was posted, so your argument about not editing being a proof of good faith is void (while the good faith, on the other hand, is present I'm sure - I'm only referring to the argumentation, and not the fact).
I don't understand your simultaneous refusal to stop editing the article and agreement to abstain from editing and wait for third parties to jump in, but I hope that you will wait for other editors to help us in this dispute. For now I think we both may use some time in other places of Wikipedia calling our attention. Let me again express my high regard of your contributions to Wikipedia, in spite of our current discord. After all, our vivid discussion proves also that we both care about standards the the quality of information, although we can disagree in details. Pundit|utter 16:12, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Calling your arguments illogical, apparently non-genuine, and saying your actions violate policy is not a personal attack. Please feel free to take it up with Wikipedia:Wikiquette alerts if you don't believe me.
Since you've suggested you know very little about Buddhism (as well as strains of Cannabis) and I do know enough about Buddhism to know that "Cannabis Culture" magazine's claims are frequently wrong, I recommended a reliable, easily-accessible source for you to verify the unreliability of Cannabis Culture magazine. Some other sources you could use. Try asking them at Wikipedia:Reference desk/Science if there is an actual strain of cannabis -- recognized by botanists, not drug-dealers and users -- and you can ask Wikipedia:Reference desk/Humanities if the claims made by "Cannabis Culture" magazine about Buddhism are true.
When I said I refuse to leave the article, I didn't imply I'm going to start making contentious edits or edit-war over them. I will patiently wait for mediation and not make any edits until we receive an opinion from a third-party. What I will not do is abandon the article, simply so that it can remain as it is.
Lastly, I've noticed that you've revised some of your own comments on my talk page [4]. I appreciate the fact that you revised your comments to make them more civil, but it may be best if we simply wait for a mediator instead of continuing to debate. Zenwhat (talk) 16:31, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Also, I posed the relevant questions above to the reference desk. See WP:Reference desk/Science#Is cannabis good for you? and WP:Reference desk/Humanities#Religious-use of cannabis by Buddhists. Zenwhat (talk) 16:40, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

It is not my wish to report you, I'm just kindly requesting you to start to act in a civil manner.
You seem not to read my posts carefully. In no place have I written that I know little about Buddhism. I even confessed I participated in sangha meetings in Warsaw.
You have not provided even a single reliable source to prove that Buddhists in the times of yore did not use marijuana, while I gave a couple to prove they actually might have. If you assume that Buddhist forum is a reliable source of information on this subject, read again the policies on verifiability.
Per your last comment - again, you have not read my post carefully. I have not altered my comment in any way. However, in the process of transferring the post from my discussion to your discussion. I started replying here, because you seem to prefer keeping the whole dialogue in one place and you keep transferring my posts here. I don't condone this practice, but in respect for your preferences I posted my reply both here and in your discussion. I mistakenly have not copied the first two paragraphs (which as you can easily checked were posted in the primary reply on my talk page). Thus, to keep it consistent, a couple of seconds later I added the missing paragraph. I honestly don't see in what way could you have thought it was my intention to "revise the comment to make it more civil", in what way you believe it was or is not civil, but again - I'm not going to allow this discussion to become personal. I respect your work. I suggest we end this discussion for now. Pundit|utter 16:43, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the info on posting the debate. And PS: above "times of your" should be written as "times of yore". I hope you understand it is a spelling mistake. Pundit|utter 16:44, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

You're right. I misread the diff. Also, I'm not saying the Buddhist forum is reliable as a reference for Wikipedia. I'm saying it's reliable to verify the lack of Cannabis Culture's reliability. Not the same thing. It's no different than me saying, "Please go ask User:Pundit about Action Research," in response to someone pushing heterodox claims about it. You can very easily contact experts who can verify Cannabis Culture's unreliability. You have refused to do so. Your refusal to do so is not in violation of any policy, but it's just bad editing because you're making wildly inaccurate claims, citing unreliable sources, and refusing to follow reasonable steps to verify those unreliable sources. Zenwhat (talk) 16:59, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Hi. Thanks for the clarification. It is just that I still believe 2 scholarly articles and 3 books do prove that something may be right in Buddhists' use of marijuana hundreds of years ago, while I don't think that Buddhist forum is a good place to check this information (just as, per the analogy you used, it would not be reasonable to seek historical information about Jesus at Christian forums). But nevertheless, I appreciate the fact that we have an ardent (even sometimes close to personal), factual debate, rather than a revert war and I am grateful to you for your mature approach in this respect. Pundit|utter 17:04, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
I saw you changed your vote. See my response at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Chocolate Thai (2nd nomination). Also, see this [5]. Zenwhat (talk) 19:01, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Please, stop violating the decision made my the community (to merge) and the sources confirmed as valid in the RfC. As an experienced editor you must realize this constitutes an act of vandalism. Just don't do it. If you want to fight the battle to obliterate the information on Chocolate Thai, you're welcome, but do so according to the rules - consensus can be changed only by further discussion and debate. Pundit|utter 14:21, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

When you warned me about this the first time, I thought you were right. Then, I was in the process of posting this on Wikipedia:Reliable sources/Noticeboard and after looking over the LAST AfD discussion, it occurred to me that there was no consensus that the sources you used were legitimate.
You seem to be skewing the word "merge," to mean, "merge and include every unreliable source Pundit used," which clearly did not have consensus.

From Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Chocolate Thai (2nd nomination)...

Those who wanted to keep everything:

  • You
  • Blanchardb

Those who wanted to outright delete the article:

  • TheBilly
  • Coccyx Bloccyx
  • anetode
  • Guest9999
  • Me (until I changed my vote)

Those who wanted a merge, but with minimal information kept: (i.e., the non-notable obscure jazz musician, your claim that it actually existed, and was popular in the 90's)

  • Me
  • LonelyBeacon:

From what I am seeing, there is not a lot of independent sourcework, but there may be enough to include a mention in another

Cat:

We have a list of slang article and this can be added there. Provided there are reliable sources

  • Guy:

what can be surced form reliable sources (very little) and redirect

If I am wrong, I suggest you contact the folks on the last part of that list to clarify their statements. According to WP:V, the burden of proof rests on those who are including information.

