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Mendel's Talk Archive

Archive 11[]

­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ This section title does not coincide with the section contents. ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Questions and Answers ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Category confusion ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ re: IRC ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Bump (you seemed to have addressed an entirely different point) ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ removing May's colon ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ High-use user templates ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Recursive aruments and relativety ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Thanks re:Template:TitleBars ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ I have stopped reading... ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ response ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Policy proposal: Be 50% wrong! ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ if I went to work every day dressed as a hobo ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Twitter ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Warning. ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Warning (Part 2; the unofficial version) ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ tl;dr ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ zzz ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ categories on collector armor pages ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ I hearby declate ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Tisk ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ TEF's suggestion ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ As I was saying (about DDG) ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ DDG other reviews ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Ignore User ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ food for thought ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Dilbert's creator caught socking ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Dungeon Fighter Online ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Firefox 4 ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Trader of Stories ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Since the edit was here, I'll respond here ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ Well, I found a link you'd be interested in. ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ I found an article you might be interested in ­­­­◦­­­­­­­­ You should know better... (and I should have not derailed...or at least done a better job of it)

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*gets out spray paint and writes "HI MENDEL!"* Jink 01:17, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

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These contents coincide with their corresponding section title.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 02:00, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

this comment is completely unrelated, insulting, and starts lots of drama.--TalkpageEl_Nazgir 10:02, 20 February 2011 (UTC)
This comment rebukes the previous comment and despairs at the state of our youth today. Felix Omni Signature.png 15:22, 20 February 2011 (UTC)
This comment is nonsensical in an attempt to derail the drama. Jink 16:07, 20 February 2011 (UTC)
This would-be comment was cut off short by b& threat. The resulting nonsense guarantees much section lengthening, and of course my world-famous drama. Yes, that sounds quite wondrous, Scythe's drama emporium, I can see the wiki beginning to thrive as people flock to us like vultures to a festering corpse. I shall start a shop for it in real life pending the success of it here, and my fifth birthday. — Scythe 19:26, 20 Feb 2011 (UTC)

Questions and Answers[]

You've been asking a lot of questions lately, M.mendel. Demanding answers from our bureaucrats-to-be, and not giving straight answers yourself. You answer in riddles, backwards contradictions, indirect statements, and lawyering that their answer is wrong. What puts you above this? Is it just that no one else has the courage to confront you on this, or no one cares? Or maybe they are the content with bureaucratic bullshit like this, just maybe. I think almost everyone expects their RfAs to pass without the pointless WoT, questioning, and over-reading into the wiki's userbase. Personally, I think that the wiki is nearly purely populated and activated by various peoples' ramblings. But that's getting off-topic.
What puts you in a position where you are qualified to ask these questions? What puts you in a position to decide that they are worth asking? No, I don't think I have the right to say they're not, I'm merely voicing an opinion and not immediately acting on it without consensus. What makes you so superior, so exempt from common procedure, and better?
What should happen when the votes are say, 14/15 for/against in an RfA? Should it be run again, extended, or should bias and bureaucracy happen? The only way you present for it to happen is for the content of, and makers of the votes to be weighed. According to policy this is disallowed. In a one-vote-to-one-vote situation basing the pass or fail of the petition on a user's time on the wiki, or contributions to the wiki is acting on a public bias of a user's theoretical worth, and goes against most ideals. As far as I know, you should strive towards not away from these ideals. Therefore, weighing users on anything other than community rank (aka sysops, bureaucrat, regular user, and rollback) is negative, and should be frowned upon.
Cunning personal attacks are no better than regular personal attacks. neither are ones burying in 'legitimate'. "Thanks for putting your debating prowess into perspective for me." The immediately preceding quote was a sly, implicit personal attack made by none other than you. Why are you allowed to make them -repeatedly -without consequence?
I expect the following: A legitimate, straightforward, non-lawyering of "you are so wrong" answer.
I will be severely disappointed if I get: "you've failed so bad so many times I'm not even going to answer.
So, M.mendel, what do you have to say for yourself? — Scythe 0:16, 21 Feb 2011 (UTC)

  • What puts you above this? -- Nobody puts me above anything, I asked some questions of the candidates because I was curious what their answers would be. It turned out I see things differently than they do, and I tried to explain that.
  • What puts you in a position where you are qualified to ask these questions? -- I didn't know one had to be qualified. What's wrong with the questions?
  • What puts you in a position to decide that they are worth asking? -- I am a member of this wiki community; when I feel a question is worth asking, I ask it.
  • What makes you so superior, so exempt from common procedure, and better? -- With respect to this issue only, I am superior because I came up with questions and asked them; if anybody else had done the same, they would have been my equal.
  • What should happen when the votes are say, 14/15 for/against in an RfA? -- This is currently impossible, as we only have one active bureaucrat, so it would be either one vote for or one vote against. This is not gww:, where admins or bureaucrats are voted in; our bureaucrats hand out promotions based on reasoned argument, which the whole community is invited to participate in.
  • Should it be run again, extended, or should bias and bureaucracy happen? -- "Bureaucacy" happens. The bureaucrat determines what's best for the wiki and promotes other bureaucrats and admins on that basis. The bureaucrat will do whatever is needed to ensure this.
  • Therefore, weighing users on anything other than community rank (aka sysops, bureaucrat, regular user, and rollback) is negative -- you misunderstood GW:YAV; that policy says the exact opposite, namely, that a user's opinion will not be weighed according to their "community rank", but stands on its own (and the editor's own) merits.
  • Cunning/sly personal attacks -- I am sorry that came across as an attack. I knew you claimed to be good at scholastic debate, and I overestimated your general debating abilities based on that, because apparently I know very little about the school debate system. That overestimation of you that I had is now somewhat corrected, that's all. (The second link adresses Giga's post, not yours.)
I consider my wiki discussions as conversations among equals. I hope I was able to answer all your questions. --◄mendel► 01:15, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
I believe you misunderstand me somewhat. I'm asking what puts you in a position where you are eligible to ask bureaocrats about their wiki-related theories. Some people hold these thoughts as private, and some are either unsure, or haven't conjured them yet. I'm asking what makes you think you should be able to decide when they should reveal these.
14/15 was a user-vote circumstance ie: 15 support 14 against.
Doing whatever is needed is somewhat disturbing.
You misunderstand my use of YAV, I'm saying the only possible way to rank user's votes is by community rank-that was a separate thought. I was saying YAV says you cannot weigh them on anything else.
Oh, on the second link, we are having communication issues. — Scythe 3:02, 21 Feb 2011 (UTC)
One of the key points of a wiki is transparency. If a candidate wished to hide their views on running the wiki they could simply ignore the question, but it wouldn't make them very supportable. Felix Omni Signature.png 03:13, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
What makes you think you should be able to decide when they should reveal these -- I don't decide what the answers reveal, I just ask the question and leave the answering up to the others. As I've said, I consider my wiki discussions as conversations among equals. I did ask you what was wrong with my questions; it's not as if I'd asked anyone for their underwear sizes (though I wouldn't be surprised if the candidates chose to reveal them ;).
I seem to not understand your notion of "community rank", could you please clarify: what is "community rank"? I've never heard of the concept before. --◄mendel► 15:57, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
Community rank is a concept I have. It's basically built around a wiki social hierarchy, consisting of Users, Sysopses, and Bureaucrats. The what they reveal business is less a matter of learning something about a user, and more a matter of them possibly not having a ready answer, or thinking one is not necessary. I do not consider your conversations, which read as interrogations, as among equals. — Scythe 17:30, 21 Feb 2011 (UTC)
Scythe, I think you're seriously out of line with this. Anyone can ask questions, and the ones that get asked can decide for themselves whether they'll answer. As seen in YAV, there is no "community rank" here. Everyone is perfectly equal. Some people have shown themselves to be trustworthy and useful and could get admin powers, but that does not in any way elevate them above other users in social status, they actually just get some more responsibilities that they're willing to fulfil. If someone has serious issues with an admin candidate, he/she can say so and outline his/her reasoning, and it's not that if he's not a regular user or admin or something that people won't listen to him. I think I'm getting slightly off topic with that last bit, but let me just tell you that if I was Mendel, I would have been offended by what you wrote there.--TalkpageEl_Nazgir 18:08, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
re 14/15: The votes aren't actually votes, just opinions of The People(TM). Even a 1/15 RFA can pass if the bcrat wills it so. --Vipermagi 18:18, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
If the opposition had a convincing argument against, even a 26/3 RfA would not pass - and vice versa. Have a look here for an example. El Nazgir is correct, btw, GW:YAV means we cannot have a rank system based on user/sysop/bureaucrat. If one user's opinion carries more weight than another's, that is because we know from their past record here that they understand the issues concerned well. --◄mendel► 18:53, 21 February 2011 (UTC)

ehh, it appears I have been looking at all of this completely wrong, sorry guys. — Scythe 21:59, 22 Feb 2011 (UTC)

Category confusion[]

If you take a look here, under the B area, you'll notice Bay of Sirens there. However, there are no categories in said page. I think I saw another article like this, but I don't recall which. What's up with this? :/ -- Konig/talk 04:38, 21 February 2011 (UTC)

Coming from the fact that it's redirected to Sea of Sorrows, which does include those cats? It is strange that both BoS and SoS are listed in two of the three categories, but not Category:Regions.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 05:06, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
I would chalk it up to a laggy database server that failed to complete all the necessary database transactions when you converted Bay of Sirens into a redirect. I just performed a null edit, and it no longer shows up in the Lore category. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 05:10, 21 February 2011 (UTC)

re: IRC[]

Yeah, I'd noticed those entries in WantedFiles earlier. They appear to be generated only because the DPL can't actually run on those pages, so MW parses the raw DPL code as standard wiki-text before it gets replaced by the DPL warning. Yet another reason to get Curse to lift the DPL restriction. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 05:08, 26 February 2011 (UTC)

No, the Ranger armor page did generate an entry as well although it is/was protected, until I changed it (and WhatLinksHere for that entry apparently took a while to update). Apparently the link parser does parse inside tags, but with the PAGE parameter being passed by DPL it doesn't see that, so we have a way to avoid this behaviour. Going through Special:WantedFiles 500 at a time and looking for % signs, right now this only affects pages in your and my namespace (and I think I found a way to fix the MTG galleries). It's only 4 entries though, so it's doubtful whether it's worth much effort at this point (and if you pre-tag your Sandbox2, only 2 entries). --◄mendel► 09:42, 26 February 2011 (UTC)

Bump (you seemed to have addressed an entirely different point)[]

Context: Admin noticeboard convo on Topic = Bump

You seemed to have addressed the issue of what a bump is for, rather than whether my maintenance edit fixed a typo or confused the point you were trying to make. I know what bump is for, Mendel; this didn't appear to be one.

  • The topic of candidates for deletion hadn't (as near as I can tell) previously been raised; again doesn't apply.
  • Your edit appeared to turn this this page into a candidate for deletion. "Surely," I thought, "that couldn't be Mendel's intention," so I edited the link.
    • Of course, I could have been wrong, which is why I asked, "if I was wrong ...*please* clarify" so that you could add some context if you reverted.
    • (Then, I reminded myself to stop calling myself, surely.)
  • If my intent had been to raise the profile of Category:Candidates for deletion, I would have called the topic, Request to delete or some such, providing some context to edit in the first place.

My point is that your edit had unintended consequences (as well as intended ones). An extra 3-4 words would have avoided any confusion (and, naturally, you get a mulligan for the missing colon; happens to everyone).  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 17:04, 26 February 2011 (UTC)

I thank you for fixing my mistake. I'm sorry I hadn't made that clear earlier. I would surely have reverted you if I intended to have the noticeboard deleted, and I would have used a deletion template. Monitoring the candidates for deletion is a permanent admin responsibility, so the bump did bring it to attention when it had been brought to attention before, even if not recently or by me. If like a more explicit answer, you'll do well to ask me directly. Felix did, as a reply to my bump, and I explained to him what I thought he wanted to know. --◄mendel► 23:35, 26 February 2011 (UTC)
You are welcome for the fix. I never needed an explicit answer (or any details at all). I was confused by the use of a context-specific convention without being able to see the context.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 01:28, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

removing May's colon[]

Wow, I had no clue you were a gastroenterologist. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 15:54, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

I couldn't resist the ambiguity. ;-P --◄mendel► 17:11, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

High-use user templates[]

--◄mendel► 21:19, 1 March 2011 (UTC)

Recursive aruments and relativety[]

The header-linked edit appears to me as completely unconstructive. Above, you critized one of my posts with these words: [...] Wouldn't this apply to your recent comment on the headers change proposal as well? What Ari said on the proposed headers has nothing to do with the discussion on AGF, and is irrelevant. While I know you were not trying to derail the conversation, I feel this is the effect it could have, as it has no relevance.

Just a guess: is the type of "negative" you have in mind the same as "controversial, provocative, challenging"? You criticize something Ari wrote as challenging, but the sentence in itself is challenging. This is, however, where the world is broken, because it boils down to "when you call a rude person rude you are being rude". There is no way to handle this, and I think that everyone, as well as myself would prefer if that point were dropped.

Lately, I've seen the whole your comment contributed nothing constructive argument thrown around all willy-nilly, and I don't like it. It's using an argument that is a 'hard-edged' sort of "well, you had nothing constructive to say at the time, so stfu" attempt to end the conversation with an individual. Arguing semantics such as the merit of a comment not only slows down and potentially derails a conversation, but it muddies the waters around the issues at hand.

This comment is on your talk page since it is mainly aimed at you, but I feel that several of us have contributed in the above -negative -ways, and think it is for the best if users stop arguing with such a style, as it is minimally effective on a content basis, but highly effective on a "cut straight to their core and end it" premise.

With the community's best interests at heart, ∵Scythe∵ 01:09, 10 March 2011 (UTC)

Apologies, I could have sworn that the indentation was pointed at Ari. However, my points/'guidelines' still stand. ∵Scythe∵ 01:25, 10 March 2011 (UTC)
No, the fact that it is aimed at Dr Ishmael changes quite a few things, unless you feel that my thought of him complaining at me doing stuff he does himself is without basis. Why should I have to abide by a higher standard than he himself?
Dr Ishmael calls my statements "negative", and this is a very broad term; I'm attempting to narrow it down, because there are quite a few ways in which my posts are not negative. Mind you, I don't know what Dr Ishmael had in mind, so I may be completely off with my suggestion. The three adjectives are supposed to apply to me and my posts, not to anyone else.
You don't like the "not constructive" argument, and neither do I. Dr Ishmael has used it on his talkpage 3 days ago to criticize me, and I am trying to illustrate the way it fails by applying it to himself. I did not say "you weren't constructive either, nya nya nya", I tried to convey that if the roles had been reversed on the headers issue, he'd have probably criticized me the very same way -- it's simply a standard we usually don't abide by in discussions (though it's certainly worth it to try).
Given these misunderstandings, could you please summarize for me what kind of discussion style it is that we could do without, and that I have? --◄mendel► 05:07, 10 March 2011 (UTC)
Note also that "Wouldn't this apply ..." leaves open the possibility that Dr Ishmael thinks it does not, and explains to me what the difference is (which would also be a positive step forward)(and since it's all public, anybody else could explain, too). --◄mendel► 10:27, 10 March 2011 (UTC)
*sigh*... Mendel, I know you mean well, but sometimes trying to push for changes too much can cause a back fire... Some people like old ways, but Ish doesn't seem to realize that most want the changes in Headers and he wants to leave things as they are... Not any wiki, not even guildwars.wikia belongs to certain people or person... I think if there are changes, permit the changes or apply those ideas and see if they'd work with other things and that is also if they won't work in certain areas. I know that if a community wants changes, let the changes happen. If someone wants to be negative and claim differently, that's their view even if I don't agree that it should have been posted. For example, Ish not liking the headers changes. Tef and you have tried to get positive suggestions at least from him. I've yet to see that and I'd love to see it. To me, to call someone's actions negative, one ought to look at themselves... I don't try to view any thing written on here as negative. I never have on any wiki and it does bother me for those that do and the communities seem to agree with them, without actually stepping back and looking... Without going, "hey that person is being negative, not the person it's being blamed on". I feel that if someone finds themselves to write a post like, "I don't want changes" or "I'm going to change my stuff to the old way if there are changes", to not do that as it's a negative post. If they find themselves to write that they think someone else is being negative or on things they don't like, I'd rather see that they don't... To avoid any hostility, one should write more so positive and not negative... I feel that if someone doesn't like something to give the reason why, if they feel they need to or give positive suggestions. From what I've noticed in places is that negative comments, suggestions, or statements tend to not only be bigger discussions, but cause issues and that has to have administration involvement. If people could learn to work around their differences, we'd have less problems... However, things don't always work out like that and the best one can do is work at it or let it simmer and give others a chance. I do think you're trying your best, but just let things simmer and give others, even Jink, a chance... I hope that you and ish can work together, but to constantly either be at each other's throats or try to push and push at one to work with you is not the best thing to do even with the best of intentions at heart. As I've said just a moment ago, maybe try to get others to help you get him to work with you, but not in a "demanding" or "I'm not seeing enough AGF" way... All one can do is ask for suggestions, ideas, and help, but if they push for it... They'd get backlashed... I hope this helps. Ariyen 16:21, 10 March 2011 (UTC)
I've "let it simmer" time and again, to no avail.
Dr Ishmael does realize that people want the headers changed, and he wrote he would tolerate that, even if he didn't like it. I'm fine with that. His detailed criticism is helpful.
I agree that if someone is being "negative" and they give the reason why or make another suggestion, they're helping to make things better (and if they don't, I can ignore them or ask them). --◄mendel► 16:36, 10 March 2011 (UTC)
Another approach could be to go at a different angle with suggestions, if there may not be a response, etc. Just I wouldn't push on something, when suggesting it one way... I'd try another way/a different approach. Ariyen 16:41, 10 March 2011 (UTC)
Mendel, this is exactly what I'm talking about... "I've "let it simmer" time and again, to no avail." mendel This type of cynical wording often leads users to think one is being more negative than they may intend. This has also been brought up on your talkpage since you posted here, as I decided to stay away from this for a day and let it mule over in my head before I said something I regretted. I feel that the timing discrepancy does nothing to lessen the point, and that Ish would agree with me. I know it's difficult, as you're personally involved, but the sarcasm, cynicism and general negativity you have both been using lately can be nothing but a hindrance to the smooth dealing with of the ordeal. I think if everyone could just put the past behind and begin this with a totally open, non-hostile approach, it could finally be resolved. ∵Scythe∵ 21:35, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

Thanks re:Template:TitleBars[]

I must be half asleep today. I checked both pages using Template:TitleBars with that option and still didn't notice I broke it on the one page. -.- Nwash User-Nwash-Eyes.png 13:15, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

Well, I had run the DPL to display the parameters; and knowing that parameter, I figured the code would break even before checking the page for confirmation. So I had an advantage over you. >.< It's possible the page was slow to update. --◄mendel► 13:29, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

I have stopped reading...[]

I have stopped reading what you have posted to/about Ish. (Not that it should matter, but the camel's backbreaking straw was seeing, "you need to apologize" in an edit summary.) I don't know who started what or who suffered more at the words of the other. I care only to the extent that I care about you and Ish as people.

And, of course, I am still reading what you post elsewhere; I find (save this issue) your contributions and presence on the wiki make it a better place.

Fix it, ignore it, quit the wiki, rage at the wiki, rage at me... it's up to you. I hope, however, that you will find a way to work things out; I am confident that the two of you can work well together.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 04:44, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

You're taking the edit summary out of context; it is a reply to Ishmael's last post before that one, on the same page, where he apologizes, and my edit summary is simply rejecting this apology as insufficient. There were some misunderstandings involved, which seem to have been mostly cleared up on irc, though the flames must've been a sight to see for the onlookers. --◄mendel► 05:57, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
You have missed my point then. (It's hardly relevant to the camel that it wasn't a straw that broke its back, but a rose petal imported from distant lands.)  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 17:34, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
That I have not commented on your point does not mean I missed it. If you requested such a comment of me, I could provide one, but it would be critical (of course). My previous reply served another purpose. --◄mendel► 18:43, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
I am sorry that I wasn't more effective in making my point; if I had, it would be clear that I don't (any longer) care about the context.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 20:27, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
This is the weirdest aggression I've ever seen. Felix Omni Signature.png 20:47, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
Rest assured that you were indeed effective in making your point; I fully understood. --◄mendel► 21:54, 13 March 2011 (UTC)


I had wanted to write something poignant/insightful/whathaveyou in response to your request on IRC, but I've been sick since then, so I haven't really felt like working on that. And since I fail at words in any case, I'll just make it simple.

