User:Dsimic

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Who am I?[edit]

Hello there! My name in real life is Dragan Simic, just in case you've wondered where does my Wikipedia username come from. :) Actually, I wanted an all-lowercase username, but unfortunately that's impossible due to Wikipedia's internal naming constraints. Also, I have an account on Wikimedia Commons with the same username, which belongs to my unified login having English Wikipedia as the home wiki.

My obsession with computers started with a Commodore 64 in my early childhood, what turned into later professional devotion to various areas of computing and computer science – including numerous Unix variants (with primary focus on Linux), low- and high-level programming, compilers, algorithms and data structures, networking hardware and protocols, load balancing (had an old paper published), computer security, databases, computer hardware in general, microcontrollers, and embedded devices. Also, the userboxes listed below are detailing this a bit further. :)

What do I do here?[edit]

I've joined Wikipedia back in February 2008, but remained pretty much inactive until September 2013 when I started to do some real work here (a different breakdown is also available), by contributing various improvements to already existing articles, and by creating (or starting) more than a few new articles (their traffic statistics and related useful links are available in a box below). At the same time, I've created hundreds of new redirects for various purposes. In addition, I've uploaded a bunch of images – as we know, a picture is worth at least a few kilobytes. :)

Heck, I've also discovered and reported a bug in MediaWiki, which was fixed very quickly.

Thoughts about Wikipedia[edit]

My humble opinion is that Wikipedia is a really great thing, as anyone can improve both himself/herself and the whole world by contributing and working together with other editors. Where else—​short of contributing source code to a high-profile open source project, of course—​can you have such kind of your work reviewed and improved by hundreds of good people for free, while contributing to something publicly accessible that's here to (hopefully) stay indefinitely? Also, why would you take your private paper (or text file) notes, when you can instead do that on Wikipedia for everyone's benefit? :)

Beside opening paths to various improvements in one's real-world knowledge, Wikipedia is a great place for non-native English speakers to improve their written English – over time, hundreds of eyeballs will look over your contributions and point out weaknesses in your grammar and style. Sure thing, learning English that way takes a lot of time, but you can hardly get similar quality of teaching through copy editing for free anywhere else. At the same time, please don't miss to have a look at the Wikipedia's Manual of Style, which is pretty much an invaluable free resource.

Lesser-known stuff[edit]

Did you know that the entire content of Wikipedia is easily downloadable, including complete revision histories? Or maybe you'd just like to see SQL schema of the Wikipedia's database? Not a problem, that's also easily viewable. At the same time, various database reports are available.

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This motto reflects the inclusionist desire to change Wikipedia only when no knowledge would be lost as a result.

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