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Was blocked unjustly, and via circular reasoningEdit

Hello! You blocked me. This I circular reasoning for the first delete by Yaniv was inappropriate. He called my post “garbage”. I have a right to appeal to the editors board and speak, and people have been siding with me, but you and others keep blocking me! For nothing I’ve done on the administrators page! This is not okay! You aren’t using logic or sources, but ridiculous rules that you use whenever you feel it meets your agenda! STOP! Thank you for your time!— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:05, 4 September 2018‎ (UTC)

Yo Ho HoEdit

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you deleted my reference to a film on the Tempest StelaEdit

Hi Doug, the very reason for which you deleted the reference is indeed wrong because teh film The Tempest Stela questions the existence of the Exodus (leaving all options open) taking the Tempest Stela datation (see Ritner, alos interviewed in the film) as a clue to Ahmose 1 being King of Egypt during the eruption of Thera. He is the one who has thrown Hyksos (a people originating from Canaan, coincidentally like the early Jewish people) out of Egypt, putting an end to their ruling the country (the north of the country, to be accurate). The film suggests that the Exodus myth could be based on this (forced) migration of the Hyksos back to Canaan. Everything in the film os based on Scientists' talks around the Tempest Stela texte and the datation of the eruption of Thera. So it sheds a new light on the Exodus myth without daring to impose definitive answers. Everyone can make its own opinion. Visitors of the page on the Tempest Stela can benefit from knowing about this film as its success among the egyptologists community shows it. Perhaps you can suggest a better way of adding this reference, I'm open. I have an article readable online in English which you can read on this if you want. Cheers, Hughes Balmain (talk) 17:10, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Hughes Balmain, I see no indication that this documentary is reliable, reliable enough to cite. Please see WP:RS. Drmies (talk) 17:13, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
    • I agree with Drmies. The other problem of course is that you don't seem to want to use it as a source for anything specific but to suggest that people see the film if they are interested in the subject, unless I've misunderstood you. I can see where it might be an interesting film however, given this review.[1] Are there any other detailed reviews? Doug Weller talk 19:09, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

User not reliably screening sources before removing them.Edit

You previously left this message at the talk for the user Alssa1. They removed it within 3 minutes of seeing it, seemingly without addressing it, but I did happen to see it and I noticed a very similar edit right before at Alternative for Germany. They removed a source that appropriately supplemented the statement "Parts of the AfD have racist,[21 Islamophobic,[22] anti-Semitic[23] and xenophobic[11][24][25] tendencies...", specifically in reference to some anti-Semitic tendencies in some of the parties supporters. As I noted, nowhere does this suggest that the entire party has this view, which is what they claimed in their edit. I'm not sure if this will be a pattern, but it does concern me. Their front page clearly states they have a strong ideological stance, and I worry that it is affecting their editing. - R9tgokunks 07:19, 17 January 2019 (UTC)

@R9tgokunks: thanks, left a warning. Let me know if there are other problems. I agree it's a concern. Doug Weller talk 16:45, 17 January 2019 (UTC)

Unconstructive pestEdit

Hi Doug, this user has made nothing but unconstructive edits since September last year, and has been constantly warned. Would you consider a block to give those warnings teeth? Sweetpool50 (talk) 22:12, 17 January 2019 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) I blocked the pest for a week. Bishonen | talk 22:31, 17 January 2019 (UTC).
Thanks all. Doug Weller talk 17:03, 18 January 2019 (UTC)

Newbie just trying to get it rightEdit

Hi, Doug, thanks for being a guardian at the door for Wikipedia. After a long day’s work, I see that all my changes to Shimon Gibson were backed out. And yes, I was working mostly from his CV so I understand why it needs to be redone. I am still trying to figure out how to add/remove references and cites so today I was going to go back and work on that. In your comments you mention a style guide so I will read that first. I will try to reinsert his photo. I’m not sure why it was removed, it was a snap I took in the field so it is public. I think. I looked at some other pages that are more head shots so I will crop the picture if that was the reason for removal. I appreciate you providing me with information on where I made mistakes and I will try to adhere to Wikipedia standards as I learn them. Thank you, Gretchencotter. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gretchencotter (talkcontribs) 16:23, 18 January 2019 (UTC)

I see that Sinebot says unsigned.  Sorry, I used my user I’d.  My name is Gretchen Cotter.  Also, I have been working on the Mt. Zion Excavation with Shimon Gibson for the past few years.  When I saw how sparse his Wiki entry was I asked him if I could update it for him.  He agreed.  I was going to add sources once I could figure it out. I did read some wiki help pages but I guess I am a slow learner.  Thanks again for your feed back.  Gretchen Cotter  — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gretchencotter (talkcontribs) 16:34, 18 January 2019 (UTC) 
Replied at talk page. Doug Weller talk 17:03, 18 January 2019 (UTC)

Shimon Gibson’s Wiki Page.Edit

Doug, I can’t tell you how helpful your feedback has been. I am still digging through all the pages you pointed out to me.

The current page for Shimon Gibson was created some time ago and some of the sources referenced are either out of date or missing.

I spoke to Shimon on the phone today and learned that he does not like the currently public wiki page at all. He says there is information that is just plain wrong (which is how I got involved in the first place).

How would I get permission to completely delete his existing page and start all over with a format that is not based on his CV? Starting over would make it easier for me to follow one of the helpful templates you directed me to.

Also in our discussion he was disturbed to hear that the photo I updated yesterday was considered copyrighted by GoodReads and he is anxious to get that resolved as he is the true owner. (Today I uploaded a picture that I personally took but it is of lesser quality and Shimon would prefer I use the disputed one I uploaded yesterday).

Again, thank you for your help and advice.

Gretchen Cotter, user id Gretchen Cotter Gretchencotter (talk) 21:59, 18 January 2019 (UTC)


Heya, Doug. Long time no see. I was perusing Wiki pages relevant to current news items, and read the talk page for Ilhan Omar. I saw that the new user Zekelayla had been blocked after having been warned by you about the ARBPIA editing restrictions in the I/P subject area, being subsequently (and politely) reminded of that fact by JBL, and then proceeding to post several comments anyway after acknowledging JBL's secondary warning. All well and good. But... I saw that he made another comment about the article's content at 18:13 on the 11th, when he was supposedly blocked. I'm a bit confused by that, but I'll quite readily admit I don't know fully how blocks work, or whether time zones play a part in the implementation of block. I'd suspect that's the case.

Regardless, I'm leaving this message because I had clicked on his contributions after seeing the talk page, and saw that he recently edited Telem (Israeli political party) and it's associated talk page. The page doesn't carry a DS banner, but due to it being a political party in Israel, I was almost certain it was covered under the I/P editing restrictions. I was going to post a warning/reminder to him, but I figured I'd bring it to your attention instead, given the previous block. Quintus Symmachus (talk) 00:51, 19 January 2019 (UTC)

@Quintus Symmachus: thanks for letting me know. I've checked and the user's block had expired. He can edit articles or content that aren't clearly about the conflict , so I think the political party article is ok to edit unless content is added that is clearly about the conflict. If you have any doubt about edits in the future please don't hesitate to ask me. Doug Weller talk 11:43, 19 January 2019 (UTC)


You had a discussion with Jamaas9 just before they were Indef blocked. User:HistoryofTheAryans admits to being Jamaas9, who is editing in violation of their block. Should someone file an SPI or will an Admin address this issue? --Kansas Bear (talk) 17:17, 19 January 2019 (UTC)

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