User talk:Butwhatdoiknow

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Hello, Butwhatdoiknow, and welcome to English Wikiquote.

Enjoy! --Rubbish computer (talk) 19:36, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Reverts explained[edit]

I have reverted extensive removal of sourced quotes from pages which you have recently made without discussion in recent edits. Please stop removing sourced content from Wikiquote. It is considered vandalism. If you want to experiment, please use the sandbox.
Wikiquote exists for the collecting of notable quotations of famous people and famous works. For a quick overview of what Wikiquote is, read Wikiquote:Wikiquote, and also What Wikiquote is not for a list of common activities that Wikiquote does not support.
When people are not interested in responsibly contributing to the development of the project incidents of their deliberate vandalism can result in IP addresses or usernames being blocked from editing.
Thank you. ~ Kalki·· 11:12, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

And thank you for the heads up. As I explained in my edit summaries, I reverted the quotes because they were, in my opinion, not notable (that is, "no enduring relevance to many people"). Did you consider notability of the quotes (as opposed to the persons quoted) before doing mass reversions of my changes? Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 11:49, 13 October 2017 (UTC)
I have been dealing with a vandal here who just migrated to the Commons in his activity — and only have glanced in here before leaving for the day. I do not have time to address your question extensively right now, as I must be leaving immediately, but will address them later. ~ Kalki·· 11:56, 13 October 2017 (UTC)
A short answer to your question is YES, I actually DID "consider notability of the quotes (as opposed to the persons quoted)" as well as numerous other quite evident factors. That I have not yet explicitly and thoroughly addressed some of these is probably to your advantage — because what I perceived to be the extremely biased efforts at censorship of views and statements of notable individuals (even those which I must strongly disagree with), is something that I passionately deplore. I have had limited time to work on this project lately, and that is about all I will state for now, as I again must be leaving. ~ Kalki·· 11:47, 19 October 2017 (UTC)


"A quotation can be notable because it has achieved fame due to its enduring relevance to many people, or because it is attributed to a notable individual, or appeared in a notable work."

"Can be notable", not "is always notable". The notability of the author can be a contributing factor. And in Wikiquote:Wikiquote, quotations are already defined as "the essence of wisdom refined to a handful of well-chosen words" – that's the litmus test. Anyway, because your change to a wording which had stood unchallenged since almost the founding of Wikiquote has met resistance, you should try to gain consensus for it on the talk page, and not keep reverting to get your way. ~ DanielTom (talk) 10:42, 25 April 2018 (UTC)

I appreciate you taking the time to provide a substantive explanation of your reversion. Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 10:56, 25 April 2018 (UTC)
Here's another way to think about it. There are quotes that merely show that author X was aware of and influenced by work Y, which are notable only because of the notability of their authors. If I write in a diary: "25 April 2017. Finished reading The Essays of Montaigne", that is not (and probably never will be) in any way a notable quotation. But if Shakespeare had written that he read Erasmus, Machiavelli, or Montaigne, those few words alone would very much be notable and printed in all manner of articles and books about the influence of those authors on Shakespeare's works. They would be notable quotations only because of the notability of its author Shakespeare. There are other reasons, but this one alone is sufficient to retain that wording, I think. ~ DanielTom (talk) 11:06, 25 April 2018 (UTC)
Another example: if I say in some internet forum that the poems of Sappho are "few, but roses", no one will care. No one will pick it up. Because who am I? No one cares about my opinion. It would never become a notable quotation. But Meleager said it, so it became a famous saying about Sappho's poems. People are mostly only interested in what notable people said, unsurprisingly. "Few, but roses" is notable at least in part because of the notability of its author, which is almost always an initial requirement for a quote to become well-known. Countless other examples like this could be provided. Of course I may be wrong about this, but that policy/guideline is something that should be discussed by the community and not changed unilaterally. ~ DanielTom (talk) 11:36, 25 April 2018 (UTC)
With regard to your first example, I'm sure the quote would be of interest - "notable," if you will - to scholars, but does that make it a "quality" quote? With regard to your second example, the quote clearly is a "quality" quote and, as you point out, made by a notable person. So it has at least two of the seven quotability factors in its favor.
With regard to your last clause, it doesn't appear to me that WQ:WQ is tagged as either a policy or a guideline. Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 00:11, 26 April 2018 (UTC)
Okay, let me give you a more substantial (this time real) example: Thomas Babington Macaulay wrote in his diary on 27 February 1835: "This day I finished Thucydides, after reading him with inexpressible interest and admiration. He is the greatest historian that ever lived." This is admittedly better than just "X read Y", but it still is only a notable quotation about Thucydides because of Macaulay's notability (and it wouldn't be notable if some non-notable author had written it). ~ DanielTom (talk) 22:59, 26 April 2018 (UTC)
We're on the same page vis-a-vis statements by notable people have a lower threshold than statements by a member of the hoi palloi. My concern is those who bootstrap that into saying that mundane statements are quotable because they were made by notable people. I think I have a solution for WQ:WQ in this regard. When I have the time I'll propose it. Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 01:00, 27 April 2018 (UTC)

