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So, naturalists observe, a flea
Hath smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bit 'em;
And so proceed ad infinitum.
Thus every poet, in his kind,
Is bit by him that comes behind.
Jonathan Swift, On Poetry: A Rhapsody (1733)
No, not these small bones, it's a family name


Thank youEdit

I've seen how much you hate paid editors, and continuously making an effort to stop them, I really grateful to have you here on English Wikipedia :D .--AldNonUcallin?☎ 15:43, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

@Aldnonymous: Thanks for noticing! It's always good to get positive feedback. I will correct you, however, I don't hate paid editors, rather it is paid editing that is hateful. It is tearing down a wonderful structure that has been built up by many volunteers, that provides good information to whoever has access to the internet. If that information is poisoned, and people can't trust us, then the whole structure may collapse.
Your post reminded me of a news story from a couple of decades ago. After the fall of the Soviet Union people started cutting down and selling copper cable from high power electrical transmission systems (nominally still in use). I don't hate those folks who cut down the cable - they were doing what they had to do to survive. I did hate the fact that the transmission systems were being destroyed. It just seemed like there must be a pretty simple enforcement system that would stop the destruction. Everybody likely knew who was buying the cable - these folks could be stopped fairly simply if anybody took the obvious steps. Similarly, most people likely knew who was cutting the cable or where to look to stop folks from cutting more. So the system was messed up, but the parts of the system that led to the destruction of the cable could easily be fixed. The actual folks who cut the cable, in my mind, were less responsible than the authorities who couldn't be bothered to take a few minimal steps. That's my reading in any case.
Thanks again.
Smallbones(smalltalk) 17:32, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
That was insightful, I'm the one who should thanking you (again :D), and... You're welcome.--AldNonUcallin?☎ 19:54, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Editor of the WeekEdit

  Editor of the Week
Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week, for integrity and valiance in the fight against paid editing. Thank you for the great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)

User:Coretheapple submitted the following nomination for Editor of the Week:

I nominate Smallbones as Editor of the Week for the integrity that he brings to the project, and for his yeoman work - unsung, unrecognized, unappreciated - fighting to preserve Wikipedia from encroachments by paid editors. He has been an editor for more than eight and a half years, and during that time has edited a staggering 11,337 articles at last count. He is not an administrator, heaven only knows why (too much sense?), but a content contributor par excellence, with in excess of 31,000 edits, 65% of them in article space. He is a generalist's generalist, with his top contributions ranging from Bernard Madoff to Media, Pennsylvania. But his prodigious talents as a contributor are not the only assets he brings to the project. No one has fought longer and more valiantly against paid editing. It is a great pleasure to nominate Smallbones for Editor of the Week.

You can copy the following text to your user page to display a user box proclaiming your selection as Editor of the Week:

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Editor of the Week
for the week beginning August, 2014
A content contributor par excellence known for integrity and yeoman work fighting encroachments by paid editors.
Recognized for
Contributions ranging from Bernard Madoff to Media, Pennsylvania.
Nomination page

Thanks again for your efforts! Go Phightins! 16:04, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

  • Thanks for your continuing concern over the issue and your calm, level-headed approach. ```Buster Seven Talk 18:36, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
Wow! It's always great to get feedback like this. Thanks Coretheapple and Buster7 Smallbones(smalltalk) 18:49, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
Hey Smallbones, just wanted to express my thanks as well for both for your contributions and your engagement with others on broader ideas with Wikipedia that I've seen on Jimbo's talk page and other spots. I often find it difficult to jump into those conversations myself, but I do read them, and I appreciate your thoughtfulness. I, JethroBT drop me a line 02:02, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Very pleased to propose this. Your contributions are tremendously appreciated. Coretheapple (talk) 19:55, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

Peace Dove ChristmasEdit

Peace is a state of balance and understanding in yourself and between others, where respect is gained by the acceptance of differences, tolerance persists, conflicts are resolved through dialog, peoples rights are respected and their voices are heard, and everyone is at their highest point of serenity without social tension.
Happy Holidays. ―Buster7  22:55, 18 December 2018 (UTC)


Hope it’s fine that I’m posting this on your talk but I don’t think anything I’m saying here will reveal anything sensitive. Just wanted to say that I have received and read your email but I feel like I'm not the best person to make a judgment call on publication because I am EXTREMELY biased on such matters. — pythoncoder  (talk | contribs) 19:55, 20 December 2018 (UTC)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New YearEdit

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Hi Smallbones, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas
and a very Happy and Prosperous New Year,
Thanks for all your help and thanks for all your contributions to the 'pedia,

