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ST language[edit]

Hi,

You made the comment that words distinguished only by tone in standard Mandarin are "pronounced" differently in other Mandarin dialects, but if they're distinguished by tone, they're pronounced differently in the standard Mandarin too.

However, I'm not sure the comment is needed. A tonal language may come to rely more heavily on tone over time, but that in itself doesn't mean that at one time it was a non-tonal language. kwami 05:10, 13 October 2005 (UTC)

Links[edit]

Okay, I think you over did the links on the Onion. You can restore the section but the links are WAYYY overboard. Thanks! Sasquatcht|c 02:12, 25 October 2005 (UTC)

Paul Hospenthal[edit]

I noticed we're in disagreement over whether or not this article was an attack page. I thought it was an attack page (or at least not NPOV) because it used language like "the otherwise unremarkable", "obscure", and "and yet, (he's engaged to Danica Patrick)." I decided to convert the page into a redirect because it's not likely that it would survive an AfD listing (there really isn't much of anything of significance that can be added to it, as far as I know). If you think that Paul should have his own article, then I (or you) can restore the previous version, list it on AfD, and get suggestions from other editors on what to do with it. --Idont Havaname 04:17, 27 October 2005 (UTC)

I wasn't telling you to stop editing! Sorry if it seemed that way. There are just some precedents (some are listed here) that have been established in AfD. Wikipedia:Criteria for inclusion of biographies might answer any more questions you might have. (If you have any questions there, then ask on those talk pages and people who have been watching those pages for a while will see it and have an answer for you. I've been on AfD a lot in the past, and generally consensus has been to delete articles on people who are only well-known for dating (or being engaged or married to) somebody who's famous. I know I've participated in AfDs in the past where articles about kids of famous people were deleted. Hope this helps. --Idont Havaname 17:37, 27 October 2005 (UTC)

Orson Scott Card[edit]

Hey, this is Geoffrey Card ... you added a comment to the Orson Scott Card article that seemed to assert personal knowledge of things I said while attending BYU. I deleted the comment as being a little misleading and off-topic, but now I'm curious ... who are you, and how did you come by the information you asserted?

Hi Geoffrey. It was from personal conversation between you and me. You introduced yourself as Geoffrey Card from Greensboro North Carolina, I asked you if you were named after Chaucer (remembering your dad's written comments); you pointed your finger and asked me not to tell others who your father was. Sorry if it struck you as misleading. I took it as I took it at the time, that you didn't want your own experience with people to be distracted by fans (like me!) always asking you about your dad - which I thought was an interesting insight into OSC's own experience.

Hey, it's Geoffrey. All right, I was just curious :) I thought that the comment in the article made it sound as though I wanted to publically distance myself from my father, and in the current political climate surrounding him, that could give the total wrong impression :) While I don't always agree with him, it would still take quite a bit to make me publically disavow my connection to him.

At BYU, my connection to him came up a LOT, and in one case, even influenced my non-acceptance to the school of Theater and Film, so I was extra-sensitive about standing on my own, outside his shadow. But that was years ago.

Truthiness[edit]

Great job in the Truthiness upgrade, Reaverdrop. I'm humbled!ERobson 03:07, 13 January 2006 (UTC)

Thanks man. We got it on the Wikipedia homepage - cool! - Reaverdrop 03:08, 13 January 2006 (UTC)

Movement to impeach Bush[edit]

Reaverdrop, Thanks for adding this citation. I hadn't gotten around to it yet. You may want to cite the article name, date and author, as the Post link may not be permanent. I'd do it, but I'm at a library and it closes in a few minutes.--Beth Wellington 01:52, 19 January 2006 (UTC)

Duke of Devonshire[edit]

I'm just embarassed I didn't notice it: an American spelling? In Duke of Devonshire? What's the world coming to?! :-D JackyR 01:51, 20 January 2006 (UTC)

Colbert pushing[edit]

I really think you need to take a step back and think about your work on the Colbert Report related articles. Creating a whole category and navigation template is unneeded. All of the articles you include in both exist as 'See also' links on most of the pages. It comes off like you're using wikipedia as a fan site, not an encyclopedia when you do that and treat it as you own those articles. --waffle iron 23:34, 21 January 2006 (UTC)

So a navbar that helps one find articles more easily, transforms encyclopedic articles into fan pages? No. - Reaverdrop 07:59, 22 January 2006 (UTC)
It does when you start inserting it into articles tangentially related to the show like, The Second City and Bears. Why not add it to Bill O'Reilly, Jon Stewart and Fox News if that's the route you're going? --waffle iron 17:54, 22 January 2006 (UTC)
Bears are gone; Colbert was a member of The Second City, and it's a Colbert navbar, not a Colbert Report navbar, so what's tangential about that? - Reaverdrop 18:20, 23 January 2006 (UTC)
The article has virtually nothing about him besides a little note saying he is an alum. --waffle iron 21:46, 23 January 2006 (UTC)

Michelle Bachelet[edit]

She herself has said in an interview with Raquel Correa in El Mercurio — Chile's most prestigious political interviewer in Chile's most prestigious daily — that she considers herself to be agnóstica — an agnostic. The interview is dated November 30, 2004. It can be read here. I haven't found a single interview where she declares herself to be an atheist. I believe this settles the point for good. —Cantus 04:38, 24 January 2006 (UTC)

Politics. The first three sources I read - Christopher Hitchens, the New York Times, and the Miami Herald, all referred to her as an atheist. Hitchens discussed it at length and with enthusiasm. He is not the type to hear one thing and be capable of mistaking it for the other - as if the Times were either. If she became inconsistent, it was for campaign season. Nice job waiting until five reverts before ever bothering even to try to explain yourself. But you're still wrong. The best we can say is that she reported both atheist and agnostic to different sources, which should be reflected in the article, not an arbitrary judgment call by you. If you want to demand that the two aren't mutually compatible, go strike it up with Michelle. (Cross posted to MB talk.) - Reaverdrop 08:34, 24 January 2006 (UTC)

Electro-industrial[edit]

hey, i'm just wondering something re the term 'electro-industrial' and this edit on the ebm article. there's a bit of talk on the ebm talk page and i was just wondering if you had any sources for the change? it's just that the industrial.org faq, the german wikipedia and even ishkur's guide (however unreliable it can be) note that it refers to a later more evolved style compared to old skool ebm. --MilkMiruku 17:22, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

Response at User_talk:MilkMiruku#Response:_EBM_v._Electro-Industrial

The Colbert Report - screenshot request[edit]

You asked for a shot of the eagle flying towards the camera? I'm not sure exactly which frame you wanted so I did a sequence from when the eagle first appears to the swallowing of the camera to the set reveal. There are about thirty at http://al001.blogspot.com/2006/02/colbert-report-title-sequence.html as thumbnail images - click on them to see them full size at the image host (ImageShack). Can I take it that you'll be OK uploading whichever ones you like for use in Wikipedia? That's something I don't have much experience with. Hope this helps Al001 08:03, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

User_talk:Al001#Response_re._Colbert_Report_Eagle - Reaverdrop 20:18, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

Truthiness - a Good Article[edit]

Thanks for the nod to Truthiness, Zanimum! - Reaverdrop 01:33, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

No prob, it's a good article. I'm hoping in the next couple weeks it can be worked up to Featured Article status. It would be really cool if Stephen mentioned the article on air, even if he panned the site. -- user:zanimum
A follow-up question - the Truthiness article includes Template:Colbert, which has been proposed for deletion. The delete votes outnumber the keep votes, and I am planning on deleting it soon. Since you tagged Truthiness as a good article with the Colbert template, do you think eliminating it would improve the article? - Reaverdrop 00:04, 7 February 2006 (UTC)
I've revised the template to be more compact, and as it's become, it's less distracting and more of a chance some will side on keep. -- user:zanimum

DYK[edit]

Updated DYK query Did you know? has been updated. A fact from the article Alberto J. Mora, which you recently created, has been featured in that section on the Main Page. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the "Did you know?" talk page.

--Gurubrahma 05:27, 24 February 2006 (UTC)


Unitary Executive theory[edit]

Cross-posted on User talk:Nescio

Het viel me op dat je dit artikel hebt bewerkt en vroeg me af of je een opmerking kunt achterlaten bij een RFC betreffende de toelaatbaarheid van kritiek in dit artikel. Je hoeft alleen aan te geven of bronnen mogen worden vermeld, je eigen mening over het onderwerp hoef je niet te verdedigen. Groetjes Holland Nomen Nescio 11:25, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

Ja zeker, Nescio; ik heb genoeg tijd nog niet gehaad, maar ik ben bronnen aan het verzamelen. Groetjes terug, - Reaverdrop 18:18, 3 March 2006 (UTC)
Compliment voor je goede Nederlands. Had niet direct begrepen dat je niet afkomstig bent uit het koude doch progressieve landje aan de Noordzee. Mocht het te moeilijk worden, zeg het maar dan ga ik verder in het Engels. Holland Nomen Nescio 23:16, 3 March 2006 (UTC)
Het spijt me dat mijn nederlands nog niet echt goed is, maar ga naar verder in het nederlands; ik heb klein kans om het te gebruiken, en ik wou het graag beter leren. Ik zit op het ook koude maar minder progressieve landje van Minnesota - dat toch progressieve verschijnt tegen het helemaal van Amerika. Ik zou graag in de toekomst ons land zo verinlichtigt als Nederland zien worden. - Reaverdrop 17:26, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
Zolang ik het begrijp is je Nederlands prima. Waarom deze moeilijke taal gekozen? Mocht je interesse hebben in Nederlandse Literatuur dan heb ik nog wel enkele suggesties. Probeer Nescio (verklaart mijn naam) eens te lenen bij de bibliotheek, of de gedichten van Slauerhoff.
Of we verlicht zijn weet ik niet (de Dalai Lama is daar beter in). Zoals bekend zijn niet veel landen het eens met ons drugsbeleid, onze abortuswetgeving, of de uiterst controversiele euthanasie. Maar over het geheel genomen is ons sociale stelsel, samen met dat van Scandinavie wel iets waar ik het meest trots op ben.Holland Nomen Nescio 08:05, 7 March 2006 (UTC)
Bedankt voor uw suggesties - ik lees Nederlands literatuur graag, en ik heb de artikelen begonnen voor Willem Kloos, Herman Gorter, Frederik van Eeden, Lodewijk van Deyssel (maar een stukje), De Nieuwe Gids, en Tachtigers (dat opgenomen werd in de artikel Dutch literature). Ik heb op de artikelen van Nescio en Slauerhoff gekeken - ik zal er meer over moeten lezen.
Ik eerst leerde Nederlands om een Mormonse zendeling in Vlaanderen te worden - waarna ik verlaat de kerk en atheïst werd. Ik had daartussen ervaring om de taal met vele Belgen te spreken, op een rondreis van Leuven, Antwerpen en Gent, ongeveer twaalf jaar geleden. Ik had ook Oud Engels vroeger een beetje gestudeerd, dat iets samen met Nederlands deelt, en ik zat in een klas van Nederlands daarna (waarbij ik eerst Kloos, Gorter enz. ontdekte). Ik vind de Nederlandse taal heel mooi. Meer engelstaligen zouden het moeten leren. Het heeft vele weergalmen van klassieke engels. Ook denk ik het belangrijk dat iedereen ten minste één andere taal bovendien hun eigen aangeborene taal zou moeten leren. Ik vind het rugwaarts dat in Amerika het nog opmerkelijk is als iemand maar twee talen kan spreken. Julie hebben de recht idee in Nederland waar het niet opmerkelijk is als iemand drie of vier talen spreekt. - Reaverdrop 02:28, 9 March 2006 (UTC)

