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On wiki, I mainly deal with finance, business, military, history, politics, though I sometimes do branch out.
Post-truth in Wikipedia articlesEdit
- Is Ashanti Region an independent empire? A modern day Ashanti Empire? Or is it part of Ghana? Dozens of Wikipedia geography and locations articles settled on the former description. Not only that, but articles on cultural topics pertaining to the wider Akan people were ascribed as belonging to the Ashanti people subgroup. Examples: 
- December 2018 - Was Casimir III the Great actually married to Esterka? Or was it mythical? Wikipedia presented this as fact (+issue from the relationship and their alleged lives, and even misrepresented the mainstream legend that sees Esterka as a mistress - not a wife - by listing her as a spouse). Added August 2017, and then to the infobox at December 2017. Average monthly viewership of 7,463, - so roughly 100,000 misinformed viewers. And this isn't an obscure figure - google "most famous Polish king" - first hit is a list, second hit is our Casimir III the Great, third is John III Sobieski, fourth is Quora whose top-scoring answer is
"The only king of Poland that is called “Great” was Casimir III The Great...", and fifth is Britannica on Casimir III.
- In the early days of the German invasion of the USSR in June-July 1941, several anti-Jewish pogroms were carried out by the local residents of Łomża County in Poland with limited or no German involvement. Jedwabne pogrom is the most famous, however these encompassed some 23 other towns. In the Szczuczyn pogrom the atrocities were actually stopped by a German army unit (the Germans, however, would massacre even more Jews in the town on August 1941, place the surviving Jews in a ghetto, and send them to Treblinka extermination camp in November 1942). On Wikipedia, however, some of these atrocities were portrayed as Jewish persecution of Poles in 1939-1941, followed by German massacre of Jews with little to no involvement of the local Poles. These descriptions entered Wikipedia circa 2009-2011, and remained on Wikipedia for almost a decade. This has received attention outside of Wikipedia - Wikipedia Continues the Crime and the Silence of Polish Participation in the Murder of Jews. I became involved in 2018, and these are a few corrections:
- Białystok "Jewish welcoming" caption. Was added to commons on 12 December 2015, and 10 minutes later to History of the Jews in Poland (and in 2017 - in Białystok Ghetto). The cited source, a Telewizja Polska regional station (Given -  (and a whole bunch of other sources) - not particularly a good source for the subject matter). is here - and says nothing of a "Jewish welcome banner" (nor does it quite contain the photograph version on Commons). While the commons English text (copied to en.wiki as well) reads -
"Jewish welcome banner in Białystok during the Soviet invasion of Poland of September 1939. In the background the Catholic Church of St. Roch (achival photo)."the Polish reads
"To jedna z najciekawszych fotografii Białegostoku z czasów sowieckiej okupacji. W tle kościół Świętego Rocha, a wokół sierpy, młoty, pięcioramienne gwiazdy - symbole nowego porządku."- google translate -
"This is one of the most interesting photographs of Bialystok during the Soviet occupation. In the background, the church of Saint Roch, and around the sickle, hammers, five-pointed stars - the symbols of the new order."(which possibly could be supported by TVP) - nothing quite about a "Jewish welcome banner", is there? The image composition doesn't quite fit with a welcoming banner - the sign is very drab, routine, and one would expect "welcome messages" to be written in Russian, not in Yiddish. Furthermore, if one reads the first line of the sign (which is what got me off to poking around here) - it is
"דער טאג וואלן"or in Latin letters -
"Der Tag Wahlen"- which rudimentary German/Yiddish is sufficient to ascertain this is "Election day". Poking around for images, one might find this poster by a museum whose translation (somewhat loose in my mind) is
""The Election of / Delegates / For the people's council / of Western Belarus""and that this was taken in July 1941 - the beginning of the German occupation. So - fixed Białystok Ghetto, fixed History of the Jews in Poland, Fixed on commons. Lasted three years on Wikipedia - Białystok Ghetto has 1,178 monthly views on average, and History of the Jews in Poland 18,962 - over 3 years - possibly some 725,000 people were misinformed about the Jews in Poland.
New Page PatrolEdit
If you came by here after I reviewed your new page - I am human, you can talk to me, and I'm often willing to help. Getting an article through the seemingly arcane Wikipedia rules and bureaucracy can be difficult. If the subject is notable enough, I will be willing help - and I can be convinced. I am more than willing to discuss and explain Wikipedia policy to the best of my limited ability.
AfD, rescuing articlesEdit
I actively patrol some AfD lists. While I perhaps would style myself as skewing inclusionist, my !voting is (as of March 2019) fairly evenly split between Keep (41%) and Delete (45%) with some Merge support (8.6%). I tend to !vote based on policy - including WP:NOT or WP:BIO1E (which skew me Delete vs. the median !voter) while I probably (with the exception of the crazy world of NFOOTY) have a more liberal footing on GNG than the median !voter (which skews me Keep vs. the media !voter).Current Icewhiz AFD stats.
Part of my interest is rescuing articles (my criteria for doing so is eclectic and often depends on my degree of interest), by improving content and sourcing in the process (e.g. Joseph Nicholson Barney which I brought from 06:13, 15 August 2017 to 22:43, 17 August 2017, and which closed as a speedy keep - before moving on to Leon Smith (naval commander) - a much more interesting rascal (
"Variously described as naval lieutenant, captain, and commodore or army major, and colonel, but not actually commissioned") who didn't have an article and with whom I crossed paths while working on Barney (both were my first substantive Civil War contributions)... This led to writing the Wrangell Bombardment (in which Smith was killed), the Kake War and Angoon Bombardment (both similar to the Wrangell affair).
In short - this modus operandi has me patrolling in particular topic lists (AFD lists) with articles needing work - from which I branch out.... I will however vote also on articles in which I don't find great interest if I have given them a once-over coupled with a source check.
I used to say I don't do Israel-Arab/Politics/etc., or don't do much. I guess that has changed a bit, as I have done some, but these tend to be less fulfilling - especially when dealing with edit-warring (or clear outright trolls and vandalism) or itty-bitty bickering over minor points (which lead to 10 foot long talk page discussions over a single sentence - or even a flag or single term). I think I have learned in these areas that it is best to start out with WP:AGF, place polite talk-page self-reverts comments on 1RR (or other issues) before escalating to anything else, stay polite and on-topic, and also to try and work collegially with editors from the "other camp(s)" - with time, I at least have come to respect some of them as editors (even if we disagree on POV). Collaboration can lead to good results, and in some areas that require cross-language (or POV - which in the polarized media landscape is becoming akin to a language (e.g. FOX/WSJ/NR/Telegraph vs. CNN/NYT/Poltico/Guardian) - with many people not only sticking to one language, but also sticking to a few clearly POV-aligned outlets - so we have FOX-editors and CNN-editors viewing the world via a narrow prism(*)) sourcing - this is key to building a good article. In short - if you can reach out across the aisle, then I'll work with you.
(*) - this does not describe me, I actually tend to read more political sources that I disagree with than those that I agree with - and when possible I also try to work across the language barrier.
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Some of my workEdit
Non comprehensive list of articles I contributed to
Some of the articles I created: