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Victor[edit]

if you put something, anything, on your user page, then your name will appear as a blue link rather than as a red link. This gives you about 17% more credibility as an editor, which you might need if you start editing in controversial articles. Einar aka Carptrash (talk) 21:30, 1 July 2012 (UTC)

and you just did (opinion) improve it. Carptrash (talk) 23:05, 1 July 2012 (UTC)

Don't forget to sign your messages with four (4) of these ~ Carptrash (talk) 23:15, 1 July 2012 (UTC)

life is good. Carptrash (talk) 23:16, 1 July 2012 (UTC)

United States of America move debate--Thank you very much![edit]

Thank you for all your efforts above, and your arguments are more than valid; they are Earth-shatteringly compelling.

The Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Treaty of Paris are all good examples, but I should point out that the country's Constitution also very clearly establishes the name as "United States of America," at the end of the Preamble. Later Articles also reference simply United States, but when reading the Constitution all the way from cover to cover it is fairly clear that United States is merely a shortened form, with the formal name having been established in the Preamble and therefore being redundant to mention repeatedly (not entirely unlike how a man named William introduces himself as William, and then when you get to know him you can often call him Will; except in the case of the USA that is happening within the text of country's Constitution as you continue reading it).

Furthermore, having studied the Constitution in some detail myself, one could also interpret that "United States of America" is the name of the country while just "United States" is a term to distinguish the country from the "Several States" which are its provinces (this is the origin of why provinces of the USA are called states, because they are referred to as the "Several States" in the Constitution); in other words, the shortened form is just how the Constitution clarifies the differences between national and regional powers.

Either way, United States of America is the Constitutional name, adding 1 more supporting document to those you already mentioned.

Once again, thank you for the compelling arguments for the move that you posted earlier! The Mysterious El Willstro (talk) 06:27, 13 July 2012 (UTC)

A cheeseburger for you![edit]

Cheeseburger.png For your valiant effort at the United States -> United States of America move debate. The former is like nails on a chalkboard to my ears in its context as an article's title. Zujua (talk) 04:39, 8 August 2012 (UTC)
Tasty and appropriately American. Thanks! VictorD7 (talk) 05:09, 8 August 2012 (UTC)

"Controversial" at US article[edit]

...and I can see from your Edit summaries that you are the kind of editor that makes the rest of the world think that Americans are ignorant, arrogant, US-centric pricks. Can you see the difference between a war with global impact, and an internal US matter where the Republicans are at a real extreme by global standards. This is a GLOBAL encyclopaedia, not one just about America. HiLo48 (talk) 09:12, 13 October 2012 (UTC)

Yawn. You failed to point out anything I said that was "arrogant", "ignorant", or wrong. Your argument is that "pov" in the form of qualifying a policy as "controversial" should be inserted if a controversy is international, but not if the controversy is domestic, even if it's the United States page? Do you realize how moronic and laughably biased that is? What you really mean is that you want to label policies you dislike "controversial" while reverting that label for ones you like. Oh, and you labeled most Americans "nuts". Much of "the world" (which you've preposterously appointed yourself spokesman for) didn't approve of Americans establishing a constitutional republic on a planet of monarchies in the 18th Century. I'm glad we don't always go with the flow. You're a bigoted halfwit, and I've encountered plenty like you before. Nothing new or interesting about you. VictorD7 (talk) 10:41, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for your perspective. 95% of the globe's population are not Americans, and this is a global encyclopaedia. Maybe that will help you understand mine. HiLo48 (talk) 22:03, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
An ever greater percentage aren't Australians. You don't seem to have a point. Pov is pov, and controversy is controversy.VictorD7 (talk) 00:26, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
LOL. I can see there's no point making further effort towards rational conversation. It just ain't gonna happen here. Good luck with the bullying. HiLo48 (talk) 01:55, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
You have yet to exhibit any rationality in this exchange. I made specific, valid points you failed to even try to respond to. If you ever get that anti-American chip off your shoulder long enough to have a bout of lucidity, feel free to try and explain why you feel it's ok to insert what you called "pov" into international controversies but not domestic ones over internal policy. VictorD7 (talk) 02:54, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
HiLo is one to talk about "bullying"! Every single comment he made resorted to ad hominem!TheTimesAreAChanging (talk) 22:32, 14 October 2012 (UTC)

