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AFII

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  • Hi. I think I might be the person whose name was redacted from the Northwestern Early Modern search. I didn't see the discussion until after the redaction. Can I contact you privately to find out if I am right? -- and if so, how? Thanks.

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    • Hi: I don't know a way to contact me privately on here - but I can't remember the name/details in this case, so I'm not sure I'd be able to answer your question!

      The best thing to do, if you've the patience, is go back through the edits for the page.  If you load the page, the 'edit' button at the top has a drop down menu, and one option is 'history'.  Click on that and you can scroll back through all the edits to the page.  Edits to the Northwestern job should be identified as edits to that section, so with some time and effort you could find the original posting.

      I'm not sure it's really worth doing though!

      ETA: I do remember that there was nothing in the post except a bare statment something like 'I heard [redacted] from St A's was offered the job, is this true'. I just took the name out & left the mod note - the rest is unedited.

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    • Yes, the post is just as you say, with the name redacted. But if it was my name, I'd like to know! I'll see what I can find (and then give up). Thanks again.

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  • Dear AFII, 

    First of all, thank you for donating your time to keeping the Wiki in good shape. Scores of academics benefit from this. 

    I wanted to call your attention to the recent contributions of two users following the Yale China Search. While most historians likely have an excellent sense of humor, I have to admit being somewhat aghast at the use of the name of a deceased China historian as a handle and even more so at the subsequent remarks by an anonymous user, which seem to simultaneously make light of this late historian's life experiences and use her as a mouthpiece to mock others.

    As the community was reminded at the outset of this job season, commentary should only appear on the talk page. Would you mind moving the extraneous discussion to the talk page? My apologies if I am unclear about the best way to make this request. Thank you. 

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    • Hi there,

      although it might be distasteful to use a dead scholar's name as a handle, as far as I can see it does not break the terms and conditions of the wiki itself.  I posted a request in-thread some time ago that further conversation should be moved to the Talk page, and will move any comments that appear after that request.

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    • Thanks for the explanation and for posting the request in-thread. 

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  • It looks like this user wiped out all job details from jobs that have moved to campus interviews in the Ancient category (and possibly elsewhere - I neglected to keep a window up as I typed this so that I can check). Rather than undo all of those by hand, I thought I had better post on that user's wall to ask what's up and to check with you in case you know about this already. Goldenwest (talk) 21:42, November 23, 2014 (UTC)

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    • Thanks for noting this. It's very possibly an accident and the user did not know what he/she was doing (this happens more frequently than we would like). If you can, restore the information you have noted missing. I'll see what I can do as well.

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    • On second thought, looking at the edits, they do seem to be intentional. I suspect the user may have thought s/he is cleaning up the page? Your query seems appropriate. I also think it would be appropriate to restore the information from the ads that was erased if you feel strongly about it. The user did not seem to delete information about interviews, etc. however.

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  • Hi AFII,

    I'm the fourth candidate in the Yale 20th C. China search, and I've tried to keep my name from being publicly posted on the internet because I am still fully employed elsewhere. Because the Yale history department is sensitive to these matters, they have also agreed not to post the names on their website.

    I've already deleted my name from the wiki page three times, and I was hoping you could simply post a message yourself - as moderator - asking others not to post my name?

    Thanks very much!

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    • Done; in future, you can use the 'edit summary' box (to the right of the editing pane) to leave a note about why you're making the edit (e.g. 'removing personal information).  It's a useful flag to moderators that the deletion/edit isn't just a malicious removal of information & gives us a heads up to keep an eye on the page.

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    • Thanks a lot! I appreciate it very much. Also, yes, I had a hard time figuring out the best way to communicate to you, so I just went with this wall option.

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