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Allow Tor editing, but with a longer time to become autoconfirmed118:39, 25 May 2012
Request118:48, 10 April 2012
Regarding AbuseFilter202:57, 10 April 2012
sorry for my rudeness000:31, 10 April 2012
Trent, I'm imploring you219:11, 9 April 2012
This is going to sound a little nuts418:48, 9 April 2012
Trent, I'm imploring you019:17, 8 April 2012
Captcha117:52, 31 March 2012
Thornhill and Palmer023:42, 25 February 2012
Email sent to you108:52, 23 February 2012
Raymond Tallis203:33, 18 February 2012
Heartland Institute FYI504:30, 16 February 2012
Google plus hangout313:12, 6 February 2012
Moderator election votes223:47, 5 February 2012
Wiki4CAM's article on you1714:19, 24 January 2012
E-mail000:43, 15 January 2012
Rebuild recent changes314:59, 4 January 2012
On the social media thing...708:55, 4 January 2012
Polls for the moderator position will open at 7pm EST. 102:49, 30 December 2011
E-mail121:48, 11 December 2011
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Allow Tor editing, but with a longer time to become autoconfirmed

Even WP allows Tor editing, but you are held to a higher standard before you become autoconfirmed. I don't think it should be blocked entirely.

Bootmiiwanna play nomic? 18:10, 25 May 2012

its not.

Tmtoulouse (talk)18:39, 25 May 2012
 

Hey Trent, so you think we can get this page back in Recent Changes? It's no longer a danger of inundating RC, quite the opposite in fact. I think it needs any visibility it can get if we want to close out the remaining 150+ articles. Thanks.

Turpis 3:16 (talk)18:42, 10 April 2012

ok

Tmtoulouse (talk)18:45, 10 April 2012
 

Regarding AbuseFilter

I don't know if you'd considered this, but the AbuseFilter extension can also test whether an edit was made by a TOR exit node.

Picon small.pngAcer Blue00:28, 10 April 2012

But how long will that take to clear edits?

Peter tanquam ex ungue leonem01:09, 10 April 2012

That's the main concern. I don't know, Trent probably does.

Picon small.pngAcer Blue02:57, 10 April 2012
 
 

sorry for my rudeness

but i really do like this site, and seeing it under attack with little to do but wage a losing battle is going to get me angry, and angry me requires something to throw that anger at, even if that thing is innocent or on my side.

il'Dictator Mikal00:31, 10 April 2012

Trent, I'm imploring you

Turn off IP editing until somebody figures out a way to shut this asshole down. Show some respect for the community at large.

P-Foster Talk "Armed with the knowledge of our past we can charter a course for our future"--MX19:17, 8 April 2012

Seriously, just turn IP editing off.

Nebuchadnezzar (talk)19:09, 9 April 2012

I'd say leaving it off for the rest of the week sounds real good.

"Shut up, Brx."19:11, 9 April 2012
 
 

This is going to sound a little nuts

But has UHM contacted you asking you to corroborate his confession? The server side implied guilt assertion is awfully vague.

Perhaps when you have the time you could take some of it to release the data?

I know UHM is innocent and I won't see him bear this cross. And no, it wasn't me either.

"Shut up, Brx."18:29, 9 April 2012

"server log and other evidence backs up that he is a far more likely candidate than brxbrx, matching user strings in the log file, knowledge of templates, css, etc."

85.182.145.82 (talk)18:35, 9 April 2012

I never knew UHM to have any sort of programming experience.

"Shut up, Brx."18:36, 9 April 2012

CSS isn't a programming language. It's a stylesheet language to make stuff look pretty for marke-up languages - or somthing like that. That's like saying morse-code is a language.

ʤɱ structuralist18:40, 9 April 2012

All I can say is that the user agent strings from when UHM deleted stuff this morning are a better match for the vandal than the brxbrx were. Also brxbrx never should any competency or knowledge with setting up and using templates. UHM the first thing he did was start coding templates. Therefore, between the two individuals what evidence it is possible to gleam UHM is the better match than brx.

