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Grammar[edit]

Note: This is not a recent discussion; when you're reading this, it might be months or years old. However, I will keep it at the top of the talk page because I hope that 75.110.241.177 might come back and see it one day. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 16:56, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Previous discussion; already read by 75.110.241.177

Main discussion[edit]

This section has been moved to the bottom of the talk page and merged with an update created under a new heading. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 15:30, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

...Yes, the reason I edited the page was to "change the meaning of the words." I effectively did just that. Grammarians do not talk about modifying sentences, which you said I should have been doing. It is always words which are modified. Despite this, you found my edit wanting in some mysterious fashion. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.110.241.177 (talk) 14:33, 27 April 2018 (UTC)

(This specific message is probably about the following edit: [1] ) ~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:37, 28 April 2018 (UTC)
Before continuing to answer this question, it might be helpful to copy link to a possibly relevant discussion between you and another editor about a similar issue:
Talk:Gloria_Union#Japan_only Note by ToBeFree, 02:00, 11 May 2018 (UTC): I have removed the original quotes from this section, because I had a look at this conversation a week later, and directly quoting this discussion was not a nice thing to do. Both editors have been attacking each other, and it would be bad taste of me to actively mirror that in my talk page archive forever. I had originally quoted the messages from 16:11, 27 April 2018 (UTC) and 16:38, 27 April 2018 (UTC). Even when quoting the discussion here, taking that aggressive section out of its context is not a good idea.
This seems to be especially relevant because you declared yourself, literally, to be "Grammar police" "knocking" on other editors' "doors" to correct them. You do even "insist" native English speakers to "stop editing articles for grammar" because you say that they have a "very poor grasp of the English language".
The reason why I made this edit is that you have not simply fixed grammar errors. Instead, you have changed the meaning of the words without modifying the overall sentence, resulting in a logical error. This specific edit is not related to grammar, it is related to logic. If you believe this to be a grammatical correction, I am afraid that other editors' reactions to your other edits might not have been entirely made up out of thin air. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:37, 28 April 2018 (UTC)
Once again, you can't "modify a sentence" because no such thing is possible. You may as well speak of "modifying DNA to transform a human into an ape". That is the state of it. You must not edit Wikipedia for grammar if you are unaware of how grammar is to be constructed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.110.241.177 (talk) 14:00, 1 May 2018‎ (UTC)

Bad taste[edit]

Note by ToBeFree, 14:59, 1 May 2018 (UTC): This seems to be about User talk:ToBeFree#Grammar and User talk:75.110.241.177

I find it in bad taste for you to dredge up discussion that I've had with other people, and then make remarks about them on my talk page. Clearly this is something you're set on doing. When you remark that I said a user should stop editing, you are wrong. I said this user should stop editing for grammar. You PROBABLY should know better than this, but English may be a barrier here, because you admit on your page that you speak only "advanced" English, and not near-perfect or professional (the other categories). In any case, if you think that you have the right to correct me in the fashion that you have, then you are mistaken. You are not a moderator here.— Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.110.241.177 (talk) 14:55, 1 May 2018‎ (UTC)

Please sign your posts: "~~~~" ~ ToBeFree (talk) 14:59, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
I hope I was able to address the quote problems pointed out by you. See diff. Face-smile.svg ~ ToBeFree (talk) 15:25, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

Main discussion, continued[edit]

