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Current disputes Information

2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war

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Filed by Steverci on 01:09, 17 December 2020 (UTC).

Have you discussed this on a talk page?

Nissan S30 Berliet_T100

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Filed by Avi8tor on 06:47, 7 January 2021 (UTC).

Hasmonean dynasty

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Filed by ImTheIP on 09:32, 7 January 2021 (UTC).

Vitalik Buterin

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Filed by HocusPocus00 on 20:34, 9 January 2021 (UTC).

Have you discussed this on a talk page?

Yes, I have discussed this issue on a talk page already.

Location of dispute

Users involved

Dispute overview

Vitalik Buterin is the founder of Ethereum, a blockchain and cryptocurrency platform. Reliable sources have stated that it is the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization behind Bitcoin and the most actively used blockchain.

The following edit was made to the Vitalik Buterin article: "In 2014, Buterin launched Ethereum, which has become one of the most actively used blockchains in the world and the second-largest cryptocurrency platform by market capitalization." It included cites to Bloomberg and Fortune articles which supported those facts. Two editors deleted the second portion of the sentence that it was the "second-largest" and "most active", stating in the edit summary that it was a promotional edit. [1] [2] The initial editor who added the content has argued against the deletion, stating that it is not promotional, as it is written in the NPOV, supported by facts and reliable sources, and illustrates why the subject of the article (Vitalik Buterin) is notable.

Relevant cites:

How have you tried to resolve this dispute before coming here?

Yes, relevant discussion as well as a summary of arguments is here: Talk:Vitalik_Buterin#LEDE_promote

How do you think we can help resolve the dispute?

Is the sentence "In 2014, Buterin launched Ethereum, which has become one of the most actively used blockchains in the world and the second-largest cryptocurrency platform by market capitalization." promotional or is it appropriate to include in the Vitalik Buterin article?

Summary of dispute by Ladislav Mecir

Please keep it brief - less than 2000 characters if possible, it helps us help you quicker.
  1. In contrast to HocusPocus00, I do not think that the questioned edit illustrates well why Vitalik Buterin is notable.
  2. The claim that Ethereum was the "most actively used blockchain" can indeed be found in one of the cited sources, but it surely isn't a fact. The answer to the question "Which blockchain is the most actively used?" is subjective and depends on the criterium used. Note that an objective criterium may be one of: the number of transactions recorded per a time unit, the quantity of information recorded per a time unit, the transacted value (expressed, e.g. in USD) per a time unit or some other, entirely different quantitative measure of blockchain use. Even if an objective criterium was used as suggested by WP:NPOV, it would not be a permanent characteristic, i.e. it would require some additional information when...
  3. The claim that "Ethereum is the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization" is not a fact when presented this way, as the respective source confirms, saying that Ethereum just became the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization at the time the aricle was written, i.e. that it was not the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization before. This confirms that the second "characteristic" is not permanent as written.
  4. It is not true that the information contained in the claim is confirmed by two reliable sources. In fact, the information is a synthesis of two distinct sources, without being, in the presented form, present in any of them. Ladislav Mecir ( talk) 15:21, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

Summary of dispute by Jtbobwaysf

This article is subject of WP:GS/Crypto and editors that frequent this space such as myself and David Gerard ( talk · contribs) we spend a lot of time clamping down on WP:PROMO edits. The relatively new user that opened this DRN is almost solely editing cryptocurrency articles (which in itself is fine). However, many of the edits are promotional and this user tends to WP:BLUDGEON the process as far as I have noticed. The user is very fixated on adding rankings of cryptocurrencies and we had a long discussion of it here Talk:Ethereum#Lede, at Talk:Uniswap#Rankings, and also at Talk:Cryptocurrency#Biased_list_of_altcoins. The theme of the disputed edits has been that a few of us find the edits to be promotional and often focused on the Lede rather than the body of the article. From a practical level, cryptocurrency rankings change daily, and it would be an unreasonable amount of work to try to keep this up to date. I can understand we might add as-of values and rankings to a historical section (not the lede), but this has not been discussed with this user that I recall, again it is almost always about the lede.

Note, I eventually conceded at the Uniswap article as I found it interesting that the subject seems to be #1 ranked, and that led to its notability (the article is otherwise sparse). As for the Ethereum rankings (by proxy the subject of this DR, but not directly) we can also see that sometimes Tether (cryptocurrency) is also ranked #1 see bloomber saying tether is #1 However, the ranking notability of the Ethereum is not salient to this BLP article, and notability is easily established for Ethereum and Vitalik Buterin. It appears rather to be moving the dispute about rankings to yet another article for discussion. Note the user was quite unhappy relation to the now removed logos from Talk:Cryptocurrency which MrOllie ( talk · contribs) and Smallbones ( talk · contribs) also wanted them deleted. I have written too much, but in summary this is an issue where we are trying to stop promontionaism in the cryptocurrency areas of wikipedia. Comments welcome on our approach. Thanks! Jtbobwaysf ( talk) 13:53, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

Vitalik Buterin discussion

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  • Volunteer Note - The filing party has not yet notified the other editors. Robert McClenon ( talk) 21:34, 9 January 2021 (UTC)
  • Filing Editor Note - Notice has now been posted on each editors Talk page. HocusPocus00 ( talk) 06:12, 10 January 2021 (UTC)

References

  1. ^ "Vitalik Buterin". Wikipedia. 31 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Vitalik Buterin". Wikipedia. 2 January 2021.
  • Comment: I've placed a comment on the article Talk page. Deb ( talk) 18:57, 11 January 2021 (UTC)
  • I think the fact that they are "a dime a dozen" is exactly the point the other users are trying to make - that individual references may support your view but are likely both to vary and to change over a short period of time. They would also argue that your narrative was not neutral. Deb ( talk) 14:55, 14 January 2021 (UTC)
  • I've proposed adding typical WP:ASOF language as a compromise, but the other two editors have said no. I'm willing again to add this information as a compromise if the other editors agree. Ethereum has been the second-largest cryptocurrency for the past 3+ years so I don't think this is even really needed. If the facts change, editors can update the article based on WP:RS's. Wikipedia covers current events and edits articles as information changes. I think their argument is akin to "Who is going to update the Donald Trump article when he is no longer the President of the United States?" HocusPocus00 ( talk) 04:07, 15 January 2021 (UTC)

PragerU

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Filed by Noteduck on 07:40, 11 January 2021 (UTC).

Have you discussed this on a talk page?

Yes, I have discussed this issue on a talk page already.

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Users involved

Dispute overview

Unflattering facts repeatedly questioned and deleted, result is false balance and whitewashing by omission. "Critiques of videos" Prager controversies repeatedly deleted:

Comment on content, not contributors. Robert McClenon ( talk) 05:47, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

The 3 eds often deleting material- Springee, Shinealittlelight and Hipal (formerly User:Ronz)-have edited this page since May 2017(Hipal/Ronz) [7], (Feb 2019) Shinealittlelight [8], Sep 2019 (Springee) [9] Hipal clearly has preoccupation with editing [[PragerU and Dennis Prager pages. Their talk page history has many mentions of PragerU,eg one of many here [10] [11] Nearly 200 edits of PragerU page by Hipal (and 100+ on Dennis Prager page) much of it revs of new material. False balance is real problem. I contend there's partisan desire to remove unflattering facts. Can provide much more relevant evidence from talk page + archives

How have you tried to resolve this dispute before coming here?

  • Arbitration request, which was premature and I apologise,arbitrators suggested going to DRB [12]
  • attempt at BRD compromise, but I maintain result was very unsatisfactory [13]
  • endless to and fro on page, see [14]
  • many revisions, counter-revisions eg [15]

How do you think we can help resolve the dispute?

