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Arbitration enforcement action appeal by JFG

0RR restriction reduced to 72 hours on Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections by sanctioning admin and general agreement below. --NeilN talk to me 16:30, 23 April 2017 (UTC)
The following discussion has been closed. Please do not modify it.
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Appealing user 
JFG (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) – — JFG talk 14:39, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
Sanction being appealed 
0RR restriction on ARPAP2/1RR articles, following Talk:Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections#Is there an Admin in the house?
Link to the sanction notice: User talk:JFG#Notice that you are now subject to an arbitration enforcement sanction
Administrator imposing the sanction 
Ian.thomson (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA)
Notification of that administrator 
Notified.

Statement by JFG

First of all, I admit that a technical 1RR violation occurred as reported, with a 17-hour interval between two unrelated reverts; I simply didn't pay attention. However, I strongly deny the purported pattern of 1RR violations which has been cited to justify the sanction.

This is a wikihounding campaign by SPECIFICO who has repeatedly accused me of violating DS or 1RR simply when she happens to disagree with my editing. She has been making unsupported DS violation claims and vague litigation threats against several other editors, e.g. most recently K.e.coffman here and Darouet there. I have warned this user repeatedly of the chilling effect she is creating, but she keeps trying to corner me on a technicality (and apparently succeeded today). Here are six instances of her direct accusations which turned out to be unfounded:

SPECIFICO never managed to find any genuine misconduct on my part. I consider this attitude to be disruptive and borderline harassment, however I refrained from reporting her behaviour and I treated it with as much humour as I could muster.[1] An editor once brought me to AE, and another to ANEW, and in both cases no violation was found; these were misunderstandings about what constitutes a revert. One of the reporting users graciously apologized but SPECIFICO piled on with a kind of "you'll get nailed next time" taunt, yet she never pushed the matter to WP:AE.

Please note also that I voluntarily self-revert when notified of an actual DS violation (for example self-revert + pursuing discussion), whereas SPECIFICO simply ignores warnings when she breaches revert restrictions (for example this thread or that one, ignoring self-revert requests and issuing threats).

SPECIFICO's hounding behaviour towards me has been so blatant that another editor, Factchecker_atyourservice, whom I didn't know, came to my talk page to joke about it by making a parody of her attacks. This thread is also worth reading, whereby another editor, Objective3000, admittedly sometimes in disagreement with me, considered that SPECIFICO owed me an apology for her aspersions.

Imposing a permanent 0RR restriction on me would be validating the chilling effect intended by one adversarial editor, in practice denying me legitimate editing actions towards article improvements in AP2 topics. Given the fuzzy interpretations of what is and is not a revert, I run the risk of being blocked for simply making a bold edit that somebody will construe as a revert of some content. Sanctions are meant to be preventive, not punitive, and this 0RR restriction looks like punitive treatment for a series of mostly-unfounded DS violation claims.

For my inadvertent violation today, I agree to voluntarily abide by 0RR for three days, and I request the formal lifting of this restriction after 72 hours. Furthermore, I request a strong admonition to SPECIFICO for a pattern of hurling baseless accusations at her fellow editors, thereby wasting everybody's time and energy towards unconstructive discussions.

Finally, I'm sorry for burdening admins with a rather lengthy statement; I felt I had to provide enough context to defend myself properly.

Statement by Ian.thomson

I admit that I had looked though and saw the multiple warnings, with diffs. The proclivity for manual reverts (along with SPECIFICO sometimes not linking to prior versions) makes it harder to sort through. There was a flame this time, and lots of smoke in previous instances. That said, my phrasing was "after multiple warnings," not "multiple violations."

JFG said For my inadvertent violation today, I agree to voluntarily abide by 0RR for three days, and I request the formal lifting of this restriction after 72 hours -- I'll go further and reduce it to 0RR on just the page in question for the three days. Ian.thomson (talk) 23:23, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

@DHeyward: My activity at Alex Jones predates his involvement in the election and has been to oppose WP:FRINGE-pushing editors. My activity at Pizzagate was over BLP concerns and my continued activity is, again, discouraging conspiracy theorists (if it's not fringe, I don't really care what other editors do to those articles). My activity has more to do with conspiracy theorism than with politics, per se. Ian.thomson (talk) 23:23, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by (slatersteven)

Well a look at 19th of feb show this revert [2], followed by this [3] which JFG's own edit summery says is a "self revert". Yes it is a technicality, but it is two reverts.

I assume the warning on 23 refers to two reverts on the 22nd [4] and [5], opne was (it claims) a reversion of a banned user's material, but still (technically) two reverts.

I stopped here. yes there do seem to also be multiple reverts on the 26th as well. The two instances of double revert I checked are not really egregious, in that one was a self revert and thus only technical violations.Slatersteven (talk) 14:54, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by DHeyward

Overturn. This was a rather hasty response to a nebulous charge. Are we really counting a self-revert as a violation of 1RR as the second revert? I noticed SPECIFICO leveling accusations of edit warring against JFG on the BLP notice board and no action was taken. There is a degree of forum shopping going on and it was unclear what action caused the imposing administrator to invoke a 0RR restriction. --DHeyward (talk) 16:05, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

Clean block log for an editor accused of a pattern of edit warring? Not much of a pattern.

Considering the sanction request was made on the article talk page with no discussion and no diffs for a pattern of behavior (which is really a pattern of complaints), this is a rather egregious overreaction to a 1RR violation from an out of process sanction request. JFG has never been blocked for edit warring so the argument for a pattern of edit warring is rather ridiculous. This was an ill-considered sanction. --DHeyward (talk) 16:16, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

I'll also note that the talk page for the article where this request was made has hatted the discussion as being out of process with a notice that bringing sanction requests to talk pages can result in sanctions. This sanction should have never been issued. --DHeyward (talk) 16:29, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

@NeilN: As I said, the request was out of process. Had you acted earlier, the request would have been closed. An article talk page was a poor choice and many admin AC/DS sanctions that have come under scrutiny are those that occurred without input at AE or ANI. Everyone agrees that admins can act unilaterally. Virtually everyone agrees that discussion at AE is preferred for any actions that may be questioned. I would hope the imposing admin would lift their 0RR sanction and let it be discussed but if not, they should be prepared that the bar for overturning that decision is much lower than overturning consensus. --DHeyward (talk) 20:29, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
@Sandstein: If the sanctioning admin had provided diffs or examples of the behavior they were sanctioning, it might be possible to address them. But the admin only said the current 1RR was stale. That diff is all that there is in the sanction discussion. And a clean block log. Not a lot of evidence to address. And we have editors saying a self-revert counts as the second revert in 1RR pages which is nonsense. I can only hope that diff wasn't used as evidence. --DHeyward (talk) 20:42, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
I'm also concerned that Ian.thomson has edited within the area of AP2 most recently in Pizzagate and AlexJones, both of which were prominent in the most recent US election. --DHeyward (talk) 21:00, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

The 72 hour agreement for lifting seems reasonable. --DHeyward (talk) 23:44, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by My very best wishes

I think JFG indeed violated 1RR restrictions on these pages previously. For example, one (revert of this edit) and two (clearly marked by JFG himself as a revert in the edit summary). Here is whole discussion if anyone would be interested in.

I also admit reporting JFG previously on 3RRNB here. Here is why. My reading of WP:3RR was that undoing work by previous contributors (plural) like here would be counted as revert. However, JFG insisted that one must provide exact edit (diff) by specific contributor (singular) that he reverted. I am not sure that JFG was right, but the closing admin (El C) decided he was right. My very best wishes (talk) 21:25, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by (involved editor)

Discussion among uninvolved editors about the appeal by JFG

In considering this matter, please note that the sanction would apply to "articles" plural, not just "the article" as User:El C mentioned below. JFG has been active (without incident) at multiple articles where the sanction would apply. Anythingyouwant (talk) 21:35, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

  • Not involved in this incident; but placed my comment here conservatively as I’ve been involved in articles, pro and con, with JFG. There are times that I think JFG makes changes to mainspace too quickly during a continuing discussion, which I find quite bothersome. But, I think that we have to take into account the effect of 1RR and DS. I agree that these must exist. It’s just that, at times, editing articles under DS is like dancing the tango in a minefield. Technical violations are going to occur. I may disagree with JFG on many edits – but, he is a valuable editor involved in difficult articles. 0RR seems excessive and damages his ability to contribute. I suggest a rainbow trout, or a brief 0RR as suggested below. Objective3000 (talk) 00:31, 23 April 2017 (UTC)

Result of the appeal by JFG

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  • I'd decline the request as invalid. The appeal does not indicate which specific sanction is being appealed. What I'd expect is a link to a statement by an administrator specifying a sanction. The talk page thread linked to in the request does not contain a sanction. This appeal is therefore invalid and can be closed.  Sandstein  14:54, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Link now added by appealing editor. --NeilN talk to me 15:29, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
  • I'd still decline the appeal because it is mostly a series of attacks against another editor, substantially without evidence, see WP:ASPERSIONS. An appeal should only address the conduct of the appealing editor.  Sandstein  20:30, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
  • @DHeyward: Although I closed the thread and sanctioned SPECIFICO [6] the original sanction itself by Ian.thomson is not out of process as admins can act on any action or requests. However I want to emphasize that article talk pages should not be turned into mini-WP:AE boards. --NeilN talk to me 16:40, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Undecided. I was the admin who has gotten many of SPECIFICO's requests to sanction JFG for 1RR violations, but all of these, save one, were not reverts. I'd wait to hear from the enforcing admin's reasoning before deciding. This sanction does severely handicaps JFG from editing the article on an equal footing. El_C 21:28, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
  • 0RR for 72 hours (a sanction I often apply at at AN3) sounds like a fair sanction for making this mistake. JFG is cautioned to be more cognisant of 1RR. El_C 23:48, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

