User:Calton

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It's clean-up duty, mopping up after the dishonest, incompetent, and fanatical. Can't imagine why you'd have a problem with that.

The above obviously includes the various trolls, spammers, quacks, greedheads, and crackpots -- and their enablers -- who hang out at ED and WR. I also seem to have attracted the unwanted attention of a crackpot spamming "psychologist", an indefinitely banned (for good reason) spammer, a serial plagiarist from Colorado, an egotistical ex-publisher of a freebie magazine in Tokyo, and an indefinitely banned anger-management poster child socking from the Czech Republic (and his reincarnated sock). If you're one of the those various trolls, spammers, quacks, greedheads, crackpots, and/or their enablers, welcome! Now get lost.
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Yes, I took the picture on the right. Yes, I change it frequently. Yes, they're all used on Wikipedia/Commons. Come back often for a new, marginally-in-focus picture! Collect them all!

I'm a Westerner living in the Tokyoarea, about 170 miles (270 km) south of Fukushima. I've never been this close to a potential nuclear catastrophe, and I can't really say that I enjoyed the experience.

I first became aware of Wikipedia when I began using it to look up some technical terms, my being an English literature major screwing around with computers, not vice versa. Being of a copy-editor bent, I noticed typos, misspellings, and generally screwy language occasionally, and after a while I realized that I could in fact edit them myself. So I did. Soon, I was hitting the random page button, just for my own amusement, and I got sucked in.

Trying to impart common sense into the clueless is a tough job, one which you do particularly well. [1][2][3]. As such, you the very first of Raul's common sense bricks. Raul654 22:58, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

Now, this has turned into a relaxing break from my required copy editing: I get to exercise my pedantic tendencies, without the responsibility of deadlines or deliverables. I've occasionally gotten a little deeper into things, and have written a few articles from scratch.

This whole project is infectious: hitting the random page button, I encounter whole swatches of text and knowledge areas requiring work, and I suddenly feel compelled to try to do something about it, even if I didn't have any particular interest in the subject to begin with. For example, I did a massive edit (for style, organization, and a general readability) for the submarine USS Trout (SS-202). I have no particular interest in the military, especially not the Navy, yet I found myself sucked into doing this. Same with entries on community colleges and Booker Prize winners.

It's kind of like my current project -- if you can call it that -- of eliminating spam and MySpaceLight pages disguised as user pages. This started out as a simple task which I figured to complete fairly quickly, but the more I dig the more I find. Over the last six months or so, I figure that I've tagged maybe 1,500 of so-called user pages for oblivion, of whom maybe 3 have since done any editing whatsoever. And I keep finding more, not to mention the brand-new ones cropping up daily, including obvious vanity articles that are userfied by other editors who ought to know better.

So far I have added a few articles and stubs (and yes, I plan to expand the stubs if I can), but mostly it's janitorial work. As I told one troller, It's clean-up duty, mopping up after the dishonest, incompetent, and fanatical. Can't imagine why you'd have a problem with that.

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User sub-pages

Various subpages I have, listed in one place until I get around to doing something about them:

Working Man's Barnstar.png The Working Man's Barnstar
For numerous jobs cleaning up the project. Tyrenius 02:52, 8 September 2007 (UTC)
SpecialBarnstar.png The Special Barnstar
Thanks for defending my honour. :)
--WebHamster 00:22, 10 September 2007 (UTC)
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