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"When JFG is right, JFG is right."

XavierItzm, 15 August 2018, [1]

"Wikipedia's preeminent non-admin"

Amakuru, 1 August 2019, [2]

Psychic powers
"Have you been reading my mind?"

MelanieN, 17 August 2018, [3]

"JFG can now be SATAN Jr."

MONGO, 5 August 2019, [4]

Psychic powers redux
"It's like you read my mind, JFG."

Cosmic Sans, 13 August 2019, [5]

Block log
"a few seconds"

The Anome, 19 December 2018, [6]

Bring it on
"You've escaped justice for now,
but you can't escape it forever."

20 April 2017, [7]



Right or wrong, I would not recommend reverting a reversion, otherwise you risk falling foul of discretionary sanctions. I suggest self reverting, then taking it to the talk page. I agree with you on Salon being an opinion-based source, and would certainly back your position in this instance. -- Scjessey (talk) 14:15, 2 January 2019 (UTC)

@Scjessey: Reverting reversions is allowed (but not exactly encouraged) under the new "BRD" discretionary sanctions. The rules were loosened a bit to allow for this type of good-faith editing. ~Awilley (talk) 15:21, 2 January 2019 (UTC)
@Awilley: It's hard to keep on top of all the regs! Just ignore me, JFG. You know what you are doing! -- Scjessey (talk) 19:09, 2 January 2019 (UTC)
Thanks to both of you and happy 2019! — JFG talk 15:46, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

2 January 2019Edit

I am just writing with regards to the reversion of my edit on the page, List of American supercentenarians as the edit summary didn't really elaborate on the reason(s) for doing so. I am quite under the impression that the reason was because the concerned paragraph appeared to be more focused on a person other than the person who was the primary subject of the section. I also probably should have checked the History section of the article before I started editing as I noticed that another user had edited the same section with regards to the same dispute and it had already been removed before I commenced editing. --Tomcollett (talk) 15:10, 2 January 2019 (UTC)

No worries, thanks for your input. Yes indeed, we should not delve too much into stories about other people when discussing a particular person. — JFG talk 15:45, 6 January 2019 (UTC)


Thank you for manipulating the left-hand image. Can you tell me how to center the text underneath it? --Neopeius (talk) 21:46, 4 January 2019 (UTC)

Moved this to Talk:GGSE-1. — JFG talk 15:48, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

Czech Republic templateEdit

Hi. because of your edits on Template:Country data Czech Republic, specially this | shortname alias = Czechia, this {{flagcountry|CZE}} returns   Czech Republic which is obviously not good in English wikipedia. I don't know if you did it intentionally or that was just a mistake but I think you should fix it. thanks in advance. Mohsen1248 (talk) 22:06, 5 January 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for the feedback. I have reverted the changes. — JFG talk 15:44, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

Your draft article, Draft:Investigations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaignEdit


Hello, JFG. It has been over six months since you last edited the Articles for Creation submission or Draft page you started, "Investigations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign".

In accordance with our policy that Wikipedia is not for the indefinite hosting of material deemed unsuitable for the encyclopedia mainspace, the draft has been nominated for deletion. If you plan on working on it further, or editing it to address the issues raised if it was declined, simply edit the submission and remove the {{db-afc}}, {{db-draft}}, or {{db-g13}} code.

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Thanks for your submission to Wikipedia, and happy editing. JMHamo (talk) 10:43, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

@JMHamo: Yeah, that's moot, no problem. Plenty of articles cover this topic already. — JFG talk 13:01, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

Good luckEdit

Years ago I edited the GWBush article and had the most edits to it at one point. There were many many more active editors back then and therefore active contributors to that page, but the ability of most to differentiate between encyclopedia content and news content and to properly make rational NPOV additions that deeply enforced BLP and other policies then was far better than now. Today, the hate filled garbage that is spewed onto the Donald Trump BLP and associated articles has no off valve. Frankly, the obsessiveness of the anti-Trump crowd is the phenomenon, it is also what I find unprecedented. I'm just not able to work collaboratively with people that violate so many fundamental Wikipedia principles and have so low ethical and moral standards that they can lie about their ability to remain neutral on the subject yet post so much hatred and venom and then expect people such as I who did BLP before it was even policy to not see their demands for constant negativity as anything other than pure agenda-driven partisan POV pushing. So I wish you luck in dealing with such people..I find them so loathsome and pathetically sad I must go elsewhere.--MONGO (talk) 14:29, 17 January 2019 (UTC)

Thanks… Americans do love their conspiracy theories; nothing left to say on JFK and 9/11, so we now have Russiagate vs Emailgate. If you think the Trump BLP is bad, take a look at Timeline of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and its talk page. Fascinating stuff! The Soviets had it all planned in 1984! — JFG talk 16:24, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
It really looks like something between TDS and PTSD. I mean, no one hardly believed Trump was gonna win. The Hillary supporters all felt it was ironclad that she would be the next President. The level of venom and hatred on display there is mesmerizing and so adolescent. I feel almost like I'm back arguing with the wackos on 9/11 conspiracy theories stuff.--MONGO (talk) 19:26, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
That is a good point on the 9/11, I bet he had something to do with it... Russia probably helped him pull it off as well. PackMecEng (talk) 19:28, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
Never mind it is already covered.[8][9] PackMecEng (talk) 19:31, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
From that article: "On September 11, 2001, just hours after terrorists brought down the World Trade Center, Donald Trump seemed to brag that one of his buildings was now the tallest in downtown Manhattan. "I mean, 40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually before the World Trade Center the tallest, and then when they built the World Trade Center it became known as the second-tallest, and now it's the tallest," he said.The interview came under scrutiny during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Trump's claim that his building was then the tallest in downtown Manhattan wasn't accurate — the nearby 70 Pine Street building is 25 feet taller than Trump's 40 Wall Street, though Trump's building has four more stories"..I hope the "lie-counters" and "truth-crusaders" fully documented this "pants-on-fire" lie about how tall his building was.--MONGO (talk) 19:49, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
But sources! Millions of them!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Today's predicament is an inverted 9/11: back then mainstream RS were calm while fringe advocates were jumping up and down. Today mainstream RS encourage the general hysteria, and they love the attention just as much as the Tweeter-in-Chief does. — JFG talk 20:32, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
Just the Hillary supporters? Trump was just as surprised as the rest of the country..."I went to see my wife. I say, 'Baby, I tell you what. We're not going to win tonight'." soibangla (talk) 00:27, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
people that violate so many fundamental Wikipedia principles - You mean like this? Hell, your opening comment here is a blatant violation of more than one fundamental Wikipedia principle. I've had it on my user page for years: "Neutrality looks like bias to those who don't recognize their own bias." I'm sorry, MONGO, but you're a prime example, setting a terrible example for less-experienced editors, and a strong candidate for an AP2 topic ban in my opinion. I don't participate much at AE but I'd make an exception for you.
Multiple editors have noticed that Donald Trump gets about as many complaints of pro-Trump bias as of anti-Trump bias—and astutely concluded that we must have it about right. ―Mandruss  20:14, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
I was reading this in its entirety just now and it's an interesting read and I thought everyone, yourself included, offered some reasonable conclusions. Sorry if I disagreed with your editing proposal but I already struck my one support there since I do not see the article as being fixable. I have harped numerous times that such articles are hopelessly dependent on current event sources. I see no chance a fully neutral article about said person is possible at this time so I must be living in a dream world...only after the passage of time and reflection could such a possibility happen there. Have fun.--MONGO (talk) 20:58, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
In fact, there is no public record of any president doing what Trump has done:

Veterans of past administrations could not recall a precedent for a president meeting alone with an adversary and keeping so many of his own advisers from being briefed on what was said. When they meet with foreign leaders, presidents typically want at least one aide in the room — not just an interpreter — to avoid misunderstandings later. Memorandums of conversation, called Memcons, are drafted and details are shared with officials who have reasons to know what was said. “All five of the presidents whom I worked for, Republicans and Democrats, wanted a word-for-word set of notes, if only to protect the integrity of the American side of the conversation against later manipulation by the Soviets or the Russians,” said Victoria J. Nuland, a career diplomat who worked for Dick Cheney and Hillary Clinton, among others.