I'm very sorry, but I had an edit conflict with your revert of my US economy statistics update[edit]

Hi Victor, I didn't know what to do just now. Please see Talk:United States#Edit conflict, issue with "45000" figure?. Can you please delete just the portion you disagree with and we can go from there? I updated at least a dozen statistics. I can't find any mention of "45000" so I really can't tell what you are objecting to. EllenCT (talk) 20:45, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Hi, Ellen. I replied with a more in depth explanation to the Talk Page section you created. VictorD7 (talk) 21:23, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you[edit]

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For keeping your cool in the discussion at Talk:United States#Heritage Foundation section break, I present to you this barnstar. May you continue your factual based positions and being civil in heated discussions in the future. RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 23:31, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

America redirect discussion[edit]

Hello. I noticed that the America ---> United States ; and America --move--> America (disambiguation) was closed with no consensus. Yet, I see the discussion continues. Was the "closed" discussion reopened? I am asking here because this might be off topic over at the discussion. Also, I already posted a "support" entry and I don't want add another if this entry is still valid. In addition, I appreciate and agree with the evidence you present. ---- Steve Quinn (talk) 02:51, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Hi, Steve. An admin closed the discussion to allow a test to be administered, the details of which can be found on the talk page. About halfway through it became clear there was likely manipulation going on, or at least that the results were unreliable, so the test was effectively ended and the discussion reopened for (I guess) another week with the full explanation here in the white box to the right. While the admin did say there was temporarily no consensus, he also indicated that the rationales offered by the move opponents were invalid, and that conclusive USA usage primacy had been demonstrated, so I guess we'll see. There's no need for another vote right now, but you're certainly welcome to participate in the discussion over various rationales as others are. Thanks for your support and interest. VictorD7 (talk) 03:16, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

the difference is[edit]

I made my comments then removed them because I immediately regretted them, either because they were off topic or they were insulting or perhaps they were wrong or I just didn't want to get into a fight.

So why did you do it? --Golbez (talk) 21:38, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

I've noticed you exhibit a pattern of this behavior over time in arguments with various posters--getting a shot in and then self deleting it a little later, with the knowledge that it will still be visible in the history, as though self deletion alone makes it alright. If you're sincere about being hotheaded and later regretting your comments, then I'd suggest you do a better job restraining yourself before posting. Take your time. Always click "preview" first. Sit and think about it a while. Etc.. You also might want to ask yourself why you get upset enough to post stuff like that in the first place. VictorD7 (talk) 21:48, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

Tax Charts[edit]

I tend to agree with your comments regarding the graph changes here and here, but they were reverted by User:Lance_Friedman stating "restored sourced material". So perhaps you could add a reference to the material and try again. Morphh (talk) 04:13, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, Morphh. Done and done. I linked to the chart origin and the underlying TPC numbers source. Though I wouldn't be surprised if Lance simply reverted again, in which case I'll take it to the Talk Pages, but in the past he's proved impervious to facts and reason, so it would help if another editor was willing to undo his reverts. VictorD7 (talk) 18:06, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

there were several edits made[edit]

to the United States article earlier (an hour or two) ago that I tried to undo, but because of the slowness of my system (about 4 or 5 minutes per "click" on an article the size of the US's) am not sure that I succeesed. Because I trust you and figure you can check it quickly. They were both by unregistered editors, both, I believe, in the Military section. Thanks, Einar aka Carptrash (talk) 23:52, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

Looks like they've been reverted, but thanks for the heads up. VictorD7 (talk) 23:57, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

Hello! There is a DR/N request you may have interest in.[edit]

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Try not to reply to Ellen on "Well-developed but decaying"[edit]

I know you have the tendency to, but because she tends to take issues way farther when they should already be resolved, it's probably best to just ignore her on this one and wait for her to let it go rather than going around in circles like always. I think this applies to a lot of other things with her too, sometimes the better route is to just stop replying. I can't make you do anything but just some friendly advice, you can remove this if you want. I just really hate that so much discussion with her ends up going around in circles and I've learned my lesson when it comes to that. Cadiomals (talk) 05:38, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

WP:ANI#Continued deletion of complaints about biased editing abuses[edit]

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A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png Thanks for improving the article US economy and remaining calm with other users. Here's a beer to relax with. Meatsgains (talk) 03:27, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

Hey[edit]