   –Davey2010 Merry Christmas / Happy New Year 14:50, 23 December 2018 (UTC)


FWiW Bzuk (talk) 00:20, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

ICYMI: you got a mention in WSJEdit

Best wishes for a happy 2019Edit

The Hill Country (c.1913) by Walter Elmer Schofield, Woodmere Art Museum.
Thank you for your contributions toward making Wikipedia a better and more accurate place.
BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 16:02, 31 December 2018 (UTC)

Should we nominate Cryptonote for deletion?Edit

I tried to clean the article up a few weeks ago and added some sources I thought were appropriate; however since you took a look at it and removed some, I think it's worth trashing the whole thing. It relies almost entirely on original research, in current form is mostly my writing, and has almost no diversity in sources. I'm on my phone right now but I figured I would just check in on what you think, but I just don't think it has the coverage to be worthy of an article. Dr-Bracket (talk) 07:07, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Original Barnstar
For Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2018-12-24/Op-ed and all the resulting breaking news on various outlets!! Great to see the Signpost breaking news!!

Happy New Year!! Buckshot06 (talk) 09:30, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

When is Nasdaq an appropriate source?Edit

Decred sources it but you removed it from Cryptonote here. While I personally try to avoid anything that's not on the list of perennial sources (unless I'm fairly confident in its reputation), I'm just trying to find a baseline for when I should remove it from other articles. Dr-Bracket (talk) 18:03, 5 January 2019 (UTC)

@Dr-Bracket: I'm not sure NASDAQ is ever a reliable source, rather it is an aggregator of other sources - it just reprints things. For example, at the end of the first article I removed at Cryptonote is the text "Disclaimer: Particl is a client of BTC Media, which owns .
The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc." Also "Distributed" follows immediately after the author's name.
With a bit of reading on the link from "Distributed" you can see that it concentrates on bitcoin and blockchain - never a good sign. Particl has a major section in the article, so BTC Media is "covering" a client (i.e. as a PR firm) and it is distributed by its subsidiary "Distributed".
Similarly with the second article I deleted, Bitcoin Magazine follows the author's name and the bottom of the text reads "The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.
This article appears in: Bitcoin". Since Bitcoin Magazine isn't a reliable source "NASDAQ" isn't as well, at least for this article.
I've seen something similar for Yahoo! but they also have their own editorial staff, so just check the author line and the bottom lines to see what's going on there. Smallbones(smalltalk) 19:29, 5 January 2019 (UTC)
Perfect reply, thank you very much :). It's amazing how little I knew about actual proper sourcing before I started trying to edit Wikipedia, so I definitely appreciate everything you guys have taught me so far! Dr-Bracket (talk) 19:34, 5 January 2019 (UTC)

Notice of noticeboard discussionEdit

  There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. Ladislav Mecir (talk) 09:36, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

You asked for a reminder...Edit

At User talk:Jimbo Wales/Archive 232#Thar she blows! you wrote "I'll say it's close to worthless now, and that will become apparent by New Year's Day (please remind me then)." I waited an extra week.

Full disclosure: I have never owned any cryptocurrency or had anything to do with bitcoin other than being hired as an engineer to advise someone who has a large mining rig on how to get his electricity bills down.

It is my considered opinion that, like stocks, bitcoin prices are essentially unpredictable. Which is why I found your prediction to be interesting. There certainly was a bubble -- hitting the "all" button at is really interesting -- but your prediction failed.

Care to make another prediction? A day, a week, a month, any time frame is fine with me. I would like to compete against you with a prediction based upon a coin flip. I think that if we both do this a number of times that our performance will be about the same (I don't think you have the ability to be consistently wrong either!).

Back to that bitcoin miner: right now he loses money if he turns on his rig. He can become profitable if he invests in a more efficient mining setup, but there is a low enough bitcoin price at which the new rig becomes unprofitable -- and a high enough bitcoin price at which the old rig becomes profitable again. So he is really into predicting future prices, and doesn't care much for me saying that they are unpredictable. --Guy Macon (talk) 21:16, 7 January 2019 (UTC)

(Answered on Jimbo's talk page) --Guy Macon (talk) 17:22, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

January 2019 Donald Trump speechEdit

I see that you have made another prediction.[1] Let's see how you do this time. --Guy Macon (talk) 18:31, 8 January 2019 (UTC)

Saw you posting about Trump's speech on Jimbo's talk page, and figured you might want to see January 2019 Donald Trump speech and weigh in on the talk page discussion. ---Another Believer (Talk) 02:30, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