Mormon collaboration[edit]

I saw you added your name to the list of participants on the Mormon collaboration. Welcome and I look forward to working with you. uriah923(talk) 22:30, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

Photos of Paul Mirecki[edit]

Hi. You've reinserted "although newspaper photos showed him with obvious signs of physical injury" into the para about Prof Mirecki in Michelle Malkin. I'd like to link that text to such a photo, but the photo in this LJWorld.com item isn't as convincing as one might hope. It looks more like a studio portrait than a news photo and shows only 1 bruise. Do you by any chance have URLs for a better photo? (If Prof Mirecki got a good lawyer, he may well have had some shirtless photos taken when the bruises looked worst and might have given them to reporters.)

Cheers, CWC(talk) 13:07, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

Response at CWC(talk) - Reaverdrop 17:07, 26 April 2006 (UTC)
Back here again (I'll watch this page for a week or so, so feel free to respond here): I've added some links to the Paul Mirecki article, on the theory that what we've got is better than nothing. I ended up making a bigger change than I expected, and my wording is a bit clumsy. See also Talk:Paul_Mirecki#Paragraph_about_Beating. I made at least one change you may disagree with: I've removed "showing obvious signs of serious physical abuse" and inserted "showing two black eyes and a bruise". People with serious physical abuse do not walk into the E.R., nor do they walk out after treatment. It's possible Mirecki had extensive bruising not shown in the photo, but then we can't claim that photo shows them, can we? That's why I was hoping for a shirtless photo. By the way, a Google search failed to find any mention of the beating since (IIRC) January, nor anything about Mirecki suing the Sheriff. Have you come across anything recent?
On a related note: User:Stesichorus and I have edited the Michelle Malkin article today, including the bit about Mirecki, so you may want to check our work. Cheers, CWC(talk) 17:47, 27 April 2006 (UTC)

Hooray! 1,100,000 Articles in English Wikipedia[edit]

Note to whomever: I just went to the front page of English Wikipedia and noticed it said there were 1,099,992 articles. I couldn't resist adding a new article as quickly as I could to help top it over the 1,100,000 mark. Thus was born the Philip B. Heymann stub. It ended up probably not being one of the last eight articles; by the time I finished and checked the front page again, we were at 1,100,026. To think of the exponential addition of knowledge, which theoretically could continue without end; that's pretty cool. - Reaverdrop 17:42, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

No offense meant[edit]

Hey - just wanted to drop you a personal note - I was probably a little hard on you today and I was too argumentative, for which I'm sorry for. I hope there are no hard feelings from our differing points of view at Talk:Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints#No racial discrimination under Joseph Smith. I just get so sick of the same arguments when I feel they are not educated arguments as they seem to draw on the same five or so secondary or tertiary sources over and over again. I try to spend most of my time reading the primary sources, and therefore probably have a different view than the analysis that others read. The problem is that 'I' see the conclusions as not educated, when to others do see them as educated views. Please know I think you are very brilliant in your edits and your contributions here to the LDS-related articles on Wikipedia, and I, for one, value your work here. You've made a very positive influence IMHO to this corner of the Wiki. Keep up the hard work, and I'm sorry I was so condescending and hard on you in today's discussion. I'll probably do it again, as that is one of my many character flaws. I hope you'll forgive in advance. Keep up the good work. -Visorstuff 22:52, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

Relocated off-topic discussion on race and the LDS Church[edit]

Cut & pasted verbatim from Talk:Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#No_racial_discrimination_under_Joseph_Smith, where it had become a huge tangent:

Off topic discussion[edit]

I propose from here to the end of this section be refactored (i.e. moved to an archive) as not helping improve the article. - unsigned

Interesting side note - in the same talk where Brigham Young explains that no one with a drop of African blood can be ordained to the priesthood, he also says the same thing about Jews - and then points out a Jewish member of the audience and says he was able to receive the priesthood because God transformed his blood when he converted - so he no longer had a drop of Jewish blood. Too bad he didn't stick with that idea for Blacks too. He also said any priesthood holder who "mixes his seed" with a Black woman would drop dead on the spot.

Even though the Church repealed the doctrine of racial discrimination in 1978, they did so with no more rationale than the equivalent of "hey look, there's Elvis". That lack of explanation has resulted in many Church members today being led to adopt discriminatory feelings from trying to make sense of the historical doctrine with faith that the prophets could do no wrong. In the vacuum of official comment on it, what reasoned explanation is there? The Church will continue to be responsible for ongoing moral damage until the president of the church gets up in General Conference and says that Brigham Young sinned in denying priesthood based on race, and that all the church authorities until Spencer W. Kimball perpetuated that sin.

And they know they should, because they sent Bruce R. McConkie on tour to reinforce the rescindment by admitting that he had been all wrong in the explanations he had taught for the discriminatory doctrine. Having only one apostle actually admit he had been wrong though was too little an effort for real restitution.

- Reaverdrop 18:47, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

You may want to read the history of this issue more, Reaverdrop. It seems that since the 1890s the brethren weren't sure if it was a revelation or if it was simply a policy. Because of that one dispute for which there is no evidence of either way, the church will probably never officially offer an apology for this. How can they offer an apology if it was instituted by the Lord? There is a conundrum of this, and naturalistic historians would see it as a man-made policy, but if church leaders are unsure (or until more documents come to light on the matter) we'll not see it in our day. Was it racist? Yes - by today's standards. But God has a history of racist practices that we as humans don't understand or try to explain away - whether it is wiping out entire groups of people, or allowing entire ethnicities to be destroyed. That's just how he decided to do some things, or if you are a naturalistic historian, that's survival of the fittest. Not a church teaching I'm a fan of, but there's not a lot we can do until more documents come to light. -Visorstuff 23:03, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

Well, if the Brethren felt at any time that it had just been a policy from the beginning, they would also have recognized their complete freedom to change it. And it seems like anyone who argued that it was revelation would have had to explain why it obviously was not recognized by Joseph Smith throughout his lifetime - and why a revelation of such magnitude, as one that categorically denies exaltation to a segment of the human race, and thereby would frustrate God's work and glory, would not have been unambiguously reported and recorded in the first place.
I suppose it depends entirely on perspective. If one happens to believe that the Church only abandoned doctrinal racism in 1978 after relentless moral pressure from the outside world, which they finally managed to convince themselves coincided with a message from God - then one can hope that they will accomplish the additional moral progress needed to convince themselves that God wants them to admit it was a mistake in the first place - doubtless a mistaken policy, rather than a mistaken doctrine - and thereby serve as a force for the moral betterment of those who revere them as god's mouthpieces, who otherwise allow their faith to lead them to accept that treating an entire racial group as spiritually inferior, or even that wiping out entire groups of people or allowing entire ethnicities to be destroyed, may sometimes be mysteriously in accord with the will of God, rather than crimes against humanity without exception. - Reaverdrop 23:35, 24 April 2006 (UTC)
When God gets around to it, it would be nice if an apology was given for keeping all the other tribes from possessing the Levitical priesthood. That was even more unusal than being racist. You could not even tell the difference but one tribe could officiate in priesthood positions and no one else was entitled to the same positions. You can imagine all the people that longed to officiate and yet God turned a cold shoulder to their pleas, not for a few decades, but for thousands of years.
Reaver, you attempt to speak from a position of "knowing" what is so. Most believers of Christ operate from a position of "I don't know everything and some things I have to take on faith." It is not much condolance for the committed sceptic, but living by faith is not for everyone. Storm Rider (talk) 00:53, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

Reaverdrop, I'm sorry, I think you missed my point. Just prior to his death, Smith apparently instructed the Anointed Quorum not to ordain blacks to the priesthood. At the time, he was setting policy, giving revelations, and many other instructions that were not clarified due to his death. The brethren did not know if the teaching was policy relating to the presidential campaign, relating to the prophesy on war, relating to issues with the Utah migration, relating to revelation from God. Wilford Woodruff was asked if a black polygamous wife could be sealed to her husband in the temple. He responded that he didn't know if the teaching was a doctrine or policy, and that God didn't clarify with him at the time. Later, JFSmith was asked similar, and gave a similar reponse. These brethren believed and knew that it was a teaching of Smith's, but didn't know if it was given as a one-time instruction or as a general doctrinal revelation. Thus each president of the church since Woodruff prayed about it. The most publicized is David McKay's when he said "Well, I've inquired of the Lord repeatedly. The last time I did it was late last night. I was told, with no discussion, not to bring the subject up with the Lord again; that the time will come, but it will not be my time, and to leave the subject alone..." [1]. There was heated discussion about presedence set by Smith previously ordaining, so it wasn't completely prohibited, but then there was discussion and evidence set forth as to why the prohibition would have been delayed. It is a complicated issue of policy versus revelation. - and to the brethren who were believers in Smith, they waited for a revelation to come on the matter. If you don't believe they receive revelation, then you should expect an apology. But that is the issue.

