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Trent020:39, 16 May 2014
I have sent you an email002:41, 1 May 2014
FYI011:04, 27 April 2014
So, what did Brxbrx do?010:08, 26 April 2014
e400:31, 23 April 2014
e100:31, 23 April 2014
e600:31, 23 April 2014
e000:31, 23 April 2014
e000:31, 23 April 2014
We should have Friday the 13th holidaze216:20, 13 December 2013
Current Banner117:43, 12 November 2013
I know this is beyond menial but...022:43, 15 October 2013
Threat of abuse by User:Nutty Roux214:36, 21 September 2013
Send me an email022:27, 6 September 2013
Remove the page Kevin Martin204:23, 31 August 2013
Seriously, have you called the police already?123:42, 7 August 2013
Unedited pages120:48, 6 August 2013
freeman page912:04, 26 July 2013
Installing Squid015:19, 23 July 2013
Blocking Rights621:14, 9 July 2013
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77.247.181.163 (talk)20:39, 16 May 2014

I have sent you an email

This is the usual post in order to make sure you've received it. If you haven't, and you want to, I could always send it again. The content of the email was not of a confidential nature, so I'll have no objections if you prefer posting your reply here, thereby sparing yourself the indignities that come with allowing me to have your email address.

"Shut up, Brx."02:41, 1 May 2014

You may want to comment on this or, at least, be aware of it so that you may comment on it if you so choose.

Reckless Noise Symphony (talk)11:04, 27 April 2014

So, what did Brxbrx do?

From the block log:

Nutty Roux (...) blocked Brxbrx (...) with an expiry time of indefinite (...) ('Can we finally be rid of the people who add nothing? Ask Trent if I'm lying about what Brxbrx did behind the scenes to undermine RW.)

ZooGuard (talk)10:08, 26 April 2014

This edit of Hovind quotes, which another person removed, will be quite useful regarding Hovind's claims as they show a contradiction in his court filings. More than that, it shows rationalwiki was correct. The link also explains how to find the documents free from the Clerk of Court.

Ghnn (talk)21:40, 3 March 2014

I have attempted to integrate them into the paragraph.

Tmtoulouse (talk)21:51, 3 March 2014

An article I spent hours working on today was deleted along with some material that might be of interest to your legal counsel. So I'll leave some relevant court rulings regarding Hovind here:

  • In a 1996 decision, Judge Killian wrote (bolding added): "The debtor [Kent Hovind] having failed to file his federal income tax returns for at least the years 1989 through 1995, having resisted collection efforts by the IRS, and having provided false information in his schedules and statement of affairs in connection with this case, I find that the debtor filed this petition in bad faith and as such the petition is subject to dismissal for cause under the provisions of 11 U.S.C. 1307(c)."
  • In 2006, a Tax Court judge explained, the IRS "made jeopardy assessments under section 6861 against petitioner [Kent Hovind] of income tax, of additions to tax under section 6651(f) for civil fraud and under section 6654 for underpayment of estimated tax, and of interest, relating to 1995, 1996, and 1997." Hovind further mailed a "letter making various bizarre arguments, some of which constitute tax protester arguments involving excise taxes and the alleged '100% voluntary' nature of the income tax." 6651(f), specifically refers to an "increase in penalty for fraudulent failure to file."
  • In 2012, a Tax Court Judge ruled (emphasis added): Jo Hovind "underpaid her tax liabilities for 1998-99 and 2000-06 and that some part of her underpayment for each year was due to fraud," earlier noting "Engaging in illegal activity, even if the taxpayer is not charged with a tax crime, is circumstantial evidence of fraud."
Ghnn (talk)23:02, 4 March 2014

I just sysopped you (it's conventional to make everyone who isn't obviously insane a sysop), so you can in fact recover the deleted text for yourself if you want it to hand.

David Gerard (talk)12:18, 5 March 2014
 

(It does strike me as the sort of text that would be interesting to have up somewhere.)

David Gerard (talk)12:38, 5 March 2014
 
 
 

Hi Trent, would you consider to update the banner to this version User:LArron/sandbox just to emphasize the success of the fundraiser?

I want to take a short (mathematically inspired) look at the quality of the final match of the Fifa World Cup 2014 and the UEFA Euro 2016...