soibangla (talk) 00:12, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
Let me know when Trump gets impeached and removed from office. He may even have those three sixes on him somewhere.--MONGO (talk) 00:41, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
I find it fascinating that one can assert "all presidents do this," which is flatly, patently, categorically and certifiably false, then in the same breath call Trump "unimpeachable," essentially meaning infallible and god-like, while characterizing as TDS sufferers others who cite countless reliable sources across countless topic areas showing overwhelming objective evidence that Trump is a compulsively lying trainwreck. Since you edited the GWB article back then, you may recall that many considered him to have been "chosen by god" to be president, and Karen Hughes setting him up for this photo op, and they stuck by him as he made one blunder after another blunder after another blunder, until by the time Katrina came along they finally admitted that he had been a trainwreck all along. And then the economy collapsed! soibangla (talk) 01:07, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
Obviously, "unimpeachable" was written in jest. Wikipedians are required to check their prejudice at the door, but are encouraged to bring some levity to potentially acrimonious debates. Funny how "trainwreck Bush" is suddenly a saint now that Trump beat his brother to office. — JFG talk 15:31, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
Humor is disallowed when we are discussing the second coming of Satan, apparently.--MONGO (talk) 15:59, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
I protest: Hitler came second. No, Stalin… errr, Mao. Wait, Pol Pot! — JFG talk 16:02, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
Much salivating is happening at an article near you. Revelations of stupendous issue have emerged, maybe....maybe not.--MONGO (talk) 18:24, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
Ah yes, whenever someone says something particularly fascinating, then it's ye olde "it was obviously just a joke! You take everything so seriously! You have no sense of humor!" Indeed, when I first read the editor's posts, I figured they had to be satirical parodies. They weren't. He was deadly serious. Just sayin'. soibangla (talk) 18:30, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
Yes, deadly indeed and you should be around when we are eating beans by the campfire on yet another roundup.--MONGO (talk) 18:27, 19 January 2019 (UTC)
Um...well OK then soibangla (talk) 18:35, 19 January 2019 (UTC)
Did you stalk me here? Feel free to express your disdain at my talk as I imagine JFG is not interested in this melee any more.--MONGO (talk) 01:20, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
I'm a gracious host; feel free to debate. — JFG talk 15:26, 18 January 2019 (UTC)

(486958) 2014 MU69Edit

For now, I have changed the archive period at (486958) 2014 MU69 to 21 days, so that many of the older discussions can be archived. Once this happens, I plan to change it back to 90 days. --Jax 0677 (talk) 19:22, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

January 2019Edit

  Hello. It appears your talk page is becoming quite lengthy and is in need of archiving. According to Wikipedia's user talk page guidelines; "Large talk pages become difficult to read, strain the limits of older browsers, and load slowly over slow internet connections. As a rule of thumb, archive closed discussions when a talk page exceeds 75 KB or has multiple resolved or stale discussions." - this talk page is 158.8 KB. See Help:Archiving a talk page for instructions on how to manually archive your talk page, or to arrange for automatic archiving using a bot. If you have any questions, place a {{help me}} notice on your talk page, or go to the help desk. Thank you. --Jax 0677 (talk) 19:22, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

I plead the EEng defence, your honour! — JFG talk 19:51, 1 August 2019 (UTC)

Bias against Melania TrumpEdit


I am the person who asked about the unnecessary section regarding Melania Trump’s travel costs in comparison to Michelle Obama’s. You recommended removing it. I do not have the ability to do so, would you mind doing it? Or giving me access to remove it?

Thanks, Lawrencebeesley1912 Lawrencebeesly1912 (talk) 20:17, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

As I wrote in that thread, I'm neutral about including or excluding this information from the article, so I won't touch it. I cannot give you access either, because this article is governed by a WP:semi-protection due to regular vandalism, meaning that only editors with 4 days and 10 contributions to the encyclopedia can edit directly. You already are a registered user, so the easiest way for you to edit this article would be to make a few contributions elsewhere, and your ability to edit this will be triggered automatically. Alternately, you can formulate an edit request on the talk page via the {{Edit semi-protected}} template, upon which another editor can act on your behalf. — JFG talk 23:01, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

Zak's published articleEdit

Hi, saw you asking Alpha carinae if they had access to Zak's published article on Jeanne Calment. Didn't seem appropriate to mention it there but I'll just say here that if you cared to look, it's possible you might find it on Sci-Hub. Oska (talk) 10:05, 5 February 2019 (UTC)

True. Thanks! — JFG talk 10:12, 5 February 2019 (UTC)
Great. Tell me if you couldn't access it.--Alpha carinae (talk) 16:31, 5 February 2019 (UTC)

2019 North Korea–United States Vietnam Summit - your sources please?Edit

Wrong venue

My contribution to "2019 North Korea–United States Vietnam Summit" under "Reactions" [US Holds Key to Korean Peace] were repeatedly deleted by JFG (and earlier FINNUSERTOP) as "unsourced" and "off topic". JFG, can you please substantiate your actions? You should read the sources (readings) which were attached; there are numerous other available sources too. Your cursory dismissal of these well-known sources is both puzzling and baffling, with due respect. You may have a different take, and I can accept your diverse views and opinions (your sources?). The relevance of the dishonoured or unhonoured Budapest Memo by the US and allies, albeit re Crimea, to any Trump-Kim "Denuclearisation-for-Peace" agreement on the Korean Peninsula is so obviously and abundantly clear, as engaged by multiple sources from 2014 (and I provided the source for starter). As a self-appointed editor of Wikipedia, I believe you should allow, and not censor, all shades and spectrum of facts-based arguments instead of just editing/deleting them away. You can of course post helpful rebuttal articles (WITH FACTUAL SOURCES, OF COURSE) to assist readers form 360 degree perspectives of the multi-dimensional issues enmeshed into the DPRK-US relationship. Please read my readings AGAIN, and other very credible articles easily obtained through a simple Google search. I hope to read your rebuttal articles.

- written by DrMikoWise. DrMikoWise (talk) 19:40, 12 February 2019 (UTC) DrMikoWise (talk) 19:51, 12 February 2019 (UTC) DrMikoWise (talk) 19:53, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

I have nothing to rebut and no personal opinion about the relevance of material you added. I'm just asking you to follow Wikipedia processes, in particular the WP:BRD cycle. This discussion belongs on Talk:2019 North Korea–United States Vietnam Summit, where all interested editors will be able to jointly determine the best way to include material that you have suggested and any other commentary. Kind regards, — JFG talk 08:25, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

I have no intention to engage in any "edit war", JFG. As you must know, I have only just begun to contribute to Wikipedia. This initial experience has been very disappointing. Your editing actions - "unsourced" and "off topic" - are totally baffling, arbitrary and untransparent, especially for a Commons encyclopedia. I have some experience in writing and editing for top-class refereed journals. You (and all the purported unknown editors? who?) now decided to delete the entire "Reactions" section of the "2019 North Korea–United States Vietnam Summit" - why? What's left are just fluff and dry stuff. An encyclopedia should contain much more facts-based, credibly-sourced perspectives - just compare with the Encyclopedia Britannica (assuming you and other self-appointed editors, truly with due respects, would accept it as a gold standard). And you threatened in a message to "ban" me? Sounds very China's and DPRK's intolerance of free speech and diverse thinking, eh? Why/what are you so afraid of in the "Reactions" contents? They provided interesting background information to inform Wikipedia users of the complex issues of the Summit. JFG, you could have simply pointed me to the proper formatting of the contributions instead of brushing it off as "unsourced" (which of course it is not but contained multiple sources) or "off topic" (which indicated that the 'editors' did not read and/or understand the contents and embedded links). And your "best way" to consider the NationalInterest and my materials is to censor/delete them off? Seriously, people? Your latest action WILL discourage other contributions who would have richly added to the Topic in the run-up to the Summit. myEndNote - Wikipedia processes are well-written and respected, but I think they are being abused and misused by "humans" who are knowingly or unknowingly arrogant in their self-importance and un-selfconsciousness of their own bias and prejudice. You DO NOT have to censor or delete multiple & credibly-sourced materials - however disagreeable they may be to you and then some. Just trust your readers' intelligence to form their own conclusions - isn't that's why the Commons and Wiki movements are about? written by: DrMikoWise (talk) 10:43, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

The following was first posted in Teahouse. Re-post here for your benefit and immediate response since you first initiated the unreasonable edits which remained UNEXPLAINED. Whither Editorial Intolerance, Lack of Transparency and Accountability - "2019 North Korea–United States Vietnam Summit"? DrMikoWise (talk) 23:39, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

