Date of my first edit: 26 NOV 2004

Really, Really Important things I've learned about WikipediaEdit

These are my notes:

Write to the target audienceEdit

  • Audience: A related question, is who should the pages be written for? Most writers are in college or past college. However, there is evidence that most readers are high-school students, or other people who are not familar with a topic. What is obvious and irrelevant to a CS student or grad, may be very unclear and important to a high-school student or someone who is thinking of returning to college. Of course, Wikipedia has yet to define its target audience very well. The lists make it accessible to a much broader audience. excerpted from a comment by an anon who signed his message: The Phantom Avenger for SE


  • K.I.S.S. - Keep It Sweet and Simple.
    • Write first for the Educated Layperson (that's hard)...
    • ...then try to do it better and write for the beginner (that's harder)
  • If an educated layperson can't figure it out by following the wikilinks, then it's too hard.
  • Yes, we're experts (more or less) but we're writing for a general audience. We could write a clever, concise, deep sentence to explain something...but it's useless if it isn't easy to understand.
  • Eschew argot, technicality and cant.

Spelling/Grammar checkingEdit

'Whenever doing anything but minor editing, copy and paste to a word-processor with real time spelling/grammar checking!

That and that I can't spell. I also can't capitalize, but that's a different matter.

Very useful wiki pages that I use a lotEdit


monthly statistics
'Evolution of Heavy Metal Umlaut' video

Cleanup ProjectsEdit

We seem to have briefly caught up with stub sorting so I think I'll spend some time working on:

Category:Articles needing cleanup
Wikipedia:WikiProject Check Wikipedia
Category:Wikipedia introduction cleanup
Category:Articles with ibid
Category:Articles needing sections
wikiblame (tool)
Category:All articles needing copy edit --> Wikipedia:WikiProject_League_of_Copyeditors/proofreading#Ready_for_final_proofread
category:Category needed (maybe someday, when I catch up...)
Wikipedia:Uncategorized pages
m:Transwiki transwiki instructions
Wikipedia:Peer review



With the default rules, a link to a redirect like foo will appear in green as foo, a link to a disambiguation page like bar will appear with a yellow background as bar, and all the pages in Category:Articles for deletion should appear in a pinkish color.

I made adminEdit

We all know admin is "no big deal" (in fact the quote is here, Jimbo Wales said it), but it's really nice to be asked.

The vote is/was at Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/RJFJR. (I put this link here so I could watch while I was fretting over whether I'd get it).

here is the admin's reading list that I'm still trying to absorb and will keep handy as a reference.


I've uploaded these images to commons:


I, Haza-w, hereby award this Working Man's Barnstar to RJFJR for his tireless cleanup work.
  The Original Barnstar
In gratitude for your work on the Park Golf page, I, in my minimal authority here on Wikipedia, would like to present you with this Barnstar. Thank you for aiding in fixing the page and making it so that reading it doesn't make my eyes bleed anymore. Banpei 08:38, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

Service ribbonEdit

This editor is a
Master Editor
and is entitled to display this Platinum
Editor Star
This editor is an Illustrious Looshpah and is entitled to display this Book of All Knowledge.

45,000 edits (I'm not really counting) and 6 years (where does the time go).

This editor is a
Master Editor IV
and is entitled to display this
Orichalcum Editor Star.
This editor is a Looshpah Laureate of the Encyclopedia and is entitled to display this Book of All Knowledge with Secret Appendix, Errata Sheet, and Author's Signature.

Now over 11 years. Aaaack!

This editor is a
Grandmaster Editor

and is entitled to display
Mithril Editor Star
with the
Neutronium Superstar hologram.
This editor is a Grand High Togneme Laureate and is entitled to display the Book of All Knowledge: 3rd Edition and attach the library barcode.

Reference desk entriesEdit


to doEdit

User:Dsp13/Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science

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Stern–Gerlach experiment