User:MelanieN

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Wit and wisdom seen about town, good enough to share[edit]

  • The problem with Wikipedia is that it only works in practice. In theory, it can never work.[1]
  • I used to have a dream that my computer would be as easy to use as my phone. And my dream came true. Now I don't understand my phone either. (Note: This saying was made into a userbox by User:ATinySliver. If you want to steal it here it is: {{User:ATinySliver/ubx/Phone}})
  • Age improves with wine.

Wit? Wisdom? No, just puns.[edit]

  • I was going to make a joke about sodium, but Na.
  • If you've seen one shopping center, you've seen the mall.
  • As any English major knows, Oscar was Wilde, but Thornton was Wilder.
  • Beauty is in the eyes of the beer holder.

Country songs have the wittiest titles[edit]

  • Is it cold in here, or is it just you?
  • How can I miss you when you won't go away?
  • She got the gold mine, I got the shaft
  • I've got friends in low places

About me[edit]

I am a native Californian (5th generation no less). I grew up in Oakland, California, and now live in San Diego. I attended Oakland Technical High School and Stanford University. I have also lived in Los Angeles, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Honolulu.

On Wikipedia I mainly work on articles related to San Diego, particularly things having to do with San Diego history and San Diego neighborhoods. I also function as a Wikignome, cleaning up or proofreading articles that I come across. And I occasionally "rescue" an article which had been nominated for deletion, by adding sources to prove notability, or by rewriting to meet Wikipedia standards. Others who want to do this kind of thing could look for "unreferenced biographies of living persons" at Category:Unreferenced BLPs.

I've been hanging around Wikipedia off and on since 2006, but I really got into Wikipedia editing in 2009, when I saw articles about the San Diego Yacht Club and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego which contained blatant errors of fact. I corrected those errors, and was hooked. Five short years later, I have become one of the 2,000 most active Wikipedians. Actually #1923 last time I looked, but who's counting? 0;-D (That's my personal smilie: an angelic grin.)

Articles created[edit]

Articles I've created or substantially expanded include:

Articles rescued[edit]

A partial list of articles I "rescued", by improving them after they had been nominated for deletion in an AfD (articles for deletion) discussion:

  • and 358 others, primarily articles which had been tagged as "unreferenced BLP" (unreferenced biography of a living person) - a tag which can result in their deletion.

Articles used for "Did you know...?"[edit]

Articles I wrote or expanded that were featured on the Wikipedia front page with "Did you know...?" items:

Favorites[edit]

Some of my favorite Wikipedia pages include:

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Barnstars and such[edit]