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Zeke, the Mad Horrorist

Joined 10 September 2011

In case you're wondering about my username... it is indeed a part of my nefarious plan to take over the world! MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

For my convenienceEdit

My editing styleEdit

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 This user maintains a strict policy advising against all personal attacks.
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 This user has adopted the typo "whilest" to nurture.
enThis user is a native speaker of the English language.
USThis user uses American English.
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hyphenistThis user is a hyphenist. The hyphen should be used exclusively, not n-dashes or m-dashes, in Wikipedia titles, articles and URLs because it is much simpler, equally clear and meaningful, and, unlike dashes, can be reliably, consistently and professionally implemented via automation, which makes Wikipedia more credible.

While I'm here, I would like to make my own contribution to the apparent passive-aggressive slapfest occurring via unnecessarily confrontational userboxes over at Wikipedia:Userboxes/Grammar#English Style.

To be quite frank, it doesn't matter which style of English you jingoistically support and proclaim as superior. And if you feel the need to do so, no matter how humorously, that just shows you're insecure about whether the culture of which you are part still has a relevant place in the world. Userboxes are meant to facilitate understanding between editors, not hostility. WP:CIVIL seems to have less & less of a place in this community by the day, because people are always finding less & less subtle ways of getting around it since reporting such violations of it is a waste of everyone's time and cannot be punished. These userboxes are designed to make others walk away from your page feeling bad that they use the "wrong" variety of English, perhaps even to force others to accept your point of view without complaint and start doing things your way.

Userboxes are just meant to show people how you speak & write so they can understand you better, not to extol your insecurities in a confrontational but passive way.

So, you can take your insecure userboxes and shove 'em. If other users can write seemingly-inflammatory statements on their userpages and completely evade community scrutiny simply by virtue of the namespace they used, so can I. If you don't like it, you can do what I do - leave.

Addendum to my Hyphen Luddite-ism: I've taken to using the m-dash in my private writings. Regardless, I do not use the other two, the regular hyphen or the n-dash, so I still feel only one should be in use at any given time with the other two promptly shown the door. Still a Hyphen Luddite, though.

My citation philosophyEdit

Cite on a part-by-part basis. Assume that a citation only supports the part (punctuated by a comma, semicolon or period) on which it appears. If citations appear only at the end of the sentence, assume they support the entire sentence.

My soapboxEdit

Things that irritate me about Wikipedia but I can't do anything about them:

  • Template:BillboardID Most useless piece of nonsense. What does this do that merely pasting the URL for the Billboard artist page doesn't? There are times when it simply doesn't work, no matter how accurately you format the thing. I've asked about this and been told it's not my fault or Wikipedia's fault, it must be something on Billboard's end. Thanks for making something Wikipedia can't even rely on fully. Shouldn't Wikipedia's dependability be as free of outside influence as possible? I would probably WP:TFD this, but it's under template protection - XfD'ing anything requires you template the page in question, which obviously means you have to be able to edit it.
    • We use it in case Billboard changes their URLs leaving many thousands of dead links here: It's not like Billboard is disappearing anytime soon, and it's not as if we don't have thousands of loyal editors who can fix this when it happens. Dead link? WP:SOFIXIT. No one person has to do it all him/herself. It's a story very different from having a template that simply refuses to work at times. Besides, entire site relocations are rare - we don't have to expect Billboard to do it anytime soon, or again soon after. Can't someone just write a bot to take care of it anyway?
  • Template:Update after Apparently the replacement for "dated info". Regardless, there is absolutely no excuse for using this template. If you can add it, you can update what it's being added to - even if that just amounts to adjusting verb tense. You might also consider searching for the information and resources necessary to update the situation. Besides, this is often the only thing added to pages that are seldom even seen, let alone edited, anyway. This tag is just a means to dump the workload onto someone else. Thanks for being considerate.
  • Bot generated title This useless piece of flotsam shows up in a lot of citations. I've been seeing it for years and it drives me crazy. It adds absolutely nothing of value to anything - it's a hidden note showing that a bot created a citation. It's such a small piece of code, but it shows up so often you'd probably be surprised at how much it's inflated Wikipedia's database. How is its presence any better than its absence? Allegedly, it's for citations that haven't been reviewed by human editors yet, but plenty of human-reviewed citations don't have this and still suck. Hidden notes indicating things were created by automated processes are basically the cancer on Wikipedia's soul.