[From MarchJuly] Hi DrMikoWise. It appears that you've found Talk:2019 North Korea–United States Vietnam Summit and have started a discussion about this topic there. That's really the best place for a discussion about the content of 2019 North Korea–United States Vietnam Summit since that it where those interested in the subject matter are likely going to be found. In addition, when you're WP:BOLD and make changes to an article which are subsequently reverted by someone else, the general thing to do is follow Wikipedia:Bold, revert, discuss cycle and engage in article talk page discussion. Please try and remember that the ultimate goal is to the improve the overall quality of the article, not to try and have the article reflect our own personal viewpoints, etc., and any disagreements among editors as to how to achieve this goal are expected to be resolved per Wikipedia:Dispute resolution. So, you're going to have to establish a consensus in favor of making the changes you want to make by showing how the changes comply with relevant Wikipedia policies and guidelines. If you're not familiar with how article talk pages work, you can find some more information in Wikipedia:Talk page guidelines and Help:Talk pages. -- Marchjuly (talk) 04:20, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Thank you, MarchJuly, for the the sensible advisory reminder to one and all. Your fellow editors should also read AGAIN the Wikipedia Guidelines before rushing to judgement and delete the "disputed" content. Acting contrary to your own Wiki-Guidelines, they DID NOT first attempt to edit or improve on the content but simply dismissing it WRONGFULLY as "unsourced" and "off topic". Neither did any of the arrogant self-righteous editors follow the CONSENSUS guideline to "take into account all of the proper concerns raised, (so as) ... to arrive with an absence of objections ...(or) ... settle for as wide an agreement as can be reached". And since "there is (YET) no wide agreement, consensus-building ...(SHOULD)... involve adapting the proposal to bring in dissenters without losing those who accepted the initial proposal". In accordance with the Guidelines, I had in fact "DISCUSSED" why I made the Contribution and then "REVERTED" the wrongful edits, before being threatened with a "BAN" for daring to start an "EDIT WAR". Such behaviors by your editor(s) are reprehensible and should not be condoned by the rest of us who feel more ordinary and less self-righteous. How indeed can you build CONSENSUS, as advised by the Guidelines, when the purported "offending" content have already been removed so arbitrarily by a few editors before any Consensus decision, thereby preventing others from viewing them (with their multiple sources which also contained other multiple embedded sources!) so as to adjudge publication suitability. Up to this very moment, the editor(s) involved HAVE NOT even bothered to explain and shared their thinking driving their rush to "delete" instead of building the recommended "Consensus" in the Wiki-Guidelines. Do the said Wiki-Guidelines NOT apply to these "editors"? Did they have special EXEMPTIONS from the Wiki-Guidelines because of some superior "editor" status? Their stubborn refusal and failure to explain their actions denies critical accountability in editorial decision-making and constitutes a DANGEROUS and blatant disregard for basic and decent human respect accorded to every Wiki Contributor. Suggest the edits be restored for others to read and to debate further HERE so as to build the needed Consensus ... in accordance with the Wiki-Guidelines. The proverbial ball is clearly now in the hands of those few editors (JFG /and others) who are guilty of gross editorial negligence by disregarding Wiki-Guidelines and acting prematurely in haste without first the requisite due diligence and mutual consultations. DrMikoWise (talk) 07:57, 14 February 2019 (UTC) PLEASE RESPOND ASAP IN THE TEAHOUSE, JFG, FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL. DrMikoWise (talk) 08:15, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Blaine TrumpEdit

Hi JFG. Just wanted to let you know that I removed your G4 nomination from Blaine Trump, since the article is considerably expanded compared to the deleted version and cites several sources dated after the last AfD. It will have to go back there. – Joe (talk) 07:05, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Sure, no problem. I have actually started to help with improvements to the article. No pressing reason to delete it again. — JFG talk 19:12, 19 February 2019 (UTC)


Re your unblock support, she's not blocked but is asking for a t-ban to be lifted :) --regentspark (comment) 11:54, 23 February 2019 (UTC)

Right. Amended. — JFG talk 13:57, 23 February 2019 (UTC)

CfD closureEdit

If you wish, you're free to follow up on the closure of this CfD discussion. Marcocapelle (talk) 06:47, 24 February 2019 (UTC)

Crew Dragon conversion to Cargo DragonEdit

In the discussion about changing the name of the "Dragon 2" page, you wonder, "Strange that this [source] does not mention removing the launch escape system ... and their[sic] propellant, which make up a lot of useless mass for cargo."

Pure speculation, but I'd bet that SpaceX eventually wants to test propulsive landings on returning cargo flights. If there's nothing in the load that's particularly breakable, parachuting onto land probably isn't a significantly different shock than parachuting into water, so why not see if you can soften the landing? And once NASA sees lots of successful propulsive landings, maybe they change their tune about using it with passengers.

-- Greg Noel 2600:8801:8001:9F00:E073:5268:55FF:D4B8 (talk) 01:55, 3 March 2019 (UTC)

That would be interesting, but NASA usually has important cargo to recover; not sure they'll accept that risk. We'll see. — JFG talk 09:48, 3 March 2019 (UTC)
Handle it the same way they do first-stage landings: aim for the water just off-shore; if everything is working fine, adjust the landing point on-shore at the last minute. But it's pure speculation, and years away, so I agree that we'll see. -- Greg Noel 2600:8801:8001:9F00:E073:5268:55FF:D4B8 (talk) 11:38, 3 March 2019 (UTC)

A beer for you!Edit

  Thanks a bunch for the work you did putting together the RFC at Talk:List of federal judges appointed by Donald Trump and getting a very productive discussion started. Marquardtika (talk) 15:08, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

Some baklava for you!Edit

  Thank you for your diligent assistance in WP SF! Please do join us at the WP SF Discord server -- it's been invaluable for quick reviews and suggestions.

Join Server Neopeius (talk) 20:07, 10 March 2019 (UTC)


I am in the process of de-watchlisting all articles related to candidates for US president in 2020.

Feel free to ping me about my own edits to that article, but otherwise I will not be watching the Donald Trump article, or any other article with his name in the title. power~enwiki (π, ν) 15:45, 14 March 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for the notice. May I ask what prompted you to retire from those topics? — JFG talk 21:02, 14 March 2019 (UTC)
I live in Iowa and they're already running TV ads here. power~enwiki (π, ν) 21:20, 14 March 2019 (UTC)

PHP 7Edit

Hi JFG. I see that you are using the PHP 7 beta. Have you experienced any issues with slow loading of pages or history, or inability to edit on a mobile device?- MrX 🖋 11:37, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

Working without a hitch. Not editing from mobile, so can't comment. — JFG talk 12:59, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

ITN recognition for BeresheetEdit

 On 16 April 2019, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Beresheet, which you created. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page.

Stephen 06:38, 16 April 2019 (UTC)

What the?Edit

Is this move vandalism? PackMecEng (talk) 02:54, 30 April 2019 (UTC)

I wondered that myself. Where is JFG hiding these days? Atsme Talk 📧 11:37, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
@PackMecEng and Atsme: May I know what you are talking about? — JFG talk 15:16, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
Apparently Generic username1312 moved your talk page and user page to User:Genericusername but JJMC89 moved you back this morning. PackMecEng (talk) 15:18, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
What PME said. I wasn't sure if you decided to change your name or what. Atsme Talk 📧 17:16, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for the notice. I'd be slightly more creative if I ever changed my name.  JFG talk 17:39, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
So you are saying you would pick a less generic user name? PackMecEng (talk) 19:28, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
Yes, I'd pick something simple and distinctive like User talk or Talk talk JFG talk 06:58, 1 May 2019 (UTC)


Thanks for correcting my error on 2019 in spaceflight a few hours ago, meant to put the "3 May 2019" not "11 May 2019". — Preceding unsigned comment added by OkayKenji (talkcontribs) 19:23, 30 April 2019 (UTC)

Rama Arbitration CaseEdit

You were recently listed as a party to a request for arbitration. The Arbitration Committee has accepted that request for arbitration and an arbitration case has been opened at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Rama. Evidence that you wish the arbitrators to consider should be added to the evidence subpage, at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Rama/Evidence. Please add your evidence by May 10, 2019, which is when the evidence phase closes. You can also contribute to the case workshop subpage, Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Rama/Workshop. For a guide to the arbitration process, see Wikipedia:Arbitration/Guide to arbitration. For the Arbitration Committee, -- Amanda (aka DQ) 19:41, 2 May 2019 (UTC)

Delivered by: MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:41, 2 May 2019 (UTC)

Previous listing as a partyEdit

My apologies for the above section stating that you are a party. You are not, I made a mistake with the template. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 19:51, 2 May 2019 (UTC)

Indeed I am not a party; I just made an uninvolved statement in the case request. — JFG talk 04:31, 3 May 2019 (UTC)