E.M.Gregory

E.M. Gregory is cautioned to take more care in the future when editing articles subject to sanctions. Seraphimblade Talk to me 00:01, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
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Request concerning E.M.Gregory

User who is submitting this request for enforcement 
Fram (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) 12:08, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
User against whom enforcement is requested 
E.M.Gregory (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

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Sanction or remedy to be enforced
Wikipedia:Requests_for_arbitration/Palestine-Israel articles#General 1RR restriction :
Diffs of edits that violate this sanction or remedy, and an explanation how these edits violate it 
  1. 24 April 2017 10.49 Full revert
  2. 24 April 2017 11.22 Partial revert of same material
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  • ArbPIA reminder at their user talk page on 5 April 2017 (no idea if this was their first reminder or not)
  • 21 April 2017 warned on same article by Black Kite about 2RR
Notification of the user against whom enforcement is requested 
  • [7]

Discussion concerning E.M.Gregory

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Statement by E.M.Gregory

I lost my cool and reverted too hastily, forgetting to discuss the deletion first on the talk page. I backed off from brangling over I/P articles ages ago, after finding the discussions in re: Susya endlessly aversive. I now limit editing in I/P to articles that come up for AfD (like this one,) non-controversial topics like art and literature, occassional sourcing, and terrorist attacks - which I create and edit worldwide. This keeps me out of the swamp of deletion wars and personal attacks in which I/P editing is mired. But it also means that I simply forgot that reverting this deletion violated a rule. An error on my part. I do want to point out that the information deleted was sourced to an essay was by Itamar Marcus and published in the Times of Israel.[8] It was written in NPOV voice and was deleted without discussion during a tense AfD process with editors arguing delete on the grounds that the Jerusalem Light Rail stabbing attack was a single-news cycle event with no ongoing coverage. Removing this material during an intensely controversial AfD process framed by several editors as an argument that all terrorist attacks in Israel/Jerusalem/Palestinian Territories should be added to lists rather than kept as stand-alone articles. (Because I edit terror attacks, crime, and attacks that may or may not be terrorism worldwide, I was aware that this argument is contrary to our treatment of similar attacks in other parts of the world.) I do not know what Fram's motives ere in deleting this material, although certainly he has been adamant in opposition ot the existence of this article, describing it as lacking ongoing impact [9], attacking even what the calls "mainstream" media coverage as "unreliable" [10], but because I work regularly at AfD do that edits removing ongoing news coverage from a page have the effect of are making it appear that coverage of an event has not met the criteria of sustained coverage.E.M.Gregory (talk) 12:48, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by Fram

E.M. Gregory, first read things attentively before making up statements here. I was not "attacking even what the calls "mainstream" media coverage as "unreliable""[11], that was a quote from now indef blocked user Cyrus the Penner (who was on your side of the debate from the start): they were claiming that mainstream media coverage is unreliable, a statement with which I clearly disagreed, but which showed his POV in editing the article and AfD. Don't attribute statements or opinions I have not made to me please, and certainly don't build a whole flimsy defense on these incorrect starting points.

Considering the ArbPIA reminder of early april, and the 1RR reminder of 21 April, it seems unlikely that "I simply forgot that reverting this deletion violated a rule." Your description of [12] as an NPOV source can be judged by uninvolved readers on its merits, but in the end has no bearing on this AE request. Fram (talk) 13:05, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

  • You sent me a reminder about this in April?E.M.Gregory (talk) 13:53, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Congrats, striking our one incorrect reading of statements by me, and now adding a new one. No, I didn't send a reminder in early april or on 21 April, other editors did. You can find the diffs at the very start of this AE request. Perhaps, in a enforcement request about your edits, read the actual request and try to understand what people are saying and what the history is before replying. Fram (talk) 14:14, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

@Shrike: because E.M. Gregory reverted the same thing twice? I didn't really pay attention to what others did separately, and the two edits by MrX are edits he could have done in one go as well (they are two separate sections, if I looked correctly). But if you feel that these as well broke the restrictions and deserve the same treatment, be my guest (I also don't know whether MrX has had ArbPia warnings and recent warnings about this behaviour, which Gregory certainly had, but again, I have not looked in this in detail). Fram (talk) 13:37, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

@Shrike: E.M. Gregory self-reverted after you advised them to "Just self revert to be on the safe side"... Why this would put them on the safe side is not really clear, his false statements and allegations in this AE request or his inability to see that an opinion piece is not a reliable source for statements of fact about something that perhaps one day might happen don't give me much confidence that there is any understanding of the problems with his edits in this contentious topic area. Fram (talk) 13:48, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

@Wordsmith. No opinion on whether this is the time when a first block is needed, or a final warning is sufficient. But the "clean record" of E.M. Gregory is dubious (the lack of archiving makes it hard to research this though). It seems that here they received a one-month topic ban from the Israel-Palestine subject in May 2016. So, while his block log is as of now empty, he doesn't have a clean record, not even in this very topic area. " he has admitted getting heated, and he did self-revert." Yes, after the discussion on his talk page, the ANI request, and this AE request were started, when another editor advised him to do so "to be on the safe side". Self-reverting to avoid a block is hardly a mitigating factor in my book. "the fact that this case was filed within half an hour of Fram opening an ANI thread[28] (and after E.M.Gregory had already admitted that he was hasty and made a mistake) smacks of admin shopping." I was advised at the ANI thread to start an AE request, but apparently following that advise is now "forum shopping"? Not really, no. Forum shopping is getting a negative response at one venue, and then trying again at another: it is not being sent by one venue to another, and then being accused there of forum shopping because you followed that advice. "Fram has, in fact, given out ARBPIA DS notices before, so he knows perfectly well that AE is the appropriate place for this." AE is the perfect place for people who have already had ARBPIA warnings (which I didn't know for Gregory at the time I filed the ANI request, just like I didn't know about the earlier topic ban until just now), and I felt that the issues were farther reaching than just the 1RR of ARBPIA. Anyway, your fourth point reads "Fram shouldn't have come here, this is forum shopping. Fram should have come here, this is the right place". Please make up you mind. Fram (talk) 15:03, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

@Huldra: my first post on his talk page asked him to self-revert, but instead he reinserted the opinion piece after another user had again removed it. The situation here is not comparable to yours (which I haven't looked in to). ANI and ARE only came after a request to self-revert was not heeded and a further revert to include the contested material was made. Fram (talk) 06:41, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by Shrike

@Fram: Why did you report only Gregory there other users that broke 1RR?For example User:MrX [13] [14]--Shrike (talk) 13:33, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

MrX self reverted and I think Gregory too.--Shrike (talk) 13:39, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

and again here [15] with the explanation "I forgot that...." which seems perfectly plausible to me. Lots of us eidt carelessly at times, forgetting stuff.E.M.Gregory (talk) 14:01, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
What do you mean, "and again here"? Or do you consider self-reverting as another revert to be added? In that case, why did you self-revert after this AE request was filed? Please stop throwing accusations and incorrect statements around, it really doesn't make you look any better. Fram (talk) 14:16, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

@El C: The user have self reverted [16] even before first admin comment. @Wordsmith:There are additional user that violated 1rr and self-reverted do you suggest to warn them too?--Shrike (talk) 19:45, 24 April 2017 (UTC) @El C:Do you suggest same sanction for other user that violated 1RR and self-reverted on the same article?--Shrike (talk) 21:51, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by MrX

I did inadvertently violate 1RR and I have self-reverted. I was making a series of small contiguous edits and did not realize that Icewhiz had made an intervening edit.

E.M. Gregory seems to have strong views in this subject, as evidenced by his willful violation of two of the article editing restrictions, his 37 AfD comments, and suggestion that Fram and I have a political position with regard to the subject (I don't). This discussion and the article edit summaries hint that E.M. Gregory will probably stop at nothing to win disputes in this subject area.

A block would be an unfortunate mar on his clean block record, but I do think a short topic ban would help.- MrX 13:58, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by Dovid

I'm not involved here, as I have not done editing in this article. The request happened to catch my eye. After reading through the editing history of the article and a bit of the editors as well, I decided to comment. Forgive me for barging in.

This seems to be overblown. A minor infraction of 1RR, which the editor has already admitted to and apologized for? The complainant is being more belligerent than the subject. No sanctions should be applied.