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[edit] Fifa World Cup 2014

I know it's a much smaller dream that we all wanted, but we have to honour the shirt of the national team. We made the semi-finals, the top four teams in the world. And there were a lot of good teams that were knocked out before us.
—Felipe Scolari (before the match for third place)
1st Germany ★★★★
2nd Argentina ★★
3rd Netherlands
4th Brazil ★★★★★

Is Felipe Scolari right? Are these the top four teams of the world? Well, probably not. And if those are the top four, than the order may be wrong. Why? The FIFA uses a system combined from a group stage in which eight groups of four teams each play a round-robin tournament - an excellent way to determine the rank of each team in its group. But than, sixteen teams (the winners and the runner-ups of the groups) play single leg knockout matches. While a knockout tournament is an excellent way to find the best team (so, congratulations again, Germany), it's awful if you wish to look for the second-best - and even worse for the third and the fourth place. Indeed, a pure knockout tournament will have the second best team eliminated before the final match in roughly 50% of all cases.

How good is the system the FIFA is using? Under typical mathematical assumptions[1], it isn't that bad when it comes to the final game:

WorldCup-002.svg

While under pure knockout rules, there is only a 51.6% chance that the 2nd best overall team reaches the final, this probability is up to 61.3% in the World Cup 2014. The rules guarantee that no team worse than 5th can play in the final match, while otherwise (k.o.), even the 17th best team (or 16th worst) would have had a - tiny - chance to play in the Maracanã.

Even if we may not get a perfect final match, pitting the best and the second best team against each other, we are quite sure (ca. 90%) that we get an interesting match between the best and the second or third best team.

The situation is little bit muddier when it comes to the Bronze Medals:

Worldcup-003.svg

Perhaps (25.8%) it is the consolation prize for the second best team, which was knocked out during the quater-finals, more probably (32.9%), it goes to a team which doesn't deserve it. As for the fourth place, it is quite probably not the fourth best team which loses out to the Bronze winner:

Worldcup-004.svg

Nevertheless, the match should be played by two quite good teams, not ranked worse than sixth - though it is wishful thinking to believe that the team which fared worst coming out of the quarter-finals is one of the top four teams of the world.

The probabilities for the events shown by the pictures above are obviously not independent (it is impossible - say - for the second best team to lose out in the finals and gain the Bronze medal), but we can calculate the probability that the first three places in the tournament are awarded to the top three teams of the world: it's 38.0% The probability of these being the three best teams overall is 57.0%, so a Dutch fan might find comfort in the thought that under the assumption that these are the three best teams, the odds are 1 in 2 (i.e., a probability of 33.3%), that it really should be Germany - Netherlands - Argentina.

tl;dr The World Cup 2014 gave us (quite probably) a worthy final match, and Brazil is (quite probably) not as good as Felipe Scolari thinks.

[edit] UEFA Euro 2012

The Euro 2012 was organised similarly to the World Cup 2014, but there were only 16 teams in four groups (instead of 32 teams in eight groups). Therefore, one of the knockout stages (round of the last sixteen) wasn't necessary.

Euro-2012-05-2.svg

Thus, the probability for a final match between the two top teams of Europe was quite high (73.3%), and at worst, the third best team would have played for the prize.

There is no game for third place at the Euro.

[edit] UEFA Euro 2016

The Euro is the biggest football event between the World Cups. The number of nations in Europe grew over the last decades, and the broadcasting rights per match became more and more lucrative. No wonder that the UEFA decide to inflate the number of nations in the group phase from 16 to 24. Only eight will be eliminated during the group tournament, and there will be 51 matches overall (instead of a measly 31 in 2012). An additional round in the knockout phase of the tournaments leads to a lower probability for the second best team to reach the final - but it gives the fourth best team a possibility to shine:[2]

Euro-2016-05-2.svg

While we may get more quantity, I don't think that the new system improves the quality. The World Cup 2014 has shown that the matches during the group phase can be the most entertaining, while the knockout phase may harbour some disappointments. I'd prefer four groups of five teams each, with only the top two advancing to the knockout stage. This results in 47 games, but in a better probability for a final match of the best two teams...

tl;dr Looking only at the final match, the UEFA rules for 2016 are no improvement over those of 2012.


[edit] Footnotes

    • the 32 teams can be ranked from 1st to 32nd best
    • in a match, the higher-ranked team always wins (a tad bit unrealistic...)
  1. The rules for the tournament are ludicrously complicated. I think that I've implemented them correctly, but I cannot guarantee for it...
larron (talk)19:19, 26 March 2014

Even better!

larron (talk)07:05, 27 March 2014
 
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[edit] $wgLogo = Rwlogo_santa.png

RW Christmas.png Popular demand...

Sterilesig.svgtalk00:56, 13 December 2013

All ready changed it the right way this afternoon.

Tmtoulouse (talk)01:10, 13 December 2013

I guess my cache didn't let me see it!

Sterilesig.svgtalk14:50, 13 December 2013

*cough*caching problems*cough*

Occasionaluse (talk)14:55, 13 December 2013

F5 solves all my problems.

Sterilesig.svgtalk19:04, 13 December 2013

That's like saying you can fix an abusive relationship using gauze and bandages.

Occasionaluse (talk)20:28, 13 December 2013
 
 
 
 
 

What exactaly does RationalWiki promote? I'm confused of this.

Micky12 (talk)00:48, 22 February 2014

I saw you were banned from Conservapedia by Karajou... Haha. Me too. I found his reasoning against Conservapedia's own rules for mine and was trying to appeal, and show him as a poor and biased admin. Trying to find how to contact an Admin while blocked is how I found this wonderful wiki. I just wanted to say I noticed his reason for blocking you is also against Conserapedia's rules, and was wondering if there was a way to expose him. Assuming their biased wiki would even care, that is.

ZeroIsLogic (talk)04:35, 22 February 2014

We should have Friday the 13th holidaze

What it says on the tin

"Shut up, Brx."15:03, 13 December 2013

You can edit the template -- no special powerz needed.

nah, too lazy. oh well.

"Shut up, Brx."16:20, 13 December 2013
 
 

Current Banner

Instead of

For best results also use RationalWiki moisturizing conditioner. (Теперь и на русском языке)

could we do something on the Phillippines?

larron (talk)17:37, 12 November 2013

I have no problem with that, the text is at MediaWiki:Recentchangestext editable by any Tech. If we could get some proposed wording/discussion on how to do it somewhere it can then be implemented by any of us.

Tmtoulouse (talk)17:43, 12 November 2013
 

You should be aware of this: http://rationalwiki.org/w/index.php?title=User:Nutty_Roux&oldid=1240455

He makes a knowledgable threat to abuse his power. I realize I've had issues, but as you know I'm working on them. Also in the past few days, I've had an epiphany about what it is I should do and not do to avoid causing trouble. I've started work with users such as AD and refrained from saying anything to users in the face of serious harassment, just to break the cycle which would inevitably make those users see themselves as victims of my behavior. As an example of such harassment: http://rationalwiki.org/w/index.php?title=Talk:Moral_equivalence&curid=137463&diff=1239204&oldid=1239199 I don't think you should take action against Nutty Roux, but I think you should be aware of his threat.

Arcane agrees that I've been subject to ad hominem attacks, as he says here and here.

Aleksandr(a) Ehrenstein, Jewish Bolshevik13:57, 21 September 2013

Don't do this again, Ehrenstein. It's not the place for it, and it's going to achieve the opposite of your hoped-for effect. Trent's not the wiki-daddy, and he has actual things going on.

ADtalkModerator14:21, 21 September 2013

Ok. Thank you for telling me that. I don't want him to do anything about it at the moment.

Aleksandr(a) Ehrenstein, Jewish Bolshevik14:36, 21 September 2013
 
 

Send me an email

inquisitorsasha@sturmkrieg.de

Aleksandr(a) Ehrenstein, Jewish Bolshevik22:27, 6 September 2013

Remove the page Kevin Martin

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Last edit: 17:48, 7 August 2013

Remove the page ASAP as I have deemed 75% of the stuff on there libel. Do it now ...

17:48, 7 August 2013

Ohhhh, scary.

Green mowse.pngGodot The ablity to breath is such an overrated ability17:53, 7 August 2013
 

An eye for an eye is a stupid thing to do, especially when we have sources and you've stated on record your intentions to libel us. And, so much for "getting an attorney". Instead of an attorney, you went for libel. Oh, you are precious.

Ochotona princepsnot a pokémon23:46, 7 August 2013
 

Seriously, have you called the police already?

Letting this Kevin Martin get away with this shit shouldn't be an option. Get the police to come take a statement from you and give them the extortion emails and copies of that page he's put up. Should be enough to prosecute him.

If nothing else, you should probably try to do something about this being on google news, and therefor google classic.