Hey; I see you're active on the United States page and I believe I'm going to start following it. You seem like a pretty reasonable guy so I just wanted to say thanks for your input on the talk page and I'll help in any way that I can. --Jacksoncw (talk) 19:01, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, Jacksoncw. I hope you hang around. That article needs all the reasonable people it can get. VictorD7 (talk) 20:35, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

US Talk page[edit]

Heads up: Sorry I had to remove your long-winded reply to EllenCT. I should've realized that her post had nothing to do with discussing improvements to the article and removed it before you replied (your reply didn't discuss improving the article either to be fair). It's best to ignore any of her future posts that are like that one, and if it doesn't violate WP:TALK to be removed right away, just allow it to go away and be archived. There is little chance of her actually pushing her POV into the article anymore as long as I'm around. Cadiomals (talk) 01:39, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

I'm fine with that since you removed the whole section. My post was an appropriate comment on hers, since she presumably was angling to add that to the article in some way and I figured I'd post before it gained traction (possibly among drivebyers who didn't read too closely), but she didn't even bother to explicitly tie it to the article so removing it was appropriate. VictorD7 (talk) 01:48, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Great Recession, internet & the economy[edit]

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That's weird, I didn't mean to do that[edit]

It probably has something to do with an edit conflict *shrugs*. Cadiomals (talk) 07:43, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, I noticed the timing a little later and figured it was a glitch. Edit conflicts have been doing weird things lately. One of my article edits had me in what turned out to be an edit conflict with my own edit a day or two ago, as if it tried to double save. VictorD7 (talk) 07:47, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Car, appliances, etc[edit]

They are consumer goods and do not count as financial assets. /Cheers walk victor falk talk 20:11, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

But to a lot of people they'd count as "net wealth", @Victor falk:. The guy admits he's using his own methodology. It's best to avoid relying on a single study, much less a single person, when purporting to convey precise, detailed information, particularly with an image. VictorD7 (talk) 20:35, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
It's a pie chart. It's intended to visualise data. It only has to be correct enough, to give an idea of wealth distribution, it doesn't matter if the chart says the middle quintile holds 10.9% if it is 12.2% in reality (and btw econometry is quite hard and it's more or impossible to get exact figures on most things). Unless you can point out it is so wrong or its author so suspect as to be an unreliable source and much worse than other studies, it is good enough for our purposes. Cheers, walk victor falk talk 20:50, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
If it doesn't matter then we don't need a chart purporting to have such precision. It's not merely a binary matter of either being a "RS" or not; there's a hierarchy of reliability spelled on on guideline pages, and context matters. It's generally a bad idea to take a single, relatively obscure researcher's analysis and give it the exalted prominence and implied authority of a visual display. Plus "wealth" is generally more difficult to define and study than things like income or taxes. Besides, there's no reason for removing the image you tried to replace. It's longstanding and has been supported by the bulk of editors in multiple discussions in recent months. VictorD7 (talk) 20:59, 10 April 2014 (UTC)


United States again, oligarchy.[edit]

Jansenlee has just added back a comment about the U.S. being an oligarchy which is not exactly what the study says. I merely observed in the discussion that we can take from it, that interest groups have influence at the initiation of legislation apart from the majority one-third of the time, which is what the study says.

The study is narrowly focused on decision making surrounding innovative legislation at the enactment of law, without any consideration of how unfolding regulations, administration or subsequent modification of the legislation takes place.

The consensus on Talk is clearly against adding the study at all -- just on technical or procedural grounds, -- never mind adding a misleading synopsis of it -- which is POV and inflammatory. May the calming spirit among us prevail. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 11:41, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

Alright TVH, but given how things unfolded and the comments by Mattnad and the rest of us above and elsewhere, hopefully next time you'll pause to reconsider before inviting EllenCT to the article canvass style again. I've generally seen you as a respectable editor and an asset to the article (even when we've disagreed you've conducted yourself well), but that's like inviting a bomb to a dinner party. Her presence is not typically conducive to a "calming", rational, or collaborative environment. VictorD7 (talk) 18:27, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

Gini in Template:infobox country[edit]

