User talk:Shobson20

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Please assume good faith with my editing. --Unsigned comment by user:Shobson20

If you need anything, or have any questions, feel free to let me know! --David B (TALK) 15:58, 26 December 2017 (EST)
Well, since you brought it up, I have accepted Jesus Christ, I believe in the US constitution, I believe in the 2nd Amendment, I am pro-military, I am Patriotic toward America, and I want all of the tags on my user page that show this. Shobson20 (talk) 16:54, 26 December 2017 (EST)
Okay, that shouldn't be too difficult. If you want to learn about userboxes and browse the existing options, you will want to look here: Conservapedia:Userboxes. Or, if you prefer, you can just use the applicable code I have on my profile page.
First, you need a container, so put {{userboxtop|About Me}} on the top, and {{Userboxbottom}} on the bottom (other page content goes after this). The "About Me" message on the opening tag can be changed to whatever you prefer. Then, just load in the userboxes you want. I am using {{User Christian2}} to say I am a Christian, and {{User American}} to display my patriotism. I don't have a box specifically for the Constitution, expect for the limited government one: {{User limited govt}}. You can use that, or use this more straightforward one: {{User Constitution}}. Regarding the second amendment, I assume you are specificly talking about the right to have and bear arms. For that, you would probably want to use {{User progun}}. For the military, you probably want {{User patriot}}.
I think that covers everything, but if I missed anything, let me know. Also, feel free to look around for others you might like by clicking through the categories.
If all of my assumptions were correct, then you will want to put the following on your profile page:
{{userboxtop|About Me}}
{{User Christian2}}
{{User American}}
{{User Constitution}}
{{User progun}}
{{User patriot}}
Let me know if there's anything else I can do! --David B (TALK) 22:47, 27 December 2017 (EST)

Troll blocking

Surprisingly, it's been 5 days since CP has had a troll blocked. Shobson20 (talk) 01:27, 15 June 2018 (EDT)

They come and go in waves. I'm sure they will be back, but that's no problem. We'll deal with them as we always do, when they return. Also, I don't know how much this has been helping, but I've been blocking many IP addresses (using my bot) which can be used for sock accounts.
The thing is, they know this, but just want to waste our time and bother us. --David B (TALK) 20:09, 15 June 2018 (EDT)
Are those IP addresses used on VPNs? Someone who uses a VPN can use alter their IP address at will to get around IP address blocks.Shobson20 (talk) 22:37, 15 June 2018 (EDT)
So what does it take to have the ability to hide revisions on the history list? Does it take full admin privileges? Shobson20 (talk) 21:35, 15 June 2018 (EDT)
Yes, only full administrators can do that. You can ask admins like Karajou or Aschlafly to do specific hides, if needed. --David B (TALK) 21:51, 15 June 2018 (EDT)
I think DMorris can also do it, and he's somewhat active as well so you could try asking him, too. --David B (TALK) 21:54, 15 June 2018 (EDT)
Regarding trolls coming and going in waves, this is true. The worst of it most often comes in the summertime, when school is out and some kids are bored and have nothing better to do, so they go online (most often without parental supervision) and get into mischief there. Northwest (talk) 22:26, 15 June 2018 (EDT)
And regarding your question about the IP addresses, you are correct that they can mask their IP, but it is those mask IPs we often block, so that they have a harder time of getting through. I don't want to discuss it in detail on a public talk page, though. They might learn something we would prefer they didn't know.
Northwest, I hadn't really thought about summer vacation for schools, but that makes sense--good point! --David B (TALK) 03:13, 16 June 2018 (EDT)

It didn't last, 3 users recently got blocked. Shobson20 (talk) 19:41, 18 June 2018 (EDT)

They waste time making troll edits. I can undo their vandalism in seconds and then hit the block button. Shobson20 (talk) 16:45, 6 February 2019 (EST)

Something I heard from an Atheist

I have seen twice from Atheists, that if they actually observed molecules-to-man evolution, that would somehow be evidence against it. Let me get this straight, If you could somehow travel back in time and live for the billions of years that molecules-to-man evolution would take and directly observe what you claim happened back then, it would somehow DISprove it? That's like saying that observing objects falling would somehow disprove gravity. Shobson20 (talk) 19:16, 20 October 2018 (EDT)


