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About me[edit]

I live in Raymond Terrace. One of my main interests is gathering all pages related to Port Stephens Council LGA. In particular I'm trying to correct the common misconception that all there is to Port Stephens Council is Port Stephens. I intend populating the articles as best as I can as time permits. I also monitor most articles related to the Hunter Region of New South Wales.

See Category:Port Stephens Council for a list of Port Stephens related articles or my Port Stephens project page for more information.

A complete list of my major projects can be found on my project page.

Where did "AussieLegend" come from?[edit]

Well, obviously..........

Seriously though, I used to listen to Australian radio presenter John Laws' talk show and he often advertised his email address to listeners. I always thought he was a bit up himself using the email address "legend@<domain>" so I decided to one-up him and become "Aussie legend". I did something similar with my naturally-aspirated 1984 Subaru Touring Wagon (back in 1984 actually) after I heard a Purvis Eureka driving down Hunter Street, Newcastle one night, making the unmistakeable Volkswagen Beetle engine noise that betrayed its shiny turbo badge. I thought "why not?", so I slapped a turbo badge on the Subie (it looked quite nice really) and rumours started about this bloke in Newcastle with a turbocharged Subaru. I found out about the rumours at a Subaru Car Club meeting one night, when a Sydney visitor related the story of how this turbo Subie had dragged off a V8 Holden Crappydoor in front of a huge group of people who had just left a Newcastle night club one night. It cracked me up so much....we were stopped at a set of traffic lights, it was raining, he was in a puddle, I wasn't, I had a turbo badge, he didn't, The lights went green, he had 2WD, I had 4WD traction........

Never believe rumours!

My ideas on editing[edit]

I really believe that editors should have some idea of the subject matter that they're editing and not just what they've gathered from a few google searches. I'm not a brain surgeon so I wouldn't edit an article on Neurosurgery. I'm not a mechanic so I wouldn't edit the Internal combustion engine article. I wouldn't even do something relatively minor like edit the Pacific Internet page because I've never used that ISP.

That said, I see nothing wrong with editing articles to remove vandalism, correct spelling errors or carry out any other maintenance task that doesn't require reasonable knowledge of the subject.

But that's just me.

Electronic information isn't worth the paper it's printed on[edit]

It's important to remember that we can't rely on electronic media, including Wikipedia, for 100% accuracy. I live in a street, the partial spelling of which is "olwe". My Telstra phone bills have always come to the correct address but the phone directory, which is printed by a company owned by Telstra and which gets its database from Telstra, has omitted the "l" for the past couple of years, but the same company got it right for all the years previously. They say Telstra needs to sort it out but my reply is always, "they're not the ones making the mistake!" My parents have lived in the same house in the same "street" since both were new in 1948 but the GPS my daughter purchased in 2009 showed the address as "avenue". Newcastle City Council still shows it as "street" but when an ABS representative visited one day, her very official pre-printed documentation also showed "avenue". Considering the ABS is a reliable and authoritative source, it seems very clear that electronic information isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

2012 update[edit]

After a polite request, Newcastle City Council sent me a copy of the original development application for my parents' street, showing it was always "street" and never "avenue". Finally, in sheer frustration, after again being told by the phone directory company that Telstra needed to get it right I contacted the Telstra complaints department and spoke to a man who agreed that what I had been told was ridiculous. Within minutes he had changed the details and told me to check online in a few days to make sure everything was correct, as the changes he had made should have rippled down through the system. Sure enough, in a few days every online reference including Whereis and even Google Earth had updated to show "St" instead of "Av". That was just too easy.

Copyright sucks![edit]

I believe that information should be free and that copyrighting images when anyone else could take the same photo is just wrong. Accordingly, almost without exception any images I upload to Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons will be released into the public domain.