Page moveEdit

Regarding this, I am allowed to move pages, and we are encouraged to be bold. If you had read my edit summary, you should see that there is no reason for the move to be controversial. According to that page you referenced, there should be no reason for me not to move the page. -- BullRangifer (talk) 22:06, 3 May 2019 (UTC)

I have already notified you of the appropriate process on your talk page. And yes I did read your edit summary; it's simply that not all editors may agree with its substance. Personally I have not given it any thought yet; this was just a procedural revert. Re: there should be no reason for me not to move the page, our WP:RM#CM guideline states that a move request process is recommended whenever "There has been any past debate about the best title for the page" or "Someone could reasonably disagree with the move" – I reckon that both of these clauses apply in this case. — JFG talk 22:12, 3 May 2019 (UTC)
Okay. I wasn't aware that this particular aspect of the title had ever been a subject of discussion, but since it has, I'll back off.
Currently the title is inaccurate and not in harmony with the contents of the article. That's the only reason I dropped that word. The title sets up a false expectation that Trump campaign members' contacts with "officials" were the only things investigated, when, in fact, their contacts with numerous Russians were investigated, from oligarchs, Russia FSB and GRU agents, professors, politicians, businessmen, etc. I would guess that most contacts were not with "officials". -- BullRangifer (talk) 22:18, 3 May 2019 (UTC)
You're right about the laundry list of contacts with Russian people, some of whom were officials (Kislyak, Torshin), most of whom were not (real estate people, oligarchs, an activist lawyer, a pop singer), and some of whom are not even Russian (Georgians, Ukrainians, Soviet-born Americans). I believe that the "false expectation" was that the Trump campaign was secretly in cahoots with Putin's minions, and that's why we saw the scaremongering about "Russian officials" throughout the last 3 years. Now that this narrative has been somewhat deflated by the Mueller report, we can surely adjust the article, but I don't think a simple change of title is enough to address the accumulated accusations and dead-end tracks. — JFG talk 22:29, 3 May 2019 (UTC)
Okay. It's good to get your perspective on this. What's the proper procedure now? I'm getting scared to do anything at Wikipedia for fear someone will try to get me in trouble. I was really acting in good faith and not trying to cause any trouble or controversy. I try not to be bold in such situations, preferring to discuss first. -- BullRangifer (talk) 22:34, 3 May 2019 (UTC)

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I have self-reverted my last two title changes pending resolution.

I have performed hundreds of page moves during my years here, but only on controversial pages have I ever encountered objections, which is why I quickly stopped doing it when there was any chance of controversy. This appeared to be a cut-and-dried situation of obvious need where the encouragement to be bold with page moves justified the change. You are the only one to protest, thus discouraging me from being bold in normally uncontroversial situations. Maybe I misjudged this one, but now we will never know. -- BullRangifer (talk) 22:31, 3 May 2019 (UTC)

No need to be scared of anything. Just open a move request and present your rationale, then sit back and trust the process. — JFG talk 22:44, 3 May 2019 (UTC)
Okay, I'll give it a try. I don't think I've ever done it before. I've always been bold and nearly always successfully. Feel free to share your views there. -- BullRangifer (talk) 23:04, 3 May 2019 (UTC)
In my view the most useful part of WP:RM#CM for the AP2 area is "Use this process if there is any reason to believe a move would be contested" — to which I add "reasonable or otherwise." Except in clear cases of pure cosmetics (spelling, etc), I think it's best to err on the side of too much process in AP2, particularly when we're talking about a process that generally takes just a week to complete. ―Mandruss  23:07, 3 May 2019 (UTC)
I agree. This will be the safest and most collaborative way to do it. I'll get to it later. -- BullRangifer (talk) 01:21, 4 May 2019 (UTC)
Hi, y'all. I edited the lede of the article you're discussing here yesterday; now using a faster public wifi connection, btw, than I have at home. Just wanted to state my own preference is for BullRangifer's title, for the reason he articulated in his original edit summary: "Dropping "officials" as the contacts included many types of Russians. This does not change the scope, but brings the title into harmony with the content. Oligarchs, their hangers-on, et. al, need to be included in the article, too. No idea where "there" is, re sharing my views about this, btw, so would be grateful if someone would copy this comment to the appropriate board. Thanks to all for sorting this. (talk) 00:26, 4 May 2019 (UTC)
As soon as BullRangifer opens a move request at Talk:Links between Trump associates and Russian officials, you'll be able to comment there. — JFG talk 00:31, 4 May 2019 (UTC)

Great moment in wikipedia editingEdit

Lol you use MJ after having your allegedly insidious motives criticized over half the talk page. Classic. Shinealittlelight (talk) 00:34, 10 May 2019 (UTC)

That's neutrality for you! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯JFG talk 00:37, 10 May 2019 (UTC)

George Francis minibio at List of American supercentenariansEdit

I've restored the minibio you deleted per the outcome of this deletion discussion. I think it's only proper to seek broader consensus, seeing as the very existence of the minibio was derived from and mandated by community consensus. schetm (talk) 07:31, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

@Schetm: Thanks for the notice, but I don't think an AfD/merge discussion from 2007 has any strong relevance today. Happy to discuss the removal of this mini-bio on the article's talk page. — JFG talk 16:22, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

Notice of Dispute resolution noticeboard discussionEdit

This message is being sent to let you know of a discussion at the Wikipedia:Dispute resolution noticeboard regarding the appropriate scope of our timeline of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. Content disputes can hold up article development and make editing difficult for editors. You are not required to participate, but you are both invited and encouraged to help this dispute come to a resolution. The thread is "Talk:Timeline of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections". Please join us to help form a consensus. Thank you! — JFG talk 21:37, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

It's eerily satisfactory to notify myself as well as all my fellow editors.  JFG talk 21:38, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Name change on page of Japanese prime ministerEdit

I think WP:SPNC does apply here. 黄雨伞 (talk) 21:26, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

I have replied on Talk:Shinzō Abe. — JFG talk 21:29, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Copyeditor's Barnstar
Thanks for fixing the archive links. I almost forgot about the checkmark;) Manabimasu (talk) 21:53, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

table issuesEdit

After your indexing edit, it seems that the table wikicode of the oldest living people table is dumped raw into the article in the wikipedia android app, ruining the article... Namiocik (talk) 16:47, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

Oops, thanks for the notice. Will look whether that issue has been reported to the mobile app dev team. I saw other table issues when using other templates, e.g. on 2019 in spaceflight. — JFG talk 19:09, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

Impact of tariffsEdit

Um, after commenting to MrX in his competing thread, afraid I got my mobi scrolling in this into thread for a few replying to Soibangla before realising that it goes on and on ... So I am reverting my self out, but do you want such individual bits discussed ? Or do you think the thread needs some more direction from you or just hab the whole as a mess now OBE and restart ? Unclear to me now how or If to edit in this thread. Cheers Markbassett (talk) 03:24, 23 May 2019 (UTC)

I think the whole thread belongs in Economic policy of the Donald Trump administration and China–United States trade war. But what do I know? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I'm always fascinated by the collective urge to cram news-of-the-day reporting into Trump's biography. Not sure whether this happened with previous presidents. — JFG talk 06:19, 23 May 2019 (UTC)
Somebody once told me the Trump BLP is being pretty-well maintained with the current processes in place.[10]Mandruss  12:39, 23 May 2019 (UTC)
I've asked Soibangla to remove all that grab bag of stuff junking up the section, that he later said was pursuing un-reverting the prior edit, and maybe recraft a language proposal. Cheers Markbassett (talk) 22:03, 23 May 2019 (UTC)


  There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Robert McClenon (talk) 15:57, 25 May 2019 (UTC)

Thank you!Edit

I sincerely appreciate your contribution to the DS/alert annoyance proposal, and helping to get it closer to ARCA approval.   Atsme Talk 📧 16:30, 29 May 2019 (UTC)

My pleasure. Simplifying this drama minefield would be a welcome step. — JFG talk 18:07, 29 May 2019 (UTC)

Slate articleEdit

Wow, don't you look like the hero in the new Slate article. And you got the last word.   Congrats. R2 (bleep) 18:57, 29 May 2019 (UTC)

