User:JonRidinger

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JonRidinger
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Name Jon Ridinger
Born March 2
Nationality American
Country  United States
Current location  Ohio
Time zone Eastern Time Zone
Education and employment
Occupation Teacher
Education M.A.T.
High school Theodore Roosevelt High School
University Kent State University
Hobbies, favourites and beliefs
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Politics Conservative
Movies and shows Back to the Future, Star Trek:First Contact, Sister Act, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Disney's Hercules
Books Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, Carthage Must Be Destroyed
Contact info
Website JonRidinger.com
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Blog Live From Kent...
Happenin' History
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Twitter jonridinger
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Welcome to my userpage. As you may have guessed my name is actually Jon Ridinger. I have been editing on Wikipedia since 2005. I'm not sure how long I edited before I finally did register, but it wasn't that long. I am a native of Franklin Township and Kent, Ohio and have lived here most of my life, so a lot of the articles I edit extensively and create are related in some way to the area I am from or something I am connected to. I have also lived for varying amounts of time in Oro Valley, Safford, and Sierra Vista, Arizona; Animas, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, and Ruidoso, New Mexico; and Rexburg, Idaho.

Education[edit]

I graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio and hold a BA in Music with a minor in political science and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree both from Kent State University. I also spent three years studying music education at Brigham Young University–Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho before returning to Kent State to finish my bachelor's degree.

Ideology[edit]

Ideologically and politically I consider myself a conservative. Basically I believe that the most important role of government is to provide a safe and positive environment so that individuals can achieve their potential at their own choosing. In other words, I definitely believe in the importance of having governments, but also that too much government is a burden and a negative. The purpose of government is to serve its populace, not the other way around. In religious matters, I am a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormons) and served a 2-year mission in the Arizona Tucson Mission, which included stays in southeastern Arizona and southern New Mexico.

Interests[edit]

I love to study history, particularly local history and Mormon history which actually do overlap during the 1830s. I also have an interest in photography, so I do my best first with my little Kodak EasyShare and now with my iPhone 5 and Canon PowerShot A4000 cameras to add Creative Commons–licensed photos to the Commons to use in relevant articles. Along with that, I have added several maps to the Commons related to Kent and Portage County, Ohio. I also have an obvious interest in Music, particularly singing, and have done my share of acting as well. I also enjoy going to sporting events and enjoy visiting the many stadiums and arenas at every level of sport, which goes along with my interest in architecture.

Wikipedia philosophy[edit]

I have seen my philosophy on Wikipedia evolve as I have edited and interacted with other editors over the years. When I began, I was a typical new editor wanting to add every little detail I knew with little or no source information. I had no real concept of what is notable and what was appropriate in a given Wikipedia article. As a result, I had content removed mostly by editors who had a better understanding of Wikipedia policies and standards than I did at the time, so while it seemed harsh, I look back now and know they did the right thing. I wouldn't call myself an inclusionist because there are certainly limits to what should be here and what shouldn't, but I don't think I'm a deletionist either. If notability can be shown—even a small amount—then why not?

The biggest problem I see here is the lack of reliable sources in articles. Too many articles are written that either completely lack sources or have poor sources that are either unreliable or biased. Along with that, many good-intentioned editors include or remove material based on personal knowledge but have no way to confirm that what they know is actually true. That was my problem when I first started. I had to learn that just because I knew something didn't necessarily translate into it being important enough to be in an article nor was it able to be validified by other editors. How does anyone else know that what I'm saying is actually true? How can I prove it? Even then just because something can be proven doesn't necessarily mean it should be in an article. As an editor we not only have to determine what is true and what isn't, but also what is important and worthwhile (i.e. encylcopedic) for an article and what isn't

That said, please don't take edits I make personally. When I make an edit, whether it be a revision, a reversion, or a flatout removal, I have reasons for doing so and they are rooted in the various Wikipedia policies and the manual of style. I usually will put those reasons in the edit summary or, if they are significant enough, I will place my reasons in the article's discussion area or the particular user's talk page. If it seems like I'm always on top of your edits, it probably just means I have the page on my watchlist, so every time it gets edited, I notice when I check Wikipedia. I'm by no means perfect and do make mistakes, but am always willing to work with other editors to make articles better. My goal is to get as many articles as I can to at least "Good" status and eventually to "Featured Article" status. The more we have of those kinds of articles, the more reliable Wikipedia will be for research purposes and education.

Contributions[edit]

From maps and pictures to creating new articles and editing others; here are many of the contributions I've made over the years to Wikipedia.

Images[edit]

I have found I enjoy taking pictures, so I find myself always thinking about what articles may need some public domain images whenever I go out with my camera whether it be a vacation or just to something routine. And yes, I have gone out multiple times for the sole purpose of getting photos for articles! See my image gallery to see all of the images I have contributed. Not all are used in articles, but many are and every so often I find another one being used by an outside group including our local newspaper, the local historical society, and even some websites! It's even better when it's properly attributed, but if not most times they will do so if I ask them. I mostly want it attributed on websites so that people don't think my picture on the Commons is a copyright violation.

Articles and templates[edit]

Articles created[edit]

I really don't create new articles all that often as I'm mostly maintaining, editing, and/or expanding existing articles. When I do start an article, I like to make sure the new article is either already at least in C-class or above shape or at least has one or two reliable sources when initially published. Even with stub articles I have created, I also like to have an actual paragraph instead of just one sentence. Every article should have something in it that isn't simply a duplicate of a larger list or section of another article.

Templates created[edit]

Extensive edits[edit]

Article improvements
Symbol support vote.svg This user helped promote the article Stephens City, Virginia to good article status.
Symbol support vote.svg This user helped promote the article Kent, Ohio to good article status.
Symbol a class.svg This user has written and expanded the Kent, Ohio article to A Class on Wikipedia.

I have no idea how many articles I've actually edited, though I used to keep track. The following are some of the articles that I have made the most extensive edits to:

Awards[edit]

This editor is a Veteran Editor and is entitled to display this Iron Editor Star.
This editor is a Tutnum and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge.
Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
For becoming a great asset to the Wikipedia community. Cheers! Eustress (talk) 02:15, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
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For the continued effort and editing you have shown on the Stephens City, Virginia page, plus the teamwork given with others, I hereby award you this barnstar. Congrats! :) - NeutralHomerTalk • 22:17, 6 April 2010 (UTC)
Minor Barnstar.png The Minor Barnstar
For the excellent updated map of Frederick County, with the time and effort you put into it to make it right, I hereby award you this barnstar. Excellent work, sir. - NeutralHomerTalk • 22:26, 2 May 2010 (UTC)
Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
Given with respect and admiration to JonRidinger in recognition of all your hard work and perseverance in getting Kent, Ohio to FA. Keep up the good work, Ruhrfisch ><>°° 04:22, 17 September 2010 (UTC)
Team Barnstar Hires.png The Teamwork Barnstar
For your outstanding support and dedication in getting Yogo sapphire from a new article to DYK to GA to FA and FOUR. The team effort of the uncountable people involved in getting this unique article to FA is a textbook case of teamwork in article improvement, ie, what Wikipedia should be, not what it all too often is. I can never thank everyone enough. PumpkinSky talk 23:23, 20 June 2012 (UTC)
awarded to JonRidinger for both the quantity and quality of work done for Cleveland and NE Ohio related articles
Vjmlhds (talk) 19:57, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

Other stuff[edit]

US States & territories visited
Alabama Arizona Arkansas Colorado Connecticut Florida Georgia (U.S. State) Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Virginia Washington Washington, D.C. West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
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