This page is unsalvageable - there is endless debate about what is due weight for inclusion, what sources are reliable, why material shouldn't be included. I believe result is status quo stonewalling, misunderstanding of consensus policy, whitewashing of PragerU controversies by omission. I believe mediators will agree when presented with full range of evidence. I believe controversial page like this have full admin protection if consensus cannot be reached, which unfortunately is likely

Summary of dispute by Shinealittlelight

I'm happy to participate, but I don't see a content proposal here. Shinealittlelight ( talk) 00:05, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

Summary of dispute by Springee

Please keep it brief - less than 2000 characters if possible, it helps us help you quicker.

I agree with Hipal. Coming here with the assumption that a content dispute is due to issues other than RS, WEIGTH etc will make it hard to reach an amicable resolution. Springee ( talk) 18:19, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

Summary of dispute by MasterTriangle12

This dispute is about what is considered DUE and what is considered a RS. There are many specific additions that are caught up in this but it is primarily a dispute about whether criticism of the content produced by PragerU from widely respected sources is notable enough to be added to the page. PragerU is a highly controversial entity and has garnered massive criticism for their content, I do not believe that the extent of this should be diminished on their Wikipedia page. The addition I was attempting to make was a single sentence in the introduction referencing the large amount of criticism that has been levied at PragerU for the content they produce, the discussion of this is found here. In this discussion the only reasonable issues I (self) identified was a possible problem with synthesis since I was making the claim that criticism was widespread by referencing several respectable sources, although a few specifically mentioned the claim I was synthesising, and the wording possibly being too harsh. But these were not why it was blocked, there was a belief that all the sources were either of "low quality" or their commentary could not be used due to bias, I believed the claims to that effect were poorly supported, but my refutation of these claims was barely engaged with. I have only had a little engagement with some of the other content discussions that were mentioned by Noteduck, but despite the different content it seems the disputes are very similar in scope and extent. MasterTriangle12 ( talk) 05:27, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

Summary of dispute by Hipal

Please keep it brief - less than 2000 characters if possible, it helps us help you quicker.

I'm not sure if I'll participate if Noteduck cannot more closely follow our behavioral policies. I've found it an incredible waste of time to try to educate new editors on content policy when behavior policy is not being followed first. If Noteduck's opening comments here are not heavily refactored, I don't see how we can make any progress. Wikipedia is not a battleground, and witchhunts tend to end poorly.

So far, what I can make of the dispute is that a new editor, Noteduck, is unhappy with the PragerU and related articles, and is having a very difficult time understanding how Wikipedia works (eg the roles of admins, what are reliable sources, how to work to create consensus).

I'm happy to refactor this statement to more focus on the content issues, but at this point I don't see how we can move beyond behavior. -- Hipal ( talk) 17:47, 11 January 2021 (UTC)-- Hipal ( talk) 17:47, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

PragerU discussion

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First statement by moderator (Prager)

As we and the arbitrators have agreed, I will mediate this dispute. This does not mean that I will decide on content; I will not decide on content, which will be decided in one of two ways by consensus. I will address one comment by the filing party up front. The filing party writes: "I believe controversial page like this have full admin protection if consensus cannot be reached, which unfortunately is likely". The article will not be locked. Wikipedia doesn't work that way. We will try to achieve consensus in either of two ways. The preferred way is by compromise. The alternate way is by a Request for Comments.

Read the usual rules. I will repeat some of them. Do not reply to each other, except in the space marked Back-and-forth discussion, and we will not necessarily pay any attention to back-and-forth discussion. Reply to me and to the community (and I am the spokesman for the community and for the arbitrators). Be civil and concise. Some of the statements made have been too long to understand. Very long statements may make the poster feel better, but they do not clarify the issues. Comment on content, not contributors. The purpose of this discussion is to improve the article, so we will talk about the article.

Do not edit the article while discussion is in progress. (If you edit the article while discussion is in progress, I may request that you be partially blocked, locked from editing the article.)

Each editor is asked to state, in one paragraph, what they either want changed in the article or what they want left the same. If you need more than one paragraph to say how you want to improve the article, you may create a subpage, or you may explain on your talk page. Keep your statements here concise. Make your statements in First statements by editors. Be civil and concise. Robert McClenon ( talk) 18:49, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

Collapsed to save space. Robert McClenon ( talk) 19:48, 18 January 2021 (UTC)

First statements by editors (Prager)

The bare bones of my complaint are that that this page is a whitewashing of controversial aspects of PragerU by omission. For ease of reading I won't add links to specific past talk page discussions or edit histories at this point but will happily do so upon request. I believe core issues here are false balance, status quo stonewalling and misuse of principles of undue weight and consensus - yes I have read said principles. Inclusion of material in the "critiques of videos" section of PragerU seems completely arbitrary. References to Prager vid on Douglas Murray greatly shortened without basis. References to PragerU vids with Owen Benjamin removed unjustly. References to PragerU Robert E. Lee vid removed unjustly. References to PragerU links to far-right removed without basis. "Reception" and "critiques of videos" far too short. Note that "Conflicts with YouTube and Facebook" subheading more sympathetic to Prager is 7290 characters (493 words) (per character count tool). By contrast "critiques of videos" section is just 3635 characters (370 words), "reception" is 5121 characters (465 words). Sources removed include references to:

And yes, I note that SOME material from Tripodi's reports has survived on the page, but too little. Good journalistic and academic sources removed on seemingly arbitrary basis - eg I can't see any reason why reference to Snopes is on PragerU page while above sources aren't. Only consistent feature of material removed is that it could be perceived as unflattering to PragerU. I fail to see why widely reported criticisms of PragerU from reliable journalistic or academic sources don't belong on this page. Removal of material so arbitrary that partisan bias only realistic basis. Looking forward to responses Noteduck ( talk) 00:26, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

Second statement by moderator (Prager)

User:Noteduck, User:Hipal - Both of you! Comment on content, not contributors. Discuss edits, not editors. A discussion at another noticeboard about another article is not important here. The purpose of this discussion is to improve the article in question, not to discuss other editors.

User:Noteduck - What you said above appears to be a long complaint. Can you state, in one paragraph, what you want changed or left the same? If you have a long list of changes, please create a subpage, or a section on your talk page. What do you want changed?

User:Hipal - What do you want changed, or left the same?

Robert McClenon ( talk) 23:06, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

Second statements by editors (Prager)

Third statement by moderator (Prager)

User:Noteduck - Your statement is one thousand words shorter than your statement to the ArbCom. It is still hard to tell what you want changed. We know that you think that there is false balance. We know that you either think that material should be removed or that material should be added. So: Put everything in bullet-point fashion. Make a list of items that you think should be changed. Put it in a form such as:

  • 1. Change X to Y.
  • 2. Delete A.
  • 3. Add B.

Put it in list form. Do not cite policies and guidelines. The objective is to improve the article, not to discuss how to improve articles in the future.

If you can't explain what specific changes you want made, the rest of us can't figure out what changes you want made. So provide a list of items. Robert McClenon ( talk) 05:44, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

Third statements by editors (Prager)

This is the minimum I believe needs to be done in terms of content:

  • restore paragraph on Douglas Murray "The Suicide of Europe" Prager vid in full
  • restore paragraph based on PragerU vid "The Charlottesville Lie" in full
  • restore material on PragerU platforming far-right activists
  • restore material based on Data & Society think tank in full
  • restore paragraph on Owen Benjamin vids
  • restore paragraph on Robert E. Lee vid

Note that this is without links to previous versions of the page or talk page content history, all of which can be provided on request. My other problem relates to ongoing problems on page regarding stonewalling, false balance, undue weight and consensus not being unanimity - but perhaps these are outside the scope of the current complaint Noteduck ( talk) 07:15, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

Fourth statement by moderator (Prager)

User:Noteduck has identified six specific items that they would like restored or added to the article. (It doesn't matter whether they were deleted or were never in the article.) If other editors agree to restore the material, then we have agreement. If not, then the question is whether Noteduck wants a multi-point RFC on whether to restore or add the items. Do you want an RFC on whether to restore the items?

