User:BarrelProof

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This user ID was created in December 2010, initially with an interest in editing pages related to whisky – although my interests drift broadly. I am here to build an encyclopedia.

I am not especially expert on the subject of whisky, but I am interested in learning more about it, and I have had the impression that some of the Wikipedia material on this subject appeared to contain some errors and misconceptions. I have a fondness for trying to find objective truth and avoid incorrect impressions. I like to find and understand the actual rules that govern the making and labeling of the products (and where those rules apply and where they do not). I like to try to penetrate through the marketing messages to find the real facts, clearly identify the structure of who is the actual parent company that produces various products, and establish where and how they do it. I may not always get it right, but I'm trying.

Some particular topics that I have taken a special interest in include:

  • Whisky, Bourbon whiskey, American whiskey, Canadian whisky, Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey, List of whisky brands, and various related articles about types and brands of whisky and the companies that produce them.
  • Straight whiskey – I created this article after noticing that this important category of whiskey had no article.
  • Sazerac Company – I created this article after noticing that this major private beverage-making company did not have a Wikipedia article.
  • Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (KBD) – I substantially expanded this article after noticing that there was not much information in it. KBD is a private family-operated company in Bardstown, Kentucky that produces several of its own brands of (mostly premium quality) Bourbon and rye whiskey and also works as a contract bottling company. This company tends to stay out of the limelight – their brands don't seem especially well known, and they tend not to put their actual company name on their bottlings. However, they have recently been increasing their profile – e.g., they resumed distilling operations, began conducting site tours, rejoined the Kentucky Distillers Association, and became an inaugural member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail craft tour.
  • Old Forester – I created this article after noticing that it was just a redirect to the Brown-Forman article, which barely mentioned this major and historically important product (continuously on the market longer than any other brand of bourbon, the first bourbon sold exclusively in sealed bottles, and the first major product of a major (still family-controlled) spirits company now publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange).
  • Beam Inc. and Fortune Brands Home & Security – I created these articles when the Fortune Brands holding company split to create these two companies (shortly after selling its Acushnet operations).
  • MGP of Indiana – I created this article (as Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana before the facility was bought out and renamed) after noticing the importance of this low-key producer, which narrowly escaped being shut down at least twice, and now sources key products that bear the labels of various brands – especially including various rye whiskey brands.

To do list[edit]

Bourbon and other alcoholic beverages:

Other:

Useful links[edit]

Some useful material for Wikipedia editing (collected here partly so that I can remind myself where to find these):

Unusual article names[edit]

A sampling of unusual article names (relative to MOS:TM and WP:AT (incl. WP:TITLETM) for cases seemingly not covered by WP:DIACRITICS) - see also WP:STAGENAME:

Potential summarization:

  • People seem relatively tolerant of strange stuff when it comes to the titles of creative works.
  • People also seem more tolerant when it comes to the names of creative artists than, e.g., the names of brick-and-mortar companies.
  • It matters whether there is some alternative name available. Regarding the name of something, if those who create a name make it unusually stylized and offer no apparent alternative to the world, they can make it stick.
  • Recent outcomes on move discussions for Deadmau5, Sunn O))), and Tech N9ne seem to indicate an increased tolerance for decorative character usage (at least in relation to creative artists). These seem to teeter on the edge of what is considered acceptable.
  • Se7en had inconsistent usage in reliable sources, and thus seems to have fallen firmly the side of avoiding the decorative character use.
  • People seem more tolerant of unusual formatting for topics relating to computers and high-tech.
  • Unusual formatting is sometimes associated with trying to project a youthful or rebellious image, and its use by people perceived as legitimately youthful or rebellious seems more tolerated than its simple use in run-of-the-mill brand names (e.g. "Macy*s" or "[ yellow tail ]"). In this context, someone who removes the stylization could risk projecting an 'uncool' image of themselves.
  • Omitting spaces seems like a relatively common and relatively accepted phenomenon.
  • Substituting a string of unusual characters for profanity is a well-established convention to indicate "expletive deleted", and is thus generally understood and accepted.
  • As long as numbers are read as numbers (instead of being substitutes for letters), they don't bother people so much. That doesn't explain U-J3RK5, but that usage is so unusual that the reader notices the strangeness immediately and either rapidly figures out what is intended or gives up and just treats the name as a string of arbitrary characters. Also, in this case, there is no alternative that seems to be available that doesn't seem insulting or uncool.