This does not seem to actually answer the problem; I'll try to explain it differently.
before your edit after your edit
considered to be "German" considered at the time to be not fully German
You say that this is a grammatical correction. This might be the case if the quotation marks around the word "German" are actually meant to say "not fully German". I do not believe this to be the intention behind these quotation marks. The quotation marks, in this sentence, are not implying incompleteness; they are used to quote a word. If you do not like this usage of the quotation marks, a grammatical fix would look like this:
before your edit after your edit
considered to be "German" considered to be German
Any other change can not be justified by grammar. It adds your personal interpretation to the article; it changes the meaning of the sentence, and you did so without providing a source. This, and only this, is why I have undone the edit. I have received a "Thank You" from another experienced editor* for this edit some hours later. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 17:05, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
*Clarification for later readers: I am not talking about Khajidha here, who has joined the discussion afterwards. The "Thank You" has been sent by an uninvolved editor who likely had the article on their watchlist. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 23:18, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
Hello, here is the quoted sentence from the article. It hints and suggests that some of the people weren't German enough, due to them not using the full black-red-gold colors. The Frankfurt Parliament had declared the black-red-gold as the official colours of the German Confederation, with the red in the tricolour most likely referencing the Hanseatic League, and the gold and black symbolizing Austria as its empire, considered to be "German", had an influence over (what would become) southern Germany. The person who wrote it (not sure who it was) probably thought "gosh, Austria isn't Germany, I should point out this fact" but he or she was not able to do it appropriately. As far as his or her view goes, I cannot defend a prejudiced view. I only know to correct the grammar where I see it lacking. It may require a citation needed tag. --75.110.241.177 (talk) 18:42, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
For someone who claims to be a part of the "grammar police" and to have studied grammar, you have the most abysmal understanding of it. User:ToBeFree has explained it perfectly to you in the above post. The sentence you quoted means that the reason Austria used the gold and black was that they were German. German in the cultural and linguistic sense and not in the sense of a German nationality or citizenship. The quotation marks around German are to indicate that it is to be understood in that sense of "German, but not of Germany". It's another way of saying "ethnic German". And yes, you can modify a sentence. I have NO idea where you got that particular dictum of yours from. --Khajidha (talk) 19:22, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
Wait, let's not resort to attacks again. Since the last few hours, I'm researching about this, reading a lot about the historical circumstances and refreshing what we learned in our history school classes. From what I have read so far, simply removing the quotation marks is indeed a valid correction, and - whether the author has meant that or not - it is relatively likely that Austria has actually been considered to be German in this regard. Your point about it having been viewed as "ethnic German" is especially nice, because this might really be what it means, and I lacked the words to describe this. Please, at the very least on my own talk page, edit the source of this page and add <s> at the beginning of your previous message. Then add </s> after the first period, before "User:ToBeFree". Alternatively, you can re-word the sentence to be less aggressive. The rest of your statement seems to be very valid, and I thank you for taking the time to explain what I would have required more research for. Face-smile.svg ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:32, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
Oh, and yes, a Citation Needed tag might be good to have there! The whole discussion might not have been needed if there had been a valid reference clarifying the meaning. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:38, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
I am a part of the grammar police. There's no need to put it in quotes, dubiously, and darkly, as the person who wrote German on the page did. You can see, from this, that indeed the purpose is to make the word German seem reprehensible, disreputable, and questionable. For all that he proved my point indirectly, you can safely ignore Khajidha. He is a resident troll on this website. --75.110.241.177 (talk) 20:13, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
All of this is your personal interpretation, which I do not share. I have added a "citation needed" tag, as you had nicely suggested, and will completely remove the relevant sentence if no reliable citation is added in the next few weeks. Please do not personally attack other editors, and remove the last two sentences from your latest message on my talk page. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 23:08, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
You're free to be wrong about grammar, but you should not edit any pages for grammar. Thanks for nothing. --75.110.241.177 (talk) 10:01, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

Looking at this one month later[edit]

I'm sorry for my initial hostile reaction. I have been clearly uncivil here, and I should not have let this incident stress me out. I had originally quoted a personal attack towards you, which is definitely not okay, and I had even originally marked it in bold to emphasize which part of the quoted discussion I considered to be "relevant". Before you had read the text (I hope), I quickly removed the bold text from the quote and reworded it to be less aggressive. I have also added an explanation of my edit on this occassion -- something I should have done as the very first thing, and in a much more polite way.