A warning might be appropriate, but given that the editor has already owned up, and by his/her own statements appears to be self-policing against this behavior, it would probably be more of a sop to User:Fram than anything else. Perhaps give both of them a warning - User:E.M.Gregory for hasty editing that lead to rules violations, and Fram for i,,ature administrative action (escalating instead of de-escalating, admin shopping). Dovid (talk) 15:11, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by Huldra

Ok, my 2 cents: I was given my first block after over 10 years in the IP area, 3 minutes after being reported by an obvious sock, without any previous warning, and without any chance to self revert. My second block was also given without any warning, and without any chance to self revert. Do I think E.M.Gregory deserves a block? Absolutely not. The fact that I have been treated like shit by admins, does not mean that I want other editors treated the same way. And, for those of you unfamiliar with the IP area; I’m very much on the "other side of the divide" from E.M.Gregory, in fact, I just AfD one of his latest masterpieces, Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Murder of Georgios Tsibouktzakis. Actually, I would love to see him topic banned from the IP area...or at least, banned from making any new articles in the IP area. But blocked, when he self reverted? No, that is simply not right, IMO. Huldra (talk) 23:57, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by Debresser

E.M.Gregory took full responsibility for his mistake, both here and at WP:ANI,[17] so I recommend minimal action, perhaps even a warning. An editor who has been active in this area and has been able to avoid problems, should receive some credit here. Debresser (talk) 16:02, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Result concerning E.M.Gregory

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  • Ah, my favorite topic area to see at AE again. Doing some looking into the diffs presented, on the face of things it is fairly obvious that a violation did occur. However, there are several mitigating factors. First, we have a 2+ year old account with a clean record and block log. Second, he's been brought up at AE exactly once in his tenure here, in 2015[18] where no admin suggested taking any action. Third, he has admitted getting heated, and he did self-revert. Fourth, the fact that this case was filed within half an hour of Fram opening an ANI thread[19] (and after E.M.Gregory had already admitted that he was hasty and made a mistake) smacks of admin shopping. Fram has, in fact, given out ARBPIA DS notices before, so he knows perfectly well that AE is the appropriate place for this. I'm inclined to resolve this with a warning to E.M.Gregory, but waiting to hear more opinions. The WordsmithTalk to me 14:37, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
  • @Fram: My research didn't show the topic ban, so I'll review that thread to see if that changes things. A prior topic ban in the area is often grounds for more severe sanctions. The WordsmithTalk to me 15:24, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
  • If this was on AN3—which in cases of 1RR is actually more likely than AE or ANI—I'd be blocking for 24 hours (due to previous history of topic ban and prior warnings). I still don't understand why the user didn't simply self-revert, as was suggested to them. What happened there? El_C 15:59, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Since the user did self-revert after all, I would be willing to consider 0RR for 72 hours in place of a 24-hour block. El_C 21:41, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
  • I don't know the other user's ARBPIA background to tell whether the warning already extended would suffice here. El_C 22:13, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
  • I haven't researched the context, so I'm not offering an opinion, merely links for E.M.Gregory's one-month ARBPIA topic ban: [20][21]. Bishonen | talk 19:52, 24 April 2017 (UTC).
  • A one-month topic ban a year ago is hardly grounds for blocking an editor who recognizes their error, fixes it, and where there exists little evidence that the conduct at issue will reoccur. A 0RR restriction would be sufficient, but I don't see the case for anything more severe. Lord Roem ~ (talk) 21:10, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
  • I also agree that a warning is quite sufficient here, and will shortly close as such absent any objection. Seraphimblade Talk to me 22:37, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

EJustice

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Request concerning EJustice

User who is submitting this request for enforcement 
Jytdog (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) 18:30, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
User against whom enforcement is requested 
EJustice (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

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Sanction or remedy to be enforced
Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/American_politics_2#Discretionary_sanctions_.281932_cutoff.29 :
Prior community discussion of the issues
  1. ENI thread: NPOV problem opened 19:30, 6 April 2017 by S. Rich
  2. ANI discussion: POV forks being created as school project opened 22:04, 6 April by User: The Wordsmith
  3. ANI discussion: Re: POV Forks opened by EJustice 13 April 2017
  4. ENI thread: Environmental Justice class project - update from Wiki Ed 15 April opened by User:Ryan (Wiki Ed)
  5. Thread at User Talk at Ryan (Wiki Ed) opened 17 April 2017 by User: Seraphimblade
  6. ENI thread: Advocacy classes and issues opened 24 April 2017 by Seraphimblade
Diffs of edits that violate this sanction or remedy, and an explanation how these edits violate it 
  1. Course page with clear BLP violations about Trump (later noted at class liaison page here and removed in this diff) and stating the class agenda: ...in order to create a neutral, well-documented record of the assaults on the environment and environmental justice expected to unfold early in the Trump Presidency. created 18 January 2017. While we have the "neutral, well documented" aspect, the agenda to use WIkipedia to raise the alarm is very clear. Please note that there are 6 sections for this class. Here they are at Wiki Ed: section 101, section 102, section 103, section 104, section 105, section 106. There are 180 students. Some of the articles and their fates have been tracked here.
  2. 15 March 2017 Encouraging students to generate POV content, eg I like the bold statements, even more so when supported by articles (like the Mother Jones one about puppy mill lobbyists!) This was made at the Talk page of Impacts of concentrated animal feeding operations.
    1. Am going to dig in here a bit. The article at that time was in this state and contained OFFTOPIC, POV content like As the most disliked POTUS of the United States in at least 60 years, Donald J. Trump has a highly contentious agricultural platform.[1][2] and pretty much everything else in that section and other parts of the page.
  3. 15 March 2017 comment praising Environmental impacts of pig farming when it was in this state.
    1. I am going to dig in here a bit. The article at that time contained content like The Midwest has traditionally been home to many hog CAFOs, but it became particularly populated with them between the mid 1980s and mid 1990s, especially located in the Black Belt region referring to an area where many slaves traditionally worked on plantations, and after emancipation many freed slaves stayed to work in that area as sharecroppers or as tenant farmers.[3] The ref is about North Carolina which is not in the Midwest; the ref makes no mention of a "Black Belt", nor race at all, nor slavery, nor sharecroppers. It is about hog farming in N Carolina. The next sentence does deal with race: To this day, many black residents in the Black Belt region face high levels of poverty, poor standards of housing and low quality of education, employment and health care.[4] This ref does discuss race and poverty but makes no mention of hog farming or CAFOs. It is clear there is WP:SYN going on here, to build an argument. The content that these students generated is shot through with this kind of thing. Not what we do in Wikipedia. EJustice has no awareness of this. These kinds of edits were later criticized, and you will see EJustice's response to that.
  4. 15 March 2017 Comment on draft of "Farmworkers in California" in a sandbox: An important topic, so work on getting a strong scaffold/outline to make your big points!
  5. 6 April 2017 First comment in an AfD, saying article is education program and that it is fine. Article was userified.
  6. 10 Apirl 2017: comments on Water contamination in Lawrence and Morgan Counties, Alabama: Additionally, any thoughts on how the Trump Administration's actions will impact this issue? can you find citations to such analysis?
  7. 10 April 2017 comment on draft - note that their attitude is hardening now: 1) keep your eyes on the prize -- focus more on strengthening and deepening your citations and evidence on issues of justice than on combatting those who seek to erase any mention of it.
  8. 10 April 2017: key comment -- comment on draft: Remember however that your grade depends also on the extent to which you cover EJ in the article.
  9. 13 April 2017 first comment addressing non-students Responding to comments by User:dsprc made in response to questions from students about dsprc's edits, in this section of the Talk page. EJustice cites WP:Systemic bias and doesn't hear dsprc's policy-and-guideline-based objections. They have the "systemic bias" hammer in hand now, and will be responding regularly with that, instead of addressing issues.
  10. 13 April 2017 at EJustice talk page, responding to dsprc: Your input above strikes me as gratuitous, meaning unsupported by fact. Feel free to point to actual text that represents non-neutrality or maligning of others. Please also reflect on how much you are violating Wikipedia's own expressed guidelines for avoiding systemic bias (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Systemic_bias#What_you_can_do).
  11. 13 April 2017 AfD !vote: ...The course, among many other things, aims to help neutrally document the Trump Administration's assault on environmental protection....Finally, please consider this advice about systemic bias from within Wikipedia itself
  12. 13 April 2017 partially deletes a PROD. See edit note.
  13. ANI discussion: Re: POV Forks opened by EJustice 13 April 2017 (linked above).
    1. says in OP for example .... I think the underlying challenges the community faces with these articles have quite a bit to do with systemic biases. I'd suggest a read of this article to help understand some of the reactions the students' work is eliciting, and a focus particularly on what to do about it. Finally, a number of Wikipedians have suggested that our class syllabus is itself flawed and biased. I would welcome their input to improve it and make it more factually correct.... (problem is not its "factual correctness" - EJustice is not hearing the problem, and does this typical advocate thing, where the problem must be with other people.)
    2. 14 April 2017 not seeing the problems Sections and pages were deleted without any real evidence while the sections themselves were well supported by scientific journal and popular literature citations
    3. diff comment: Their (my students') constructiveness and meekness in the face of hostile editorial responses that seem at times to be motivated by a dislike of topics related to race or class is admirable. Emphasis added. Note responses to that, here and here.
    4. Please also note this series of responses from User:MelanieN, going from at first very sympathetic, to somewhat exasperated and sharp, as their interaction with EJustice unfolds: diff, diff, diff, diff,
  14. 03:29, 15 April 2017 at an AfD. key comment I agree with your assessment that the students' work (upper-division students at one of the world's pre-eminent universities) has been treated with untoward hostility. I could anticipate this because this work does get regularly attacked in the real world. (Check out Rush Limbaugh, 2004.) And we trained the students to stay calm in the face of such attacks and to do their best and, most importantly to rigorously source their statements. I disagree a bit about the cause of the turmoil. It is a political topic, but more importantly acknowledging issues of race and class challenges many of the known systemic biases within Wikipedia. Many of these topics though are not political, certainly not by the definition of BLP or the discretionary sanction for post-1932 politics. Are the legalities of tribal lands and waterways really about biographies or direct politics? If not, then what might be at play in seeking to eliminate this as a topic for Wikipedia? The last question there is rhetorical, and it is clear what Ejustice believes the problem is.
  15. 17:52, 17 April 2017 Again, in EJustice's view there is no real problem with specific edits students have actually made, nor with the mission of the class and its agenda; the problem is systemic bias among Wikipedians. ...It's (Environmental justice is) a big deal and has a lot to do with understanding and solving environmental problems. So it's educational content the world needs, provided by people trained to create it. ...My frustration with the editors who have engaged negatively is their blindness to their own blindness on this front...their unwillingness to see how hard it is to get this stuff discussed neutrally and to engage positively in the effort to do so. Every time I read WP's guidelines, I am fortified that the intent is to be positive and engaged, so I'm sticking with that.
  16. As is extremely common in student editing, copyvios were found, which EJustice doubted and pushed back a bunch of times to have versions restored - no concern that WP cannot host COPYVIO. Diffs: at deleting admin's talk; at ANI, back at admin's talk page; at their own Talk page; at User:Ian (Wiki Ed)'s talk page; diff, etc.
  17. here, I tried to call their attention to the underlying problem with the mission of the class via the excellent Wikipedia:Beware of the tigers essay. Their response which included I think the key thing that editors are getting wrong is their inability to separate topics that are particularly triggering in today's political environment from good neutral content about things like environmental racism..... But the inability of critics to separate their feelings about the topic from the facts makes some of the feedback less than useful. and My frustration with the editors who have engaged negatively is their blindness to their own blindness on this front...their unwillingness to see how hard it is to get this stuff discussed neutrally and to engage positively in the effort to do so. Every time I read WP's guidelines, I am fortified that the intent is to be positive and engaged, so I'm sticking with that. . and later (diff) You strike me as a live tiger This turning things back on people is the same thing they did in the ANI, and is what advocates always do in WIkipedia. They subsequently moved the DS alert I gave them and that discussion to a subpage, User:EJustice/notrelevant. The title of which speaks for itself.
  18. comment at AfD, repeated 19 April 2017 here at the article talk page as an instruction to their students: Feedback from instructor: The literature cited shows that more regulation leads to more employment and economic growth in Appalachia. This paradox increases the notability of this subject and the page could be streamlined based on this connection. When I asked what that means exactly, EJustice wrote this. In other words, this instruction to the students was conjecture and advocacy stated as TruthTM. This is where the class is coming from and where they are being led, in their Wikipedia editing. This is not what we do in Wikipedia. This is a thesis that someone would argue for in an essay.
  19. 23 April 2017 another attack on motivations of me and others.
  20. 25 April 2017 as above. Which prompted this filing.