Token Conservative (talk)23:42, 7 August 2013
 

Unedited pages

So I have a strange question, and figured you might be as good a place to start. Maybe David G, too. I want to go and look at some of our old pages, but specifically those that have not been edited in a while. I noticed we have a "special page" for "oldest pages", and I'm starting there - but do you know if there is any way to filter by "last edit" or something? So that a page written in 2007 but continually edited, isn't included?

thanks if you have any help. T

Green mowse.pngGodot The ablity to breath is such an overrated ability20:45, 6 August 2013

NEVERMIND! I made an edit to cohort study and the page no longer appears in "oldest pages", so that must actually be "oldest edits".

Live and learn. then go eat chocolate.

Green mowse.pngGodot The ablity to breath is such an overrated ability20:48, 6 August 2013
 

the views on that page are biased and you know it. why is the section about freeman winning in court empty? i am a FMOTL and win everytime i have been to court and even had magistrates charged for breaking their oath of office under Section 13 of the Statutory Declarations Act 1835. i have charged TV licencing for my sevices which i have recieved the funds through a commercial lien. so tell me how it isnt biased as i was trying to say?

90.203.107.72 (talk)22:03, 25 July 2013

"[F]reeman winning in court": Nope. Show me a single instance of a FMOTL winning any court. Frivolous pseudo-law gets them sanctioned and briefly locked up for contempt of court. That's the opposite of winning "[H]ad magistrates charged for breaking their oath of office under Section 13 of the Statutory Declarations Act 1835.": No you haven't, but you have shown in a mere 3 sentences that you don't understand what you're blathering about. Congratulations. No judge makes his oath of office by affidavit.

Nutty Roux100x100 anarchy symbol.svg22:17, 25 July 2013

how can it be contempt of court when the magistrate sits alone?! (which then wouldn't actually be a conventually convened court of law so lawfully a magistrate is powerless) he is unaffected. even a direct insult to a magistrate should be brushed off by them, that is assuming he has acted diligently and with integrity which they must under their oaths.

90.203.107.72 (talk)23:25, 25 July 2013

Your freeman babble isn't going to impress. Evidence, put up or shut up. I have seen all the you tube videos and every claim of success that can actually be examined (I.E. there is enough information to look it up) has shown that the freeman crank has lost and usually lost badly. It is akin to the sovereign citizen crap in the US and the tax protesters that have never won a case on the merits of their arguments.

Tmtoulouse (talk)23:28, 25 July 2013

I am UK so i am not sure about the US laws and how/if they differ. I am in court in 2 weeks as the policy men do not understand my right of travel so i shall let you know how it goes. btw it isnt babble because it is LAW and there is plenty of evidence that proves it.

Mole4321 (talk)23:35, 25 July 2013

well guys it is is LAW with plenty of evidence time to pack it in and shut down our foolish site goodbye

ADtalkModerator00:56, 26 July 2013
 

Just imagine how rich you'd be if you started a law school to teach this wisdom.

Nutty Roux100x100 anarchy symbol.svg23:39, 25 July 2013

rich with promissory notes? no thanks my toilet roll has the same worth

Mole4321 (talk)23:41, 25 July 2013
 
 
 

I believe this would be relevant here.

Scarlet A.pngbomination12:04, 26 July 2013
 
 

Installing Squid

When I install Squid, do I need to configure all the websites and virtual hosts to use it?

Александр(а) (Talk | Contribs | Ragebox)15:19, 23 July 2013

Blocking Rights

Shouldn't a mod have blocking rights?

MarcusCicero (talk)20:55, 9 July 2013

Sysops yourself.

Tmtoulouse (talk)20:58, 9 July 2013

Awhh... come on, I'm famously incompetent with computers.

MarcusCicero (talk)21:11, 9 July 2013

Hence why its a good exercise:

Goto Special PAges under the tool box on the side column

Find the Users and Rights section

Click on User rights management

Enter your user name

Check sysops

Save.

Proft. Viva la something or other.

Tmtoulouse (talk)21:12, 9 July 2013

Thanks. Its actually 'vive'.

MarcusCicero (talk)21:14, 9 July 2013
 

Thanks. Its actually 'vive'.

MarcusCicero (talk)21:14, 9 July 2013
 

Thanks. Its actually 'vive'.

MarcusCicero (talk)21:14, 9 July 2013
 
 
 
 
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