Incidentally, it was only six years earlier (1972) that baptist conferences voted to allow blacks similar privelges. That is hardly after years of "relentless moral pressure from the outside world" - especially as there were groups that changed their policies after the Mormon church. As has been stated elsewhere on wikipedia, the issue is that for Mormons the answer came, not by vote and popular opinions, but by revelation though a prophet.

Finally you wrote: :"that treating an entire racial group as spiritually inferior, or even that wiping out entire groups of people or allowing entire ethnicities to be destroyed, may sometimes be mysteriously in accord with the will of God, rather than crimes against humanity without exception." Again, tell this to Joshua, Caleb and the Canaanites. Tell this to the Anti-duluvians, the Jewish babylonians or assyrian survivors, the folks from Sodom, the folks from Samaria, the Philistines, the folks that David destroyed, the Jews after Jesus death, - all under the direction, instruction or approval of God. God is not an assasin, but he does things for a reason. And those who believe in him accept that he may have to do things that we may not agree with. Lot and Abraham didn't agree at first with His destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, but they accepted it. The issue is much more complicated than you seem to be so absolute on. There are few absolutes in the world. -Visorstuff 01:55, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

The issue is "complicated" as in genocidal campaigns, racial discrimination, and other prima facie evil acts have to be considered potentially justifiable if you accept the literal reality of the God of either the Old Testament and/or the Book of Mormon. But just asserting that there are few absolutes in the world is a pretty bland and unresponsive way of equivocating over the moral acceptibility of genocide. You have to accept an argument along the lines of, a whole society was evil enough that only by exterminating it entirely can the evil be stopped from perpetuating. In our day, it is only sick thugs like Joseph Kony and Ratko Mladić who apply that idea in practice, and if their stories are accepted at face value, the Moses and Joshua of the Old Testament belong in the same category. What is complicated about this is that reasonable people who would otherwise feel pure moral repugnance to accounts of murder and genocide such as those that fill the Old Testament are instead persuaded to equivocate over them by their faith that such horrors somehow spring from an all-benevolent god. That is why I see faith as inevitably immoral. Faith by definition is suspension of rational thought and accepting beliefs in the absence of objectively verifiable demonstration; by definition then it is irrational and arbitrary. While it has often inspired people to do good, there can never be any guarantee that this will persist, because an irrational foundation remains always capable of arbitrary change. When the only standard for determining good and evil is what an unobservable god says it is, there can be no surprise when that standard of good and evil becomes unrecognizable compared with a rational, objective standard. It is precisely that "complicated" logic that creates suicide bombers for Al Qaeda and Hamas. As Steven Weinberg said, there have always been good people who do good and evil people who do evil, but for good people to accept evil, that takes religion. - Reaverdrop 05:29, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

Thank-you for your views. I did not justify any of the above actions, nor did I support them with my explanation, however, I did state that by being so absolute as to what is right and wrong is not wise. What is right and wrong is very subjective - and to understand that - with or without faith - you need context. You likely did not live through the issue of prohibition of Blacks and the priesthood, nor of polygamy. You cannot understand the issue without having expereienced it. Thatis like understanding the revolutionary war issues completely - merely, we get a surface understanding as we read the account. "Taxation without representation" was not the issue, but it is the easiest thing for historians to understand and teach to others. You do not take into account the context. I'm personally for making immigration easier, yet 80 percent of the public in the US thinks we need tighter restrictions. I see it as a racism issue for most involved (the same racist issue against chinese, japanese, irish, scottish, ethiopians, laotians, vietnamese and others), and think that denying others to come here except for security issues, is wrong, and shows an aryan-like superiority - called by others "America patriotism as a religion." To me it is wrong. We are in a cycle yet again, and in another 20 years, we'll be in the same place again. Its been going on since 1812. But I do understand the context, as I am living through this one. I see the crime here in arizona by illegal aliens, but think there are better ways to solve this issue. To me citizenship and religious practice are two seperate issues - especially in matters of ethnicity and background.

Comparing this issue to Joseph Kony and Ratko Mladić is very different - they do not compare. Mormons did not seek to kill others, nor wipe out their culture - in fact, just the opposite. And in any case, those are more cultural and ethnic focused than race-related. You wrote: "But just asserting that there are few absolutes in the world is a pretty bland and unresponsive way of equivocating over the moral acceptibility of genocide." I did not use absolutes to justify or even to discuss the racism issue, but rather to discuss your absoluteness that you know the issue, when you weren't involved. I try not to discus items I am not familiar with, and I try to go deep into understanding all of the issues at hand. You seem to have a surface understanding of this issue, have formed an opinion (which is a good thing), but feel that your opinion is the right one, regardless of any other evidence. It is not that simple. There were many factors in play, and you should not be so quick to judge others historically. Was it wrong that women wreen't allowed to vote? In todya's world, yes. But what factors in the victorian era (ironically named for a woman) that led to a lack of sufferage? Why in republics did one vote per household stand, versus one vote per adult (male or female). (incidentally, Utah territory allowed woman and black sufferage for many years, before the law was repealed and they were prohibited to do so by the federal government). What they saw as right in that situation - equal citizen rights - was prohibited by other americans. Deciding who holds the priesthood seems tame compared to that - especially when today, any one can become a minister by filling out an online form. Blacks could still pray in church, become auxillery president heads (and were) and do the rest that women could do, yet, because they couldn't give blessings, it is seen as a bad thing. Most churches don't allow any member to give blessings or lead meetings as it is, so the point is circular. Nice discussion, but would suggest a comparitive history class that helps with context for you, but probably won't respond again to this thread, as we obviously have different views, and further discussion will be fruitless. Happy editing. -Visorstuff 16:32, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

You keep insisting that points in which I differ from your point of view are due to my incomplete understanding or superficial knowledge, apparently because my insufficient knowledge hasn’t convinced me of moral relativism - an odd stance in the defense of faith in God. Sorry, but I simply don’t agree that one can’t possibly form moral evaluations of anything outside one’s personal experience. My grandfather has personally related to me remembrances of his materal grandfather always on the run from federal authorities because he was a practicing polygamist, and I have the journals of two other polygamist ancestors - but I should be prohibited from conceiving any moral judgments on polygamy without personally living it? I just don’t understand why you would argue that.
As for the comparison with Kony and Mladic, it was made in reference to Moses and Joshua - there are something like fifty different occasions in the five mosaic books when one of them reports an order from God to attack or wipe out pretty much anyone outside their own tribe as enemies of God. Mormons and all other Christians, Jews and Muslims are constrained by their faith to interpret that genocidal campaign as divinely inspired and morally blameless, and leave them to reason from there. While Mormons haven’t toppled the walls of Jericho, they have practiced a belief that race is indicative of spiritual worth - a direct legacy of the teaching and practice of that doctrine in the Old Testament, as applied to justify ethnic cleansing. Whether or not most churches forbade any lay members from performing ordinances that Mormons forbade only of Blacks is irrelevant to the systematic racial discrimination of the Mormon church. Minimizing it as only preventing them from giving certain blessings is disingenuous - the priesthood is required for exaltation, and for temple endowment and marriage which are also required for exaltation. The official Mormon belief on Blacks was that they were ineligible to receive the steps necessary to return to Heavenly Father and receive eternal life, making it only logical for prophets, seers and revelators (as every apostle is sustained as) like Bruce R. McConkie to reason and teach that this must be because they were only marginally valiant in the pre-existence, ineligible for eternal life, and therefore a permanent spiritual underclass on Earth. That an otherwise good man like him, and many other Church members I know, would be led by Mormon doctrine, whether present or historical, to honestly embrace the belief that some human beings could be categorized as of secondary worth in the eyes of God, is an example of the inevitably irrational and arbitrary dictates of faith serving as a force for corrupting the moral good sense of its believers. - Reaverdrop 07:49, 26 April 2006 (UTC)
This is somewhat off-topic so I apologize in advance - Although the blessings of the temple were not available to blacks prior to Official Declaration 2 - it was always church doctrine that they could return to Heavenly Father and live in the Celestial Kingdom. When the revelation came, the ordinance work would be done for those members (as work for the dead if the revelation was not received prior to their death). As you know, Bruce R McConkie changed the wording you refer to because that was never the church doctrine.
Back to topic If the effort is to include some information about JS's actions re blacks - then we need to include that he ordained, authorized the ordination, etc of black members. The comment that the instruction to stop was not explained is very relevant in that his death prevented anything other than speculation about the purpose.
Finally, this is getting too far afield and we should refocus on what needs to be done to the article Trödel 13:33, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

Yes Trodel, it is now completely off topic. Reaverdrop, it was taught, from Young onward that someday Blacks would be ordained again, and that ALL blacks would have the same blessings as other races in regard to exaltation. Just they would have to wait for a time and possible recieve in the next life. Christ said/taught similar of Samaritans and others that were not Jewish. Temporary exclusivity and inclusion of a group of people is not a new religious concept, but it is usually temporary. Why could only Jews be saved between 1400 BCE and the time of Christ? Dunno. Not for me to decide. And just becuase you have ancestors who lived polygamy does not mean you understand their situation or polygamy. The author of the book "A Mormon Mother" very clearly tells her children that they will never understand polygamy because they didn't live the principle, nor did they have to sacrifice for it. Just in the same way as I've never experience the spiritual effect of levitical sacrifices, I can study them, but I'll never fully understand them. In the words of Brigham Young, "To know, they must experience." I don't claim to know, and I'd be willing to bet I've studied both of these issues more than most. I'm not claiming relativity, but jsut don't be so absolute. There are too many factors to "know for sure" unless you claim personal revelation or were there. If you have either of those two, I'll gladly accept your arguments, disagree and (I've already) move(d) on. Back to the discussion, I actually think a link to Blacks and Mormonism should suffice for the main article. -Visorstuff 19:13, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

Then I guess we can't morally condemn any murderers unless we go out and try committing murder first. What a load of crock. If humans can understand black holes by analyzing them without diving into them, they can understand moral implications of actions they don't directly participate in. In fact, personal moral judgment would be impossible without making moral evaluations of actions without trying them first.
As for "the church taught all along that Blacks would get the priesthood someday soon", that is the Church's Soviet revisionism. I grew up hearing that too, but I haven't found any pre-1978 evidence to confirm it. On the contrary, Brigham Young said pretty clearly that they would never get it - just as there is no written evidence dating before 1838 for Joseph Smith claiming to have seen both God the Father and Jesus as corporeal beings in the First Vision. Take your own advice and read up a little more on the history before you try to teach others. - Reaverdrop 19:29, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

Comparison murder to polygamy and denying a group of people a privilege is laughable and idiotic (no offense meant). I imagine that you believe the church is just as evil for denying women the priesthood. But that is another topic - is is it just more acceptable. In fact, we deny those under the age of eight membership and the priesthood. That is equally evil as murder? C'mon, you are getting too emotional to this argument.

