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Wikimedia Cascadia edit

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Hi, edit

We'd like permission to use ticket #2012012810003054

Can you advise? Thank you!

Hi Kc255, I'm not sure I follow. I'm neither the owner of that ticket nor in a position to grant you "permission" to it. Can you please clarify what your intentions are so that I can direct you to someone more suitable? Thanks, Blurpeace 05:07, 12 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Wikisource User Group edit

Hi! Thanks for your interest in the Wikisource User Group, to get things moving, Aubrey and me we were thinking of doing these tasks and hopefully you can give us a hand too :)

  • Translate this WsUG invitation (thanks to Aarti for writing it!) into the languages you know
  • The invitation is meant to be delivered to this list of wikisourcerors, check if we should add someone else!
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What do you think it's the first priority as a group of wikisource users, and what would you like to see accomplished? We'd very much like to understand what wikisourcerors want :-) --Micru (talk) 14:38, 19 July 2013 (UTC)Reply

Wikisource User Group and Community Poll edit

Hi Blurpeace. You receive this message because you signed the Wikisource User Group page: the User Group, as you probably know, is being evaluated by the AffCom, and they asked some questions that involve all interested users (as you are :-). Could you please take a moment to read these questions and answers for yourself? It is very important. Moreover, make sure you read and review the Wikisource community poll: we would like it to be filled in by as many users as possible, and we need really your help for that. If you want and can translate it, please write it here. Please contact us if you want to help: Wikisource is an amazing project, and it can be much more amazing if we all work together :-) Thanks! --Aubrey (talk) 08:55, 24 September 2013 (UTC)Reply

Men suck edit

(conversation moved from Grants:IdeaLab/Bring_positive_discrimination_to_Wikipedia)

"Men suck"? is this a serious argument? Ekips39 (talk) 22:30, 5 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
This is part of the reason that excellent women in society, who exceeed men, are not taken seriously. Quips like these harm their image--"women suck" would obviously be unacceptable. Sexism is never okay. If you want to promote gender-equality, it's not good to attack, without any reason, the other sex. "There are too many women," or "there are too many black people," "so, let's make it fewer of them" would also be entirely unacceptable, not to mention hilariously politically incorrect. Zaixionito (talk)
Glad I got some snappers. If you guys have any sincere interest in discussing this further ("arguing;" mind you, this is an "[e]ndorsements" and not an "arguments for this idea" section), I welcome you to settle your intellectual differences at my talk page. However, it seems highly inappropriate to carry on about whether my endorsement is legitimately grounded or not by good "argument". Blurpeace 10:21, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
What a foolish statement to request intellectual discussion after stating "men suck". Killiondude (talk) 18:44, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
One non-argument cannot paint all women with the same brush unless it is interpreted by someone who thinks women are a homogeneous mass rather than individuals with different abilities -- a highly flawed interpretation, and one that does not even make sense in this context unless we can be sure whether Blurpeace is a woman (they don't seem to have disclosed that info anywhere). Ekips39 (talk) 21:20, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
On a re-reading I see that w:User:Blurpeace refers to him as a "guy", so saying that he makes women look bad is definitely strange. Ekips39 (talk) 22:31, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
You all seem rather committed to seeing this through? The combativeness of the comments here are a little astonishing. I forget how forceful some people at the projects are toward disagreement. I suppose it's also "foolish" of me to think I'll receive anything other than the sort of response I have. I am unfortunately only one person, and I couldn't hope to take on an army in good faith. I probably won't be accepting further engagement on the subject since I've already committed my time to one person at the English Wikipedia. You all can take a look at my talk page over there if you'd like. However, I cannot promise that I will respond, even if you decide to write. Yours, Blurpeace 22:54, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply

I am sorry, "Men suck", suck what? A candy?--AldNonymousBicara? 06:33, 8 March 2015 (UTC)Reply

It's an English idiomatic expression that has a couple different connotations, the most frequent being "not good". You could also substitute in "blow," as in "Men blow," and have it mean the same thing. Blurpeace 10:45, 8 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
I should also say that, in its idiomatic sense, the verb "to suck" is intransitive and doesn't take an object. So something can "suck" without having to suck "at something" or "on something," which is the literal meaning of the word "suck." :-) Blurpeace 10:47, 8 March 2015 (UTC)Reply

Tharthan's comments edit

You are terrible at being a compassionate, honest and good human being if you hate an entire gender. It is quite sickening to hear people say this. If you truly think that it is reasonable to hate an entire gender, then what you are doing is 100% absolutely identical to that old anti-African American attitude that was held by (and, to my chagrin, seems to still be held by) many individuals in the past.