References

  1. ^ Denson, Author: Ryan (2017-01-25). "The Numbers Are In: Trump Is The Most Hated Newly Inaugurated President EVER". Addicting Info | The Knowledge You Crave. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  2. ^ Ball, Molly. "Trump's Last Vacant Cabinet Post". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  3. ^ Furuseth, Owen J. (November 1997). "Restructuring of Hog Farming in North Carolina: Explosion and Implosion". The Professional Geographer. 49 (4): 391–403. doi:10.1111/0033-0124.00086.  (nb, citation fixed)
  4. ^ Wimberley, Ronald C; Morris, Libby V (2002). "The Regionalization of Poverty: Assistance for the Black Belt South?" (PDF). Southern Rural Sociology. 18 (1): 294–306.  (NB, citation fixed)
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Additional comments by editor filing complaint 

EJustice's trajectory within WP is very typical of advocates who arrive here, mistaking Wikipedia for something that it is not. EJustice arrived with a clearly stated agenda, has mostly ignored feedback, and has accused those who raised issues with their content of being blinded by their own biases. No self-awareness, no acknowledgement that a bunch (not all) of the student editing has violated policies on many levels (POV, SYN, failing verification, COPYVIO), nor glimmer of openness to seeing Wikipedia for what it is. (It is hard to write about race and class everywhere in the world, including WP - maybe especially in WP with our policies and guidelines and mission, and our community full of messy humans)

EJustice set this POV-editing agenda for a class of 180 people; EJustice is driving (their grade depends on it) and encouraging students to add essay content to Wikipedia arguing an environmental justice agenda, against Trump's agenda; this is the WP:Beware of tigers problem. EJustice has demonstrated this in their AfD !votes, their talk page comments, and their responses at various boards.

I feel awful for the students. See this conversation with a student on my Talk page. That student is trapped between what their professor is demanding and Wikipedia's policies and guidelines.

EJustice being here under the Education Program has kind of exacerbated the overall problems - pulling out this diff from a volunteer at ANI, already cited above: If it wasn't for the wiki edu connection, User:EJustice would have already been warned, if not blocked, for POV pushing per WP:NOTHERE.

This is.. awkward and unfortunate and is surely something that will be discussed when the semester is over when the Wiki Ed staff are not working like crazy trying to help students complete their assignments.

But EJustice's activities have caused widespread disruption and absorbed a ton of volunteer time, as you can see from the discussion boards cited above. They continue to personalize objections to content created by students, instead of dealing the policy-and-guideline based issues themselves, as shown by the last two diffs above in particular. In the case of EJustice as a Wikipedian, in my view they should be topic banned from contemporary politics, and be informed that this goes for future classes via TAs per MEAT. This is a very bad outcome but I don't see another way. Jytdog (talk) 18:30, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

  • shrunk. Acknowledged. Jytdog (talk) 19:14, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
  • User: Sandstein I thought about that too. Where I came down is that per the dashboard page cited in the first bullet of diffs, the agenda for this class was driven in reaction to Trump's environmental agenda. The focus of this class is raising awareness of EJ issues and of Trump's "assault" on them. If you control+f this for "assault" and "Trump" and look at the article titles created by the students, you will see that EJustice talked about "assault" not only in syllabus but in an AfD, and that the focus of the class is Trump. At the ANI thread they opened they said The topic of environmental justice is particularly tricky right now. President Trump is on the record... etc. Contemporary politics is every where in this. That is why their behavior falls under these DS, in my view. Jytdog (talk) 20:28, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Sandstein thanks for reply but I struggle with your analysis. The content generated by the students was specifically and generally Trump related, at EJustice's direction. EJustice's comments accuse those objecting to the content of being full of bias -- that we (I am among them) are incapable of editing neutrally about contemporary US politics because of that bias. So the comments are an effort to influence content about contemporary US politics; we do not permit editors to be active in US politics who behave this way. Not to mention, who drive other editors to add this kind of policy-violating content about contemporary US politics. I do appreciate the nod toward AN should you remain with this position and a consensus of admins ends up agreeing with you. That is a valid alternative route. This also prompts me to consider that a community ban might be a more... appropriate solution. But let's see what other admins weigh in with. Thanks again. Jytdog (talk) 21:06, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
  • OK, seems like most people are leaning toward AN as a better venue. I am fine with withdrawing this in favor of that venue. Not sure if that is relevant to a darn thing but wanted to say it. If this is withdrawn, my next step would be to simply provide a link to this request at AN, so that none of us have to re-post what has already been said. If this stays open for further admin input, am fine with too. Jytdog (talk) 01:37, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • User:GoldenRing my primary concern is a) EJustice's continued intervention on their own but even more so, semesters to come. Action would be to prevent further disruption, which seems not unlikely. Jytdog (talk) 01:39, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Quick note. As the lead to Environmental justice says, "the term has two distinct uses: the first, and more common usage, describes a social movement that focuses on the fair distribution of environmental benefits and burdens, while the other is an interdisciplinary body of social science literature that includes theories of the environment and justice, environmental laws and their implementations, environmental policy and planning and governance for development and sustainability, and political ecology." Much of the students editing was actually advocacy in line with the former, instead of describing things in the US through the lens of the latter. This was the key problem (the "live tigers" problem) Am leaning more and more in favor of an indefinite block, not just a TBAN, especially in light of EJustice's response which is the kind of ... difficult interpretation of things that got us all here in the first place; I think a TBAN would just become a source of further turmoil about edges of the topic ban. If we need to move to AN to do that, let's do that. I think that is within the bounds of the DS, however. Jytdog (talk) 12:49, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
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Discussion concerning EJustice

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Statement by EJustice

Appreciate all the discussion. I will restrict my response to the charge that I violated Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/American politics 2#Discretionary sanctions .281932 cutoff.29. Please correct me if there is more at stake in this discussion on this page.

