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Supplementary material to my unblock appeal. It was not possible to answer all the charges made within the word limit for an unblock appeal

I have added skip links to make it easier to skip rapidly through the sections for an overview. I have also provided short summaries and collapsed the details. If you think any of these charges needs to be answered, please look at the details before making your decision about it. Thanks!

Modern Mars Habitability article[edit source | hide | hide all]

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or skip to #Not a POVFORK of Life on Mars

CHARGE: That I presented my own views in the article. and while defending it in the article for deletion debate. contradicting statements by the current main editor of Life on Mars that Mars is known to be sterile [diff].

TRUE SITUATION: I was not presenting my own views, but to the best of my ability, those of others who I regard as sources of the highest reliability, such as NASA, who say that life on Mars has not been proven or disproven yet. If unfamiliar with NASA's perspective on this matter, please watch this short one and a half minute video before deciding whether I presented my own views or theirs.

Click on Details below to find out more.


Much of the debate focused on the title of the deleted article. This quoted the topic of a two day astrobiology conference sub-session held in 2017[1].

I think if I share videos rather than the books and papers of the article itself, it will help you see that it was a good faith article and was not about my own views.

If you wish to give this appeal a fair assessment, to get another perspective, please take a couple of minutes or your time to listen to the third video on the overview page of the NASA Office of Planetary Protection. The speaker is also the author of the quote in that [diff] about Mars being a giant dinner plate for Earth organisms[2], not me.

This is Cassie Conley, at the time NASA’s planetary protection officer. She is explaining why the spacecraft we send to Mars are sterilized, 33 seconds into that video video.

“So we have to do all of our search for life activities, we have to look for the Mars organisms, without the background, without the noise of having released Earth organisms into the Mars environment”

Nobody yet knows for sure if there is life there or even if there are habitats there. However, I hope I can demonstate to you that there is considerable interest amongst experts, including NASA, in the possibility of habitats there that may also be inhabited by present day Mars organisms.

As well as a former NASA planetary protection officer, she is a notable author with many articles to her name on the astrobiology of Mars, in Nature and the top astrobiology journals - Google scholar search.

Also she wasn't expressing a personal view in that video. She was speaking as a representative of NASA. They have the search for extant life on Mars as Objective B of NASA's first Mars Science Goal[3]

Goal I: determine if Mars ever supported life

  • Objective A: determine if environments having high potential for prior habitability and preservation of biosignatures contain evidence of past life.
  • Objective B: determine if environments with high potential for current habitability and expression of biosignatures contain evidence of extant life.

Here is Nilton Renno, talking about a discovery his team made. Please listen to what he has to say 2.18 minutes into this video

“Based on the results of our experiment we expect soft ice that can liquify perhaps a few days per year, perhaps a few hours per day, almost anywhere on Mars. … So a small amount of water is enough for you to create conditions necessary for Mars to be habitable today, and we believe that this is possible in the shallow subsurface and even the surface of the Mars polar region for a few hours per day during the spring.”

He is a Michigan professor and expert on Mars surface conditions, co-investigator for the Phoenix, Curiosity, and ExoMars space missions, and with many accomplishments and awards,

Here is a google scholar search for his articles on the astrobiology of Mars.

The deleted article had 265 cites to experts such as these. It presented their views, not my views.

In that same [diff], the other editor gave this sentence in the intro as a reason for deleting the article:

yet, he even moved up to the introduction: "The environment on Mars potentially is basically one giant dinner plate for Earth organisms"

What wasn't made clear is that this sentence I moved up to the intro wasn't my words. It was a quote from NASA's planetary protection officer Cassie Conley[2]. Perhaps she didn't notice, but I did attribute it, in the article itself, see the cite here in deletionpedia (article as it was when it was deleted).

This topic is also frequently in the news,and these news stories present the work of many different teams of researchers that are working on the topic of my article

Not a POVFORK of Life on Mars[edit source | hide]

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CHARGE: I created the article as a WP:POVFORK of Life on Mars (deletion debate)

TRUE SITUATION: It wasn't a fork when I created it. The other editor had left Wikipedia. I did substantial edits of Life on Mars to mention the viewpoints of NASA and others, which nobody else edited[1]. This showed that I was the only editor left in Wikipedia with a significant interest in the topic area at the time that I created it. I also publicized my intention to create the article before making it, and no nobody commented on the proposal[2].