My Wikilife so farEdit

  This user has been on Wikipedia for 8 years, 1 month and 5 days.
11,000+This user has made more than 11,000 contributions to Wikipedia.
 This user has participated in 2 Backlog Elimination Drives with the Guild of Copy Editors.
 This user has participated in 1 Copy Editing Project Blitz with the Guild of Copy Editors.
 This user has written or expanded 1 article featured in the Did You Know section on the Main Page.

My 10,000th edit:

In a very technical way, I could qualify for the Ten-Year Society (I've been using Wikipedia in some form or another as far back as September 2006 and have been hooked ever since). But I'll wait until this account's tenth birthday to add myself there.

My current objectivesEdit

My goal - to create or at least significantly assist in making 100 GAs. (FAs/FLs count as GAs for the sake of my goal.)

This is a list of music artists whose articles I wish to improve here on Wikipedia. They are all among my top favorites, with Priestess being the absolute top. If you wish to give me a hand, I would greatly appreciate it. I am collecting resources and information on all of them and may flit between each of them before I consider myself truly done (as in they made it at least to GA). My muse is a chaotic one, I suppose. (List is incomplete as I sort out what I want to do next. Attached to each bullet is a series of directly-related topics; if a related topic does not appear here, check the next section as it may already be at least a GA - only articles not currently GAs at minimum are included here.)

  1. Priestess (band)Hello Master
  2. Scale the SummitScale the Summit discographyChris Letchford
  3. EarthlessEarthless discography
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WikiProject Albums.
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Stuff I might take up doingEdit

  • I might do more regular WP:LEAD writing. I've always liked summarizing stuff, like you'd see on the backs of DVD cases. I like seeing how much important information you can convey while restricting yourself to as few sentences as possible. As a writer, I find it fascinating, and I practice it quite a lot in my spare time.

My accomplishmentsEdit

Not that any man should boast, but consider this more of a wikirésumé ;)

Good articlesEdit

 This user has written or significantly contributed to 2 good articles on Wikipedia.

From the AgesPrior to the Fire

These are articles I either created or adopted very early on in their development. Other articles with which I have merely assisted do not count.

Featured articlesEdit

None yet; check back soon!

These would be all the articles that used to be listed in the section just above; of course, the distinction is that these listed here are now Featured rather than merely Good. Alternatively, these include lists that I either created or adopted very early in their development, and helped escort to FL status.

These articles are also on my watchlist. Have a question about any of them? Just leave a post on the proper Talk page and I'll be right with you.

My awardsEdit

I'm here, there and everywhere, but here's some recognition I've gotten for my work:

A donut for youEdit

Donuts for you, for passing [ The OF Tape Vol. 2 as a good article ]. I'll find you some free OF donuts if I can. Thanks a lot! 和DITOREtails 22:51, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

Barnstars & suchEdit

A barnstar I got for my old username
  The Barnstar of Good Humor
For having a great username! MrScorch6200 (talk | ctrb) 05:28, 17 February 2014 (UTC)
Everything else

Prior to the Fire
Thank you, gnomish editor with a chaotic muse, for quality articles on songs and albums, such as Prior to the Fire, for edit summaries that are a pleasure to read and for knowing limits, for missing a "great contributor", - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:13, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

  The Modest Barnstar
This Modest Barnstar is awarded to LazyBastardGuy for copy edits totalling over 4000 words during the GOCE March 2014 copy edit drive. Thank you very much for participating! Diannaa (talk) 18:55, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
  The Copyeditor's Barnstar
Thank you so much for the wording on Megadeth, you're a really cool guy. Definitely one of the few Wikipedians who puts great amount of work in articles that aren't his preferences. Вик Ретлхед (talk) 14:34, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
  The Copyeditor's Barnstar
Thanks for copyediting four requested articles and a total of 31,531 words during the April Guild of Copy Editors blitz! All the best, Miniapolis 22:25, 20 April 2014 (UTC)
  The Modest Barnstar
For copy editing more than 4000 words in the Guild of Copy Editors' May 2014 backlog elimination drive, please accept this barnstar along with our thanks. —Torchiest talkedits 18:26, 1 June 2014 (UTC)
  The Teamwork Barnstar
Great work on getting Megadeth to FA status. This is the first heavy metal-related article to be promoted in five years. This accomplishment wouldn't have been possible without your assistance. Retrohead (talk) 08:44, 10 August 2014 (UTC)