Thanks, Victor. Your comments are very helpful. Especially for someone like me who knows little about the subject. FYI, I've posted a notice of the Gini talk page discussion on various Project talk pages. Sometimes such notices generate more discussion, sometimes not. As you have said, using the index can be problematic, especially when comparisons are made. So here is my plan: 1. See what discussion develops on the Gini talk page. 2. Generate a discussion on the infobox country template talk page and advertise it. 3. Depending upon the response, the Gini parameters for the template get modified or the line gets removed. If removed as a parameter, the deprecated figures will not show up. (This process may take a few weeks, but since it is a WP wide issue, we can't rush in and make desirable changes without community input. As for using the Gini index in article texts, I think it will be seen/used often. The actual Gini numbers get published by reliable sources, so they are useful. The context of their use is important. – S. Rich (talk) 16:34, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

I appreciate your efforts on the matter, S. Rich, and I agree with you. Sounds like a plan. The only question I'd have is whether it might have been better to base the discussion on the template talk page from the beginning rather than the Gini talk page, advertising on the latter, but you probably have more experience than I do with that stuff and it may not matter much. VictorD7 (talk) 20:34, 7 May 2014 (UTC)
I saw your latest comment. This weekend I'm going to post a thread on the template talk page about removing the Gini from country templates. Thanks again. – S. Rich (talk) 18:20, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

American politics arbitration evidence[edit]

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A question re your evidence[edit]

I am reviewing some of the evidence you presented, in order to make sure it is easy to follow.

In your first link, (number 111 at the moment) [1]

I note that it is not a diff but a link to an older version. It is generally preferred to use a diff, to uniquely identify the edit that is the subject of your comment.

I note that the last diff before that version [2] is by you, but it is addressed to LK, not to EllenCT, so I'm wondering if this is the intended diff. It sort of fits the description, but not exactly; more importantly, your main point is about her response, and I do not see that she responded to this point. Is it possible the link is incorrect?--S Philbrick(Talk) 20:46, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

I appreciate you reading and providing input on my evidence, S. Philbrick. I used a section permalink to provide context for the Arzel post that EllenCT linked to by showing that whole exchange, and hoped my accompanying commentary would be sufficient. The section op dealt with an international comparison made in the article. Ellen posted to dispute sourced claims by others by linking to an article and making an argument that had nothing to do with international comparisons [3]. I replied to correct her [4], she rejected what I said and persisted in her off point focus [5], at which point Arzel posted the comment EllenCT linked to in her evidence [6]. The op (LK) made the same mistake EllenCT did, but that's not pertinent to this case and no, my choosing of the permalink date was almost random. In retrospect maybe I should have at least chosen an earlier permalink. Given your question I'm inclined to replace the link with the diffs listed above to avoid confusion. Would that be acceptable? VictorD7 (talk) 21:32, 16 May 2014 (UTC)
I think that would be helpful. I think the arbs will read the material, but you want them thinking abut the content, not wondering whether they have the right link.--S Philbrick(Talk) 21:53, 16 May 2014 (UTC)
Agreed and thanks, S. Philbrick. Let me know if you have any other questions. VictorD7 (talk) 22:23, 16 May 2014 (UTC)
You have far more patience than I do. I don't there is anything that you could say or evidence that you provide that will change her view. Also, thanks for the nice comments. Arzel (talk) 03:36, 17 May 2014 (UTC)
No problem, I meant it. She may not budge, but hopefully others read the exchange and see her behavior for what it is. VictorD7 (talk) 04:16, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

I am not comparing your Workshop diffs with the Evidence diffs, but are you adding diffs? If so, I think the Arbcom would like the evidence to be on the Evidence page. As you already have a lot of words and diffs on that page, perhaps you should ask for more words & diffs & extended time. As it is, the Workshop is becoming too long to read. – S. Rich (talk) 05:48, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

Not for the most part. I did ask permission on the Evidence Talk Page to add a diff from the Workshop page exchange to Evidence where Ellen admits she was accusing me of paid editing, but I'm still waiting to hear back. Actually there are two new comments from that exchange I'd like to add on that score, so, while I've been concerned about the TLDR thing too, at least the discussion has yielded some telling results. VictorD7 (talk) 05:58, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

Arbcom workshop[edit]

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I'm way ahead of you. I let her suck me into the content tangents at first because they started off as arguably borderline relevant, and because I value free and open discussion, so it's in my nature to answer questions and patiently and calmly correct factual inaccuracies, but I did periodically try to steer it back to the evidence of misconduct, and I have no intention of replying to her anymore there on off topic content subjects. VictorD7 (talk) 18:32, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

Thought you might appreciate this.Mattnad (talk) 23:36, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Nice catch, Mattnad. It's incredible to me how frequently she shoots herself in the foot. I agree with you, if honest arbitrators had fully investigated her case she'd be banned. VictorD7 (talk) 02:01, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Evidence phase now closed[edit]

Arbitrator AGK closed the evidence phase on 15 May.