Second you wrote: "the church taught all along that Blacks would get the priesthood someday soon, that is the Church's Soviet revisionism. I grew up hearing that too, but I haven't found any pre-1978 evidence to confirm it."

This confirms my point above. You haven't studied the issue very indepth at all - especially if you base that off of Brigam Young, who in multiple sermons taught blacks would get the priesthood one day. Even the old infobases CDs had access to that level of detail. Try studying an issue before arguing it. If you are this un-informed, you don't have much to stand on. The difference is that I do study and write about this. You, apparently, do not. To satisfy, here are a few examples:

President Wilford Woodruff "The day will come when all that race will be redeemed and possess all the blessings which we now have." [2]

Brigham Young: "Why are so many of the inhabitants of the earth cursed with a skin of blackness? It comes in consequence of their fathers rejecting the power of the holy priesthood, and the law of God. They will go down to death. And when all the rest of the children have received their blessings in the holy priesthood, then that curse will be removed from the seed of Cain, and they will then come up and possess the priesthood, and receive all the blessings which we now are entitled to." [3]

In 1970, during the administration of David O. McKay, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and First Presidency had voted to end the policy, however, McKay was absent because of age-related disability and First Counselor Harold B. Lee was traveling on church business. When President Lee returned, he called for another vote on the issue, and this time it was defeated, upon Lee's belief that such a large change in Church policy should originate in revelation." (Edwin B. Firmage, ed., The Memoirs of Hugh B. Brown, "Editor's Afterward", Salt Lake City, Signature Books, 1988.)

"Then change will come in due course. It seems to me that if we had admitted the Negro to the church as a full member, at the time of Joseph Smith, we would have had more trouble with the government than we then had. Holding ourselves aloof from that until after the Civil war gave us the opportunity to establish the church without that question coming to the front. It was, in other words, [I believe] a policy, not necessarily a doctrine." (Memoirs of Hugh B. Brown, page 129)

You may wnat to go back and read the bio of president mcKay, quoted above for example, which states "Well, I've inquired of the Lord repeatedly. The last time I did it was late last night. I was told, with no discussion, not to bring the subject up with the Lord again; that the time will come, but it will not be my time, and to leave the subject alone...".

Or a letter "To General Authorities, Regional Representatives of the Twelve, Stake Presidents, Mission Presidents, and Bishops" dated, December 15, 1969: The position of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affecting those of the Negro race who choose to join the Church falls wholly within the category of religion. It has no bearing upon matters of civil rights. In no case or degree does it deny to the Negro his full privileges as a citizen of the nation. This position has no relevancy whatever to those who do not wish to join the Church. Those individuals, we suppose, do not believe in the divine origin and nature of the church, nor that we have the priesthood of God. Therefore, if they feel we have no priesthood, they should have no concern with any aspect of our theology on priesthood so long as that theology does not deny any man his Constitutional privileges...From the beginning of this dispensation, Joseph Smith and all succeeding presidents of the Church have taught that Negroes, while spirit children of a common Father, and the progeny of our earthly parents Adam and Eve, were not yet to receive the priesthood, for reasons which we believe are known to God, but which He has not made fully known to man...President McKay has also said, "Sometime in God's eternal plan, the Negro will be given the right to hold the priesthood." Until God reveals His will in this matter, to him whom we sustain as a prophet, we are bound by that same will. Priesthood, when it is conferred on any man comes as a blessing from God, not of men."

It is true that the Negro race in their native land occupy lands of much heat, as well as they did before the flood, but such discussion does not aid us much in the matter of the curse placed on Cain and his posterity. In regard to this we should be satisfied with what the Lord has revealed in relation to Cain and his posterity. The Pearl of Great Price tells us definitely that the Egyptians were denied the priesthood. The Prophet taught his brethren that Cain was denied the priesthood and his posterity also to the latest generations. The promise was given that this curse, or restriction, will be removed, when the time comes in some future sphere, when Abel will have posterity. This is published in The Way to Perfection, chapters 15 and 16. Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, Vol.2, p.177

Or you may want to read the widely publicized talk by Elder SW Kimball about the "change of color" of dark skinned people to lighter skin based on time and righteousnes. Or the much published by church critics mntues of a 1st presidency and twelve meeting about whether or not Elijah Abel's daughter could go trhough the temple, or the biography of Heber J. Grant. Or the Biography of Hugh B. Brown. or the Orson Pratt comment that the priesthood would be given to blacks after the blood of Israel flowed in the veins of all peoples of the earth" or Brigham Young stating that they'd get it after all of Abels progenitors received it, or the 1949 first presidency statement that said "but that they are not entitled to the priesthood at the present time"

You may want to study the topic in-depth - even from such readily available sources (or even read Blacks and Mormonism and its talk page history) before thinking you understand the issue. I could have gotten your previous arguments from any old anti-Mormon or church critic web-site - but the difference is that those sources discount the balanced view and statments such as above that are easily accessible as primary sources. I did "Take [my] own advice and read up a little more on the history before [I] try to teach others" The advice is still offered to you. I'm sorry if this seems condescending, but this same issue comes up over and over and is really a moot point. You are a gifted editor, and you raise good questions that need to be addressed in the article. Keep up the good work. Once again, happy editing. Sorry to take up so much room on this page on this already-hashed over topic. Other editors, feel free to move the referenced quotes above to the relevent articles. -Visorstuff 20:24, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

You're right that I didn't get the wording right about one thing above: that the church authorities taught that Blacks would never receive the priesthood, when what they taught was that Blacks would never get the priesthood until after the work had been finished for everyone else - and that everyone else had even received the resurrection, which places the event after the Millenium and at the very end of the world. Although, that's not much of a significant difference; it's still totally inconsistent with the church's doctrinal switcheroo in 1978, making the Church's post-1978 re-interpretations of earlier pronouncements revisionist, and it still imposes a doctrine that Blacks as an entire people were second-class citizens in the kingdom of God, a doctrine they never repudiated in the act of saying merely that "okay now enough time has passed for even Blacks to have the priesthood", and that still has an ongoing, active effect of convincing church members, because of their faith in earlier church prophets, that there must have been validity to the doctrine and therefore that Blacks are on some kind of inferior spiritual basis than everyone else.
And I don't find it laughable to compare doctrine-enshrined racism with the types of genocidal campaigns in the Bible that you referred to as murder. Every serious genocide and ethnic war is based in part on dehumanizing the opposing tribe as less than fully human or as unworthy as an entire class in God's eyes. The distinction between that and the Church's racist doctrine is one of degree only, not of kind. The Biblical precedents of God's blessings being restricted by ethnicity cited to support the Mormon doctrine of racism are the same teachings that went hand-in-hand among those Biblical people with justifying wars of aggression and genocide among their neighbors. Slavery and lynchings in America were often done under religious justifications for viewing Blacks as the seed of Cain, inferior, and disfavored of God, parallel to those justifications held by the church leaders who introduced racism into Mormon doctrine. Rather than serving as a force against one of the great evils of human history, which a great many people were doing then, and which anyone claiming the special moral insights of being the only group with direct communication from God must have been expected to do, the Church remained thoroughly neutral and complicit on slavery, an institution maintained only by daily violence and threat of violence against its subjects and which intrinsically constitutes violence against human dignity. Regardless of the form in which religiously justified racism expresses itself, it constitutes people's faith assuring them that evil is good, thereby interfering with their own conscience.
It’s again disingenuous for you to characterize the Mormon doctrine as merely denying a privilege; Mormon doctrine considers priesthood an absolute prerequisite for temple marriage and eternal life. This sets the Church’s racist discrimination on the priesthood apart from its gender discrimination, since it still teaches that women are fully capable of having temple marriage and eternal life by benefit of their husband’s priesthood. Not Black women though, even if they wanted to marry a white man, since he would then drop dead on the spot, according to Brigham Young. And it’s not honest to treat the question as one the Brethren were unsure was a matter of doctrine or policy, as many of them tried to do in your quotes, in light of the early church leaders’ pronouncements; it could hardly be mere church policy for Blacks to have been ineligible for the priesthood until after everyone else was resurrected.
Support for the Church’s teaching that Blacks could not receive the priesthood until the end of the world can be found in your own citations, such as Brigham Young: “And when all the rest of the children have received their blessings in the holy priesthood, then that curse will be removed from the seed of Cain, and they will then come up and possess the priesthood, and receive all the blessings which we now are entitled to.” And Joseph Fielding Smith: “The promise was given that this curse, or restriction, will be removed, when the time comes in some future sphere, when Abel will have posterity.”
And there’s this, from Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 2:136 (references are to the talks beginning on the cited page number): “We have this illustrated in the account of Cain and Abel. Cain conversed with his God every day, and knew all about the plan of creating this earth, for his father told him. But, for the want of humility, and through jealousy, and an anxiety to possess the kingdom, and to have the whole of it under his own control, and not allow any body else the right to say one word, what did he do? He killed his brother. The Lord put a mark on him; and there are some of his children in this room. When all the other children of Adam have had the privilege of receiving the Priesthood, and of coming into the kingdom of God, and of being redeemed from the four quarters of the earth, and have received their resurrection from the dead, then it will be time enough to remove the curse from Cain and his posterity. He deprived his brother of the privilege of pursuing his journey through life, and of extending his kingdom by multiplying upon the earth; and because he did this, he is the last to share the joys of the kingdom of God.”
This also from Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 7:282 – and you tell me whether his description of Blacks indicates whether his doctrine was born of revelation or personal racial prejudice: “You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind. The first man that committed the odious crime of killing one of his brethren will be cursed the longest of any one of the children of Adam. Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. Trace mankind down to after the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race-that they should be the "servant of servants;" [the same religious justification commonly used by slave-holders] and they will be, until that curse is removed; and the Abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the least alter that decree. How long is that race to endure the dreadful curse that is upon them? That curse will remain upon them, and they never can hold the Priesthood or share in it until all the other descendants of Adam have received the promises and enjoyed the blessings of the Priesthood and the keys thereof. Until the last ones of the residue of Adam's children are brought up to that favourable position, the children of Cain cannot receive the first ordinances of the Priesthood.”
Brigham Young again, also from the talk starting on Journal of Discourses 10:104 - compare the reality of this teaching with your citation of Hugh B. Brown suggesting the church's racist doctrine was just to avoid upsetting the federal government (if that was a valid justification, why polygamy?) and tell me he was not in top revisionist gear: “The rank, rabid abolitionists, whom I call black-hearted Republicans, have set the whole national fabric on fire. ... The Southerners make the negroes, and the Northerners worship them; this is all the difference between slaveholders and abolitionists. … If the Government of the United States, in Congress assembled, had the right to pass an anti-polygamy bill, they had also the right to pass a law that slaves should not be abused as they have been; they had also a right to make a law that negroes should be used like human beings, and not worse than dumb brutes. For their abuse of that race, the whites will be cursed, unless they repent.”
To work for Blacks to be free of slavery was to worship them?! Give him credit, I guess, for calling slave-holders to repent of treating their slaves abusively, rather than "merely" using them like human beings.
And here’s a little chestnut, also from the talk starting on 10:104: “Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.” Even in 1978 after the "revelation", the Church News ran a column reminding its readers that this didn't mean they should start intermarrying with Blacks.
My point stands: the Church encrusted a sadly typical nineteenth century racist mindset into a doctrine, thus ensuring that it persisted generations longer among its believers than it did among the general populace; and rather than repudiating and atoning for its earlier racist doctrine, the Church through today has only tried to minimize it through revision, unwilling to admit to past error, thus ensuring that its believers continue to accept the validity of the old doctrine, which can only serve as an ongoing influence for corrupting their consciences.
- Reaverdrop 23:32, 27 April 2006 (UTC)