User:Noteduck raises general questions about undue weight, false balance, and other concerns. We don't discuss such concerns in general form at DRN. Please see Be Specific at DRN. If you think that another editor's conduct is problematic, you can report them at a conduct forum, such as WP:ANI (but be careful going to conduct forums). Robert McClenon ( talk) 18:44, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

Fourth statements by editors (Prager)

Statement by Hipal

Without better indication of exactly what changes are being proposed and what discussion has been made around those changes, then I don't see how we can make any progress as far as content is concerned. This is basic consensus making. -- Hipal ( talk) 19:15, 12 January 2021 (UTC) .

Statement by Shinealittlelight

I agree with Hipal that "better indication of exactly what changes are being proposed" is needed, including proposed text and sourcing. If the paragraphs that Noteduck wants added were reverted, then please provide diffs. If they are new text, then please provide the proposed text with sources. Otherwise I have no idea what is being proposed, and I do not agree with Robert's statement that Noteduck has identified six specific items that they would like restored or added to the article. There is no specificity here as I see it, so I can't say whether I agree or not. There was a whirlwind of edits over the days before this drn case, and some proposals were made as compromises. So it's really hard to tell what Noteduck has in mind without specifics. Shinealittlelight ( talk) 20:00, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

Fifth statement by moderator (Prager)

Noteduck has asked to restore or add six items. Other editors have asked for details as to what the six items are. So Noteduck is requested to provide links showing exactly what the six items are. Diffs are not required, except that a diff is sometimes the best way to provide a link. Putting the six items on a subpage or in paragraphs on a user page or user talk page would be one way to do this. After the six items are provided, I will determine where we go from here. Robert McClenon ( talk) 20:23, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

Fifth statements by editors (Prager)

Statement by Noteduck

Note that I've added a seventh point - that a header for PragerU addressing its controversial nature be restored. The text underneath the following 7 subheadings has all been copied without any changes directly from the PragerU page history. I believe this is the MINIMUM I believe needs to be done. Virtually every one of these has been fought over extensively in the talk page or in reversals, so there may be a deluge of contestations.

  • Note 1: I've observed that (5) and (7) need to be amended. (5) should be amended as to all appearances PragerU was not aware of Benjamin's neo-Nazi tendencies when he made those videos and this should be mentioned. As for (7), the statement is accurate and a header is essential but additional sources need to be added. A bevy of good sources, both academic and non-academic, link Prager to the far-right [16], in addition to propaganda and disinformation, so there's no reason to restrict it to the one source. PragerU is extremely controversial and is a target of frequent criticism from journalistic and academic sources, and there's no reason to excise material just because it's unflattering.
  • Note 2: I suspect (6) might be most contested. Note that HillReporter is a journalistic source with editorship [17] and that several other sources reported similar things about the Robert E. Lee video [18] [19] [20]
1. Restore paragraph on Douglas Murray "The Suicide of Europe" Prager vid in full

A 2018 video about immigration to Europe presented by author Douglas Murray titled "The Suicide of Europe" drew criticism for purportedly "evok[ing] the common white nationalist trope of white genocide with its rhetoric of 'suicide' and 'annihilation'. [1] Mark Pitcavage, a fellow at the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, said that there was "almost certainly prejudice in the video" and that it was "filled with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric" but that the video wasn't fascist or white nationalist. [2] [3] The Southern Poverty Law Center described the video as a " dog whistle to the extreme right", [4] while Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times said the video "echoed some of the talking points of the alt-right". [5]

  • Revision as of 01:05, 7 January 2021 [21]. For discussion on talk page see

References

  1. ^ Kotch, Alex (27 December 2018). "Who funds PragerU's anti-Muslim content?". Sludge. Archived from the original on 8 November 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  2. ^ Kotch, Alex (27 December 2018). "Who funds PragerU's anti-Muslim content?". Sludge. Archived from the original on 8 November 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  3. ^ Bridge Initiative Team (17 March 2020). "Factsheet: PragerU". Bridge: a Georgetown University Initiative. Archived from the original on 4 November 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  4. ^ Brendan, Brendan Joel (7 June 2018). "PragerU's Influence". SPLC Southern Poverty Law Center. Archived from the original on 12 December 2020. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  5. ^ Halper, Evan (23 August 2019). "How a Los Angeles-based conservative became one of the internet's biggest sensations". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 18 December 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2021. Prager says he disavows the alt-right ideology that has gained ground in the Trump era, but the online lessons often echo some of the movement’s talking points. A video of Dinesh D’Souza, the right-wing author, opining on why Western cultures are superior to others has been viewed 4.7 million times, for example. Another, featuring Douglas Murray, the British author of several books about Europe and immigration, laments that North African and Middle Eastern immigrants have been permitted to destroy European culture by refusing to assimilate. It has 6.7 million views
2. Restore paragraph on video "The Charlottesville Lie" in full

The August 2018 video "The Charlottesville Lie" presented by CNN presenter Steve Cortes contested the claim that in the wake of the Unite the Right rally Donald Trump had used the phrase "very fine people on both sides" to refer to neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Cortes said in the video, which was later retweeted by Trump himself, that the media had committed "journalistic malfeasance" in reporting it as such. [1] Tim Murphy in Mother Jones called the video an attempt to "rewrite the History of Charlottesville", [2] while University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato bluntly rejected Cortes' notion, saying that "Anybody who tries to pretend that [Trump] wasn't encouraging the white nationalists is simply putting their head in the sand". [3] Dennis Prager himself contended in The Australian that Google placed the video on YouTube's restricted list within hours of it being uploaded in an act of politically motivated censorship. [4] Cortes ceased working for CNN in January 2020, saying that he was "forced out" of the network for making the PragerU video defending Trump. [5]

  • Revision as of 01:05, 7 January 2021 [22]

References

  1. ^ Wagner, John; Parker, Ashley (14 August 2019). "Trump shares controversial video recasting his Charlottesville comments". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2 December 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  2. ^ Murphy, Tim (3 September 2020). "Donald Trump and His Allies Are Trying to Rewrite the History of Charlottesville". Mother Jones. Archived from the original on 11 December 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  3. ^ Hawes, Spencer (7 August 2019). "Video Reopens Debate On Trump's Charlottesville Comments". News. Retrieved 6 January 2021. Text "VPM" ignored ( help)
  4. ^ Praeger, Dennis (8 August 2019). "Thou shalt have no other gods but Google". The Australian. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  5. ^ Brest, Mike (21 January 2020). "Trump defender says he was ousted by CNN for condemning 'the Charlottesville lie'". Washington Examiner. Archived from the original on 6 December 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
3. Restore material on PragerU platforming far-right activists

PragerU has drawn scrutiny for platforming controversial figures including the far-right activists Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos and Stefan Molyneux. [1] [2]

  • Revision as of 01:05, 7 January 2021 [23]

References

  1. ^ Krigel, Noah (2020). ""We're not the party to bitch and whine": Exploring US democracy through the lens of a college Republican club" (PDF). Interface: A Journal on Social Movements. 12 (1): 499. Retrieved 6 January 2021. Famous for its weekly five-minute videos which have garnered billions of views, PragerU argues that “the Left” is “akin to hate groups” (p. 39) and that mainstream media is untrustworthy. It also promotes white nationalist thought by far-right thinkers such as Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Stefan Molyneux (Tripodi, 2017).
  2. ^ Tripodi, Francesca (2018). "SEARCHING FOR ALTERNATIVE FACTS Analyzing Scriptural Inference in Conservative News Practices" (PDF). Data & Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 December 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
4. Restore material from Data & Society

/> PragerU's videos are often highly visible and accessible, with a report by the Data & Society Research Institute finding that a YouTube search for the keywords "social justice" returned a PragerU video that was highly critical of the concept as the first result. [1]