Subsequent to that:

  • VictorD7 modified a link, pursuant to a request by me
  • EllenCT responded to some late evidence, pursuant to a post on her talk page
  • VictorD7 responded to some of EllenCT's allegations

Each of the these edits is acceptable, however, subsequent edits (other than a trivial correction to a spelling or fixing a mistaken diff) will be automatically reverted, unless prior permission is obtained. Arbitration Clerk --S Philbrick(Talk) 21:52, 17 May 2014 (UTC)


German Tax Graph[edit]

This one you might want to let that one go. I'm not loving the selective interpretation of US taxes by some editors. I suspect part of your objection stems from that battle. But if we step away from that, the question should be: does the chart illustrate a progressive tax system?Mattnad (talk) 18:26, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

I don't feel that strongly about it, Mattnad, but I figured it merited getting a "Hey...what are we doing here, guys?" talk page section on the record. A generalized, hypothetical chart illustrating the concept would be one thing, but this purports to show real info from a real country and most readers can't verify it. It is silly to use a German language source on English WP when so many perfectly fine English language ones are available. I figured I'd at least ask for rational objections to using the English language ones, since none have been provided so far. Being apathetic or too quick to concede to bad editing is detrimental to WP quality. If nothing changes now, maybe at least future page visitors will notice and take action. VictorD7 (talk) 19:13, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

ArbCom PD[edit]

IMO getting the ArbCom PD beyond the Arzel matter is just not in the offing. They won't even say they looked at your evidence. That is just as well. You (and others) remain free to bring up disruptive edits in other forums. You might note that I'm checking on the edits I see and I'm making comments. If activity picks up (and continues in a disruptive mode), I think a WP:RFC/U will be the best course of action. – S. Rich (talk) 18:28, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for trying Victor, but this was never about anything else. Your comments clearly illustrate this, but it matters little in the end. Arzel (talk) 02:09, 7 July 2014 (UTC)


BrownHairedGirl...not impressive.[edit]

@BrownHairedGirl:, your behavior here was uncalled for and your closing statement was completely wrong. I just pointed out twice that the evidence in question, which you clearly did misinterpret, was present at the original ANI. EllenCT's later confession contradicting your initial conclusion only confirmed what I and several other editors familiar with the disputes had discerned from the beginning. Whether your misinterpretation was understandable at the time or not is a different question, but you undeniably did misinterpret her comments. There would be nothing wrong with admitting that.

I didn't go there to rub your face in your mistake or expecting you to take action, but just wanted to set the record straight, in accordance with your own Talk Page advice encouraging people to tell you when you screw up. An acknowledgement that you had erred would have have been nice, or at least a vague agreement about the importance of admins behaving carefully when making assumptions, not that I was demanding either. But you actually denied you had made an error, prompting the additional (but still civil) responses from me seeking clarification. Your defensiveness and knee jerk entrenchment was unwarranted, and calls into question whether your Talk Page claim about wanting people to tell you when you "screw up" is just empty posturing. It certainly bore no resemblance to your behavior here. It's vital that admins be more open minded and less sensitive than that. VictorD7 (talk) 20:04, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

RSN thread[edit]

