About this user
Articles I've started: American Farmland Trust : : August Wenzinger : : Avinash Sachdev : : Bartram's Travels : : Bernard Gregory : : Buckdancer's Choice : : Burnt Corn, Alabama : : City of Basel Music Academy : : Contraguitar : : Cusseta, Alabama : : Elko, Georgia : : Farid Esack : : Flintridge Building : : Folkwang Academy : : Frederica (given name) : : Georg Schäfer : : Gesellschaft für das Gute und Gemeinnützige : : Hadron collider : : History of the Rise and Fall of the Slave Power in America : : Huntley Project : : J. Gordon Coogler : : James R. Osgood : : John Pope (travel writer) : : Lauren Newton (singer) : : Lukas Vischer (theologian) : : Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library : : Mathias Rüegg : : Montgomery Symphony Orchestra : : Museum Georg Schäfer : : Museum of Cultures Basel : : Poarch Creek Indian Reservation : : Ring shout : : Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology : : Schloss Ebenrain : : Schrammelmusik : : Suum cuique [a fork of Jedem das Seine] : : Vienna Art Orchestra : : Vischer Ferry, New York : : William and Mary Quarterly
Disambiguation pages ("dab pages" for short): Arts and letters (disambiguation) : : Ballantine : : Benjamin Porter : : Frederika : : James Douglass : : Luke Field : : Northridge High School : : Lukas Vischer : : Romano-Germanic : : Standard Oil (disambiguation) : : VAO
These are still stub-class: Benjamin F. Porter : : Big Warrior : : Cappella Coloniensis : : Cherokee War of 1776 : : Cusseta tribal town : : Heutelia : : The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution : : Johann Spies : : John Harvard Library : : John Harvard Library (series) : : Lucerne School of Music : : Lukas Vischer (collector) : : Pompey's Pillar, Montana : : Tukabatchee : : William H. Miles : : WVSU-FM
(Updated infrequently.) As of May 2014 I had made over 10,000 edits to more than 3,200 pages.
- 3.09 average edits per page
- Most active months: August 2008, July 2007
- I've started 66 of Wikipedia's 4,556,256 articles.
- My latest contributions
Some of the more unusual articles I keep an eye on:
Beer in Alabama : : Chang and Eng Bunker : : Dictionary of Received Ideas : : Frick and Frack : : Guadalcanal Diary (band) : : List of fatal alligator attacks in the United States by decade : : Mike the Headless Chicken : : Muslimgauze : : Pylon (band) : : St. Marx Cemetery : : The real McCoy : : Webbs Mills Fire Department : : Why did the chicken cross the road?
|9 July 2014|
Wikipedia does not contain the truth. ("The threshold for inclusion in Wikipedia is verifiability, not truth.") I disagree with many of the things that are stated in Wikipedia, but I do not feel compelled — much less entitled — to change them.
Articles in Wikipedia, at their best, reflect the general state of human knowledge, or in other words, what most qualified people are saying these days.
I reserve the right to believe that most people are wrong about some things. But I do not have the right to make my opinion prevail in Wikipedia.
On writing for Wikipedia
- Wikipedia is an encyclopedia. The primary job of Wikipedians is to write it. Everything else is secondary.
- The very existence of Wikipedia is a massive proof that there are more people in the world wanting to build than to tear down. Were that not true, vandals would have overwhelmed and destroyed us years ago.
- The best way to continue as a writing Wikipedian for many years is to be, as the Buddha recommends, "indifferent to both praise and blame." Indifference to praise is a hard task for mere humans, but millions of potential anonymous readers demand it of you…. And remember this: you are allowed to take your work seriously here, and think highly of your own efforts; but be advised, don't talk about it.
- A common insult hurled at dedicated Wikipedia editors is that they "have no life." If you write extensively in an out-of-the-way area, you may well become the most widely read writer in the world on your topic. There are worse ways of "having no life", such as abusing the few actually useful people on the internet, but those who deliver such insults are invariably tone-deaf to irony.
The typical Wikipedian is a relatively privileged white male "knowledge worker," student, or professional from the so-called First World who has easy access to the Internet and a high comfort level with geekery. This imposes a systemic bias on the encyclopedia's coverage of topics, a bias that militates against the ideal of a universal repository of human knowledge. Overcoming that bias is an interesting challenge.
Some articles that need help
Cherokee-American wars (mistitled, packed with opinions) : : History of Alabama (needs rewrite, begun here) : : Islam in the United States (a bias magnet) : : William McIntosh (needs rewrite, begun here) : : Zheng He (sprawling, confused)
Other wiki projects