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The editor

ATinySliver.jpg With respect to some friends I have made along the way, I will maintain but a few articles—a tiny sliver, as it were.
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Noia 64 apps karm.svg This editor has been on Wikipedia for 7 years and 11 months.
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Sign, sign, everywhere a sign...

Kona Lanes ASM 2014.JPG This editor is a friend of the American Sign Museum.
Kona sign detail.png Old bowling alleys never die. They just split.

Come on, April!

LA Dodgers.svg History topples every "dynasty".


Person of Interest - Logo.png PoI slogan.png

The Language Police

Split-arrows.svg The next sports coach who mentions his "best option going forward" needs to be asked on live TV about his best option going backward.
comprised of This editor's efforts comprise nothing with the phrase "comprised of".
its/it’s Each word has its place.
It’s really not that hard.
If you don't know the difference currently you should be
learning it
ESPN wordmark.svg shtraight shtreak shtring shtrikeout shtrong shtruggle hisht'ry resht'rant
If you say "shtreets" you sound like you were educated on them.
shit piss fuck cunt cocksucker
and tits
... and tits doesn't even belong on the list! Actually, none of the words belongs on the list ...

Oh, the humanity!

MiB.svg The person is smart; people are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it!
I used to long for the day when my computer was as easy to use as my phone. That day has come. I don't understand my phone, either. Smartphone-.svg

Advertise your business here!

This space for rent.

ATinySliver almost gives a fuck whether he's relevant.

About the editor[edit]

I'm a marketer and producer, though I use the latter term somewhat modestly. My employer creates home study courses, and I "produce" them basically by slapping together the lecture audio and videos with a few graphics. I'm still using a somewhat outdated version of the Final Cut Pro software suite largely because an upgrade isn't necessary for what I do.

Once upon a time, I was a journalist; that ended following a nasty argument with a headline writer. Still, the mindset remains, and that might explain my prose at Ike Altgens.

As an editor, I like to think I'm up on Wikipedia policies but I'm still learning even after all these years. For example, while I gained a new appreciation for avoiding original research while writing about Kona Lanes—a building in which I damned near grew up—I still asked for and received some wonderful input from other editors that greatly improved what became my first from-scratch good article. Indie Rights is vastly better after another editor reminded me that vetted secondary sources are preferred to primary sources which, let's face it, are usually written for marketing purposes.

I used to be even more active here than I am now, but the politics at the time led me to scale back and take care of a handful of articles. In fact, I let my frustration get the better of me and ignored Wikipedia altogether for a few years, until I saw the unchecked POV that so dominated the Altgens article and I couldn't sit idly by any longer.

I don't even like the term "user"; that implies someone who consumes rather than someone who contributes. Is that not counterintuitive?

Then again, maybe I dwell in semantics ... Face-grin.svg



Primary or major contributor[edit]

Full disclosure[edit]

At least three of the articles listed above exist as they do now (if at all) as my way of saying "thank you" to those who gave the world the images within much of the rest of the list (which would not be nearly as good without them). That having been said, I always try to remember their purpose: to help make these articles among the best Wikipedia has to offer.

When news breaks[edit]

... sometimes we get lucky. I had been advised that forensics officials in Harris County, Texas, would release to everyone at the same time its findings into the cause of death of Skye McCole Bartusiak (evidently, this is standard operating procedure there). On 10 October 2014, Wikipedia got it first. With any luck, her family had already been apprised thereof ...

A short rant[edit]

I will fight to my last breath the "consensus of one".

To that end, there is a small handful of questions we all should ask ourselves periodically, myself included:

  • Do I monitor my watchlist looking for edits to revert?
  • Do my reversions of another editor's reversions admonish them to stop edit-warring?
  • Do my reversions of another editor's reversions demand that s/he start a talk page discussion that I don't intend to start?
  • Do I accuse other editors of ownership issues? Have I done so more than once for the same article?
  • Do I assume that a disagreement must be a holdover from a prior, unrelated disagreement?

If you've answered "yes" to any of the above, there's one final question: are you here to be right, or are you here to build an encyclopedia?

(TL,DR: whatever your predispositions, act toward others as you would have them act toward you, or the reverse surely will be true. And don't call me Shirley. Face-grin.svg)

Kind words[edit]