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Welcome to my user page.

If you're interested, I've written a short essay on "How I survive Wikipedia", and another on the citation habit. I also wrote an opinion piece on the Wikipedia Education Program which appeared in the Signpost in December 2011.

Reception sections in articles on video games, books, TV shows and movies are often poorly written; some advice on how to improve these sections is here. Please comment on the talk page there if you have improvements to suggest. For those interested in review processes such as good article nominations and featured article candidacies, I've written an essay about "fix loops", a problem that can occur in those reviews.

You can see a portrait of me here, under "Portraits", painted by a friend.

I started out as User:Coldchrist; I changed my user name fairly quickly to my real name. I am also User:SpringHarbor, under which name I have only one edit, done out of an interest in WP:NEWT.

I am also User:Mike Christie on an iPhone, which was used as you might expect; accidental rollback is a common problem on iPhones, so a separate account allowed me to keep the rollback feature turned on for this account. However, I have found a great solution to this; see here if you have an iPhone and are running into the same problem.

Wikipedia editing adviceEdit

How to compose a successful critical commentaryEdit

These rules appear on pages 33-34 of Daniel Dennett's Intuition Pumps. I've long tried to follow similar rules, but had never seen them codified. These are Dennett's wording, but the rules are due to Anatol Rapoport and are known as "Rapoport's Rules".

  1. You should attempt to re-express your target's position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, "Thanks, I wish I'd thought of putting it that way".
  2. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
  3. You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
  4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.

I believe that if more editors followed these rules, even if only perfunctorily, we'd see discussions move more quickly (and more often) to agreement.

Reference libraryEdit

I thought it might be useful to other editors to know what books I have, so here is a list. Please feel free to ask me to look up anything in any of these works. I've initially just put the books I have found most useful. I will add more periodically.

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Where I've beenEdit

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Articles I have worked onEdit

The following are featured articles or good articles that I was instrumental in getting to those levels:

Good articles

Featured articles. Starting in February 2015, I'm going to add links below to the FAC reviews I've done while each of the articles below was at FAC. I'm doing this to ensure that I stick to my goal of doing at least six FACs reviews for every article I nominate, and also, I hope, to encourage other editors to review more FACs. Update: starting in February 2017 my goal is eight reviews per nomination.