I do not have more than three minutes to respond, and conversations elsewhere have suggested I drop this topic. However, you have a few major doctrinal errors in your argument.

You wrote: "Mormon doctrine considers priesthood an absolute prerequisite for temple marriage and eternal life" This is not true - mostly. For example, little children are "excused" from having the priesthood as a requirement for exaltation - which is/was equally true and taught about blacks who joined the church.

Second, I still find no revisionism in any of my research - on this topic or otherwise. Yes, things are simplified now, and emphasized differently, doesn't mean they weren't taught before. If you re-read the quotes above (and the other references I pointed you to) you'll find that the promises were believed to come either just prior or after the millenium. Joseph Fielding Smith and Harold B. Lee taught that blacks would get the priesthood after the blood of israel flowed through the viens of all the nations of the earth. Both prior to 1978. HBBrowns' memiors reference this and his belief that the time was close for this to occur. One study was cited in other research, that every person alive today is a decendant of Moses, and that our nearest common ancestor lived in the 12-1300 AD - an argument used by apologists on the matter. Again, I'm not judging or justifying the doctrine, but stating it is much more complex that you are making it out to be. The accusation of revisionism by most critics is unfounded. Why did early missionaries emphasize living prophets to those they taught (except in Asia/Africa)? Because the people they taught already believed in Christ. Why teach the first two principles of the old missionary discussions if the people already believe it? But then you have violent defenses of the atonement by each of the apostles from David Patten (if you ever read history of the church, its my bathroom reading) to David Bednar. Revisionism is a lame argument and is wholly unfounded. Okay three minutes is up, gotta run. -Visorstuff 00:08, 28 April 2006 (UTC)

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Rock on!!! Chadlupkes 18:10, 8 May 2006 (UTC)

Question about your beliefs?[edit]

Hey, I know you have strong ties to Mormonism. Are you a member of the LDS church? -Visorstuff 22:41, 8 May 2006 (UTC)

Reply at User_talk:Visorstuff#Reply_to_Question_about_your_beliefs.3F

I've also responded at my talke page (same section). Your help is needed. -Visorstuff 23:20, 8 May 2006 (UTC)

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Thanks![edit]

I was going about with my usual wiki trawling, doing a few minor edits and uploads, when I decided to check if there's anything new on my watch-list. And hey! Somebody's been editing my user page! And what do I find, but a sweet barnstar laid out there - my first very own barnstar.*brushes off a tear and sniffs* Thank you sooo much! Face-angel.svg -- thunderboltza.k.a.Deepu_Joseph |TALK 12:15, 10 May 2006 (UTC)

Exmormonism[edit]

Thanks for the note. Its been interesting to read your experiences as you described them on Visorstuff's page. Happy to know another former Church member that doesn't have a rabid hatred of all things Mormon. I'm looking forward to collaborating and knowing more about you in the future. Tijuana Brass¡Épa!-E@ 04:25, 11 May 2006 (UTC)

I'm on travel right now, so have no time to edit, however, it seems that you two are more the type of exmormons I come in contact with, rather than the exmormon stereotype you just described. And according to the research, you are typical. I, and other editors, appreciated your NPOV help on the article. Happy editing. -Visorstuff 16:42, 11 May 2006 (UTC)

Another Reaver![edit]

Check this out - I just found a user named The Soul Reaver. Awesome. - Reaverdrop 04:35, 11 May 2006 (UTC)

Heh, I love it when someone starts a new conversation on their own talkpage. Tijuana Brass¡Épa!-E@ 04:51, 11 May 2006 (UTC)
That was of the "general announcement" type, as in something wikipedia in general should get to know. - Reaverdrop 05:52, 11 May 2006 (UTC)
DYK it! Tijuana Brass¡Épa!-E@ 07:44, 11 May 2006 (UTC)
Sweet idea. Better yet, we should put a link to "Reaver-themed users" in the toolbox. - Reaverdrop 14:54, 11 May 2006 (UTC)

Browncoats rule. reavers drool. ++Lar: t/c 02:52, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

Tulu documented? OK[edit]

It was just the lack of any reference. A TV show is not a reference if it isnt recorded. But if theres a reference ... (sorry, my apostrophe key just went wonky in a strange way).

Im a Browncoat too. Zora 01:50, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

Oho, there are TWO uses of the term Reaver. In the sadly doomed TV series Firefly (television) and its film sequel Serenity (film), Reavers were deranged cannibals from outer space. "They rape you to death and they eat you and they sew your skin to their clothing and if you're lucky they do it in that order." Browncoats are the deranged fans of the TV series and the movie and I are one. There are Browncoats in the Netherlands too. You must know one, who will gladly loan you the DVDs of the TV series and the movie, and then try to initiate you into the arcane mysteries of fandom. Zora 19:00, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

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RC[edit]

I saw your edits on RedColony. I think that the author was trying to say that RC is a less political organization and focuses more on colonization and terraforming then acctuly getting there. We (I'm a part of the site) have gone through many revisions of purpose and it shows. Right now I am acting head, I am setting a direction knowlege collection and organization along with working with MarsDrive to create a PR campaign to get the public to support Mars exploration. If you have a good way to word this in the article, I would appriciate it. I would do a poor job at it. The author was a member then left for lack of time, but I think that any edits by me would come out with similar wording as the original. I would like to see this article be correct under the NPV. If you could make the edits or point me in the right direction, I would greatly appriciate it (I try to not edit the article much, as I am a member of the organization). Also, MarsDrive, has become a large organization in the past year. It may be worth it to try to make their article more detailed (no, I am not a member of that organization).

Also, I would like to join the WikiProject Space Colonization. I saw that there was a todo list. Do you have anything you would like worked on first, or I could work on the Colonization of Mars article (no, not to advance my site, but because that is where I am most knowlegable).

Thanks, Jimktrains 02:17, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

Please don't edit war - use the talk pages![edit]

For great justice. 21:09, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

Response: User_talk:For_great_justice.#It.27s_not_an_edit_war... - Reaverdrop 21:13, 16 May 2006 (UTC)
Thanks! Nonetheless, it helps for a more transparent discussion to use the talk pages, especially on controversial topics! Yours, For great justice. 21:14, 16 May 2006 (UTC)
Response: User_talk:For_great_justice.#It.27s_not_an_edit_war... - Reaverdrop 21:19, 16 May 2006 (UTC)
Thanks! I only raise it because things can get heated, and I don't want to get off on the wrong foot - to me, there's more danger of not communicating enough and misunderstanding each other's motives than there is in communicating too much! For great justice. 21:21, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

userbox[edit]

Thanks. I've second thoughts about it, though.User:Mikereichold | User_talk:Mikereichold 23:12, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

Deletion[edit]

You might find Wikipedia:Guide to deletion useful. Thanks! For great justice. 01:06, 17 May 2006 (UTC)


Don't worry[edit]

THere are plenty of like-minded wikipedians out there to support you in efforts to NPOV the article on Apollo moon landing hoax accusations. I'm one of them. If you want to drop the AfD, I'll lend a hand. --ScienceApologist 14:32, 17 May 2006 (UTC)

At home[edit]

Hi, I saw your demeaning and defamitory remarks about my improvements to the Terrorist Surveillance article I made while I was "at home" using that computer. While at home the computer stamp at the time was 141.150.244.164 and that was my signal to John Wesley, one of the main editors of the article, that it was me and not some other anomyous person contributing to the article. Check out my P.S. in his talk and you will see the system I am using so that you editors of the article will know when it's me making changes away from the computer I use at work. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.98.154.35 (talkcontribs)

Fair use[edit]

I'm sorry, I had to revert your recent edits to Aishwarya Rai. Image:Bollywood saga bookcover.JPG can only be used in an article discussing the book in question. Thus, it cannot be used in the article on Aishwarya Rai. Additionally, you did not yet provide a detailed fair-use rationale so it currently cannot be used in any article. This is not meant to be a personal attack or anything, you have a history of high-quality edits. It's just that Wikipedia tends to play it safe when it comes to fair-use. --Yamla 16:44, 29 May 2006 (UTC)

Source request[edit]

Hi Reaverdrop - great work on Stephen_Colbert_at_the_2006_White_House_Correspondents'_Association_Dinner

is there any chance you have a source for

"The popular blog Crooks and Liars, the first place that the video became available, recorded their busiest day on record."