Footnote: WP:TITLEFORMAT (within WP:AT) has this: An exception is made when the quotation marks are part of a name or title (as in the movie "Crocodile" Dundee or the album "Heroes"). Quotes:

Footnote: WP:OFFICIALNAMES is an essay, not a policy or guideline.

WP:UCN (in WP:AT):

Wikipedia does not necessarily use the subject's "official" name as an article title; it prefers to use the name that is most frequently used to refer to the subject in English-language reliable sources. This includes usage in the sources used as references for the article. If the name of a person, group, object, or other article topic changes, then more weight should be given to the name used in reliable sources published after the name change than in those before the change. For cases where usage differs among English-speaking countries, see also National varieties of English below.

WP:TITLETM:

Article titles follow standard English text formatting in the case of trademarks, unless the trademarked spelling is demonstrably the most common usage in sources independent of the owner of the trademark. Items in full or partial uppercase (such as Invader ZIM) should have standard capitalization (Invader Zim); however, if the name is ambiguous, and one meaning is usually capitalized, this is one possible method of disambiguation.


Exceptions include article titles with the first letter lowercase and the second letter uppercase, such as iPod and eBay. For these, see the technical restrictions guideline.

MOS:TM:

  • Capitalize trademarks, as with proper names.
  • Don't expect readers to know, based on trademarks or brand names, what item is being discussed. For example:
    • avoid: Police in Miami confiscated 25 stolen Rolexes.
    • instead, use: Police in Miami confiscated 25 stolen Rolex watches.
    • however: The Prime Minister indicated that the Cadbury Creme Egg was delicious. (This is allowed because the product name includes the product type.)
  • Follow standard English text formatting and capitalization rules, even if the trademark owner considers nonstandard formatting "official", as long as this is a style already in widespread use, rather than inventing a new one:
    • avoid: REALTOR®, TIME, KISS
    • instead, use: Realtor, Time, Kiss
  • Using all caps is preferred if the letters are pronounced individually, even if they don't stand for anything. For instance, use SAT for the (U.S.) standardized test or KFC for the fast food restaurant. Using all lowercase letters may likewise be acceptable if it is done universally by sources, such as with xkcd.
  • Do not use the ™ and ® symbols, or similar, in either article text or citations, unless unavoidably necessary for context (for instance, to distinguish between generic and brand names for drugs).
  • Avoid using special characters that are not pronounced, are included purely for decoration, or simply substitute for English words (e.g., ♥ used for "love"). In the article about a trademark, it is acceptable to use decorative characters the first time the trademark appears, but thereafter, an alternative that follows the standard rules of punctuation should be used:
    • avoid: Macy*s, skate., [ yellow tail ], Se7en, Alien3, Toys Я Us
    • instead, use: Macy's, Skate, Yellow Tail, Seven, Alien 3, Toys "R" Us
  • Trademarks in CamelCase are a judgment call. CamelCase may be used where it reflects general usage and makes the trademark more readable.
    • OxyContin or Oxycontin—editor's choice

On article titles for songs and albums[edit]

Per WP:NCM / WP:SONGDAB, I generally believe that the names of artists should be included in the titles of articles about their songs and albums. That makes the titles more clear and recognizable, and avoids future maintenance headaches over whether to consider some particular song or album as primary. Including the name of the artist is helpful to readers, the popularity of music is volatile, and new releases often appear with the same names (or strings of lyrics that might be mistaken for a name). IMHO, there is basically negative value in making song and album articles more ambiguous by removing the names of the artists from their titles. In many cases, we can easily discover that there are already several other songs with the same name that are covered on Wikipedia.

Other considerations include the depth of coverage and indications of exceptional noteworthiness.

Here is a good way to search for album names.

Memorable episodes[edit]

Bourbon reference resources[edit]

Bourbon licensed during Prohibition[edit]

Grammar[edit]

A grammar quiz that I thought was worth the effort.