User:LaurentianShield

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Listening to Wikipedia edits[edit]

"Listen" and "watch" edits in real time

About me[edit]

Formerly I was editing as User:Jonwurl. I have never really quite understood the issue of using pseudonyms, and in fact I even wonder if that may evolve as time goes on. After all, in non-electronic writing (notably early American pamphleteering) this has been a fad that has come and gone. However, I do not want to buck the system and everyone seems to use pseudonyms so I guess I will also.

The only reason I did not change the account name earlier was that I feared that somehow I would not get "credit" for work previously performed. I realize now that issue is for the most part completely meaningless. For the record, as of right now account Jonwurl has 300+ edits, but as the Editcountitis essay explains, almost nothing should get read into the edit count. There is some minor significance to the count, but it is more in the realm of "be careful what you ask for" because it is used when requesting admin privileges, and I do not have time for that! And respect all you wonderful admins who do it!!

There is something to the fact that there is a certain "immortality" to a user's contributions, and also I shamelessly try to impress my friends. So the edit count is important to my ego, no doubt about that! That's why I mention it! (Repeat: it is 300+.)

As Jonwurl I have been signing my talk articles for a while as Laurentian Shield (with a space) so that's a good name to re-use. It is also the name of my my erstwhile blog.

That is all for now, because now I do need to re-establish a reputation as a non-abuser, etc, etc, to make future articles easier, etc, etc.

User boxes[edit]

Braun HF 1.jpg This user remembers when television programming was only in black-and-white.
1+ This user has made more than 1 contribution to Wikipedia.
Small scream.png This user wastes far too much time editing Wikipedia.
Quality, not quantity. This user believes that a user's edit count

does not necessarily reflect on the value
of their contributions to Wikipedia.

 
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UW This person attends or attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Cal This user attends or attended the
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C++ This user can program in C++.
Java This user can program in Java.
 
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Green Bay Packers
OAK
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Oakland Raiders
SF
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San Francisco 49ers

In that order!

 
Pennyfarthing icon2.gif What do you want?
I n f o r m a t i o n.
2
6 You won't get it. Pennyfarthing icon2.gif
Concrete wall.jpg All in all this user is just another brick in the wall.
 

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Citations[edit]

Cut-and-pastable citation templates:

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BTW someone changed the cite book suggested parameters on the "citation style help" page (see below) and the above is a better choice.

Also note that this makes a good reference to "forward" in a book:

{{cite book |last=Faragher |first=John Mack |authorlink=John Mack Faragher |chapter=Forward |editor1-last=Merk |editor1-first=Frederick |editor2-last=Merk |editor2-first=Lois Bannister |title=Manifest destiny and mission in American history: a reinterpretation |url=http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33866051 |accessdate=November 8, 2013 |year=1995 |publisher=Harvard University Press |location=Cambridge, MA |edition=First reprint |isbn=0-674-54805-1 |page=ix-xiii}}

Help:Citation_Style_1

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Really good essay on citation issues

Other templates and help[edit]

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Special note on Template:Infobox_person[edit]

I found by trial and error that for {{Infobox State Senator ...}}, {{Birth date|1825|03|21}} results in March 21, 1825, while {{Birth-date|March 21, 1825}} 1825-03-21. I have not investigated as to whether this is generally true for all other person infoboxes, or whether this is a glitch for the state senator. In any case, this is counter-intuitive, is it not??

Notable article contributions[edit]

Actually, right now I only have one article to discuss: Foo Lake. How it got started was I was watching the List of lakes in Wisconsin article, and someone added a jillion lakes, probably via the DNR web site. It was getting a bit cluttered, and so I re-organized it a little -- made it three columns for most counties (left it as one column it the list were smaller). In the course of that I noticed there is a Foo Lake in Sawyer County.

In the computer world, the word foo is ubiquitously used to represent a generic name of something when demonstrating or explaining code. It is a placeholder name of convention. It is (sort of) intended to sound comical. My immediate suspicion was that a vandal injected into the article to see if it would get caught. Upon checking the standard references for lakes (GNIS and the DNR), I found out that it is indeed real, albeit probably one of the most nondescript lakes in the world that still has a name.

So I will admit that the only reason I wanted to move it up in my priority list is that I want to be able to make the following boast: while I may not have written the article on Foo, I did write the article on Foo Lake.

I was also curious, of course, if it would get noticed by someone watching new page creations and get some type of tag for immediate deletion due to lack of notoriety. I was prepared to defend it, and partly the defense was going to be that just out of the novelty of the name, and the (presumable inadvertent) association with common computer jargon, it was noteworthy.

I still haven't figured out this whole ego thing in Wikipedia, but I am not going to deny that for me it is a real factor in my motivation :)

Draft articles[edit]

User:LaurentianShield/sandbox

User:LaurentianShield/PlankRoadDraft Starts as copy of existing article, but I expect to make major revisions.

User:LaurentianShield/IsaacFriedlanderDraft

User:LaurentianShield/FrederickMerkDraft The article exists, this "draft" is a major rewrite which actually starts from the existing article.

User:LaurentianShield/JoshuaStarkDraft

User:LaurentianShield/EdwardDwightHoltonDraft

User:LaurentianShield/ListOfLakesInLincolnCountyDraft

User:LaurentianShield/TimothyAChapmanDraft

User:LaurentianShield/AndrewTainterDraft

User:LaurentianShield/DanielTenneyDraft

User:jonwurl/LafayetteBunnellDraft This is intended to be a major rewrite. Eventually I will get to it, but I need some help from Anne S to get information at the Minnesota Historical Library (requested in Oct 2012, but it is almost a year later and I need to get back on top of it).

User:Jonwurl/AndrewJacksonTurner Note: subsequently an article was written, and I received a request to update it. So far all I did was add an infobox and an image, but more can be done.

User:Jonwurl/LakeNokomisDraft

User:Jonwurl/RiceRiverReservoirDraft

User:Jonwurl/DeerLakeDraft

User:Jonwurl/BridgeLakeDraft

User:Jonwurl/PhiletusHaleDraft

User:Jonwurl/EdwardMcGlachlinDraft

Books[edit]

Really just want to see if the "books" remain permanent if I disable the app.

User:LaurentianShield/Books/MiscArticlesVol1