[Wikipedia-l] Re: User:Fire, information as a key

Anthere anthere9 at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 1 08:40:30 UTC 2004

I think all this misunderstanding would not have happened if you had 
explained what you were doing Fire. Most of the disputes seem to come 
from action from person A, misunderstood by person B.

As mediators often say, most disputes have two sides.

So, while it is good that person B try to take more time to understand 
what occured and perhaps ask privately at first, it is also good that 
person A avoid this to happen in taking care of explaining what is going on.

A link to the request on meta pasted in the user page.
Or a short explanation left in the banning comment would be likely to do 
the trick.

Ronny Raschkowan wrote:
> Ray Saintonge wrote:
>> I am annoyed by the behaviour of user:fire.  He is not a sysop on 
>> Wikisource, yet he was able to come and block a user indefinitely with 
>> no better excuse than a non-working link to wikipedia about 
>> name-change policy.  I immediately reversed the block.
>> Those who participate in Wikisource are quite capable of deciding who 
>> should be blocked.  We don't need this loose cannon who has not 
>> otherwise participated in Wikisource to sneakily acquire some kind of 
>> superior access for no other reason to block a user that he does not like.
>> Ec
> Hello Ray,
> I was doing username changes  requested on this page:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Changing_username
> There was also a user, 'Spik dk', who asked to get his username changed. 
> That's what I did. The instructions say also, that I have to move the 
> User: and the User Talk: Page from the old to the new nick.  For 
> security reasons ("This prevents a new user claiming the name, which 
> would mean the signatures and author attributions made by third party 
> users of our content would all be pointing to the wrong person."), 
> there's also an instruction to block the old username.
> After changing the username(s) in the database, I asked Angela to get 
> temp sys-op on the Wikis were I had changed the usernames of the people 
> who requested to block the old nicks.
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Requests_for_permissions/Archive1
> So: I was not blocking the user because I "don't like him" ( I even 
> don't know him :) ), but because he asked for a username change and 
> (following the instructions) it also included to block the old username :)
> Yours,
> Fire

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