Thanks for your efforts on the Austronesian issues. I am at a loss as to how to deal with this character, as he repeatedly puts words into my mouth and then gets angry about them. If I try and spell things out so that he understands them, I get accused of being patronising. Quite a lot of his output has errors by his own standards: for instance  states that the Lakana's sail is a Crab claw sail, whereas it is a square sail, compared to the crab claw fore and aft. There is no hint of acknowledgement for fixing that error. That article also previously had the strange omission of the Lateen rigged version of the same boat – it is prominently discussed in the reference that appeared on the talk page for Austronesian peoples. I do wonder if this fact did not "fit the narrative".
I am also frustrated at his lack of ability to read a picture, as in the only photo in the Lakana article. That shows a mast and a diagonal spar. I fully understand that some craft, possibly operating from the same beach as the one in the photo, have two spars in a V shaped configuration to deploy a very similar sail – neither of these spars being describable as a mast. But the one in the photo clearly has a mast, with a sheave for a halyard, shrouds and (possibly) a backstay. (There are other photos online[ https://www.madacamp.com/Lakana] that show the same arrangement, but not on Commons.)
I don't see any easy solution to all this. I am perhaps looking for a shoulder, not so much to cry on, as to sigh on. But of course if you had any bright ideas, they would be welcome. I fear we are beyond your initial suggestion, as anything I write seems to be inflammatory. ThoughtIdRetired (talk) 14:18, 12 January 2023 (UTC)
- Just to be clear, I freely acknowledge that there are bits of this subject on which I stand corrected, especially when provided with additional references, etc. ThoughtIdRetired (talk) 16:35, 12 January 2023 (UTC)
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Please help me
Thank you so much for your help with the article Semi-submersible naval vessel! Could you please translate from article ru:Артиллерия подводных лодок to article Deck gun? Vyacheslav84 (talk) 19:42, 30 January 2023 (UTC)
- This is what Google Translate has to offer Submarine artillery. Perhaps that will help. Cheers, HopsonRoad (talk) 21:51, 30 January 2023 (UTC)
Thanks for the welcome
- You made a welcome to me in the past when I edited (history of skiing). Thanks for that. I also Noticed that you seem to be interested in skiiing and you helped promote 3 good articles on Wikipedia. So I thought you should know there's this editor who is removing info from the Wikipedia article (history of Skiing), and pushing his pov that the rock art in Altai mountains is not of skiiers without giving a source. Despite historians are seriously debating whether Scandinavia or Altay mountains were the place where skiiing first happened and have not reached a consensus.
Also, I myself am not sure if that rock art in Altay mountains can be called as "rock painting" or "rock carvings". NYT article writes it's Rock paintings  but National Geographic are saying it's Petroglyph or rock carving. (A petrograph is a Rock painting).
So when you have two sources contradict one another - I am really not sure whether to now call it as a rock painting or a rock carving. What does one do in that situation? 22.214.171.124 (talk) 12:48, 19 February 2023 (UTC)
- Thank you for your thoughtful reversion of the other IP editor's contribution and discussing it in the Talk:History of skiing page. I can't see the rendering in NG, but the image provided in the NYT article is clearly a painting. In general, when two credible sources clearly disagree, one can write something like: "...,reported variously as A[Source 1] or B[Source 2]." Here, one could also say "cave art", if it's truly in doubt! Cheers, HopsonRoad (talk) 15:24, 19 February 2023 (UTC)
- I was 126.96.36.199 but IP address auto changes by itself. And thank you for that smart advice. It is puzzling when two reliable sources seemingly contradict one another. It does look like a painting or coloured etching  though some cave carvings can also have very noticeable difference shadings of colour. But obviously so does rock paintings.  I would probably need to read up on this further to be sure, but it maybe would probably be safe to call it as cave art if unable to figure it out. Cheers and thanks again.🙂188.8.131.52 (talk) 10:09, 21 February 2023 (UTC)
- Hi, same guy as before here. You seem to be constantly present on this page (history of skiiing) and seem to care for that article. As you know, I strongly disagree with another editor for a while now but am really tired of his gaslighting. Not sure if you are biased but I ask you to please assist and be a honest judge.
He claims that I am now debasing history  because he claims that in this article https://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0315/p01s01-woap.html. He tells me the Chinese government is the ones here claiming that (historians and scholars are divided over the origin of skiiing when they debate it may be either Scandinavia or Altai mountains).
Except he is so wrong and twisting things as that's not what the article said. Not sure if he is doing it deliberately or in denial but it's definitely not the Chinese government claiming that. It's from the author of that article himself yet he refuses to even acknowledge this and called Me a liar. I don't want to deal with him and I had enough of him calling me a liar constantly. Please read the article and explain to him why he is wrong. Also if it's not too much to ask, how does experienced editors deal with gaslighters? Is there a simple way? I know there is no way to reason with people like that. But just want him to know that he Cannot gaslight his way. Other editors would not stand for that behaviour too.184.108.40.206 (talk) 02:38, 2 March 2023 (UTC)
- I suggest that you leave it to others. There's no need for us to be goaded by other editors. HopsonRoad (talk) 03:21, 2 March 2023 (UTC)
Thanks for the welcome! (Re: Square rig/Lateen rig)
Hi HopsonRoad thanks for the welcome! (on my user IP talk page) but it’s not needed really…! I have edited Wikipedia on occasion (off and on) for over 15 years now, but presently just happen to be on mobile (and not visiting here as much), as the computer I’m verified on was fried, and it would take some time/energy to dig up my login.
