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Userbox for optional ads[edit]

Hello. At Wikipedia:Advertisements I saw these userboxes:

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Could you create a userbox for optional ads? This would be greatly appreciated. --Timeshifter (talk) 22:39, 10 January 2008 (UTC)

Xiaphias. I see that you have not had any user contributions since I posted my above request. So I went ahead and created a userbox myself. I posted it to Wikipedia:Advertisements. Here it is:

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Ads button.png This user supports opt-in ads on Wikipedia (via user preferences).
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Feel free to pass it on. --Timeshifter (talk) 13:08, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

Apologies; as you surmised, I was away from Wikipedia for a while. Nice work on the userbox, though. --Xiaphias (talk) 01:16, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

ICC[edit]

Searched and saw you were planning to cite Richard Ostling. Just created an article. ClaudeReigns (talk) 10:52, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

ICOC[edit]

Is there any chance you could take a look at International Churches of Christ again? It seems to you did quite a good job a while ago of getting the article into a good neutral state despite individuals with strong points of view trying to do otherwise; but now one of them, User:TransylvanianKarl (also using various IP addresses), is undoing your changes. Thanks. Sally Anne (talk) 13:42, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

Hi Sally! Thanks for the feedback; I've been meaning to do something about the ICoC article for a while, but haven't gotten around to it yet. TransylvanianKarl has a substantial advantage over me, in that he's obsessed with the issue whereas I don't care at all – I'd never even heard of the church before I stumbled across its Wikipedia article. My only concern was, and is, preventing the spread of false information; I tried to combat this by elucidating the comprehensive truth.
Anyways, you've inspired me to submit a request for arbitration. I've suggested that TransylfanianKarl be permanently banned from editing (only) that article, and that it be permanently semi-protected. You can read my request here. Once it goes through, I'll revive the article; shouldn't be hard without Karl's interference.
Cheers! --Xiaphias (talk) 08:47, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
Thank you, I appreciate it. I don't really know enough about Wikipedia to handle it myself. But if there's anything you think I can do to help, let me know. Sally Anne (talk) 13:12, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
It looks like the case has been accepted by the Arbitration Committee, and they'll be reviewing it tomorrow. I'm not particularly familiar with the process myself, having never done this before, but I'm fairly confident that the outcome will be favorable. My case is self-evident; Karl's edits, I believe, speak for themselves.
But thanks for the support, and feel free to follow along here as the case progresses.
I'll keep you posted. --Xiaphias (talk) 01:47, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
congrats Xiaphias! You can massacre me. :( Can you write me, how can I delet my wiki userpage? --TransylvanianKarl (talk) 12:47, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

I salute you for you efforts on this article, I would have never spent this much time dealing with people who are obviously POV. I am glad you didn't quit as I probably would have.--SMakabwe (talk) 16:32, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/International Churches of Christ[edit]

An Arbitration case involving you has been opened, and is located here. Please add any evidence you may wish the Arbitrators to consider to the evidence sub-page, Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/International Churches of Christ/Evidence. Please submit your evidence within one week, if possible. You may also contribute to the case on the workshop sub-page, Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/International Churches of Christ/Workshop.

On behalf of the Arbitration Committee, — Coren (talk) 14:03, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

Hey Xiaphias[edit]

Hey thanks for the message ill add the little lines, thanks for the advice!

www.myspace.com.aimthemc (talk) 05:13, 2 April 2008 (UTC)AIMTHEMC

No problem =). If you need help with anything, feel free to ask me. --Xiaphias (talk) 05:16, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Your awesome, Im sure ill have questions as I explore!!!

I love to read and...edit... I guess you could say Im somewhat anal-retentive. lol... just like facts to be facts!

www.myspace.com.aimthemc (talk) 05:18, 2 April 2008 (UTC)AIMTHEMC

Hello Xiaphias[edit]

Hello sir, hi my name is camziez1296 and i am just a new person adjusting to wikipedia. I was just wondering if you could give me any information on how to right an article without it being deleted thanks message me back asapCamziez1296 (talk) 05:18, 2 April 2008 (UTC) CAmziez1296 2-4-08