Smallbones might be interested, but for me the last thing I want to do is listen to a politician or get involved in a political Wikipedia page. My sole interest is in Smallbones' accuracy as a predictor of future events. I checked the news, and despite various predictions in the press and despite his prediction on jimbotalk, it appears that Trump did not declare a state of national emergency. The speech and the democrat's response is online -- -- so if anyone has a specific timestamp where he did declare a state of emergency, please post it and I will reluctantly watch that part of his speech.
"A president can declare that the country is in a state of national emergency at his discretion. The declaration confers a set of special executive authorities that are designed to give the president the power to effectively handle emergencies, such as an outbreak of war."[2]
"A president can declare that the country is in a state of national emergency at his discretion. The declaration confers a set of special executive authorities that are designed to give the president the power to effectively handle emergencies, such as an outbreak of war."[3]
"What the President Could Do If He Declares a State of Emergency: From seizing control of the internet to declaring martial law, President Trump may legally do all kinds of extraordinary things."[4]
I look forward to Smallbones' next prediction. <--- (Good-natured kidding among friends.) BTW, I tried my hand at this "predicting the future" business today, and predicted that the sun would rise in the east. Alas, I was completely wrong. The sun did not rise. Instead the horizon moved in a downward direction. See Heliocentrism and Geocentrism. --Guy Macon (talk) 05:23, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

Black Monday (January 2008) listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Black Monday (January 2008). Since you had some involvement with the Black Monday (January 2008) redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. UnitedStatesian (talk) 16:27, 11 January 2019 (UTC)

Combining the second sentence versions in the Cryptocurrency articleEdit

Moved to talk:Cryptocurrency

Smallbones(smalltalk) 22:42, 20 January 2019 (UTC)


I unpacked the galleries on Alexander Stirling Calder, because I added images of the buildings along the right border. It seemed to be less visually cluttered to me, but feel free to play around with things if you have a better solution. Thanks. Best, == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 01:04, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

Found a better solution. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 03:49, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

Bubble burst (ed)Edit

You just burst my bubble. No, just kidding, change the headline to one that makes sense. ☆ Bri (talk) 05:01, 30 January 2019 (UTC)

  The Press Barnstar
Wait, you don't have one of these yet? Awarded for your mention in The Wall Street Journal for "Wikipedia not trumped by Trump appointee" op-ed in The Signpost (24 December 2018) ☆ Bri (talk) 03:36, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

Could you please explain...Edit

You moved an adequately defined list-defined reference to the body of the article. Were you aware that WP:Citing sources#To be avoided specifically warns against "...moving reference definitions in the reflist to the prose, or moving reference definitions from the prose into the reflist..."

I just took a brief look at your contribution history. I see you started to contribute in late 2005. "Citation styles" were first introduced in late 2005 and 2006. I learned about the first citation style I used by seeing someone else use it, and figuring out how they worked by following their example. This edit of yours, from October 2006, suggests that you weren't using any citation styles as late as October 2006. I think this means you missed the settling out period, where the <ref>{{cite}}</ref> style replaced the earlier and harder to use citation styles. I used the template:ref/template:note citation style in early and mid 2006. It was superior to not having any citation styles to aid linking a list of references at the end of the article to the places in the body of the article where they were relevant. But it was much harder to use and maintain than the <ref>{{cite}}</ref> style, so I defected to that citation style.

Some contributors misinterpret other passages of WP:Citing sources, and related wikidocuments, that warn against switching an article from using one "citation style" to another "citation style". They assume those warnings apply to references defined inline and list-defined references. But as someone who used one of the earlier now rarely used alternate citation styles, I think I know those warning really apply to recklessly mixing the earlier citation styles with the overwhelmingly popular <ref>{{cite}}</ref> style. List-defined references are the same citation style as inline <ref>{{cite}}</ref> references.

An Arb ruling that one of those related wikidocuments quotes dates back to 2006 -- they year when mixing and converting articles that used the genuinely different citation styles would have been an issue.

How much of what I wrote above were you aware of? If you were aware of this history could you explain why you moved where the reference was defined?

Why am I concerned? (1) unnecessarily moving or rewriting perfectly adequate reference definitions breaks the fine principle of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"; (2) unnecessarily moving or rewriting reference definitions provides an opportunity for typos to introduce errors, and break articles that weren't broken; (3) unnecessarily moving or rewriting reference definitions can obfuscate when minor errors to those references are introduced; (4) unnecessarily moving or rewriting reference definitions strongly erodes the utility of our revision control system.