Re: “When, on the same article, you’ve got a group of editors who say, ‘This is absolutely biased one way,’ and you have another bunch of editors who say, ‘This is absolutely biased the other way,’ that’s when you’re correct.” It's rather easy to get an article to that state. All you have to do is load it up with contradictory POV statements from opposing points of view.
My own standard is when the majority of people in those groups can say, "Meh, I guess that's fair." It's more difficult to get an article to that place, with careful wording, dispassionate tone, and attention to possible implications. It requires a lot of compromise and "writing for the opponent". I don't think the current culture around the Donald Trump article is conducive to this kind of article development at the moment. ~Awilley (talk) 02:34, 30 May 2019 (UTC)
So JFG doesn't get the last word after all? I suppose there is no last word. R2 (bleep) 05:29, 30 May 2019 (UTC)

Two articlesEdit

Jonathan Chait of New York:

  • [11] Mueller: Trump Is Not Not a Criminal
  • [12] Conservatives Stunned by Mueller Suggesting Trump Is Not Innocent

Thought you should read these. Cheers, starship.paint (talk) 02:18, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

Thanks. Sadly, the twisted logic in all these statements only fuels political feuds. — JFG talk 02:24, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

Geschichte der GegenwartEdit

I think you're the perfect person to ask about this. Would you consider this to be a reliable source for facts? Self-published, or perhaps an opinion source? Thanks in advance. R2 (bleep) 16:05, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

Interesting, wasn't aware of this publication. It's a political online magazine, it has editorial staff, so I'd consider it RS. Most contributors are faculty members from Swiss and German Universities, so you'd have to consider their bias. The magazine has a page on the German Wikipedia: de:Geschichte der Gegenwart. It states they are funded by donations only, and includes a long list of contributors, almost all notable enough to have their own article. — JFG talk 23:20, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
@Ahrtoodeetoo: Looking over some of the articles on that website, it's clear that it primarily publishes opinion essays on politics. Any claims or arguments made in those articles should be attributed to the authors. -Thucydides411 (talk) 23:34, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

Where I got the ideaEdit

See the last sentence in the last paragraph under the subsection "Assertions by medical professionals" - relating to your hat. Atsme Talk 📧 04:51, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

Trump footnoteEdit

The editsum here is correct, strictly speaking, per the lead at United States Electoral College. But they left it even worse. I'm not sure how to fix it, and hey, you wrote it. ―Mandruss  19:14, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

  Done.[13] Thanks for the notice. — JFG talk 04:27, 18 June 2019 (UTC)


Will you double check my double checking of the source that was cited for the exceptional claim against The Wall Street Journal? The only thing I can find that WSJ published was an opinion essay by a scientist and a rebuttal letter by the scientist he was questioning. The RfC was closed by a non-admin and I've asked for source that supports the claim to be cited but...well, just take a look at my comment on the WSJ TP whenever you have time please mr. mentor o'mine. Atsme Talk 📧 04:08, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Could you point me to the relevant edits and discussions? — JFG talk 04:27, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Talk:The Wall Street Journal#Concern over lead - my concern is over the policy vios: (a) opinion stated as fact in WikiVoice, (b) the cited source does not support the material, and (c) there are other sources mentioned in the RfC but those sources are opinions of competitors. I presented valid reasons for my concerns on the TP. I don't consider the WSJ a promoter of anything - it is a RS, a multiple Pulitzer recipient, they publish newsworthy information and opinion pieces authored by experts, and they also publishes letters to the editor and rebuttals by experts. It appears that we're dealing with an "exceptional claim" that requires "exceptional sources" because there is a significant divide within the scientific community. I have no intention of getting into the global warming debate - my focus is accuracy & adherence to NPOV in the lede. I am a member of WP:LEADTEAM. Atsme Talk 📧 13:05, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Thank you. I have now read the RfC and your arguments against its conclusion. I think the best course of action would be to open a new RfC, explaining how the previous one was, according to your research, flawed. I'm quite busy IRL at the moment, but I'd be happy to give you my opinion on any wording of such followup RfC that you'd like to draft. I'm not up for drafting it myself. — JFG talk 20:22, 19 June 2019 (UTC)


I'm challenging the purported consensus on the Gerneth merge. Three support vs. two oppose isn't a ringing endorsement for a merge, and the procedure at WP:ANRFC was not followed. The fully allotted time, per the guideline, should be given, and then a request for a close should be made. schetm (talk) 05:54, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Answered at Talk:List of German supercentenarians#Merge proposal. — JFG talk 08:25, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Precious anniversaryEdit

Three years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:40, 21 June 2019 (UTC)

Biggest bunch of incels contributed to this extremely stupid articleEdit

There was no "Russian" interference - you lost, you losers. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:50, 25 June 2019 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Template:Trump familyEdit


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New Page Review newsletter July-August 2019Edit

Hello JFG,

WMF at work on NPP Improvements

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Articles are still not always being checked thoroughly enough. If you are not sure what to do, leave the article for a more experienced reviewer. Please be on the alert for any incongruities in patrolling and help your colleagues where possible; report patrollers and autopatrolled article creators who are ostensibly undeclared paid editors. The displayed ORES alerts offer a greater 'at-a-glance' overview, but the new challenges in detecting unwanted new content and sub-standard reviewing do not necessarily make patrolling any easier, nevertheless the work may have a renewed interest factor of a different kind. A vibrant community of reviewers is always ready to help at NPR.


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Donald TrumpEdit

Hi JFG. You violated enforced BRD on Donald Trump. The restriction sates:

Enforced BRD: If an edit you make is challenged by reversion you must discuss the issue on the article talk page and wait 24 hours (from the time of the original edit) before reinstating your edit. Partial reverts/reinstatements that reasonably address objections of other editors are preferable to wholesale reverts.

You added the material here, and after I reverted it, you added it again here without discussing it on the talk page.

Also, if you consulted the discussion I linked Talk:Donald Trump/Archive 100#Exercise in my edit summary, you would see that three editors supported the material that I added, while none supported your version. In fact, you cited Trump's tweet(!) while disregarding contradictory facts in other sources.

Please self-revert. Thank you.- MrX 🖋 11:29, 6 July 2019 (UTC)

Acknowledged. Your version did not have consensus either. Let's keep both out until the new discussion pans out. — JFG talk 11:03, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
Yes, my version did have consensus, which I've already proven. If you violate restrictions on this article again, I won't politely warn as I did this time. Respect the boundaries, like everyone else.- MrX 🖋 15:00, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
No need to be so aggressive. I could as well say "next time you revert an edit you don't like, don't call it a simple "CE" in your editsum", but I won't. — JFG talk 16:10, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
MONGO buttinski time...comeon MrX...take a chill pill.--MONGO (talk) 16:49, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Hi JFG. I think this edit summary was rather misleading. You went too far with some of the substantive changes to call that copy editing. R2 (bleep) 19:40, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
    I don't think so, but in any case feel free to WP:SOFIXIT. — JFG talk 19:50, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
I can't fix your edit summary.   In general, you shouldn't describe a change as copy editing unless it's really, truly copy editing. I'm apparently not the only person who was bothered by this. R2 (bleep) 20:28, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
I'll give it to you that it was a lot of copyediting, including moving a sentence into a different paragraph where it made more sense. I don't think I changed any substantial meaning, though. When I do really trivial copyediting, I mark it as a minor edit, which was not the case here. Also, some of my changes actually restored prior text that I think had better grammar (e.g. "even after they were exonerated by DNA evidence in 2002; Trump maintained this position as late as 2019" instead of "even after being exonerated by DNA evidence in 2002, maintaining this position as late as 2019"). — JFG talk 20:39, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Donald TrumpEdit