Click on Details to find out more.


I added the Modern Mars Habitability article in 2017 at a time when the editor who opposes any addition of material on this topic was taking a wikibreak. At that time, the Life on Mars article also said that Mars is not known to be sterile (because I edited it that way). In my view this remains an accurate summary of what the most reliable sources in the topic area say Life on Mars#Present (as of August 2017, six months after I added the article).

I proposed it on the talk page of Life on Mars [diff] on the 4th February. This was the place to publicize it as there is no astrobiology project. The other editor had left Wikipedia. There were no comments, so I added it a month or so later. It just expanded on the new section in Life on Mars which I added on 12th February 2017 [diff].

The new section remained in place for ten months, until 12th November 2017 when the other editor deleted it and replaced it with statements saying that the surface of Mars is known to be sterile [diff].

The new article remained in place for a year and a half.

Life on Mars is by far the most high profile article in this topic area. Any editor with an interest in Life on Mars, or even astrobiology, would be certain to have it on their watch list. This shows that no other active Wikipedia editors with an interest in astrobiology objected to the content I added in February 2017.

So this is in its essence just a dispute between two editors, one who edits Wikipedia to say that Mars is known to be sterile, and another who edits it to say that Mars is not known to be sterile.

The title of my article was clumsily expressed, as I realized from the deletion debate. I took it from the title of the 2017 "Astrobiology Science Conference Session on Modern Mars Habitability". This was a sub session with topic "Modern Mars Habitability"[1] But what works as a conference title doesn't always work as a Wikipedia article title. This is why I attempted to move it during the AfD. I did not know this wasn't permitted, and when told this I requested that it be reverted [diff]. A better title is the one I give it in my new Astrobiology wiki:

There is very little activity in the astrobiology topic area now. Apart from wikignomes, I spot mainly edits by that other editor. Also generally, apart from ip addresses, she and I are the only ones that take part in talk page discussions. With rare exceptions.

Can support shorter article but not removal altogether[edit source | hide]

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SUMMARY: I recognize that notability is often a gray area and could support a much shorter article on the topic. However I cannot support the position of those who said in the AfD that Wikipedia shouldn't cover this topic at all.

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I can support a shorter article or section on the topic of this article. That is a matter of notability, which is often a gray area in Wikipedia.

However I wasn't told that Wikipedia should have less material on this topic. I was told it had to be deleted based on the title alone, because it contradicted the statement of sterility in Life on Mars. I.e. that Wikipedia shouldn't cover this topic at all. That's why I tried so hard to stop it from being deleted. Because the AfD was about erasing pretty much the entire topic from Wikipedia.

I hope that with this background, you won't say I have to apologize for trying to save my article in the AfD to get the indef block lifted. I can't do that.

I hope you will agree with this background that I shouldn't be required to say that Mars is known to be sterile, counter to NASA statements, to get unblocked.

I agree not to edit in this topic area if unblocked[edit source | hide]

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SUMMARY - if unblocked I will do no editing in this area unless the editing policy changes first. Instead I will work on my Encyclopedia of Astrobiology which I created to host the material deleted from Wikipedia.

Click on Details to find out more.


I can however agree not to edit in this topic area of the astrobiology of present day Mars. Indeed, I have no wish to return to it, unless there is some major change to make it permissible to present the views of these experts.

This means of course that Wikipedia will gradually move down the page in search results for phrases such as present day searches for extant life on Mars, because Google's algorithm will figure out it has almost nothing on the topic. When my article was removed, I made my own “Encyclopedia of Astrobiology” to host the deleted material. Gradually visitors are finding it, doubling time of a few months. My latest version of the deleted article is here. All my editing in this topic area will be in my own wiki.

I hope you can agree that this is not a reason to keep me indef blocked

Planetary protection[edit source | hide]

skip to Wikipedia content in a kindle booklet

CHARGE: I disrupt this topic significantly[3]

TRUE SITUATION: Other editors are satisfied with the edits I made to the mainspace Planetary Protection article and have made only small changes to this article since my indef block [diff]. Most of its current content was written by me[4].

Click on Details to find out more.


This was given as an example of "Some topics he disrupts significantly" [5].

Until I was indef blocked I was the main editor of the main space Planetary Protection article. Added 56,440 bytes and deleted 11,761 in an article that is now 69,886 bytes.

I now edit a copy of it in my astrobiology wiki instead.