As this diff indicates, I have not edited within the sanctions area. There was one sentence in our course syllabus that has been the major source of POV claims against me, while the syllabus itself clearly states that the Wikipedia assignments are an exercise in writing neutrally.

It is not clear to me that the syllabus, hosted on Wikiedu.org, is subject to POV rules. If so, would wikipedia editors have the right to alter the readings or other assignments? It is simply a syllabus and its content (POV or not) has no bearing on an assignment in which students were required to write neutral, well supported wikipedia articles to the best of their abilities.


A key issue here is whether environmental justice is by definition a POV term. It is a field of academic research that is over 30 years old, yet Jytdog above states:

:: key comment -- comment on draft: Remember however that your grade depends also on the extent to which you cover EJ in the article.

as if students' coverage of this issue in an article is somehow wrong. If I insisted in a chemistry class that articles cover chemistry, would I be subject to sanctions?

Finally, here is just one example of Jytdog's assuming bad faith on my part. If one understands environmental justice as a field of research, his long complaint above becomes instead a POV itself, arguing against environmental justice as a field of research.

I am sorry if my insistence that the intersection of race, class, gender and other social characteristics with the environment is an important field of research and data, and NOT POV, is interpreted as intransigence on my part. I assure you that it is not. Jytdog's list of complaints across so many articles illustrate the way in which on many topic areas it remains difficult for people to accept the strong research that is available on this subject and instead to treat this work as somehow biased. EJustice (talk) 06:58, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by The Wordsmith

@Lord Roem: I intend to make a more substantive comment, but I will request that you grant Jytdog a waiver on his statement length. This issue encompasses a massive number of articles involving many editors, and extra space really is necessary to put this issue in context. The only reason I didn't bring it to AE myself is because of the sheer scope of this. And as always, I consider myself WP:INVOLVED on 2016 Election-related articles in general and this Berkeley issue in specific. The WordsmithTalk to me 19:15, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

  • I've been dealing with this nonsense since I happened upon one of the articles while browsing AFD. Upon doing some routine research, I was horrified to find the rest of them. A full list (of the ones in mainspace, anyway) is at User:Train2104/Berkeley NPOV articles. A handful of them, such as Environmental policy of the Donald Trump administration, are okay, though that only came about through a large effort involving many editors resulting from a note I dropped on Talk:Donald Trump. Prior to that, it was a mess of POV pushing and Original Research and Crystal Ballery. Going by the looks of it, roughly half of them have already been deleted or otherwise removed from article space. And through it all, EJustice has maintained that anyone opposing or criticizing the work being done is doing so because of their own biases. I really think there's a fundamental disconnect between what Professor Gelobter thinks Wikipedia is for, and what we actually do here. Many experienced editors and admins have tried to help him understand, but I don't think he's willing to budge. A topic ban for him and his students (many of which have been meatpuppeting on each others' AFDs) is the only way that I know of to end this disruption, short of waiting for the semester to be over and then a massive cleanup. The WordsmithTalk to me 19:50, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by Bri

I'll make this short and sweet.

  1. I encountered this group's editing also, and found it beyond problematic.
  2. The courses are obviously US politics agenda driven and inherently POV.
  3. The 10 April diff [22] is particularly concerning in that it appears to show students being pushed until they conform to the course's agenda. I don't know how this works at UC Berkeley, but this amounts to WP:MEAT in our sphere.
  4. Also here he is offering legal advice to his students that are at odds with our norms.
  5. The course leader should not be allowed to participate further until they demonstrate that they understand our community processes and norms.

- Bri (talk) 20:32, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by MelanieN

I have been involved to a slight extent with EJustice and his students, primarily at one of the articles: Environmental policy of the Donald Trump administration. At that article several of us have been working with several of the students, collegially and with good results, and it is a proper encyclopedia article. I have interacted with EJustice himself on only one occasion, the ANI that Jytdog quoted from above. Speaking as a regular editor (not as an admin because of my involvement), I have two points to make.

  • "Environmental policy of the Donald Trump administration" is a proper subject for Wikipedia, comparable to other articles about the various policies of various presidents. I was unaware of all the other articles that have been created (180 students? OMG!), and having looked at a few now I am pretty much appalled. Almost none of them are proper subjects for an encyclopedia article. "Impacts of concentrated animal feeding operations"? "Environmental impacts of pig farming"? "Water contamination in Lawrence and Morgan Counties, Alabama" for heavens sake?? At most these subjects could be a paragraph in a related article. These are not articles, these are student term papers, and they should have been assigned and graded as such. From the subject matter, to the format, to the neutrality or lack of it, they are completely unsuitable for Wikipedia. This was inherent in the class itself, which is frankly oriented toward a particular political viewpoint. In the future this professor should not assign his students to do their term papers in the form of Wikipedia articles, and steps should be taken at the education project to ensure that this does not happen again. Unfortunately, almost all of these inappropriate articles are going to have to be deleted or redirected.
  • The user EJustice has been very belligerent about attributing any criticism or deletion to bias, rather than to enforcing the guidelines of an international encyclopedia. That's just a defensive reflex on his part; EJustice knows nothing about the political or social opinions of editors here. That's by design; most of us try to edit in such a way that our own beliefs and attitudes are not reflected in our editing. (I personally have been accused of being everything from a flaming liberal to a Trump apologist.) But EJustice has a fixed belief that anyone who disagrees with his agenda must be doing so because of their own biases. That fixed belief, and the WP:IDHT attitude it generates, are incompatible with being a Wikipedia editor. It appears that EJustice is NOTHERE to improve the encyclopedia, but rather to use it to promote his own viewpoint. IMO action needs to be taken on that basis.

I thank Jytdog for this careful research and exposition of this massive problem. Unfortunately AE may not be the proper venue for the problems raised here, and we might have to do it all again at AN in order to take the actions which are called for.--MelanieN (talk) 21:28, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

@Lord Roem, Sandstein, and El C: You mentioned a topic ban, presumably of EJustice. To be clear, what topic are you considering banning him from? Also a comment: banning User:EJustice himself from editing does nothing to prevent him from sending 180 students here to post POV term papers. --MelanieN (talk) 23:17, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
One final comment: If sanctions or restrictions are applied to EJustice, the statement applying and explaining them needs to spell out clearly, one more time, that the problem is not that we object to this field of study. After all, we have had an article on Environmental justice since 2005. The problem is that this instructor's approach is unencyclopedic. The assignment given, and indeed the very premise of the class, was not to do scholarly research in the field, but rather to demonstrate that the policies of a particular named politician are destructive and wrong. ("Besides a few individual assignments, students will largely work in small groups to edit and/or create Wikipedia articles in order to create a neutral, well-documented record of the assaults on the environment and environmental justice expected to unfold early in the Trump Presidency."[23]) That polemic approach was and is contrary to Wikipedia policies, and is the reason for any future restrictions. --MelanieN (talk) 13:26, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by Seraphimblade

I'll comment here since I've been rather involved in this issue. I fully agree that this is becoming a major problem. Normally, when I've run into issues with class projects, I've found that instructors and students are quite willing to receive and act on feedback, and it doesn't have to go any farther than giving them some advice and being there if they have questions. Unfortunately, that has not been true here. EJustice has seemed fundamentally unwilling to change the approach they've taken, even after having been told repeatedly that it is unacceptable. At this point, I don't know what else we can do but apply sanctions.

To the question by Sandstein, many of this class's edits are American Politics related, but there have also been issues with BLP. Discretionary sanctions always are applicable to BLP issues. But something needs to change here, because this is reaching a serious level of disruption, and with the instructor being unwilling to change what they're doing, I don't know what else to do. I warned some time ago that it might come to this if it continues, and, well, here we are. Seraphimblade Talk to me 21:38, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by Train2104

I encountered this course after seeing the first ENI report linked in the "prior community discussion" section above. Their behavior has been problematic, magnified by the sheer volume of students and articles involved. I echo the comments by the various editors above, and thank Jytdog for bringing this here, for it is sorely needed. The edits are clearly motivated by American politics, and as such, should fall under discretionary sanctions.

Students look up to instructors as role models, and we expect instructors to demonstrate good behavior to their students. However, here, we are considering sanctions against a particular editor, not against all 180 students. We do not know the behind the scenes processes that occurred leading to this, including the choice of article topics, etc. But we do know that the syllabus was deliberately written with a goal in mind, and thus by extension, the course and assignment have an advocacy goal, one clearly not compatible with the purpose of Wikipedia. Nor do we know whether or not this user has attempted this course in the past (pre-Trump of course). But clearly they have refused to listen to our advice, and instead accuse us of systemic bias and not supporting his cause - when we try to be as neutral as possible. The fact that there are 180 students, far less than 180 articles (thankfully!), and that numerous SPA/meatpuppet votes were cast at the AFD's tell me that role accounts were likely used. This also violates policy, and is a violation the instructor should clearly be aware of, in addition to the copyright matters above. I echo StAnselm's comment at ANI - we are here only because of the protections (real or imagined) afforded by the Education Program, and if this were a blind meatpuppet army they'd long be blocked.

