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"I came for some information; I stayed to do a few edits." —me, 2015-02-28
I'm re-watching all the B5 episodes and movies on DVD. I hope I can make the B5 stuff a bit nicer and more relevant and informative. —20:23, 5 October 2009 (UTC)
Some personal history notes on editing from 2006-09 — 2009-10
Well, sometime in late September 2009 I got sucked in to WikiProject Babylon 5. Now it's mid–October, I was looking at my whole contribution history, and I remembered the reason why I got sucked in to editing in the first place: It was the synopsis to "And the Sky Full of Stars". Some previous editor had gotten all the references to Knight Two and Knight One reversed, and I just had to go in and fix it. I was innocently reading the original several hundred JMS posts at midwinter (The Lurker's Guide) from 1991 to 1996, and I thought I'd check Wikipedia on the subject of that episode.
Maybe I shouldn't have.
But I was looking at my contribution history to find my first logged in edit (I'd made minor contributions all along as an IP address), because I couldn't remember why I had signed up for an account in the first place, three years ago. So here it is, my original logged-in edit, Criticism of Microsoft Revision as of 22:29, 16 September 2006. I made a major change to a paragraph from:
More to the point, in 1996 a class action lawsuit was brought against Microsoft representing thousands of current and former employees that had been classified as "temporary" and "freelance", known as "Vizcaino". The case was decided on the basis that such "permatemps" had their jobs defined by Microsoft, worked alongside regular employees doing the same work, and worked for long terms. After a series of court setbacks, Microsoft settled the suit for $100 million.
More to the point, in 1992 a (US) state lawsuit was brought against Microsoft representing 8,558 current and former employees that had been classified as "temporary" and "freelance", and became known as "Vizcaino v. Microsoft". In 1993, the suit became a US Federal Class Action in UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE as No. C93-178C. The Final Settlement came in 2005. The case was decided on the (IRS-defined) basis that such "permatemps" had their jobs defined by Microsoft, worked alongside regular employees doing the same work, and worked for long terms. After a series of court setbacks including 3 reversals on appeal, Microsoft settled the suit for about US $92.730 million and 44¢.
I had done a ton of research on that case for another web site, I had some clarity to add to the paragraph, and I wanted my "ordinary online persona" associated with it. The paragraph really hasn't changed much in three years, though one web site has gone down, another needed fixing, (now at ) and somebody edited out my dramatic irony at the end of the paragraph (as they properly should have). The article, Criticism of Microsoft, has expanded much over the years, including at least four daughter articles. Pretty good for an article that just barely keeps its head above the NPOV water by being exceedingly well referenced, relying heavily on secondary sources. —05:24, 16 October 2009 (UTC)
Man, I wish there was a Wikipedia pro-disambiguation Userbox but I couldn't find one...
Woo hoo. Thanks to Scapler for the Userbox. It brings up a subject I find interesting: I thought the disambiguation pages were a wonderful idea when I first ran across them; now I realize it's all about disambiguation; the whole WP project, all the little edits I make, and really everywhere one expresses oneself online. Never have we be been more misunderstood then by our online expressions. This phenomenon (disambiguation) encourages clarity of thought and of expression not previously found frequently in other media.
Some things I don't need Userboxes for:
This user uses ISO dates unless informed otherwise.
This user understands the difference between to, too, and two, but may fall off a DGAF cliff.
This user understands the difference between cite, site, and sight, but sometimes has a brain melt.
This user has failed to come down on either side of the serial comma issue since at least 1989.
Bleah. This editor is a Journeyman Editor (Level 3), and is entitled to display this Service Badge but won't because this editor thinks that any argument that starts by asserting or assuming quantity over quality is an inherently flawed argument.
Too funny to pass up:
From the BSDfortune program on my system this evening:
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