Yes, I am willing to make an effort to stop overreacting to you. I'm still of the opinion that you need to be more conscious of the effect you have on people (how can that make you less open-minded, anyway? I'd think one would be more open-minded for recognizing others' opinions of oneself), but I'm not going to waste any time arguing with you on that matter. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 15:00, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

Thank you for your faith in me. Let's make it work together.
For most people, being conscious of their effect means re-reading what they wrote; when I do that with my texts, asking myself "how would I react if I read that", I think "I'd be fine with that" and am very surprised when other people are not. So this process of making certain of my effect always involves running my writing past someone else; and since the people I trust with this tend to be busy these days, I can't do that very often. Curse of the Carebear, you might say. ;-P --◄mendel► 01:24, 17 March 2011 (UTC)
I'm always here, jink is pretty free too (or at least appears to be, anyway). ∵Scythe∵ 01:38, 17 March 2011 (UTC)
I hope you won't hold it against me if I don't rely on your advice, Scythe. Gotta get me one of those signs, though. ;) --◄mendel► 02:37, 17 March 2011 (UTC)
You're asking the wrong question - it doesn't matter how you would react to it; you wrote it, so of course you'd be fine with it. Instead, the question is, "How will the person I'm talking to react when he/she reads it?" Granted, you don't always know enough about the other person to answer that question accurately, so you could generalize it to something like, "How have other people in the past reacted to the tone / words / phrasing in what I wrote?" I would think that you'd have more than enough empirical evidence to figure that out, without the need to run it past someone else.
In short: if you refuse to make any attempt to modify your posting style, then you're going to continue to (unintentionally) incite drama like this because other people will continue to react to you in the same way.
And yes, I do see that as unfair. You're basically saying, "This is how I am, folks, get used to it or GTFO." To purloin an example you used on IRC, if I went to work every day dressed as a hobo (where the dress code is towards the business end of the "business casual" spectrum), and told my managers that "This is how I am, I'm not gonna change," they'd fire me within a week, regardless of how well I did my job. [edit] I just realized that the end of that might sound like a threat to you (i.e. change or we'll fire you from the wiki). That's not what I intended, it was just the easiest comparison I could come up with. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:05, 17 March 2011 (UTC)
I believe you do not understand why it is that I cannot do what you ask. Or if you do understand, you do not explain it in a way that lets me understand. From my understanding, doing what you seem to tell me to do will not achieve what you want it to (remove the frustration people feel with me); to achieve what you want, there is a price that I do not want to pay, and that I think is bad for the wiki if I pay it. I also expect that you do not believe what I wrote in the previous sentence, though I might be wrong. If you do not believe me, and if you do not want to learn about me, then explanations are futile. Are they?
You ask me to do a quite complex thing. You know how hard it is to abide by a simple rule like "no personal attacks", yet you expect me to fulfill a far more complicated task with less support. I can't but feel complimented by your expectations, but I fear you overrate me. --◄mendel► 02:25, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
Since my above reply basically says "I won't explain", I thought I could do better than that. Show a little goodwill, if you'd like. Especially since I know full well how to prevent people having negative reactions to what I write: what has worked for me in the past is to hold off writing, understand myself and the situation more fully, and then write a more fully reasoned reply than I would otherwise have. This sentiment mirrors the distinction between writing "criticism" and a "full review" that I made in my WoT on your talkpage. This is the only way I know how to do this.
It means I cannot write any half-reasoned pieces any more. I cannot say, here's what we need to think about, before I've thought about it. If I do, I need to expect people to misunderstand me, attack me because parts of what I wrote were wrong, and I need to abandon the hope that other people's public responses are likely to help me gain understanding. If I seek that, I need to ask other people privately, or wikidrama will surely result. Well, it might. Possibly. So I can't do that.
I don't want to do that. If you ask me to give up the hope that thinking together is better than thinking alone, transparency and all, then I might as well give up the wiki, for what point is there with that then?
You see this as unfair. You say I should word myself less offensively. Have a look at the admin board, the AGF section, where I use phrases like "I do not understand", "it appears to me that ..." and "I wish that ..". You counter my proposal that there might be something wrong with our AGF ideal with a simple denial: "Mendel, this isn't a problem with AGF". There's no argument, there are no polite phrases, this is an outright "no", with no argument attached. Why are you allowed to write like this, and I'm not? Isn't that unfair?
I already made the argument before (that got labeled as me trying to make you into a hypocrite) that I am writing no different than you do, yet I am the one who needs to change. I see nothing wrong with this kind of writing. I have proposed that we enforce the attitude that our ideals say we should be taking when dealing with writing like that, the one that GuildWiki traditionally has promoted as effective. But you say that's unfair. Why?
I was going to get personal in this paragraph, but it's too late for me to pull this off properly. Maybe some other time. --◄mendel► 03:04, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
I know I've said this before, but this time I mean it — I give up on arguing this matter with you. I don't know if it's me, or you, or something in between, but somehow the ideas that I think I'm trying to express are not the same ideas that you are interpreting from my posts. Probably it's me. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 04:13, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
As for your points against me, I freely admit them. I know I'm not perfect, I know I make mistakes, especially when I'm posting in anger or frustration. And that's why I've been trying to prevent myself from posting when I'm in those states (which I admittedly haven't done a very good job of so far). —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 05:19, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
somehow the ideas that I think I'm trying to express are not the same ideas that you are interpreting from my posts -- well, then you know how I feel. <sarcasm>Maybe you should change your writing style, I hear that helps.</sarcasm>
These are not points against you. These are points about you. There's a difference. I've also made an argument against your demands. This is an argument designed to come to a mutual understanding. But that's when you give up so we never do. I never get to know what ideas (if any) you get from my posts. --◄mendel► 07:15, 18 March 2011 (UTC)

Policy proposal: Be 50% wrong![]

← Moved from GuildWiki:Admin noticeboard#Policy proposal: Be 50% wrong!


Proposed policy: Mendel is not allowed to be right more than 50% of the time; the rest of the time, he is to accept that he is wrong.

Reasoning: Anything else would be uncompromising, and we cannot resolve issues in a balanced manner without both sides giving equally; that would create a power vacuum or struggle instead of a solution. (Adapted from [1];)

Thoughts? --◄mendel► 03:13, 18 March 2011 (UTC)

Basing that on Scythe? He's one voice, The others have spoken as well, but I don't think they'd be in agreement with what he says about half the time. I'd trust others whom have been here longer. He just joined in December 2010 on the 5th. I know others have been here longer. I've been here since November 10, 2009. With someone still so new to the wiki, It's not easy to trust their judgments that much. Ariyen 03:45, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
I thought we could all have a laugh. Sadly, TEF didn't think this as jokular as I. --◄mendel► 07:07, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
Seeing that, brought a smile to my face. I needed to smile with the dealings of a stubborn 2 year old. Ariyen 07:13, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
Ariyen, "me name means nothing, my age less." I've not been here long, but I've been involved with 'important' business the entire time. Furthermore, you are not to apply a 'status hierarchy' to users.
Mendel while this initially gave me a chuckle, it soon grew to irritate me. You broke context and implication citing me. I did not intend to mean anything remotely like you must be wrong often. I meant that saying you would not change is just being stubborn, and will not resolve allow anything to be resolved. ∵Scythe∵ 20:05, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
Scythe, Look you keep getting involved in things and you have people telling you what not to do. You don't listen. Like for instance, Mendel said he would not take your advice and I won't either, because you don't know what is going on or reading what all is happening or has been happening for longer than you've been here. Hence, you barging in when you don't know what's going on. I'm giving you the same advice as Wyn gave me. Just stop and actually see how others do things here, type, etc. before you input. After all, you have Mendel wanting to ignore your advice and I can't blame him. You ignore the facts of people are wanting to change, but not change from being who they are. Just like that I won't change from being who I am, but I don't tell half the things that you do here. You've done said things at the wrong time, not giving other parties a chance that needed or should have a chance. Hence, they took it to Irc, while you were gone. Thank goodness you didn't interrupt them and left. Sure I should have Applied YAV, but you didn't apply other policies as well when you accused me of being the majority. Hello, did you forget that each of us only speak for ourselves? I wasn't the only one on your talk page telling you that there's a time to speak and a time not to. If you want to scream agf and write up a wot? You'd only cause more drama. Just stop and realize what you're doing. Ariyen 20:34, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
Scythe, this is a line of argument similar to yours applied to something totally different, and it doesn't mean you would have applied the same argument in the same circumstance. I did not cite you, I used your argument as a blueprint for mine. That's it. --◄mendel► 22:01, 18 March 2011 (UTC)

if I went to work every day dressed as a hobo[]


In wiki terms, the drunken hobo is the guy who randomly insults everyone, picks arguments over minor issues while completing having lost a sense of perspective, and pisses in the corner (i.e. gets offtopic fast on pages where it's not on). He's likely to be a troll as well.

I'd be the guy who refuses to wear a tie to work and talks back to the boss; not a wise career move in many outfits, I'll admit, but somewhat more classy. ;) --◄mendel► 22:13, 18 March 2011 (UTC)

I am dazed, shocked, and hurt that you think I'm trolling. ∵Scythe∵ 22:28, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
So is it ok if we call you Wiki Hobo, then? --◄mendel► 02:02, 19 March 2011 (UTC)
I prefer raggedy clothed boxcar rider... ∵Scythe∵ 03:21, 19 March 2011 (UTC)


No, we were in digital media class (=irl school) which is basically photoshop (using crappy old v5.0). A friend called me over since I'm the equivalant of an information banquet around here and/or the jesus of knowledge. Anyway, they had done a bunch of stuff after merging some layers and the realized that merging the layers would make their life much harder and wished to only undo the merge, which I said was not possible without undoing everything else. Since photoshop doesn't keep a separate history for layers (=merge/mask/adjustment layer) and they just assumed it did. The "That's not fair!" was basically a omgwtfbbq why doesn't it do what I want all the time and know what I want! Spam undo was basically the most logical quick response. ∵Scythe∵ 19:33, 24 March 2011 (UTC)


You have been getting more and more aggressive towards people lately, starting conflicts where there hadn't even been a spark. You have called RT a "tool", which is irrefutably a PA, so I'm giving you a strong warning. Stop attacking people, be less blunt. If you want to note something about someone, do it politely, and don't go and call people names before they've even had a chance to clarify their position. If you don't, you'll be banned. This is not a discussion, this is a warning. --TalkpageEl_Nazgir 14:06, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