Hello Butwhatdoiknow, User:DanielTom has only reverted you after another editor faslely called User:Beefybufoon as my sock. Notably these two people have a problem with me removing their non-notable quotes. The other editor Beefybufoon also challenged him again.

Even if DanielTom wants consensus or status quo, he has no reason to edit-war. You are right in what you did. For example Trump's comments may not be reported and noted widely if made by someone else. But is every comment of Trump reported widely just because they're made by him? Of course not. That is the gist of what he is misinterpreting. There's also a very important line in Wikiquote:Quotability saying: It is the quote itself that must be notable. So your edit was correct.

Regardless, if he wants consensus or not, there is no excuse for DanielTom's edit-warring even if he wants consensus. DanielTom after failing to win through edit-warring has locked you two out. He demands protection even though he hismelf edit-warred. Now I don't care about his motives, but his action is disruptive. Multiple users have been upset with him. DanielTom also persoanlly attacks people. See Wikiquote:Administrators' noticeboard#Enough is enough - take action against DanielTom where I hope you give your opinion. Thanks. MonsterHunter32 (talk) 18:39, 25 April 2018 (UTC)

Thanks, since this was my first edit on this topic I was wondering why he concluded with "and not keep reverting to get your way." Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 00:11, 26 April 2018 (UTC)
That last remark was admittedly a lapse on my part, though you could take it as a cautionary advice. In response to MonsterHunter32's distortions of me here, for example that I allegedly "have a problem with [him] removing [my] non-notable quotes", I'll just say that I've actually only restored quotes inappropriately removed by him that were originally added by others. That is, quotes added by other editors in the first place, not by me. So they are not "[my] non-notable quotes". And he ended up adding them back later. Sorry you got caught up in this. ~ DanielTom (talk) 06:45, 26 April 2018 (UTC)

Side conversation[edit]

I never reverted User:DanielTom on Wikiquote:Wikiquote, so I don't understand what's his problem. While he talks about quotes by other editors, I only removed them under valid reasons. He has kept on edit-warring in the past instead of doing anything else with me. Some examples:

DanielTom needs to apologoze to a lot of people. Even User:CensoredScribe has complained him again. MonsterHunter32 (talk) 17:23, 26 April 2018 (UTC)

You may not know this, but CensoredScribe is one of Wikiquote's most notorious vandals. He has received long blocks more than once for his disruptive behavior. My opposition to him was necessary for the good of the project. CensoredScribe has since apologized. You have already implicitly acknowledged that I was right to revert you by adding the quotes in dispute back. Maybe someday you'll apologize to me too, if you have any conscience. ~ DanielTom (talk) 22:47, 26 April 2018 (UTC)
It is funny Tom that you omit that BD2412 himself said you ha dbeen blocked for three months in the past. You are merely making excuses fir your behaviour. As for acknowledging User:DanielTom, the only reason I added the quotes back in one cases because even though I though it irrelevant I didn't want an edit-war, in another I simply removed the non-notable part. The edit history's right above you. Apologize? Hopefully, I or someone else can get you blocked again. MonsterHunter32 (talk) 00:20, 27 April 2018 (UTC)

Sorry, Butwhatdoiknow, we two get carried away in our disputes. You're right this is not a place for this discussion. MonsterHunter32 (talk) 00:34, 27 April 2018 (UTC)

Request for adminship[edit]

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