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About Bellagio99[edit]

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I'm a social scientist (and point guard wannabe) who Heartbeat.gif social networks, true science fiction, and modern dance. In Wikipedia (and life), I'm a moderate inclusionist. Some of the pages I've worked on are Natalie Zemon Davis, Judith Merril and Oscar Peterson. Much to my surprise, I've made more than 4,000 edits of more than 500 pages, although the distribution is a J-curve. Part of the reason is that when I encounter bad syntax, I am a drive-by WikiGnome.


Why "Bellagio" for my WikiName? It's the Italian village and not the Las Vegas hotel (the latter, to its credit, has some wonderful Dale Chihuly glass art). I love the beauty, the vibes and the people of the village. So, why not?

My drug of choice -- Teacup.svg

FWIW, I'm starting to think of Wikipedia as the anti-Google. Where Google supplies an unorganized list, Wikipedia tries to organize information chaos into comprehensible bytes. Despite the problems that all WP editors know, IMHO, it does a pretty good job of synthesizing, presenting and self-correcting. YMMV.

This editor is a Journeyman Editor, and is entitled to display this Service Badge.

". . . each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope."

Robert F Kennedy, from his famous speech in South Africa in 1966.

I'm a member of the "Association of Wikipedians Who Dislike Making Broad Judgments About the Worthiness of a General Category of Article, and Who Are In Favor of the Deletion of Some Particularly Bad Articles, but That Doesn't Mean They are Deletionist."

The motto of the AWWDMBJAWGCAWAIFDSPBATDMTD is Est omnino difficile iudicare inclusionis meritum cuiusdam rei in encyclopædia cum ratio sciendi quid populi referat incerta sit, sed nihilominus aliquid encyclopædiam dedecet, which translates to "it is generally difficult to judge the worthiness of a particular topic for inclusion in an encyclopedia considering that there is no certain way to know what interests people, but some topics nevertheless are not fit for an encyclopedia." This motto reflects the desire of these Wikipedians to be reluctant, but not entirely unwilling, to remove articles from Wikipedia. [Thanks to User:The Wub from whom I copied this]


This editor is a Grognard and is entitled to display this Wikipedia Little Red Book.
Society barnstar 2.png The Society Barnstar
For all your great work on social science articles, and making Wikipedia a better place. Jeeny 02:40, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence
You have long deserved this, for your dogged approach to the protection of your favorite articles, and especially those connected with social network themes. Well done! Ref (chew)(do) 12:24, 20 October 2007 (UTC)
Minor Barnstar.png The Minor Barnstar
Wikignomes are often-overlooked, but make essential contributions to the Wikipedia. The Minor Barnstar is awarded for making minor edits of the utmost quality. Blooded Edge (TCA) 21:21, 3 February 2009 (UTC)


(Feel free to "borrow" these tools. I did. Thanks to Refsworldlee, Jeeny, JaminBen, Epbr123, Ne-Jay, Hereenthere, Michael Hardy, et al.)

Typical changes I make[edit]

  • writing and rewriting large chunks of content
  • removing duplicate or long-winded information
  • neutralizing overly positive or negative statements
  • asking people to cite their sources
  • improving spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • patrolling articles in my watchlist for linkspam and vandalism

Cite templates[edit]

Useful templates[edit]

{{subst:uw-vandalism3|PageName}} ~~~~
{{subst:afd2 | pg=PageName | cat=B | text=Doesn't pass [[WP:BIO]].}} ~~~~
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion#How to list pages for deletion

Template formats, courtesy of emerson7

template:cite news: newspapers, news organizations, etc.
template:cite web: websites
template:cite journal: magazines and journals

Links I find useful[edit]

(Unceremoniously stolen from User:Nuggetboy's page who appropriated it from Boojum's talk page.)

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Places I've been[edit]

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