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The hooded pitta (Pitta sordida) is a passerine bird commonly found in eastern and southeastern Asia and maritime Southeast Asia. Reaching a length of 16 to 19 centimetres (6.3 to 7.5 in), these birds feed on insects and berries.
- 1 Welcome New Editors! Please feel free to ask any questions on my talk page
- 2 Call me Cullen, or call me Jim
- 3 My interests
- 4 Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest
- 5 Mentorship
- 6 User:ChesPal and User:AmCanDave
- 7 Antidote to drama
- 8 Categories I've Created
- 9 Contributions to Featured articles
- 10 Substantial contributions to Good articles
- 11 Articles I've written (I don't own them, I just started them)
- 12 Collaborations with newer editors
- 13 Articles I've expanded, revised and/or added photos to
- 14 My record in Articles for Deletion debates
- 15 My redlinks
- 16 My DYKs
- 17 My Barnstars, Badges and Awards
- 18 Newspaper articles about my Wikipedia editing
- 19 My userboxes
Wikipedia can be a tricky place for beginners. I am happy to be of assistance. You may also find Wikipedia:A Primer for newcomers to be a useful introduction to editing. Another great place to get help with editing is the Teahouse, where I am an active host.
Call me Cullen, or call me Jim
My real name is Jim Heaphy. I have been contributing to Wikipedia since June 28, 2009. I am committed to the principles of Wikipedia, especially the neutral point of view, and try to improve articles in areas where I have some expertise or interest. I always appreciate constructive criticism.
As a child, I spent countless pleasurable hours browsing the World Book Encyclopedia but never imagined back then that I would be an encyclopedia editor myself one day. I truly think that Wikipedia is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and am proud to make my own small contributions to this most worthy project.
I now live in the wonderful city of American Canyon, California, at the southern end of the Napa Valley. I am 62 years old, and am a married male with two adult sons. I am a small business owner in the construction industry and a freelance writer.
I have a lot of interests, among which are politics, American history, Abraham Lincoln, the history of mountaineering, the Sierra Nevada, Mount Shasta, the Arts and Crafts movement, Native American artists, wine, plein air landscape painting, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the history of Michigan, and Judaism. I am a book lover, and look forward to fact checking and adding useful references to existing articles, as well as writing new articles on worthy subjects I have some knowledge of and interest in. Please let me know if signs of bias creep into anything I write.
I strive to be fair in my editing and broad about the kind of articles I work on. I am a Democrat, but wrote an article I'm very proud of about a Republican, Norman Livermore. I am a Jew, but wrote an article about a Hindu religious festival, Kalpataru Day and a Russian Orthodox church, Holy Virgin Cathedral. I am an American, but have expanded articles about people from all over the world.
Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest
When editing on Wikipedia, I always strive to make improving the encyclopedia my highest priority. I edit most often in areas I care about, but I also edit in areas I've learned about and become interested in through Wikipedia, especially in Articles for Deletion (AfD) debates.
I have been a member of the Sierra Club since 1976, and many of my early contributions to Wikipedia have to do with notable people and places associated with the Sierra Club and the mountains of California in some way. I am disclosing my club membership, but also want to state that I am not now nor have ever been an officer or employee of the club, and my contributions are my own, and not coordinated with anyone else. Over the years, I have become a generalist editor, and no longer focus in that specific area.
I am self-employed in the construction industry, and provide a very specialized service on a freelance basis. My small business specializes in repair and maintenance of Solid surface and Granite countertops. I've done minimal editing in these areas, with the exception of one related article I wrote, Oxide jacking. I will always disclose and freely discuss any potential conflict of interest. I pledge that adherence to Wikipedia's Five Pillars and all applicable Wikipedia policies and guidelines will always come first for me as an editor.