Namely the claims it was the first and that it was thier busiest day on record?

It is for the featured article candadicy.

Thanks! RN 18:28, 29 May 2006 (UTC)


Ron Sorensen - Speedy Delete[edit]

Thanks. - Reaverdrop (talk/nl/wp:space) 04:33, 30 May 2006 (UTC)

You're welcome.Blnguyen | Have your say!!! 04:35, 30 May 2006 (UTC)
Unfortunately, albums are not people, and cannot be speedied. Use {{prod}}. Thanks, Blnguyen | Have your say!!! 04:39, 30 May 2006 (UTC)
Also, since the {{prod}} template was previously removed on Someday, Somehow, it should not be re-added (see WP:PROD#Conflicts). If you want to pursue its deletion further, please list the article on Articles for Deletion. Regards. ×Meegs 01:27, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

User:UniverseToday[edit]

I'll look into it, probably tomorrow. If it's urgent, you could post to WP:ANI. Thanks for letting me know, Tom Harrison Talk 02:04, 3 June 2006 (UTC)


That was an amazingly thorough report on RfI - I had assumed he simply floated away after the first set of incidents. I remember that incident well; not for the personal attacks, but for the truly odd attempts at linkspamming his site. I added a very simple postscript with the original AN link. Thanks for picking this up! Kuru talk 03:45, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up on this report Reaverdrop. I have added a little clarification to it, I hope that was okay.--Kalsermar 14:07, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

Okay, I think I see what's going on. I'll keep an eye on it - that doesn't preclude anyone else from taking action on their own. Thanks, Tom Harrison Talk 14:52, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

Are the remaining IPs on WP:RFI still a problem? If so is Tom dealing with it? Petros471 12:01, 10 June 2006 (UTC)
response

Dank[edit]

Dank je, ja het is ff wennen, al die nieuwe knopjes en linkjes, maar het zal wel gaan denk ik. Ik weet wel dat ik niet de meest fanatieke admin zal gaan worden, maar overal een beethe bijdraag aan het ordelijk houden van wikipedia. En d'r is genoeg te doen! -- Kim van der Linde at venus 07:33, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

Invitation and Recommendations for writing articles on Hindi Wikipedia[edit]

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Your note on Branson's user talk page[edit]

I have moved that note to the appropriate forum. --Jeffrey O. Gustafson - Shazaam! - <*> 05:37, 6 June 2006 (UTC)

I have reverted, sorry. If you have let other admins know, I'd reckon they will see the AN link first. What you have posted is in the wrong place, violates AGF, and is. Do not revert. Please keep it at AN. --Jeffrey O. Gustafson - Shazaam! - <*> 05:42, 6 June 2006 (UTC)

US securities law as pertaining to the NSA call database[edit]

Dear Reaverdrop, US securities law does not only govern stock trading, as you suggest in your revert message at NSA call database. US securities law also governs acceptable legal behaviors of publicly-traded companies, such as the phone companies allegedly involved in this call database. The section of law I referenced there (available at [4]) is called "Periodical and other reports", within "CHAPTER 2B–1—SECURITIES INVESTOR PROTECTION", "TITLE 15—COMMERCE AND TRADE". This law governs whether companies are allowed to lie in their periodic reports, accounts, etc. Normally, they are not, but, according to the referenced section (15 U.S.C. 78m(b)(3)(A)), the President can authorize them to legally do so in the interests of national security. The linked presidential memo at [5] delegates the authority to make such a designation to John Negroponte, a few days before the call database story hit the media and the denials by the telcos started. These are reputable sources, and this data as presented does not involve any expression of opinion. It is purely a statement of facts, backed up and properly cited. Readers can draw their own conclusions from these facts. I have started a discussion on this at Talk:NSA call database. If you feel this information should not be included in that article, please state your reasons there. Kwertii 16:32, 8 June 2006 (UTC)

Universe Today[edit]

Hello Reaverdrop, you may recall your involvement regarding the article Universe Today from a few weeks ago and the RfI regarding the user. The article was again editted by a possible Wayne Smith sock and is up for AfD again. Could you please take a look at the situation and possibly comment on it. Thanks!--Kalsermar 19:08, 15 June 2006 (UTC)

I've now dealt with the RFI report. Any others while I'm at it? Petros471 10:39, 17 June 2006 (UTC)
Well 203.10.59.63 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · edit filter log · WHOIS · RDNS · RBLs · http · block user · block log) is a shared IP, although it does appear to only be used by that one user recently. I'll leave it at 48 hours for now (which is double the standard 24 for first block on static IPs, and much more than the usual 3 hours for shared). However, I'd be happy to block again, for longer, if the user continues when the block expires. Feel free to alert me on my talk page (if I appear to be around) or report to WP:AIV (for quickest admin response) if that is needed. Hope that's ok, and do realise your efforts are greatly appreciated. Remember good contributors work stays around a lot longer than the vandals :) Petros471 11:41, 17 June 2006 (UTC)
Yeh but those blocks were a long time ago, and it is usual for shared IPs to be blocked repeatedly. As I said, I'll extend it if need when it expires. Petros471 14:12, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

Source in NSA article[edit]

I see you gave a source for a quote used in the article,[6] however I have been unable to locate that quote inside the text. Can you please help me locate it, or let me know if it is there or not. Not sure if you were giving a source that the interview was said, or that those words were actually used. --zero faults |sockpuppets| 12:39, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Hi Zero. Last paragraph of the first page: "And under repeated questioning from FOX News's Carl Cameron, he refused to even confirm that he was refusing to confirm or deny reports that the government is maintaining a secret domestic telephone database." Someone replaced that cite with a "citation needed", and I rechecked the original cite at that time and then put it back. - Reaverdrop (talk/nl/w:s) 00:22, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
I see the old version made it seem like a direct quote, from him. Thanks for clearing it up. --zero faults |sockpuppets| 01:10, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Starcraft article fork[edit]

I think making a seperate article for professional play is a good idea so thanks for that, but please make sure that this is linked from the original SC article/that it's clear that such an article exists, so it that it doesn't just "disappear". The reason I reverted the first time it because I couldn't find a link to the new article anywhere, which doesn't bode well in terms of random users who aren't following the editing finding it. ShardPhoenix 15:28, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

Thanks. I put in a "see also" heading with a link to StarCraft professional competition when I reforked Gameplay of StarCraft. It's also in a few relevant categories including Category:StarCraft, which is a great way to track down StarCraft articles. - Reaverdrop (talk/nl/w:s) 16:59, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

What on Earth[edit]

Reaver, what on earth are you doing up at this hour anyway? I thought I was one of the few mindless ones unable to sleep at night. Do you work at night or are you an insomniac? I hope it is the prior, the latter makes working the next day tough.

You comment on membership using CUNY analysis seems to evade your true point. If I were you I would attack the issue in a more straight forward manner i.e. Thought the LDS church reports membership annualy, it is not capable of distinguihing between those who are active members and those who no longer participate in any church activity. Another option would be to more precisely identify who is being counted and who is not in the church's reporting. Regardless, I am against using old data in an attempt to disprove more current reporting. It unnecessarily weakens your critique. Storm Rider (talk) 09:11, 6 July 2006 (UTC)

I think crazy sleep habits and editing Wikipedia probably have a positive correlation. Keep in mind, too, I'm two hours ahead of you. I was just checking up on wikipedia to cool off after a few hours of the true addiction, starcraft. (Yes, I dropped reavers on one guy.)
Sorry CUNY hasn't managed to do their survey more often than once in eleven years (1990 and 2001), but it's relatively current, and relatively easy to compare directly with the Church's official stats from the same year - I couldn't find a Church cite for just U.S. membership in 2001, and they don't report membership that's only 18 and over, but I didn't want to get needlessly long in describing this one study. I also think some reference is better than saying just "not all of the Church's reported membership are active Latter-day Saints", and I think there's a compelling need to put some kind of actual informatation to that effect in the article - and since the Church doesn't report active membership numbers, I don't know of a source more current than this CUNY study that is also as authoritative and neutral. If you know of a more up-to-date, similarly authoritative source, then fantastic. Otherwise, what would you propose? - Reaverdrop (talk/nl/w:s) 09:23, 6 July 2006 (UTC)

Several things[edit]

Hi! I saw some of your comments on the article on Stephen Colbert's speech at the Dinner With A Really Really Long Name, and your name intrigued me (I was hoping to find a Firefly fan, since "Reaver" is used in the series to refer to the crazyass cannibals at the edge of the "'verse". Oh well, c'est la vie, eh?). Felt the need to comment on some things so here I am. :) Most of them are completely unrelated to the article that brought me to your userpage, though, heh.

1.) In regards to your philosophy... "The policy of absolutely open edits is typically justified by the assertion that the great majority of edits are constructive, and it lowers the entry barrier for new constructive editors. I happen to believe the ratio of constructive to worthless or negative edits could be sharply raised, and put the encyclopedic articles on a rate of growth sufficient to eventually overtake the cruft articles, by upping the entry barrier slightly - at least just by requiring registration, preferably registration tied to a unique IP address, or some other way of investing editors with accountability and reducing the ease of sock puppetry and block evasion."