  1. Ace Books 4 Sep 06; TFA 6 Dec 12
  2. Asser 28 Apr 07; TFA 2 Jan 10
  3. Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 25 May 07; TFA 1 Oct 08
  4. Æthelbald of Mercia 4 Jun 07
  5. Ælle of Sussex 13 Jun 07; TFA 7 Jan 08
  6. Æthelberht of Kent 28 Jun 07; TFA 24 Feb 16
  7. Ceawlin of Wessex 7 Jul 07; TFA 8 Mar 10
  8. Cædwalla of Wessex 6 Aug 07; TFA 9 Sep 09
  9. Fantastic Universe 25 Aug 07; TFA 31 Jan 10
  10. Ine of Wessex 31 Aug 07; 7 Nov 13
  11. Egbert of Wessex 17 Sep 07; 19 Dec 11
  12. Eadbald of Kent 28 Sep 07; TFA 2 Dec 09
  13. Authentic Science Fiction 8 Oct 07; 2 Sep 12
  14. Beyond Fantasy Fiction 14 Oct 07; TFA 1 Jan 09
  15. Wihtred of Kent 22 Oct 07
  16. Wiglaf of Mercia 4 Nov 07
  17. Eardwulf of Northumbria 4 Dec 07 (conomination with Angus McLellan); TFA 14 May 16
  18. Wulfhere of Mercia 22 Dec 07; TFA 25 Apr 10
  19. Offa of Mercia 22 Jan 08; 6 Apr 12
  20. Imagination (magazine) 27 Jan 08; TFA 28 Sep 09
  21. Aldfrith of Northumbria 11 Feb 08 (conomination with Angus McLellan); 27 Jan 13
  22. Coenwulf of Mercia 20 Feb 08
  23. If (magazine) 5 Mar 08; TFA 18 Sep 10
  24. Æthelred of Mercia 22 Mar 08; TFA 9 Feb 15
  25. Amazing Stories 31 Oct 08 (conomination with Swtpc6800)
  26. Wonder Stories 31 Dec 08
  27. Coenred of Mercia 9 Jan 09; TFA 25 Jun 11
  28. Beorhtwulf of Mercia 31 Jan 09 (conomination with Angus McLellan); TFA 18 Apr 14
  29. Galaxy Science Fiction 23 Oct 10; TFA 18 Dec 17
  30. Venture Science Fiction 26 Nov 10
  31. Fantastic (magazine) 16 Jan 11; TFA 15 Feb 18
  32. Startling Stories 8 Feb 11; TFA 25 Apr 14
  33. Planet Stories 19 Mar 11; TFA 20 Sep 17
  34. Fantastic Adventures 3 Apr 11; 10 Dec 16
  35. Unknown (magazine) 14 Apr 11
  36. Science Fantasy (magazine) 6 May 11
  37. Nebula Science Fiction 27 May 11; TFA 27 Jan 12
  38. Astonishing Stories 10 Jul 11; 13 Nov 11
  39. Super Science Stories 23 Aug 11
  40. New Worlds (magazine) 14 Oct 12 (conomination with Nikkimaria); TFA 25 Nov 17
  41. Famous Fantastic Mysteries 24 Apr 13; TFA 18 Apr 18
  42. Fantastic Novels 9 Jul 14; TFA 30 Jun 15
  43. Future Science Fiction and Science Fiction Stories 20 Oct 14
  44. Science Fiction Quarterly 19 Nov 2014
  45. Marvel Science Stories 5 January 2015; TFA 13 Feb 17
  46. The Thrill Book 5 February 2015
  47. Cosmic Stories and Stirring Science Stories 6 March 2015; TFA 15 Apr 16. Reviews: Girl Pat (1935 trawler), Taiko, American Arts Commemorative Series medallions, Battle of Malvern Hill, German–Yugoslav Partisan negotiations, Keen Johnson, God of War III, Uncle David, St. Elmo (1914 film), M-theory, Sardines (Inside No. 9), 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, Texas Revolution
  48. Radiocarbon dating 12 April 2015; TFA 8 July 2015. Reviews: Love It to Death, Mark Oliphant, Blackrock (film), Juan Manuel de Rosas.
  49. Tales of Wonder 16 May 2015. Reviews: Portrait of Monsieur Bertin,  2003 Sri Lanka cyclone‎, Stephen I of Hungary, Earth-grazing meteoroid of 13 October 1990, George Pickingill, 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, SMS Königsberg (1905), Richie Farmer, 1880 Greenback National Convention, Southern Cross (wordless novel),  Cincinnati Musical Center half dollar, Ancestry of the Godwins
  50. Scientific Detective Monthly. 21 June 2015. Reviews: 2012 Budweiser Shootout, Mercedes-Benz CLR‎, The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, Battle of Malvern Hill, 2006 UAW-Ford 500, Battle of Agua Dulce, The Turn of the Screw (2009 film), Maniac Mansion, Yugoslav monitor Vardar, St Denys' Church, Sleaford, Oviri (Gauguin), Tyrone Garland, Æthelwulf, 2006 Subway 500, Final Fantasy Type-0, dopamine, Andrew Sledd.
  51. Amazing Stories Quarterly. 26 June 2016; TFA 10 Mar 18. Reviews: Climatic regions of Argentina, Theodore Komnenos Doukas, Ben Crosby, 2008 UAW-Dodge 400, Emma Stone,  Wrestle Kingdom 9, English Benedictine Reform.
