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I was first drawn into editing Wikipedia articles because of the poor shape or absence of some topics related areas of interest. I especially find value in sourcing material, as not only does that improve Wikipedia and its reliability, but provides what I find is a valuable collection of source materials for work outside the Wiki.
I've uploaded over hundreds of images to Wikipedia and the Commons in order to illustrate various articles (pictures are worth 1000 words, right?). Some I've transferred myself, some from historical sources that have fallen into the public domain, and some I've taken with my sad little digital camera. To see the photos that I took myself, or older images that have fallen into the public domain that I've uploaded, visit my gallery here. I have an alternative sandbox at sandbox and book
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Contributions and pages
I have a special interest in the University of Pittsburgh and the city of Pittsburgh in general, especially its history, as well as the architecture and the history of college football and basketball. I've created many major additions to the content of Pitt's main page, including most of the content in the history section (which now has its own page). My research into the university's history has allowed me to find an additional conference title in men's basketball that is not listed in Pitt's media guide (now corrected in those guides), as well as early records for long forgotten early 20th century women's teams. (these have been forwarded on to the athletic department).
I've also had a special interest in researching the history of Pitt's campus and buildings, many of which are local and national landmarks. Unfortunately, I'm somewhat limited, being located outside the Pittsburgh area, to conducting research on the internet. However, I've think I've been able to compile some interesting information about Pitt's many historic buildings...info that I had never known prior to researching their origins, architecture, historic designations, etc. The sources for this information were scattered far and wide throughout the web, and as far as I know, the wikipedia entries relating to Pitt's historic and major buildings now provide the single best collection of information available on this topic in one place. With other collaborators, I've also helped to assemble lists of Pennsylvania's 2,000 state historical markers as well as lists of the City of Pittsburgh's hundreds of municipally designated and foundation dedicated historic landmarks.
Below are the 100+ articles I've started myself. Some I've been able to elaborate more than others.
I've created these pages:
Architecture and buildings (*Locally designated historic landmark or NRHP listed or contributing property)
List of University of Pittsburgh buildings
List of Pennsylvania state historical markers (and all lists for each of the 67 individual counties)
List of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmarks List of Pittsburgh Panthers football All-Americans
Sports (†created article to replace a redirect page)
Pittsburgh & university life
Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
Category:Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmarks, Category:Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball coaches, Category:University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Category:University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown alumni, Category:University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Category:University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Category:Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball players, Category: Pittsburgh Panthers track and field, Category: Pittsburgh Panthers track and field athletes, Category: Pittsburgh Panthers soccer, Template:University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Category:Beaux-Arts architecture in Pennsylvania, Category:Westminster College (Pennsylvania), Category:Pittsburgh Panthers baseball, Category:Pittsburgh Panthers baseball players, Category:Pittsburgh Panthers baseball venues, Category:Pittsburgh Panthers volleyball, Category:Pittsburgh Panthers volleyball coaches
see my Sandbox for my current projects.
Most of the major additions I have added to existing pages includes the fleshing out of the history of the topic. These include additions or rewrites of the following articles. I'm also fond of illustrating articles. After all, a picture is worth a 1,000 words.
University of Pittsburgh (e.g. most of these early group of edits)
History of the University of Pittsburgh (most)
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (e.g. most of these)
Pitt football (complete revamp)
Pitt basketball (here and here)
Pitt Rep (major expansion)
NCAA Division I FBS National Football Championship (among others, addition of this table)
Stephen Foster Memorial (major expansion most of these edits)
William Pitt Union (most of these)
and many more...
I have to vigorously thank everyone that has helped put together Pitt's entries so far, and has added valuable information and editing to both the entries I started and ones I contributed to. You'll notice, though, a lot of these entries have holes in their information, and we need help fleshing out the details and making the pages better. It would be especially helpful for those in the Pittsburgh area with access to libraries to help, but if I may be so bold to take the liberty of thanking everyone who has contributed to Pitt related entries, I would like to do so here.
My thoughts on what is needed
Pages I think are in greatest need of additional material:
- Old Engineering Hall, architectural info on Ruskin Hall and the
SIS building...as well as some of the other newer buildings.
- Forbes Hall
Pittsburgh Panthers football this could be a lot more detailed both historically and season recaps. See other school's pages.
- University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences
- University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
- University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration
- University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work
- University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
- University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies
- University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and Victoria Hall
University of Pittsburgh Medical Centerand related pages University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (photos) University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (photos)
- University of Pittsburgh at Titusville
Pages I think are needed:
Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology Trees Hall Cost Sports Center UPMC Sports Performance Complex
- Starzl reasearch tower and BST3
- Three Rivers Review • Collision • Redeye Theatre Project
- Pitt Alumni Association
- Pitt Program Council
- Early coaches and principals
|The Hail to Pitt Star|
|To Crazypaco for outstanding work expanding, refining, and protecting Pitt articles. Further felicitations for outstanding research skills.--Protocop (talk) 00:20, 1 February 2009 (UTC)|
|The Running Man Barnstar|
|For the amazing expansion you did on Mike Milligan (coach) warrior4321 22:13, 15 September 2009 (UTC)|
|The Pittsburgh Star|
|For your tireless contributions to Pittsburgh-related articles, particularly those pertaining to the University of Pittsburgh. Keep it up! —Notyourbroom (talk) 23:58, 10 June 2010 (UTC)|
|The Portal Barnstar|
|The Portal Barnstar is awarded to Wikipedians who have made significant contributions to topic portals.
Awarded for resurrecting a long-dead draft portal for Pittsburgh and swiftly populating it with excellent content. —Bill Price(notyourbroom) 00:19, 5 August 2010 (UTC)
|The Pittsburgh Star|
|I, Piotrus, award you the Pittsburgh Star, for your continued efforts to improve the coverage of Pittsburgh issues, and the creation of Portal:Pittsburgh. Thanks! 16:44, 10 August 2010 (UTC)|
|The Technology Barnstar|
|Thanks for your good work on this article. You pipped me in adding material about Fleming &c. but it's interesting to see our parallel writing. Feel free to merge as you see fit. Colonel Warden (talk) 19:21, 14 October 2010 (UTC)|
|The Tireless Contributor Barnstar|
|Thanks for your skilled, researched and voluminous quality additions to Wiki and Pittsburgh wiki articles! Marketdiamond (talk) 18:20, 9 September 2012 (UTC)|