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DS Alert Notice at ARCAEdit

  Your Notice Award
JFG, thank you for participating in my DS Alert proposal at ARCA, and for volunteering your help. It did not go unnoticed. The resulting motion has been carried and enacted. 😊 Atsme Talk 📧 14:17, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Just tested it out on you, but it looks like it isn't working yet. GoldenRing already modified the template [14] so it looks like it should be working. ~Awilley (talk) 14:42, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
That's because I tested it at the same time you did, and I also made a mistake because the template name is case-sensitive, so we must type {{Ds/aware}}, not {{DS/aware}}. — JFG talk 14:59, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
I think it was the typo. I saw the edit conflict, but I also saw the warning template without the extra text. It worked for me just now. Thanks, and sorry about the rogue alert. ~Awilley (talk) 15:47, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Thanks Atsme. So many domains I'm aware of…[15] I must be totally woke by now!  JFG talk 15:01, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Wahhhh...I think I broke it. I added the DS template in my custom box, listed all the topics, collapsed it so all that shows is the ugly green bar instead of one that matches my notice box, and then tried to alert myself to ap and it did not trigger that I was already alerted. Atsme Talk 📧 17:49, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
It should alert you if you try to actually publish the alert, not just upon preview. — JFG talk 18:03, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
It saved and published - see revert. I wonder if the filter is seeing the collapsed list in my custom notice? Please feel free to experiment, and then I'll revert it and copy it back so the Arbs know I am aware. Atsme Talk 📧 18:47, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
The filter is too smart for its own good. If it has been triggered once, even without saving, then it won't warn you the next time. This enables people to actually deliver alerts by saving a second time. If you try alerting yourself to a topic you've never touched, the filter should work. Don't worry, it will still work for other editors who might not have heeded your top-of-page notice. — JFG talk 18:53, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Last question (maybe) - does my alert aware template still work if I put it inside the hide-text brackets? Atsme Talk 📧 22:00, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Should still work. — JFG talk 22:18, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
It worked for Mongo, but Montanabw just tried it and she said it didn't work. Maybe she's not using the correct code to trigger it. Is the following the correct template to use? {{Ds/alert|ap}}
I do not see any {{Ds/aware}} tag on Montanabw's talk page. While I was there, I made a note about Elizabeth Williams Berry's purported age. — JFG talk 22:39, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Ah, you mean Montanabw tried an alert on your talk page? For that she must use {{subst:Ds/alert|ap}} or just {{subst:alert|ap}}. Without the "subst", nothing subsists. — JFG talk 22:43, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Ah ha!! I'll pass that along. Thx! Atsme Talk 📧 23:37, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Questioning your RFC Close at The GuardianEdit

Please stop with the personal attacks, all of you. Referring to other editors as "bleeding ulcers" is not acceptable anywhere and, as JFG has already pointed out, this is not the venue for airing grievances about user conduct - WP:AN or WP:ANI is where that should be happen. The query over the RFC close has been dealt with, so hatting this now before it gets out of hand. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Amakuru (talkcontribs) 08:32, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

I think your non admin close at The Guardian was entirely incorrect and baseless to be frank. There were 10 independent editors that clearly voted to delete the political alignment from the infobox. You went against the vast majority of editor's opinion. I question your logic too that you applied? Would you care to elaborate a little further as to how you came to the conclusion you did? Merphee (talk) 11:03, 29 July 2019 (UTC)

I wrote a rather detailed closing statement, precisely because this was a complex case. I don't really see how to elaborate further, unless you have precise questions, which I'd be happy to address. — JFG talk 22:26, 29 July 2019 (UTC)
It looks like an excellent and well-reasoned close to me. Well done JFG. Yet again showing why you're Wikipedia's preeminent non-admin.  — Amakuru (talk) 22:04, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Seconded. El_C 22:14, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
I third it - very well done analysis leading to what appears to be a rather obvious conclusion based on the comments accompanying the iVotes. 👏👏👏👏 Atsme Talk 📧 23:30, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
The tallying of votes produced the "obvious" and correct solution? cygnis insignis 03:12, 2 August 2019 (UTC)
He didn't "tally votes", he assessed the consensus, but if you disagree with the outcome why not simply unilaterally re-open RfC again as you did here? That's how this process works, right? Endymion.12 (talk) 18:03, 2 August 2019 (UTC)
The tally yielded 10 votes to remove the subjective label from the infobox. The next closest option yielded only 6 votes, yet you went with that option. The process to arrive at the conclusion you did while extensive was highly 'subjective' and based solely on your own personal criteria you chose to use. We are told to follow policy in every other area and there should be policy which applies here when closing an RFC instead of going against the clear and vast majority of independent editor's votes. Merphee (talk) 22:13, 2 August 2019 (UTC)
I stand by my rationale, which explained why a label should be included, and my conclusion is well within policy. If you are still not satisfied with this close, your next recourse is WP:AN. — JFG talk 22:18, 2 August 2019 (UTC)
Rather than just saying your rationale is based on policy could you perhaps show objective evidence of what policy it was based on? Merphee (talk) 00:50, 3 August 2019 (UTC)
The close speaks for itself, and has been endorsed by two experienced admins. I'm not interested in a wikilawyering contest just because you don't like the outcome. — JFG talk 02:53, 3 August 2019 (UTC)
Yet you are unable to show in any way at all how your entirely subjective criteria used to close the RFC and personal point of view was based in any way whatsoever on any actual policy at all here on Wikipedia that we all supposedly edit based purely on Wikipedia policy. Interesting indeed. Merphee (talk) 15:31, 3 August 2019 (UTC)
Again, I'm not required to WP:SATISFY you by entering a policy debate. And rest assured that I have no personal point of view regarding The Guardian's political alignment. Feel free to make your case at WP:AN. — JFG talk 15:36, 3 August 2019 (UTC)
Obviously I'm not going to do that and still no actual policy or objective criteria would be used or applied to closing the RFC anyway. Have a nice day. Merphee (talk) 00:59, 4 August 2019 (UTC)
Enjoy your Sunday as well! — JFG talk 07:28, 4 August 2019 (UTC)

This seems a good place to try and get more eyes on this stuff. Merphee is an absolute bleeding ulcer. Any talk page discussion with them becomes a veritable wall of IDHT; when they claim that Australian newspapers don't have alignment in the infobox, they fail to mention how that happened (answer: because they embarked on a project of boring anyone who disagreed to death). They consistently claim any RFC produced the result they think it should have (as is happening here); on the talkpages of Australian newspapers they then come back and cite those RFCs as support.

They're not an asset to the project; only a tiny fraction of their edits contribute anything, and the overwhelming majority of their edits serve to frustrate, and waste the time of, editors who are here to contribute.

What can be done? Pinkbeast (talk) 14:22, 10 August 2019 (UTC)

The appropriate process to raise grievances about a particularly annoying editor is to expose the case at WP:AN. Beware of potential WP:BOOMERANG though, that crowd is fierce. — JFG talk 14:49, 10 August 2019 (UTC)
They've been there before ([ this) is when I first became aware of Merphee) and other editors have mentioned it, but the characteristic cloud of incoherent protest seems to confuse the issue. Pinkbeast (talk) 14:54, 10 August 2019 (UTC)
Hah, quite a case of WP:IDHT there! Reminds me of an RfC I just closed…   Not much to do, I'm afraid, unless this editor indulges in outré abuse again some day. — JFG talk 15:07, 10 August 2019 (UTC)
Pinkbeast I realise you and i have had conflict before and you are very angry about losing an argument at another article page. However there is no excuse for this outright baseless personal attack on me as you have done here simply because I disagree with your personal point of view that you try to constantly push into many of our articles. Please Wikipedia:Assume good faith and drop the stick now. This discussion and outcome at the Guardian is over and the close by JFG is accepted. Merphee (talk) 04:52, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
Pot. Kettle.... HiLo48 (talk) 06:08, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
Oh HiLo48 this is the type of childish behaviour and comments when the issue has already been resolved which has almost got you BANNED, not blocked but BANNEd from Wikipedia. Please be civil. Merphee (talk) 08:08, 11 August 2019 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

IABot and rescuing sourcesEdit

Hey there, I'm looking for advice and clarification regarding a recent undo you did. You seem to be a more experienced editor than I am, so I am acting in good faith by constructively discussing this.

I pretty much just discovered IABot today. I had seen it here and there in article revision histories, and I searched "WP:IABot", which redirected me to the bot's userpage. After reading that, I tried it out, and I ended up using it on around 15 different articles. I admit that I was pretty liberal in my usage of the bot functionality. Perhaps I went a bit overboard?

In your edit summary, you mentioned: "Too heavy. Please only rescue dead sources, if any"

I assume that "heavy" refers to the size of the edit? 18,232 bytes do seem like a lot. I did some digging around earlier and briefly looked over articles like WP:LR and WP:CS, but I didn't find any mentions of standard procedure or guidelines regarding using the IABot. The only restriction I found, which was on the IABot website itself, was a maximum of five uses per minute. Let me know if there is an official list of guidelines for IABot usage, or if there is a commonly-accepted community code of conduct.

Overall, I do agree with your decision to undo. 18k+ extra bytes will make an already large article take longer to load. Plus, I think the archives for those articles have already been created anyway, right? Theoretically, they should be preserved in the WaybackMachine. If any of those citations become dead sources in the future, their archives will (hopefully) be there waiting.