About two weeks later, I decided to remove the insulting quote from my talk page. Especially as I had complained about personal attacks between you and Khajidha in the discussion, my quote casted an embarrassingly bad light on the otherwise very friendly atmosphere I'm trying to establish here. That was a good first step, I think, but I feel that it has not been enough.

I have noticed that you have not edited since this discussion, and that your last edit has been made one month ago to my talk page. This is worrying me, because I might have discouraged a well-intending user from editing, something which I had ironically been complaining about to you above. I hope that the sudden stop of editing from your IP address, 75.110.241.177, has only been caused by a change of IP address, or by registration of a username.

Today, I would like to invite you to give Wikipedia, a huge project that can only continue to exist because of contributions like yours, a second chance. Specifically, I sincerly hope that you would like to give me, personally, a second chance as well. I'm sorry for having been rude in our discussion, and I will honestly do my best to prevent something like this from happening ever again.

If you would like to come back, please take one of these cookies:

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They're still warm while you're reading this. No matter when you're reading this. They'll be waiting here, they will not be archived, and it would make me happy to hear from you again whenever you see this message. I sadly can't reach you via e-mail by leaving a message on your talk page, but maybe you're still reading Wikipedia as 75.110.241.177, and maybe you'll be looking at my talk page one day again. When you do, please let me know, even if you choose to refuse my apology. I know that I have messed up. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 23:56, 1 June 2018 (UTC)

Original title: "This is insane."[edit]

This had originally deleted by a friendly talk-page watcher. I am thankful for every second that other people help me to save for answering serious requests, and removing personal attacks is very welcome. Especially requesting revision-deletion of severe attacks is definitely very helpful. However, I do respond even to requests that other people might consider to be silly or lacking even the most basic competence that is required for editing Wikipedia. Unless someone personally attacks specific editors or sends a message that can not be normally replied to, I often prefer to keep these messages.
In this specific case, the user who sent the message has later been blocked for allegedly being either "competence challenged" or "intentionally trolling us all". See the block log for reference.
Blocking someone for an alleged lack of competence is perhaps the most problematic and controversial type of blocking to do. I personally would avoid ever doing this. There are experienced administrators who are willing to do this, and they do a good job, but this specific type of block is extremely problematic in my eyes. Blocking someone based solely on the "Competence is required" essay (!) will always be controversial, and enforcing such a block retroactively is definitely not something I will do on my talk page.
In a nutshell, thank you very much, and do feel free to continue helping, but this specific message really has a right to stay. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:09, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

You were very helpful, but some people are not. I'm about to be blocked for that nomination after users that have JUST WP:BULLY'd me complained and lied about arbitrary things. See my thread and my rebuttals on ANI titled: "I'm being accused of being a vandal". Three admins are now in the process of blocking me and refusing to give reasons. After posting this post, look what this user did on ANI after that. (Sorry, the ANI link is not working). I even have a new WP:MENTOR that recently said I'm WP:HERE. Oh well. Like I said, this started spiraling downhill after I said I watch Fox News. After just saying that too on that admin's page, they've now changed their mind and is now also blocking me instead of defending me. I am upset and think I will soon just get rid of my account and leave. I would like to report this incident to the bureaucrats that run WP, but I'm not sure where to go. I'll be looking around for that. -GDP 09:22, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