Sure, I'll try to help you here. It can be tough to start a new article, so don't be offended when yours get deleted. Check the guide to "Your First Article", it has some important tips. Most of the major subjects probably already have articles written about them; you could try to improve them rather than write your own from scratch. Here is a short list of tips for writing "The Perfect Article". For example, I saw you started an article about fatherless families – but there already is an article about single parents.
One way you can find articles which need creation is to find 'red links'. Like in this list of viruses, all the red viruses don't have articles yet. However, I would recommend that you try editing existing articles before starting your own. Creating a new article can involve a lot of research, and it can be tough if you're not very familiar with Wikipedia yet.
If there's something you don't understand, or you have more specific questions, let me know.
--Xiaphias (talk) 05:31, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Consider[edit]

Please consider your actions a bit more carefully. I happen to have noted two unrelated ones by you:

  • tagging Sudhagad fort as nonsense was highly questionable
  • welcoming Argentry was also highly questionable since the guy is patently a spam-only account.

-- RHaworth (Talk | contribs) 06:00, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Speedy Deletions[edit]

I think you're being a bit too hasty. Please brush up on WP:CSD before tagging. Wisdom89 (T / C) 06:00, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Companies on Wikipedia[edit]

Hey, at what point do you feel companies can be included within Wikipedia? Is there a certain market cap that's needed to be considered Wiki-worthy? Just because a company has a profile within Wikipedia, does it mean they're "advertising"? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Brucehauns (talkcontribs) 06:00, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Notability doesn't relate to the size of the company, but rather its prominence. The criteria are explained in Wikipedia:Notability (organizations and companies). --Xiaphias (talk) 06:49, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

I see... Are more sources needed? It seems that the company that's being disputed is a notable golf brand, most users of Wikipedia would recognize the Caddyshack brand of putters... --Brucehauns (talk) 07:15, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Actually, just one source could prove sufficient justification for retaining the article. I did a Google search for "Caddyshack putters" and didn't find anything other than links to purchase the product. By comparison, a search for "Apple" turns up a Slashdot article on the first page and a New York Times article on the second. This seems to demonstrate its notability pretty solidly. Now that doesn't mean that a company needs to be as well-known as Apple to have a Wikipedia entry, but the same diagnostic criteria apply.
In short, if you can find a reliable source which mentions the company, that will help to indicate notability. A fleeting reference in a golf magazine might not be sufficient, but if the same magazine wrote an entire article about the company or its product, that would probably close the case.
Cheers! --Xiaphias (talk) 08:29, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Watch them vandals...[edit]

they seem to hate you. Don't worry, I blocked him. Malinaccier (talk) 23:42, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

Haha, not the wittiest vandal... Thanks! --Xiaphias (talk) 23:34, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/International Churches of Christ[edit]

This arbitration case has been closed and the final decision is available at the link above. TransylvanianKarl is urged to refrain from editing International Churches of Christ and any related pages until he has fully familiarized himself with the English Wikipedia core policies. TransylvanianKarl is also urged to raise issues and suggestions on the talkpage before making potentially controversial edits to articles, including deletion of cited material and citations.

— Coren (talk) for the Arbitration Committee, 19:40, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

Magellan[edit]

Hello,

You could be interested by this map made by a French Wikigraphist.

Regards, DocteurCosmos (talk) 12:36, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

My image[edit]

I hope my image suites your needs well. ---J.S (T/C/WRE) 00:21, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Maryland edits[edit]

I moved all Maryland#See also links to the List of Maryland-related topics. This provides a single location to index Maryland articles. --Buaidh (talk) 14:13, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

Comment[edit]

I notice you placed a speedy delete on the Yepii Party though the article still exists on Wikipedia. I concur with your judgment. I checked its online 'reference' and its just a blog site. It looks like a fringe party when the site says: "College loan officers are terrorists. Those who practice job discrimination are terrorists. Construction workers who wolf whistle at women are terrorists. This is where the real war [on terrorism] must be fought." Not exactly very inviting. I did a google check on its name and came across this result here I would say its likely WP:FRINGE and not very notable. The fact that the author of the article has the name yepii hints at a SPAM. Regards, Artene50 (talk) 08:49, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Image:Bill guide 4.png listed for deletion[edit]

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Lighter color?[edit]

RE: File:Bill_guide_5.png

Have you considered giving the gray area a more lighter color? Inclusionist (talk) 23:01, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

Re: Autograph book[edit]

Great work on the autograph book article! I wanted to make the article longer but couldn't find enough information to expand it. I'm glad you were able to. Thanks for letting me know about the improvements you made.--Bkwillwm (talk) 04:26, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Old world[edit]

Dear Xiaphias

I noticed that Iceland is not highlighted on the map 'OldNewWorld v3.png' from the article Old World. Nonetheless, Iceland's first permanent settler arrived in 874, and widespread settlement by Norwegians and Celts followed in the 9th and 10th centuries. Furthermore, Iceland gave up its sovereignty to Norway in 1262 and was thus under continental European rule as soon as in the 13th century; therefore the land was well known by other Europeans in the 15th century, the distinction made in the 'Old world' article. The opposite applies to the map 'OldNewWorld_v2.png' from the article New World.

