User:Draeco

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My name is Jacob Radford; draeco is my earliest childhood internet alias. I was born in 1983 in rural Kentucky, USA. My academic credentials include bachelor's degrees in Spanish and biology from the University of Kentucky, a master's in diplomacy from the Patterson School of Diplomacy, and an M.D. from the UK College of Medicine. I am a board certified emergency medicine physician in Nashville, Tennessee. I'm also a fine woodworker, breakdancer, audiophile, linguist, traveler, and father.

Contributions[edit]

My very first edit was by IP in Wisteria on 15 June 2005.[1] I registered forthwith and have made about 5,000 English Wikipedia edits since then,[2][3] mostly in the areas of medicine, biology, history, and breakdance.[4] My desk has some of the highlights. I am no longer active. Most of my edits were during college and med school around the 2005-2009 timeframe. My social interaction on Wikipedia was scant, but included welcoming, adopting, Wikiproject Medicine, and the Signpost. I have never used alternate accounts, nor have I been blocked, banned, or reprimanded in any way.

Philosophy[edit]

First and foremost, I am a rabid inclusionist who believes any article about a real subject should be included (a dying breed[5]). Notability has crept out of control and should be abolished before it damages the project any more; see my rants. I mostly stopped editing because of time constraints, but notability was a major frustration.

We are indeed losing steam because the Wikipedia community is becoming less open and friendly (partly due to notability), especially to newcomers.[6] This will drive away editors, and may already be doing so.[7][8] Editors generally should reveal their identities, because secrecy permits duplicity.[9][10][11] We should have a small static ad below the left sidebar for sustainability, though I'd welcome a feasible alternative. Concise, thorough, understandable introductory sections are key. Down with "See also" links, up with article writing that indicates what you really should see also.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wikipedia contributors (15 June 2005). "Wisteria". Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Contributions summary for: Draeco". Wikimedia. River's edit counter. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Wikichecker - User:Draeco". Wikichecker. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "General user info". Wikimedia. Soxred93's edit counter. Retrieved 5 Oct 2009. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Bobbie (12 August 2009). "Wikipedia approaches its limits". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  6. ^ McKenna, Gene (4 September 2009). "Bullypedia, A Wikipedian Who's Tired Of Getting Beaten Up" (blog). Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  7. ^ Angwin, Julia; Fowler (23 November 2009). "Volunteers Log Off as Wikipedia Ages". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 22 Nov 2009.  Unknown parameter |lfirst2= ignored (help)
  8. ^ Giles, Jim (4 August 2009). "After the boom, is Wikipedia heading for bust?". New Scientist. Retrieved 15 Dec 2009. 
  9. ^ Metz, Cade (1 October 2008). "Emails show journalist rigged Wikipedia's naked shorts: Overstock's Byrne vindicated amidst economic meltdown". The Register. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  10. ^ Harris, Dan (6 March 2007). "Wikipedia Editor Revealed as Fake" (video). ABC News. Retrieved 8 March 2007. 
  11. ^ Bergstein, Brian (7 March 2007). "After flap over phony professor, Wikipedia wants some writers to share real names". Associated Press. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 


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