User:Loganberry

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Note: The text which used to be here can be found at User:Loganberry/Olduserpage.

Watership Down, taken by me in 2004

What I write[edit]

I particularly enjoy writing biographical articles on cricketers. Thanks to WikiProject Cricket I was inspired to try to make sure we had something on every man to have played first-class or List A cricket for Worcestershire. After something like three years, that aim has now been achieved!

I'm also interested in motorsport, particularly hillclimbing; as well as articles of local interest (eg Bewdley). I'm a fur (see furry fandom), so keep an eye on related articles, but don't do very much editing on that subject at the moment. When I have bits and pieces of spare time I try to help with grammar and spelling, especially making translated text flow better and using correct punctuation. Correcting it's to its takes up more time than it ought to!

Wikiphilosophy[edit]

I really don't think that I would want to be an administrator, despite having made several thousand edits: I try hard, but I don't think I could stand back and coolly reflect enough to do that job. Besides, I don't really want to spend my time on administration: I want to spend it on writing and improving articles. In that connection, I occasionally worry slightly that Wikipedia is becoming too much of a collection of talking shops, and too little of a project to write an encyclopedia. Somewhere on WP recently I read someone complaining that top admins and top editors now barely overlap at all, and that does bother me too.

I'm generally inclusionist, but with a range of prejudices like everybody else: for example, I don't really like the idea that every high school on Earth seems to be be eligible, even though many are only notable very locally, whereas some much more well-known commercial companies are not. Boring Business Systems, which is known to anyone who's typed "boring" into Google, was a good example: that did indeed fail the appropriate notability standards (WP:CORP), so the deletion was correct, but if we applied the same tough standards of notability to schools then so would about 95% of those!

Whinges[edit]

(American English speakers please note that this word is supposed to have a G in it!)

There are lots of things I could whinge about, but many of them are simply the result of inexperienced editors making mistakes in good faith, and I've done enough of that in my time!

Article names[edit]

Two things I really wish would improve are the tendency of some editors to put quotes around new article names (eg "Example article title"), and the lack of attention to correct capitalisation - which matters in the second and subsequent words. There are too many Forename surnames around.

Trivia sections[edit]

These are an absolute pain nine times out of ten, and almost never make an article look better. If a fact is notable and can be sourced, then it can and should be incorporated into the article proper; if it isn't, then it shouldn't be in the article at all. Far too often trivia sections are being used as a dumping-ground for "cool stuff". This is rapidly becoming an exception to my generally inclusionist sympathies.

"In popular culture" sections[edit]

Frankly this could be lumped in with trivia, since that's usually what it is. It drives me up the wall when an article on, say, apples has a section listing every single occasion (in the last five years...) that some has-been soap actor was seen eating an apple on screen.

Advertising and recycled press releases[edit]

We should crack down a bit more on these, which have infested tech-related articles in particular. Loganberry's Law of Tech Articles: any section including the word "solutions" more than twice is probably worthless.

Americanism[edit]

I'm not really talking about a lack of non-US coverage in many international articles: that can and should be rectified by people adding more content to articles. What irritates me, and I suspect a lot of other people, is the tendency in some quarters to use terms such as "foreign" to mean "foreign to US-based readers". This is absolutely unacceptable in an international encyclopedia. Of course, the same applies to other forms of nationalism, but Americanism is by a million miles the worst offender.

Useful things[edit]

  • DEFAULTSORT is very handy, but remember it isn't actually a template, even though its syntax is very (confusingly) close to one. It's a magic word, so use {{DEFAULTSORT:Surname, Forename}} with a colon, not a pipe symbol. The Charles Gregory article uses this.
  • You can use {{reflist|2}} to indicate a two-column list of footnotes, rather than messing around with the old "div" method.

Fun things[edit]

This editor is a Veteran Editor and is entitled to display this Iron Editor Star.
I, =Nichalp «Talk»= award you these two Barnstars, the first for laborious or repetitive addition of cricket articles...
...and the second for your large number of cricket biographies. (2 July 2005)
I hereby award you the oldest cricket bat in recognition of your sterling contributions to WikiProject Cricket. (From jguk, 14 August 2005)


Multilicensing[edit]

I am very pleased that the move to CC-by-sa 3.0 has taken place, and thoroughly support it. The template below is now probably of historical interest, but I shall leave it in place in case it turns out to be significant. However, the new licensing arrangements trump the old ones.

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