Despite mentioning it as a reason to sanction me, actually other editors were satisfied with my work there. Nearly everything I wrote has been retained after my indef block [diff].

If I get unblocked, I will post to the talk page to check to see if other editors are happy for me to continue editing it. If so, then I'd continue with the updates of it that I used to do from time to time as a result of new research and other developments in the topic area.

While if it is clear editors here don't want me to update this article I will work on the version in my Encyclopedia of Astrobiology instead.

I hope you can agree that this is not a reason to keep me indef blocked

Wikipedia content in a kindle booklet[edit source | hide]

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CHARGE: I was accused of using a deleted section of Water on Mars in Wikipedia for commercial gain and copyvio. This diff shows the material under discussion, my booklet is the right panel and the copied sentences are in red [6]

TRUE SITUATION: The Wikipedia license permits use of its content commercially. I released a booklet under the correct license[7] and gave credit in the manner they recommend (link back to the content in Wikipedia, in this case my userspace draft which in turn linked to the deleted section of Water on Mars on its talk page).

Click on Details to find out more.


This was given as a reason to site-ban me unless I could prove I wasn't involved in copyvio and promotion [diff].

Some of the other editors were unaware that the Wikipedia license CC by SA permits commercial use of Wikipedia content. This is clearly stated in the license page linked to at the bottom of every page in Wikipedia. It is even linked to from the bottom of the very ANI page where the discussion was taking place!

Text is available under the Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply.

Click through and you read:

You are free:

  • to Share—to copy, distribute and transmit the work, and
  • to Remix—to adapt the work

for any purpose, even commercially.

Text of Wikipedia CC by SA license

So the only issue here is of attribution, not of commercial use. Most of this booklet is my own work, but it incorporates a few sentences from a deleted section of Water on Mars called Possibility of Mars having enough water to support life, see this diff, which was edited by multiple editors including myself.

The booklet is here and is released under CC by SA, and attributes the user space draft. When I created the user space draft I listed the sources on the talk page [diff]. I added a clearer attribution of the deleted section of Water on Mars before I was indef blocked. See Attribution. The wikipedia guidelines on reusing content don't require the derivative works to list all the sources directly. It is sufficient to link to a page on wikipedia which takes them to the history where the authors can be found. See Wikipedia:Reusing Wikipedia content#Re-use of text under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike

To re-distribute a text page in any form, provide credit to the authors either by including a) a hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the page or pages you are re-using, b)...

And the only reason I did this at all was because at the time I did it, the user draft had not been accepted for publication in Wikipedia, so I decided to publish it on my blog and in kindle instead. I often publish my longer blog posts on Kindle. It is not a commercial enterprise, I only earn dollars a month from all my blog posts combined as well as several kindle books, after all, most of the content is also available to read online for free, and I disclose this in the introduction to the booklet. I do this as a service to my readers and also to reach a broader audience of people searching for the topic in Amazon.

(This overrides what I wrote in the sanction debate. In the time then I've checked carefully what happened).

I hope you can agree that this is not a reason to keep me indef blocked

Releasing text under CC by SA for Wikipedia and "All Rights Reserved" for my book[edit source | hide]

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CHARGE: I was accused of adding non free content to Wikipedia

TRUE SITUATION: I was the author of the content in question, and I was using “dual licensing”[8]., which is specifically permitted in Wikipedia's content license. It is an act of generosity on my part to contribute some of my non free content under a second license of CC by SA to Wikipedia.

Click on Details to find out more.


This is about material in the now deleted article that is also published in my Touch Mars? book

Editors were astonished to discover that this is permitted. Having conceded that what I did was legal, the editor still commented [diff]..

"Technical legality doesn't really change anything when one gets right down to the spirit of collaboration to build an encylopedia"

So, I'd like to make all this clearer, what was going on and why it is completely within the spirit of collaboration to do this.

First, it is my own content he is talking about in this case, not material contributed by anyone else. It is an act of generosity on my part to release this material for Wikipedia, or anyone else who wants to use it, for any purpose, including commercially, under CC by SA.

This doesn't in any way forbid me from releasing the same content in my own book under another license.

Also another editor talked about [diff].

apparently copying his own copyrighted materials into Wikipedia ... Those aren't judgment calls. They are clearly outside of Wikipedia policies and guidelines

It seems that many editors are not aware that it is permitted to use material that's licensed as "All rights reserved" here, so long as it is re-released by its author under CC by SA for Wikipedia.