@GDP Growth: Oh my. Emoji u1f615.svg
Thank you very much for your message. At the moment, I see that you have been blocked and can not reply here. For a moment, I have considered offering to copy messages from your talk page to mine, but that could be interpreted as "proxying" per WP:PROXYING or block evasion per WP:BLOCKEVASION. I might consider to merge and move the whole conversation to my talk page archive in the future. That would probably be okay. So, at the moment, if you would like to reply to this message, simply do so on your talk page. I will add a new section to your talk page, labelled "Talkback" or something like that. You can simply respond below the notification on your talk page. I will respond there as well, so we have the discussion in one place.
About the block
Just to make this clear, although it hopefully is already: I am not an administrator, and even if I was, I could not remove this block. There are very strict policies about unblocking users, especially about undoing other administrators' actions. If you would like to read more about the "rules" administrators need to adhere to, feel free to have a look at Wikipedia:Blocking_policy#Unblocking.
To be unblocked, in your specific case, I would personally suggest:
  • Taking a break for at least two weeks, if not a month or two. I am being serious: You will likely need some distance, and many nights to sleep over this. One thing that I can guarantee is: It will not hurt, it can only get better, the longer you wait. If you instinctively disagree with my previous sentence, you likely need to wait at least half a year.
  • I personally would use the time to read a book, whatever is interesting. Any book will do. Absolutely no idea? I have two suggestions from my personal bookshelf:
  • Tao Te Ching, a small, cheap, short book that will however take months to understand, and that is very likely available in any language you like, and
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People, a big, long book full of wonderful stories, also available in multiple languages.
Both are not completely unrelated to the whole case, I would personally say. Please do not mistake the title of the second book. It refers to "Friends" and "People", but that is not my point! I mean the Wikipedia community. It works!
All the time that you normally spent on Wikipedia, could instead be spent reading. Of course, you could also do anything else, but reading a printed book and not using the computer in the same time has proven to do wonders for me. After that, I would recommend
  • Reading the established guideline at Wikipedia:Appealing a block, and
  • Reading the following useful essay, which is much more detailled: Wikipedia:Guide to appealing blocks
  • Why stop there? It can be very useful to know the policy the administrators are using as well: Wikipedia:Blocking policy
  • Agreeing to a topic ban, per WP:TBAN, with whatever scope the community recommends. If they ask you to stop editing a specific area, the best idea is probably actually taking this advice. This can be a very useful way of regaining the ability to participate everywhere else. Wikipedia is sooooo large! Face-smile.svg
About "bullying"
Please always be careful about the difference between policies, guidelines and essays. WP:BULLY is an essay, although it is not marked as such as clearly as some other essays. The important part is the following message at the top: "This page is not one of Wikipedia's policies or guidelines, as it has not been thoroughly vetted by the community."
That said, of course, WP:BULLY is a useful essay. It would just be wrong to quote it like a policy, especially when asking for administrative action against someone who has not adhered to it. The policy you might be looking for is Wikipedia:Civility.
One problem, apparently, with the ANI request was exactly the topic: "I'm being accused of being a vandal" (archive link, permanent link). This apparently has not actually happened.
About taking advice
From what I have seen so far, I would sincerly recommend taking any advice that User:Softlavender has given to you so far, and taking any further advice they give. Together with my above message, I would be surprised if you really need to "leave" forever.
About "leaving"?
One note about leaving should be made here: If you actually decide to do (I do not hope so! Please stay), there is one thing that you may never do: Coming back with a different account while being blocked. If you decide to leave, and after a few years decide to come back, you must do so using your old account. If you lost access, you must try regaining it; if this fails, you must immediately explain the situation, and create a link to your old account, as soon as you register a new account. You must make very clear that you have read and understand the WP:SOCK policy, if you ever use a new account while being blocked with an old account.
You may take all time you wish. You may appeal the block in a few days, but I do not recommend this. You may come back in many years, but that would be overkill. I have suggested a more reasonable timespan above ("taking a break"). The only thing that would permanently ruin all hope is evading the block. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 20:25, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

A cup of coffee for you![edit]

