I am Jim856796, and I am a member of several different discussion forums and websites, including , , and . (A complete list may be coming soon.) I follow the progress on several future sports events, including the 2014, 2016, and 2018 Olympics.
I am the kind of user who lives the WikiLife, a lifestyle I also follow in real life.
- 1 What I think about the 2016 Summer Olympics main stadium situation
- 2 Pages I like to read on Wikipedia
- 3 My Views on certain issues of Wikipedia
- 4 Userboxes
What I think about the 2016 Summer Olympics main stadium situation
The Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympics, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is proposed to be held in Maracana Stadium, but I don't think the stadium (or any football-only stadium, regardless of shape or capacity) should even be hosting Olympic Ceremonies. The ceremonies have always taken place in the athletics stadium (except in 1900, when there were no official opening/closing ceremonies). So I think the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Games need to be held at the Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange instead of the Maracana, after all, it is the real Olympic Stadium.
Pages I like to read on Wikipedia
I like reading the following pages on Wikipedia:
My Views on certain issues of Wikipedia
Edit Warring (or Edit Warfare as I and some other users like to call it) is the confrontational, combative, non-productive process of editing and reverting to try to win, manipulate, and/or stall a discussion, or coerce a given stance on a page without regard to collaborative approaches. They repeatedly override each other's contributions, rather than resolve the dispute by discussion. An edit war its like a fistfight, or another kind of fight which either does or does not involve weapons. An edit war can turn any article into a violent battleground. Policy generally forbids edit wars, and editors may be blocked if they engage in edit warfare, whether or not they have breached the Three-Revert Rule.
Ownership of Articles
No user has the right to own any particular article on this site. If a user owns a particular article, then they might do everything they can to prevent other users from editing the page and the user that owns the page has to make all the contributions himself. Building the perfect article is a team effort, and everyone has the right to edit any article that they want to.
Vandalism is illegal in Wikipedia, and it will not be tolerated. If a user sees vandalism on a page, it should immediately be reverted on-sight. I, like most good WP editors, never commit vandalism on this site.
Sockpuppetry is the use of multiple accounts to deceive other editors, disrupt discussions, distort consensus, avoid sanctions, or otherwise violate community standards. It is like when a person clones himself to commit illegal activities to avoid scrutiny. Meatpuppetry is like hypnotising and controlling another person to commit illegal activity. Sockpuppetry is also illegal.
The need to insert serial commas when necessary
The Manual of Style states that, "A serial comma (also known as an Oxford comma or a Harvard comma) is a comma used immediately before a conjunction in a list of three or more items.". The phrase "ham, chips, and eggs" includes a serial comma, while the variant "ham, chips and eggs" does not include a serial comma. I know, WP's MOS says editors can use either convention, but the former convention is recommended, because the latter convention would look awkward. If I am editing an article, and I find a list of three or more items in which there is no serial comma where one is needed, I would have no choice but to put the serial comma in that list (of course, such an edit would usually be marked as minor). For example, the list should correctly be arranged as "New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston", not "New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston", because the final phrase will look like a single term instead of two terms. I do not see why the comma before conjunctions like "and" or "or" has to be excluded, and I can and will use the comma before conjunction no matter what; in no way will this be considered "change for the sake of change", but rather "change for the sake of prosody, clarity, and sense-making".
Sometimes, if any of the rules in the manual of style is unintentionally or intentionally violated, the violation is usually corrected, but if the correction is reverted, a edit conflict or edit war can be started. It can sometimes be a pet peeve of mine unless a sentence like this (Around that time the city's metro system was under major expansion) is also missing a comma.
Other style guide mistakes
Quotation marks and punctuation: If the quotation is not a full sentence, the punctuation mark (comma, period, or otherwise) should always be after the last quotation mark, not before it, and I have compared this situation to an unnecessary body piercing. If the quotation is a full sentence, punctuation stays before the last quotation mark.
The letter "S" excluded after the apostrophe in singular terms ending with "S": The exclusion of the letter "s" after the apostrophe in words ending with the letter "s", "x", or "z" is usually limited to plurals. If the "s" is excluded after the appostrophe in singular terms, then the singular term will look like a plural. If referring to an organization, a city, or a team whose name ends in "s", the extra "s" after the apostrophe is usually unneeded. If referring to one person or thing ending in "s", the "s" after the apostrophe will be added regardless of how it is pronounced.
Wrong-looking/sounding parentheticals: Some style manuals recommend that in the "month, day, year" format, the year be treated as a parenthetical, requiring a second comma after it. But the second comma looks cluttered, unnecessary, and will be disruptive to prosody (in linguistics), and because of this, I will refuse to make the year parenthetical, but if I were to make the year parenthetical, the year would be preceded by the word "in", "of", or "at".
Commas are used to separate parts of geographical references, such as city and state, or city and country; In geographical names, the same stylebooks recommend that in a geographical name the second be treated as a parenthetical, with a second comma after it: There are a few ways to circumvent this, however:
Instead of, "The plane landed in Kampala, Uganda, that evening.", the sentence can be rendered without the unnecessary and disruptive-looking second comma: "The plane landed in Kampala, Uganda that evening." I would precede the word being treated as a "parenthetical" by the words "in", "at", or "of"; for example: "The plane landed in Kampala, in Uganda, that evening."
Also, instead of "Greater Austin, Texas, area", it would be either arranged as "Greater Austin, Texas area"; "Greater Austin area, in Texas"; or "Greater Austin area in Texas".
These are one of the very reasons why I refuse to use certain style guides such as The Associated Press Stylebook.
Some articles on the English Wikipedia have more coverage and content on its foreign-language counterpart than on the English version. In these situations, I can put up a notice saying, "This article may need expansion with text translated from (language X) Wikipedia." on the top of the article. If I need somebody to have the said article translated, I can go to the List of Translators Available and consult an editor on the said list. I can accept either "Fluent" or "Native" foreign-language speakers for the article translation jobs.