I support the application of sanctions against this instructor, and urge the community to participate in the postmortem analysis and discussion that Wiki Ed has promised will occur over the summer, in response to this and numerous other course-related problems this semester. The semester is almost over, so I'm not sure of their effectiveness, but Wikipedia does not operate according to the calendar of any particular university. – Train2104 (t • c) 00:47, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

I agree with @Jytdog: that a topic ban may not be the best solution - the user's past behavior indicates that protracted disputes over the edges of the topic ban are very likely. – Train2104 (t • c) 14:20, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by Wiki Ed

I've just posted a statement about this AE request on behalf of the Wiki Education Foundation here: Wikipedia:Education noticeboard/Incidents#Statement by Wiki Ed regarding AE. It's not posted on this page for two reasons: first, it would exceed the word count; second, we wanted to comment on the situation and our role in it, but, of course, would rather not opine on the outcome of this process. --Ryan (Wiki Ed) (talk) 01:32, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by Seraphim System

I agree in large part with the comments above - there have been problems and User:EJustice has not been responsive to feedback, and has blamed other editors for being motivated by bias (I can only speak for myself, but I am not promoting a POV about this and did not appreciate being accused of racial or gender bias). Is there systemic bias? Yes, absolutely - but as I have said before, that is not a free pass to disregard policies like WP:SYNTH WP:OR WP:CRYSTAL etc. Even if all these policy guidelines are followed, there will still editors who are disruptive and non-neutral - but there is not much room for debate here, the policy violations were clear and routine.

That said, I'm not convinced AE is the right place for this - from the diffs provided I don't see any evidence that the editor has edited in the sanctions area himself, or that these articles were even in the sanctions area when this conduct took place - maybe they should have been, but for a significant duration of this course they were not. Environmental Impacts of Pig Farming for example - not in the sanctions area. These pages should have been correctly templated and protected from the start, they were not. This general behavioral complaint should be raised in the correct forum, if only so we don't slide further down the abyss of chaos and disorder. Seraphim System (talk) 03:51, 26 April 2017 (UTC)


Statement by DHeyward

This type ofabuse threatens to undermine the very core principles of wikipedia. The fact that it seems to be supported by outreach efforts means it needs to be dealt with swiftly and harshly. Wikipedia is not a vehicle for advocacy. Period. --DHeyward (talk) 05:53, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by TonyBallioni

I'd been refraining from making a statement here because my experience has been mostly with the copyvio issues, which EJustice's talk page documents his response to and in my opinion is worthy of community sanctions in itself. I'll echo MelanieN in saying that I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the students on the Trump article, but Jytdog's diff concerning the grading standards of this course and EJustice's response to it make it clear that he does not understand why grading students based on introduction of a POV into Wikipedia is wrong, and it also places the urgency students on talk pages have felt to include certain content in context.

The course page description mentioning Trump makes it clear that the intent was to edit in the DS area, which combined with the student actions in line with their grading standards makes me believe AE is the right place to deal with this. I think a topic ban from courses involving politics of the United States would be justified, on AE grounds alone, and combined with the blantant defense of plagiarism and copyright violations by a university professor I think makes it the only justifiable outcome if it is taken to another forum. TonyBallioni (talk) 07:41, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

  • @Jytdog: I would support indef or a site ban that can be appealed to AN per the standard option because of their response and the multitude of issues, some of which are outside the scope of DS. I think a tban could be handled within DS, but indef or site ban would probably need to be community imposed. I also agree with MelanieN that it must be made clear that any sanctions must make clear that this in no way has to do with his political views or their topic of research but the fact that he has had no regard for Wikipedia's policies, and actively tried to get around them despite efforts of many of us in the community to help. TonyBallioni (talk) 14:36, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by JFG

EJustice has demonstrated a WP:NOTHERE attitude, which can gravely impact Wikipedia's reputation. He has received many warnings and offers for help, and apparently failed to get the point. I see only an indef ban as the correct preventive remedy. No student account should be sanctioned, but the rationale against EJustice should be explained to them. — JFG talk 07:32, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by OID

As Ryan from wiki-ed points out, this is an unsual case where an instructor has agreed to abide by wikipedia rules then basically turned around and ignored them. Restrict the instructor *and any class/students they teach* from live article edits (restrict them to talkpages, draft & userspace etc) and we can all go stop talking about it. Draftspace etc already have the processes in place to evaluate, amend draft articles, and the instructor will just have to amend his class or learn to do things the wiki-way. (Yes this is hard on the students, but that is entirely the instructors fault. As a process issue, meatpuppets are also considered aware of any sanctions that apply to the hidden hand behind them.) Only in death does duty end (talk) 08:55, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

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Result concerning EJustice

This section is to be edited only by uninvolved administrators. Comments by others will be moved to the sections above.
  • I'll review soon, but your request is way too long. Please shrink it to comply to the 500-word limit. Lord Roem ~ (talk) 18:44, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
    • I think what's been been presented is more than enough. It's unfortunate that we have to face this with a university course that has the potential to strengthen existing articles w/ better research and sourcing... but the editor in question is very clearly POV-pushing and refusing to listen to feedback. We've sanctioned with less extensive evidence. I believe a topic-ban is appropriate, with the added proviso that the editor should be very wary about asking his students to edit where he can't. They need to understand what WP is for and what's not appropriate. Lord Roem ~ (talk) 20:05, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
      • Adding that while I think the above is enough to act on my own, I'd like to hear other admins' thoughts before jumping in. Lord Roem ~ (talk) 20:07, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
        • The more I think about it, the more I think AN might be best to handle this if only because this isn't just a potential sanction against one editor, but the entire class, as MelanieN mentions above. I'd feel uncomfortable making such a broad decision on my own, especially when we're not unanimous that DS applies. Lord Roem ~ (talk) 23:36, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
    • I agree with others that the length of the complaint should be overlooked. GoldenRing (talk) 01:44, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • At first glance we do seem to have conduct issues here that could justify a sanction, but I would like it to be made more clear how this is about the "politics of the United States" and therefore within scope of discretionary sanctions. Apart from a few Trump-related comments, the diffs in evidence are basically about topics related to environmental justice and environmental protection in the US. This is of course a political matter in a broad sense, but then most controversial public policy issues are. My understanding of the sanctions is that they were enacted to deal with disruption in the topic area of partisan or party politics, such as elections-related content. If they are understood to cover every controversial public issue, they'd cover basically everything related to the U.S., which I don't think was the intention.  Sandstein  20:18, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Unlike Jytdog, I don't think that, just because EJustice may possibly have had political reasons for their actions, these actions are within the scope of discretionary sanctions about U.S. politics. In my view, it is required that the potentially disruptive edits are themselves related to U.S. politics in order to be sanctionable. I would therefore not take AE action here. However, a request for a community topic ban, which is not limited by topic area, might be made at WP:AN.  Sandstein  20:32, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
  • I tend to agree with Jytdog that, due to the focus of the edits (rather than merely the motivation, as Sandstein claims), it can be seen to fall within the scope of ARBAP2—but a topic ban can work just as well to end the disruption. Clearly, something needs to be done, as the statements by several editors above attest. El_C 22:30, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Perhaps, we should take this to the wider community (at AN), since the 180 students may also need to be placed under restrictions. Sounds like a plan. El_C 23:58, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
  • I've been informed that the students' assignment was done yesterday, so the 180 students may be a non-issue. El_C 00:54, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • I've left a note at AN asking for admin input.
If the class is done for this year, the I guess the 180 POV-pushing accounts are no longer a serious problem. Something needs to be done about EJustice though. I'm not entirely convinced that a than from post-1932 American politics will be the answer; aren't we then risking the same types of problems in whatever area their class is assigned next year? I'm frankly tempted to just indef them, on the grounds that indefinite does not mean infinite and if they can demonstrate that they've understood the purpose of Wikipedia and how they can do education programs constructively then they can be unblocked, but I'd like some more support for that idea before trying it. GoldenRing (talk) 01:37, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • @Jytdog: Exactly. My thinking is that this is someone who shouldn't be here until we see an attitude change. GoldenRing (talk) 01:48, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • I agree that this falls under the US politics sanctions. If the party is over, there is no point in chastising the students, if there was ever a point to that. The instructor's behavior, however, is far from acceptable, and if they don't respond here, they're very likely to get a topic ban from editing or assigning anything remotely political. Drmies (talk) 02:02, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • The article on Environmental justice (which discusses mostly the USA) falls under WP:ARBAP2 since American laws are part of American politics broadly construed. I think that an admin would be acting within our policy if they issued a topic ban of User:EJustice from everything covered by WP:ARBAP2 as well as an indefinite block under normal admin authority. The block would be appealable at WP:AN and could be lifted if the user agreed to follow Wikipedia policy in the future. Unless problems from the students continue I don't see a need for sanctions against more than one person. EdJohnston (talk) 13:32, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • First a couple of quick points. There is no real doubt in my mind that this falls under ARBAP2. Secondly I think the length of the OP's statement can be forgiven given the unusual nature of the case and its history. After looking it over I have to agree with most of the comments and the OPs statement. This appears to be a fairly brazen campaign to right great wrongs. This kind of WP:AGENDA oriented editing would be bad enough on one editor's part, but this is a highly aggravated case by virtue of the number of people involved and what I can only describe as an attempt to subvert the project's neutrality. I support a topic ban from any articles and discussions dealing with post 1932 American politics broadly construed for EJustice and any course/class they may be running. -Ad Orientem (talk) 14:16, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Mar4d