Cup-o-coffee-simple.svg Hi. Long time no see. Abelmoschus Esculentus 16:10, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
Hey Abelmoschus Esculentus! Emoji u263a.svg Nice to see you again, and thank you very much for the coffee.
I have seen what has happened, please do not let this get you down. I know that we will meet on the Huggle IRC channel again, perhaps in a few months. You may ping me in your request if you'd like to request a second non-admin opinion. You might like to write something like {{u|ToBeFree}}: Per [[User talk:ToBeFree#Coffee by Abelmoschus Esculentus]] you stated that you might like to add a non-admin comment here. ~~~~" below your request. The ping will only work if added together with a signature; you may want to enable "successful" and "failed" mention notifications in your preferences to get notified of this. I have noticed that this is very useful for me.
I like your new signature! In my opinion, having good text in front of the signature renders all HTML formatting superfluous. Also, I prefer people to recognize me by my username, not the formatting of my signature. Personally, I'd even recommend removing the bold formatting from it and restoring a clearly visible "talk" link that new users will intuitively understand.
I am currently relatively "inactive" compared to my normal activity; this will change at December 1. I'm currently doing a full-time internship at a company located 1.5 hours of public transport time away from me. That's 8+1.5+1.5=11 hours a workday, if the trains arrive on schedule. And because that's not enough work yet, I parallelly need to prepare the "final talk" for my bachelor thesis. Emoji u1f610.svg
Have a nice day! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:02, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
I may request it next month. However, I afraid that it would be canvassing. I may request admins like Oshwah or Mz7 to review my edits before I apply. But if you still want to nominate me yourself, go ahead Face-wink.svg
Actually I don't like this black bold font. I like green (and dark blue), but I don't know which color matches best with it (pure green looks weird). Do you have any suggestions? Abelmoschus Esculentus 03:59, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
PS you may take a look at my user page. If the user wants to leave a message but they clicked into my user page, they should see the hatnote :) Abelmoschus Esculentus 04:08, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
Abelmoschus Esculentus I guess when asking a specific administrator, they might grant the right on personal request, skipping WP:PERM. I personally don't really like this and think it should be done centrally and transparently at WP:PERM, to avoid "asking the other parent" in a dispute with one specific administrator, especially after having been denied at the last, relatively recent, request. When asking them, I personally would recommend making very clear that you're asking only for advice to go to WP:PERM afterwards, and that you do not want the right to be directly assigned by the specific administrator. But that's just my subjective gut feeling.
Nomination by me directly, oh! That's an interesting idea, I really didn't think about this before. I believe that when I do this, it will likely be granted. But that's not because I'm ToBeFree; that's because I would only request it when I am certain that it would be granted.
Okay, here's my offer, but you may not like it. Face-wink.svg I will do this; I will nominate you for rollback if you don't do it. I will do this, even if you do not remind or ask me. This is now on my to-do list, and this section will not be archived until you have rollback. But I will only do it after December 1, and I have a few requirements:
  • Relatively recently, Special:Diff/864618610 happened. That's okay. The problem is that it has not been undone by you, but except -- of all the people -- by Serial Number 54129, who has been criticizing you (scolding harshly, in my opinion, but not without justification) about exactly this issue here and here before. This is a nightmare. They have used a friendly edit summary when reverting you, but I guess they might even voice their opposal at WP:PERM if you requested rollback there now. For this reason, incidents like this specific one should be at least one month away from any nomination that I can make with good conscience.
  • When this happens, shit happens. It's not as if I have not been criticized for bad rollbacks before. I do notice a difference, though, and that is choosing to apologize with a good, understandable explanation why it happened, and implying that if it happens ever again, it will be a rare mistake among thousands of good edits again. Sadly, you do not seem to have taken this chance, at Special:PermanentLink/864782865#Butia_eriospatha. This would have been the perfect chance for a good explanation -- please take the time to provide one if it happens again.
  • Obviously, avoiding errors by stopping to edit will not help with getting the request granted either, so this will be a point you like: Please continue what you are doing. You are doing a really good job, I can only repeat: Do not let this get you down. Dedication and patience are nearly the two only things required to reach almost any goal. When the goal is very high, the amount of required "dedication" may rise to unhealthy levels, and one lifetime may turn out to be too short for extreme goals, but the point is still valid: Dedication and patience will break any wall. Look at the stone steps in front of old churches and realize that they have been formed by human feet.
About your user page, because of the amount of colorful, large images and tables, I believe that a new user who does not know where to look exactly will probably not see the notice at all. A "talk" link in the signature would definitely be easier to see and understand. There has been at least one user repeatedly editing my user page instead of my talk page, in good faith, actively looking for a better way to add a message before. And I did already have the large green button on my talk page, but it did not help, because they did not find my talk page in the first place. This happens.
About signature color, hm. You can not even be 100% certain that the page background is white. All you know is: Plain links will be displayed in a way that is meaningful to the user. Even when they're blind and using screen reading tools. Plain text, and plain links, will work for 100% of the internet users. For all browsers. Even for school project self-created browsers. Even if they do not understand CSS at all. Even for terminal browsers like lynx (note the black background). The best tip, ever, for accessibility and compatibility, when it comes to signatures, is to uncheck the "wiki markup" checkbox in your signature settings. So much about accessibility and compatibility. About fanciness, ask Oshwah instead. Emoji u1f605.svg
PS: Or copy the background CSS at the top of my dashboard, the mountains and the river. Now that's a fancy signature background, but the syntax is too long.
~ ToBeFree (talk) 05:13, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for your precious opinion, TBF. Yeah that was my mistake, I should have apologized (Well, if you check my talk archives, they are 50% of apologies, especially the first 5 archives Face-smile.svg). After a revocation of rollback, admins will certainly be much harsh. It was not easy to be perfect, you know. That's why you see me only making about 10 reverts a day. I think I'll keep this signature for a while. Happy reverting :) Abelmoschus Esculentus 05:30, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
This is so freaking cringey Abelmoschus Esculentus 05:33, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, you're welcome. :) Yeah, I see what you mean -- but I think this is a good way to deal with it. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 20:15, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-46[edit]