  • Revision as of 01:05, 7 January 2021 [24]

References

  1. ^ Lewis, Rebecca (2018). "Alternative Influence: Broadcasting the Reactionary Right on YouTube" (PDF). Data & Society Research Institute. p. 31. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 December 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
5. Restore, but alter material about PragerU's videos with Owen Benjamin

PragerU produced two videos featuring comedian, conspiracy monger, and holocaust denier Owen Benjamin in spring 2018. One video has Benjamin suggesting that right-wingers not argue with left-wingers. Varied parties have criticized PragerU for spreading Benjamin's views, including conservative writer Bethany Mandel and writers at Media Matters and the Southern Poverty Law Center. [1] [2] By early 2019, the videos had accumulated over five million views. [3]

  • Revision as of 02:38, 19 November 2020 (view source) (thank) [25]. For discussion on talk page

References

  1. ^ Mandel, Bethany (8 April 2019). "How did conservative comedian Owen Benjamin became a darling of the 'alt-right'?". Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
  2. ^ G, Cristina López (4 February 2019). "PragerU YouTube video features bigoted conspiracy theorist Owen Benjamin". Media Matters for America.
  3. ^ February 12, Jared Holt (12 February 2019). "Owen Benjamin: Another 'Red Pill' Overdose Victim". Right Wing Watch. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= ( help)
6. Restore material about PragerU's Robert E. Lee video

In November 2020, PragerU uploaded a video titled "Who was Robert E. Lee?" in which it defended the historical legacy of the Confederate leader Robert E. Lee and criticized attempts to remove monuments dedicated to him. Brandon Gage of Hill Reporter called the video an "overtly racist jumble of propaganda and historical whitewashing" and objected to the video's claim that Lee should be celebrated for his role in suppressing the slave revolt led by John Brown in 1859. [1] As of January 2021 the video is no longer available on PragerU's website or YouTube, but remains available in an archived form at the Wayback Machine. [26]

  • Note that while this wording is mine [27] this was not unilateral but a synthesis of contributions by myself and other editors on the talk page, see [28]

References

7. Restore, but reword header including some of the criticisms frequently directed at PragerU

The company has been frequently criticised for the content they produce, being accusing of flawed historical revisionism, propagandistic teaching style, and misrepresentation of facts and concepts. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

References

  1. ^ Molloy, Parker. "PragerU relies on a veneer of respectability to obscure its propagandist mission". Media Matters for America. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference SPLC2 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference :4 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference :5 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference Tripodi2 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference motherjones2 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  7. ^ Cite error: The named reference :1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference LATimes2019 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
Statement by Shinealittlelight

Maybe we can take these one at a time?

The first item (the one about Murray) misquotes Pitcavage, fails to summarize the Murray video under discussion, and uses a redundant Bridge reference. Kotch is also apparently misquoted, and the quote of Kotch's opinion is not attributed to him. I do not think that the opinion of Kotch, a mostly unknown journalist writing for a website ("Sludge") that few people have heard of, is DUE. So I think the quote from him--even if it were corrected to be an accurate quote and attributed--should not be included. Finally, the proposed content misquotes Halper's piece in LAT. It never says "echoed some of the talking points of the alt-right". Those words do not occur in the piece. We need to be careful to understand how quotation marks work! On the talk page, I had suggested the following version in light of these points:

A 2018 video by Douglas Murray argued that North African and Middle Eastern immigrants have been permitted to destroy European culture by refusing to assimilate.[LAT] Mark Pitcavage, a fellow at the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, said that although he does not regard the video as being fascist or white nationalist, there was "certainly prejudice inherent in the video" and that it was "filled with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric."[SLUDGE] The SPLC described the video as a "dog whistle to the extreme right."[SPLC]

Shinealittlelight ( talk) 13:06, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

The second item (about the Cortes video). This is awkwardly written. It slightly mischaracterizes Cortes's claim about "journalistic malfeasance" (the piece in this context refers only to neo-Nazis, not white supremacists). It attributes the headline of the MJ piece to the author of the piece; this is just incorrect since authors rarely write their own headlines. In fact, the MJ piece says very little about the video itself; it just characterizes the video as a part of a broader attempt on the part of Trump's allies to "delegitimize “the media,” defend his most militant supporters, and cast the president’s opponents as violent radicals." The quote from Sabato does not refer to Cortes specifically, but says that "Anybody who tries to pretend that he wasn't encouraging the white nationalists is simply putting their head in the sand." Our previous source does not have Cortes talking about "white nationalists" but only about "neo-Nazis". Are we to assume that these are the same? Seems SYNTHy to me. The reference to Prager is a primary source; the Washington Examiner is not RS. I'm not opposed to including something about the Cortes video, but this proposal is a non-starter. Shinealittlelight ( talk) 13:41, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

The third item (about platforming alt-right figures) uses two sources, one by Kriegal and the D&S piece by Tripodi. The Kriegal piece simply refers to the Tripodi piece, so it is redundant. The Tripodi piece never says that PragerU "platformed" these figures. That's entirely made up. What it says is that "Prager’s amplification strategy also regularly promotes the ideas of white nationalist thinkers". I think what she's getting at is something our article already contains: her claim that there are "algorithmic connections" (whatever that means) between PragerU and the alt-right on Youtube. It seems to me that what Noteduck is trying to say here is just the same thing as this, which is already in the article. I do think that "algorithmic connections" could use some clarification. What Tripodi means is that Youtube's programming ends up suggesting alt-right videos to people who watch PragerU videos. I don't know why we don't just say that. Shinealittlelight ( talk) 13:53, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

The fourth item (about YouTube search results) seems to me more about YouTube than about PragerU. In any case, the proposal mischaracterizes the source. What the source says is The search results for “social justice,” for example, include a video from PragerU entitled “What is Social Justice?” hosted by Jonah Goldberg, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute ... In the video, he echoes libertarian critiques of social justice in the format of an educational video... Ok, so "highly critical" is not in the source, nor is "first result". Again, I don't know why this is due anyway, but if it is DUE, we have to accurately summarize the source, which basically just says that the Goldberg video came up one time when the author searched "social Justice" on YouTube. Shinealittlelight ( talk) 14:01, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

The fifth item (about Owen Benjamin) appeals to Media Matters, Jewish Telegraph Agency, and Rightwing Watch. This sourcing could hardly be weaker: these sources do not seem like RS for this content, and do not demonstrate that the material is DUE. Shinealittlelight ( talk) 14:05, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

The sixth item (about Lee) is not DUE, per the talk page. As explained there, the Hill Reporter (the proposed source for this content) does not appear to be RS, the author in question does not appear to have any particular expertise in this area: he holds a music degree. Finally, in any case, the site does not have a significant reputation, and is thus not able to establish DUE weight. Shinealittlelight ( talk) 14:09, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

The seventh item (an addition to the lead) is something we can return to after we finish the changes to the body. The lead should follow the body. Shinealittlelight ( talk) 14:11, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

Statement by Springee

I think Shinealittlelight really hit on the issues here. This isn't a case of good content kept out because editors just don't like it. In every case there was a reasonable amount of talk page discussion explaining issues with the content. Springee ( talk) 15:05, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

Since sourcing has come up as one of the issues, I will note there is an on going RSN discussion regarding the Bridge Initiative which is one of the sources proposed for the PragerU article.[ [29]] My read is the discussion is NOCONSENSUS regarding if the Bridge Initiative is a self published/primary source or a secondary RS. Noteduck feels consensus has been reached. Springee ( talk) 22:48, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

Statement by Hipal

I don't know why poor and outright unusable references are still being considered after they have been rejected, but no consensus is going to happen if this cannot be corrected. -- Hipal ( talk) 16:49, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

Sixth statement by moderator (Prager)

It is not necessary for other editors to refute any of the points that an editor has requested be included in the RFC. Discussion of the merits of those points can be done in discussion of the RFC after the RFC starts running. (If you have made a lengthy refutation here that you think will be useful when the RFC is started, you can copy your comments.)