That said it does not prove anything. Personally I don't really care, I got a kick out of the the little back-and-forth with the vandal and the spamregex. I know a lot of other people took it a lot more negatively than me though. I think it would have been better if I hadn't have been at a family egg hunting pagan festival that day.

And anyway my interactions with both brx and UHM are limited at best. I am not even sure what the conflicts are about on either side. I am neutral though I stuck my vote in on the ban just to drop the info I had. I actually like Nutty Roux idea more.

Tmtoulouse (talk)18:48, 9 April 2012
 
 
 
 

Trent, I'm imploring you

Turn off IP editing until somebody figures out a way to shut this asshole down. Show some respect for the community at large.

P-Foster Talk "Armed with the knowledge of our past we can charter a course for our future"--MX19:17, 8 April 2012

Trent is there somewhere that as a moderator I can review the list of questions or is it something server-side only?

Server side only for now. I can try hacking together a special pages for it if/when I have time, or the original author has it on the to do list.

Tmtoulouse (talk)17:52, 31 March 2012
 

Thornhill and Palmer

I've moved discussion to: Forum:Rape page and Thornhill and Palmer

Nebuchadnezzar (talk)23:42, 25 February 2012

Email sent to you

I just wanted to let you know that I sent an email to foundation@rationalwiki.org for your eyes. Essentially, I'm trying to find good fits for wikimedia "alliances", and RationalWiki is perfefct in my eyes.

ConsularShip (talk)08:50, 23 February 2012

Just out of shear curiosity, how are we a "perfect fit" for your Wikimedia alliance?

 

Raymond Tallis

What is your opinion, sirrah? I was thinking of picking up Aping Mankind but this review has dissuaded me.

Nebuchadnezzar (talk)07:50, 16 February 2012

I can't say that I have followed him very closely and haven't read the book. It seems very much a God of the gaps argument. I will be the first in line to criticize the way a lot of modern neuroscience is getting extrapolated out. I have spent the better part of the last 2 years working intimately with cutting edge analysis techniques of fMRI data, unfortunately, true analysis seems to be relegated primarily to methods papers and psychology and neuroscience are using extremely facile techniques and extrapolating well past what is reasonable. My primary area of study has been in computational modelling and the development of conceptual models for neural systems, and again, will be the first to admit that our models only offer the barest hints and analogies to the true functioning of real neural systems.

While the list of things we don't have a clean mechanistic explanation for is huge, there is still significant progress being made. The next gen technology for non-invasive neuroimaging is amazing and will be out the door soon, I expect to see exponential growth in our ability to trace "mind" to material processes. What it comes down to is every time we find an explanation for something its based in biology and mechanistic material actions. Claiming that the things we can't get explain, now that is where the "mind" lives is no different than the same ontological god arguments seen in every other area of science. How many gaps can we close till people stop shoving "mind" in every new gap?

On the issue of the difference between human and other animals I am a bit more conflicted. Obviously we are animals and everything is a matter of degree. But there are very significant unique elements to human psychology. We can actually trace these difference directly to anatomical difference in brain structure but that still related to the previous point. I have never been overwhelmingly impressed with the supposed examples of culture, language, art, ect. in other animals. While it is certainly there in some rudimentary sense, there is something uniquely different about what humans have developed, not merely a new iteration of the same theme.

This needs to be heavily qualified though. I do not believe that having truly distinct traits is unique to humans or that our development is some how making us superior to other animals. There are many examples of species whose evolutionary trajectory has lead to highly developed and distinct traits not shared by other extant species.

But back to point. None of his ideas are particularly new nor do I see anything compelling in his arguments to overthrow materialistic neuroscience as the premier paradigm for modern research into the brain and human psychology.