Noted. --◄mendel► 17:36, 25 March 2011 (UTC)
Out of curiosity, what are the other conflicts I'm supposed to have started out of thin air? --◄mendel► 17:48, 25 March 2011 (UTC)
Admin noticeboard. --TalkpageEl_Nazgir 17:50, 25 March 2011 (UTC)
Ok, apparently I was wrong (and at least one other admin publicly agrees with you on both counts) to have seen issues with these edits and raised them: [2], [3]. Also, apparently I wasn't polite enough on the admin noticeboard, either. Makes me glad I'm not administering this wiki any more, because I can't understand that. I'll stay clear of offending anyone in the future. --◄mendel► 18:24, 25 March 2011 (UTC)
You're mangling my points. you started a conflict where there was none in the admin notice board. I didn't say you were impolite there. You and Ishmael have issues. You're both adults, but when it comes to a conflict, you're both squabbling like little children using technical terms and words. You need to calm down about him, he has to calm down about it, and both of you should start acting like adults about your conflict and talk it out. And indeed, I do not see the issue with the first edit. The second one was a bit out of the blue, I agree, but I have seen your reaction to neither of them (unless that second one directly preceded the noticeboard).--TalkpageEl_Nazgir 19:28, 25 March 2011 (UTC)
OK, let's back up a bit and make sure we're on the same page.
  1. You told me that the conflicts I started "where there hadn't even been a spark" were located on the noticeboard, and I assume you were referring to Talk page administration and GW:AGF, is that correct?
  2. I also assumed that your NPA warning encompassed to these conflicts, but from your latest response I gather that you didn't mean to convey that I personally attacked people on these, only on Randomtime's talkpage. Is that correct?
  3. I cited you two links that I consider to be "sparks" for the initial noticeboard posts listed in 1. I think you're trying to tell me your opinion of this with your latest response here, but I'm not really sure from your language ("do not see the issue" / "was a bit out of the blue") whether you agree with my point that these contributions not made by me count as "sparks". Could you please clarify?
  4. I guess this is the same point as the previous one in another wording. Do you feel that these two conflicts happened because I had some genuine issues I hoped the adminship and editorship of the wiki could help me with, or do you feel I was pursuing some ulterior motives that work to the detriment of the wiki? Or something else?
If there's anything I should clarify, please ask. --◄mendel► 21:01, 25 March 2011 (UTC)
Mendel, I have never (and I don't think anyone else ever has, aside from RTs' talk) questioned that you were aiming to help the wiki in the end, I/we just do not agree with your methods and words used to do it. ∵Scythe∵ 21:43, 25 March 2011 (UTC)
I wasn't really around actively when the talk page administration thing happened, and while I did watch it from afar, I didn't feel like going over all of it when I had more time on my hands. I'm currently referring to the AGF and RT's thing with this. Now, I didn't know (as was evident from my previous post) that the AGF was the immediate follow-up on what Ish said there, but I still stand by what I said on the AGF there. It was imo, not the correct way of handling it. The single actual PA I saw from you (as far as I recall), was on RT. Personally, I have no idea what to think of your intentions at RT, or when you started the AGF debate, but as scythe said, I know you always have the best intentions, but as I recently said to someone IRL, the best intentions can cause the worst of outcomes. That doesn't take away the fact that you've been behaving rather bluntly towards other users lately. --TalkpageEl_Nazgir 21:53, 25 March 2011 (UTC)
Thank you for clarifying. --◄mendel► 21:58, 25 March 2011 (UTC)
While I can understand you both, I don't agree with a third person interrupting giving their opinion that's not entirely accurate as I do agree with some of Mendel's methods (just like I do agree with some of Ish's methods). El, you said it best, "The best intentions can cause the worse of outcomes." Also, I think we all need to remember and I'm quite sure that most of us knows that we only speak for ourselves, not the whole community. The policies/guidelines represents to me, the majority of the community as well as those we elect to help represent the majority decisions, etc.and helps determines the right course of action when there's dispute between users. With that said, I believe it's why Mendel went to the Admin board to solve an issue that he didn't feel was right. When nothing was "solved" or seemed not a problem. Agf happened. I don't blame mendel for his ways and I don't blame you all. However, I don't feel getting after each other solves anything either. I do not agree with the Pa on RandomTime and that should not have happened. I will say this, we take things too far one way or another. A wiki should not be something that's too serious, nor should it be something taken too lightly. I hope you two can settle on an agreement. :-) Ariyen 22:25, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

Warning (Part 2; the unofficial version)[]

You seem to have mislaid the warning that El Nazgir tried to present as graciously as such things are possible. I'm going to list several general comments about your recent behavior, outline why I believe those behaviors to be bad for the community, and ask that you try to listen to what I am trying to tell you.

I also think there ought to be consequences for your most egregious actions. I have no power to impose them. At most, I can ask you, once again, to listen to this critique more thoughtfully than you have in the past. (My words will fail at some point to convey my intended meaning; I ask that you try as best you can to focus on what I am trying to tell you rather than pick apart the rhetoric.)

  1. Over the past months, you increasingly choose to open conversations with extreme rhetoric, up to and including personal attacks (both direct and indirect).
  2. When the target of your words reacts poorly to your tactics, you accuse them of being thin-skinned and say that you are bewildered by their reaction.
  3. When called to task by other people, you dance around the issue and, at best, issue a non-apology using the right words (I'm sorry or I apologize), but without actually expressing remorse for your actions. I'm sorry if anyone thought is not an apology for your behavior.
  4. At times, you focus on minutiae in discussions, which derails the conversation from the original topic. In context with your aggressive openings, this gives the appearance that you intend to distract rather than argue the merits.
  5. You use policy in ways that stifle debate, but you reject other people's attempts to point out how your behavior is inconsistent with the spirit and/or letter of policy.

I'm not going to present the supporting details for two reasons:

  • These issues are not new; people (including myself) have laid out many examples for you in the past.
  • Over the past months, you have often directed your comments towards minor problems with the examples (see also: point 4), but without ever addressing the primary concerns (see also: point 3).

These behaviors are bad for the wiki for many reasons, the most important of which are:

  • It creates gratuitous tension for the wiki.
  • It makes the wiki appear to be an unsafe place for discussion, never mind to voice a contrary opinion.
  • It distracts the efforts and attention of the community from documenting the game (in theory, our primary purpose) to dealing with the latest drama.
  • It distracts from the important issues you are raising.

I would like to be glad that those issues were raised (I, too, think they are important), but instead, we end up debating about the tactics used in the debate.

If this were the workplace and I your colleague, this is the time I would be asking, is anything wrong in your home life that might be causing you to behave differently at work? If there is, I am sorry to be adding to the stress, but I don't apologize for asking you to be more professional going forward; I know from experience that you can choose to do so.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 20:18, 26 March 2011 (UTC)

So now that you know how it feels to have your words questioned every step of the way, I thank you for your well-intentioned warning; it must've been quite some effort writing that up, and I feel honored that you went to such lengths for me (even getting El Nazgir to help - that was you, wasn't it?). I forgive you the ad hominem in the last paragraph since you no doubt meant well. Unfortunately, I must confess that without support and little connection to how I see myself, your assessment of my discussion style turned out to be not very useful to me. I'm sorry.
On the upside, due to unrelated reasons, I can still unequivocally promise you I won't be raising controversial issues on this wiki unprofessionally any more! Isn't that great? --◄mendel► 08:58, 28 March 2011 (UTC)
Define unprofessionally. ∵Scythe∵ 20:39, 28 March 2011 (UTC)
unprofessional := inverse of professional (note: see TEF's post, above) --◄mendel► 22:06, 28 March 2011 (UTC)
Sigh. And again it seems I have been unprofessionally creating inadvertant controvery. It's harder than I thought, because I didn't actually intend to bring up an issue this time. I'm sorry. --◄mendel► 03:33, 13 April 2011 (UTC)


If you just thought that while looking at the above, here's my take of what TEF told me, brought to an (exaggerated) point:

  • When I miss other people's points ("primary concerns"), it is my fault ("derail", "stifle").
  • When other people miss my points, it is my fault ("behaviour").

I'd add "sometimes" or "often" to both points to remove the exaggeration and make this look professional, but I don't know which one of these two TEF would support. --◄mendel► 11:07, 27 March 2011 (UTC)


stalking you on twitter reveals... asian characters... thought you should know you are now expected to know the language by the internet. Failure to do so will result in nothing. ∵Scythe∵ 01:30, 29 March 2011 (UTC)

stalking you on twitter reveals... you're from hungary... thought you should know you are now expected to know the language by the internet. Failure to do so will result in nothing. ◄mendel► 14:08, 29 March 2011 (UTC)
!?! PROFILE PICTURE IS A DRAMA LLAMA!!! It's perfect! guise, mendel found me online, run and hide. Did I start some new kind of talkpage spam O.O ∵Scythe∵ 19:33, 29 March 2011 (UTC)

categories on collector armor pages[]

I'm confused why you added the "<Profession> Armor" categories to the "<Profession> collector armor" pages. The category is supposed to be a list of the armor styles available to that profession, i.e. armor-level pages, and it doesn't make sense (to me) to list the QR pages in there.

I did notice that the E and N collector armor pages have been in that category for a while now, so something did need to be done for consistency.

Perhaps a better place for the collector QRs would be in Category:Armor by profession? That's where we list other profession-level pages like the index galleries and the headgear articles. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 03:04, 30 March 2011 (UTC)

Your guess about my motive is right (consistency); I figured no-one had a problem with the E/N pages being categorized that way, so it'd be ok if the others were categorized similarly.
However, feel free to change it (back) to whatever you think best, up to deleting those categories again: after all, all of these pages are already in Category:<profession> quick references and Category:Armor quick references. I haven't investigated your suggested category, but it sounds good, too. --◄mendel► 03:12, 30 March 2011 (UTC)

I hearby declate[]

that you turn my link into an image failure to do so without question will result in a ban ∵Scythe∵ 03:06, 1 April 2011 (UTC)


You were blocked for three minutes, not one. ∵Scythe∵ 03:50, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

TEF's suggestion[]

Could you please take a glance at TEF's suggestion on the official wiki and let us know if you have any ideas? Thanks. --Kirbman sig.png Kirbman 15:22, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

Might actually be easier to implement on this wiki than GWW. (And I'm not against GWiki getting the competitive advantage :-)  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 16:52, 3 April 2011 (UTC)
(edit conflict) TEF asks for two things:
* a list of NPCs that use a skill
This is easily done here if you have a page that is semi-protected so that DPL works. I put up an example at w:c:guildwars:User:M.mendel/Beast by Skill; the idea is to identify NPCs by the use of the BeastInfo template and then capitalize on the fact that the skill's icon will be used on their page.
* a list of Weapons with certain properties, e.g. "unique mesmer weapons from prophecies"
These lists already exist, e.g. Mesmer unique items quick reference (Prophecies); they can be found easily via the Index of unique item lists, the Quick access links, or the relevant categories Category:Weapon quick references and Category:Unique items quick references.
In the future, Dr Ishmael extending the use of SMW on this wiki might create the ability to ask database-like queries. --◄mendel► 16:59, 3 April 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the quick reply.
FYI I've noted elsewhere that the weapon quick references are incomplete: every time I've spot checked GWiki and GWW, I've found at least one missing item; I haven't checked in about a year, since it's extremely time consuming to cross reference. Sometimes the problem was merely where an item was displayed. The categories are usually complete, but they don't allow one to compare items (which is my goal).  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 17:08, 3 April 2011 (UTC)
If you check my sandbox on warrior, I'm working on each unique trying to match it up with other uniques and collectors as well as crafters. I'm just having issues with the crafters as I wish they were more like the collectors. I've started on the actual unique page, but that's kinda my goal. making things more convenient and informative than they are. Ariyen 19:42, 3 April 2011 (UTC)
Cool. In my last two reviews of GWW/GWiki lists/cats and articles, I focused on caster weapons, so I didn't pay nearly as much attention to the martial classes.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 19:53, 3 April 2011 (UTC)
Well, I was planning on each profession of the uniques first, but I did find that the more I add to like say the Deldrimor Shield, the longer it is... and that's doing four reqs and two professions. I kind of wished they were separate, but the main being a disambig page. Like here's an example of what I'm leading off to - and why i created pages like this to go by. -.- Ariyen 20:17, 3 April 2011 (UTC)
NPC skills could be handled similarly to how GWW:Template:NPC location automatically categorizes NPCs based on where they appear, but I agree with Kirbman that making categories for every single skill would be "a pain," to put it mildly. Instead of categories, we (here at GuildWiki) could use an SMW property (perhaps Property:Uses skill) that would accept any skill name as a value. Then you just have to query that property to see what creatures use a specific skill ({{#ask:[[Uses skill::Mending]]|format=list}} would give a bullet list of all creatures that use Mending).
The only drawback is the effort required to implement it, but it should be pretty easy to bot that task. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 02:09, 4 April 2011 (UTC)
Unless I've missed an update on SMW (which wouldn't surprise me much), that kind of query won't work when a property has multiple values, because the property value when you assign like this: [[Uses skill::Mending]] and [[Uses skill:Healing Burst]] becomes literally "Mending, Healing Burst". Thus, {{#ask:[[Uses skill::Mending]]|format=list}} doesn't work. You'd have to write {{#ask:[[Uses skill::Mending, Healing Burst]]|format=list}} to get that page. It's an annoying limitation. I actually hope I'm wrong and that this has been addressed, because using categories instead makes for an awkward workaround. Nwash User-Nwash-Eyes.png 10:08, 4 April 2011 (UTC)
Never mind. In this case, it's nice to be wrong. Time to find out what version they fixed that in. Nwash User-Nwash-Eyes.png 10:22, 4 April 2011 (UTC)
I made a quick demo out of Wild Yeti, setting properties for locations, skills, and drops (not using any templates yet, of course). I suppose if this is something we want to pursue, this discussion should be [moved to|continued at] CP. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 15:21, 4 April 2011 (UTC)