Let me know if you have any general advice on when and when not to use the IABot. Thanks in advance, and have a nice day. —Bobbychan193 (talk) 08:36, 8 August 2019 (UTC)

@Bobbychan193: Thanks for your message. IABot is a very nice tool, but the use of the "archive all links" checkbox (or whatever it's called now) is a matter of disagreement and editor taste. Generally, on long articles, there is consensus to "rescue" only those links that need an archive because they are dead. If all links get an archive, the article becomes quite difficult to edit in wikitext mode, and it also becomes unnecessarily heavy in raw transmission and rendering time (we should accommodate people who still have metered Internet access, and not-so-stellar speeds). Not to mention the bludgeoning of the reference section with useless archive links; better let those links that really need an archive stand out from the rest. Hope this helps. — JFG talk 08:48, 8 August 2019 (UTC)
@JFG: Thanks for the clarification. Is there a threshold for what constitutes a long article? Either word count, or page size, or even number of references? —Bobbychan193 (talk) 08:52, 8 August 2019 (UTC)
I'd use gut feeling.  JFG talk 09:11, 8 August 2019 (UTC)
Bobbychan193 see WP:LENGTH Atsme Talk 📧 20:36, 13 August 2019 (UTC)

Can you understand why I'm pissed?Edit

  1. I have a thousand template edits and have been placing Template:Vital article on talk pages for six years, yet I am denied the right to edit protected templates on the strength of a lack of 8 edits.
  2. Template:Vital article has never been vandalized despite being a high-profile unprotected template for five years, yet the person who protected it refuses to consider unprotection
  3. And in this entire process, everybody (except for maybe you) seems to be treating me with abject distrust

Wikipedia bureaucracy at its finest! pbp 23:49, 12 August 2019 (UTC)

I hear you. If you're already pissed at ordinary Wikipedian bureaucracy, I pray you never get embroiled in WMF bureaucracy!…  JFG talk 00:01, 13 August 2019 (UTC)


My favorite line from the Butina timeline is "Butina tells an American Facebook friend who complained about California's gun restrictions that he should "hold demonstrations" for gun rights." Confirms my long held suspicion that mass shootings in America are probably influenced by (if not directly ordered from) the Kremlin.

The timeline discussion is complex, and I'm not sure I can really suggest the best way to handle all those items. -Darouet (talk) 16:16, 14 August 2019 (UTC)

"mass shootings in America are probably influenced by the Kremlin". Oh yes, because they helped the current president to be elected and because they have connections with NRA. And BTW, sowing ethnic tensions in the USA was a long-standing approach even by the old-time KGB, as explained in books by historians on the subject. My very best wishes (talk) 15:43, 15 August 2019 (UTC)
Exactly: this was precisely J. Edgar Hoover's great insight, that despite his admiration for Martin Luther King Jr., Einstein, and thousands of others, he was forced to spy upon them (with regret), because they fell victim to Russian / Soviet propaganda. "Useful idiots" as always. And the irony goes deeper, again, given what historians have to say about Soviet influence on the development of Jim Crow laws in America, and Catherine the Great's (in)famous lobbying of the founding fathers to keep slavery during the struggle for independence: effectively creating the racial tensions they then exploited. This is probably meant as a joke, but I've even heard people say that Satan, when he took the form of a snake, whispered into Eve's ear in a language resembling Russian, thus creating original sin. No matter how far back you go... Darouet (talk) 17:07, 15 August 2019 (UTC)
"a snake, whispered into Eve's ear in a language ... ". Yes, this is funny. On the other "side", I heard one Russian patriot saying very seriously that the correct historical name of Jerusalem is actually "Rusalem" which proves it belongs to "us", just like Kiev where he said out tanks need to be tomorrow, etc. We have a page about him, he is a talented and well educated man. This is not to justify the deeds by Hoover of course.My very best wishes (talk) 18:47, 15 August 2019 (UTC)
Indeed the whole Butina story is quasi farcical. Regarding timelines, I'm almost done with the draft; take a new look. To me, it's the only way to make sense of this giant spaghetti. — JFG talk 17:16, 14 August 2019 (UTC)
Hi @JFG: I actually think the timeline is fascinating, and it's obviously taken a lot of work. One thing that concerns me, since you have asked (😇), is that attribution is not always being maintained in the timeline. Where does this information come from? Who first reported it, and more importantly, what is the original source? It may not surprise you that this has been a concern of mine for some time [16]. For instance in the timeline section that concerns the IRA, you write: "Aleksandra Krylova and Anna Bogacheva, two IRA employees, travel to the U.S. to collect intelligence. Maria Bovda, a third employee, is denied a visa." This is sourced to the Washington Post [17], but really the source is an indictment — that is, a series of formal allegations — prepared by Robert Mueller. Attribution would be important under any circumstances, but on the off chance that Krylova, Bogacheva and Bovda are real people (that is, if we take the allegations seriously), it is especially important that we write about allegations concerning them accurately: we need to note the source of the allegations and attribute properly. Anyway, just my two cents. -Darouet (talk) 20:18, 14 August 2019 (UTC)

Swiss controversy adviceEdit

Hi. I would like to ask for your help/advice on Draft:Zava. It is a properly stated conflict of interest contribution. Since you have “de-3” tag on your profile, I assume that you know German well enough and can give an advice on how to improve the part about Zava launch in Switzerland. There was a controversy around it that is currently not present in the article because I couldn’t draft the right phrasing (I am not a German speaker and Google translate is unreliable). Can you please tell what was the controversy about and what would be the right phrase to describe it? These two articles cover it (Blick, Ktipp). My original wording was On June 20, 2012, DrEd was launched in Switzerland, where it faced opposition from local cantonal pharmacy supervisors, but I am not sure that this is the right description. Thank you in advance. --Bbarmadillo (talk) 20:52, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

@Bbarmadillo: The Blick article explains that upon launch, a cantonal pharmacy supervisor (in Solothurn, where DrEd had enlisted a local pharmacy delivery service) complained that it was not possible to mix telemedicine with retail service. The prescriptions issued from London by a Swiss-registered doctor were considered valid. In reaction, DrEd offered to deliver the prescribed medications from Germany, if the client so wished. The article further notes that this setup would not allow the Swiss health insurance companies to directly pay the pharmacy (but the patients would likely be reimbursed after sending the receipts – my note), and that medicine would have German packaging instead of the Swiss one (losing the multilingual notices – my note). All in all, it did not look like a major issue. I don't have access to the Ktipp article, which sits behind a paywall. That was the 2012 situation. For more recent developments, the German article has more detail, especially about the acceptance of telemedicine in Germany. As of today, DrEd Schweiz delivers medications from a Swiss pharmacy.[18] I also noticed that the Swiss pages of the DrEd/Zava site have a notice informing clients that the service for Swiss clients will stop on 7 September 2019. No idea whether it's because of a legal issue or a simple business decision. — JFG talk 23:45, 21 August 2019 (UTC)
@JFG: Thanks a lot for taking your time to look into it. So it was business as usual, nothing special. I guess, in this case the current factual information about the date of launch in Switzerland is enough. Can you, please, also take a look at the Austrian part of the article? I feel that the wording in this part can be more exact, but again I encounter language, translation limitations. In January 2013, Austrian consumer magazine Konsument tested ordering a prescription for a malaria drug and a Gonorrhea treatment. The verdict was negative. Konsument, Der Standard. What should be said instead of negative? --Bbarmadillo (talk) 04:56, 22 August 2019 (UTC)
I have now read the Konsument report, from 2013, and can confirm they rated the service as globally negative. There is no reason to sugar-coat it, unless other credible sources provide a better rating. Specifically, the consumer magazine noted that the online doctor "comically" advised a sex worker of the need to inform her sexual partners of the last three months about her STD infection. Apparently Austrian law also requires the doctor to inform the sanitary authorities of any case of STDs where a greater risk to public health might be expected, which should have been the case here. Granted, the magazine may have been pushing it by picking this particular example as a test patient. In another case, they asked about malaria prevention for a trip to Ethiopia, and they complained that the online doctor gave them an "unnecessary" preventive treatment, because their test patient was supposed to travel only above 2500 meters altitude, where the disease was not present. Again, this specific test case maybe pushing it, and I'm not sure a regular in-person doctor visit would have avoided this kind of over-protection (personal note: I have received all kinds of contradictory advice on malaria prevention when traveling to various African nations). Still, the consumer magazine concludes that Austrian patients should absolutely avoid DrEd or any online medicine service, because they "cannot replace the personal meeting between doctor and patient". Wearing my Wikipedian hat, I would advise you to report the negative rating, while attributing it to Konsument; that seems to be what the article already says, but perhaps the wording can be improved. — JFG talk 01:17, 25 August 2019 (UTC)
Thanks a lot for your advice! I've edited the article accordingly. --Bbarmadillo (talk) 16:57, 25 August 2019 (UTC)

