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Current areas of content work. My current areas of content contribution are mainly the Appomattox Campaign and the related battle articles, American Revolutionary War spies, including Culper Ring additions, and American Civil War railroads. I have made some additions to the Appomattox Campaign article and have substantially expanded the first three articles listed. I have done some further research and writing done for the following battle articles and additions to the Appomattox Campaign article. I have resumed research and writing on the Appomattox Campaign and the related battle articles. While this has taken somewhat longer than I had hoped, I plan to complete the project before the anniversary dates of the battles at the latest. I have pushed this back again, further than I had hoped, because I have spent four days in a hospital for tests and also have to attend to other real life matters. My next article expansion about the Battle of Five Forks is almost ready, and only three of the remaining articles or summaries require considerable research and writing. Still, it will now be difficult to meet the time frame and I may do some revisions without quite finishing. I am disappointed that I have not proceeded a little more quickly but sometimes real life intervenes to slow progress. Other areas mentioned in my "to do" list below currently have a lower priority for me but I do intend to get to them later in the year. I am reducing my recent changes/vandalism reviews as I return to more content creation, editing and related areas such as DYK.
Content and organization of page; lists. I keep track of the articles I have started or substantially contributed to and my other work on the project on this page, mainly for my own reference and information. I occasionally have had some interests in lists. Seven of the nine articles on which I have the most edits are lists: List of American Civil War generals (Confederate), List of members of the Virginia House of Burgesses, Timeline of events leading to the American Civil War, Bibliography of the American Revolutionary War, List of American Civil War brevet generals (Union), List of American Civil War generals and Bibliography of the American Civil War. (I realize that the number of edits does not always correlate with the most substantial contributions.) I started two of those lists and another list article, List of American Civil War generals (Acting Confederate). I also have created 105 other articles (only a few stubs) and have made some significant contributions to many others articles, as listed in the section on this topic below. I once bought a book entitled: The Book of Lists by David Wallechinsky, Irving Wallace and Amy Wallace; New York: Morrow, 1977: ISBN 978-0-688-03183-1 (which became a #1 bestseller). This may help explain why I have the "statistical reasons" user box below and the content and general organization of this page.
Formatting of this page. I have noticed that the formatting of the page, and the user boxes in particular, may not be uniform or orderly if viewed on a wide screen or with a larger than normal font or both. Perhaps there is a way to keep the formatting as it was when the page was prepared regardless of the width of the screen or the font or both, but as long as this message is on the page, I don't know what that might be. On the other hand, the small font size in most of the user boxes is enlarged when viewed with the larger screen or font.
|References to Wikipedia policies, guidelines, instructions: Includes many of the reasons for edit reversions|
References to Wikipedia policies, guidelines, instructions, include:
|Sub-pages, Including Bibliographies, References|
User:Donner60/Wikipedia article links A few references, links and odds and ends.
User:Donner60/Military History Library moved, renamed User:Donner60/Wikipedia style links
User:Donner60/Colonial era bibliography. Moved, renamed User:Donner60/Draft of article
User:Donner60/AmericanRevolutionBibliography Moved, renamed User:Donner60/Wikipedia style templates.
User:Donner60/American Civil War bibliography from Internet Moved, renamed unneeded and non-working User:Donner60/Krinkle/RTRC
User:Donner60/ACW References American Civil War facts and sources for reference and future edits
User:Donner60/Draft of part of Union brevet generals list Moved, renamed User:Donner60/EditCounterOptIn (was a failed effort to opt in to edit counter; subsequently moved substantive Union general section of brevet Union general list from here to offline for editing and reducing; some key information can be found in Union generals list in main article space).
|My DYK Articles|
RE:Did you know nominations/James Cameron (Union colonel)
I also forgot to notify you about my reply here, but that was only because I gave it a green light for the first time. Truly the best referenced DYK I've seen so far. Lajbi Holla @ me • CP 09:28, 1 August 2012 (UTC)
Did not copy in correctly on talk page so template is from article page.
DYK from articles created:
August 1, 2013 DYK... that in June 1863, at the Battle of Fairfax Court House (courthouse pictured), 87 men of the Union Army charged a division of at least 2,000 Confederate soldiers? 7,291 page views on August 1, 2013. Lead hook.
