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Useful RegEx for find-and-replace
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Things to do (ongoing)

Category:Pages with incorrectly substituted templates
Category:Pages with incorrect ref formatting
Category:Pages using deprecated templates
Wikipedia:Disambiguation pages with links
Category:Articles needing link rot cleanup
Category:Wikipedia pages with incorrect protection templates
Category:Pages using magic words with template syntax

Category:Pages which use a template in place of a magic word
Category:Articles with invalid date parameter in template
Recent changes tagged with "End of page text"
Recent changes tagged with "Bad external" (link or image)
Recent changes tagged with "Removal of speedy deletion templates"
Recent changes tagged with "Repeating characters"
New user blanking articles
Recent changes tagged with "Possible libel or vandalism" Recent changes tagged with "Reference list removal"

Other things

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Copyright FAQ from
Transclusions of Template:Uw-vandalism2
Special:LinkSearch — shows external links linked within Wikipedia
ref maker
html to wikitext

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About me
Me, after extensive grooming and fur-fluffing

Hey, I'm cymru.lass! I'm a total geek/nerd. I'm also a travel junkie who has lived abroad and has way too many guidebooks for her own good. My local time is 08:22 PM. Or it could possibly be 11:22 PM. (reload). I live on both the East and West Coasts, and I'm too forgetful to change my local time each time I move. That said, can't guarantee when I will and won't be on. My sleep habits change frequently—I have a constantly-changing real-life workload. Sometimes I make only a couple edits a month. Sometimes I'm more active than that. And then there are the times I make several hundred edits in one day.

I started contributing to Wikipedia when I was maybe 11? I'm not entirely sure. Suffice it to say, it's been a while. I started out sporadically copyediting from school computers as an unregistered editor, and when my family (finally) got DSL, I began to edit more from home, still as an unregistered editor. I ended up registering in May 2010, and 10k edits later, here I am! Knowledge-wise I don't really have much to contribute to Wikipedia at the moment (haven't finished my studies—yet). My interests on here (as in real life) lie in the behind-the-scenes work—things like vandalism reversion, copyediting, format tweaks, cleanup and deletion.

By now, you've probably noticed my off-hand way of talking on this page, and possibly in general. This doesn't mean I don't take Wikipedia seriously, or that I don't respect the work I've done on this project. Rather, it's my way of keeping myself lighthearted. I've found it makes me a more relaxed, enjoyable person to interact with. Rest assured, I talk much more seriously in articles, serious discussions and edit summaries. With the exception of template sandbox edit summaries. I've found that a sense of humor is of the utmost importance here so as not to lose one's mind or blow issues out of proportion. I do tend to be fairly casual in (non-serious) discussions with other editors. I use smileys on occasion, which might seem a bit childish to some, but I've got good reasons for doing so. Tone is difficult to convey and even easier to misinterpret in a text-only medium. A well placed smile or wink can go a long way to express warmth, gratitude, sarcasm or humor in a way lines of text can't.

The Wikipedia me

Things I like to do on here:

WP:COI disclosures:

  • I'm friends with someone who's the subject of a Wikipedia article. I've identified my COI on the talk page of his article. I made a few edits to his article before I befriended him, and the only edit I've made since was changing "Mississauga" to "Mississauga, Ontario", and I noted my COI in my edit summary. Any other changes I've thought should be made to the article have been brought up on the talkpage using editrequest template.
"My" articles, redirects, categories, templates etc.

I'm not much of an article writer. I'm more of a gnome/improver/vandalfighter/randomfixer/templatey-lass. But I have done a few cool things:

Co-ordinated efforts
Other stuffers, including insane projects I create for myself
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Quote of the Moment

In a content dispute, it doesn't matter if a user is a mop, bucket, spade, badger, ferret, rock, paper, scissors, lizard or Spock. I fail to see its relevence

A sample of my user boxes
w/e This user prefers to be referred to by whatever gender pronoun makes you feel comfortable.
teen This user is a teenager, not a stereotype.
Noia 64 apps karm.svg This user has been on Wikipedia for 4 years, 11 months and 7 days.
es-3 Este usuario puede contribuir con un nivel avanzado de español.
Count.gif This user is happy to give quick and easy access to her Edit count.
Writing Magnifying.PNG This user is a member of the
Guild of Copy Editors.
Trout this user Were this user to act in a foolish, trollish, or dickish way, he is open to being slapped with a large trout.
WikiDefcon 4

Low to moderate level of vandalism.

No Day Like Today.jpg This user sleeps, but not for predictable amounts of time.
Bifemale.svg This user is a bi female.
o.O This user is only moderately psychotic.
Schrödinger's cat - BLINK tag.gif This userbox was in a superimposed state of both existing and not existing until you saw it and fixed its state. (In other words, this user LOVES to get confused by quantum mechanics)

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Hips and kisses don't make this user; it's how she uses her god-given ... wits .
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respect This user respects others' religions and realises not all people wish to follow the same path.
A Deist Symbol.svg This user is a deist.
Gendersign.svg This user identifies as genderqueer.
STAR TREK Cymru.lass is a fan of Star Trek. ST
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Barnstars and other pretty shiny stuffers
CleanupBarnstar.PNG This Clean-up barnstar is awarded to Cymru.lass for copy editing articles totalling 14,543 combined words during the Guild of Copy Editors May and July 2010 backlog drives. Your contributions are appreciated!--Diannaa (Talk) 17:04, 1 August 2010 (UTC)
CleanupBarnstar.PNG For your copyediting efforts during the May 2010 Guild of Copy Editors Backlog Elimination Drive, editing 2 articles with a combined total of 11,153 words, I hereby award you this Cleanup Barnstar. Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work! --Diannaa TALK 02:53, 10 June 2010 (UTC)
Rollerbarn.png For all your great work categorizing various roller coaster articles.IronGargoyle(talk) 16:23, 29 June 2010 (UTC)
Obscured jaguar.jpg The WikiJaguar Award for Excellence
...For being a terrific talk page stalker. Face-wink.svg Salvio Let's talk about it! 14:18, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
CopyeditorStar7.PNG The Copyeditor's Barnstar
I am honored to award you this Barnstar for your work in catching my typos and your valued assistance in bringing Wikipedia:A Primer for newcomers to life for the community. It is hoped that newcomers will benefit from WP:NewbieGuide for years to come. Schmidt, MICHAEL Q. 05:47, 16 August 2011 (UTC)
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