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Admin law glossary[edit]

Happy Wednesday; here's a skeleton of Draft:Glossary of French administrative law, it's all yours. Happy hunting! Mathglot (talk) 08:17, 17 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks. I think we'll find the lines are blurry but I had some stuff for n my sandbox for it. Elinruby (talk) 08:28, 17 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

In some cases they are a little blurry, and certain terms should live in both glossaries. I've been looking into selective transclusion for that, so we only have to actually include the definition in one place, and the other glossary can just transclude it. That will solve the problem of fragmentation of similar content, and keep the maintenance to just one copy of it, instead of having to sync it in two places all the time. Mathglot (talk) 06:26, 19 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Found another really good glossary; it's bilingual, with all the dictionary entries in French, and all the definitions and explanations in English. It's called the Council of Europe French-English Legal Dictionary, and it's in Google books, so you know how Google skips pages here and there, so it's not complete, but there are a *lot* of pages available. Almost everything from A to J is available (with several short gaps with missing pages) but there's nothing past 'J'. But it's really worth trying it for any French legal terms in the A to J range. Mathglot (talk) 07:14, 23 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Awesome. I just found out that the river in Quebec was declared a person under Innu law, or at least by Innu entities. Elinruby (talk) 07:22, 23 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I was just looking at that glossary. It looks partially populated, is that the transcluding you were talking about? Elinruby (talk) 03:19, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The transcluding, is where it slurps content from the other glossary; see for example, bon père de famille or ordre public, and look at the wikicode. Mathglot (talk) 10:51, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Btw, the Draft:Glossary of French criminal law is about 75% releasable (not 75% done, because it could be vastly expanded, but close to releasable). Please add any words you need and don't see there, to the Talk page, and I'll get to it eventually. Mathglot (talk) 10:55, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
great, thanks. I should be able to give this some thought tonight or tomorrow Elinruby (talk) 10:50, 27 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Technical note[edit]

Re: [1]. I think you misunderstand the concept of "failed verifiction". {{failed verification}} says that it is to be used when "the source does not support what is contained in the article", not that "I have tried to follow a link but it's broken" (as you wrote in your edit summary, "page 15 is not accessible at the url provided"). Unless you can see the page in question and can confirm said page does not support a claim it is referencing, it is not a failed verifiction, it is a failure to access the source to do a verification. Google and other URLs rot and expire, or are not available in all countries, or require "tricks" to deal with (ex. I've had the page not available error in GBooks, but changing the url to the previous page and scrolling down for example can help sometimes, etc.). If you were unable to see the page, but would like someone else to verify it, you should use {{request quotation}} or {{verify source}}. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 08:15, 19 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

nod:: what would you suggest using instead? Actually, I would normally ignore that, but six in a row (bad anyway in a lede) was sort of a flag. I really need a short break. I have no problem restoring the sentence myself so it's clear we agree. All we are saying is that there is no Pétain, right? I won't be long, and I will be happy to listen to you about anything on the page Elinruby (talk) 08:32, 19 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Pretty much. In case you want to read more, this is a decent section, although sourcing can be improved (I just replaced a 1940(!) source with something more verifiable and reliable). One down, zillion more to go. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 08:35, 19 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
18th century sources are common in French history. while I have your attention could you look at my RSN post about the Blue Police? Elinruby (talk) 08:51, 19 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If it's from a CS1 citation template, then just add |url-status=dead (and preferably also, |archive-url= and |archive-date=). If it's a plain-text citation embedded in <ref>...</ref> tags, then add {{dead url}} after the closing </ref> tag. Mathglot (talk) 21:59, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Popping in to add that WP:IABOT is often able to find archived versions of dead links automatically. I'd suggest running it with "Add archives to all non-dead references" before giving up on being able to verify things. -- asilvering (talk) 22:15, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Asilvering and Piotrus: I believe that all the dead link tags currently on the page are mine. If so they are recent and fairly careful. But feel free to try them yourself if you like. In fact I would appreciate it if somebody could verify that I fixed the massacre sourced to a travel guide. I think it was in Yugoslavia or maybe Croatia. If you are able to find some archive links that I couldn't, then yay. I have had my hands full just verifying that the references that can't be verified do actually exist and therefore might possibly be fixable. With respect, I have put hundreds of edits into improving the referencing of this article and my hands are currently sort of full. But you are of course completely right on the principle. I say this in the English-language meaning of the phrase, to be sure, as Nous sommes d'accord sur le principe actually means that we are miles apart on the details, and since some of my talk page stalkers know this, I should probably make that completely clear. The irony is intended but not the double meaning.
I assume though that this comment was intended as a suggestion, not a criticism, and it's actually a pretty good idea. But I'll have to consult the documentation sources to even get started Elinruby (talk) 02:37, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
18th century can be occasionally ok, but citing a 1940 source for a controversial WWII topic is generally a red flag :) I think I commented there already half an hour ago? I can look again a bit later, going AFK now my myself for a few hours. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 08:54, 19 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ah ok, hadn't seen it yet. Will look shortly Elinruby (talk) 09:00, 19 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Your article Draft:Rubricaire[edit]

Information icon Welcome, and thank you for contributing the page Draft:Rubricaire to Wikipedia. While you have added the page to the English version of Wikipedia, the article is not in English. We invite you to translate it into English. Pages in foreign languages will not be kept here, and may be deleted if they are not translated into English. Thank you. — rsjaffe 🗣️ 20:26, 24 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Rsjaffe: re Draft:Rubricaire approximately 20% of this very technical translation, towards the end, is still in French, that is true. Please point me to a policy that says that a draft must be 100% in English or alternately feel free to comment out the French if you feel strongly about this. This is not a stale draft: I have worked on it quite recently, but I need to look up some of the archaeology terms with respect to the plumbing of the Roman baths. I am however currently preoccupied with trying remediate some of the egregious sourcing and balance issues in Collaboration with the Axis powers, where your assistance would btw be welcome, particularly in the section on Jewish collaboration. Elinruby (talk) 22:03, 24 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sorry, I was just tagging it because I didn't know if you had forgotten about it. I hadn't seen many partly-done translations before and thought that something interrupted your work, but obviously I was wrong about what happened. My apologies.
What issues are you talking about in Collaboration with the Axis powers#Jewish collaboration? Are you talking about the currently tagged sources (unreliable/failed verification) or are more suspect? — rsjaffe 🗣️ 00:29, 25 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I may have been a bit stiff in my answer. Quite a few people think translations are suspect in and of themselves and it may be making me defensive. I primarily work on mobile and and have ADD, so it is very hard for me to do a translation that isn't on a single screen. I often do comment out the French, but this draft was created for someone else that expressed interest in translating it but did not have CTX rights. They never did do it, so I tried knock it out a little while back, but got stuck on the correct translation of what sounds like a water heater but is probably called something else when it comes to Roman plumbing. Anyway, thanks for getting back to me; it decreases the angst.
The tagging is mine. Some if it is along the lines of the source itself being fine but not really supporting an accusation of collaboration in wikivoice. I haven't really gotten past the first paragraph. For context, I initially removed the entire section as undue because the scope of the article is world-wide, and the section discusses individuals in Poland and doesn't really substantiate what it says about them. Someone who's never edited the article reverted and I'm unsure what I'm supposed to do about that, since she's skipping over the Discuss part of BRD and won't reverse herself. Meanwhile I'm double-checking myself and have started a BLP and a RS noticeboard discussion about the Times of Israel source.Elinruby (talk) 01:06, 25 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Anticipating a followup question: what help am I asking for? Whatever you feel able to help with. The rest of the refences in that section need to be verified. I added quite a few references elsewhere in the article but given that this is one of the ones Jan Grabowski took issue with, on reflection the should probably have quotes also. The whole Asian theatre needs a LOT of help and I have unanswered questions all over the talk page. I was asked in here to help with France, where I know a little, and have recently been told that I am neglecting that, which is true, and also that the article has too much military history, which is also true. Any input is welcome Elinruby (talk) 01:35, 25 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Rsjaffe: I apologized for barking at you; you're entitled to know that. Shoulda pinged, sorry Elinruby (talk) 15:17, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

French section of Collab with Axis[edit]

Hi, ER,

(1) No doubt to a cascade of succeeding edits and re-edits, the second paragraph's subjects get confused:

Pierre Laval actively collaborated in the extermination of Jews. It also participated in Porajmos, the extermination of Roma people, and the extermination of other "undesirables." Vichy opened a series of internment camps in France where Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and political opponents were interned.

(2) The first paragraph obviously tried to summarize a vast amount of material into a few sentences. But the result seems to be a series of judgements and conclusions without specific citations.

Because he was a hero for saving lives at Verdun in World War I, France's most notorious collaborator, Maréchal Philippe Pétain, became the head of the French State after a catastrophic French loss at the Battle of France. The government of the French Third Republic collapsed because its executive could not agree to either sign the armistice or continue to fight, and the Assemblée Nationale voted to put Pétain in charge of convoking a constituent assembly, which he did not do. The resulting authoritarian government operated outside the bounds of the French constitution and was largely run by its ministers, who initially prioritized the saving of French lives but proved willing to sacrifice foreign Jews in exchange for French prisoners of war.

(3) I don't think that it constitute Own Conclusions or Undue Weight to let the uninitiated know that Léon Blum was Jewish, so long as that reader doesn't get the impression that his premiership and identity were the principal moving cause behind French anti-semitism (which would still have been rife had the Popular Front been led by a devout Roman Catholic war hero of impeccable Gallic ancestry going back to Joan of Arc.) Similarly, I think it probably best to translate Assemblée Nationale into "National Assembly" as the wikilinked article does, or even to call it (as many writers in English do) something like "French parliament".

(4) My last comment at Talk:Collaboration was not about the oft-noted length of the article itself (as suggested by your last comment at my Talk Page), but about its Talk Page, (current length pushing 100k).

I'm just mentioning these as pointers. Hope this helps. —— Shakescene (talk) 20:49, 26 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

On Blum, what I am having trouble conveying is that he got blamed and yeah this was a symptom not a cause. Camelots deserve a mention. I took Pétain out because he was already mentioned and seems in fact to have been content to mostly be a figurehead; not that I excuse him. Senile or not he was the face of evil in France. In an attempt to summarize however I seem to have gone too far into my own head though; I know that this portrayal is a result of recent reading but I am having trouble sourcing these exact sentences. Which is a problem. I will try again later today.

I copied the section about volunteers off to my sandbox and it's extremely unsourced, as are the pages about individual units.Elinruby (talk) 21:04, 26 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Actually it looks like for the pronouns I can just switch Vichy and it, I'll do that now before I go afk, because ick Elinruby (talk) 21:16, 26 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
OK I got the pronouns, and while I was there decided that only mentioning Laval could be read as minimizing, and addressed that too. Don't really like the result but too fried on this article to worry about style. Elinruby (talk) 21:40, 26 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
getting back to this: are you questioning that they were only willing to sacrifice foreign Jews? Or that they eventually deported French Jews as well? I am sure this is true but yeah it needs to be sourced....Just LMK Elinruby (talk) 05:49, 2 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shakescene: did this ever get completely resolved? I suspect it's sourceable if not. I think i took out some normative language but that might be all. I'll check on it. Elinruby (talk) 20:55, 15 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Collaboration with the Axis powers[edit]

I like what you're doing on Collaboration with the Axis powers and its TP. Keep up the good work! François Robere (talk) 16:32, 7 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi, (1) you might be interested in this paragraph from Pierre Laval

More and more, the insoluble dilemma of collaboration faced Laval and his chief of staff, Jean Jardin. Laval had to maintain Vichy's authority to prevent Germany from installing a puppet government, which would be made up of French Nazis such as Jacques Doriot.[58]

since that differs from including Vichy (at least for most of its existence) as a puppet state.
(2) Sorry to rewrite much of your work on Collabo#France, but I was trying to emphasize the Collaboration elements of Vichy within a small but sufficient amount of political and military context. I'm sure you could fix some of my omissions or inconsistencies. (Perhaps, for example, you could restore a line or two about French complicity in the Holocaust to the Rafles subsection, which might itself need a more-comprehensive subtitle.)
Happy International Women's Day —— Shakescene (talk) 14:45, 8 March 2023 (UTC) (he/him/his)Reply[reply]
I'll look but am not mad; my problem is always too much detail. Did you get the writers in? You know what they say: don't edit Wikipedia if you don:t want to be rewritten. As for whether Vichy was a puppet -- sigh. Denmark and Belgium thought much the same thing, so if Vichy was a puppet government so were they. I don't think I want to take anyone's moral inventory. I am not suggesting we use the nomenclature at collaboration. As for the puppet government page, I noticed last night that I had work still to do an NOW it's done. I am not certain I want to attempt substantive change over there, as my hands are currently full. I did take another look at what peacemaker had to say, and it had to do with dates and Yugoslavia, so something we haven't addressed yet. Not pertinent to current discussion. Elinruby (talk) 21:47, 8 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shakescene:, my recollection is that while once the term "puppet state" was used to describe Vichy, most historians consider this inaccurate, and a better term is "client state". This was amply documented somewhere, but I'd have to go find it, if it's not in the article now. Mathglot (talk) 09:54, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
the context here is List of World War II puppet states, which does include Vichy on its list, and I believe that puppet state uses Vichy as an example. The main thing he and I are working on is Collaboration with the Axis Powers, but he got involved with thet puppet state article after he spun off collaboration with Japan. This led to a discussion of what is a puppet state. Sounds like there is a inconsistency between pages, but I merely report. The German were apparently really good at holding out false hope, in Vichy's case, of saving French POWs. And French Jews still went to extermination camps anyway. But like I've said before, I am glad I never had to make some of these choices and I am trying to write this with the nuances included, neither blaming nor excusing. Elinruby (talk) 10:11, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Green tickY Mathglot (talk) 12:00, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

/* Collaboration with the Axis powers */ So, not to be that one editor, should Vichy be listed at puppet state? I think we have. consensus that it is so collaborationist that it's who the coined the term to describe, right? Elinruby (talk) 07:55, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Page needed for digital books on GBooks without page numbers[edit]

I've noticed [2]. If we follow the link to [3], Google Book (digital?) version doesn't have page numbers, BUT the url does have "pg=PT114". In my experience, that tends to correspond to the page number (here, probably p. 114). To be 100% sure, we would need to access a physical copy, however. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 07:15, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

