Notorious4life is the name I use on Wikipedia, where I have been active since 20 March 2005. I am just a freelance editor and try to avoid any involuntary responsibility or lengthy discussions. If it’s doesn't interest me or feel it's worth my time, I’m not going to do it. If it’s something that interests me, there’s no limit to the amount of time and effort I’ll put toward accomplishing my goal (if I know it's a goal I can accomplish). I was most prolific on Wikipedia from 2008–2012 (and most recently since mid-2017). I have a pretty good understanding of article creation, photo uploading, and Wikipedia policies. I have created over 125 articles (either starting the article from the beginning or adding significant content from its original form). I have uploaded over 380 pictures and created uncounted hundreds of image maps within the state of Michigan.
I was born in Monroe, Michigan in 1983 and lived in Detroit Beach. I attended Jefferson Schools and graduated from Jefferson High School in 2001, Monroe County Community College with an associate degree in 2004, and Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor of science in 2008. I graduated with a teaching degree, emphasizing social studies, history, and geography. I spent much of my college years working near-minimum wage. My immediate years after college were wasted in various substitute teaching capacities in the surrounding areas before I abandoned a teaching career in 2013 to join the monotonous and unrewarding automotive industry for income security, where I ended up making more money than my teaching degree would ever produce.
I have lived in Detroit Beach, Frenchtown Charter Township, Woodhaven, Brownstown Charter Township, Taylor, and recently Canton. I am not religious but do hold strong conservative political ideologies. I am a strong supporter of Donald Trump. I detest liberals, modern hipsters, freeloading government moochers, and have a general disdain toward stereotypical Millennials and a dumber, technology-addicted society. I am a fan of the Detroit Tigers, The Simpsons, The Three Stooges, Nintendo, fishing and nature, camping, and drinking a lot of Budweiser (Bud Ice).
I joined Wikipedia in early-2005 and soon made my first article, Sandy Creek (original version), which is a small waterway near where I lived at the time. I'm surprised the poorly constructed article survived its infancy at a time when Wikipedia had only 750,000 articles. In my early years, I bounced around various interests, such as sparring in the AfD, speedy deletions, and the now defunct RfD. I combated vandalism and argued adamantly in the debate of notability versus verifiability in article creations, especially after finding several flaws and conflicts in the AfD criteria that seemed to water down the Wikipedia inclusion process when terrible articles squeezed through the cracks. I am no longer involved in any of those discussions.
It took awhile to learn the processes of Wikipedia, and I began mass-creating articles of my own personal interest around 2009—particularly articles in my area of Monroe County, which seemed to lack many suitable articles of local importance, such as the George Armstrong Custer Equestrian Monument, River Raisin National Battlefield Park, and the Battle of Frenchtown. Using my interest in history and photography, I created the sub-articles for the National Register of Historic Places listings in Monroe County. I soon traveled to other counties for the same purpose: Lapeer, Lenawee, and St. Clair. I created the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office article in order to recognize Michigan State Historic Sites—paving the way for the creation of numerous articles of local importance that otherwise may not have had the notability to have their own article.
In 2010, I joined WikiProject Michigan and categorized thousands of articles, focusing much of my attention on Michigan's geography. I created the physical geography department in an attempt to standardize guidelines across the spectrum, but there seemed to be no other user involvement in the WikiProject and soon left to carry on work on my own. I expanded numerous articles and infoboxes relating to islands, rivers, lakes, and protected areas. I notably created or significantly expanded the articles for the Detroit River, List of islands in the Detroit River, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, and the exhaustive List of islands of Michigan and many sub-articles within. I also worked on island projects for other states, such as Arizona, Hawaii, and Wyoming. I bounced around through other interests in recent times, such as Major League Baseball, in which I created the articles for Shutouts in baseball and List of Major League Baseball annual shutout leaders—a highly underrated baseball statistic. I also spent a lot of time driving around Detroit and photographing various schools and blight, but not so much anymore since it seems to be overplayed by other self-professed urban explorers with more time and better cameras.
From around 2013–2016, I was a rarer contributor to Wikipedia and made only sporadic and brief edits—sometimes going months without making an edit—but I have recently returned with newfound focus on improving articles within the state of Michigan.
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