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Jerusalem as Israel's capital[edit]

I have replied at Talk:Knesset#Jerusalem as capital (the earlier discussion was a total mess). Number 57 14:48, 17 July 2007 (UTC)

One of your recent edit summaries in the article Knesset did not accurately describe your edit. Changes to the content of articles should be accurately described in the edit summary. Number 57 13:44, 15 August 2007 (UTC)
How was it inaccurate? Robert Ham 14:54, 15 August 2007 (UTC)
You claimed it was reverting vandalism, when in fact it is a NPOV issue. Number 57 08:16, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
Well, it was an anonymous edit, of a controversial issue, in contradiction to concensus on the talk page. I took that to be vanadlism. The most damning thing being the anonymity. Was I wrong? Robert Ham 08:24, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
Firstly there was no consensus for using West Jerusalem (you took my comments the wrong way) and secondly, you were wrong, it was still a misleading edit summary. Coming from an IP address does not damn an edit - there are many quality editors on wikipedia who use IP addresses rather than get an account. Number 57 08:43, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
OK, I acknowledge that damning an edit because of using an IP could be a little hasty. Perhaps I was over-zealous in my damning.
Regarding the consensus, I though we had one. There was a discussion of the issue, a solution was highlighted and implemented and no further discussion or objections ensued. That seems like a consensus to me, but that's just me; I'm a relative newbie on Wikipedia. What form does a consensus usually take? Robert Ham 10:05, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
I'm quite weary of the battles raging over numerous Israel/Palestinian related issues and I only get involved when there is a clear breach of fact (such as editors claiming that saying Gaza is not part of Israel is POV!), so with the Knesset thing being quite vague I couldn't be bothered to go on. From my supposedly "pro-Palestine" viewpoint (something I am regularly accused of based on the issue mentioned above) the Knesset is in Jerusalem and Jerusalem is Israel's capital. Even if it is West Jerusalem, unlike Berlin (East Berlin and West Berlin), I don't believe the city was ever referred to in that way, even when it was split (1949-1967). Number 57 10:22, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

I appreciate you have your views on the "Jerusalem"/"West Jerusalem" issue. I don't wish to debate that here. What I was much more concerned about is the issue of what constitutes a consensus and what form it takes when one is arrived at. What's the different between a talk page with no consensus, and a talk page with consensus? Robert Ham 11:27, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
Well I think you need more than two editors, but I guess it is a compromise on wording, or a completely new way of saying something so that no-one objects. Number 57 11:58, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
Please don't start this again. The part of Jerusalem which the Knesset is in is indisputably part of Israel. пﮟოьεԻ 57 08:18, 26 October 2007 (UTC)
So make the page reflect that, and not some wish that Jerusalem is wholly Israeli Robert Ham 08:21, 26 October 2007 (UTC)
See the first sentence of Jerusalem. If one article can state that, so can another. пﮟოьεԻ 57 08:31, 26 October 2007 (UTC)
The first sentence of Jerusalem is also WP:POV. In fact, a lot of that page is WP:POV due to WP:BIAS. Right now, the issue is the description on the Knesset page, not the Jerusalem page. Robert Ham 08:41, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

All talks with Peter Cohen and Timeshifter above[edit]

on the page, extended talk on this and the other categories. Amoruso 06:47, 16 August 2007 (UTC)


On Talk:Jerusalem, you have unindented your response to Tewfik. This is not necessary and makes the structure of the page erratic and messy, causing a lack of clarity and opening the door to confusion. Please don't do this. Robert Ham 09:34, 10 September 2007 (UTC)