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Request concerning Mar4d

User who is submitting this request for enforcement 
D4iNa4 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) 02:35, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
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Sanction or remedy to be enforced
Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/India-Pakistan
Diffs of edits that violate this sanction or remedy, and an explanation how these edits violate it 
  1. 25 April 2017 Changed the section title from "Alleged intelligence activity and support for insurgents" to "Insurgents and intelligence operatives", like the section includes only proven convictions, when its full of allegations. On edit summary he wrote "+ref", he didn't mentioned he made a misleading title and added a new event.
  2. 24 April 2017 Warned the editor the he went "above WP:3RR", despite he made just 2 reverts.[24][25] See WP:BATTLE.
  3. 24 April 2017 Censoring content by removing all mention of Pakistan despite Kashmir conflict refers to conflict of Kashmir in Pakistan, and 4/7 editors on talk page agreed to include Pakistan.
  4. 25 April 2017 on SPI, he claims "seems they were not notified about this SPI", when policy is that notifying "isn’t mandatory". Either call it WP:GAMING, or stirring up drama.
  5. 25 April 2017 Trying to preserve article about an obviously non-notable person, when the page creator himself requested deletion[26]
  6. 24 April 2017 Misrepresenting sources. On edit summary he claims that "source makes no mention of OBL personally involved in the conflict", despite source does back the sentence by saying "led by Osama bin Laden, was inducted by the Pakistan Army into Gilgit and adjoining areas to suppress the revolt"[27]
  7. 23 April 2017 clear violation of WP:BLPCAT, the person has never identified himself to be Pakistani. Before making such a category, Mar4d had to first source that information on the article body.

Interesting thing is that this all comes under 2 days, and remains continuous for many years. Above diffs show how he misrepresents sources, engages WP:BATTLE, violates WP:BLP, pushes WP:POV, censors content, etc. Given his block log and this amount of disruption in such a small period, it would be best to have him banned from entire South Asia. D4iNa4 (talk) 02:35, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

  • El C, I hope you have checked his violation of WP:1RR, WP:BLPCAT, misrepresentation of sources and frequent WP:NPOV violations in this month alone, you can never expect him to edit without creating tensions in this area. Hounding him on every article just to watch his new ways of gaming would be complete waste of time. On a quick look I find some more recent edits that are clear violations.
  • While undoing this edit, he removed [28] {{cn|date=June 2016}} tag without inserting source and calling it part of "vandalism", though it wasn't.
  • refers usual content removal/addition as vandalism,[29][30][31] (see WP:NOTVAND)
  • while he is abusing,WP:ROLLBACK,[32] he re-inserts sentence that is unsourced for 6 years.[33]

So we have already seen, he would remove {{citation needed}} tag when it favors his POV[34], and he would restore the unsourced sentence with the tag when it favors his POV.[35] Ultimately, since he has been blocked so many times and socked (2009-2015) on this subject, I guess sanctions like topic ban are long overdue.

D4iNa4 (talk) 09:36, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
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  • Previously given a discretionary sanction for conduct in the area of conflict on Date by Username (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA).
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[37]


Discussion concerning Mar4d

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Statement by Mar4d

This is a frivolous report filed in bad faith, compiling its and bits with no substance. The tone in which it is written seems reminiscent of WP:HOUNDING. I do hope that the user takes note of WP:BOOMERANG, being well aware of their one-sided editing in the past 48 hours. In my defence, I'd like to point out:

  1. 25 April 2017 This edit, as the summary points out, involved adding a reference on militants. Rather than creating a new section, I combined it into an existing section. I do not see what is misleading about copyediting, I do it all the time WP:BOLDly. The section title was too long, so I made it concise. Besides, the content below it touches up on the allegations so it's redundant (see MOS:SECTIONS).
  2. 24 April 2017 On this one, you are wrong. Capitals00 made 5 reverts on Rape in Kashmir Insurgency under the 24 hour window, and they were basically edit warring: [38] [39] [40] [41] [42] They were also incorrectly claiming WP:CONSENSUS while reinstating those edits. The WP:3RR rule gives no leeway, all editors must not exceed 3 reverts whether involving the same or different material. Instead of filing against Capitals00 at WP:AN3 for 5RR, I chose to leave them a note.
  3. 24 April 2017 If you are following the discussion on the talk page, you would know that multiple editors have expressed concern on that content's suitability for inclusion, given the article's scope. I have no idea where you interpreted the 4/7 figure from. Please go through the most recent discussions in particular.
  4. 25 April 2017 This one is laughable actually. It is considered courtesy to notify someone when you start SPI against them, you chose not to do that. The fact that you're unhappy over me doing what you should have done, and accusing me of WP:GAMING and WP:DRAMA, is quite telling.
  5. 25 April 2017 Irrelevant. Feel free to start a section on that talk page if you want to discuss WP:NOTABILITY, or the reason for turning down WP:PROD.
  6. 24 April 2017 Again, you could've asked about this on the article talk page, or even mine. I stand by the original edit. The source makes no mention of OBL being present in the conflict, or that he ever visited that region. It says militias led by him (or in other words, affiliated). Those two are different things. The lead incorrectly states the former, which I corrected. Also note that the first source is a column/op-ed by a RAW official, so it fails WP:RS.

Lastly, the user seems to have enough time for filing SPIs and arbitrations but not enough for talk pages. Please focus on the latter. Adios, Mar4d (talk) 06:06, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

@El C: @Capitals00: It is most definitely a revert and disruptive. How on earth does blanking a new article with 82 citations qualify as an "edit"? That too based on a years old merge discussion which is inapplicable, as two other editors pointed out. Please don't extend persistent WP:BATTLE, and justify your edit warring for goodness sake. Further, neither Capitals00 or D4iNa4 have clean block logs (not even going to link them). I don't appreciate the cherry picking and WP:ASPERSIONS being casted here, so let's leave it there. I have returned to editing in a good standing, and anyone is free to review my contributions. Lastly, D4iNa4 has just opened another thread on Tyler Durden, a neutral editor which is ridiculous. It is obvious both these users are using WP:AE as their dramaboard to settle a score. Mar4d (talk) 07:37, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
@El C: Could you clarify how you concluded on the 1RR please. This edit on 5 April was a revert. This (6 April) was an amendment based on a talk page compromise, as my summary states. Also, as you mentioned that I "never responded" to the notification, I actually did right after it. It was a content dispute. Please go through the second last section of that article's talk page. Mar4d (talk) 08:21, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
@El C: @Capitals00: Topic banned? FYI, THIS remains my first and ONLY edit on that entire article. All my other edits are on the talk page. And this edit was performed due to your trigger-happy 4th revert claiming WP:CONSENSUS, barely half an hour into the discussion! And I have yet to be "shown" any source against my argument, in fact I found a contradiction, hence the reason I commented there. Please stop, you are digging yourself deeper into the cesspit. Mar4d (talk) 08:59, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by Capitals00

Mar4d is misrepresenting my edits here. this is an edit not a revert, this is not a revert since it ended up with self-revert, is not a revert either since it ended up with self-revert.

Mar4d is evidently a heavily disruptive editor. Just what he wrote here is enough of an explanation. He believes that he can maintain non-notable articles contrary to guidelines and commonsense?

Mar4d has been taking up fights with other editors[43] for no reason.

Mar4d had also violated 1RR[44] on Gilgit-Baltistan[45][46] on 6 April while the discussion was on going[47] yet he edit warred before joining the discussion. @El C: I mentioned this because Mar4d has gamed 1RR before as well. He had been blocked in November 2015, for abusing socks in order to evade WP:3RR and WP:1RR for over 7 years,[48] and since he was unblocked after heavy conversation, it becomes necessary to put him under strict sanctions or just indef block. Capitals00 (talk) 06:37, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Yes @El C:, first edit is a revert, an editor made the edit[49], Mar4d reverted it[50], then other editor reverted Mar4d[51] and Mar4d reverted again.[52]. Capitals00 (talk) 07:34, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
@El C: you can see that there's mass disruption by Mar4rd and none of us have enough time to revert and argue just to let him carry on disruptive editing on daily basis, and he fails to stand his own argument. For example he claimed that "some of the events attributed to Pakistani armed groups during the 47 war didn't actually occur inside Pakistani territory"[53], and when he was shown source[54] against his argument, he started removing the entire mention of Pakistan on main article.[55] That's why he needs to be topic banned. He also misrepresented my edits and self-reverts as WP:3RR violation over here, how can someone expect him to edit collaboratively with such long term problems? Capitals00 (talk) 08:40, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
Seems like Mar4rd doesn't understand what is WP:REVERT, since he considers normal edit and self-revert, language like "Please stop, you are digging yourself deeper into the cesspit", is just another proof of WP:BATTLE.[56] Capitals00 (talk) 09:11, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • @RegentsPark: Have you seen the diffs of 1RR violation, gaming with citation needed tags, POV pushing, calling normal edits a vandalism, misrepresenting sources, etc.? such issues are conduct dispute, not content dispute. It would be tiresome for a user to try content resolution methods when enough amount of concerning user's edits are disruptive. That's why these sanctions are installed, to just seek sanctions against the editor engaged in misconduct. Capitals00 (talk) 14:00, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
@RegentsPark: He was revertingon Great Bath, which didn't included the removal of citation needed tag, that's how his removal of citation tag seems intentional. What about WP:NOTVAND? I went ahead to correct a bunch of his edits that had been pointed as problematic here. We will see how it goes. Although the 1RR violation that I had pointed out, as well as the misrepresentation of my reverts (Mar4rd) claims I "made 5 reverts", when they were 2 (rest were edits or self-reverts), such conduct constitute WP:BATTLE since he further assured that he is still going to claim them as 5 reverts. I believe that if not sanction, something else would be surely preferred in order to avoid creating a feudal environment. Capitals00 (talk) 14:49, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
@RegentsPark: [57] Capitals00 (talk) 17:36, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
@RegentsPark: this seems better, furthermore, it seems that Fowler[58] has suggested a much better proposal and laid out a better argument than what we were having since the article creation, I am sure there is hope for better now. Capitals00 (talk) 18:02, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