19:22, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

Special:Diff/868532788[edit]

Hello, Bonsaiburglar here regarding Special:Diff/868532788, I'd love to get it all cleared up! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bonsaiburglar (talkcontribs) 20:21, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

Hi Bonsaiburglar, nice to meet you. Face-smile.svg
If you have been editing as "198.179.137.230" before, please read the following page before continuing to edit:
If I am mistaken – you are not being directly or indirectly compensated for your edits – please state that on your talk page, at User talk:Bonsaiburglar. Otherwise, please provide the required disclosure, on your user page, at User:Bonsaiburglar. Thank you. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 20:26, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-47[edit]

23:28, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

ArbCom 2018 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, ToBeFree. Voting in the 2018 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 3 December. All users who registered an account before Sunday, 28 October 2018, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Thursday, 1 November 2018 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

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

If you wish to participate in the 2018 election, please review the candidates and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:42, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

 Done ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:01, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Help needed for Halik edits[edit]

Hi I’m Pipamidalton and need your help with controlling vandal edits on this page. This television series is trending, attracting several editors that use this Wikipedia article to vandalize the work done by other good faith editors. These unknown users edit such as changing descriptions using derogatory words. I’ve tried to contact the iserID’s involved but I get no response. Can you tag to restrict editing for extended confirm users and higher level editors only? Thank you Pipamidalton (talk)

{{admin help}} currently busy, can't take action. Will respond later. Please verify if this requires urgent action and remove the admin help tag afterwards, thanks ~ ToBeFree (talk) 13:38, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

Hi Pipamidalton, I have responded at Talk:Halik_(TV_series)#Consistent_Vandalism. For the record, here is my response, without the pings:
Hi Pipamidalton and Jusgtr. Face-smile.svg Page protection can be requested at Wikipedia:Requests for page protection. You may like to click here and add the following text to the bottom of the page's source code:
=== [[Halik_(TV_series)]] ===
* {{pagelinks|Halik_(TV_series)}}
'''Semi-protection:''' High level of IP vandalism. ~~~~
Thank you very much for all your work and the time invested to deal with vandalism. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:41, 25 November 2018 (UTC)
If you would like to respond to this message, please do so at Talk:Halik_(TV_series)#Consistent_Vandalism. Have a nice day! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:50, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

 Resolved per Special:Diff/870520931, Special:Diff/870522482 and the protection log. Thank you for the report. Face-smile.svg ~ ToBeFree (talk) 23:55, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-48[edit]

22:22, 26 November 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 1 December 2018[edit]

Tech News: 2018-49[edit]

16:12, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

An award for you[edit]

User researcher barnstar.png Exploration of the Unknown
I hereby award you the Exploration of the Unknown award! You are being recognized for your courage and willingness to test a feature, gadget, or tool in development and for the constructive feedback you provided.