October 1, 2012 DYK ... that Jeptha Vining Harris, a Mississippi militia general during the American Civil War, was the son of Jeptha Vining Harris, a Georgia militia general during the War of 1812? 989 page views October 1.
September 12, 2012 DYK ... ... that Colonel Joseph H. Tucker, twice commander of the Camp Douglas (Chicago) prison camp during the American Civil War, was never mustered into the Union Army? 1503 page views September 12, 186 page views September 13.
August 18, 2012 DYK ... that the 48th Georgia Infantry Regiment of Confederate Lt. Colonel Reuben Walker Carswell was in a brigade commanded by Carswell's mentor as a lawyer, Brigadier General Ambrose R. Wright? 569 page views.
August 15, 2012 DYK ... that Virginia militia (Confederate) brigadier general Gilbert S. Meem moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1892 and was appointed postmaster by U.S. President Grover Cleveland? 1,033 page views on August 15, 2012. Overlap to August 16: 12.
August 11, 2012 DYK ... that Confederate Colonel Robert Johnson Henderson's division commander persuaded Henderson to sign his parole at the end of the American Civil War as a brigadier general? 1,489 page views, August 11, 2012.
August 5, 2012 DYK... that a brigadier general commission for Confederate Colonel Francis Marion Walker arrived at his headquarters the day after he was killed at the Battle of Atlanta in the American Civil War? 1,251 page views, August 5, 2012.
August 4, 2012 DYK... that Union Colonel James Cameron, killed at the American Civil War First Battle of Bull Run, was a brother of U.S. Secretary of War Simon Cameron? 1,088 page views, August 4, 2012.
July 23, 2012 DYK ... that on January 15, 1861, Florida militia colonel William Henry Chase demanded the surrender of Fort Pickens at Pensacola, Florida, which he had designed and constructed as a U.S. Army captain? 2,142 page views, July 23, 2012.
July 20, 2012 DYK ... that Confederate General John Bell Hood appointed Colonel Moses Wright Hannon an acting brigadier general after Hannon's men seized more than 1,000 cattle from the Union Army? 1,477 page views, July 20, 2012.
July 12, 2012 DYK ... that Confederate Army Colonel Levin Major Lewis was hit by a spent musket ball that stuck in his forehead at the Battle of Lone Jack in Missouri during the American Civil War? 6,369 page views, July 12, 2012. 7,191 page views July 12 and 13, 2012.
December 28, 2011 DYK ... that Alabama's first superintendent of public education, Confederate brigadier general and college professor William F. Perry, had little or no formal education? 2,430 page views, December 28 and 29, 2011.
December 5, 2011 DYK ... that Confederate brigadier general Alfred E. Jackson was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson because of his kindness toward Johnson's family during the Civil War?" 7,600 page views, December 5 and 6, 2011. 8,401 page views between November 18, 2011 and December 29, 2011.
|AfDs I have reviewed|
Individual AfD's reviewed by Donner60 as of March 19, 2014: 27, 24 !votes matched consensus, 1 !vote did not match consensus, 2 !vote results had no consensus. Since one of the no consensus conclusions resulted in a keep where I !voted to keep, maybe I should note 24 of 26 !votes matched the final result. My !vote on the other no consensus item was "merge."
|Speedy Deletion nominations/Hoax article deletions|
Speedy deletion nominations and results.
The Battle of Allentown nominated simultaneously by Mediran and Donner60. Deleted 6 October 2012.
|My On this day Article|
A June 17 anniversary from one of the new articles that I created appeared on the On this day section of the Main Page on June 17, 2012:
|My Barnstars, Compliments|
I thank User:Bullmoosebell, a brave defender of our nation and our liberties and energetic Wikipedia contributor for the following barnstars. His contributions to our country far outweigh my meager contribution to Wikipedia. I express here my admiration for him and his work and display these awards with pride because he bestowed them. Copied from my talk page.
Quite an honor from Gerda Arendt, a truly awesome Wikipedian:
Thanks for being a vandal fighter. --I dream of horses @ 22:42, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
Thanks to Amit for this one:
A barnstar for you!