If you don't mind, I'd like to close the RSN thread. We do not need a third forum for the America topic. – S. Rich (talk) 06:05, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Fine with me. VictorD7 (talk) 15:51, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
I think you are seeing what you are up against. Progressives despise him and his movie, Cinescore may the best piece of information you are able to include. Arzel (talk) 18:25, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Maybe, though it would be nice if we could also retain a sentence explaining why the score is noteworthy. Remember that Arbcom did leave you with the ability to revert, Arzel. VictorD7 (talk) 18:45, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
If I make an edit there relating to this, I am quite positive that it will be reported as edit warring on my part regardless of the nature. Arzel (talk) 00:48, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
I don't think one revert can be called edit warring, lol, but I've seen stranger things happen here. Either way, I understand your reluctance to use up the revert per week you're allowed. That said, there's certainly nothing preventing you from posting in Talk Page discussions, so feel free to join in. VictorD7 (talk) 00:54, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Just did. Not sure how helpful it will be. You have already demonstrated all that is needed on the message board. Numbers are against it though, and as you know even though it is not supposed to work that way it almost always does. Arzel (talk) 01:02, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. Yeah, it comes down to numbers and persistence, which is why all the numbers and persistence we can get counts. VictorD7 (talk) 01:22, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
I didn't even have to edit the page to be reported. My observation confirming your statements about some of the reviewers of the Movie was enough. Arzel (talk) 03:42, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
I posted my statement about the frivolous complaint. VictorD7 (talk) 18:09, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Request for Amendment to American Politics case[edit]

While I did not suggest anything that relates to you, I did mention you and link to your talk page. See here.


Question[edit]

I clarified my question, I was tempted to delete your question to me, but decided to just leave it. Sorry for the confusion. Arzel (talk) 02:43, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. That's what I thought, but I wanted to make sure it was clear. I deleted my question. VictorD7 (talk) 15:48, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
You may have to take to DR, the violations of NPOV don't seem to be resolvable at this point. Arzel (talk) 02:47, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
As long as 2 or 3 posters remain bent on deleting all commentary they politically oppose the article will remain in violation of NPOV. The hope is that a couple of more good faith editors come along who are willing to revert their POV edits. Unfortunately, most Wikipedia articles see mostly drive by editing, with a tiny number hanging around for the long term. Actually I had planned on only participating until the movie moved up to #6 in the all time rankings, to make sure that got included in the article, which I've accomplished. Some of the recent edits have been so blatantly POV though that they've temporarily (re)peaked my interest, and I'm considering trying a couple of different options. On the bright side, if the purpose of turning the article into a propaganda page was to dissuade people from watching the film, it failed, as the movie beat Michael Moore's latest film and is the highest grossing political documentary in several years, aside from D'Souza's first film. And at least the page is properly marked as a POV pile of crap, so readers will have that in mind when viewing the article, plus there's extensive discussion of the omitted material and other NPOV violations on the talk page and in the history. VictorD7 (talk) 06:25, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

Attribution of corporate taxes paid by income group[edit]

I recall some debate on this topic between you and EllenCT. Here's an article from the NYTimes that makes it pretty clear how corporate taxes are distributed by income group the next time it comes up. [7] Mattnad (talk) 13:52, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the link. Of course many of Ellen's own sources already said the same thing, but she just ignored it when I pointed it out. That page might be clearer than sifting through a dense academic paper though.VictorD7 (talk) 19:42, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

U.S. square area[edit]

Any contributions you may choose to make at Talk:United States#Area in square miles would be welcome.

I found a new resource for United States square mile area from the U.S. Census, “State and other areas” which uses the MAF/TIGER database, shared by the USGS and Homeland Security. The first box on the first line reports 3,805,927 sq.mi. for the 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and "Island Areas”. I support the use of the chart total report based on sources to include islands which are a part of the United States "in a geographical sense."

The U.S. is a federal republic but it considers itself as a “sole person” in the international community. The U.S. territories should be reported as included in the nation just as in the France article. The French legislature allows territorial Deputies in its national legislature, the US. allows territorial Delegates, the British does not. The “unincorporated” status of the territories is for an internal tax regime, and is irrelevant to reporting the total area of the United States of America.

Three who opposed including islander U.S. citizens in the United States introduction in the Dispute Resolution of March of 2013 now propose to parse the sub-charts of the source to report only the area of the states and DC, without sources to exclude the territories. I am now joined by RightCowLeftCoast, and Alanscottwalker, but TFD asserts the minority in the Dispute Resolution was a “consensus” to exclude U.S. citizen islanders, when the majority was to include them. I regret there appears a wall of text in three subsections, but I am grateful for any contributions you may choose to make at Talk:United States#Area in square miles.