On top of that, when I went to check on the last edit I noticed it had been reverted by you, and I wonder if it had anything to do with the fact that the (brand new) phone I tried to use was IP-banned(!) (across a range of IP?) due to political troll edits, made by a verified account I’ve never heard of.
I’m not sure how to address that, since I rarely edit Wikipedia on mobile, haven’t logged on since my old computer died, and simply digging up my old password to log on that device would merely associate it with a banned IP user in a case of mistaken identity, endangering my old account.
I do think the page in question is in need of a global perspective, as I stumbled on the square rig article off a related page on the Lateen rig -- which spends 90% of its article asserting research (from exactly two sources) claiming to prove (1) that the Lateen rig was an exclsively Byzantine technology, unadopted by non-Christian sailors prior to 16c (2) that Arab sailors in the Red Sea had no knowledge or access to the Lateen rig until the Portuguese caravel re-introduced the concept into the Indian Ocean 1,000 years later, and (3) that Indian Ocean sailors (presumably including the Malay (??) as the article claims a study of inland waterways purportedly claimed India was unaware of the lateen rig until the mid-20th century) exclusively used square rigged vessels before that time.
I find this all a bit surprising, but my knowledge of sailing is vastly more limited than my knowledge of historiography, and perhaps this is what revisionist historians have concluded based on recent archaeology.
However, both of these assertions cannot be true (that the square rig is an exclusively European term of art in sailing vessel design, negating the need for a global perspective; or that the lateen rig was an exclusively Mediterranean vessel unknown to Arab sailors of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean who, that article asserts, exclusively used square sails between East Africa and Malaysia until the colonial period. One or the other must be false.
At present it seemed to me that the subject matter might be the victim of edit warring over whether it was considered “historical revisionism” to include non-European references in articles having to do with the history of science and technology, most famously (for Wikipedia) in the history of math articles.
Hence, the hat note I added on the need for a global perspective. Perhaps it was simply the unsigned edit, without accompanying talk page request? Anyway, thanks for listening. -- yclept:Berr 220.127.116.11 (talk) 16:35, 12 March 2023 (UTC)
- To clarify, as I was unsure of the reason for the edit my above post is an attempt to be even-handed and encyclopedic, perhaps to the extent of obscuring the nature of my concern and reason for the hat note.
- I am highly dubious of the combined effect of the two articles as written, resulting in the presumable erasure of Arab sailing vessels from both main-topic articles - arising from the definitional logical disjunction of square-rig as a European term of art, and of Lateen rig as a Byzantine invention (plausible) that was not extensively used by Arab and East Indian seafarers prior to the colonial period (implausible), thus resulting in a highly convenient exclusion of related non-European examples from the main pages on the topic of two broad classifications.
- A similar thing was done 10 years ago on things like the history of mathematics and the history of pasta and noodles, in both cases trying to segregate “global perspective” articles off to one side creating a variety of poorly maintained stub articles on non-European innovations in the field unrelated to the “main focus”,
- and then people would go edit-warring attempts to expand those stub articles or reconnect them to the main topic pages on historical ”anti-revisionist” grounds, asking why they even existed while simultaneously arguing in the aternative that they didn’t belong on the main page.
- I write this only to note that I am most certainly in opposition to the troll who got banned posting “wikipedia is too woke” or whatever on a similar IP. Sincerely -- yclept:Berr 18.104.22.168 (talk) 18:46, 12 March 2023 (UTC)
- Thank you for these thoughts, Berr. My sole concern was that there was no corresponding explanation for the hat note at Talk:Square rig. In looking at the Turkish, Korean and Farsi pages on this topic, they all seem to be describing what conforms to the western term of art, "square rig". As to Lateen, that's another question! Cheers, HopsonRoad (talk) 19:43, 12 March 2023 (UTC)
Herman Lund Boatbuilder
Hi HopsonRoad, I recently created an article on the Erie, Pennsylvania, USA boatbuilder Herman Lund. I could not find any internet information on his life or his boats, so I researched quite a bit and then joined Wikipedia to document his accomplishments. With your expertise in editing sailing articles, perhaps you could give me quick pointers as to what is lacking in this article. Herman Ipsen Lund
Very best regards,
- Thank you for your work on this article, User:WaveHeight WaveHeight. It looks like a good start. It appears that some other editors are pitching in, as well. I'll take a look deeper look, as time allows. Cheers, HopsonRoad (talk) 13:02, 12 April 2023 (UTC)
Galley – length of article
I don't know if you would be interested in Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Ships#Galley – length of article. Not a problem if you feel this is outside your area of interest. ThoughtIdRetired (talk) 09:08, 30 June 2023 (UTC)
"Some labeled as "trimaran" are wave-piercing catamarans."
This may seem semantics, but I reckon that if a vessel has a large floating hull with two smaller outriggers it should be called a trimaran, not a "wave-piercing catamaran". Arrivisto (talk) 12:59, 12 July 2023 (UTC)
- I would concur with what you say, however the central hull in the vessels in question is suspended above the waves and the Wikipedia article for each calls it a catamaran. Cheers, HopsonRoad (talk) 01:57, 13 July 2023 (UTC)
Reliability of SailboatData and Sailboat.Guide
Hello. I have started two discussions on the reliability noticeboard on topics which you have previously discussed. If you would like to join, the discussions can be found here:
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