Congratulations on your promotion! --David B (TALK) 00:28, 16 December 2018 (EST)

I thought of saying something on my user page along the lines of "watch out, trolls, I'm coming after you now!" But I decided not to because I feel that it's inappropriate because:
  1. It would sound like I was bragging and Matthew 23:12 says: "For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." and James 4:6 says: "But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: 'God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.'" In the original Greek, the word for proud means "to puff one's self up."
  2. I believe that Andy expects a certain level of decorum from people on this site, especially those to whom he has granted certain admin privileges. I think it is important to exercise a certain level of maturity and responsibility when you've been put in a position where your voice represents this site. After all, Jesus did not proudly flaunt the authority given to him by his Father.Shobson20 (talk) 00:44, 16 December 2018 (EST)
That sounds like a wise choice--those are good reasons. Also, the way I see it, turning our focus to vandals gives them a sort of victory--they will have changed our behavior. However, there is nothing wrong with countering attacks to a reasonable degree.
As just a bit of housekeeping, please avoid blocking IP addresses indefinitely. The "Automatically block the last IP address used by this user..." option enables autoblock, which is very helpful and should typically be used. However, some IPs belong to entire schools, libraries, and companies, plus IP addresses get reassigned over time. Blocking them for long periods of time can prevent legitimate users from editing. For now, probably figure that a ban using autoblock should not typically be longer than a year. You can disable autoblock and ban an account permanently, but the IP will not be blocked, so they can just make another account. --David B (TALK) 01:19, 16 December 2018 (EST)
You also have rules about not changing block status set by a higher level admin too, don't you? Shobson20 (talk) 01:40, 16 December 2018 (EST)
I don't know if there's an official rule, but unofficially, we're not supposed to change admin blocks. Also, we strongly discourage the use of indefinite blocks. For regular vandals, just do six months or one year (Andy also prefers 3-month blocks), and for very serious vandals, do 2-5 years. --1990'sguy (talk) 13:58, 16 December 2018 (EST)
I've also seen an admin tell a sysop not to block over potentially contentious edits and leave that decision to the senior admins. Shobson20 (talk) 16:31, 16 December 2018 (EST)

Where is the "User Name Policy" written?

I have seen users get blocked because of a "user name policy" which is not written anywhere that I can find by any normal searching means. Shobson20 (talk) 23:47, 6 February 2019 (EST)

Please see Conservapedia:Guidelines#Member Accounts -- I think this is the relevant phrase in the section: "Obscene or offensive usernames will be blocked on sight." --1990'sguy (talk) 08:52, 7 February 2019 (EST)

New potential article

There's something I want to make but don't know if it should be an essay or mainspace article. In general, it's about why left-wing ideas are antithetical to biblical principles. From the obvious to not-so-obvious, I want to cover them all in one space. Shobson20 (talk) 20:38, 16 April 2019 (EDT)

Great idea -- if the article is making an argument, it would be better to make it an essay (you could still add it to the "see also" sections of certain relevant articles). If the article is describing rather than arguing, it can be mainspace. --1990'sguy (talk) 20:44, 16 April 2019 (EDT)
Here's an example, the Left is big on virtue signalling, right? Read Matthew Chapter 6. Leftism also fosters a culture of envy of "the 1 percent" and envy is named among sins several places. Shobson20 (talk) 20:57, 16 April 2019 (EDT)
If you want it to be a mainspace article, I suggest as a title something along the line of Liberalism and biblical principles -- as an encyclopedia article, its tone would have to be one of explanation rather than argument. Please keep in mind that a mainspace article is generally expected to have more sources and stricter formatting guidelines. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:08, 16 April 2019 (EDT)
In a mainspace article, I don't think I could get away with saying "Leftists express a sense of envy every time they talk about some kind of 'privilege' such as 'white privilege' or 'male privilege' which is usually an excuse for their own under-achievement." Shobson20 (talk) 21:28, 16 April 2019 (EDT)