In more detail (if needed).

I did this under the practice known as “dual licensing”.

"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

The userspace draft was solely written by me apart from those few sentences originating in Water on Mars. I released it under CC by SA for Wikipedia.

However, since CC licenses are non exclusive, I can also release sections that include only my own text in my 2000 page book Touch Mars? under All Rights Reserved, so long as I make sure it doesn't include any material originating from Water on Mars. The same text is released under CC by SA in the user space draft, and under "All rights reserved" in my book.

I did it like this because by the "Share alike" provision of CC by SA then if I release any of Touch Mars? under CC by SA I have to release the entire book under that license. I do not wish to do this. And because of dual licensing and because the CC by SA licenses are non exclusive, I don't have to.

I hope this is clear now. It is understandable that editors would find it confusing who have never been in my situation and never had to work through these issues.

I hope you can agree that this is not a reason to keep me indef blocked

I have never used Wikipedia for promotion[edit source | hide]

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CHARGE: I was accused of writing for Wikipedia with the motivation to promote my blog and booklets and to add credibility to my views

TRUE SITUATION: I started my blog after content I added was deleted from Wikipedia, not before. When the Wikipedia community didn't choose to publish what I had to say, I took it elsewhere, just like I'm supposed to. I explain this in one of my first blog posts, which was a copy of the deleted material[9] and often tell readers of my blog about my issues trying to get material on possible habitats for extant Martian life, and other astrobiological topics included in Wikipedia. This could hardly be further removed from using Wikipedia for promotion. I never link to my blog or booklets from Wikipedia articles.

Click on Details to find out more.


To answer this [diff] in a general way:

However, I hadn't seen until now that he is apparently using Wikipedia for promotion

I have never linked to my blog or kindle booklets from mainspace Wikipedia articles or used Wikipedia to promote my blog or kindle booklets in any way.

In case anyone brings it up, I also added musical videos made with my Bounce Metronome program to some of the rhythm articles in Wikipedia such as the Polyrhythm article where the video I made for Wikipedia features at top right. I do not mention my program in the article. In some cases (not that one) I do add a brief one sentence mention of the program used to make it in the file description in Wikimedia commons, as is often done for animations. I also disclose my connection with these animations in the Declaration of Interest on my user page. None of this is WP:PROMO.

One editor wrote [diff]:

I strongly suspect Robert's only interest in this subject is to mimic his blog content in Wikipedia to give himself some credibility

That is not my motive at all. Indeed, it's the other way around. I started my blog because the material I wrote for the project was deleted from Wikipedia. My deleted Mars sample return article was one of my first blog posts in July 2013. In that article I explain that it was deleted from Wikipedia. Disclosing that an article was deleted from Wikipedia could hardly be further from using Wikipedia to establish credibility!

If the material had not been deleted from Wikipedia I would have probably never started my blog. I am actually grateful to Wikipedia for this as the blog opened up many doors for me, and that would never have happened if it weren't for the original AfD for that Mars Sample Return article. But not through using Wikipedia for promotion. The opposite. Because Wikipedia didn't want the material.

I hope you can agree that this is not a reason to keep me indef blocked

Tune Smithy[edit source | hide]

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CHARGE: I was accused of using Wikipedia for financial gain because I wrote an article about an invention of mine, Tune Smithy.

TRUE SITUATION: I added it for reasons of notability not promotion, after it got a major review[10] in a source that is frequently used as a reliable source in this topic area in Wikipedia[11] It was my second edit, in 2008. When I discovered the guidelines on Conflict of Interest in 2011, I disclosed all associations on the talk page and on my user page [diff]. I never profited and wasn't trying to

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This is about the statement [diff]

Robert has been using Wikipedia for profit. His first article (2008) is to promote his non-notable software Tune Smithy.

I did not add this article out of a profit motive. I added it as my second edit of Wikipedia in 2008, before I discovered the guidelines on WP:COI.

To show that it wasn't WP:PROMO, I need to explain why I consider it to be notable. I also need to show that I responded in an appropriate way once I found the guidelines on WP:COI.

Why I consider it notable - Deletion debate not evidence it is non notable - Responded appropriately when I discovered guidelines on COI - No evidence submitted to sanction debate of WP:PROMO

Why I consider it notable[edit source | hide]

Skip to Deletion debate not evidence it is non notable

I added it because of a review in Sound on Sound. This is frequently used as a reliable source in this topic area in Wikipedia.