A barnstar for you!
Thank you for being one of Wikipedia's top medical contributors!
We are wondering about the educational background of our top medical editors. Would you please complete a quick 5-question survey? (please only fill this out if you received the award)
A barnstar for you!
A barnstar for you!
|Reports to AIV and Dispositions; Page protection requests|
The counter in Snottywong's tools showed I had 56 edits to AIV as of October 8, 2013. The first was 03:13, 18 October 2012. The most recent as of October 8, 2013 was 03:46, 4 October 2013. I went through the contributions and found 46 reports and some other edits because of format mistakes or which were made to add further information about a reported vandalism. My user box showed 46+ reports as of that day, which was an error of 1 if the + sign is taken into account. I have kept the number of reports in the user box at 1 fewer than the number of reports actually made to AIV to account for the + sign. Donner60 (talk) 06:13, 8 October 2013 (UTC)
I think a few reports made through Huggle may not have registered because some other edit make have gotten to the noticeboard first. I keep a list of the user names or ip numbers of the users I report to AIV both directly and through Huggle and check back later to see the results. If my count is off a little, it may be because automated reports from Huggle were not registered because they arrived at the board after a previous report already was logged in. Donner60 (talk) 03:36, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
As of March 19, 2015, I have made distinct reports on 239 different vandals to AIV; so user box shows 238+. Of those, 234 resulted in blocks, 2 were deleted by non-administrators (January 1, 2013 and April 30, 2013); 1 no action because warnings out of order and no vandalism after final warning (November 24, 2013), 1 no action taken during 9-hour notice board backlog, then removed from list due to no further vandalism during backlog (September 5, 2014); 1 pending. Also, 1 shown as blocked on AIV page but not on user talk page. Following are the exact dispositions of the reports. I also supported the report of User:KyleTastic which resulted in the temporary block of 184.108.40.206 on August 19, 2014.)
Results of Donner60 Reports to AIV to March 19, 2015
220.127.116.11 blocked 31 hours by Jayron32 18 October 2012
I made a page protection request for Unreal Tournament on June 3, 2014 due to persistent vandalism from several IPs contemporaneously. Protected by Go Phightins! until June 7. I supported a page protection request for Four (One Direction album) on September 9, 2014 due to persistent vandalism by several users. Indefinitely protected by Phil Knight. The number of times my pages have been vandalized is the number of separate edits by vandals. A few vandals made several edits before their vandalism was reverted. I count each edit in the userbox.
|One-minute mistaken block|
I have no blocks except for the one-minute block by mistake described in the following talk page item. Especially as long as this is the only instance in which it even appears at initial glance (as on the contributions page if one does not click on the link) that I had a block, and despite the triviality of this, I thought I would note my clean record to date by keeping the following discussion about the mistaken block available here. This is evident if one clicks on the block log and it is explained below. Donner60 (talk) 03:09, 4 June 2013 (UTC)
I ran an admin score on snottywong's tools today just to see what would come up. It is obvious that the bot cannot take into account that a block was a mistake or consider the fact that if it lasted only for one minute it must have been a mistake. My score was reduced from 513 to 399 as a result of the mistaken block. 500 is a sort of minimum acceptable score although the bot page cautions that the score shown can not (or does not) take into account certain favorable or unfavorable matters which might change the outcome. I don't show this in order to promote a candidacy for administratorship but merely to point out that one's standing or reputation might suffer from having a block, even a mistaken one-minute block. Whether or not this perception is accurate, or really matters to anyone, I thought I should note the mistake. Donner60 (talk) 07:24, 19 September 2013 (UTC)
Reasons I may not have !voted on recent RfAs or RfBs. Some RfAs have been closed so quickly that I have not seen them in time to !vote. Since I began to participate in RfA and RfB comments and !voting, I occasionally have missed a candidacy that runs all or most of the seven day period as well. Also, I could not make up my mind in a few cases.