To quote Jimmy Wales' from that page:

I can NOT emphasize this enough. There seems to be a terrible bias among some editors that some sort of random speculative 'I heard it somewhere' pseudo information is to be tagged with a 'needs a cite' tag. Wrong. It should be removed, aggressively, unless it can be sourced. This is true of all information, but it is particularly true of negative information about living persons.
Jimmy Wales [zero 1]

Further attempts at intimidation through subtle threats will be ignored.   Zenwhat (talk) 19:35, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

  1. ^ Jimmy Wales (2006-05-16). ""Zero information is preferred to misleading or false information"". WikiEN-l electronic mailing list archive. Retrieved 2006-06-11. 
The RfC decided about credibility of resources, while the AfD decided about a merger. The information is already merged. To delete anything you have to start a discussion on credibility again - so far in the RfC 2 people were confirming my stance, that it is sensible to use it, while 0 supported your view. Spare me the "intimidation" and "threats" talk - I'm just unsuccessfully trying to persuade you to respect the Wiki rules. Pundit|utter 21:17, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

I put forth the AfD because of the unreliable sources. WP:CONSENSUS is global, not localized. You can't say, "X users in Y location said Z, therefore Z is correct." In fact, consensus is temporally global as well, so you can't even say, "Most users said X at point in time Y, therefore X is correct," because consensus can change and if it's irrational, per WP:IAR, it holds no weight.

Consensus is about what everybody thinks overall, throughout all places and times on Wikipedia. Taking into account the RFC, you have two more people that agree with you. Add that to the list of people above: You still don't have a rough consensus. I posted it on the WP:RS noticeboard. Please be patient and wait a few days to see what the people there say and we can decide where to go from there.   Zenwhat (talk) 21:32, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

As I wrote, you're more than welcome to start a discussion on credibility of the sources, but so far the closed RfC's result was unanimously to recognize them. Be so kind and respect this until another decision is made (don't delete information unless you build a consensus for it). Your reasons for AfD are irrelevant, especially when we discuss your current editions of editions of Cannabis. Pundit|utter 21:42, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

RFC is not arbitration. Per the policy on preserving information, I am not removing information, persay. I am removing unencyclopedic nonsense that's poorly sourced, with no consensus for it to stay up. Please, as I said, be patient and wait for the folks at the WP:RS noticeboard to respond.   Zenwhat (talk) 22:09, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

You are removing referenced information 3 editors perceive as relevant. If you want to do so, ask others and build consensus. Your zeal in deleting and calling it "unencyclopedic nonsense" is amazing. Pundit|utter 22:10, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

3 editors != consensus. Far more than 3 editors disagree with you.   Zenwhat (talk) 22:12, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

I am sure many editors disagree with me, but so far none agreed with you. Don't you think that building consensus and being constructive could be a nice practice, for a change? Pundit|utter 22:14, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

That doesn't seem to be the case. Why don't you ask them? Their names are all listed above. If I'm wrong, I'll admit it. I've done it plenty of times before on here.   Zenwhat (talk) 22:22, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

This is not how it works. If you want to delete some information that has been agreed upon as relevant, you should build consensus and, first of all, ask people for their opinion. Hasty actions are never good. Even when you're right, it is always better to ask for comment - it doesn't hurt, really. An experienced editor like you should know it well. Also, even when you're 100% sure you're right, you should not violate 3RR rule. Pundit|utter 22:35, 23 January 2008 (UTC)
Oh, and one more thing - to ask for opinion address all editors, not only the ones who voted. After all we want a wide consensus and I am going to respect it, whatever the result is. Pundit|utter 22:37, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Well, neither of us are psychic, so we can only tell what people think based on what they write. Also, this is a side-issue, but you have a number of impressive credentials on your user page. Would you mind if I could verify them informally? I'm not accusing you here, because if I verified them (and I'm a user engaged in a dispute with you here), then people would be more likely to listen to your expert advice. I admit that after the Essjay controversy, I'm a tad bit paranoid about editors making contentious edits while having such substantial credentials in their user page.   Zenwhat (talk) 22:55, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

I am alerting you to my edit relating to the Chocolate Thai situation because it is clear you are going to care. Please fully read my double-post on Talk:Cannabis#Chocolate_Thai before considering me an "enemy". I did delete the atrociously located text on the Cannabis page, but on talk I speculate on a possible solution that might ultimately give you a better home permitting increased coverage for Chocolate Thai. Alsee (talk) 11:03, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Oops. I'm not hostile, but I didn't mean to give the impression I was your SuperHero either :) I am skeptical about the value of a dedicated Chocolate Thai page - or the dedicated pages for the other varieties either - but I wouldn't really fight either way on it. I think your magazine source is extremely borderline, but I wouldn't fight for or against it. The content you care about seems pretty insignificant to me, but wouldn't fight for or against it. My issue was that the text stuffed into the middle of the Cannabis page variety list was "damage" to the list and "damage" to the page, so I removed that damage.

In the process I noticed that my edit incidentally touched on a complex history of AFD and RFC, so I didn't want to step on that history without justifying my edit.

My only interest was a drive-by-edit to fix a damaged list on the Cannabis page. Hopefully you agree I'm right on that particular point - and hopefully don't simply revert my edit. I'm sorry if that leaves you in an awkward position, but hopefully you accept I can make that particular fix without taking up responsibility for solving your issue too. If you get some sort of consensus on the various talk pages to merge all of the variety pages, I might lend partial assistance on that project. If there's some sort of RFC for merging all those pages, leave me a message and I'd be glad to vote for it. Alsee (talk) 17:49, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

A proposed merger of mine you might check out.[edit]

I admit I was probably assuming bad faith before about you and I was wrong about, as noted elsewhere. You are apparently a very good editor, since we were both able to compromise on Chocolate Thai. Well, based on our discussions involving Buddhism, I'd like your opinion on my proposal to merge Eastern philosophy with Eastern religions, and rename Indian religions to History of religion in India. For anyone with the slightest education in the matter, what needs to be done should be obvious, which is why the past consensus surprises me. It appears to have been poisoned by common western misconceptions about Eastern philosophy and Indian nationalists trying to push the POV that India deserves credit for the development of half the world's major religions.