So, Piotrus item one, indeed when you click the link it does go to a page. I have done it several times now and am not sure why I got the cover page, except (speculation) maybe I triple-clicked the link or something and interrupted it as it was loaded. So my bad on that, however however however the page that loads is about requiring Czech brides to submit a picture of themselves.
As I recall we had this problem with this same book in the Poland section of Collaboration with the Axis Powers, and it was p.117 over there, but I don't think it was for the same statement. A pity, because nobody is going to say this book is not a good source, so it would be good to identify the edition problem that is causing this. Nonetheless, according to the sourcing in the business section of Collaboration with the Axis Powers for IBM, *they* did a lot of the compiling. Or maybe this is talking about the data submitted to IBM? That's all I can tell you right now. Elinruby (talk) 11:34, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Didn't realize which book you were talking about because of the numerical "[5]" anchor (you know how to add the display text, e.g., Eichmann in Jerusalem, right?), but anyway, I happen to have a copy, although not the Penguin but the Viking Press 1963 version. Checking the gbooks page image in your [5] link (which is annoying, because in Preview mode it changes to '[2]', because it's only the second ref in the section I'm editing), the sentence which begins "Dr. Globke, as he explained at Nuremberg,..." is the first sentence on page 129 of the Viking edition (OCLC 898973275). The Penguin 2006 print book that you linked to is OCLC 65198074, which has an eBook version as OCLC 1009092626 which is available at my local library; closest to you is NYU Shanghai, but as it's an eBook, physical location doesn't matter, so try any library you're a member of. If all else fails, I can get it from my local library as an eBook for you. Or, if you have a specific content question that isn't about the page numbers, the Viking copy I have should be able to provide the content. Otherwise, try WP:RX. Mathglot (talk) 10:56, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
he may be preoccupied with the class he is teaching and/or the Signpost. I am stupid tired right now but I would love to repair the references to Arendt at least, and track down why this happened. I'll get with you about that those page number sometime tomorrow. I should probably also look up that documentation I was quoting from your link, and investigate that because I have been gotten this tired by adding Google books urls, gah. Elinruby (talk) 11:16, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'll take another look. Google assigns page numbers that don't always correspond to the physical copy. I don't remember what happened when I clicked the link. But if the url contains a page number, you'd expect it to go to that page. Elinruby (talk) 07:35, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Piotrus, not always the case, especially for digital copies, where the "page" number depends on how large your font is, your reader is, your margins are, and so on. The "PT" numbers are, as near as I can make out, an internal Google numbering system that conforms to their fixed format display of the book on their google books page, and may or may not correspond to a printed copy. Interestingly, our Template:Google Books URL lists some of the other, non-PA values for their |pg= param, but strangely, |pg=PT is not one of them. If you discover more about this, it would be great to add some concrete information about this to one of the Google technical pages, maybe that one. Mathglot (talk) 10:03, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Mathglot Fair point. Wonder if we should call it Google Page or such? How to deal with books like that that GBooks claims have ISBNs etc. and correspond to paper edition but are stripped of page numbers? We should report "something" to help with verification process. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 11:26, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yeah, t would be really nice to figure this out. Who wrote the bibliographic item that the named reference goes to? Is it possible that they were looking at a hard copy? My best suggestion at the moment. Elinruby (talk) 11:39, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Followup: of course Hannah Arendt wouldn't have known about IBM in 1963; the info about IBM didn't come out until 2001.Elinruby (talk) Elinruby (talk) 11:43, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
So...I found that item, and it does say 114. The source is used three times and none of the text it is behind has to do with Czech brides. So that's not the problem. I've noticed this numbering discrepancy before, but usually you *can* find an actual page number. I'm thinking that maybe some of their subcontractors started numbering with the frontispiece. So (speculating)
the real page number might be 116 or 118? Elinruby (talk) 12:02, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Wait. @Mathglot: are you saying that my page 114 may be different than his page 114? Elinruby (talk) 12:08, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
oh hey look at this in the documentation in the Google Books template (which I didn't realize existed). @Piotrus: this might explain a LOT: As of 2022 the Elinruby (talk) 12:16, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
trying again: As of 2022 the |p= and |pg= parameters do not seem to work if a preview is unavailable; Google Books may not support going to a page specified by number. q and dq do work; dq to a phrase that only appears on one page will find a specific page. Elinruby (talk) 12:18, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I am not sure what you mean by this question, but this may help. Arendt's ref is used three times, once with a page number? That's confusing, although it could mean that whoever added it early forgot or didn't know how to list page numbers; one use has page range in the rp template 117–118, the others two don't - one could be 114 (maybe the second one?). But regarding the final sentence - and the only one it is used as a sole citation (Political theorist Hannah Arendt stated that without the assistance of the Judenräte, the German authorities would have encountered considerable difficulties in drawing up detailed lists of the Jewish population, thus allowing for at least some Jews to avoid deportation) perhaps this is the part that in the book that's relevant: If there had been no Jewish organizations at all and no Judenrate, Adrendt suggested, the deportation machine could not have run as smoothly as it did." - and the discussion in the next paragraph or three, spanning to the next page, seems relevant If the Judernate... hadn't compiled the list of potential deportees... would fewer people have died?. I think this is "PT11"for the first quote, and "PT12" for the next, but which printed page number does it correspond too is a good question. Based on the scroll bar, it is somewhere early in the book, so, errr, "around" pages 11-12, probably. If you need to find the pages, I suggest searching within the book for the term Judenräte; that's how I located the cited passage. Hope that helps. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 12:32, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hmmm. So there are two Arendt items and I was looking at the wrong one? Possible, of course, because infinite are the ways in which I may be mistaken. It also sounds like whatever you are looking at this on displays quite differently, because I don't get a scrollbar. But to sum up, scratch page needed, but verification failed, however I might know why. See message I left on your talk page. In case that's not the problem though, I will click around in pp 10-13, but not right now; I need to rest my eyes. But Google changing something about their URLs might explain a lot. I will investigate further but probably not until tomorrow. Elinruby (talk) 12:50, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Are you in the chapter titled House of Justice? This is the URL for the source given for that quote: [4] Elinruby (talk) 13:47, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Elinruby (talk) 12:50, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The term Judenräte appears at the top of p. 11 of the Viking 1963 ed. (OCLC 898973275) in chap. The House of Justice, but not enough to support the quote above, so maybe it's from someplace else. I'll try to find an online copy of this edition so you can see for yourself; in the worst case, I can email you both a photo of the page. Mathglot (talk) 11:19, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
11->114 is a plausible typo. But seriously need to put phone does rt now, too tired to type. Online version better; ok to IA comment I just got, thank you. Will see if it has page numbers Elinruby (talk) 11:29, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Following your plausible typo idea, I checked later in the Viking 1963, and p.124 has "the Judenrat's policy of cooperating with the Nazis" (quotes in the original) and a paragraph about that. So maybe that was the source. Mathglot (talk) 11:37, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Also, IA version will have page numbers, as their books are scanned facsimiles of print books, or at least, that's the only things I've found there, but I'm only an occasional user, not a power user of IA books. Mathglot (talk) 11:39, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Found it. The Internet Archive has it, here; you have to borrow it (14-days) to read or download it, but it's a free registration, and if you're not already registered, it's totally worth it. Lots of books at IA are borrowable for one-hour segments, then you can renew every hour; but this one has a 14-day borrow term. If you can't access it, or don't wish to register, I can email you a copy of p. 11. Maybe IA also has the original, Penguin edition you were talking about above, so check around. Mathglot (talk) 11:26, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Piotrus: read the above when possible Elinruby (talk) 11:38, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Mathglot For me the above book shows the usual 1 hour. But IA copy isn't digitized, I failed at locating any pages identical in the two editions except the Note to the Author which is not numbered. 10 minutes wasted flipping pages. Aaaargh. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 13:50, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Piotrus:, Oh gosh, so sorry! (Hm, wonder why it shows 14 days for me for that one; maybe because I finally registered and logged in?) Anyway, I didn't follow this whole thread in detail: if we go back to basics, what are we looking for, exactly? Must it be a particular version? As I mentioned, I have the Viking ed. in paper and can send photos, if that helps, and I can get others online. What do you need? (No need to ping; I'm subscribed.) Mathglot (talk) 22:55, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
this is one of several sources that fail verification. I suspect an problem of edition in this case at least. Alternately maybe a less famous and/or re-issued source? A source is not required to be easily verifiable but it would be so much better if it could be verified. Elinruby (talk) 23:07, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
shouldn't we try that dq parameter, Mathglot? I need to do some things before it gets dark but later tonight I can do some experimenting if you don't have time. Elinruby (talk) 23:25, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I think you could use |dq= as a second-best approach if all else fails, especially if there's only one search hit for the query expression. The weakness of that approach, is that it depends on which pages Google is excluding from their preview, and I'm not sure that is a consistent set. I have the very strong impression that sometimes my visits to a particular book with limited preview sometimes shows one set of pages, sometimes another, but I could be wrong; but if I'm not wrong, then the |dq= isn't guaranteed to find it for someone else, or even for you again later when you try it again. Would be good to nail this down, one way or the other. (Btw, I think you might've been looking for {{od|:::::::::::::}}, and not :::::::::::::{{od}}.) Mathglot (talk) 03:04, 11 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
heh, like I said somewhere, stupid tired. Sorry bout that. Elinruby (talk) 07:25, 11 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Mathglot Take a look at my post above that begins with "I am not sure what you mean" where I provide a quotation that I think supports the sentence that it is referencing. I think we need page number(s) for it - the quotes I provide span two pages in Google books. I think that's what we need in this particular case, although Elinruby may have additional comments? Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 02:00, 11 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I think we we should test it. Willing to put some typing into this Elinruby (talk) 07:27, 11 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In preliminary tests I did not get dq to work whether a preview was available or not. I will go back through this later checking each step; right now rl calls. Elinruby (talk) 00:25, 13 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
There's another potential problem with |dq=—it's a query, not a specific location. To the extent that users sometimes provide a citation to a book with no page at all (sometimes tagged later with {{page needed}}), having a Gbooks url with |dq= in it might be sort of like that. Better than nothing, but needing a page or other location indicator. Adding|dq=, is sort of like saying: "I found it in Jones-2016 looking for 'Foo'; now you go find it." It's better than nothing, but not ideal. Mathglot (talk) 01:10, 13 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I hear you but there a lot of these. It would be nice to be part of the solution for the problem I am pointing at. I think that Piotrus is also just trying to solve this. Elinruby (talk) 01:23, 13 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh I agree; converting dq to page or loc (or perhaps to PT) is the way to go. Mathglot (talk) 01:58, 13 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Piotrus: Based on history, original page # may have been 117 or 118 Elinruby (talk) 06:41, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Elinruby Thank you. Do you think it would be fine to provide a page range as 117-118 for now? Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 11:53, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Not sure. I saw it in the history of Collaboration with the Axis powers that way but there was an edit was going on. I will try to figure this and the other question out before I go to bed. I also need to go look at what the statement was that it was referencing, fo one thing and see if it is different from the one at collaboration. Elinruby (talk) 12:05, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Polite distortions of the truth[edit]

"polite distortions of the truth seem to prevail in wiki proceedings over attempts to defend it that also express irritation" should be put here Help:Introduction to Wikipedia to warn potential editiors. People studying a certain subject are frequently emotionally involved in it, psychopats, manipulators, ignorants, paid trolls are not. I understand there exist crazy people, who may destroy any work, but the Wikipedia looses part of its potential concentrating on kindergarden rules. At the same time the WP does not defend its editors from stalking and the majority of the editors is unable to identify and sue a stalker. Xx236 (talk) 08:48, 13 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

it's a problem. I understand that the rationale for not wanting to address content disputes is avoiding the appearance that there is a party Line, but it takes really extraordinary measures to get ANI to to recognize a verifiable misrepresentation of a source. Come to think of it, I am not sure that that has ever been done. Elinruby (talk) 08:58, 13 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I mean mostly I*, according to VM.
This Wikipedia discriminates editors coming from war regions, eg. WP:Contentious topics/Balkans or Eastern Europe.
Xx236 (talk) 06:46, 14 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ok. I was wondering if you had some similar story, is all. Elinruby (talk) 07:03, 14 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Database privileges for Wikipedia editors[edit]

Hi, Elin, here's the link to the WP Library portal and how to sign up (which as an active and seasoned editor, you should have no difficulty doing):

Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Library

More precisely:

[Seemed silly to put this on my own Talk Page].

—— Shakescene (talk) 02:12, 14 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm signed up. I Elinruby (talk) 02:14, 14 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm signed up. I just lost the link Elinruby (talk) 02:15, 14 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A barnstar for you![edit]

Team Barnstar Hires.png The Teamwork Barnstar
Perhaps you don't have this one in your salad'o'meter yet :) Thank you for trying and generally succeeding at being a friendly, AGFing team player in a very difficult topic area. Cheers, Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 12:08, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A comment[edit]

I saw your question and see that you are new to arbitrations. Arbs are looking for diffs with evidence of misbehavior by named parties only, and preferably very recent diffs, nothing else (although bringing diffs about recent brutal misbehavior by someone else in this subject area would be OK). I do not have such diffs, and therefore do not post any evidence. I am puzzled to see how several very experienced contributors are not doing just that on the Evidence page. Note that just claiming a guilt by someone without providing a really convincing evidence in form of diffs during such proceeding may by viewed as an evidence against you and results in sanctions against you, and that is what frequently happens. Just for the sake of example, someone complaining about G&K during such proceedings, would be probably bringing evidence against himself, unless this is clearly framed as rebuttal of claims by G&K about himself. My very best wishes (talk) 14:41, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yes, you warned me about this before, but thank you for doing it again. It confirms what I suspected; I should shut up about old edit wars I wasn't in and only know about because I am trying to fix the result. I appreciate you having my back. I know you are private so: like this or respond in some way so I know you've seen it, and I'll tidy up my talk page. Elinruby (talk) 14:57, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@My very best wishes: Elinruby (talk) 15:01, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You can remove this or not, I do not care. Also, consider the statement by Adoring nanny and the way it was summarized. This is because the only thing relevant to the case in her statement was the link to the WP:AE episode. Speaking of which, that was an AE case "with merit" because some sanctions were made, and no one disputed these sanctions. Hence, GizzyCatBella arguably did good thing (for the project) by advising to bring this case to AE. My very best wishes (talk) 15:09, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
She is her own worst enemy. I have seen you try to warn her too My very best wishes Elinruby (talk) 15:13, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Well, I think that GCB and VM could be much better off right now if they did not care so much about content. See also WP:FUCK, but I mean really did not care. For example, if another guy (let's say, I.) wants to include some undue content or remove something of significance, why not let him have a fun? This is just a website that many people do not take too seriously. When I have a math question, I never use WP. My very best wishes (talk) 21:00, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
True. It is a good philosophy. I had mostly seen it as indifference to threats, but ... Elinruby (talk) 22:55, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
One should realize that WP is a low-quality source, even though it may be very useful in some areas. G&K complain about the coverage of Holocaust in Poland. But they did note see the coverage of Russia and USSR! The coverage of Poland is so much better, thanks to contributors like P. and VM. I gave up on Russian subjects long time ago, but would not edit them right now also for another reason: this war did change my perception of that country. Let this content rot. My very best wishes (talk) 23:08, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And if Russian subjects are still more or less covered, this is thanks to users like M. Who cares that he created a lot of sockpuppets? I was wrong about him. Content he created, that is what matters. I also liked User:INeverCry, he was a fine contributor; I have no idea why he is globally locked. I guess some people are committing a "suicide by admins". My very best wishes (talk) 23:31, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
As an illustration of my comment, did you see this [5]? I think this contributor made an excellent point, but this is not what Arbs are looking for. They can not sanction someone who does not contribute on-wiki. They need to find someone who does. Is it fair? No. But such is life. Perhaps I feel too relaxed. This is because I do not give a fuck and not sure why I am included at all as one of the "parties". My very best wishes (talk) 23:57, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
in the France section somebody had confused the battle of Marseilles (a battle) with the rafle of Marseilles, when they loaded the population of the Old Port onto freight trains. They both really happened but they were very different events a year apart. That's a pretty big mistake. But I think it was caused my somebody who thought they had Google superpowers. Let that be a lesson to us all. Elinruby (talk) 01:51, 16 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
As for why you're included: As far as I can tell it's because G&K mentioned you, and they mentioned you because they saw you when they were looking. Bad sample, probably, yeah. Who is Mick Gold for example? He's not in the article I know anything about Elinruby (talk) 02:09, 16 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
he's not wrong. But if that's not evidence it is a problem nonetheless if it remains true. Elinruby (talk) 01:56, 16 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is a very unusual and dramatic case. Here is why. Speaking very generally, the biggest problem of WP is the involvement of external actors. Consider the misuse of WP for advertisement, this is huge problem, a lot of accounts are blocked on a regular basis. Or consider countless accounts that have been indefinitely blocked for promoting various political agendas. Why they did it? Just to "prove" their own bias or because someone paid them to promote misinformation and conflicts and get someone else banned? No one knows. At least, I do not. We do know there are organizations created to intentionally promote misinformation, here is just one of many. This is an exceptional case where the Arbcome (no less!) has decided to take the side of an external party that demanded the WP content to be changed in the way these external actors want. The probable involvement of the banned user only makes this worse. I do not care if they are good or bad actors. This is an unacceptable precedent that can be followed by others. Banning some people might be OK, but not on the request by external actors. My very best wishes (talk) 02:58, 16 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Well. In the case of the IRA we know why. I read Bellingcat. Believe me, I know, but the other side of determining the truth by committee is that once the power of truth by fiat is in play you can wind up with a horse as high priest. And yet we do curate, so... As always it's more complicated than that. Elinruby (talk) 03:17, 16 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And yet I found out that I was not willing to allow mass rapes to get left out of the story. Elinruby (talk) 03:27, 16 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

March 2023[edit]

If you don't stop attacking TrangaBellam, as here ("I will be extremely careful nonetheless to notify the extremely litigious TrangaBellam the *next* time I perceive her to be in a knife fight with someone trying to respect an edit restriction"), I will set an interaction ban between the two of you. You can read here about what that would entail. Bishonen | tålk 14:36, 17 March 2023 (UTC).Reply[reply]

I already plan to ask for one at AC, Bishonen, and Marcelus should already have one Elinruby (talk) 14:42, 17 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Bishonen see "Closing small tags" further up this page Elinruby (talk) 14:46, 17 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Interaction Ban Notice[edit]

Notice: The ban exemption to allow engaging in legitimate and necessary dispute resolution at the World War II and the history of Jews in Poland case is suspended until further notice. Outside of reporting a violation of this topic ban you should not directly or indirectly mention TrangaBellam; this includes talking about each other on an admin's talk page. Violations of this topic ban will result in escalating blocks. Barkeep49 (talk) 14:52, 18 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Barkeep49 That's a pretty good idea if I understand it. Let me repeat it back to be sure, because the notice you gave me says both interaction and topic ban

You've decided that the original phrasing is unworkable and are withdrawing the exemption. I'm in this for not having her on my talk page so ok. Meanwhile I have about an hour's worth of work to finish that evidence section, can I have that? It's mostly written but I'm wasn't finished proofing and making sure the diffs work. I assume that the topic ban part is stray boilerplate, please confirm. And thanks. Elinruby (talk) 15:03, 18 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Barkeep49 if it helps you at all I don't anticipate any tit for tat once I am done with that hour. I just want to finish what I was doing when I clicked the notification. Or if you want to look at what's there and ask me questions if needex, that's fine with me too, but in that case I am going offline and out into the day for several hours. Elinruby (talk) 15:22, 18 March 2023 (UTC)<Reply[reply]
Sorry for saying topic ban when it should have said interaction ban. For now do not post anything about TB. The drafters/ArbCom/clerks are discussing this situation and will get back to you with more guidance. Barkeep49 (talk) 15:46, 18 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
ok am fine with that. You may find some leaps of logic that aren't clear and very likely some cut and paste errors in the diffs is all. I:d call it 85% do ne. I answered the question you left me and once I clear whatever this notification is I am offline for the day. Elinruby (talk) 16:20, 18 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Barkeep: The following question relates to the first part of my evidence, but I am asking because of the third part, and that is why here.
Unless someone has an issue with this, I plan to move the diffs at the bottom of section 1 from the other night into the analysis that is currently above them. This text was actually intended as context for the summarized evidence, but I believe the diffs substantiate the fact that there were content disputes, but that the specifics could be clearer. I would also like to find the diffs where people were complaining about references getting separated from the text they were intended to support, but I may not have time to do this tonight.
However, the deadline that I was worried about does not apply to this section, since I have already mentioned E-960, the second unnamed party I asked about on the talk page, and substantiated that he was arguing with other editors in edit summaries, and that is really about all I know. So that part is done, I think. At the moment I have no opinion on whether he should or should not be added: I think it depends on whether the idea that there was a content dispute (unsurprising, no?) is important.
I have a couple of questions about the summary, but they are minor and it seems like it would be a better use of my time to improve the first section before someone rebuts it. I'll start by reassuring Slatersteven that I am not making any statements about his beliefs and that I think the removal of the BUF was proper, assuming the material elsewhere, which I think it is. I just mentioned him as context for Poland, in other words an example of a dispute that was not about Poland.
I agree wihisthe removal ofatthe material from the collaboration article. He is mentioned merely context, as an example of a content disagreement that was not about PolanIfdI come across a diff about that, I'll add it, but as I recall I did not see him do anything with Poland at any point, so he is going to be out of scope, and thus not a party. If
A few of the final diffs I posted about the Collaboration article strayed into section three. I assume it's ok to move them to where they belong, but given the fraughtness of the everything, I will wait for your guidance on that. I would not be touching anything but the sequence of unlabeled and clearly unrelated diffs at the very bottom, but perhaps I should be asking you to move them for me? Since I see no reason not to improve section 1, I will go ahead and start on that, and will be online for about four hours. Please let me know if you have questions or I do something wrong. Elinruby (talk) 09:29, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh and this information is probably pertinent: it is possible to edit section 1 without contravening your instructions. Elinruby (talk) 09:35, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Barkeep49, asking this here as the question applies to this situation only: Is the argument TrangaBellam had with my diffs in the analysis section considered evidence for purposes of rebuttal? Or is this another opportunity to ignore her, as you put it? She mis-summarizes what I said, but I guess it doesn't matter if the section is getting ignored anyway.