If it appears to me that a request will surely fail and I have no comment or word of encouragement for the future, I rarely will add to the oppose !votes. My support percentage would be lower if I had enter such oppose !votes to Rfas that appeared certain to fail. I was inclined to oppose most, maybe all, of the failed candidacies that I examined but in which I did not !vote. I know of no way to count the number of these, at least easily, but I suppose they could have numbered about 10 as of summer 2014 and a few more through February 2015.
Neutral !votes. I have three neutral !votes, one of which was a special case where I wanted to comment on the procedure. I think a neutral !vote is seldom useful so I try to avoid them unless I wish to comment on a candidacy I could not support, and might even have opposed at the time of the nomination, but did not want to pile on because it was obviously going to fail.
Change of a few early votes might have been justified. In retrospect, when more information was uncovered by later !voters, I might well have changed a very few of my support !votes. I missed the new information for at least one candidacy before it was withdrawn. I let one or two slide because the ultimate outcome of unsuccessful became obvious by the time I was persuaded that my support !vote was misplaced in view of later information. Although changing !votes occurs, it is infrequent enough that, rightly or not, it seems that it should be done only if important to the outcome. I might also consider a change in an !vote if my rationale was shown so wrong that it should not stand and I check back in time to make the change before the Rfa period ends.
RfAs Supported: • Rcsprinter123_2 • Anna_Frodesiak • Kelapstick_2 • Singularity42 • Anne_Delong • Kevin_Gorman • SuperMarioMan • Callanecc • Little_Mountain_5 • TCN7JM • Cerebellum • Lugia2453 • TLSuda • Cindamuse (R.I.P.) • MER-C_3 • Fourthords • Mattythewhite_2 • Trappist_the_monk • FreeRangeFrog • Grandiose • Mentoz86 • Yaris678 • Hahc21_3 • MusikAnimal • Zad68 • Randykitty • Acather96 • Trevj • Go Phightins! • Deor • StringTheory11 • Solarra • Mkativerata • Philg88 • Dodger67 • GamerPro64 • Jackmcbarn • I JethroBT • Northamerica1000 • Thomas.W • Samwalton9 • Sarahj2107 • Titodutta • MelanieN • SarekOfVulcan 4 • Fenix down • EuroCarGT
Neutral: • Mdann52 • Incnis_Mrsi • Armbrust • Cadillac000
Opposed: • Jinkinson • TheAustinMan_2 • Arumpostasest
RfBs Supported: • Acalamari_2 • Worm_That_Turned • Writ_Keeper
|Welcome templates placed|
Welcome templates placed
As of May 11, 2014, I am keeping track of my welcome templates placed or other welcome messages left on user talk pages. I have little or no such activity previously. I now think that perhaps at least some of the new editors that I see when patrolling for vandalism or checking new edits to articles on my watchlist might benefit or be persuaded to edit constructively by having a welcome template with a little advice placed on their talk page. Most of these editors will probably be IP users but at least a few already will have user names.
I am keeping this list mainly for statistical reasons and perhaps will remove it or not keep it up after a time if it seems to be getting too long. While keeping track of the users can allow me to check back to see if constructive edits are made, I realize that anyone who becomes a constructive user is likely to register, which will make any follow-up of the majority of placements which are on IP user talk pages impossible.
I did a check back on some early users after some time had passed but did not find any constructive editing in their contribution lists. A few of these users had constructive edits when the welcome messages were placed on their talk pages but most of them had one or two nonconstructive or test edits. I placed the welcomes mainly to encourage the nonconstructive, though not necessarily vandalistic, new editors to be constructive. Since their initial nonconstructive edits were minor, I thought they could be good candidates for encouragement. The links and tips in these messages may be helpful for well-intentioned editors who violate policies and guidelines due to lack of knowledge rather than bad intent. I think there are such new users, though it may often be difficult to identify them.