Well, that's fine... except for the "preferably registration tied to a unique IP address" part. First off, some of us edit from more than one computer, and second, some of us edit from SHARED computers or computers on networks! For instance, I've edited from three different locales (home, work, and one of my local community college's own local networks), only two of which have IPs that couldn't possibly change, because the one at campus (where coincidentally, I have access to a decent library to help back up sources and cite things!), I've used half a dozen or more different computers (at least two different computers in the student lounge, one from the library proper, and several from the main lobby). Of note is the fact that I've recorded at least three different IP addresses based on these changing edit locations - and eventually, there might be at least one more, since my laptop has wireless capabilities, and other of the two campuses I take classes on has a free student-accessible wireless network, and that's assuming that I don't use the free wireless connection in the local Barnes & Noble as I'm very much inclined to do someday, or the wireless connection in any number of other local cafes, coffee shops and restaurants!

Of even more note is the fact that I got two different IP addresses even when logging into the same internet account. That's right; my family's place of business uses the same internet account as we use at home, and what's more, we use one of those annoying, cheap services that won't even let you log in to it on more than one computer at a time. And yet, lo and behold - two different IP addresses, because it's two different phone numbers!

I'd also like to note that while I made a handful of edits anon (mostly when I forgot to sign in or during the brief couple of months when I forgot my password), the vast majority of my edits have been signed-in. So would you prefer to punish hard-working Wikipedians who're willing to work from a number of different locales and computers, including and especially computers on library or college campus networks, or Wikipedians who have no internet access at home but are willing to work from library or college campus networks or from friends' or family members' computers where said friends or family may also have accounts (because "unique" means "no one else has it", after all), Wikipedians who're already signed-in anyway, simply because they do not work from "a unique IP address"? And in case you're thinking "people who do it when they're over at their friends' houses probably aren't serious about it", there's always the possibility that they're a "grammar nazi" who simply likes to correct grammatical mistakes and weird/bad phrasings on pages - which is still a perfectly good, perfectly valid contribution that can even make the difference between a Good article and a Featured article (since prose quality is included in the qualifications for Featured)!

Food for thought! :) (I don't exactly disagree on the "require it to be signed-in", though, since registration is already so bloody easy, and besides, that way it's easier to contact them about their edits and track their other edits and contact them about projects and pages they may be interested in chipping in on).

On some other, even more unrelated sidenotes:

  • Yay! A Daily Show/Colbert Report fan! :D Glad to see you starting so many pages, too!
  • WHOA! O_O That is one impressively long list of article creations! (I've only created three, and one narrowly escaped deletion, heh. Then again, I've been here only about six months, so that's perhaps to be expected)
  • I agree totally on the "NPOV should not extend to userpages". It's ridiculous that the button that puts you in the category "Unitarian Universalist Wikipedians" is actually marked "interested in" (I was only hoping to learn about it as per my general interest in religions; I'm not actually ONE of them. Yet the darn thing has no way of actually putting yourself in the category of "interested in", and has no way of denoting "belongs to", despite there being a category for it! WTH!? Makes no sense, no sense at ALL!). Additionally, I think we have a right to know stated biases - for instance, if somebody's staunchly Republican, that may or may not affect their judgement on articles related to Republican or Democratic issues and candidates. Similarly, if they're Republican, they presumably know a thing or two about the party, so they'd be a potential source of aide in creating articles that cover all major points of view, assuming they could also stay neutral. I just don't get why NPOV is being shoved onto userpages in that way. Or to be fair, it's only userbuttons, but still! Jeez!
  • Oh, and I was also wondering if, as a lawyer (you don't seem to specify what kind, although it IS 2:30 AM where I am, so I could have missed it, I suppose), and one interested in fiction at that, you might be willing to take a look at the "Legal issues" section of the Fan fiction article? It's one of the ones I've been working really hard on lately (well, not VERY lately, since I've been focusing a lot of my efforts elsewhere and on other articles, but you know), but I'm too scared to touch the "Legal issues" section, as I'm not even sure how to cite court cases. I know it needed work the last I saw it, though, because people kept saying things like "[unauthorized derivitive works are] totally legal [in Japan]", which is patently false (they're not "totally legal", but rather, tolerated, even in small profitable print runs, so long as they aren't published for really big profit or claimed as canon. The Japanese aren't particularly confrontational with each other, though, which is why that's the case). Again - I don't even know how to cite court cases properly, and in regards to fan fiction, it's pretty damn important! :)

Anyway, I need to go to bed now. See ya 'round. :) Runa27 07:23, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

Response - Reaverdrop (talk/nl/w:s) 00:52, 12 July 2006 (UTC)

Game Guides policy[edit]

You may have noticed that many articles have been nominated (and deleted, even without clear consensus) lately, on the theory that they were gamecruft or game guides. On Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Computer and video games#Recent video-game deletions, we are working to craft a policy about video game notability and what is and isn't encyclopedic. Your comments on Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/StarCraft units and structures, were very well reasoned, so I'm inviting your input. Thanks for your contribution. Ace of Sevens 01:50, 18 July 2006 (UTC)

Response - Reaverdrop (talk/nl/w:s) 23:49, 19 July 2006 (UTC)
Thanks, I've commented on your deletion review. I believe overall comparisons between units, structures is pretty well covered on the pages for the races right nw, htough that equivelancy chart didn't have an analog. I'll probably go weak keep if it comes up again. Ace of Sevens 23:55, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

How to sway the crowd[edit]

Hello. Thanks for letting me know about the deletion review, I'm always happy to have any of my adminstrative actions reviewed. Or bog-standard editorial ones for the matter. Rather than pore over the specifics of that particular nominstion, I'd like to offer some advice for handeling similar situations in the future.

And AfD is a complex hybrid of fact finding mission, debate, and beauty pagent (and we all know how ugly those can be.) The facts always have the highest priority, followed by the debate (usually about policy interpretation,) and finally the pure opinions.

Trying to change an opinon is a mug's game. If someone thinks something is "trivial" then there is probably no shifting them. For example, in this debate some quite good arguments were presented. The chess example was apt, but in the end people can still simply say "I don't care about that. Nominate it for AfD if you'd like." Because the process is often inconsistant, and precedents without a guideline supporting them are very weak.

But if in the midst of the nomination an article is re-written with multiple reliable sources, people tend to notice. If an article is trimmed down, fully cited, and the arguments are presented with clear concise reference to policy, people really notice. That's where the time is usually more effectivley spent, rather than discursion on the nomination page.

brenneman {L} 05:09, 20 July 2006 (UTC)
By the way, I'm a serial "Sneak in one Probe to build two Cannons then a Pylon and laugh as their Builders are annihilated."

Wayne Smith's linkspam names[edit]

This is the current list of domain names owned by Wayne Smith AKA Projectorion/UniverseToday/UniverseDaily/ etc ad nauseam

yowiehunter.com spaceforums.net spaceforums.org badastronomer.net universedaily.org badastronomer.org spaceonion.com space4peace.com badastronomer.com jeeperscreepers3.net universetoday.net robertzubrin.com spaceforums.info spacedaily.info universetoday.info nuclearspace.org universedaily.com jonathanbreck.com wikipedian.info universedaily.info everythingspace.com stephenhawkingsuniverse.com jerrypournelle.net alienlife.info wikipediac.net wikipediam.net wikipedial.net wikipediac.info wikipediam.info wikipedial.info sciforums.info carlsagan.info amateurspaceflight.com atomicrockets.com projectorion.org projectorion.net projectorion.info


BTW He is one of the vandals on the israel page:

projectorion.proboards28.com/index.cgi?board=wiki

BTW Part 2... That S.O.B appears to be using the handle that I typically use on the net: yales

to vandalize the pages. He often pretends to be me when he is pulling his moronic BS. Could you remove any references to "yales" and lock out the ID?

Tanks Mudge,

Yale

Gamecruft discussion[edit]

I've recently opened a discussion on Proto's talk page on how to deal with all of the recent game-related AFDs. I figured you might be interested, since I used your chess analogy as the reference. While I personally support the existence of most of the Chess pages along with descriptions of the notable units and mechanics of RTS games, I think the current debate is touching on a much wider issue, specifically the scope of the WP:NOT policy with regards to game content. I believe that if the debate is widened to a wider audience of disinterested editors, as would occur with a chess discussion, a more clear policy could be formulated. 129.61.46.16 14:47, 20 July 2006 (UTC)Josh

Linkspammer/Vandal Wayne Smith on the rampage[edit]

Wayne Smith AKA Projectorion/UniverseToday/UniverseDaily/Flying Fox etc is on a tear:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Contributions&target=202.137.162.250

Altho many of his sockpuppets have been blocked, he is posting via a new IP

projectorion.proboards28.com/index.cgi?board=wiki

yale

AfD Nomination: Tommy T. Rapisardi[edit]

Hello, and welcome to Wikipedia! We welcome and appreciate your contributions, but all Wikipedia articles must meet our criteria for inclusion (see What Wikipedia is not and Deletion policy). Since it does not seem to me that Tommy T. Rapisardi meets these criteria, I have started a discussion about whether this article should be kept or deleted.

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Colbert[edit]

Just wanted to say thanks for your work on Colbert's WHCD article, it's on Wikipedia's frontpage today :) --kizzle 21:37, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

Just wanted to drop a note to tell you hello, and hope things are goind well. Miss seeing you around the WP:LDS corner of wikipedia. Drop in sometime. -Visorstuff 01:07, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

A new truthiness graph[edit]

Hey Reaverdrop, I was wondering what technique you used to get the graph of the use of truthiness in blogs, and whether that technique could be used now to recenter the graph a little to show use a couple months, say December '05 to June '06. Let me know if that's feasible, or how I could crank one out if you're too busy. Cheers, JDoorjam Talk 05:22, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

- Go for it. - Reaverdrop (talk/nl/w:s) 20:36, 27 December 2006 (UTC)

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email[edit]

I've responded to your email. Look forward to our disucssion. -Visorstuff 21:34, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

The Church of Jesus Christ[edit]

I'm struggling to maintain the pre-discussion state of The Church of Jesus Christ, as you suggested be done on the talk page. Can you provide me with some back-up there as I seem to be the only one (apart from your previous comment) there who is intent on maintaining the status quo until a consensus can develop there, which clearly hasn't yet. Thanks. :) Rich Uncle Skeleton (talk) 01:07, 10 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for your contributions. I essentially agree with your position, but as I've seen taking an absolutist stand is not going to work in gaining a consensus, I've tried to propose some awkward compromises. They don't seem too keen on any of them. I suspect the only editors commenting are members of said church and are dead-set against any sort of compromise with their belief system. Classic WP:COI. The anon-IP thing looks suspicious to me, but I'm not going to push it. Do you have any suggestions about dealing with the thing? Should I just let it go, or should I press on with the compromise? If you are the only one who agrees to a compromise, can we push on and implement that or are we just stuck at a standstill if they won't budge? Rich Uncle Skeleton (talk) 23:40, 10 September 2007 (UTC)
Reply at User_talk:Rich_Uncle_Skeleton#Bickerton_.2F_LDS....3F - Reaverdrop (talk/nl) 23:49, 10 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks again for all your work and help. You're a bloody legend finding all those citations.