The deleted page's reference list has two cites to Sound on Sound, to Tune Smithy, and to Bounce Metronome, which is a separate program but based on the Polyrhythm task in Tune Smithy. It also references a book by the American music theorist William Sethares which mentions my software as a modern implementation of dynamic tuning. This is a notable book with 554 cites in Google scholar.

I could have added many more academic cites. I mentioned in the deletion debate that there are 17 cites of "Tune Smithy" and 3 cites of "Bounce Metronome" in Google Scholar. The editor who referred to this as a WP:GOOGLETEST probably did not realize that the links were to Google scholar searches, an acceptable way to investigate notability under Specific uses of search engines in Wikipedia.

Other editors in the topic area edited the article over the last decade. Tune Smithy is also still mentioned in Wikipedia in the article Generative music, and I did not contribute this edit.

I had no reason to suppose that anyone else in wikipedia thought it was non notable in the ten years since I added it to Wikipedia. The first suggestion that it was non notable was in the sanction debate itself.

Whatever your views on its notability I hope you can accept this as sufficient evidence that I thought it fulfilled the Wikipedia criteria for music software.

Deletion debate not evidence it is non notable[edit source | hide]

Skip to Responded appropriately when I discovered guidelines on COI

All the votes in the deletion debate were by participants in my sanction debate and most just cite the sanction debate itself as the reason to delete it.


They did not publicize the deletion debate on WikiProject Music Theory, WikiProject Electronic Music, WikiProject Software, or any other relevant page or project (if they had they would have disclosed this on the deletion debate page itself, as that's a requirement if you publicise a debate).

None of the people who voted to delete it disclosed any relevant expertise, or said they had any experience of editing of Wikipedia in the topic areas of music software, music theory, electronic music, or any other related topic.

Responded appropriately when I discovered guidelines on COI[edit source | hide]

Skip to No evidence submitted to sanction debate of WP:PROMO

I disclosed my connection to the software on the talk page for the Tune Smithy article, and on my own user page in the section “Declaration of interest”. I did everything required of someone who discovers the guidelines on COI after contributing an article like this.

No evidence submitted to sanction debate of WP:PROMO[edit source | hide]

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Although everyone in the deletion debate voted to delete it as a case of WP:PROMO, no evidence was presented to the deletion debate or to the sanction debate of any commercial motive. I assure you there never was any. I only added it because I thought it was notable.


I hope you can agree that this was not a case of WP:PROMO and is not a reason to keep me indef blocked.

Buddhism topic ban[edit source | hide]

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CONTEXT: I was taken to ANI five times and ended up topic banned in the Buddhism topic area twice, and then appealed and the appeal was rejected (one of the charges in this block support vote [12]).

TRUE SITUATION: Although I was taken back to ANI five times, I was only sanctioned twice, a limited topic ban[13] and then a broader topic ban [14]. The other actions were not due to any breaches of my topic ban. They were unsuccessful previous attempts to get me topic banned.

After the second topic ban I and a friend (whose content was deleted from Wikipedia) set up a separate Encyclopedia of Buddhism to host the deleted content.

The rejected appeal was a request to get unblocked to edit in a topic area far removed from the original dispute. That was refused and I have no intention of trying again to edit anything in this topic area. Instead I will be editing our new encyclopedia.

Click on Details to find out more.


I am still subject to a Buddhism topic ban and if I understand right, WP:BANEX only applies to a Buddhism topic ban appeal, not here. So I have to step carefully. On the other hand, I do need to say enough so that you can see that it is not a reason to keep me indef blocked.

First, in case of any confusion, please be aware that any diffs presented to the sanction debate are from the topic ban appeal, during which I was covered by WP:BANEX.

Also, if you look at my edit history you may see some edits of Buddhism articles. These were simple slips, while copying text over to our new encyclopedia, and I forgot which one I was on, immediately corrected.

The dispute is about content deleted from Wikipedia, as for the Mars article. The main difference is that the deleted content was written by another editor Dorje108 who had worked on it for over a year. As with the Mars article it was removed suddenly without prior discussion. I didn't write any of it, just posted to the talk pages asking for it to be restored.

And that is as much as I can say. If there is any discussion of this I will not be able to respond unless someone with the authority to do so rules that I am covered by WP:BANEX for this appeal.

Although I was taken to ANI five times, only two of them lead to sanctions, and the others were dismissed. All were based solely on my talk page activity trying to get the material restored. I did not do any main space editing through all the actions unless you count one POV tag that was swiftly removed by another editor. Here I quote the start of the closing admin's statement for each action, or the last statement by an admin in the case of the first 2017 one:

  • 2015 "I'm going to close this without an outcome."
  • 2015 again "Unfortunately, there is not enough consensus of any kind for the drastic measures that are proposed."
  • 2016 "You are banned for six months from the topic of the Four Noble Truths on all pages of Wikipedia including talk" [diff]
  • [15] "To repeat: The only thing Robertinventor has done on this article or its talk page in the past three months is post a concise 3,731-byte post. That is not actionable and not topic-bannable. Please stop this nonsense and proceed with normal editing" [diff].
  • 2017 again "Per consensus, Robertinventor is indefinitely topic-banned from articles or edits associated with Buddhism, broadly construed and subject to the standard exceptions."

As for Mars again, we have dealt with this situation by putting the deleted material into a new encyclopedia, as permitted by the CC by SA license. Our encyclopedia is continuing to grow exponentially, doubling the numbers of views every seven months, currently running at 300 - 400 visitors a day. See stats. This is not far off the rate of growth of Wikipedia itself in its early years (Wikipedia’s numbers doubled roughly every 160 days or about every five months), and a thousand fold increase every six years for as long as it continues.. Any editing in this topic area that I do is now in that encyclopedia.

After the way the last topic ban appeal went, I have no wish to try another appeal. It would take some really major change in the way the Wikipedia Buddhism project is managed to consider such a thing again.

I hope you can agree that this is not a reason to keep me indef blocked.

Merged away Morgellons article[edit source | hide]

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CHARGE: I was accused[16] of disruptive behaviour for adding an article on the topic of the possible association of Morgellons with the spirochetes that cause chronic Lyme disease and of problems of WP:FRINGE and [17]

TRUE SITUATION: The merged away article[18] states that it is fringe science as its first sentence, clearly explains that the research has limited support, and followed all the guidelines for WP:FRINGE. Fringe articles on medicine are not required to follow [19], see for example Chronic Lyme disease.

I was never sanctioned or taken to WP:ANI over it, and it has nothing to do with the dispute that lead to my indef block. My last comment on the main Morgellons talk page was in September 2016.

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This is another reason given for sanctioning me [20]. However this is from over two years before the debate, and I have no wish to return to it.

The history is that I contributed this article in 2015, after discussion on the talk page of the main article when one of the editors there said

“You’re welcome to create an article and see what happens”

When other editors merged it away, I did not try to restore it. Instead I used the deleted material as a basis for a blog post and kindle booklet.

The article itself had as its first sentence

"This is a controversial Fringe science hypothesis".

Wikipedia does cover such topics, with different sourcing requirements, and guidelines, see WP:FRINGE:

Because Wikipedia aims to summarize significant opinions with representation in proportion to their prominence, a Wikipedia article should not make a fringe theory appear more notable or more widely accepted than it is.

It was more a dispute of notability than about whether such content is permitted at all.

I later discussed this topic some more on the Wikipedia talk page. Another editor then told me that I was not welcome there and I left the discussion. My last comment in the talk page of the article is in September 2016 and it has nothing to do with the dispute that lead to my indef block. I have no wish to return to this discussion in Wikipedia

I hope you can agree that this is not a reason to keep me indef blocked.

Contributed material that other Wikipedia editors corrected[edit source | hide]

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CHARGE: I was accused of adding material to Wikipedia that was mistaken, and of including a quote in a footnote[21]

TRUE SITUATION: I did make one mistake, but Wikipedia editors are advised in WP:BOLD: "Think about it this way: if you don't find one of your edits being reverted now and then, perhaps you're not being bold enough". The quote in the footnote[22] is permitted and is still there in the latest version of the article.

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This was also given as a reason to sanction me. I gave four edits as examples to show that I contribute good material to Wikipedia. I was told that two of them were mistakes in this [diff]

I agree that my edit of the Perigean spring tide article was mistaken. If I'd noticed the revert and the reason given I'd have commented on the talk page agreeing with the editor who fixed it and thanking them for their edit.