As I was saying (about DDG)[]

DDG is usually better than google. Lifehacker says so too, among hundreds of other blogs / online publishers. ∵Scythe∵ 19:44, 5 April 2011 (UTC)

Yeah, as usual you only read half. Btw, using quotes rules because it reduces the possibility of reading stuff that's not there. Here is one, from the article you cite: "For the searching you do every day, go ahead and use the powerful, convenient, ever-improving Google." They clearly say that DDG's a nice toy for programmers and nerds who don't like to type, but would rather dig through dozens of bang codes. Also, privacy claims. Where are you reading "usually better"? (Oh, and how much do I have to pay so that my site gets its own bang on DDG?) --◄mendel► 20:33, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
how much you have to pay  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 22:00, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
Nice! --◄mendel► 22:08, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
Mendel, He's an MIT grad with a background in a charitable organization, your claim that he has a "shady" past are totally ungrounded and slanderous. ∵Scythe∵ 22:26, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
I didn't graduate from MIT ;-)
I note that Mendel has made no claim here one way or the other. I am unfamiliar with libel laws in Europe, but in the US, any private citizen is allowed to make any statement they like about another's past, in speech, IRC, or online. The standard for libel/slander is when doing so would cause actual harm and the writer/speaker knows that statements to be untrue (or intended to mislead). tl;dr Mendel's statements might be ungrounded (I have no idea), but they are not slanderous (or libelous).
@Mendel: where can I go to read more? Your instincts about stuff like this are usually spot on (in my experience). Thanks  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 22:41, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
Maybe something about wp:Names Database#Privacy risk? Felix Omni Signature.png 23:50, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
What does that have to do with Gabriel? !!! ∵Scythe∵ 00:03, 6 April 2011 (UTC)
Gabriel (founder of DDG) founded The Names Database, which he sold.--Łô√ë Gigathrash sig G.jpgîğá†ħŕášħ 04:11, 6 April 2011 (UTC)
Except Gabriel seems to be following a different drummer for DDG (or at least, he talks a good game). I was actually hoping someone had something specific about DDG's privacy: I'm a trust-but-verify type of person and I'm glad that Gabriel knows what good privacy is, but I have no way of knowing whether DDG actually follows it. I also don't know how well he's hardened his site against hacking.
For stuff like this, I tend to trust only paranoiacs like Steve Gibson of Shields Up (I think he trusts his mom, but only after extensive testing). Next best are ppls like Mendel who might not do their own vetting, but know what to look for in reviews etc to sniff out the suspicious.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 05:06, 6 April 2011 (UTC)
I do not trust DDG because Gabriel's business model is not clear to me. With google, it is all about the ads. I read an interview some time back that Scythe linked me to on irc (and I can't find it again, of course) from an entreneur-friendly maganzine, and they really got Gabriel talking about is former business ventures. They all followed the scheme of
  1. set up site
  2. drive traffic to it in whatever way works
  3. turn a profit
Whether the site was actually useful was coincidental and, in the case of the names database, debatable. I think him a market capitalist: he'll do anything he can get money for, and feel justified doing it because him getting money for it must mean people want it. With DDG, he's clearly hit on issues that nerds care about (privacy, gadgets, including a good skin for smartphones) and that are cheap to implement, and he's using as much PR as he can get to drive traffic up. This means I believe him to be in phase 2 of his usual scheme right now. (Google, on the other hand, was founded by two computer scientists who had found a better page ranking algorithm. They were/are selling a useful invention.)
From the search queries I've done to try the site out, it feels less useful to me than google is. I could make a clear case that the user interface you get on result pages is inferior to google. As regards the advantage of the bang, I have added any websites I want to search regularly to my FF address bar search dropdown - can you search guildwiki via DDG yet? I do not see a reason to let DDG know which sites these are.
And of course the site seems especially shady to me because with the bang syntax, it manages to present search results as if they were theirs when they really aren't. When it tells me, "use !i to search for images", it takes me a while to notice that it results not in DDG's image search (because it has none), it's a Bing page I get. It's a little bit like selling the Brooklyn Bridge: "we search all these sites" when they really don't.
P.S.: I adjusted the section header as per my talkpage policy (see top of the page). --◄mendel► 09:42, 6 April 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for this, Mendel.
I gotta say, that's enough reasonable doubt for me; it doesn't prove the site unsafe, but my personal standard is much higher (demonstrably safe >> proven dangerous). DDG only needs one strike against it, but it has at least three: profit (not invention) track record of founder; misleading statements about the utility of the site (it's a search aggregator, not a search engine); and its utility can be duplicated elsewhere (both Bing and Google have shortcuts that are only a bit trickier than bangs).  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 17:45, 6 April 2011 (UTC)
Scythe links to the DDG privacy policy. Comparing this to the more familiarly worded Google privacy policy, you'll notice that google clearly states whom they'll forward information to, and for what purposes, and the restrictions that apply. I can't see that DDG does. Why the omission? --◄mendel► 07:54, 7 April 2011 (UTC)

reformatting indents, --◄mendel► 06:45, 7 April 2011 (UTC)

Their business plan is to not take in revinue until it works well. (source). Furthermore, they sell shirts and stuff to make cash. Any money they would have made off of the ~150k page views/day they were getting before would have been insignificant. They are, however running some ads now, though I've only seen them sometimes.

They're not trying to say the search 'all these sites' (although they do cultivate results from google, bing, ask, blekko, worlframalpha, etc). They're saying "oh hey, instead of going to, you can just "whatever you want" !a from your address bar / home page and save yourself the hassle. (Ultimate web efficiency is omnibar w/ DDG as default search provider, since I can bang anything important without prior navigation.)

How is google's UI better? Oh gee, a link to gmail and other services that have no relation to the search engine than ownership (the exceptions being images, realtime, [which is useless, imo] and news.)

How does bang present results as if they're DDG's? You said it yourself, if you do !i for images, it takes you to the bing page that's the idea. If it were trying to present them as their own results, it would display the other page in an iframe, or something else crafty.

If you would like to be able to search GW through DDG bang, be my guest and submit a bang request. site:url query format still works, as do boolean terms (though + and - do not, you must use AND OR & NOT).

You know how all your data can be intercepted online? You know how SSL is supposed to fix that? Yeah, too bad most sites that have good looking pages (ie: news networks, online shopping, banking, etc) actually query google for what you searched with. ie: When you search "Western Union Bank" in google it is almost certain that they learn what you searched to find them. Now you might not be worried, since you're one of millions, but your browser configuration can single you out. DDG doesn't send that information out, because it redirects before it directs you to the bang page (ie: the request appears to simply come from

You know how Google saves your search history? Yeah, that can be requested or blocked at will. It is in no way private. It can even get you in trouble with say, the federal government. DDG doesn't save history, or record searches.

Or, you know, out of the thousands of employees of google one could spy on you directly. I'd imagine Gabriel is far too busy doing what he does to stalk you.

Better yet, a high-priority target like Google could get hacked. DDG hasn't been hacked yet, and I doubt it will since it's partially open source.

That's three for google, one maybe for DDG. ∵Scythe∵ 23:55, 6 April 2011 (UTC)