Cheers! Geo Swan (talk) 22:53, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

  • @Geo Swan: - You're mistaken. I didn't move your ref, I totally removed it. Gone, kaput, no more. Cryptonewsz is likely one of the worst of the so-called "cryptopress", which are all considered to be non-reliable sources except in extremely limited circumstances. Smallbones(smalltalk) 00:18, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
    • Thanks for the clarification. So, is there a discussion, at RSN, or elsewhere, where one can see how the decision to forgo this reference was made?
With regard to those "extremely limited circumstance" -- why isn't this one of those circumstances? Geo Swan (talk) 00:32, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
See this at AN. By extremely limited circumstances, I was leaning toward "when hell freezes over" but that might be a bit too extreme. Smallbones(smalltalk) 01:00, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Okay, I checked the link to the ANI discussion, you made good points there, so I am convinced websites that report largely or solely on cryptocurrency are unlikely to be RS. Thanks! Geo Swan (talk) 00:20, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Quaker City Dye WorksEdit

Quaker City Dye Works is now a redirect to Front Street (Philadelphia), which has a photo of the dye works. Perhaps you might create an article for the dye works.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 13:25, 25 February 2019 (UTC)

Thank youEdit much for you kind words of encouragement. Wow, what an impact-the wrong kind. If you have any other words of wisdom please come back to my talk page. I am hoping to get my topic ban lifted so I get back to contributing content. Best Regards, Barbara 01:26, 3 March 2019 (UTC)

Video tutorial "Referencing with VisualEditor" – newsletter issue 1Edit

 Video tutorial "Referencing with VisualEditor" – newsletter issue 1

Good news: the (lengthy!) script draft 1 is complete!Edit

Hello, I am happy to share that script draft 1 is complete and ready for public comment.

The script (link to the Google doc) is much longer than I anticipated, at almost 21 pages!

Although I think that the 21 page script would be a very good introduction to referencing policies and workflows, I am considering dividing it into two or more smaller scripts that would be produced as separate videos. For example, one script could focus on policies and a different script could focus on how to use the citation tool. I am considering this for three reasons:

  • People may be more willing to watch shorter videos that have more specific focus.
  • Shorter videos may be easier to search for an answer for a single specific question.
  • There is a possibility that if I attempt to produce a single video from almost 21 pages of script that I might exceed the budget for this mini-project. I would like for both WMF and the community to be satisfied with the results from this mini-project, and I think that dividing the script into smaller scripts which could be produced separately would be a good way to ensure that the budget for the current grant is not exceeded. While there is a reasonable possibility that I could finish production of the entire 21 pages of script within the current grant, I think that dividing the script would be prudent. After one of the smaller scripts is fully produced within the currently available funding, remaining script could be considered for production within the current grant if there seems to be adequate remaining funds, or could be saved for possible production with a future grant.

Request for constructive criticism and commentsEdit

I would very much appreciate constructive criticism and comments regarding the script, preferably by March 10 at 11:59 PM UTC. This is a shorter time window than I would like to provide, but the planned end date for this project is March 14 and I would like to finish video production by the end of March 13 so that I have 24 hours for communications before the grant period ends. If you would like to review the script or make other comments but the end of March 10 is too soon for you, please let me know that you need more time, and I will take that into consideration as I plan for final production and consider whether to request a date extension from WMF. (Extending the finish date for the project would not involve requesting additional funding for the current grant.) I would prefer that the video be done perfectly a few days late than that the video be done on March 14 but have an important error that was not caught during a rush to the finish.

I have three specific requests for feedback:

1. Please find errors in the script. This is a great time to find problems with my work, before the script goes into production and problems become more expensive to fix. Please go to this link in Google Docs and use the Comment feature in the Google Doc.

2. Do you have comments regarding whether the script should be divided, and if so, how it should be divided? Please let me know on the project talk page.

3. How do you feel about the name for the video? Do you prefer "Referencing with VisualEditor" or "Citing sources with VisualEditor", or a third option? Again, please comment on the project talk page. However, if I divide the script then I will create new names for the smaller videos.

Closing commentsEdit

Thank you for your interest in this mini-project. I am grateful to be working on a project which I hope will help Wikipedia contributors to be more efficient and effective, and indirectly help to improve Wikipedia's quality by teaching contributors how to identify and to cite reliable sources. I believe that the finished video will be good, and I hope that the community and novice contributors will find the video to be very useful.