Since March, 2013, I have been mentoring User: Miss Bono, who lives in a country where Internet access is difficult. English is not her native language. She is committed to Wikipedia, and I will do my best to assist her. Unfortunately, her internet access is extremely limited in early 2014, but she wants to return to active editing as soon as possible. I do communicate with her by telephone and email from time to time. In March, 2014, her email access has improved, although her ability to edit Wikipedia is now severely limited. I have been mentoring her with English language writing skills by email, in preparation for her return to active Wikipedia editing, which I am confident will be soon. She is a dedicated editor, contributing to this free encyclopedia under the most adverse circumstances imaginable. It is an honor to work with her.
User:ChesPal and User:AmCanDave
My wife edits Wikipedia under the username ChesPal, though she isn't as active as I am. She had an idea for her first article, she and I worked on it together, and developed it at the San Francisco WikiWomen's Edit-a-Thon. The article is Amish dolls. She has also written a second article, Shawnee Pottery, and has done a great job expanding existing articles William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park and Lion Brand, with a bit of assistance from me.
My son David has begun editing Wikipedia, under the account AmCanDave. He has made some edits to Arlen Ness, with my assistance and guidance, as he has learning disabilities. He would like to do more editing, based on his own research and interests. I will asist him with Wiki markup, but his contributions are his own.
Antidote to drama
I like this perceptive essay on problematic Wikipedia editors, Observations on Wikipedia behavior, and recommend it to anyone who is interested.
Categories I've Created
Contributions to Featured articles
- Sunbeam Tiger, Today's featured article for June 21, 2013, a photo, a very small contribution, but I am pleased to have made that contribution.
- Canadian drug charges and trial of Jimi Hendrix, contributions to content which I'm proud of, although GabeMc deserves most of the credit for bringing this to Featured article status. I am just happy to have been part of the process.
Substantial contributions to Good articles
Cedric Wright | Vaillancourt Fountain | Morleigh Steinberg | Harry Yount. I have also done significant copy editing at Hotel Polen fire. I am proud of these articles, appreciate the input of others, and also, I invite any editor to pitch in and help make any of them better.
Articles I've written (I don't own them, I just started them)
Rondal Partridge | Imogen and Twinka at Yosemite | Alyce Frank | Lee Bycel | Leni Sinclair | Wolf House | Norman Dyhrenfurth | Last Will and Embezzlement | Vaillancourt Fountain | Israeli breakfast | Skookum doll | Parcel tax | Dudley Perkins (motorcyclist) | Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic | Jeffrey Bleustein | Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders | 1970 Memorial Park riot | Mary Gardiner | Suomi NPP | Oxide jacking | Life net | Polaroid Z340 | Dugan Aguilar | Chris Brown (dancer) | Sonoma TrainTown Railroad | High Sierra Camps | Fred R. Archer | I Gotta Know (Wanda Jackson song) | Gladding, McBean | Sierra No. 3 | Al Qöyawayma | Moonlight Cocktail | Fred Rosenbaum | They Call the Wind Maria | Hagafen Cellars | Cedric Wright | Dirk van Erp | Joseph Asher | Jules Eichorn | Allen Steck | Robert L. M. Underhill | Miriam O'Brien Underhill | Glen Dawson | Horse Camp | Tom Frost | Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery | Chuck Pratt | Bestor Robinson | Shelton Johnson | Mezzetta | Richard M. Leonard | William Siri | Lute Jerstad | Leland Curtis | Robert Clunie | Francis P. Farquhar Mountaineering Award | Nellie Charlie | Carrie Bethel | Ford Hunger March | Marin French Cheese Company | William S. Rice | High Trips | Norman Livermore | Whoa Nellie Deli | Bishop Mule Days | American Canyon High School | Kalpataru Day | Holy Virgin Cathedral