Google does cool logos sometimes. DDG is just a duck in a ring. Felix Omni Signature.png 00:09, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
DDG changed their logo for japan, google didn't. ∵Scythe∵ 00:17, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
We already had this fight and you lost it. Felix Omni Signature.png 00:22, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
I disagree, good sir. ∵Scythe∵ 00:26, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
Don't make this another birthday! Felix Omni Signature.png 00:31, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
wat. ∵Scythe∵ 00:40, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
Um, Google did change their logo for Japan. here and here would confirm that. Google changes their logos, based on that country (or the language version, I'd suppose). The best way to look is to go to here. So, I think it's baseless to argue that they don't celebrate things, when clearly they do. Ariyen 02:46, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
The image you linked is for some sort of doll festival, not for the more important things Japan is going through at the moment. But then again, it's just a logo on a website. — Viruzzz 09:35, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, what got my respect more than that was that google had this page up quickly, linked to it from for a time, and still links to it from --◄mendel► 12:28, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
Yea, I know Viruzzz. It was an example to show that Google does do images for Japan. @Mendel, I agreed and I liked that, too. It gives me a good deal of respect that Google does and has done things like that. The things Scythe links to are rare and one in a million. It's not telling me that the whole company is bad. Ariyen 20:53, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
I saw this with a DDG Search results. "results by Bing built with Yahoo." If I wanted to search via bing or yahoo, I'd go there and not use a site that doesn't do their own search results. That's just my thing and why I don't trust sites that seem to pretend to be it's own search engine, but it's not. Ariyen 03:06, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
Instead of re-posting everything, I believe you should take a look at their faq, at the bottom of the page they clearly state that they cultivate results from many search engines, as well as having its own crawler. Using results from other engines isn't stealing their results, it's called a Meta Search Engine. ∵Scythe∵ 20:42, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
I did, but it is stealing. Other search engines like them have tried and failed. Hence, there's a main three. I can't remember, but there use to be an ask Jeeves search place like DDG. However, I doubt it's used that much. Many use the main 3 - google, bing, and yahoo. Because they're direct and they don't use results from "other" search engines. Most that I know of, would probably prefer direct search results instead of indirect search results. Having to have maintained two subdomains and owned a domain. I know about the spider thing they had with their searches. I know from google's adsense and researching the others as well about advertising on search engines. Something, DDG seems to lack and seems to steal. I prefer google, because I know how they do their advertisments, their revenue, etc. They're actually more honest and fair than very few give them credit for. I like bing and yahoo as well. If I feel google doesn't give me the search i need, I'd do the other two, but most search engines give the same results. Just one would need to know how to research something "right" to get the results that the're looking for. Ariyen 03:57, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
Your post does not seem to add much to the conversation. You confirm that Gabriel is on step 2 of his scheme (shirts and mugs are for PR, not profit); you confirm that he uses privacy paranoia as a cheap issue to get the spotlight (what use is hiding the search terms from the site you click to? They can already tell your interest by your landing page) (also, I won't attempt to correct the privacy misconceptions you've displayed); you keep touting the bang syntax, but do not explain how this is more convenient than my browser search dropdown.
You then use an unfounded scare ("google could get hacked") to make a point, and that is where I stop discussing with you, because that's not ethical any more. Google has been operating for over 12 years, it is well known how much they get hacked (offhand I recall an issue about chinese dissident's gmail acounts, a service DDG doesn't even offer, and which used an IE8 exploit that was not known at the time), i.e. not at all AFAIK; it is currently unknown how safe DDGs server setup and operations really are, because there's no track record. --◄mendel► 07:31, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
A quick check on encryption reveals exactly why I do not use google at home (and the only reason I use it at school is because it's the homepage, and that setting is locked). what makes you want to trust google more than them being verified by themselves? In comparison, if I told you, "I should totally be a bcat on the wiki because I say so and I believe I should be," how much would you trust me? It's the exact same situation. Meanwhile, duckduckgo is verified by equifax, a federal American organization.
DDG's server uses 256-bit AES encryption, while google's uses 128-bit DC4. Unless DC4 is massively more secure than AES, ddg has a far safer server than google does.
You contradict yourself, mendel (maybe unintentionally?) You imply that google is frequently hacked, but question how safe the DDG server setup is? DDG has never (to my knowledge) been hacked.
How is bang more convenient? Have DDG as your default provider, it is far faster to append "!where you want to go" to your search than it is to move mouse to address bar, open dropdown, select provivder, type, search, change provider back. It's a time efficiency tool.
You want safe? Google will flat out not work without js, where ddg has a version which is strictly html.
How does a google account make it a better search engine? All it has to do is get me the result I want, with the least hassle. DDG excels at this, with me rarely having to go beyond the first result.
Outline for me the misconceptions I have about privacy. How is a site that stores no user profiles, and tracks nor stores any agent/browser/ip/user data less secure than google?
DDG's entire logo (a large focus on the page) linked to a donation pool, that will get more notice per user than any text on ∵Scythe∵ 20:42, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
If 1% of google users clicked on their link which was actually quite prominent, it would do the world and Japan a LOT more good than a 100% rate of DDG users. Felix Omni Signature.png 22:48, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
Now you're not just using scare tactics, you're posting falsehoods. Equifax signed Google's authority. Equifax trusts google to issue certificates, while they do not trust DDG with something that far-reaching. RC4 128 is less secure than AES 256, but that only secures the connection, not the server. I implied that google search was not hacked at all over 12 years, while DDG was not hacked as far as I know over 2 years. Google works fine without javascript. --◄mendel► 21:14, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
Operation Aurora successfully hacked Google, Adobe, and Microsoft. Saying it didn't happen is just being foolish. Link me to where Equifax states they trust google to certify themselves, it seems just a tad suspicious to me. ∵Scythe∵ 01:43, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
In your screenshot, click on "more information, then click your way through to the certificate details. They state (cryptographically signed) that Equifax has made google a certificate authority. --◄mendel► 06:20, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
Oh, and I'd image his server is pretty damn secure, since you've clearly shown he is a capable hacker/programmer/business man. ∵Scythe∵ 01:48, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
Now you're just taking the piss, right? --◄mendel► 06:20, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

DDG other reviews[]

I've been looking for anyone who can independently confirm that DDG isn't storing personal data or vulnerable to being hijacked or hacked (yeah, I know what Gabriel said, but why should I trust him any more than any other clever person posting on the web?). I haven't found much, but for those following along at home...

 — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 18:02, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

You can get your address, etc. removed easier from google than from yahoo and bing. I've done that before - a few years ago. That's not to say that these other companies, like the yellow pages, etc. won't display it, unless you call and ask them not to. Ariyen 19:03, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
If DDG let Bruce Schneier do a security/privacy audit once a year, that would be awesome. ;-P
The one point all of your pages make is that web sites optimize their google rankings, and that compromises the usefulness of the search results. Luckily, google is a research company with a lot of smart minds bent to this issue, or it'd be a lot worse. I wonder what'll happen once DDG becomes more mainstream? I also wonder why an author would give "bad examples". I compared the search results of google vs. DDG for topics I am actually interested in, and found google to be better for me. That's a personal assessment, and since it's about the main reason you go to a search engine, it's the most important one that should inform your choice. (Look for topics that people want to sell you stuff about, and you'll run into "SEO" more than otherwise.) is an interesting site. Investigators are one category of person who might want to leave site owners in the dark, and so would want to suppress the referer header with the search terms. However, a privacy-minded individual ought to set their browser to not send referer links at all, see e.g. firefox,opera. Interestingly enough, searching for a way to disable this on IE lead me to malware sites in the top results - google having its own interstitial warning (that would work on any browser), and firefox protecting me on the DDG link. (I then remembered that one reviewer used DDG with IE, citing a strange reason (loads faster, can't remember anything) to justify that choice - maybe IE doesn't do that? I'm surprised that the people touting this feature of DDG don't tell us you can turn them off completely in good browsers. --◄mendel► 09:45, 9 April 2011 (UTC)
Yes, I probably should have emphasized that those touting DDG as more secure accepted Weinberg's claims as to why that might be so. Weinberg writes clearly about what true privacy means and what true security (in 2011) should look like, but I couldn't find any independent review of actual privacy/security (let alone an audit).
In contrast, a mainstream site such as Google gets a lot of unwanted attention, e.g. people trying to prove it unsafe. And, for a variety of reasons (technical as well as human), they are almost always faster than e.g. Microsoft in responding (mitigating/removing threats, responding to market forces, competition). I don't trust Google much more than Microsoft, but I do trust that they want to preserve their moral highground, market position, and business model.
I agree with Scythe's general point that competition (especially by small upstarts) is good, but I'm not inclined to trust DDG just because several reviewers who haven't vetted his security tell me that they enjoy using it over Google. Given recent fiascoes in the certs-world, I'm also not inclined to trust a company just because it's been given permission to become a trusted Cert Authority.
Anyhow, thanks for indulging my digression with more useful stuff.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 16:43, 9 April 2011 (UTC)
"Weinberg writes clearly about what true privacy means" -- could you link me to that?
Scythe misunderstood the kind of trust certificates provide, because it only goes as far as identity (to prevent a man-in-the-middle attack). A CA that my browser trusts which says who they are is good enough for me; it is of no consequence that it is themselves. (Note though that some "rogue" CAs are no longer widely trusted.) --◄mendel► 19:40, 9 April 2011 (UTC)
He uses as a source; given Libya's repressive attitude towards its own people and well-documented history of exporting terrorism, I'm skeptical that traffic is just flowing through without anything sinister afoot.
Now, writing clearly about privacy doesn't mean that Gabe is correct. Or protecting privacy. (I just found this set of answers about a coin flipping problem; a lot of people write clearly about the issue and are completely wrong; some of the people writing obscurely are correct; and, alas, there are the truly hopeless, who write both intractably and incorrectly.)
My point is simply that: he writes about privacy; it's easy to understand what he's writing — that makes it more likely that he's able to maintain user privacy, but has little to do with whether he actually has chosen to do so. (For one more analogy: by necessity, the guy trying to sell you ocean-front property in Liechtenstein has to be adept at writing/speaking about it.)  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 20:40, 9 April 2011 (UTC)
I believe is hosted on server in San Antonio, Texas, and I know the domain is registered to a guy in Boston, MA, so if Gaddafi wants to mess with it, he has to advertise a new DNS entry for it that points to server in Libya. That should be somewhat obvious. ;)
Weinberg is not writing about "privacy", he's writing about two privacy features. A more comprehensive treatment is in the whitepapers at He is weaseling a bit about not storing personal information. Not having logs is a good idea, though. And yeah, these open source things are "elements", they don't make a whole. --◄mendel► 00:18, 10 April 2011 (UTC)

Ignore User[]

If you want to ignore someone, just ignore them. A userbox heralding said state of ignoring a contributor strikes me as more of passive personal attack. If left up, it opens up a precedent for inter-user hate and trolling. I don't want to see that happening on the wiki, and I imagine most of the other contributors don't either. Yes, Scythe can be a pain. But targeting him like this will only make matters worse, not better. Jink 14:54, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

If all inter-user hate and trolling on the wiki took place via non-agressive userboxes (I don't see how this is a "passive attack", do you think it is manipulative?), we'd probably be better off all around. I wished to offer the interested public and Scythe an explanation, so I'd have posted a message of some sort anyway. --◄mendel► 16:34, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
Then post a message - making it as a userbox makes it into a badge and feels like baiting. You may not intend it that way, but we all know Scythe can be volatile and it could very well feel like baiting/trolling/personal attack to him. It's already been adopted by another user and I don't want to see that spreading between our contributors. Jink 18:56, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
No baiting.png
This user does not support
baiting other users.
Would this box be ok? --◄mendel► 19:46, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
Yes, because it supports good behavior. But it doesn't address the point at hand, which is that having a userbox to advertise that you are ignoring a specific user is not good behavior. [edit] If your userbox said, "This user ignores trolls" (and didn't include links) that would be fine, as it does not specifically target anyone. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:20, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
Jink, I have serious issues with you labeling my box as "passive attack". As far as I understand it, the box can only be seen as an attack if I was somehow asking people to adopt it. Now 7 of my 12 userboxes on my page say something so personal about me that nobody else has adopted them. This userbox was created in the same vein. If I intended to encourage people to use it, I would have made it into a template. It is a personal statement, for which I chose a certain artistic form, and which you say you would have been ok with if I had made it in another form. What is the problem with this form specifically? Why can't you take it as a personal statement about myself like all my other userboxes? Why do you discourage me (forbid me, if this is a formal warning, which you have not said so far) this personal statement?
Furthermore, the "other person" you mention is Ariyen. We both know that a lot of the "drama" on the wiki lately is back-and-forth between Ariyen and Scythe. I have continuously counseled Ariyen to ignore Scythe because I can clearly see (as most of you probably do as well) that nothing much positive seems to come of it. If this userbox leads to Ariyen pledging to actually do that as long as the userbox is up on her page, the wiki will be better for it, not worse. I'm not seeing your slippery slope argument of other people adopting this box just because I did.
I am volatile, too, and these posts of yours feel like a personal attack to me. Does that mean you're in the wrong? --◄mendel► 21:47, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

1) I find it offensive 2) I find it contradictory to your democratic wiki theory. ∵Scythe∵ 20:30, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