Yours in service,

--Pine 07:55, 7 March 2019 (UTC)


See: this. The link has been sent to me by a friend who actually has no time for Wikipedia and rarely even reads it. In the normal run of things I would make a big article out of it for The Signpost but of course now that some of The Signpost's biggest detractors and antagonists are going to be part of a new editorial team, I won't be having anything to do with The Signpost. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 21:42, 15 March 2019 (UTC)

A discussion more-or-less related to this article is ongoing at Wikipedia:Conflict_of_interest/Noticeboard#Jytdog's_efforts_against_paid_editing_covered_in_Media.--SamHolt6 (talk) 21:52, 15 March 2019 (UTC)

disambiguation, kinesis CommentEdit

Hi Smallbones! I think that Kinesis (monetary system) should be on the disambiguation page for Kinesis. If you think that the article is incorrectly named (I'm not a cryptocurrency expert), that's fine, but that's the name of the article and that's how I should add it to a disambiguation page. What are your thoughts? Rename the article--just re-add as is? Thanks for your input! Megalibrarygirl (talk) 22:25, 16 March 2019 (UTC)

@Megalibrarygirl: I don't think this article should have been promoted from AfC, when I have the time, I'll list it for deletion. The sources aren't reliable as far as I can see, even the Forbes one, which is not staff written. You have to be very careful with cryptocurrency articles. 90%+ of the companies are scams (I'm being generous). There are lots of paid editors about working on them. Leaving out the scam companies that have been caught, there are only about 5 companies in the industry that are notable enough for an article. Please check out the following articles on companies/currencies that are similar and better known that Kinesis: Tether (cryptocurrency), Quadriga Fintech Solutions, and maybe Dogecoin for a laugh.
Finally - there's no way that any cryptocurrency can be described as a monetary system. Smallbones(smalltalk) 22:44, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
Honestly, I don't know anything about crypto at all, like I said. It just looked like it a GNG to me. I have no problem with you nominating the article for AfD if you disagree. I do have a question: What is the difference between a staff-written article at Forbes and an article written by a non-staff person though? As far as I can see, Forbes chose to publish it and there must be some editor who signed off on it. Anyway, thanks for the response and enjoy the rest of the weekend! Megalibrarygirl (talk) 23:04, 17 March 2019 (UTC)

Autoconfirmed protection is probably needed on the Quadriga Fintech Solutions article.Edit

I've been watching you clean up after the poor sourcing for weeks now, I think it ought to be protected. Dr-Bracket (talk) 01:16, 17 March 2019 (UTC)

@Dr-Bracket: Feel free to ask an admin to do this. I haven't myself been very concerned since the story had been moving quite fast, and every new edit gave me an excuse to check on new developments. But I won't have much time for it in the future so I wouldn't mind semi-protection at all. Smallbones(smalltalk) 01:30, 17 March 2019 (UTC)


It takes me a while to get around to things: Friends meeting houses in Pennsylvania#Demolished meeting houses
== BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 17:52, 17 March 2019 (UTC)

Video tutorial "Referencing with VisualEditor" – newsletter issue 2 short versionEdit

 Video tutorial "Referencing with VisualEditor" – newsletter issue 2

Hi! The full version of this newsletter issue has a lot of information. I am sending a short version to talk pages.

The most important information to know is that draft 2 is finished, that the single long script has been divided into many smaller scripts, and that portions of the script have been prioritized for production.

Due to budget constraints, not all scripts can be produced within the scope of the current pilot grant, but the other scripts will remain available for potential future production. (This project feels somewhat like doing a vehicle repair when the mechanic starts to work on the engine, and once the mechanic gets under the engine and starts to work, they discover that accomplishing their objective requires twice as much time as they first had estimated.) However, nothing is lost, so do not fear. Overall, my assessment (me being User:Pine) is that this project is producing a lot of good output and is generally a valuable pilot project.

For more information, including my requests for your feedback, please see the full version of the newsletter.

Thanks very much. --Pine(✉) 23:05, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

German Wikipedia shutdownEdit

What do you want to know? Wrote a bit here. --Christian140 (talk) 11:19, 25 March 2019 (UTC)


Thanks for being up for taking up the mantle of Signpost leader during such a time of stress. Without assigning blame in recent issues, the Signpost has always been an invaluable "outside" opinion on what's going on at Wikipedia, both in a global sense and for specific changes on the English Wikipedia. There have always been critics, as there are throughout Wikipedia, and your efforts will not be without criticism. And that is why being willing to dive in and open the Signpost up for scrutiny means so much. I wish you luck in your work to continue the valuable work of the Signpost and the difficult process of listening to sometimes-unhappy readers. I'll be a faithful reader regardless of what you publish but I hope you will keep up the great work of the past. Liz Read! Talk! 23:11, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

Smallbones, thank you for this. I think it's excellent, and you should not feel under any pressure to change it - but that's just my opinion. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 01:19, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