You seemed to have some knowlege on the matter, hence the reason I'm contacting you. See the discussion here. Zenwhat (talk) 23:50, 6 January 2008 (UTC)

hi. Many thanks for your most kind words and appreciation - it is really nice to hear it after a heated debate such as ours. Unfortunately, I don't feel competent enough on the issue. I expressed my opinion in the talk page - in general the merger (or at least partial mergers here and there) some may seem like a good idea, but I think a longer debate is crucial, as otherwise a revert-war is imminent. Good luck in negotiations :) Pundit|utter 00:14, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

I think we bashed heads because of our different philosophies. On Meta, see the essay M:Wikithoritarianism and M:Immediatism. Obviously, "true" Wikipedia philosophy is some combination of the two, but I lean very heavily in favor of Wikithoritarianism and Immediatism. You, seemingly like most users and admins, lean very heavily in favor of Gradualism and Wikidemocratism. I follow WP:BRD. However, if someone makes extremely silly points, I take them through every step of dispute resolution, up to and including arbitration. I got this influence from Sceptre (talk · contribs) who I butted heads with on Gamespot and, to this day, has ignored me over the matter. I've apologized to him and told him how he was right, and I was wrong, but he thinks I'm a wikistalker and a troll. And who can blame him? Zenwhat (talk) 01:16, 7 January 2008 (UTC)


I need some help please[edit]

Hi. In this discussion you told me that my contribution can be easily tracked down...
It seems that my page is going to be deleted.
I want to know what the deletion means and if some archive is possible.
Can I still be recognized as the author of this idea?
Anny help will be welcomed as I am new and don't know how to use the tools in Wikipedia.
Thanks.
And where is the add new message link? Raffethefirst (talk) 12:05, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for intervention :).
If ever need something don't hesitate to contact me. Raffethefirst (talk) 17:40, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

Wikiliberalism[edit]

Wikiliberalism: It's an outline of an essay I intend to publish, eventually. Please don't edit it, but I would like your opinion and any suggests on how to improve it.

I've already sent the essay to a Libertarian, who is sure to love my ideas.

You seem to adhere to what could be "mainstream Wikipedianism," which is why I'm asking your opinion. While I'm glad we worked things out on Chocolate Thai, I think that we were very slow because of our different editing philosophies. Zenwhat (talk) 11:15, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

Hi. A nice essay. I am somewhat reluctant to focus on background work at Wiki (such as introducing new wikipolitical doctrines), but I am glad that somebody does it :) Pundit|utter 16:11, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

Pundit, as noted in the essay every editor inherently has an overall philosophical approach to editing Wikipedia. I need constructive criticism, not just compliments and encouragement. I asked you because you seem to espouse the kind of philosophy on Wikipedia that I find troublesome (no offense intended -- I respect you and consider you a very good editor). When I release the essay publicly, I will be more persuasive among the average Wikipedian sharing your views if I have counter-rebuttals prepared.

Furthermore, I find it strange that you seem unwilling to be bold when it comes to Wikipedia philosophy or my request for your opinion on Eastern philosophy, on the grounds that "you don't know much about it," but while you had a similar depth of knowledge of Chocolate Thai, you argued extensively to protect the article from deletion. There's an inconsistency there, isn't there? Inclusionism is only semi-coherent if inclusionists are diligent when it comes to improving articles, who go beyond mere wikilawyering and scrambling to find unreliable sources to protect articles from deletion. Zenwhat (talk) 21:21, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

Raffe user page[edit]

My pleasure! Face-smile.svg -- Avi (talk) 16:21, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

Cannabis[edit]

Hey, thanks for dropping by. Yes, I see that a lot of discussion has gone into it that I have missed. I will not revert the edit! :) Thanks for letting me know! JRDarby (talk) 03:38, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

Thanks![edit]

Choco chip cookie.jpg Thanks for your support
Thank you SO MUCH for your support in my unanimous RFA. Take this cookie as a small token of my appreciation.--Jayron32|talk|contribs 06:05, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

Rudget![edit]

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Dear Pundit, my sincere thanks for your support in my second request for adminship, which ended with 113 supports, 11 opposes, and 4 neutral. I would especially like to thank my admin coach and nominator, Rlevse and Ryan Postlethwaite who in addition to Ioeth all inspired me to run for a second candidacy. I would also like to make a special mention to Phoenix-wiki, Dihyrdogen Monoxide and OhanaUnited who all offered to do co-nominations, but I unfortunately had to decline. I had all these funny ideas that it would fail again, and I was prepared for the worst, but at least it showed that the community really does have something other places don't. Who would have though Gmail would have been so effective? 32 emails in one week! (Even if it does classify some as junk :P) I'm glad that I've been appointed after a nail biting and some might call, decision changing RFA, but if you ever need anything, just get in touch. The very best of luck for 2008 and beyond, Rudget. 15:24, 12 January 2008 (UTC)

RfA thanks[edit]

Admin mop.PNG Thank you for voting in my RfA, which I withdrew with 5 support, 14 oppose, and 9 neutral. Thank you for your comments! Whether it was a support, oppose, or neutral, I likely got some good feedback from you. I will probably do another RfA in the future, but not until I work out the issues brought up.


Soxπed Ninety Three | tcdb 17:10, 12 January 2008 (UTC)

Cannabis[edit]

I thought we made it clear that source was unreliable. If not, what was the point in merging?   Zenwhat (talk) 22:31, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

Taekwondo Mediation[edit]

JLL has requested for mediation. You have been party to discussion in my opinion so if you would like to participate in the mediation please add yourself here and agree to the mediation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requests_for_mediation/Taekwondo

Thanks.melonbarmonster (talk) 19:53, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

Help with TKD Article[edit]

The revert warring had stopped after the mediation request was placed. Unfortunately, JLL seems to have lost his patience and has resumed his edit warring. Could you help diffuse JLL's reverting and lend a third party voice to this dispute? I've decided not the engage in the revert war but we need third party editors to voice their comments.melonbarmonster (talk) 05:33, 18 January 2008 (UTC)


My RfA[edit]

My request for adminship was successful at 64/1/2! Many thanks for your participation and I will endeavor to meet your expectations. Cheers, Sephiroth BCR (Converse) 09:15, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Eastern Europe[edit]

You can find more interested editors at WP:PWNB and similar noticeboards.--Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 17:57, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

Informal verification of your credentials[edit]

Send an email to verifyingthecredentials@mailinator.com from a university e-mail address.

And send me a link to a university website (or other credible institution) containing that same email address either here or through email.