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Result concerning Mar4d

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  • Please note that I have added Rape in Kashmir Insurgency to ARBIP/Ds. But while it is now subject to 1RR, it wasn't at the time this report was filed. Thanks. El_C 06:26, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • I'm reading SPI/Acejet with some alarm. Under what conditions was the user unblocked? El_C 07:07, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Looks like discussion was here. Lord Roem ~ (talk) 07:13, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Interesting read. As for the 1RR violation on April 5—can someone demonstrate the 1st edit is a revert (I already made that mistake once today). El_C 07:25, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Looks like there was a 1RR violation on April 5. I realise it's stale now—however, I also note that, although sanctions are not meant to be punitive, there is the matter of deterrence. Basically, how do we prevent this user from violating 1RR in the future as he did a few weeks ago? As well, it seems the user never responded to the 1RR notification (although I don't believe the consensus clause applies to ARBIP/Ds). El_C 08:00, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • I'm just not really seeing anything actionable, except maybe for the 1RR violation I mention above. El_C 08:24, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • The issues raised in the request seem to be mostly content disputes. To the extent they have a conduct aspect, I don't see sufficiently serious issues to warrant sanctions. I would take no action.  Sandstein  10:37, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • I suggest closing as no action as well since the list of issues raised are almost entirely content related. I'd also suggest adding a mild reminder to the filer that they shouldn't be bringing content disputes to AE but should seek other mechanisms for dispute resolution. --regentspark (comment) 13:35, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
    @Capitals00: I went through the list provided by the filer. 1, 3 and 5 are purely content issues that are clearly being already debated. 4 is a neutrally worded message about SPI notification which the filer, incorrectly and improperly - in my opinion, takes umbrage at. 7 would be a blp violation only had Mar4d persisted, which they did not. About the Great Bath, I'm not sure why the cn tag got removed but Mar4d was reverting vandalism that definitely needed to be removed. Lots of editors have biases in they way they edit content but that doesn't mean that everything they do is suspect. In this case, the issues presented look like a list cobbled together with a '.. smoke there must be fire' approach. --regentspark (comment) 14:23, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
    About the 1RR (@Capitals00:. I'm trying to find when and where this restriction was applied to Gilgit-Baltistan. --regentspark (comment) 17:29, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
    Thanks @Capitals00:. Yes, that is indeed a violation (22 hours) and, since it is in an edit notice, hard to see how it could have been missed. I'd still recommend no action with a warning to Mar4d that 1RR is 1RR regardless of whether they are reinserting a talk page compromise or not. (I'll also add the restriction to the Arb enforcement log for future reference). --regentspark (comment) 17:56, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Tyler Durden

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Request concerning Tyler Durden

User who is submitting this request for enforcement 
D4iNa4 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) 06:45, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
User against whom enforcement is requested 
Tyler Durden (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

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Sanction or remedy to be enforced
Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/India-Pakistan :
Diffs of edits that violate this sanction or remedy, and an explanation how these edits violate it 
  1. Prefers to use edit summaries for discussion and avoid using the talk page.[59] More edit warring and use of edit summaries for discussion, while no input on talk page: 1 ([60][61] - [62]) 2 ([63][64][65] [66] 3 ([67] [68] - [69] (nothing from 16 March - 7 april)
  2. [70] Censoring any mentions of Pakistan[71], and clear WP:HEAR found at:[72][73] where he repeats the same rejected argument.[74][75]
  3. Page move war,[76] despite opposition[77], and claims on talk page that he needs no consensus to make controversial page moves, but others need consensus to revert his page moves.[78](see the last sentence)
  4. WP:COPYVIO violations[79][80]
  5. Used WP:PRIMARY sources[81] and after getting reverted he started to WP:BLUDGEON the talk page[82] in place of finding the WP:RS.

Diffs show that he is already edit warring, censoring, POV pushing, violating copyrights across South Asian subjects. It seems he doesn't understand consensus building, he would rather edit war, page move war in order to WP:OWN the article per his wishes. His problematic attitude has been pointed out in lengths before[83](then known as Vamsee614) as well, but all he does is repeat himself, in this diff he went further to claim that " I'm very much shocked that you, of all the people, are meaninglessly accusing me of 'POV pushing' and 'endorsing Pakistani deeds', when all I did was merely add relevant and reliable facts. This is outrageous!". D4iNa4 (talk) 06:45, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

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[84]
  • Mentioned by name in the Arbitration Committee's Final Decision linked to above.
  • Previously blocked as a discretionary sanction for conduct in the area of conflict, see the block log linked to above.
  • Previously given a discretionary sanction for conduct in the area of conflict on Date by Username (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA).
  • Alerted about discretionary sanctions in the area of conflict in the last twelve months, see the system log linked to above.
  • Gave an alert about discretionary sanctions in the area of conflict in the last twelve months, on Date
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Discussion concerning USERNAME

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Statement by Tyler Durden

  • Regarding the change of username, its my personal choice. The character Tyler Durden in the movie Fight Club is a favourite of mine, and so I changed my previous username to the present one. How is that suspicious? And I will do/stop editing in whichever time-periods I wish. I don't think I have to give any further explanation in this regard. Its quite funny that this's even pointed out.
  • The rest of the allegations are also filed one-sidedly in bad faith by the user, taking bits and pieces, out of the contexts of various issues.
  • What happened in the talk page of Rape in Kashmir Insurgency is all present there,[86] and it is open to be viewed and verified by the committee. I have broadly described what has been happening there and gave reasons for all my actions elaborately in this post of mine.[87] The filer is unnecessarily attacking me here for merely taking a position there, in spite of me, reasonably explaining it thoroughly, multiple times on the talk page.
  • I sincerely appreciate the filer's strenuous efforts to dig up content from my talk page to cherry pick issues to target me, although they come under WP:HOUNDING.
  • Regarding the copyvios pointed out, they are clearly silly issues. One doesn't take action on editors in Wikipedia for being a newbie the first time, and being lazy the other time. That's common sense. Anyways I myself corrected those mistakes and reinstated content, in both the cases.[88]; [89]&[90]
  • The rest of my conversations on talk pages and edit differences listed out are old stories, and did not take place with the filer or the other user complaining here. One of them was with Owais Khursheed who raised no issue about the affair, after it was over. The remaining all of them were with Kautilya3. He also, never has raised a so-serious problem, in any of them. The committee may take his opinion, on whether there is any actionable issue to be dealt with.
  • On a side note, if I were really here on Wikipedia to censor material related to Pakistan without an WP:NPOV, I wouldn't take time to write and make edits like these — [91]; [92]; [93]; [94].
That's all I would like to say on this unproductive case. Thank you everyone. Best regards, Tyler Durden (talk) 14:45, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Statement by Capitals00

Apart from above and WP:CIR issues. I should note that I find this account to be suspicious. It was created on November 25, 2016 as Vamsee614. Made no edits in December, January, and started making few edits on daily basis since February this year. Capitals00 (talk) 07:46, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

@El C: I think original complaint details enough amount of WP:CIR issues, that the editor is eager to edit war and avoid making discussion. Do you think that he was correct to do page move war and flood the talk page with wall of text[95] to claim one needs to gain consensus to revert his controversial page move?
He violated WP:3RR on this article as well.[96][97][98]
Because of his inability to collaborate, we are having this mess. He is WP:GAMING the system, because he first agreed "you can feel free to add any content regarding the conflict-related sexual abuse in Pakistan administered Kashmir"[99] and then he went to remove the information because he didn't expected it and finally disliked its existence.[100][101] Capitals00 (talk) 08:48, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

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Result concerning Tyler Durden

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  • Again, I'm not seeing anything actionable. Seems like a rather thoughtful editor, actually. What am I missing? El_C 08:31, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • The more I look at this, the more it looks like the impetus for these two reports (this one and the one above) is the content dispute at Rape in Kashmir Insurgency. Hopefully, having applied ARBIP/Ds to the article, will help matters. All the users seem to be involved in discussion on the article talk page. El_C 08:44, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
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