Signpost requestEdit

Smallbones, I understand Dlthewave objects to my quoting his reply to The Verge article. However, I believe that if Dl wants to include that article text box I should be allowed to include a reply text box. I would ask that either both are removed or both are retained. Linking to an inflammatory article while not allowing me the space to reply seems, lacking a better term, unfair. I'm specifically thinking of the first box removed here [[5]] Springee (talk) 14:24, 29 March 2019 (UTC)

@Springee: Please add text in your Con section to this effect, but also please be aware that quoting a person's past views that may have changed might seem odd to some readers. Smallbones(smalltalk) 15:11, 29 March 2019 (UTC)
I may reply as a comment since I otherwise would have to do this via the phone. Dl is welcome to explain why their opinion changed but I think it's very disrespectful to make me defend both his own opinions and with no additional space the opinions of a writer who didn't do his homework. It reminds of the ignorant flak Wikipedia got when the female Nobel winner didn't have an article. [[6]] Springee (talk) 16:24, 29 March 2019 (UTC)

Thank youEdit

Thank you so much for stepping forward to serve as the Signpost editor-in-chief. It is really wonderful that you are committed to saving the publication. I appreciate it. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 04:07, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

  • Seconded. Read your opening op-ed this morning; well said. It's good to know the 'Post is in safe hands. Yunshui  07:36, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
  • That's great writing! Thanks for taking this on. Johnuniq (talk) 08:12, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
@Cullen328, Yunshui, and Johnuniq: Thanks for the kind words. I'll try to do my best. Smallbones(smalltalk) 12:57, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Hello Smallbones, thank you for stepping forward and taking over as Editor-in-chief for the Signpost. I enjoyed reading the issue this month. Sydney Poore/FloNight♥♥♥♥ 02:01, 3 April 2019 (UTC)

You may find this of interest....Edit Cheers! Ellin Beltz (talk) 17:25, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

  • @Ellin Beltz: Thanks for the link - did you see *both* videos there? Is the Lost Coast Outpost considered to be reliable locally? I'd never read anything that directly called Seth Kinman a murderer before, but I'll probably put that in the article (as one point of view, not proven fact) together with my favorite external video box. Thanks again. Smallbones(smalltalk) 03:08, 6 April 2019 (UTC)
  • @Smallbones: Lost Coast Outpost (LOCO) is often referred to as the "local Onion" because while it's one of two local news blogs, it is the one most likely to go over the top on headlines, captions and assumptions for what I believe they call in social media "click bait." I have done my utmost to refrain from ever citing anything from it on any Wiki project as I am unconvinced of the quality and longevity of the source. For Kinman, I am personally unaware that he participated in the infamous massacre on Indian Island, but of course there were dozens of nearly simultaneous massacres, and anything is possible with these settlers. At about the same time, Henry P. Larrabee was getting his well known contemporary murderous reputation by floating corpses down the river on rafts. I would assume if Kinman had been that flagrant, even the press of his time would have mentioned it, as they did for Larrabee. Later famous, writer Brett Hart was secretary to the militia group which applied to the state for funding to wipe out the indigenous peoples, and later was run out of town for writing about the Indian Island Massacre.[7] Meanwhile William Carson, who built the Carson Mansion, and other lumber barons were busily assembling land title to empires of redwoods and Doug fir[8] built on a cultural foundation of forced removal, child kidnapping and murder.[9][10] Ellin Beltz (talk) 21:57, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost HispanicEdit

Smallbones user, my column is ready, I do not know if it's okay. If it needs to be expanded, it says: Thanks you.


--Villalaso (talk) 00:56, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

Smallbones, I think that my column is ready. But, talk me: --Villalaso (talk) 18:27, 27 April 2019 (UTC)

Thank you, I am going to learn about The Signpost. --Villalaso (talk) 19:48, 27 April 2019 (UTC)

Jimbo & Larry bar jokesEdit

Can I email to you first? Atsme Talk 📧 16:55, 26 April 2019 (UTC)

@Atsme: please do. Smallbones(smalltalk) 17:28, 26 April 2019 (UTC)
 Y Atsme Talk 📧 17:43, 26 April 2019 (UTC)

Thank YouEdit

  The Barnstar of Diplomacy
For your skill, speed, and support in my recent unusual, and highly public, WP:PAID ANI. Britishfinance (talk) 17:57, 26 April 2019 (UTC)
  • You may not have seen this, but the Washington Post have now covered this case in an article [11], which includes the following statement: "The campaign also drew attention to various Wikipedia articles that clarify the complexities of these tax-avoidance schemes. Politicians, policymakers, and the legal-finance profession responded vigorously and tried to discredit the Wikipedia articles. But none of these critiques have challenged their substantive truth". thanks for all your help ! Britishfinance (talk) 17:57, 26 April 2019 (UTC)

Signpost interviewEdit

Thanks for writing that! It was an interesting read. I just have one thing that I would like to clarify: "...the community (both the individual editor community and also our community of affiliate groups) Support Foundation staff coming out of a period of cultural..."