DYK nomination of C.G. Jung House MuseumEdit

  Hello! Your submission of C.G. Jung House Museum at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! Yoninah (talk) 13:27, 3 September 2019 (UTC)

Now promoted, thx. — JFG talk 11:08, 4 September 2019 (UTC)

DYK for C. G. Jung House MuseumEdit

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Undiscussed mergerEdit

Could you explain the basis for your merger of Everything Trump Touches Dies into Rick Wilson (political consultant)? The book is described as being on a well-regarded best-seller list and has/had several cited critical commentaries about it. DMacks (talk) 02:00, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

@DMacks: It's been a while; I had to look through archives. Basically the book article had only a couple lines,[19] so it was a case of WP:PAGEDECIDE. — JFG talk 20:45, 11 September 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for checking up on it! DMacks (talk) 03:05, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

New Page Review newsletter September-October 2019Edit

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Just fyiEdit

Keeping our discussion in mind, I massaged the {{Requested move/end}} template until it would do as you suggested. It can now display the full outcome of the RM discussion with the same effort as past procedures. Was easier than I thought it would be. See here and here for examples. Thank you for the inspiration! P. I. Ellsworthed. put'r there 20:12, 29 September 2019 (UTC)

Category:Parodies of Donald Trump in South Park has been nominated for discussionEdit


Category:Parodies of Donald Trump in South Park, which you created, has been nominated for possible deletion, merging, or renaming. A discussion is taking place to decide whether this proposal complies with the categorization guidelines. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the categories for discussion page. Thank you. SanAnMan (talk) 16:44, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

That category was kept. — JFG talk 09:11, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

DS Violation at Donald TrumpEdit

Baseless accusations
The following discussion has been closed by JFG. Please do not modify it.

After a talk page discussion among several editors, in which the distinctions among versions were discussed and tested against the hatted text from the Mueller Report previously posted on the talk page, you declined to participate in talk discussion and instead repeated your previous revert. That is a violation of the 24-hour Enforced BRD requirement for discussion. Instead of engaging in the extended talk page discussion of your previous revert, you made what appears to be an American-style "CYA" appearance at talk minutes before repeating your revert without discussion. Please undo your recent revert and engage on talk if you disagree. I suggest you give a careful read to the talk page discussion and the quote from Mueller about the legal standard. This is a required warning under DS. SPECIFICO talk 03:12, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

Diffs?--MONGO (talk) 05:32, 7 October 2019 (UTC)
I explained my edit on the talk page,[20] and I can see no violation on my part. Conversely, you introduced "per talk" a verbiage that was never proposed on the talk page.[21] I don't care if that's a DS violation, but it certainly is not a proper way to introduce changes to high-profile sentences currently under discussion. Earlier on this same sentence, you labeled "ce" a significant change of meaning,[22] for which I called you out.[23] Please be more honest with your edit summaries in the future. — JFG talk 06:53, 7 October 2019 (UTC)
To be fair, I think it's reasonable to assume that the "per talk" edit summary was a reference to the general thrust of SPECIFICO's arguments in the "Establish facts vs. prosecute crimes" talkpage subsection, and not a specific proposed wording. ~Awilley (talk) 04:31, 8 October 2019 (UTC)

Another DS violation here [24]. You reinstated an edit of yours without engaging on talk. Please self-revert and engage in a real talk page discussion of the issues several editors have raised wrt "your" version. @Symmachus Auxiliarus: @Awilley:. SPECIFICO talk 22:31, 10 October 2019 (UTC)

SPECIFICO, you need at least two diffs to prove a violation. One of JFG's original edit, and one of JFG reinstating that edit within 24 hours or without discussing on talk. ~Awilley (talk) 00:03, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
Hello Awilley. Sorry, when I started writing I hadn't planned to ping you and I knew JFG was aware of the sequence.
Edit (there was at least one prior revert, but here's the sequence w/o talk page comment: [25] and [26]. The POV that has been discussed on talk, and which JFG's edits continue to insinuate is out-of-context language that readers could take to confirm Trump's "no collusion" claims. At any rate, the diffs speak for themselves. It's disappointing that JFG has reverted over and over to sustain "his" language without ever addressing the issue that's been identified on talk. The closest he ever came was to declare the straw man that he was quoting "Mueller's language" -- which was never in dispute and was not the subject of any disagreement. SPECIFICO talk 00:16, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
Here is the talk page over that span. [27]
OK, but those diffs are reverts of two different things. One removes "found that it could not assemble sufficient evidence to prosecute them under the legal framework of conspiracy" and the other removes "but found that the Trump campaign welcomed the foreign interference under the belief that it was politically advantageous" Those aren't the same thing. And the diffs are 4 days apart so 1RR isn't an issue. ~Awilley (talk) 01:37, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
They don't need to be reverts the same thing for a violation to occur, but indeed, they do need to be more-or-less within the 24-hour time frame. El_C 01:42, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
For 1RR it doesn't matter if the reverts are the same thing. With the BRD sanction (and the former consensus required sanction) it can matter if they are reverts of the same thing. ~Awilley (talk) 01:51, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
Only on consensus required would that be an issue, with the BRD sanction, it is also limited to a 24 hour wait, anyway — no? El_C 01:59, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
The issue is the same. It's one that was explained on a talk page thread, to wit, that although Mueller used the word "establish" he did not act as a fact-finder to establish a narrative of events, such as the Warren Commission or 9-11 Commission did. Mueller's mandate was a prosecutor's mandate and his use of establish, i.e. establish a basis for criminal prosecution, is not adequately represented by the short version of "establish" that JFG has edited into the article at least 3 times, twice by reverts. Yes, he did revert the same thing the past 2 times. It's the issue raised on talk. He nominally appeared at Talk a few minutes before the first revert linked above -- only to declare that he was about to revert, citing the non-disputed straw man of Mueller's own words. The issue is that he did not discuss (in any sense) on talk between the 2 reverts linked above, both of which relate to removing content about prosecution and Mueller's not having found the basis for charging a crime -- as opposed to only stating "not establish" which gives the impression of confirming Trump's "no collusion". @ZiplineWhy: added the contextualizing language after JFG reverted my attempt to clarify the distinction. This is the way Enforced BRD is supposed to work, with improved versions being offered. It is no defense that the same exact wording was not reverted. The substance, meaning, and talk page issue was the same in each of JFG's at least 3 reverts. SPECIFICO talk 02:41, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
@SPECIFICO, please drop it.
Drop what? He restored the text to his version without going to talk. Awilley you have not addressed the crux. Edit warring is not about the text that is removed. It is about the version to which it's reverted, i.e. an editor repeatedly reinstating his preferred version. In fact it's more disruptive when the reverts are removals of various editors attempts to find differing versions of improved language. Moreover if your BRD sanction can be gamed by reverting to slightly different wording then it is not a viable sanction. SPECIFICO talk 04:02, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
@El_C, under the BRD sanction, editors are required to wait 24 hours and discuss on the talk page before reinstating an edit of theirs that has been reverted. So if JFG had reverted the same edit twice without discussing on talk that would be a violation, even if more than 24 hours had passed. (The example above was not a violation because the two reverts were not of the same content.) ~Awilley (talk) 03:06, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
JFG had said I explained my edit on the talk page, so I already assumed that requirement to have been fulfilled. But I can see how my statement could be unclear and I understand yours better now, so thanks for that. El_C 03:18, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

Thank youEdit

Belated thanks for the kind barnstar. It's exactly what I needed to lift my spirits after receiving a less welcoming response from another wikiproject. I'm heartened to see everyone pulling in the same direction, and feel confident that the year pages have a working and reasonably future-proof framework in place, Certes (talk) 09:01, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

Top 25Edit

Your reports were consistently entertaining, hope you find some time to do one until the year ends (not necessarily the next), if only to guarantee a spot among the writers of the Yearly Report. igordebraga 00:28, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

Still too busy IRL to commit to anything, but I took to heart the lesson of my previous attempt, and will only work on a report if I'm confident I can finish it in one sitting. — JFG talk 09:10, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

New Page Review newsletter November 2019Edit

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Pedantic writing point #41Edit

No particular objection to this comma, but it's not an Oxford comma. ―Mandruss  09:44, 7 November 2019 (UTC)

Oh, I see: this is not a serial comma separating three or more conjoined items in a list, rather it just separates two conjoined statements. Learning something every day! — JFG talk 10:06, 7 November 2019 (UTC)
I was fairly confident you would take that in the spirit intended, or I wouldn't have said it. Here's to knowledge. ―Mandruss  10:08, 7 November 2019 (UTC)

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