Ignorance is democratic. Felix Omni Signature.png 21:11, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
Stop being such a cynical person Felix, you aren't old enough for that.
And Scythe, the current version of Mendels userbox, is just a anti-trolling statement. I see nothing wrong with it.
Jink, thank you for intervening. Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 22:08, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
@Arnout: Scythe's post pre-dated (20:30) the change to the generic box (21:48).
@Jink: what Arnout said.
 — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 22:17, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
@Arnout/Ernie: Uh, he didn't change to the generic box, he simply added it. The one targeting Scythe is still there. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 22:40, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
Crap. I gotta pay more attention. (Thanks, Ish.)
@Mendel: You're an influential person; I'm surprised that you're surprised that people would follow your lead. You targeted a particular person; it's not an attack to call you on it, as Jink did.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 23:01, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
I'm just a believer in people, Ish. Also, shame on you mendel! Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 23:16, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
@mendel, re: paragraph above (and several ECs later). Quite frankly, how dare you. You have "serious issues" with someone calling you on the box, but you have no problem singling me out and attacking my edits via it? Remember that time I called you on your hypocrisy in #gwiki? This is a prime example of it.
Why it's a PA:
  • It's personal
  • It's offensive
  • All requirements met.
∵Scythe∵ 23:42, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
Everything that offends a person is not a personal attack, and personal attacks need not offend anyone. Felix Omni Signature.png 01:11, 13 April 2011 (UTC)
  1. 3 was its own point, not a overview/comment on 1,2 ∵Scythe∵ 01:28, 13 April 2011 (UTC)
LOL. 1.) it's not a personal attack, it's a personal opinion. There's a difference. 2.) Nothing offensive about pointing out the facts, you choose to either ignore them/remove them/or complain that they're attacks. Fact 1, person told you they were going to ignore your advice, because .. fact 2. it's not fact, it's an opinion not stating a clear fact or helpful points. fact 3. you never give examples verbal or link wise to help prove your points. fact 4. you often jump on the other's page to start a discussion on something, when they wish to ignore you. fact 5. your refusal to leave them alone and cause issues on here. fact 6. calling another a hypocrite, when you show it yourself. fact 7. taking offense, when you started the offense by bothering on things and not listening to them when they don't wish to discuss things with you, because fact 8. you seem to fail at the facts or voices of others, even on your own talk page. 04:44, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

(Reset indent) I'm going with Jink's suggestion in her second post in this section and posting a message. --◄mendel► 10:06, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for changing the user box. (I hope it's okay that I added the {{ri}})  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 10:29, 13 April 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, thanks. I meant to add that, but forgot. I'm happy that you don't object to me quoting you in that context. --◄mendel► 10:41, 13 April 2011 (UTC)
Thank you for changing the userbox. Jink 13:39, 13 April 2011 (UTC)
@Ariyen, GW:NPA ∵Scythe∵ 19:28, 13 April 2011 (UTC)
@Ariyen: it would be hard for me to link more. ∵Scythe∵ 19:34, 13 April 2011 (UTC)
your opinion. Not a personal attack. Ariyen 00:20, 14 April 2011 (UTC)
The talkpage message seems to have worked as more of a bait and gotten the point across worse. Just sayin'. (Though the experiment is skewed because of this talkpage section, ofc.) --◄mendel► 10:05, 14 April 2011 (UTC)
I was deeply offended when you added it, I watch the changes of interesting peoples' userpages. The point is: don't make userboxes that are personal unless they are jovial in nature. ∵Scythe∵ 19:28, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
Nobody cares. Go away. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 20:24, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

food for thought[]

I said on irc that I would have had better support than this for an NPA warning, but later it struck me that there have been other issues I've raised on the wiki in a similar manner that may not have been so well-supported. So I'm going to ponder how the intervention that Jink has visited on me here compares to other criticism I have lodged on other people at various times - do I see similarities? --◄mendel► 10:47, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

I don't understand the question. Do you mean if you were in Jink's place you would have gotten more support than she had? Felix Omni Signature.png 18:22, 13 April 2011 (UTC)
No, I wondered whether others would have seen me the way I saw Jink. And "support" means "support an argument". --◄mendel► 20:02, 13 April 2011 (UTC)
So, is this a reasonable translation?
I said on IRC that I would have used more evidence when posting an NPA warning, but later it struck me that I have raised other issues without as much documentation. So, I'm going to consider how Jink's post above compares to critiques that I have posted about other peoples.
Please strike out the whole thing if that does your post & follow-up an injustice. I like snacking on thought food, but I try to read the label carefully, too.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 20:24, 13 April 2011 (UTC)
"may not have been" is not an euphemism for "I did it", it means I don't know. I need to check it out, and I hope I didn't, but right now I don't know. And I'm not really interested in what Jink wrote, I'm more interested in whether I would have reacted to myself in a way that I reacted to Jink. But if you'd like to ponder what you wrote, be my guest. --◄mendel► 20:36, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Dilbert's creator caught socking[]

Take a gander at the first link, head to the second (remembering to catch the originating post when Adams suggests it's time to do so). Some people will read something into my posting this on your page; they would be mistaken. It strikes me that socking, the meaning of context (and the context of meaning), being misunderstood, labeling, and drama are things of interest to many of us here.

Or, shorter story: I hope that you will be as fascinated as I with these posts and the associated cultural buzz (both good and bad).  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 04:37, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

Yeah, it's not mainly about the socking. One explanation would be that Adams didn't want to a) have his authority attached to his opinion or b) didn't want for his responses to be reposted and disected as well. Both perfectly fine reasons for socking.
Context is an interesting topic to focus on, and it's an aspect that leads to interesting insights. A response can change context a lot - we do that on purpose on UnAnswers, but it also happens a lot on GuildWiki. A response usually means everyone else reads an original post the way the first responder read it. If the first response was a misreading, and inflammatory, off we go.
Unfortunately, that also means that if you try to post unemotionally, you remove a lot of the context of your post. Adams claims that if something is emotionally charged, argument becomes impossible. That's not wholly true - once the emotions subside, when people are alone, points sink in. (You can be emotional without being charged, too.) Also, unemotional prose is not only almost impossible to write in a discussion unless you're a committee or limit yourself to unemotional jargon (e.g. legalese); there'll be subtext inferred from the context as well. It is also less fun to read. --◄mendel► 14:02, 16 April 2011 (UTC)
It is a common meme in regard to poetry that it can mean what you want it to, but rarely anyone understands it. The author (of any text, not just poetry) had a specific meaning and intention and state of mind when he wrote it. If we read attentively, we can guess at it. If we know the author, we can guess better. But every reader who decides upon a meaning of a text will decide on something different that is sometimes more, sometimes less of what the author intended. Students of the dialectic are able to leave that meaning as "undecided", perhaps assigning probabilities to certain interpretations; if it is important to settle upon one meaning, one does best to confirm with the author if that's what they meant. Doing so has always been part of AGF for me: that when I see something on the wiki that seems off, I contact that author and give them a chance to explain (sometimes I do this indirectly, by weaving my interpretation into my reply, looking for a reaction).
It is necessary in a good community to trust the others to do this: if you don't (as often happens e.g. in academia), your writing style becomes defensive, less focused on what you want to say, on what is important to you, and more focused on what meanings it could acquire that you want to avoid.
It is important that admins are aware of this when they deal with "perpetrators". --◄mendel► 15:41, 16 April 2011 (UTC)
I forgot to reply to this (RL catching up). The short reply: I'm glad that you found it interesting, too.
And also: you saw two things that I didn't consider: (1) that authors attempting to preempt reactions sometimes do more harm to their rhetoric (you said, defensive, which I would argue usually leads to poor writing). (2) I am intrigued by the comparison to poetry (in which the author might encourage ambiguous and ambivalent reactions); I don't think it applies to the Scott Adams arena, except that, as a provocateur, his societal role can be similar to that of another type of artist. (As the author of Dilbert, he could be arguably that type of artist; as a contributor to various forums, he's not.)
And also: I hope that your last point was not lost on others (because it was last): trust makes a big difference in interpretation, reaction, and resulting drama (or lack thereof). In a healthy community, the benefit of the doubt helps keep things calm...until there's a real need to react. In a dysfunctional community, nearly any post can set things afire.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 03:27, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
Thank you for your reply. "leads to poor writing" - yes, that's what I meant. "encourage ambiguous and ambivalent reactions" - a nice way to put it. It's harder to understand someone who expresses ambiguous feelings than someone who has a clear stance - possibly the reason why popular talk radio hosts are more often people with extreme views?
I don't advocate giving people "the benefitof the doubt" —well, I do, but ...—, I advocate doubting yourself whether you correctly understood what you are about to get upset about, and to expend some effort to confirm this before you apply your effort on getting upset (though it is sooo much more fun to get upset over mountains instead of molehills). --◄mendel► 08:34, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
I like that distinction between benefit of the doubt and verifying that you have correctly interpreted — I suspect that each is appropriate in certain occasions.
For example, if I give someone I know well the benefit of the doubt, even if I'm wrong (e.g. they meant something less gracious), we will find it easier to get to a better place in our dialogue/relationship. In contrast, with someone I don't know, they haven't yet earned a true benefit-of-the-doubt, but I can still take time to ensure I understood their point/intent. If I'm wrong, I have left open the possibility of beginning a good dialogue/relationship.
And your point about more fun to get upset over mountains instead of molehills — alas, some find it just as much fun to get upset over the molehills.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 17:17, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
Yes, that's what I meant - to not get upset may often be best — but it really only works if I can forget the matter myself. If it threatens to nag at me and come out later, it needs to be addressed and clarified.
We do need to adress molehills, too - but we won't nuke them from orbit. ;-)
It's a pity so few Guildwikians like to discuss these issues nowadays. --◄mendel► 17:55, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

Dungeon Fighter Online[]

This time, you've probably heard of this game already. Imagine Golden Axe with better gameplay, better graphics, and online multiplayer. linky It doesn't even require a twitter or facebook account this time! And there's a demo.--Łô√ë Gigathrash sig G.jpgîğá†ħŕášħ 09:54, 24 April 2011 (UTC)

You are attempting to access Dungeon Fighter Online from outside of our service area, which includes the United States and Canada only. You will not be able to Start the game. :-( --◄mendel► 21:03, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
D:--Łô√ë Gigathrash sig G.jpgîğá†ħŕášħ 21:12, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
Ohio, I knew it! ∵Scythe∵ 21:54, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
Hope they'll have it stretch to Europe for you to play as well... Ariyen 22:29, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
Well, if the game gets European servers, it still means I won't be able to play it with Gigathrash. :( --◄mendel► 23:09, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
Oh, no way to get in the same server? Ariyen 01:21, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
You can serve the entire world out of one server/cloud if you want, but the physical distance the data has to travel at that point makes it easier to set up/lease servers around the world so your customers don't complain about latency issues and slowness. It's possible, and the best option if you don't have the money for multiple servers, but spreading them out is better. ∵Scythe∵ 01:37, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

Firefox 4[]

Are you using it? I'm starting to wean myself away from the ctrl-E/search bar by taking advantage of the Awesome Bar (which used to mean the best place to get a proper dry martini). But I'm having trouble dealing with the re-purposing of the status bar. I liked being able to always look in the same place for status type data (links, references, useful tools for add-ons (status, menus)...). FF4 seems to be using some other paradigm that I can't seem to grasp: sometimes links are shown next to the mouse, sometimes in a hard-to-read color near the status bar (sometimes left, sometimes right). The status bar is harder for me to see compared to e.g. the find bar.