Is there a missing comma in that? --Best, TheSandDoctor Talk 18:05, 1 May 2019 (UTC)

@TheSandDoctor: I think I got the copyedit right this time, thanks. I really did enjoy doing the article - but of course all the work was Maher's! Smallbones(smalltalk) 18:18, 1 May 2019 (UTC)
Glad to help  . How did you manage to line up the interview? You emailed Maher and asked I assume? --TheSandDoctor Talk 20:54, 1 May 2019 (UTC)
Yes, she seemed quite happy to reach out to the community. Smallbones(smalltalk) 23:27, 1 May 2019 (UTC)

Precious anniversaryEdit

Four years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:49, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

May be of interestEdit

As a fellow Pennsylvanian, I thought you might be interested in this thread at COIN. Best.--SamHolt6 (talk) 14:34, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

@SamHolt6: Thanks, I've seen the COIN posting and the 2 Lancaster Online pieces (for at least a few seconds!). But I get bounced by the paywall. I've sent them an email trying to get access, but haven't heard back so far. BTW there was a case a year or 2 ago where the Republican leader in the PA House (or Senate?) was written up was written up in the Pittsburgh paper (and picked up by Newsworks on WHYY) but I don't think anything came of it. I haven't tracked that down yet though. Smallbones(smalltalk) 14:49, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

You might like …Edit

Walter Rogers Furness Cottage. I only wish we had a better image.
Best, == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 13:12, 29 May 2019 (UTC)

Wow you User Page looks great!Edit

I am completely of your opinion that it should be forbidden to write for monetary reasons on Wikipedia. This User has some nice Pictures on his page too :

And because my Letter to the Godfather of Wikipedia I know that a reaction from an important Person like Jimbo Wales is a bit too dreamed but does he has even read it ? what do you think? WikiVerwelkt (talk) 23:16, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

Proposals for the June issue of The SignpostEdit

When you have a minute please see Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/Newsroom/Submissions, where Bluerasberry and I have made proposals. Many thanks for your good work. --Pine (✉) 02:20, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

@Pine and Bluerasberry: will do. I expect that they will be just what I'm looking for, but I should really look first! Smallbones(smalltalk) 02:32, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

Special Edition of Signpost?Edit

A news story worthy of Woodward and Bernstein's attention is actually happening right now in Do you have plans for a special edition of Signpost? -Roxy, the dog. wooF 13:18, 11 June 2019 (UTC)


Please consider including this petition launched by WMF Taiwan branch in the upcoming Signpost. Gratitude. --It's gonna be awesome!Talk♬ 18:51, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

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see WP:NODEADLINE. WBGconverse 12:46, 30 June 2019 (UTC)

Nice essay, but I don't see how it applies to a newspaper. I do like the part WP:There is no deadline#View_four:_There_are_a_lot_of_deadlines. That certainly applies to newspapers. Smallbones(smalltalk) 14:27, 30 June 2019 (UTC)
As nice as your inability to learn lessons from historical mistakes, I might say. WBGconverse 06:22, 4 July 2019 (UTC)
  The Signpost Barnstar
For important original reporting during a Wikipedia community crisis, I award you the Signpost Barnstar.--ragesoss (talk) 04:15, 1 July 2019 (UTC)
Most befit. So glad you + the Signpost are there for such sprawling + important events. – SJ + 15:21, 8 July 2019 (UTC)

ArbCom caseEdit

I have filed a case, as you suggested. I still hope this can be solved amicably. [12] Haukur (talk) 10:50, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

Voting is currently <5/3/1> which indicates the case will proceed ☆ Bri (talk) 21:00, 5 July 2019 (UTC)

Oh dearEdit

I think you've made a very poor decision. Please put it right, asap. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 11:52, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
For your courage in objectively reporting on an issue of critical importance to the entire Wikipedia community. Nicely done. Montanabw(talk) 19:14, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

Life at the topEdit

can be hard at the top, particularly if one is an Editor-in-Chief of The Signpost Been there, done that, got the T-shirt, the PA, the harassment, and the bruises. Illegitimi non carborundum. Email me any time. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 04:52, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