Hey ToBeFree, thank you for your constructive feedback on the latest design prototype from the Advanced Mobile Contributions project. Your collaboration is appreciated. We'll have more project updates soon so stay tuned : ) AHollender (WMF) (talk) 21:44, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
(my feedback can be found at mw:Reading/Web/Advanced_mobile_contributions/Navigation_prototype_feedback#ToBeFree)
AHollender (WMF): Thank you very much for your work on this amazing new mobile design project, and thank you very much for the beautiful award! Face-smile.svg ~ ToBeFree (talk) 22:22, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Your resume[edit]

I believe you have to stopppp editing my pages I am a Harvard dropout and I think i'm more intellecct than you.Im only trying to be helpful to your original resume it generally identify as a Binary Red dwarf star and I find offensive that you are telling people to like at my home.Rigel is also very offended with your resume. Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pocoyoy su amigo elfante (talkcontribs) 10:35, 4 December 2018 (UTC)

Rigel? Oh. Greetings from NGC 6188 Sector NN-T c3-5 A 6. ☺️ ~ ToBeFree (talk) 12:16, 4 December 2018 (UTC)

Confused[edit]

Please explain how my last edit was biased....

Thanks!

Eric — Preceding unsigned comment added by 195.220.58.237 (talkcontribs) 11:56, 2018-12-06 (UTC)

Hi Eric, nice to meet you.
First, I'd like to note that factual, neutral corrections are very welcome, although they must be made with great care. For more information about this, please see:
About your specific edit, Special:Diff/872286145, you would need to provide reliable, independent sources that call CarbFix a "proven, safe, and cost effective method", and include them as citations in your edit, if you would like to add this specific text again. Please take a moment to review the following guideline before continuing to edit:
Thank you very much for your time and understanding.
Best regards,
~ ToBeFree (talk) 12:10, 6 December 2018 (UTC)

This is a bit shocking.

I am a Professor at University College London, and The University of Iceland, and the CNRS in Toulouse France. CarbFix is a research program that I co-run. As an academic and scientist I am neutral and factual, this is my career. If I do not edit this page any number of misunderstandings and misinformations will occur.

How do you suggest I maintain the accuracy of this page without the right to edit?

Eric — Preceding unsigned comment added by 195.220.58.237 (talk) 13:26, 6 December 2018 (UTC)

Hi Eric,
Thank you very much for the explanation and the added source. I was hoping that per the FAQ and the guideline, you might choose to place these on the article's talk page instead of directly making the edit, but I can hardly blame anyone else than me for offering "if you would like to add this specific text again."
I will hopefully be able to access the linked source later to see if this is an accurate citation, but I assume that it is. I hope that it is an independent source; that's harder for me to verify. I am also unsure if this is sufficient justification to add promotional speech to the lead of the article.
Please rest assured that I will not undo the contribution again. I will instead create a discussion at Talk:CarbFix, which you are very welcome to join. Wikipedia offers a nice way to request a third opinion if needed, at WP:3O. Maybe we can use that if needed. Thank you very much. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 14:36, 6 December 2018 (UTC)
 You are invited to join the discussion at Talk:CarbFix#Neutrality of the lead section. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 14:52, 6 December 2018 (UTC)
Striking the "please rest assured" part after discovering a misinterpretation of the word "independent" so strong that it is uncontroversial to remove the statement from the article. See Special:Diff/872618538 and Talk:CarbFix#Neutrality of the lead section. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 03:52, 8 December 2018 (UTC)