After they're verified, I'll note it on your talkpage.   Zenwhat (talk) 23:19, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

You're welcome. I must admit, you're using a strange address by yourself ;) Pundit|utter 23:23, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Edit warring on the Cannabis article[edit]

I have closed the 3RR request with a decision that no block should be imposed this time, as the edit war seems to have ended. However if either you or the other editor continue to engage in edit warring, you will be blocked (please bear in mind that you can revert three times or less and still be blocked for edit warring). I hope that you can both reach an agreement. Thanks TigerShark (talk) 00:19, 24 January 2008 (UTC)

thanks[edit]

hi.. thanks for the user box!! ^.^ —Preceding unsigned comment added by Manduinspace (talkcontribs) 20:55, 25 January 2008 (UTC)

RFA thanks[edit]

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/WJKA[edit]

Apparently Twinkle messed up. I fixed this AfD for you. Ten Pound Hammer and his otters(Broken clamshellsOtter chirps) 00:14, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

Re: rollback rights request[edit]

Hi, I've been wondering if you would consider granting me the rollback rights. In my edits I do deal with rolling back vandalisms and I would find the additional tool useful. As an administrator of pl-wiki, as well as through my contributions here, I believe I have managed to prove that I can act responsibly. In any case, thanks for consideration. Pundit|utter 00:41, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

YesY Granted. Rudget. 12:19, 23 February 2008 (UTC)
No problem. Out of interest, how come you asked me in particular? :) Rudget. 16:16, 23 February 2008 (UTC)
Cool. :) If you need any other help, just ask. Rudget. 16:24, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

Rebooting WikiProject Fictional series[edit]

Hello...WikiProject Fictional series is in the process of getting a new start by attracting task forces. I am currently getting things set up for this and other project building areas. Please stop by and take a look. Your suggestions will be appreciated. - LA @ 01:26, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

Please share with the group. I am not the only one working on this. Have a nice day! :) - LA @ 01:35, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

login problem[edit]

Hi I dont know where to ask this so I hope you dont mind if I ask you.

When I login I dont check the box with remember my login but it still remember me. And I dont want this to happen.

Can you tell me how to fix this or where to ask for help?

thanks Raffethefirst (talk) 12:21, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

RPGs[edit]

Three articles :( It's a mess. We need help. Role-playing game (video games) is the main article and up until a few days ago it was a disambiguation page. The two articles previously listed were Computer role-playing game and Console role-playing game which had a lot of redundant information, which has since been migrated into the main Role-playing game (video games) article. I think it makes more sense to link to the main article, and once readers are there they will be able to drill down to the specific distinctions between computers and consoles. I was planning on reverting your edit for that reason. But if you disagree, feel free to let me know. I don't want to step on any toes. Randomran (talk) 17:33, 5 April 2008 (UTC)

Don't get hung up too much on the "(video games)" part of the Role-playing game (video games) article. Right now, we have genre articles like Puzzle video game and Strategy video game which refer to both console and computer games. The article is supposed to refer to all electronic games, on consoles and computers. If you have advice for a rename, I'd gladly take it. But right now, the WP:video games wikiproject uses "video games" as a convenient short hand for computer and console games. Really, the "(video games)" thing isn't there to say that it's on consoles, but to distinguish it from the tabletop RPG article. In spite of the name, this IS the main article now, and the computer games article is a sub-class of this main article. Hence why I'd just like to link to the main article. Please let me know what you think a reasonable solution would be. Randomran (talk) 17:45, 5 April 2008 (UTC)
Like I said, the "video" thing is a standard term as part of the WP:video games project. It's a project that includes text-based and graphics based games, computer and console games. Video is just convenient shorthand, and is not meant to exclude text-based games or roguelikes. Even the video game RPG template is called Template:Video_RPG. That said, I've edited the name of the link to be more clear. If you would also like to rename the main article for RPG computer and video games, I would encourage you to do so and support such a move. Randomran (talk) 20:38, 5 April 2008 (UTC)
This is definitely a deep issue that's beyond my control as a single editor. But it's something I'll raise at the WP:video games discussion page. See: Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Video_games#Is_.22video_games.22_misleading.3F Randomran (talk) 22:15, 5 April 2008 (UTC)
No problem! Thanks for being so cooperative and understanding. I'm coming back to wikipedia in the past few weeks after a long hyatus, because of some frustrating personalities. It's nice to see that there's still people appreciate the spirit of collaboration here. Good luck with the RPG articles... Randomran (talk) 00:23, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

Pundit, are you Montesquio?Marc KJH (talk) 16:22, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

Median Europe[edit]

It's a good idea. Montessquieu (talk) 18:12, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

Central Europe[edit]

http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780195148251 Opinion please? Ive been involved in enough disputes on the Central Europe article so will not add/delete any countries myself without getting some feedback. That's just one source that I ran into while looking for the encyclopedic links for the article, don't have time to do more digging at the moment though. --Buffer v2 (talk) 00:00, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

Re:falsified map[edit]

How did you come to the conclusion that the map was falsified? The map was taken from here and as you can see, they are 2 maps of Central Europe from CIA factbook : one map from 1996 and one map from 2001. So, where do you see the falsification? And why shold be those maps be falsified? --Olahus (talk) 19:04, 20 April 2008 (UTC)

thank spam[edit]

Mohkam Mopping.jpg Thank you for voting in my RfA, which passed with 194 supporting, 9 opposing, and 4 neutral.
Your kindness and constructive criticism is very much appreciated. I look forward to using the tools you have granted me to aid the project. I would like to give special thanks to Tim Vickers, Anthony and Acalamari for their nominations.
Thank you again, VanTucky

Question Answered[edit]

I've answered your question in my RfA. Hope you vote and hope this helps. SimpsonsFan08 talk 21:23, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Concensus[edit]

Hi, regarding my proposal in the Central Europe article: what exactly is considered consensus on Wikipedia? 10-5 is the standing right now...--Buffer v2 (talk) 02:52, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Thank you from Horologium[edit]

Zytglogge clockface detail.jpg Thank you for participating in my RfA, which passed unanimously with the support of 100 editors. Your kindness is very much appreciated. I look forward to using the tools you have granted me to aid the project. I would like to give special thanks to Wizardman, Black Falcon and jc37 for nominating me. — Horologium

Metiation cabal[edit]

There's a case at the Mediation Cabal where you have been named as an involved party: Wikipedia:Mediation Cabal/Cases/2008-04-22 Central Europe. Your input would be appreciated. JeremyMcCracken (talk) (contribs) 02:46, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free media (Image:Takayuki Kubota on magazine covers.gif)[edit]

Nuvola apps important blue.svg Thanks for uploading Image:Takayuki Kubota on magazine covers.gif. The media description page currently specifies that it is non-free and may only be used on Wikipedia under a claim of fair use. However, it is currently orphaned, meaning that it is not used in any articles on Wikipedia. If the media was previously in an article, please go to the article and see why it was removed. You may add it back if you think that that will be useful. However, please note that media for which a replacement could be created are not acceptable for use on Wikipedia (see our policy for non-free media).