(As an example of "mis-summarizes", it isn't double jeopardy to point out that she's been previously warned for exactly the behaviour I pointed out, that her reaction to the complaint against her was a rofl emoticon, and her reaction to the logged warning was another rofl emoticon, and a remark that she could get it taken care of at AN. And meanwhile the behaviour she was warned about continues).

What I am thinking is ROPE, and that I might as well get back to the Collaboration article, where work has stalled, and maybe make some remarks in the case's analysis about the RS policy that I have been mulling. Thoughts? Elinruby (talk) 18:21, 18 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Diffs in an analysis section are not considered evidence. Barkeep49 (talk) 18:23, 18 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
minor request: Please, my name is not "ER", if you can remember that. If you don't want to type out all the syllables, El (preferably) or even Elin is acceptable. I know there's a lot going on so I won't be upset if you forget this at some point, @Barkeep49:. I'm just pointing out that it's a mis-reading and anyone that you may have noticed doing this is Simply In Error and I would prefer that the name not proliferate. Thank you for your attention to this matter.Elinruby (talk) 03:19, 22 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Your draft article, Draft:Alliance network[edit]

Hello, Elinruby. It has been over six months since you last edited the Articles for Creation submission or Draft page you started, "Alliance network".

In accordance with our policy that Wikipedia is not for the indefinite hosting of material deemed unsuitable for the encyclopedia mainspace, the draft has been deleted. When you plan on working on it further and you wish to retrieve it, you can request its undeletion. An administrator will, in most cases, restore the submission so you can continue to work on it.

Thanks for your submission to Wikipedia, and happy editing. Liz Read! Talk! 05:41, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Liz: I believe the article was draftified by someone else; I noticed this at AfD recently, but had several other messy fires going at the time. I don't remember being notified of the draftification, but I could be wrong; six months ago I was probably up to my waist in the current war in Ukraine. I suspect that this article was seen as undue, which possibly it is for a stand-alone article in the English wikipedia; it's a translation from French.
In any event, IMHO it should have if anything been merged either to one of the three separate discussions of foreign units of the German army in the period, and/or to one of the multiple articles on the history of the Vichy régime. But fine; I was not in the discussion to make that suggestion. I am actually trying reorganize some related material in my sandbox, and rather than undeletion, what I would actually like is the restoration of the material to the top of my primary sandbox. I would take care of it from there. If it needed references (quite likely in a translation from French) it is a good time for me to make that happen.
Alternately, if this is easier for you, yes please do undelete it, and let me know, and I will move it there myself, thanks. Elinruby (talk) 08:32, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

As if you didn't have enough donkey-work...[edit]

Hi, Elin,

  1. My very best wishes for your personal life. Good luck.
  2. f you have the time, opportunity and inclination, would you mind looking over the translation of the Vichy Second law on the status of Jews ? There are two sources listed in refs to Yad Vashem and the BNP; the latter also shows the immediately-following and clearly closely-related, law of the same date (2 June 1941) on a Jewish census and legal obligation to report your Jewish status — a law whose translation might be usefully added to that of the 2nd Law.
  3. I'm asking because you're fluently bilingual and seem to have some interest and knowledge of legal statutes in French. I just don't know enough myself to know how well the translation (apparently done by a Wikipedia editor, rather than an external source) corresponds with the meanings, definitions and distinctions in the Journal Officiel. There are places where the English seems odd, unidiomatic or obscure, but that may come from the original French. And most laws are very loath to change their wording to match current usage and idiom (which is why British, American, and, no doubt, Canadian laws still carry parallel Norman-French and English terms, such as aid and abet, seize and carry off, breaking and entering, etc.) And that raises the ever-lasting dilemma between literal and idiomatic translation (I once tried reading Mme Bovary in both Eleanor Marx Aveling's very literal translation and more modern translations from French idiom to nearest-equivalent English idiom; rather different results. Same with Machiavelli's Il Principe) Traduttore, traditore.
  4. I'm certainly not competent enough to make the comparisons and necessary adjustments, but I'd be interested what you think.
  5. As Voltaire (?) is said to have written, if I had had more time, this message would have been shorter —— Shakescene (talk) 20:16, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hahaha. Stealing that Voltaire quote.
Currently kinda busy, but it sounds pertinent to what I am doing, so ok, probably soon.
I am not making the principal memorial arrangements and have already located and contributed some of my mother's photos, so that stuff is currently caught up. Arbcom is proceeding; still some work to do there but the very short deadline is met and the next one is still pretty far out.
Is everything ok on the Collaboration page? Keep an eye on the Jewish section, please. I know you dislike confrontation, and I know those people better, so you don't have to *fix* anything you see as a problem, but please LMK. I have stalking concerns re two editors on the page. Thanks Elinruby (talk) 20:50, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Are you asking me to verify the references? Please elucidate on the exact question. This comment based on the article history may help: if either Mathglot or Scope creep added the reference or did the translation you are talking about, my degree of confidence in the material is pretty high, above the 90th percentile and possibly the 95th. I have not actually looked at the material yet though, and I think I should probably respond to the notification below before I do. Elinruby (talk) 22:21, 20 March 2023 (UTC
Hi Folks!! Got a ping. I created the Second law on the status of Jews, translation of an fr article. Its an idiomatic translation that I had done of the decree itself. If you think it needs work, then please work on it. If you think it need better translation, then please re-translate it. I created it for the UGIF article. I do plan to create the other law article in that series at some point. There was two major laws, but there is about 16 in total. I like the quote about Voltaire. scope_creepTalk 12:01, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I checked your work at Jublains archeological site and found it quite good, so I don't consider this a priority over putting some stuff about my work into evidence, even though I am fairly serene about all this.

Mathglot is the authority on current French criminal law and the Holocaust under Vichy, but I collaborated with him on a lot of that and might have done a deeper dive on some specific matters. Things that would help me: is there any mention of a judge in there, and if so from which court? If it's admin law it:s probably in my wheelhouse to verify.

I'll get back to y'all, likely tomorrow. Don't have another deep dive in me tonight, too soon since the last one. I suspect any translation quibbles I may have are minor; if so they are for the talk page, and if I have any questions I'll ask here. NB French wiki pages on French law are often very still and formal *in French*. There are also many terms of art. Elinruby (talk) 01:13, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That (NB) doesn't surprise me. Just for the record, here's the vague, windy response I'd made before you reacted to that ping. Much of it is now irrelevant or wrong, especially since your comment answers one of my questions (how clear and idiomatic is thr original legal French?)
  • Thanks; I hadn't looked at the article history. At first sight, I didn't see any clear differences in meaning between the French text and the article's translation, and if you have that much confidence in the competence and accuracy of who you think is (or are) the likely translators, I wouldn't dispute it.
  • My possible question was more about style and idiom; as you know far better than most of us, English and French are loaded with faux amis and similar pitfalls. That's why I (not a native speaker of French) checked with you about my translation of Marcel Déat's peroration in Mourir pour Dantzig? (Why die for Danzig?) — where we (and another intervening editor) couldn't be certain of the closest English meaning of nos biens.
  • Since you are fluent in idiomatic French, idiomatic English and (apparently) French legal terminology, I was just asking you (when and if you have the time) to see any possible areas where (for example) French technical or idiomatic styles differ from those in English, where an exact translation doesn't convert to a clear and accurate English meaning, or where there might be a slightly-smoother English word or phrase that accurately conveys the Law's language to an Anglophone reader. (Of course, if the customary legal French used was choppy, awkward or ambiguous, it would be wrong to smooth it over simply for euphony rather than to translate the infelicities, obscurities or ambiguities into the closest English.)
  • Speaking of which, I'm sleepy and I'm not writing this very lucidly or properly considering the nuances I'm thinking of in the back of my head, so I'll stop here. —— Shakescene (talk) 01:30, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Shakescene:, a couple of thoughts. This discussion really should take place at Talk:Second law on the status of Jews, and if you bring it up there, I (and possibly others) will have more to say, but in my opinion, the section § Text of the law translated should be removed, as Wikipedia is not a repository of primary source material. If it does not already exist there, it should be transwikified to Wikisource (our article already has a link to the French Wikisource text of the law), which *is* a repository of primary source material. Because of this, I don't think it's worth your, or anyone's time to look at that section with a view to improving the translation, because 1) it shouldn't be there in the first place, and 2) whatever effort you expend might end up in the rubbish bin. Finally, you're right to point out the difficulties of translation generally, and even more so wrt legal translation. This is a very long topic which I can't go into here on Elinruby's TP, but if you have questions about specific wording, I might be able to help (please ask at the article TP and ping me). Some of your questions might be able to be resolved at Glossary of French criminal law, but it covers only criminal law, which excludes civil and administrative law. The glossary is not complete, and if you find criminal law terms that are not yet covered, please list them at the glossary talk page.Mathglot (talk) 04:06, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
er stiff and formal Elinruby (talk) 08:02, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oh, one other thing: you asked about "how clear and idiomatic is the original legal French" is. I wasn't certain if you meant the content of French law codes, or the content of articles on fr-wiki. French law codes are marvels of clear (and brief!) writing, that anyone can understand; if only our laws followed that design. If you meant the articles on fr-wiki, there is definitely a problem with them. The main problem, is that they just don't pay attention to sources at fr-wiki as we do, and so a lot of the stuff is pure, unsourced original research, and not worth translating. I'm on a big push to increase our coverage of French law (starting with criminal law) and although I started off with some translations from fr-wiki, I've stopped doing that, and am writing new content and new articles from scratch. Many of the fr-wiki articles just aren't worth translating, for the most part. Maybe little bits and pieces, here and there. The other problem is that they are writing for a French audience, and make all sorts of assumptions, especially, but not solely, in the lead, that everybody knows what "public" and "private" law is, or a "juge d'instruction", or the difference between a délit and a crime, so they don't bother explaining it or introducing the topic with background that is absolutely necessary for an English-speaking audience. Plus, it turns out there are *lots* of good references about French law in the English language. If I were you, I wouldn't bother with most of the French law articles; a lot of them are hardly worth it. Read them through once, maybe, to get a rough outline if you want, but I wouldn't bother translating most of them, you'd be pretty much translating some random French guy's beliefs or prejudices or misconceptions about French law, that they stuck in their article with poor or no sourcing. Mathglot (talk) 09:06, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I think in many cases articles are written by subject matter experts who are known on to be subject matter experts. This was certainly the case at Jublains but the problem is that in most cases it isn't as clear as that, and it's absolutely not guaranteed. I'm getting more interested in this question the more I read about it :) But yes, if you translate an fr.wikipedia article, on the whole, you had better be prepared to reference it also. Elinruby (talk) 09:56, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    on French legal codes, the principe de legalité holds that no-one may be prosecuted for something that was not already clearly made illegal in an easy-to-understand legal text published prior to the act in question. I wrote that article based on a translation, but yes, it is *very" clearly stated as a fundamental principle of French law. As I recall this traces back to a concern in the early republic to prevent the excesses of absolute monarchs and retroactive judgement. Of course, the French have strayed from this path, notably with the Biens mal acquis law (unexplained wealth) passed after WW2. As an aside, it isn't just articles about French law. French academic writing, as it is taught in schools there, is very 18th-century on the whole, as this is considered a good thing, go figure. Glories of the Enlightenment and all that. I saw this based on my high school education. Elinruby (talk) 10:12, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • The text of a decree has gone from the UGIF article so I guess it needs to go here as well. I might be worth moving this conversation to the talk page of the article. scope_creepTalk 12:07, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    i personally am fine with that if someone else wants to do it Elinruby (talk) 12:10, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello Elinruby,

You have been added as a party to the Arbitration case about World War II and the history of Jews in Poland.

Evidence that you wish the arbitrators to consider should be added to the evidence subpage, at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/World War II and the history of Jews in Poland/Evidence. Please add your evidence by April 04, 2023, which is when the first evidence phase closes. Submitted evidence will be summarized by Arbitrators and Clerks at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/World War II and the history of Jews in Poland/Evidence/Summary, and can be analyzed at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/World War II and the history of Jews in Poland/Analysis.

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For the Arbitration Committee,
~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:27, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@ToBeFree: Awesome, this will solve my word constraints, but I would still like to ask that the committee expedite taking note of the easily-dealt-with subsection on Slatersteven, and either summarize it or let me know it's ok to edit it out of the evidence section.
Also, the committee does realize that I currently cannot comment on these ludicrous allegations, right? @Barkeep49: I know that's a hard question, and I'd rather have good guidance than rushed guidance, but I *will* need some guidance about how to proceed. For now I will just respond to this with some evidence about the scope of my editing prior to February 2023. I assume that the committee has already thought to look into this, but most of the gawkers probably haven't: see discussion with one of them on Bishonen's talk page. Elinruby (talk) 21:50, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Elinruby, you are allowed to participate normally at the case (e.g. you can submit about TrangaBellam). However, you should read the expectations for participating in the analysis or evidence phases. In particular you are encouraged to keep the following in mind:
Expected standards of behavior
  • You are required to act with appropriate decorum during this case. While grievances must often be aired during a case, you are expected to air them without being incivil or engaging in personal attacks, and to respond calmly to allegations against you.
  • Accusations of misbehaviour posted in this case must be proven with clear evidence (and otherwise not made at all).
Consequences of inappropriate behavior
  • Editors who conduct themselves inappropriately during a case may be sanctioned by an arbitrator or clerk, without warning.
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  • Behavior during a case may also be considered by the committee in arriving at a final decision.
If you have any questions please let me know. Barkeep49 (talk) 01:21, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
ok. I don't have any grievances. Elinruby (talk) 01:27, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
lol, well, not about Poland anyway Elinruby (talk) 01:43, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

For your information, I have removed a portion of the evidence you submitted with the edit summary removing statement that is in reply to something else removed and that offers nice words about another editor but does not offer any diffs or evidence to substantiate them. Barkeep49 (talk) 20:47, 28 March 2023 (UTC) @Barkeep49: hmm you had me at "in reply to something else removed", so ok sure, thanks.Reply[reply]

I actually can give you diffs of good copyedits by GCB if you would like some, and at least one example of her acting as a mediator, but I see why you removed that. I was more interested in underlining that Zero said that the RSN thread was a model content discussion but I don't guess that we specifically need that to be evidence, since he did say it. Is the committee interested in those old 2018-2019 content discussions? They happened, but if they aren't needed or relevant I don't feel a burning need to trace through them, because life is short. Also, does it want a baseline to compare Marcelus' rewrite to? Elinruby (talk) 11:16, 29 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Verification needed - everywhere[edit]

Just a random recent item from my watchlist: Talk:Propaganda_in_the_Soviet_Union#Unsourced_reference. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 02:39, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I know right? Elinruby (talk) 02:42, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

ok, you made me look ;) and I concur. The reason I particularly dislike this problem is that I do not have a right-click menu or an alt-F option, and can only find text by reading the entire document. I see the problem though, and it's in an area of high interest, so I may give this a shot anyway sometime soon. This second I am looking for lighter reading than Marxist dialectic though. Maybe a compare and contrast of cement terroirs, or a history of forks, perhaps <j/k> Elinruby (talk) 05:37, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
is this still a problem? I'm ill-equipped to find page numbers, but I could look for a different reference, if that helps. Elinruby (talk) 02:55, 26 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Technical note (from a hard-boiled non-techie) just discovered.
Hi, again, ER, I don't know what browser you're using, but you may not need right-click or Ctrl+F (both of which I do have and use constantly} if you're using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge on MS Windows 10+. I just tested both (for the first time), and found that if (1) you go to the miscellaneous commands icon (three vertical dots or three horzontal lines) in the top right of the browser and (2) you look far enough down, then (3) you can find "Find" or "find on page". When clicked, these commands will bring down a find menu from the top bar without the need for Ctrl+F or Right-click. The equivalent command, however, didn't work this way for me in Mozilla Firefox. And I have no idea how this would work on an Apple browser, Safari or Macintosh operating system. —— Shakescene (talk) 03:22, 26 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I usually use Chrome on Android. Firefox on Android is an option. Not averse to other browsers, but the current platform is Android. I actually *am* a techie, which is why I get frustrated by stuff like this. If you're looking for something to do that is not the Second law on the status of Jews, could I interest you in the page number problem above that we're having with Eichmann in Jerusalem? I will investigate whether your suggestion works. We actually have quite a few page number problem in the Collaboration article also Elinruby (talk) 03:38, 26 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Correction: This actually does work in Firefox for Windows: the Find box just appears at the bottom of the browser, instead of dropping down from the top as it does for Edge and Chrome. Again, I suppose you could always apply the scientific method of trial and error. As for page-hunting, reference-verification, etc., I already let The Project suck up far too much of my time and attention (Wikipedia and Sporcle substituting for real personal company) — for example, I was caught up for several hours tonight writing comments and replies, while reformatting Duchess of Swabia when I could have been watching Call the Midwife or the World Figure Skating Championships. At the moment, I could be watching Sat. Night Live, although SNL's variable quality might mean that this is no great loss. Yours wearily (but not half so wearily as you, Mathglot and other Toilers in the Trenches dodging a long hard sentence at WP:MOS or WP:MOSNUM — I have no idea how I could bear enduring the 120K of angry disputation at your disciplinary pages). —— Shakescene (talk) 04:00, 26 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Most of that doesn't really pertain to me, but yeah, it's a huge distraction. But I knew I was probably going to have to say something when I decided to try to deal with the balance problem at Collaboration. And that this might happen. Let them scrutinize if their sense of fairness requires it. I suppose I should get back to page numbers, or clicking Mathglot's links. Let me know if you have an opinion on the void ab initio thing. Basically the French position is that this law should never have been passed. And yeah, national narratives are a thing, as we have seen. Elinruby (talk) 04:10, 26 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Did you know Poland is one of the few countries which consider Napoleon to be a hero? I mildly wonder if he is more popular in Poland than in France :) Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 12:30, 29 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

ok, I'll bite: how does Napoleon become a hero in Poland? Elinruby (talk) 00:48, 6 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

... in case you're interested ...[edit]

Hi, ER, I just added section titles and a summary of the registration law to 2nd Law, commented on possible Collabo splits and fiddled with the order (Italy above Germany) at the List of puppet states. Your comments, suggestions and adjustments are, as always useful and welcome —— Shakescene (talk) 19:28, 29 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Translation at second law[edit]

Why are you bothering to spend time translating the text of the law at Second law on the status of Jews? The whole thing might get removed from the article. If you're doing it for the sake of Wikisource, then it should be done there instead, under their guidelines. I think any effort "fixing" the translation there is not worth it. Mathglot (talk) 07:06, 30 March 2023 (UTC) @Mathglot: it's done and Scope creep can do with it as he wishes. I am letting him worry about the guidelines. Scope, I am getting the thing where the UI overwrites the preview again, plus I am about to be gone for the day,so sorry to combine my answers. Both of you should do as you think best. Elinruby (talk) 14:53, 30 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The text in the article was used for the Wikisource. The detailed work and analysis was really good. I checked it against the book and it was identical. The hosting admin changed one sentence in the start to reflect the book. He read the talk page discussion and advanced it themselves. scope_creepTalk 09:24, 31 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Good work, everyone. Mathglot (talk) 05:26, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Eichmann in Jerusalem[edit]

Piotrus Mathglot just in case either of you still has this in the back of your mind, apparently this is no longer a source at the collaboration article, so cross this off your to-do list if it's still there. I'd still like to resolve the question, but it is moot in terms of Collab.and therefore no longer of any particular urgency Elinruby (talk) 19:47, 30 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Translation Barnstar[edit]

Translation-Barnstar.png The Translation Barnstar
For excellent work in translating the law decree at Second law on the status of Jews from French to English. Your considerate and long term application of quality are highly admired. That was great work Elinruby. scope_creepTalk 09:19, 31 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Fate of leading French collabotors[edit]

Hi, Elin, this is just peripheral, but in looking at Vel' d'Hiv Roundup#Aftermath, I saw a very long account of the fates of the respective collaborators/co-conspirators (Laval, Bousquet, Leguay et al.) Bousqet's paragraph is very informative but very long, and seems a little out of proportion here. There are many reasons (in current French politics, in recent French history and in accountability of present and future war criminals) to keep this detail somewhere, but I was wondering which article would be best to locate it in. While clearly important to the Vel' d"Hiv rafle, the amount of detail (future careers, etc.) seems out of place. (On the other hand, it makes me feel a bit easier about the length of our own summary at Collaboration with the Axis powers#Aftermath.)

