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--Brian McNeil / talk 16:02, 9 January 2006 (UTC)
Suspicious edits 
Talk Page Archives 
I archive my talk pages so that they can be easily viewed and questions quickly answered.
Dispute resolution with Mrmiscellanious 
Hi Jason.... informal dispute resolution was attempted with MrM four weeks ago. This is basically where all parties of a dispute make a statement, then respond to other statements, the community provides input, and everybody works together to try and achieve consensus on a resolution. Dispute resolution is not a formal process, and there are no sanctions, it is just where the community comes together to discuss something that has become a problem. Mrmiscellanious refused to participate. Prior to that the dispute simmered for months, with numerous attempts to find a solution on talk pages, water cooler, WN:ALERT, etc. Cartman only resorted to the Arbcon when Mrmiscellanious erected a brick-wall between himself and the community, refusing to speak to anyone about problems that were obvious to all. I agree that Arbcon is less than ideal, but I see no other options. Feel free to leave a message on my talk page if you have any questions or comments about this. - Borofkin 01:00, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
- Hi Jason... so do you acknowledge that significant attempts at community-based dispute resolution were made prior to the problem being brought to the Arbcon? People keep repeating this, but you don't seem to have addressed it. - Borofkin 01:56, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply Jason. I didn't ask if you were aware of the issue, or if arbcon should be allowed to de-admin, or any of the other things you have said on my talk page. I realise that the first you heard of this dispute was when it appeared on Arbcon. I realise that you don't support Arbcon, and I realise that you think that Arbcon should not be permitted to de-admin a user. My question was very specific: do you acknowledge that significant attempts at community-based dispute resolution were made prior to the problem being brought to the Arbcon? - Borofkin 02:08, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
- Fair enough. So my question now is: what else should have been done, besides Wikinews:Dispute resolution/Users Borofkin, Mrmiscellanious, and others, to involve the community? The purpose of Wikinews:Dispute resolution is to "expose the issue to a larger audience". Wikinews:Dispute resolution is the standard way to seek the help of the wider community to resolve a dispute, and has been for a long time. It was publicised on the water cooler, and on the talk page of all involved parties. What else could we have done? - Borofkin 02:18, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
It's possible that we could make an effort to publicise disputes more widely, however it could get cumbersome. Consider Wikipedia:Requests for mediation and Wikipedia:Requests for comment. As Wikinews grows, there will be more disputes, and we can't put links to them all on the nav bar or on the Workspace. However, if you think it is a worthwhile idea, you should propose it on the water-cooler. Anything that helps resolve disputes before they reach the Arbcom is a good thing. - Borofkin 02:38, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
Jason Safoutin 01:35, 6 April 2006 (UTC)
- Editing archived version to remove talk page from WN:MA. Dispute is clearly over. :) irid:t 17:17, 6 August 2007 (UTC)
Hi Jason... are you sure that was a vandal? Looks like a valid correction to me.... - Borofkin 02:47, 7 April 2006 (UTC)
- Indeed you are corect...I clciked on the wrong link, and MrM had gotton it. Sorry. Jason Safoutin
why do you welcome IP adresses ? 
Hi Jason, why do you welcome IP adresses,it's strange ? You seem to favore anonymous users !, i do not think it's a good idea Jacques Divol 08:43, 7 April 2006 (UTC)
Regarding my RfA 
Jason, thanks again for all your hard work on the hotel articles. I think you've been really under-appreciated for that. Also, thanks for your support on my RfA. I know the community will support an adminship on your behalf once the political stuff blows over here. Thanks again. :) irid:t 22:35, 10 April 2006 (UTC)
I find this and some more quite offensive:
"On the "baby" part: Internation was being a baby and was attempting to force his POV and opinions on not just MrM but everyone invloved in that article. It was not a personal attack, but a statement of truth.
On the "not fit for Wikinews" part: International was attempting to incite violence, and or edit warring. His actions on the talk page and article in question are not fit for Wikinews, especially if one cannot follow WN:NPOV. International seems to hae an issue with that, even when voting for administrators on WN:A. "
I advise you to be less confrontativ and agressive in the future and to try to understand the policys you constantly refering to. Looking forward to enjoy the editing of a kinder Dragonfire international 19:56, 11 April 2006 (UTC)
Why does Wikinews protect old news? 
I just wanna add some news to category, so people can find them with ease. — Yaohua2000 21:13, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
- See the Wikinews:Archive conventions
184.108.40.206Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 21:23, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
Thank you 
you are my fst contact here on wiknews english; please help when i have problms? Yrtsihpos 22:42, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
ok; i thought miscelanos made mistake becaus he says trial transcript is news? I am confuzed. Yrtsihpos 20:19, 14 April 2006 (UTC)
- why didn't you tell me? is it too late to vote now? Yrtsihpos 01:37, 15 April 2006 (UTC)
thanks from Dto1138 
Thanks for your feedback man! And thanks for making me feel welcome at wikinews. Dto1138 22:38, 15 April 2006 (UTC)
Possible sabatoge involving Requests for Administrators. 
What a nice link I came across. http://www.needlenose.com/node/view/2161/30747
Notice the "IMPORTANT RECRUITMENT DRIVE" under the article...This is my favorite quote:
Posted by Anonymous.
Hmmm...and personal attacks have moved off Wikinews now...not that we can do anything about it here: (also from http://www.needlenose.com/node/view/2161/30747 )
Also this one from: http://www.haloscan.com/comments.php?user=crooks&comment=7421#535766
Posted by Cowicide...wonder if its Wikinews's same Cowicide?? hmm.
Another from a Cowicide at: indymedia:
Even has a link directly to the water cooler.
All other "quotes" are posted by "anonymous". Jason Safoutin 21:07, 17 April 2006 (UTC)
- Intresting, I will have a good look at each link in the morning. gnight Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 12:12, 17 April 2006 (UTC)
Standoff article 
Thanks for your help with the sources. I've edited Wikipedia plenty, but I'm new over here. Osgoodelawyer 22:23, 17 April 2006 (UTC)
- I'm not sure that's POV. It hasn't gotten much attention outside of Hamilton, despite the situation having gone on for seven weeks. It is a relevant fact. Also, how would one remove the link to a source listed in the template? The Dominion link does not go to the right place. Osgoodelawyer 22:32, 17 April 2006 (UTC)
- You are correct, but the way it was worded it was a little POV...I did however; add that back in there with the factual note of the injunction, which enforces the fact :) Jason Safoutin 22:37, 17 April 2006 (UTC)