If you truly believe what you have just said, then you are, by the very definition, sexist. In case you don't realise that what you said was sexist, let me paste these definitions of sexism here: 1. The belief that people of one sex or gender are inherently superior to people of the other sex or gender. 2. Different treatment or discrimination based on a difference of sex or gender.

Therefore, what you just posted is 100% bona fide sexism, by definition. There is absolutely no way that it could be argued that it isn't, because the definition of the word clearly states that it is. So unless you are also going to claim that saying that you hate African Americans doesn't make you racist, and that eating meat doesn't stop you from being a vegetarian, don't even bother trying to claim that your blatant sexism wasn't sexist. Tharthan (talk) 22:10, 7 March 2015 (UTC)Reply

Just so you know, if your aim is to simultaneously convince me that I lack compassion, honesty, and am an all-around poor human being with respect to my difference of understanding, and are also trying to change the offending understanding, your aims are in conflict. I won't be honoring this comment. Blurpeace 22:34, 7 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
Indeed. I was hoping that you do in fact have compassion, honesty and a generally good nature, and thus could prove me wrong about that. Because otherwise, a blatantly sexist comment not being recognised as a blatantly sexist comment smacks of, well, a blantantly sexist mindset that is so close-minded that it couldn't accept the possibility of it being in error. No one is a perfect individual, and the idea that what is, by definition, something is somehow not that something, is absolutely ludicrous. Tharthan (talk) 22:40, 7 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
What you have just espoused is simultaneously a normative and a descriptive claim. Sexists, by your definition, are bad. Blurpeace has made a sexist comment, and only sexists make sexist comments, so it follows he lacks compassion, honesty, and is an all-around poor human being. Why do you suppose that we have the same understanding of "sexism," a category that has extensive emotional and societal baggage? Why is this no better than categorically indexing any comment into a preexisting interpretive frame and venting about it to the offending writer?
I'm going to ask you to take a step back and think about your position with respect to who you're talking to, what your aims are, and how you intend to reach those ends. If you're interested in engaging for complexity, and not for flaring up with categorical rebuttals like "sexist" about a three-line endorsement I made a couple days ago, I'm willing to engage. I'm also willing to expand on the comment I made, but, as it stands, you're simply vitriolically responding to the phrase "[m]en suck" and are assuming much more about me than you know (which, I might also mention, is standard of men who group up and combatively shame others for their face-value differences). Blurpeace 22:55, 7 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
It's not a gender based thing, it's something that often occurs when individuals that have their normal thinking processes pushed to the side when someone makes what they perceive as (an) egregiously backward and warped statement(s). It's not particular to any one group of people. Tharthan (talk) 23:52, 7 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
Tharthan, since you're one of the two people I've actually taken the time to respond to, I wanted to say I'm sorry that if my comment on its face offended you. It certainly wasn't meant for dialogue at the time. I don't think, however, that one justifies the other. My intention, at the time, was to respond diametrically to the opposition on that page, which later got moved. If you want a quick and funny introduction to my sort of brand of feminism, check out the center image on my user page at the English Wikipedia. Hopefully you'll find it cute. Blurpeace 23:08, 7 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
That's fine. I wasn't much offended as I was suprised. Had I seen it elsewhere, I likely would have assumed it was either trolling or an attempt at some brand of humour.
I don't generally make impressions of people based solely on a lone interaction that I have shared with them. I also don't usually hold grudges. I try and take each new day as a clean slate as much as I can. Tharthan (talk) 23:52, 7 March 2015 (UTC)Reply

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