  1. Would this material find a better home elsewhere?
  2. Should whatever remains here be shortened (probably by shortening Bousquet's paragraph significantly)?
  3. Should I (or you) start a new question about this in a new section of Talk:Vel' d'Hiv Roundup?

Thanks for any thoughts or pointers, —— Shakescene (talk) 14:58, 1 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

i suspect that information about Bousquet came from his article at en or fr wiki and may be longer because that article is longer. He was such a weaselly yet pivotal character. As far as I am concerned, any text at the collaboration article that covers material covered elsewhere can be removed. However a big caveat: He was indeed very important, so a longer section for him MAY not be undue. Mathglot was the primary author of that article as I recall and may have thoughts about this. Elinruby (talk) 22:44, 1 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm only a minor contributor to Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, although I created or made major improvements to some of the roundup articles, like Green ticket roundup. Shakescene, I think you've posed a good question, here, about where more lengthy information about this belongs, and I agree that the section at Vel' d'Hiv is too long for that content, which is peripipheral to the topic. Perhaps there's a gap in our coverage here that we could fill with an article like "Fate of Vichy collaborators". The topic itself is clearly notable, the only question in my mind is if it deserves its own page or not. (If so, we'd have to check sources to see what the exact right title should be.) I could see it developing into a parent article in summary style, with an Intro section to lay the groundwork and context, major sections about some of the principle characters, a section about the épurations for less well-known characters, and '{{Main}}' links in all the sections, pointing to the more detailed articles on the topic. Feel free to start an article like that if you've a mind to; I think it would be a good addition to the topic area, and to the encyclopedia. Mathglot (talk) 00:44, 2 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Interesting point. One of the primary Belgian collaborators as I recall went on to become president of the European parliament, or something of the kind. Not that i suggest including him; there are a lot of variables that vary from country to country. But yeah, great topic suggestion guys Elinruby (talk) 00:56, 2 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Another possibility, if you're not keen on the new article approach, would be to try adding it to someplace like Pursuit of Nazi collaborators. Mathglot (talk) 01:28, 2 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I don't currently have an opinion about this, but there is a difference in focus between what we're discussing and "pursuit", isn't there? A lot of these guys were living loud and proud in positions of authority. Elinruby (talk) 01:36, 2 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yes, there is; I'm just pointing out what's out there, in case we don't want to go with a new-article approach. It may well be that it doesn't fit in the "Pursuit" article, for the reason you state. Mathglot (talk) 02:53, 2 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I am interested in the moral complexities of the topic, whichever way we approach it. However I need to stave off cognitive overload and finish up my evidence for the Arbcom case. Let me know if you guys launch something along these lines. By the way it's been bothering me: what was that Dossier something something article that we worked on around the same time as Vel d'hiv? Elinruby (talk) 03:13, 2 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Actually, that Pursuit of Nazi collaborators article has a fair amount about the post-Liberation careers of the French subjects. If that's true of the other countries' sections, the article might benefit from another title, such as "Fate..." or "Post-war fate..." —— Shakescene (talk) 04:09, 2 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Interesting idea, you should broach it at the article TP. Mathglot (talk) 05:28, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Putting this here for future reference: fate of the School of Paris? Elinruby (talk) 07:42, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Michel Kikoine for example Elinruby (talk) 07:52, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Also Moïse Kisling 12:51, 7 April 2023 (UTC) Elinruby (talk) 12:51, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

M of S discussion of formatting Canadian laws[edit]

Since I suspect that the Canadian legal system is a subject of interest to you, or one where you have a little expertise, I thought this discussion might interest you: Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style#Conflicting style for names of laws.

[No doubt, say I in almost complete ignorance, Québec's Loi 101 would be (because of different legal heritages) styled differently from, say, the provincial law in Saskatchewan that established universal health care under Tommy Douglas.] —— Shakescene (talk) 18:53, 2 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Deep subject. Like the US some things are federal and some are not and the constitution happened only recently. British North America Act before that Elinruby (talk) 21:14, 2 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This isn't quite right. The Constitution dates back to 1867: the British North America Act, 1867 was renamed the Constitution Act, 1867 in the 1982 Patriation, with some other amendments. It remains the foundational document of the Constitution, which is composed of a number of enactments. The Constitution Act, 1982 is the other major constitutional enactment, containing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the amending formula, Aboriginal rights, and a few other things. Mr Serjeant Buzfuz (talk) 01:36, 3 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
... (au Québec) Notwithstanding.... ;-} —— Shakescene (talk) 03:55, 3 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Câline de tabernak hosti ben sûr Elinruby (talk) 19:09, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

French anti-Semitism before 1940[edit]

P.S. would you mind (business after pleasure) looking over my introductory paragraph to Vichy collab with Holocaust:

Long before the Occupation, France had had a history of native anti-Semitism and philo-Semitism, as seen in the controversy over the guilt of Alfred Dreyfus (from 1894 to 1906). It has thus been difficult for historians to establish how much of Vichy's anti-Semitic campaigns came from native French roots, how much from willing collaboration with the German occupiers and how much from simple (and sometimes reluctant) cooperation with Nazi instructions.

—— Shakescene (talk) 19:03, 2 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oh. It wasn't difficult. Controversial, perhaps. For a time it was the official position of the French government that, more or less, France just disappeared for a while. And that whole Vichy thing was something the.Germans did to France. A French president only recently took responsibility for what happened at Vel d'hiv. Mittérand? But I think it is a settled matter of French WW2 history that there were absolutely eager collaborators That is the big thing that jumps out at me.

I am hip-deep in Polish diffs and just woke up so let me just give you a rant/brain dump without looking anything up. I know you know a lot as well, but let me just hand you a free-form blob of suggestions eithout filtering for what you might already know.

My recent work around has been with French constitutional law, and it was a big deal that the Fourth Republic (and Fifth) imported their preamble from prior to the Third Republic. I think we have agreed on before on Léon Blum, who was attacked and beaten well before the drôle de guerre. The article for Camelots du roi (roy?) is a bad machine translation but extensive. Antisemitism in the French Third Republic exists but is short. An interesting sidenote, School of Paris was originally a derogatory appellation for a community of Eastern European artists, mostly Jewish refugees. I never did trace through all their fates, but at least one died in hiding trying to get out of Marseilles. But that is sort of reverse engineering collaboration. Make sure you cover Bonny. Pierre? It is hard to explain this without knowing more about your background but I am not asking because we need to explain this to anyone of any background, right?

Outside of the big cities France is fundamentally paysan. That usually gets translated as peasant but that isn't really right, especially in this context. Despite what i said, i just looked up landsman but that isn't it either. There is no connotation of Jewishness or of ineptitude at sea. More like definition 4, with overtones of being fundamentally agricultural and "of the soil" and also of a very very specific place. The next village over is "le prochain pays". Imagine a human terroir, if you know that word. A very conservative culture, Catholic to its fingertips and deeply nationalistic. Except that it's l'Aquitaine and pays de la Loire.

But the Armistice shook the country to its deepest roots. It grew up on dreams of empire and la Grande Armée. Verdun was terrible and enough to make Pétain a hero, but the absolute crushing defeat, Paris an open city, was a profound humiliation. I am not sure if the country went into denial but I think the government definitely did, and given Verdun and Pétain it was very very focused on saving French lives. All that is OR for the background. I am burning deadline time so let's zoom in a bit. What you say about Dreyfus is true. But I think the antisemitism even preceded that (something about Emile Zola says a faint whisper from high school?). And maybe there was a difference between the anti-Semitism of the turn of the century and that of the 30s. or perhaps they were just waves of cultural angst separated by the Années folles?

if you look at the couple of sentences in the collaboration article about the rafle in Marseilles, I rewrote it from French policemen helping Germans to Germans helping the French round those people up. Literally slum clearance so the developers could gentrify a desirable older neighborhood, the Old Port. I remember the sources being very emphatic about that. Obviously I didn't learn about this stuff at the lycée. There were specific and I think maybe legitimate concerns in the the French, Belgian and Danish governments (can't remember if the Dutch also) about the Germans draining human and infrastructure capital, yet what they might do that was worse if the collaborators in the government didn't stall them. The history of the Service de travail obligatoire is an illustration of this but I do not remember the timeline without looking it up. For sure, the STO is thought to have been the single largest recruitment impetus. it wasn't that the youth didn't want to work -- they didnt want to work themselves to death in a camp for les Boches. And Hemingway in Paris and the Spanish Civil war, etc were romanticized. The Charlemagne unit is the only one that I have been able so far to determine was definitely and absolutely made up of enthusiastic ideological volunteers. Blum was blamed for the deceat of France, we talked about that I think, and Jews were "other" and somehow a disease. See Le Juif et la France. We have an article about this register, that I cannot find right now.[6] Ask Mathglot. I need to back away from the shiny object and go do some stuff now. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elinruby (talkcontribs) 22:25, 2 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Response to inquiry about Canadian law[edit]

Hi Elinruby, as you requested, instead of cluttering up the MOS Talk page, I came here to respond to your inquiry about Canadian law. Here we go.

  • Patriation of the constitution didn't really change the use of civil law and common law, as that was already well established. (By the way, we don't use "repatriation", because the Constitution had been a British statute; since it was brought to Canada, metaphorically, we patriated it, a back-formation by PM Pearson.)
  • After the Conquest, the British originally tried to impose British public law and English common law on the old Province of Quebec in the Royal Proclamation of 1763. That didn't work, because you can't just substitute English common law for French civil law in matters like property, contracts, and matrimonial property.
  • So in the Quebec Act, 1774, the British Parliament said that French civil law would continue to operate in private law matters, and English common law would apply in criminal law and British public law would apply to the government (eg monarchical principle, courts, etc.). It created a mixed system.
  • When Confederation occurred in 1867, that division was preserved: the federal government controls the criminal law, based on the English criminal law, and commercial law matters of national application (eg bankruptcy).
  • The provinces were given jurisdiction over "property and civil rights" which has been interpreted very broadly: contracts, torts, property, family law, trusts, etc (in the common law provinces), and the civil law equivalents in Quebec (biens, obligations, droit de la famille, etc.)
  • New France's law had originally not been codified, since it was under the ancien régime which had a variety of regional customary laws. New France used the coutume de Paris, which was a customary law consisting of decrets, jurisprudence and decisions. After French adopted the Napoleonic Code, the coutume de Paris gradually went out of date.
  • Lower Canada (the name for what became the province of Quebec) eventually decided that it needed to adopt a civil code of its own, which it did in 1866, the year before Confederation: Civil Code of Lower Canada. That Code stayed in force until the mid-1990s, when it was replaced with a new Civil Code of Quebec.
  • So we now have nine provinces and three territories which use the common law (heavily modified by statutes over the years) and one province, Quebec, which is a civil law jurisdiction on civil matters, but subject to common law principles on matters that come under federal jurisdiction, such as criminal law and bankruptcy.

Hope you find this helpful. I'm afraid I don't know what river you were referring to in the MOS/Law talkpage, so can't comment. Feel free to pose questions; it's a big area and this is just a thumbnail. Mr Serjeant Buzfuz (talk) 00:58, 3 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Mr Serjeant Buzfuz: Thank you VERY much. Several people will be extremely interested. As thanks the best I can do for the moment is look up the name of that river, but just let me know if you have questions about Vichy ;) [7][8] Elinruby (talk) 01:17, 3 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
As a side-note (which you may know already), the Québec Act (1774) was one of the very motley grab-bag of principled, philosophical, patriotic petty and predatory (if you were, say, an Indian) grievances in the Declaration of Independence (1776):

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument for introducing the same absolute Rule into these Colonies:

(which was probably not the sentiment of the Québecois — or Lower Canadians — themselves). There's a reason that the noble and inspiring Preamble is often taught, recited and well-known, but not the individual elements of the "History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.". And I thank @Mr Serjeant Buzfuz: for a very informative summary of Canadian jurisprudential hsitory. —— Shakescene (talk) 04:36, 3 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ah yes, one of the "Intolerable Acts". It's a bit difficult to assess what the Quebecers thought of it. It did take away the right to the elected Assembly, but that Assembly had never been called, and there had not been any Assembly under the French so that may have been a bit of a moot point. On the other hand, the Act expanded the boundaries of the province greatly, guaranteed the religious rights of Roman Catholics, eliminated the requirement to swear the Oaths of Supremacy and Abjuration, and restored French civil law, so one would think there was a fair bit there that would be important to them. Perhaps the proof was in the pudding: when the US invaded Canada, the French-Canadians joined with the British military in repulsing the Yankees. Mr Serjeant Buzfuz (talk) 17:44, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yankees still swear they won tho Elinruby (talk)
If @Mr Serjeant Buzfuz: was referring to Continental Army or state militia incursions into Canada during the American War of Independence, the Yankees swear that they won, because in fact and without doubt or serious contradiction, they did win. If it was a reference to Canadian participation in the War of 1812 {whose disputatious talk pages Elinruby and I have been haunting for years}, the general conclusion was an inconclusive result (regardless of what Americans or Canadians might think or claim). —— Shakescene (talk) 18:33, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I was referring specifically to the Battle of Quebec on New Years Eve, 1775, just over a year after the Quebec Act was enacted. Generals Montgomery and Arnold led the attack on a snowy night. The plan was to capture Quebec City, which would have brought all of Quebec under Yankee control, since Quebec City is the choke point in the St Lawrence. If it had succeeded, it could have changed the course of development in North America. If the French-Canadians were opposed to the system of government created by the Quebec Act the previous year, one might have thought they would stay neutral, or even join the Americans in the battle. Instead, they fought with the British. Montgomery was killed, Arnold retreated, and Quebec stayed under British control. Mr Serjeant Buzfuz (talk) 18:47, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
my own position id that if you invade a country then have to retreat, you didn't freaking win, did you. i actually care much less about this than that one guy who maintained that since there are fewer Canadians Canadian history is a fringe theory ;) But yeah, I was just checking to see if you were paying attention, lol. Some good edits last night even if you do have strange ideas about tnat there war in Quebec ;) Elinruby (talk) 18:42, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Sorry, I misunderstood what the Yankees thought they won. Joyeuses Pâques —— Shakescene (talk) —— Shakescene (talk) 18:56, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Il n'y a pas de quoi s'excuser, je déconne Elinruby (talk) 19:06, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Wikipedia says:."In 1755, six colonial governors met with General Edward Braddock, the newly arrived British Army commander, and planned a four-way attack on the French. None succeeded, and the main effort by Braddock proved a disaster; he lost the Battle of the Monongahela on July 9, 1755, and died a few days later. British operations failed in the frontier areas of the Province of Pennsylvania and the Province of New York during 1755–57 due to a combination of poor management, internal divisions, effective Canadian scouts, French regular forces, and Native warrior allies." Just saying. And no I didnt do that ;) Elinruby (talk) 18:55, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm actually not sure what side if any to cheer for in all that. Elinruby (talk) 18:58, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Your question on ARC[edit]

I used the phrase "blood libel" in 2018 in this context (also here). François Robere (talk) 15:06, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

mmmyeah that second diff is in an evidence submission that was waiting to be summarized the last I looked. I quoted item 15. So I will take that to mean that I've fairly represented the concern? (Correct me if I am wrong but I'm under the impression that we've interacted very little, and don't know you let alone your concerns) I was however asking because I had to look the term up to see how a medieval trope about drinking the blood of children actually applied here. I think it's a legit metaphorical use though possibly a bit inflammatory. And also to give you an opportunity to comment on the interactions at the time if you wanted, since I think most people would have reached a point of at least minor hyperbole by then. But I only ever even got into that because Barkeep49 asked me for diffs for the statement that there had been edit wars in the article in the past. If you would rather not comment in the case itself I understand; you're far from the only one, François Robere. Elinruby (talk) 17:30, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