Collaborations with newer editors
Articles I've expanded, revised and/or added photos to
On my own, or at the suggestion of other editors
Sean Parker | Donald MacDonald (craftsman) | Camp Stone | Snow Storm (painting) | Jay Alexander | David Ellenson | Mariko Yamada | Betty Yee | First Presbyterian Church (Napa, California) | Napa County Courthouse Plaza | Alexandria Hotel and Annex | Yankel Feather | Divco | 2014 South Napa earthquake | Lenny McNab | Tony Stewart | Homo floresiensis | Parnell, Grattan Township, Michigan | Betty Reid Soskin | Black Bear Diner | Anne Brigman | Judy Dater | Aristides de Sousa Mendes | Moisés Bensabat Amzalak | Yolo Causeway | Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area | Sheri Fink | Mug shot | Gary Grimshaw | Paul Bradt | Middle Teton | Cattle in religion | Herman Bottcher | George Fischbeck | Thomas and Mary Poynton | Frederick Bee | German Shepherd | Casa de Fruta | Google | Stearns-Knight | Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre | Murder of Donna Jones | Lion Brand | Cedars of Lebanon (U2 song) | John Livermore | Amish doll | Akhil Reed Amar | Lella Vignelli | Michael Blakey (anthropologist) | Rudolph Kos | Mel Ramos | Goose Lake International Music Festival | Melvyn Maxwell and Sara Stein Smith House | George Meany | Hotel Polen fire | Michael McGinn | Medusa (Bernini) | CueCat | Wells A. Hutchins | Lincoln (2012 film) | Charles Krug | Yellow-bellied marmot | Fish toxins | Muntz Car Company | Chlorogalum | Saponin | Double Star | Albert M. Bender | Franz Bischoff | Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico | Cindy Pawlcyn | Harry Yount | Norman Clyde | Oscar Eckenstein | David Brower | Arlene Blum | | Ephraim Faience Pottery | mule | John Muir Trail | Mount Whitney Trail | Fifty Classic Climbs of North America | East Face (Mount Whitney) | Pendleton Woolen Mills | Yvon Chouinard | Harry Bennett | Half Dome | El Capitan | Roy Ashburn | Baseball at the 1936 Summer Olympics | Annapurna | Theodore Solomons | William Kent (U.S. Congressman) | Mary Hunter Austin | Mountain Warfare Training Center | Duncan McDuffie | Les Mann | John Muir's Birthplace | Frederick Meyer | Charles Hitchcock Adams | Bear-resistant food storage container | Michel-Gabriel Paccard | Jacques Balmat | Ice axe | Whitney Portal | John Salathé | Royal Robbins | American Canyon, California | Yountville, California | Curry Village, California | Mount Shasta | The Mountaineers (club) | Mount Rainier National Park | Mount Garmo | John Muir | Lynn Hill | William Keith | Henry Way Kendall | Sierra Club | Hexes (climbing) | P. B. Van Trump | Ansel Adams | Yosemite Firefall | Lucy Telles | Rudy Wendelin | Fort Bragg, California | Noyo Harbor | James S. Hutchinson | Joseph N. LeConte | George Davidson (geographer) | Pack station | Walt Disney Family Museum | | Peter Croft (climber) | Benny Bufano | Mike Thompson | Levi Strauss & Co. | Siskiyou Union High School District | Mount Shasta, California | California Native Plant Society | Francis P. Farquhar | Otto Neumann (Artist) | Daniel Day-Lewis | Lands End, San Francisco | Ania Bien | Blanche Bruce | Dixiecrat | Steck-Salathé Route (Sentinel Rock) | SIG 522LR | Verner E. Suomi | Yosemite Lodge at the Falls | Tuolumne Meadows | Tioga Pass Entrance Station | Flag of California | Hudson Hornet | California and Hawaiian Sugar Company | Edmé Bouchardon | E. H. Harriman | Victor Hugo | Memorials and services for the September 11 attacks | John Smybert | Thomas Hancock | Charles Sumner | Cyrus Edwin Dallin | Appeal to the Great Spirit | Blacksmith | Grueby Faience Company | Pope Clement XII | White Motor Company | Mill Valley, California | Nicholas Civella | Barnstar | Anchor plate | Abraham Lincoln Brigade | Albert L. Farr | Maffeo Barberini (1631–1685)