• 11 May 2014 User:18.104.22.168 • 16 May 2014 User:22.214.171.124 • 16 May 2014 User:126.96.36.199 • 16 May 2014 User:188.8.131.52
|Barnstars given to others|
I should take more notice of others' good work and have started this list to keep track. Sometimes I have been reluctant to award barnstars because (1) many of the good contributors already have quite a few and another coming from me, especially if I have not worked with them much or at all, seemed almost presumptuous; (2) it seems to me that the trend of giving these to others has been rapidly declining (maybe because of (1)?); (3) I often have only seen a little of someone's work, a snapshot so to speak and (4) I wonder about whether I am really able to make such judgments. I suppose these are not adequate reasons to refrain completely from placing barnstars. The special barnstar and a few others do seem to have been created to cover number 3 in my short list of possible reasons to ignore barnstars. The list below has the previous barnstars I placed as found by a search of my edit summaries on May 27, 2014, with others added as or near the time when I have "awarded" them. I am not looking for any recognition or reciprocity. I simply realized that I should be a little more generous with occasional praise, as others have been to me.
I have seen many user pages with quotations. So I thought I would add a few. With any luck (1) I won't put in too many and (2) the quotes will be of interest to anyone who might look at them - few persons as I would expect that to be.
"The notions that participants often failed to record their true opinions and that we, at a distance of more than a century and a third, can detect what they really thought strike me as highly problematical. Northerners and Confederates simply perceived some events differently and responded accordingly." Gary W. Gallagher, Lee & His Army in Confederate History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001. ISBN 978-0-8078-5769-4. p. xi.
"Statistics can never measure the true loss in any war, but casualty totals include life and death figures and must be considered. Used in perspective they can give added meaning to any conflict. In the Civil War exact totals in most categories are impossible to ascertain and there has been much argument and controversy involving them. Herein we have used all major studies of numbers and losses and in many cases have had to draw our own conclusions. But in broad terms the figures can be said to be within reasonable range of the truth. Exact counting was difficult then; it is, to understate the matter, impossible today." Long, E. B. The Civil War Day by Day: An Almanac, 1861–1865. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971. OCLC 68283123. pp.709-710.
"The nations were caught in a trap, a trap made during the first thirty days out of battles that failed to be decisive, a trap from which there was, and has been, no exit." Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August, New York: Macmillan, 1962. OCLC 192333. p. 524.
"Writing history is a very tough job—and one of the most exhausting." B. H. Liddell Hart, Why don't we learn from history?
"A complacent satisfaction with present knowledge is the chief bar to the pursuit of knowledge." B. H. Liddell Hart
"The past is never dead. It's not even past." William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun, 1951, Act 1, sc. 3.
"It is not what we don't know that troubles us, it is what we know but isn't so." - Mark Twain
"The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not." - Mark Twain
"At the end of the day, we're not an education resource. We're an entertainment brand." Nancy Dubuc, CEO, A+E Networks, speaking about subsidiary: The History Channel. From: Felix Gilette, "The Duck Whisperer," Bloomberg Businessweek, June 24-June 30, 2013. p. 72.
"In poetry, as in painting and sculpture, it is necessary that the imitator should be well acquainted with that which he undertakes to imitate, and expert in the mechanical part of his art. Genius will not furnish him with a vocabulary: it will not teach him what word most exactly corresponds to his idea, and will most fully convey it to others: it will not make him a great descriptive poet, till he has looked with attention on the face of nature; or a great dramatist, till he has felt and witnessed much of the influence of the passions. Information and experience are, therefore, necessary; not for the purpose of strengthening the imagination, which is never so strong as in people incapable of reasoning — savages, children, madmen, and dreamers; but for the purpose of enabling the artist to communicate his conceptions to others." Thomas Babington Macaulay, "Dryden" Edinburgh Review 47 (January 1828) 1-36.
"If a vandal insults you, it is a reliable indicator that you are doing something right." - User:Antandrus
"Articles don't need to be "fully" referenced. Not every sentence needs sourcing." User:Dr. ☠ Blofeld 19:25, 11 July 2013 (UTC)
The lunatic is all idée fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy. You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars...There are lunatics who don’t bring up the Templars, but those who do are the most insidious. At first they seem normal, then all of a sudden..." Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989. ISBN 978-0-15-132765-2.
Finish revisions to Culper Ring article and articles concerning American Revolutionary War spies.
Occasional DYK reviews and submissions; AfDs; CSDs and a few hours per week of recent changes (anti-vandalism) patrol, including any needed reports to AIV.