On the black holes evaporation timescale, then the material I contributed in the diff mentioned in the sanction debate is still in the Hawking Radiation article. Similar material in this diff is also still included in the Black Holes article. The editor who claimed I acted improperly hasn't edited the article to 'fix' it edits by user.

Nearly all Wikipedia editors have made mistakes. Indeed in WP:BOLD it says

"Think about it this way: if you don't find one of your edits being reverted now and then, perhaps you're not being bold enough"

I hope you can agree that me making a mistake in one edit in Wikipedia is not a reason to keep me indef blocked.

Off wiki discussion of possible use of lunar platinum in the construction industry (like copper)[edit source | hide]

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CHARGE: I was accused of an off wiki conversation about possible future use of platinum in the construction industry that disqualifies me as an editor of Wikipedia diff

TRUE SITUATION: It was nothing to do with Wikipedia. I barely remember this discussion, some years back. Potential lunar platinum ores of exceptional purity are a central theme of Dennis Wingo's Moonrush, also covered in Crawford's lunar resources review article. I combined that with ideas for low cost export from the Moon to speculate about what would happen if was similar in price to copper, which is used in the construction industry.

I would never add such speculation to Wikipedia unless I found a reliable source on the topic. I thought this was just a fun discussion and I don't even mention it in the metals section[23] of my own self published book on the subject, "Case for Moon First".

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This was given in the sanction debate [diff] as a reason to sanction me, that I have in the past speculated in an informal discussion about whether platinum from the Moon might one day be used in the construction industry.

However this was nothing to do with any activity on Wikipedia or Wikipedia editing. It was an informal off wiki discussion some years back.

The idea of platinum exports from the Moon is due to Dennis Wingo, author of Moonrush, and is also covered by other authors including Crawford here and Bill White here.

There are possible future developments that could hugely reduce the costs of future exports from the Moon Colonization of the Moon#Launch costs. In this off wiki discussion, I speculated about some possible uses if lunar platinum became as low cost as copper, say (which is widely used in the construction industry, and sometimes used as cladding and roofing materials). It was just an informal fun discussion.

I haven't even included those speculations in my own book on the topic, where all I say in the Metals section of my Case for Moon First is:

You need to fulfill a need or eventually nobody will buy it, and whatever you use it for it has to be worth the expense of returning to Earth. If it's just to replace copper, for instance, in wires, it wouldn't be worth returning unless you could reduce the transport cost back to Earth right down.

I would never include such speculations in Wikipedia. However after the sanction debate I was surprised to discover that Wikipedia's Colonization of the Moon article doesn't cover the topic of lunar exports of platinum. I could contribute a short section on this topic based on reliable sources and have added this as something I can suggest on the talk pages in Wikipedia if I am unblocked.

I hope you can agree that an off wiki conversation that was nothing to do with Wikipedia is not a reason to keep me indef blocked.

All one extended incident, resulting from the topic ban appeal[edit source | hide]

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CHARGE: With so much happening at once I had to be indef blocked to prevent disruption to other topic areas [diff]

TRUE SITUATION: Only the topic ban appeal was started by me. Everything else was based on content I added months or years before the appeal, in a chain of actions one after another brought against me or my content by other editors. There was no escalation on my part.

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Here is a short summary of the chain of events:

  • I appealed my Buddhism topic ban.
  • In this appeal, I was asked to give examples of my best work outside of the Buddhism topic area.
  • I gave my Modern Mars Habitability article as one of the examples.
  • A Wikignome taking part in the appeal nominated it for deletion for stylistic reasons
  • An editor taking part in the AfD took me back to ANI
  • An editor taking part in the ANI sanction debate then nominated Tune Smithy for deletion

I hadn't edited Tune Smithy for years, and I hadn't edited Modern Mars Habitability for months.

Only the Buddhism topic ban appeal was new.

There is no prospect of this continuing to anything else when I'm unblocked

  • I have no intention of appealing the Buddhism topic ban appeal again.
  • I have no intention of editing in the topic area of Mars astrobiology unless there is a substantial change in the way this topic is covered in Wikipedia as a result of initiatives by other editors, not myself.
  • I will do best effort to make sure I have support of multiple Wikipedians, preferably as co-editors before adding substantial new content.

I hope you can agree that this is not a reason to keep me indef blocked

So what will I do if I'm unblocked?[edit source | hide]

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SUMMARY: I will fix minor errors which I notice several times a week. I will respond to errors other editors asked me to fix before I was indef blocked. I will update some articles that are out of date and propose some new material on article talk pages. I will return to the microtonal music project proposal and implement some of the Examples of things we could do.

