User:Mendaliv

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If your viewpoint is in the majority, then it should be easy to
substantiate it with reference to commonly accepted reference texts.

If your viewpoint is held by a significant scientific minority, then
it should be easy to name prominent adherents, and the article should
certainly address the controversy without taking sides.

If your viewpoint is held by an extremely small minority, then
_whether it's true or not, whether you can prove it or not_, it
doesn't belong in Wikipedia, except perhaps in some ancilliary
article. Wikipedia is not the place for original research.

excerpts from Jimbo Wales
WikiEN-l e-mail 2003-09-29
quoted in WP:UNDUE

Mendaliv (English pronunciation: /ˈmɛndəlɪv/, MEN-də-liv) is a male American Wikipedian on English Wikipedia.

Wikipedia involvement[edit]

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CN This user's alignment is Chaotic Neutral: the "Free Spirit."
UIUC This user is or was a student at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign.
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This person attended or attends Notre Dame Law School.

Special involvement[edit]

  • User:Mendaliv/TOV letter- a sample form letter that may be used when e-mailing authority figures to report threats of violence, under development. Comments and input welcome!
  • User:Mendaliv/Dispute advice- a page of advice for editors seeking dispute assistance but having trouble, compiled from my experiences at WP:EAR and WP:ANI
  • I have personally gone through Table 13 of The Bluebook and created redirects for as many of the arcane-seeming abbreviations used to refer to legal publications as there were articles for those publications.

Articles to come[edit]

  • How's My Driving?- as in the little signs with a phone number and driver number you see on the back of trucks (at least in the US). These used to get made fun of all the time, and have been the subject of at least some writing. My preliminary researches showed there's enough for something bigger than a stub.
  • E. James Tull- a shipbuilding company from Pocomoke City, Maryland. There is an article on them in the Nautical Research Journal, 53(2), page 67. They are known to have built the USS Joseph F. Bellows and the USS Peter C. Struven. Note that this is also the name of the company's founder, who is also considered to have been a leading citizen in Pocomoke City.
  • Surplus line insurance- a type of insurance (at least in the U.S.) offered by an insurer which is unlicensed in the state where the insured is. This permits the insurer to accept risk that licensed insurers are either unwilling or unable to accept. Apparently most surplus line insurers operate on an unlicensed basis by choice. This website offers a good explanation, but would need wikification and expansion before it could become an article. Apparently this is also known as "Excess line" insurance.
  • Kitchen & Wade- a defunct machine tool company known for its "Universal Machine Tool" (no longer interested in writing; I have no source material)
  • Jiffy Lube- See User talk:Mendaliv/Jiffy Lube for sources (was created before I could get to it; I no longer have the lists of sources; stale draft merged into the live article)
  • Fireblocking- a technique in carpentry used to prevent the spread of fire from one section of a building or residence to another
  • Chikan Otoko- a 2ch story similar to Densha Otoko, wherein a VIP poster is mistaken for a stalker; later made into a manga, book, film, and possibly other media. See ja:痴漢男.

Articles created[edit]

Listed in order of creation:

Articles improved[edit]

Recognition[edit]

Barnstars[edit]

Barnstar of Reversion2.png The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
This is for all of your hard work reverting vandalism with the help of huggle! Keep it up!!! ·Add§hore· Talk/Cont 17:29, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion2.png The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
You had two recent changes entries in a row. Both were reverting vandalism! That was fast! Keep it up, keep it up! Call me Bubba (talk) 02:41, 19 December 2008 (UTC)
WikiDefender Barnstar.png The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
For defending Wikipedia from someone who wished to use the site for advertising ;-) Patton123 16:53, 2 January 2009 (UTC)
Brilliant Idea Barnstar Hires.png The Brilliant Idea Barnstar
For telling me to fix my signature! ChromaNebula (talk) 00:02, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

DYK[edit]

Useful stuff[edit]

This section is a sort of quick list of things I like to have at hand and things I like to link to frequently.

Resource pages[edit]

Stuff to remember[edit]

Hard links[edit]

  • See Help:Link#External links: Don't put http: or https: before a hard link. Instead just leave // followed by the rest of the URL. People who use HTTPS will see a HTTPS link (and not be annoyed by an unsecured connection), while people who use HTTP will see a HTTP link (and neither tax server resources needlessly nor be confused by the padlock next to the link).

General advice[edit]

  • DefendEachOther - You don't have to fight personal attacks yourself, and in fact it may not be the best choice
  • Skills of a catalyst - A list of useful advice for helping disarm disputes and move arguments to a beneficial conclusion

Good stuff[edit]

Article writing[edit]

For RfAs[edit]

  • Wikipedia:What adminship is not - Especially, Adminship is not a trophy, Adminship is neither compulsory nor necessary to aid Wikipedia, Adminship is not a game
  • Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines - Namely, Both need to be approached with common sense: adhere to the spirit rather than the letter of the rules, and be prepared to ignore the rules on the rare occasions when they conflict with the goal of improving the encyclopedia.
  • One's candidacy for adminship is likely to be the only time when the community will evaluate said candidate's ability to use the tools, and whether he or she has the responsibility to do so properly. As such, I personally consider it grounds for doubting a candidate's seriousness about adminship when his or her self-nomination statement and responses to standard questions are terse, non-responsive, or poorly crafted. Would you apply for a job without polishing your resume and cover letter until it gleamed? Then why should you not do the same when running for adminship?

For AfDs[edit]

For images[edit]

Refer to the logic at Category:Rescaled fairuse files more than 7 days old#Instructions, which state that raster images should generally be no more than 0.1 megapixel with the largest dimension no greater than 300-400 px (note this second point doesn't quite jive with what MOS:FILM#Instructions says), though in general one should use one's judgment.

More specific rationales:

Useful templates[edit]

Inline maintenance templates[edit]

Formatting and conversion[edit]

Infoboxes[edit]

Fair use rationale[edit]

Image maintenance[edit]

Other[edit]

  • {{talkarchivehist}} (very useful for copy-paste archives)
  • {{sockpuppet category|username}} - turn those redlink sockpuppet/suspected sockpuppet categories into bluelinks

Fun[edit]