Please check whether any references are being rendered correctly. If there are Reference Errors, please either correct or delete the malformed references.

If anyone wants to identify any more points to go in the RFC, please list them, and be specific. Robert McClenon ( talk) 00:04, 14 January 2021 (UTC)

Sixth statements by editors

Statement by Hipal

Multiple references have been argued to be poor if not outright unusable, and they are not confined to just what's currently at RSN.

I expect editors to do more than simply repeat their previous comments without regard to rebuttals or other relevant discussion. Perhaps that's too much to expect, but in my experience rehashing like that is a serious behavior problem that stifles consensus-making. -- Hipal ( talk) 20:09, 14 January 2021 (UTC)

Seventh statement by moderator (PragerU)

One editor says that there is a behavior problem that stifles consensus-making. This appears to be in reply to my statement that it is not necessary to refute any requests with which you disagree. There is no harm done in disagreeing with the edit requests, but there is, in my opinion, no good done either. The Bold Revert Discuss cycle has not resulted in consensus, and further discussion does not appear to be likely to result in consensus. That is why the dispute will be resolved by a Request for Comments, which does establish consensus. We do not discuss behavior at DRN, or in an RFC, and ArbCom has agreed that resolving the content issue should mitigate the conduct dispute. Robert McClenon ( talk) 01:06, 15 January 2021 (UTC)

The draft of the RFC is at Wikipedia:Dispute resolution noticeboard/PragerU RFC.

If there are any other article changes to be addressed in the RFC, please identify them as soon as possible. Robert McClenon ( talk) 01:06, 15 January 2021 (UTC)

Seventh statements by editors (PragerU)

Statement by Shinealittlelight

So we're going to keep obvious errors (like for example the inaccurate quotes I pointed out) in the RfC, and no changes will be made to the proposals based on the points I made above? No changes to the proposed text from Noteduck whatsoever? Robert, I feel that I genuinely don't understand what we're doing here. Are you not charged with applying policy to the content of these RfCs at all? Shinealittlelight ( talk) 02:09, 15 January 2021 (UTC)

Statement by MasterTriangle12

Those quotes need to be fixed, but I'm sure Noteduck can do so easily since the meaning was not altered. Some of these additions seem quite necessary to me, others are a little tangential but are not out of place and might as well be considered. Bringing this to RFC seems most appropriate, it really needs wider input to sort this out. MasterTriangle12 ( talk) 07:37, 15 January 2021 (UTC)

Statement by Hipal

So we're moving on to preparing a huge RfC? RfC's of that size tend to be problematic in general. A number of small RfCs would go much better. Regardless, links to past discussions on the topics should be included. Basic verification and reliability issues should be addressed prior to any RfC. -- Hipal ( talk) 17:02, 15 January 2021 (UTC)

Eighth statement by moderator (PragerU)

User:Hipal asks whether we are planning on a large RFC or multiple smaller RFCs. I have prepared a draft for one large RFC because User:Noteduck provided me with a long list of changes that they want. Does User:Hipal have an idea for how to submit the RFC or RFCs? Robert McClenon ( talk) 06:53, 16 January 2021 (UTC)

User:Shinealittlelight says that some of the items in the RFC have errors. Please identify any correctible erros in the RFC that can be edited before the RFC is posted. Robert McClenon ( talk) 06:43, 16 January 2021 (UTC)

It appears that the editors who oppose the changes to the article want me to act as a gatekeeper as to what changes can be discussed. That isn't my concept of how DRN works. Do the editors who oppose the additions want to stage the RFC? Robert McClenon ( talk) 06:53, 16 January 2021 (UTC)

Eighth statements by editors (PragerU)

Sure, see my above comments where I identified the errors. I don't want you to be a gatekeeper. I want you to apply policy to formulating a reasonable RfC. I also want you to read my comments which frankly it appears you did not do. Shinealittlelight ( talk) 07:41, 16 January 2021 (UTC)

I don't see an issue with one big RfC. The alternative is the article gets flooded with RfCs. Conversely, if Noteduck would prefer to create their own RfCs rather than having Robert McClenon do it that is also fine with me. That doesn't mean I support the content, only that RfCs are, per typical content dispute resolutions, the way to move forward here. Springee ( talk) 14:21, 16 January 2021 (UTC)

We're already being flooded, while it's unclear if past discussions are being read or policy is being followed. I suggest we focus on one item of Noteduck's choice, and work on it until we agree that basic policy is being followed and relevant background identified. Then move on to others as we build the RfC. -- Hipal ( talk) 17:13, 16 January 2021 (UTC)


Ninth statement by moderator (Prager)

I acknowledge that I didn't initially read the comments by Shinealittlelight in detail. The comments were a combination of general disagreement and specific issues, and we should not be wasting preliminary time in restating the general issues. I have read them in more detail and will respond to them. Robert McClenon ( talk) 18:18, 16 January 2021 (UTC)

One editor wrote: "Quotes must be exact. Misquoting could be seen as evidence of serious behavioral problems." The first sentence is correct. Misquoting can have several causes, including various sorts of copying errors, or sloppiness. This noticeboard does not discuss editor behavior, and participants are expected to assume good faith. You may not reword text in a direct quotation. You may not, in this discussion, use errors in quotes to imply bad faith. Robert McClenon ( talk) 18:18, 16 January 2021 (UTC)

The first item needs to be reworded to be an exact quotation.

Is Shine asking to reword the second through fourth items, or only disagreeing with them?

Shine's comments on the fifth through seventh items are disagreements that can be addressed by disagreeing.

Hipal wants to work on one of Noteduck's items and ensure that basic policy is followed. Which one? If you think that one of them can be improved, please offer a change. (Otherwise it seems that I am being asked to be a gatekeeper of discussion, and my plan is to let the RFC through the gate.)

So. The quote in the first point must be corrected. Are there specific rewordings being requested for 2 through 4? Robert McClenon ( talk) 18:18, 16 January 2021 (UTC)

Ninth statements by editors (Prager)

The quotations in item 1 have been amended as requested. I have (with help from MasterTriangle) written up edited versions of all 7 points of complaint that I believe are balanced, due and detailed (though there may still be revisions required) on Wikipedia:Dispute resolution noticeboard/PragerU RFC. The last item alone has several dozen references. Hipal has made vague complaints about policy not being followed but hasn't made substantive requests for changes.

I find it quite baffling that some of the editors who are parties to this debate are not contributing but continue to actively post on the PragerU talk page. [30] The aim in taking this to the DRB was to improve the page and I've worked hard at that. If there are complaints about any of the 7 items, please voice them, and let's focus on working to make this a better page Noteduck ( talk) 12:01, 17 January 2021 (UTC)

Statement by Shinealittlelight

It's my understanding that I can continue to comment on the talk page during this; if that's not the case, let me know and I will withdraw from this process. In any case, I am unclear on the distinction you are drawing, Robert, between "disagreement" and (let's call it) useful feedback on the RfC. You seem to agree with me that we don't need an RfC to determine how quotation marks work. Great, that's progress I guess! I would tend to agree with you that the question of whether (for example) an opinion from Kotch--a journalist that most people have never heard of--is DUE might arguably be an RfC sort of question. So I can accept that if that's what you think, even though I think it isn't really hard to see that this is not DUE. But (again, for example) the claim that Kotch's opinion must be attributed to him in text seems to me an obvious point about policy that does not need an RfC. So shouldn't we be asking about a version of the material about Pitcavage that attributes to Kotch? I see that Noteduck has proposed such a version. As the moderator, would you like to weigh in on whether that's the version that's going to be used? I also proposed (following a suggestion from Springee) that we should include a summary of the content of the video drawn from the LAT piece. Should that be included? Again, this does not seem like an RfC dispute; it seems obvious that it's just an improvement in the proposal to include a description of the content of the video following such a source as the LAT. If I'm right about all this, the first RfC just needs to ask whether the Kotch quote is DUE. The rest would not then be in dispute, and should not be part of the RfC. I've got more to say about the other items, but I'm going to wait and see how you respond to this before spending more time. Shinealittlelight ( talk) 14:24, 17 January 2021 (UTC)

