Hi, I'm a physicist. I started editing here because I wanted a hobby where my bookish habits could, in some small way, help people. Since at least the start of this year, I've been burned out on this place, because nearly everything comes back to cleaning up after incompetence, laziness, advertising, or ego. I have tried lately to focus my efforts on the more often-visited and conceptually central science articles, in order to feel like I'm not wasting my time. The disrepair of such pages is demoralizing. My current situation here is unsustainable; I will either find a way to get more people involved in helping, or I will give up.

My general thoughts on writing physics and mathematics content are gathered here.

XOR'easter (talk) 02:33, 13 July 2022 (UTC)

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Whenever I see someone bloviating about the decline of Western civilization, or the loss of respect for Enlightenment values, or whatever the buzzword is this week, I pause and reflect that I wrote the Internet's most visible reference on Newton's laws of motion. Yes, that's right, I'm the one who actually did the work to preserve the "Enlightenment legacy" in the modern age, thank you very much and fuck off.

I didn't think starting new pages would be my thing here, but I did create the page Ibn al-Samh, because there were multiple redlinks pointing to where it should be. In a similar vein, I happened to be looking over the WikiProject Physics quality scale, and I saw that one of its examples of mid-importance physics publications was actually a redlink. So, I created the page for Classical Electrodynamics, a.k.a. Jackson. Likewise, I started the pages for Mike and Ike and Quantum Theory: Concepts and Methods. I've occasionally rewritten pages like Mugai Nyodai or Joyce Jacobson Kaufman to save them from being deleted as copyright violations.

During the Featured Article nomination of thorium, I made a few comments and did a little improvement work. Ditto for the Good Article nomination of Prime number. After doing some editing on Gleason's theorem, I nominated it for GA status, and it was accepted after a thorough review. I took the lead on collaborative overhauls of Schrödinger equation and quantum mechanics, the latter of which eventually reached GA. In addition, I helped Speed of light, Mars and Solar System retain their Featured status (see discussions here, here and here respectively). I uncovered a hoax in the Richard Feynman article that had persisted for over 15 years.

I started skimming the daily "Articles for Deletion" log in order to broaden my horizons at least a little. Sometimes, I ended up participating. The happy outcomes were when I could help improve a page to the point where it deserved keeping. Instances of that general nature have included the following.

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Thanks to the apostrophe in my username, the deletion-discussion-statistics tool requires supplementing with the "alternate name" field to work.

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Here are various other assorted discussions I took part in — some were kept and some deleted, but I didn't have much of a hand in the article text itself. This list is not exhaustive, only recording those items which I felt at the time I might have reason to refer to later.

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