Perhaps a footnote such as recommended by Alanscottwalker could be in order to accommodate the excluders, to the effect that the states and DC alone are reported as having an area of 3,796,742 sq.mi., but leave the 3.80 million sq.mi. in the article mainspace intro and 3,805,927 sq.mi. in the info box. Would you see if that footnote proposal could calm the waters towards a consensus here for geographic area? Or would you prefer the 3,796,742 sq.mi. in the info box and a footnote for total area of 3,805,927 sq.mi. to include he 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and "Island Areas”? TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 18:08, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

I've stayed out of this debate so far and haven't followed it too closely as my schedule has limited my time on Wikipedia, but I'll look at it when I get enough free time, maybe within a few days or so. The issue has raged for a long time so there's a good chance it will still be under discussion then.VictorD7 (talk) 00:02, 3 November 2014 (UTC)
I'm afraid you may be right, this may go on for a while more, Golbez seems to be plunking for no footnote at all, arguing 50 states and DC only.
I proposed a “Poll for two alternatives” for the info box,
  • A. Report area including territories, footnote 50 states and DC area.
  • B. Report 50 states and DC area, footnote area including territories.
The results are two A., three B, although one of the Bs says either way, and one of the Bs may be saying no footnote. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 12:35, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

America: Imagine the World Without Her[edit]

Regarding your interaction with Gamaliel, may I ask you to practice civility? I've already talked to the other editor, but if he is not willing to cut it out, I'm asking you now. Nothing is going to be accomplished with the shared animosity, and even if you do not want to accomplish anything with him, it's unnecessary to continue trading barbs.

In regard to the article, I think it would help to expand the article in other ways, like to detail the film's production and marketing. For example, I saw an article about the filmmakers' choice of music, as well as marketing targeting church groups. This would help provide uncontroversial content so the reviews and political commentary can be part of a whole (rather than looking like a section of overly-extreme focus). Erik (talk | contrib) (ping me) 18:47, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

I'm fine with such an expansion in principle.VictorD7 (talk) 18:50, 6 November 2014 (UTC)
Sounds good! We'll make this article an example for other political documentaries to follow. Erik (talk | contrib) (ping me) 18:56, 6 November 2014 (UTC)


Invitation Regarding Reliable Sources[edit]

Given your recent activity on the talk page of Verifiable, I am inviting you to participate in the discussion I started in regard to establishing a prima facia case for verifiable sources if it is has met and maintained the standards for inclusion in Google News.–GodBlessYou2 (talk) 20:21, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

America/Breitbart[edit]

Your edit summary states "A consensus is needed for removing it, not keeping it, and one does not exist." This is incorrect. The burden is on the editor who inserts the content. Please review policy or consult others who can explain it further to you. SPECIFICO talk 04:23, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

You're wrong. Removing longstanding material requires a consensus. You can boldly make a unilateral change, but if it's reverted you should leave the material in and try to gain consensus for its removal on the talk page. Currently not only is there no consensus for removal, but a decisive majority opposes removal. In the absence of a consensus for removal, much less in the presence of a consensus against removal, the status quo reigns. VictorD7 (talk) 04:28, 12 December 2014 (UTC)
I asked you to check your understanding of policy, not merely to reassert it. SPECIFICO talk 04:52, 12 December 2014 (UTC)
I explained policy to you. If you disagree, then post something more substantial than flippant statements that barely qualify as assertions. VictorD7 (talk) 07:36, 12 December 2014 (UTC)


Have one on me!![edit]

Thanks for defending Breitbart.com[edit]

In-N-Out Burger cheeseburger meal.jpg Outstanding patriot
For your work in defending Breitbart.com at WP:RSN. Doing so allows the pillar of neutrality survive here on Wikipedia, by continuing to recognize a diverse set of reliable sources to be utilized for verifying content in articles. Therefore, as a reward have this all-American meal from In-N-Out Burger. RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 05:06, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

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Critique[edit]

"Critique" does not mean "criticize" in the negative sense. Erik (talk | contrib) (ping me) 20:38, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Not necessarily, but it could have certainly been read that way, Erik, especially since you have a separate "conservative commentators" sentence but no "liberal commentators" sentence (just the unqualified "political commentators" doing the critique), and most of the critique you added on those topics are liberals criticizing the film (in the negative sense). I'm commenting further on this on the article talk page. VictorD7 (talk) 21:25, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

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A request for Arbitration has been made for America: Imagine a World Without her[edit]

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Discussion at Talk:Conservatism in the United States#disagreement[edit]

You are invited to join the discussion at Talk:Conservatism in the United States#disagreement. Thanks. RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 17:49, 27 June 2015 (UTC)