If you have uploaded other unlicensed media, please check whether they're used in any articles or not. You can find a list of 'image' pages you have edited by clicking on the "my contributions" link (it is located at the very top of any Wikipedia page when you are logged in), and then selecting "Image" from the dropdown box. Note that all non-free media not used in any articles will be deleted after seven days, as described on criteria for speedy deletion. Thank you. BJBot (talk) 12:47, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Re: map in Eastern Europe[edit]

The green areas, as well as the grey areas are absolutely not relevant for the article. This is the reason why I described only the red area. But those users who want to see the meaning of the green area can take a look at the description of the picture. This is the meaning of the section "Description".--Olahus (talk) 18:07, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

My RfA[edit]

Hi Pundit; I wanted to say thank you for supporting my request for adminship, which passed with 100 supports, 0 opposes and 1 neutral. I wanted to get round everybody individually, even though it's considered by some to be spam (which... I suppose it is! but anyway. :)). It means a lot to me that the community has placed its trust in my ability to use the extra buttons, and I only hope I can live up to its expectations. If you need anything, or notice something that bothers you, don't hesitate to let me know. Thanks again, PeterSymonds | talk 22:22, 13 May 2008 (UTC)

Pondering[edit]

Hi Pundit. Panel_2008 is back again - filed a 3RR report... I have been involved on the Central Europe page since mid-March I believe, at the moment Panel_2008, and his side-kick User:Marc KJH arrived and continued the edit warring. I'm confident that they are sock puppets of one user - and I think it's about time to take some action here. However, I have no proof whatsoever. I've tried a checkuser on the user before... but it failed... We can see that he is good at playing around with IPs. Looking at the 3 account contrib histories - it's obvious that they are connected, and looking at the Central Europe page, it's even more obvious that these two are sock puppets of one user - they are the scapegoats who are there to shield his main account. I've been sure about this for months, but just don't know how to go about finally stopping him. Since you have more experience with Wikipedia than me, thought I'd ask you. Any ideas?--Buffer v2 (talk) 05:00, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

Central Europe[edit]

The situation on this article is getting out of control. Despite of my last revert to your version, the disruptive edits will continue exist on this article. --Olahus (talk) 11:46, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

Cannabis Culture & Cost[edit]

Eleven years ago The Ottawa Citizen published four consecutive Editorials in four days calling for the legalization of Cannabis. Calling the Editor to commend him for such bold action, it was suggested an article be submitted for payment if published on the Op-Ed page. On submission, the Editor said, "Now we're going to have to shit or get of the pot."

It was published as a Letter To The Editor with the heart and guts edited out so that no reader would have a clear perspective or understanding of the issue. If you're interested, you can read the article in the discussion here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Joseph_Cormier and maybe comment on the images in the article. Peace DoDaCanaDa (talk) 20:06, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

WikiProject Media franchises[edit]

Dear Pundit...If you are still interested in participating in WikiProject Media franchises, please remove your name from the inactive participants list and add it to the active participants list. If you don't have time, but would still like to show some support, you can always add yourself to the sympathizers list. It would be wonderful to see you in the project. Have a nice day! - LA (T) 19:55, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

Message from WikiProject Media franchises unofficial coordinator[edit]

Dear Pundit...I am so happy that you are willing to help WikiProject Media franchises. I am still reaching out to other WikiProjects to see if we can get some more interest, so I would like to depend on you and the others to do things like get articles assessed and find other articles which might need our attention by placing {{WikiProject Media franchises}} on their talk pages. Another thing is to start using {{Infobox Media franchises}} on franchise articles. I trust you to use your best judgment and hope that you have some time to spare.

If you haven't already done so, you can add {{User WikiProject Media franchises}} to your user page or dedicated user box page. When enough people have that, or WikiProject Media franchises participants on the user pages, I will start that category.

I may not be the best coordinator around, but I am doing my best. I hope that you approve. LA (If you reply here, please leave me a {{Talkback}} message on my talk page.) @ 19:57, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

krav maga[edit]

Dear Pundit I have noticed you have made several undo revisions to the Krav Maga page of Wikipedia. I wish to take point on a single statement you made. In one of your last revisions your reason for doing so was that the associations listed were not credible (or something to that affect). I don't mean to misquote you, I just cannot recall exactly what you said. At any rate, have you done any research into Itay Gil and Moshe Katz at all? Itay is THE most sought after KM trainer in Israel for his tactics. He is currently the chief instructor for Israel's Sayeret Duvdevan and Law Enforcement all around the globe seek him out! Moshe is his highest ranked student who teaches at Universities all over the US. I would hardly call being invited to teach KM at MIT & Harvard an insignificant contribution to Krav Maga.... Anyway, I do understand your point of concern, however, I think if you do the research you will see Israeli Krav International, while small is extremely influential in the world of Krav Maga.

63.226.23.69 (talk) 15:11, 3 October 2008 (UTC)Cottonwood-Combat63.226.23.69 (talk) 15:11, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

I'm replying here as you edit from an IP (please, register! It is free and useful). I don't think anyone can seriously claim that their instructor is THE most sought after KM trainer - mainly because it is just impossible to research. Also, as it happens, I practiced martial arts at Harvard - you don't need to be invited there, you just set up a student club and teach. But the reason for not listing IKI is much simpler: its website is insignificant, has a low pagerank and brings few independent links. That's all. Pundit|utter 07:03, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

Please advise[edit]

Hello Pundit,

I'm soliciting objective opinions on a linking issue.

Please visit my talk page, section "Review of links" as a starting point.

Thank you in advance.

Confectus (talk) 11:25, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Poland[edit]

We are now dividing our members into active, semi-active (have not edited a Poland-related article in more then three months) and inactive (have not edited at all for three months or more). You are active on Wikipedia but I see you've not edited any Poland-related articles in in many months; we are moving you to semi-active members category. Please consider participating in our project activities again in the future, we would love to work more closely with you again! --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 18:09, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

Re: thesis. It's getting there; I am more worried about the job market then the thesis, really :) How are you doing? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 16:02, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

Account integration[edit]

Probably the best place for help here would be to place a note at WP:BN with specific details on whether a usurpation or similar is required for the unified login. That way it will receive attention directly and hopefully quickly! The Rambling Man (talk) 16:47, 18 October 2009 (UTC)

No problem, glad to be of use. The Rambling Man (talk) 17:43, 18 October 2009 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: Grzegorz Michalski[edit]

Hello Pundit, and thanks for patrolling new pages! I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of Grzegorz Michalski, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: The article is not substantially the same as the deleted version. A new deletion discussion is required. You may wish to review the Criteria for Speedy Deletion before tagging further pages. Thank you. Tim Song (talk) 02:51, 18 March 2010 (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 18:30, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