I copied your above comment from my talk page. There are many talk pages where the habit is to alternate indented and unindented as a method of threading a discussion. I guess it depends on what one is used to. But I went ahead just now and indented my last response to Tewfik.
I use a large font. So at some point I have to unindent or the thread gets squeezed into a narrow column that takes too long to scroll through to read. This may not occur when using a smaller font than I use. Or it occurs after more indentation. My unindentation of my second-to-last response to Tewfik was necessary for me for this reason.
Please reply here. I will watchlist this page. This will keep this thread in one place.--Timeshifter 18:39, 10 September 2007 (UTC)
"Alternating" indenting is only useful when there are two people communicating. By definition, a talk page involves communication between more than two people.
If indentation gets to the point where you can't read things clearly, that in itself is an indication that you should start a new section. When you unindent and start from the beginning of the line, this is what you are effectively doing. Next time, if you feel the need, might I suggest you create a new section properly? Robert Ham 14:30, 11 September 2007 (UTC)
There would be dozens more sections, and it would be very confusing. It would create more problems than it would solve. But I get your point, and I will unindent less often. The unindentation is not confusing once you get used to it. Not to be flippant, but I have been on wikipedia a couple years, and I have many more edits than you on talk pages, and unindentation is very common on talk pages. --Timeshifter 22:13, 11 September 2007 (UTC)
The confusion would exist if they weren't separated out. If you have a section where instead of unindenting you create new sections, and as a result of this, many more sections are created, this is a good thing. If a section is that big and contains that much discussion, breaking it into separate issues would clarify them and help communication.
Regarding the common practice on Wikipedia, there are many things which are common practice and shouldn't be. Just because they have been done in the past and continue to be done in the present, doesn't mean they should be done in the future. Robert Ham 11:04, 12 September 2007 (UTC)
I agree that there is room for much improvement at wikipedia. :) More sections are a good thing, I agree. But oftentimes even in short sections there is a point reached where indentation is untenable. At that point people either completely unindent, or they alternate between levels of indentation. Note the current discussion at Talk:Jerusalem. For example; the discussion between you and Tewfik where you two alternate between levels of indentation. There is no perfect solution when several people are involved. --Timeshifter 16:19, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

Jerusalem maps[edit]

I have been compiling some external links to Jerusalem maps here: *Positions_on_Jerusalem#Jerusalem_maps

See also:

They may be useful in various discussions on article talk pages, etc.. I believe also that UN maps are in the public domain, and can be uploaded to the commons. I believe User:ChrisO negotiated that with the UN people. --Timeshifter 16:00, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

Michele Renouf[edit]

Hey. Just wanted to apologize for accidentally accusing you of 3RR. I didn't get much sleep the night before, so when I saw the string of reverts, I didn't read the dates on them as well as I should have, and just thought that they had been done back and forth over a few minutes, as I've seen happen around here all too many times. I need to pay attention more (and start sleeping more than 4 hours a night..) Anyway, sorry again. — HelloAnnyong [ t · c ] 20:24, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

S'cool Robert Ham (talk) 00:18, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

William T. Still[edit]

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renewal of the money masters debate[edit]

Hi, I just wanted to let you know I'm trying to drum up some support again for inclusion of the money masters, I dont know if you're still using wikipedia at all anymore, I know I certainly wont be contributing anymore if they don't even have the honesty to include a phenomena that has grown to the proportions that the money masters movie has. It's certainly only second to "money as debt" these days. and has been huge on youtube and google video for several years now. I hope you dont feel offended by me contacting you here. Anyway I'll just provide the link to the current ongoing debate:
- Sincerely Nunamiut (talk) 20:48, 30 May 2009 (UTC)

Relating to your question ([1])[edit]

Dear Robert, let me put it this way, in order to be perfectly clear. Ernst Zundel is a big fan of Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler was a big fan of killing Jews (his act of doing so was later called the Holocaust). Michèle Renouf is a big fan of Ernst Zundel because, not in spite of, him being a big fan of Adolf Hitler. Ernst Zundel is such a big fan of Adolf Hitler that he authored a book "The Hitler we loved and why". And he's such a big fan of the Holocaust and the denial of it in the same time (sounds crazy, I know - it *is* crazy) that he has been sentenced to prison in Germany, of all places, for gross incitement to racial hatred, among other things. The same things are true for another man called Horst Mahler. Love for Hitler, hatred for Jews, support from Renouf, prison. And for another man, Fredrick Toeben. And for David Irving too. Same same but never different. Cheers. --Insert coins (talk) 09:13, 12 July 2010 (UTC)

This is just rabid, superficial nonsense. Your arguments are ridiculous. Robert Ham (talk) 10:35, 12 July 2010 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Nexus (magazine)[edit]

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