Tmtoulouse (talk)08:26, 16 February 2012

I was hoping for a compendium of criticisms of "Darwinitis" and "neuromania," which aren't exactly new, as you note, but it's handy to have something like that all in one place. I agree with what you say, though. From the review, it sounds like he's trying to rescue some kind of mysterian position in the process, something I'm definitely not very favorable to.

Nebuchadnezzar (talk)03:33, 18 February 2012
 
 

I quoted the blogs about the Heritage Institute budget on the page. They issued a general legal threat in, of all places, press release: "The individuals who have commented so far on these documents did not wait for Heartland to confirm or deny the authenticity of the documents. We believe their actions constitute civil and possibly criminal offenses for which we plan to pursue charges and collect payment for damages, including damages to our reputation. We ask them in particular to immediately remove these documents and all statements about them from the blogs, Web sites, and publications, and to publish retractions." Sounds like denialist overkill, but you're in charge. Rid?

steriletalk00:32, 16 February 2012

Bluster and bluff. Even in the most favourable sense they have to directly contact us with a take down request, a press release is not a legal request.

Tmtoulouse (talk)00:37, 16 February 2012

Seems deleted now. Shame, I thought we could do with another notch in the bedpost, it's been a while.

Scarlet A.pngtheist01:18, 16 February 2012

Scratch that, found the release. Amused by the use of "total fake" in an apparently formal setting.

Scarlet A.pngtheist01:20, 16 February 2012

If they actually bother going after anyone, it'll be DeSmog.

Nebuchadnezzar (talk)01:23, 16 February 2012

DeSmog is also the most likely to keep it up the longest.

steriletalk04:30, 16 February 2012
 
 
 
 
 

Google plus hangout

One idea that might be easier than a podcast (if people don't mind that it's not edited) is a Google Plus hangout, not unlike what Phil Plait does with Bad Astronomy each week. He has people hangout (but not actually chat with him) and answers questions in the comments. (He also records at least parts of them, for example here. I guess it depends a bit if you want to have prepared material or questions, etc., and how "refined" you want them to be.

steriletalk18:27, 5 February 2012

This would be interesting, and certainly I know a few of us might be interested in something like Blogging Heads, though we'd have to consider what that would do to the pseudo-anonymity aspect of the wiki.

Scarlet A.pngmoral22:27, 5 February 2012

True, although I think the anonymity issues aren't as much of a concern to many people as they used to be, when the interface with CP was more relevant.

steriletalk01:23, 6 February 2012

I once had an animated RW logo but I seem to have deleted it from my YouTube account... RWTV needs to happen at some point.

Scarlet A.pnggnostic13:12, 6 February 2012
 
 
 

Moderator election votes

Hi Trent. I was sorta hoping for a response to this. I voted for fourteen candidates, including myself as first choice. This combination does not appear among the published results, so I can only assume that my votes were not counted. Any idea how or why this might have happened?

Because of the way information is stored I can pull out your specific vote but I can check a few things. You are marked down as having voted in the database and the number of votes in the ballot file corresponds directly to the number of people marked as having voted. I did find a vote that had you first and had 14 votes casts I assume that is you. It did not appear to make it into my cut and paste of the results on the website. Must have lost some votes during the formatting for posting to RW. This is why I fucking hate trying to post the raw data cause something always goes wrong in the reformatting to more human readable.

Tmtoulouse (talk)22:01, 5 February 2012

OK, thanks for checking.

 
 

Wiki4CAM's article on you

Here's something to laugh at. Careful, they might astrally rain knives on you. Or something.

Ah its good old Ramanand Jhingade, thanks for the heads up. I think I will go poke it.

Tmtoulouse (talk)14:48, 22 January 2012
 

I love the Cult of Trent.

Scarlet A.pngpathetic14:49, 22 January 2012

The funniest part is how that idiot doesn't even know how to make a proper redirect.

Yeah, spotted that in RC... oh Ramarama Jingjong, we love you really.

Scarlet A.pngbomination14:55, 22 January 2012

I disagree with the factual claim that Trent says all that much about politicians, to the extent he says anything at all. But otherwise it's fine.

