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From June 2013 to May 2014, I was the
Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador. I used a separate account, User:MartinPoulter_Jisc for the bulk of that work.
I have another alternative account,
User:MartinPoulter-training, purely for training other people in using Wikipedia. All my editing in controversial areas, and all my significant article improvement, is done through the MartinPoulter account.
Qualifications and approach [ edit ]
My main interest is in promoting critical and scientific thinking. I am a logician by background, but since my doctorate I have been expanding my expertise to include
cognitive and social psychology.
Integrationist: one of the reasons WP has millions of articles is that there are sometimes five different articles on the same topic.
I only rarely create new articles, usually in an attempt to counter systemic bias, e.g.
Frances Hardcastle, Nobel Women's Initiative, Scottish Economic Society.
Writing and interviews about Wikipedia [ edit ]
Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog:
Wikimedia at the heart of open education (report from OER '14 Conference), July 2014 Guest post for Jisc blog and Wikimedia UK blog:
Lets's get serious about Wikipedia, July 2014 Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador blog:
Publishing scholarly papers with, and on, Wikipedia, March 2014 Guest post for
CILIP blog: 3 ways to use Wikipedia as an education tool, March 2014 Article for
Jisc Involve: Ten ways educators can use Wikipedia, March 2014 Educators start here Jisc infoKit:
Crowdsourcing: the wiki way of working, February 2014 Managers start here Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador blog:
One sentence on Wikipedia: a microcosm of information literacy, February 2014 Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador blog:
Telling the stories of rural England with Wikipedia, January 2014 Guest post for Jisc Digitisation and Content Programme blog:
What Wikimedia can do for digitised content, December 2013 Guest post for Oxford University's "23 Things for Research" blog:
Wikipedia: learning by sharing knowledge, October 2013 Interview, along with Wikiproject Psychology colleagues, published in
The Signpost's Wikiproject Report as "Writing on the Frontier" Interview for
Times Higher Education web site (not paper publication) published as "Wikipedia contributors 'should be proud'", June 2013 Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog:
Open Educational Resources – Some reflections on OER ’13, April 2013 Interview for
The Psychologist, published as "Improving Wikipedia articles", April 2013 (scroll about 3/4 of the way down that page) Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog:
Researchers: are you Wikipedia-compatible?, March 2013 Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog:
Learning and Teaching in the age of Wikipedia, March 2013 Guest post for LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog:
Writing for Wikipedia has forced me into good scholarly habits and accessible writing, October 2012 Researchers start here Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog:
Bringing Evidence-Based Medicine to the World, October 2012 Health professionals start here Interview in
Times Higher Education, published as "Delete the Wiki worries and get close to the edit", 20 September 2012 Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog:
EduWiki 2012: Wikipedia as an educational resource, now and in the future, June 2012 Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog:
Doctors use, but don't totally rely on, Wikipedia, April 2012 Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog:
Sausages and Scholarship: Wikipedia and Digital Literacy, November 2011 (with Mike Peel) Feature article in
Physics World, Physics on , September 2011 Wikipedia Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog:
Six unorthodox ways to use Wikipedia, June 2011 Look! A listicle! Interview with TheNextWeb.com, published as "Wikimedia UK to Hire Full-Time Staff, Aims to Increase Content Quality on Wikipedia", 19 April 2011
The Times, published as part of a feature article about the public’s use of Wikipedia and other online sources to learn about cancer, 4 April 2011 A guest post on the Intute blog from when I was just starting to "get" Wikipedia:
Voluntary work for an obscure educational charity, December 2009. Intute (RIP) was a publicly-funded web portal for academic research, teaching and learning.
Areas of activity [ edit ]
Human Bias and Error (Psychology) [ edit ]
Confirmation bias: This article was actually misleading in August 2009, when I began a total rewrite. I took it to Featured Article status (and the Wikipedia front page) in July 2010.
Heuristics in judgment and decision making: A high-importance new article, on a topic that's central to behavioral economics and to a lot of psychology, that I'm going to take as far up the quality scale as I can.
Illusion of control: I've done some rewording here but there is a lot more that could be done. Articles created:
Introspection illusion, Adaptive unconscious, Mistakes were made (but not by me) (non-fiction book), Attribute substitution, Illusory superiority (since rewritten by a student project), The Halo Effect (business book), Set (psychology) Biographies of living persons:
Elliot Aronson, Carol Tavris, Daniel Wegner: added multiple reliable third-party refs to fix sourcing problems
Perception: major overhaul of this centrally important article, which was in a dire state.
Scientology/Dianetics [ edit ]
I run a site/ media archive about Scientology, from a critical perspective, which I won't link here because it contains potential
WP:COPYVIO material. My opinions about the topic, I keep to my own site. Here on WP, I'm interested in raising the quality of certain articles:
Purification Rundown and New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project: two interlinked articles that I've taken from quite a dire status to being hopefully quite complete. On 4 March 2011, the latter was promoted to Good Article.
Xenu: I was very active in making improvements to this article when it was put up for Featured Article Review, which it passed on 5 December 2008.
Disconnection: A large proportion of the content of this page is due to me. At the moment it's a large unstructured stream of instances, which could benefit from better structure.
Scientology in the United Kingdom: total rewrite, expanding it from 6K to 66K. Not yet a comprehensive article, but more to come I helped the
L. Ron Hubbard article through the candidacy process to get to Featured Article status, which it passed on 5 March 2011. Non-fiction book:
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health: I've expanded this article and added in a variety of sources. Non-fiction book:
Bare-faced Messiah: I was a major contributor to this article which, after further major improvements by User:Prioryman, passed Good Article review.
Scientific explanation of paranormal belief [ edit ]
Psychokinesis: I've made some large changes to this article (which was in a car-crash state), but much more could be done.
Reviewing [ edit ]
I've been GA Reviewer or Peer Reviewer for:
Nobel Prize, A Journey, Homosexuals Anonymous, Body schema, Peter Hitchens, Requiem for a Species, Social loafing, Stereotype threat
Barnstars awarded [ edit ]
The Real Life Barnstar to User:Steve virgin, User:HenryScow, User:Jukesie, User:Panyd, User:RexxS, User:HJ Mitchell and User:Sharkli. The
Psychology Barnstar to User:Lova Falk, User:Fainites, User:Psy3330 W10, User:Jacobisq , User:Morton Shumway, User:Psyc3330 Prof, User:Psyc3330 w11, User:Penbat and User:Haley love.
The Original Barnstar to User:Helatrobus.
Awards and boxes [ edit ]
The Xenu Barnstar
For your amazing work on the
Xenu article. Thank you for helping to keep it at the highest quality rating on the English Wikipedia - Featured Article quality status. ( Cirt talk) 03:00, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
The Editor's Barnstar
( Cirt talk), award The Editor's Barnstar to MartinPoulter, for excellent efforts contributing to bringing the article L. Ron Hubbard to Featured Article quality status. Well done! Wikipedia is enhanced and the community benefits from your successful efforts to improve the quality of articles on this project. Cheers, -- ( Cirt talk) 16:35, 6 March 2011 (UTC)
The Real-Life Barnstar
For contributions to and organisation of various Wikimedia events in the UK —
Rod 21:14, 3 November 2013 (UTC) talk
This user is interested in
to research literature. open access
This user advocates good grammar usage.
Wikimedia in the UK [ edit ]
Sub-pages [ edit ]