Statement by Hipal

I repeat my request to Noteduck: Please pick one item that you feel best meets the basic policies of WP:V and WP:RS so we can review it in depth against those policies and all relevant discussion and consensus. Thank you. -- Hipal ( talk) 16:38, 17 January 2021 (UTC)

Tenth statement by moderator (Prager)

There seem to be a few questions now about what overall approach we are taking to mediating this content dispute. This mediation began when Noteduck made some edits to the article which were reverted. Noteduck then made a good-faith but mistaken request for arbitration, and I offered to mediate the content dispute. Noteduck has the right (as does any editor) to file a Request for Comments. Noteduck then proposed seven changes to the article, and I put these proposed changes into the form of a draft RFC. Questions were then raised about the accuracy of the points in the draft RFC, and some editing has been done on the draft RFC. Now there seem to be different ideas as to how to continue with the mediation.

Hipal wants to select one item and work on it and be sure that policy is followed. I am willing to work on one item at a time in putting together the RFC if Noteduck is willing to take this approach. However, Noteduck has the right to have their proposed changes sent forward as an RFC if they wish.

Shinealittlelight: Are there now any items in the draft RFC that you are ready to have published in an RFC?

Noteduck: Are you withdrawing item 3? So are we down to six items?

What I will do at this point is to step back for three days and allow the editors to talk back-and-forth and see if they can agree on how to go forward. There can be back-and-forth discussion in the Tenth Statements section. Editing the draft RFC is also permitted. If this works, then it works. If this does not result in agreement as to how to go forward, I will take control again.

Tenth statements by editors (Prager)

No, I do not think any of the RfCs are currently well-formed. I tried to engage with the moderator about why the first one is not well-formed and he has decided not to engage with me. Thus, I do not know what I am doing here. If Noteduck would like to respond to my last statement, I would be glad to try to make progress. I sure am glad that I didn't spend more time on my last comment, since it seems to have been disregarded. If I'm just going to be talking to Noteduck, I don't know why we aren't just on the article talk page. Shinealittlelight ( talk) 21:21, 18 January 2021 (UTC)


I'm OK with either. A series of RfCs is a bit of a pain and tended to flood the uninvolved editors but it also helps keep the discussion more focused. The alternative is the big all in one. That could result in a messy close but it's also less likely to get a consensus for inclusion. Since I think all of these edits were problematic I have a perverse incentive to say go for all at once then as it's likely to not result in a consensus to include the whole mess. Perhaps the best option would be for Robert McClenon to help Noteduck learn how to write a single, focused, RfC. Once that one is going then Noteduck would be able to add more RfCs as needed. This is a content dispute but also a dispute due to Noteduck's lack of experience. One thing that helps build experience is going through the RfC process. Springee ( talk) 21:27, 18 January 2021 (UTC)

Back-and-forth discussion

Robert McClenon thank you for agreeing to moderate. If my initial statement needs rewording or needs to be more concise I am happy to amend it. Regarding Hipal's statement, I find the particular contention that I don't understand the reliable sources and consensus policies to be patronizing and unhelpful for resolving the dispute. I am actively trying to resolve this dispute constructively and was directed here by Arbitration Committee Noteduck ( talk) 21:10, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

Like before, [31], I'll refactor if it helps. The facts remain. This comment was made by you just today. -- Hipal ( talk) 22:58, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

@ Noteduck:, you've asked for content to be restored, which assumes it was added then removed. Could you provide relevant diffs, minimally of the last time the material was removed? Could you also indicate what discussion(s) on the talk page are relevant, if any? -- Hipal ( talk) 16:38, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

I haven't said much but my view is that the proposed changes were not improvements to the article. I think there are two different types of changes in question. One of the proposed changes was high level and stating that PragerU has been subject to widespread criticism. The problem is this became OR since we don't have RSs saying this. [ [32]]. The other questions related to specific video commentary/criticism. That applies to the material critical of the PragerU videos which covered Robert E Lee, Benjamin Owens, and Douglas Murray (exists in article already, dispute is over a substantial expansion). So here at a high level the PragerU wiki article shouldn't be a collection of every criticism we can find about any PragerU video. Enough editors have weighed in on these questions to say there isn't a consensus of editors supporting any specific criticism topic. Other than simply editor opinion how else might we decide if the criticism of a specific video is due? The most obvious might be to cover videos discussed by RS articles about PragerU. Note this isn't RSs about Owens or about Murray as that would tend to lend weight for inclusion in those articles. A second issue has been that many of the sources presented to support inclusion are marginal in terms of and/or reliability/weight. For example, the Owen's material was supported by three sources[ [33]], Business Insider, an opinion article in The Jewish Telegraph Service and Mediamatters. Thus we have weak sourcing trying to support a specific video criticism that doesn't really contribute to the high level article which is supposed to be about PragerU as a whole. We have similar disagreements regarding the quality of sourcing that has been proposed for other content. For this reason several experienced editors have rejected these changes. While it might be hard to claim consensus against inclusion, consensus for inclusion certainly isn't there. Springee ( talk) 16:59, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

In response to Shinealittlelight, I'm not against some of the material I've suggested being amended or discussed. However, what has repeatedly taken place on this page is the wholesale deletion of material. Point by point:

Point 1: The direct quote from the Kotch article is "The rhetoric of “suicide” and “annihilation” [in the PragerU video] evokes the common white nationalist trope of “white genocide” - hardly a misquote. Pitcavage was quoted accurately. Alex Kotch is not a "mostly-unknown journalist". He's written for The Guardian, Newsweek, Salon, VICE etc. [34] The Sludge source has been extensively discussed and justified as reliable on the RS noticeboard [35] The direct quotation marks should be removed for the Halper article, but otherwise, your point about the LA Times article is pedantic. Halper's point is clearly that some Prager vids echo the talking points of the alt-right...[including] the Dinesh D'Souza and Douglas Murrray vids.

Point 2: Your point about the difference between "neo-Nazis" or "white supremacists" is pedantic and somebody could have made a quick revision to this paragraph to clarify the terminology, but instead it was repeatedly deleted in its entirety. [36] [37] Regarding the Sabato quote, VPM Radio interview makes it sound like Sabato was interviewed for a response to the PragerU video, but again this could have been amended to something like "Sabato rejected the contention Trump wasn't referring to neo-Nazis..." . You've mischaracterized the Washington Examiner as an outright non-RS, see here [38]

Point 3: It's possible that we could work this in to a different part of the article. "Promoting" instead of "platforming" does indeed sound like a more appropriate term in this instance. Note that there are other sources that explicitly mention platforming of controversial far-right figures by Prager [39] [40]. The source material should be kept but may belong in another section. It may be worth having a separate paragraph on "platforming of controversial speakers".

Point 5: Regarding the Owen Benjamin content, I'm not sure on what basis Jewish Telegraph Agency and Media Matters for America are sources that "could hardly be weaker". Business Insider is not the best but is not deprecated. Benjamin's videos for PragerU have been mentioned by other sources including The Forward [41] and by another Media Matters article [42]

Point 6: You can't just assert HillReporter is not an RS - the fact that it has editorship and has been used on other Wiki pages has been discussed on the talk page. You haven't addressed the fact that other sources (which I previously referred to) also supported its contentions.