Anyhow, my QQs aside, do you (or anyone kibitzing on this page) have any stupid FF4 tricks that make these growing pains worth converting all my machines to FF4? For this kind of trouble, I'm seriously considering Chrome or Opera (i.e. other browsers that support NoScript, AdBlocker Plus, and decent cookie/supercookie managers). Thanks.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 20:16, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

I've been using FF4 for less then a month now, and the lack of a bottom bar is really, really annoying. It kills my plugins that used it, and I am incapable of turning it on, even though I know that there must be some way because I can edit the damn things location, but it disappears as soon as I stop.--Łô√ë Gigathrash sig G.jpgîğá†ħŕášħ 20:24, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
The add-on icons have moved to the Add-on Bar (can be set to always show from View→Toolbars→Add-on Bar).
I just found a bottom-bar replacement called Status-4-Evar (stupid name, but strong reviews).  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 20:32, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
Yah, after posting that I went out and found that one too, so now I have twitter again, although echofon isn't fully compatible so I have to manually update, but I don't think mendel has to worry about something like that.--Łô√ë Gigathrash sig G.jpgîğá†ħŕášħ 00:01, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
I've been using FF4 for uhh, somewhere around three months now. Apptabs are seriously useful given the space they save in the active tabs bar, but a huge pain if you frequently restart the browser (as it takes ages for FF to load multiple tabs at once). Tab groups are ehh, if you want to hide Gwiki rc at school, just throw it in a different group and use another for school stuff, pro tab hiding is pro ;). As for links, mine always display next to the mouse, the status bar (the thing that displays connection/loading/transferring data) went completely chrome, and is annoying to find permanently if you don't keep the addon bar (which I don't). Yours is probably a bug if the situation is different, and FF4 installs have proven to be very irritatingly buggy for me. Updating from 3->4 deleted all my addons, but a few of them stayed active, despite my inability to find them anywhere on my hard drive (program files nor appdata stored them). This locked out re-installing them, as they were there (code sensed as active?) but not there, I ended up using the uninstaller to correct this, losing my bookmarks and apptabs. The no tab saving is also a pain, though you can turn that back on with about:config -> search: "browser.tabs.warnOnClose" -> set to "true". All in all, I like FF4 for being modern, I dislike it for changing many familiar, should-be-default configurations. ∵Scythe∵ 01:48, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
If I understood you correctly, Scythe, you've said that FF4 is more like Chrome and that I should stick with FF3.x for as long as possible. (I don't need tab-groups; I find that opening multiple FF instances does the same job more compactly for me.)
I do like the new keyword search (define my own searches!) and Status-4-Evar seems to be as stable as any other add-on in providing me with the data I want to see regularly. Now, if I can only find out why closing all my tabs doesn't stop close plug-in containers and doesn't return allocated memory, I'll be all set.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 02:47, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
Flibby-flobbily, timey wimey bits.--Łô√ë Gigathrash sig G.jpgîğá†ħŕášħ 03:00, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
Speaking of which! Pond and the new Who and Elizbeth Corday! Plus: a horrific combination of Ood and Blink. There have been better season openers in the franchise, but not that many.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 03:10, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
Giga: define your own search? Opera's had that for ages! I've had a guildwiki search in opera linked to "gw SEARCH TERM" (much like the standard google search is "g ") since a few months after I registered here.--TalkpageEl_Nazgir 10:22, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
Both FF4 + FF3 have that, it's got a few defaults (called quick terms or something else?) can't remember if they just went to the site or seached it, I just know g was google and f was facebook, or something like that.
@TEF, if you don't care about the modern look of ff4, don't care for or want tabs on top, or if you just are happy with FF3, then stay. I moved to FF4 for the omagad of HTML5 and tabs on top. Everything else is just extra goodies/grrs. (There's also probably a way to drop the tab from the active cache when closed in config, haven't explored it really, yet.) The only downsides to staying with ff3 are a decline in addon compatibility, and a lack of HTML5 support. ∵Scythe∵ 19:33, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

Trader of Stories[]

Trader of Stories is a short Flash adventure. It is neither long nor difficult. It is, however, very beautifully made, and if you do like stories, you will not regret playing it. Tip: Do not fail to step on the mayor's porch. --◄mendel► 00:23, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Is someone from kongregate reading this? They just made this game "badge of the day". --◄mendel► 13:30, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Since the edit was here, I'll respond here[]

"why is it that you get miffed over on UA for me not willing to educate you on wiki etiquette over and over?"

Was that a joke? I wanted you to leave; not follow me around, ever with a WoT at the ready. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 14:54, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

I sent you an email (two, actually) yesterday; did you receive them? If so, I can send you one on this as well. --◄mendel► 16:45, 29 April 2011 (UTC)
I've experienced issues signing into Hotmail over the last number of hours, I checked now and they're there. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 23:06, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

Well, I found a link you'd be interested in.[] there it is, in all of its glory. ∵Scythe∵ 03:08, 12 May 2011 (UTC)

suppliment: wp:W3Schools#Problems_with_W3Schools ∵Scythe∵ 03:27, 12 May 2011 (UTC)

Your links suggest that using w3schools as your only resource to learn web design may be a bad idea. I already knew that, but for other reasons: their information is short and less thorough than other resources, even when it is correct. So I don't use w3schools a lot, even though it is very highly rated by search engines. For definitive info (i.e. when I need more than a syntax example), I mostly google the specs (adding TR to the search terms often helps finding the specifications) or use - they also have a wiki now, but of course it's a German resource. --◄mendel► 07:08, 12 May 2011 (UTC)
<meta name="Keywords" content="xml,tutorial,html,dhtml,css,xsl,xhtml,javascript,asp,ado,vbscript,dom,sql,colors,soap,php,authoring,programming,training,learning,beginner's guide,primer,lessons,school,howto,reference,examples,samples,source code,tags,demos,tips,links,FAQ,tag list,forms,frames,color table,w3c,cascading style sheets,active server pages,dynamic html,internet,database,development,Web building,Webmaster,html guide" /> 
<meta name="Description" content="Free HTML XHTML CSS JavaScript DHTML XML DOM XSL XSLT RSS AJAX ASP ADO PHP SQL tutorials, references, examples for web building." />

-w3schools homepage source. basically, anything related to the internet and web-'compatible' languages, learning, tutorials, or guides, they have "tagged" their pages with, they're going to be ranked high, all that means is they have a good SEO.

if by may, you mean a horrible choice, than yes, they do suggest that. I like HTMLdog far more (and so do they). w3's main problem now is publishing false browse specs, and having outdated content. ∵Scythe∵ 22:33, 12 May 2011 (UTC)

I found an article you might be interested in[]

"Scholarship: How to Do It Efficiently" is a collection of resources (especially if you also consider the comments) that help you find out what you want to know if it's important enough to you to get a thorough understanding of the subject (i.e. if Wikipedia is not enough). --◄mendel► 20:44, 14 May 2011 (UTC)

You should know better... (and I should have not derailed...or at least done a better job of it)[]

You should know better than to change someone attributed text. I thought that the particular person being referenced would be clue enough that what looked like a tpyo might have been intentional. (Obviously, the joke fell short, since it left the impression that anyone was claiming Colbert's book as the source of the quote. The point was that someone like the big Steve would argue that only an author who was a commie-symp, a red, an enemy of the state could make a claim to universal dignity and brotherhood.). My apologies for derailing your point, that Jefferson and the Jeffersonians behind the UN's modern update of the Declaration of Indepenence would approve of democratic wiki its YAV policies.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 15:31, 20 May 2011 (UTC)

I'm sorry, I didn't get the joke at all. (Still don't.) But then, I didn't consult my sprit guide on this. I get that you were "channeling" Colbert; just to be sure that I didn't miss an actual intended reference, I searched the book, and I smirked at the fact that dignity wasn't to be found inside it - which is probably appropriate for Colbert. ;)
I don't want to reduce the idea to YAV (and the page isn't concerned with it). Also, I'm now unsure whether "Indepenence" is an intentional typo, not to speak of the grammar anomaly that follows. --◄mendel► 05:30, 21 May 2011 (UTC)
So you're saying you're a...a LADY WRESTLER?!? ∵Scythe∵ 20:32, 21 May 2011 (UTC)
No, Scythe, I'm Zero Mostel. --◄mendel► 07:44, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
The famous LADY WRESTLER?!? Zero Mostel?!?--Łô√ë Gigathrash sig G.jpgîğá†ħŕášħ 07:45, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
"Comedy toniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!" Jink 12:36, 22 May 2011 (UTC)

Sigh. I'm sorry I inserted the comment (probably no longer worth the explanation unless inquiring minds really care). My should know point above: there are good reasons to avoid editing someone else's attributed text (not, at least, without asking them about it).
(As it turns out, the text above included spelling/grammar typos because I was lazy in proof-reading; they were unintended. For now, gonna leave them there since they aren't doing any harm.)
(As it turns out (the sequel), Mendel's point is probably funnier than mine could have been: no dignity in the referenced book.)  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 02:36, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
"there are good reasons" -- yes, if you expect that instead of just reverting the well-intentioned edit, they kick up a fuss about it, you shouldn't. ;-P --◄mendel► 05:04, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
silliness aside, I'm saying that well-intentioned edits are paternalistic rather than truly helpful. Sure, fix syntax errors, undo vandalism. The thing is we don't know what the author was thinking when they posted and we can ask them. In the meantime, no lasting harm has been done. It doesn't happen often, but probably 40-50% of the times that people have edited my attributed text, they have altered my intended meaning/goal; the burden shouldn't be on the contributor to educate people, it ought to be on the good Samaritan to ask first.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 06:58, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
To the unasked-for correction, the alternative is not "ask first", the alternative is "don't do it": if I have the opportunity to correct a misspelling on my own edit and hopefully not draw public attention to the fact that I'm correcting you, I can do that with no effort; to go to your talk,ask you about the correction, thus drawing attention to it, in a way that will not offend you, is way more effort than it's worth to make you look good (and may actually look worse than if I hadn't).
So it's either "correct unasked", with a revert expected if the "mistake" was intentional (it is ok to draw attention to it then, and in fact helpful), or don't correct. And if you make correcting you not worth the effort either, well... --◄mendel► 07:40, 22 May 2011 (UTC)

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I appreciate the good intentions, but the issue is that it's my name that appears underneath the text. I would much prefer the text to go uncorrected than someone to misinterpret what I meant (including deliberate tPyos). I would much prefer that someone call attention to the error than to guess wrong. In the last two days, two people have adjusted words directly attributed to me... and in both cases, they altered something about what I was trying to accomplish. (In neither case, was it a big deal, but it's happened that people have fixed my text...or someone else's... and completely changed the meaning.)

I understand that others might prefer that their own text be treated on a edit-first--deal-with-consequences-later basis, but that is not my preference. I hope that does not mean that I won't have the benefit of your copy-editing and rhetorical-technique-editing skills. However, I would rather give that up for 99% of any potential corrections/suggestions than have even a 1% chance that my intent gets confused. Thanks.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 17:25, 22 May 2011 (UTC)