User:Elonka

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Hello! I'm Elonka Dunin. I am a writer, game developer, cryptologist, webmistress, public speaker, world-traveller, and appreciator of all kinds of different subcultures.  :)

I've had a Wikipedia account since September 16, 2005, made my 1000th edit on January 19, 2006, and was approved as an administrator in December 2007. As of 2014 I have created or put major work into over 500 Wikipedia articles, and have made over 69,000 edits,[6] which I guess puts me somewhere in the top 500 of active Wikipedians.

Much of my time is spent either writing/improving articles, or working on some of the above WikiProjects. I also occasionally help out at some of the other language Wikis (see my list at left), but mostly I spend time in the English Wikipedia. Before becoming an admin, I especially enjoyed helping out with categorization, trying to ensure that every single article either has a category, or is at least flagged as needing one. Since I became an administrator, I have been helping out in other areas, such as reviewing the Wikipedia dispute resolution process, and helping out at Arbitration Enforcement. I was also one of the people chosen by the Arbitration Committee for the 2008 Working group on ethnic and cultural edit wars, and have experimented with some different techniques on addressing this chronic problem.

Of the articles that I've worked on, the ones that I am most proud of include: Featured article Knights Templar, Featured article Franco-Mongol alliance, Featured article Pauline Fowler, Good article Dirty Dancing, Good article Fustat, Good article The White Bird, Good article David Lucas (composer), Good article Linda November, Good article Black Stone, Mongol Empire, and Sempad the Constable.

For my day job, I'm a professional game developer working in St. Charles, Missouri, and a published author. My book The Mammoth Book of Secret Codes and Cryptograms was published internationally in 2006, and I have written a couple articles about the CIA's encrypted Kryptos sculpture. As a hobby, I maintain some popular websites on the subject of cryptography, especially Kryptos and other famous unsolved codes, and I show up on TV or in the news every so often. I'm also a public speaker, usually giving talks on the subjects of games, Wikipedia, or cryptography.

Wikipedia is currently my #1 hobby, and I can't seem to get enough of writing articles and helping behind-the-scenes. :) I think Wikipedia is an amazing concept that is going to continue to grow quite rapidly. I often scan through the new articles that are flowing in at a rate of over a thousand per day, and I am humbled by the sheer quantity of information that's accumulating in this massive project. I am very proud to be a part of it.



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