I'm sure the definition of the old and new parts of the world differs from publication to publication, but given the definition in the 'Old World' article, the current highlighting is incorrect.

Best, Tryggvia (talk) 05:38, 23 May 2009 (UTC)

Hello[edit]

Hi, I haven't been on for a long time. I got a message from you about the Long-term effects of alcohol TWO YEArS ago! I know this is probably way too late, but I just wanted to say I think the article is great. I'm thinking of putting in my two cents for some other pages. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Grouphug (talkcontribs) 03:31, 5 December 2009 (UTC)

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Articles for deletion nomination of International Christian Churches[edit]

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João de Trasto[edit]

Hi. I included the references that I believe you were looking for on the João de Trasto page. Walrasiad (talk) 09:28, 2 June 2012 (UTC)

Cool beans, thanks! --Xiaphias (talk) 19:15, 2 June 2012 (UTC)

About Your Warning[edit]

Hello

I saw you posted this in a response to a change I made:

Please refrain from making unconstructive edits to Wikipedia, as you did at Constantine XI Palaiologos. Your edits appear to constitute vandalism and have been reverted or removed. If you would like to experiment, please use the sandbox. Thank you.

It is not vandalism.

I wrote the Greek king failed a war contrary to a legendary belief. I emphasize that it is a belief rather than what wikipedia reader expects to see; the reality.

See the article change log Constantine XI Palaiologos for more information.

It is not right to accuse contributers with vandalism. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 88.76.91.173 (talk) 10:47, 3 June 2012 (UTC)

Hello,
I apologize, this was probably the wrong message to use. You say that you only intended to improve the article, and such edits—regardless of their merit—should never constitute vandalism. But if you look again at your edit, I think you’ll see why I thought it was vandalism. See the article says: after the emperor's death he became a legendary figure who (according to this legend) would someday arise to reconquer Constantinople for the Greeks. You added, "Instead he failed and let the Turks conquer the city."' This implies that the emperor did arise from the dead, only to be defeated again by the Turks.
I see now that your real intent was just to underscore the point that the emperor failed in life, which is a perfectly legitimate contribute. That said, I believe the article is still better without this added sentence. To say that "he failed" seems to be a criticism of the emperor, suggesting that he did not do everything that he might've done in this matter. In truth, there was no chance anyone in his position could’ve succeeded under the circumstances. So the failing was not his, but that of his predecessors of the past several hundred years. To say that he "let the Turks conquer the city" only underscores this point further, suggesting that he did not resist them at all—when in fact he died fighting against them.
Anyways, I hope you'll keep contributing to Wikipedia! --Xiaphias (talk) 16:37, 4 June 2012 (UTC)

ICOC[edit]

The hierarchal structure of the ICoC at the time of McKean’s resignation, indicating which positions were salaried.

Hi Xiaphias! Let's try to improve the ICOC page again. Somewhere along the way File:X ICOCtriangle.png was deleted, probably because of copyvio, so I made a free version we can use. Arcandam (talk) 00:51, 7 June 2012 (UTC) p.s. This source may be useful.

Hi Arcandam! I'm glad someone else is finally taking an interest in improving this article. These days I don't have as much free time as I used to, but I'd like to help out if I can. Let me know if you find yourself struggling with anything, or if you want a just want second pair of eyes to help copyedit new material or whatever. --Xiaphias (talk) 19:41, 12 June 2012 (UTC)

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Maritime disasters[edit]