  52. Science-Fiction Plus. 23 August 2016. Reviews: Milos Raonic, Margaret Lea Houston, Agharta (album), Peter Martyr Vermigli, Heffernan v. City of PatersonWrestle Kingdom 9, Divisional Cavalry Regiment (New Zealand), The Left Hand of Darkness, Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Rare Replay, Ellie (The Last of Us), 2003–04 Arsenal F.C. season, No Me Queda Más, Emma Stone, Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?.
  53. Weird Tales. 15 October 2016; TFA 9 Jul 17. Reviews: 2015 NBL Canada Finals brawl, Chicago Pile-1, Bluebuck, The Pale Emperor, St Botolph's Church, Quarrington, Bud Dunn, Paul Palaiologos Tagaris.
  54. Ghost Stories (magazine). 12 November 2016. Reviews: Chad Harris-Crane, 2015 Formula One season, Night of January 16th, True Detective (season 1), Courtney Love, Montreal Laboratory, Giganotosaurus, Charles Kanaʻina, First Tennessee Park, California State Route 76, Forensic chemistry.
  55. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 7 January 2017. Reviews: Nominative determinism, 2012 Tour de France, Nike-X, Jochen Rindt, Alabama Centennial half dollar, Gabriel Pleydell, Ben Crosby, Viking metal, Burning Rangers.
  56. History of US science fiction and fantasy magazines to 1950. 13 February 2017. Reviews: Sabre Wulf, The American Bible Challenge, Russell family (Passions), Unlocked (Alexandra Stan album),  God of War: Ascension, Yesterday's Enterprise.
  57. Fantasy Book. 24 February 2017; TFA 15 May 17. Reviews: Nyuserre Ini, Courtney Love, Archie vs. Predator,  CMLL World Heavyweight Championship,  Louis Leblanc, King Kalākaua's world tour, Make Me Like You, Æthelflæd, Nemegtomaia.
  58. Other Worlds, Universe Science Fiction, and Science Stories. 10 March 2017. Reviews: Kona Lanes, Henry Conwell (C & S), The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. (C & S), Steller's sea cow, John C. Calhoun (C & S), Andha Naal.
  59. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. 27 March 2017. Reviews: The Chase (U.S. game show), Maine Centennial half dollar, The Fade Out, D.Gray-man, William T. Stearn (S), America's 60 Families, Clare Stevenson, York City War Memorial (S), Don't Stop the Music (Rihanna song), Resident Evil 5, Naruto, Fallout 4: Far Harbor.
  60. True Detective (season 1). 9 August 2017; TFA 12 Jan 18. (Conomination with DAP388.)
  61. Naruto. 23 July 2017. (Conomination with 1989.) Reviews: Sarawak, Northern England, Metallurgical Laboratory, On the Mindless Menace of Violence, A Wizard of Earthsea, John C. Breckinridge (C & S), Marjorie Cameron, 1998 NFC Championship Game, Baltimore railroad strike of 1877, ZETA (fusion reactor), Jesé, Marcel Lihau, Roland TR-808.
  62. Ice core. 22 September 2017; TFA 18 Oct 17. Reviews: Underwater diving, Tukwila International Boulevard station, Ethiopian historiography, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006 video game), Cleopatra Selene I, Lady Gaga, Meteos, Panzer Dragoon Saga.
  63. Ice drilling. 23 March 2018. Reviews: ZETA (fusion reactor), Family Trade, Nodar Kumaritashvili, Final Destination 3, Sasuke Uchiha, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Mark XIV bomb sight, University of Washington station, Margarita with a Straw, Tutupaca, Oxenfree, Taapaca, Ubinas, Æthelbald, King of Wessex, Saving Light, Angrej, Wōdejebato, Teresa Sampsonia (C & S), Call Me by Your Name (film), Phillip Davey, Fôrça Bruta, planar transmission line (C & S), Limalok, AirTrain JFK.
  64. Satellite Science Fiction. 25 February 2019. Reviews: Roger B. Chaffee (S), Streetcleaner, Yugoslav torpedo boat T7, 1989 Tour de France, 1962 Tour de France, Allison Guyot, Fall of Kampala, Userkaf.
  65. Scoops (magazine). 18 March 2019. Reviews: IFF Mark II, Roger B. Chaffee, Southampton Cenotaph, Solrad 1, British National (Overseas).

Peer reviewsEdit