User talk:Sprocket J Cogswell

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No problem. I don't remember where I learned about that, but I'll try to locate the reference. I know that I have the reference for the FGM article statement about clerical fatwas against it somewhere in my personal research, I'll see if I can dig it up. Asarelah (talk) 14:12, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

This comic was made for you[edit]

No sprocketing!--"Shut up, Brx." 20:24, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

Requesting sysops privileges back, and your opinion on Robots talk page.[edit]

Less is more, for words, swords and wings. Exiled Encyclopedist (talk) 16:34, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

(This is a reply to a deleted post. See recent history if you want to know what it said.)
I don't agree that "The Handmaid's Tale" is science fiction. IIRC even the author herself has expressed some uncertainty about that label, preferring to call it speculative fiction. You should know that Wikipedia is not a reliable source. I don't need the aggravation of warring over it, though.
RW sysopship is not like some embroidered badge to sew on your sleeve or sash, with defined requirements laid out in some Handbook For RationalWikians. A primary feature of a functional mobocracy is the independent nature of the participants (leaving aside the dysfunctional bits that can arise from too much groupthink.) In other words, RW editors are not measured by how well they follow instructions.
I do not know what it will take to inspire someone to have enough confidence in you that they switch on sysop buttons for your account. I do know that treating this wiki as a competitive endeavor is unlikely to help you. Similarly, I suspect the mob will ignore any effort to lay out objective criteria for measuring the quality of an individual editor's contributions. Sprocket J Cogswell (talk) 18:49, 22 November 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for your assessment. Miekal made a similar observation that competition was not the way, despite the saloons name and several editors insistence on showing they are number one at insults. I'm working together with more people on articles that are their ideas rather than mine, I'm knowledgeable in a lot of areas and can help. Any articles you would like to work on by chance? — Unsigned, by: Exiled Encyclopedist / talk / contribs
I never know when inspiration will strike, or where. If I think of something, I will mention it. Sprocket J Cogswell (talk) 01:52, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

Edit filtering[edit]

I took a look at how that spammer got around the filter. Unfortunately, I don't see anything I can do that wouldn't also make the filter less effective. At least that's just one instance where I spammer gave it the slip, as opposed to the thousands of spammers that filter has prevented from working. Noisemobile (talk) 01:43, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

Don't worry. Be happy. Thanks for looking. Sprocket J Cogswell (talk) 01:49, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

How to get in touch with the person who runs this site[edit]

I'm not sure if you're a moderator. And I have no idea whatsoever how to personally message anyone on this site, so I apologize for the public post. If you're not the right person to get in touch with, I apologize. Anyway, I would like to get in touch with someone who is in charge of content on this site. There is a page which has non-factual slander of an individual who runs a not-for-profit organization which has helped dozens of people throughout the world. It needs to be modified or removed, or the person who is being slandered will be in touch with a legal team to get the content removed. Thank you for your consideration. — Unsigned, by: Truthcrusade / talk / contribs 19:11, 1 December 2014‎ (UTC)

On talk pages, please sign your comments using four tildes (~~~~) or by clicking on the sign button: SigButt.png on the toolbar above the edit panel. You can also indent successive talk page comments using one more colon (:) for each line. Thank you.
No apology needed. If you want to address the community in general, the Saloon bar is as good a place as any to get visibility.
See I have read one of your articles and I totally disagree with it. What should I do?
Also see the section just above that, titled "Who writes these articles?"
Also see RationalWiki:Guide for individuals or companies we cover, noting especially where it says "Making legal threats against the site or its users will not aid you in altering content." Sprocket J Cogswell (talk) 19:59, 1 December 2014 (UTC)


Template:Wpl has an extra parameter for punctuation and suffixes for the cases when they need be included before the superscript without duplicating the text of the link. For example, {{wpl|Wikipedia||.}} results in Wikipedia.Wikipedia--ZooGuard (talk) 18:53, 7 December 2014 (UTC)

I had forgotten that, until you started fixing them. Thanks! Sprocket J Cogswell (talk) 18:58, 7 December 2014 (UTC)
I really need to get a life. :(--ZooGuard (talk) 19:01, 7 December 2014 (UTC)
Ehh, I think it's Sunday evening where you are, so trawling through RC is an acceptable pastime. Sprocket J Cogswell (talk) 19:24, 7 December 2014 (UTC)

I need your help at the chicken coop[edit]

I remember what happened last time I asked for your help; so you know I really need it or else I wouldn't be bothering you. Exiled Encyclopedist (talk) 07:49, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

Nutty gave you some good advice in the coop: "You really should take a break."
Sprocket J Cogswell (talk) 15:26, 8 January 2015 (UTC)