As a neutral mention, it was certainly fair.
We have interacted very little, but my overall impression of you has been positive.
Thanks for the opportunity. Today I might use different terminology for several reasons, but I stand behind that use then. We were just starting to clean up the topic area, and stories like that were a daily affair, often accompanied by stonewalling and PAs.
I intend on elaborating on interactions later, and I have taken some examples from there as well. François Robere (talk) 11:07, 6 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
François Robere, yes even as an uninvolved editor that history was painful to even read. Barkeep asked me for diffs to substantiate past edit warring when I mentioned that I thought that this might account for the large number of references that failed verification in that section, so I am assuming that this was intended to be diagnostic. I think the people who are worried about sanctions being handed down over five-year-old behaviour are underestimating the committee. Barkeep in particular seems to be trying to look under the surface, and besides, supposing you did something wrong (which I am not saying) you have already been sanctioned. My take on that at the moment is that if sanctions were warranted for you, they were also warranted for a couple of other people, shrug, but they took the problem to 3RR, which apparently doesn't consider such things. Elinruby (talk) 17:40, 6 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
By the way, while going through diffs I noticed that you expressed some sympathy that one time that I and some others were getting told to work it out with Gitz on the talk page for the umpteenth time. Somewhere around where I was saying that if Wikipedia did not care that the dumpster was on fire then I guessed I didn't either. Belated thanks for that, François Robere. Random question: I realize that it's your username and you know how to spell it, but is that an anglicized version? I keep having to tell my spellcheck that no, he doesn't put an accent grave there even though yeah, it does seem like there should be one there. Elinruby (talk) 19:08, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Sorry for the late reply - "real life" things to deal with.
I agree with all of the above.
No problem.
LOL! Indeed - no grave accent, just a cedilla (cf. François). François Robere (talk) 22:44, 21 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Simplifying refs with {sfn Legifrance}[edit]

Check out my last seven edits at Tribunal correctionnel—dropped 3000 bytes converting the long, Legifrance references using the {{sfn Legifrance}} template, check it out. Also, it makes the wikicode much easier to read, with the shorter refs. Mathglot (talk) 06:50, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Mathglot: That's fantastic. I haven't used it yet because of learning curve (minor Though it may be, I am sure) but I intend to use it heavily when I come back to the admin law glossary, most likely after the Sunday midnight deadline I am currently on. @Shakescene, Scope creep, and Sarjeant Buzfux: may also be interested. I was thinking it might be worth starting a civil law project to host these glossaries; or is there already a project somewhere I am not aware of? Elinruby (talk) 16:24, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
is it just {sfn Legifrance [reference number]} ? Pinging @Mr Sarjeant Buzfuz: because I mangled his user name above. Elinruby (talk)`

@Mr Serjeant Buzfuz: Elinruby (talk) 16:31, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Mathglot, if there is a lots of types of citations across multiple article, it might be worth getting it done by bot. scope_creepTalk 17:10, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
how does one "get it done by bot"? Asking for a friend that does a lot of repetitive copy edits, Elinruby (talk) 17:13, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the invite, but I'm not familiar with Legifrance at all, nor the specific issue of French criminal law, since criminal law in Canada, and court structure, is based on English common law. However, if you're looking for a glossary of civil law terms as used in Quebec, here's a good link: Dictionnaires de droit privé en ligne. As an interesting side note, when the drafters of the Civil Code of Lower Canada were working on the English version, they consciously avoided using English common law terms to ensure they didn't accidentally import common law concepts. Instead, they used equivalent civil law terms from Scots law, which is a civil law jurisdiction. Mr Serjeant Buzfuz (talk) 17:17, 8 April 2023 (UTC)::Reply[reply]
Post an entry up at the bot noticeboard and see if somebody will take it up and start from there. If there is lots of articles needing updating then it is ideal for that. scope_creepTalk 17:39, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Mathglot has written or is writing a glossary of French criminal law. I have made noises about French admin law. I did not know that Scottish law was civil law and find that very interesting. I also did not realize any of what you just said about what you just said about Quebec law and I thank you very much for that. At some point I might like to write up that decision about the Magpie River. where would I go to find out whether the Innu have a treaty with someone, do you know? Elinruby (talk) 19:09, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, Scots law is civil, but not codified. It has close ties to Dutch law, because the Presbyterian dissenters in Scotland sometimes sent their sons off to the Netherlands for good Calvinist educations. I'm afraid I don't know much about the Innu of Labrador, or their Treaty status (or non-status). If there is a treaty or a modern land claims agreement, it would be with the federal government, under s. 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867. You might find these links helpful: Innu Nation and Why Recognize a River’s Rights? Behind the Scenes of the Magpie River Case in Canada. Mr Serjeant Buzfuz (talk) 20:10, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

oh yeah status, thank you? And um, civil but not codified? Does that describe Dutch law then? no rush on this, and I can look it up then?Elinruby (talk) 21:50, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

In Canada, if a Band has signed a treaty with the federal government, then the members of the Band are "status Indians" (note that the bands and band members generally prefer the term "First Nation" / Indigenous, but "status Indians" is the term derived from the federal Indian Act). There are Indigenous people that for historical reasons are not members of a band that has a treaty, so they are sometimes referred to as "non-status". The terminology also applies in some cases to Indigenous bands, to denote whether they have a treaty with the federal government ("status") or don't ("non-status"). My guess is that the Innu in Labrador don't have a treaty, because the impetus for treaties, from the government perspective, was to clarify title to land that would be settled. Labrador didn't fit that pattern, so the Innu may not be a status band.
Netherlands are a codified civil law country: Dutch Civil Code. Codification was an outgrowth of the French Revolution: get rid of all the local coutumes and local written laws, and their implicit (sometimes explicit) connection with feudalism, and have a single code for the entire nation. That ethos tended to spread in Europe with the French armies in the Napoleonic wars. Since Boney never made it to Edinburgh, no codification of Scots law. Mr Serjeant Buzfuz (talk) 22:30, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
When I saw mention of Dutch elements in Scottish civil law, I soon thought about other possible (once-Dutch) users, such as Law of Indonesia, Law of South Africa and Law of New York (state). The last doesn't seem to cite any Dutch civil origins, but the lead paragraphs of the other two show intriguing mixtures of Dutch law with other legal traditions: English common and African in South Africa; and Sharia and customary (adat) in Indonesia. See also Roman-Dutch law, Law of Namibia (S.W. Africa), Law of Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Law of East Timor (Timor leste), etc. However, Wikipedia's articles on Suriname and Guyana (the former Dutch and British Guiana) don't say much, although apparently Roman-Dutch law or civil law is also part of their legal tradition. —— Shakescene (talk) 07:08, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
yeah, the mixed systems are interesting, aren't they. But let me repeat something I think I heard. The Dutch system influenced Scottish law (civil but uncodified) through the educational pattern described by Mr Serjeant Buzfuz. Having become a civil system as a result of the general move to abolish feudalism I guess? But the Dutch system became codified after that through Napoleon. And is now a civil codified system. I am going to go off and digest all this for a while. Elinruby (talk) 19:18, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
and Quebec, though a civil law system, nonetheless does have case law, I just noticed. Hmm 19:48, 9 April 2023 (UTC)

I have in the past had people ask me if I had a status card is what I just had a light bulb moment about. Maybe in Port Hardy, a couple of times also on mainland backwaters. i hadn't made the connection though. I had also forgotten that the Seven Years' War predates the PlaIns of Abraham. So, just to follow up on that point, ant case law prior to that would essentially be treated as a coutumw and no longer applied after that date, because civil law doesn't do case law? Yes, I was wondering about a treaty with the French (or the real Canadians, depending on who you're talking to). I know nothing about the Innu, absolutely nothing, but it did look on the map like the Magpie River had its source in Labrador, but it flows to the St. Lawrence from there. So this is a Quebec question -- I think the impetus for the legislation was a proposed hydroelectric project -- but pretty far east on the north shore. Thank tyou, you have given me a lot to think about. Elinruby (talk) 23:15, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Plains of Abraham was smack-dab in the middle of the Seven Years' War, which ran from 1756 to 1763. The battle for Quebec was 1759, resulting in a British victory. The French still held Montreal, and made an attempt to re-capture Quebec in 1760, which failed (they won the battle outside the walls, but the British retreated into Quebec and the French laid siege). The arrival of Royal Navy ships with supplies in the spring of 1760 was decisive, as the British ships had defeated a French naval group that was to re-supply New France. The Treaty of Paris in 1763 ended the Seven Years' War and confirmed that the British had captured New France.
Yes, the effect of the Civil Code of Lower Canada was that it was no longer necessary to refer to the coutume de Paris and the related cases, decrets, etc. That was one of the driving forces for the new Code: once the Code Napoleon was enacted, the French jurists only referred to that Code, and ceased any writings about the pre-Code law. That meant that in Quebec, the legal sources were increasingly out of date, so they enacted their own Code. However, because the court system is based on the English courts, case law is an important part of Quebec's civil law tradition, and look very similar to cases decided by the courts in the rest of Canada. Mr Serjeant Buzfuz (talk) 13:55, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Getting lost in the indents, so I'll just reply here, and hope I didn't miss something.

learning curve...

Yes, there is a bit of a learning curve for using the {{Sfn Legifrance}} template (and the other two related ones), but not too bad, I'd like to think. I'm a big believer in clear, thorough documentation, so I spent a good deal of time on getting the /doc pages right for all three templates. Which doesn't mean they're perfect, or complete, and I definitely want to hear about anything that isn't clear in the doc now, so please add messages to the template Talk pages (not here, I'll just lose it) for anything that needs clarification, further explanation, or different wording.

is it just {sfn Legifrance [reference number]}

A lot of the time it is, but it's not that simple, because not everything is a "law". For most of the stuff you linked in Tribunal correctionnel that is (or was) a "law", then, yes. But Legifrance is a comprehensive government website containing every law, every bill that didn't become law, every amendment, every nullified law, every decree, act, law, or regulation, most jurisprudence, constitutions, court decisions, links to the entire Journal Officiel, and more, going back to 1529. And then, there are about 60 different codes, one for criminal code, (Code pénale), another for code of criminal procedure (CPP), another for Labor code, Family code, Aviation code, and so on. But, once you know which code, and the number of the law, then it's pretty much just {{sfn Legifrance|CODE|law number}}. You can see some examples in the last column of the table at Template:Sfn Legifrance#Table.

might be worth getting it done by bot

Scope creep, That would be great, if it were feasible, but I think with the current state of things, it wouldn't work. For starters, the laws, acts, decrees, and regulations are only part of the mix (there's all that other stuff alluded to just above) so the bot would have to recognize which type it was. And even when it's a law/decree/reg, etc., the naming isn't exact (see for example, the "param notes" about param |number= at {{Sfn Legifrance#Param notes}}). But there's even a worse complication: in and after 2008, France added a whole bunch of new legal codes (in the sense of, whole new areas of codified law), and then in 2020, they revamped the Légifrance website including some internals such as the format of the url paths, and after that, the French Wikipedia Legifrance template stopped working for the post-2008 legal codes. Our template is based on theirs, or at least, it was up until I changed it earlier this year (especially the total rewrite in this edit), and now it's no longer based on the French template anymore. That doesn't mean the post-2008 codes all work–at the outset, none of them did, and they will have to be converted, one by one, so that they do work. So far, the transport code (CTRANSP) and penal code (CPEN) have been converted, meaning they work in {{sfn Legifrance}} on en-wiki, but not in fr-wiki. Converting the codes is a bit tedious, but is fairly quick, so if you're going to be working with a post-2008 code where the template doesn't work currently because it hasn't been converted yet, just let me know, and I'll convert it so it does. (I should probably document the conversion procedure, so anyone can do it.)

criminal law in Canada... civil law... glossaries of legal terms...

  • Mr Serjeant Buzfuz, yes, I noticed the McGill glossary when I was first researching material for the article French criminal law. The Talk page there has a list of glossaries which includes that one, and several others as well; see § Bilingual glossaries, dictionaries, and search engines. One side effect of my research, was the creation of Glossary of French criminal law, without which I couldn't have gone on to create the article about FCL. The FCL glossary is not "finished" (meaning, there are still some very basic gaps in it), and there's still all of (French) civil law, and administrative law to cover, but that will have to be separate glossaries.

I hope that covers everythipng. If I missed anything, lmk. Cheers, Mathglot (talk) 02:00, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

and the award for best use of tq goes to Mathglot it is interesting, very. A timeline would also be a good idea. It this really all just Napoleon? Elinruby (talk) 09:41, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Pt-wiki OCW templates[edit]

you know what would be cool is if the pt--wiki OCW templates worked with English. condider it a long term feature request maybe? Elinruby (talk) 07:42, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Not aware of any, and just checking pt:Operação Lava Jato I don't see anything of note there; care to add a link? Mathglot (talk) 07:50, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
hmmm maybe I saw it at OCW translations
but it wasn't a dedicated WCw template. I will get back to you on th, maybe Monday, no rush right?s. Elinruby (talk) 08:43, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
hey how about List of scandals in Brazil? Seems like that might lend itself to automation Elinruby (talk) 09:17, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The War over the War of 1812 continues (result inconclusive)[edit]

Hi, Elin, in case you should be seized by some lunatic desire to return to the bloody battles of your callow youth, you could stroll down Memory Lane, and see that Talk:War of 1812#Who won? is, 210 years afterwards, still raging. See Talk:War of 1812#Not a neutral article. But now that we're now so much more mature, we can wage the real struggles over Collaboration with the Axis powers. "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things. Now we see as through a glass darkly ..." — 1 Corinthians 13. —— Shakescene (talk) 17:53, 11 April 2023 (UTC) @Rjensen:Reply[reply]

pretty much. I have zero appetite for a discussion of American exceptionalism. Elinruby (talk) 18:15, 11 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Agreeing with something and being able to recognize it when one sees it are different things. I consider that whole discussion a fine clash of British and American nationalism but my interest is limited to begin with and gets more so the more confused I get about who I should be cheering in the first place. I am inclinec to cheer for the Mohawks a priori but if the decisive battle was Monongahela then that has little to do with an attempt to soberly assess who "won". I never heard of it and associate the name with West Virginia and Ohio. Which might be right, but is something I'd have to read up on, and I fundamentally do not care. I stand by my original position that this is way way too much drama over an infobox entry. Now that we've bored everyone else out of the thread I should mention that I have raised a safety/outing concern at the Arbcom case (unrelated to those previously raised by others) and am amused/content to simply correct the people who call me Polish. The concern is genuine though, and as somebody who could probably already be located by a pissed-off state actor, the last thing I need is TFD demanding the details of my biography as he did last time. The more of that that's out there the more my concern for safety increases, and since he has already taken the position that my refusal to answer proved that I am obviously not proceeding from facts, there seems little point in re-engaging since given the recent incident I am even less willing to bare the identifying details of my biography, thanks. By the way, in my recent teasing discussions of this I was thinking of the battles near Lake Champlain, but the details of that fade into the mist and I have volunteer conscripts, French administrative law and scandals in Brazil to worry about, which i consider to be both plenty enough to worry about and mych mire interesting. Elinruby (talk) 20:02, 11 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I was hardly being serious about re-engaging in this (especially since I have little knowledge outside what I've learnt editing War of 1812), just letting you know that plus ça change, plus c'est las même chose.
Having thought the editors of the day (years ago) had finally, after much wrangling, writing and research, reached some joint mutually-agreeable consensus (about how to report whatever historians' debate there was) that would resolve this never-ending and fundamentally unresolvable debate, of course the debate has never ended and probably never will (regardless of the warning at the top page that it was not the place for discussions of Who won?) Should Wikipedia, in some form, survive until the 1812 War's 250th anniversary in 2062, the editors of that day will no doubt still be dropping in to argue what can never be set in stone (cf. was Napoléon Bonaparte good or bad for France, or Vladimir Lenin good or bad for Russia?)
P.S. good luck on the ArbCom psychodrama; which frankly I don't read because it's too much work (hundreds of thousands of kB) and too emotional. I witnessed or participated in—but rarely enjoyed—far too many faction fights in my youth. @Rjensen: —— Shakescene (talk) 20:52, 11 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

nod, they are deep into a concordance of who did what to which article, which is complicated by the fact that there is secret evidence that can't be discussed, and the arbitrators'complaints about scope creep, which can't be addressed because nobody knows what the scope is. Not really complaining about any of that -- some of the secret evidence relates to my safety concern (although it in itself isn't central to whatever the issue is as some of the other evidence seems to be) for one thing. For another, there has been a news story that they pretty much have to respond to, and the actual problem, while misidentified by Grabowski, gives new meaning to the word "intractable", so I am just glad they are trying. That doesn't mean that I'm not frustrated, but I think Barkeep49 for one is actually trying to get to the bottom of some stuff and resolve it. I haven't had enough interaction with the rest of them to even have an opinion. Elinruby (talk) 21:43, 11 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It's perfectly permissible to omit the outcome field, yanno, btw. A propos of nothing. Or disputed. Clearly it is disputed. Also à propos de rien, I have recently been reading Milgram experiment and about the Stanford prison experiment. And objected to the deletion of what looks like it shouldbe a spinoff of lese-majeste, y'all. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elinruby (talkcontribs) 18:26, 12 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You are not alone...[edit]

I'm really beginning to regret roping you into this Collabaxis article two months ago and the awful nationalist battle at ArbCom that you consequently have to suffer. It does look as if this push to move blame for collaboration from the Poles to the Jews is part of a concerted ideological/nationalist campaign (no doubt organized off-Wiki). Of course, a mirror campaign to extinguish any mention of Jewish collaborators and shove all the blame onto Polish Catholics would be equally objectionable.

The reason I mention this is this conspiratorial posting I saw on the talk page of a Swedish editor who is apparently both a scientist and a scholar of world Wikipedianism. User_talk:HaeB#Feedback_request:_Censorship_of_Wikipedia.

I never knew that Holocaust studies was part of an Israeli plot; I guess that I'm just naïve.