Your talk "Social identity enactment and roles creation in Wikipedia community"[edit]

Hi! I've seen it at http://wikimania2010.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/Social_identity_enactment_and_roles_creation_in_Wikipedia_community

I'm very interested, do you already have an abstract? Or the slides? Thanks! --phauly (talk) 09:55, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

Unreferenced BLPs[edit]

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  1. Davydd Greenwood - Find sources: "Davydd Greenwood" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · HighBeam · JSTOR · free images · free news sources · The Wikipedia Library · NYT · WP reference

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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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Taekwondo userbox[edit]

I just moved {{KarateUBX}} to {{User Karate}}. -- WOSlinker (talk) 17:19, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Monitor. WikiProject Poland Newsletter: Issue 1 (April 2011)[edit]

WikiProject Poland Newsletter • April 2011
For our freedom and yours

Welcome to our first issue of WikiProject Poland newsletter, the Monitor (named after the first Polish newspaper).

Our Project has been operational since 1 June, 2005, and also serves as the Poland-related Wikipedia notice board. I highly recommend watchlisting the Wikipedia:WikiProject Poland page, so you can be aware of the ongoing discussions. We hope you will join us in them, if you haven't done so already! Unlike many other WikiProjects, we are quite active; in this year alone about 40 threads have been started on our discussion page, and we do a pretty good job at answering all issues raised.

In addition to a lively encyclopedic, Poland-related, English-language discussion forum, we have numerous useful tools that can be of use to you - and that you could help us maintain and develop:

This is not all; on our page you can find a list of useful templates (including userboxes), awards and other tools!

With all that said, how about you join our discussions at WT:POLAND? Surely, there must be something you could help others with, or perhaps you are in need of assistance yourself?

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Paul Robeson[edit]

Can you please undo your reversion of my edits on the Paul Robeson article. Thanks. I have close to 500 edits on the article. [6] If its a problem I will just ask one of the other active contributors to revert your edit of my edit. 66.234.33.8 (talk) 23:32, 22 November 2011 (UTC)

Sorry bro, I must have made a typo. The article has been a source of contention in the past so I appreciate your attention in the matter. I will look it over to see what typo I made that brought you to the article and fix it forthwith. 66.234.33.8 (talk) 23:37, 22 November 2011 (UTC)
it don't matter. I cant find my typo. I'll deal with it the morning. Tomorrow is another day. 66.234.33.8 (talk) 23:44, 22 November 2011 (UTC)

Expert retention - a qualitative study of those, who left[edit]

Occasional contributors from academia are being discouraged by regular editors (often not from academia), who enforce guidelines they designed for "controlling" users. This is a real class-division inside WP.

"Community consensus" claims actually denotes the views of a tiny fraction of the community: regular editors. Good contribution can only be occasional, as articles require a high level of specialized expertise. This expertise is clearly not recognized by many regular editors, as shown by their excessive reliance on WP:synth or WP:secondary to disrupt constructive contributions. Investigation into the "talk pages" of those policies will make you understand the problem.

Wikipedia seemed perfect for aggregating different sources. Wikipedia has the potential to outperform "prestigious" journals, which still rely on rudimentary peer-review protocols). Personally, I feel able to contribute substantially to 10 articles max.


For example, see the policy: "A primary source may only be used on Wikipedia to make straightforward, descriptive statements of facts that any educated person, with access to the source but without specialist knowledge, will be able to verify are supported by the source."

Besides its obvious lack of intellectual ambition, this policy is clearly designed to fit the interests of regular non-specialized editors. This policy still allows the unrestrained growth of information for current events (this is WP's main success), but it blocks the flow of more advanced knowledge. Educated persons read newspapers, not academic stuff. You wanted an accessible encyclopedia, you got a human-generated "google news".

Of course, primary sources can easily be manipulated, but it is better to rely on the next specialist who will come across the article (and better organization of the reference list could help manage the huge flow of primary sources resulting from the relaxation of this policy). And personally, I prefer relying on this manipulation than on the manipulation made by those writing secondary sources in peer-reviewed journals (as I prefer WP over NYT/WSJ for balanced news).

If I knew those rules before, maybe I would not have contributed (but fortunately, editors did not recall me them, they were busy elsewhere...).

Also, articles should be "good enough" for inclusion into an encyclopedia, but they should not be "too good", so as not to be flagged original research. It is ridiculous.Dynsys 12:23, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

expert retention-precision[edit]

my remarks come down to this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Piotrus/Morsels_of_wikiwisdom#On_the_importance_of_wikipolitics (another Polish analyst) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dynsys (talkcontribs) 13:01, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Congratulations[edit]

On the steward elections. -- Avi (talk) 04:45, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of IGI Global[edit]

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No independent refs and the only refs I can find in google are being removed for being insufficient / POV.

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Nomination of IGI Global for deletion[edit]

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The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/IGI Global until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

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Filter[edit]

Thank you for your thoughtful criticism and support. It means a great deal to me. --Anthonyhcole (talk) 16:30, 3 August 2012 (UTC)

Interview request[edit]

Dear Pundit, I am a graduate student of Information Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark, and I am working on my master's thesis which is about Wikipedia, more specifically the Wikipedia community and how the knowledge in Wikipedia is constructed. In my research I am - among other things - going to focus on the construction of academic knowledge in Wikipedia. Since you are a participant in the, Sociology WikiProject I would like to ask you if you would be willing to do an interview about the way you work with Wikipedia, how it integrates with your daily life, and what motivates you to contribute etc. Since I live in Denmark the interview will be held through skype or a corresponding service.

If you are interested or if you would like to know more about me/my thesis, feel free to contact me at anders@thorb.org or through my talk page.