Nutty Roux100x100 anarchy symbol.svg15:44, 22 January 2012

@Nutty: given that the current article was written by Trent, I see no reason to question it. The old version was much more hilarious, though. Talk about a guy with a childish vendetta against this place......

 

The previous version before I poked it:

"Trent Toulouse, also known as T.M. Toulouse is a skeptic who criticizes everything he is ignorant about through his wiki blog, www.rationalwiki.org. Chiropractic, Homeopathy, the Silva Method, Reiki and so on, are criticized simply because their effects cannot be explained.

He criticizes people as well. While politicians are his favorite target, he blogs about alternative medicine practitioners as well, in a defamatory way, by calling them, ‘quacks’, even if they are qualified and licensed to do what they do.

He is also a racist, as he believes that people of African origin should rightfully be called, ‘Niggers’ or ‘Blacks’ (just because of their skin color) and people of Indian origin are, ‘worms’, eating away the ‘white man’s’ job (even though they come with proper visas, at the invitation of the Governments of the West – U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and so on.). Those who want to get even with him, may find him at the “McMaster University”, Canada, where he is a Psych PhD candidate (a photograph of him can be seen on the top right).

He scornfully disrespects astral projection and witchcraft as well. Those who can project themselves astrally, can astrally project themselves to the “McMaster University”, Canada, where he is a Psych PhD candidate and rain knives on him (a photograph of him can be seen on the top right). Sorcerers and witches can use the photograph of him, seen on the top right and make it unbearable for his soul to remain in his body (the body should not be able to house any soul after that)."

Tmtoulouse (talk)15:51, 22 January 2012
 
 
 

Where do I pick up my Toulouse-Brand Kool-Aid?

Nebuchadnezzar (talk)17:17, 22 January 2012
 
 

I thought I would never say this in a post, but:

I have sent you a very important e-mail.

Mjollnir.svgListenerXTalkerX00:43, 15 January 2012

Rebuild recent changes

Please run the script to rebuild recent changes, it appears that the patrolled and bot flags got lost, but only in the recent changes table.

If I go to a diff from recent changes it says it's not patrolled and the mark as patrolled button is there, but if I go to the history and click the diff there, the mark as patrolled option disappears.

-- Nx / talk07:21, 4 January 2012

I am working on rebuilding all the generated tables to see if it helps the search problem.

Tmtoulouse (talk)08:52, 4 January 2012

Why? What happens if you try to start the search daemon?

-- Nx / talk12:01, 4 January 2012
 

Just a heads up: Patrol log entries somehow got into the recent changes table (new ones aren't being added), and more annoyingly, the watchlist too.

-- Nx / talk14:59, 4 January 2012
 
 

On the social media thing...

I'd love to take up the RW Twitter page, but not sure if I'd have the time to do the others. I'm a journalism major at Guelph-Humber in Toronto, so it fits right in with what I'm doing right now.

Osaka Sun (talk)01:09, 10 November 2011

Is it this account? And if so, what's the news with that? The FB page is ticking over nicely, actually, so I imagine Twitter would work providing people were willing to work on it, and we clearly do have people keen on running it!

Scarlet A.pngsshole21:15, 23 November 2011

...It's been three weeks now. You there?

Osaka Sun (talk)04:34, 5 December 2011

Trent seems to have been MIA for about a month. I imagine it's work-related pre-occupation and stress.

Scarlet A.pnggnostic10:50, 5 December 2011
 
 
 

Polls for the moderator position will open at 7pm EST.

Can't find it. ħumanUser talk:Human 02:46, 30 December 2011 (UTC)

ħumanUser talk:Human02:46, 30 December 2011

I have sent you an important e-mail sir. Please respond when you get the chance. Thank you.

I did too: regarding official board business relating to the upcoming election.

Nutty Roux100x100 anarchy symbol.svg21:48, 11 December 2011
 
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