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." — Ephesians 6:12

S:-( —— Shakescene (talk) 19:42, 13 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hmm. that's four months old. Are you sure it's related? It's interesting though, because of his involvement with the Signpost's very uncritical review of the Grabowski article. My own involvement is limited to the collaboration article, although it annoyed me to spend several hours checking out the citizenship of various members of the school of Paris. (As far as I can tell tell all the Poles survived.) I am a bit dismayed at the "who suffered more" discourse that apparently took place in Poland, but my own position is that Grabowski was wrong to say that anybody intentionally distorted anything. Certainly VM and Piotrus seem capable of examining their beliefs. On the other hand I absolutely cannot defend some of the things that GizzyCatBella has said, while displaying a Canadian flag to boot. It's essentially over, though. For some reason GCB's antisemitism was not accrpted into evidence, which is confusing, but they are apparently investigating something we are not aware of. As far as I am concerned, I was added as a party, but all of the evidence about me is positive so I am not too concerned. I will need to do a little more talking in the analysis phase, or maybe the correct word is "should". I am just glad France had already gotten past this phase.Elinruby (talk) 19:45, 14 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Article 49 spiked 500x over normal levels[edit]

I don't know what the heck happened a month ago, but there was this huge spike in viewership at Article 49 of the French Constitution about a month ago. Normally, it gets around 20 to 40 page views a day, and then out of nowhere, it shot up to over 13,000 on 16 March. Any idea what happened? Did it get onto the Main page, or something? Mathglot (talk) 04:33, 14 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

[butting in, in complete ignorance] I would suspect that such a spike might have to do with Pres. Macron's attempts to increase the age of retirement from 62 to 64 without a majority vote in the National Assembly — attempts which we all know have provoked endless days of protest in the streets, answered with all the subtlety, finesse and restraint for which French law enforcement is so celebrated. The news reports I've read and seen that Macron bypassed a regular parliamentary vote to do so, but I don't know if Article 49 was the mechanism he used, although my reading of the Wikipedia article strongly suggests that to me. —— Shakescene (talk) 05:39, 14 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I suspected, upon further thought (instead of going to sleep) that the clicks onto this article probably came from Wikilinks in other articles about the controversy. See, for example,
—— Shakescene (talk) 06:28, 14 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Aha Elinruby (talk) 19:51, 14 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shakescene:, good sleuthing! At first, I was dubious about the first hypothesis, because even though the timing was about right, I just couldn't see how the average reader would make the connection between the street protests and the Constitution, let alone a particular article of it. But your list of links makes good sense as a possibility. It's perhaps not the first two (which used to be called "2023_French_pension_reform_strikes" since on 3/16 that article had 6,024 views, and Article 49 had twice that, so that wasn't it (or at least, not most of it). Add the Borne article wasn't created till 20 March, so that wasn't it, either. There are 24 mainspace articles which link to Article 49, so that would be the logical place to look, following up on your two links. Other than your links, which seem like the most likely suspects, I found this candidate:
but it's not that either, because it has only about a thousand views.
So I started thinking, "maybe it came from links outside Wikipedia, such as a press article with high viewership which either linked to our article (if so, it might be under the old, "strikes" name, depending when it was published) or was about the same topic and prompted readers to search around for more info. So, I checked around, and found "What Is Article 49.3 of the French Constitution? published in the New York Times, on—guess what day?—March 16.
Without access logs, it's hard to be sure, but I think it's fair to conclude that some readers of the NY Times article, after having read it, might have wanted to know more about Article 49.3, and either did a google search or came straight to Wikipedia and searched here (the internal search figure is available, if we ask the right people). If they did a google search for the title of the NY Times article, the What Is Article 49.3 of the French Constitution?, the #1 result is the Wikipedia article (even though the title is different) and #2 is the NYT article itself. Without access logs from the NYT, we don't know for sure how many people read their article, let alone searched for more info and ended up here, but it seems like the most likely scenario.
All of which seems to point to Elinruby as having been prescient, in his major expansion of the article, getting ready for the moment when a reform bill in France over three years later would provoke massive protests, and a NYT article reporting on it, that would in turn send thousands of readers flocking to Wikipedia to read his words. Hm, makes me wonder what kind of crystal ball he is using, and where do I get one? Mathglot (talk) 22:14, 14 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
hmm ok? isn't this the one where there was discussion on the talk page about the administration in power and the government? The article was there as a remedy to the sort of constitutional crisis that ended the Third Republic, as I recall. I got interested in how a democracy came to vote itself out of existence a couple of years ago, when we were doing Liberation of France. one of the things that happened was the Fourth Republic, right?. Elinruby (talk) 23:06, 14 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
putting a little time into the references, which do need it. Also starting a second pass for language Elinruby (talk) 02:06, 15 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Takeaway from referencing: yeah, I got there from previous forays into French constitutional law. I saw that Mathglot removed some untranslated text -- and thank you for that work, Mathglot -- but I did manage to improve on what was there when I got there last night. Based on my most recent referencing binge, the reason 49.3 is important is that it allowed Macron to unilaterally increase the age of retirement. I have to come back to the referencing, but it is precisely this modification of parliamentary procedure* that distinguishes the Fifth Republic from the Fourth, and it was intended to prevent the rotating-door administrations which plagued the Fourth Republic.

I am still uncertain about the motion of non-confidence and the motion of confidence, which a translator before me had conflated. I *think* the motion of confidence was replaced by the engagement in the Fifth Republic, but I think I read somewhere, possibly French Wikipedia, that an engagement requires a simple majority for approval, whereas a vote of no confidence requires an absolute majority, a critical distinction for a minority government. Looking for a reference for that, but I noticed last night that current events are headed to the constitutional council, which is the escalation prescribed by the constitution. Key work escalation. I added a two-sentence paragraph titled March 2023, but am not quite certain that more is going on than the usual protests as a rite of spring in Paris. Apparently this is the 11th time the government has used this mechanism. Certainly though, we do have the executive over-riding the legislature and public sentiment. Elinruby (talk) 20:39, 15 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • But remember, Parliament != Parliament, which in Britain is the lower house. In France this is the Assemblée Nationale, and Parlement refers to the legislative branch Elinruby (talk) 19:27, 15 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Ignorant as I am of the finer points of the Fifth Republic's constitution, I do know something of the (unwritten) British constitution. Parliament means the House of Lords as well as the House of Commons, just as the Canadian Parliament consists of the Senate and House of Commons, and the United States Congress means the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.
    The British House of Lords still has a formal rôle, although its actual (positive or negative) power has been progressively vitiated over the last 120+ years. Legislation must still come before it, for consideration and suggested amendments, although the Government of the Day can easily ignore or override it and essentially enact measures simply by carrying the House of Commons.
    I've seen various names in English for the legislative branch of France, consisting of the Sénat and the Assemblée Nationale, most commonly Parliament. Just to spice things up, parlement, as you know and as countless British and American students must learn, has quite a different specific meaning referring to legal bodies under the Bourbon monarchy.
    I should stop here to avoid dropping into silliness or incoherence. Bonne chance
    —— Shakescene (talk) 02:10, 16 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Really! I stand corrected on the meaning of Parliament, I guess. This is what I guess for opining about the obvious, vaguely remembered from grade school, lol. While I have your attention, did that caption get taken care of? Elinruby (talk) 02:15, 16 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
While you have my attention, what (or which) caption? —— Shakescene (talk) 02:48, 16 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Whether or not ROA/RONA were Nazi by definition? Elinruby (talk) 02:54, 16 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I went ahead and took care of the caption, since the other editor never did provide any evidence of his contention that you are wrong. Elinruby (talk) 16:14, 22 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Rue Copernic and French fascism[edit]

No doubt (sans doute) you might be interested, if you don't already know about it, in an in-absentia conviction for the Rue Copernic bombing

No appeal from an in-absentia conviction sounds strange to me. It's not know whether Justin Trudeau will extradite from Canada.

I'm currently re-reading a book I bought and read just before I left to enter Berkeley as a freshman: International Fascism, 1920-1945, Number One of the Journal of Contemporary History (Harper Torchbooks, 1966). It has a general essay on "The Nature of Fascism in France" by Robert J. Soucy and "The Political Transition of Jacques Doriot" by Gilbert Allardyce.

Have a good weekend —— Shakescene (talk) 19:14, 21 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

¶ Link to JStor edition of the JCH no. 1, See especially Robert Soucy's discussion of what drove French fascists towards (or occasionally away from) collaboration with Germany, beginning on page 42. —— Shakescene (talk) 05:35, 22 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That looks very pertinent. I will download that later today and dig in further. I have been doing some reading re Bulgaria and Serbia, and nibbling around the edges of the volunteer militias. Elinruby (talk) 16:53, 22 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Charter of Rights would come into it. I think anti-terrorism legislation in France might be part of the no-appeal thing; not sure. In my only very slightly informed opinion I think the lack of an appeal might make some people question whether he should be extradited, given the precedent set with Maher Arar. I will do some clicking. Elinruby (talk) 01:48, 22 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

à propos de rien: [9] Elinruby (talk) 16:32, 22 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

confirming the lack of appeal: From Contoumace [fr]: La loi du 9 mars 2004, dite loi Perben II, a institué en lieu et place une procédure dite de « défaut criminel »[10]. Cette dernière donne lieu à des débats oraux si l'accusé est représenté par un avocat[11]. En cas d'absence de l'accusé et de son avocat, il revient au juge de décider le report du procès ou la condamnation par défaut. Celle-ci devient irrévocable (le condamné ne peut pas faire appel). Looks like this was an attenpt to bring a more drastic post-911 law into compliance with european human right law. See also: Garde à vue. Elinruby (talk) 18:12, 23 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

the interesting part is that on the face of it the above would seem to violate the Principle of legality in French law. Or maybe not; bombs have always been illegal. But the law about appeals (among other things) came after the alleged offence. I took a look at Canadian procedures for extradition, about while there's no question that what he is accused of is also illegal in Canada, it's a bit less clear what the Justice Department would make of the trial in absentia without appeal. The webpage specifically mentions proof of identity, as in, is this really the person who did this. So there is a review. The fact that it's France probably doesn't matter. I suspect that the Maher Arar case put an end to taking the word of other countries (in that case the US) that they have "proof". And then there is a whole appeal process, so there is time to figure this out. Elinruby (talk) 18:32, 23 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Glancing very hurriedly over some of the reporting, I understand that the prosecution's case was denied by a lower court (one of first instance?} but reinstituted by the Cour de Cassation, which I've understood to be equivalent to an Anglo-American court of appeals. Although it still doesn't make sense from my sense of justice, perhaps one reason he couldn't take it to appeal was that an appeals court had already given its decision.
¶ Since trials in absentia are so rare nowadays in American and Commonwealth law, I may not understand the principle of unappealability, but perhaps it rests on the fact neither the defendant nor an advocate appeared to defend him. (Again, some kinds of defence rely on not acknowledging a jurisdiction to whom you don't want to give recognition — for example, if some court, regular or kangaroo, in Russia or Chine were to assert extraterritorial anti-terrorist jurisdiction and hear charges against you for supporting Aleksandr Navalny or the independence of Taiwan and Ukraine).
But I'm no lawyer; I just have an unused associate's degree in paralegal studies (of U.S. law). —— Shakescene (talk) 19:36, 23 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I will dig into the legal question a bit. This would come under the admin law I keep saying I will finsh up after all.

Dark in here but good company[edit]

@Bishonen: Can I talk to you yet, or would that still be bludgeoning? Elinruby (talk) 18:18, 23 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

If it's still about that ping, which was perfectly correct although you don't seem to understand it, then no, I don't want to hear it. If it's about something else, fine. Bishonen | tålk 20:16, 23 April 2023 (UTC).Reply[reply]
Hmm. You still sound kinda ruffled. Look, I admit that I found the allegation so outrageous that I lost my cool, if that helps. I am sorry about all the notifications as I tried to explain to you that it was outrageous. Look at it from my point of view. The situation escalated all the way to you indicating that you would not oppose an indef ban, over "stalking" that amounts to a 1) routine discretionary sanctions notification and 2) a civil (and required) required attempt to discuss an issue of behaviour. That is the sum total of my actions on her talk page, vs:TrangaBellam on my talk page:
  • 17:13, 14 January 2023 TB
  • 22:05, 24 January 2023 TB
  • 10:28, 28 January 2023 TB
  • 14:37, 30 January 2023 TB
  • 10:08, 2 February 2023 TB
  • 10:21, 2 February 2023 El
  • 10:23, 2 February 2023 El
  • 10:35, 2 February 2023 TB
  • 11:07, 2 February 2023 El
  • 11:09, 2 February 2023 El

Maybe I'm reading the editor interaction analyzer wrong; infinite are the ways in which I have been and will be wrong. My saving grace imho is that I admit it.🌻 However, it looks to me like, if anything, she follows me, although she seems to spend more time at the noticeboards than I do.

This is *not* at this time an appeal of the interaction ban, although it's getting in the way of my wikignoming a bit. But I do understand it's considered best practice for these to be two-way, and I wish you would have a word with her about complaining to journalists about the "hostile reaction" she claims to get when she "cleans up". Pro tip, if she would talk to people, instead of daring them to start wiki proceedings, she would get less of that, definitely from me, at least. Bonus pro tip: If one tells other editors to take it to AE, one shouldn't respond with rofl emoticons when they do. It makes it look like one thinks the fix is in, especially when one's reaction to a warning is another rofl emoticon and an announcement that one can make the warning go away.

This does not require a response, unless of course you want to make one. I've said what I said and don't plan to say more at this time; not looking to argue with you, but as I understand it you're the person to talk to about that ban.Elinruby (talk) 21:15, 23 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Elinruby, you can appeal the I-ban if you wish, but you can't complain about the other user without appealing the ban, as you do above. An appeal is an exception to the rules for interaction bans, which state "if Alice is banned from interacting with Bob, Alice would not be allowed to ... make reference to or comment on Bob anywhere on Wikipedia, directly or indirectly". See WP:IBAN. Asking an admin to take action against a violation of the ban by another person is another exception, as is asking for clarifications about the scope of the ban. But you're not doing any of that, AFAICS. What you do above — discussing TB's actions and complaining about what led to the ban — is not an exception. This is a warning. Don't complain about TB directly or indirectly again. Bishonen | tålk 21:47, 23 April 2023 (UTC).Reply[reply]

so: echoing to make sure I understand: It is a violation of an I-ban to complain that a banned user is talking to Slate magazine about their alleged hostile treatment by another user, but it is not a violation of the interaction ban to complain to Slate magazine about the other user?

If so: let's consider this an appeal then, since in that case it's just permission for slander, about which I am not permitted to complain. The basis for this appeal, of a ban which I requested, is that it isn't being enforced. She fails to follow the procedure of the case, yet makes fun of me on talk pages where it is not appropriate for me to reply.

And you are giving *me* warnings. I assume that my appeal is denied because how dare I, but just saying. This has been an effort to discuss, and since this has not been possible, fine. I told you I wasn't looking for an argument. Have a nice day. Elinruby (talk) 22:24, 23 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Look, I'm not trying to be difficult, but I can't action complaints or appeals on mere hints; you say "I wish you would have a word with her about complaining to journalists about the "hostile reaction" she claims to get when she 'cleans up'", apparently assuming that I closely follow everyting both of you do. In reality I don't know what you're referring to. Now you have specified that into "a banned user is talking to Slate magazine about their alleged hostile treatment by another user"; still not helpful without a link or diff. Also I don't know what to do with a general, diff-less, complaint that "She fails to follow the procedure of the case, yet makes fun of me on talk pages where it is not appropriate for me to reply", either. And you add a list of times TB contacted you on your talk before I placed the ban. Presumably that's a complaint about what led to the ban.
Also, and I'm sorry you weren't told about this clearly at the time, Arbcom, as represented by User:Barkeep, briefly altered the conditions of my I-ban in March, and I therefore asked them to take over the ban, which they agreed to do. See this discussion on your page, this on mine, and this note in the log. So could you please address your appeal either to Barkeep as your first port of call, or put it at WP:AN (for consideration by the community) or WP:AE (for consideration by uninvolved admins)? Wherever you put it, please consider that the reader(s) will need specific information, diffs, etc. Bishonen | tålk 08:28, 24 April 2023 (UTC).Reply[reply]
Your points are well-taken, and btw I am not trying to be difficult either. To the extent that I am anyway, I am sincerely sorry.
I actually am under the impression (from an, actually, quite close reading of the subsequent thread on your talk page) that BK only' modified it to allow evidence submission in the case. The issue of evidence submission on talk pages is indeed his problem to that extent, and only brought to you on my second reply when I thought we were burnng an appeal.
If you are requesting that any appeal go to AN, that is the procedural clarity that i was looking for, so thank you for that. I will do that at some point, and btw simply say that you referred me there, period. BK is of the DENY philosophy (I think), which still leaves my wikignoming hampered by a sanction resulting from a baseless complaint imho. But the reputational harm has already been done and his hands are full with gnarly procedural questions, the last I looked, with what to do about evidence submitted by a blocked sock. This is definitely more urgent and probably more important than the forensic investigation that now appears to be required for me to manifest as a punctuation fairy.
So peace out, Bishonen. Sorry to bother you but I was under the impression it was required. I have questions about Bishzilla but they can await a later time, and the procedural questions I still have about this this don't need to be asked here if you are referring me to AN. 🌻 Elinruby (talk) 19:16, 24 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Either AN or AE, yes. Welcome in Bishzilla pocket, little user! bishzilla ROARR!! pocket 19:44, 24 April 2023 (UTC).Reply[reply]

Things someone should be doing[edit]

also Jejuri and Guinguette

Public art in Barcelona

South America[edit]

There are many articles like the following that are all disassociated. Maybe a navbar?


Judenräte etc[edit]

fewer people have died? deportation machine could not have run as smoothly as it did. collaboration with the Axis powers

  • Editions of Arendt
    • If we follow the link to [11], Google Book (digital?) version
  • Sidney Alderman redlink, Nuremberg prosecutor
  • Henrik Werth
  • Cossacks section

Long night of waiting[edit]

  • Danish smuggled almost their entire Jewish population into Sweden
  • Vichy laws on the status of Jews
  • Refugees in World War 2
  • Prisoners of war in the Nazi German military
  • Like it or not OAN is totally within the scope of "volunteers" since the Ukrainian military still calls them that today Elinruby (talk) 06:04, 25 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Somebody please either fix Bihag or determine that it is gibberish. I suspect it is not, but I can't read it, either Elinruby (talk) 04:21, 21 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

French law, Canadian law and international air agreements[edit]

Hi, Elin, since I know that you (and also Mr Serjeant Buzfuz & Mathglot) have some interest in French law, Canadian law and administrative law, you might perhaps have some interest in this RefDesk question that has almost nothing to do with such upbeat cheerful subjects as terrorism, Vichy and Nazi collaborators/enablers:

Wikipedia:Reference_desk/Humanities#France and Canada Freedoms of the air status. —— Shakescene (talk) 19:09, 25 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I answered, but in case you missed it, in turns out that Canada did indeed withdraw from that treaty. Elinruby (talk) 01:16, 27 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
speculatiion: might have felt uncomfortable given its position between US and Soviet Union Elinruby (talk) 13:40, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Bing Chat's essay on Vichy and the Jews[edit]

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Tell me about the anti-Semitic campaign and laws by the Vichy French government after June 1940 Í Sent message. Tell me about the anti-Semitic campaign and laws by the Vichy French government after June 1940

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The Vichy French government was a puppet regime established by Nazi Germany after France’s defeat in World War II. The Vichy government enacted anti-Semitic laws with the full knowledge and support of the Catholic church1. Before the Nazis ever demanded the Vichy government participate in anti-Semitic policies, the French had enacted policies that removed Jews from civil service and began seizing Jewish property2. Anti-Jewish laws were enacted by the Vichy France government in 1940 and 1941 affecting metropolitan France and its overseas territories during World War II34. These laws were decrees of head of state Marshal Philippe Pétain since Parliament was no longer in office as of July 11, 19403.