Well, I haven't got the T-shirt yet, but I got everything else Kudpung mentioned. As far as I'm concerned that just proves that the story is correct. Censoring The Signpost further proves that Wikipedia itself has a problem. The argument for the censorship seems to be that nobody can criticize admins in project space and that would really be a problem. Smallbones(smalltalk) 12:34, 3 July 2019 (UTC)
It's ironic that at the Arbcom case request, nobody who says they are shielding an admin from discussion seems to realize the same logic would have to apply to WMF employees and executives. We'd have to immediately blank WP:FRAM if they are correct. See if this fits ... "processes that manipulate, deny, or distort reality"... I said something about that somewhere else. ☆ Bri (talk) 12:46, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

A minor tactical retreat might be advisableEdit

I read your article before deletion and thought it was an excellent piece of work; it helped me better understand aspects of Framgate. Considering the hidden evidence had led you to suspect Fram was 'Guilty as charged', & that you had huge stacks of evidence you didn't show, I thought it was overall very neutral. (that was before I'd read Fram's meta statements though.) It's reasonable to assume most Signpost readers are smart enough not to uncritically accept a quote from an anon as obviously true. Id guess that most readers who had heard only the bare bones – that WMF has banned Fram for Harassment – would actually be more open minded towards him after reading your article.

That said, the quote that alleges Fram repeatedly linked to the "graphic depiction" does seem to be in rather blatant violation of policy, even accepting that Signpost deserves a little leeway in interpretation due to its valuable journalistic mission. Additionally, if you carry on with the line of defence youre so far taking in your Arb statement, theres a risk folk will see it that youre assuming the right to be Frams judge.

If you were to at least implicitly accept that you might of got caught up in the Framgate emotion like so many others had, and that maybe the 'graphic description' passage does deserve to be taken out, then it looks to me that the case would be a clear win for your side - i.e. no sanctions, and possibly even the article (- passage) would be cleared for re-publication.

Whereas if you continue to insist it was fine to include even the 'graphic depiction' passage, it's possible the case would not end well. Which would be a great shame – while we're maybe too busy to show our appreciation – the Signpost is highly valued by a great many editors. FeydHuxtable (talk) 09:37, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

Mentioned in SlateEdit

Posted by Slate about an hour ago: "Wikipedia's "Constitutional Crisis" Pits Community Against Foundation"

Discusses the deletion of your Signpost article, and mentions you by your Wiki-name. Also uses the same "constitutional crisis" title and leading Jimmy Wales quote as was in my article.

I like this quote especially: Fram's ban could be either a seminal moment in the Wikimedia movement or yet another deleted entry in the internet encyclopedia's graveyard. Bri.public (talk) 17:13, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

Sunday July 14: Annual NYC Wiki-Picnic @ Roosevelt IslandEdit

July 14, 2-7pm: Annual NYC Wiki-Picnic @ Roosevelt Island

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Quick questionEdit

I take it that my submission to the Signpost was delayed until the next issue because of WP:FRAM. Am I correct in that presumption? MER-C 16:37, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

Please trim your statement at arbitration case requestsEdit

Brevity in writing is the best chance for its perusal. —Rudolf Virchow

Hi, Smallbones. I'm an arbitration clerk, which means I help manage and administer the arbitration process (on behalf of the committee). Thank you for making a statement in an arbitration request at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case#Disputed Signpost article. However, we ask all participants and commentators to limit the size of their initial statements to 500 words. Your statement significantly exceeds this limit. Please reduce the length of your statement when you are next online. If the case is accepted, you will have the opportunity to present more evidence; in any event, concise, factual statements are much more likely to be understood and to influence the decisions of the arbitrators.

Requests for extensions of the word limit may be made either in your statement or by email to the Committee through this link or arbcom-en if email is not available through your account.

For the Arbitration Committee, – bradv🍁 17:49, 9 July 2019 (UTC)


hope this helps:

Ched :  ?  — 19:17, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

Request for arbitration declinedEdit

The request for arbitration Disputed_Signpost_article has been declined by the committee. The arbitrators' comments about the request can be viewed here. SQLQuery me! 23:00, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

Mötley Crüe is probably not the exemplar for gender neutral toneEdit

Regarding Special:diff/908046196, I think it was a reference to Girls, Girls, Girls (Mötley Crüe song). But your change makes sense in a keeping-the-peace way. Bri.public (talk) 20:16, 31 July 2019 (UTC)

Am I becoming "politically correct" in my old age? Probably in the sense that The Signpost has a wide range of readers and it would be very easy to ignore "little things" and insult people without even thnking about it. But as far as the actual content - yeah, those candidates for president are women, not girls. Smallbones(smalltalk) 20:24, 31 July 2019 (UTC)

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