Found at Articles for Deletion, and helped to keep by improving
Lizard Squad | 2010 Hebei tractor rampage | Sommer Contemporary Art | Nikolaev Massacre | Hilmar High School | Hoërskool Brandwag | Pioneers of Alaska | Ali Nasr | Philip Guarino | Circle 7 logo | Krishnahari Baral | Kate Botello | Mashregh News | Roland De Wolk | Beerenberg Farm | Shantaveri Gopala Gowda | Ryton Woodside | Skookum | Hunter Douglas | Julius Blum GmbH | Kwak Pom-gi | Mistress Quickly | Benicia Unified School District | Naomi Wilzig | Veda Shook | Hitler's Children | Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary | Mojtaba Tehrani | Gary Kowalski | Jenny Hill (politician) | Shipra Mazumdar | Romola Remus | Varietease | Leon Jordan | John Lucas Miller | Jennifer Lim (theatre actress) | Chris Davenport | Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. | Camilla | iriver Story | Bob Shaheen | European Youth For Action | I.Y. Yunioshi | 1978 Agoura-Malibu Firestorm | Print Council of America | Death of Michelle Le | St. Mark's Episcopal Church (West Orange, New Jersey) | Joseph Mulder | Working People's Vanguard Party | Hoogar | Alacrite | August Hermann Ewerbeck | Kōbako | Sandusky Automobile Company | International Wildlife Film Festival | AnandTech | Orio Palmer | Falesco | Barack Obama Tucson memorial speech | Robert Harper Clarkson | George Watsky | Dick Levy | Rango Bapuji Gupte | George M. Daniel | Ethan Russell | Michelle Kaufmann | Heart in Oregon | Peter Croft | Richard H. Hall | National RTI Forum | Grenville Anderson | Maurice Sugar | Maria Filotti | Maria Filotti Theatre | Scott Backes | Jack Wishna | Akrom Yo‘ldoshev | Rob Stone (actor) | GoodWeave International | Bat World Sanctuary | Back In The Saddle Tour | Ballotpedia | Ben Kamin | Edit conflict | De Echoput | Kohara | Pope Valley Union Elementary School District
My record in Articles for Deletion debates
As of June 10, 2013, I have participated in 1528 Articles for deletion debates. I used SW's AfD Statistics Tool to analyze my participation in the 250 most recent deletion debates as of that date. Of the debates where there was a clear consensus, I was with the consensus 88.5% of the time. I recommended "Keep" 44.4% of the time, "Delete" 46.6% of the time, "Merge" 0.4% of the time and "Redirect" 8.5% of the time. I make a sincere effort to reflect Wikipedia's policies, guidelines and established consensus in my participation in Articles for Deletion debates.
Possible future article ideas. Feel free to discuss on my talk page, or write one yourself.
Alvina Hoffman | Duck River Cache | John Needles (cabinetmaker) | Michel Payot | Anthony Berger | Ubuntu (restaurant) | Bev Johnson | Saul White | Cesare Mondavi | David McAlpin | James K. Moffitt | Ansel Adams "lost negatives" controversy | Tom Killion (artist) | Joseph Worcester | Twenty Lakes Basin | David Rago | Gordon Huether | Russel Varian | di Rosa Preserve | Goldman Promenade | Composed salad | Thomas D'Agostino | Cesar Chelor | Earl Thollander | 1957 Daly City earthquake | Deborah Oropallo
You can see them here.
You can see some of them here. Others can be found in my archives.
Newspaper articles about my Wikipedia editing
- Huffman, Jennifer, American Canyon man moonlights as Wikipedia editor; Increasing Knowledge, One Article at a Time, Napa Valley Register, March 2, 2014
- Raskin-Zrihen, Rachel, American Canyon man researches, edits Wikipedia: Learns something new every day, Vallejo Times-Herald, July 7, 2014