I partially retract point 3 of my complaint and maintain all my other points of complaint about the page. I am not averse to discussion and compromise, but note that large blocks of material are frequently deleted wholesale without any substantive discussion from this page. [43] [44] [45] [46] [47] [48] [49] The material I've pointed to should be restored as indicated. Noteduck ( talk) 23:07, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

just a short response to Springee's latest statement: I don't necessarily agree that consensus has been reached regarding Georgetown University's academic project Bridge Initiative on the RS noticeboard (discussion here) [50] but rather that the objections raised aren't strong and that your understanding of consensus policy is not entirely correct. It's peripheral to this discussion anyway Noteduck ( talk) 01:00, 14 January 2021 (UTC)
  • Just want to set the record straight on the misquotes:
  • Noteduck's proposal attributes this quote to Kotch: "evok[ing] the common white nationalist trope of white genocide with its rhetoric of 'suicide' and 'annihilation'.
  • Here is what Kotch actually said: The rhetoric of “suicide” and “annihilation” evokes the common white nationalist trope of “white genocide,”...
  • Noteduck's proposal attributes this to Pitcavage: Mark Pitcavage, a fellow at the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, said that there was "almost certainly prejudice in the video"...
  • Here is what Pitcavage actually said: “The video is “filled with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric. There is certainly prejudice inherent in the video…White supremacists are certainly almost all anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim, so they would certainly agree with a lot of the things that [Murray] says.”
Perhaps we need to start an RfC to see how people think we should use quotation marks. Shinealittlelight ( talk) 03:09, 14 January 2021 (UTC)
Regarding Pitcavage, adding the caveat "almost" certainly wasn't my intention but it looks like I did so in error. The Kotch quote is a minor rewording that would be perfectly acceptable in an academic context, but at any rate, these are extremely minor points and raise the question: if editors are focused on improving this page, why not make these minor amendments to material instead of deleting whole blocks of text? None of this justifies the Douglas Murray paragraph being repeatedly deleted wholesale [51] [52] [53] Noteduck ( talk) 04:13, 14 January 2021 (UTC)
No, you cannot reword what someone said and then put quotation marks around it as if it were a direct quote. I had plenty to say above beyond this, see above. I was just setting the record straight on this small matter. Shinealittlelight ( talk) 04:17, 14 January 2021 (UTC)
I would agree that quoted text must be exact. Taken as a rewording the first one is pretty accurate, the second one has an errant "almost", but these are quotes so if you need to do some work to make them fit then you do that outside of the quote marks, or with [text inserted for clarity]. I have had teachers that say you can reword text in a direct quotation so I get why you could think that, but Wikipedia and most serious academics are pretty absolute on it. MasterTriangle12 ( talk) 06:47, 15 January 2021 (UTC)
Quotes must be exact. Misquoting could be seen as evidence of serious behavioral problems. -- Hipal ( talk) 16:57, 15 January 2021 (UTC)

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Baháʼí Faith in Azerbaijan

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Hello, i am engaged in a dispute at this page. Baha'i editors claim that one prominent Azerbaijani billionaire, Musa Nagiyev, was a Baha'i. The source they are citing is a website www.caucaz.com, which is now defunct and this website states in its about-us page (available on archive.org) that it accepts synopsis from individuals. Apart from this, the article on that website is written by one Baha'i, Azer Jafarov - and he cites his own book as a source for that claim. This person (Azer Jafarov) works in the National Office of the Baha'i faith in Azerbaijan and he does not have any academic record. In his book he does not provide any sources for his claims about Musa Nagiyev. Baha'i editors on the talk page insist that it should be kept because it has appeared in caucaz.com. I believe it should be removed because the source seem fishy and unacademic. Would appreciate assistance and guidance in this regard. Thank you.


How have you tried to resolve this dispute before coming here?

Talk:Baháʼí_Faith_in_Azerbaijan#Musa_Nagiyev_was_a_Muslim, Wikipedia:Reliable_sources/Noticeboard/Archive_324#Is_www.caucaz.com_(now_defunct)_a_reliable_source?

How do you think we can help resolve the dispute?

Please provide your opinion, if this claim about Musa Nagiyev deserves a place in the article or No.

Summary of dispute by Tarikhejtemai

In this edit Serv181920 claims that Nagiev was a Muslim without providing any evidence and his argument in the talk page here is just original research and synthesis in my opinion, he is inferring something from a few sources that is not clearly stated in any of them. On a different note accusing users of a religious affiliation (in this case Baha'i) in order to discredit them is against the no personal attacks rule. History of Serv181920's edits shows that his account is a single-purpose account pushing for a very specific/marginal point of view in Baha'i articles by adding undue weighted criticism sections and trying to delete many Baha'i-related articles. Tarikhejtemai ( talk) 18:20, 17 January 2021 (UTC)

Summary of dispute by Cuñado

Serv181920 is leaving out a few key pieces of information:

  1. Baha'is publishing have a requirement for peer-review through their national organization.
  2. The reference to Musa Naghiyev is in a published book and claims that he was a member of a Baha'i local assembly and regarded himself as a Baha'i. The article on caucaz.com is merely the same author repeating the claim in another source that appears to have had its own review process.
  3. It seems reasonable to assume the author had access to records at the national Baha'i office that are not public.
  4. In the time period we're talking about (~1900) early Baha'is were converts who retained some identity with their former religion and tended to only marry within their cultural group (e.g. Shia-Baha'is, Sunni-Baha'is). This changed later in the 1920s.
  5. Serv181920 started this off with what is clearly original research on the talk page. His evidence to dispute the point was, for example, that Musa Naghiyev wanted to be buried in Karbala. There is absolutely no reliable source disputing that he was a Baha'i, just Serv181920's original (and not convincing) research.
  6. Serv181920 insinuates that Baha'i editors are POV-pushing or that Baha'i authors are suspect of fraud. He also forgot to mention his own bias. His 6-month old account has done almost nothing but elevate criticism and otherwise disparage anything related to the Baha'i Faith on Wikipedia, and the ideas he pushes are often repeated on an external trollish blog attacking the Baha'i Faith. I've been on Wikipedia for 15 years and follow policies closely, and this seems to be a clear case of WP:OR.

Cuñado ☼ - Talk 16:51, 17 January 2021 (UTC)


Baháʼí Faith in Azerbaijan discussion

Replying Cuñado

  1. The writer of the book is not an academic, he is an employee of the National Office of the Baha'is in Azerbaijan. See https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://femida.az/az/news/41110
  2. Yes, Baha'i publishing is reviewed, but this review cannot be compared with academic peer-review. Some Baha'i scholars have left the faith due to this so-called "review". Their criticism of Baha'i-review can be read here : http://webot.org/info/en/?search=Baháʼí_review#Criticism_and_commentary
  3. As stated earlier, www.caucaz.com in its about-us page clearly states that it accepts synopsis from individuals. Please check : https://web.archive.org/web/20110209111815/http://www.caucaz.com/home_eng/contact-georgie.php - I cannot say anything about the review-process of this source. The same writer who writes and book, which is "reviewed" by the Baha'i office, publishes an article on this website giving a source of his own book! I am relatively new to wiki-editing, so I am not able to grasp how this source is WP:RS!
  4. Why wiki editors should trust the "Baha'i review system" when long time Baha'i scholars like Juan Cole and Denis MacEoin have left the faith because of this very so-called "review"?
  5. If a prominent billionaire like Musa Nagiyev was ever a Baha'i, can Baha'i editors share any piece of information from their official Baha'i news magazines that publishes even minor incidents! There are 1000s of pages of news articles on http://bahai-news.info/http://starofthewest.info/https://bahai.works/Bah%C3%A1%E2%80%99%C3%AD_World
  6. There is not a single mention of this person in any of their international newsletters. Moreover, can Baha'i editors show the contribution of this billionaire towards their community? He has made a Mosque, donated a building to Islamic Charity, buried his son in Karbala (Iraq), made a will that he himself be buried in Karbala, Got buried 35 poor family members in Islamic holy city due to their desire (sources given on talk page). What has he done for the Baha'is? Why there are only 2 sentences about him in that book and from that one person only!?
  7. There are POV issues with many Baha'i articles and Cuñado has himself admitted that at one of the talk pages. And I don't know what blog he is talking about.

