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Happy editing! Ian.thomson (talk) 22:30, 19 May 2020 (UTC)
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Also, not policy, but I've written an essay explaining how our neutrality policies interact with Christian belief, including a section on science. Ian.thomson (talk) 22:30, 19 May 2020 (UTC)
- @Ian.thomson: You're right. I won't make any sections like those three again. Now I'm a bit worried and stressed.WorldQuestioneer (talk) 23:02, 19 May 2020 (UTC)
- @Ian.thomson: Now I just wish I didn't post those three sections. Not necessarily that I won't add. But I may correct myself.
WorldQuestioneer (talk) 15:40, 20 October 2020 (UTC)
Discretionary sanctions notification
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You have shown interest in pseudoscience and fringe science. Due to past disruption in this topic area, a more stringent set of rules called discretionary sanctions is in effect. Any administrator may impose sanctions on editors who do not strictly follow Wikipedia's policies, or the page-specific restrictions, when making edits related to the topic.
For additional information, please see the guidance on discretionary sanctions and the Arbitration Committee's decision here. If you have any questions, or any doubts regarding what edits are appropriate, you are welcome to discuss them with me or any other editor.
Ian.thomson (talk) 22:34, 19 May 2020 (UTC)