User:Macwhiz

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Macwhiz (1972 – ) is a professional UNIX systems administrator. He has also worked as an advanced help-desk technician, a website designer, a graphic designer, a volunteer newspaper editor, and a consultant.

Biography[edit]

Macwhiz moved to Rochester, New York to attend the University of Rochester. While there, he majored in cognitive science and psychology (with a concentration in human factors) and minored in English. "A few electives short of a degree," he left his studies to pursue a technical career. He has worked at various Rochester companies, including Eastman Kodak, Xerox, and Global Crossing. He currently lives in the Hudson Valley.

His interests include technology, cooking, home repair, and editing. He is an avid reader.

How I edit Wikipedia[edit]

I primarily work on articles that are flagged for copy-edit. While copy-editing them, I will generally verify any reference links, and attempt to add references to unreferenced statements. If part of the article seems incomplete or misleading, or the topic catches my interest, I'll start researching to see if I can expand it in the process. I like finding a topic I know nothing about, and then trying to discover as much useful information about it as reasonably possible. I will sometimes follow a chain of editing from article to related article, but I'm much more likely to prowl the GOCE lists for articles in rough shape. I prefer articles with lots of sources to discover. List articles, especially fiction-related lists, tend to bore me.

Editing standards[edit]

US This user uses American English.

Favorite work[edit]

I'm particularly proud of my work on the following articles; I didn't create them, but I put in a fair amount of work on them.

Pages I created[edit]

I'm more of an editor than a creator...

Personal Sandbox[edit]

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Projects[edit]

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This user is a member of the
Guild of Copy Editors.

Barnstars[edit]

Most Excellent Order of Star Scribes.png The Most Excellent Order of the Caretaker's Star
For exceptional copyediting efforts during the Guild of Copy Editors' September 2010 Backlog Elimination Drive, editing 60 articles with a combined total of 115,921 words, I hereby induct Macwhiz into the exclusive, brilliant, Most Excellent Order of the Caretaker's Star. On behalf of the Guild, I would like to thank you for all your efforts and contributions. Congratulations! – S Masters (talk) 06:01, 3 October 2010 (UTC)
Most Excellent Order of Star Scribes.png The Most Excellent Order of the Caretaker's Star
For exceptional copyediting efforts during the Guild of Copy Editors' November 2010 Backlog Elimination Drive, editing 62 articles with a combined total of 91,052 words (106,973 with rollover), ⌘macwhiz, I hereby induct you into the exclusive, brilliant, Most Excellent Order of the Caretaker's Star. Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work! – Diannaa (Talk) 00:36, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

 

This editor is a Journeyman Editor and is entitled to display this Service Badge.
Modest Barnstar.png The Modest Barnstar
For taking up the challenge on the Reward board and copyediting 10 articles. – S Masters (talk) 03:53, 30 August 2010 (UTC)


Copyedit barnstar.png Copy Editor's Barnstar
I award you this Copy Editor's Barnstar for insisting on clear, comprehensible, and grammatically correct articles. In particular, for taking up the challenge on the Reward board and copyediting 20 articles. –-S Masters (talk) 03:53, 30 August 2010 (UTC)



Goce barnstar.png The Guild of Copy Editors' Award
For taking up the challenge on the Reward board and copyediting 48 articles. Thank you for all your hard work and see you at the September Backlog Elimination Drive. Well done! – S Masters (talk) 03:53, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

The Guild of Copy Editors' Gold Star Award is given to members as well as non-members, of the Guild of Copy Editors, in recognition of exceptional work in the area of copy editing. It is only awarded to editors who have shown the most exemplary and outstanding work in the area of copy editing, and has contributed substantially to improving articles with Good Article or Featured Article standards.
Goce silver barnstar.png Leaderboard Award—Most Words—2nd Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Macwhiz for copy editing 60 articles with a combined total word count of 115,921 – 2nd Place – during the Guild of Copy Editors' September 2010 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions to the project. – S Masters (talk) 06:01, 3 October 2010 (UTC)
Goce silver barnstar.png Leaderboard Award—5K Articles—3rd Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Macwhiz for copy editing seven articles of at least 5,000 words – 3rd Place – during the Guild of Copy Editors' September 2010 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions to the project. – S Masters (talk) 06:01, 3 October 2010 (UTC)
Goce silver barnstar.png Leaderboard Award—Most Articles—4th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Macwhiz for copy editing 60 articles – 4th Place – during the Guild of Copy Editors' September 2010 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions to the project. – S Masters (talk) 06:01, 3 October 2010 (UTC)
Goce silver barnstar.png Leaderboard Award—Word Count—Third Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to ⌘macwhiz for copy editing 91,052 words during the WP:GOCE November 2010 Backlog Elimination Drive. Thank you so much for your efforts. --Diannaa (Talk) 18:56, 4 December 2010 (UTC)
Goce silver barnstar.png Leaderboard Award—Number of Articles—Fifth Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to ⌘macwhiz for copy editing 62 articles during the WP:GOCE November 2010 Backlog Elimination Drive. Thank you so much for your contributions to the project. – Diannaa (Talk) 18:46, 4 December 2010 (UTC)
CleanupBarnstar.PNG The Cleanup Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to ⌘ Macwhiz for copy editing articles totalling over 12,000 words in the January GOCE Backlog elimination drive. Thank you for participating! Diannaa (Talk) 19:41, 4 February 2011 (UTC)
CleanupBarnstar.PNG The Cleanup Barnstar
Having copy edited 20 articles and totaling over 13,000 words, the Cleanup Barnstar is awarded to Macwhiz for great effort in the Guild of Copy Editors' March 2011 Backlog elimination drive. Thank you for your participation! --Tea with toast (talk) 15:11, 3 April 2011 (UTC)
Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
In recognition of your efforts on the Marc Edwards article. I just saw at the BLP Noticeboard how you worked to save a truly encyclopedic and worthy article from deletion and your efforts really are something for us all to be incredibly proud of and impressed by. Great work! Avanu (talk) 03:19, 16 June 2011 (UTC)
Peace Barnstar 6.png The Barnstar of Diplomacy
Awarded for debating a difficult and divisive topic with intelligence, class, and civility, and being part of the solution, rather than the problem. JN466 21:34, 17 June 2011 (UTC)
Rescuebarnstar.png The Article Rescue Barnstar
I know you're still working on it, but you've done such an amazing job on Lead contamination in Washington, D.C. drinking water already that you totally deserve this. Great work! SilverserenC 01:21, 21 June 2011 (UTC)