I hope this helps!

Received message. The Vichy French government was a puppet regime established by Nazi Germany after France's defeat in World War II. The Vichy government enacted anti-Semitic laws with the full knowledge and support of the Catholic church. Before the Nazis ever demanded the Vichy government participate in anti-Semitic policies, the French had enacted policies that removed Jews from civil service and began seizing Jewish property. Anti-Jewish laws were enacted by the Vichy France government in 1940 and 1941 affecting metropolitan France and its overseas territories during World War II . These laws were decrees of head of state Marshal Philippe Pétain since Parliament was no longer in office as of July 11, 1940. I hope this helps!

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1. blogs.timesofisrael.com2. smithsonianmag.com3. en.wikipedia.org4. en.wikipedia.org5. en.wikipedia.org6.

What happened to Jews under Vichy France?

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My mistake, I can’t give a response to that right now. Let’s try a different topic. —— Shakescene (talk) 19:37, 27 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

While we don't want Chatbot or Bing Chat to write anything for Wikipedia, I suspect that using it can save you a lot of time in ferreting out facts, references and distinctions for subjects you don't already know well (e.g. collaboration in the Far or Middle East). —— Shakescene (talk) 03:00, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Do not rely on LLMs; they are merely spitting back the likeliest words in response to gobs of stuff they have gorged on, including propaganda and false narratives. In relatively uncontroversial areas where no one has a counternarrative, it might be okay. Mathglot (talk) 09:22, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I rwad this as a suggestion for generating search terms on let's say collaboration with the Japanese in Malaysia....Elinruby (talk) 13:07, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Exactly, that's what I was thinking — not to rely on AI's conclusions, interpretations or relative emphases, but as a more-sophisticated kind of search-engine offering possible leads and sources with more context than a traditional search-engine's long list of links and snippets (go, fish!) —— Shakescene (talk) 13:20, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

the fact that Wikipedia is so many of the references underlined who important it is to get this right. Elinruby (talk) 01:10, 29 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ukrainian redux[edit]


Just saying, here is some overdue validation, Volunteer Marek. Elinruby (talk) 19:59, 29 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yup! Thanks. Volunteer Marek 20:18, 29 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Do you think it might be helpful to create a Collaboration, etc. , Wikiproject ?[edit]

Hi, Elin, I was just thinking that with all the overlap and cross-referencing, it might be helpful to create a Wikiproject or Wikigroup for something like "Invasion, Collaboration, Occupation and Resistance during World War II" (a more logical order would be IOCR, but this arrangement could be more euphonisouly acronymised to ICOR) to gather together all those articles like German occupation of Byelorussia during World War II, Collaboration with Imperial Japan, Collaboration with the Axis powers, Vichy France, Chetniks, Partisans, List of World War II puppet states, Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, Azad Hind, Slovak Republic (1939-1945). White Rose, Manchukuo, Vidkun Quisling, Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, Einsatzgruppen. Otto Abetz. etc. (There may already be a Wiki Project on the various resistance movements.)

On the one hand, this might help with overlap and cross-checking; on the other, it might either pretend to become some Universal Law-Giver or else sit around empty, unvisited and unused. There's also a more-distant danger of just coalescing onto one project page all those angry ArbCom-worthy debates on topics such as Jewish collaboration or Comfort women. @Mathglot, @User:Piotrus @User:Marcelus, @User:Scope creep. @User:Volunteer Marek

—— Shakescene (talk) 02:19, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Morning @Shakescene: That is a interesting idea. It would certainly something that could focus the group efforts and we could have a participants lists. Morning @Elinruby: I've been doing research on collaboration and found a book on collaboration, the meaning of Nazi collaboration and the many forms its took depending on the particular country or region, the demographics, the people that were there, economy and so it. It seems to be the defintive book, but is probably one amongst many, but it excellent at describing the various aspects of it and why each country/group decided to go with, particularly the early ones, their motivations and so on. I found a review and it pointed me to a Italian academic who held the last conference on nazi collaboration for researchers on the subject. I'm going to contact him and see what he says in terms of the lastest sources and see if we can get any pointers. I'm still on the Lister article at the moment, so this is on the back, but I have some direction for the collaboration article. scope_creepTalk 07:34, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'll probably be low-activity for the next month or so, but I'll watch with interest, and contribute when I can. Mathglot (talk) 09:04, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I think it's a good idea. I had been wondering if everyone got run off by the current Arb case, and was.thinking of making a post about that. Certainly it would improve the visibility of the effort. As for.attracting the angry, that may be inevitable, whether we start a formal project or not. If it gets too bad we can maybe ask for discretionary sanctions, which this article currently only falls under with respect to Poland. I think that holding fast to verifiability will help a lot with creating something useful that neither blames nor praises. Elinruby (talk) 16:26, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
As I suspected there is already some Resistance stuff falling within the WW2 MilHistory projects.
There's also this collapsible category guide (or whatever you call it)
[[Category:World War II resistance movements]].
P.S. I looked at the Collaboration with Imperial Japan article that I created by splitting off 16 k from Collaboration with the Axis Powers earlier this year, and it's now nearly doubled to 28 k, which is exactly what I was seeking. Most of us know something about Vichy France or Eastern Europe, but nearly nothing (except what we've found in Wikipedia) about modern Asian history — far better to attract those who have a greater interest in and knowledge of modern Asia than to stumble our own way through darkly (and perhaps wrongly).
—— Shakescene (talk) 17:45, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
New projects, even ones you'd think have broad interest, frequently go dark. A subtask of WP:MILHIST may be a good route to consider. MILHIST is a huge project with many task forces for subtopics, and is not going to become inactive. If a new "collaboration" subtask is created and has little input for some time, it won't disappear as long as MILHIST exists. Plus, it may attract crossover interest from members of other MILHIST task forces that wouldn't have noticed it as a standalone project. So that's one thing to consider. Mathglot (talk) 18:50, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Except we've been removing military history. Just saying Elinruby (talk) 19:05, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Fair enough; maybe another project then; WP:POLITICS? Mathglot (talk) 19:07, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
maybe sociology? seems like there is an important point that the article misses, which is why some people collaborated... thinking about this. I looked at the collaboration with Japan article, btw, and at first thought all the added bytes were for sections that say "this section is empty", but Vietnam and i think another country are definitely more fleshed out than they were.Elinruby (talk) 05:08, 3 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I think what we've been trying to avoid or minimise is purely-military history (the North African campaigns, Operation Anvil, Barbarossa, Overlord, etc.) and lists of volunteers or conscripts in the various Axis armies. Some of the other histories of occupation, complicity, collaboration and resistance are very hard to separate from the initial invasions and/or liberations. One example would be the Armistice Line which separated "Unoccupied France" from Occupied France. Another would be the Einsatzgruppen which closely followed the front lines, but (with their small numbers) relied heavily on local complicity and collaboration. The Resistance and counter-resistance were partly political and partly military. But, basically, as Mathglot suggested, the Military History Wikiproject would be a good place to recruit, organise and motivate knowledgeable and interested editors. Too sleepy to be more coherent.
—— Shakescene (talk) 04:13, 4 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Re: Armistice Line: sure. There is an article about Line of control, so there might even be an dedicated infobox for borders and disputed territories. As to MILHIST, you guys are right of course. If you are going to post over there, I would also like to know if there is a list anywhere of the French Foreign Legion? I could use one for the Red Army also, come to think of it? Also, I think I posted a discussion of collaboration at Sciences Po...That is going to be very close to the best source out there for French political thought on the history. I will bring it over to this thread when I get a chance. Elinruby (talk) 04:05, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Are you bringing your discussion to Sciences Po, or are you discussing some wartime collaboration with Germany by or at Sciences Po (which would have been the mirror opposite of the first Resistance by Germaine Tillion and others at the Musée de l'Homme; cf. the atomic research being done at the Collège de France) ? ¶ The Foreign Legion question brought to my mind the key rôle that the Spanish Foreign Legion (los moros) played on Franco's side in defeating the Second Spanish Republic. Were the local emirs in Spanish Morocco puppets of or collaborators with the Rebels? —— Shakescene (talk) 04:34, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
i should have used bullet points. Somewhere, possibly the Collaboration talk page, I posted a look to what looks like an online project, published by Sciences Po, which would be a gold-star source on current French political thought on totalitarianism and the history of Vichy France. Elinruby (talk) 05:18, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Armistice Line Demarcation line. Mathglot (talk) 04:55, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A cup of coffee for you![edit]

Cup-o-coffee-simple.svg Thank you for your improvements on the battle of amritsar page (1757) here have a coffee for all your troubles Twarikh e Khalsa (talk) 04:42, 3 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi, Elin, I just did a fairly massive reorganization of Puppet state, which suffered from the usual inconsistencies and incoherence from successive edits over time by successive editors. Could you spare the time to look over my work and see or solve any improvements that could be made? In particular, could someone watching your talk page write a line or two about Albania? (I'm not sure if it fits better with European one-time Soviet satellites like Romania, or with Yugoslavia under States under Soviet influence.) @Mathglot @Scope creep @Piotrus @Marcelus @Volunteer Marek —— Shakescene (talk) 03:54, 4 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

only got a couple typos so far and I will be gone all day but the banana republics and all of the British Empire seem to be missing (?) Do I need to re-read the definition or something? But yeah, I've messed around with Croatian folk dance and whatnot as a palate cleanser, time to get back to work. Elinruby (talk) 14:02, 4 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I personally tend to think this is something that got loose from its original moorings, where representative individual examples have morphed through several editors into a full (or near-full) list.
Otherwise this would just be largely a duplication of List of World War II puppet states. And I don't know what the best future resolution might look like, for example, leaving the Puppet State article for just definition and theory, while creating several non-WWII list pages of examples for World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution and Counter-revolution, clients of post-Bourbon France (Batavian Republic, Spain, Mexican Empire, etc.), breakaway states before becoming U.S. territories (Republic of Texas, Republic of Hawaii, etc.), British and French protectorates (e.g. the princely states of India and Malaya), other kinds of satellite and client régimes, etc. @Mathglot @Scope creep, @Marcelus @Volunteer Marek —— Shakescene (talk) 17:40, 4 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I think Albania had a king just before World War 2 Elinruby (talk) 02:56, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I also think Peacemaker67 was

helping with Albania on the Collaboration article, they might be able to do that off the top of their head. Elinruby (talk) 04:59, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

When i was messing around after posting earlier, waiting for the shuttle, I noticed that at least one of the lists is sourced to Wikipedia, so that's got to go. I just got back in --- a feature of where I live is that it's quite a journey to the grocery store, although the scenery is spectacular --- but I can commit to making sure all that is covered elsewhere, and at least make a start at referencing anything that isn't. But it does eem to me that United Fruit should be mentioned. Is it on list of puppet states at least? Elinruby (talk) 22:44, 4 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Er. I have 27 more notifications, all from the AC case. It looks like G&K is still stirring the pot and people are getting testy because the case won't stay closed, lol. Sounds like an excellent opportunity to stay out of the strife, but I should go make sure that it's still the case that nobody thinks I am part of the problem....I will do the above but probably not fot a couple hours. Elinruby (talk) 22:56, 4 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
myeah, staying out of that. None of it seems to concern me or my evidence and nobody is arguing with the point I made a couple days ago. Going to take a look at puppet state and start with the stuff in that list. Elinruby (talk) 23:37, 4 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm Your Puppet. [13]
Relax and enjoy yourself, ER: all of this is long-range stuff, and no one is going to die from fatal errors about the events and phenomena of 80 years ago. No pogrom, pandemic or race war (irrespective of of ArbCom's proceedings) will start because we can't strike the right balance or find the right Reliable Sources for Enver Hoxha, Josef Tiso, Vidkun Quisling, François Darlan, Subhas Chandra Bose, Jean Luchaire, Park Chung-hee, Gringoire, Matyas Rakosi, La S.T.O., Joseph Bonaparte, Bao Dai or Lord Haw Haw. —— Shakescene (talk) 00:30, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
so...princely states as a group are probably more notable than West Florida, just saying? And with all due respect were those actually Americans in Texas? I'll grant you Daniel Boone, but I am unclear on whether this is General Santa Ana's campaign. Really, it would just be better to call them Texans. Elinruby (talk) 02:53, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
maybe even Texians Elinruby (talk) 03:00, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I don't think that the Republic of Texas, West Florida or the California Republic really qualify as puppet states. While I don't know the detailed history, they were locally originated and not directed, so far as I can tell, by another government. The Hawaiian Republic might be a different matter, although I think it was established and run by the local sugar kings (after overthrowing the monarchy) more than by by the U.S. (Are we counting governments that are the puppets of specific internal groups or classes? That would require us to write up every regime that has ever relied on an upper class, i.e., most political history. Just preceding a merger with another country later does not always make you that country's puppet. —— Shakescene (talk) 03:17, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, well. That is part of the problem with the article as it stands: definitions of collaboration vs appeasement vs big bidness vs corporatism/technocrats, crony capitalism, oligarchy, caudillos and dictators, and of course monarchy and feudalism, mercantilism, privateers, Manifest Destiny, Trail of Tears, Louis Riel, British Raj, Rush for Africa, United Fruit, colonialism, kleptocracy, forced labour and totalitarianism, with a side order of dystopia and disinformation? Right? Elinruby (talk) 04:00, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
How could you forget the United Empire Loyalists ;-) —— Shakescene (talk) 04:42, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
hehehe you mean the loyalist refugees from American tyranny? Elinruby (talk) 04:48, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Well, we all know that the so-called "independent" United States were but a puppet of late-Bourbon France and then a tool of Boney (like Bonapartist Spain). And as for those Jeffersonians who screamed for Liberty but were nothing more than enthusiastic cat's paws of Robespierre and the Red Paris Directory..... —— Shakescene (talk) —— Shakescene (talk) 05:03, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Lol yup France the model republic voluntarily became a dictatorship at least twice. Elinruby (talk) 05:07, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

TL;DR The topic needs to be narrowed, or maybe indexed. Do we have established categories? Surely we ust, right?Elinruby (talk) 04:04, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Typically, language barriers are concluded from dialects and brain disabilities." Elinruby (talk) 02:00, 6 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Item for discussion: Kosovo[edit]

Is it worth pointing out the npov flags:

Due to very high birth rates, the proportion of Albanians increased from 75% to over 90%. In contrast, the number of Serbs barely increased, and in fact dropped from 15% to 8% of the total population, since many Serbs departed from Kosovo as a response to the tight economic climate and increased incidents with their Albanian neighbours. While there was tension, charges of "genocide" and planned harassment have been debunked as an excuse to revoke Kosovo's autonomy. For example, in 1986 the Serbian Orthodox Church published an official claim that Kosovo Serbs were being subjected to an Albanian program of 'genocide'.[93] Even though they were disproved by police statistics,[93][page needed] they received wide attention in the Serbian press and that led to further ethnic problems and eventual removal of Kosovo's status.

worth=have a positive effect Elinruby (talk) 20:48, 7 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I am pretty sure the sentence I just bolded is not what we want to say in wikivoice about any genocide allegation. Elinruby (talk) 08:00, 8 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

List of massacres in Kosovo Elinruby (talk) 19:18, 15 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Spectacularly bad referencing[edit]

Look at the history section: the Bund Deutscher Jugend Elinruby (talk) 08:15, 8 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Advice and maybe help, if you have time[edit]

First seen May 7 in EU press, not yet in US press AFAIK, about Russian intel-managed running fake protestors -- here's a quick summary, in English, from Denmark [14]. Le Monde wrote it up in French, SZ in German, etc. I am gathering some sources in my sandbox. Very amateur work -- they use the same guy to be a Ukrainian giving Nazi salutes at one venue, and holding up a sign saying Nato should stop bombing Donetsk at another. I'd like to create an article but wondering what to call it. Any suggestions, or sources to suggest? Hope all is well with you, and thanks again for your kind message on my talk page a while ago. HouseOfChange (talk) 23:07, 9 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi there. Bellingcat? as for advice, be very sure of your sources. Stay out of arguments ;) You are welcome.Elinruby (talk) 23:14, 9 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Also, I am unfamiliar with some of those sources, but SZ are the people who brought us the Panama Papers, you know, so I would take whatever they say that Le Monde agrees with pretty seriously. I looked at Bellingcat; nothing there on this at the moment. I will have to read deeper to get some search terms. I suppose this is outsourced to the usual suspects. Elinruby (talk) 23:53, 9 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
DW and some other solid RS are also saying this now. I was taking a link over to your sandbox but got distracted. Elinruby (talk) 06:41, 10 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@HouseOfChange: [15] - definite RS, in case you havent been following Ukrainian RSN 00:55, 12 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Also that DW in case you missed it
Elinruby (talk) 02:11, 12 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Share Your Feedback: Leadership Development Plan[edit]


The Leadership Development Working Group (LDWG) invites you to give feedback on the Leadership Development Plan, a practical resource for emerging and existing leaders across the Wikimedia movement who want to develop themselves and others. Your feedback is important to make this resource relevant and useful. We look forward to your general reactions, constructive feedback and ideas for improvement. You can give feedback through the survey, MS Forum, LDWG talk page or email at

The review period closes on Sunday May 28, 2023.

Thank you!

Best, CCasares (WMF) (talk) 21:48, 12 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@CCasares (WMF): thank you for this koan wrapped in a riddle wrapped in a conundrum. In no particular order:
  1. what is an MS forum?
  2. what survey?
  3. presumably the LDWG working group is at meta but I am not finding any LDP there
  4. this leads to the question of why are you asking me?
  5. and the next one: are you really sure you want my feedback? offhand, anything I would have to say would probably not be what the group wants to hear.

