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My Wikipedia philosophy
I believe this wholeheartedly...
"Most people's superficial notion of "teamwork" is that it is equivalent to some namby-pamby consensus and bogus good cheer.
"The only consensus worth having is a creative one achieved in the combat of fully engaged intellects."
— Jim McCarthy, Dynamics of Software Development (1995)
I tend to prefer anonymity. Someday I might take real-life credit for my work here, but not today and I'm not planning on tomorrow either. My personal philosophy as applied here is best expressed in the motto of the University of Chicago: Crescat scientia; vita excolatur (trans. "let knowledge grow and life be enriched").
I aspire to be a renaissance man. My interests are vast, eclectic and cosmopolitan--my curiosity even moreso. I am often surprised by the places I am taken in following my curiosity and interests. Topics that interest me: poets and poetry, classical music, botany, birds, stars, food (British, German, Austrian), history off the beaten path.
All you need to know about me is that I am a published author (among other things) with a few graduate degrees. If I contribute to an article, I know something about it worth saying and tend to back it up. However, I rarely contribute to anything that remotely relates to my degree work or day job--only to my avocational pastimes.
I am returning to editing and contributing to Wikipedia after a long haitus. To assume that I am "new" just because I opened a new account upon my return would be an incorrect assumption. My previous contributions years ago involved a lot of writing that led to two featured articles, several good articles, a few meetups, and a few policy guidelines. In the interests of maintaining anonymity and avoiding braggadocio, I do not make specific reference to those earlier contributions here.
What I do
- I aim to contribute high-quality, well-written, well-sourced articles, many of which I will seek to prepare for GA or FA status.
- I aim to review at least one or two articles a week nominated by others for GA or FA.
A friendly request (since I can become an asshole quickly)
I like to contribute. I like focusing on my contributions. I like working with people who like to contribute and focus only on that.
If you cross my path and I see very quickly your only reason for existing is to selectively enforce your skewed or petty interpretation of the rules, I will not like you. Further, if you act like you don't care to listen to someone else's interpretation or comments because you insist only your interpretation can be right, please don't take offence because I wish you would fuck off and die somewhere. I really do not like you. I will try for consensus and I will listen to a reasoned opposing argument, but I hate dealing with intransigent assholes who push wrong-headed positions and insist upon their correctness only because it is their position. Seriously, go away and die somewhere.
If your petty bullshit keeps me from focusing on my contributions, you will piss me off. If you want to take my focus away from my contributions because of petty bullshit, think twice about whether it is really important enough to piss me off and start an argument (i.e. pissing matches about changing eleven to 11, dmy to mdy, colour to color). I don't go out of my way to start shit, but I certainly don't take shit. If someone forces me to take shit, I become a combative asshole. So, if that's your goal, I would hope very politely that you go the fuck away and leave me to my contributing, because dealing with your nonsensical insistence on such bullshit will keep me from what is important to me.
Find a better line to draw in the sand before you deign to waste my time or piss me off.
Work that speaks for itself
I am honoured to have had my efforts recognised by my fellow Wikipedians, you can see some of their accolades here.
Nominations under review
- None at present