Such a claim about a prominent person from weak sources should be kept or removed? Serv181920 ( talk) 18:30, 17 January 2021 (UTC)

Here is a summary of sources about Musa Nagiyev. Google translate used for Azeri language sources.
  1. Baha'i Religion - book by Azer Jafarov (2005): "Millionaire Musa Nagiyev (1849-1919) and Mirza Abdulkhalig Yusif, a teacher of the national poet Aliaga Vahid, known as a "master poet" among the Caucasian Turks, were also members of the Baku community. Musa Nagiyev also served as a member of the Baku Spiritual Assembly for many years. The millionaire's personal reputation played a special role in preventing open pressure on the Baha'is."
  2. The Baha’is of the Caucasus - published by weekly magazine Caucaz.com (21 February 2007). Caucaz had an editorial staff and editorial policy. The magazine had a " contact us page that could be used to send synopsis of proposed articles, just like any publisher with peer review. It was not a self-publishing site. "the major millionaire and oil magnate, patron of the arts and philanthropist Musa Naghiyev (1849-1919), was part of the Baha’i faith community. A member of the Spiritual Council of Baku, he helped the community confront external attacks."
  3. 19. The Baha'is of the Caucasus - chapter written by Azer Jafarov and Bayram Balcı. Published in BALCI, Bayram (ed.); MOTIKA, Raoul (ed.). Religion and Politics in the Post-Soviet Caucasus (2007). Published by French Institute for Anatolian Studies, İstanbul. "Finally, the great millionaire and oil magnate, patron and philanthropist, Musa Naghiyev (1849-1919), was part of the Baha'i community. Member of the Spiritual Council of Baku, he was able to help the community to better cope with external aggressions."
  4. BAHAISM IN AZERBAIJAN - Article in The Caucasus and Globalization, Vol 1 (5), 2007. By Leyla Melikova, Junior research fellow at the Academician Buniyatov Institute of Oriental Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan (Baku, Azerbaijan). "Musa Nagiev (1849-1919), a rich oil industrialist and patron of arts, was a member of the Spiritual Meeting of Baku. His personal authority raised the Bahai community prestige as well. (See: A. Jafarov, Bahai Faith in Azerbaijan, Baku, 2004, p. 21)"
  5. Interview with Ramazan Asgarli (07 November 2016): "It is said that Baha'i symbols are reflected in the Ismailiyya building. Both Musa Nagiyev and his wife, who built the building, were Baha'is. Musa Nagiyev was also a member of the Baha'i Council."
As you can see, Caucaz was not a self-publishing site, and there are two other independent sources (besides Caucaz) repeating the claim that Musa Nagiyev was a Baha'i. Cuñado ☼ - Talk 21:22, 18 January 2021 (UTC)

Replying Tarikhejtemai
I am only interested in knowing if the "Baha'i reviewed" sources are considered as WP:RS and what if those sources are cited by a website like caucaz.com? I have not attacked any editor, mentioning their religious affiliation was necessary because both of them were somehow pushing me to believe and trust the "Baha'i review process". Serv181920 ( talk) 18:43, 17 January 2021 (UTC)


Volunteer Question Is this a request for a 3rd opinion or for mediation? Nightenbelle ( talk) 18:04, 17 January 2021 (UTC)

  • I had removed the claim, but two of the Baha'i editors have reverted it and are pushing for a keep. Mediation, please. Serv181920 ( talk) 18:34, 17 January 2021 (UTC)

Project Veritas

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Filed by Vojtaruzek on 03:18, 18 January 2021 (UTC).

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The article provides info about some of the leaks PV published. The most recent one about Twitter CEO speaking about "doing more" than just banning Donald Trump.

I provided multiple sources (Fox News, Federalist and some others), which usually featured the actual video, yet everything was rejected and reverted with the justification that "sources are unreliable". I didn't cite the original article on PV itself, since that would be rejected, considering that the article is mostly just slander about PV.

One of the reverters, Ihateaccounts, actually called one of the sources "Unreliable, because it posts information from PV" (a circular logic and not very neutral and nonbiased thing to do).

How have you tried to resolve this dispute before coming here?

Tried talking to XOR and NorthBySouthBaranof on their page, both reverted the question (whether they have actually seen the video) without even answering. Xor later posted on my talk page and accused me of "violating conduct policy" while IHateAccounts kept posting on my talk page asking me to "seek consensus" and or settle a dispute here.

How do you think we can help resolve the dispute?

Watch the video and therefore confirm its existence, apparently the other editors are unable to do so. I think it's pretty clear that PV really posted it, which is what the original edit was about (it was not even about its validity, just that they really posted it).

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Nutrisystem Discussion

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Nutrisystem

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Nutrisystem is a commercial provider of weight-loss products. This dispute relates to how we present a study on Nutrisystem's efficacy in the lead.

The lead in the article for Nutrisystem describes a systematic review in 2014 that examined previous studies on Nutrisystem's efficacy. The systematic review concluded that, as a weight-loss tool, Nutrisystem "demonstrates better short-term weight loss than control/education and behavioral counseling." However, the systematic review could not draw any conclusion about Nutrisystem's long-term efficacy because there were no long term studies on the matter. To quote the systematic review again: "we identified no long-term trial results. We conclude that Nutrisystem shows promise, but the lack of long-term RCTs prohibits definitive conclusions."

User:Alexbrn is, intentionally or not, misrepresenting this systematic review in a fashion that implies Nutrisystem has been proven to be ineffective. Most recently, he has edited the page to say, in Wikipedia's voice, that "The authors recommended clinicians chose diet programmes with better evidence [than Nutrisystem], in preference." This is pure invention on his part; this claim appears nowhere in the source, which concludes that "Nutrisystem shows promise, but the lack of long-term RCTs prohibits definitive conclusions.".

Alexbrn is also, intentionally or not, engaged in another, more subtle form of misrepresentation. He has repeatedly (e.g.: 1) ( 2) ( 3) ( 4) inserted the claim that there is "no good evidence of any benefit [from Nutrisystem] in the longer term".

Alexbrn's use of the qualifying adjective good in the phrase "no good evidence" implies that there is some kind of evidence, presumably bad evidence; but in fact there is no evidence whatever for or against long-term efficacy because, as the paper says, there are simply no long term trial results regarding Nutrisystem. I have explained why this language is misleading, and multiple other users have pointed out the same problem on the talk page. Yet Alexbrn swiftly reverts any attempt to replace his misleading language with a simple quote or paraphrase of the actual conclusion from the authors, namely that Nutrisystem is promising but the absence of long-term studies prevent a definitive conclusion.

As noted above, Alexbrn also has added to the lead the claim that the authors of the systematic review "recommended clinicians chose diet programmes with better evidence [than Nutrisystem], in preference," a claim that he completely made up, and contradicts the actual conclusion drawn by the authors.

How have you tried to resolve this dispute before coming here?

Talk:Nutrisystem

WP:ANI

How do you think we can help resolve the dispute?

I suggest you do two things. First, after reading my complaint, read the systematic review carefully. Second, determine whether whether the two sentences added to the article by Alex comport with Wikipedia policy concerning NPOV, WP:V, and OR. Alex's sentences are as follows:

→A systematic review of 2015 said there was tentative evidence that at three months that Nutrisystem resulted in at least 3.8% more weight loss than a control group, but no good evidence of any benefit in the longer term. The authors recommended clinicians chose diet programmes with better evidence, in preference."

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