Having said all that please send me a link if you actually want feedback on something. Please be aware that coming from me this mostly consists of uncomfortable questions. Elinruby (talk) 00:01, 15 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi there!
I apologize for not seeing that I did not link anything when I posted this message to your talk page!!
I am reaching out to you specifically on behalf of the Leadership Development Working Group (LDWG) who recently published the Leadership Development Plan, a practical resource for emerging and existing leaders across the Wikimedia movement who want to develop themselves and others. Any opinions, feedback or ideas that you share would be appreciated. You can give feedback through the short survey, MS Forum, talk page or email at
The review period closes on Sunday May 28, 2023.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Kind regards, CCasares (WMF) (talk) 05:26, 22 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you. Elinruby (talk) 05:44, 22 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I answered the survey last night but yes, it asks all the wrong questions. If you -- you being whoever's project this is -- if you are recruiting self-selected Leaders with a VisionTM then you are doing nothing but creating headaches for the admins who will have to deal with the resultant suicide missions. The negative reinforcement structure of Wikipedia is unlikely to have a sense of humor about such "leaders". Unless you are looking for fundraisers, of course, in which case, have at it; you are doing great. An infinitely exponential trajectory of successful fundraising campaigns awaits you. The donors will love it, seriously. I recommend a pilot project as part of a rural development initiative leveraging Wikipedia's core competencies to empower the development of language preservation initiatives and the codification of traditional knowledge systems. Third-world communities with multiple underserved stakeholders would be ideal, whose community decision-making processes could further refine the target democraphic. Yada yada. But if the goal is community-building, however, cough, you don't need Joan of Arc, you need Saul Alinsky. Since you asked: You defined the entire question wrong. Aren't you glad you asked? Have a nice day. HtH
Kudos however for providing a variety of formats in which to participate in this exciting koan-guessing challenge, though. Whoever did that has a faint glimmer of something like the right idea @CCasares (WMF): Elinruby (talk) 09:42, 29 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

note to self[edit]



[17]. Given things in arbitration (i.e. they can punish users for supporting each other), I would like to ask you not ping or otherwise invite me to any pages. Among other things, editing here distracts me from work. Also, I need to be very careful with editing in EE area, or perhaps not be active in this area at all and rather edit something closer to my actual area of expertise. Good luck with improving these pages! My very best wishes (talk) 23:15, 16 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

So don't ping you about anything in eastern Europe? I hear you. No problem. I would like to know if the lyrics to the truck driver song you posted once are available anywhere, however. And I just -- ugh. I think they need to be really careful in terms of what changes they make to the reliable sources policy and they are setting a terrible precedent by sanctioning people for stuff that somebody half-remembered somewhere. I wonder if it would be appropriate to enquire into their methodology, because I am not able to reproduce their results. They are putting it in the same category as GCB showing up to make clueless comments I think. I disagree but nobody is listening to me about that, or the sourcing either, as far as I can tell. No reply is required. I do agree that this is the safest course for you even if I for one think it is a loss for everyone. 00:15, 17 May 2023 (UTC)
that -. [18]? This is ru:Дубовский, Вадим Владимирович. There is no methodology, there are no rules, that's the thing. I am reading their comments, such as [19] or [20]. They tell a lot. Whatever. Now I know how wrong I was by commenting out there. My very best wishes (talk) 02:43, 17 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It makes me sad that I can't see how you are wrong to feel that way. Current mood. More later. Elinruby (talk) 04:45, 17 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ultimately, arbitrators are imposing sanctions to improve editing environment, so that improvement of content can proceed better. Does a specific sanction serve that purpose? I will speak hypothetically here. For example, two contributors making hostile conversations on public forums like RSNB recently? I would say yes, this creates a hostile environment. An action is warranted. Same contributors making such conversation a year or two ago, but behaving peacefully since then? I would say no, making their interaction ban will not improve the current editing environment, rather just the opposite. Same apply to everything. Timing and the recent behavior by people is critical here (as reflected in instructions for WP:AE). Should a contributor be warned prior to making a serious sanction, especially when he/she may reasonably believe they are not doing anything problematic? I would say yes, absolutely - for the purpose of improving the editing environment. In most cases, such user do follow an advice from an admin. But this is just my personal understanding, and I am not an admin. My very best wishes (talk) 14:23, 17 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I typed out a long answer yesterday that said pretty much what you just did, then my browser crashed, then came back this morning and my battery ran out mid-sentence. I am perturbed by the proposed decision on several levels that go beyond editors, where the effects are bad enough. I think Barkeep has done a pretty good job -- better than I expected actually -- but the problem is that one or more of the committee has their mind already made up. Let me send this now before something else happens, so you know I am not ignoring you, and then go catch up on the FR and Levivich saga before I comment further either here or there. Elinruby (talk) 23:15, 17 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
One of important aspects with creating good working environment is minimizing disruption and waste of time for other contributors. For example, I commented during the arbitration, and that resulted in waste of time for other people, even though it was unintentional on my part. That was unacceptable, and I must do everything to prevent any other future disruption. How to do it is a personal choice. Probably the best solution for me is to at least temporarily retire from the project and leave the issues to community. Happy editing! My very best wishes (talk) 15:49, 18 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That is an even greater loss from the point of view of the community but as you say a personal choice. When considering *your* interests versus that of the community this is probably the best move. I wish you wouldn't, because I really relied on your work in the war on Ukraine but since in a kafkaesque move we can only talk about the war in Ukraine as a reason to punish that just doesn't count. I am still trying to formulate something wise to say about the precedent this case is setting and truly don't know what to say to you. Elinruby (talk) 20:00, 18 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I would continue editing Ukrainian subjects, but here is the issue. During this case three participants expressed a desire "to get me" in EE area. Under normal circumstances, I could not care less because they would not have a chance to present any reasonable case against me on WP:AE. But this is different now. Imagine that one of them is coming with a complaint directly to Arbcom per remedy 11a). I would reply that I do not have any conflicts and even minor content disputes with anyone in this area, so why bother? But in response, they will ask to consider something that had happen N years ago per Proposed_decision - Age_of_evidence. That is what would be outright rejected by admins on WP:AE. But this is not WP:AE. And they also made remedy 12)! After looking at the current case, I have zero confidence in any fair decision. And it will be yet another wikidrama and waste of time for everyone involved. I would rather just go. My very best wishes (talk) 20:38, 18 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It isn't good for Wikipedia. I am however saying that about a lot of things right now and nobody is listening. I will try again on this if they are done dealing with Levivich's meltdown. I am just coming into wikipedia so I am going to go look at the state of the talk page. I looked last night but it seemed to me that any comment I would make would be seen as an interruption to the Levivich drama. I actually could really use your help in the collaboration amd disinformation article, and I dont think VM has plans to edit it. Or Gitz. But this is up to you. Right now I am not arguing for any particular editors but instead about the effect of these policies on everyone. However, again, I do not think that anyone is listening to me. Elinruby (talk) 20:54, 18 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you are talking about [this page, this is actually a good example because it was recently edited by Piotrus (say me what he did not edit!). Now imagine that I did not check edit history of this page and just made a change that is a partial revert of his edit. That would be an I-BAN violation and a one year block. I am sure that Piotrus would not report me, but someone else might, maybe even through email. My very best wishes (talk) 21:10, 18 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You're not topic banned in Eastern Europe, and you are allowed to talk to me. Why not help me with Russia? I wish...I had no idea you were going to get punched in the gut, or I would have tried to warn you. And defend you. I really think it was unfair, but I well know that your editing is substantive and valuable. 01:06, 21 May 2023 (UTC)

No problem. That's OK, and perhaps I can help you with something as time allows (not now). As about sanctions, that was all my fault. Here is the thing: during discussions admins are reading comments by contributors to understand their mindsets and may act on that to prevent a potential future disruption as they see fit. That is what had happen in many cases. This case is unusual only because I commented mostly in support of other contributors (not only P and VM) rather than myself.My very best wishes (talk) 17:01, 21 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
They put you in the same category as GizzyCatBella {VM support team) and that's the part I think was unfair. She -- I am sticking with "she" because that's the persona I have talked to -- was actively harmful. One of my goals was to at least get her rollback rights removed. But you've gone toe to toe with Gitz on source verification when I just couldn't keep up. And then I wasn't allowed to talk about that. Also, you were put by arbs in a case where they knew you hadn't edited, then penalized for not having much of substance to say. Ugh. I just think that sanctions should have something to do with actual behaviour, and that topic ban in Poland is purely performance art.
Anyway. If you are busy right now I will let you go but one of my questions is about Red Army POWs conscripted by the Nazis, and whether this happened a lot. I do not need an answer right away -- it looks like I will be doing this for a while -- but that is something to think about, but I am uncertain how much it intersects with Poland. Pretty peripherally, I would think, at most, but you tell me. On a completely different note, I keep seeing an article come up as tagged that is definitely beyond my ability: I can more or less read it but verifying or sourcing it, ha. This is not a request, just something that I wish someone would do and that may perhaps interest you: Rus' chronicle. Right now it takes me, a half-bright non-Russian speaker, a whole lot of concentration to even get through the etymology section. If you aren't interested, then fine -- it will keep coming up on the needs-attention lists until another Russian speaker comes along, I guess, shrug. Be well, get some sunshine and chime in when you want. As far as the disinformation article goes, afaik you don't have an interaction ban with Piotrus? But if you do, you edited the article before he did, and that is the rule isn't it? Elinruby (talk) 20:09, 21 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is a huge subject. See Russian Liberation Army, Category:Russian Liberation Army, Andrey Vlasov, etc. For the motivation, see Why I Have Taken Up the Struggle Against Bolshevism. That story was heavily exploited by Soviet propaganda. Probably the first writer who covered this more or less objectively in Russia was Solzhenitsyn, and later Georgi Vladimov - "General and his army" - [21]. My very best wishes (talk) 20:59, 21 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you. I will read those, and probably have questions. It sounds like the answer is yes, this did happen a lot. For now, sunshine. Elinruby (talk) 21:19, 21 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, a lot. In addition to Liberation Army, mostly from Soviet POWs, there were Cossack forces and others forcefully repatriated to USSR later (compare with bringing of Ukrainians to Russia during the ongoing war), see Operation Keelhaul and other aspects of Western betrayal. But the latter does come close the subject of topic ban. One can not really edit anything on WWII with such editing restrictions. My very best wishes (talk) 21:38, 21 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Nod, I came into this question via the Cossacks. Also, in the question of collaboration I adopted a standard of you had to have done something deliberately to collaborate, which I think I saw better expressed elsewhere. I should re-find that source. A POW who is told he is now fighting for Germany would seem not to qualify. But you are right, it is better not to ask you questions about the eastern front. I do not want to make you sorry you helped me. And yes, I do see the iban with Piotrus now I look again. The point is, you can help if you wish. Elinruby (talk) 22:51, 21 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Well, it was not about collaboration with Nazi. They did not like Nazi. They wanted to fight with Bolsheviks who have committed enormous crimes against Russian people, including Red Terror, Collectivization, Great Purge, etc. But they did not have another choice - they had to collaborate with Nazi to fight Bolsheviks. That was exploited by Nazi who committed atrocities and forced some of them to commit atrocities against their own people. Some participants of these events like Boris Bazhanov even tried to convince Nazi not to commit the atrocities against local population arguing that would help them to win the war. But of course Nazi did not listen. My very best wishes (talk) 17:15, 22 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That pattern holds for quite a number of freedom fighter groups, which we don't seem to document very well. I have been mentally kicking that around. On an off-topic but slightly related note, have you ever heard of Osman Batur? I ran into that article in the needs-copyediting queue. He was a warlord who fought the Japanese occupation of China by collaborating with the Soviets. If not no worries. I think it is important not to pass judgement on this - he needed weapons and the Soviets had them, to the extent that I understand things. Much is true of the Burmese and the Cossacks and some other groups in the Balkans that I am trying to naIl down. Elinruby (talk) 21:47, 23 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Just noticed your ping[edit]

Hi, I don't know if you remember me from months ago, but I was a new editor tearing my hair out over the Firehose of falsehood article, and you appeared in Talk:Firehose of falsehood and really helped me out, I dropped in to say thanks, and as I've been away from WP for a few months, I just saw your response now. I think if it weren't for your intervention, I would've been so disillusioned that I would never have come back at all. With editors like yourself around, this place retains a chance of proper neutrality, and I remain hopeful. I just wanted you to know that. Also, I'm glad my original thanks came at a good time and helped you feel better. I'm going to have another shot at making the page more neutral because I'm a masochist, and while I was away, it was reverted to the POV US/RAND version with the edit summary "revert to last stable version" with nothing on the talk page. I'm sure it'll be a fun time! I'm gonna be chill and stick as closely to consensus policy as possible. Thank you for your advice back then. It really did help. ShabbyHoose (talk) 13:29, 20 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@ShabbyHoose: Hmm don't know that editor except that they have been around for a long time. However from what I see in the edit summaries I strongly suggest that you take this to the dispute resolution noticeboard. I actually don't consider RAND the font of all evil, but I read the article when you were done with it and thought it was neutral. Do not under any circumstances get into tit-for-tat reverts with that guy because he is going to know the system better than you. The advantage of going to DRN *now* is that you will have the moral high ground as the person refraining from bickering, whereas I really think that that looks like an edit war shaping up, in which case you as the newcomer will likely lose. And if you truly are a masochist, I have some nice Holocaust in Yugoslavia and Russian disinformation articles that you can work on, lol. Ironically, you reappear just as I am considering quitting.Elinruby (talk) 01:09, 21 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@ShabbyHoose: Mr Serjeant Buzfuz is a very good editor, listen to what he says. Also Booku. Neutral on the others. My current advice is to proceed in smaller bites and if necessary go to DRN. I'd explain my aversion to RfCs but it would only give you nightmares. Pinged someone with whom I have discussed disinformation to the article but he may not be all that available if it turns into an edit war. Elinruby (talk) 00:17, 22 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

An arbitration case, Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/World War II and the history of Jews in Poland, has now closed and the final decision is viewable at the link above. The following remedies have been enacted:

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  • Remedy 5 of Antisemitism in Poland is superseded by the following restriction:
    All articles and edits in the topic area of Polish history during World War II (1933-1945) and the history of Jews in Poland are subject to a "reliable source consensus-required" contentious topic restriction. When a source that is not an article in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, an academically focused book by a reputable publisher, and/or an article published by a reputable institution is removed from an article, no editor may reinstate the source without first obtaining consensus on the talk page of the article in question or consensus about the reliability of the source in a discussion at the Reliable Sources Noticeboard. Administrators may enforce this restriction with page protections, topic bans, or blocks; enforcement decisions should consider not merely the severity of the violation but the general disciplinary record of the editor in violation.
  • François Robere is topic banned from the areas of World War II in Poland and the History of Jews in Poland, broadly construed. This ban may be appealed twelve months after the enactment of this remedy, and every twelve months thereafter.
  • My very best wishes
    • is topic banned from the areas of World War II in Poland and the History of Jews in Poland, broadly construed. This ban may be appealed twelve months after the enactment of this remedy, and every twelve months thereafter.
    • Based on their disruptive attempts to defend Piotrus and Volunteer Marek, My very best wishes is subject to a 1-way interaction ban with Piotrus and a 1-way interaction ban with Volunteer Marek, subject to the usual exceptions. This ban may be appealed twelve months after the enactment of this remedy, and every twelve months thereafter.
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    • is topic banned from the areas of World War II in Poland and the History of Jews in Poland, broadly construed. This ban may be appealed twelve months after the enactment of this remedy, and every twelve months thereafter.
    • is limited to 1 revert per page and may not revert a second time with-out a consensus for the revert, except for edits in his userspace or obvious vandalism. This restriction may be appealed twelve months after the enactment of this remedy, and every twelve months thereafter.
  • François Robere and Volunteer Marek are prohibited from interacting with, or commenting on, posts and comments made by each other, subject to the normal exceptions. This restriction may be appealed twelve months after the enactment of this remedy, and every twelve months thereafter.
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  • Piotrus is reminded that while off-wiki communication is allowed in most circumstances, he has previously used off-wiki communication disruptively. He is reminded to be cautious about how and when to use off-wiki contact in the future, and to avoid future conflict, he should prioritize on-wiki communication.
  • The Arbitration Committee affirms its January 2022 motion allowing editors to file for Arbitration enforcement at ARCA or Arbitration enforcement noticeboards. In recognition of the overlap of editor interest and activity between this topic area and Eastern Europe, the committee extends this provision to that topic area. It does so by adding the following text in Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Eastern Europe:
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Discuss this at: Wikipedia talk:Arbitration Committee/Noticeboard § Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/World War II and the history of Jews in Poland closed

Armenian quote[edit]

Replying here since you asked, but for now I'll just say I'd need to do more research, b/c although I've heard of this topic, I am not very familiar with the details. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 01:57, 25 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ok. It is in no way urgent; I am curious as to your thoughts is all. However after I pinged you I realized that I was inviting you something that can only be described as ugly. I knew of the Armenian genocide because I met some Armenians in Paris, but hadn't considered a causal connection. In any event, I plan to wrap that article up in the next day or so either way. I'd have been done a long time ago if Buidhe weren't constantly reverting, shrug. So the question is merely from academics curiosity. Speaking of which, mister sociologist, do you think that the organizational life cycle applies to Wikipedia. Elinruby (talk) 10:29, 25 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

British Empire collaborators[edit]

Hi, Elion, if you look at my User:Shakescene/Collaboration page, you can see my solution to the Somaliland Question. I eliminated Br. Somaliland, adding the Italian invasion to the general hatrote for Beyond Europe. Then, if you look at the India subsection, you can see it's just a list of military volunteer units (generally ex-PoW's) for Germany, Italy and (irrelevantly) Japan. So I moved that paragraph down to the Foreign military volunteer section, and erased both India & the British Empire. Azad Hind, the INA ant the Bose bros. belong in the Collab with Imp Japan article anyway. There is the question of the British mandate of Palestine, which we haven't yet even begun to address (the Grand Mufti, the Stern Gang et al.), but for the moment (since they seem closely related) I added Palestine to "Egypt and the Palestine Mandate". —— Shakescene (talk) 13:39, 30 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]