I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Anders Thorborg

Andersthorborg (talk) 17:55, 10 October 2012 (UTC)

Organizational behavior management[edit]

Any thoughts on the prod/ce tag there? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 15:32, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

Re:did you vote?[edit]

What do you mean? Yes, I have voted in the ArbCom with a support for Beeblebrox, Cacharoth, Keilana, Ks0stm, Newyorkbrad and NuclearWarfare and opposed the others, no user got a no vote. Also, do be kind to answer in my talkpage (I don't visit a lot of them often) what happened? PitsConferGuests 09:25, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

I have replied[edit]

Hi, just to let you know that I have replied to your message on my talk page. Just letting you know incase you have not watch listed my talk page. Please let me know if my vote has been cast etc. :-)--MrADHD | T@1k? 10:21, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

re:did you vote?[edit]

I did. I just have too little time on my hand these days for more edits. :( --Razionale (talk) 12:10, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

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did I vote?[edit]

hi there, yes, I did actually vote in the ArbCom elections. I'm not sure why this triggered a spoof CSRF alarm. Probably security problems with Firefox. I'm looking into it. Thanks, Dcattell (talk) 18:38, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

I confirm that I voted as well. I have the latest version of Firefox. Thanks. Ripberger (talk) 22:37, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

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Vote[edit]

In case you didn't see my response, I did vote.--The Devil's Advocate (talk) 05:35, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

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Pedophilia article -- Prevalence and child molestation section[edit]

Hello, Pundit. I'm stopping by your talk page to note this edit and reply that I made in response to your edit and edit summary at the Pedophilia article. Months before, I'd even commented about that section at WP:MED regarding the fact that, despite it being WP:Citation overkill to duplicate a reference for the same paragraph in this case, over-referencing is needed. Flyer22 (talk) 07:11, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

hi, thanks! I'm not an expert in this field, I just stumbled upon this paragraph, when looking for some data related to a debate in Poland I read about yesterday. Thank you for adding the source, I know it may look like an overkill, but I am a good example of someone who is familiar with Wikipedia and still found it lacking. Even now I see the statement as problematically vague: beyond any doubt, the article makes a claim about some particular jurisdiction (no-one has the data for convictions worldwide), and since many American states treat the age of consent as a hard-and-fast rule (that is, a 18-year old person hitting on a 17-year old person is a child molester), I intuitively suspect that the numbers reflecting convictions in this claim are representative to some country(ies) only, while are read as a statement about all nations. However, I don't know how to amend this, I have no better sources, and since the claim is a direct quote, let's lay the blame for the vagueness on the source itself, and not try to fix it on Wiki :) Pundit|utter 07:30, 26 February 2013 (UTC)
I replied on my talk page. If you reply to me again there, I will reply there instead of here...as to keep the discussion in one spot. Flyer22 (talk) 08:07, 26 February 2013 (UTC)
I'm replying on your talk page to alert you to my reply as a courtesy, but I leave a copy on my own discussion to keep the discussion in one place for the ease of following it. I AM NOT adding your talk page to my watched pages! (the reason being having too many pages watched; also most wikis I know use the talk page communication regularly, that is by replying only on the disputant's page, and not making attempts to keep everything in one place). Now, the only thing I find problematic is the part stating that "female offenders may account for 0.4% to 4% of convicted sexual offenders". What I find problematic is the lack of context: we do not know IN WHICH COUNTRY these numbers are accurate, but quite likely these stats do not reflect a worldwide average (other data seems to reflect the American reality; the age of consent and the actual enforcement in a given country definitely has to influence the number and proportions of convictions). So when we're giving percentages of convictions, but we do not know which jurisdiction they apply to, the data is misleading. If these stats are accurate worldwide and come from some international representative study, it would be equally important to state so. Pundit|utter 08:19, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

A cup of coffee for you![edit]

A small cup of coffee.JPG Thanks for your article "Why Wikipedia needs paid editing". It is nice to get a perspective written in a contained article format. I do think you could have done better than publication in The Daily Dot and your piece does stand out as considerably above the grade compared to what they normally publish. Perhaps now at least your message is in the public somewhere and after your book is published I expect that you will have more opportunities to publish essays wherever you like. I look forward to buying a copy of your book whenever it is released. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:30, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

WikiProject Poland Newsletter • January 2014 • Issue II[edit]

WikiProject Poland Newsletter • January 2014 • Issue II
For our freedom and yours

Welcome to the second issue of WikiProject Poland newsletter, the Monitor (named after the first Polish newspaper).

Our Project has been operational since 1 June, 2005, and also serves as the Poland-related Wikipedia notice board. I highly recommend watchlisting the Wikipedia:WikiProject Poland page, so you can be aware of the ongoing discussions. We hope you will join us in them, if you haven't done so already! Unlike many other WikiProjects, we are quite active; we get close to a hundred discussion threads each year and we do a pretty good job at answering all issues raised. Last year we were featured in the Signpost, and our interviewer was amazed at our activity. In the end, however, even as active as we are, we are just a tiny group - you can easily become one of our core members!

In addition to a lively encyclopedic, Poland-related, English-language discussion forum, we have numerous useful tools that can be of use to you - and that you could help us maintain and develop:

  • we have an active assessment department. As of now, our project has tagged almost 83,000 pages as Poland-related - that's an improvement of over 3,000 new pages since the last newsletter. Out of which 30 still need a quality assessment, and 2,000, importance assessment. We have done a lot to clear the backlog here (3 years ago those numbers were 1,500 and 20,000, respectively). Can you help assess a few pages?
    • assessing articles is as easy as filling in the class= and importance= parameters on the talk page in the {{WPPOLAND|class=|importance=}} template. See here for a how-to guide.
  • once an article has an assessment template, it will appear in our article alerts and news feed, which provides information on which Poland-related articles are considered for deletion, move, or are undergoing a Good or Featured review. Watchlisting that feed, in addition to watchlisting our project's main page, is a good way to make sure you stay up to date on most Poland-related discussions.
  • you can also see detailed deletion discussions at Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Poland (which is a good place to watchlist if you just want to stay up to date on possible deletions of Poland-related content)
  • we have also begun B-class quality reviews on our talk page, and if our activity increases, hopefully we will be able to institute our own A-class quality reviews. As of now, we have about 500 C-class articles in need of a B-class review. If you'd like to help with them, instructions for doing B-class reviews are to be found in point 10 of our assessment FAQ. In addition to this automated list, you are also encouraged to help review articles from our B-class reviews requested list found here.
  • also, those articles will be included in our cleanup listing, which allows us to see which top-importance articles are in need for attention, and so on. We have tens of thousands articles in need of cleanup there, so if you ever need something to do, just look at this gigantic list. (I am currently reviewing the articles tagged with notability, either proving them notable or nominating for deletion; there are still several dozens left if you want to help!).
  • did you know that newly created Poland-related articles are listed here. They need to be reviewed, often cleaned-up, occasionally nominated for deletion, and their creators may need to be welcomed and invited to our project if they show promise as new authors of Poland-related content.
  • we are maintaining a Portal:Poland
  • automated Wikipedia:WikiProject Poland/Popular pages lists the most popular Poland-related pages from the previous month(s)
  • Breaking news: we are looking for a Wikipedian in Residence for the New York City area. See Wikipedia:GLAM/Józef Piłsudski Institute of America for details.

