User:Robertinventor/Unblock appeal2

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This is a draft for an appeal for my indef block in Wikipedia

Unblock request[edit source | hide | hide all]

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This blocked user is asking that his block be reviewed:

Robertinventor (block logactive blocksglobal blocksautoblockscontribsdeleted contribsfilter logcreation logchange block settingsunblockcheckuser (log))

Request reason:

Firstly, apologies for taking up so much of everyone’s time in the past. With guidance from friends, I have been able to learn valuable lessons on Wiki editing, and would now like to re-engage as a contributor with no hard feelings my side.

The main issues arose when

  • I (or someone else) added substantial new content
  • spent a long time over it
  • another editor suddenly deleted it.
  • and I try to defend it

I am aware I tend to become more verbose when this happens, it’s my academic background kicking in!

As per WP:OTHERWIKIS we have made new wikis to host the deleted content[1][2].

If unblocked I aim to focus mainly on fixing errors.

I will

  • do most substantial editing in my own wikis.

In Wikipedia, if I do this at all, I will:

  • Seek co-editors also keen on the project, with diverse views. .
  • They will help with encyclopedic tone, notability, reliable sources and WP:NPOV.

This will ensure the material is suitable for Wikipedia before I start, and at every stage along the way.

I am also committed to reducing my word count.

It is not easy to know what to answer by way of the other points, the closing admin just said "Closing with a consensus towards an indef block, plus my own admin judgment in that direction"[3].

I will answer a few, please let me know if I need to answer more.

  • I have never used Wikipedia for WP:PROMO. My Tune Smithy article in 2008 was cited to Sound on Sound similarly to other material in the topic area[4]. When I discovered WP:COI guidelines in 2011, I added a COI statement[5].
  • Commercial use - Wikipedia's license[6] permits this. Only a couple of sentences in my 2015 booklet were by other editors anyway[7].
  • Non free content - Wikipedia's license permits dual licensing[8][1]: CC by SA here, all rights reserved in my 2017 book[9].
  • None of the material was my own WP:POV or intentionally WP:OR. The title of the deleted article came from an astrobiology conference sub session[2]. The views I tried to express mostly came from NASA, as in this short (less than two minutes) official NASA video, third on the main overview page for the NASA Office of Planetary Protection[10]. I accept the community decision.

I didn't contribute many articles to Wikipedia, and our other wikis take up a lot of my time now.

I spent most time error fixing, and this is what I want to return to do. Here are examples I've noticed since the block[11], and including three[12] that I offered to do and was told to go ahead, but sadly I didn't notice this until after I was blocked.

When I have time I may also return to my work on patrolling proposals for deletion[13], and my work on microtonal music including the Microtonal Music project proposal "to do" list[14]

Thank you for your time in considering this appeal.


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  1. "It is legally possible to add more restrictions than the original license in some cases, for example, releasing a derivative work under all rights reserved which incorporates source materials licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license." Compatibility among different CC licenses
  2. Session Topics - ArbSciCon 2017:
    • Theme: Solar System Sites
    • Session: Mars
    • Subsession: Habitability
    • Topic: Modern Mars Habitability
    • Summary:

    Recent discoveries on Mars, including recurring slope lineae, ground ice, and active gully formation, have been interpreted as indications for the transient presence of water. The potential for liquid water on Mars has profound implications for the habitability of the modern Mars environment. This session solicits papers that examine the evidence for habitable environments on Mars, present results about life in analogs to these environments, discuss hypotheses to explain the active processes, evaluate issues for planetary protection, and explore the implications for future explorations of Mars.