Barnstars etc[edit]

BoNM - Australia.png The Australian Barnstar of National Merit
for your efforts with Australian articles Gnangarra 00:11, 26 January 2008 (UTC)
Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence
Thanks for keeping an eye on Millere08. Johnfos (talk) 22:54, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
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For keeping an eye on NCIS-related articles, I hereby award you this barnstar. Keep up the good work :-) SoWhy 16:18, 29 August 2009 (UTC)
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For sacrificing yourself for the sake of wikipedia and fixing article Jessica Tovey. VeryRusty (talk) 10:38, 6 September 2009 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion2.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
For the work and efforts of keeping Wikipedia clear of a blocked sockmaster and his puppet's copyrighted or vandalism additions MLauba (talk) 11:07, 12 January 2010 (UTC)
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For keeping The Big Bang Theory and Mythbusters related articles under control. I hereby award you a barnstar! Sign My Guestbook!·Sumsum2010·Talk 19:49, 21 June 2010 (UTC)
Compass barnstar.png The Guidance Barnstar
Thank you for the occasional helping hand, listening ear or bit of sage advice. I appreciate what you do to help! Drmargi (talk) 04:10, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion Hires.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
Thank you for keeping the So Random! page and other television show pages free of vandalism. DisneyFriends (talk) 03:56, 19 August 2011 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion Hires.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
Thanks for keeping The Glee Project vandalism-free. There has been too many unnecessary edits by anonymous users lately. 07 Matthew (talk) 04:46, 19 August 2011 (UTC)
Awards Announcement (Australia Day Eve, 2005).jpg Australian Wikimedian Recognition (AWR)
Thank you for your contributions on English Wikipedia that have helped improve Australian related content. :D It is very much appreciated. :D Enjoy your Australia Day and please continue your good work! LauraHale (talk) 08:18, 26 January 2012 (UTC)
NBA Barnstar.png The NBA WikiProject Barnstar
For replacing all instances of {{NBA historical player}}.—Bagumba (talk) 04:02, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
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Aussie projects
Thank you for quality articles on your well organised projects, such as the lists of rivers of New South Wales, for vivid images, for fighting vandalism, and for clarifying "An infobox is not trivia, it's a summary of pertinent points about the subject." - you are an awesome Wikipedian! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:37, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

AURD barnstar.png The Australian Roads Barnstar
For your tireless work upgrading {{infobox Australian road}} and also updating all deprecated parameters on existing boxes! -- Nbound (talk) 03:56, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Other stuff[edit]

ISO dates - Just say NO![edit]

ISO dates (yyyy-mm-dd) are great for computers but people don't relate to them. Similarly, ambiguous date formats like 9/11/01, which can be read as September 11 or 9 November in the first year of any century are hard to follow, while nobody has a problem with Mmmm dd, yyyy or dd Mmmm yyyy formats. The ambiguous formats are discouraged so why do we permit ISO dates in text that is meant to be read by people? \/\/3 /\/\4'/ 45 \/\/3LL /\/\4|\|D473 7|-|15 Ph0R/\/\@ Ph0R 4LL 73><7! Anyone who inissts on using ISO dates should have their CPU and RAM removed!

Racial and religious categories are a bad thing[edit]

I also agree that Racial and Religious categories are A Bad Thing and agree with the following that I've stolen, respectfully, from User:Peter Ballard#Racial and Religious categories are A Bad Thing:

After seeing disputes and arguments over whether certain chess players really are Jewish or not (especially when said players don't make a big deal of their religion or ethnicity themselves), I've come to the conclusion that racial and religious categories (like "Jewish chess players") are A Bad Thing. And the same goes for ethnic categories. For the purposes of Wikipedia, I don't care what race or religion a person is(*), unless it directly relates to their field (a Jewish theologians category, for instance, is quite appropriate). The categories seem to only exist for racial and religious point scoring ("See how many eminent people in field X belong to my race/religion!")

  • Just a clarification on my comment, "I don't care what ... religion a person is" - I mean for the purposes of an encyclopedia article about them. I don't believe religion is unimportant - far from it. I believe what one believes about God is of the utmost importance - but by this I mean what one actually believes, not what particular religion one was brought up in or nominally identifies with (which seems to be the case in 99% of "category: people of class X of religion Y" listings).

p.s. I've just discovered this is a known issue. See Wikipedia:Overcategorization (first created 23-Nov-2006)

Wise words indeed.

The (not so) great Wikipedia blackout of 2012[edit]

Well, we're back and not before bloody time. I did speak to my MP and he said it's all well and good, but there's not a lot Australia can do, so he didn't see the point. *sigh*

A sign that I saw as funny while taking photos after the 2013 New South Wales bushfires. "Building the Foundations for Newcastle's Future" - And where do we do that? Port Stephens of course.