This is not all; on our page you can find a list of useful templates (including userboxes), awards and other tools!


With all that said, how about you join our discussions at WT:POLAND? Surely, there must be something you could help others with, or perhaps you are in need of assistance yourself?

It took me three years to finish this issue. Feel free to help out getting the next one before 2017 by being more active in WikiProject management :)

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Corporate by-laws enhancement and reform.[edit]

This is a field of study, corporate by-laws enhancement and reform, which is prominent in some circles but not mentioned in your writings. Is this something you may have encountered in your readings in management theory? Should such a page be created? LawrencePrincipe (talk) 02:07, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

These are the two references I had in mind for dealing with the effect of enhancing rules and procedures on organizational behavior among editors. Anecdotally, in the analogy to government rules and procedures there is the long history of tax reform which states that 22 volumes of war-and-peace size books on tax law is beyond the bounds of common sense reason for most people to be expected to read. At some point 150,000 words of policies for editors may also be similarly evaluated. These are the two references I had in mind:
  • Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations: A Strategic Approach by Joan E. Pynes (August 12, 2013)
  • Management of Organizational Behavior: Leading Human Resources (8th Edition) by Paul Hersey (October 3, 2000)
Cheers. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 16:41, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
Only a short follow-up from last month. My attempt to add some references to your book and Slate article on the Wikipedia page has resulted in some push-back from one user in particular. I was wondering if you knew him/her since you both have several years here at Wikipedia. (Its presently posted on the Talk page for "Wikipedia".) Cheers. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 03:46, 2 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for your note. The editor objecting to your book on the "Wikipedia" page appears to identify as "Chealer". Is there a background for some of the push-back from that user? Cheers. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 13:12, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the reply. Based on my defending your book, the very last sentence of the Wikipedia Lead section has been challenged concerning your "over 50 policies" statement. I understand the COI issue, and maybe you could ask a neutral editor or neutral colleague to make a drop-in comment about the challenge to your book. The challenge being made there to your statement does not seem supportable in the long run. Cheers. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 19:35, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

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Your book[edit]

Dariusz,

Thank you for signing your books for me. Now we are in contact. Very nice to meet you.

I don't know if I can do an article about your book, but I can try. Primary problem is that I need secondary sources mentioning your book, better yet reviews in English or Polish. If you have them, cite them on my talk page.

Cheers! --DThomsen8 (talk) 12:19, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Seasonal Greets![edit]

Wikipedia Happy New Year.png Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2015!!!

Hello Pundit, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you a heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2015.
Happy editing,
Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 11:04, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

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Study that deals with Wikipedia's entries on fiction?[edit]

Hello Pundit, do you know of any study that deals with Wikipedia's entries on fiction? (in any language) Thanks, see also --C.Koltzenburg (talk) 10:09, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

thanks. It occurred to me that I might ask on plWP, just to make sure I'm not missing a good pointer - can you give me a quick translation of my question? --C.Koltzenburg (talk) 14:30, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

Hi,
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Timings[edit]

Hello Dariusz. I've read [7]. Is there an idea of timing for circulation of additional information? (ie. ±{days,weeks}). —Sladen (talk) 14:09, 2 January 2016 (UTC)

Apologies for my late reply. Since then, the Board has published an FAQ, and Denny also posted his personal statement. Pundit|utter 13:26, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

Checkuser[edit]

Hej!

Na polskiej wikipedii zablokowano konto użytkownika PaniMigotka z zarzutem, że to jest moja pacynka. Jest to użytkownik, który założył konto za moją zachętą (i napisał o tym na swojej stronie, ale przed blokadą konta ocenzurowano tą stronę). Jest jej przykro. Czy mógłbyś zweryfikować, jakie informacje przemawiają za tym, że to nie jest moja pacynka i jaka jest Twoja opinia na podstawie danych z narzędzia checkuser? W takim przypadku, prosiłbym o zamieszczenie odpowiedzi na mojej stronie dyskusji na polskiej Wikipedii. --Asterixf2 (talk) 22:48, 9 September 2016 (UTC)

Blokady dokonał CheckUser, zatem poproś go o informacje. Pundit|utter 17:24, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

Europe 10,000 Challenge invite[edit]

Hi. The Wikipedia:WikiProject Europe/The 10,000 Challenge has recently started, based on the UK/Ireland Wikipedia:The 10,000 Challenge. The idea is not to record every minor edit, but to create a momentum to motivate editors to produce good content improvements and creations and inspire people to work on more countries than they might otherwise work on. There's also the possibility of establishing smaller country or regional challenges for places like Germany, Italy, the Benelux countries, Iberian Peninsula, Romania, Slovenia etc, much like Wikipedia:The 1000 Challenge (Nordic). For this to really work we need diversity and exciting content and editors from a broad range of countries regularly contributing. If you would like to see masses of articles being improved for Europe and your specialist country like Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon, sign up today and once the challenge starts a contest can be organized. This is a way we can target every country of Europe, and steadily vastly improve the encyclopedia. We need numbers to make this work so consider signing up as a participant and also sign under any country sub challenge on the page that you might contribute to! Thank you. --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:09, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

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The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

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Business/Management professors[edit]

Hello. I see you've edited John Van Maanen and I was wondering if you'd be interested in working with me on improving/creating articles about notable business school professors. I am starting with the Harvard Business School and intend to move on to MIT's Sloan soon. For example, I've created Jan W. Rivkin, and I am working on Joseph B. Fuller right now. Since you're a full professor of management, you may be able to add more content, especially from journal articles you've read over the years. What do you think?Zigzig20s (talk) 14:52, 7 March 2017 (UTC)

@Zigzig20s:Sure thing, although I'm not sure if I'll be able to expand anything much - after all, it is all about the sources :) Pundit|utter 17:58, 7 March 2017 (UTC)
Have you read Rivkin's academic articles? You may be more competent to summarize them than I am. I am trying to self-motivate to take the GMAT, so I am not at your level!Zigzig20s (talk) 18:30, 7 March 2017 (UTC)
Also, Michael C. Jensen needs a major clean-up, but I'm discouraged.Zigzig20s (talk) 19:45, 7 March 2017 (UTC)
Hi again. Do you understand what "’43, MBA 2/’47, DCS ’58" means please? Stephen H. Fuller earned an MBA in 1947, but I can't decipher IA or DCS...Zigzig20s (talk) 09:09, 9 March 2017 (UTC)
@Zigzig20s:My best guess would be Doctor of Science Pundit|utter 11:33, 10 March 2017 (UTC)
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