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I will fix errors. I notice many of these when browsing Wikipedia, usually two or three a week. Many are minor and things an editor would fix right away, like broken urls, or misquoted numbers, where a number shown in Wikipedia is different from the number in the source used. This is actually the main reason I want to be unblocked.

Here are some I noticed since I was blocked

For more substantial changes, I was in the habit of mentioning proposed fixes on the talk pages before making them. In four cases over the previous year, the other editor said to go ahead and do the fix, but I only noticed after the block, and so couldn't do it, so I would do these fixes first:

It also has a list of somewhat more major errors discovered since the indef block, also articles that are several years out of date, and requests to expand an article that I could fulfill. I would post to the talk page first for these.

I also have some major things I'd like to do in the Microtonal music topic area. For some example see the

in my proposed project

However I would be super careful to make sure I do not add anything that has a chance of being deleted.

My plan to prevent the same thing happening again[edit source | hide]

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SUMMARY: I rarely add new articles. If I do this again, I will do my best to make sure I have support of multiple editors before adding a new article to Wikipedia. I will try to involve other Wikipedians as co-editors of the proposed article to make sure it has wide support. If despite best effort the material is deleted, I will do as I did before and start up a new wiki instead.

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If I am unblocked, I will be careful to avoid the situation that I got into when I added that article on Modern Mars Habitability.

This is how I plan to prevent this.

  • I will check that I have broad support of several other editors before I add any new article to Wikipedia.
  • If possible I will do it as a combined project with several other co-editors.
  • I won't make a major new article on the suggestion of just one editor as I did for the Morgellons article
  • I won't make a major new article on my own initiative as I did for the Modern Mars Habitability article.

If despite my best efforts the situation arises again that other editors decide to delete my work, I will copy the material into another wiki, or blog post, and if the deleted material includes substantial content contributed by other edtiors, attribute Wikipedia under CC by SA.

If an entire topic is deleted from Wikipedia, and it is indeed notable, then it no longer turns up in relevant Google searches. When this happens, then of course they will find it elsewhere, such as in my wikis.

These long debates take up my time as much as anyone else's. I had to take an entire week off work to deal with that Buddhism topic ban appeal overlapping with the AfD and the sanction debate (which I was able to do because I was self employed). I have no wish to get into that situation again!

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This is something I do not have a good eye for, and I know it. I naturally write in a more informal fashion. Even when I edit my articles to be more encyclopedic in tone, to the best of my ability, others often still find them more informal than is to their taste. This is nothing at all to do with content, this is just how it is expressed, turns of phrase, formatting of paragraphs and so on.

The best way to deal with this is to involve other co-editors at an early stage.

How I will deal with verbosity[edit source | hide]

A point of clarity. None of these are complaints about me being off topic as far as I can tell. Just that I use more words than many of the other editors here. I am not good at one line repartee in Wikipedia.

  • I will use the sandbox to reduce word count - see the note to myself at the head of the talk page.
  • I will monitor how often I post. In a debate with multiple editors, I will make sure others have plenty of time to respond between my responses and not try to reply to all the main points myself if others might do so.
  • I will be careful not to do multiple responses to a single post by someone else.

The situations that lead to most verbosity are ones where content that I worked on for a long time in Wikipedia is suddenly deleted from Wikipedia, or work of another editor is. This is not likely to happen again, if I make sure I have a diverse range of co-editors before starting on any such project.

Please lift the block so that I can continue with my work of fixing errors in Wikipedia, minor and major.
  1. 1.0 1.1 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.

  2. 2.0 2.1 Chang, Kenneth (October 5, 2015). "Mars Is Pretty Clean. Her Job at NASA Is to Keep It That Way". New York Times. 

    "The salts known as perchlorates that lower the freezing temperature of water at the R.S.L.s, keeping it liquid, can be consumed by some Earth microbes. “The environment on Mars potentially is basically one giant dinner plate for Earth organisms,” Dr. Conley said."

  3. Hamilton, V.E., Rafkin, S., Withers, P., Ruff, S., Yingst, R.A., Whitley, R., Center, J.S., Beaty, D.W., Diniega, S., Hays, L. and Zurek, R., Mars Science Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities: 2015 Version.