Incidentally, what I said to Visorstuff on his/her page I can just as well say to you too. Do you have any thoughts about how to deal with things like this or where this page should go from here? Moving the page, the meat puppet issue, etc.? Thanks Rich Uncle Skeleton (talk) 03:47, 11 September 2007 (UTC)

Facts[edit]

As you seem pretty apt to make the page better, which facts where you referring to that are relevant that are not covered, or as covered as should be. I could probably find some good sources (although probably not as many 3rd party) to cover these facts that you wish to see better coverage of. As it seems you don't know as much as I do on the organization (no offense intended) I would like to offer as much assistance as possible. I have a good library to draw from to help. Thanks JRN 16:03, 11 September 2007 (UTC)

Proposal to rename an article you started: Dura (linguistics)[edit]

Hello Reaverdrop. I suggest renaming the article: "Dura language" or "Dura languages" in keeping with the format of other language pages. What are your thoughts on this?Rosiestephenson 03:05, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

My reply - Reaverdrop (talk/nl) 08:58, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

regarding Protoss[edit]

what is it that you exactly need? The article looks normal, but it does need more references. Good friend100 00:15, 14 September 2007 (UTC)

My reply - Reaverdrop (talk/nl) 03:22, 14 September 2007 (UTC)
It surprises me that the article was nominated for deletion because this article is an integral part of Starcraft (which several editors failed to notice).
Is it that we need a "gameplay" section on the article? If so, there is much [7] here and more about protoss strategy at the official korean site [8]. If its the gameplay that we need, then I'm pretty ready. Good friend100 02:10, 15 September 2007 (UTC)

Linguistics and the Book of Mormon[edit]

I'm not entirely sure whether this is what's happened, but I think the nominator has simply refactored a long discussion into a "keep" propounded by another user. It looks ugly and confusing, and I may be utterly mistaken in thinking that, but that's why I'm avoiding closing it as a withdrawn nomination just at the moment. BigHaz - Schreit mich an 03:18, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

Protection image[edit]

Due to a technical problem, a lot of cached thumbnails got screwed up, purging fixes the problem, as it did in this case. Yonatan talk 03:20, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

protoss edit[edit]

wow, quick response and thank you for complimenting me

If you were waiting for my edits, I'm sorry. The last two weeks were quite busy and didn't hae time for any editing. Good friend100 22:17, 18 September 2007 (UTC)

Comment[edit]

Hm, you're on sabbatical. Well, in case you get this message anyway, could you comment on the merge proposal at Patriarch (Latter Day Saints)? It involves merging this article with Evangelist (Latter Day Saints). Thanks. Rich Uncle Skeleton (talk) —Preceding signed but undated comment was added at 03:28, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

reply - Reaverdrop (talk/nl) 03:51, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

Comment[edit]

Thanks for your comment on my page. I have been pleased with much of the progress as of late between most of the editors on the page. I hope it can continue JRN 13:02, 21 September 2007 (UTC)


Re:Trimming[edit]

Thanks a lot! I was going to put it up for a GAC (seeing the conversation on the talk page) but seeing all the OR in it, I thought trimming some of it out might help a bit with the article. The trmming will be going on for a litle while;I don't think I'm done yet.... (and yes, I've been trying to think of a different color scheme for my talk page b/c that one is so difficult to read, so I think I'll experiment a bit...) -Bella Swan 00:05, 22 September 2007 (UTC)

Much better; don't you think? Bella Swan 00:20, 22 September 2007 (UTC)
Excellent. Onward with the trimming then... -Bella Swan 00:58, 22 September 2007 (UTC)

Merge templates[edit]

The date syntax is: {{Merge|other arguments|date=August 2007}}, but if you leave the date off it will be added by a WP:BOT. Rich Farmbrough, 19:59 23 September 2007 (GMT).

Re:Space and survival[edit]

I deleted it because I didn't get any feedback. Thus I hope to proceed with the plan of making the Space and Survival content a part of the Space Advocacy page. I think it does not really stand on its own as a wiki article. Plus, there is more work to be done on the Space Advocacy article itself. Thanks for noticing! Would you like me to put up a notice on what I will be doing with Space and Survival? Sirstubby 17:27, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

WP:NPOV.[edit]

Done. Good luck resolving the edit war, let me know if I can help. · AndonicO Talk 20:07, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

reply - Reaverdrop (talk/nl) 20:10, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

StarCraft species.[edit]

I want you to take a look at this in-progress article, since you seem to be the only one really trying to work on the species articles. I've had this going for quite a while, this is aimed at merging all the StarCraft species into a single article, essentially killing four birds with one large stone:

  • Species: The playable races will have sections on gameplay (two are done already, adapted from the current versions), physiology and basic background information not contained elsewhere - ie, the history of the race. The Xel'Naga can only consist of race history at present.
  • Factions: Story progression is already covered in not only the game articles but also in the character articles, so it is not necessary to cover this in the species articles as it will only repeat information. This will incorporate the factions back in, keeping it to a description of the faction, how it works and what its role is in the series. These sections will be short and not contain much in the way of plot detail - as said, this is covered elsewhere.
  • Psionic technology: You put up a merge proposal on the psionic technology page, and I've thought the same for a long time. Therefore, there will be sections in the Terran and Protoss (as the Zerg don't really use it) for psionics, kept nice and brief and to the point: I don't expect more than a couple of paragraphs on key points for this.
  • Notability: There will be sections on the development of the species through the various betas and what-not, analysis of concept art and interviews. There will also be a section for reception of these concepts. In the same way that the characters article deals with the story of the game, this will deal with the gameplay. When I get round to doing the locations, that will focus on mapping and level design. In addition, there will be a section for merchandise and possibly something on competitive play. This way is superior (and easier, as much of the information available generalises for all the species, rather than just one) than attempting to do this for each individual race in separate articles as it allows notability to be established for the StarCraft species as a collective concept, and is also the only way to properly include the Xel'Naga. The current push forward with the species articles, balancing gameplay with lore, is not enough on its own under WP:FICTION to warrant inclusion.

I'd appreciate some help completing this, as its a long and grueling process to write an article from scratch with the objective of good article status - the characters article took around a month to create and bring up to an acceptable standard before it could be moved out (upon which it got given good article status within 48 hours :) ), and that was during the holidays whilst I didn't have anything better to do. The scope of this article is even wider and I'm no longer as free as I was in August. If you don't want to help, I'll just push along on my own with sporadic help from the Clawed One, although that will take even longer.

-- Sabre 14:05, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

Category nomination[edit]

I've nominated Category:The Church of Jesus Christ for renaming. See the discussion HERE. Rich Uncle Skeleton (talk) 03:27, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Truthiness - A Featured Article[edit]

Well done on your work on getting the article up to featured article status. ISD 11:37, 29 September 2007 (UTC)

Well done padawan[edit]

The force is strong with you in your victorious effort to get truthiness promoted... sorry I was too late to be of help. :) --kizzle 11:36, 1 October 2007 (UTC)


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Walker Lewis[edit]

Hi Reaverdrop,

You inserted a cleanup notice on Walker Lewis a few months back. I'm curious what your thoughts are now. Cheers, --Rojerts 20:55, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

?--Rojerts (talk) 05:04, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

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Article collaboration proposal at WikiProject Space Colonization[edit]

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Jack Dann Anthologies[edit]

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Spaceflight portals[edit]

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Stephen Colbert[edit]

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Hi! A request for your input[edit]

Per wp:CANVASSING, this is a neutrally worded notice being sent, without any type of "selection" bias, to everyone that edited fairly recently the MOS page about how to term the Latter Day Saints denominations on Wikipedia in the belief that your various and collective expertise or expertises, if that's a plural, can help us improve its wording, if possible. a bit. The most pertinent section is here. And the issue is to what degree the terms "Mormon church" and "LDS church" relate to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in specific, and to what kind of sourcing should be used to document this. Thanks, if you find time and the interest to look into the matter and offer your opinion or commentary.--Hodgson-Burnett's Secret Garden (talk) 23:25, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Jean-Luc De Meyer[edit]

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File:Edward stevenson.jpg[edit]

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While I would love to keep this image. You have not given enough information for the copyright status to be determined. Just being from the 19th century isn't enough. Per See 17 USC 302, "Works of unknown authors or where the author's death date is unknown are copyrighted until the shorter of 95 years since the first publication or 120 years since their creation". Since Stevenson died in 1987 the age of the photo is not over 120 years, unless you know when the image was take.

I would really like to keep this image, so if you know who the creator was, when it was published, or even when it was taken, I would love to work out this issue. If you don't know, it's ok, I have found a less "nice" image of Stevenson that can be used (as it was punished in 1901.--ARTEST4ECHO (talk/contribs) 17:13, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

He died in *1897*, not 1987, so that was a big waste. - Reaverdrop (talk/nl) 05:39, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

You are correct and I was in error, however, you need to ask the admin who deleted the image to restore it. Addationlly you may want to supply a source since someone else is going to come along an tag "no source" again.--ARTEST4ECHO (talk/contribs) 12:23, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

Re:Dutch-to-English[edit]

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I would be grateful if you could check quality of google translation (my understanding - National Bank of Belgium agreed to distribute images of the banknotes it has issued using the same rules as euro banknotes) - please reply on http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Deletion_requests/File:BEL-500f-rev.jpg Bulwersator (talk) 06:48, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

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Shen (programming language)[edit]

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