Hi. Adding the "destination" column to List of maritime disasters has made the table hugely longer. Are you sure that's a good idea? It doesn't seem like a very good use of space, since the destination can easily be added to the description. Dricherby (talk) 20:46, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Hi Dricherby! I agree that the table is overly long, but I think the real issue here is that information is too concentrated in the description and should be extracted into a more condensed, columnar presentation. Much of the space is wasted by re-stating the ship names, departure city, and number of casualties in complete sentences. Fr example, the sentence, "The Novorossiysk capsized and sank with the loss of 608 sailors," could be replaced by "Novorossiysk | 608" with no loss of information conveyed.
I think there's a lot of excellent info in this section, but at the moment it's more a list of paragraphs than a true table. I think it could be improved by extracting the frequently mentioned facts—ship name, destination, type of accident, etc—into simple columns, rather than continue to restate them in complete sentences. With shorter descriptions, we could get most sinkings down to a single line or two, which would make the whole table a lot more manageable.
Let me know what you think!
--Xiaphias (talk) 21:37, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
If you think it will make the table as a whole shorter, OK. But the destination column mostly seems to be empty so maybe that one is best left in the paragraph? Dricherby (talk) 22:23, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

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ICOC Redux[edit]

Hi, Xiaphias. I'm currently editing the WP ICOC page. I am attempting to bring some objectivity to the article, but am running into difficulty with some other editors undoing my edits. I noticed that you left the page in a more objective state than it currently is. Just yesterday I inserted a portion of the LEAD from your "edition" of the article only to find it undone today. Now, the editor who undid my edit cited a reason: he said it violates WP:UNDUE and WP:BLPGROUP. I don't think it does, however, since it refers to multiple high quality secondary sources. And following LEAD, major controversial subjects should be covered in the lead. I think I'm right, but am not sure. Any advice you can provide would be much appreciated! (I want to make sure that I'm not violating WP:CANVASSING]] by bringing the subject up; please let me know.) Best, -Nietzsche123 (talk) 17:46, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

Hi Nietsche! First off let me just say I'm thrilled to hear that someone is taking up this challenge; I had all but given up the hope that this particular article could ever be brought up to par with Wikipedia standards. I'm not sure how much help I can render here, as I was unable to achieve this on my own attempt several years ago, but I'm happy to give it a shot!
I can tell you that for someone who doesn't really care about the ICOC one way or another, I've spent a ridiculous amount of time researching the organization. When I first stumbled upon the article in 2007 it was in pretty abysmal condition, and after days of thorough research I ended up essentially rewriting it from scratch.Here's the ICOC article as I rewrote it. Please feel free to cannibalize anything from that version that may be helpful, including its extensive list of scholarly references—though you may have to use archive.org to resuscitate some old links. Interestingly my main challenge in writing the article was in finding material to convey the perspective of the organization's supporters rather than its detractors, as their were numerous reliable sources for the latter. For example, see the following lists of articles and news videos about the ICOC:
Many of the videos referenced above—which includes well-known programs like Inside Edition, 20/20 and Fox Files—are freely available online, so if you have the time I'd recommend watching some of them as they have a lot of good information. But more to the point, these lists of numerous and reliable sources should allay any concerns about WP:UNDUE.
As for WP:BLPGROUP, I would advise that anyone bringing this up with respect to the ICOC article may want to re-read the policy, because all it says is that the special protections against slandering a living person do not typically apply to corporations and organizations, especially large organizations like the ICOC. Moreover, as with WP:UNDUE, any such concerns can be addressed simply by using high-quality sources like the ones listed above.
I suspect that your real stumbling block with this article is the same one I ran into: namely, a small number of editors whose passion for or against the ICOC interferes with their objectivity as editors. In my case, it was a single editor whose POV edits quickly eroded everything I'd tried to accomplish. For my part, I attempted to address the situation first by issuing this Request for Comment and then by filing this Request for Arbitration. The RfC was a short-term win, but the same problem resurfaced a few weeks later; the RfA ended up being a lengthy bureaucratic process resulting in nothing more than a verbal warning to the editor in question. Nonetheless, I believe this is still your best and only course of action if you're facing similar issues today: first try a Request for Comment to bring in some outside, neutral voices, and if that doesn't solve anything then I believe an RfA is your only other recourse. Perhaps the fact that this issue has persisted for the last 5 years will encourage your arbiters to take more effective action this time around!
In closing, I'm sorry that I'm not able to be of any more direct assistance here as I just don't have quite as much free time as I once did, but I'm always willing to lend my support towards improving Wikipedia and that goes doubly for this particular article. Let me know if there's anything more specific I can do to help in that regard and I'll endeavour to do so.
-Steve

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